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Continental RoadAttack 4 Tires | Gear Review

Continental RoadAttack 4 Tires

The Continental RoadAttack series are sport-touring tires that strike a balance between performance and longevity. They’re ideal for sport-tourers, standards, street-biased adventure bikes, and moderately powered sportbikes.

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The Evolution of Continental RoadAttack Tires

With each generation from Continental, the carcass, compound, profile, and tread design have evolved. When the first RoadAttack debuted in 2005, it introduced Continental’s ZeroDegree belt, a continuous steel wire that runs radially around the tire carcass in the same direction as travel, which enhances stability.

In 2010, the RoadAttack 2 introduced TractionSkin, Continental’s proprietary “pre-scrubbed” tread surface that doesn’t require slippery mold-release agents and all but eliminates a break-in period for the tires. The RoadAttack 2 also featured MultiGrip, whereby a single compound is heat-cured in a progressive fashion to provide better wear in the center of the tire and more flex and better grip on the shoulders. MultiGrip provides a smooth transition between zones rather than the abrupt transition that can occur with multi-compound tires.

Continental RoadAttack 4 Tires BMW F 900 R
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In 2013, the RoadAttack 2 Evo featured RainGrip, a high-silica compound designed to deliver optimal performance in wet conditions. Four years later, the new RoadAttack 3 came with EasyHandling, a specialized alignment between the contours of the front and rear tires said to result in neutral handling behavior, especially in hairpins and during slow cornering.

All these technologies go into the new RoadAttack 4, with the addition of Continental’s latest trick: GripLimitFeedback. The unique combination of the tire’s carcass construction and tread compound provides improved feedback to the rider when the tire approaches its traction limit.

The RoadAttack 4 features a new compound and an updated tread pattern that, according to Continental, boosts wet weather performance, offers faster warm-up times in cold and wet conditions, and provides dry grip on par with many sport tires.

Continental RoadAttack 4 Tires BMW F 900 R

A new silica-rich compound improves wet grip without sacrificing mileage, a new blend of resins makes the tire more sticky even when cold, and the entire rubber stew has been optimized for use with modern ABS and traction control systems. Continental describes the RoadAttack 4 as a “hyper-touring” tire intended for today’s 150-plus hp sport-tourers, adventure tourers, and sportbikes.

Where the Rubber Met the Road

To test some of those claims, Continental invited us to the BMW Performance Center in Greer, South Carolina, which is across the street from the factory where all BMW X-Series SUVs are built. The Performance Center offers automotive and motorcycle training, and the grounds include a closed-course circuit, a large skidpad, and various off-road obstacles and trails.

A wide range of BMW motorcycles were fitted with RoadAttack 4 tires. I saddled up on an F 900 R, which has an 853cc parallel-Twin that, based on our last test in 2020, makes 88 hp and 58 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheel.

Related: 2020 BMW F 900 R and F 900 XR | Road Test Review

BMW’s instructors started us off with some basic exercises, such as a slow ride using just the clutch to control speed, as well as fast and slow cone weaves. We moved on to swerving and braking exercises at speed, and I quickly gained an appreciation for the RoadAttack 4s’ grip and handling.

Continental RoadAttack 4 Tires BMW F 900 R

When we were instructed to accelerate from a dead stop to 30 mph, pass between two cones, and then close the throttle and apply maximum braking, the F 900 R came to a quick halt. When our target speed was increased to 50 mph, I neglected to stand on the rear pedal when I grabbed a handful of front brake lever. The F 900 R has ABS, but I was in Dynamic mode, which reduces intervention at the front wheel. The front tire provided reassuring grip as the back wheel raised up into a graceful, unintentional stoppie, the likes of which I’ll probably never replicate.

Continental RoadAttack 4 Tires BMW F 900 R

In the afternoon, we embarked on a spirited ride on cold, damp backroads, and we ended the day with a game of cat and mouse on the track, where we pushed the tires to their limits. Regardless of conditions, the RoadAttack 4s warmed up fast, provided confident handling on a variety of road surfaces, and clung tenaciously to the tarmac.

On Day 2, I selected an R 1250 RT for a longer test ride on some of the most serpentine roads in the southern Appalachians. At 615 lb, the RT outweighs the F 900 R by 144 lb, and its larger engine makes an additional 37 hp. The performance of the RoadAttack 4s was even more impressive on a larger bike that placed greater demands on the tires. We didn’t get a chance to test the RoadAttack 4s on wet roads, so we’ll order a set soon and report back.

Continental RoadAttack 4 tires are available in a variety of sizes, with 17-inch and 19-inch fronts, 17-inch rears, and a GT version for heavyweight bikes.

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2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE | First Look Review

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE in Glass Matte Mechanical Gray

At the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, Suzuki unveiled an all-new 776cc DOHC parallel-Twin engine that will power two new models – the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE (and Adventure variant) and the 2023 Suzuki GSX-8S.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE

Filling the gap between the venerable V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 1050 models, the V-Strom 800DE is aimed at riders who want a middleweight adventure bike that is fully capable both on-road and off-road. It has a 21-inch front wheel, spoked rims front and rear, and the longest suspension travel and most ground clearance of any V-Strom model.

Related Story: 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and V-Strom 1050DE | First Look Review

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE Adventure in Glass Sparkle Black

Like other V-Strom models, the V-Strom 800DE has angular bodywork with a pronounced beak that’s inspired by Suzuki’s ’80s-era DR-Big dual-sport. Like the GSX-S1000, mono-focus LED headlights are vertically stacked with a position light, and the V-Strom 800DE is topped by a small, height-adjustable windscreen.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE

The new 776cc parallel-Twin engine uses a 270-degree firing order for strong torque character and is equipped with Suzuki’s Cross Balancer system to minimize vibration. Throttle-by-wire enables the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector with different engine maps.

