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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 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 Triumph Bonneville SE Road Test

2009 Triumph Bonneville SE

Bill Stermer
June 22, 2009

photography by Riles & Nelson [This 2009 Triumph Bonneville SE Road Test was originally published in the August 2009 issue of Rider magazine] 2009 Triumph Bonneville SE Just the other day I was lamenting how so many motorcycle companies seem to be playing the bigger/faster/more powerful game, introducing... 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 »

2009 Ducati GT1000 Touring Motorcycle Road Test

The Ducati GT1000 is fun in the twisty bits

Greg Drevenstedt
March 17, 2009

[This 2009 Ducati GT1000 Touring Motorcycle Road Test originally appeared in the May 2009 issue of Rider magazine] “Whew! That was close….” As soon as my mind punctuated that thought, the Ducati GT1000 and I were on our sides skidding down the road. It was Sunday night on Labor Day... Read more »

2009 Ducati Monster 1100 Road Test

The omens were good because the 1100 shares its frame and styling with the 696, adding REVISED longer travel suspension to raise it from the ground…and of course it’s fitted with a larger, air-cooled engine.

Kevin Ash
February 4, 2009

[This 2009 Ducati Monster 1100 Road Test first appeared in the March 2009 issue of Rider magazine] In April 2008 Ducati held its collective breath as it released the new Monster 696 to the press in Barcelona. This was the first complete reworking of the 1993 Monster platform on which the company’s... Read more »

2009 Kawasaki Ninja 650R Road Test

2009 Kawasaki Ninja 650R

Rider Magazine
January 15, 2009

photography by Scott Hirko [This 2009 Kawasaki Ninja 650R Road Test was originally published in the March 2010 issue of Rider magazine] 2009 Kawasaki Ninja 650R in action. Test motorcycles come and go here frequently, except certain models we have trouble letting go. Our shop will only hold so many,... Read more »

2009 Aprilia Mana 850 Road Test

the 2009 Aprilia Mana 850 stands apart from the motorcycling crowd by virtue of its Sportgear transmission. It is a continuously variable transmission (CVT), just like on a scooter.

Greg Drevenstedt
January 12, 2009

[This 2009 Aprilia Mana 850 Road Test was originally published in the February 2009 issue of Rider magazine] If you judge this book by its cover, it is clearly a winner. Red, Italian and stylish, with a rumbling V-twin engine. Factor in the comfortable, upright riding position, optional side cases and... Read more »

2008 Aprilia SL 750 Shiver Twin Road Test

Aprilia Shiver action

Bill Stermer
November 5, 2008

The Aprilia Shiver is Aprilia’s first middleweight sportbike, a product of its plant in Noale, Italy. This factory has already served as the birthplace of the Tuono and RSV models, and many scooters, but in the past Aprilia had been buying its motors from Rotax. Now that it has become part of the... 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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