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2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Dyno Test
Pinning the throttle of Honda s all-new long-travel adventure bike while strapped to Cycle World s Dynojet Model 250i load-control dynamometer may not rival crossing the sands of the Sahara, but it s an inspiring experience nonetheless. The 998cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke, 8-valve parallel-twin builds plentiful torque from low in the rev range with its 270-degree crank pounding out a tractable beat. We tested the manual shift version (Honda offers an automatic six-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) model, as well) and found its linear delivery and slick shifting six-speed gearbox intuitive to manage on paved and dirt surfaces alike. Furthermore, its Honda Selective Torque Control (HSTC) features three settings (or can be switched off) to suit a wide range of conditions.
2016 Yamaha YZF-R1 Dyno Test
A distinct two-tier torque plateau is a standout characteristic of Yamaha s 998cc Crossplane-crankshaft inline-four. The sudden step in output just beyond 7,000 rpm is a wheelie-inducing burst that is effectively tamed by the R1 s digital rider aids consisting of traction control, slide control and wheelie control, all made possible with the inclusion of a six-axis inertial measurement unit.
PIKES PEAK: Victory Empulse RR Practice Session Day Four
Friday saw motorcycles practicing on the bottom third of the 12.42-mile Pikes Peak course in preparation for this Sundayand 39:s 100th Anniversary Race to the Clouds. Lending added significance to todayand 39:s session, each riderand 39:s best time sets the race day run order within their respective class.
PIKES PEAK: Victory Empulse RR Practice Session Day Three
Our return to the Upper Section for Thursday morning s Pikes Peak practice proved a successful effort for the Victory Racing Thunder vs. Lightning duo. Clear skies greeted my teammate Jeremy Toye and I as we put in four timed runs from Deviland 39:s Playground to the mountainand 39:s 14,114-foot summit.
PIKES PEAK: Victory Empulse RR Practice Session Day Two
Unlike yesterday on the top section of Pikes Peak, a practice session cut short due to a fellow competitor dumping oil on the road, todayand 39:s practice went very smoothly. The 33 rider field got five runs up the technical middle section with the Victory Thunder vs. Lightning duo putting in a strong performance at the top of the time sheet.
2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Dyno Test
Kawasaki is now fully up to speed in the electronic-rider-aid arena with the new 2016 ZX-10R s state-of-the-art IMU-based traction control. Despite there being a couple steps in its delivery plot, the rider can remain confident in the traction-sensing capability of the ride-by-wire throttle system and S-KTRC system. Ample over-rev beyond peak output suggests plenty of top-end-performance potential for full race-spec tune.