The V-Strom 800DE is equipped with the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) that includes traction control with a trail-oriented Gravel mode, ABS with two levels of sensitivity plus the ability to switch off ABS at the rear wheel, a bi-directional quickshifter, and Suzuki’s Easy Start and Low RPM Assist systems.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE

Related Story: Suzuki Announces 2023 Lineup of Sport, Street, and Adventure Bikes

A tubular-steel mainframe, a bolt-on tubular-steel subframe, and cast aluminum swingarm are designed to be both light and strong. The compact parallel-Twin allows the chassis to be slender between the knees and to position the rider’s weight farther forward for optimal control.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE

Fully adjustable Showa suspension includes an inverted fork and a rear shock with 8.7 inches of travel front and rear, and ground clearance in 8.75 inches. Dual 310mm floating front discs are squeezed by 2-piston Nissin calipers and a single 265mm rear disc is squeezed by a 1-piston Nissin caliper. The clutch and front brake levers are adjustable for reach, and the shift lever and rear brake pedal are also adjustable.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE

The 21-inch front and 17-inch rear spoked wheels require tubes and roll on Dunlop Trailmax Mixtour tires in 90/90-21 and 150/70-R17 sizes.

In the cockpit, the V-Strom 800DE has a wide, tapered handlebar with handguards, a full-color 5-inch TFT display, a USB port, and a windscreen that has three levels of adjustment in 0.6-inch increments (hex key is required). A lightweight resin luggage rack has built-in passenger grab handles and accommodates Suzuki’s accessory top box. A mesh radiator guard and a skid plate are standard equipment.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE in Champion Yellow No. 2

Check out Rider‘s 2023 Motorcycle Buyers Guide

The 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE will be available in two colorways: Champion Yellow No. 2 with gold rims or Glass Matte Mechanical Gray with black rims. The 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE Adventure, which features black-anodized 37-liter, side protection bars, and a large aluminum skid plate, will be available in Glass Sparkle Black with gold rims. A full line of dedicated accessories will also be available. Pricing and availability are TBD.

For more information or to find a Suzuki dealer near you, visit SuzukiCycles.com.

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2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE | First Look Review

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE in Glass Matte Mechanical Gray

At the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, Suzuki unveiled an all-new 776cc DOHC parallel-Twin engine that will power two new models – the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE (and Adventure variant) and the 2023 Suzuki GSX-8S.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE

Filling the gap between the venerable V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 1050 models, the V-Strom 800DE is aimed at riders who want a middleweight adventure bike that is fully capable both on-road and off-road. It has a 21-inch front wheel, spoked rims front and rear, and the longest suspension travel and most ground clearance of any V-Strom model.

Related Story: 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and V-Strom 1050DE | First Look Review

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE Adventure in Glass Sparkle Black

Like other V-Strom models, the V-Strom 800DE has angular bodywork with a pronounced beak that’s inspired by Suzuki’s ’80s-era DR-Big dual-sport. Like the GSX-S1000, mono-focus LED headlights are vertically stacked with a position light, and the V-Strom 800DE is topped by a small, height-adjustable windscreen.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE

The new 776cc parallel-Twin engine uses a 270-degree firing order for strong torque character and is equipped with Suzuki’s Cross Balancer system to minimize vibration. Throttle-by-wire enables the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector with different engine maps.

The V-Strom 800DE is equipped with the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) that includes traction control with a trail-oriented Gravel mode, ABS with two levels of sensitivity plus the ability to switch off ABS at the rear wheel, a bi-directional quickshifter, and Suzuki’s Easy Start and Low RPM Assist systems.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE

Related Story: Suzuki Announces 2023 Lineup of Sport, Street, and Adventure Bikes

A tubular-steel mainframe, a bolt-on tubular-steel subframe, and cast aluminum swingarm are designed to be both light and strong. The compact parallel-Twin allows the chassis to be slender between the knees and to position the rider’s weight farther forward for optimal control.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE

Fully adjustable Showa suspension includes an inverted fork and a rear shock with 8.7 inches of travel front and rear, and ground clearance in 8.75 inches. Dual 310mm floating front discs are squeezed by 2-piston Nissin calipers and a single 265mm rear disc is squeezed by a 1-piston Nissin caliper. The clutch and front brake levers are adjustable for reach, and the shift lever and rear brake pedal are also adjustable.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE

The 21-inch front and 17-inch rear spoked wheels require tubes and roll on Dunlop Trailmax Mixtour tires in 90/90-21 and 150/70-R17 sizes.

In the cockpit, the V-Strom 800DE has a wide, tapered handlebar with handguards, a full-color 5-inch TFT display, a USB port, and a windscreen that has three levels of adjustment in 0.6-inch increments (hex key is required). A lightweight resin luggage rack has built-in passenger grab handles and accommodates Suzuki’s accessory top box. A mesh radiator guard and a skid plate are standard equipment.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE in Champion Yellow No. 2

Check out Rider‘s 2023 Motorcycle Buyers Guide

The 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE will be available in two colorways: Champion Yellow No. 2 with gold rims or Glass Matte Mechanical Gray with black rims. The 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE Adventure, which features black-anodized 37-liter, side protection bars, and a large aluminum skid plate, will be available in Glass Sparkle Black with gold rims. A full line of dedicated accessories will also be available. Pricing and availability are TBD.

For more information or to find a Suzuki dealer near you, visit SuzukiCycles.com.

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2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE | First Look Review

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE in Glass Matte Mechanical Gray

At the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, Suzuki unveiled an all-new 776cc DOHC parallel-Twin engine that will power two new models – the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE (and Adventure variant) and the 2023 Suzuki GSX-8S.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE

Filling the gap between the venerable V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 1050 models, the V-Strom 800DE is aimed at riders who want a middleweight adventure bike that is fully capable both on-road and off-road. It has a 21-inch front wheel, spoked rims front and rear, and the longest suspension travel and most ground clearance of any V-Strom model.

Related Story: 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and V-Strom 1050DE | First Look Review

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE Adventure in Glass Sparkle Black

Like other V-Strom models, the V-Strom 800DE has angular bodywork with a pronounced beak that’s inspired by Suzuki’s ’80s-era DR-Big dual-sport. Like the GSX-S1000, mono-focus LED headlights are vertically stacked with a position light, and the V-Strom 800DE is topped by a small, height-adjustable windscreen.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE

The new 776cc parallel-Twin engine uses a 270-degree firing order for strong torque character and is equipped with Suzuki’s Cross Balancer system to minimize vibration. Throttle-by-wire enables the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector with different engine maps.

