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Whatever: Stop Doing Stupid Things

My latest stupid thing is rinsing the engine of my new used car with the hose. Not a pressure wash or even a full blast, I swear! Just a light drizzle to rinse off some degreaser in a couple nooks and crannies the morning after I brought the thing home. Before I did that, my new-to-me 2000 Jaguar XJR had been running like a 4-liter V-eight Jaguar with an Eaton supercharger on top of it. After it, the RESTRICTED PERFORMANCE lamp was lit and it would barely run. Dang. (I hope we can talk about cars here, too, can’t we? I was a car guy before I was a motorcycle guy, and the same concepts apply.)

Naturally, I fled in horror straight to the Facebook Jaguar XJR Lovers page and spilled my guts. The crowd pounced instantly. Never wash a Jaguar engine! The “you idiot” was at least left unsaid but strongly implied. The internet’s a nicer place now than it used to be, or maybe that’s just among people with a common love object. Come to think of it, nobody ever talks politics on my vehicle sites. They’re the only place you can escape.

It was Louis who talked me down: “It’s probably your knock sensors, located under the blower,” he wrote. “They may dry out in a few days and be fine. They also may be shorted out, which means removing the blower to get to them, kind of a big job, and installing expensive new ones.”

I plugged in the code reader.

GasGas RX 450F Replica Confirmed in Type Approval Documents

GasGas is preparing to launch a new model called the RX 450F Replica that we believe will be based on the machine Sam Sunderland rode to victory in the 2022 Dakar Rally.

The RX 450F Replica model name appears on a recently updated list of vehicles approved by the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt, Germany’s federal motor transport authority. The name is similar, though not a perfect match, for the RC 450F ridden by Sunderland and his teammate Daniel Sanders (who was no slouch himself in winning three stages) in the Dakar Rally.

Despite the variation in the name, we suspect the RX 450F Replica is indeed the rally bike because it is listed with similar information to KTM‘s own 450 Rally Replica, and the RC 450F race bike was essentially a rebadged version of the orange bike.

KTM has offered a rally replica for a few years now, as has Husqvarna, with its version dubbed the FR 450 Rally. With GasGas victorious at this year’s Dakar Rally, it seems logical that Pierer Mobility’s red brand would also get the replica treatment.

Daniel Sanders and Sam Sunderland GasGas

2022 Yamaha MT-10 Review First Ride

Heaping praise upon Yamaha’s naked bikes has become all too easy lately. Yes, the MT-07 did get dethroned in last year’s Middleweight Naked comparison, but not by much – and it took brand-new motorcycles from Aprilia and Triumph to do it. When it came time for the 900cc(ish) Nakeds last August, the newly revamped MT-09 surprised a couple people by taking the cake against KTM Duke 890 and five other very nice and mostly more expensive motorcycles. Sadly, when it was time for the Open Class Nakeds shootout last November, the MT-10 got left out. We thought it was too old, and couldn’t win. Plus, we knew the 2022 Yamaha MT-10 was on its way. Possibly to save the day.

Battle Royale: 7-Way Heavyweight Naked Bike Shootout

2022 Yamaha MT-10
Plugging a Euro 5-compliant CP4 with all the latest electronic goodies into a comfortable, affordable, R1 chassis… someday we may look back and say, this was Yamaha’s finest hour.

Editor Score: 94.25%

+ HighsSupremely tractable and long-range ridableSomebody at Yamaha has a special relationship with somebody at KYBR1-derived electronic aids make you a better motorcycle rider than you are– SighsToo bad we can’t bore it out to 1300cc and blow everybody’s doors off. Naah, that would be stupidYou’ll have to go 26,000 miles between valve adjustmentsNot the best drag racer with that 75-mph first gear

Now that they’ve dragged the MT-10 kicking and screaming into Euro 5 compliance, rather than reinventing the wheel, Yamaha applied much of the MT-09 treatment to the King of its Masters of Torque familia, including its dark energy design language.

Unlike the lesser MTs which get their own graceful vacuum-formed aluminum frames, the MT-10 shares its skeleton with the YZF-R1, but now you can see it better thanks to a rethink of the bodywork and a removal of a couple of modesty panels. This being the same frame Yamaha uses to contest the WSBK title, it’s quite the feat of engineering, tuned for high longitudinal rigidity as well as torsional and lateral flex.

