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The Sport-Touring Divide – Question of the Day
Sporty sport-tourer or ADV-lite?
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Small-Displacement Renaissance – Question of the Day
Are you eyeing a smaller bike as your next motorcycle?
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Where In The World: A Week In Spain Testing Hypermotards and Dukes
Trizzle’s week-long Spanish residency testing five different bikes from two manufacturers
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Small Adventure Bike, Big Adventure Dreams

If you’ve had a pulse the last five years or so, you’ve noticed the urge to take two wheels into the dirt has swept through the motorcycle community like a rogue wave. Riders across age ranges, experience levels and even financial demographics have turned to off-road, not instead of, but in addition to any and all riding they were previously doing. So it’s no surprise to see small-sized ADV bikes plodding along behind the surge like the sure-footed mules that they are. Standing out in the crowd is a gem that Yours Truly is about to get to know extremely well.

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Racing Into New Territory – Question Of The Day

Imagine just five years ago, if I showed you a picture of a red Grand Prix motorcycle and a red motocross bike, and told you one was a Ducati and the other was a GasGas, you probably wouldn’t even bat an eye. But if I told you the MotoGP bike was the GasGas, and the Ducati was the dirt bike, you probably would have thought I was nuts.

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Seat Time: Falling on Your Face
No journey worth the challenge is without any setbacks. How you recover and continue on towards your goal is just as important as getting there.
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Does Anyone Actually Care About Uber-Exclusive Special Edition Models?

Almost every major motorcycle manufacturer offers some sort of special or limited edition model, something with a little extra pizzazz beyond the run-of-the-mill production model. Whether it’s an anniversary paint job, or dressed up in items from the accessory catalog, special edition models give us something a little, well, “special”.

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ABS, or The ABSence Thereof – Question of the Day


“People that still use ABS.”


That was one of many replies left in a previous Question of the Day about motorcyclist pet peeves, but somehow it stuck in my head a lot longer than the others (and yes, we do read them all).

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What’s the Worst Motorcycle Color? – Question of the Day

What’s the worst motorcycle color?

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Biggest Pet Peeves About Other Motorcyclists – Question of the Day
What drives you nuts about other riders?
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Fear Of Missing Out – Question of the Day


Last week, American Honda announced a number of models returning for 2024 with no notable changes, save for new color options and some price adjustments. Of course, what caught our eye was the confirmation that the previous-generation CBR600RR was returning to the U.S. for 2024, despite the fact most other major markets are getting a new-and-improved version.

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Where in the World: Testing the Ducati DesertX Rally in Morocco

Ducati found it fitting to have the global press launch of its latest up-spec adventure bike in the north African country of Morocco – an amazing place to ride motorcycles, based on my previous experience. While riding impressions are embargoed for at least a few days, I wanted to take our readers along on a sort of “behind the scenes” journey to get a taste of the sights and adventures experienced abroad.

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Evans Brasfield's Motorcycles Are For Sale

In the aftermath of Evans' passing, his family has had to make a lot of hard decisions. One of which was deciding what to do with Evans' beloved motorcycles – his KTM 790 Duke and Kawasaki KLX300. And when I say beloved, I mean it. Evans had reached a renaissance in his riding career. With his children older and more independent, he was able to rediscover his love for motorcycling. The 790 Duke gave him a lot of joy, and upgrading it to meet his definition of a 790 Duke R was a source of pride for him.

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Friday Forum Foraging: A 1930 Indian Four Time Capsule

Have you ever wanted a time machine? Well, this might be the closest we're going to get. Up for grabs is a 1930 Indian Four that comes to us from Bring A Trailer and was kept in storage for seemingly ever. It even carries that all-important patina to show for it – hence the caption at the top, which was taken from one of the comments on the BAT listing. The current owner acquired it in 2020 and had it put back into running order with a working carburetor and magneto. Other than those two items and a fresh set of tires, this Indian Four wears the marks of having been on this earth for 94 years – and counting!

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Friday Forum Foraging: One Clean Yamaha FZ-09

I've said it before and I'll say it again – I can't wait for Yamaha to release an R9. It makes sense to fill the gap between the R7 and the R1 with an R9, and since Yamaha already fills that gap in its MT naked bike lineup, it only seems inevitable that a fully-faired Yamaha Triple will arrive. Of course, this love and yearning for an R9 all stems from what is now the MT-09. But back when it was introduced, it was called the FZ-09. Silly naming confusion aside, the FZ/MT-09 has been a hit from the start, and what we have here is a clean example of a first-gen FZ-09 from our sister site fz09.org that has clearly been cared for. The best part? The seller is asking a very modest price for it – $4,999. The second best part? They've already done a lot of the basic upgrades that the bike should have in the first place. As always, the listing is posted below. If you're interested, go on over to fz09.org and contact the seller there.

