The Tiger 800 XC and Tiger Explorer 1200 are a direct attack on BMW’s F800GS Siegfried and R1200GS Roy, but the Triumphs are capable of standing on their own merits. That raises another question, which big cat to take home? Contributor Neil Johnston puts the two Tigers to the test to find out.
Yamaha’s ditched the FZ6 for the FZ8 with a smoother torquier engine derived from the FZ1, but will it lure new riders and intermediate riders seeking a sporting experience melded with sharp streetfighter looks?
Mike’s Sky Ranch is a mecca of motorsport, a stop point on the Baja 1000 and a hangout with one challenging driveway. While it seems like OneWheelDrive.Net‘s are the first Honda Varadero’s to reach Mike’s, the question remains will they make it back out? A bent rim brings the guys to a halt, and begs the next question, “Is this repairable?”
Neil Johnston and Kevin Miklossy, our motorcycle contributors from OneWheelDrive.Net, got ahold of two Honda Varaderos this spring. Now, in Canada the Varadero is being marketed as an adventure bike, and that requires a suitable destination? How about Mexico’s Baja, because that should be adventurous enough. Big bikes, sand, Mexico; what could possible go wrong?
Ducati doesn’t have an adventure bike… yet. Ã‚Â But, while the world waits for the release of the flying-D’s adventure bike replacement for the Multistrada, Neil Johnston of OneWheelDrive.Net has gotten a bit impatient. Ã‚Â So when a light dirt-road outing comes up, and his KTM 640 Adventure is waiting for parts, it’s up to Ducati’s Urban Hooligan the Hypermotard to stand in. Ã‚Â And, for the record the Hypermotard only looks like it should be off road…
Is the KTM RC8 as stunning to ride as it is to look at? Neil Johnston takes to the roads on this very rare offering to find out.
Neil Johnston of http://OneWheelDrive.Net tests KTMs maddest off-road option, the 98hp, 70ft-lb of torque, 950 Super Enduro R. A bike that has stepped well over the line.
In the tunnel a mid-90Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s blue Cavalier pulls along side. Glancing to the right, through the glass, I see the driver mouthing the words, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Is that the new Monster?Ã¢â‚¬Â I nod. He gives me a thumbs up, and with a roll on of the throttle the tunnel fills with the 2009 Monster 696Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s twin under-seat exhaust barking their departure.
Belting through traffic, I feel as if I should be slaloming wash lines, market carts and pavement cafes, rather than behemoth SUVs, Cube Vans and moderately enraged driversÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ one of which happens to be our cameraman in a pursing BMW 535xi. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Italian city car flair to the Suzuki SX4, and for good reason; in essence it is a Fiat Sedici…