America: A horse with a name

Triumph America LT: Looks very much like a junior Thunderbird LT, but has its own appeal.

PAUL OWEN - The Press

Triumph's now pint-sized Thunderbird is completely at home in the country after which it is named.

Extreme minimalism

MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster

The MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster takes abbreviated streetbike design to a new extreme.

Stryker gains in translation

Yamaha XVS1300 Stryker

If there's a prize for Chopper of the Year, Yamaha's XVS1300 Stryker deserves to win it.

It's quite easy being green

Honda NC750X

Honda's NC750X is rebel that actually has a cause.

Retro 500 has familiar vibe

Royal Enfield Classic 500.

Simplicity rules with the time machine that is Royal Enfield's classic single.

Thunderbirds are go

Triumph Thunderbird LT

A great British brand creates American style from a parallel motorcycling universe.

Harley-Davidson recall

Harley-Davidson logo.

More than 65,000 motorcycles recalled overseas after brake issues.

Could it be?

MV Agusta F3 800 ABS

Pondering the Italian 800 triple, Paul Owen asks the unanswerable question.

Invaluable, but danger lurks

Quad bike safety

That trusty quad should command respect from its users if it is to be operated safely.

Small bikes a big job

Sam Ekenasio

Sam Ekenasio's mini motorbike was built with plenty of elbow grease and a good dollop of motor oil.

Finding the tipping point

Honda VFR1200 F

Honda's biggest VFR is brilliantly bi-polar and the most flickable shaftie on the market.

Biker's bucket list ride

Warren Tapper with his bike.

Warwick Tapper will soon set out to travel 10,400 kilometres though Australian desert to cross it off his bucket list.

Indian rides again

Indians are once again on the sales warpath in New Zealand.

Indians are once again on the sales warpath in New Zealand.

Bike has fighter jet sound

Harley-Davidson's Project Live Wire electric motorcycle prototype.

Instead of "potato, potato, potato", think fighter jet on an aircraft carrier for the sound of Harley-Davidson's electric prototype.

Bolt aimed at Harley's heart

Yamaha Star Bolt R

Yamaha swings into target an American icon with a fine entry-level cruiser that doesn't even have its name on it.

A good farm bike


It won't impress with its appearance or engine performance, but the Yamaha AG200 is one practical machine.

Obsoletely fabulous

Royal Enfield Continental GT

A pleasing pastiche from a much lamented era, this is an Indian cafe racer that delivers a spicy ride.

Bargain basement Beemer


The G650GS is a genuine BMW, albeit one with an engine made under contract by Loncin, in China.

Massimo's MV masterpiece

MV Agusta F4

The MV Agusta F4 is the Faberge egg of the sportsbike sector, thanks to the way it reflects the inspired brilliance of its late designer.

New predator on the prowl

Kawasaki Z1000 ABS

Kawasaki's new Z1000 appears ready to bolt and looks like it eats children.

Never judge a book by its cover

Suzuki V-Strom

Forget the looks, Suzuki's new Strom is very attractive through affordability and function.

Doppelganger parallel twin

kawasaki strap

The Kawasaki W800 opens a welcome window on an illustrious past.

A compelling desert-sled

Yamaha XTZ660Z Tenere

Yamaha's single-cylinder desert-racer is a competent ADV.

Tour de force

Kawasaki Z1000 SX

Kawasaki's Z1000 SX gains more power, more comfort and electronic goodies but costs $1000 less.

A treat for 2

BMW K1300R

The K1300R is a BMW tailored towards tandem riding.

Set for success

Honda CBR600RR


Moto champ is most well-rounded bike in the six-hundred pack.

From wreck to wonderful

1941 741B Indian

Larry Moolenaar's 1941 741B Indian wasn't much to look at when he first came across it.

'Future shock' two-wheeler

Honda NM4 Vultus

Japanese anime and managa television and film styles are the inspiration behind a stealth-bomber silhouetted motorcycle.

Motorcycle gets 'copter power

Helicopter turbine-powered motorcycle.

Chris Minnee's three-year project of putting a helicopter turbine engine in a motorcycle is nearing completion.

Close to cruising perfection

Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom

A weight loss programme has made a great Moto Guzzi motorcycle even better.

Tourer by name, tourer by nature


PAUL OWEN - The Dominion Post

Vespa's GTS 300 is built to rack up the miles.

Leader of the pack

Yamaha R6.

Yamaha's R6 remains good enough to beat the world on the track and charm road riders in the showroom, even after four years on the market.

Superdooper little scooter

Aprilia SR125

Superbike style and handling sets Aprilia's smart wee SR apart.

Work needed on name

Lotus C-01 motorcycle.

The first Lotus motorcycle will need a better name than C-01 when it's launched later in the year.

Flaming the opposition

Kawasaki ZX14R SE

Kawasaki's ZX14R SE is so fast that it can instantly clear the brain of all conscious thought.

Anything but limited

Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited

This fully dressed Harley has little difficulty staying with more sporting machinery, even on the backroad twisties.

The Duke of Smiles

KTM Duke 390

For sheer unadulterated riding pleasure this Austro-Indian single is a little ripper.

Holy roller's high price

A Harley-Davidson motorbike has sold at auction for almost 20 times its estimated value - because its previous owner was the pope.

A Harley-Davidson has sold at auction for almost 20 times its estimated value - because its previous owner was the pope.

Lotus unveils superbike

Lotus C-01 motorcycle.

This is the upcoming C-01 motorbike from Lotus that uses plenty of exposed carbon fibre.

Easy peasy transport

Honda CB125e

Memories are made of this, says Paul Owen of Honda's likeable workaday single.

If Ferrari made a scooter...

Aprilia SRV 850

Aprilia's newcomer rides more like a serious middleweight motorcycle than a scooter.

Big single still charms

Suzuki DR650 SE.

After two decades on the market, the simple, elegant efficiency of Suzuki's DR650 still charms.

Pope's Harley up for sale

pope harley

Is there a guarantee for a heavenly ride? 

Ten hour-trundle

Pierre Woolridge drove his little scooter all the way from Wellington to Waikato for the annual

Pierre Woolridge drove his little scooter all the way from Wellington to Waikato for the annual "Blue Smoke and Pedals", 50cc gymkhana.

A much-improved middleweight

Kawasaki Z800

Kawasaki's Z800 is the bike that new entrants to the segment will have to beat.

Salt flats speed lures mum


Inspired by Burt Munro, a Nelson mum aims to be part of a Kiwi invasion riding Bonneville's salt flats.

Talking the torque

Yamaha MT-09

Good things happen on threes.

Bonne hails good old days

Triumph Bonneville.

Triumph's retro sports twin is something of an, erm, triumph.

Great on gravel


The F800 is BMW's more adventurous all terrain-tourer.

2014's most desirable rides

The most desirable bikes for 2014

A look ahead at the new motorcycles likely to surface in New Zealand next year.

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