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Retrospective: Velocette MAC 350: 1934-1960

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The reader may be surprised that this motorcycle is not in more immaculate condition, having a shabby saddle, abbreviated aluminum front fender, chromed oil reservoir and a bunch of other blemishes. Truth be told, around here we are not much interested in concours machines, motorcycles to be found on mantelpieces, but are more amenable to what we loosely call “riders.” ...

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Brough Superior SS100 Nears Production

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First Test Bikes Expected in May Reborn Brough Superior will soon start testing its all-new SS100 with the first deliveries to customers expected later this year, we can reveal. The all-new machine, developed in partnership between Brough owner Mark Upham and Toulouse-based Boxer Design, has been significantly redesigned since its original unveiling in Milan in 2013, but is now finally ...

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New for 2015: Big Bangs for the Buck

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The 2015 crop of new bikes is a big one, with lots of all-new or significantly updated models. We’ve covered the new stuff from EBR, Harley, Honda, Indian and Victory in previous issues. Here’s a brief overview of what’s coming down the pike from BMW, Ducati, Kawasaki, Star, Suzuki and Zero. Unless otherwise noted, pricing is TBD. BMW The R ...

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Energica Ego Electric Motorcycle – First Ride Review

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photography by Royce Rumsey & courtesy Energica Over the past several years, electric motorcycle manufacturers have popped up all over the place, like mushrooms on my lawn after a spring rain. U.S. companies like Brammo and Zero have established themselves as to the go-to makers of production e-motorcycles, with ever-improving product lines and growing dealer networks, while Harley-Davidson’s prototype Project ...

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Retrospectove: BSA A65S Spitfire Mark II/III/IV Special: 1966-1968

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Back in the early 1960s, many British bike companies were cheerfully warring with each other, paying no attention to the threat coming from the Orient. The major market for their 650 twins was the U.S., and Americans wanted horses—lots of horses. The more the better. Well-mannered commuter twins did not sell worth a damn to the power-crazed Yanks, who looked ...

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2014 Cutting-Edge Cruisers – Snapshot Reviews

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There was a time, not that long ago, when in motorcycle terms cruisers were considered something less—simpler machines that were somewhat inferior to other bikes in terms of function. After all, a touring bike’s function is to deliver many miles of comfort while hauling riders and luggage, a sportbike excels in terms of power and handling reined in by great ...

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Erik Buell Racing (EBR) 1190RX and 1190SX – First Look Review

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Buell is back! Last October Erik Buell Racing (EBR) unveiled its latest sportbike, the EBR 1190RX, at the American International Motorcycle Exposition (AIMExpo) in Orlando. A direct descendant of EBR’s race-bred limited edition 1190RS superbike, the 1190RX is street-legal and features many new rider-focused features, yet EBR claims it weighs just 419 pounds and makes 185 horsepower and 102 lb-ft ...

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2014 Ural Gear-Up—Road Test

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The last time we tested a Ural sidecar rig (June 2012), it was like a carny ride from the 1960s. That basic Ural T was a thrill to drive around the city or suburbia, fling around in the local canyons or take on backroad day trips, and riding in the chair was exhilarating yet comfortable enough for a nap. Neighbors ...

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Retrospective—Velocette Valiant 200: 1957-1963

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Nice looking motorcycle, this Valiant, powered by a little OHV boxer engine with a cowling (Velocette preferred to call it a “bonnet”) over the top in an effort to give it somewhat sporty looks. It had a full cradle frame with a telescopic fork up front, a swingarm with shock absorbers at the rear, 4-speed gearbox and a curb weight ...

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Retrospective: Bultaco Montadero 360: 1968-1972

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This Montadero was an adequate dual-purpose motorcycle, in truth, more focused on the dirt than the pavement, though the handling was a bit on the heavy side. It used a relatively old-fashioned piston-port two-stroke single, but the way the motor laid the power to the ground was impressive. All part of the Spanish mystique. Back in the late ’60s, the ...

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