Motorcycles 

Thunder Stroke 116-Cubic-Inch Stage 3 Big Bore Kit Review – First Ride

The unofficial MO motto is “More is more.” So, naturally we were happy to learn at the International Motorcycle Shows Long Beach media day last week that Indian has released the Thunder Stroke 116-Cubic-Inch Stage 3 Big Bore Kit. What’s that, you say? Well, how does a claimed 15% increase in torque and a 20% bump in horsepower strike you? Yeah, us, too. So, if your Thunder Stroke 111 has started to feel a little anemic after reading this paragraph, moto-salvation is at hand. For a retail price of a…

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2017 J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Long Beach Winners

Courtesy of Jeff Najar/Custom Motorcycle Shows – The Long Beach, California, round of the 2017-18 J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is a unique stop in the series because many of the latest trends come out of Southern California, the Dyna phenomenon with the panel paint jobs coming to mind. West Coast custom bike fans and enthusiasts have the luxury of seeing many of the bikes and artists first before they make their way across the country. The Ultimate Builder includes a diversity not seen in many shows and Long…

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The KTM 790 Adventure R Prototype in Action

I am always kind of amazed that when KTM shows its hot new bikes at a trade show like EICMA, the Austrian brand does such a bad job sharing the media it creates. Such is the case with the KTM 790 Adventure R prototype. As such, only a handful of […] The post The KTM 790 Adventure R Prototype in Action appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber. The KTM 790 Adventure R Prototype in Action Source: asphaltandrubber

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How Much Better Are Tires Compared to 30 Years Ago?

Dear MOby, Dovetailing into the article about how fast we’ve gotten… is the question of whether today’s “average” sport tire is as good as top-of-the-line racing tires of, let’s say, 30 years ago? Growing up in France (1965-’72) I saw incredible lean angles on OEM tires by guys riding stock bikes: CB350, H1, CB750… and this was street riding, often on cobblestone. Sincerely, Jong Yup, and I remember watching guys on our trails jumping 80 feet in the air on Hodaka Combat Wombats as I pedaled asthmatically along trying to…

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Cody Webb Wins 2017 AMA EnduroCross Championship Title

After an exciting season of racing, FMF KTM Factory Racing rider, Cody Webb, not only stood on top of the podium for his sixth straight win but also won his third AMA EnduroCross championship in four seasons this past Saturday in Ontario, CA. Congratulations, Cody! Begin Press Release: ONTARIO, CA. – November 20, 2017 – Cody Webb took his sixth straight AMA EnduroCross main event win, this one inside the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. The FMF KTM Factory Racing backed rider also earned his third EnduroCross championship…

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Goodbye Confederate Motors, Hello Curtiss Motorcycle Co.

Curtiss Motorcycle Co. aims to launch its first bike, the Hercules, May 5, 2018  In 1903, Glenn H. Curtiss invented the venerable American V-twin motorcycle engine. Confederate Motors, Inc. invested 20-plus years perfecting his invention. Four generations of patented architecture were created. Seven years ago, in our twentieth year, we began research and development of our fifth generation architecture. We knew we were at a turning point; we had maxed out Glenn’s invention. It was time to apply our years of design experience and earned wisdom with the best innovation…

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Triumph finally offer their Thruxton R ‘racer kit’ as standard (for December at least!)

It’s basically the perfect, factory-custom Café Racer for Christmas. With the Triumph Thruxton R costing £12,200 in top spec, it’s not exactly the cheapest retro-racer on the market, especially if you add the almost obligatory custom accessories from the official catalogue. So despite it being universally loved by pretty much everyone who has ridden it,… Triumph finally offer their Thruxton R ‘racer kit’ as standard (for December at least!) Source: Motofire

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Paul Garsons New Book: Two-Wheeled Blitzkrieg

MO contributor Paul Garson writes about history as well as motorcycles; his latest work combines the two. Two-Wheeled Blitzkrieg is all about the motorcycles that served as couriers, reconnaissance and medical evacuation vehicles during the Big One – also for delivering hot meals and assault shock troops to the front quickly – and even as tank destroyers. You first, Helmut. “Motorcycles have been going to war as long as there have been motorcycles around to go to war,” says PG. “They were recruited for the battlefield thanks to their merits of speed,…

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Racer Dan Hegarty Killed in Macau Grand Prix Crash

British racer Dan Hegarty has died following a high side crash during the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix road race. The 31-year-old from Nottingham, England, leaves behind his partner Lucy Draycott and two sons. Hegarty was thrown into the barriers in a corner known as Fisherman’s Bend on the sixth lap of the race, with his helmet reportedly flying off in the crash. Medical staff rushed to the site and Hegarty died while being transported to a hospital. A veteran of the road racing, including at the Isle of Man TT,…

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Suffragettes Centennial Cross-Country Motorcycle Ride Announced for August 2020

A ride celebrating the power, freedom and unity of American women on the centennial of the right to vote Progress is measured in big and small ways every day. A formative step towards the equality of Women in America was the passage of the 19th amendment of the US constitution allowing American women equal vote in fair and free elections. Progress continues on to this day and will be celebrated in August of 2020 with the Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride. This cross-country ride is dedicated to all women who have…

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