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Stayin’ Safe: Hidden Valley

The view of the road ahead looks wide open at first. But look again and notice the stretch of road that is hidden from sight.

Riding a stretch of rising and falling road is fun, but also presents a special kind of challenge for the back-road motorcyclist. While the rider can often see the road stretching out into the distance, parts of the path are hidden from view by one or more low elevation hillcrests. Those shallow dips—often hardly noticeable—can be as dangerous as a ...

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2017 Harley-Davidson Road King Special | First Look Review

2017 Harley-Davidson Road King Special.

Harley-Davidson has announced a new model in its 2017 Touring lineup: the Road King Special. This blacked-out, muscular-looking bagger is powered by the new Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine, and offers a fresh and contemporary take on the classic Road King. Got a hankering for a Harley? Read our 2017 Street Glide Review here. Most of the Road King’s chrome was stripped ...

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Riding a Royal Enfield Through Wild West Africa

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How a little touring in England turned into the ride of a lifetime. Buy the bike you want. Never mind what anyone else says. If you love it, get it. It’s your ride. My vice: A Royal Enfield Bullet. “First contact” was during a two-week ride with my dad through the Himalayas in the north of India. At the end of the tour, ...

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Why Are Sidecars Called “Hacks”?

Ural sidecar with passenger.

The word “hack” has a bad rap, at least here in the U.S. It can mean using a hatchet in a violent manner, or employing nefarious means to gain unauthorized access to data. So why in the world would we use it as a slang term for something as innocent and fun as a motorcycle sidecar rig? It’s questions like ...

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Buying a New Bike That’s Been Sitting a While

Honda ST1300

Tech Q&A: Stationary ST1300 Dear Rider, My local Honda dealer has a new 2010 Honda ST1300 with 0 miles. I know Clement Salvadori has owned more than one ST and I need to know if this bike is safe to buy. Is there anything I should look for or be aware of? I’m concerned because it has been sitting for ...

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What the Heck is a Farkle?

Farkled-out Kawasaki KLR650.

If you’ve spent much time around sport-touring or adventure-touring riders, you’ve likely heard a strange term being tossed casually around, typically at rallies or Saturday morning pre-ride coffee. “Farkle.” You’re a smart cookie though, and have figured out that it seems to refer to motorcycle accessories…but why are some accessories “farkles” and others are just, well, accessories? Or is there ...

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Ducati XDiavel S Wins “Good Design Award 2016”

2016 Ducati XDiavel S

When Ducati introduced the Diavel for 2011, which had a long-and-low profile, hot-rod styling and a massive 240mm rear tire, the Italian company known for its sleek, bright red superbikes didn’t call it a “cruiser.” But five years later, when Ducati rolled out a heavily revised version called the XDiavel, which features maximum torque at lower revs, a feet-forward riding ...

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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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Kawasaki’s Ultra-Exclusive Ninja H2 Carbon

2017 Kawasaki Ninja H2. The ultra-exclusive Carbon edition will have a carbon fiber upper cowl, mirror-finish paint and a serial number plate.

Is owning a “normal” 200-horsepower, supercharged, aerospace-engineered superbike not quite enough? Or, more likely, are you a motorcycle collector? If the answer to either of those questions is “yes,” then feast your eyes on the limited edition Kawasaki Ninja H2 Carbon. Read our First Look Review of the original 2015 Ninja H2 The Ninja H2 Carbon features a carbon fiber ...

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