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.

2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster vs. 2010 Star VMax

In a battle between two audacious motorcycles we bring together Triumph’s Rocket Roadster III and the venerable VMax from Star for a monster motor mash-up! Both of these behemoths offer endless gobs of power, but that is where the similarities end.

2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster XR1200X Review

The Harley-Davidson Sportster XR1200X - an up-spec version of the XR1200 - first seen in Europe last year makes its way back home to the U.S. as a 2011 model. The most notable change is Showa’s fully adjustable Big Piston Fork.

2010 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Low Review

If you're "inseam-challenged," have a limited new-bike budget and always wanted a Harley-Davidson, you're in luck. The Sportster 883 Low might just be your two-wheeled ticket to Harley-riding bliss. The Sporty series is elemental Harley-Davidson.

2010 Kawasaki Versys Review

The 2010 Kawasaki Versys is an updated rendition of an already capable bike – one that is overwhelmingly purchased by experienced motorcyclists – but which could hit the hot buttons for many more younger riders, if only they knew what they were missing.

2010 Aprilia Shiver 750 ABS Review

The 2010 Shiver is now a lot more “Italian” and doesn’t share the same dull silver grey paintjob from Piaggio’s scooter range. The ergonomics are better on both the comfort and the sport side.

2010 Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight Review

The Sportster is a cornerstone of Harley-Davidson’s empire. With a starting MSRP of $10,499 for the 2010 Forty-Eight, Harley adds another cool, affordable and fun-to-ride bike to its stable of Sportsters.

2010 Zero S and DS Review

After launching its first street-legal bike last summer, California-based Zero Motorcycles has introduced the 2010 Zero DS, a road-worthy dual-sport sibling and latest stablemate to a growing line of on- and off-road machines.

2010 Honda CB1000R Review

Two years ago Honda introduced Europeans to the CB1000R, a slick naked bike with CBR1000RR blood flowing through its veins. Will it finally be coming to North America?

2010 Honda CB Twister Review

Honda's 109cc CB Twister, aimed squarely at India's commuter market, looks like no other Indian commuter bike to date. Such handsome style has been unheard of in this class till now.

2010 Ducati Multistrada Review

The versatile new Multistrada is set to open the Ducati experience to a wide swath of conquest consumers. The Multistrada 1200 isn’t just good, it’s good enough to be a contender for bike of the year.

2010 Honda NT700V vs. Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS

While large-displacement rockets adorned with big screens and electronic wizardry, like BMW’s K1300GT or Kawi’s Concours, have come to define sport-touring, Aprilia’s Mana GT and Honda’s NT700V might just create a new sub-segment: sport-touring lite!

2010 Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS Review

The 2010 Aprilia Mana 850 GT is a shining star on the horizon for new riders and old. Twisting your wrist to go has never been more fun thanks to this liquid-cooled automatic transmission V-Twin from Europe.

2010 Kawasaki Z1000 Review

The new Z1000 truly is a sportbike that can entertain a hardcore sport rider yet be a dextrous and multifaceted motorcycle for real-world riding conditions. With an MSRP less than some 600cc sportbikes, it’s one of the best performance bargains available.

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