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2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 and 2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 | First Look Review

2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT

No conversation about adventure touring motorcycles is complete unless the word V-Strom finds its way into the dialogue. Suzuki’s venerable V-twin-powered models in both 650cc and 1000cc capacities have been mainstays in the ADV genre since the liter model debuted in 2002 and its smaller stable mate stormed onto the scene two years later. Thanks to their affordability, reliability and ...

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Rider Comparo – 2016 Honda VFR1200X vs. 2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer XRt vs. 2016 Yamaha Super Ténéré

This trio of 1,200cc, shaft-driven, 600-plus-pound adventure bikes can take you almost anywhere you want to go, within reason. (Photos: Kevin Wing)

Over the past decade, adventure tourers have matured into a diverse segment of the motorcycle market. These days you can buy one or more models from nearly every major manufacturer, with the American OEMs being notable exceptions. Calling them “adventure” tourers suggests they’re ready for the backcountry, like two-wheeled Jeeps. But, except for dedicated dual-sports, only a select few are ...

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2016 Honda VFR1200X – Road Test Review

2016 Honda VFR1200X

Shortly after its groundbreaking VFR1200F sport tourer was introduced for 2010, Honda launched an adventure-styled bike for 2012 based on the same smooth and powerful 1,237cc V-4 engine used in the VFR. The new Crosstourer was designed to compete with the BMW R 1200 GS, Yamaha Super Ténéré and Triumph Tiger Explorer, so it had 19- and 17-inch spoked tubeless ...

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2016 CSC RX3 Adventure – Road Test Review

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My first “adventure tour” was a three-day ride into the backcountry on a Yamaha 175 Enduro, decades ago. From that brief introduction, I discovered two things: missing a corner can leave you upside down in a bush, and that it’s the experience, not the size of the bike, that makes a ride an adventure. Through a series of larger and ...

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2016 Zero DSR – Road Test Review

The new-for-2016 Zero DSR promises legitimate off-road chops and a sporty ride on pavement...provided you don't wander too far. (Photos: Kevin Wing)

Pondering Zero Motorcycles’ 10-year evolution, from primitive early models that were essentially motorized mountain bikes to today’s lineup of six motorcycles boasting excellent fit and finish, ever-increasing range, power and quality components from the likes of Showa and Bosch, a tagline from an old advertising campaign comes to mind: “You’ve come a long way, baby!” As its most powerful and ...

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Video: 2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin

2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin

The 2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin remains true to its dual-sport roots. It will appeal most to adventure riders who put a high priority on dirt-worthiness, who won’t mind its tall seat, its lack of cruise control or having to deal with tube-type tires. Check out our video about the Africa Twin by clicking on the box above or visiting ...

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Long-Term Rides: 2015 Yamaha Super Ténéré ES

2015 Yamaha Super Tenere ES

February 2016 Report 6,602 Miles / MSRP $16,190 In addition to our Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT and Yamaha FJ-09 long-term test bikes, we’ve been racking up miles on another Yamaha, the Super Ténéré ES adventure tourer. Its liquid-cooled, 1,199cc parallel twin uses a 270-degree crank and an uneven firing interval to give it the feel of a big single, and ...

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2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro – First Ride Review

2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro

With its 17-inch wheels, short wheelbase and superbike-derived engine, Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 has, since the platform debuted for 2010, occupied the sporty end of the adventure-touring spectrum. Numerous updates over time, everything from Ducati Skyhook Suspension Evo and Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT) to better wind protection and more comfortable ergonomics, have made the Multistrada a more well-rounded machine. And riding ...

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