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2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod | First Ride Review

2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod.

Now that The Motor Co. has apparently satisfied the global demand for an urban-oriented line of inexpensive entry-level Harleys with the cruiserish Street 500 and 750, it has begun targeting specific competitors. The new Street Rod gets a High Output version of the liquid-cooled, 754cc “Revolution X” SOHC 4-valve V-twin, with improved airflow, a new dual-throat throttle body, valve changes ...

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Special Retrospective: Victory V92C | First Ride Review

Victory V92C

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in the September 1997 issue of Rider. If an American company like Polaris is going to jump feet first into the motorcycle market with one bike in the late 1990s, it has to be with a cruiser. The trick was, how do you make that cruiser stand out in the veritable sea of V-twins, ...

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2017 Kawasaki Z900 ABS | First Ride Review

2017 Kawasaki Z900 ABS

The Z900 is a storied model in the history of both Kawasaki and motorcycling as a whole. In 1972, the 903cc Z1 was launched as the most powerful Japanese 4-cylinder 4-stroke in the world, and it immediately got down to the business of winning races, setting records and nabbing awards, until it was succeeded by the larger Z1000 in 1976. ...

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2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod | First Look Review

2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod

Responding to an expanding global market, as well as the desires of a new generation of riders here in the U.S., Harley-Davidson has surprised us with a genre-bending new model, the 2017 Street Rod. Looking a bit like the offspring of a flat-tracker and a supermoto, the Street Rod was born as an effort within the Motor Company to proactively ...

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1983-1992 Harley FXRT Sport Glide: Retrospective

1985 Harley-Davidson FXRT Sport Glide. Owner: Gary Watkins, Orient, Ohio.

In 1981, a dozen Harley execs bought the company back from American Machine and Foundry (AMF), an oddly variegated company that built both bowling alleys and nuclear power plants, and life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and York, Pennsylvania (the location of its big factory), changed drastically. The company needed new product, and good product. The Shovelhead years of the late ’60s and ...

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2017 Indian Roadmaster Classic | Road Test Review

2017 Indian Roadmaster Classic

What every enthusiast thinks of today as the classic Indian motorcycle first appeared in 1940 as a radical design departure for the company’s line of Chiefs, Scouts and Fours. Chief Engineer Briggs Weaver, who was also a talented stylist, gave the bikes deeply skirted, curvaceous fenders that whimsically enveloped half of the wheels, and graced the new bikes with long, ...

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2017 Triumph Street Triple RS | First Ride Review

2017 Triumph Street Triple RS action

Within Triumph’s robust motorcycle lineup, no fewer than eight models have one or more of the following four words in their name: Speed, Street, Triple and Twin. In the Modern Classics family, there’s the Street Cup, Street Scrambler and Street Twin, and there’s a cruiser called the Speedmaster, all of which have parallel twins. And then there are the roadsters, ...

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2017 Yamaha FZ-09 | First Ride Review

The "bang-for-the-buck" king is better than ever, with a host of upgrades that improve performance and rideability, and sharp, aggressive new styling befitting its sporting nature. (Photos by Garth Milan and Triumph Motorcycles)

When the FZ-09 first hit the market in October 2013 (as a 2014 model), it was universally lauded as one of the best “bang-for-the-buck” bikes out there. The bike’s $7,990 price certainly didn’t hurt. But it was the FZ-09’s character-filled Crossplane Concept-inspired in-line triple that won most of us over—including Senior Editor Drevenstedt (read his Road Test Review of the ...

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Pricing and Updates for Select 2017 BMW Models

2017 BMW R nineT Racer

BMW Motorrad USA is on the throttle. Last fall it announced 16 new or updated models (plus the HP4 RACE prototype), and earlier this month it reported a 48-percent increase in sales for January 2017 compared to the prior year. Pricing, availability and equipment updates for select 2017 models have just been released. 2017 BMW R nineT Racer Racing-oriented boxer ...

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2017 Harley-Davidson Road King Special | First Look Review

2017 Harley-Davidson Road King Special.

Harley-Davidson has announced a new model in its 2017 Touring lineup: the Road King Special. This blacked-out, muscular-looking bagger is powered by the new Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine, and offers a fresh and contemporary take on the classic Road King. Got a hankering for a Harley? Read our 2017 Street Glide Review here. Most of the Road King’s chrome was stripped ...

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