The V-Strom 800DE is equipped with the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) that includes traction control with a trail-oriented Gravel mode, ABS with two levels of sensitivity plus the ability to switch off ABS at the rear wheel, a bi-directional quickshifter, and Suzuki’s Easy Start and Low RPM Assist systems.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE

Related Story: Suzuki Announces 2023 Lineup of Sport, Street, and Adventure Bikes

A tubular-steel mainframe, a bolt-on tubular-steel subframe, and cast aluminum swingarm are designed to be both light and strong. The compact parallel-Twin allows the chassis to be slender between the knees and to position the rider’s weight farther forward for optimal control.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE

Fully adjustable Showa suspension includes an inverted fork and a rear shock with 8.7 inches of travel front and rear, and ground clearance in 8.75 inches. Dual 310mm floating front discs are squeezed by 2-piston Nissin calipers and a single 265mm rear disc is squeezed by a 1-piston Nissin caliper. The clutch and front brake levers are adjustable for reach, and the shift lever and rear brake pedal are also adjustable.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE

The 21-inch front and 17-inch rear spoked wheels require tubes and roll on Dunlop Trailmax Mixtour tires in 90/90-21 and 150/70-R17 sizes.

In the cockpit, the V-Strom 800DE has a wide, tapered handlebar with handguards, a full-color 5-inch TFT display, a USB port, and a windscreen that has three levels of adjustment in 0.6-inch increments (hex key is required). A lightweight resin luggage rack has built-in passenger grab handles and accommodates Suzuki’s accessory top box. A mesh radiator guard and a skid plate are standard equipment.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE in Champion Yellow No. 2

Check out Rider‘s 2023 Motorcycle Buyers Guide

The 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE will be available in two colorways: Champion Yellow No. 2 with gold rims or Glass Matte Mechanical Gray with black rims. The 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE Adventure, which features black-anodized 37-liter, side protection bars, and a large aluminum skid plate, will be available in Glass Sparkle Black with gold rims. A full line of dedicated accessories will also be available. Pricing and availability are TBD.

For more information or to find a Suzuki dealer near you, visit SuzukiCycles.com.

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2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE | First Look Review

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE in Glass Matte Mechanical Gray

At the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, Suzuki unveiled an all-new 776cc DOHC parallel-Twin engine that will power two new models – the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE (and Adventure variant) and the 2023 Suzuki GSX-8S.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE

Filling the gap between the venerable V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 1050 models, the V-Strom 800DE is aimed at riders who want a middleweight adventure bike that is fully capable both on-road and off-road. It has a 21-inch front wheel, spoked rims front and rear, and the longest suspension travel and most ground clearance of any V-Strom model.

Related Story: 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and V-Strom 1050DE | First Look Review

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE Adventure in Glass Sparkle Black

Like other V-Strom models, the V-Strom 800DE has angular bodywork with a pronounced beak that’s inspired by Suzuki’s ’80s-era DR-Big dual-sport. Like the GSX-S1000, mono-focus LED headlights are vertically stacked with a position light, and the V-Strom 800DE is topped by a small, height-adjustable windscreen.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE

The new 776cc parallel-Twin engine uses a 270-degree firing order for strong torque character and is equipped with Suzuki’s Cross Balancer system to minimize vibration. Throttle-by-wire enables the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector with different engine maps.

The V-Strom 800DE is equipped with the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) that includes traction control with a trail-oriented Gravel mode, ABS with two levels of sensitivity plus the ability to switch off ABS at the rear wheel, a bi-directional quickshifter, and Suzuki’s Easy Start and Low RPM Assist systems.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE

Related Story: Suzuki Announces 2023 Lineup of Sport, Street, and Adventure Bikes

A tubular-steel mainframe, a bolt-on tubular-steel subframe, and cast aluminum swingarm are designed to be both light and strong. The compact parallel-Twin allows the chassis to be slender between the knees and to position the rider’s weight farther forward for optimal control.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE

Fully adjustable Showa suspension includes an inverted fork and a rear shock with 8.7 inches of travel front and rear, and ground clearance in 8.75 inches. Dual 310mm floating front discs are squeezed by 2-piston Nissin calipers and a single 265mm rear disc is squeezed by a 1-piston Nissin caliper. The clutch and front brake levers are adjustable for reach, and the shift lever and rear brake pedal are also adjustable.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE

The 21-inch front and 17-inch rear spoked wheels require tubes and roll on Dunlop Trailmax Mixtour tires in 90/90-21 and 150/70-R17 sizes.

In the cockpit, the V-Strom 800DE has a wide, tapered handlebar with handguards, a full-color 5-inch TFT display, a USB port, and a windscreen that has three levels of adjustment in 0.6-inch increments (hex key is required). A lightweight resin luggage rack has built-in passenger grab handles and accommodates Suzuki’s accessory top box. A mesh radiator guard and a skid plate are standard equipment.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE in Champion Yellow No. 2

Check out Rider‘s 2023 Motorcycle Buyers Guide

The 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE will be available in two colorways: Champion Yellow No. 2 with gold rims or Glass Matte Mechanical Gray with black rims. The 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE Adventure, which features black-anodized 37-liter, side protection bars, and a large aluminum skid plate, will be available in Glass Sparkle Black with gold rims. A full line of dedicated accessories will also be available. Pricing and availability are TBD.

For more information or to find a Suzuki dealer near you, visit SuzukiCycles.com.

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2023 KTM RC 8C | First Look Review

2023 KTM RC 8C

Following the success of the competition-only KTM RC 8C, which was released just two years ago, KTM has announced that it has “reset the dials” for 2023, overhauling the new model for what is said to be an even sharper ‘Ready to Race’ profile.

2023 KTM RC 8C

The 2023 KTM RC 8C boasts an evolved 889cc LC8c DOHC parallel-Twin molded specifically for the circuit, upgraded electronic features, more weight-saving solutions, and several high-end components aimed toward ensuring the bike’s competitiveness.

In a press statement announcing the new model, KTM cited “performance, durability and all-out capability” as the central priorities for the KTM R&D crew for the 2023 KTM RC 8C. The reported increases to maximum power and torque and the 12,000rpm rev ceiling were achieved by mods like the installation of new, lighter titanium valves and conrods, as well as two piston rings (to refine the oscillating masses), higher compression ratios, a bigger throttle body, and bolstered fuel pump/pressure.

2023 KTM RC 8C

KTM says that increasing the clutch preload, removing the top balancer, and adjusting the crankcase balancer shaft have delivered durability gains, and an additional Pankl oil cooler helps with thermal stability.

