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Church Of MO: 2006 KTM 950 Supermoto Quick Ride

Because supermoto stories are always a lot of fun, this week we bring you our pal Gabe’s story on taking his 2006 KTM 950 Supermoto out for a spin in the California Bay Area. If you know Gabe, then you’re familiar with his excellent storytelling. If you don’t, well let this piece introduce you to the wonderful mind of one of MO’s alumni. Of course, a great story deserves a great subject, and the 950 Supermoto was all about hooliganism before that was really even a thing. We’ll let Gabe take it from here.

2006 KTM 950 Supermoto Quick Ride

This is a competition motor that is just civilized enough to be ridable

By Gabe Ets-Hokin Jul. 23, 2006
Photos by Robert Stokstad

Do you feel guilty when you run a red light in the middle of nowhere at four in the morning? Have you put a quarter in a parking meter after six PM?

Did you go down to the Federal Building after accidentally ripping the tag off a mattress to turn yourself in to the Federal Marshals?

If that is the case, you are probably not in the market for a 100 HP supermotard. However, if you like to remove your license plate and run toll booths, cheat on your taxes by deducting lap dances as “Business Meeting Expenses”, and leave dead fish in pre-paid safety deposit boxes at banks you don’t like, I might have a motorcycle for you.

950 Supermoto with its natural predators.

Best Stage 1 Air Cleaners for Harley-Davidsons

The first step in getting more performance out of an engine is to let it breathe easier, and if there’s one thing Harley-Davidson owners like, it’s the distinctive sound of their V-Twin rumbling beneath them. Achieving that sound and performance requires replacing a combination of parts, mainly the stock air cleaner and exhaust.

Here, we’re going to focus on the first part of that equation: a Stage 1 air cleaner (also known as an air intake). A Stage 1 air cleaner typically is best for an otherwise stock Harley with no internal modifications done to the engine. Once you start modifying your engine in search of maximum power, then moving to higher stage components might be in order – but that’s beyond the scope of this list.

Below, we’ve listed some top air cleaners for Harley-Davidsons. Since there are so many types of Harley engines spanning back through the years, it’s best to take advantage of the model finder in the links below to see if there is something applicable for your bike. The selection below is far from exhaustive, as there are tons of models that aren’t on this list. This is more of a representation of what’s available on the market. From round elements to conical, there are a plethora of different designs to suit nearly everyone’s tastes.

Performance Machine FastAir Air Cleaner For Harley

This Made-in-America Performance Machine FastAir Air Cleaner looks aggressive with its forward-facing conical filter element. It features an internal crankcase breather system and the well-known K&N air filter. All mounting hardware is included, and so is a rain sock. It’s available in Contrast Cut or Chrome finishes.

Roland Sands Venturi Domino Air Cleaner For Harley

Roland Sands’ contribution to this list is the Venturi Domino Air Cleaner. The round shape is iconic, but also slim, so your legs won’t hit it if you have forward controls. Again we see a K&N filter for great airflow – but also enhancing airflow is the backing plate that helps smooth the air as it enters the carb or throttle body. It also has a hidden internal crankcase breather and a new tight seal oil separator. Made in the USA and available in a Contrast Cut finish, the faceplate can be changed out to any number of RSD plates for complete customization.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE – Video Review

You’ve read the review (maybe), now watch the video! Skirting through beautiful twisty bits of tarmac intertwined with rocky fire roads, the Suzuki V-Strom 800DE’s excellent new Parallel Twin engine is a peach. On road, the Twin powers out of corners with all of the punch expected of a 776cc 270-degree crank-driven Twin. Suzuki tells us the new engine puts out 84 hp at 8,500 rpm and 57.5 lb-ft of torque at 6,800 rpm. Off-road, the new power plant puts traction to the ground smoothly via the RbW throttle and is easy enough to modulate that traction control can easily be flicked off and forgotten about. The engine is the star of the show, but the V-Strom 800DE is an excellent sum of its parts and is the most off-road focused ‘Strom yet – this excites us (me).

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE Review – First Ride

There’s not much point going into too much detail with words here, as we’ve already done plenty of blabbing over on that other page. Give the video a gander and let us know what you think. Share it with your friends and family, on your social profiles, with people you don’t even know! Take to the streets, spread the good word!

