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JK, the Suzuki Hayabusa is not one of the most fun motorcycles to ride, according to you.
JK, the Suzuki Hayabusa is not one of the most fun motorcycles to ride, according to you. (Suzuki/)

We like to produce lots of “Top 5″ lists. But occasionally we shut up and listen to our readers about what’s best and why. A couple of weeks ago, Editor Adam Waheed posed the question to our US audience on the MotorcyclistMag Facebook page: “What’s the most fun motorcycle to ride?” Thankfully, lots of you answered.

Some of you got philosophical. “The first bike you ever owned. All other bikes after that are you chasing the vibe” was Thomas DeLoriea’s answer. That’s a cold fact. Nothing on earth makes me feel like my Yamaha 125 scooter when I was 16 and sneaking out of my parents’ house. Michael King echoed many with the simple observation, “Most fun? The one you’re on!”

The Motorcyclist staff pick (according to Waheed) was the Suzuki Hayabusa. But our readers are rich with opinions. Two-stroke nods went to the classic Yamaha RD350, with the Aprilia RS 250 and Suzuki RGV250 also mentioned. Classic Harley-Davidsons got a few nominations, of course.

Not many weighed in with adventure bike options, though. Same thing with off-road bikes. Guess they’re too busy hitting fire roads in Oregon. But a couple of bikes got more than a few mentions. Here’s the top five fun motorcycles to ride, as picked by faithful Motorcyclist readers who like to comment on Facebook.

As subtle as a barrelful of monkeys on meth. The Kawasaki ZX-14 R.
As subtle as a barrelful of monkeys on meth. The Kawasaki ZX-14 R. (Kawasaki/)
Power to weight, dollars to displacement. The Kawasaki ZX-14 does all right with the former but masters the latter.
Power to weight, dollars to displacement. The Kawasaki ZX-14 does all right with the former but masters the latter. (Kawasaki/)

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14

In hindsight, this is kind of a no-brainer. There’s hardly a better way to threaten life and limb on two wheels. Kawasaki’s ZX-14 has existed since 2006, with the ZX-14R joining the party in 2012 with traction control and a slipper clutch. Our Cycle World comrades got a 0–60 mph time of 2.6 seconds. Couple this with Kawasaki’s long-held commitment to maximum horsepower per dollar and you’ve got a consensus pick. More people going very fast makes a motorcycle even faster, right? As Steven Livingston put it, “Banging open the throttle on something terrifyingly fast (in the best way possible) is awful hard to beat. I got a ZX-14.”

Fun fact: The ZX-14 is the only inline-four motorcycle on this list.

The corner exit wheelie, the hardest wheelie of them all. But a Ducati Streetfighter V2 could help you with that.
The corner exit wheelie, the hardest wheelie of them all. But a Ducati Streetfighter V2 could help you with that. (Ducati/)
A 2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2, shown here awaiting fun riding and/or activities.
A 2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2, shown here awaiting fun riding and/or activities. (Ducati/)

Ducati Streetfighter V2

Ducati is hardly a value-based brand, but the Streetfighter V2 got quite a few nods. Not the new 2022 Streetfighter V4 variant, nor the Panigale V4 from 2018. Readers specifically called out the V2, and who can blame them? More than 50 years of 90-degree V-twin development speaks for itself, with Fabio Taglioni’s belt-driven Pantah 500 providing a template for the next 40-plus years of Ducati powerplants. The Streetfighter V2 is more of a concept than anything. While 2009–2012 Streetfighter V2 owners had a 1,099cc powerplant to work with, newer Streetfighter V2 owners track into the middleweight camp, with 848cc and 955cc mills. And while the V4 has supplanted the V2 atop the Ducati pecking order, the idea is

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By: Anders T. Carlson
Title: Top 5 Most Fun Motorcycles Chosen by Readers
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/top-fun-motorcycles-readers-choice/
Published Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2023 10:00:00 +0000

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AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS: Automobilia at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction

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AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS: Automobilia at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction
LOT #8296 – LATE-1950S/EARLY ’60S TEXACO OIL NEON PORCELAIN SIGN WITH ANIMATED NEON – $36,800

From kiddie rides to colorful neon signs and gas globes to beautifully restored pumps, the Automobilia Auction at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction kicked off each morning with a burst of excitement before the main vehicle auction commenced. Transforming the arena into a nostalgic spectacle, these automotive pieces from bygone eras illuminated the space with their twinkling lights and vibrant décor. Scroll through this gallery to discover the most sought-after automobilia items sold at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction.

