Orange-liveried MotoGP racer Marc Marquez shows off his white-and-black Alpinestars motorcycle track boots
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The Best Motorcycle Boots Aren’t Just Ordinary Shoes

Although a quality helmet is a definite requirement for riding a motorcycle safely, it’s just one piece of gear. Riders don all sorts of apparel to protect themselves, such as gloves and armored jackets. And that often includes putting on motorcycle boots or shoes. But what’s so special about this kind of footwear, and is …

The side view of a yellow 1976 Honda CB400F Super Sport in a parking lot
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The Honda CB400F Is a Classic 1970s Japanese Sportbike

Today, sportbikes are just one of several kinds of motorcycles available to buyers. But, like with any other kind of bike, they didn’t just spring up out of nowhere. For example, the modern standard motorcycle evolved from the UJMs of the ‘70s. And while several sporty motorcycles came before it, the Honda CB400F Super Sport …

A black-and-silver 2020 Triumph Daytona 765 Moto2 Limited Edition on a rear-wheel stand on a racetrack
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The 2020 Triumph Daytona 765 Moto2 Isn’t Racing Cosplay

Whether used Suzuki or brand-new Ducati, sportbikes are the motorcycles of choice for dedicated track-day racers and handling aficionados. And like any other kind of bike, sportbike performance ranges from mild to extreme. However, there’s a distinct gap between a street-legal bike and a true racing machine. The 2020 Triumph Daytona 765 Moto2 Limited Edition, …

A silver-and-red 2021 Aprilia Tuono 660 by a concrete ramp
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Aprilia Relaxes the RS With the Naked 2021 Tuono 660

Sportbikes make for excellent fun, but these motorcycles are sometimes too extreme for every-day riding. More to the point, some aren’t approachable enough for newer riders. However, some bike companies are solving this by turning their sportbikes into less-hardcore naked bikes. The Ducati Streetfighter V4, for example, is a naked, slightly toned-down version of the …

Monster Energy Yamaha racer Fabio Quartararo leads a pack of MotoGP riders at the 2021 Qatar GP
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Want Fun Unpredictable Racing? You Need to Watch MotoGP

Besides supercross and motocross, motorcycle racing doesn’t always get a lot of attention in the US. True, flat-track racing is experiencing a resurgence. But overall, compared to something like the Daytona 500, bikes often play second fiddle here. However, thanks to the Internet, it’s easier than ever to access international motorsports, including bike racing. And …

The front half of a black 1936 BMW R 5 motorcycle, showing the forks and the front drum brake assembly
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Should You Upgrade Classic Motorcycle Drum Brakes to Discs?

While you can theoretically ride a classic motorcycle regularly, it requires living and fiddling with older technology. Instead of fuel injection, for example, you have carburetors. And many motorcycles feature drum brakes rather than discs. However, is that something you can upgrade—and should you? How do drum brakes work on a motorcycle? Today, essentially all …

British rider Dougie Lampkin with a black-and-red CCM Spitfire Blackout on a road
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British Bike Brand CCM Celebrates 50 Years of Slinging Sand

Today in the US, if you mention British bikes, Triumph is the first name that comes to mind. But it’s just one of several motorcycle brands that’ve sprung from the UK. While many have fallen into history’s pages, some, like BSA, have returned. It’s a similar story with another British marque, Clews Competition Motorcycles, aka …

A white-blue-and-red 1989 Honda Africa Twin XRV650 in front of a garage
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The Classic Honda Africa Twin Is Still up for Adventures

If you’re thinking about going off-roading on a motorcycle, buying a used one is a great way to save some cash. But there’s used, and then there’s classic. Naturally, the idea of taking a vintage bike off-road can seem rather daunting. However, while they don’t offer all the latest modern conveniences, some classic motorcycles are …

An image of a 2021 Polaris Slingshot driving down the road.
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Can You Daily Drive a Polaris Slingshot?

