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2017 Triumph Street Cup | First Look Review

2017 Triumph Street Cup

When Triumph completely redesigned its Bonneville lineup last year, it added liquid cooling its iconic parallel-twin engine platform and offered it in three Euro4-compliant variants: a 900cc “high torque” version for the Street Twin, a 1,200cc “high torque” version for the Bonneville T120 and T120 Black, and a 1,200cc “high power” version for the Thruxton and Thruxton R. The five ...

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2017 Triumph Bonneville T100 and T100 Black | First Look Review

2017 Triumph Bonneville T100

Triumph rolled out an all-new Bonneville lineup for 2016, with five models and three variants of its iconic parallel-twin engine, all of which featured liquid cooling, throttle-by-wire and Euro4 compliance. All of the bikes—the 900cc Street Twin, the 1,200cc Bonneville T120 and T120 Black, and the 1,200cc Thruxton and Thruxton R—got new chassis, modern features and more classic styling. By ...

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Rider Comparo – 2016 Honda VFR1200X vs. 2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer XRt vs. 2016 Yamaha Super Ténéré

This trio of 1,200cc, shaft-driven, 600-plus-pound adventure bikes can take you almost anywhere you want to go, within reason. (Photos: Kevin Wing)

Over the past decade, adventure tourers have matured into a diverse segment of the motorcycle market. These days you can buy one or more models from nearly every major manufacturer, with the American OEMs being notable exceptions. Calling them “adventure” tourers suggests they’re ready for the backcountry, like two-wheeled Jeeps. But, except for dedicated dual-sports, only a select few are ...

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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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Rider Magazine’s 2016 Motorcycle of the Year

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Despite a shaky global economy, for the 2016 model year the world’s motorcycle manufacturers added more than 70 new models to the U.S. market. Very few were dropped, too, creating an unparalleled selection of new bikes from which to choose. Retro machines that are ripe for customization are trending this year, followed quite closely by bikes with rugged adventure styling ...

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2016 Triumph Street Twin – Road Test Review

Quick handling, light weight and good cornering clearance make the Street Twin an able companion in the corners.

In the 1960s and ’70s, Triumph sold more motorcycles in the U.S. than in the rest of the world combined. A great many of those bikes were the iconic Bonnevilles, which were launched in 1959 to commemorate Triumph’s 1956 world speed record. By the time the company closed its doors in 1983 and industrialist John Bloor bought the Triumph name, the ...

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2016 Triumph Thruxton R – First Ride Review

Despite its short wheelbase and aggressive fork angle, the Thruxton R never feels skittish; on the contrary it always seems to be well planted no matter the road condition.

Read our 2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 Black review About the Thruxton: Take everything you just read about the T120, and toss it out the window. Despite the shared platform, the same engine and even an identical radiator, these are two completely different animals. Each bike is focused at totally different riders, with engineering aimed to showcase varying and disparate performance ...

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2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 Black – First Ride Review

2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 Black

Hustling the new 2016 Triumph T120 through blustery ocean breezes somewhere east of Cabo da Roca—the westernmost point of continental Europe—I had to admit: They absolutely nailed it. As the prodigious torque easily pulled me through endless coastal bends on highway N247, the steel-tubed chassis just soaked it all up, with just enough bounce at either end to remind me ...

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2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer XCa – First Ride Review

Triumph brings stellar credentials to the ever-growing adventure-touring category with a whole family of bikes that perform extremely well off-road and for sport-touring too. (Photography by Alessio Barbanti, Matteo Cavadini & Paul Barshon)

Today’s adventure-touring segment already offers a dizzying selection, to which Triumph now adds a whole family of next-generation 2016 Tiger Explorers. Three focus on street riding (XR, XRx and XRt), and two XC versions gear up for off-road adventure (XCx and XCa). The mid-level XRx and XCx models can be equipped with shortened suspension and an adjustable low seat (30.9 ...

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2016 Triumph Tiger Sport – Not (Yet) for U.S. Consumption

2016 Triumph Tiger Sport

The Tiger name has a long history at Triumph, with early models dating back to the 1930s. In the modern Hinckley era, Tigers have been adventure bikes, starting with the Tiger 900 that debuted in the U.S. for 1994 with a 19-inch front wheel, spoked rims and long-travel suspension. By 2007 Triumph had abandoned off-road pretense in favor of a ...

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