The 2023 KTM RC 8C’s dry weight has been optimized to 313 lb (142 kg) with the agility of a chrome-moly steel frame. Additional measures such as the new titanium Akrapovic exhaust system have helped the slimming, and the latest configurations of WP Pro Components suspension has enhanced the ultra-light feel. The WP Apex Pro fork and shock are now softer, contributing to increased comfort, contact, and confidence.

2023 KTM RC 8C

KTM said that regardless of whether a rider is the next Brad Binder seeking training mileage or the next Red Bull MotoGP rookie on the path to Grand Prix stardom, the refined electronics on the 2023 KTM RC 8C can match any setting of traction control, mapping, and engine braking with the rider’s level of ability (or ambition). The race bike can be primed in a number of ways, including the adjustable steering head, the offset of the CNC-machine triple clamps, the throttle response, and degree of bite from the Brembo Stylema calipers and RCS19 Corsa Corta master cylinder.

2023 KTM RC 8C

The bike also features a revamped dashboard with GPS data-logger that displays lap-record attempts, the Quickshifter+, and the use of winglets and updates to aerodynamics derived from the KTM RC16.

2023 KTM RC 8C

Only 200 editions of the 2023 KTM RC 8C will be made. Each model will come in KTM’s distinctive orange frame with razor black graphics and a special serial number stamped onto the triple clamp. Pricing starts at $39,995, and orders can be made only through the dedicated page on the KTM website.

2023 KTM RC 8C

To launch the 2023 KTM RC 8C, the company will host an “ultra-special track day” for 30 customers at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, on April 26, 2023. Select first-come, first-served places can be secured, with former Grand Prix riders offering track tuition and a full KTM and WP Suspension technical crew on hand to dial-in the configuration of the new bike to the 14-corner Grand Prix venue. Once in Spain, accommodation, food, and bike transportation logistics from Austria to Spain and then to local dealers is all taken care of. KTM calls it “the full factory racer experience!” For more details click HERE.

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2023 Ducati Panigale V4 R | First Look Review

Ducati Panigale V4 R

Ducati has announced the 2023 Panigale V4 R, a street-legal superbike that now surpasses earlier models as Ducati’s closest production model to a competition motorcycle. With technical solutions derived from MotoGP and WorldSBK Championship bikes, Ducati claims a max 240.5 hp for the updated Panigale V4 R. The 2023 V4 R also features several upgrades over the previous year model.

Read all of Rider‘s Ducati reviews here.

The maximum horsepower of 240.5 sounds impressive, but it’s a little more complicated than that. A few things have to fall into alignment for that max to be reached. The 2023 Panigale V4 features the 998cc Desmosedici Stradale R engine, seen in previous models.

Ducati claims the Desmosedici Stradale R can reach 16,500 rpm in 6th gear and deliver 207 hp at 13,500 rpm with 82 lb-ft of torque. Add on the racing exhaust, and the Stradale R bumps up to 237 hp, which is 3 hp higher than its predecessor but still 3.5 hp short of the claimed max. To give the Stradale R another boost, Ducati collaborated with Shell to produce a special performance oil that claims a 10% reduction in mechanical friction, bumping the ponies up to 240.5.

Ducati Panigale V4 R

The special Shell oil only works because the bike uses a dry clutch. The oil contains racing-type additives that can cause problems with a wet clutch. The clutch on the 2023 Panigale V4 R is new, derived from the version used in the WorldSBK. The diameter and axial length have been reduced by 0.9 in and the weight by 1.8 lb. To help with lubrication, the V4 R features gun-drilled titanium connecting rods, which facilitate oil passage.

Ducati Panigale V4 R

Also new to the 2023 model is the lengthened gear ratios. The new ratios are the same as those used by WorldSBK Panigale race bikes and were first seen in production models on the 2022 Panigale V4 S. The ratios are lengthened in 1st (+11.6%), 2nd (+5.6%), and 6th (+1.8%) gears. Ducati says the longer gears offer improved engine management when braking and better acceleration coming out of corners. They also allow the quickshifter to work more effectively.

Ducati Panigale V4 R

The V4 R also allows riders to choose from four engine configurations: full, high, medium, and low. Full power mode is exactly what it sounds like: It allows the engine to run its full potential without electronic filters (except for first gear). In medium and high power modes, a Ride by Wire map has calibration for all six gears so riders achieve ideal drive. The low power mode is intended to be used for riding on road and for low-grip surfaces. Low power mode limits the max power to 160 hp and features a more manageable throttle response.

Ducati Panigale V4 R
Ducati Panigale V4 R

The ride mode is visible on the Track Evo display, first seen on the 2022 Panigale V4. The display features a horizontal tachometer along the top of the dashboard. The gear engaged is in the center of the screen. The display also features lights to indicate when an electronic control is working on a particular parameter, such as the Engine Brake Control and the Dual Quick Shift, making it easier for the rider to figure out what controls are helping and what controls have been working against the rider in any given scenario.

Ducati Panigale V4 R

The suspension system, updated in the 2022 Panigale V4 and V4 S, is fully adjustable, with an Öhlins NPX25/30 fork with 4.9 inches of travel (0.2 inches more than the 2022 Panigale V4 R) and an Öhlins TTX36 shock. Other updates include a more aggressive profile of the intake cams to improve breathing at high revs and an aluminum tank capacity increase to 4.5 gallons.

Ducati Panigale V4 R
Ducati Panigale V4 R

Ducati offers a number of accessories for the Panigale V4, such as the Akrapovič titanium complete exhaust system, lighter magnesium rims, adjustable aluminum footpegs, and more.

The 2023 Ducati Panigale V4 R in MotoGP-derived racing livery will retail for $44,995 and is expected to arrive in dealerships in the spring of 2023. Visit Ducati’s website for more information.

Ducati Panigale V4 R

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2023 Motorcycle Buyers Guide: New Street Models

This 2023 motorcycle buyers guide highlights new or significantly updated street-legal models available in the U.S. So far, only a few 2023 models have been announced, mostly adventure bikes, and we’ve had a chance to test several of them. We include a couple of 2024 teasers too. We will continually update the guide as new models are available, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back often.

Related Story: 2022 Motorcycle Buyers Guide: New Street Models

Organized in alphabetical order by manufacturer, our guide includes photos, pricing, key update info, and links to first looks and – when available – first rides, road tests, and video reviews of each motorcycle.

