My Plan To Make Motorcycle Journalism Not Suck Anymore

Last month, Jalopnik managing editor Patrick George announced that Jalopnik had finally come to its senses, acknowledging motorcycles are awesome, and that Lanesplitter is going to try to be the motorcycle site the world needs. This month, some idiot convinced them that in order to achieve this goal they needed to… » 8/28/15 2:30pm Yesterday 2:30pm

Nostalgia Plus: The MotoAmerica/Mule Motorcycles R1

The Yamaha TZ750 is one of those legendary bikes that seem to always elicit one of two responses in people: fear and awe. The former probably stems from the two-stroke motor’s incredibly peaky power band and notoriously terrible handling in its earliest incarnations. The latter is almost certainly due to legends like… » 8/28/15 1:06pm Yesterday 1:06pm

A Naked Version Of The R3 Is Coming And It's Going To Be Amazing

Hold the presses, Yamaha is coming out with a naked bike based on the R3?! For anyone who follows the motorcycle industry or new model releases, the only surprise here should be that this hadn’t actually been confirmed yet. For those of you who this is news for, let me tell you about an amazing little sportbike that’s… » 8/28/15 10:50am Yesterday 10:50am

Macklemore's Chariot Sets A New Insanity Standard For Music Video Vehicles

Macklemore’s “Downtown” track is apparently an amazing ode to mopeds. And the new music video for it, man, let’s just say I haven’t been this blown away by “cool vehicles set to song” since Cash Money Records put a New Beetle and a Jaguar S-Type in the same entourage. » 8/28/15 10:33am Yesterday 10:33am

This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things: How Ugly Motorcycles Come From Awesome Concepts

The lights, the hype, the acclaim, the champagne and glad-handing. Like a royal birth, concept bikes are lauded as the next big thing when they’re introduced. Then the time for production comes, design doldrums are readily apparent, enthusiasm wanes, and reality sets in. » 8/27/15 2:34pm Thursday 2:34pm

You Just Missed The Coolest Motorcycle Riding Competition, And It All Went Down Online

Real Moto 2015 is a video-only, free riding category in this year’s X Games. If the idea of a video-only category bothers you, realize that it’s both 2015 and that, by definition, free riding doesn’t happen in massive arenas or designed courses. I too was skeptical, until I hit play... » 8/27/15 12:33pm Thursday 12:33pm

An Awesome New Mid-Size KTM And Retro Husqvarnas Might Be On The Way

Spy shots indicate two hot new KTM bikes may be on the way. The KTM Duke 800 promises to pick up with the 690 leaves off, with more performance and fewer vibes. KTM’s new sub-brand, Husqvarna, is also testing production versions of those beautiful retro cafe racer concepts from last year. » 8/26/15 12:23pm Wednesday 12:23pm

The Ronin 47: Creating A Badass Street Bike From A Dystopian Future

The Ronin Motorworks 47 have been Internet darlings since they were announced several years ago. When you take a Buell 1125 — an awesome motorcycle to start with — then add more performance and the looks of a high-tech street bike from from a dark vision of the future, this is what you get. Here’s how they build it.… » 8/25/15 9:30am Tuesday 9:30am

The Short Person's Guide To Motorcycle Riding

So you want to ride a motorcycle, but have discovered you’re vertically challenged. Before telling yourself that either a) riding was a stupid idea in the first place, or b) the only thing you could ever throw a leg over is a Honda Rebel, know this: You’re not alone. I’m 5’3”, and I’ll ride anything I can. Don’t… » 8/24/15 4:08pm Monday 4:08pm

Is The Yamaha YZF-R1S A New Model Or Nah?

Tales of the Yamaha YZF-R1S have been swirling ever since Yamaha filed patents for the name alongside the names YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in April of 2014. The R1 and R1M were released later in the year, but the R1S has curiously been missing. New California Air Resources Board… » 8/21/15 2:29pm 8/21/15 2:29pm

Nine Sportbike Technological Advancements That Are Now Commonplace

It is easy to take a look at today’s high-performance motorcycles and assume all of the features present have been there since the very beginning. From the sleek suspension systems, beefy brake components, and powerful and reliable drivetrains, it all appears to be perfectly balanced. However, what you are actually… » 8/21/15 10:42am 8/21/15 10:42am

The Crash That Made Me Quit Racing

I came to in the infield, lying on sharp, baseball-sized rocks and gasping for air like a beached fish––all the ribs on my right side were broken and poking my insides as if I’d swallowed a Swiss army knife. I also had a dislocated shoulder, a torn rotator cuff, a broken collarbone, a fractured vertebra, and torn… » 8/20/15 3:38pm 8/20/15 3:38pm

MotoGP Racer Combines His Favorite Turns Into One Track And It Looks Fun As Hell

All motorcyclists, whether you’re a MotoGP racer or Sunday Starbucks rider, have favorite corners of sections of road. For most of us, it’s that one off-ramp that you can take at full speed with your eyes closed or that section on your favorite road that is cambered just right. But what if you could combine your… » 8/20/15 2:40pm 8/20/15 2:40pm

Still On The Fence About A Motorcycle? Get On A Bicycle First

Besides my oma telling me “not to ride faster than my angel can fly,” there are two things I hear a lot as a motorcyclist: “I’d love to get into bikes but I’m nervous about balancing,” and “what’s a good first bike?” Honestly, if you’re really on the fence about the whole idea why not start with pedal power? » 8/19/15 8:41pm 8/19/15 8:41pm