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Long Winter’s Nap: Taking Your Motorcycle Out Of Storage

Waking your bike from its long winter’s nap is one of those good news/bad news moments. The good news is that, if you prepared your bike for the winter, getting back out on the road is pretty darn simple. The bad news is that, if you didn’t, you could be in for a bit of work (or more) before your motorcycle is ready to ride. While it may seem counter-intuitive, leaving your bike idle without preparing it is actually quite stressful on it. The volatile components in gasoline will separate and evaporate. The chemicals used to store electricity in the battery self-discharge. The air in the half-empty gas tank forms a microclimate in which any moisture has a chance to work its oxidizing magic on the exposed metal in the air pocket. Any corrosive materials left on a dirty bike get to gnaw away at it unchecked. Ozone will age the rubber parts. All of these are bad things.

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MV Agusta Updates The Turismo Veloce Range For 2021

Following on the heels of the recently updated Superveloce range for 2021, MV Agusta has now announced a refresh for the Turismo Veloce family, which includes the Turismo Veloce Lusso, Lusso SCS, RC SCS, and Rosso. MV’s take on a sport-touring motorcycle, the updated 2021 range is more of an evolution of the family rather than a revolution – spurred primarily by the need to keep up with Euro 5 emission standards.

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2021 Ducati Streetfighter V4 S MC Commute Review Gallery

This $47,787.43 (as tested) Ducati Streetfigther V4 S is easily one of the most exhilarating sport motorcycles money can buy.

This $47,787.43 (as tested) Ducati Streetfigther V4 S is easily one of the most exhilarating sport motorcycles money can buy. (Joseph Agustin Photo/)

Ducati’s 2021 Streetfighter V4 S in the Dark Stealth colorway certainly makes a statement. Especially when draped in carbon, magnesium, and titanium components from the Ducati Performance catalog.

Ducati’s 2021 Streetfighter V4 S in the Dark Stealth colorway certainly makes a statement. Especially when draped in carbon, magnesium, and titanium components from the Ducati Performance catalog. (Joseph Agustin Photo/)

The dry clutch conversion kit is an absolute must-have. If you’re an old school Ducati superbike guy or gal, you need this setup.

The dry clutch conversion kit is an absolute must-have. If you’re an old school Ducati superbike guy or gal, you need this setup. (Joseph Agustin Photo/)

The accessory racing seat offers a surprisingly level of comfort. However, it’s a tad too grippy for our taste. Short riders beware, however. It raises the seat height to just over 34 in.

The accessory racing seat offers a surprisingly level of comfort. However, it’s a tad too grippy for our taste. Short riders beware, however. It raises the seat height to just over 34 in. (Joseph Agustin Photo/)

The sound that emits from this twin-muffler Akrapovic titanium exhaust is pure ecstasy. It is a tad loud however for use in urban areas.

The sound that emits from this twin-muffler Akrapovic titanium exhaust is pure ecstasy. It is a tad loud however for use in urban areas. (Joseph Agustin Photo/)

Real carbon fiber winglets can be fitted for $1,435. The winglets create upwards of 60-pounds of downforce at 160-some mph.

Real carbon fiber winglets can be fitted for $1,435. The winglets create upwards of 60-pounds of downforce at 160-some mph. (Joseph Agustin Photo/)

This Streetfighter V4 S project bike rolls on a set of forged magnesium wheels from Marchesini ($5,227.50). The wheels are 1.5-pound lighter than the forged alloy setup on the V4 S

This Streetfighter V4 S project bike rolls on a set of forged magnesium wheels from Marchesini ($5,227.50). The wheels are 1.5-pound lighter than the forged alloy setup on the V4 S (.Joseph Agustin Photo/)

A 5-inch color TFT dash display keeps tabs on machine vitals. The display offers crisp fonts, however the user interface could be improved and the size could be larger compared to rivals in the segment.

A 5-inch color TFT dash display keeps tabs on machine vitals. The display offers crisp fonts, however the user interface could be improved and the size could be larger compared to rivals in the segment. (Joseph Agustin Photo/)

This Rizoma gas cap is oddly satisfying to use. It is part of the $1,221.80 sport kit.

This Rizoma gas cap is oddly satisfying to use. It is part of the $1,221.80 sport kit. (Joseph Agustin Photo/)

There are a lot of neat liter-and-above class naked bikes but none deliver the performance and pure exhilaration as Ducati and its Streetfighter V4 S.

There are a lot of neat liter-and-above class naked bikes but none deliver the performance and pure exhilaration as Ducati and its Streetfighter V4 S. (Joseph Agustin Photo/)

Price aside, the 2021 Ducati Streetfigther V4 S is a big deal. If you’re looking for the utmost in road-going naked bike performance, this vehicle is it.

Price aside, the 2021 Ducati Streetfigther V4 S is a big deal. If you’re looking for the utmost in road-going naked bike performance, this vehicle is it. (Joseph Agustin Photo/)

The intricately machined accessory rearsets are a must-have in our book. We love the added comfort and wide range of adjustment the foot controls afford.

