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2017 Triumph Street Scrambler – First Ride Review

2017 Triumph Street Scrambler

Scramblers were born in the 1960s, and were essentially street bikes that had been modified for dirt racing and general off-road hooliganism. As the decades wore on and manufacturers drilled down and created specialized models for every use and customer—chopper, tourer, sport tourer, enduro, dual-sport, ADV—scramblers became more of a style than a truly dirt-worthy machine. If you wanted a bike ...

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2016 Honda Africa Twin DCT – Touring Review

2016 Honda Africa Twin DCT tour test

Hi-Yo, Silver! We haunt some Nevada ghost towns on a real-world touring test of the 2016 Honda Africa Twin DCT. It’s easy to find yourself alone in Nevada. Well north of Las Vegas, black mountains ring expanses of high desert in the Great Basin so vast they make Death Valley look like a sand trap. U.S. Route 50, America’s so-called ...

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2017 Ducati Multistrada 950 | First Ride Review

2017 Ducati Multistrada 950

The 2010 redesign of the Ducati Multistrada transformed it from a narrowly focused sit-up sportbike into a full-fledged adventure tourer, opening the storied Italian brand to legions of riders who wouldn’t—or couldn’t—consider its bikes in the past. As long as you’ve got the wallet and leg length for it, the latest Multistrada 1200 DVT offers 160-horsepower performance in a sit-up, ...

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Kawasaki Announces Pricing, Accessories for the 2017 Versys-X 300

2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Last month at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, Kawasaki unveiled the latest addition to its Versys adventure-street lineup, the new 2017 Versys-X 300, which is powered by the liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 4-valve 296cc parallel twin from the Ninja 300. Kawasaki has just announced pricing and accessories for the Versys-X 300 and released new photos. Read our 2014 Kawasaki ...

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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 Versys-X 300 | First Look Review

2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Kawasaki revamped its Versys adventure-street lineup for 2015, extensively updating the Versys 650 and Versys 1000, and finally bringing the latter to the U.S. market. We’ve got a soft spot for these fun, versatile and affordable machines, and we selected the Versys 1000LT as Rider’s 2015 Motorcycle of the Year. Read our 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650LT road test review Read ...

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2017 Triumph Street Scrambler | First Look Review

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It was a Triumph that Steve McQueen so famously rode in the 1964 International Six Days Trial, and for today’s scrambler-style enthusiasts, Triumph’s latest production version, produced from 2006 to 2016, has always epitomized what a scrambler should look like. With the release of the new crop of liquid-cooled bikes like the Street Twin earlier this year, it was only ...

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2017 BMW R nineT and R nineT Urban G/S | First Look Review

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When BMW released the original R nineT in 2014, it represented a major shift in BMW’s approach, and proved to be a genre-bending—and very popular—bike. It was also revealed that there would be ten variations of the R nineT, and so far we’ve seen four: the Scrambler, Racer, Pure and the original Roadster. Read our Road Test Review of the ...

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2017 BMW R 1200 GS Updates & New Style Packages

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BMW’s iconic GS marque has spent 35 years perfecting the combination of touring and off-road capability, and the latest liquid-cooled R 1200 GS is arguably the best one yet. For 2017, BMW has announced some significant updates to its R 1200 GS, with an eye on the many ways its customers use the bike. Read our Snapshot Comparo of the ...

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2017 BMW G 310 GS | First Look Review

2017 BMW G 310 GS

Last year, at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, BMW Motorrad unveiled the G 310 R, the company’s first sub-500cc roadster model. It was developed in Munich by BMW Motorrad and is built in India by TVS Motor Company. Read our 2017 BMW G 310 R first ride review At this year’s EICMA show, BMW announced a second small-displacement model, ...

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