Review: Scrambler Ducati Desert Sled

Review: Scrambler Ducati Desert Sled

You don’t need to be a regular reader to know that scramblers are hot. Over the last few years, the term has become the go-to marketing moniker for OEMs looking to cash in on the growing moto lifestyle. From a business standpoint it makes complete sense; the carefree attitude exuded by scramblers appeals to millennials…

Tattoo You: A heavily inked Kawasaki W650 scrambler by Schlachtwerk

Tattoo You: Schlachtwerk’s heavily inked Kawasaki W650

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We’ve found the recipe for moto-goodness: take one Kawasaki W650, roll it through Tom Thöring’s workshop, and then wheel it in front of Marc Holstein’s lens. We got our first taste a few weeks ago—and now we’re back for seconds. Operating as Schlachtwerk, Tom’s turned out his fair share of W650-based builds. But this is…

The 11 Best Motorcycles of EICMA 2016

The 11 Best Motorcycles of EICMA 2016

In Milan, the huge EICMA show is finally winding down. It’s the world’s most influential motorcycle showcase, and a barometer for the state of the industry. This year, the giant halls were chock-a-block with new bike launches from all sectors of the market. Ducati showed the 1299 Superleggera for folks who like to wear one-piece…

Yamaha XT500 restored by North East Custom

Not So Mellow Yellow: North East’s XT500 resto-mod

The Yamaha XT500 is widely considered as the Grand-pappy of the modern dual-sport. This late 70s enduro marked the point when scramblers went from being modded street bikes to purpose-built machines. (A few Paris-Dakar wins didn’t hurt its icon status either.) These days, most XT500s are immaculately restored trailer queens, or display decades of abuse.…

Review: The 2017 Yamaha SCR950

Before, during, and after, only one thing matters: how does it make you feel? Tech specs can never do a motorcycle justice. The ride is…