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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.

2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic Road Test

2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic

Rider Contributor
March 1, 2010

[This 2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic Road Test was originally published in the April 2010 issue of Rider magazine] 2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic Fun! Impractical, but fun. I traded in a 130-horsepower sport-touring bike for this 40-horse Moto Guzzi, and I had more fun with the retro classic. Granted,... Read more »

2010 Kawasaki Z1000 Road Test

2010 Kawasaki Z1000

Mark Tuttle
March 1, 2010

photography by Adam Campbell and Kinney Jones 2010 Kawasaki Z1000 in action. Contemporary high-end sportbikes typically offer all of the best stuff in a single package. Trick fully adjustable suspension, radial brakes, aluminum perimeter chassis, engines with freakish power output per pound, even the... Read more »

2010 Triumph Thunderbird Road Test

2010 Triumph Thunderbird Road Test

Rider Contributor
October 9, 2009

photography by Kevin Wing [This 2010 Triumph Thunderbird Road Test was originally published in the November 2009 issue of Rider magazine] 2010 Triumph Thunderbird Road Test Despite competing head-to-head with much larger makers for a slice of the American motorcycle market, Triumph has always gone its... Read more »

2009 Moto Guzzi Stelvio Road Test

The Moto Guzzi Stelvio is named after a pass in Italy with 84 hairpins.

Kevin Ash
September 15, 2009

[This 2009 Moto Guzzi Stelvio Road Test was originally published in the October 2008 issue of Rider magazine] Of all the manufacturers attempting to cash in on the success of BMW’s R1200GS by producing rival machines, Moto Guzzi ought to have the best potential of all. After all, the basic specification... Read more »

2009 Triumph 50th Anniversary Bonneville Road Test

Riding photo fo the Triumph 50th Anniversary Bonneville

Clement Salvadori
September 15, 2009

photography by the author and Jason Critchell [This 2009 Triumph 50th Anniversary Bonneville Road Test was published in the 09/2008 issue of Rider magazine] Anniversaries (from the Latin anno, or year) are celebrated in different ways. The first, second, 25th, 50th, whichever, harkens back to an event,... Read more »

Factory Custom Comparo: Harley-Davidson Rocker C, Victory Vegas Jackpot, Star Raider S, Honda Fury

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Rider Contributor
August 18, 2009

photography by Scott Hirko [This Harley, Victory, Star, Honda Factory Custom Comparo was originally published in the October 2009 issue of Rider magazine] It all started in 1971, when Harley-Davidson introduced the Super Glide, a new model with a big 1,200cc V-twin shovelhead motor and a large fiberglass... Read more »

2010 Honda VT13VX Fury Road Test

2010 Honda VT13VX Fury

Bill Stermer
August 17, 2009

photography by Kevin Wing [This 2010 Honda VT13VX Fury Road Test was originally published in the October 2009 issue of Rider magazine] The 2010 Honda VT13VX Fury In the world of cruiser motorcycles, individualization is key. Everyone wants a bike that—when they see it parked outside a restaurant,... Read more »

1300-miles on a Harley-Davidson XR1200: PART TWO

1300-miles on a Harley-Davidson XR1200: PART TWO

Rider Contributor
August 5, 2009

By Reg Kittrelle [This 1300-miles on a Harley-Davidson XR1200 Road Test was originally published in American Rider] Packed to the max I left home at 5:15 a.m. on Friday, July 24, aboard a Harley-Davidson XR1200. Destination Denver, four days hence. If you read the first article I posted you’ll... Read more »

2009 Ducati Monster 696 Road Test

2009 Ducati Monster 696

Rider Magazine
July 9, 2009

[This 2009 Ducati Monster 696 Road Test was originally published in the August 2008 issue of Rider magazine] Ducati’s Monsters, or Mostri, are the Italian maker’s naked sport-standards with L-twin engines. In the USA for 2008, they range from the air-cooled 695 and S2R1000 with two valves... Read more »

2009 Suzuki TU250X Road Test

2009 Suzuki TU250X

Arden Kysely
June 22, 2009

photography by Kevin Wing [This 2009 Suzuki TU250X Road Test was originally published in the August 2009 issue of Rider magazine] 2009 Suzuki TU250X A whirring sound from beneath the gas tank as you switch on the Suzuki TU250X tells you this is no ordinary 250-class runabout. Poltergeists, perhaps?... 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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