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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 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

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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

2013 Suzuki SFV650 Action

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 »

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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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