TJ Hinton

TJ Hinton joined the Topspeed team in 2015 to write for the motorcycle section. His education began in 1990 with community college courses in auto mechanics, but after a while in the field he decided that his true passion was for motorcycles. He attended the Motorcycle Mechanic’s Institute in Orlando, Florida in ’94-’95 and attained his certification to work on the ’Big Five’ with a specialty in Harley-Davidson products. Field experience includes working in an H-D dealership and acting as service manager/mechanic for a custom/aftermarket shop.

His first bike was a 1985 H-D XLX Sportster, and he has also owned a 1987 Honda Rebel 450, 1989 H-D FXRP and is currently riding a 2000 H-D XL883C. He brings over 20 years of riding and mechanical experience to the table.

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2020 Indian Springfield Dark Horse

2020 Indian Springfield Dark Horse

The New Thunder Stroke 116 Engine Is One Of The Most Powerful Production Engines Out There
2020 Indian Roadmaster Dark Horse

2020 Indian Roadmaster Dark Horse

The Newest Dark Horse Comes Equipped With The New Thunder Stroke 116
2020 Indian Chieftain Elite

2020 Indian Chieftain Elite

Now Equipped With Indian’s New Thunder Stroke 116 Engine
2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited

2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited

Harley Adds A Luxury Tourer To The Lineup For 2020
2020 Indian Scout Bobber Twenty

2020 Indian Scout Bobber Twenty

It’s Got An Old-School Bobber Look With A Modern Ride
2019 Yamaha YZF-R3

2019 Yamaha YZF-R3

Sport Trainer? Fun Commuter? Either Or Both!
2020 Harley-Davidson CVO Tri Glide

2020 Harley-Davidson CVO Tri Glide

The Best Of The Best In The World As Far As Production Trikes Go
2020 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

2020 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

It’s Back And The Dyna Crowd Is Celebrating
Harley-Davidson Launches New Models and New Technology for 2020

Harley-Davidson Launches New Models and New Technology for 2020

These Are The Next Components of "More Roads To Harley-Davidson"
2017 - 2020 Ducati Monster 1200 / 1200 S

2017 - 2020 Ducati Monster 1200 / 1200 S

The Monster 1200 Has Sleek New Looks And 11 Percent More Horsepower
2017 - 2019 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

2017 - 2019 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

Dubbed The "King of Adventure," But Is It Really?
2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 / 1260 S

2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 / 1260 S

A New Heart For The Devil
2019 - 2020 BMW R 1250 R / RS

2019 - 2020 BMW R 1250 R / RS

It’s The Alternative To The Naked-Bruiser Bikes
2017 - 2019 KTM RC 390

2017 - 2019 KTM RC 390

This Is The ’Race’ Beginner Bike
2014 - 2020 Suzuki Burgman 200

2014 - 2020 Suzuki Burgman 200

Small Enough To Be Economical, Big Enough To Be A Worthy Commuter
2017 - 2019 KTM 1090 Adventure R

2017 - 2019 KTM 1090 Adventure R

Off-Road Adventure At A Whole ’Nother Level
2016 KTM 690 Duke / Duke R

2016 KTM 690 Duke / Duke R

KTM’s Strongest Single Cylinder
2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 / R1M

2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 / R1M

Updated With Technology Derived From The YZF-M1 MotoGP
2018 - 2019 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport

2018 - 2019 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport

A Scrambler Even The Fiery-Eyed Pegdraggers Can Love
2019 KTM 450 Rally Replica

2019 KTM 450 Rally Replica

This Is For Serious Dakar, Rally Raid, And Cross-Country Rally Riders
2018 - 2019 Aprilia RSV4 RF / RF LE

2018 - 2019 Aprilia RSV4 RF / RF LE

Aprilia Improves An Already Impressive Bike
2016 - 2020 Suzuki Hayabusa

2016 - 2020 Suzuki Hayabusa

It’ll Scare The Crap Out Of Someone Who Loves You
2019 - 2020 Honda CRF450L

2019 - 2020 Honda CRF450L

It’s More Than Just an Off-Roader With A Tag Holder
2017 - 2020 Suzuki SV650

2017 - 2020 Suzuki SV650

The New Look Of The UJM Standard
2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally

2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Rally

KTM Steps Up Their 790 Adventure Game With The New 2020 Rally
2019 Norton Superlight

2019 Norton Superlight

It’s A Mid-Displacement Supersport With an Engine Derived from the V4
2019 Tuono V4 1100 RR & Factory

2019 Tuono V4 1100 RR & Factory

2018 - 2019 KYMCO Xciting 400i

2018 - 2019 KYMCO Xciting 400i

Nimble and Eager in the Corners; Not What You Expect from a Maxi-Scooter
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT

2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT

Equipped With The Largest Production Motorcycle Engine In The World
2017 - 2019 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S

