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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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
2019 BMW R 1250 R / RS

2019 BMW R 1250 R / RS

It’s The Alternative To The Naked-Bruiser Bikes
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
2017 - 2019 Ducati Monster 1200 / 1200 S

2017 - 2019 Ducati Monster 1200 / 1200 S

The Monster 1200 Has Sleek New Looks And 11 Percent More Horsepower
2018 - 2019 Suzuki GSX-S1000

2018 - 2019 Suzuki GSX-S1000

The Beauty Of A Gixxer Engine In A Naked Chassis
2019 Ducati 959 Panigale / 959 Panigale Corse

2019 Ducati 959 Panigale / 959 Panigale Corse

The 959 Comes Loaded With Race DNA And A Host Of Electronic Gadgetry
2018 Suzuki GSX-R1000

2018 Suzuki GSX-R1000

The Long-Needed Update Makes A Big Impact
2019 Indian Springfield Dark Horse

2019 Indian Springfield Dark Horse

Ride-Enhancement Features Turn This Antique Design Into An Entirely Modern Machine
2018 - 2019 Suzuki GSX250R

2018 - 2019 Suzuki GSX250R

It’s The Mighty Little Sportbike That Could
1988 - 1999 Suzuki DR Big

1988 - 1999 Suzuki DR Big

The Grand-Daddy Of The Dual-Sports
2019 Ducati Multistrada 950 / 950 S

2019 Ducati Multistrada 950 / 950 S

Ducati Beefs Up The New Multistrada 950 With Hardware And Tech Borrowed From The 1260
2019 KTM 690 Enduro R

2019 KTM 690 Enduro R

Equipped With Electronics You’d Expect To Find On An Adventure Bike
2019 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard

2019 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard

It Has All The Essentials Needed For Cruising/Touring And None Of The Fluff
2020 Zero Motorcycles SR/F

2020 Zero Motorcycles SR/F

The First Bike With Real-Time Celluar Connection Through Its Cypher III App
2019 Arcimoto FUV Evergreen

2019 Arcimoto FUV Evergreen

It Could Possibly Be The Most Fun You’ve Ever Had on Three Wheels
2019 Moto Guzzi V85 TT / TT Adventure

2019 Moto Guzzi V85 TT / TT Adventure

Combining Adventure Features With Classic ’80s Styling
2019 Piaggio MP3 Sport 500 hpe

2019 Piaggio MP3 Sport 500 hpe

A Three-Wheel Maxi-Scooter With Reverse Gear, No Kidding
2019 KTM 690 SMC R

2019 KTM 690 SMC R

KTM’s Favorite Jackass Bike Is Back And Better Than Ever
2018 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R SE

2018 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R SE

A Mix of 10R and 10RR, It’s Aggressive Ninja DNA For The Peg-Draggers Among Us
2017 - 2019 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 & 1000XT

2017 - 2019 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 & 1000XT

The No-Fuss-No-Hassle Adventure Bike
2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+

2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+

Kawi’s Supercharged Hyper-Tourer Lets The Fiery-Eyed Peg Draggers Share With A Friend
2018 - 2019 Energica Eva EsseEsse9

2018 - 2019 Energica Eva EsseEsse9

Now With Superfast Recharge Times
2019 BMW R 1250 GS Adventure

2019 BMW R 1250 GS Adventure

The New Boxer Engine Gives You More Horsepower And Torque To Play With
2017 - 2019 Suzuki GSX-R1000R

2017 - 2019 Suzuki GSX-R1000R

The Fiery-Eyed Pegdraggers Rejoice!
2018 - 2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX / H2 SX SE

2018 - 2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX / H2 SX SE

See Nothing But Blurred Scenery On Your Journey
2018 Ducati Panigale V4

2018 Ducati Panigale V4

With An Engine Derived Directly From The MotoGP Desmosedici
2018 - 2019 Triumph Tiger 1200 XR

2018 - 2019 Triumph Tiger 1200 XR

One Of The Most Adventure-Ready Tigers Ever Built
2019 Zero FXS

2019 Zero FXS

Zero’s Trickster Bike Returns For 2019 With More Power, Storage, And Performance
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

2019 BMW S 1000 RR

A Record-Setting Bike, It’s The Fastest BMW Motorcycle To Date
2018 - 2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak

2018 - 2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak

Ducati’s Flagship Multistrada That Thinks It’s A Supermoto
2015 - 2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 / 650 LT

2015 - 2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 / 650 LT

It’s A Commuter; It’s A Tourer; It’s Whatever You Want It To Be
2017 - 2019 Honda CBR1000RR SP

2017 - 2019 Honda CBR1000RR SP

Honda’s Flagship Literbike Has Less Weight, More Power And Even More Electronic Wizardry Than Ever Before
2019 Vespa GTS 300 hpe

2019 Vespa GTS 300 hpe

The GTS Gets Its Second Major Update In Ten Years And It’s A Doozy
2019 Honda CBR500R

2019 Honda CBR500R

Now With More Power In The Mid-Range, Right Where You Need It
2017 - 2019 BMW R nineT Pure

