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Can’t let the models have all the fun. Time to give the Yamaha TW200 a proper review.
Can’t let the models have all the fun. Time to give the Yamaha TW200 a proper review. (Yamaha/)

Motorcyclist strives to be a highly responsive motorcycle news organization. We keep close tabs on your comments, feedback, and unsolicited correspondence. Among the hot-button topics that generate lots of pixelated opinions are which new motorcycles we should review. As most readers know, Motorcyclist already covers a wide assortment of model releases over the course of the year. But a First Look/Preview isn’t an actual butt-in-seat, white-knuckled motorcycle review.

In the spirit of full disclosure, some reader suggestions didn’t make the cut. We won’t be reviewing a hoverbike (yes, they exist) or any streetbike featured in past or present Batman movies. Also, we cannot review ex-racebikes used in competition. Specifically, we can’t review Valentino Rossi’s ill-fated 2012 Ducati GP11 racebike. We do appreciate the equally imaginative and odd request, though.

We loved your suggestions, one and (mostly) all. Turns out you’re all quite the practical sorts. While Motorcyclist is blessed with a sizable team of seasoned journalists and a palatial headquarters (and garage), we can’t review them all. But here are the top five motorcycles you want us to throw a leg over and ride and write about. Keep reading, we’ll start making calls.

2023 Yamaha TW200

The 2023 Yamaha TW200: Look at those chonky tires, how could that not be fun?
The 2023 Yamaha TW200: Look at those chonky tires, how could that not be fun? (Yamaha/)

Fact: Smaller bikes are more fun. Or maybe it’s the same amount of fun in a smaller package? Whatever. The Yamaha TW200 has been a staple of retro-scrambling since it was introduced 36 years ago. Arguably, simple carburetion and square instrumentation was already a bit retro in 1987. But those 180/80 front and rear gumballs (on 18- and 14-inch wheels, respectively) just beg for a long-term review on trails and semi-legal urban environs. Generous 6.3- and 5.9-inch front and rear suspension travel combined with a 278-pound curb weight make the TW200 perfect for any number of review scenarios. Ideally, our review will feature an informal Black Friday Hare Scramble in a Walmart parking lot. Story to be updated.

2023 Honda Rebel 1100T DCT Bagger

The 2023 Honda Rebel 1100T DCT bagger in all its official Honda website glory.
The 2023 Honda Rebel 1100T DCT bagger in all its official Honda website glory. (Honda/)

Readers seem to enjoy arguing about anything with a DCT transmission. This interest extends to a full ride review of the Honda Rebel 1100 DCT Bagger. Game on, peanut gallery. Motorcyclist has made no secret of its love for the Rebel family. The new Rebel’s 1100 bagger variant looks to spread the gospel of trouble-free touring and democratized transmissions. A batwing fairing and windscreen plus 9.2 gallons of storage via hard saddlebags equals a win-win in our books. Obviously, our review would feature rigorous, objective testing and evaluation of the bagger’s strengths and weaknesses. Think amateur hill climbing at Sturgis.

2023 Honda Rebel 1100T DCT bagger, in Bordeaux Red Metallic.
2023 Honda Rebel 1100T DCT bagger, in Bordeaux Red Metallic. (Honda/)

2023 Kawasaki KLR650

The 2023 Kawasaki KLR650 Traveler ABS. Or a 2022, hard to tell with KLRs.
The 2023 Kawasaki KLR650 Traveler ABS. Or a 2022, hard to tell with KLRs. (Kawasaki/)

Why should we review a motorcycle largely unchanged since the Mesozoic era? Sometimes it’s the rider, not the ride. The Kawasaki KLR650 S tweaks a classic formula with new dimensions for smaller riders, while the Kawasaki KLR650/ABS and Adventure/ABS and

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By: Anders T. Carlson
Title: Top 5 Motorcycles You Want Us To Review 2023
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2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview

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The 29th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, powered by O’Gara Coach, will bring a full day of free family fun to Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 16. This year’s Father’s Day car show will feature 100 rare and iconic vehicles, great food and plenty of entertainment. The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, which will take place between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is one of the area’s most beloved annual events. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect to see on California’s most iconic street:

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Show-stopping cars

This year’s event will host a special celebration of hypercars, supercars, race cars, classics and custom-built showstoppers. Provided by exclusive private collections, passionate car enthusiasts and even some of the world’s most recognized manufacturers, this has become one of the country’s preeminent luxury car shows.


Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Chairman Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman, Rodeo Drive Committee President Kay Monica Rose and renowned car buff Jay Leno will present trophies to 12 award-winning entrants—from “Most Elegant” to “Best in Show”—on the main stage starting at noon.

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Title: 2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview
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Published Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2024 17:10:18 +0000

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Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more

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The latest café racers, flat trackers, and electric scooters.
We kick things off with a feel-good story of a botched Ducati 996 custom job, rescued by a talented garage builder. Then we look at a dazzling Yamaha SR500 flat tracker from 20-year-old Moritz Bree, a dustbin-faired Honda Dax from K-Speed, and a BMW CE 04 scooter from Deus ex Machina.

Ducati 996 café racer by Jaron Hall
Ducati 996 by Jaron Hall Most people would balk at the idea of customizing a Ducati 996, but Utah-based garage builder Jaron Hall’s work on this 996 is nothing short of noble. That’s because when Jaron got his hands on the 996, it was in dire need of saving.

The Ducati’s previous owner had tried to turn it into a scrambler, so it came to Jaron with no fairings, a hacked subframe, and a smorgasbord of sketchy parts. Working after hours (he has a marketing day job), and taking on the entire build solo, Jaron turned the mongrel 996 into a high-class Italian café racer.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more
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Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s

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Of all the famous nameplates borne by Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1904, few are as celebrated, significant, evocative and enduring as the ‘Silver Ghost’. Formally launched in 1906 as the 40/50 H.P., it was the first model to be awarded the soubriquet of ‘the best car in the world’ that Rolls-Royce retains to this day, setting unmatchable standards for performance and reliability, proven in the era’s toughest road trials. It was also a stupendous commercial success, with almost 8,000 examples built in the UK and US over an 18-year period – an unimaginable product lifespan in the modern age. That so many Silver Ghosts still survive in full working order – and, indeed, regularly perform the same feats they achieved more than a century ago – is a lasting monument to Henry Royce’s engineering genius.

Early beginnings

By 1906, just three years after its foundation, Rolls-Royce was already something of a victim of its own success. Demand for its motor cars was such that its line-up had quickly expanded from the original twin-cylinder 10 H.P. to include three-cylinder 15 H.P., four-cylinder 20 H.P. and six-cylinder 30 H.P. models. Henry Royce had even produced the first ever V8 passenger motor car, known as the ‘Lega limit’ since the 3.5-litre engine was governed to keep it below the 20mph speed limit then in force in Britain – only three of these were ever made, and it remains the only Rolls-Royce model of which no examples survive. This proliferation of models reflected a trend across the luxury automotive sector, as competing manufacturers chased an ever more finely segmented client base.

However, for Rolls-Royce, it caused major manufacturing headaches, since many parts were not interchangeable between models. The problem was compounded by Henry Royce’s entirely laudable policy of continuous improvement; his constant adjustments and refinements went all the way down to the smallest components. This created variations between – and even within – production series, to the extent that often only a handful of individual motor cars would be entirely identical.

Simplify Production

As with almost any manufacturing process, more complexity and variability meant increased costs. This was anathema to the highly astute, commercially driven Managing Director, Claude Johnson. Having decided radical change was needed, he proposed the marque should focus all its energies on producing just one model. Charles Rolls enthusiastically agreed, but insisted it should be positioned at the top end of the market, where Rolls-Royce was already gaining a reputation as the very best motor car available. Though a ruthless perfectionist and tireless innovator, Royce was also a pragmatist. He saw the logic of his colleagues’ single-model approach and duly produced a completely new motor car, the 40/50 H.P.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s
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