Church of MO: Best Motorcycles Of 2012

Wow, 2012 doesn’t seem like such a long time ago, but nearly all the motorcycles we fawned, toadied, and shamelessly groveled all over are nearly all gone or usurped. And not even that missed, thanks to the machines that superseded them. The best of them are still around, though: Honda NC750X and PCX150, BMW K1600, and 1000RR, Tuono… Your best new tech, the Thin Film Transistor display on the new Ducati Diavel, has become ubiquitous. Sadly, the SOLFX Transitions faceshield introduced by Bell helmets, has not. Whirled without end, amen.

Spectacular bikes despite fewer new models

By Staff Aug. 24, 2012

Whoever you are and whatever kind of riding you do, there’s a perfect match out there in the dealership just waiting for you. Class categories continue to get re-sliced to finely hone in on key markets, creating distinct products for sub-classes. This specialization is offset elsewhere by a renewed focus on motorcycles that can do it all, and do it at a price that won’t break the bank.The past 12 months have seen fewer new-model announcements and debuts than we fondly remember from five years ago, but there are several motorcycles that really stoke our fires and encourage us to mount up and ride.

It’s again that time of the year when we select’s Best Of choices – our annual MOBO awards. Surf along as we look back at the standout motorcycles of the past year. Click here to see our results from 2011.

We rode nearly every new bike on the market in the past 12 months so we could bring you the standouts of the past year.

Motorcycle of the Year
Kawasaki ZX-14R

Best Motorcycles of 2012
2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R
2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R Action
2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale
2012 BMW S1000RR
2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale Track
2012 Aprilia Tuono V4R
2012 Triumph Speed Triple R
2012 Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two Profile Right
2012 Victory Hard-Ball Right Profile
Dunlop Roadsmart II BMW K1600GTL
2012 Honda Gold Wing
2012 BMW K1600GT
2012 KTM 990 SM T Action Left
2012 Triumph Tiger 800XC
2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS
2012 Honda NC700X
2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650
Lightning Electric Motorcycle
2012 Zero DS
2013 Honda PCX150 Action
2012 BMW C 600 Sport
2013 Kawasaki KX450F
2012 Yamaha WR450F
Thin Film Transistor Display
Adjustable Engine Braking
2011 Arai Signet-Q
Transition Face Shield

MO Tested: Michelin Road 6 Tire Review

While magazine editors and track riders may wax poetic about the leaps in performance of the latest super-grippy sport and track tires, the vast majority of sport-focused street riders spend their money on sport-touring rubber. Why? Well, two reasons, actually. First, once you look beyond the arid Southwest where the bulk of the U.S. motorcycle industry resides, riders have to deal with rain, making the way tires handle in the wet of great importance. Then there’s the fact that sport-touring tires offer almost the same level of grip as their sportier siblings – at street temperatures – while offering significantly better longevity. (At lower temperatures, sport-touring tires can offer more real-world grip than even the stickiest of sporting rubber, which are designed to work their best at elevated temperatures.) With the release of the Michelin Road 6 sport-touring tires, Michelin claim an increase in both wet grip and wear characteristics when compared to their precursors, the Michelin Road 5.

Michelin Road 6 Tires
Michelin claims 15% better wet traction and 10% better wear. Our experience says these claims are true.
+ HighsGreat wet gripExcellent dry gripImpressive wear characteristics– SighsPriceyDon’t appeal to my vanity as much as the stickiest rubber available doesThat’s all I’ve got

The Recipe

The headlining claim in the announcement of the Road 6 tires was that they offer a 15% increase in wet grip. Michelin says this is the result of both updating the rubber compounds and refining the tread design. Silica has been known for its wet/cold weather grip for some time, but it hasn’t always played well with tire durability in dry, warm weather. The improvements in the durability of the silica compound comes from a combination of changes to the compound itself and the altered tread design. 

MO Tested: Michelin Road 5 Tire Review

When the Michelin Road 5 was released, its wet grip was credited to the development of its X-Sipe technology. Essentially, the smaller grooves in the tire open up to a wider space as you go deeper within the rubber compound, and as the tire wears, the widening of the grooves allow for the tread to displace similar amounts of water. (You can read an in-depth explanation of it here.) Next, dubbed Michelin Water Evergrip Technology, the void ratio, the ratio of grooving to the rubber on the tire’s tread, was optimized to improve wear in both wet and dry conditions. Michelin claims that this, when combined with the X-Sipe technology, is not only responsible for the increase in wet grip, but also for the consistent behavior of the tires even when worn.

