a red, white, and blue CBR1000RR-R sport bike racing down the street
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Ducati Panigale VS Honda Fireblade

The Ducati Panigale and the iconic Honda Fireblade are each some of the fastest race-inspired bikes in production. The 2021 Fireblade (which should hit showrooms this fall) is one of the most exciting bikes on today’s market and a pretty parallel competitor with the popular Ducati Panigale. But is there one of these motorcycles that …

A white-with-blue-striped-fairing 1982 Honda CBX 1000 Super Sport
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The Honda CBX 1000 Was an 80s 6-Cylinder Superbike

While some early-20th-century motorcycles could handle triple-digit speeds, the first superbike coined as such was the 1969 Honda CB750. It wasn’t the first four-cylinder bike, or even the fastest bike at the time. However, it offered features never-before-seen on production bikes, let alone ones at that price point. But by the late 70s, it was …

a red BMW leaning deep into a chicane
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The Suzuki Hayabusa Trails Behind the BMW S1000RR

Both of these incredibly fast motorcycles are fan favorites. The Suzuki Hayabusa GSX 1300 R motorcycle is a bit dated now, however, and the BMW S1000RR motorcycle has just been redesigned. While the ‘Busa remains a faithful steed for high-speed riding, the BMW has received numerous updates that give it more modern agility. Though there …

a red, white, and blue CBR1000RR-R sport bike racing down the street
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Honda Fireblade vs. Suzuki Hayabusa

The Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle has long been a favorite among American thrill junkies. Now, with the Honda Fireblade motorcycle finally coming to the US, buyers of street-legal racers may find themselves facing a difficult decision between these two bikes. How do these two sportbikes compare? The Honda Fireblade motorcycle is also known as the CBR1000RR-R. …

Black-and-orange 2020 KTM 790 Adventure R power-sliding through the desert
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The Best New ADV Bikes Under $15,000

It’s definitely possible to have a great off-road bike adventure without going broke. But, as with cars, paying a bit more for a motorcycle, especially an ADV, sometimes does mean getting a few extra appreciable features. That doesn’t mean that you have to go for a company’s range-topping flagship motorcycle, though. In fact, $15,000 can …

Low-angle shot of a black 2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Nightster silhouetted against a cloudy sky
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Which Used Harleys Are the Most Reliable?

While it faces an image problem, Harley-Davidson does still make some impressive motorcycles. Especially when it comes to tourers and cruisers. Although some of its newer bikes can be fairly pricey, Harley’s reputation for design conservatism means used models offer similar looks at a discount. Unfortunately, many past Harley-Davidsons suffered reliability and quality-control issues, which …

Tan 1978 Puch Maxi Newport moped in the grass
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Why Have Vintage Mopeds Gotten So Popular?

As with classic SUVs, vintage motorcycles have risen in popularity in recent years. As have scooters, which is why manufacturers offer modern versions of icons like the Vespa and Honda Super Cub. But there’s another 2-wheeled form of transportation that’s also enjoying a cultural resurgence: the moped. What is a moped? Like motorcycles, mopeds have …

Motorcycle race showing a motorcycle handling a tight turn.
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Why Are Ducati Motorcycles so Expensive?

In an article about Ducati motorcycles on The Things, the difference between other bike prices and Ducati prices is posed as being the same as the difference between “I like it” and “I love it.” If you are willing to pay more for an Italian machine, you’ll end up with something fast built for long …

Patent diagram showing a potential Kawasaki hybrid motorcycle
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Kawasaki’s Supercharged Hybrid…2-Stroke Motorcycle?

Increasingly-tougher emissions regulations make for interesting, and high-performance, motorcycle tech. For example, Yamaha’s getting back into turbochargers, for one. And Kawasaki is working on putting a manual transmission in an electric motorcycle. However, that’s not the only new bike the Japanese company seems to be developing. There are already rumors about the brand’s 200-hp supercharged …

Brushed-aluminum 2021 Tarform Luna electric motorcycle on a beach
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The Tarform Luna Electric Motorcycle Goes All in on Sustainability

Battery-powered bikes, like other EVs, have benefits besides high performance. However, although electric motorcycles do generate fewer emissions, not all of their building materials are necessarily as kind to the planet. And for many potential owners, there’s always the question of, not just battery range, but battery longevity. Brooklyn-based Tarform’s Luna, though, is trying to …

Black-and-silver Buell Lightning with green helmet on a city street
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Buell: The Sportier Side of Harley-Davidson

Even outside of Henderson, American motorcycle companies have included more than just Harley-Davidson. And we’re not talking about Indian, either. In addition, even before Harley tried branching out into new segments, there was one American bikemaker that offered not just sports bikes, but innovative entry-level ones, too. That company was Buell. And although it’s still …

a red, white, and blue CBR1000RR-R sport bike racing down the street
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The New Honda Fireblade Is Actually Coming to America

The all-new Honda CBR1000RR…-R Fireblade SP is coming to American motorcycle showrooms as a hulked up 2021 model of the familiar Honda CBR1000RR sport bike. There were apparently not enough Rs for this speedster––so Honda added more. Honda Powersports advertises this designated factory racer as “everything but the factory contract.” Named the Fireblade––presumably alluding to …

