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Kevin Cameron has been writing about motorcycles for nearly 50 years, first for <em>Cycle magazine</em> and, since 1992, for <em>Cycle World</em>.

Kevin Cameron has been writing about motorcycles for nearly 50 years, first for <em>Cycle magazine</em> and, since 1992, for <em>Cycle World</em>. (Robert Martin/)

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MO Tested: Rok Straps Review

If you’re like me, you’ve been aware of what Rok Straps are and can think of a place or two that you might be able to use . However, unless you’ve actually tried them out, you have no idea how flexible and useful they are. I discovered that utility just this weekend. For those who are unfamiliar with Rok Straps, they are a genius combination of polyester braided webbing and a flat bungee-like elastic cord that are hooked together with an easy-to-use clip. What makes them so practical is that you can easily adjust their length by cinching down the nylon strap and letting the elastic maintain the pressure on what you’re trying to hold on your bike. 

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Official Triumph Owners Manual Confirms Speed Twin and Scrambler Name Changes

Back in early May, MO broke the news that Triumph is giving the Street Twin and Street Scrambler models new names for 2023, renaming them the Speed Twin 900 and Scrambler 900, respectively. We have now uncovered further evidence of the name changes, plus confirmation that the models are otherwise identical to the 2022 versions.

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Is This the Best-Looking Electric Motorcycle Today?

Curtiss Motorcycle Co. will release its documentary that dives into what it took to create its $83,333 electric motorcycle, The 1.

Curtiss Motorcycle Co. will release its documentary that dives into what it took to create its $83,333 electric motorcycle, The 1. (Curtiss Motorcycle Co./)

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2022 Assen MotoGP Report

Twenty-three-year-old Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati Mooney VR46 Racing) was pumped after Assen, where he finished a super-close second (just 0.444 of a second behind) and scored his first premier-class podium.

Twenty-three-year-old Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati Mooney VR46 Racing) was pumped after Assen, where he finished a super-close second (just 0.444 of a second behind) and scored his first premier-class podium. (MotoGP/)

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Too Many Photos of the 2023 Husqvarna FS 450 Supermoto

Is Yamaha Better Off Putting All Their Eggs in Fabio Quartararo’s Basket?

Official Triumph Owners Manual Confirms Speed Twin and Scrambler Name Changes

Back in early May, MO broke the news that Triumph is giving the Street Twin and Street Scrambler models new names for 2023, renaming them the Speed Twin 900 and Scrambler 900, respectively. We have now uncovered further evidence of the name changes, plus confirmation that the models are otherwise identical to the 2022 versions.

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2022 Triumph Street Twin

What a gem: the Street Twin’s Cobalt Blue brings the price up to $9,995.

What a gem: the Street Twin’s Cobalt Blue brings the price up to $9,995. (Triumph/)

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Best Electric Mini and Balance Bikes for Kids

Electric balance bikes are a fantastic way to get young riders on two wheels. The ease of getting in motion with just a twist of the wrist can be very empowering. No clutch, no engine noise, and no heat; just a simple twist-and-go approach. As the little riders’ skills and balance improve they can use the throttle, increase the power, and eventually move up to minibikes, then gas-powered bikes, and then to the infinite possibilities grown riders enjoy.

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2022 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT Review – First Ride

A few years ago, I took a break from my lovely MO family and decided to get a real job, complete with an actual commute. Without the pick of the litter to choose from anymore, I had to actually buy a bike to get to work on. The pick? A Kawasaki Versys – anecdotally, the number one motorcycle actually owned by motorcycle journalists (or former ones, in this case). When asked, Brad Puetz (pronounced like the Fight Club actor but not nearly as famous), Kawi’s PR guy, spouted off a series of names of folks in this job who own the VERsatile SYStem. 

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Is A New Yamaha R1 Coming for 2023?

A recently updated list of FIM-approved competition vehicles indicates that a new track-only Yamaha YZF-R1 is on the way for the 2023 model year. And if this is true, then we may also expect a significantly updated street legal 2023 R1 too.

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Church of MO: 2002 Ducati 998 First Ride

Post-916 and pre-999, Ducati hit a sweet spot in the form of the 998. Still taking the form of Massimo Tamburini’s 1994 masterwork, but powered by the greatly evolved Testastretta V-twin that powered Troy Bayliss to the 2001 World Superbike championship, the 999 was the best of old and new, the apogee of the 916 curve. Well, now it’s just old. But you know what I mean.

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2022 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP First Ride Review – Video

When a manufacturer stumbles upon a winning formula, it tends to milk it for all it’s worth. A perfect example can be found under the Ducati umbrella. The Panigale V4S has been one of the company’s best-selling models, and when Ducati decided to give it the SP treatment and fit it with carbon fiber wheels, a dry clutch, and some other premium parts, all of them sold out within a week.

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