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Friday Forum Foraging: 2022 Kawasaki H2 Carbon

It’s posts like these that helped spawn the idea for these Friday Forum Foraging posts in the first place. This particular one comes from one of our sister sites, We don’t know the seller, nor do we know the life circumstance that has caused them to sell this basically new 2022 Kawasaki H2 Carbon with only four miles on it, but this is definitely out of the ordinary. And that’s what we like around here.

For those who don’t know, the Kawasaki H2 Carbon is basically Kawasaki’s road-legal land missile. Built to go fast in a straight line, the aggressive and streamlined looks are only topped by the 1000cc four-banger strapped with a supercharger. The H2 and its variants are completely wild, and that supercharged engine is one of the coolest powerplants ever to grace a production motorcycle. If the urge to own one speaks to you, and you’re anywhere near Orlando with 35-large in your pocket, maybe give this person a call. His (or her) full listing is below, but follow the link at the bottom for two more pictures and contact information.

2022 H2 Carbon, has 4 miles on it. I purchased it and garaged it at my parents house and flew back to NY for work. I’ve never rode it. it’s basically brand new. I had it transported from the dealer to my mom’s garage. 2 keys included 1 open the other still in blue wrapping Extended warranty included. $35,500

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Interview with KTM’s Stefan Pierer – Part 3

Alan Cathcart’s conversation with Stefan Pierer continues, as the PIERER Mobility president and chief executive officer discusses electrification and other future technologies. —ED.

Interview with KTM’s Stefan Pierer – Part 1
Interview with KTM’s Stefan Pierer – Part 2

The KTM Freeride E-XC. Photo by Rudi Schedl.

Alan Cathcart: Looking at PIERER Mobility’s electric model development, GASGAS already has its own electric Trials bike, but to what extent will other brands within the PIERER family go electric as well? So will KTM ever have a mainstream electric model, like a scooter?

Stefan Pierer: Well, we have already an electric model, the Freeride, plus all the kids’ bikes. You know KTM’s chosen field for product development. If you stop in front of a restaurant or beer garden, riding an E-bike, you take off your helmet and everybody is looking to you, and you’re proud to be riding a silent electric motorcycle – but if it’s a scooter, it’s different. Very different! So that’s the reason we don’t have any KTM E-scooters. That’s Piaggio’s job, not mine – they make them very nicely, big respect.

2023 Husqvarna Norden 901 Expedition Review – First Ride

For miles, we rode into a dense cloud of ruddy South African dust. Those dusty roads connected rocky trails and choice stretches of pavement like the famed Franschhoek pass which, on a Saturday, was reminiscent of California’s own Angeles Crest Highway. We watched eclectic groups of open topped roadsters interspersed with an equally varied slew of two-wheelers strafe from apex to apex while we made photo passes. Husqvarna had invited the world’s press to experience the new Norden 901 Expedition amongst epic terrain at the southernmost tip of the African continent.

2023 Husqvarna Norden 901 Expedition
Husqvarna’s Norden 901 is now more capable of long haul travel and challenging terrain off-road thanks to the Expedition trim.

Editor Score: 92%

+ HighsUpgraded suspension makes the Norden more capable in a wider variety of terrainStout skid plate from the factoryAn excellent value for those looking for more off-road performance– SighsElectronic gremlins on pre-production bikesSoft bags were falling apart after a few days of ridingWindscreen might be a touch too tall for shorter riders and those planning to push the bike off-road

The Norden 901 Expedition is little more than the base model with bolt-on bits from the accessory catalog. The thing is, that “little more” makes a big difference. Since its inception, I’ve been a fan of the Norden, in theory anyway. Admittedly, I hadn’t spent much time on the bike ahead of this trip. That said, the Norden is heavily based on the existing KTM 890 Adventure platform which I’ve spent a lot of time with and find myself gravitating toward as a fan of the pointedly off-road end of the ADV spectrum. When reading Scott Rousseau’s (former EiC of tongue-in-cheek “letter” to me/review of the Norden 901, his words “gentlemanly character” struck me the wrong way. A gentleman, I am not. Word of the WP Apex suspension’s limits off-road spread and my interest feigned. A fantastic street bike with a proven foundation and its own unique style, undoubtedly, but a redressed base 890 Adventure simply didn’t sway me. 

2022 Husqvarna Norden 901 Review – First Ride

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4S Review – First Ride

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but we’re big fans of the Ducati Streetfighter V4 around here. The do-it-all naked bike is fast as hell when you want to get crazy, but as docile as a puppy when you don’t. For years, fans of naked bikes have yelled to the hilltops for a manufacturer to build one that was a sportbike without fairings. No neutering, no “re-tuned for torque” BS, just pure naked power – and a handlebar. Ducati has firmly delivered with the Streetfighter V4 and we’ve sung its praises endlessly. Which begs the question: what on earth could Ducati possibly do to warrant yet another press intro and new model launch?  

