Motorcycle Road Tests
Where can I find a road test for a particular motorcycle?
Most riders want to be pointed to articles about a particular bike to find out what professional testers think of the bike. Since the motorcycle magazines tend to take a very long time to get a test published, more and more riders are turning to the Internet for bike evaluations. Many of the motorcycle electronic magazines listed on the Motorcycle Views site do give these more timely reviews.
The problem still is finding out if a particular bike has been tested, what magazine or electronic magazine it's in and the date of the publication. Often members of motorcycle forums post messages asking if anyone has seen a road test for such-and-such a bike. There is no simple index of these road tests.
To provide a means for these road tests to be indexed, I have created an index on the Motorcycle Views site called Motorcycle Road Tests Index. This feature lists the various motorcycle makes and models alphabetically on an index page. Clicking on the model of interest takes you to a separate page of information about that bike. This information includes the motorcycle magazine containing the test and the month and year of publication. Information is given so you can order back copies of the magazine. If any electronic magazine articles have been found for the same model, they are also listed.
Creating such an index can be a daunting task. To get the Motorcycle Road Tests Index feature started, an initial set of makes and models was created from the major motorcycle magazines for the years 2006-2007 by listing their major motorcycle tests in the Index. All tests for all months were not included owing to time constraints. Then electronic magazines were perused for tests on the same models and links provided. Additional electronic magazine road tests will be added going forward. Also, new tests will be added as they appear in the magazines.
There is no guarantee of completeness here. Not every motorcycle magazine has been searched. Only Cycle World, Motorcycle Consumer News (MCN), Motorcyclist and Rider have been used but others may be added later.
The Motorcycle Road Tests Index is a feature that allows you to locate motorcycle roadtests in magazines and electronic magazines provided online. Knowing the particular magazine that contains the test you're interested in allows you to either buy the magazine, locate it in your personal magazine collection, or order back issues from the magazine publisher. If you like, you may also use the Ian Smith Motorcycle Reports service to obtain copies of the individual reports. Links to electronic magazine roadtests are also provided.
Since the Motorcycle Tests feature will continue to grow and include more and more magazines and electronic magazine tests, you should make it a point to check back often on the Motorcycle Views site.