Konker KSM200 – Konkered Expectations

I’m skimming over a thoroughly potholed logging road in the shadow of the Chief just outside Squamish, BC. Below me is the Konker KSM200, a diminutive supermoto and one of the first wave of the storm of Chinese motorcycles to reach our shores.

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2007 Benelli TNT 1130 Cafe Racer – A Spartan Warrior’s Soul

The woman in the silver Nissan Xterra, swathed in west coast urban adventurer garb, looks on gape-jawed as the bike slides up parallel. The bike moves forward slightly and the Xterra edges alongside again blocking traffic. Consideration for a bike in Vancouver? No, this is something else. The driver’s window whirs down and the woman,…

2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000 R: Ride Impression

Flashback; imagine yourself back in grade school, riding your first mountain bike with the big wide handlebars and the comfy seat. Remember the ease with which it handled and how much fun you had flying down the hills. Recollect the big grin on your face, the wind in your teeth, the adrenaline you felt and…

Used Review: 2003 Aprilia Caponord EVT1000 – Persuasive and Pugnacious

The 2003 Aprilia Caponord is hooning along at 70kph, the front Metzler Tourance hunting though a greasy emulsification of talcum dust to which nature has added water, and logging trucks have stirred. Picking up the Caponord from Carter Motorsports I’d made all the usual utterances, “It looks to have an 80% road bias, so we’ll…

Moto Guzzi Griso 1100 – Soaring Wine Country’s Roads

It’s on the descent from Apex Ski Resort that I find my pace with the Moto Guzzi Griso 1100; the corners are taken elegantly in an exuberant dance through the hairpins as seductive and powerful as any tarantella.  Until now the Griso has been an enigma to me, a strange blend of cruiser, sportbike, and…

Evader EV1000 – Move over WMD, meet WMT

Realization hits me with a sopping wet thud of a bug (you know the juicy kind) splattering, driven by hurricane force into my visor; this may be the most socially relevant two-wheeler I’ve had the honor of twisting the throttle of.  The Evader EV1000, or ERA, silently whisks me up to a respectable city traffic…