VIDEO: Touratech’s 1st Ride on the Africa Twin

In November, Touratech-USA CEO, Paul Guillien and journalist Jonathan Bentman visited Touratech’s headquarters in Germany to see the product line for the new Honda CRF 1000L Africa Twin. As luck would have it, they found the keys to the Touratech-modified test bike and took it for a ride.

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Baja: Tropic of Cancer – Crossing the Line

In the conclusion of the Baja: Tropic of Cancer series, Kevin and Neil reach their destination in Baja, Mexico. They also reach some conclusions about their long term Honda Varaderos.

2008 Honda CBF1000 – Sense Appeal

lubricious |loō bri sh əs| (also lubricous | loōbrikəs|) adjective 1 offensively displaying or intended to arouse sexual desire. 2 smooth and slippery with oil or a similar substance. A mobile contradiction in terms the Honda CBF1000 is at once lubricious and not. Designed in Germany, this upright standard’s looks teeter between friendly and bland…

2008 Honda Varadero Review – Zen-Tourer

Meet the brand new 2008 Honda Varadero… Except it’s not. Honda introduced the Varadero to the European market in 1999, the bike arriving at the Adventure Touring party well before the hosts put out the plastic cups. Indeed, Canada gets the second generation of the 996cc v-twin adventure bike, which received smoother-styling, fuel-injection and a…

2007 CBR600RR – “Road Ready” Magic Returns

“Ah,” I think to myself, “Honda what have you done?” Our loaner 2007 CBR600RR from Carter Motorsports is blue and quicksilver, launching out of the turn in 2nd gear on a wave of rediscovered midrange torque, the tach sweeping from 7,000-11,000RPM. New lighter titanium under seat exhaust issues the lusty howl of a euphoric in-line…

2006 Honda Silver Wing: Meet the Jetsons

George Jetson had it right; even in the opening sequence of the show his whirring air car portrayed the kind of congestion-carving nimbleness that any commuter who’s sat in a constipation of single-occupant, Yaletown-apartment-sized SUVs craves.  While a flying car may be out of the question, a sleek solution with slick sci-fi styling and Euro-flair…

Scoot-Touring the Honda Silverwing and Suzuki Burgman

Riding into Princeton the smell of fresh cut hay from roadside ranches wafts through my helmet’s vents.  It is hot for June, after a sodden spring the sun is pushing the temperature to 34°C and the hay into midlife.  It’s a combination of events that makes this early harvest and the accompanying aroma of fresh…

Honda ST1300 – Dropping the Hammer with the Big Blue Meanie

When we first tested Honda’s ST1300 we came away wondering just where the sport in big red’s Sport-Tourer resided.  Was it optional?  Had the dealer forgotten to put it in the ample left-hand glove box?  So in the name of journalism (read fun), we took the ST out again… and poked it with a stick… a…

599 or 919, Judgement is Served… with a nice dessert wine.

In truth there can be no call between the two; it’s a mater of individual preference. I had an amazing amount of fun on the 599 – proper hooligan fun at times. The 599 demanded to be ridden hard all the time, turn that loud handle, rev that engine, grab those brakes, lean forward on…

All Abuzz Part II – The Honda 599/Hornet 600

I’m in the middle of a decreasing radius corner and I’m wondering if I’m about to get stung. No, there’s not a wayward bee in my helmet, but from the buzzing in my crotch there’s no doubt I’m on a 600; the Hornet 600, or Honda 599, depending on which part of the globe you’re…

All Abuzz Part I – The CB900F, 919, Hornet 900

Sibling bikes; comparing them is a lot like comparing white wine to red. They both may come from the same vineyard, they may even come in the same shape of bottle, but really that’s about as far as it goes. Right, fine, no point in doing it then – or is there? In the real…