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2016 Indian Scout — Road Test

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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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2016 Indian Scout Sixty | First Look Review

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Since its acquisition by Polaris Industries, Indian Motorcycle has steadily filled out its lineup. It started with three Chief models—Chief Classic, Chief Vintage and Chieftain—for 2014. The following year Indian added the Roadmaster luxury tourer to the Chief family and introduced the Scout, powered by an all-new liquid-cooled, 1,133cc (69ci) 60-degree V-twin with DOHC and 4 valves per cylinder that ...

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Harley-Davidson Announces its 2016 Lineup

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Harley-Davidson’s lineup expands for 2016, with two new Dark Custom models, two new S Series limited-edition cruisers and the return of the Road Glide Ultra. Elsewhere in the lineup are improvements in performance, styling and features to existing models. 2016 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 and Forty-Eight Dark Customs Harley-Davidson is adding two new Sportster models—Iron 883 and Forty-Eight—to its Dark Custom ...

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Indian Motorcycle Announces its 2016 Lineup

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Ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally kicking off next week, Indian Motorcycle has announced its 2016 model lineup, which includes the Scout and five models on the Chief platform. 2016 Indian Scout (ABS) Powered by a liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valves-per-cylinder 1,133cc (69ci) 60-degree V-twin that makes a claimed 100 horsepower and 72 lb-ft of torque, the Scout, ...

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2016 Victory Magnum X-1 – First Look Review

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Named after the Bell X-1, the plane that broke the sound barrier with legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager at the controls, the new Magnum X-1 is the latest loud-and-proud cruiser from Victory. Based on the Magnum big-wheel bagger introduced last year, the X-1 cranks the volume with 10 speakers (up from six) and 200 watts (up from 100) of audio ...

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2015 Star Bolt C-Spec – First Ride Review

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photography by Brian J. Nelson Star Motorcycles hit a home run in 2014 with its all-new Star Bolt, a minimalist “urban performance bobber” powered by the torquey, 942cc air-cooled V-twin from the V Star 950. With its solo saddle perched just 27.2 inches off the deck and a curb weight of 540 pounds, the compact Bolt looked tough with heavy-metal, ...

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Middleweight Touring Cruisers: Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT, Star V Star 950 Tourer, Suzuki Boulevard C50T, Triumph America LT

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Baggers, with their broad fairings and hard saddlebags, are popular these days, but classically styled cruisers with windshields and leather saddlebags have been mainstays of the touring world for decades. For this comparison test, we assembled a quartet of middleweight metric cruisers available from the factory as touring-ready models. All four are 2014 models (none will change for 2015 except ...

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2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT

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V-TWIN VALUE Remember 1984? That’s the year Apple launched its Macintosh computer during the Super Bowl and Kawasaki introduced the Vulcan 750 cruiser (as a 1985 model), giving birth to a model line that’s still going strong today, three decades later. Vulcans are available in three sizes, powered by a 1,700cc V-twin (Voyager and Vaquero; the Nomad has been discontinued), ...

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2014 Star V Star 950 Tourer

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STYLE FOR MILES Yamaha’s Star Motorcycle division claims to be the top-selling metric cruiser brand, and it’s easy to see why. Star has eight model families, and a total of 22 different models to choose from, everything from the diminutive V Star 250 to the domineering, 179-horsepower Vmax. Nestled between the 649cc V Star Custom and the V Star 1300 ...

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