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Friday Forum Foraging: 2002 Honda RC51 SP2

For the first Friday Forum Foraging feature of 2024, we have a motorcycle that needs no introduction. Honda's RC51 will go down in history as the bike that beat Ducati at its own game. Honda took advantage of the Superbike rules of the early 2000s that allowed V-Twin engines a 1000cc displacement while the four cylinders were capped at 750cc. In the hands of Colin Edwards, it would go on to win two World Superbike titles – both in thrilling fashion.

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Friday Forum Foraging: Kawasaki H2 *Mechanic's Special*

Do you want a 2018 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX for just $12,500? Really, it can be yours for a steal. Few bikes out there today provide the kind of thrill that the supercharged H2 series from Kawasaki can. So, why's it so cheap, you ask? Well, therein lies the rub. This particular bike, which comes to us from our sister site Ninjah2.org, has a blown engine. Specifically, the number 2 cylinder dropped a valve. The seller doesn't say how it dropped the valve, but the pictures and the seller's listing provide us with a glimpse into the bike's short 6200-mile life.

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Lightfighter Racing - Celebrating the Fast Life

When we attended the Annual AHRMA Racing Barber Vintage Festival for the first time in 2019 with all-electric Lightfighter v1, we had almost no expectations, especially when we entered the Pro Cup Race on a whim. After the high of the Laguna Seca race round this season though, “the return” crept into our collective sub-conscience, albeit along with loftier expectations.  Taking not one, but two v2 bikes to the hallowed ground of Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama in October would be the ultimate test to see just how far we’ve come in three seasons of development. And after a successful race weekend at Laguna, we were also anxious to see how well our setup translated to a very different track layout and surface. 

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BMW Motorrad CEO Markus Schramm Interview Part 3
Markus Schramm, the retiring BMW Motorrad chief executive officer discusses the company's range of M-badged models and the brand’s approach to racing.
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Friday Forum Foraging: A 40 Year-Old Chrome Delight From Honda

You might be used to seeing Harleys decked out in chrome, but this 40-year-old Honda might have them beat. Feast your eyes on this 1984 Honda VT700C that's up for sale in Salem, Ohio, coming to us from our sister site Hondashadow.net. Admittedly, I don't know much about these bikes so I'm going to go off the seller's listing. Originally a black bike, the chrome tank, side panels, and fender were a factory option – and a rare one at that. Not seen are the gold decals that are also part of the package but are not installed. Those, along with the original black tank, are included in the sale.

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BMW Motorrad CEO Markus Schramm Interview Part 2

In this second segment of Alan Cathcart's interview with Markus Schramm, the retiring BMW Motorrad chief executive officer discusses the company's approach to electric mobility, and why hydrogen power may not be the answer for motorcycles and scooters.

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BMW Motorrad CEO Markus Schramm Interview Part 1

The year 2023 has seen BMW Motorrad celebrating its Centenary as a motorcycle manufacturer, while also for the first time in the company’s history breaking through the 200K barrier in terms of annual production entering its anniversary year. In 2022, BMW saw 202,895 motorcycles and scooters sold – an increase of 4.4% compared to 2021. Germany remained the company’s largest single market, with 24,129 motorcycles and scooters sold there, while France also registered record sales with 21,223 vehicles delivered, 6.7% up on 2022. North America was the German company’s third largest market, with an 11% increase to 20,295 units sold, helped again by a record number of bikes delivered, this time in the USA (17,690 units/+10.4%).

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Kramer Motorcycles Teases A Super Hooligan-Inspired Naked Bike
Is the market ready for a track-only naked bike?
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Friday Forum Foraging: 2021 Ducati Supersport – With A Twist

For the right person, salvage-title motorcycles can be a great hack for scoring great deals on a bike you otherwise couldn't afford. The catch is that a salvage title usually means it's been in an accident and has damage the insurance company didn't want to bother fixing.

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Friday Forum Foraging: Behold The Autocycle!