2024 Can-Am Origin

Can-Am Electric Motorcycle Pulse Origin
Can-Am Origin

OK, we’ve gotten a bit ahead of ourselves with this one since the earliest you can buy it will be mid-2024. At the annual Club BRP event in August2, Can-Am unveiled two all-new, all-electric motorcycles – the Origin dual-sport and the Pulse roadster (below). Detailed specs won’t be provided until mid-2023 (at Can-Am’s 50th anniversary celebration), but both will be powered by BRP’s all-new, proprietary Rotax E-Power technology, said to provide “highway-worthy speeds with plenty of horsepower and torque.”

The Can-Am Origin has rally-style bodywork, fork guards, and spoked wheels, in diameters that appear to be 21 inches in front and 18 inches out back, common sizes for off-road tires. The final drive is enclosed, and Can-Am reps would not reveal whether power is sent to the rear wheel via chain (used on nearly all dual-sports) or belt (used on many production electric bikes).

Read our Can-Am Origin and Pulse First Look Review

2024 Can-Am Pulse

Can-Am Electric Motorcycle Pulse Origin
Can-Am Pulse

The Can-Am Pulse has the muscular stance of a streetfighter, with racy-looking cast wheels shod with sportbike rubber and a sculpted “tank” that keeps the bike’s profile in line with conventional gas-powered motorcycles. The Origin dual-sport (above) and Pulse roadster share key design elements: distinctive LED headlights, large TFT displays, edgy white and gray bodywork, a bright yellow panel covering their battery packs, inverted forks, single-sided swingarms, single-disc brakes front and rear, and solo seats. Rear cowls may cover pillion seats; passenger footpegs are not visible on either machine, but production versions will likely have passenger accommodations.

Read our Can-Am Origin and Pulse First Look Review

2023 CFMOTO 800 ADVentura

2023 CFMOTO 800 ADVentura T
2023 CFMOTO 800 ADVentura T

The 2023 CFMOTO 800 ADVentura is powered by a liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valve 799cc parallel-Twin borrowed from the previous-generation KTM 790 Adventure and makes a claimed 95 hp and 57 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with throttle-by-wire, it has two ride modes (Sport and Rain) and cruise control. It has a chromoly-steel frame, fully adjustable KYB suspension, J. Juan triple-disc brakes with cornering ABS, and a 7-inch TFT display.

The base-model 800 ADVentura S (for Street) has cast wheels and an MSRP of $9,499. The up-spec 800 ADVentura T (for Terrain, shown above) has spoked wheels, a quickshifter, a tire-pressure monitoring system, a steering damper, a skid plate, crash bars, handguards, and a centerstand. MSRP is $10,499. They should be available in late 2022 or early 2023.

Read our 2023 CFMOTO 800 ADVentura First Ride Review

2023 KTM 450 SMR

2023 KTM 450 SMR
2023 KTM 450 SMR

Designed for the track only, the 2023 KTM 450 SMR has a 449.9cc liquid-cooled, SOHC Single putting out a claimed 63 hp, and the engine weighs just 59.5 lb, nearly a pound lighter than the previous model. In addition to the features riders already love about the KTM 450 SMR (read our review of the 2021 model here), the 2023 model includes a redesigned Pankl Racing Systems 5-speed gearbox and a new Quickshift sensor on the shift drum for clutchless upshifts, which can be disabled through the handlebar switch.

Other updates for the 2023 KTM 450 SMR include a revised shock mount, redesigned high-grade aluminum CNC-machined triple clamps offering increased grip surface, altered longitudinal and torsional flex and frame-wall thickness, suspension updates, revised ergonomics, and more. KTM is still only listing the 2022 model pricing of $11,999.

Read our 2023 KTM 450 SMR First Look Review

2023 LiveWire S2 Del Mar

2023 LiveWire S2 Del Mar
2023 LiveWire S2 Del Mar

Harley-Davidson and its LiveWire brand have introduced the second all-electric model, the 2023 LiveWire S2 Del Mar, which is smaller, lighter, and less expensive than the LiveWire ONE.

Related Story: 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire | First Ride Review

The street-tracker is said to produce 80 hp and weigh less than 440 lbs, yielding a 0-60-mph time of just 3.5 seconds. City range is said to be 100 miles, and highway range will be significantly lower.

LiveWire offered 100 serialized “Del Mar Launch Edition” models (shown above) with an exclusive paint scheme and a unique wheel design for $17,699, but all were sold out in the first 18 minutes. Those who missed the opportunity can get their name on a waiting list for when regular production models ($15,000) are available in the spring of 2023.

Read our 2023 LiveWire S2 Del Mark First Look Review

2023 Royal Enfield Scram 411

2023 Royal Enfield Scram 411
2023 Royal Enfield Scram 411

The 2023 Royal Enfield Scram 411 brings scrambler styling to the Himalayan adventure bike platform, which was updated for 2022. It’s powered by an air-cooled 411cc single-cylinder engine carried in a Harris Performance chassis. Royal Enfield says the Scram 411’s versatile geometry and comfortable ergonomics give the lightweight bike a unique combination of on-road agility and capability on trails. It’s available in nine different color/style configurations, and MSRP is $5,099.

Read our 2023 Royal Enfield Scram 411 First Ride Review

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050

The 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050 has a liquid-cooled, 1,037cc 90-degree V-Twin. When we tested the 2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT, it made 96 hp at 8,500 rpm and 66 lb-ft of torque at 6,300 rpm on Jett Tuning’s rear-wheel dyno. The 2023 V-Strom 1050 has a 6-speed gearbox with higher 1st and 6th ratios, an updated throttle-by-wire system, a new ABS control unit, a new CAN (Controller Area Network) wiring system, and a new 32-bit ECM (Engine Control Module).

The new V-Strom 1050 also includes many features previously only available on the XT models, including a 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (SIRS) electronics suite – which includes ride modes, cornering ABS, multimode traction control, cruise control, and braking systems that compensate for hill starts, slope, and load – as well as an up/down quickshifter, a new 5-inch TFT display, a new windscreen, and more. Pricing has yet to be announced.

Read our 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and V-Strom 1050DE First Look Review

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050DE and V-Strom 1050DE Adventure

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050DE Adventure
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050DE Adventure

The 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050DE and 1050DE Adventure share the same engine as the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom, as well as the new and updated features of the V-Strom (see above) and will replace the previous V-Strom 1050XT and V-Strom 1050XT Adventure models.