2017 - 2019 BMW R nineT Pure

It’s Just A Really Nice, Plain ol’ Bike Begging For Customization
2019 Honda CB650R

2019 Honda CB650R

The New Neo-Sport Café Adds Its Retro-Tastic Flare To The Middleweight Field
2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R

2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R

Features Include An Aero Pack Designed By Ducati Corse
2019 Ducati Scrambler Icon

2019 Ducati Scrambler Icon

Ducati Took Its Top-Selling Bike And Made It Better
2018 KTM Freeride E-XC

2018 KTM Freeride E-XC

More Power, Longer Range
2018 Honda CB1000R Neo-Sports Café

2018 Honda CB1000R Neo-Sports Café

It’s Edgy, Agile, and Eager In The Corners
2018 - 2019 Vespa GTS Super 300 / GTS Super 300 Sport

2018 - 2019 Vespa GTS Super 300 / GTS Super 300 Sport

A Big Improvement Over What Was Already A Nice Scooter
2018 Vespa GTS 300 / GTS 300 Touring

2018 Vespa GTS 300 / GTS 300 Touring

The GTS Family Now Includes A Tourer
2019 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT Touring

2019 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT Touring

Touring, Commuting, Or Just For Fun
2018 - 2019 Kawasaki Z900RS

2018 - 2019 Kawasaki Z900RS

It’s A Modern Classic Tribute To The Original Z1
2017 - 2019 BMW R nineT Racer

2017 - 2019 BMW R nineT Racer

The Racer Delivers Retro-Racer Style And Performance
2017 - 2019 Honda CBR1000RR

2017 - 2019 Honda CBR1000RR

A Much Better CBR1000RR Than The CBR1000RR Has Ever Been
2017 - 2019 Yamaha YZF-R6

2017 - 2019 Yamaha YZF-R6

It’s The Next Incarnation of YZF Race-Tastic Goodness
2015 - 2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS

2015 - 2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS

Not For The Weak of Heart
2018 - 2019 BMW K 1600 Grand America

2018 - 2019 BMW K 1600 Grand America

BMW’s New Full Dresser In The American Tour Market
2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 / H2 Carbon

2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 / H2 Carbon

Now With More Of Everything That Made The Previous Generation A Hit
2017 - 2019 BMW K 1600 GT

2017 - 2019 BMW K 1600 GT

It’s A Luxury Tourer With The Heart Of a Sportbike
2018 - 2019 Yamaha YZF-R1 / R1M

2018 - 2019 Yamaha YZF-R1 / R1M

It’s Certainly Not A Poser Bike, Not By A Long Shot
2018 - 2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S / S D|air

2018 - 2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S / S D|air

Small Changes And A New Engine Make For A Whole New Experience
2018 - 2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260

2018 - 2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260

It’s Three Bikes In One With Comprehensive Riding Modes
2019 Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle

2019 Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle

More Power, More Flat-Track Attitude
2017 - 2019 Ducati SuperSport / SuperSport S

2017 - 2019 Ducati SuperSport / SuperSport S

Panigale Flavor Without Superbike Danger
2018 - 2019 Ducati Monster 821

2018 - 2019 Ducati Monster 821

The Epitome Of What A Naked Sportbike Should Be
2019 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

2019 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

Its Off-Roadiness Goes Beyond Simple Aesthetics
2019 Honda CB500X

2019 Honda CB500X

Even More Adventure-Tastic
2019 Honda CBR650R

2019 Honda CBR650R

The New Mid-Displacement Kid On The Block
2019 Ducati Scrambler Café Racer

2019 Ducati Scrambler Café Racer

One of Ducati’s Best Mid-Size Rides, Only Better
Janus Motorcycles Features Quintessential Vintage Styling in a Trio of 220 cc Bikes

Janus Motorcycles Features Quintessential Vintage Styling in a Trio of 220 cc Bikes

It Turns Out That They ’Do’ Build Them Like They Used To
Harley-Davidson Announces The Price On Its LiveWire

Harley-Davidson Announces The Price On Its LiveWire

Are They Out Of Their Minds?
2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 / 950 SP

2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 / 950 SP

New Look, Lighter Weight, Improved Technology, More Horsepower
2019 Honda CB500F

2019 Honda CB500F

Not Really Faster Than Last Year, Just Quicker
2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

More Power With A Wider Powerband
2017 - 2018 KTM 390 Duke

2017 - 2018 KTM 390 Duke

Smooth Engine, Plush Suspension
2016 - 2019 Ducati XDiavel / XDiavel S

2016 - 2019 Ducati XDiavel / XDiavel S

The Sport-Cruiser That Really Is A Cruiser Sportbike
2019 Zero Motorcycles FX

2019 Zero Motorcycles FX

With Improved Range and Faster Recharge
2018 - 2019 Triumph Speed Triple S / RS

2018 - 2019 Triumph Speed Triple S / RS

More Power, More Poise, More Control
2019 KTM 790 Adventure / 790 Adventure R

2019 KTM 790 Adventure / 790 Adventure R

Riders Asked For It - KTM Delivers It
2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire

2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire

The First In What Will Be A Portfolio Of Electric Bikes