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Cycle World January/February 2018

America's leading motorcycle magazine since its inception in 1962, Cycle World covers all aspects of the two-wheel universe. From dirt-slingin', double-jumping motocrossers to wind-cheating, 200-mph roadracers, Team CW brings experience, credibility and excitement to the pages of the magazine each month. Get Cycle World digital magazine subscription today.

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natural curiosity

Oh, an ignition problem is a clogged pilot jet 80 percent of the time, and 80 percent of the time a clogged pilot jet is an ignition problem. Or something like that. If there is anything I love, it is tuning motorcycles. Rebuilding cranks and checking piston clearance or ring gaps is fine, but my great joy is dialing in ignition curves and getting carburetion set up just so. So when my friend George Barthel showed me his newly restored 1976 Yamaha XS650 but wondered if I might give him some carb-syncing advice after he gave it a full rebuild/restoration, I was fully on board. George is a bicyclist who works for Shimano and simply decided one day that he wanted this motorcycle he found for sale in the Midwest with no…

3 minuti

Regarding Zach Brown’s article, “The North Rim” (November ’17): Have we just witnessed a new genre of motojournalism? Bison, a really big hole in the ground, and the Milky Way usually have little involvement in motorcycle testing. In this case, however, the standards have changed. Not one mention of horsepower or torque, inches of suspension travel, or how quickly the machine can navigate a measurable but completely irrelevant quarter-mile. Yet, I know which machine is for me, beyond any doubt. Very well done, Mr. Brown. Keep it up, please. JIM ANDERSON OSKALOOSA, IA It’s Bowman, but we forgive you, Mr. Adkins. We forgive you. MORE ON THE RIM Really? Adventure bikes, no tools, no tubes, no Fix-A-Flat. Zach Bowman—and Jeff Allen—should know better. ADV 101: tools and tire repair before food. PHIL GRUNDYCYCLEWORLD.COM Your account of…

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2018 suzuki gsx-s1000z

The thing I like most about the 2018 GSXS1000Z is that Suzuki has given it the heart of one of the rawest 1,000cc sportbikes of all time, the 2005 GSX-R1000— otherwise known as the K5. Its meaty, long-stroke inline-four was legendary for its ruthless low-end and midrange power, and while it’s been domesticated in its current form, you can still feel the beast within the GSX-S1000Z. The 2018 model year sees Suzuki building upon that famous platform with simple yet effective performance and styling updates to the GSX-S1000 and matte-black GSXS1000Z. The company kept upgrades straightforward in the hopes that modest price tags will attract more buyers than all-out performance. That’s much to Suzuki’s credit, considering its existing “standard” models sales are up 72 percent from last year. Updating the GSX-S1000 without…

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beauty and the beast

→ Riding the 2018 Ducati Monster 821 through the Apennine Mountains highlights one of motorcycling’s greatest pleasures: the feeling of connectedness between the body’s faculties in pursuit of one objective. Looking through the corner, shifting your body weight as the bike leans toward the apex, the sensation of speed as your hand twists the throttle—this is the beautiful interplay between the body, the machine, and the winding road. As David Foster Wallace says in his essay Both Flesh and Not, “The human beauty we’re talking about here is beauty of a particular type; it might be called kinetic beauty. Its power and appeal are universal. It has nothing to do with sex or cultural norms. What it seems to have to do with, really, is human beings’ reconciliation with the fact…

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2018 suzuki rm-z450

Since introducing the very first fuel-injected 450cc four-stroke back in 2008, Suzuki’s thengroundbreaking RM-Z450 has been quiet on the update front for the past decade. Only minor changes have trickled in and— to be blunt—the flagship RM-Z has fallen behind the cutting edge. For 2018 the RM-Z450 has a reworked engine, an updated frame and swingarm, plus fresh suspension components. All key items in any recipe for a return to greatness. Suzuki claims higher peak horsepower and broader torque from the updated (not all-new) 449cc powerplant, accomplished through a new cylinder head with its intake port shape-matched with a new intake camshaft profile and a 30-percent larger air-filter opening. More air, more power. The throttle body is completely new, now with a higher-pressure fuel pump and the injector relocated to spray…

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raptorous Price: $65,965 → A few years ago, the new Chevy Silverado 1500 pickup seemed like the best ever for motorcyclists. It had four doors and huge interior storage capacity, could haul three bikes in its 6-foot-6-inch bed, was super quiet and comfortable, and delivered 20 mpg from its 5.3-liter V-8. However, my pickup pick just changed to Ford’s second-generation Raptor. Powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6 instead of the earlier Raptor’s 6.2-liter V-8, the latest Raptor provides nearly everything the well-regarded Silverado did—and then adds a huge additional dose of looks, performance, and attitude. After snaring a Raptor from the Ford press fleet, four friends and I put it to test over three motorcycle trips: hauling two vintage dual-sport bikes into the High Sierras, including up and over 8,100-foot passes and…