If you’ve been riding motorcycles in North America for any amount of time, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of “Tail of the Dragon” (TOTD). An expansive stretch of road that spans the border between Tennessee and North Carolina, featuring an extremely high concentration of curves (318 to be exact) over an 11 mile stretch of pristine pavement. So, you may ask: does it really live up to the hype? The short answer: Yes -as long as you plan your trip properly and understand how to maximize you enjoyment of “The Dragon” and the surrounding area.
We’ve done over 6,000 kms on the Hyper and it’s becoming obvious that the sexy (short) carbon front mudguard doesn’t keep rocks and debris from hitting the radiator and front of the engine. Installing some simple guards such as Evotech’s Radiator and Engine guards should provide the protection we are looking for, as seen in this simple DIY.
Why is fueling in modern motorcycles such a prevalent issue? One would think that manufacturers such as Ducati, Honda, Yamaha, Aprilia (…), with their deep technical knowledge, should be able to build a bike that has spot-on fueling from the factory. Alas, this is not the case and there a many reasons for it, few of which are the manufacturer’s fault. Fortunately, technology has come a long way since the introduction of fuel injection and Rapid Bike claims to have a “magic box” that can cure literally any modern bike’s fueling woes. In this in-depth review, we dig into 1) why fueling is a problem in modern day motorcycles, 2) What the Rapid Bike Evo solution consists of and how it works, 3) how to install it and most importantly, 4) how it affects the bike’s performance.
What makes a bike great? Fast on the track? Comfortable? Good for commuting? Brings out your inner-hooligan? After a year, 7,000kms and a few essential mods, we’re here to deliver our verdict on what kind of bike the latest Hypermotard SP is, in the real world.
Changing a motorcycle’s oil is the most important procedure to stay on top of when it comes to bike maintenance. It’s a relatively simple job but requires attention and an understanding of your bike to avoid mistakes that could be costly.
So you’ve watched a bunch of Red Bull Nitro Circus videos and are now ready to become your own version of Travis Pastrana. Or maybe you’ve realized the benefit that cross-training into dirt will have on your street or track riding (after all, Rossi does it). Now, you need a dirt bike but don’t know where to start. Do you buy new or used? What should you look for in a used dirt bike so you can walk away with the right dirt-oriented machine at the right price? Read on for answers to these questions and more.
You’ve been suffering from P.M.S. (Parked Motorcycle Syndrome) for the last 4 months. Now, the snow is melting and it’s finally time to get out and test all the mods you’ve done over the (long) winter. To prevent all that anticipation ending in tears, here are 5 tips for spring riding:
“Naked bike” or Sportbike? Superbike or “supernaked”? 10 years ago, the answer to this question was much more obvious -“supernakeds” didn’t exist, so it was more a matter of “how fast do you want to go”. For many, the answer was “real fast” and that fuelled the sportbike craze that carried well into not the new millennia. Today’s reality looks a little different however. We live in an era where manufacturers have realized that big power and precise handling can (and should) be available both with and without fairings; with either clip on or upright handlebars. Enter the age of the supernaked.
I’ve got a bone to pick with the motorcycle industry: I don’t buy into the “more horsepower is better” mentality that many riders subscribe to. I also don’t buy into more HP = more fun (why we ride motorcycles in the fist place) and believe that more horsepower can actually have a negative effect when it comes to rider development. What I do believe is that stereotypes, social pressure, ego and mass media have pressured riders into buying unnecessarily high horsepower machines. Rant continued below.