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1986 Yamaha FZX700S Fazer – Road Test Review

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(Note: This article was originally published in the June, 1986 issue of Rider magazine.) Given the task of developing a completely new genre for the 1986 American market, the motorcycle designers at Yamaha must have spent many a sleepless night before settling on the Fazer. No less than six categories of motorcycle already exist, and just about any “new” design can ...

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Top 10 Motorcycle Travel and Adventure Books

Around The World On A Motorcycle

A motorcycle is like a flying carpet, taking the rider to places all over this planet. And riders are often moved to write about their trips, short or long, and we can read about their exploits in newspapers, magazines or books. Probably the first such narrative was written by George Wyman, who rode a California Motor Bicycle from San Francisco ...

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Riding to the Grand Canyon During National Park Week

Standing on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, trying to take it all in.

In Northern Arizona, mid-April spells the beginning of the thaw of the snowpack in mountains, and the corresponding bloom of the hardiest of wild flowers below. It is also the time when early-season motorcyclists begin taking to the open road. This year, my first extended ride of the season is a spectacular roll along the South Rim of the Grand ...

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2016 The One Motorcycle Show in Portland, Oregon

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The 2016 One Motorcycle Show Keeps Giving Back Sure, Portland, Oregon, can be considered a bike town, but you could argue that’s more for its love of derailleurs than of, say, Deus Ex Machina. Out on the city streets, 20-speed bicycles outnumber motorcycles probably 10 to 1. Lucky for us, local motorhead Thor Drake is doing a lot to even ...

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Caffeine and Customs: See See Motor Coffee Co. Has Your Fix

The One Show concept came from the guys who now run the See See Motor Coffee Co. Fresh brewed java up front, bikes in the back.

The See Motor Coffee Co. may be part of the vast See See Motorcycles “empire,” but you couldn’t ask for a less pretentious hangout if you tried. The coffee house-cum-custom motorcycle shop dreamed up by Thor Drake as a place to base his See See Motorcycles brand and build a motorcycle community upon, may be off the beaten path, but ...

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Blog: The Attraction of the Solo Rider

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There’s a pleasant solitude in a solo journey on two wheels, but in my case riding alone has not always meant being alone. Non-riders seem especially willing to approach a solo motorcyclist stopped for a break. Perhaps romantic notions of freedom and self-reliance implied by a rider going it alone draw non-riders. Perhaps a non-rider’s perception of risk in approaching ...

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Top 10 Motorcycle Maintenance Fails

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Like human bodies, motorcycles can take a lot of abuse and keep on running. But there are some sure-fire ways to screw up your motorcycle, often done through a combination of ignorance, incompetence and neglect. Treat your motorcycle right and it will do the same for you. 1. Not Maintaining Proper Tire Pressure Motorcycles, cars, trucks, you name it—there are ...

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20 Most Essential Things You Need on a Motorcycle Tour

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Free spirits throw caution to the wind and hope everything works out. City slickers think their smartphone and a credit card will bail them out of whatever trouble may arise. But smart motorcycle travelers, those who have logged enough miles to know that anything can go wrong, know that common-sense preparation goes a long way toward keeping you on the ...

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35 Bucket-List Motorcycle Rides

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Many of us don’t need help figuring out all of the roads we’d like to ride before we high-side off this mortal coil, but just in case you do, here are 35 to start your list, arranged alphabetically by state or country. 10 Tips to Stay Cool on Hot Motorcycle Rides

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Blog: Erik’s Last Ride

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While checking into our hotel in Williams, Arizona, after the first day of our 16-day road trip, we started talking to a guy named Josh. He told us he and many others from all over the county were in town for the memorial service for a fallen war veteran. Their group is composed of ex-military veterans or ex-military contractors that support and ...

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