Horsepower: Is “More” better?


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.

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The Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle Wheelies

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Photo credit:  On Any Sunday (movie), 1971

Riding a motorcycle on its rear wheel (also known as a “wheelie” or “catwalk”) is one of the most exhilarating feelings a bike can provide. Being equal parts daunting, dangerous, thrilling and rewarding (like most things in life), motorcycle wheelies are a skill that is difficult to master, which is why we’re providing you, our loyal readers with the Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle Wheelies.

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Project Hypermotard 939 SP: FootPeg Replacement DIY

Ducati Performance footpeg (top). Hypermotard 939 stock footpeg (bottom) with rubber insert removed.

Ducati’s Hypermotard platform is arguably its most versatile, featuring models that can do everything from touring (Hyperstrada), street riding (Hypermotard) and track duty (Hypermotard SP).  What’s unfortunate however is that Ducati outfitted all 3 bikes with the same footpegs.   Continue reading

2016 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Review

“The Beast” in one of 2 standard liveries (Special Edition livery also available for 2016)

The KTM 1290 Super Duke R has been the subject of much media attention since its launch in 2014, winning “Motorcycle of the Year” from multiple publications and earning praise across the globe. Does it deserve the hype? We spent an afternoon on one to find out and to see exactly where this bike stands among the current crop of exotic supernakeds.

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