R1200GS-Expedition-Skid-Plate
Tue, 24/09/13 – 12:44 | Comment

Just thick metal plates designed to take a beating, skidplates don’t see a lot of innovation. Touratech’s upped the game with replaceable polyamide nylon sliders – important for under-protected bikes like the 2013 R1200GS.

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The System 2 Widder Vest – Trick
Friday, 17 Sep, 2004 – 14:57 | Comment
The System 2 Widder Vest - Trick

It’s 35 degrees Celsius (95F) out and San Diego is in the grip of a heat wave as we ride through, on a spring tour, which makes it a very odd time to look over …

2004 Suzuki Burgman AN-400: Hello Kitty, Goodbye Dignity
Thursday, 9 Sep, 2004 – 13:30 | Comment
2004 Suzuki Burgman AN-400

I wind the throttle wide open as I round the corner, leaning my shoulders off for all I’m worth. The bike bucks and wallows a bit under me as I catch a compression bump, …

The NCR Millona – Quicksilver Beauty at a Standstill
Wednesday, 18 Aug, 2004 – 2:18 | One Comment
The NCR Millona - Quicksilver Beauty at a Standstill

It’s sublime. Even standing still it has the look of mercury in motion. At its heart a Ducati engine, the 1000 DS to be precise, the same engine that motivates the Multi-Strada, and …

Ducati 999 – Learning Curve
Tuesday, 17 Aug, 2004 – 0:45 | Comment
Ducati 999 - Learning Curve

I’m getting to live a dream, and at the moment it doesn’t matter.  Why?  Because when I last looked I was going 270kph down the front straightaway of Portland International Raceway.  And I, being a …

DNW2004 – A Day of Pompone and House
Monday, 16 Aug, 2004 – 2:07 | Comment
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Dance and house music pump out across the vendor area, and in that alone you know this is a different type of motorcycle gathering.  Then, it starts, what was house is given a new beat, …

2004 Ducati 999 – Hello God… Can I Borrow Your Bike?
Tuesday, 3 Aug, 2004 – 21:23 | Comment
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I’ve just been through a series of corners on the Ducati 999, and I’m searching for words to describe it; heady, exhilarating, enthusiastic, invigorating, enlivening and inspired all leap to mind. Then I hit on …

Suzuki 2004 GSX-R 750-Put Lightning in a Beer Can, Add a Hornet, and Shake
Tuesday, 20 Jul, 2004 – 20:56 | Comment
2004 Suzuki 2004 GSX-R 750

I’ve just hit 10,000 RPM and the GSX-R 750 has gone all Mr. Hyde on me.  It’s gone from a pleasant pull to this blaring, manic, mad, howling kind of savage.  Now this can also …

Road Fitness
Monday, 12 Jul, 2004 – 18:30 | Comment
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There is the crunch of gravel under rubber, but this time it’s different.  I’m travelling under my own power and the rubber… it’s the sole of my runners and not a front tire as you …

2004 Honda VT750 Shadow Aero – Classic Analog Sense in a Digital World
Monday, 28 Jun, 2004 – 20:01 | One Comment
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The bike is sitting there in the parking lot, purring to itself in a quiet manner foreign to most big twins. Which is fair enough, because at 750cc the Honda Shadow Aero isn’t exactly …

Thunder and Lightning – the Buell XB12S and XB9S
Monday, 7 Jun, 2004 – 19:33 | Comment
2004 Buell XB12S and XB9S - Thunder and Lightning

The fuel injection light flicks off giving me the OK to fire up the Buell XB12S Lightning.  I thumb the ignition button and it shudders to life.  Which answers the first question people ask about …

Shieldsak – Spare Shield Holster – Trick!
Friday, 28 May, 2004 – 12:49 | Comment
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Sometimes I get the munchies, and those munchies demand to be satisfied. Every now and then it’s french fries I fancy. Occasionally it’s chips. Quite often I crave chocolate. More recently I find my stomach …

2004 BMW R1200GS – Taking the Streets
Tuesday, 11 May, 2004 – 0:00 | Comment
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Who am I to turn down the offer to ride the newest BMW offering, the ground-up reworking of the GS theme, the R1200GS.  Especially when that offer involves cavorting about the streets of San Francisco …

R1200GS – Beautifully Teutonic or Ungainly?
Saturday, 24 Apr, 2004 – 12:43 | Comment
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I was jazzed at the opportunity to test the new 2005 BMW R 1200 GS, but not particularly impressed by the choice of venue: Las Vegas.  I don’t really gamble and have a hard time …

2003 ST4s ABS – Yes, It is supposed to sound like that Officer
Thursday, 22 Apr, 2004 – 23:27 | Comment
2003 ST4s ABS

The Italians, they’ve brought us Lamborghini, Ferrari, and well… Fiat.  What they aren’t known for are their sensible four-door sedans, which when you get down to analogy is a bit what a sport-tourer is all …

OWD Roadshow: Ridge Crest to Las Vegas
Monday, 19 Apr, 2004 – 0:00 | Comment
5-o'clock Bob decends from Dante's View

130 mph is indicated on the speedo as the bikes shoot arrow-straight across Death Valley’s floor. The road may be linear in direction but the warning signs of dips are not to be disregarded. …

OWD Roadshow: Buttonwillow to Ridge Crest
Sunday, 18 Apr, 2004 – 0:00 | Comment
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It’s 0 Celsius, we’re navigating though the occasional bout of slush and the bikes are now thoroughly coated with sand, gravel, salt and road spray. I haven’t had time to plug in the heated …

OWD Roadshow: San Francisco to Button Willow
Saturday, 17 Apr, 2004 – 0:00 | Comment
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It’s 7:20AM and we’re burning down the freeway with Evan Leung, OWD contributor and friend, in the lead. Our destination for the day is Buttonwillow, CA, but for the moment we’re more concerned with …

OWD Roadshow: The City by R1200GS
Friday, 16 Apr, 2004 – 0:00 | Comment
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Life moves pretty fast in “the City”, or so I’ve concluded.  Charlie Rauseo is on the phone, aside from that little Paris-Dakar thing he attempted recently he’s been a contributor to OneWheelDrive.Net on a few …