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Yukon Motorcycle Park receives government investment

15/08/2022. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

CanNor (Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency) announced in August 2022 that the Government of Canada is investing over $87,000 towards the renovation and expansion of the Yukon Motorcycle Park, located at Mile 904 (KM 1454) on the Alaska Highway, approximately 20km (12 miles) from Whitehorse.

The Yukon Motorcycle Park is designed exclusively for long distance motorcycle riders so there are no cars, trucks or RVs permitted onsite.

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The best thing since sliced bread – Ducati Multistrada V4

12/11/2020. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

Ducati threw the cat among the pigeons with their all-new, all-powerful, high-tech, go-anywhere Multistrada V4 Granturismo.

Boasting 170 hp (125 KW) at 10,500 RPM and 92 lb-ft (125 Nm) of torque at 8,750 RPM, the 3 models – V4, V4 S and V4 S Sport – feature the new 1158 cc, 83 mm bore x 53.5 mm stroke, dual overhead camshaft, 4 valves per cylinder V4 90% four-cylinder water-cooled engine that weighs only 147 lb (66.7 kg), 2.7 lb (1.2 kg) lighter than the 1260 V Twin engines.

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Best adventure motorcycle for self-isolation tour

05/04/2020. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

Health organizations advise that people keep a 6 feet distance between them during the coronavirus pandemic: “either 6 feet away or 6 feet under.”

The further the better. How about 6 miles? Or 60? Or 600 miles?

There are many far-away open roads out there. Getting on your motorcycle would be ideal.

There are a bunch of great cruiser or touring motorcycles that will suit the need: Harley-Davidson Road Glide, Indian Roadmaster, Yamaha Star Venture, Honda Gold Wing, BMW K1600GT or R1250RT.

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All-new 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 – more torque, less weight

06/12/2019. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

The torque of the Triumph Tiger 900 increased to 64ft-lb (87Nm) from 58ft-lb (78Nm) on the Tiger 800 but weighs about 11 pounds (5kg) less. Horsepower output remains at 95bhp but is delivered lower in the rev range, peaking at 8,750rpm instead of 9,250rpm.

The Tiger 900 is an all-new design, with a new 888cc triple engine, new quickshifter, new airbox design, twin radiators, new modular frame, new bolt-on rear subframe, new suspension, new LED lights, new 7-inch TFT dash, narrower seat, new fuel tank.

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KTM 390 Adventure

08/11/2019. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

KTM launched the much-anticipated KTM 390 Adventure at EICMA, the Milan Motorcycle Show. Note, this is the model without the “R” meaning the KTM 390 Adventure R should follow soon.

Details from the KTM press release –

The new KTM 390 ADVENTURE has harnessed the attributes and DNA from the popular and highly rated KTM 790 ADVENTURE as well as the development information gleaned from nearly two decades of Dakar Rally success.

A breezy, agile, and ideal entry model for riders keen to discover the ‘adventure’ sensation, this motorcycle offers added versatility for touring and light offroading.

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KTM 1090 vs 1190 vs 1290 Adventure R

31/03/2017. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

We knew about the KTM 1090 Adventure R long before its arrival but did not know how it will arrive. And arrive with spectacular specifications it did.

It’s not, as was expected, a toned-down 1190 or bumped-up 1050. No, the new KTM 1090 Adventure R – albeit it still with 1050 cc in stock – is, in the big adventure bike segment, the one to beat. Especially considering its aggressive price point.

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New Triumph Bonneville T100 vs T120

04/10/2016. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

Triumph expanded their award-winning Bonneville range with the launch of the new Bonneville T100 at the Intermot 2016 motorcycle show in Cologne, Germany.

At only 11 kg (24 lbs) lighter than the T120 the new T100 is not quite a baby T120; they share the same chassis. In fact, the official specifications report the T100 wheelbase at 5 mm (0.2 in) longer. The T100 seat also is 5 mm higher than the 785 mm (30.9 inches) stated for the the T120.

Looking at pictures and videos, it’s hard to tell the difference. The T100 looks every bit as good as the T120. Read more…

Honda X-ADV adventure scooter launch set for EICMA 2016

15/09/2016. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

One of the most important vehicles in the modern motorcycle world is to be launched at EICMA in November 2016.

Honda first showed the X-ADV as the “City Adventure concept” alongside the new CRF1000L Africa Twin at EICMA 2015 as a foreshadow of “a new development direction for adventure-focused machines.”

The teaser videos are titled “Your horizons are going to change forever” and “Every road is my road.” And that seems like a promise the world has eagerly been waiting for.

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Science behind remarkable new Wall of Death motorcycle world record

27/04/2016. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

By Hugh Hunt, Reader in Engineering Dynamics and Vibration, University of Cambridge.

The Wall of Death has been the most enigmatic dare-devil motorbike stunt for more than 100 years. Motorcyclists ride around the inside of a vertical wall, rather like a huge barrel, at speeds of around 48 km/h (30mph). Most Wall of Death “drums” are about 10 metres (32 feet) in diameter.

There is a Wall of Death near Cambridge, UK, run by Ken Fox. He was approached by NorthOne Television to assist in a mad project to set the world speed record for a motorcycle ride around the wall. The stunt was performed live on Channel 4 television on 29 March 2016 – and I was lucky enough to be right there, as a consultant engineer for the show. Read more…

The motorcycle mechanic and the heart surgeon

26/02/2016. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

A mechanic was removing a cylinder head from the engine of a motorcycle when he spotted a well-known heart surgeon in his shop. “Hey, Doc, can I ask you a question?”

The surgeon, a bit surprised, walked over to the mechanic working on the motorcycle.

The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked, “So Doc, look at this engine. I open its heart, take the valves out, fix ’em, put ’em back in, and when I finish, it works just like new. So how come I get such a small salary and you get the really big bucks when you and I are doing basically the same work?”  Read more…

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