Best Motorcycle Phone Mounts

Smartphones have integrated themselves into almost every aspect of modern life. So, it should come as no surprise that people want to make them more accessible while riding their motorcycles. A well-placed phone can make it easier to follow GPS directions or check to see who the incoming call is from to determine if you should answer on your Bluetooth communicator. This has lead to a burgeoning selection of phone mounts for securely placing your smartphone on your bike where it can be easily glanced at. Here, we’ve gathered a listing of what we think are a few of the best motorcycle phone mounts that we know of. If we’ve skipped your favorite, let us know in the comments.

SP Connect Phone Mounts

The SP Connect smartphone mounting system all starts with a compatible phone case. Integrated into the case is a mount that mates to any number of accessory mounts that you can attach to your motorcycle, whether on the handlebar or mirror. CNC machined from aircraft-quality aluminum, once you attach your phone to the mount, a 90-degree turn locks the system together. From there you can turn your phone 360 degrees so you get the orientation you want. SP sells bundles with phone cases and mounts together, or you can purchase the pieces individually. There are even Ducati-branded mounts for the Ducatisti to enjoy.

Bottom Line/A tough, sturdy, and easy-to-use phone mount, but requires a phone-specific case.

Quad Lock Motorcycle Handlebar Mount

The Quad Lock Motorcycle Handlebar Mount is also part of a case and mount system with multiple applications. There is even a Universal Adapter that allows phones without a Quad Lock case to be used with the system. The company claims that the patented dual-stage lock holds your smartphone secure over the roughest terrain. To remove the phone from the mount the blue lever must be depressed, and the phone must be twisted 90°. While the handlebar mount is shown here, a variety of mounts are available, from mirror mounts to steering stem to 1-inch ball mounts.

Bottom Line/A patented dual-stage lock locking system for your expensive smartphone

Roam Universal Premium Bike Phone Mount for Motorcycle

Riders on a budget will appreciate the list of features on this inexpensive mount. The Roam Universal Premium Bike Phone Mount secures your phone with six points of grip, and the mount will adjust to any angle for convenient viewing while riding. Although those whose bikes with clip-ons are out of luck, the Roam mount will fit a wide variety of handlebars, ranging from 7/8” through 1-1/4” diameter. If your phone can fit within the 3.5-inch grip, you and your smartphone are good to go. The list of phones includes: iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone 8 | 8Plus, iPhone 7 | 7 Plus, iPhone 6 | 6s | 6 Plus. Samsung Galaxy S7 | Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S9, OnePlus 3, HTC 11. Google Pixel / Pixel XL.

Bottom Line/An inexpensive alternative

Peak Design Motorcycle Stem Mount

Peak Design has created a sleek, elegant, durable, adjustable, and easy-to-use phone mount. Two, actually. One can clip onto your bars, or for sportbike riders or those without handlebars, a stem mount (seen here). The secret to its secure mounting is the ultra-strong magnetic/mechanical mounting technology called SlimLink that grabs and locks your phone. Then, when you’re ready to release your phone, a simple press of a button lets it loose. A rigid adjustment arm lets you customize your phone’s position so you can move it just where you want it. And if you want a slimmer profile, you can simply remove the arm altogether and mount your phone to the base. A vibration isolator protects your phone from the buzz of your engine and the road. The Peak Design mount is machined from aluminum and anodized to protect it from the elements. *Requires a dedicated phone case.*

MO Tested: Alpinestars Tech Air 10 Review

Let’s clear the air right off the bat with this one: This is *not* a crash-tested review, though I can understand why you would think so after I wrote about my recent experiences tumbling down the road in the Forcite MK1 helmet and Alpinestars’ own GP Force Chaser entry-level suit. While it’s never a great time to crash a motorcycle, the timing of those experiences brings a great deal of context to the latest in safety innovation by Alpinestars: the Tech-Air 10 airbag system. 

