Displaying posts categorized under

Blog: The ride continues

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 […]

It’s a motorcycle: You gonna look at it or ride it?

Two of my colleagues at RevZilla were considering my 1997 Triumph Speed Triple. “It’s kind of sad that a bike owned by someone in the industry is in that condition,” one of them said after a minute’s hesitation. OK. So maybe that’s not what I was expecting to hear. Or, on another level, maybe I […]

Why we’ll miss Nicky Hayden more than most

Even if he had never won a motorcycle race, Nicky Hayden was the kind of guy who would be greatly missed. But of course millions more will miss him precisely because he did win a lot of motorcycle races. That’s not the only reason, or even the main reason, why we’ll miss him, however. Nicky […]