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.

2009 Yamaha XJ6 & XJ6 Diversion Review

The Yamaha XJ6 Diversion is similar to the VMax, a Ghost from the ’80s brought back to life by Yamaha in 2009. XJ6 is a Euro version of the fully faired FZ6R. Both are based on the existing FZ6 but have lower specification engines and chassis.

2009 Ducati Monster 1100 Review

The new Monster 1100 offers real charisma with its honest but visceral motorcycle charm. It’s stylish and classy, and its responsive V-Twin provides second-gear throttle wheelies that prove to be endlessly entertaining.

2008 Triumph Tiger Review

Triumph’s Tiger has been around nearly 16 years, and in that time it has aged well, getting better each time Triumph brings it out of its cage. This Tiger is staking the likes of Honda’s VFR and Buell’s Ulysses XB12X or XT and Ducati’s Multistrada.

2009 Triumph Street Triple R Review

Last year Triumph created a naked standard based on the Daytona 675 called the Street Triple 675. In ’09 those bikes come closer together in the form of the Street Triple R. It has the Daytona’s brakes and virtually identical suspension. Oh, yeah!

2009 Kawasaki Motorcycles Released

Slump? What Slump? Despite the slow motorcycle sales in 2008, Kawasaki Motors hasn't let off the throttle for 2009. Team Green unveiled more new models this weekend at its annual dealer meeting held in Dallas, Texas.

2008 Suzuki B-King Review

Despite its cartoonish appearance, the Suzuki B-King is no laughing stock. It’s got lots of power, which we all expected from the Hayabusa-sourced motor. It’s also got great brakes and amazing handling. It’s the baddest naked this side of the Star V-Max.

2009 Triumph Street Triple R Review - First Ride

Last year Triumph created a naked standard based on the Daytona 675 called the Street Triple 675. In ’09 those bikes come closer together in the form of the Street Triple R. It has the Daytona’s brakes and virtually identical suspension. Oh, yeah!

2009 Star V-Max Review/Test

The new VMax muscle cruiser is a reinvention of an icon for Yamaha and Star, retaining its distinctive style and adding huge upgrades in handling. And with a whalloping 200 hp on tap, it's a tire-melting machine of the first order!

2009 Star Motorcycles VMax Preview

The 2009 Star Motorcycles VMax is ridiculous! It’s ridiculously big and it’s ridiculously overpowered. But more than any of that, it’s ridiculously entertaining! Think about this: The Max’s 197 crankshaft horsepower is more than what is in a Lotus Elise!

2008 Aprilia SL750 Shiver Review

What you see here might be the perfect antidote to the 600cc sportbike. Riding the Shiver is an opportunity to be sporty and stylish but without the cramped knees and sore wrists of a supersport machine.

2008 Moto Morini Corsaro Review

Moto Morini is yet another in a long line of resurrected Italian brands, and it’s gaining a lot of attention in its home country. Its latest offering is the 1200cc V-Twin Corsaro, a machine that has the potential to give Ducati a run for their money

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