April 22, 2013 |
Gas prices are high at the pump and rising higher, and prospective motorcycle buyers -- especially first-time buyers -- often cite fuel efficiency as their No. 1 reason for wanting to swap four wheels for two. It's always a good swap, as far as mileage goes. Even the thirstiest gas-guzzling motorcycles get more miles per gallon than the most economical cars. Honda's road racing CBR1000RR gets a reported 41 mpg, for example, while a big beast like BMW's R1200GS gets close to 50 mpg. A powerful road bike like KTM's 1190 RC8 gets close to 40 mpg, as does a mid-range cruiser like the Moto Guzzi V7. But some motorcycles are really fuel efficient.
April 30, 2013 |
As a hobby, motorcycling isn't as expensive as, say, yachting, flying or dating supermodels. But you can still spend plenty if you want to. Special-edition bikes, exotic foreign bikes and carbon-fiber-laden race bikes for the street can set you back $35,000 or more. PHOTO GALLERY: Top 10 most expensive motorcycles Not counting handcrafted, made-to-order machines such as the Confederate X132 Hellcat or the customized beauties handcrafted by Westside designers at Deus, these appear to be the most expensive production motorcycles available in the United States.
January 6, 2014 |
This is a fantastic time to be riding motorcycles. So many models! So many choices! So many manufacturers trying so hard to build the perfect bike. In 2013 I had the opportunity to ride about 40 different machines. There were street racers, road hogs, sophisticated cruisers, stripped-down "naked" bikes, dirt bikes, dual sport bikes and even electric bikes. I liked almost all of them. And I really loved quite a few. PHOTOS: Best bikes from 2013 The year to come looks even more exciting.
December 16, 2010
Progressive International Motorcycle Show Where: Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach When: 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Tickets: Adults $15, children 6 and older $6, children 5 and younger free; $10 for car parking, free for motorcycles Info: (562) 628-8200; http://www.motorcycleshows.com/LongBeach
November 15, 2013 |
Three years ago Polaris Industries bought the historic Indian motorcycle brand and vowed to make it roar again. The results of that boast have hit the streets, in the form of three mighty machines - the Indian Chief Classic, the Indian Chief Vintage and the Indian Chieftain. The rollout represents a roll of the dice for the successful powersports company, which has managed to bring the three entirely new motorcycles to market in 27 months from concept to showroom - about half the time most companies take to develop a new bike.
April 20, 2012 |
Sales of on-road motorcycles, which took a beating during the economic downturn, are finally revving up. According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, sales of new motorcycles meant for road use and scooters were up 8.8% for the first quarter of 2012 compared with the same period last year in part because of unseasonably warm weather and higher gas prices. Scooters alone got an especially big boost - 16.9% over last year. Sales of dual-purpose motorcycles, meant for on- and off-road riding, were up 12.7%.