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Top 5 Bikes for Actual Badasses - Experienced Riders Only
These 5 motorcycles were designed for those who really want to push it, and that's why they are our picks as the best motorcycles for experienced riders.
04 September 2013
Felix Baumgartner can get his knee down
When Felix Baumgartner isn't skydiving from space, you can find him riding his KTM 990 Superduke R. "The best way to move on land," the dare devil writes on his blog. And Felix doesn't just toodle about, riding in a custom Alpinestars suit, he shows himself pulling wheelies and dragging knee like a pro. Felix's numberplate reads "A" for Austria, "S" for his native Salzburg, then "Air3" for, we...
23 October 2012
How to gear up for adventure
While the idea of heading off into the wilderness on a bike armed with nothing more than a knife, blanket roll and a can of beans may seem awfully romantic, the truth is that’s a good recipe for getting stranded or never coming back. Best case scenario? You’ll simply be miserable. Instead, building a comprehensive adventure touring kit can make things easy, comfortable and safe. There’s no w...
12 April 2012
KTM pulls Duke, SuperDuke from American market
KTM does not plan to import the 990 SuperDuke or 690 Duke to the North American market this year or next, citing unfavorable market conditions. In the case of the SuperDuke, the move is likely intended to clear dealer stock ahead of the new 1290cc bike which is arriving for the 2013 model year. Sadly, in the case of the single-cylinder Duke, it appears the new model isn’t destined for North Amer...
17 August 2011
Why I was wrong about MV Agusta
I’ve never been as wrong about a motorcycle brand as I’ve been about MV Agusta. Back in 2009, when the new generation of Harley-developed MVs was released, I criticized them heavily for posting inferior numbers to the previous generation while carrying over near-identical looks. I just saw a brand pushing a legacy, not a competitive product. But, since doing three trackdays on a 2010 MV Agusta...
09 March 2011
Black and gold is the new orange
The KTM 990 Super Duke and KTM 690 Duke are mechanically unaltered for 2011, but they do receive some ridiculously nice graphics. Black, white and gold, John Player would have been proud. As an interesting subtext, KTM’s boss Stefan Pierer called for more responsible advertising from the whole industry earlier this year (ie, no blatantly illegal riding), but the man responsible for green lightin...
04 November 2010
KTM 990 Dakar celebrates rally domination
The new 450cc capacity limit may finally end KTM’s domination of The Dakar rally, so there’s no time like the present for a special edition intended to capitalize on said domination. Of course, the KTM 990 Adventure isn’t the bike that gets raced in Argentina and Chile, but it is the bike getting the special edition treatment. This KTM 990 Dakar appears to gain blue and orange paint, some gr...
27 October 2010
2011 KTM 990 SMT: practical supermoto gets ABS
We didn’t plan on covering the 2011 KTM 990 SMT. Who cares about the addition of ABS? But what can we say? We’re suckers for a stair wheelie. The bike shown in these action shots is identical to the previous model in all but the addition of the ABS brakes. The 114bhp, 72lb/ft, 999cc v-twin is retained, as are the half fairing and the detachable soft panniers. The idea here is to create a pra...
13 October 2010
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