The intricately machined accessory rearsets are a must-have in our book. We love the added comfort and wide range of adjustment the foot controls afford. (Joseph Agustin Photo/)

Ducati Performance accessories add tasteful touches to your Ducati motorcycle. We appreciate the precise fit and above average build quality.

Ducati Performance accessories add tasteful touches to your Ducati motorcycle. We appreciate the precise fit and above average build quality. (Joseph Agustin Photo/)

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2021 Ducati Streetfighter V4 S MC Commute Review

Ducati’s Streetfighter V4 is easily one, if not, the most aggressive high-performance naked bike the world has seen. And it gets even more rowdy when bathed in accessories from the Ducati Performance catalog. Dripping in carbon fiber, magnesium, and titanium this $47,787.43 (as tested) V4 S is as wild as an accessorized production bike gets.

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2021 Grand Prix of Portugal Wrap-Up

Fabio Quartararo earned his second victory of the season in the Portugal MotoGP at Portimão.

Fabio Quartararo earned his second victory of the season in the Portugal MotoGP at Portimão. (MotoGP/)

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2022 Triumph Street Scrambler and Scrambler Sandstorm First Look

Triumph has updated its 900cc Street Scrambler for 2022, and added this new limited-edition Sandstorm model.

Triumph has updated its 900cc Street Scrambler for 2022, and added this new limited-edition Sandstorm model. (Triumph Motorcycles/)

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Harley-Davidson Confirms Limited Edition Electra Glide Revival

Harley-Davidson‘s Q1 2021 financial report revealed more details about the mysterious “Revival” model and showed a photo of a near production version of the Custom 1250 liquid-cooled cruiser. We’ll have more on the quarterly report elsewhere, but let’s examine what we’ve learned about these two upcoming models.

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Church of MO: 2011 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO Review

If it’s 2021, it must be time for a new Ducati Monster. In fact, it’s nearly always time for a new Ducati Monster. Since the original M900 of 1993, naked Monsters in probably 40 iterations both great and small have been a huge part of Ducati’s success. The beauty of that is, if you don’t like the new, non-trellis framed Monster that’s scheduled to appear for 2021, there are tons of pre-owned Monsters out there looking for a good home. Pete rode this one in Sicily ten years and six days ago.

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KTM, Husqvarna, and GasGas Pierer Mobilitys Three-Pronged Attack

Like many motorcycle brands, KTM had a challenging 2020, with sales shrinking in the face of COVID-19 and the economic toll it exacted. The Austrian brand sold 212,713 motorcycles through the year, a 9.3% decrease from the pre-pandemic world of 2019.

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Long Winter’s Nap: Taking Your Motorcycle Out Of Storage

Waking your bike from its long winter’s nap is one of those good news/bad news moments. The good news is that, if you prepared your bike for the winter, getting back out on the road is pretty darn simple. The bad news is that, if you didn’t, you could be in for a bit of work (or more) before your motorcycle is ready to ride. While it may seem counter-intuitive, leaving your bike idle without preparing it is actually quite stressful on it. The volatile components in gasoline will separate and evaporate. The chemicals used to store electricity in the battery self-discharge. The air in the half-empty gas tank forms a microclimate in which any moisture has a chance to work its oxidizing magic on the exposed metal in the air pocket. Any corrosive materials left on a dirty bike get to gnaw away at it unchecked. Ozone will age the rubber parts. All of these are bad things.

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MV Agusta Updates The Turismo Veloce Range For 2021

Following on the heels of the recently updated Superveloce range for 2021, MV Agusta has now announced a refresh for the Turismo Veloce family, which includes the Turismo Veloce Lusso, Lusso SCS, RC SCS, and Rosso. MV’s take on a sport-touring motorcycle, the updated 2021 range is more of an evolution of the family rather than a revolution – spurred primarily by the need to keep up with Euro 5 emission standards.

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2022 Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300RR First Ride Review

There’s a new link pipe between cylinder one and four which helps improve low to midrange torque. Despite each muffler now having a separate catalytic converter, size has decreased by 1.98 liters (0.5 gallons). With other changes, and despite meeting Euro 5 emission standards, weight has been reduced by 4.5 pounds from the previous model.

There’s a new link pipe between cylinder one and four which helps improve low to midrange torque. Despite each muffler now having a separate catalytic converter, size has decreased by 1.98 liters (0.5 gallons). With other changes, and despite meeting Euro 5 emission standards, weight has been reduced by 4.5 pounds from the previous model. (jason critchell/)

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Royal Enfield Goes Dirt-track Racing

Royal Enfield takes its twin to dirt track

Royal Enfield takes its twin to dirt track (Brandon lajoie/)

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How Much Power Does the 2021 Aprilia RS 660 Make?

Aprilia introduced the 2021 RS 660 as a new take on the middleweight supersport category, aimed to be more practical and comfortable than the race-inspired, screaming inline-four 600s without losing the entertainment value and sportiness. In fact, it will be used as a popular platform in the MotoAmerica Twins Cup championship, proving its potential.

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