The fastest naked bike ever, motorcycles for girlfriends, violent criminals in New York and liquid-cooled potatoes designed for comfort. This is RideApart's guide to the last seven days in motorcycles.
Dave Mucci's Street Tracker: Well, he actually built it for his girlfriend, but our friend Dave's excellent taste in vehicular modification shines through nonetheless. It's as pretty a little bike as you'll ever see.
2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke: 10 years ago, it was headline news if a superbike made more than 125 bhp. "Naked" bikes ditch the fairings and low-leaning riding position for something more upright. That change in rider weight distribution makes them more comfortable and more practical for road riding, but also makes them more wheelie prone. So, squeezing a 1.3-liter, 180 bhp v-twin into a short, sharp, naked bike like this new Super Duke is simply bonkers. It's the most exciting new motorcycle for 2014 and RideApart published specs and photos 12 hours before anyone else.
Squidiots in New York: You've already seen the video of the idiot "bikers" attacking an innocent family in a Range Rover. Here's the incident from the perspective of motorcyclists. Screw those guys.
S No More Laguna Seca MotoGP: We've known this was coming for a while, but it still hurts nonetheless. Laguna Seca is losing its MotoGP race in favor of Austin's Circuit Of The Americas and some shady parking lot in Indianapolis. The issue obviously isn't the quality of the track — Laguna Seca is considered one of the best in the world — but more the financial politics of MotoGP's owner, Dorna, which is asking for more money than the non-profit Laguna can afford. The real loss here is going to be the annual ride, which sees virtually every motorcyclist in Southern California hit the best roads in the world, which just happen to lead straight to Monterey. Motorcycle racing just became a little less relevant.
SGet Off My Bike: What is it about motorcycles that makes people think they can manhandle someone else's? Why would a fashion model want to post on a bike she can't ride? Tim Watson's Harley has seen too many butts.
SKevin Cameron Explains Harley's Liquid-Cooled Engines: The biggest name in explaining difficult-to-understand, overly-technical motorcycle stuff takes a crack at the "why" behind Harley's new liquid-cooled v-twins. Have the terrorists won? Kevin walks you through it. Potato, Potato.