WRR65: Riding the Honda Magna

20140917_121820Meet the 1985 Honda Magna.  30 years old, and still running strong as ever.  Back in those days, the Honda Magna was one of the kings of the street.  With its V4 engine configuration, the Magna has the heritage of Honda’s racing efforts at the heart of the bike, but it’s wrapped in a cruiser package.  What you get is a unique combination of smooth, sporty power, a sit-up-and-beg riding position, and classic muscle bike styling.  The white letter Dunlop Qualifier tires are just the cherry on top.  Dual disc brakes up front, a tachometer, and a sporty stance also hint at the Magna’s intentions, which are far from a casual putt putt around town.  The Magna is one of those bikes that flat out surprises people – especially the uninitiated.  To many – especially in the cruiser world, hearing that the bike “only” has 700 or 750 cc’s means it must be slow.  Line up with them on a straight stretch of road and they will surely have an incredulous look on their face when they catch back up to you.  The Magna is no slouch in a straight line.20140917_121842

Of course get it on a tight twisty road and it’s not quite a sport bike, but it’s still a whole lot of fun to squirt out of each corner with authority.  The seating position has you just in front of the rear tire, while the front stretches out in front of you.  I found the “point and shoot” method of riding this bike quite appropriate.  Meaning, get it slowed down, get it turned, and then hammer down.  Lack of ground clearance at the footpegs and 30 year old suspension meant I wasn’t going to go railing the corners, but that doesn’t at all mean it wasn’t fun.

20140917_122051The Honda Magna is one of those bikes that is just a great all around motorcycle.  Light enough to not be a ton of work around town, plenty of power for the highway, and comfort for those long days in the saddle, the Magna is just great everywhere.  The seat is very plush and comfortable, and has a nice little hump for yourself and a backrest for your passenger so neither of you go sliding off the back.
Of course it’s that V4 that really makes this bike special.  I have to admit, it’s pretty fun having a cruiser that can rev to 10,500 rpm, deliver plenty of power all along the way, and is comfortable, to boot.  Shaft drive means there is no chain to maintain, but there is a center stand if you need to clean the wheels or fix a flat, hey, it happens.20140917_114922

At 30 years old the Honda Magna was still a blast to ride, and that’s when you know you have a great motorcycle underneath you.  Someone could have bought one of these brand new in 1985, and all these years later still enjoy it every time you take it out for a ride.  Honda has a reputation of building top quality bikes, and this is yet another example as to why they have that reputation.

Check out the video below to see what it’s like to actually take the Honda Magna for a ride!

Customer Review Spotlight – Sliders 4.0 Cargo Motorcycle Pants

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Today’s customer review on the Sliders Cargo Motorcycle Pants.  

Display Name: Ryan Rush Wa                  Title: SLIDER 4.0
Cons: A little on the long side 
Date Submitted: August 22, 2014
Pros: Pants came in right on time

Best pair of riding pants i have ever bought waist is right on , inseam is a little long but that is ok . I ride a Turbo Busa and I hope I never need the Kevlar but know that i have it . Will be ordering a second pair soon .

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WRR62: Riding the Ducati Streetfighter 848



I have had a chance to ride all kinds of motorcycles over the years, and if you follow along with any regularity, you probably know that the naked sportbike is my favorite category.  Take the performance of a true sport bike, strip away most of the plastic bodywork, get some livable ergos on there and you have a hooligan machine that can handle anything from urban assault rides to all day in the saddle rides or even multi-day trips.  To me, they are just such a good compromise between rider comfort, aggressive looks, and performance that it’s just hard to beat.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a nice cruiser or a hot lap on a supersport, but my roots are firmly planted in the naked bike category. Continue reading WRR62: Riding the Ducati Streetfighter 848

WRR61: Tips for Riding a Motorcycle at Night

Whether or not you plan on doing much riding at night, it’s important to always be prepared to.  Days don’t always go as we plan them, and you may find yourself caught out after dark from time to time.  On the other hand, riding at night can be very enjoyable and relaxing, so maybe you make it a point to head out after sunset for a little cruise.  Whatever your preference, here are some tips to keep you safe.night 1

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Customer Review Spotlight – Sliders Bella Women’s Motorcycle Jeans

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Today’s customer review on the Sliders Bella Jeans.  

Display Name: Sherry   LA                     Title: I like them Cons: Run big Date Submitted: June 23, 2014
Pros: Thick, fit well, good kevlar coverage

Really like the way they fit, make sure to order at least one size down from your regular size. I like the coverage of the kevlar. They are very comfy, will be hot during the summer months but..it’s hot I got the knee protectors too and a little fiddly but I’m sure once I use them more the more I will get used to putting them and taking them out..

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