However, the DE models are more geared toward off-road adventures, featuring a 21-inch front wheel with a tube-type rim for maximum durability, a 17-inch tubeless rear wheel, and Dunlop Trailmax Mixtour adventure tires. They also add a new Gravity (G) traction control option in the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System, the ability to switch off ABS at the rear wheel, their own dedicated chassis geometry and suspension system, a longer swingarm, and other adventure motorcycle-specific offerings. The DE Adventure adds a set of 37-liter aluminum panniers with an anodized silver finish that attach to powdercoated, stainless-steel carriers. Pricing has yet to be announced.

Read our 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and V-Strom 1050DE First Look Review

2023 Triumph Tiger 1200

2023 Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Pro
2023 Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Pro. Photo by Kingdom Creative.

The folks in Hinckley have been busy. They’ve shaved 55 pounds off the new 2023 Triumph Tiger 1200, given it a 147-hp Triple, and equipped it with an all-new chassis and electronics.⁠ Five variants are available: the street-focused GT ($19,100), GT Pro ($21,400), and GT Explorer ($23,100) and the off-road-ready Rally Pro ($22,500) and Rally Explorer ($24,200).⁠

Read our 2023 Triumph Tiger 1200 First Ride Review

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2022 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak | First Ride Review

2022 Ducati Mulistrada V4 Pikes Peak review
The Pikes Peak is the pointy end of the Multistrada V4 spear, a high-performance, state-of-the-art adventure bike designed to conquer the most challenging of mountain roads. Photos by Mike Levin and David Schelske.

The folks in Borgo Panigale makes the bold claim that the Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak is the sportiest adventure bike ever produced. And with its 1,158cc Grandturismo V-4 cranking out a claimed 170 hp and 92 lb-ft of torque and a new Race ride mode, the Pikes Peak can walk the walk.

The Multistrada is one of Ducati’s bestselling models, and 1 in 6 sold is a Pikes Peak. The Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak was introduced in 2011 to celebrate Greg Tracy’s win on a Multistrada at the 2010 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the legendary “Race to the Clouds” in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

2022 Ducati Mulistrada V4 Pikes Peak review
With premium components and features from the ground up, the Pikes Peak is now the top-of-the-line model in the Multistrada family.

Related Story: 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 S | First Ride Review

Carlin Dunne claimed a second win on a Multistrada in 2011, setting a new motorcycle record of 11:11.329. The following year, Dunne and Tracy swept the top two positions on Multistradas, with Dunne becoming the first to break the 10-minute barrier on a motorcycle with a new record of 9:52.819 and Tracy close behind at 9:58.262. Ducati Multistradas went on to claim two more wins at Pikes Peak in 2013 and 2018.

2022 Ducati Mulistrada V4 Pikes Peak review
To help it feel more surefooted at speed, the Pikes Peak has revised steering geometry and a longer wheelbase than the standard Multistrada V4.

GEAR UP
Helmet: Arai Regent-X
Jacket: Klim Carlsbad
Gloves: Klim Dakar Pro
Pants: Klim Carlsbad
Boots: Sidi Gavia Gore-Tex

2022 Ducati Mulistrada V4 Pikes Peak review
A large TFT display is mission control for changing ride modes, adjusting settings, etc.

In the past, Pikes Peak models were little more than styling variations on the base Multistrada. But for 2022, Ducati pulled out all the stops, moving the Pikes Peak to the top of the lineup by giving it the primo treatment from stem to stern.

Race mode replaces the Enduro mode found on other Multistrada models, and it is joined by Sport, Touring, and Urban modes. In Race mode, the rev limiter kicks in more gradually to allow uninterrupted drive at high revs. A revised quickshifter helps the cause with faster gear changes both up and down.

2022 Ducati Mulistrada V4 Pikes Peak review
Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 semi-active suspension responds to changing conditions in real time.

The Pikes Peak’s comprehensive IMU-based electronics suite includes customizable power modes, traction control, ABS, wheelie control, and Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 semi-active suspension with event-based settings that adapt to the user’s riding style. It’s also equipped with front and rear radar that informs adaptive cruise control and blind-spot detection.

As racy as the Pikes Peak is, we got our first ride on speed-limited public roads near Palm Springs, California, including the sinuous Palms to Pines Scenic Byway (State Route 74), which climbs out of the Coachella Valley and into Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains, ascending more than 5,000 feet.

2022 Ducati Mulistrada V4 Pikes Peak review
With a spacious cockpit and a wide handlebar, the Pikes Peak’s attack position is much more comfortable than a sportbike’s.

Even at a spirited pace, the Pikes Peak felt like a greyhound on a short leash, eager to dash off at a moment’s notice. The Granturismo is a fireball of an engine, generating a heady mix of power, sound, and sensation that is exciting and engaging. In either Race or Sport mode, where power and throttle response are at their highest setting, the connection between the right grip and the rear tire was direct and fueling felt spot-on.

We’ve tested every iteration of the Multistrada over the years, and the V4 platform represents a high-water mark in terms of performance and handling. Ducati went a step further with the Pikes Peak to give it more stability at speed. Compared to the standard Multistrada V4, its wheelbase was lengthened by 1.1 inches to 62.8, its rake was increased by 1.25 degrees to 25.75, and its trail was increased by 0.7 inch to 4.7. Front wheel travel remains the same at 6.7 inches, but rear wheel travel was reduced by 0.4 inch to 6.7.

2022 Ducati Mulistrada V4 Pikes Peak review
The Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak is a fireball and not for the faint of heart.

Ergonomics are sportier too. Compared to the standard Multistrada V4, the Pikes Peak has a narrower, straighter handlebar that’s 0.6 inch lower and footpegs that are 0.4 inch higher and 0.4 inch farther back. But it’s still based on an adventure bike platform, so it’s far more comfortable than nearly any sportbike on the market, especially those in Ducati’s lineup.

Diving into corners, the Pikes Peak clung to the pavement like a mountain goat on the side of a cliff, and it transitioned from side to side with ease. Credit goes to the adaptability of the Öhlins electronic suspension, the grip of the Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV tires, and the lightness of the Marchesini forged aluminum wheels, which shave off a whopping 8.8 lb of unsprung weight compared to the Multistrada V4.

