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109 New or Updated Motorcycles for 2017 and 2018

Triumph Street Scrambler

Talk about an embarrassment of riches! More than 100 street motorcycles are all-new or significantly updated for the 2017 or 2018 model years. This bumper crop includes bikes from 16 manufacturers in 8 different countries, and the variety in terms of displacement, style, technology and performance is staggering. Here they are, in alphabetical order. 2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 Major overhaul ...

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The 39 Best Bikes for Smaller Riders (and Budgets)

KTM 390 Duke

You don’t need pavement-buckling torque and shoulder-wrenching power to have fun on two wheels. Among the growing number of female riders (go, girls!), younger folks wanting a fun and economical way to commute to work or school, older riders looking for something smaller and easier to manage, and regular Joes just wanting something fun to ride, demand for smaller machines has prompted ...

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2017 Indian Motorcycle Lineup First Look Review

2017 Indian Motorcycles lineup

Indian Motorcycle’s 2017 lineup includes two engine platforms and nine models, including cruisers, baggers and touring models. Here’s the low-down on all of them… Ride Command Infotainment System New on the Chieftain bagger and Roadmaster touring models, both of which have a handlebar-mounted fairing, is the Ride Command infotainment system, featuring the industry’s largest and brightest touchscreen display, highest resolution ...

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2017 Indian Chieftain and Roadmaster Get Infotainment

2017 Indian Roadmaster with Ride Command System

Since being relaunched by Polaris, Indian has roared out of the gate with two engine platforms and nine models in its first three years. For 2017, its Chieftain bagger and Roadmaster touring models, both of which are powered by the air-cooled, 1,811cc Thunder Stroke 111 V-twin and have a handlebar-mounted fairing, get an all-new, integrated infotainment package called the Ride ...

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2016 Motor Trike Indian Roadmaster Tomahawk – First Ride Review

Just gawjus! The two-tone Roadmaster Tomahawk parked at the Sam Rayburn Library in Bonham, Texas.

“We’ve built several black Tomahawks, but you’ll ride our first two-tone model,” said Motor Trike’s Operations Manager, J.D. Vey. Black is beautiful, but the Springfield Blue and Ivory Cream Indian Roadmaster conversion was as stunning as a classic Hollywood-era Cadillac. A record East Texas drought had morphed into record rainfall and flooding that was forecasted to slacken for three days ...

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2016 Indian Springfield – First Ride Review

The Springfield’s snug steering geometry, aluminum chassis and generous cornering clearance make it a pleasure to hustle through curves.

Engineer Oscar Hedstrom, who would come to be known as the Medicine Man for his mechanical ingenuity, and bicycle manufacturer George Hendee, who became affectionately known as the Big Chief, created a prototype motor-bicycle in 1901, which was tested on the streets of Springfield, Massachusetts, including Cross Street hill, the steepest in the city. Mass production began in 1902, and ...

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2016 Indian Scout Sixty — Road Test Review

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Now that Indian has been successfully reborn with the debut of the Chief series in August of 2013 (under the auspices of Polaris Industries, Inc., which also produces the Victory brand), the company has been rounding out its lineup with additional models. After leading with big-inch cruisers based upon its classic heritage (the original company was founded in 1901), Indian ...

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2016 Indian Scout — Road Test

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Our first review of Indian’s bold new Scout cruiser was way back in the November 2014 issue, and it was based on the 2015 model’s introduction at the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota, so this full test of a production Scout here at home is overdue. First there was a production delay, then we got into our busy test season, ...

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2016 Indian Scout Sixty | First Look Review

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Since its acquisition by Polaris Industries, Indian Motorcycle has steadily filled out its lineup. It started with three Chief models—Chief Classic, Chief Vintage and Chieftain—for 2014. The following year Indian added the Roadmaster luxury tourer to the Chief family and introduced the Scout, powered by an all-new liquid-cooled, 1,133cc (69ci) 60-degree V-twin with DOHC and 4 valves per cylinder that ...

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Retrospective—Bobber: 1945 to Present (1947 Indian Chief)

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Look up “bobber” in a conventional dictionary, and the definition talks about a float on a fishing line. Try Wikipedia: “A bobber is a custom motorcycle that usually has the front fender removed, the rear fender ‘bobbed’ (made smaller), and all superfluous parts removed to reduce weight.” Conventional wisdom states that motorcycle bobbers originated after World War II, when returning ...

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