When The Race of Gentlemen Santa Barbara Drags (TROG) comes through town, the air is filled with the sound of ground-shaking engines, and the smell of smoking tires and burnt oil. To the delight of locals and vehicle enthusiasts alike, TROG features a mix of historic hot rods and well-patinated motorcycles in head-t0-head races down Cabrillo Boulevard (the usually tranquil beachside road). Cycle World highlights all the fun, excitement, and smoke of this special event in a beautiful photo essay.


Fifty years ago, Honda wanted to build a motorcycle with a comfortable, muscular look backed by plenty of power and to be known for reliability. Not only did it succeed, it opened doors to a new kind of motorcycling that continues its refinement. Technical Editor Kevin Cameron takes a look back at the motorcycle that changed the world: “When you twist the throttle, remember one thing. You asked for it,” a period advertisement read.


Indian’s FTR 1200 street tracker opens a new era for the American sport standard. So, it’s fitting that Editor in Chief Mark Hoyer was the one to put it to the test. There is sometimes an uneasy tension between the custom concept bike and the street product that follows, simply because legal, regulatory, and practical concessions must be made. But that doesn’t seem to be the case with the FTR 1200. Instead, this street tracker powerfully brings together dynamic qualities and riding character in a very American way.


Senior Editor Justin Dawes battled ghosts of Dakar rallies past with the KTM 790 Adventure and Adventure R. The 790 is optimized for aggressive off-road riding and excelled at conquering the worst that Morocco could throw at it. In fact, the Adventure R has moved the ADV segment closer to dual-sport than ever before.


“Urals are so old and have been so fundamentally unchanged for so long, all anyone can remember is that they were manufactured in Russia, in the Ural Mountains, when our solar system was in diapers. And now, at last, there is change, in the form of an electric Ural. Sort of,” contributor Sam Smith says. If the idea of a three-wheeled throwback bike plus sidecar seems silly, it’s because it is; but that doesn’t mean Smith had any less fun scooting around the streets of Seattle on this prototype.