Standard Motorcycle Reviews

Standard-type motorcycles have a riding position midway between the forward-rotated position of a sportbike and the reclined arrangement of a cruiser, putting the rider in a very natural position not unlike a low dirtbike. Standards often have little or no fairing and limited bodywork, and many are appropriately termed as Naked bikes. Standards are popular for commuting and other city riding, as the upright riding position is comfortable and gives greater visibility in traffic.

2011 Hyosung GT250 Review

While Kawasaki and Honda are busy collecting the headlines with their 250cc machines, Hyosung has been quietly plugging away on its own beginner bike – the GT250, aimed directly at taking a piece of the pie from the aforementioned Japanese brands.

2010 Hyosung GT650 Review

As the least expensive 650 V-Twin sold in the U.S., the Hyosung GT650 represents a reasonable value.

2011 Naked Middleweights Shootout

The list of unfaired motorcycles available in the United States is expanding. We decided to see which one was best by having Yamaha’s FZ8, BMW’s F800R, Aprilia’s Shiver 750 and Triumph’s Street Triple R duke it out in our 2011 Naked Middleweight Shootout.

2011 Yamaha FZ8 Review - First Ride

Yamaha’s potent FZ8 is enough to make its paternal grandfather, the R1, blush with pride. Its 779cc inline-Four is endowed with some of Yamaha’s most inspired sporting technology which should serve it well in its life as an everyday sporting Standard.

2011 BMW F800R Review

The appealingly edgy BMW F800R has finally made its way to America after an 18-month run in Europe. The 800R naked roadster is part of BMW’s plan to capture a younger audience. The F800R is essentially a stripped version of the 800ST.

Top 10 Hottest Bikes of 2011

Now that Germany’s Intermot show and Italy’s EICMA exhibition are over, we’ve got a clear idea of the motorcycles that will be introduced over the next 12 months. We’ve whittled this list down to our 10 most anticipated bikes of 2011.

2011 Yamaha FZ-16 Review

The Yamaha FZ-16 is bringing the company back from the dead in India. After several years hibernating, Yamaha has again made a motorcycle that captures the heart of the Indian enthusiast and should match up well against Honda’s CB Unicorn Dazzler.

2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Review - First Ride

For riders who aren’t interested in trackdays, the new Kawasaki Ninja 1000 makes more sense than a racer with lights. It's virtually a racer anyway, just slightly less focused than a ZX-10R, but with improved bottom end power, and friendlier ergos.

2011 Aprilia Shiver 750 Review

We recently spent some time with the 2011 Aprilia Shiver 750 and came away from the experience with genuine admiration for the updated bike. With updated ergonomics, new flyscreen and an appealing face-lift, the updated Shiver is better and ever.

2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Preview

Building on the success of its Z1000 semi-naked sportster, and series of mid-size street-going Ninjas, Kawasaki has announced a 2011 big-bore amalgamation called the Ninja 1000. The fully-faired machine is essentially a Z1000 with Ninja bodywork.

2010 Honda CB Unicorn Dazzler Review

We were surprised by the large amount of traffic garnered by our news and subsequent review of Honda’s little 109cc CB Twister, so when Honda recently launched the 150cc CB Unicorn Dazzler in India, we wanted to find out the little standard performs.

2011 Ducati Monster 796 Review

Pound for pound, Ducati’s newest naked, the Monster 796, might be the best of combination of all things that make a Monster. Slotting in between the 696 and the 1100, the 796 is the perfect combo of its Monster mates.

2011 Yamaha FZ8 coming to the U.S.

Yamaha has announced that it will be importing its sporty FZ8 naked sportster to the U.S. for 2011. It’s being touted as a compromise between the less-powerful 600cc middleweights and the bigger literbikes like Yamaha’s R1-based FZ1 and Kawasaki’s Z1000.

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