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2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod | First Ride Review

2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod.

Now that The Motor Co. has apparently satisfied the global demand for an urban-oriented line of inexpensive entry-level Harleys with the cruiserish Street 500 and 750, it has begun targeting specific competitors. The new Street Rod gets a High Output version of the liquid-cooled, 754cc “Revolution X” SOHC 4-valve V-twin, with improved airflow, a new dual-throat throttle body, valve changes ...

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BMW Announces Pricing on New K 1600 B Bagger

2018 BMW K 1600 B bagger. Photos courtesy of BMW Motorrad.

We’ve been watching updates on the new 2018 BMW K 1600 B bagger with greedy anticipation. A 1,649cc in-line six-cylinder making 160 horsepower and 129 lb-ft of torque? All the trick electronics and luxurious creature comforts of BMW’s top-of-the-line sport tourer? Sign us up. One major lingering question was: how much will it cost? BMW has answered that, providing an ...

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Special Retrospective: The Birth of Victory Motorcycles

Victory V92C

Editor’s Note: This story first appeared as a regular One-Track Mind column in the September 1997 issue of Rider. Unless you’re a snowmobile, ATV or personal watercraft (PWC) enthusiast, America’s newest motorcycle manufacturer may be a stranger to you. They certainly were to me, so I sat down for about 2-and-a-half hours with Matt Parks, general manager of Polaris’ Victory motorcycle division, ...

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Special Retrospective: Victory V92C | First Ride Review

Victory V92C

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in the September 1997 issue of Rider. If an American company like Polaris is going to jump feet first into the motorcycle market with one bike in the late 1990s, it has to be with a cruiser. The trick was, how do you make that cruiser stand out in the veritable sea of V-twins, ...

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Ducati to Auction ‘CHIPS’ Bike for Charity

A Ducati Hypermotard used in the filming of CHIPS will be auctioned off for charity.

Ducati North America is offering film fans and motorcycle enthusiasts the opportunity to own a piece of the upcoming movie “CHIPS.” The Hypermotard motorcycle, ridden in the film by Dax Shepard–who not only stars in but also wrote and directed the film–and co-star Michael Peña, will be up for auction on eBay For Charity. Bidding for the Ducati Hypermotard will begin ...

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Interview: Round-the-World Record Setter Urs ‘Grizzly’ Pedraita

Urs "Grizzly" Pedraita and his Victory Cross Country.

Despite his nickname, Urs “Grizzly” Pedraita is a friendly, soft-spoken 52-year-old from Switzerland who could easily be your family doctor or accountant. But deep down Grizzly is tougher and more bearlike than most of us. In addition to holding the record for the fastest circumnavigation of the planet by motorcycle on the shortest route—16 days—in 2016 Grizzly smashed the record ...

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Indian Motorcycle Announces Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Chieftain

2017 Limited Edition Jack Daniel's Indian Chieftain.

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, and the Jack Daniel Distillery, America’s first registered distillery, have announced the availability of a Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chieftain, the second such collaboration. The first was in 2016, when the two brands came together to create the Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield and Indian Chief Vintage in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of ...

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A Literal Black Eye On Our Sport

A gang of riders on unlicensed dirt bikes and ATVs beat a motorist who attempted to pass them as they performed stunts on a California freeway.

It took decades for motorcycling to overcome the negative perception of the lifestyle that was prevalent in the 1950s. So much of that perception was unfairly created in entertainment and the media. Movies that portrayed motorcyclists as roving gangs of thugs and staged magazine photographs of drunken, antisocial bikers put a lasting, negative patina on the activity that we love ...

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Double Take – A Midwest Motorcycle Journey

On the border from Iowa into Nebraska.

Quick! List your top 10 places to ride in North America. Did Kansas make the cut? How about Nebraska? Iowa? My thoughts exactly. So whenever a friend in Colorado Springs asked me to visit him from my home near Niagara Falls, Canada, I always found an excuse not to go. I mean, I had endured those flat, stolid stretches before, ...

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2017 Kawasaki Z900 ABS | First Ride Review

2017 Kawasaki Z900 ABS

The Z900 is a storied model in the history of both Kawasaki and motorcycling as a whole. In 1972, the 903cc Z1 was launched as the most powerful Japanese 4-cylinder 4-stroke in the world, and it immediately got down to the business of winning races, setting records and nabbing awards, until it was succeeded by the larger Z1000 in 1976. ...

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