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Fork Buyer’s Guide

Feb 18, 2015 - 6:09 PM - by


I honestly thought Yamaha’s 1993 GTS1000 heralded the beginning of the end of telescopic fork front suspension. Yet here we are, 22 years later and besides BMW’s Telelever and Duolever technology (and the Bimota Tesi… -Ed.), the telescopic fork remains de rigueur for motorcycle front ends.

Depending on who you ask, the telescopic fork made its first appearance in undamped fashion circa 1908 on a Scott motorcycle. The experiment didn’t last, as later models used the more contemporary girder suspension.
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Test rides 2015

Feb 17, 2015 - 1:48 PM - by stormbringer
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I Spent the day test riding 2 bikes ,glorious sunshine all day .
1st Up was the Triumph Tiger 800 XRX followed in the afternoon by the B'mer R1200R sport.
The Tigers engine was superb but they need a lesson from BMW in dash design and operation as the after noon ride was to prove with the set up on the BMW Dash which is light years ahead
.I really like the 3 display types and the 1 button operation on the move .
The Ride on the B'mer was to try the water-cooled Boxer engine as the bike I'm interested in is the R1200RS Sport .
The R 1200 R sport which I rode felt a little cramped in the amount of leg room .
The engine however is superb ,so much better than the air cooled lump.
The Triumph has the most fiddly dash set up and the hand guards and screen are a bit flimsy .
Priced at £10,000 the triumph (with Arrow can and beak is a bit on the expensive side ) and I doubt if I would make much use of the modes and cruise control so... [Read More]
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Suspension Buyer’s Guide

Feb 06, 2015 - 2:56 PM - by


If ever a thing deserved the description 'black art,' motorcycle suspension is it. Your bike’s suspension needs to suck up bumps, control fore and aft pitch, steer the front wheel, create traction at the rear … and do it all from straight up and down to leaned all the way over on the tires’ edges.

The basic concepts are easy enough: coil springs and compression damping determine how your suspension compresses. Rebound damping (and the same coil springs) determine how it uncompresses. The rates at which those two things happen and under what conditions is the complicated part. All I know is that when your suspension is
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Top 10 Vehicles Powered By Motorcycle Engines

Jan 30, 2015 - 11:04 AM - by


The history of motorcycle engines powering other vehicles goes back a long way. Look at the original Morgan 3 Wheeler, for example. Almost a century ago, J.A.P. bike engines were plunked onto the front of a strange piece of machinery with two wheels in front and one in the back. It proved to be popular and a rather high-performing vehicle in its time. For this Top 10 list we take a look at other applications for motorcycle engines. As you can imagine with a list like this, there are a wide variety of vehicles. Some are production cars, while others are one-offs or boutique items. And yes, even though this is, I
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Small-Displacement BMW Spied Testing

Jan 28, 2015 - 3:40 PM - by


The first products of BMW‘s collaboration with India’s TVS Motors are well into development, with spy photographers capturing images of a new small-displacement motorcycle undergoing testing.

BMW previously announced it was working with TVS to develop sub-500cc motorcycles in 2013. Stephan Schaller, head of BMW’s motorcycle operations, has confirmed a target date of 2015 for the small-displacement
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