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Tackling LA-Barstow-Vegas on a 2WD Ural Gear-Up

LA-Barstow-Vegas on a 2WD 2016 Ural Gear-Up.

It’s well before dawn, and the temperature is below freezing. Ben’s KTM 1190 Adventure says it’s 27 F., but Kurt’s BMW R 1200 GS is somewhat more optimistic at a balmy 31. My Ural Gear-Up is silent on the matter, perhaps in indifference to these mild temperatures. After all, it was originally built to carry Russian soldiers through snow and ...

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2017 Kawasaki Z650 – First Ride Review

2017 Kawasaki Z650 ABS

In the 1970s, an influx of in-line four cylinder motorcycles from the Japanese “Big Four” quickly took over the market. These quick, reliable and comfortable speed machines became known as Universal Japanese Motorcycles, or UJMs, both for their similarities to one another and their universal appeal. Kawasaki’s contributions to UJM domination included the mighty Z1 and the KZ650—which was known ...

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BMW’s HP4 RACE Prototype is a Carbon Fiber Work of Art

BMW HP4 Race

At the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, earlier this month, Ducati unveiled its new 1299 Superleggera (“super light” in Italian), a MotoGP-caliber sportbike that makes 215 horsepower and weighs just 386 pounds, in part because Ducati says it’s the first production motorcycle to have its frame, subframe, swingarm, wheels and bodywork all made from carbon fiber. Only 500 examples of ...

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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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Rider Test: 2017 Harley-Davidson Street Glide

2017 Harley-Davidson Street Glide

With its batwing fairing and angular saddlebags, Harley-Davidson’s Street Glide—its top-selling Touring model in the U.S.—cuts an iconic profile. It was overhauled for 2014 as part of Project Rushmore, including a High Output Twin Cam 103 V-twin with more torque, a redesigned batwing fairing with a new Splitstream vent, a hydraulic clutch, a beefier fork, optional Reflex Linked Brakes with ...

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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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2018 Suzuki GSX250R | First Look Review

2018 Suzuki GSX250R

In an effort to attract new and young riders into motorcycling, over the past several years manufacturers have introduced a wide variety of small-displacement bikes. Suzuki’s pint-sized lineup includes the GW250 sport standard (with styling inspired by the mighty but long gone B-King) and two retro-styled models, the VanVan 200 and the TU250X (the latter is not available in California, ...

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2017 Ducati Monster 1200 S | First Ride Review

2017 Ducati Monster 1200 S

When the Ducati Monster M900 was introduced back in 1993, Bill and Hillary Clinton lived in the White House, the Internet was in its infancy and Kevin Schwantz battled Wayne Rainey for the 500cc GP title. Miguel Galluzzi’s design, with the tubular-steel trellis frame and air-cooled, desmodromic, 90-degree L-twin hanging out in the breeze for all to see, was simple, ...

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2017 Honda Rebel 500 and 300 | First Look Review

2017 Honda Rebel 300

Honda headed up a nearly full slate of returning 2017 machines today with two new ones, the Rebel 500 and 300. Based on the 471cc parallel twin in the CB500F and the 286cc single in the CB300F, the bikes are a mix of old- and new-school style, with aggressively raked front ends and fat tires on 16-inch wheels. Riding positions ...

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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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