Alpinestars Tech-Air 10
The latest in Alpinestars Tech-Air protection, the Tech-Air 10 takes airbag protection all the way down to your hips.
Desirability8/10Editor Score: 85%
+ HighsTotal airbag protection from shoulders to hipsImproved airflow compared to other Tech-Air systemsI didn’t feel it while riding (but not everybody can say the same)– SighsCan be hard for some people to put their suit on overUnsurprisingly, it can also be hard to take off for some peopleImpractical for use on the street

Taken straight from the MotoGP paddock, Tech-Air is Alpinestars’ proprietary fully self-contained airbag system. Tech-Air 10 is the new flagship in the Tech-Air range which currently (as of this writing) includes the Tech-Air 5, which can be worn inside any appropriately fitting jacket or suit, and the Tech-Air 3 – an airbag vest that can be worn inside *or outside* a jacket – due for release in Fall 2022. For the dirt riders, Alpinestars is also developing the Tech-Air Off-Road, set for release in early 2023. Technically speaking, the Tech-Air Race, the first mass-produced airbag from Alpinestars, is still available but will be phased out in the coming seasons (but Alpinestars will still support it long after that). 

What separates the Tech-Air 10 from the others, including airbags from other companies, is its airbag coverage area now extends down to the hips – a feature I wish I had when I fell down in the GP Force Chaser suit. All other systems on the market currently only cover the upper body to varying degrees. All of the Tech-Air systems, including the Tech-Air 10 provide full airbag protection for the shoulders, collarbones, chest, and back. With the exception of the Tech-Air 3, an integrated CE Level 2 back protector is integrated into the system, giving both active (airbag) and passive protection for your back. 

To date, every airbag system on the market has varying levels of coverage that extend down to the waist. The Tech-Air 10 goes further and gives you coverage all the way to your thighs, an area often making a hard impact with the ground. Compared to traditional passive hard impact protection, Alpinestars’ impact testing has shown the Tech-Air system can reduce up to 95% of the impact force that’s transferred to the body.

How It Works

As you can see from these pictures, the entire thing looks like a bulked-up base layer. That’s the point. Strategic zips and stretch panels connect and integrate the physical airbag and back protector to the rest of the base layer. Being able to separate the base layer from the airbag components means you can hand wash the base layer – because, you know, riding around in a cow suit is hot and sweat stinks. This is a departure from other Tech-Air systems which are basically vests you wear over your existing base layer. They can’t be washed.

2024 Can-Am Origin and Pulse Electric Prototypes First Look

After teasing us in March, Bombardier Recreational Products officially revealed its first two Can-Am electric motorcycles, the Pulse roadster and the Origin dual-sport. Both models were presented as prototypes, meaning they are very close to what will eventually be the final product, which will enter production in the summer of 2024.

Full specs will be revealed next August, so the focus of this “soft reveal” is purely on the design of the first two-wheeled Can-Am models since 1987. Both models employ what BRP calls the Rotax E-Power powertrain. Specific numbers weren’t given, but BRP says it will yield “highway-worthy speeds with plenty of horsepower and torque.” The Rotax E-Power technology will eventually be employed across BRP product lines, not just motorcycles.

Like most electric motorcycles, the Pulse and Origin forgo a clutch or transmission, using just a simple twist-and-go throttle. Both models employ an on-board charger and work with Level 2 charging stations. BRP did not provide any information on the batteries, except to note that they are highlighted in the designs in Can-Am’s signature yellow.

Both models employ a single-sided swingarm with the final drive completely enclosed on the left side. Patent illustrations we previously uncovered suggest the swingarm houses a belt drive, though BRP notably refused to confirm when asked about it during its media presentation.

Church of MO: 2002 Yamaha FJR1300

All we learn from history, goes the current cynical wisdom, is that we learn nothing from history. Then again, maybe we do? For instance, I just learned this morning that Yamaha is still stamping out the FJR1300ES 20 years after the original 2002 FJR1300 hit our shores. Well, they’re still selling them anyway. I remember FJ1100 very fondly, FJ1200 was the tool for inhaling great draughts of western landscape at ludicrous speed… all before this first liquid-cooled FJR blew our moldy sport-touring socks off. (Note Minime’s acting out by spelling three of four names wrong in only the first 2.5 lines of copy. Is there an Editor in the house?)

Sexual Silver!