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4S
It seems like Ducati won’t stop refining this bike until it becomes telepathic to ride.

Editor Score: 90%

+ HighsWhat an incredible engineElectronic improvements just keep getting betterStill as stunning as ever– SighsI kept sliding back in the seat at high speedsThe new tank shape doesn’t give my leg much to latch ontoSeriously consider wind protection if high speed tracks are in your future

The answer: make it even easier to ride. Ducati, like nearly all manufacturers of big-engined superbikes, understands the rat race to make big power and impress on the dyno sheet, but they also understand that today’s era of 200-plus horsepower motorcycles are a handful to ride. Making them easier to tame will result in not only being able to go faster, but more people being able to go faster, consistently. And when things are easy, people are happy. 

As the old adage goes, power is nothing without control, and Ducati has taken this to heart. Now it employs a different approach to all its models, but especially its high-end superbikes and super nakeds. Chasing power is one thing, but the big push is to make it easier for the rider to get the most out of them. This, of course, comes down to electronics. And, right now, Ducati is the best in the game.

This brings us to the 2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4S.

MotoGP 2023 Season Preview

The opinions expressed by Mr. Allen do not reflect the views of the editorial staff here at In fact, we would be surprised if they reflect the views of anyone remotely familiar with the sport.

Grand prix motorcycle racing – MotoGP to aficionados – is a Eurocentric parlor game for the rich and not-so-famous. It involves undersized riders holding on for dear life to 1000cc bikes with astonishing power-to-weight ratios on road courses at venues on four continents, several of which are in countries one is not anxious to visit. It is almost impossible to find on American television. Riders receive trophies for finishing third. It is the little brother of F1. It is NASCAR’s mentally challenged foreign cousin.

However, for the few of you still reading, at its best, MotoGP is the best racing on the planet, a series of hair-raising encounters between riders and machines traveling at well over 100 mph in unbanked turns, separated by inches, with the difference between winning and not winning often measured in a few thousandths of a second. (By comparison, the autonomic blink of an eye takes around 100 milliseconds.)

Fabio Quartararo, looking for the contact lens he dropped on the previous lap.

These guys are fast. Ridiculously fast. Incomprehensibly fast. The engines on the big bikes retail for around a million dollars per, rotate at, like, 17,000 rpm, and are built to tolerances that defy description, at least with the few words in my vocabulary. The noise they make is equally difficult to describe, resembling, in my mind, the sound a nuclear-powered pencil sharpener might make.

Church Of MO: Honda VTR1000F Super Hawk

Remember when Honda built a 1000cc V-Twin and put it in something sporty to go against Ducati and the 916? Then do you remember how Honda only half-committed to building a Ducati beater and the bike really wasn’t a match for the 916 at all? If you do, then you remember the VTR1000F Super Hawk, also lovingly known as the Super Chicken. Before Honda got serious and built the RC51 (or the RVT1000R or VTR1000 SP1 in other parts of the world), it built this.

The Super Hawk had some similarities with the RC, like the V-Twin engine and side-mount radiators, but when it came to the performance metrics that really matter, the Super Hawk was no match for its Italian rival. Still, for those folks who like the thought of a more comfortable RC51-esque Honda V-Twin from the late 90s, the Super Hawks are fun bikes that can be found for cheap these days. Here’s our review of the bike from its introduction in 1998.

Honda VTR1000F Super Hawk

Big Red Introduces Their Sporting V-Twin to America

By Tom Fortune Mar. 29, 1998
Photos by Tom Fortune and American Honda

American Honda recently threw a coming-out party for the all-new VTR1000F Super Hawk, inviting the U.S. moto-press to the bash. The event’s backdrop was the picturesque wine country of Temecula, California, and its maze of gnarly, tight, and twisting back roads proved the perfect venue to show off, as one Honda engineer put it, the Super Hawk’s “lively personality.” And lively it is, too. With the VTR, Honda feels they’ve “grabbed the essence of what Americans want in a big, sporting V-twin. The distinctive sound and feel that makes a V-twin seem alive.” A spokesman for Honda’s R&D department said their target for the Super Hawk was lightweight, light steering, and strong low- to mid-range power and torque. Sound like a certain lusty Italian bike we know?

