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2015 Honda NM4 DCT ABS—Road Test Review

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Imagine for a moment that you’re a 20- or 30-something motorcycle designer in Japan, head swirling with futuristic ideas thwarted by practicalities. Then you’re tasked with drawing something that blows away two-wheeled convention so that it will stand out in the increasingly competitive North American and European markets. Some of your influences are anime and manga—animated movies and comic books, ...

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2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special — Road Test Review

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Earlier this year, Harley-Davidson released the entry-level, liquid-cooled Street 500/750 cruisers and unveiled the Project LiveWire electric bike, making clear its desire to attract a new breed of young, non-traditional customers. But H-D’s shot-callers know that the company must never alienate, and should always strive to satisfy, its core audience, those dedicated folks who bleed orange-and-black and collectively spend billions ...

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2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack – Road Test Review

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Norway’s Nordkapp (North Cape) is a 1,000-foot cliff overlooking the frigid Barents Sea, reached by riding through a 4.3-mile undersea tunnel on the world’s northernmost road. When you name a motorcycle Caponord, Italian for North Cape, you’re saying something about its touring capability. Aprilia first used the appellation on its 2002 ETV1000 Caponord, an adventure tourer powered by a detuned ...

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Comparo: 2014 Honda Gold Wing F6B vs. Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE

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One of the newest trends in motorcycling is the emergence of tourers, a.k.a. baggers, as the dominant individual street bike category. Riders are discovering that it’s a real plus if your bike not only looks stylish, but is also practical in that it can carry several days’ (or weeks’) worth of gear so you can go traveling. While Harley-Davidson has ...

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2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT and Commander – Road Test

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Triumph’s return has succeeded because the company is producing excellent motorcycles, from eager sportbikes to first-rate dual-sports to an exquisite line of modern classics. It’s also building cruisers, and its Bonneville-based customs have been best sellers. But it wasn’t until the introduction of the liter-class Thunderbird in 2009 that the cruiser lineup really made heads turn. In the tradition of ...

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2014 Triumph Rocket III Touring Road Test

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Bigger is better. Go big or go home. There’s no replacement for displacement. Super size me! We were using those phrases a lot about 10 years ago. Back then, a gallon of gas cost about a buck-fifty and the players in the cruiser market were battling to see who could build the biggest and baddest. Hot on the heels of ...

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2014 BMW F 800 GS Adventure Road Test

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When the BMW F 800 GS was introduced for 2009, it offered the touring enduro versatility of the popular R 1200 GS but in a lighter, less expensive package, powered by a revised version of the liquid-cooled 798cc parallel-twin from the F 800 S, with a larger radiator, wet clutch, chain final drive and more torque. On Jett Tuning’s dyno, ...

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2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo – Road Test Review

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If, as the saying goes, four wheels move the body but two wheels move the soul, then the Ducati Multistrada 1200—a snarling, sexy, technological tour de force—gives my soul whiplash. Among the hundreds of motorcycles I’ve ridden over the past few years, it’s one of a select few endowed with a game-elevating, mojo-maximizing X-factor that makes riding a transcendent experience. ...

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2013 BMW R 1200 GS Road Test

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Given its status as adventure-touring’s most popular, versatile motorcycle and worldwide best-seller, we made sure to cover BMW’s new liquid-cooled R 1200 GS touring enduro pretty thoroughly following the introduction in South Africa (Rider, April 2013 and at ridermag.wpengine.com). Now that we’ve had a bike stateside for a while, ridden it on familiar roads solo and two-up, taken it off-road ...

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2013 Star V Star 1300 Deluxe – Road Test Review

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Got your eye on a custom dresser, a “bagger,” eh? Can’t say I blame you. Stripped and slammed cruisers are so five years ago. They may have a wicked minimalist look, but actually riding one is another story—us baby boomers are gettin’ too old for narrow seats and suspension with one lousy inch of travel. Crikey, my back! And if ...

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