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Gales nearing Pioneertown, riding a 2021 BMW R 1250 GS on the 2N02 trail from Big Bear.

Gales nearing Pioneertown, riding a 2021 BMW R 1250 GS on the 2N02 trail from Big Bear. (Chris Thoms/)

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MO History: Earl Roloff Jr, Part 1

The first time I made it out to Willow Springs International Raceway out there in the Mojave desert was frightening enough. The desert inhabitants were an unfamiliar breed, I wondered how long Cycle magazine would take to comprehend that I was vastly unqualified for my new job, and the Fastest Road in the West was intimidating just on the face of it. Scared enough at the prospect of riding on a real racetrack for the first time, when I stepped out of the hot sun and into the dark track office, there sat in a Lexan case a truly frightening motorcycle, a menacing black mid-’80s Kawasaki ZX1000R that had been stripped for battle, ridden to the 1986 Formula USA Championship (the first one), and named “The Terminator.” 

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BMW is Working On An Electric Boxer Motorcycle

BMW released its second electric scooter earlier this year in the CE 04, and has made clear it plans to produce more electric two-wheelers in the near future. Oliver Zipse, chairman of the board of management for BMW AG, recently went as far as to say BMW Motorrad will introduce a new electric two-wheeler every 18 to 24 months, with the next model coming in 2023.

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Out and About at The Isle of Man TT 2022 Part 2

With two years of racing canceled due to COVID, the lead up to the 2022 Isle of Man TT was fraught with concern over… well, everything. The Isle of Man is a speck of a country in the middle of the Irish Sea, with only 88,000 residents, that somehow girds up and welcomes 40,000 visitors, 13,000 bikes and an army of riders, teams, volunteer Marshals and support personnel for a two-week festival around the incredible Mountain Course.

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Honda Marks 50 Years of Motocross With Its 2023 CRF450R

Honda’s 2023 CRF450R 50th Anniversary Edition will be available starting this September.

Honda’s 2023 CRF450R 50th Anniversary Edition will be available starting this September. (Honda/)

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2022 Yamaha YZF-R3

The YZF-R3 is Yamaha’s fully-faired entry-level sportbike and is inspired by its larger supersports.

The YZF-R3 is Yamaha’s fully-faired entry-level sportbike and is inspired by its larger supersports. (Yamaha/)

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New Sketches of Honda’s Upcoming Hornet Streetfighter

Design concepts of the new Hornet show a sharp and aggressive streetfighter, worthy of the name.

Design concepts of the new Hornet show a sharp and aggressive streetfighter, worthy of the name. (Honda/)

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Motorcycle Agility and Rotating Masses

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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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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MO History: Earl Roloff Jr, Part 1

The first time I made it out to Willow Springs International Raceway out there in the Mojave desert was frightening enough. The desert inhabitants were an unfamiliar breed, I wondered how long Cycle magazine would take to comprehend that I was vastly unqualified for my new job, and the Fastest Road in the West was intimidating just on the face of it. Scared enough at the prospect of riding on a real racetrack for the first time, when I stepped out of the hot sun and into the dark track office, there sat in a Lexan case a truly frightening motorcycle, a menacing black mid-’80s Kawasaki ZX1000R that had been stripped for battle, ridden to the 1986 Formula USA Championship (the first one), and named “The Terminator.” 

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BMW is Working On An Electric Boxer Motorcycle

BMW released its second electric scooter earlier this year in the CE 04, and has made clear it plans to produce more electric two-wheelers in the near future. Oliver Zipse, chairman of the board of management for BMW AG, recently went as far as to say BMW Motorrad will introduce a new electric two-wheeler every 18 to 24 months, with the next model coming in 2023.

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Out and About at The Isle of Man TT 2022 Part 2

With two years of racing canceled due to COVID, the lead up to the 2022 Isle of Man TT was fraught with concern over… well, everything. The Isle of Man is a speck of a country in the middle of the Irish Sea, with only 88,000 residents, that somehow girds up and welcomes 40,000 visitors, 13,000 bikes and an army of riders, teams, volunteer Marshals and support personnel for a two-week festival around the incredible Mountain Course.

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2022 Yamaha MT-03

“Your entry to the Dark Side” is not a Darth Vader quote. It’s Yamaha’s marketing hook for the approachable MT-03.

“Your entry to the Dark Side” is not a Darth Vader quote. It’s Yamaha’s marketing hook for the approachable MT-03. (Yamaha/)

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Kove Motorcycles Going Global?

Kove’s 321RR is powered by an engine that appears very similar to Yamaha’s R3 and MT-03.

Kove’s 321RR is powered by an engine that appears very similar to Yamaha’s R3 and MT-03. (Kove/)

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