Waltz of the Machine Equestrians - Featured

Video Intermission – Waltz of the Machine Equestrians

Reader Jeff Z. told me about a museum exhibit he was planning on checking out at the RISD Museum (Rhode Island School of Design), and as soon as I took a look I knew I had to share one of the rare instances when our favorite two-wheeled vehicles were used to create art – plus as a bonus, it’s not a bad example of slow-speed motor control. So, feast your eyes on the Waltz of the Machine Equestrians—The Machine Equestrians by UuDam Nguyen. Continue reading

Modified 2012 KTM 690 Enduro - Right Side

Rally Raid – Modified 2012 KTM 690 Enduro

If you’re looking for a true off-roader from your production dual-sport, I’m not sure it gets better than the KTM 690 Enduro. Built to serve as the base for KTM’s Dakar Rally efforts (which they won in 2007, 2009, and 2010 with this bike before regulation changes forced them to switch to a smaller engine for competition), the 690 is the farthest on the off-road side of the spectrum compared to its dual sport competition like the KLR, G650GS, TR650, and more. The seller of this specific example has embraced the bike’s off-road strengths and turned it all up to 11 – who needs pavement, anyway? Continue reading

Honda GB500 - Left Side

1989 Honda GB500

In the late 80s, Honda took a risk and gave the world a beautiful motorcycle inspired by 60s thumper racers of the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy race – bikes like the Manx Norton and AJS 7R. Originally created as a 400cc bike in Japan, the bike got a bump in displacement to 500 cubic centimeters, and was then exported as the Honda GB500 across the world. The United States only got this beauty for 2 years, as sales were poor. Now, it’s a modern classic, and a personal favorite of mine. Continue reading

Buell Lightning Super TT - Front

2007 Buell Lightning Super TT

When it comes to streetbikes, it’s harder to have much fun (at legal speeds) than when you’re riding a supermoto. For just two years and 1,700 units, Buell channeled the supermoto feel and created the XB12STT, a tweaked version of their Lightning streetfighter, also known as the Buell Lightning Super TT. Those of you with off-road backgrounds will feel instantly comfortable once you hop on the single seat of the Super TT, which is much narrower than any I-4 sportbike. Continue reading