Take one look at the Polaris Slingshot and you’re bound to say, “What the heck is that?” We wouldn’t blame you, considering it’s not every day that you see a three-wheeled half-car, half-motorcycle thing rolling down the road. It definitely looks weird, but could you technically drive on every day? The Polaris Slingshot is technically …

An Indian logo decorates the gas tank of an Indian Chief Vintage motorcycle sitting
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Indian Is Creating New Technology to Make Riding a Motorcycle at Night Safer

As fun as motorcycles are, they are also full of safety hazards. One of the biggest safety hazards is visibility. Seeing and being seen is a key component to keeping each ride safe. Indian Motorcycle has recently filled out a patent application that indicates that they’re working to develop new lighting technology that would make riding a motorcycle safer. Indian hopes …

Visitors look at motorcycles from various brands at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show
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Which Motorcycle Brand Has the Best Warranty?

Although used bikes are easier on the budget, buying a new motorcycle has its advantages. Among them, the fact that a new motorcycle comes with a factory warranty. But just like with cars, not all bike warranties are created equal. So, how do the different motorcycle brands available in the US compare? Is there any …

A red 2003 Ducati 999 by a forest lake
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The Ducati 999 Superbike Is More Affordable Than You Think

While not every rider needs or can get the most out of the Panigale V4, Ducati’s latest superbike does benefit the motorcycling world as a whole. For one, the Panigale’s design helped improve the latest Monster. And, as with luxury car marques, new high-end Ducatis make used ones more attainable. But sometimes, a motorcycle isn’t …

A gray-and-black-with-orange-wheels 2021 Yamaha MT-09 in front of a building at night
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The 2021 Yamaha MT-09 Is a Triple (Cylinder) Threat

The naked bike segment has become a hotly-contested one amongst motorcycle companies. But while brands like KTM and Husqvarna offer solid entry-level models, there’s even more competition in the ‘middleweight’ portion. And while Yamaha only introduced its small-capacity naked bike, the MT-03, to the US in 2020, the larger MT-09 has been here for some …

supercross riders competing for the hole shot as they turn around the first corner.
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What’s the Difference Between Supercross and Motocross?

Covering Supercross in Arlington, TX this weekend got me thinking about another related sport that my family loves. Motocross is another epic battle of the bikes where athletes come from near and far, ride in the dirt, in an effort to prove themselves the fastest––and the season is right around the corner. Supercross might seem …

A close-up view of a black 2022 Indian FTR S's red-spring rear monoshock
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Should You Upgrade Your Motorcycle Suspension?

From different wheels to grippier tires and beyond, there’s a myriad of ways to modify your motorcycle’s performance. And while adding a supercharger or cutting curb weight helps boost speed, there are other options. For example, fitting your motorcycle with upgraded suspension components. But is it necessarily a worthwhile investment? How does your motorcycle suspension …

The rear 3/4 view of a gray-and-black 2012 Harley-Davidson Nightster parked by a record store
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Harley-Davidson’s Custom 1250 Might Revive the Nightster

Although the Pan America 1250 is finally out, there’s one more Harley-Davidson bike that’s yet to officially break cover. That would be the upcoming ‘high-performance custom model.’ Since we don’t know the official name yet, most have dubbed it ‘Harley-Davidson Custom 1250.’ However, new trademarks suggest the production bike may bear a familiar name: Harley-Davidson …

A black 1994 Honda CB1000 Super Four in a parking garage
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Bring a Trailer Bargain of the Week: 1994 Honda CB1000 Super Four

While the Super Cub has certainly cemented itself in motorcycle history, it’s not the only influential Honda bike. The CB750, for example, was the first motorcycle called a ‘superbike.’ Then there’s the GB500 Tourist Trophy, which previewed the modern café racer trend by over a decade. This week’s Bring a Trailer bargain, though, is more …

Two riders ride a rented cruiser down the road
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Riders Share Wants Motorcycle Rentals To Bring in New Riders

Going for an extended test drive before buying a car is important, but it’s even more so for motorcycle shoppers. You won’t really know if you’re more comfortable on a cruiser or a standard until you ride them. Luckily, as with cars, motorcycle rentals from sites like Riders Share offer such opportunities. However, as Riders …

custom built Roland Sands Design KTM 790 adventure
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Roland Sands Just Built a Gloriously Game-Changing KTM 790 Adventure Bike

