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 Kawasaki ER-6n Review

The ER-6n may have an odd name and a weird schnoz, but it’s one of the best bangs for the buck in the 2009 model year.

2009 Aprilia Mana Review

The Aprilia Mana 850 is something of a revolutionary motorcycle, and like all revolutions, there is, or will be, those for and those against the cause. What’s the big deal? The Mana 850 is a fully automatic transmission motorcycle.

2009 Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic Review

Moto Guzzi’s V7 Sport made a big impact in the early 1970s and could claim to be the first mass produced motorcycle to reach 200km/h (124 mph). Recently I had the chance to ride the less performance orientated V7 incarnation in Rome and what a day it was!

2009 Triumph Bonneville Review

One definition of an icon is something that is an important, enduring symbol. Few motorcycles fit that definition as well the Triumph Bonneville. With an eye toward a greener world, welcoming ergos and some updated styling, the Bonneville turns 50.

2009 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 Review

Harley-Davison recently added another shortie to its lineup. No, Willie G didn’t have another daughter, instead the Motor Company amended its Dark Custom line with a modified Sportster 883 Low. Inseam-challenged riders rejoice.

2009 Suzuki Gladius Review

With a freshly tuned-up 645cc V-Twin sourced from the SV650, the new Suzuki Gladius cuts and slashes its way into the re-emerging naked bike market. Be sure to keep an eye out for a comparison with Kawasai’s ER-6n.

2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 883 Preview

H-D recently unveiled the latest addition to its phantom Dark Custom line. The underpinning theme of a Dark Custom is pared-down, no-nonsense styling, eschewing chrome and brightness in favor of muted, basic color schemes. The new Iron 883 fits the bill.

Ducati Monster 1100 vs Harley-Davidson XR1200 Review

We compare the Harley-Davidson XR1200 and the Ducati Monster 1100, two machines that are literally half a world apart in origin, and probably a galaxy apart in styling philosophy, as America takes on Italy in an air-cooled V-Twin streetfighter shootout.

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!

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