2022 Ducati Mulistrada V4 Pikes Peak review
Marchesini forged aluminum wheels save 8.8 lb of unsprung weight compared to the Multistrada V4, and Brembo Stylema monoblock radial calipers with Panigale pads and 330mm rotors are stunning stoppers.

When the go must slow, Brembo Stylema front calipers with Panigale brake pads pinching enormous 330mm discs are like a giant pause button that freezes time and space. These impressive stoppers seem to defy physics.

With motorcycles no longer competing in the Race to the Clouds, the livery of the V4 Pikes Peak was inspired by Ducati’s Desmosedici GP21 MotoGP racebike. Ducati Red paint is complemented by white number-plate graphics with the number “1” in black and a two-tone red and black seat with “V4” embossed on the pillion. Grace notes include carbon fiber accents on the beak and front fender, a dark smoke low windscreen, and a carbon fiber cap on the titanium Akrapovič silencer. And it’s a treat to see Ducati’s signature single-sided swingarm reappear on the V4 Pikes Peak, recalling Multis of the past.

2022 Ducati Mulistrada V4 Pikes Peak review
A single-sided swingarm shows off the rear wheel.

As racy as the Pikes Peak is in terms of its capabilities and style, it’s still practical enough to be used as a daily rider or a sport-tourer. It has standard hangers for optional saddlebags, and available accessories include heated grips, a heated seat, a centerstand, and luggage/accessory packs (Touring, Urban, and Enduro). You can also go full hero with carbon fiber front and rear fenders, a racing exhaust system (+10 hp, +5 lb-ft, -11 lb), and a dry clutch kit.

Admittedly, in the 120 or so miles I put on the Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak, I barely scratched the surface of its capabilities. Only on a racetrack or a deserted road far from watchful eyes can the true nature of the Pikes Peak be revealed. That would be a special moment, and you’d better hang on.

2022 Ducati Mulistrada V4 Pikes Peak review
The small square between the headlights and the beak is the front radar for adaptive cruise control. A rear radar informs blind-spot detection.

2022 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak Specs

Base Price: $30,395
Website: Ducati.com
Warranty: 2 yrs., unltd. miles
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse 90-degree V-4, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
Displacement: 1,158cc
Bore x Stroke: 83.0 x 53.5mm
Horsepower: 170 hp at 10,500 rpm (factory claim)
Torque: 92 lb-ft at 8,750 rpm (factory claim)
Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated slip/assist wet clutch
Final Drive: Chain
Wheelbase: 62.8 in.
Rake/Trail: 25.8 degrees/4.7 in.
Seat Height: 33.1/33.9 in.
Wet Weight: 527 lb
Fuel Capacity: 5.8 gals.

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2022 Greenger x Honda CRF-E2 | First Ride Review

Greenger x Honda CRF-E2 electric dirtbike
August Beck, who is 6 going on 7 and had never ridden a motorcycle before, helped us test the 2022 Greenger x Honda CRF-E2 electric dirtbike. Photos by Kevin Wing.

Do you remember the pure joy of your first motorcycle ride? If you started young, you probably have magical memories of ripping around your neighborhood on a Honda Mini Trail, a Rupp Dart Cycle, or some other minibike.

Or if you had trails or a track nearby, maybe you rode a little dirtbike like a Yamaha PW50 or Honda Z50R.

Greenger x Honda CRF-E2 electric dirtbike
Weighing 106 lb and with a max load of 99 lb, the CRF-E2 is the electric equivalent to a 50cc dirtbike.

If you were lucky, you got a minibike for your birthday or Christmas. If you weren’t, you nagged your parents incessantly to buy one or befriended the kid down the street who had one.

Childhood isn’t as carefree as it used to be, and neighbors aren’t as forgiving of noise. Minibikes and peewee dirtbikes are still sold at local dealerships and outdoor retailers, but there are fewer places to ride them – and fewer parents willing to let their kids do so.

Greenger x Honda CRF-E2 electric dirtbike
The CRF-E2 has red plastic bodywork, as well as blue and white graphics mimicking those of Honda Performance dirtbikes like the CRF450R and CRF250R.

Stepping Stones

My buddy Paul Beck and I met on monthly adventure rides hosted by our local BMW dealership. His wife, Allison, became friends with my wife, Carrie, and in 2015, soon after Paul and Allison had their first child, August, they bought a house down the street from us.

Carrie and I don’t have kids of our own, and we enjoy being “aunt and uncle” to August and his younger brother, Wolfgang. When August was 18 months old, we got him a bright-red Strider balance bike and a matching stars-and-stripes helmet for Christmas.

Strider balance bike
August getting the hang of the Strider. Photo by Allison Beck.

Since he started so young, it took August a while to get the hang of the Strider. He mostly paddle-walked it, and he wasn’t a fan of the helmet. But before we knew it, he was zipping around with his feet up on the footrests, coasting and balancing on two wheels with an ear-to-ear grin on his face.

From the Strider he graduated to a BMX bike, which he picked up quickly.

When the Greenger x Honda CRF-E2 electric dirtbike was announced back in March, I knew it would be perfect for August.

Greenger x Honda CRF-E2 electric dirtbike
Built by Greenger Powersports, the CRF-E2 is officially licensed by American Honda.

Knobby Tires but No Noise

Designed and manufactured by Greenger Powersports, the CRF-E2 is an officially licensed product of American Honda and only available through Honda powersports dealers (MSRP is $2,950). The electric equivalent of a 50cc dirtbike, it’s powered by a 48-volt brushless DC electric motor that produces up to 3.4 hp and 18.4 lb-ft of torque and has two power modes.

Greenger x Honda CRF-E2 electric dirtbike
The CRF-E2 is powered by an air-cooled 48-volt brushless DC motor with an inner rotor that’s rated at 25 kW.

With a full charge, the CRF-E2’s lithium-ion battery lasts up to two hours. Using a 110V outlet, the battery can be fully charged in four hours – or 2.5 hours with the optional quick-charge system ($250). It also has a swappable battery, and a spare battery costs $1,000.

For American Honda to license something made by another company, the build quality and reliability had to meet exacting standards. The CRF-E2 has a twin-spar aluminum frame, a tapered aluminum handlebar, front and rear hydraulic disc brakes with petal-style rotors, adjustable aluminum brake hand levers, and 12-inch spoked aluminum rims with Kenda Millville K771 knobby tires.