The motorcycle world is similar-ish to the car and truck one, but it operates under its own rules. Custom builders in the car world definitely have clout, but there is something different about custom builders in the moto world. Custom cars tend to exist in their own enthusiast corners, usually disassociated with the major manufacturers. …

A beige 2021 Janus Halcyon 450 with leather saddlebags on a stage
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The Halcyon 450 Is the First Fuel-Injected Janus Motorcycle

Indiana-based Janus doesn’t just style its motorcycles to look like their classic forebears. The company’s hand-assembled and mostly hand-built bikes are designed around keeping things simple for their riders. That’s why, up until now, all Janus motorcycles have used a carbureted single-cylinder engine. But that changes with the new Janus Halcyon 450. The Halcyon 450 …

A blue 2022 Honda Grom ABS
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The 2022 Honda Grom: Faster but Just as Cheap and Cheerful

The Grom is hard to beat as a brand-new beginner motorcycle, especially for those who’ve never ridden before. It’s light, compact, efficient, and cheap; but unlike a Vespa, it’s still a motorcycle. However, while the Honda Grom was never going to be a highway cruiser, there were some who wanted a bit more speed. And …

Ryan from FortNine demonstrating the bright-green Helite Turtle 2 airbag vest
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The Simpler Motorcycle Airbag Jackets Might Be the Best

Apart from your helmet, one of the most important pieces of motorcycle gear is CE-certified armor. However, as vital as it is, an armored jacket isn’t necessarily on the cutting-edge of biker safety. That’s because you can now choose from a wide selection of motorcycle airbag jackets. But even though the latest ones offer some …

Honda submits patent application for autonomous motorcycle drone
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Honda Is Making a Futuristic Drone That flies Out of Your Bike

Drones used to be these hyper futuristic devices that felt more like the Marvel Cinematic Universe than they felt real. These days drones are nearly as ubiquitous as microwaves. They deliver stuff, photograph, and film, and even put on spectacular light shows. The dirtbike and dual-sport worlds have really taken a shine to the films …

A close-up of a red 2020 Ducati Panigale V4 S's dash with TFT display and a silver Ohlins steering damper
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Your Motorcycle Might Need a Steering Damper

Changing things like the handlebars and wheels on your motorcycle isn’t always just about aesthetics. As with aftermarket mirrors, some modifications are as much about safety and comfort as they are about looks. Especially when it comes to handling-related accessories. And if you’re trying to improve your bike’s handling, one common recommendation is fitting a …

A matte-gray-and-brown 2021 Triumph Bonneville Bobber
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The 2022 Triumph Bonneville Bobber Is a British American Classic

Usually, bobbers are associated with American motorcycles. For example, the latest Indian Scout Bobber. However, just like American companies have dabbled in café racers, so too have European brands released bobbers. And for 2022, British brand Triumph has updated its own Bonneville Bobber. What makes the 2022 Triumph Bonneville Bobber different from the regular Bonneville? …

BMW R 1200 GS Adventure in dark green and silver
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20,963 BMW R 1200 GS and Others Are Being Recalled Due to Leaking Fuel

Dual-sport bikes are some of the most capable vehicles on the market, period. By definition, they are tough, go-anywhere machines that have become the apple of many riders’ eyes these days. The segment is getting more and more popular, from small and simple dual-sports to the massive and tech-heavy BMW GS bikes. Well, you might …

A red-and-silver 2022 Triumph Bonneville T120 in front of a gray background
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Retro Rivals: 2022 Triumph Bonneville vs. Moto Guzzi V7

While it makes several retro bikes, Triumph is arguably best-known for the iconic Bonneville. And for 2022, the entire lineup is getting an update. But there’s another vintage-style motorcycle that was also recently updated: the Moto Guzzi V7. So, now that these classic-looking bikes have been refreshed, which one should you pick? The 2021 Moto …

Harley Davidson supercharger patent drawing
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Harley-Davidson Is Working on a Bolt-On Supercharger For V-Twins

