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ASK KEVIN: Parallel Twin vs. V-Twin?

QUESTION: I see the new Honda Africa Twin is powered by a parallel twin, not a V-twin as in the previous bike. What advantages does this arrangement offer? And what potential disadvantages?

Ben Sember


ANSWER: My first interest here is the 500-pound weights of the bikes in this ADV class. Should they be renamed “off-road tourers”? With […]

British Customs Announces Slammer Seats For Triumph Street Twin

One of the first steps toward building a personalized motorcycle is setting it up for your ergonomic preferences by first upgrading the seat. While most aftermarket seats are made with a standard foam design and have limited customization options, British Customs just released the acclaimed Slammer Seat for the Triumph Street Twin with its number […]

By |October 31st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

TIPS & TRICKS: Navigating on the Trail without a GPS or Compass

You thought you’d be home by dark. Then you had to repair that flat, and then you took that wrong turn. What to do? If you’re without a GPS or compass, look to the sky. You just need to learn two constellations. In the Northern Hemisphere, you need to recognize Polaris, the North Star; in […]

By |October 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sea-Doo Spark

For all its eye-popping colors, sexy angles and high-tech design, one feature of Sea-Doo’s new Spark literally screams for attention — its price. With prices of the average personal watercraft now well over the $10,000 mark, the base model Spark starts at a minimalist $4,999, a price Sea-Doo hopes will “reignite” a stagnant PWC industry. […]

By |August 23rd, 2016|2016, baltimore, pete's cycle, petescyclesevernapark.com, severna park|0 Comments

Suzuki Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S

At the time of its release – 2006 – Suzuki had claimed it “the most powerful V-twin cruiser in the world.” With huge, 4.4-inch forged aluminum-alloy pistons – – some of the largest gas engine pistons being used in any production bike — the 1783cc, 8-valve DOHC, V-Twin engine is designed for big power and […]

Kawasaki Vulcan 900

What strikes me right off the bat is the 5.3-gallon fuel tank. That’s creeping up into bagger size. Kawasaki claims it’s the largest in its class, and I don’t doubt it. With the long legs that tank gives you, you’ll spend more time cruising and less time at the gas station. To live up to […]

Kymco Compagno 110i

Kymco isn’t one of those brands that come to mind the moment you talk scooters. For most, that honor goes to that Italian company, something with a -spa. Inspired by the Italians, Kymco’s European-styled scooter is called the Compagno – that translates to partner or comrade.

Powered by a 112cc 4-stroke engine, the fuel-injected Compagno starts […]

Polaris Slingshot

The Polaris Slingshot SL you see here is red, but base versions come in only one color: titanium metallic. One might call it gray, as in the gray area between cars and motorcycles, a regulatory DMZ where few dare to tread.

Yes, the Slingshot is a three-wheeler, a reverse trike, the ol’ tripod. Three points make […]

Can-Am Spyder F3

Assuming there will never be a Spyder dual-sport model (never say never?), Can-Am’s lineup of three-wheel roadsters came full-circle last year with the introduction of the new F3 cruiser (January 2015 and onridermag.wpengine.com). Though it has been quite successful with its RT touring, RS sport and ST sport-touring machines—Can-Am sells as many of them in […]

2017 Yamaha YZ250

At first glance the 2017 Yamaha YZ250F could be mistaken for the ’16 model, except for the BNGs. But think back to that time when your mom said, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Looks can be deceiving since the Blue Crew made changes to the suspension, frame, engine, intake, and transmission, just to […]