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We go for another ride aboard BMW’s easy-riding F 900 XR.
We go for another ride aboard BMW’s easy-riding F 900 XR. (Joseph Agustin/)

The 2022 F 900 XR is a plus-size middleweight adventure sport from BMW Motorrad. When BMW introduced this model for the 2020 model year, we were there for the official press introduction; see the 2020 BMW F 900 XR Review First Ride and 2020 BMW F 900 XR Review MC Commute. The German brand hasn’t changed a whole lot on the bike besides the price for the 2022 model year, and that isn’t a bad thing.

Despite this 895cc parallel twin’s older-style architecture (remember the engine is based on the original F 800 GS and is a bit long in the tooth), it just plain works. It offers gobs of torque at lower revs. It has a pleasing V-twin-esque character and is a fun engine to operate.

The drive gearing inside the six-speed transmission is a little on the tall side, so when riding at 80 mph on the freeway, this twin isn’t spinning at ridiculously high revs. That makes for both more comfort and better fuel economy. We averaged right around 36.5 mpg. Still, that’s where one of the real gripes come from. The 4.1-gallon fuel tank is a tad too small for an adventure sportbike. We’d like to see more fuel capacity in the next version.

Something we really like about this bike is its nimble handling, surprising considering its nearly 500-pound curb weight. We love how easily this bike handles around turns and in the city. It’s a very easy motorcycle to ride.

This particular 2022 F900 XR is fitted with BMW’s premium package, which comes at a $2,400 upcharge. With that package you also get the select package, which in turn comes with all the bells and whistles. We have electronic semi-active suspension adjustment, heated grips, cruise control, and keyless ignition. It also includes hard luggage mounts, although the accessory luggage was unavailable for our test ride.

We value this bike’s high level of comfort and nice upright riding position. The seat is particularly comfy. This bike is really well suited to spending long days in the saddle.

BMW’s slick 6.5-inch color TFT display is awesome. The company has used this display since the ‘19 R 1250 GS (read the 2019 BMW R1250GS Adventure First Ride Review) debuted, and the panel is class leading; no motorcycle manufacturer makes a better display than BMW Motorrad right now. The thumb wheel apparatus introduced on the 2012 K 1600 GTL also still works really well, making it easy to navigate the well-designed menus. We also like the BMW connected app that’s available for iOS and Android-powered smartphones, which allows turn-by-turn directions right on the display. You can also check maintenance intervals, fuel level, and do all other kinds of fun things with that app.

Bright LED lighting is another welcome feature. The adaptive headlights that come as part of the premium package. Those are all really nice features, as is the two-way-adjustable windscreen. But we wish the windscreen was a little bit taller in its high position.

Overall, we enjoy riding this ‘22 F900 XR, especially at its $11,695 base price. But tack on the $2,400 premium package, with another $250 for our bike’s special black paint and plastic hand guards, and now the bike costs nearly $15,000. That’s a lot of money for a midsize adventure bike. It’s still worth considering, if you’re looking for a streetbike that’s very easy to ride, nimble, compact, and versatile enough to run errands well around town. If that’s what you want from a light-duty tourer that’s fun on sporty stretches of roads, then this F 900 XR might be good for you.

Gear Box

Helmet: Arai Quantum-X

Jacket: REV’IT! Blackwater

Gloves: REV’IT! Kinetic

Pant: REV’IT! Piston

Boots: TCX Dartwood Waterproof

2022 BMW F 900 XR Technical Specifications and Price

PRICE$14,990 (as tested)ENGINE895cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled parallel twin; 8-valveBORE x STROKE86.0 x 77.0mmCOMPRESSION RATIO13.1:1FUEL DELIVERYBMS-M electronic fuel injectionCLUTCHWet, multiplate slipper clutch; cable actuationTRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE6-speed/chainFRAMESteel bridge frame in monocoque designFRONT SUSPENSIONShowa inverted 43mm fork; 6.7 in. travelREAR SUSPENSIONSachs shock, spring preload and rebound damping adjustable; 6.8 in. travelFRONT BRAKESRadial-mount 4-piston calipers, dual 320mm floating discs w/ ABSREAR BRAKE1-piston floating caliper, 265mm disc w/ ABSWHEELS, FRONT/REARDie-cast aluminum; 17 x 3.5 in. / 17 x 5.5 in.TIRES, FRONT/REARMichelin Road 5 GT; 120/70-17 / 180/55-17RAKE/TRAIL29.5°/4.1 in.WHEELBASE60.0 in.SEAT HEIGHT32.5 in.FUEL CAPACITY4.1 gal.CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT483 lb.WARRANTY24 months, unlimited