Greenger x Honda CRF-E2 electric dirtbike
The CRF-E2 rolls on 12-inch wheels with Kenda knobbies.

Suspension is handled by a 33mm telescopic fork with 3.9 inches of travel and a rear monoshock with 3.8 inches of travel and adjustable preload and rebound. The shock’s top mounting bolt has two positions that alter the seat height from 24.8 to 25.5 inches. The CRF-E2 accommodates riders up to 99 lb.

Greenger x Honda CRF-E2 electric dirtbike
The top mounting bolt for the DNM has two positions to adjust seat height. The included standard charger plugs into a 110V outlet.

August’s First Ride

To get August ready for his first ride, Fly Racing sent us a full set of youth dirtbike gear: a Formula Carbon Prime Rush helmet with Adaptive Impact System; Zone goggles; Kinetic Wave jersey, pants, and gloves; Maverik motocross boots; and a Barricade jersey and knee/shin guards. August said he felt like a superhero when he put everything on.

Greenger x Honda CRF-E2 electric dirtbike
Wearing his Fly Racing gear, August says he feels like a superhero.

GEAR UP
Helmet: Fly Racing Youth Formula CP Rush
Goggles: Fly Racing Youth Zone
Jersey: Fly Racing Youth Kinetic Wave
Protection: Fly Racing Youth Barricade Long Sleeve Suit
Gloves: Fly Racing Youth F-16 Gloves
Pants: Fly Racing Youth Kinetic Wave Pants
Knee Guards: Fly Racing Youth Barricade Flex Knee Guards
Boots: Fly Racing Youth Maverik Boots


His first ride was on a Thursday afternoon in a little pocket park in the back of our neighborhood. With no transmission, the CRF-E2 has simple twist-and-go operation. His dad and I gave him pointers on how to gradually roll on the power, to squeeze rather than grab the brakes, and to give the nearby trees plenty of space.

Greenger x Honda CRF-E2 electric dirtbike
The CRF-E2 has reach-adjustable brake hand levers. The digital display on the left side of the handlebar shows remaining charge and other info.

August picked it up in no time. He turned lap after lap after lap, then he did figure-8s. He practiced stopping and starting. He tumbled a couple times when coming to a stop on uneven ground, but he got back up and kept going.

One of the most appealing aspects of the CRF-E2 is its nearly silent operation. Residents and dog walkers in our suburban neighborhood didn’t notice or didn’t care that a kid was having fun on a dirtbike within eyesight.

It was a family affair. Dad was coaching. Mom and Grandpa Rolf were watching. Little brother Wolfgang was jealous. Carrie and I clapped and cheered.

On one lap, August yelled to Wolfgang, “This is my favorite motorcycle ever!” Wolfgang yelled back, “It’s my favorite too!” (Wolfgang still needs more Strider practice.)

Two hours later, Carrie and I went home for dinner, and August was still riding. Paul said he would stay out there with his son until it got dark or the battery ran out.

Greenger x Honda CRF-E2 electric dirtbike
Geared up and ready to ride.

Hitting the Dirt

After morning and afternoon practice sessions in the park, it was time to hit the dirt. Paul and I lifted the 106-lb CRF-E2 into the bed of his Ford F-150, ratchet-strapped it in place, and drove with August up to the Hungry Valley OHV area in Gorman, California.

Greenger x Honda CRF-E2 electric dirtbike
Practicing starting and stopping on loose dirt and gravel, which August had never ridden on.

August felt confident riding on the grass in our neighborhood park because it provided good traction, but he struggled with the loose sand and gravel of the OHV area’s parking area. With coaching help from photographer Kevin Wing, we worked our way up gradually, having August ride back and forth in straight lines from Paul to me, practicing smooth starts and stops.

Greenger x Honda CRF-E2 electric dirtbike
Getting some coaching from dad.

After 20 minutes or so, we took a break in the shade. It was a hot day, and August wasn’t accustomed to the heat in full riding gear. A cold, wet towel, some iced-down Gatorade, and a bag of peanut M&Ms revived him.

Greenger x Honda CRF-E2 electric dirtbike
August adapted quickly to the loose sand and bermed turns on the mini track.

Next, we moved to a mini track limited to bikes 90cc or smaller. Luckily, we had it to ourselves, and August started turning laps. He struggled with some of the bermed turns that had deep sand and rocks at the bottom. He fell down a lot, and each time Paul or I helped pick up the bike and provided some coaching and encouragement.

Greenger x Honda CRF-E2 electric dirtbike
When things got wobbly, August struggled to keep his feet on the pegs.

August no doubt felt the pressure of having three adults watching him, but he never gave up. Every time he toppled over, he’d jump up and say, “I’m okay!” and try again.

Greenger x Honda CRF-E2 electric dirtbike
“I’m okay!”

It was amazing to see how quickly August progressed. Intuitively, he started to learn throttle control, body position, and line selection, avoiding some of the larger rocks or tricky spots.

Greenger x Honda CRF-E2 electric dirtbike
On his own, August discovered side trails that allowed him to get some relief by riding around some of the most challenging turns.

Best of all, he had fun. When he got tired and started making mistakes, we’d take a break in the shade. But he was always eager to go again. And Paul was a proud papa.

Greenger x Honda CRF-E2 electric dirtbike
When riding through deep sand, August learned to throttle his way out of trouble.

After a few hours of alternating between riding sessions and breaks, August’s enthusiasm outstripped his energy. He wanted to keep riding, but he kept dropping the bike because he was too exhausted.

Even after all that riding, the battery level had only dropped by one bar out of five. Most kids will run out of gas before the CRF-E2 runs out of charge.

Greenger x Honda CRF-E2 electric dirtbike
Happy lad and proud dad.

August was bummed when we loaded the CRF back in the truck, but he was passed out asleep before we left the OHV park.

When we got home, Paul and I had a couple beers while we supervised August washing down the bike, cleaning his gear, and putting everything away so it would be ready for his next ride. Learning good habits is part of growing up.

Greenger x Honda CRF-E2 electric dirtbike

Paul plans to buy the CRF-E2 so August can keep riding, and in a year or two, Wolfgang will inherit his brother’s gear and pick up the baton.

Welcome to the moto tribe, August. You have a lifetime of fun ahead of you.

For more information, visit GreengerPowersports.com.

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