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Motorcycle Mojo Magazine June 2020

Motorcycle Mojo Magazine has a primary focus on bringing our readership compelling and informative, family oriented articles on interesting people, great places to travel, history and new products on the market. Our trusted and respected product reviews quickly made Motorcycle Mojo a favourite resource for all motorcycle enthusiasts

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in this issue

3 min
new bikes and great rides

Our first feature story in this issue is about BMW’s new F900XR. David Booth attended the press launch of this brand-new model that bridges the gap between sport bike and adventure tourer, thereby fitting nicely into a category called Adventure Sports, a term that BMW coined a few years ago with the release of the S1000XR. Also on the new bike front in this issue is Yamaha’s brand-new MT-03 – a stripped down version of the company’s race-proven YZF-R3. By stripping the R3 of its bodywork and clip-ons and modifying the seating position to be more ergonomically pleasing, Yamaha created a lightweight, easy-to-handle bike that is aimed at beginner riders. However, as Costa Mouzouris reports, the bike is also fun for veteran riders once the engine’s rpm climbs into its higher…

6 min

NEWS BMW R18 In the March issue’s Mojo Garage we gave you a detailed look at the inner workings of BMW’s new R18 Big Boxer engine. Here’s what the new BMW R18 will look like when it arrives in dealers later this year. This may seem like an odd time to introduce a cruiser when most other motorcycle makers have pulled them from their lineups – but, on the other hand, maybe this is the ideal time to do so because of the absence of such low-slung custom bikes. The R18 takes styling cues from the R5 introduced in 1936. The Big Boxer’s smooth, rounded surfaces hearken back to the Art Deco design of that 1936 bike, but R18’s engine is entirely modern, displacing 1,802 cc and producing 90 horsepower and 116 ft-lb…

3 min
say what?

editor@motorcyclemojo.com FUTURE TRAVEL PLANS Curtis and Karen Nickel’s Western National Parks article (“Hop On, Hop Off Tour,” April 2020) is superb in every way. Some articles make destinations seem “so-so” but their article and the photographs hit the spot. The frequent inclusion of specific route numbers really completes the coverage supplemented by the map. Well done. I have motorcycled through most of the parks covered in the article but the Nickels also took the time to hike here and there. Wonderful. If this corona virus self isolation and travel bans period passes by this summer, my wife and I plan a two week hiking holiday in Utah and the Grand Canyon’s North Rim and we plan to visit as many of their preferences as possible. Thank you. JAMES STOKES-REES VIA MOTORCYCLEMOJO.COM A FLOOD OF MEMORIES Do I detect…

4 min
feeling rushed

I’m sure most of us can relate to the following situation. You’re riding along at an enjoyable pace, delighted by the scenery and the flow of the ride, when all of a sudden you come to the entrance of a turn and think: “Holy shit, I’m not going to make it!” You thought you had a handle on the entry speed, but now you’re panicked and not so sure – you think you’re coming in hot. As you try to maintain composure in the situation, your normally smooth control inputs become frantic, awkward and out of sequence. You tighten your grip on the bars, stab at the brakes, fixate on whatever you’ve decided is the most dangerous aspect of the curve and your eyeballs almost pop out of your head. Panic-induced…

4 min
inspiration from unexpected sources

Ahandicap doesn’t have to be a deterrent. If someone has the determination and support to try something new, anything is possible. A couple of years ago, Humber College invited instructors from all over Ontario for a weekend of camping, riding and socializing. One of the planned activities during that annual instructors’ rally was a drag race. We were told that if we brought a dirt bike, we could race other instructors for bragging rights. That was when Grant asked if he could bring his Arctic Cat. “A snowmobile?” I asked incredulously. “You expect to beat my dirt bike with a sled?” I thought the lack of wheels would be a handicap for Grant and that all he’d see would be the rooster tail of dirt my back wheel was throwing. Little did…

4 min
it’s not always open roads…

Sometimes, it’s unavoidable. Yes, at some point you’ll have to deal with traffic. Sometimes, heavy traffic? For sure. Every country has its own rules, and traffic can mean different things in each locale. But what is common is how you can protect yourself in those situations. Although riding in traffic is not ideal, dealing with it doesn’t have to be a nightmare – you’re on a motorcycle, after all. If you commute in the city, do you find that your riding style changes? I find that some of my riding practices remain unchanged, and some are definitely heightened when I am dealing with dense traffic. Some riders new to motorcycles have expressed concern during our chats about riding in larger cities. Riding open, scenic roads is the ideal; but for most…