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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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2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer XCa – First Ride Review

Triumph brings stellar credentials to the ever-growing adventure-touring category with a whole family of bikes that perform extremely well off-road and for sport-touring too. (Photography by Alessio Barbanti, Matteo Cavadini & Paul Barshon)

Today’s adventure-touring segment already offers a dizzying selection, to which Triumph now adds a whole family of next-generation 2016 Tiger Explorers. Three focus on street riding (XR, XRx and XRt), and two XC versions gear up for off-road adventure (XCx and XCa). The mid-level XRx and XCx models can be equipped with shortened suspension and an adjustable low seat (30.9 ...

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2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin | First Ride Review

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Photography by Zep Gori, Francesc Montero, Felix Romero and Ula Serra Honda may be late to the adventure-bike party, but it has shown up in a big way for 2016 with two new models, the VFR1200X, a 1,237cc V4-powered, shaft-driven, street-biased tourer that’s been available in Europe for several years (Kickstarts, January), and the CRF1000L Africa Twin, an all-new, off-road-ready ...

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Triumph Expands Tiger Explorer Line to Six Models for 2016

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Triumph’s full-size Tiger Explorer adventure bike line has been updated for 2016, with six models to choose from, three geared toward street riding (XR, XRx and XRt) and three toward off-road riding (XC, XCx and XCa). All are powered by the same liquid-cooled, 1,215cc in-line triple with shaft drive that now makes more horsepower and torque thanks to a new ...

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2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT | Road Test Review

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Too much Sicilian sun? Kinda sounded like it in Senior Editor Greg Drevenstedt’s sunshine-laden first take on Kawasaki’s heavily revised Versys 650 LT (Rider, April 2015). Following a brief press ride in Italy, Greg wrote: “The Versys is putty in your hands, a flexible, user-friendly machine that will do whatever you ask of it.” Really? Whatever you ask? Also: “The ...

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