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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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10 Pint-Sized Motorcycles for 2017

2017 BMW G 310 GS

During the “bigger is better” trend of the late ‘90s to mid-2000s, few street-legal motorcycles were less than 500cc, which meant that the lightness, affordability and playfulness that comes with small bikes were also in short supply. But in recent years—really, since the Great Recession of 2008—manufacturers have introduced a wide variety of small-displacement bikes. Here are 10 new or ...

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10 Coolest Motorcycles for 2017

2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber

The 2017 model year will go down as one of the most exciting in motorcycle history. Sneak peeks of 2017 models started in late 2015 and continued steadily throughout 2016, with at least 100 all-new or significantly updated motorcycles announced by 13 different manufacturers—everything from state-of-the-art, high-tech sportbikes to retro-styled bobbers, café racers and scramblers, in all shapes, sizes and ...

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2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R and 390 Duke | First Look Review

2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

KTM’s lineup of naked Duke models have represented the sharp, orange edge of hooliganism since the first Duke 620 appeared in 1994. For 2017, KTM has announced updates to its 390 Duke and fire-breathing 1290 Super Duke R that focus on power, handling and aggressive good looks. 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R The 1290 Super Duke R was already ...

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2017 KTM Adventure Lineup | First Look Review

2017 KTM 1290 Super Adventure T

When KTM introduced the 1190 Adventure for 2014, it pivoted away from the dirt-focused 990 Adventure and rolled out a more balanced street/off-road adventure tourer. Living up to KTM’s “Ready to Race” motto, the 1190 Adventure’s 1,195cc LC8 V-twin made 150 horsepower (claimed), was the first production motorcycle to offer cornering ABS and featured state-of-the-art electronics such as riding modes, ...

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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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Video: 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT is the perfect sport-touring machine for a rider who needs some creature comforts but doesn’t want to give up performance and handling. Check out our latest video below to see all the GT’s features, or watch it on our YouTube channel here. You can also read our First Ride Review of the motorcycle by ...

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2017 KTM Super Duke GT – First Ride Review

(Photography by Marco Campelli, Luca Piffaretti & Sebas Romero)

You have to give KTM credit for building bikes its own way. From their signature orange paint and angular, Transformer-inspired styling to “Ready to Race” engines and top-shelf components, KTM’s high-end bikes stand apart from a sea of motorcycles that are built to a price. A perfect example is the 1290 Super Duke R, aka The Beast, a purpose-built, light, ...

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2016 KTM Duke 690 – First Ride Review

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KTM practically invented the street supermoto class way back in 1994 when it launched its first production street bike, the 620 Duke. Light, nimble and elemental, with a penchant for tight corners and hooligan antics, that bike eventually led to an entire line of naked singles from KTM. Here in the U.S. we get the 390, 690 and Super Duke ...

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2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT – First Look Review

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KTM’s 1290 Super Duke R, aka “The Beast,” is one of the most potent naked sportbikes ever made, with a 1,301cc V-twin that ripped off 152 horsepower and 93 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheel in our “Sit-Up Sportbikes” comparo. For 2017, KTM will offer a sport-touring version called the 1290 Super Duke GT, with roomier ergonomics, an adjustable handlebar ...

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