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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.

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 »

2011 Zero S Road Test

Electric Zero S in action

Donya Carlson
September 12, 2011

  2011 Zero S With gasoline prices out of control and the country going greener by the day, despite their typical lack of range we felt it was high-time that Rider test an electric motorcycle. Among the many startups in recent years, Zero Motorcycles, based in Scotts Valley, California, seems to... Read more »

Ducati Reveals 2012 Streetfighter 848

2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848

Rider Magazine
September 12, 2011

Ducati’s first new-bike entry for 2012 is the Streetfighter 848, a brand-new addition to the Italian manufacturer’s naked sportbike family. Details are few so far, but Ducati says the lil’ Streetfighter is based upon a new 848 Testastretta 11° engine and chassis with revised ergonomics... Read more »

2011 Honda CB1000R Road Test

Honda CB1000R left side action and underbelly

Greg Drevenstedt
August 9, 2011

  Designed and built in Italy, the CB1000R features the angular, aggressive styling of many motorcycles born in that speed-obsessed country. My uncle Lanny is a veteran of AFM races in the ’70s, the Bay Area’s infamous Sunday Morning Rides, and a resident of Mendocino County, an enchanting area... Read more »

2011 Suzuki GSX1250FA Road Test

2011 Suzuki GSX1250FA

Rider Magazine
June 14, 2011

photography by Kevin Wing [This 2011 Suzuki GSX1250FA Road Test was originally published in the June 2011 issue of Rider magazine] 2011 Suzuki GSX1250FA Many new bikes are awash in technical innovations. Today you can buy a motorcycle with keyless ignition that—by pressing a button—will reveal its... Read more »

2011 BMW F800R vs. Ducati Monster 796 vs. Triumph Street Triple R Road Test Comparison

Ducati Monster 796, Triumph Street Triple R, BMW F 800 R action

Rider Magazine
June 7, 2011

photography by Kevin Wing [This 2011 BMW F800R vs. Ducati Monster 796 vs. Triumph Street Triple R Road Test Comparison was originally published in the April 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Left to right: Ducati Monster 796, Triumph Street Triple R, BMW F800R in action. Gathered around the shiny, all-knowing... Read more »

2011 BMW F800R Road Test

BMW F 800 R left side beauty

Greg Drevenstedt
June 6, 2011

photography by Rich Cox Whenever I cram too many alphanumeric motorcycle models into a conversation, my girlfriend, Carrie, rolls her eyes and says, “It’s all beeps and whistles, dude.” I can hardly blame her. Each manufacturer uses its own arcane coding system. Give some gearheads a list of bikes—say,... 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.