If the Jeep Wrangler is the King of the aftermarket in the 4×4 world, then Harley-Davidson is definitely the King in the motorcycle world. Harley peeps love to dress their big V-twins to the nines. Although Harley-Davidson does offer bolt-on big-bore kits and pistons and such, most Harley aftermarket stuff tends toward vanity, until now. …

Lane splitting crash
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Report: You Cause Crashes When Motorcycle Lane-Splitting

According to a recently completed French study, motorcycle lane splitting caused a 12% crash increase. Roads where motorcycle lane splitting isn’t allowed? Accidents were down 11%. The Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Assn., in conjunction with the Centre for Studies and Expertise on Risks, Environment, Mobility, and Planning; as well as the Fédération Francaise des Motards …

A rider on the orange Ural electric cT motorcycle concept with its sidecar on a city street
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Can You Convert a Classic Motorcycle Into an Electric One?

While riding a classic motorcycle can certainly be fun, it requires some additional upkeep compared to a modern one. Classic bikes have carburetors, for one, as well as older ignition systems and brake designs. Admittedly, you can upgrade or swap out these vintage components for modern parts that require less maintenance. But what about ditching …

A silver-and-yellow 2021 Buell Motorcycles 1190RX Hammerhead
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Third Time’s the Charm: Buell Motorcycles Is Back—Again

Sometimes, a shuttered motorcycle brand comes back from the dead. It happened to Indian, after all, and Soriano. And some companies are resurrected more than once. Up until now, it seemed like Buell Motorcycles would just be another brand left by the wayside. But now it’s back for the third time. Buell Motorcycles and EBR …

A photo of a Harley-Davidson Sportster on the road.
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All Of These Motorcycles Killed Off In 2021

Harley, Yamaha, and others are discontinuing a number of bikes in 2021. Some, we’re glad to see them go. But others are like old friends that have been around for years. Still, we know that with the old going out there is a lot of new coming in. So here are the motorcycles that will …

A black 1956 Matchless G45 production race motorcycle by a wall on a black-and-white checkerboard
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Matchless: A Classic British Motorcycle Marque Worth Remembering

For every revived motorcycle brand like BSA, there’s an equal number of classic ones that still lay by the wayside. Here in the US, for example, we have historic brands like Henderson and Pierce-Arrow. And from Britain, we have marques like Vincent and Velocette. But there’s also Matchless. Matchless made its reputation through winning races …

The rear 3/4 view of a black 2022 Indian Chief in a sunlit garage
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Hail To the Indian Chief: The 100th Anniversary Brings New Looks and Tech

Vintage-inspired designs are found in every corner of the motorcycle world. That’s especially true for many of the cruisers Harley-Davidson and Indian offer. However, even historic models evolved over their lifetimes—why should their modern versions be any different? That’s why, for the 100th anniversary of the Chief, Indian is giving it a redesign. And it’s …

The side view of a gold-brown 1976 Honda CB550 Four in front of a white shed
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The Honda CB550 Is an Overlooked Classic Super Standard

It’s hard to overstate the CB750’s impact on the motorcycle world. When it launched in 1969, its affordable performance and technology helped coin the term ‘superbike.’ It also launched the Universal Japanese Motorcycle segment, and inspired rivals like the BMW R90S. But the CB750’s status can overshadow some of the other contemporary Honda four-cylinder bikes—including …

Harley-Davidson motorcycles lined up for sale at Chicago Harley-Davidson on April 20, 2010, in Glenview, Illinois.
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The Most Common Harley-Davidson Complaints

Any established company gets complaints. Professional and amateur critics unfailingly take issues with products. And when a company sells an extensive product line, not every offering is a hit. In fact, some are almost guaranteed duds. Despite Harley-Davidson‘s excellent reputation as a maker of quality bikes and its storied century-plus history, it has seen its …

A motorcycle rider and passenger wave from a maroon Harley-Davidson
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Why Do Motorcycle Riders Wave To Each Other?

It used to be that a black leather jacket was the traditional motorcycle rider calling card. Not just to other people, but to fellow riders as well. But while a Schott Perfecto is no longer de rigueur, the motorcycling community is still all about camaraderie. And part of expressing it is with the ‘motorcycle wave.’ …