Scooter Riders Get a Little Respect

If you want the fun and fuel economy of a motorcycle, but aren’t quite ready to go the Hog route, Yamaha has released a scotter that comes with a little street cred.  The TMAX’s fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, four-valve-per-cylinder engine boasts forged pistons, carburized connecting rods, and ceramic-composite plated cylinders.  It’s a horizontally positioned 499cc parallel twin, […]

Harley-Davidson Names New Chief Executive

Motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson Inc. said Monday its chief executive will step down May 1 and will be replaced by an executive from car battery and interiors maker Johnson Controls Inc. Keith E. Wandell, 59, replaces James L. Ziemer, who is retiring after 40 years at Harley and four years as its CEO. Wandell is currently […]

Remember 9-11 Ride

I got together with 500 of my closest friends on 9-11-2008 to ride to a ceremony in Long Beach, honoring those who lost their lives on 9-11-2001.  This annual ride started from Cook’s Corner in Trabuco Canyon and ended in Long Beach, California.  Traffic was pretty heavy for parts of the ride, so the group got spread […]

Test Ride — Can-Am Spyder

I recently took the Can-Am Spyder for a spin and offer my impressions on this reverse trike. The cool-factor of this three-wheeler is unmistakable.  You know you are going to have a fun ride, like climbing onto a snowmobile or WaveRunner.  The ride is nothing like being on a motorcycle, and is far more like […]

Darth Vadar, Your Bike Is Ready

I haven’t laid my hands on this one yet, but I like the look.  Not your typical cruiser.  The compact design belies the 1679cc, liquid-cooled V-4 engine with a 90mm bore and 60mm stroke.  This shaft drive beauty looks like it’s armed with cannons, with large ram-air ducts on either side.  And with this model, […]