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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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Engine Oil: A Slippery Subject

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If you want to start an endless war on any online motorcycle forum, just ask, “What’s the best oil?” and stand back. There are countless self-described experts who are happy to tell you all about the oil that lets them go 10,000 miles between changes, or the one that increases gas mileage and horsepower by 50 percent. In fact, the differences ...

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Riding the State of Jefferson Scenic Byway in Northern California

State of Jefferson Scenic Byway

If you have traveled Interstate 5 between Oregon and California, you’ve probably seen one end of the State of Jefferson Scenic Byway. Eleven miles south of the Oregon-California border, I-5 drops into a wide valley where the Interstate crosses the Klamath River. As I-5 climbs out of the valley heading south, you can catch glimpses of a twisty two-lane road following ...

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2016 Yamaha YZF-R3 | Rider Tour Test

2016 Yamaha YZF-R3

From cliffs high above the Pacific Ocean to the salty mist near the water’s edge, California’s Route 1 along the Big Sur coast seduces two-wheeled travelers with sensuous curves in a stunning setting. If you’re lucky enough to enjoy the road without traffic, the experience is guaranteed a top spot on your best rides list. I rode it on a ...

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2017 Triumph Street Cup | First Ride Review

2017 Triumph Street Cup

You may have heard, but retro styled, classic bikes are “in” right now, and few, if any, manufacturers do retro better than Triumph. The boys in Hinckley are clearly doing something right; Triumph says sales of its “modern classic” Bonneville line are up 68 percent with the crop of new and revamped models last year. And we were impressed enough ...

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2017 Triumph Street Scrambler – First Ride Review

2017 Triumph Street Scrambler

Scramblers were born in the 1960s, and were essentially street bikes that had been modified for dirt racing and general off-road hooliganism. As the decades wore on and manufacturers drilled down and created specialized models for every use and customer—chopper, tourer, sport tourer, enduro, dual-sport, ADV—scramblers became more of a style than a truly dirt-worthy machine. If you wanted a bike ...

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A Kool Kruise to a Hip Town: New Hope, Pennsylvania

New Jersey motorcycle rides, New Hope Pennsylvania

New Hope, Pennsylvania, is a popular destination for riders in the Northeast, not only because of its artistic vibe, galleries, restaurants, hip boutiques and 19th-century buildings, but also for the scenic roads that take you there. Sitting on the shore of the Delaware River across from central New Jersey’s historic Lambertville, riders have enough roads to explore for a day ...

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A Brief History of Motorcycle Ice Racing

Ice Racing in Europe

It’s the early 20th century, and you are an enthusiast in the relatively new pastime of motorcycling. The trouble is, it’s winter. What’s a motorcyclist to do? Why, fit your tires with sharp metal spikes and ride it on the ice, of course! And, as tends to happen, it wasn’t long before someone (or someones) came up with the bright ...

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2017 Triumph Street Triple S, R and RS – First Look

2017 Triumph Street Triple S, R and RS.

Good things come in threes: the Three Stooges, the Three Little Pigs, the number of times you have to say “Beetlejuice” in order to summon an obnoxiously dressed and endearingly silly Michael Keaton…and the 2017 Triumph Street Triple family. Read our First Ride Review of the 2017 Triumph Bobber. Read our First Look Review of the 2017 Triumph Street Cup. ...

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