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Stayin’ Safe: Cornering

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Stayin’ Safe: Cornering : What a rider decides when entering a corner will likely become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Believing you are capable of completing the curve is a powerful thing! Photo by Kevin Wing. A Question of Commitment: The choice you make in a corner is often a self-fulfilling prophecy.   Are you in or are you out? Are you going to make a move or are you going to just sit there? It’s time to commit. As in marriage, when entering into a curve, it’s best to stay committed, even when things aren’t going as planned—like when carrying too much speed into a curve. Here’s how to assure a happy ending and a lasting relationship with your bike. Commit. Simply deciding you will complete the curve (versus deciding you are likely to crash) is a powerful determining factor in the outcome of the situation. What you decide will likely become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Trust that you—and your bike—have the ability to complete the corner and stay committed. Don’t allow crashing to

New 2018 Triumph Tiger Models to Debut at EICMA

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New 2018 Triumph Tiger Models to Debut at EICMA : Triumph announced it will reveal new Tiger models Nov. 7 at EICMA, bringing updates to its adventure bike lineup. Like most manufacturers do these days, Triumph released a short video teasing the new Tiger, and if you pay attention, you can notice some clues suggesting both the Tiger 800 and Tiger Explorer models are being replaced for 2018 The video highlights a few of the changes, namely a new three-cylinder engine, a full digital display, and LED lighting (including Euro 4-mandated daytime running lights). Though the video claims the engine is new, the one clear shot we get shows an engine that looks pretty similar to the current Tiger Explorer’s 1215cc engine, at least from the outside. This suggests that while there may be some internal updates, the engine is an evolution of the previous powerplant and not entirely brand new. Along with the TFT instrumentation, the video shows the left handlebar switchgear, confirming the pres

2018 Honda CB650F First Ride Review

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2018 Honda CB650F First Ride Review : 2018 Honda CB650F Editor Score: 86.25% Engine 17.5/20 Suspension/Handling 13.5/15 Transmission/Clutch 8.5/10 Brakes 9.0/10 Instruments/Controls 4.5/5 Ergonomics/Comfort 9.25/10 Appearance/Quality 9.0/10 Desirability 8.0/10 Value 7.0/10 Overall Score 86.25/100 Tuesday I wrote about the CBR650F ; today it’s the new 2018 CB650F. It loses an “R,” its fairing and clip-on handlebars – and gains a nice aluminum handlebar and abbreviated bodywork to make it a naked bike. The end! No, wait, there’s more. The other thing it gained was admission to the USA. Honda’s been selling it in other markets for a couple years now, where the F must’ve been popular enough for American Honda to take a chance on bringing it over here. As you know, we MO ites are huge fans of the more upright, standard bike ergonomics that result from putting a nice, easy-to-grab  handlebar onto what used to be a bent-over crotch rocket, but in this case the donorcycle CBR650F really i