Have you heard of the Autocycle? If the answer is no, don't be ashamed. It's certainly an oddity, and in this case, only 326 examples were made. What we're looking at exactly is a 1986 Owosso Pulse Autocycle made by the Owosso Motor Car Company of Owosso, Michigan between 1985 and 1990. It's kind of like an enclosed streamliner you'd see making land-speed record attempts, with one wheel in front, another in back, and an outrigger with two more wheels jutting out from either side. But think of the outrigger more like training wheels on a bicycle – only one of those wheels is touching the ground at any time.

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Friday Forum Foraging: One Super(charged) V-Rod!

Talk about a bike I didn't know I wanted. Well, technically I don't, but I'd sure like the chance to twist the throttle on this. What we're looking at is a 2006 Harley-Davidson VRSC, built by ML Customs, which we found on our sister site, 1130cc.com. It's already unique because it has carbon fiber bodywork, but what makes this one really stand out is the supercharger on the side of the engine. It ads a bit of fiestyness to an engine that wasn't tame in the first place.

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Friday Forum Foraging: A Mint Honda CTX700

I'll be honest. I forgot about Honda's CTX700. Basically the cruiser version of Honda's ultra-commuter NC700X, the CTX700 faded from my memory banks. Maybe because it was underwhelming, maybe because it's about as vanilla as they come, or maybe because it's just plain ugly, the CTX700 failed to leave a lasting impression (the NC700X is a different story. I actually like it. But that's for another time).

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Seat Time: Don’t Listen to Your Girlfriend; Size Does Matter…

Learning to ride a motorcycle, it’s said that to become proficient you should remove as many possible obstacles you can control which could distract you from the task at hand. And while this may seem like obvious advice, what is often overlooked is fitment – being totally comfortable on your bike.

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Friday Forum Foraging: A Sweet Little Monster

The cool thing about motorcycles is that they can serve as time machines if you find an original, unmolested one. That's what we have here with this 2007 Ducati Monster S2R1000 found on our sister site DucatiMonster.org. Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, this Monster looks to be nicely maintained, and with only 3800 miles on the clock, is basically new other than a fork seal that could use replacing.

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Friday Forum Foraging: 1996 Triumph Speed Triple

These days the Triumph Speed Triple is considered relatively tame compared to the class of big displacement naked bikes, but one could argue the class wouldn't exist if it weren't for the Speed Triple. Originally introduced in 1994, this 1996 version, as found on our sister site TheSpeedTriple.com, is a rolling piece of history. And now it can be yours for $4000. Judging by the pics and the seller's description, it looks to be in fairly good shape for a 27-year-old bike, though the seller states the fork seals and tires are likey due for replacing soon. The full ad is copied below, but as always, if you're interested in the bike, click the link to go to the original listing and contact the seller.

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Friday Forum Foraging: Land Speed Sidecar Streamliner

One of the many uses of this space is to highlight odd, strange, or interesting motorcycles that are for sale on the internet – or even to highlight clever for-sale posts of otherwise ordinary motorcycles. Today, I think we've definitely achieved our goals for Friday Forum Foraging. This land speed racer was originally built in New Zealand, where it took multiple top-speed records. It was brought to the US in 2013, where it currently holds a speed record of 188.6 mph. All this from a 1,000cc four-cylinder engine plucked off a 2006 Suzuki GSX-R1000 (granted, with a couple of modifications). Not bad, eh?

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Friday Forum Foraging: (Mostly) Clean 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo

Personally, I'd rather see this 1982 Honda CX500 Turbo get restored and put back on the road (it's so close), but I'm not blind to the fact there are people out there who covet the CX500 to turn into cafe racers or some other custom. Located in Washington DC, this seller came to the realization that many of us encounter when it comes to restorations (myself included): sometimes life just gets in the way. Now their loss is your gain. And for $3500, you could come away with a mechanically sound cult classic. It's got some scratches and dings, and could use a proper install of the fairing, but that all seems like minor stuff for an otherwise ready-to-ride motorcycle.

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Friday Forum Foraging: A Cheap Long-Distance Tourer

Some would say BMW's K1200LT doesn't get the credit it deserves for being an uber touring rig. Probably because a certain Honda Gold Wing keeps stealing all the touring thunder. However, if you're looking to do some serious touring, don't have a lot of money, but do have ambition and just a little bit of knowledge on how to fix stuff, this 2000 K1200LT is calling your name.