2017 - 2019 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S

It’s A Super Duke Engine In An Adventure Chassis
2019 Norton Atlas Nomad

2019 Norton Atlas Nomad

Norton Brings The Road-centric Atlas Nomad To The U.S. for 2019.
2018 - 2019 Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black

2018 - 2019 Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black

Good Looks, Exciting Performance, And An Undeniable Pedigree
2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

Wherever Your Journey Takes You, Make Sure The Road Is Twisty
2019 Ducati Panigale V4 S Corse

2019 Ducati Panigale V4 S Corse

Let Me Be Clear: This Is Not A Poser Machine
2018 - 2019 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

2018 - 2019 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

It’s A New Bonneville Generation
2018 - 2019 Norton Commando 961 California

2018 - 2019 Norton Commando 961 California

Delivering Authentic Historical Looks With Modern Performance
2019 KTM 790 Adventure / 790 Adventure R

2019 KTM 790 Adventure / 790 Adventure R

Riders Asked For It - KTM Delivers It
2019 Norton Atlas Ranger

2019 Norton Atlas Ranger

Norton Brings Their Off-Road-Ready Scrambler To The U.S.
2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Road Glide / Road Glide Special

2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Road Glide / Road Glide Special

"Special" Means So Much More Than Before
2016 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Iron 883

2016 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Iron 883

Nothing Comes Out Of The Hole Like A Sporty
2019 Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory

2019 Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory

It’ll Show You In A Heartbeat Where Your Skillset Is Weak
2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Iron 1200

2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Iron 1200

A Little Bit Retro, A Little Bit Cafè, And a Little Bit Gangster
2019 First Look: Aprilia Concept RS 660

2019 First Look: Aprilia Concept RS 660

This Is What We Know About Aprilia’s New Concept Bike
2019 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

2019 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

Its Off-Roadiness Goes Beyond Simple Aesthetics
2018 - 2019 Triumph Tiger 800 XCa

2018 - 2019 Triumph Tiger 800 XCa

This Next Gen Tiger 800 Shows Us It Means Business
2018 Moto Guzzi V7 III Carbon

2018 Moto Guzzi V7 III Carbon

Go Dark Or Shiny In The Limited-Edition V7 III Carbon
2018 - 2019 Aprilia SR Motard 50

2018 - 2019 Aprilia SR Motard 50

Sporty And Nimble, It Now Has A Liquid-Cooled Engine
2011 - 2019 BMW K 1600 GTL

2011 - 2019 BMW K 1600 GTL

It’s A Fast And Nimble Sporty Tourer
2018 - 2019 Triumph Tiger 800 XRt

2018 - 2019 Triumph Tiger 800 XRt

Triumph Improved What Was Already A Nice Ride
2018 - 2018 Triumph Tiger 1200 XRx

2018 - 2018 Triumph Tiger 1200 XRx

A Significant Engine Update Results In Smooth And Progressive Power Delivery
2017 - 2019 Moto Guzzi V7 III Special

2017 - 2019 Moto Guzzi V7 III Special

Its DNA Harkens Back To The 1975 V750 S3
2018 - 2019 Moto Guzzi V7 III Rough

2018 - 2019 Moto Guzzi V7 III Rough

Almost There; Kinda ’Scrambler-Like’
2018 - 2019 Indian Motorcycle Roadmaster Elite

2018 - 2019 Indian Motorcycle Roadmaster Elite

Hand-Painted and Hand-Finished With 24-Karat Trim Make For A Ride Unrivaled In Elegance
2017 - 2019 Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer

2017 - 2019 Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer

A Retro Cafe’ Racer That Hits All The Important Points
2018 - 2019 Aprilia Shiver 900

2018 - 2019 Aprilia Shiver 900

New Engine, New Chassis, And New Suspension Gives The Shiver 900 A Whole New Riding Experience
2018 - 2019 Moto Guzzi V7 III Milano

2018 - 2019 Moto Guzzi V7 III Milano

This Is A Real Retro From A Company That Knows Retro
2020 Arc Vector

2020 Arc Vector

So Unorthodox, It Redefines Reality
2018 Yamaha Star Eluder

2018 Yamaha Star Eluder

It Has One Of the Largest Engines You’ll Find In A Touring Bike
2019 Energica Eva 107

2019 Energica Eva 107

The Same Power And Drive System As The Ego, But With More Thrills
2018 - 2019 Vespa Primavera 50

2018 - 2019 Vespa Primavera 50

It Has A Historical Look That Is Authentic
2019 Suzuki GSX-R1000X

2019 Suzuki GSX-R1000X

Think Of It As The GSX-R1000’Xtra
2019 Indian Springfield

2019 Indian Springfield

It’s Among The Least Expensive Of Indian’s Baggers
2016 - 2019 Triumph Thruxton 1200 / 1200 R

2016 - 2019 Triumph Thruxton 1200 / 1200 R

For The Classic Cafe’ Racer, Thruxton Is Hard To Beat
2019 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra

2019 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra

The Road Glide Ultra Comes With The Milwaukee-Eight 114 For 2019
2015 - 2019 Triumph Rocket III Roadster

