• 2021 Honda CRF450RX Review2021 Honda CRF450RX Review
    In only its fifth year of existence, the Honda CRF450RX has received a complete overhaul. The entire chassis has been updated, including the frame, subframe, swingarm, suspension, triple clamps, and bodywork. The engine received major changes to the cylinder head, intake tract, and EFI; it also now has a single muffler exhaust system. The 2021 CRF450RX remains a serious off-road race machine with the same high-power engine and sharp handling characteristics as the CRF450R motocross bike. Riding the 2021 Honda CRF450RX. (Jeff Allen/) Since the CRF450RX is an off-road competition… Read more »
  • Italdesign Gives Us an Electric DucatiItaldesign Gives Us an Electric Ducati
    Italdesign’s 860-E concept mines its past 860 GT design to present an idea for the electric future. (Italdesign/) The idea of an electric Ducati might be anathema to many enthusiasts after decades of bikes with a combustion engine as their very soul, but the Italian firm is increasingly involved in electrically assisted bicycles and it’s surely only a matter of time before a battery-powered motorcycle emerges from the Borgo Panigale factory. We’ve seen various unofficial design studies for such a machine in the past, but this one, dubbed the 860-E,… Read more »
  • Ducati Panigale Bayliss 1st Championship 20th AnniversaryDucati Panigale Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary
    A tribute to a man and a machine. Ducati’s Bayliss Edition looks great, and rides every bit as well. (Ducati/) First Look: Ducati Panigale V2 Bayliss Edition Twenty years ago, Troy Bayliss gave Ducati a great gift, and now Ducati is repaying the kindness. Back in 2001, Bayliss rode a Ducati 996R to the first of three World Superbike championships he would deliver for the Italian company, followed up with titles in 2006 and 2008. While that’s one championship short of Ducati’s legendary ensign Carl Fogarty, Bayliss remains number one… Read more »
  • 2021 Aprilia RS 660 MC Track Review2021 Aprilia RS 660 MC Track Review
    All we have ever wanted are motorcycles with mass horsepower and racing-derived technical excellence. These wishes have driven manufacturers down the roads of potent open-class literbikes, homologation-special superbikes, and race-replica machines—nowadays often with 190-plus claimed horsepower. But maybe we’ve asked for too much? In this episode of <i>MC Track</i>, we rip laps aboard the 2021 Aprilia RS 660 at the Ridge Motorsports Park in the Pacific Northwest. (Jeff Allen/) Sure, rubber-burning horsepower and unlimited funds make for wicked sportbikes, but it isn’t everything when it comes to having a seriously… Read more »
  • 2022 BMW R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental First Look2022 BMW R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental First Look
    The family of BMW cruiser, including the R 18 and R 18 Classic along with the new R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental. (BMW Motorrad/) First it was the R 18, then the R 18 Classic, and now BMW is revealing two additional cruisers for its 2022 lineup—the R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental. Both new bikes will be available starting this August with the bagger-styled R 18 B pricing at $21,495 and the R 18 Transcontinental pricing at $24,995. The R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental… Read more »