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Seat Time: Finding a Way to the Finish Line… By Any Means Necessary

Some girls spend their time talking about love and life. Others work together to advance their careers. But these two friends are joining forces to follow a passion. To set some impossible goals and push each other to reach them. Anastasia (Ana for short) plans to go the distance at the Dakar Rally. And Kyra intends to punish herself to no end at Romaniacs. Both have a lot of hurdles standing in their way. And together, they hope to overcome them one-by-one. Ana’s ethos is “no excuses''. While Kyra’s rationale is that “the time is now”.

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Friday Forum Foraging: Save This Rebel 450!

Apparently a cult classic among enthusiasts (I had no idea), you can help save this 1987 Honda Rebel 450 from the unfathomable fate of... its current owner. Found on our sister site, the Honda Rebel Forum, This person is tempted to chop the bike up and do irreversible harm to it in the name of customization, but he's relying on you to save this otherwise mostly-in-tact Rebel 450 and keep it in its current state. The modest $2000 he's asking would then go towards buying something else. Presumably something he or she won't feel so bad chopping up.

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What We're Wearing: The $7,000 Shootout

Riding affordable motorcycles, like we did in our $7000 Shootout, showcases just how much motorcycle you can get for not a lot of money. Which is good, because blowing your load on a bike without leaving any margin for gear is a bad idea. With four different riders, we give you four (mostly) different options for gear – including threads for women.

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Friday Forum Foraging: 2019 BMW K1600GT Priced To Sell

If you want to eat up miles in absolute comfort and travel at highway speeds effortlessly, with tons of power and a six-cylinder purr at your command, this 2019 BMW K1600GT is calling your name. This one comes to us from our sister site K1600forum.com, wherein the seller bought it with intentions of grand touring in mind, but life had other plans for him. This particular K1600GT has some choice upgrades like a Bren tune for added power, a top case, handlebar risers, and crash bars. Just to name a few. It looks like a great touring machine and is priced to sell at $16,000.

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Remembering Evans Brasfield
On September 13, 2023 the Motorcycle.com team lost its friend and captain, Evans Brasfield. For his family, for his friends, and for the readers that he worked so hard for, the world will forever be a little dimmer.
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What We're Wearing: 2024 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Introduction
Going fast and looking good
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Friday Forum Foraging: A Mint, 19-Mile Nicky Hayden Ducati 848

If you're like me, then any mention of a Nicky Hayden edition motorcycle automatically triggers thoughts of the Honda RC51 of the early 2000s. The bike that Nicky took to an AMA Superbike championship (back when the competition was extremely stiff), one could say it was also the bike that springboarded him to a career on the international stage.

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RIP Evans Brasfield

It is with heavy heart that we must share some tragic news with you today.

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Friday Forum Foraging: 2007 MV Agusta F4 For A Fallen Friend

Losing a friend is never easy, and recently the MV Agusta community lost one of its own. Motorcycle.com has no affiliation with the rider or his motorcycle, but when we came across this post from our sister site MVAgusta.net, we felt we had to pass it along. For sale is his nicely kept and tastefully modified 2007 F4RR 312. Back when it was introduced in 2007, the F4RR 312 was the ultimate F4. Backed by its 1078cc inline-Four, the RR was capable of going 193 mph – or, you guessed it, 312 kph.

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Friday Forum Foraging: Ducati's Underrated Gem – A 1098S Track Bike
One of the last Ducati trellis-framed superbikes could be yours.
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Fact Check: The Ducati Supersport T Is Not What You Think It Is

Multiple outlets are reporting that Ducati is preparing a new touring-focused version of the Supersport 950, based on a filing released by the California Resources Board for a “Supersport T” and “Supersport S T”. Motorcycle.com can confirm that the CARB filing is real, but everyone seems to be getting what the “T” stands for wrong.

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Friday Forum Foraging: The Honda Blackbird Sport-Tourer

If it weren't for the Suzuki Hayabusa, the Honda Blackbird would be far better known. A case of bad timing, I guess. Still, that doesn't take away from the fact the Blackbird was, and still is, one fast motorcycle. And much like the 'Busa, with the right accessories, it makes for one hell of a sport-touring rig, too. This is the perfect example.

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What We're Wearing: 2024 Kramer GP2 890RR Introduction
Friday Forum Foraging: 2008 Suzuki SV650 With Only 20 Miles!

