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2009 Campagna T-Rex 14R Road Test

2009 Campagna T-Rex 14R Review | Rider Magazine

The first time I saw a T-Rex was on the MTV show Ryan Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory. Dyrdek, a pro skateboarder with too much money and his own do-whatever-I-want TV show, roared into his dream warehouse—futuristic office, skate park and basketball court all under one roof—and did doughnuts on the slick concrete floor. In a particularly clown car-like moment, L.A. Lakers’ ...

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Retrospective: Norton Electra 400: 1963-1965

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Anybody who thinks that the British motorcycle industry was blind-sided by the invasion of Japanese motorcycles has not read his or her history. Lots of people in England were working on new ideas in the early ’60s, but the problem was more a lack of investment than any lack of engineering, and secondarily a number of higher-up execs who really ...

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2009 Buell Ullysses XB12XT – Road Test Review


[This 2009 Buell Ullysses XB12XT Road Test was originally published in American Rider magazine] When was the last time you could get two bikes for the price of one? You won’t find that offer at your local dealer but you could find its equivalent in this new bike from the Buell subsidiary of Harley-Davidson: combine a riding position that offers ...

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2008 Motorcycle Fuel Economy Comparison


Photography by Kevin Wing   Motorcycles included in this review (2008 model year): Honda Nighthawk, Kawasaki Ninja 250R, Star V Star 250, Suzuki GZ250, Honda 750 Shadow Aero, Buell Blast, Kawasaki Versys, Star V Star 650 Custom and Suzuki GS500F. As spring began, we were hearing that gas prices could reach $4 per gallon by summer. In California, gas had ...

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2008 V-twin Touring Cruiser Motorcycle Comparison

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[This V-twin touring cruiser motorcycle comparison review features the 2008 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic, 2008 Honda VTX1800T, 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic LT, 2008 Star Stratoliner S and 2008 Suzuki Boulevard C109RT was originally published in the September 2008 issue of Rider magazine] Cruisers are known as unruffled, laid-back bikes with slow-revving engines and a certain presence. And the greater ...

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2008 Buell Ulysses XB12XT – Road Test Review


[This 2008 Buell Ulysses XB12XT Road Test was originally published in the June 2008 issue of Rider magazine] When Buell peeled the covers off the new 2006 Ulysses XB12X at its launch in 2005 and officially jumped into the adventure-bike category, it was a pleasantly surprising and welcome move. If you ask me, every manufacturer should offer a high-and-mighty adventure/sport ...

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2008 Piaggio MP3 500 Road Test

2008 Piaggio MP3 500

If Batman owned a scooter the Piaggio MP3 500 would be it. In the immortal words of Robin, the Gotham-city hero’s sidekick, “Holy mechanical marvel, Batman!” And that it is, with its three wheels and parallelogram steering and suspension components that allow the MP3 to lean up to 40 degrees. Its appearance would suit the Caped Crusader, too–rugged- and futuristic-looking, ...

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2008 Lehman Renegade Trike Road Test


We’ve seen them at rallies and rolling down the road, three-wheeled vehicles based on motorcycles that are referred to as “trike conversions.” The conversion process is usually performed by a dealer and consists of substituting a differential and a pair of rear wheels for the bike’s single rear wheel, and adding appropriate bodywork. One of the major companies performing such ...

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2008 Buell 1125R – Road Test Review


[this review of the 2008 Buell 1125R was originally published in the April 2008 issue of Rider] I like to root for the underdog. There’s something about watching a team beat the odds that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. In some ways, Buell is considered an underdog in the sportbike arena. While the Japanese consistently amaze with ...

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Rider Magazine's 2008 Motorcycle of the Year and Best of Class

Kawasaki Concours

The new bikes for the 2008 model year have all been revealed, and it’s time once again to name our three Best-of-Class winners. From that trio we have picked one for Rider‘s Motorcycle of the Year award that we think succeeds best at its intent, satisfies like no other and lengthens the list of history’s most significant motorcycles. As always, ...

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