The Super Hawk’s project leader, Naoyuki Saito, stated Honda wanted to create a new type of twin-cylinder sports package that could rival the Ducati’s level of performance while maintaining Japanese quality and practicality.

Our first impression was that the VTR seemed easier to ride fast than a 916 but soon realized this was not a race replica. Indeed, Honda claims the Super Hawk was never intended as a racing platform. Rather, they deemed it more of a real-world, all-around sporting motorcycle like Honda’s own VFR750, but with the robust power delivery only a large displacement V-twin can provide.

Interview with KTM’s Stefan Pierer Part 2

Alan Cathcart’s conversation with Stefan Pierer continues, as the PIERER Mobility president and chief executive officer discusses his motorcycle brands (namely, KTM, Husqvarna and Husqvarna), and some of their competition. This includes MV Agusta, of which PIERER gained a stake in 2022. —ED.

Interview with KTM’s Stefan Pierer – Part 1

Alan Cathcart: Let’s talk about MV Agusta, where last November you purchased 25.1% of the equity from its present owner, Timur Sardarov. What is your future strategy for your involvement in the brand?

Stefan Pierer: As part of that 25.1%, it’s taking the first step of working together very closely on current production models. So we’ll take care of the whole supply chain, we’ll buy all the parts needed for MV Agusta’s production for the coming year, and then, after finalizing that, we’ll take over worldwide distribution of the finished product. This is the first step to help them make their entire operation profitable as a company.

Friday Forum Foraging: 1958 BMW R60 w/Sidecar And Trailer

You might be familiar with Bring a Trailer for its selection of cool cars that are up for auction, but did you know BaT also has a motorcycle page? Just as with the cars, the moto page is filled with cool and interesting submissions, including this 1958 BMW R/60 modified to accept a Geko sidecar and PAV single-wheel trailer.

As we can tell from the description, the bike was given a full restoration in 2008 and it sounds like no bolt was left untouched in the process. The engine, transmission, electrical, brakes, and suspension all got a full makeover to perform as good as, or better than, new. As you can see, there are not one, but two distinguishing features – those being the sidecar and the trailer.

The Geko sidecar got a full restoration along with the rest of the bike, with choice accessories like a windscreen and tonneau cover among the changes. Conveniently, the wire wheel on the hack is interchangeable with the wheels on the bike itself. Total miles on the bike haven’t been confirmed, but the odometer reads less than 3800.

And as if a vintage BMW with a sidecar wasn’t rare enough, this one also comes with a PAV single-wheel trailer that connects to a custom hitch. Because even though you have a sidecar, sometimes you just need more carrying space.

2022 Indian FTR1200 Hooligan Race Bike First Ride

“I like the idea of racing things that were never meant to be raced.” – Roland Sands

The brainchild of one Mr. Sands, the Super Hooligan National Championship is all about taking bikes that were never meant to be raced, but may have sporty inclinations, and sticking them on a racetrack – highly modified, of course. Ostensibly, this is why the series exists. When you get on the ground level though, it’s a darn good excuse for Roland, Indian, and partner S&S to come up with one hell of an FTR1200 and find an excuse to race it on asphalt. Of course, with this premise in mind, you could also say this was the start of the bagger craze taking over the American road racing scene, too (and it kinda was).

2022 Indian FTR1200 Hooligan Race Bike
Uncorked and ready for shenanigans, this championship-winning RSD FTR1200 Hooligan bike is one wild ride.
+ HighsThe Powerplus engine is a ton of fun when allowed to breathe properlyIt makes some wonderful exhaust sounds, tooIt’s opened my eyes to the potential of a standard FTR1200– SighsPractically zero trail means the front end is extremely nervous – perfect for flat trackersThe flat seat doesn’t stop you from scooting back when you gas itThe narrow tank doesn’t give your arms or legs anything to latch onto while cornering

In 2022, Indian not only competed in both the King of the Baggers and Super Hooligans series – it won them both, too. This after facing stiff competition from the likes of Harley-Davidson and KTM in each of the respective series. So, what better way to cap off a great 2022 season than by having some other people try the winning bikes, too? Fresh off the heels of riding the 2022 championship-winning Challenger bagger race bike, Indian also extended the offer to have me throw a leg over the FTR1200 Hooligan bike Tyler O’Hara won the championship with, too. Who was I to say no? 

