Motorman’s Road Test: Honda DN-01 Crossover

Motorman’s Road Test: Honda DN-01 Crossover

I had the opportunity to try something completely different from Honda, the DN-01 Crossover. That’s not exactly a catchy name, I know. Never heard of it? Most people haven’t. Honda introduced this bike in 2009 but oddly, never advertised the fact.   What makes the DN-01 so different from other motorcycles? Well, its’ styling for one. It’s not a Sport Bike, though it resembles a Sport bike from some angles. […]

Suzuki C-50T Boulevard Special

Suzuki C-50T Boulevard Special

They know who you are. You’re the guy who hasn’t owned a motorcycle for 20 years. Now with the kids grown and most of them out of the house, you want to get back into the sport. The only problem, times are tough and getting worse every day it seems with gas prices at almost $4.00 bucks a gallon. To the marketers of the motorcycle industry, you’re known as the […]

2010 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Custom

2010 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Custom

In spite of the economic times and the downturn in motorcycle sales, Harley- Davidson introduced ten new models this year. Well ok, the motor company didn’t exactly spend a ton of money in retooling new frames and engines but they did come up with some with enough variations on existing bikes to classify ten of them as new models. The subject of this road test the 2010 Road Glide Custom, is set apart from the other touring models by the distinct frame mounted fairing and incorporating duel headlights. “Custom” model designation is derived from not so much what has been added, but rather what has been stripped away to afford the motorcycle a cleaner look. If you know the difference between a Street Glide and an Electra Glide Classic, you get the picture.

 

2010 Honda Goldwing

2010 Honda Goldwing

It’s been several years since I’ve ridden a Goldwing.  While it’s true the basic Goldwing introduced in 2001 hasn’t changed much since I last rode one, and there’s no 2011 model at this time, I felt it was time to take possibly the last ride on a GL1800.  At this time, Honda is not offering a 2011 model.  In fact, Honda moved all motorcycle manufacturing from Marysville Ohio back to […]

2010 Honda Phantom

2010 Honda Phantom

Although motorcycle sales have taken a serious downturn along with the economy, middleweight cruisers are still a big chunk of the market.  That’s because most brand new riders choose this size motorcycle as their first bike and re-entry riders choose the midsize bike as they re-enter the market as well. Honda offers two new midsize bikes for 2010; the Shadow RS which I reviewed a couple of months ago, and […]

2010 Kawasaki Vulcan Classic 1700 LT

2010 Kawasaki Vulcan Classic 1700 LT

Kawasaki practically invented the big inch metric cruiser back in 1996 with the Vulcan 1500 Classic.  At the time, it was the biggest V-twin money could buy.  At about 10K, it was half the price of Harley’s Fat Boy.  Yes, I know a 1996 Fat Boy had an MSRP of about 16K but most dealers were getting four to five thousand over list back then. The original Vulcan 1500’s reasonable […]

2010 Honda 750 Shadow RS

2010 Honda 750 Shadow RS

For 2010, Honda has added yet another midsize bike to their 750 line up, the 750 RS.  Unlike the other bikes in the 750 segment, the RS is not a straight up cruiser, but, in my opinion, a cross between a cruiser and a standard…much like Harley’s Sportster.  In fact, many people will undoubtedly mistake the RS for a Sportster as its’ styling is quite similar. Honda said the RS […]

2011 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero

2011 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero

2011 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero Baggers Rule,  at least here in the U.S.   That must be the mantra of every motorcycle manufacturer since it seems every few months one of them is introducing a new bagger model or at least, another variation of an existing model. Such is the case with the new 2011 Kawasaki Vaquero 1700.  The Vaquero (Spanish for cowboy) is based on the Voyager,  but sportier.   The windshield […]

Motorman’s Road Test: 2011 Sportster 883 Super Low

Motorman’s Road Test: 2011 Sportster 883 Super Low

2011 Sportster 883 Super Low Harley-Davidson is known for making incremental updates to their most popular models.  At times, the incremental changes can be quite long.  For instance, from its inception until 2004, the Sportster models had a solid mount motor which made the vibration quotient just about unbearable at highway speeds.  That all changed in 2004 with the all new chassis and rubber mounts; finally, the Sportster was an […]

Motorman’s Road Test: 2011 Victory Cross Roads Core Custom

Motorman’s Road Test: 2011 Victory Cross Roads Core Custom

2011 Victory Cross Roads Core Custom Victory, that other American motorcycle manufacturer, has no less than seven Baggers in their line for 2011.  Obviously, the Bagger market is still growing despite the fact that motorcycle sales in general have decreased significantly from years past. With the Victory Cross Roads Core Custom, you get your choice of painted hard bags with a capacity of 21 gallons or leathered covered hard bags […]