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The RetroMotard, A Creation Tale

Monday, May 5, 2014
MotoUSA contributing editor Courtney Olive recounts the story of his RetroMotard build, a raucous two-stroke Yamaha that harkens back to the Superbikers inspiration for Supermoto.

2013 BMW F800 GT Project Bike

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
After logging a couple thousand miles on the F800 GT, BMW’s latest middleweight sport touring motorcycle proves to be a capable and highly functional mount for urban living.

2009 KTM Duke 690 Project Bike Part 2

Thursday, July 26, 2012
The KTM Duke 690 project bike moves from its raw performance phase to focus on rider comfort and improving bike aesthetics.

2011 Kawasaki Z1000 Project Bike Part 3

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
In the final installment of our 2011 Kawasaki Z1000 Project Bike, we spoon on a set of Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires and then have Catalyst Reaction tune the suspension.

2009 KTM Duke 690 Project Bike Part 1

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Motorcycle USA adds another project bike to the mix, attempting to improve one of our favorite street bikes in recent years - the 2009 KTM Duke 690.

2011 Kawasaki Z1000 Project Bike Part 2

Friday, March 9, 2012
MotoUSA continued to slash 11 more pounds from its Kawasaki Z1000 Project Bike with upgraded levers, sprockets and handlebars. Read on to see how the new additions performed at the track.

2011 Kawasaki Versys Project Part 3

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Motorcycle USA puts the final protective touches on our long-term Kawasaki Versys Project Bike and bash around our Southern Oregon logging roads.

2011 Kawasaki Z1000 Project Bike Part 1

Friday, January 20, 2012
We decided to see if we could turn our long-term Kawasaki Z1000 into a weekend trackday warrior. Find out what we changed for Part 1 of our project.

2011 Honda CB1000R Project Bike

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Motorcycle USA adds some accessory upgrades to the Honda CB1000R to boost performance on the street.

2011 Kawasaki Versys Project Part 2

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Our 2011 Kawasaki Versys gets a new set of Pirelli dual sport tires for better on/off-road performance and additional protection to handle the abuse of dirt riding.

2011 Kawasaki Versys Project Part 1

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
MotoUSA puts in a call to Givi for Phase 1 of the 2011 Kawasaki Versys Adventure Bike Project. See how this affordable street bike becomes a well-rounded motorcycle.

2011 Ducati Monster 796 Project Part 2

Friday, April 22, 2011
For the second part of our Project Ducati Monster 796, Motorcycle USA wanted to continue to test the bikes feasibility as an entry level bike by taking the MSF RiderCourse and adding a few upgrades.

2011 Ducati Monster 796 Project Bike Part I

Thursday, February 17, 2011
Does the sleek looking Monster 796 make for a friendly entry-level mount? Check out our first installment of this Ducati Monster project bike to find out.

Project Z1000 Final Installment

Thursday, January 11, 2007
After modifying our Z's suspension, we didn't want to give it back! Check out our project bike wrap-up.

Project Z1000 Part 3

Tuesday, June 27, 2006
We've got more power, courtesy of a revised airbox, a piggyback fuel computer from Techlusion and the titanium Leo Vince exhaust we mentioned last time around.

Project Z1000 Part 2

Friday, April 7, 2006
Finally, it's back! Our long-term project bike checks in with a trick new heads-up display, a couple of cosmetic tweaks and some new rubber.

2004 Kawasaki Z1000 Project Bike

Saturday, January 22, 2005
While our Z hasn't led a charmed life in the hands of our masochistic testers, we've been charmed by its rich character and mighty power punch.
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