Riding Indian’s 2022 Championship-Winning Challenger Bagger Race Bike

Harley-Davidsons New 121ci CVO Engine Has VVT

A couple of days ago, we were tipped off by Harley-Davidson blogger Dr. Dan Morel about photos of an alleged new CVO Road Glide and CVO Street Glide taken from the factory floor. Morel has since sent us another photo, offering a clear look at the CVO Road Glide’s right side, including evidence that the new 121ci engine uses variable valve timing.

Here’s the full image we received:

Immediately, we noticed two details that further support our original report. The large intake prominently features the number 121, suggesting a 121ci displacement (that’s about 1982cc, in metric numbers). This matches the 121 shown on the derby cover on the right side of the motorcycle. The other detail we can see is the small tab on the bottom right side of the tank badge. Right below the “ON” in “Harley-Davidson,” there is a chrome tab jutting downward with some faint lettering. Looking closer (click on the image above to see a larger version) and you can make out the letters “CVO,” further confirming this is a new entry to Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations line. We already assumed all of this in our initial report, and the new evidence further confirms it.

But there is one more secret revealed in this photo. Look closely at the camshaft cover right above the floorboard and you’ll notice the familiar Bar-and-Shield logo. Now compare it to the same area on the 2023 CVO Road Glide Limited Anniversary below:

Interview with KTM’s Stefan Pierer Part 1

As the Coronavirus pandemic gradually disappears in the rear view mirror of history, in its aftermath the global motorcycle industry continues to experience rapid and sustained growth. Leading this charge among European companies is the KTM Group, whose parent company PIERER Mobility AG finished 2022 on a continued high, after a 12th successive record year which saw sales of its three current brands KTM, Husqvarna, and GASGAS continue spiralling upwards to 375,452 motorcycles in 2022, an increase of 13% compared with the previous year’s 332,881 units. Of those, 268,575 of these motorcycles carried the KTM badge, 75,266 were Husqvarnas and 31,651 were GASGAS motorcycles, a sales volume of 375,492 motorcycles. Add to that the 118,465 pedal cycles and E-bicycles sold in the same period under its Husqvarna, GASGAS, Felt and R Raymon labels (up 15% compared to 2022’s 102,753 bikes), and the company’s overall revenues increased to EUR 2.437 billion in 2022, up 19% year-on-year.

Pierer Mobility kicked off the year with success at the famed Dakar Rally, sweeping the podium with KTM’s Kevin Benavides and Toby Price joined by American Skyler Howes riding for Husqvarna.

This resulted in an EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes) gross profit of EUR 235 million, a massive 22% increase over one year ago, meaning its President/CEO Stefan Pierer, 66, duly celebrated the 30th anniversary of his taking control of a bankrupt KTM and its 160 employees in January 1992, and making 6,300 motorcycles that first year, by consolidating his place as the most significant figure in the European motorcycle industry. PIERER Mobility is a global player in practically every different model sector, both on and off road, with both combustion engines and, increasingly, electric power. The chance to speak with him at length for the first time in two and a half years in his office in KTM’s home factory at Mattighofen in West Austria, uncovered the background behind this roll call of success, and his plans to build on it for the future.

Alan Cathcart: Stefan, in 2022 PIERER Mobility achieved its twelfth year in a row of record sales, with a 19% increase over 2021. But, could it have been even better than that if not for problems with the supply of components?

2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 R/RS – Video Review

After years of success with the 765 cc Moto2 spec engine, Triumph would be foolish to ignore all that it has learned on the international racing stage, and the 2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 R and RS are proof that the engineers have been paying attention. While most of the focus was on increasing power, some select chassis changes made it into the mix. My ride on the roads of southern Spain and on the track at the Circuito de Jerez made it clear that Triumph wants to dominate the middleweight naked class.

2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 R/RS Review – First Ride

While the engine changes were significant, the bulk of them were focused on the combustion chambers and getting the fuel charge in and out of them more efficiently. To that end the compression ratio was bumped to 13.25:1. A machined head interfacing with machined, not gas, pistons provide that increase while also allowing for higher valve lift. New rods and pins were required to handle the increased power, while the intake and exhaust got freer breathing capabilities courtesy of shorter intake trumpets and a single, less restrictive catalyzer, respectively. Shorter gearing in second through sixth gears increases the engine’s spunkiness.

For the first time, the Street Triple gets an IMU and all of the associated electronic safety features, like cornering ABS and lean-sensitive traction control, that we have come to expect in modern motorcycles. Additionally, an up/down quickshifter is included as standard across the three-member Street Triple family.