Antilock brakes (ABS) have the potential to reduce motorcycle crash fatalities by 37 percent, according to research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). To help riders find models equipped with this potentially life-saving feature, we present the 2013 motorcycles and scooters with ABS.
One year after relaxing its motorcycle helmet law, Michigan has seen a 22 percent rise in medical insurance claim costs associated with cycle crashes. The data is clear: When helmets are off, injuries and death increase.
With a brand forever linked with the "ultimate driving machine" tagline, you might not associate BMW with scooters. But BMW has built scooters for years in Europe, and it has been making inroads stateside with its own take on efficient, urban transportation. We recently rode its C 600 maxi-scooter, a relatively large scooter designed for two-up highway riding, and came away impressed.
As the popularity of motorcycling continues to grow, more women are learning to get their motors running and head out on the highway. Industry experts say that about 12 percent of all riders are now women, drawn by the same combination of emotional and practical factors that appeal to men, from the feeling of freedom to combating the reality of high fuel prices.
Honda just announced two new models aimed at beginning and experienced riders looking for fuel-efficient, easy-to-handle transportation, including a scooter with optional antilock brakes.
With beautiful spring weather, the allure of the open road on a motorcycle is tempting. To help you choose the best bike for your needs and save money on maintenance, consider these tips, including insights from our recent reliability and owner satisfaction survey of motorcycles purchased new in the past four years.
A new study by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reflects a 9-percent increase in motorcycle deaths in 2012 to about 5,000 fatalities for the year. That marks the 14th year out of 15 that deaths have risen.
Many factors can influence choosing a motorcycle, but like cars, chances are reliability will be a consideration. After all, the bike is more than a swagger statement. It is some combination of transportation and recreation, and therefore needs to be dependable. This information was previously based largely on anecdotes, but a new Consumer Reports study reveals what can go wrong and how frequently.
As Daytona Bike Week continues, Star Motorcycles introduced a new, stripped-down cruiser dubbed Bolt. Offered in basic and better-trimmed R-Spec form, the Bolt has an old-school appearance at a relatively budget price.
Harley-Davidson again draws from its storied history for crafting a new motorcycle, with the 2013 Breakout making its debut during Daytona Bike Week.
Honda has unveiled an all-new motorcycle line for 2014, the midsized CTX series. These new 670-cc models split conventional classifications to offer an automatic transmission and antilock brakes in an affordable bike that is well-suited to newer riders and those seeking a motorcycle with the latest features for a budget price..
Over the past two decades, the average age of motorcycle riders has increased, and a new report shows that injury rates have risen at an even greater rate for older riders.
The 2013 Honda motorcycle line-up sees the addition of several 500cc bikes that should appeal to novices and experienced riders looking for affordable, lightweight bikes. Higher up in the range is a retro-styled CB1100 standard that reminds of past Hondas.
Your odds of getting killed in a car crash just got higher, but only maybe and only by a little. It seems that economic recovery, hard partying, warm weather, and motorcycles may share the blame for the rising roadway risks.
Kawasaki has become the latest motorcycle manufacturer to make ABS available on an entry-level motorcycle with the launch of the Ninja 300.
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