LOT #8296 – LATE-1950S/EARLY ’60S TEXACO OIL NEON PORCELAIN SIGN WITH ANIMATED NEON – $36,800
Pictured above is a spectacular late-1950s/early ’60s Texaco Oil single-sided neon porcelain service station sign with animated neon. Each letter sequentially lights to spell out “Texaco,” then flashes. Field has been professionally restored to perfection.

LOT #8287 – 1928 POLLY GASOLINE WAYNE MODEL 615 VISIBLE GAS PUMP – $34,500
Impressive 1928 Polly Gasoline Wayne Model 615 10-gallon visible gas pump. Beautiful restoration with stunning colors and glass cylinder.
LOT #8299.1 – LARGE 1951 MOBIL OIL PORCELAIN PEGASUS SIGN WITH ANIMATED NEON – $33,350

Fabulous large 1951 Mobil Oil single-sided porcelain Pegasus service station sign with animated neon. Very clean example with just some minor touch-up. Hard-to-find left-facing version.

LOT #8283 – LATE-1950S POLLY OIL FUEL ISLAND WITH TWO WAYNE 505 GAS PUMPS – $31,050
Phenomenal late-1950s Polly Oil restored service station fuel island with two original Wayne 505 gas pumps. Restored to perfection. Fuel island base was custom-crafted to make this the ultimate piece for any car display.

$29,900

Stupendous 1940s-50s American Gasoline single-sided porcelain with neon service station sign. Face has been professionally restored. Animated neon (torch flickers). A wonderful patriotic sign from roadside America.

LOT #7283 – 1950S CHRIS-CRAFT WOODY SPEEDBOAT KIDDIE RIDE – $27,600
Extraordinary 1950s Chris-Craft Woody speedboat coin-operated kiddie ride. Stunning restoration with working lights, upholstered cockpit and more. Plays boating sounds when operating.
LOT #8272 – 1956 CHEVROLET CORVETTE SEBRING SPECIAL 2/3-SCALE CAR – $24,725
Iconic 1956 Chevrolet Corvette Sebring Special gas-powered 2/3-scale car. Custom-made with 107cc air-cooled motor with electric start and 3-speed clutchless manual transmission with reverse. Highly detailed. Large enough for adults, with a max speed of 35 mph.

LOT #8293 – 1940S-50S FLYING A SERVICE PORCELAIN WITH ANIMATED NEON SIGN – $24,150

Stunning and hard-to-find 1940s-50s Flying A Service single-sided porcelain with animated neon service station sign. Immaculately restored to perfection. Features animated neon that articulates to simulate flight.

$23,575

Immaculate 1951 Mobilgas single-sided porcelain with neon service station sign. Field is very clean with just some minor edge touch-up. Pegasus flashes on/off. Good-looking piece.

LOT #8297 – 1950S FORD A-1 USED CARS NEON SIGN – $20,700

Sharp 1950s Ford A-1 Used Cars single-sided dealership lot neon sign. Restored to day-one grandeur. A-1 blinks on/off.

$18,975

Impressive 1940s-50s Shell Oil Service Station Bennett Model #646 gas pump. Restored to highest possible standards! Nicely restored with one-piece milk-glass globe and porcelain pump plates.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS: Automobilia at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/auction-highlights-automobilia-at-the-2024-palm-beach-auction/
Published Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2024 23:05:45 +0000

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A Review of the Honda CBR600RR We Don’t Get

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Despite prolific success both on track and in showrooms, in 2017 Honda pulled-the-plug on the CBR600RR in Europe. A maturing and fast-changing market allied to tightening EU emissions regulations made the decision relatively easy for the Japanese manufacturer, but sportbike fans from Madrid to Manchester were gutted because the CBR was a fantastic bike. A highly evolved RC213V for the masses; a pocket rocket that oozed HRC thinking and quality. It was missed.

Honda’s new CBR600RR for 2024, now Euro 5+ compliant and recently launched in Portimão, Portugal.
Honda’s new CBR600RR for 2024, now Euro 5+ compliant and recently launched in Portimão, Portugal. (Zep Gori, Ciro Meggiolaro/)

By 2021, however, there was hope on the horizon when Honda reintroduced the 600cc inline-four to the Japanese market, and bikes started to appear in racing—notably in World Supersport and on the roads at the Isle of Man TT, on bikes imported to the UK by Padgett’s Motorcycles. And now, finally, for 2024, Honda has decided to reintroduce it.