Loyal Motorcycle.com readers will know I have a soft spot for the Suzuki SV650 – as many people do. A lot's been said about what a great bike it is and how it can please riders of all ages and skill levels. Many of us are also of the mindset that the earlier, pre-Gladius and pre-SFV650, versions are more desirable. The problem is that, as time goes on, earlier models are getting harder to find – at least in good condition.

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Keep Cool: Why You Should Be Paying More Attention To Your Coolant
Not all coolants are created equal
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Lightfighter: Out Of The Cul-De-Sac And Down The Corkscrew
Racing the all-electric Lightfighter at Laguna Seca.
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2024 Kramer GP2 890RR First Ride Review

The approach to turn one at the Brno Circuit comes at the end of a long straight. A series of marker boards alert you to the start of the turn. First there’s a 300-meter marker, then 200. The throttle’s been pinned for a few seconds already by the 300m board, and you keep it there at 200m, too. The punchy 890cc parallel-Twin is screaming at the top of fifth gear, and it’s not until the moment you pass the 100m board that you let off and reach for the brakes. It’s scary at first, as the first apex is coming at you quickly, but you learn to trust the brakes.

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Friday Forum Foraging: A Proper 2006 Suzuki Burgman 650

You just can't beat a scooter when it comes to good, practical commuting. And the Suzuki Burgman 650 is a great representative of the category. With ample power from its 650cc Twin, it's equally at home getting you to and from the office as it is going on a touring ride – with a few choice upgrades. Mainly proper backrests. Backrests, mind you, this 2006 Burgman 650 comes with.

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Key Takeaways From Harley-Davidson’s Q2 2023 Report

Harley-Davidson had a pretty eventful second quarter of 2023, with the launch of two new CVO models, the Fast Johnnie Enthusiast collection, the Electra Glide Highway King Icon model, as well as a pause in production due to part supply issues. And, of course, Harley-Davidson just held its big 120th anniversary homecoming celebration, though technically that happened during the third quarter. Putting that big shindig aside, it was quite a busy few months for the Motor Company.

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A Visit With Champions: Touring the MV Agusta Museum

Riding through the little village of Samarate in Varese, Italy, the roads are narrow, with flats adorning one side – usually two or three stories high – and fields and trees adorning the other. Cars parked along the road make the narrow street even tighter, and the foot traffic marching to the church can clog the streets on a Sunday. It’s a sleepy little town and is remarkably easy to miss. You can ride right on through, from one end to the other, and dismiss the town entirely. Except for the little house with a helicopter – four, actually – resting on the lawn under canvas tarps. They’re so out of place in this little town that it’s hard not to stop and wonder what they’re doing there. That’s when you realize you’ve reached the Museo Agusta, or the MV Agusta museum.

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Friday Forum Foraging: 1975 MV Agusta 750S America

Rare motorcycles are always fun to talk about, and this 1975 MV Agusta 750S America is no exception. One of only 200 built over a two-year production run, the 750S America was lobbied into existence by racer Jim Cotherman and distributor Chris Garville who traveled to Italy, in 1974. There, they convinced MV's management to evolve the existing 750S into a limited-edition luxury sport bike tailored for the American market with more power and styling cues from MV's contemporary race bikes that dominated racing in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Hence the 37-star graphic on the fuel tank celebrating 37 world championships.

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Why Every Rider Needs A Motorcycle Stand (Or Two)
Racers made them popular, but a good set of stands are useful for every rider
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Alpinestars Supertech R10 Helmet – Video Review

For years, if you wanted to be protected by Alpinestars, you could get all kinds of coverage from your toes all the way to your… neck. The single piece of protective gear missing – and it was a glaring hole in the company portfolio – was helmets. The dirt guys got their wishes answered a few years back with the Supertech M10 helmet, but street and track riders were still missing out.

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Friday Forum Foraging: A Pristine 2004 Honda Valkyrie Rune
You'd never guess this Rune has 46,000 miles on it.
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Friday Forum Foraging: A Pair Of Vintage BMWs

This is a cool find, especially for vintage BMW heads. Here we have not one, but two BMWs – and the newer one is 50 years old! The first is a 1970 R50/5 and the second is a 1973 R75/6. Both are located in Vermont, and surprisingly, the owner says these were daily riders. In fact, they'll continue to be until someone buys them from him.

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What Does The Future Have In Store For MV Agusta?
With KTM AG behind it, MV Agusta has its best chance at financial stability. But we’ve heard this story before.
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Friday Forum Foraging: Low-Mileage 2020 BMW R Nine T
His loss is your gain
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