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2017 Triumph Street Triple RS | First Ride Review

2017 Triumph Street Triple RS action

Within Triumph’s robust motorcycle lineup, no fewer than eight models have one or more of the following four words in their name: Speed, Street, Triple and Twin. In the Modern Classics family, there’s the Street Cup, Street Scrambler and Street Twin, and there’s a cruiser called the Speedmaster, all of which have parallel twins. And then there are the roadsters, ...

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Pricing and Updates for Select 2017 BMW Models

2017 BMW R nineT Racer

BMW Motorrad USA is on the throttle. Last fall it announced 16 new or updated models (plus the HP4 RACE prototype), and earlier this month it reported a 48-percent increase in sales for January 2017 compared to the prior year. Pricing, availability and equipment updates for select 2017 models have just been released. 2017 BMW R nineT Racer Racing-oriented boxer ...

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Ducati XDiavel S Wins “Good Design Award 2016”

2016 Ducati XDiavel S

When Ducati introduced the Diavel for 2011, which had a long-and-low profile, hot-rod styling and a massive 240mm rear tire, the Italian company known for its sleek, bright red superbikes didn’t call it a “cruiser.” But five years later, when Ducati rolled out a heavily revised version called the XDiavel, which features maximum torque at lower revs, a feet-forward riding ...

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2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 | First Ride Review

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650

Forty-two pounds. That’s about what a 5-gallon water bottle weighs. Ever hefted one of those when loading a new one atop a water cooler? Pretty darn heavy, right? Now imagine carrying that much extra weight on a motorcycle. The engine has to work harder, handling is less nimble and gas mileage suffers. When Kawasaki gave its popular Ninja 650—Team Green’s ...

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EagleRider Offers Million-Mile Warranty on Motorcycle Purchases

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EagleRider, which rents motorcycles and operates guided and self-guided tours from locations across the United States and around the world, has announced that it will now offer motorcycle buyers Million Mile Limited Powertrain Protection. EagleRider’s rental fleet includes a variety of Harley-Davidson, Indian, Honda, Triumph, BMW and Polaris Slingshot models, which are regularly maintained and serviced by the company’s technical ...

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Federal Highway Administration Seeks Nominations for Motorcyclist Advisory Council

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The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is establishing a Motorcyclist Advisory Council (MAC) and is currently seeking nominations. The MAC, which will operate for two years, “will coordinate with and advise the FHWA Administrator on infrastructure issues of concern to motorcyclists, including: (1) Barrier design; (2) road design, construction, and maintenance practices; and (3) the architecture and implementation of intelligent transportation ...

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AMA Government Relations Office Open House, Jan. 19

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The American Motorcyclist Association’s Government Relations Department is hosting an open house from 2-5 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, at its Washington D.C. office. Both AMA members and nonmembers are welcome to join the AMA’s government relations team for coffee, hot cocoa and light snacks and a chance to get to know the people who advocate for motorcyclists’ rights. If ...

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Top 12 Stories of 2016

Corporal Quinn Redeker of the Ventura Police Department.

Welcome to 2017! The fruitcake is all gone (or in the trash), the champagne bottles are empty and most of us have already blown our New Year’s resolution diets. Heck, we’re still trying to figure out what day it is. With more than 100 new or updated motorcycles announced for 2017, we’re going full throttle soon enough. Before we hit ...

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2017 Ducati Multistrada 950 | First Ride Review

2017 Ducati Multistrada 950

The 2010 redesign of the Ducati Multistrada transformed it from a narrowly focused sit-up sportbike into a full-fledged adventure tourer, opening the storied Italian brand to legions of riders who wouldn’t—or couldn’t—consider its bikes in the past. As long as you’ve got the wallet and leg length for it, the latest Multistrada 1200 DVT offers 160-horsepower performance in a sit-up, ...

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109 New or Updated Motorcycles for 2017 and 2018

Triumph Street Scrambler

Talk about an embarrassment of riches! More than 100 street motorcycles are all-new or significantly updated for the 2017 or 2018 model years. This bumper crop includes bikes from 16 manufacturers in 8 different countries, and the variety in terms of displacement, style, technology and performance is staggering. Here they are, in alphabetical order. 2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 Major overhaul ...

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