• Suzuki V-Strom DL1000 Test Ride and Review

    GenII Suzuki V-Strom DL1000 Test Ride

    If you compare the Suzuki V-Strom to the other 1000+ cc liter bikes available, it seems to fall short. But our experience has been that so many times a spec sheet doesn’t tell the whole story. We’ve ridden bikes that spec out at the top of the heap but were dreary to ride, and other bikes that don’t spec out ...
  • 1988 Honda Hawk GT Review

    The Amazing Honda Hawk GT NT650

    The Honda Hawk GT holds a very special place in my heart. It was the first bike that truly captured my attention and my imagination. It was, for the most part, a sales flop in the United States, but the fact that it has turned into a wildly popular cult bike tells me that the design was ahead of its ...
  • Ducati Multistrada 1100S

    Ducati Multistrada 1000DS/1100S Review

    Some say that Ducati is the most misunderstood motorcycle company in the world, and if that’s the case, then their quirky Multistrada would be the most misunderstood company’s most misunderstood bike. That’s a lot of misunderstanding, but it does explain why the bike designed for “many roads” has never been a big seller. The quirky bike doesn’t even fit in ...
  • Triumph Tiger 1050 Test Ride and Review

    Triumph Tiger 1050 Test Ride and Review

    So, back when I bought the Suzuki V-Strom, what I was really after was a tall, comfortable road bike that was fun to ride. I had no delusions of it being a dirt bike. Well, maybe a little delusion…but a couple of dirt rides over some pretty gnarly terrain cured me of that right quick. Yet, the VStrom is a ...
  • Triumph SPeed Triple 955i Race Track Test Review

    Triumph Speed Triple 955i Review

    After one full year of ownership, and 13,000 miles, I feel like I can finally give a fair and complete review of the Triumph Speed Triple. In late 2003, a fellow MSF instructor picked up a used 2000 S3. Knowing that I’ve always loved the look of the bike, goofy dual headlights and all — I always thought it looked ...