By Minimeat May. 03, 2002

Torrance, California, May 3, 2002 — When I was a kid I used to play make-believe with my friends. I’d be Audey Murphey or maybe Roy Rodgers while they’d be the outlaw Jessie James or Billy the Kid. They were good times, though I can’t recall a time in recent memory when I’ve played make-believe again, until last Wednesday night.The MO Test Squadron was humming along Highway 14 headed south, having just completed a number of runs out at the drag strip in Palmdale for our Open Twins story. I had along Yamaha’s newest Super Sport Tourer, as they refer to it, and got this eerie feeling about me as the sun was setting. It was surreal, the silver FJR humming along beneath me, rolling at a steady 80 miles an hour, window adjusted to its fully upright position and I tucked warmly inside some Kushitani leathers watching the sun set over the mountains in the distance. But something felt amiss. Something just felt wrong and was throwing off the circadian rhythms of this world.

I was headed home, and I knew it, and I was only coming back from Palmdale. That was depressing me. As good as the bike felt, Palmdale was an insult to its intentions. It needed to be coming back from somewhere else, someplace a lot farther than a little desert town just 80 miles away. It needed to be coming home from a trip back to Arkansas to visit my grandparents. And so it was. I played make-believe and convinced myself of exactly that, if only for a few moments. But they were precious moments when everything fell into place, and the FJR made perfect sense.

From the start, Yamaha’s engineers had it in their heads to build something that was the perfect blend of “super sport performance with long-distance luxury.” What they gave us, it seems, is nearly a damn fine big-bore sportbike in the manner of the old YZF1000, but wrapped in the bodywork of a damn fine light touring rig, if you consider 620 pounds light.

Though it looks like any modern (good-looking) sport-tourer, Yamaha’s new FJR1300 is quite impressive when you emphasize the sport part of the equation.

With the tightly spaced gearbox and wide spread of power, we had our choice of three gears per corner, it seemed, and so we were always right in the thick of things.
The standard hard cases rival BMW's luggage for their cleanliness of design and ease of use. Of course, they easily swallow a full-face helmet, which is always nice.

Hackfu, on board the FJR at the drag strip, on his way to a corrected 11.2 second E.T. at 118.8 mph. Tank bag included.

Ducati World Première 2023 to Include Monster SP, New Scrambler, Panigale V4 R, and More

Last week, Ducati announced it would once again present its new product announcements in a series of online presentations. Just like in 2020 and 2021, the Ducati World Première 2023 series will take place over multiple episodes, with each part featuring a different product line.

For 2023, the series will span seven episodes, starting Sept. 2, ahead of the MotoGP round in San Marino, and running until Nov. 7, just ahead of EICMA. As has become custom, Ducati has given each episode a cryptic title offering a clue to the presentation’s topic. The episodes are:

Sept. 2, 2022: Ducati World Première – Episode 1 | The UnexpectedSept. 15, 2022: Ducati World Première – Episode 2 | Ready for More?Sept. 29, 2022: Ducati World Première – Episode 3 | Unlock EarthOct. 7, 2022: Ducati World Première – Episode 4 | This is RacingOct. 20, 2022: Ducati World Première – Episode 5 | Push ForwardOct. 28, 2022: Ducati World Première – Episode 6 | Dare to be BoldNov. 7, 2022: Ducati World Première – Episode 7 | Next Gen Freedom

Apart from the episode titles, Ducati has offered one more clue: the final episode will be a model that was previewed for visitors at World Ducati Week. Though Ducati has managed to prevent any photos of the WDW preview from going public, a report from confirms the new model is the next-generation Ducati Scrambler.

As for the rest, we did a little digging and uncovered some clues about what to expect, including a new Panigale V4 R and a Ducati Monster SP.

Ducati’s racing homologated model, the Panigale V4 R, is an obvious fit for Episode 4. Introduced in 2019, the Panigale V4 R is powered by a 998cc engine, allowing it to compete in Superbike racing classes. With the 1103cc Panigale V4 and V4 S getting updated last year, it seems obvious that the V4 R is due for its own update.

2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4R Confirmed in VIN Submissions

A new Vehicle Identification Number decoder released by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirms that Kawasaki will be introducing a 399cc Inline-Four Ninja ZX-4R model for 2023. While the VIN decoder does not provide any clue to what the ZX-4R will look like, we expect it will be styled similar to the 249cc Ninja ZX-25R (pictured above) currently offered in Japan and other Asian markets.

We previously wrote about the existence of a ZX-4R a year ago, when we uncovered a Kawasaki patent for the fairing design that was adopted for the ZX-25R. The patent described how intakes built into the fairing would divert air towards the engine for additional cooling. While the design was used on the ZX-25R, the patent describes the invention as being “more preferably applied to a vehicle having four-cylinder 400 cc engine.”