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By: Adam Waheed
Title: 2022 BMW F 900 XR Adventure Sport Review
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Published Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2022 17:05:15 +0000

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1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE LS5 SS: An Icon Roars to Life at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction

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1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE LS5 SS: An Icon Roars to Life at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction

Written by Nicole Ellan James


Born during the golden age of American muscle, Chevrolet’s 1970 Chevelle, produced from 1968 to 1972, defines the second generation of the model. This legendary machine embodies the essence of cool in the realm of muscle cars; its very mention conjures images of clean lines, thunderous engines and the open road beckoning for adventure.

One of the defining aspects of the 1970 Chevelle was its range of potent engine options, including the monstrous 454ci V8, bearing the legendary monikers LS5 and LS6. With its powerful engines and robust chassis, the 1970 Chevelle was capable of impressive acceleration and top speeds, making it a favorite among drag racers and street racers alike.

Ready for the drop of the gavel at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction, April 18-20 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, where it will be selling with No Reserve, this 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS5 SS 454 stands as a beacon of muscle car history. With a 454ci LS5 engine delivering a commanding 360 horsepower under the hood, paired with a period-correct Turbo 400 3-speed automatic transmission, this powerhouse of a car is sure to offer an exhilarating ride, whether it’s around town or across the country.

After a professional rebuild, this Chevelle’s engine now features a new crankshaft, roller lifters and roller rockers for enhanced performance. The car’s exhaust system boasts 2-inch stainless-steel long-tube headers paired with 3-inch stainless-steel pipes, exuding both power and authenticity with original-looking tips. A 12-bolt posi-traction rear end sporting 3.73 gears provides formidable traction and acceleration, while power front disc and rear drum brakes supply reliable stopping power. Rolling on iconic 15-inch SS wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich radial T/A tires, this example of American muscle offers both style and substance on the road.

Exuding an aura of boldness and aggression, the 1970 Chevelle embraced the quintessential design elements of its muscle-car era. Characterized by a lengthy hood and a compact deck profile, it features classic proportions synonymous with the era’s automotive prowess. Its wide stance and flowing lines contributed to its formidable and muscular aesthetic, commanding attention wherever it roared. Adorned in a vibrant red basecoat/clearcoat finish accented by bold black SS stripes and a sleek black vinyl top, this Chevelle’s striking exterior showcases a factory cowl induction hood secured with hood pins, hinting at the power lurking beneath the surface.

Inside the cabin, black vinyl bucket seats offer both comfort and style. The center console features a distinctive horseshoe shifter, while an AM/FM radio provides entertainment on the road. Restored to its former glory, the factory air-conditioning system now utilizes R134 refrigerant for optimal cooling performance. Power steering ensures effortless maneuverability and control behind the wheel.

Enhancing this Chevelle’s appeal is that it’s been driven less than 2,000 miles since its recent engine and transmission rebuild, and has clocked a mere 51,018 actual miles in its lifetime. Register to bid today for an opportunity to get behind this iconic American muscle car’s wheel and answer the call of the open road.

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Title: 1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE LS5 SS: An Icon Roars to Life at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction
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Best 600cc-ish Sportbikes of 2024


Substantial upgrades for 2024 have made Kawasaki’s ZX-6R a powerful and comfortable companion either on the street or racetrack.
Substantial upgrades for 2024 have made Kawasaki’s ZX-6R a powerful and comfortable companion either on the street or racetrack. (Kawasaki/)

Has the death of 600cc supersports been greatly exaggerated? A couple of years ago it sure seemed like the class was going belly-up, but recent upgrades and new motorcycle model launches have rekindled consumer interest in the sportbike group, and 2023/2024′s crop of track-ready middleweights are still well-positioned to carve a local apex near you. Of course, some of the bikes here haven’t changed with the times or are better equipped for street rides, but they’re still formidable weapons on a circuit. We’ve narrowed our choices to a few perennial (if aging) standard-bearers, some newer crossover models, and bikes with commensurate performance, price, and otherwise race-ready attributes.

