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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.

2016 Kawasaki Z800 ABS – First Look Review

2016 Kawasaki Z800 ABS

Greg Drevenstedt
June 2, 2015

The new-for-2016 Kawasaki Z800 ABS is powered by a liquid-cooled, 803cc in-line four. Kawasaki has announced its first street model for 2016, the all-new Z800 ABS, a naked sportbike that will compete with BMW’s F 800 R, Ducati’s Monster 821, Suzuki’s GSX-S750 and Yamaha’s FZ-07... Read more »

2015 Suzuki GSX-S750 | First Ride Review

2015 Suzuki GSX-S750

Greg Drevenstedt
March 18, 2015

Photography by Enrico Pavia For years, sportbikes powered by 750cc in-line fours were considered the ideal compromise, with lightness approaching that of middleweights and power approaching that of liter bikes. But when racing regulations changed in 2003, 750s were abandoned by three of the four Japanese... Read more »

2015 BMW R 1200 R – First Ride Review

2015 BMW R 1200 R

Mark Tuttle
December 15, 2014

Replacing the Telelever on the BMW R 1200 R with a USD fork based on the S 1000 RR’s takes nothing away from the bike’s suspension performance and may save weight. When we heard that BMW’s versatile R 1200 R Roadster would be powered by the latest liquid-cooled version of the 1,170cc boxer... Read more »

2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 and R1M – First Look Review

2015 Yamaha YZF-R1

Rider Magazine Staff
November 5, 2014

Weight and wheelbase are down and power is up on the all-new 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1. Yamaha has introduced two all-new YZF-R1 sportbike models for 2015 that have the potential to make as big of an impact in sportbike and roadracing circles as the original R1 did in 1998. Both the new R1 and R1M are expected... Read more »

2015 BMW F 800 R – First Look Review

2015 BMW F 800 R in Racing Blue metallic matt / Light White

Rider Magazine Staff
November 4, 2014

2015 BMW F 800 R in Racing Blue metallic matt / Light White The F 800 R roadster joined BMW Motorrad’s other parallel twin-powered bikes in the F model family for 2011. Updated for 2015, its liquid-cooled, four-valve, 798cc engine boasts 90 horsepower (up from 87), 63 lb-ft of torque and shorter first... Read more »

2015 Yamaha FJ-09 – First Look Review

2015 Yamaha FJ-09

Rider Magazine Staff
November 4, 2014

The new FJ-09 should be perfect for fans of the in-line triple concept who want more sport-touring capability. Yamaha’s FZ-09 sport-standard triple is so popular that it’s unlikely a slight price increase for 2015 to $8,190 will have any negative effect on its sales. In fact, that popularity has... Read more »

2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS/LT and Versys 1000 LT – First Look Review

2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT

Greg Drevenstedt
October 15, 2014

After a long wait, the Kawasaki Versys 1000 is finally coming to America, with extensive updates and standard hard saddlebags. When the Kawasaki Versys 650 debuted for 2008, it had styling as unusual as its name (a mash-up of “versatility” and “system”). Powered by the 649cc parallel twin from... Read more »

Comparison Test: Honda CBR300R ABS vs. Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS SE

2015 Honda CBR300R ABS, 2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS SE

Arden Kysely
October 1, 2014

Although both resemble larger models in their respective lineups, the Honda and Kawasaki are different approaches to the just-under-300cc sportbike. (Photos by Kevin Wing) It was only a matter of time. In the face of Honda’s 2011 CBR250R challenge to its long-lived Ninja 250, Kawasaki embarked on a... Read more »

2015 Aprilia Tuono V4 R aPRC ABS – First Look Review

2015 Aprilia Tuono V4 R aPRC ABS in Matte White

Press Release
September 5, 2014

2015 Aprilia Tuono V4 R aPRC ABS in Matte White This month Aprilia dealers around the U.S. will be taking delivery of the 2015 Tuono V4 R aPRC ABS, the latest iteration of the legendary liter-class naked sportbike. Based on the World Superbike Championship winning RSV4, the latest Tuono delivers even... Read more »

2015 Honda CB300F – First Look

2015 Honda CB300F

Rider Magazine
July 10, 2014

  Honda has announced it will offer a naked version of the CBR300R for 2015 called the CB300F with more upright ergonomics and a lower price tag. Features and bennies include: – Engine displaces 286cc for responsive power throughout the rev range. – Derived from the CBR250R engine,... 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.