The patent illustrations showed a fairing with an air intake resembling the design of the ZX-25R. The text of the patent, however, describes the intended use as being for a four-cylinder 400cc engine.

Thanks to the VIN decoder, we now know the ZX-4R not only exists, but that it will be offered in the U.S. for 2023. The 2023 Kawasaki VIN decoder was dated March 22 and was an update on a previous version published last December. The changes include the listings below for two models with the codes ZX400PP and a ZX400SP. Per Kawasaki’s model code structure, the ZX codes designate its high-performance sportbike models like the ZX-10R, ZX-6R, and Ninja H2. The 400 indicates an approximate engine displacement, with the letter following indicating a specific model variant. The “P” at the end, as per industry standard, represents the 2023 model year. The name “Ninja ZX-4R” doesn’t actually appear in the VIN decoder, but the engine code leaves little doubt to its commercial name.

Two Electric Kawasaki Streetbikes Coming for 2023

Earlier this year, Kawasaki revealed its first electric two-wheeler, but a lot of people were disappointed when they realized it was a kids’ balance bike called the Elektrode. Those hoping for an electric streetbike from Kawasaki won’t have to wait too much longer, as we can confirm two new models will be coming to the U.S. for the 2023 model year.

Kawasaki has made no secret of its plans for electric and hybrid two-wheelers, previously stating a goal of at least 10 models by 2025. The Elektrode was the first, but it will soon be joined by a sportbike and a naked model. The proof comes from an updated vehicle identification number (VIN) decoder for 2023 Kawasaki models that was released by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The VIN decoder lists two models going by the unfamiliar code names NX011AP and NR011AP. The NX model is listed as a “Super Sports,” while the NR model is listed as a “Sports” model. For Kawasaki, this usually indicates a sportbike and a naked model, respectively. The Ninja 400, for example, is considered a “Super Sports” model while Kawasaki calls the Z400 a “Sports” model. The Ninja 400 has the model code EX400 while the Z400 is the ER400, so we can deduce the the NX is a sportbike and the NR is a naked model.

The last few columns on the right are what gives away the electric powertrain. After the Super Sports/Sports column, the VIN decoder lists the engine displacement, number of strokes in the engine cycle, number of cylinders, and the claimed engine output in kilowatts.

MO Tested: Wolfman Motorcycle Luggage Review

The image of adventure touring is that of riders traveling the world on heavyweight motorcycles with big, aluminum panniers and a variety of duffel bags lashed to the top. And if you consider the BMW GS crowd, that is a very popular look. However, you don’t need giant hard bags to travel.  Soft luggage will often do quite nicely for overnight, week-long, or even transcontinental treks, and they have the ability to better withstand tipovers without breaking, which can be an issue with hard luggage. What you want from this type of luggage platform is the ability to adjust the carrying capacity to the gear requirements needed for your particular trip. The reality of human nature is that we will find “necessary” gear that exactly matches (or slightly exceeds) the room we have to carry it. Try this quick test the next time you go on a day ride: Ask your friends with panniers what they brought with them. Odds are the bags are mostly filled with things they could need. 

Wolfman Motorcycle Luggage
Wolfman Motorcycle Luggage has created an extremely versatile system for carrying gear on your motorcycle with a decidedly adventure touring focus. The magic sauce is the ability to adjust your luggage capacity to meet your cargo needs for maximum flexibility.
+ HighsFits a wide range of motorcyclesNot a one-size-fits-all solutionMultiple bag designs for differing needs– SighsOver tightening the bags can damage waterproofingVersatility comes at the cost of more initial set upBlack is the only color option

Eric Hougen, owner of Wolfman Motorcycle Luggage, is well aware of this human tendency, and I’ve heard him say more than once that people take too much stuff with them when they ride. So, he’s come up with a way to easily carry what they need for the trip at hand. Wolfman’s line of soft luggage is built around a base system, the E-Base for smaller dual sports and the B-Base for larger adventure bikes. These bases lash to the bike via three mounting points, and then provide a multitude of mounting points for a variety of bags. The bags that mount like traditional saddlebags are dry bags that Wolfman calls Rolies, which come in small, medium, and large sizes. On top of the two “legs” of the Base on the seat, Rolies or other more specialized bags can be mounted. For an overnight outing, you may only need small Rolies, while large ones might be the choice for a week-long trip. The system really is quite clever, and for this review, I’ve had the chance to test several different combinations of bags on different bikes. 


