Surviving long-term motorcycle riding requires a healthy dose of fear and the heightened awareness that accompanies it. Nothing suffers fools quite as ruthlessly as two-wheeled transport, an axiom that has been relentlessly reinforced by YouTube. The exposure of riding is bound to catch up with thrill-seekers hungry for speed, knee dragging, and all the potential disaster that comes with tapping into a sportbike's vast reserves of performance. READ ON
We love the idea of a street-legal supermotard, but the everyday reality, well, sucks. A converted motocross machine is mostly miserable in any street setting—uncomfortable, over-stressed at freeway speeds, and absolutely lacking versatility. Fun, sure, for a little late night jackassery, but almost useless as a day-in, day-out transportation device. READ ON
All-new 821cc, liquid-cooled Testastretta delivers supermoto goodness.
Ronda, Spain—If there was one complaint we had about the first-generation Ducati Hypermotard, it was a lack of versatility. Its unforgiving riding position and wedge-like seat made escaping even your own neighborhood an uncomfortable exercise in willpower. But if you did manage to venture out and find a tight, twisty road, the payoff was awesome.
Comfort, however, is not an issue with Ducati’s new 2013 Hypermotard. Its riding position is far more relaxed, thanks to a taller handlebar and more than 3 extra inches of space between the bar and seat. Additionally, the footpegs have been moved forward by almost 3 inches, helping to create a more upright riding position. READ ON
Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring Test
The 1200cc era of the Ducati Multistrada was launched in 2010, and quickly cemented a reputation as a cutting-edge sport-touring bike‚Äîwith off-road capability if you dare.
Ducati’s four-bikes-in-one concept is based on selectable riding modes (Sport, Touring, Urban, and Enduro) that optimize the electronically adjustable suspension (updated for 2013, though this review is of the 2012) and Ducati’s awesome Testastretta motor for the desired riding conditions. READ ON
If you’re looking for a unique street bike that will impress your friends, family and even strangers on the road, the 2012 Ducati Monster 696 might be the perfect motorcycle for you. This member of the Monster family is not only a fun-to-ride, high performance bike, but it also trumps the competition, so you can make other riders eat your dust. The 696cc engine may seem modest for a superbike, but once you hit the open road, you’ll have no doubt this 20th anniversary motorcycle is plenty powerful. READ ON