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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.

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 »

2013 Honda CB500F/CBR500R Road Test

Naked Honda CB500F

Greg Drevenstedt, Photos by Kevin Wing
September 4, 2013

After several years of downturn-induced dormancy, Honda has released 22 new or significantly updated models since 2012—more bikes than some manufacturers have in their entire lineup. Honda builds and sells millions of two-wheelers every year, the vast majority of which are small-displacement runabouts... Read more »

Quick, Lean & Low: A Fast Foursome of Easily Straddled Middleweights

These four motorcycles are quick, lean and low.

Rider Magazine Staff
March 7, 2013

Whether you’re a novice rider who’s a bit unsteady at stops, or just a little vertically challenged, when you’re holding up a motorcycle at a standstill there’s nothing like having both feet firmly on the ground. Getting that stability means finding a bike that fulfills your desires and has a... Read more »

2013 Triumph Bonneville: Ridden & Rated

The Triumph Bonneville has the lowest standard seat height here, at 29.1 inches, but it comes at the expense of comfort. And yes, it comes in colors other than purple.

Greg Drevenstedt
March 7, 2013

When our Imperial Purple/Fusion White Triumph Bonneville was delivered, I was sure it was a mistake, certain that the bike was intended for the artist currently and formerly known as Prince. Other bold colors available for 2013 include Intense Orange/Phantom Black and Aurum Gold, or you can go with basic... Read more »

2013 Ducati Monster 696 ABS: Ridden & Rated

Like an Italian greyhound, the Ducati Monster 696 is slender, fast and low to the ground, with a standard seat height of 30.3 inches. The factory accessory low seat drops it to 29.5 inches.

Greg Drevenstedt
March 7, 2013

All of these bikes have at least some claim to icon status, in terms of both styling and longevity. The first Triumph Bonneville dates back to 1959, the first Moto Guzzi V7 to 1967, and the first BMW GS to 1980. The Ducati Monster, which debuted in 1993, is the baby of the bunch. Ducati’s popular line... Read more »

2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone: Ridden & Rated

The Stone carries on the V7 tradition in fine, simple style, with upright seating, monotone paint and cast wheels.

Mark Tuttle
March 7, 2013

The trio of V7s in Moto Guzzi’s 2013 lineup starts with the low-priced Stone, a gutsy name choice meant to convey the bike’s utter simplicity and strength, as in Stone Simple and Rock Solid. No argument there. Although its analog speedo and tach each have LCD readouts for the odometer, tripmeters,... Read more »

2013 Husqvarna TR650 Strada—First Ride

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Greg Drevenstedt
February 28, 2013

A few months ago I attended the U.S. press launch for the all-new Husqvarna TR650 Terra and Strada, two street legal models powered by a more potent version of the liquid-cooled 652cc single from the BMW G 650 GS. We spent the day riding the 50/50 dual-purpose Terra on pavement and sandy tracks near... 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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