Did we miss one? Drop it in the comments below.

Light weight, livable ergonomics, and a 659cc parallel-twin engine good for nearly 90 hp makes Aprilia’s RS 660 a top pick.
Light weight, livable ergonomics, and a 659cc parallel-twin engine good for nearly 90 hp makes Aprilia’s RS 660 a top pick. (Aprilia/)

2024 Aprilia RS 660 | 401 lb. | 89.16 hp (as tested) | $11,499

The RS 660′s 659cc parallel-twin engine makes it one of the punchiest and most powerful bikes here, and that 270-degree crank gives it a sound unlike any of the others. Not quite a designated supersport, the bike is nevertheless supremely flickable, comes equipped with excellent components, and is less intimidating than some inline-four supersports while still offering a sporty experience. During our track test, we said it offered “engaging engine performance, nimble handling, a relatively low seat height, and roomy ergonomics,” and to keep things in check, the RS 660′s top-shelf electronics include the Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC) suite, which is accessed via a full-color TFT display. These IMU-based traction control, wheelie control, engine-brake, and ABS settings are offered in five preset riding modes, and while suspension adjustment is limited to spring preload and rebound damping fore and aft, the standard electronic quickshifter is bidirectional. Throw in the approachable ergonomics, and it adds up to a versatile machine that’s appropriate for day-to-day as well as track riding for seasoned veterans and beginners alike.

Honda’s CBR inline-four has ruled this list for many moons now, and it’s still a competent performer on both track or street.
Honda’s CBR inline-four has ruled this list for many moons now, and it’s still a competent performer on both track or street. (Honda/)

2024 Honda CBR600RR ABS | 434 lb. | 97.7 hp (as tested) | $13,199

Although Honda just brought a substantially revamped CBR600RR to the European market for 2024, there’s no such luck for the US. In its infinite wisdom, Big Red decided to give us the same CBR sportbike we’ve had for 11 years now, so we’ll focus on that older-gen model’s good points. For one, the CBR600RR’s 599cc inline-four is still good for a healthy 100 hp in stock trim at the rear wheel, and we took note of the “well-calibrated throttle response that is neither too sluggish nor too sensitive…” which was “peppy for a 600, especially off the bottom and through the midrange.” Furthermore, the bike has well-calibrated Showa suspension components with three-way adjustability fore and aft, and dual radial-mounted floating 310mm discs with four-piston calipers offer powerful stops. The Honda remains an agile yet sure-footed steed, but hopefully we’ll see the upgraded model come Stateside as well, because more power and a quickshifter would really be welcome. Although it’s one of the pricier bikes here, Big Red’s offering is still an effective sport riding tool on the track as well as the street.

Related: 2024 Honda CBR600RR Preview

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Title: Best 600cc-ish Sportbikes of 2024
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Published Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2024 11:00:01 +0000

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Super-tracker: A custom Sportster 1200 with supermoto steeze

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Custom Sportster 1200 with supermoto style
The traditional definition of a street tracker is a motorcycle that has all the trappings of a flat tracker, with the addition of lights, street-biased tires, and a front brake. But what if you took the concept a step further, and sprinkled some supermoto ingredients into the mix? You’d probably end up with something like this spicy custom Sportster 1200.

The bike belongs to and was built by Xavi Garcia—a Barcelona-based enthusiast who loves café racers, streetfighters, and supermotos in equal measure. With a couple of custom builds already under his belt and a KTM 990 SMR in the garage, the desire to create a street tracker with supermoto underpinnings began to buzz around in Xavi’s head. So when he stumbled across a 2003-model Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 in good nick, he figured that it would be the perfect bike to do it with.

Custom Sportster 1200 with supermoto style

“When I bought my first big bike, a BMW R65, I customized it into a café racer,” Xavi tells us, “but deep down I wanted to do it with a Sportster, to replicate the Harley-Davidson XLCR 1000. Since then, I’ve always had a certain love for the Sportster.”

With help from his good friend, Franc, Xavi tore into his recently-acquired Sportster 1200 until all that remained was its rigid-mount engine, frame, and swingarm. The guys then built it back up with a laundry list of well-judged mods and parts.

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Title: Super-tracker: A custom Sportster 1200 with supermoto steeze
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Published Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2024 22:22:24 +0000

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