2015 - 2019 Triumph Rocket III Roadster

Rocket, Yes. Roadster, No. It’s Big, Solid, And Powerful
2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC

2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC

It’s Not Just A Name, It’s An Actual Scrambler
2018 - 2019 KTM 790 Duke

2018 - 2019 KTM 790 Duke

KTM’s First Parallel Twin: Race-Ready And Rearing To Go
2018 - 2019 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports

2018 - 2019 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports

Not A ’Soccer Mom’s SUV’ Equivalent Of An Adventure Bike
2019 Kawasaki W800 Café

2019 Kawasaki W800 Café

It’s One Of The More Authentic Tribute Bikes Out There
Tempus Electric Bikes Titan C & Titan R

Tempus Electric Bikes Titan C & Titan R

Tempus Offers Affordable New Models for 2019
2018 Honda NC750X

2018 Honda NC750X

A Pragmatist’s Approach To Two Wheels
2016 - 2019 Indian Chief Dark Horse

2016 - 2019 Indian Chief Dark Horse

With Black-Out Details and Matte Black Finish, It Defines "Dark"
2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special

2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special

This Is What Sportster Owners Have Been Doing With Their Own Bikes For Generations
Top Speed Buying Guide To The 2019 Harley-Davidson Lineup

Top Speed Buying Guide To The 2019 Harley-Davidson Lineup

2019 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Explained
2018 - 2019 BMW F 850 GS Adventure

2018 - 2019 BMW F 850 GS Adventure

It’s A Truly Capable Adventure Bike For Honest Adventure-Bike Riding
2020 BMW S 1000 RR

2020 BMW S 1000 RR

It Has More Of The Goods That Made The Previous Generations Such A Hit
2016 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight

2016 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight

Lean And Mean Dark Custom Attitude
2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob

2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob

Ride It Again For The First Time
2017 - 2019 Ducati 1299 Panigale R FE

2017 - 2019 Ducati 1299 Panigale R FE

It’s The Last Hurrah For The Twin-Cylinder Superleggera-Derived Superquadro Engine
2018 - 2019 Yamaha XSR700

2018 - 2019 Yamaha XSR700

The First Bike Under Yamaha’s ’Faster Sons’ Banner
2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR

2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR

It Caters Directly To The Fiery-Eyed Pegdraggers Out There
2018 - 2019 Aprilia RSV4 RR

2018 - 2019 Aprilia RSV4 RR

Envy Comes Bundled With The Standard Equipment Package
2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 R

2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 R

With Top-Flight Aerodynamics And A Supercharged Engine, The H2 R Is Far Too Awesome To Be Street Legal
2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

Racing Or Just Around Town, There’s Something For Everyone In The New Super Duke R
2015 - 2019 Harley-Davidson SuperLow

2015 - 2019 Harley-Davidson SuperLow

It’s Unintimidating For New Folks, Yet Fun For Experienced Riders
2015 - 2019 Suzuki GSX-R600

2015 - 2019 Suzuki GSX-R600

It’s A Gixxer... ’Nuff Said
2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701

2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701

Husky Pushes Further Into Streetfighter Territory With The Largest Engine Currently Offered In Its Streetbike Division
2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide

2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide

The Closest Thing Harley Has To A Sport-Tourer
2015 - 2019 Honda CBR300R

2015 - 2019 Honda CBR300R

It’s A Fireblade That Was Left In The Dryer Too Long
2017 - 2019 Triumph Bonneville Bobber

2017 - 2019 Triumph Bonneville Bobber

It Has A Retro-Appeal All Its Own
2018 - 2019 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

2018 - 2019 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

As It Turns Out, Husky Has Its Own 390 Duke
2018 - 2019 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701

2018 - 2019 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701

It’s Got That Funky Contemporary Style And A Race-Tastic Vibe
2019 Suzuki GSX-S1000FZ

2019 Suzuki GSX-S1000FZ

Suzuki Brings Sportbike Performance To The Touring Market
2017 - 2019 Ducati Monster 1200 R

2017 - 2019 Ducati Monster 1200 R

The Most Monster Of The Monster Family
2018 - 2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401

2018 - 2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401

Husky Gives Us A Saucy Little Scrambler
2019 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT Adventure

2019 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT Adventure

The No-Fuss-No-Hassle Adventure Bike With Even More Adventure Features
2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim

2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim

It’s Post WWII-Era Bobber Styling On A Modern Power-Cruiser
2020 Suzuki Katana

2020 Suzuki Katana

The Reinterpreted “Samurai Sword” Heats Up The GSX-S Stable
2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Street Bob

2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Street Bob

After The Dynas Died, The Street Bob Was Rebuilt And Reintroduced As A Softail
2018 - 2019 Suzuki GSX-S1000

2018 - 2019 Suzuki GSX-S1000

The Beauty Of A Gixxer Engine In A Naked Chassis