Lance Oliver

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Lance Oliver

What new motorcycle at EICMA caught my eye

Every year, the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, serves up a feast of new motorcycles. We covered the most significant and relevant announcements over at RevZilla with multiple stories, even though unlike some sites, we don’t cover everything. Here, though, I’m being even more selective. Here’s what I personally found most interesting.

Les Holt’s custom KZ1000 mixes vintage power with modern components

Originally published in Accelerate magazine in 2012. Les Holt rode his customized 1977 KZ1000 LTD to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Bike Show at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days expecting to do nothing more than be a spectator and scope out some restorations and customs. In the end, he left with a second-place plaque. As Holt […]

2018 Aprilia Shiver 900 first ride review

In 2007, I flew to Arizona to test ride a new motorcycle with a strange name and a cutting-edge innovation. The name was the Aprilia Shiver and the innovation was a ride-by-wire throttle. Instead of cables tugging on mechanical parts, as had been used for decades, the Shiver (second in the U.S. market only to […]

Three success stories from MotoAmerica riders who almost gave up… but didn’t

Professional motorcycle racing is an extremely precarious career choice, and not just for the reason most people think about first (crashing).

The downside of photochromic helmet faceshields

Three years ago, I wrote that photochromic helmet faceshields were my new favorite piece of motorcycle gear. I still love them. All three helmets I own have a Transitions visor. But you do need to know what you’re getting into. Not only are the visors expensive, but they have a limited life span. The photos […]

REV’IT Enterprise II motorcycle pants review

When I went to the press intro for the BMW G 310 R in December, RevZilla sent me a pair of REV’IT Enterprise II pants to wear in the photo shoots, along with the REV’IT Shield jacket I reviewed earlier. Now, after more than half a year of wearing the pants in all kinds of […]

Two images that show why the AMA is going nowhere

A few months ago, AMA President Rob Dingman wrote a scolding column titled “Fake news in motorcycling,” in which he asserted there was “a deliberate attempt to defame and undermine the AMA” using information from AMA tax filings, an approach he called “naive at best and intentionally misleading at worst.” He cited a specific article […]

Short shift: A quick review of the 2018 Triumph Street Triple RS

On paper, the 2018 Triumph Street Triple RS looks like just about the perfect motorcycle for me. It seems to combine the best attributes of the three motorcycles I currently own — only better in every category. It is the descendant of my 1997 Speed Triple, but improved by any measure except, arguably, looks. The […]