Honda brought their all-new NT700V touring motorcycle to the United States last autumn. Having gained popularity and selling pretty well in Europe for years, Honda’s mid-sized V-Twin is claimed to be a versatile, user-friendly and fuel efficient motorcycle that allows riders to use it both to commute and live adventures on depending on what day of the week it is.
Check this out! A track riding instructor took his Honda Goldwing for a spin during a trackday in London, New Hampshire. The bike may not be exactly in its element and I’m sure the guy riding doesn’t feel as confident as on a CBR1000RR model, but as hard as it may be to believe, he actually manages to scrap a knee and live to tell the tale…or post in on youtube.
That’s kind of like driving a stretch limo around a race track only that much more spectacular!
Writing about the 2009 Victory Vision , I didn’t had enough fingers on one hand to count the number of models available, but their 2010 lineup simplifies things at least from that point of view. Instead of having the Victory Vision Street/Premium/Tour/Tour Comfort/Tour Premium and a very beautiful 10th Anniversary Vision Tour, they’ve simply kept the Victory Vision Tour and created an all-new Vision 8-Ball model for 2010.
That’s rather interesting because we expected the Vision family to grow even bigger, but at least it makes it easier for customers to pick a bike.
Victory has been designing and engineering the Cross Roads and Cross Country motorcycles for their touring range for the past three years. That got our attention and while we’ve recently talked a bit about the Cross Roads model, it is now time to see what makes the Cross Country model even better. The competition isn’t out of our equation, so we’ll start by getting to know the bike better before starting being impressed (because there’s plenty to be impressed about).
The Victory lineup is now even more attractive for long haul thrill seekers also thanks to the Cross Roads model, which is all-new for 2010 and which brings the most horsepower and cargo capacity in its class.
Powered by a 106-cubic-inch Freedom V-Twin Engine, being able to carry as much as 21 gallons of cargo and being designed in strict accordance with the Victory style, this motorcycle goes against Harley’s notorious Road King and stands all the chances to prove a much better choice for the buck.
Triumph makes sure their most versatile model, the Tiger remains a strong player on the market and the presence of a Special Edition model in their lineup is just what the doctor recommends for riders in search of an adventure-sport model. The bike is based on the Tiger ABS, but distinguishes thanks to a Matt Graphite and Matt Black color scheme as well as thanks to a pair of color-matched sidebags, just like the 2010 Sprint ST gets.
A first glance at the standard 2010 Triumph Tiger is enough to make you think the bike is totally new, but what actually sets it apart from the previous model year are the attractive new color schemes and the touring upgrades that the Brits simply had to have for their wild model.
While the color schemes as well as the accessories are for you to decide, what they don’t offer the possibility to decide for is the 1050cc three-cylinder engine producing 111 bhp at 9,400 rpm and 72 ft.lbs at 6250 rpm, as that would actually be the main reason why people buy the bike. Also, the Triumph Tiger features sports suspensions and rubber as well as Nissin brakes, making it an adequate sport-touring bike rather than the dual-purpose one that first made an entry back in the early 1990s.
There’s nothing like riding a large displacement tourer and when it comes to this, the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic LT is not only one of the best representatives of its class, but also the one featuring the biggest bore and stroke. So for 2010, the massive Vulcan designed for the long haul enhances its visual and makes sure that the engine is delivering power even smoother than before. Meanwhile, the simple Vulcan 2000 and the Vulcan 2000 Classic remain 2009 model years.
After getting rid of the over passed Vulcan 1500 and coming up with an entire 1700cc lineup composed of classic, classic tourers and touring models offering riders the possibility to find the ideal model without going in another manufacturer’s dealership, we’re now talking about the amazing all-new Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 which concludes under the Classic, Classic LT, Nomad and Voyager, all 2010 model years.
The 2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 model range takes the best from the world of cruisers and adjusts it to match the size, experience and demands of riders who are just starting out. Each of the three models, Classic, Classic LT and Custom are set to offer a different kind of riding experience and the new Special Edition version derived from the Custom model follows the trend towards Dark Custom motorcycles that Harley-Davidson started.
With quite a few occasions, we happened to see various sportsbikes that resembled different cats, but to our surprise this is a motorcycle wrapped in fur and it is anything but light, agile and very fast. It couldn’t have possibly been any of those attributes simply because this BMW K1 200LT is supposed to look like a cow. If we must be mean, we would say the standard bike does a very good job in that concern, but it seems that the owner of this particular one lend a very helpful hand.