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  1. The Honda Africa Twin

    Taking the Lead

    Yamaha may have dominated the early long distance races of the1980s, but after the debut of the NXR750 in 1985, Honda swept four consecutive Paris-Dakar rallies. The Honda NXR750 Africa Twin winning in 1986 and 1987. This was the first ever water-cooled motorcycle to win the desert race. An upgraded model, the NXR800, went on to win in 1988 and 1989.

    Inspired by the success of the NXR750, Honda developed a production model for long distance touring. Something that could handle difficult terrain. Enter the Honda XRV650 Africa Twin (and later XRV750).

    Painted up in racing colors, the Africa Twin became an iconic bike for those seeking a little adventure. And more recently, National Geographic premiered a show Riding Morocco: Chasing the Dakarwhich retraces the treacherous journey across mountains, deserts, and gorges celebrating the glory of the Dakar Rally and the Africa Twin.

    The Comeback

    Not familiar? The original Africa Twin was never imported to the US, and production ceased in 2003. But Honda revived the Africa Twin line last year with the CRF1000L, and this time it’s available in the States.

    A compact alternative to the trending oversized adventure motorcycle models, the new Africa Twin CRF1000L model features a 998 cc, 2-cylinder engine up to 94 HP, 7500 RPM, and 248 miles per tank (5 gal).

    Customizable and Tough

    An adjustable, ergonomic seat makes it easy for riders to find a comfortable height to reach the ground. It also comes with a choice between a standard six-speed manual gearbox or the Honda exclusive automatic six-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT), plus two primary balance shafts for minimal vibration and a smoother ride.

    The CRF1000L is the first adventure bike with a DCT, making long journeys more accessible to riders with conditions that make shifting via foot or hand difficult. It’s also the most affordable 1000cc touring bike on the market. This leaves no room for excuses. Get out there.

    Go Wherever You Want

    Whether you’re shopping for a new touring bike or riding an older model, the Africa Twin has an impressive history and proven reliability.

    Prepare for your journey with Hepco and Becker engine guards, hard cases, and windscreens. Moto Machines carries premium accessories for all Africa Twin models.

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  2. Electric Motorcycles

    Electric Motorcycles Electric motorcycles have been in the makes for years now and are just starting to catch the eyes of traditional motorcyclists. New models of electric motorcycles are being introduced left and right, and quite frankly, we can’t keep up with them. Here is some further information about electric motorcycles. Common ManufacturesThere are many Read more...
  3. What is a smart helmet and what makes it... smart?

    The next big upgrade in the motorcycle world is here and motorcyclists couldn’t be more excited. Smart Helmets are being developed by many distinct brands such as Intelligent Cranium Helmets, Sena, and Reevu Smart Helmets. These helmets are advancing in technology and this is just the beginning. So, what are so special about these helmets and Read more...
  4. Some of Our Best Routes

    Here at Moto Machines, most of our products are geared towards the touring motorcyclist or adventurer going for more than just an hours trip. We sell strong, durable, and rugged luggage made by Hepco and Becker that mounts onto your bike being large enough to store half of your house, almost. In addition you can find a windshield from Ermax or Read more...
  5. Need a Motorcycle License? Happen to live in Virginia?

    Last year, I had the opportunity to get my motorcycle license. This has been something I wanted to do for years as I have been around motorcycles most of my life. I live in Virginia, and I know that my states rules and regulations will differ from other states. I wanted to provide insight on my experience completing the required steps for my Read more...
  6. The BMW R NineT

    The BMW R NineT is an undeniably special motorcycle. And in my opinion, It will no doubt become a classic. On top of that, the Racer version is quite possibly one of the most beautiful bikes out there. 

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  7. Riding Two Up; Across The Country

    The Reason Riding across country sounds like an item that should be on every riders bucket list. I have been to countless motorcycle shows and heard all sorts of stories about going cross country. It was about time I had my own. The Bike/Gear The bike I chose for the trip is a 2017 Triumph Bonneville T120. The bike has been decked out with a Read more...
  8. What Your Luggage Says About You

    Motorcycle luggage shouldn’t be a hard decision. It also shouldn’t be a status symbol either. Soft bags aren’t just for vagabonds and rebels. Hard luggage isn’t just for pansies or first class travelers. You should choose based on your travel needs.

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  9. A Classic British Parts Manufacturer

    Pyramid Plastics is a trusted brand within the motorcycle industry. Founded over 30 years ago in the UK, Pyramid Plastics has been making and distributing accessories for most motorcycle makes and models. Their range of products offer protection while subtly improving the look of your motorcycle. Extenda Fenda is the most popular item offered by Read more...
  10. A new one from BMW

    BMW has plunged into a market where they have never been before, despite their deep roots in manufacturing motorcycles. The new G 310 R is the first budget oriented, entry level motorcycle they have ever released. Their goal was to create an affordable bike that still looked and felt like a BMW. The designers did their best to carry the trusted BMW Read more...

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