In 2010, Wolfman created its first rackless system for mounting modular bags to a variety of bikes.  With the knowledge gained over a decade of use, Wolfman released the updated Unrack System in 2020. The new E-Base for smaller bikes and B-Base for larger ones are constructed of two layers of 840 denier TPU that sandwich a layer of plastic for strength. The Base lays over the back of the bike like a saddle, mounting via replaceable straps to the tail section and two lower frame pieces, like passenger pegs, and provides a stable base for the bags. Every mounting strap is replaceable. So, you’re not out of luck should you accidentally melt one on your bike’s exhaust. (Don’t ask how I know.)

The two Base systems are identical in features and only differ in dimensions as required for the bikes they will be mounted to. The Base’s mounting straps for the motorcycle secure the rear center and the bottom edges of the Base (utilizing cam locks). Attachment points for Rolies and other bags range from slots to small D-rings to 2-in. D-rings.

Because the Base is the platform for most of Wolfman’s bags to mount, it has multiple laser-cut webbing slots in addition to 1- and 2-in. D-rings to use as attachment points. When fully mounted to the base, the Rolie bags in the saddlebag position on the legs will have no less than six attachment points on the Base. Center-mounted bags on the seat area of the Base will have 4 attachment points. 

MO August Giveaway: Two Sets Of Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV Corsa Tires

In 1872, the company we now know as one of the premier motorcycle tire manufacturers was formed for the purpose of making the rubber sheathing for electrical wires, but in 1894, Pirelli produced its first tire in the form of a velocipede (bicycle) tire. Since then, Pirelli has moved to motorsports in a major way, producing tires for both two- and four-wheeled vehicles. In the rarified field of international racing, Pirelli develops its sporting motorcycle tires by applying what is learned as the spec tire for World Superbike. From that lineage, the Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV Corsa was born. 

Pirelli Motorcycle Tires: Everything You Need To Know

For the month of August, Pirelli has agreed to give two lucky entrants a set of Diablo Rosso IV Corsa tires sized to fit their sporting machinery – a prize valued at up to $740, depending on the tire sizes requested. All you, dear sport rider, need to do is fill out the form at the link below. 

Here’s what Pirelli has to say about Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV Corsas:

2022 CFMOTO 800 Adventura Review First Ride

Greg D. from Rider magazine and Ron Lieback from Cycle World had been beating me up all day around the cute little test track at CFMOTO’s coming-out party for its seven new motorcycles last month. Even when I was on my favorite 2022 CFs – the 700CL-X and ADVentura 650 – those guys were still leaving me in the dust on what should’ve been slower motorcycles, dammit. But I think I’ve written entire columns about how it’s better to never have been really good at any particular sport, as it makes it way easier to accept defeat. Serious competitors get their psyches all bruised and bent out of shape; I retreat to the food truck for more bbq and beverages… Also, the damp patches and tar snakes were things everybody had to deal with, but the older you get the more you prefer to not fall off the motorcycle.

2022 CFMOTO 800 Adventura
CFMOTO has been collaborating with KTM for quite some time; now it’s putting out its own album, and it sounds like a hit.

Editor Score: 90.75%

+ HighsThe quality seems to be right up thereThe list of features is long, while the price is low32.5-inch seat height isn’t bad even for short persons– SighsShame we don’t have more photos to shareMaybe Nancy Pelosi will straighten things out in Taiwan?Maybe a bit on the hefty side; the MO scales will tell…

But there was also an eighth CFMOTO motorcycle there that day we were sworn to secrecy about until August 1, which is today. And that’s the new 800 Adventura. Which really shouldn’t be so secret to serious motorheads, since it’s already on sale in lots of other places around the world. Also, Dennis Chung reported on the KTM/CF alliance nearly two years ago. What we did not know was if the new bike would be coming to the land of the Free or not, and now we do. Yes it is. Everywhere else, the bike is called 800MT, but those letters were already occupied by Yamaha.

It was hard to keep track of CFMOTO’s seven new motorcycles. Eight. Nine if you count the 800 Adventura Terrain and Street as separate models…

All the other journalists and influencers at CF’s little trackday/bbq were hogging the 800 up most of the day, and I was concentrating on the 700CLs and brisket mostly anyway, though Moe Cason’s pulled pork was also to die for. But toward the end of the day, I snagged the new Adventura and rolled out on the track.