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Sport Standard + Standard Motorcycles

Sport Standard + Standard Motorcycles are, like cruisers, bikes that are stripped bare with no bodywork, which is why they are sometimes referred to as “naked” bikes, though included in reviews and road tests of this category are some bikes with small fairings and windshields. But unlike cruisers, sport standards and standards have a more upright riding position and styling that can range from basic to sporty. Motorcycle guides state that they’re lighter, have more cornering clearance and are more performance oriented than cruisers. The term “standard” is used because they are versatile, general purpose motorbikes. Included in this category are “streetfighters,” tough–looking street bikes that are essentially sportbikes without bodywork.

2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS First Ride Review

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Greg Drevenstedt
December 30, 2013

The 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 is almost completely new from nose to tail. Knock-down, drag-out streetfighters aren’t supposed to look good. The earliest ones were sportbikes that had been ridden hard and wrecked, their mangled bodywork chucked into the dumpster and their clip-ons replaced with an upright... Read more »

2014 Ducati Monster 1200 and Monster 1200 S First Look Review

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Greg Drevenstedt
November 6, 2013

The 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S makes a claimed 145 horsepower and 92 lb-ft of torque. For the past 20 years, Monsters have been roaming the streets, striking fear in the hearts of commonfolk and stoking lusty fires in the hearts of Ducatisti. To kick off the Monster line’s third decade, Ducati has... Read more »

2013 Suzuki SFV650 First Ride

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Bill Stermer
November 6, 2013

Sporty steering, compact seating, good brakes and a willing motor make this name dropper a delight on a winding road. When it was introduced for 2009, the Suzuki Gladius was a sharp little handler powered by a 645cc, 90-degree V-twin engine. It was named for a sword said to have been used by the gladiators... Read more »

2014 BMW S 1000 R First Look Review

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Greg Drevenstedt
November 5, 2013

Though detuned compared to the S 1000 RR, the all-new 2014 BMW S 1000 R still makes 160 horsepower and weighs just 456 pounds. The emperor has lost his clothes. After quickly climbing to the top of the liter-class sportbike heap with its 193-horsepower, in-line four S 1000 RR, which debuted for 2010,... Read more »

2014 Kawasaki Z1000 First Look Review

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Greg Drevenstedt
November 5, 2013

Styling of the 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 uses the “Sugomi” approach to design. What’s the most important letter in Kawasaki’s alphabet? The mighty Z, of course. In 1973, Kawasaki’s Z1, a 903cc four-stroke in-line four capable of speeds up to 130 mph, helped usher in the era of modern era... Read more »

2013 Suzuki GW250 First Ride Review

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Greg Drevenstedt
October 31, 2013

The 2013 Suzuki GW250 is light, agile, comfortable and affordable. After years of bigger-is-better expansion drove displacement, weight and price to new heights, we’re in the midst of a small bike renaissance. For 2014, there are at least 20 street-legal motorcycles available with engines displacing... Read more »

BMW Announces R 1200 R “DarkWhite” Special Edition

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Rider Magazine Staff
October 1, 2013

In his test of the updated-for-2011 BMW R 1200 R, Editor-in-Chief Mark Tuttle concluded, “Whatever you want the R 1200 R to be, it’s ready for the bolt-ons to make it happen really well, though BMW’s rockin’ roadster can also handle almost anything you throw at it as-is.”... Read more »

New Kawasaki Z1000 to Debut on November 5th

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Press Release
October 1, 2013

Kawasaki will unveil the next iteration of the Z1000 naked sportbike on November 5, at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy. Reflecting a radical new design philosophy, the Z1000 is a result of Kawasaki’s unique “Sugomi” approach, which the company says has created a machine with the palpable energy... Read more »

2014 Yamaha FZ-09 First Ride Review

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Greg Drevenstedt
September 26, 2013

There must be something magic about $7,990 because Yamaha has introduced two all-new 2014 models priced $10 below eight grand. Yamaha unveiled the Star Bolt in March, followed by the FZ-09 sport standard in June. By all accounts, the Bolt has been selling like hotcakes and so many deposits have been... Read more »

2014 Honda Grom 125 – First Ride Review

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Greg Drevenstedt
September 6, 2013

A wide handlebar, small tires and short wheelbase help the 2014 Honda Grom 125 carve corners quickly. If you’re wondering what the heck a “grom” is, you’re not alone. Honda’s latest effort at winning over the young—and the young at heart—is called the MX125 in Europe and elsewhere, but... Read more »

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Sport Standard + Standard Motorcycles, Who Uses Them?

Motorcycle guides discuss the fact that Sport Standard + Standard Motorcycles, though popular in the 1970s and 1980s (the term Universal Japanese Motorcycle, or UJM, was coined back then because all four major Japanese manufacturers–Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha–offered seemingly interchangeable motorcycles with in–line four engines, similar chassis and conventional styling), since the 1990s sport standards and standard motorbikes have been overshadowed by more specialized motorcycles: sport tourers, tourers, sportbikes, dual–sports, etc. Sport standards and standard motorcycles are popular in road tests among riders who want a no–nonsense motorcycle, one that performs well but isn’t limited by excessive weight and bodywork. On the other hand, because of their basic nature, many owners add accessories to enhance the performance, touring capability or other aspect of their motorcycle.


Sport Standard + Standard Motorcycle Standouts

According to motorcycle guides, Sport standards and standard motorbikes available today include the Aprilia Tuono and Mana 850 GT; BMW F 800 R and R 1200 R; Ducati Hypermotard, Monster and Streetfighter; Honda CB500F and CB1000R; Kawasaki Versys and Z1000; KTM 690 Duke; Moto Guzzi Griso 8V SE; Suzuki GW250 and SFV650; Triumph Speed Triple and Street Triple; and Yamaha FZ8 and FZ1.

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