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2016 Yamaha FJR1300ES – Road Test Review

Although the FJR1300ES tips the scales at 670 pounds fully fueled, it feels nicely balanced and responds well to steering inputs. Among the FJR’s many options for adjustability are windscreen height, handlebar position, seat height and width of the the black lower fairing panels.

What do a state park, an international border crossing, a dirt road and a coastal highway have in common? Together they make up the four corners of California. Linking them together in a big loop covers 2,600 miles, which I shoehorned into a little more than three days, averaging 800 miles a day, for a challenging test of man and ...

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2016 Honda VFR1200X – Road Test Review

2016 Honda VFR1200X

Shortly after its groundbreaking VFR1200F sport tourer was introduced for 2010, Honda launched an adventure-styled bike for 2012 based on the same smooth and powerful 1,237cc V-4 engine used in the VFR. The new Crosstourer was designed to compete with the BMW R 1200 GS, Yamaha Super Ténéré and Triumph Tiger Explorer, so it had 19- and 17-inch spoked tubeless ...

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2017 Suzuki SV650 – First Ride Review

2017 Suzuki SV650

Sixteen years ago I walked into a dealership ready to buy my first brand-new bike: a 2000 Suzuki SV650 in Candy Grand Blue. I’d done my homework; the SV650 had been released the year before and had already earned respect from riders both new and experienced. It was the rarest of creatures: inexpensive, fun and easy to ride for beginners, ...

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2016 Aprilia Shiver 750 – Road Test Review

The tallish 31.9-inch seat height and flat, wide handlebar give the Shiver roomy, comfortable seating and plenty of steering leverage for aggressive cornering.

Before this edgy naked bike was introduced in 2007, there was a large gap in Aprilia’s sportbike lineup between its diminutive RS125 and the brilliant RSV1000R, both of which had Austrian-made Rotax engines. Then the Piaggio Group scooped up Aprilia and Moto Guzzi, and before you could say polpetta picante Aprilia was making its own motors and had filled the ...

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

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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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2015 BMW R 1200 R and 2016 R 1200 RS – Road Test Review

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The first motorcycle to be badged as a BMW was the R32, a stylish black beauty with white pinstriping that produced all of 8.5 horsepower from its 494cc flat-opposed twin-cylinder engine. It was born in 1923, and the “boxer” twin has been around in one form or another ever since—more than 90 years. For much of that long history it ...

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2015 Suzuki Boulevard M109R—Road Test

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Despite the rapid rise of new favorites—adventure bikes, crossovers, naked roadsters and more—cruisers remain popular. Variations also abound within the cruiser continuum, with baggers pulling in much attention lately. Within such variety, the Suzuki Boulevard M109R reigns as a power cruiser celebrity. Despite its age, it offers a great engine that endures, one that kicks tail, takes names and delights ...

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Rider Comparo: 2015 Ducati Scrambler vs. Triumph Scrambler

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Photography by Kevin Wing Most of the time, an awful lot of brainwork goes into researching the purchase of a new motorcycle. Facts, figures, statistics, capacity, performance, road manners and so much more all weigh in when answering that one key question: “What’ll she do?” However, pure function can sometimes take a back seat to preferred form when we choose a ...

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2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT / S – First Ride Review

2015 Multistrada 1200 DVT

Funny how things come full circle if you just wait long enough, isn’t it? In the 1950s and ’60s, a British or American twin or single was often used for all kinds of riding, even if it wasn’t necessarily cut out for it. Then in the ’80s we marveled as specialization crept in and the street motorcycle ranks were gradually ...

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Middleweight Touring Cruisers: Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT, Star V Star 950 Tourer, Suzuki Boulevard C50T, Triumph America LT

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Baggers, with their broad fairings and hard saddlebags, are popular these days, but classically styled cruisers with windshields and leather saddlebags have been mainstays of the touring world for decades. For this comparison test, we assembled a quartet of middleweight metric cruisers available from the factory as touring-ready models. All four are 2014 models (none will change for 2015 except ...

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