Quoting Honda Motor Europe, “The RR is the ideal bike to fill the gap in the CBR lineup between the CBR650R and the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade.”
Quoting Honda Motor Europe, “The RR is the ideal bike to fill the gap in the CBR lineup between the CBR650R and the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade.” (Zep Gori, Ciro Meggiolaro/)

Editor’s note I: this CBR600RR won’t be imported into the U.S. for the 2024 model year (read the Honda’s Updated 2024 CBR600RR Not Coming to America article). Interested in the previous version? Read and watch the 2020 Honda CBR600RR ABS MC Commute Review article and video.

New full-color 4.2-inch TFT screen with two options, Street and Circuit.
New full-color 4.2-inch TFT screen with two options, Street and Circuit. (Zep Gori, Ciro Meggiolaro/)

As you can imagine for a bike that has essentially been left untouched since 2017, there was a lot of work involved to bring it up to modern standards. The old CBR had no electronic rider aids, no clever six-axis IMU, no aero package, and didn’t even comply with now-obsolete Euro 4. But thankfully Honda has done it, and we flew to the very fast and demanding Portimão track in Portugal to put the reborn screamer through its paces.

Winglets have been designed to improve stability when the brakes are released.
Winglets have been designed to improve stability when the brakes are released. (Zep Gori, Ciro Meggiolaro/)

Last seen in Europe in 2017, the CBR600RR looked to be  passing into history. If you wanted to see one in recent times, the Honda Collection Hall at Motegi was increasingly likely to be the place. But rather than let it become a museum piece, Honda has dusted down its defining sport middleweight and completed the mammoth task of making it Euro 5+ compliant while preserving its legendary high-revving performance and delivering it to the street and track with state-of-the-art electronics on a par with the new 2024 CBR1000RR-R Fireblade.

Intake and exhaust completely new for 2024. Throttle bodies increase in size from 40mm to 44mm.
Intake and exhaust completely new for 2024. Throttle bodies increase in size from 40mm to 44mm. (Zep Gori, Ciro Meggiolaro/)

Editor’s note II: we last test rode the CBR1000RR-R during the 2021 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP First Ride Review article and 2021 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP MC Commute Review articles and videos.

Mixed conditions highlighted the new rider aids, controlled by a new Bosch six-axis IMU—same as the new 2024 Fireblade, recently launched in Europe. Read More

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By: Adam Child
Title: A Review of the Honda CBR600RR We Don’t Get
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/reviews/honda-cbr600rr-first-ride-review/
Published Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2024 17:07:11 +0000

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1967 Ferrari 365 California Spyder

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High-end luxury and sporting brands often have a tradition of creating a limited-edition halo product, something so special that it almost makes their core products seem commonplace by comparison. For Ferrari this tradition often involved naming the product after its intended market, beginning with the 212 Export of the early 1950s, which was intended for American privateer use and specified with a hotter mechanical set-up than the concurrent Inter cars bound for European homes.

Jasen Delgado ©2024 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

But Maranello’s supercar tradition was truly established with the 340 America, which offered well-heeled customers the opportunity to own a model made in smaller numbers, equipped with the ferocious Lampredi racing engine, and cosmetically trimmed to rival the finest luxury touring cars. This in turn led to the 342 and 375 America models, which segued into several series of large-bore Superamerica models.

Amidst this evolution of the Lampredi-based flagship models, in 1957 Ferrari more quietly took a similar approach with the Colombo-engine 250 GT model line. In an echo of the highly successful 250 GT Tour de France racing berlinetta, Ferrari began to offer a racing spider that was specifically conceived for the United States’ west-coast market. The 250 GT California Spider was equipped with race-bred mechanical components for the avid SCCA privateer, but many were trimmed with great panache, featuring high-quality leather interiors that belied the model’s true dual-use purpose. Built in a modest quantity of 106 examples through two different iterations on the long and short-wheelbase chassis, the 250 GT California Spider evolved into a verifiable legend, and is today regarded as one of the most collectible Ferraris ever built.

Jasen Delgado ©2024 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

By the mid-1960s both the 250 GT platform and the large-bore Superamericas were essentially out of production. But Maranello had one more ace up its sleeve, a model that would basically combine the two concepts into one fabulous boutique product.

Exqusite Coachwork by Pininfarina

At the 1966 Geneva Salon, on Pininfarina’s stand, Ferrari unveiled a new open-top model built in the tradition of both the Superamerica and the California Spider. This top-shelf offering proved to be the final entry in Ferrari’s long and distinguished vintage tradition of building limited-edition

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: 1967 Ferrari 365 California Spyder
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/1967-ferrari-365-california-spyder/
Published Date: Thu, 29 Feb 2024 08:40:18 +0000

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