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2017 Yamaha/Star Bolt and Bolt R-Spec – First Look Review

2017 Yamaha Star Bolt in Raven

Introduced as “performance bobbers” for 2014, the Bolt and Bolt R-Spec became best-sellers in Yamaha’s Star cruiser line. (Quick note: Yamaha and Star Motorcycles were treated as separate brands from 2005-2016, but Star is now considered one of several lines under the Yamaha umbrella, which includes Supersport, Supersport Touring, Sport, Adventure Touring/Dual Sport, Cruiser/Touring and Sport Heritage.) Read our review ...

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2016 Harley-Davidson Roadster – First Look Review

2016 Harley-Davidson Roadster

Joining the Low Rider S and CVO Pro Street Breakout as mid-year additions to Harley-Davidson’s lineup is the latest bike in the Dark Custom family, a minimalist, fastback Sportster called the Roadster. Read our 2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S first ride review “Since its introduction in 1957, the Harley-Davidson Sportster has proved capable of constant reinvention, and the Roadster writes ...

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2017 Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer and V9 Bobber – First Ride Review

Moto Guzzi's new-for-2017 V9 Roamer (left) and V9 Bobber (right) are the first models powered by an 853cc version of the venerable "flying V" longitudinal, 90-degree V-twin. (Photography by the author & Milagro)

Behind the big red gate at its Mandello del Lario factory, which bears the iconic soaring eagle logo, Moto Guzzi is in the midst of a major revival. During its 95th anniversary, the legendary Italian company introduced two neo-retro cruisers at its historic home on the picturesque shores of Lake Como, Italy. Powered by a new 853cc version of Moto ...

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2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S – First Ride Review

2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S

Harley-Davidson continues to fill the need for riding individuality by offering standard factory models that provide a major amount of custom features right on the showroom floor. Case in point is the mid-year release 2016 Low Rider S, the latest iteration of the Dyna Low Rider that has been in the H-D lineup, except for a five-year hiatus from 2009-2013, ...

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2017 Victory Octane – First Ride Review

2017 Victory Octane

Building a motorcycle brand from scratch is hard work. Launched by Polaris Industries in 1998, Victory Motorcycles struggled during its first decade to build motorcycles and an identity that resonated with American buyers. Growth can be difficult when you’re in the cold, dark shadow of a well-established competitor like Harley-Davidson. But Victory eventually caught its stride, forming a successful partnership ...

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2017 Victory Octane – First Look Review

2017 Victory Octane

Victory’s new tagline is “Modern American Muscle,” and it’s flexing its biceps with the early-release 2017 Octane, a mid-sized cruiser powered by a liquid-cooled, 60-degree, 1,179cc V-twin with DOHC and four valves per cylinder that makes a claimed 104 horsepower and 76 lb-ft of torque. Victory says it weighs just 528 pounds (dry), does the quarter-mile in 12 seconds and ...

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2016 Ducati XDiavel S – First Ride Review

2016 Ducati XDiavel S

No one expected Ducati, a company largely defined by its sexy red superbikes, to build a cruiser. Even Ducati avoided use of the ‘C’ word when it introduced the Diavel for 2011, but with a long-and-low stance, heavy-metal styling and a massive 240mm rear tire, it had more in common with power cruisers like Harley-Davidson’s V-Rod and Star’s Vmax than ...

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2016 Indian Scout Sixty — Road Test Review


Now that Indian has been successfully reborn with the debut of the Chief series in August of 2013 (under the auspices of Polaris Industries, Inc., which also produces the Victory brand), the company has been rounding out its lineup with additional models. After leading with big-inch cruisers based upon its classic heritage (the original company was founded in 1901), Indian ...

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2016 Indian Scout — Road Test


Our first review of Indian’s bold new Scout cruiser was way back in the November 2014 issue, and it was based on the 2015 model’s introduction at the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota, so this full test of a production Scout here at home is overdue. First there was a production delay, then we got into our busy test season, ...

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