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2016 Victory Empulse TT vs. 2015 Zero SR | Rider Comparo


Motorcycling is often compared to flying, since riders and pilots both enjoy a special blend of freedom, maneuverability and grace. But motorcycles and airplanes are often loud, with their engine and exhaust noises—for better or worse—dominating the sensory experience. I love the pulsing cadence of a V-twin or the high-pitched howl of an in-line four as much as the next ...

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Riding a Quasi-Antique Classic in Arizona and New Mexico


Ancient Native American shadows and echoes are scattered across central and northeast Arizona. Cruising this region, Carol, my wife, and I are exploring the remains of the ancient pueblos and cliff dwellings. The Anasazi, Sinagua and Ancestral Puebloans settled here, prospered and disappeared, leaving only hints of their existence. To maintain the historical ambiance of the journey, we are riding ...

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Storing Your Motorcycle for the Winter


Until global warming makes snow and ice a fond and distant memory, motorcyclists in some parts of the country will still have to put their bikes in storage for the winter. If you’re one of them, here are the most important things to do so your ride will be ready in the spring. Fill the gas tank and add fuel ...

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Indian Motorcycle Kicks off Dealer Custom Program


Indian Motorcycle has announced its ‘Project Scout: Build a Legend’ custom program, which gives select dealers a high-profile forum to showcase their passion for Indian Motorcycle and their team’s talent by building a custom Indian Scout. A total of 40 dealers will compete over the course of 90 days in a global Indian Scout custom build contest with fan voting ...

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2016 Indian Scout — Road Test


Our first review of Indian’s bold new Scout cruiser was way back in the November 2014 issue, and it was based on the 2015 model’s introduction at the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota, so this full test of a production Scout here at home is overdue. First there was a production delay, then we got into our busy test season, ...

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2016 Yamaha FJR1300 / FJR1300ES – First Look Review


Yamaha’s smooth, fast, comfortable FJR1300 open-class sport tourer enters its 14th model year in the U.S. and gets a minor update for 2016. Before getting into the details, let’s take a brief look at the FJR’s evolution. Successor to the FJ1100 and FJ1200, which were in Yamaha’s lineup from the mid ‘80s through the mid ‘90s, the FJR1300—the tuning-fork company’s ...

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An Evening with MotoQuest

MotoQuest Founding Partner Phil Freeman will be speaking about adventure travel at Long Beach BMW Motorcycles on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at 6 p.m. Born and raised in Alaska, Phil boasts more than 20 years of experience traveling through Alaska by motorcycle and co-authored the award-winning book The Adventurous Motorcyclist’s Guide to Alaska. Phil will focus on the where’s when’s ...

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New Research Shows Strider Bikes Help Children with Autism

New research by Dr. Andrew Shim, Chair of Briar Cliff University’s Kinesiology and Human Performance Department, confirms that children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) show a significant improvement in Limit of Stability outcomes after riding a Strider No-Pedal Balance Bike for five weeks. “Stability scores in all body planes were significantly improved during the five-week duration,” said Shim, who conducted ...

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