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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.

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 »

2014 Honda CTX700 and CTX700N – First Look

2014 Honda CTX700 in Cool Candy Red

Greg Drevenstedt
February 8, 2013

At the Chicago round of the International Motorcycle Show, Honda announced updated colors and pricing for the recently released NC700X and the introduction of two new models, the CTX700 and CTX700N, both powered by the same 670cc parallel twin as the NC. This announcement rounds out the largest crop... Read more »

Ridden & Rated: 2012 Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC

The very fast, very capable Tuono could very well put you on a first-name basis with the local highway patrol.

Greg Drevenstedt
October 4, 2012

In the world of muscle-bound streetfighters, the Aprilia Tuono has a serious reputation. Debuting in 2002, it was an RSV Mille shorn of bodywork, using the same 60-degree 998cc V-twin, frame, suspension and brakes, but with an upright handlebar and a steering damper. It was, by all accounts, an exciting,... Read more »

Ridden & Rated: 2012 Triumph Speed Triple R

Fast, comfortable and bristling with top-shelf components, the Speed Triple R is a do-it-all sport standard.

Mark Tuttle
October 4, 2012

Today’s Triumph Speed Triple is light years ahead of the original sport standard introduced in 1994, never mind the historic 1938 Triumph Speed Twin after which the Triple is named. The latest 2011-model styling revamp for the iconic streetfighter is sexy, too, except for the trademark bug-eye headlamps,... Read more »

Ridden & Rated: 2012 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO

Light weight, a low center of gravity and short wheelbase help the Monster 1100 EVO corner exceptionally well.

Mark Tuttle
October 4, 2012

At just 414 pounds with 3.6 gallons of fuel squeezed into its striped tank, the Ducati Monster 1100 EVO is the lightest liter-class bike we’ve tested in recent memory. For that matter, it only weighs two pounds more than the Monster 796, but engine updates like higher compression, refined cylinder... Read more »

Triumph Announces 2013 Street Triple and Street Triple R

2013 Triumph Street Triple

Press Release
October 2, 2012

A new lighter-weight Triumph Street Triple and Street Triple R were revealed at the Intermot Show in Cologne, Germany, today. The 2013 motorcycles have been completely redesigned and are described below. STREET TRIPLE: Triumph’s Street Triple has been one of the success stories of recent years, collecting... Read more »

2011 Aprilia Mana GT ABS Road Test

2011 Aprillia Mana GT ABS action

Bill Stermer
January 25, 2012

This 2011 Aprilia Mana GT ABS Road Test was originally published in the February 2012 issue of Rider magazine] Back when I learned to drive, most cars had a stick-shift transmission and drivers came to understand the relationship between clutches, gears and shifting points…which came in handy if they... 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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