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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.

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 »

Erik Buell Racing (EBR) 1190RX and 1190SX – First Look

EBR 1190SX

Rider Magazine Staff
July 8, 2014

Erik Buell Racing’s 1190SX naked sportbike joins the lineup alongside the fully-faired 1190RX. Buell is back! Last October Erik Buell Racing (EBR) unveiled its latest sportbike, the EBR 1190RX, at the American International Motorcycle Exposition (AIMExpo) in Orlando. A direct descendant of EBR’s... Read more »

2015 Yamaha FZ-07 First Ride Review

Yamaha FZ-07_4

Mark Tuttle
July 3, 2014

The Yamaha FZ-07 joins the FZ-09 in offering a lot of value at a low price. Yamaha runs a tight ship. Rather than offering a huge cross-section of new models to fulfill any need or desire, the tuning-fork company’s lineup has been focused on just two or three models per category. Supersport? YZF-R1... Read more »

Harley-Davidson Street XG750 and XG500—First Ride

Street 750

Jon Langston
June 30, 2014

  Nimble and quiet, the new Street 750—Harley’s first all-new platform since the V-Rod—is drastically unlike any Harley-Davidson ever built. Harley-Davidson used the youthful stage of the Summer X Games in the great American city of Austin, Texas, to debut the Street 750, its first clean-sheet... Read more »

2015 Yamaha FZ-07 – First Look

2015 Yamaha FZ-07 in Rapid Red

Rider Magazine Staff
June 6, 2014

2015 Yamaha FZ-07 in Rapid Red Hot on the heels of its popular FZ-09, Yamaha will add a new FZ-07 to its lineup for 2015. Designed to appeal to experienced and entry-level riders alike, the FZ-07 is powered by an all-new, liquid-cooled 689cc parallel twin with a “Crossplane” 270-degree crankshaft... Read more »

2015 Ducati Monster 821 – First Look

2015 Ducati Monster 821

Rider Magazine Staff
May 28, 2014

2015 Ducati Monster 821 Ducati has announced the latest addition to its iconic, best-selling Monster family, the brand new Monster 821. Having delivered over 290,000 Monsters since the original concept more than 20 years ago, the new model maintains its stylish character using the chassis and muscular... Read more »

Ridden & Rated: 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S

Ducati Monster 1200 S

Greg Drevenstedt
February 21, 2014

Gone is the Monster 1100EVO’s air-cooled engine, replaced by a version of the liquid-cooled, 1,198cc Testastretta 11° L-twin found in the Multistrada and Diavel that has been tuned for more low-end power and torque. Now in its early twenties, the Ducati Monster is truly in the prime of its life. Like... Read more »

2013 Honda CB500X—Road Test

Honda CB500X

Mark Tuttle
January 2, 2014

Equipped with the accessory hard saddlebags and top case, taller windscreen and centerstand, the CB500X is ready for long rides or low-cost commuting. (Photos by Kevin Wing) The core of Honda’s praiseworthy, multi-bike response to the Global Financial Crisis and the distressed motorcycle market is... Read more »

2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS First Ride Review

2014-Kawasaki-Z1000-featured

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 »

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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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