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 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. Best of 2010 Awards

Now in its second year, our Best of awards selections process gives us the chance to reflect on the year that was. And for 2010, the spotlights were generally shining on European manufacturers.

2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster SuperLow

Harley-Davidson’s top-selling entry-level bike, the XL883L Low, just got better. Harley gave the Sportster SuperLow a complete makeover for 2011 to improve its suspension for a softer, more compliant ride while maintaining its low seat height.

2010 Honda CBF1000 Review

While our northern neighbors crave access to the Honda NT700V, a bike that’s not in the Canadian Honda lineup, they do enjoy a host of other models we don’t get stateside, like the 2010 CBF1000. It’s like a detuned, standard version of the CBR1000RR.

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.

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