Aston Martin AMB 001 with blue body panels and tan seat
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Aston Martin and Brough Superior Are Making a $121,000 Superbike

Despite its somewhat rocky financial position, Aston Martin’s not quite dead yet. And it’s actually branching out into the 2-wheeled segment—specifically, with motorcycles. But the upcoming Aston Martin AMB 001 isn’t a solo effort, though. To develop it, Aston Martin called upon another iconic British company: Brough Superior. This isn’t Brough Superior’s newest bike RELATED: …

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team crew washes a motorcycle using a pressure washer
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How to Wash Your Motorcycle Properly

Although cars and motorcycles differ on a few maintenance items, they both need to be washed regularly. Giving your motorcycle a wash isn’t just about aesthetics, though. It removes contaminants, like bugs, which can damage the paint, and potentially cause rust. Unfortunately—or, rather, given how they can damage paint, fortunately—you can’t just take a motorcycle …

The Triumph E-Trekker GT stands alone before a concrete wall
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Did You Know That Triumph Makes Electric Bicycles?

Many may recall the name Triumph from the past. Although the British manufacturer of small sportscars stopped selling its cars decades ago in the United States, the Triumph name has also been used in conjunction with Motorcycles. Just recently, however, Triumph branched out and included electric bicycles to its product portfolio. Bicycles and Sewing machines? …

KTM rider Cooper Webb rides to victory
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Cooper Webb’s KTM 450SXF Dirt Racer

Cooper Webb finished 2019 strong, earning the season title for Monster Energy Supercross. He’s still on the rise in the 2020 racing season––poised as the only rider with a fighting chance against current points leader Eli Tomac. Today we see if he rides his KTM 450SXF factory race build to victory. Webb could take the …

Black 1975 BMW R75/5 motorcycle on its center stand
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Why Are Classic BMW Motorcycles So Popular?

Today, some of the most popular bikes in a motorcycle company’s lineup are the retro-style ones. That’s something BMW knows very well. And not just because of the reception its own RnineT café racer and upcoming R18 cruiser enjoy. Classic BMW motorcycles have also become a trend in their own right. Classic BMW motorcycle history …

Red 1976 Kawasaki KZ900 LTD in a parking lot
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The Kawasaki KZ900 LTD Was the First Power Cruiser

Even before the supercharged 200-hp Ninja H2, Kawasaki offered some pretty powerful motorcycles. And that includes cruisers. Today, the idea of a ‘power’ or ‘muscle cruiser’ isn’t that unusual. Harley-Davidson, Ducati, and (arguably) Triumph offer bikes that fall into those categories. But the 1976 Kawasaki KZ900 LTD was the first. How the Kawasaki Z1 led …

Black 2002 Ducati Monster S4, viewed from the side, in a concrete parking garage
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Is There Such a Thing as a Reliable Used Ducati?

Italian bikes, especially classic ones, haven’t really had a reputation for reliability. And Ducati is no exception. The motorcycle company has been dinged in the past by Consumer Reports for its rather high rate of customer problems. Which, if you’re interested in buying a used one, isn’t reassuring. However, just as it’s possible to find …

White 1983 Yamaha XJ650 Seca Turbo in front of a fence
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Yamaha Is Getting Back Into Turbocharged Bikes

High-RPM redlines and more cylinders are usually how motorcycle companies increase performance. But Yamaha is going to use something that, while common in cars, isn’t really seen in bikes: forced-induction. Not a supercharger, like on the Kawasaki Ninja H2, though. Instead, Yamaha is re-introducing turbocharging to its motorcycle lineup. The Yamaha turbocharged bike news Performance …

2 2020 BMW S1000RRs, one red and one red-white-and-blue, race side-by-side
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BMW S1000RR: Did the Germans Win the Japanese War?

When it comes to fast and famous sportbikes, the Japanese big four are often the first liter bike manufacturers that come to mind. But in 2011 everything changed. The Supertest World Association awarded ‘Bike of the Year’ to the German BMW S1000RR after its first year of production––on Japanese soil––and European motorcycle fans were validated, …

2020 KTM 390 Adventure motorcycle sliding through the desert
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The Best New Off-Road Motorcycles Under $10,000

Off-roading on 2 wheels can be tricky—but it doesn’t have to be expensive. There’s a wide selection of modern affordable motorcycles with a degree of off-road prowess. But the best-suited are adventure motorcycles and dual sports. And, if you thought off-road adventures were outside your budget, the bikes described below sticker for under $10,000. Best …

2020 BMW F 850 GS Adventure with white, red, and blue livery parked in hangar
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What Do You Need to Go Off-Road on a Motorcycle?

Preparation is key for off-roading a truck or SUV. And it’s even more important if you’re going off-road on a motorcycle. However, getting ready for an off-pavement motorcycle adventure doesn’t have to be intimidating. Here’s what you’ll need. Picking an off-road motorcycle The first step is figuring out what kind of off-road motorcycle you’ll need. …