Category Archives: Motorcycles

BMW K1600B


Normally, I don’t dig big bikes.  And this one is absolutely a big bike.  BMW’s K1600 series of bikes, the GT and the GTL, are dominating Alpha Dogs in the world of Touring Motorcycles.  They are power… very powerful… and they are very comfortable.  And believe it or not, they actually have a lot of performance.  But Touring bikes are not my thing.  And not the thing for a lot of other people too… Enter the world of the Bagger.  A Bagger is a chopped down touring bike.  Typically, when you say Bagger, you’re thinking something from HD.
A few years ago, Honda shocked a lot of people when they took the Gold Wing and made a Bagger out of it.  The slope rear end treatment gives the bike a low mean look.

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Triumph Street Scrambler

One of my favorite bikes in the world is the Triumph Scrambler.  I love the classic good looks and rugged nature.  And I love the way it fits me.  I love the way I feel on one.  It just works… Very well.  Now, I’m talking about the Scrambler that’s based on the T100 Bonneville, with that 865cc Oil-Aircooled engine.  Such a great machine! 
Unfortunately, Triumph killed it in 2016.  After Eons of service, the Scrambler is dead… Long live the Scrambler.   Triumph also killed everything with that 865cc engine.  (Small violins playing)
The reason for that is the Euro 4 Emissions standards which took effect Jan 4th 2017.  So Triumph had to empty the pipeline.  This also meant the death of the Speedmaster through 2017.

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Loud Pipes Save Lives?


I’ve had many an argument with internet Real Bikers who insist on saying “Loud Pipes Save Lives”.   But let’s look at this realistically… Do they?   Let’s get something out of the way right from the start.  These Loud Pipe Live Savers are usually the guys that are riding certain American made V-Twin bikes with pipes that are seemingly designed to amplify the noise the engine makes so that everyone within a three mile radius hears them start up their bike and rev it for a quarter tank’s worth of fuel. Continue reading Loud Pipes Save Lives?

“I don’t like big bikes”


Some time ago I was sitting with my father on the back patio at The Farm.  I had ridden there on the Ducati Multistrada Enduro, a big 1200cc Warhorse of an Adventure Bike.
He made a statement that has been on my mind ever since.  “I don’t like big bikes.”  He said, half disapprovingly and half off the cuff.
My knee-jerk reaction was to say, “I don’t either.”  And then I jumped on the Enduro and took off back home… thinking the whole time, “Do I really dislike big bikes?” Continue reading “I don’t like big bikes”

Harley Sportster or Triumph Bobber?

Talk about “Two Peas in a Pod”.  No two motorcycles are as similar, yet as different as these two.  On one hand, we have the classic Harley Davidson 1200cc V-Twin Sporter Forty-Eight.   Simple.  Burly.  Cool.   It’s been around for ages.
On the other hand is the new Triumph Bobber which came out in March of 2017.  It’s a 1200cc Parallel Twin that looks simple, burly and cool… yet hides a lot of technology inside.  Where the Harley has electric turn signals and fuel injection, the Triumph has a Ride by Wire throttle, Traction Control, switchable ride modes, and ABS.  It’s an actual modern motorcycle and not any ancient agricultural hold-over from the days of horse-drawn plowing.
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My favorite Sport Bike: The Thruxton R.

Bar none, the Triumph Thruxton R is my favorite Sport Bike on the planet.   First off, let’s talk about the Looks.  This bike is drop dead gorgeous.  It looks like what a motorcycle should look like.  This is the modern quintessential Cafe Racer, from the company that pretty much invented the Cafe Racer.  This is a two-wheeled Audrey Hepburn… always good looking, never goes out of style, and will still be good looking 200 years from now.     But under that classic good looking exterior, this bike is truly a modern machine.

The 1200cc Parallel Twin is a pleasure at every position of the Rev Meter… it has plenty of usable power, and I’ve never felt the bike lacking in Pull.

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Bucket List Bikes

These are the bikes on my Bucket List.  Bikes that one day I will have.
Triumph Rocket III Roadster.
British humor is based on exaggeration.  When I first straddled a Rocket III, I thought it was a joke… a two wheeled Monty Python sketch.  It’s just so huge.  It’s a massive bike!  But at the same time, it’s very well balanced, it handles beautifully, its brakes are strong… and that torque!  That torque is phenomenal.  There is just something undeniably cool about this machine… and that something is the 2300cc Triple engine.  2.3 Liters.  It’s fantastic. And these bikes are not priced unreasonably… They retail around 17 Grand.

Ducati Multistrada Enduro

This is the hotrod of the big 1200cc ADV bikes. 160 horsepower, tons of torque, stunning good looks, and fully capable rider assist technology that I’ve seen and felt work first hand.  This bike is one of the bigger Wants on my list here.

Ducati XDiavel S

This isn’t Ducati’s Cruiser.  No.  It’s not a Cruiser.  It’s a foot forward positioned sport bike.  Ducati’s quickest bike 0-80MPH.  It’s very powerful… but it’s power in control.    It’s very cool, fists in the wind, power cruising… badass.  You can pitch it into the twists like nothing else with your feet out in front of you.   It’s the most unique motorcycle on this list… and somehow… the best looking.

BMW R Nine T Scrambler

Great looks… solid engineering background… but there’s something more passionate about this bike other BMW’s.   I’ve taken one home as my weekend bike a few times… and each time I get on it, I just cruise till I get lost… not even caring where I go.  Few bikes do that for me.  This is one of them.

 

Triumph Street Triple 765 RS

The new 2017 Triumph Street Triple 765 RS is going to turn out to be the Bike of Choice for the Rider Aficionado.  It will be one of the best new motorcycles of the year, and it’s going to be… already is… a huge Home Run for Triumph Motorcycles.  Now, let’s look at the numbers a bit… This bike has 123 horsepower, which is a big increase for the Street Triple… and it’s 5 pounds lighter than the outgoing bike.  Lighter, with gobs more power.  But at what expense?   Continue reading Triumph Street Triple 765 RS

Motus MST: Utter Disappointment

Motus MST.  It’s all about the engine.  The engine is the business.  The engine is fantastic.

The rest of the bike leaves much to be desired…  Such as traction control, ride modes, ABS…  For the price, it needs those things.

The Rep said “Well, some guys don’t like those things.”
I say bullshit to that.  Because this bike is $37,000.00 USD.

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Bike Review: BMW R 1200 GS Adventure

BMW Invented the modern Adventure market when it comes to Motorcycles.  They made it, and they own it, and despite what everyone else says and does, nothing has changed that.  Because of the GS.

When I first came to Motorcycles of Charlotte, I had never ridden a BMW R 1200 GS before.  And to be honest, it was intimidating.  These bikes are huge.  And the GS Adventure version, what we call the “GSA” is even more so.  I had never even really looked at one up close before… and initially my impression was that “it’s a water buffalo”.  I had no interest in even throwing a leg over a water buffalo, let alone take one out for a ride.

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