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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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Motor Trike Prowler RT – Ridden & Rated Review

Motor Trike Prowler RT (reverse trike) kit on a Honda GL 1800 Goldwing.

Today’s “trike” is not just a trike. Variants include everything from traditional units with two driven wheels at the back of a conventional motorcycle, to bolt-on kits that add two outboard rear wheels to the existing two for stability, and to newer design translations that place two steerable wheels forward and one driven wheel aft. The Prowler RT from Motor ...

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2016 Kawasaki Vulcan S Café – Road Test Review

2016 Kawasaki Vulcan S Cafe.

Take everything you think you know about cruisers, and toss it all out the window. Kawasaki’s Vulcan S lineup, which includes the base-model S (available with or without ABS), the mid-range S ABS SE and the top-of-the-line S ABS Café, breaks a lot of cruiser rules—and has a lot of fun doing it. For starters, with claimed curb weights starting ...

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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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109 New or Updated Motorcycles for 2017 and 2018

Triumph Street Scrambler

Talk about an embarrassment of riches! More than 100 street motorcycles are all-new or significantly updated for the 2017 or 2018 model years. This bumper crop includes bikes from 16 manufacturers in 8 different countries, and the variety in terms of displacement, style, technology and performance is staggering. Here they are, in alphabetical order. 2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 Major overhaul ...

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Long-Term Rides: 2016 Yamaha FJR1300ES

2016 Yamaha FJR1300ES

10,525 miles, MSRP $17,990 Since its U.S. introduction for 2003, Yamaha’s FJR1300 has become a sport-touring icon. With its big, 1,298cc in-line four smoothly generating more than 125 horsepower and nearly 90 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheel, this velvet hammer is a favorite of go-fast enthusiasts, solo or two-up touring fanatics and endurance riders (FJRs are often top finishers in the Iron Butt Rally). Having ...

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2017 BMW G 310 R – First Ride Review

2017 BMW G 310 R

I’ve always enjoyed riding smaller bikes. Part of that comes from not being terribly large, but it’s also because it’s just fun to fling them around corners and through traffic, and parking lot maneuvers are a breeze. Having 160 horsepower on tap is fun too, but let’s face it—unless you’re a 1-percenter of the professional racing variety, you’re never going ...

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2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber – First Ride Review

2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber

Bobbers are quite possibly the original performance custom motorcycles. Riders have been stripping extraneous parts and “bobbing” fenders since knickerbockers and straw hats were in fashion. The idea is simple: take an ordinary motorcycle, remove anything not related to going fast, including rear shocks, side covers, and passenger seats and pegs, chop off the fenders to their most minimal size ...

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Honda Confirms U.S. Will Get the 2017 CB1100 EX

2017 Honda CB1100 EX (European model shown).

After bringing the retro-cool CB1100 to the U.S. in 2013, and then whisking it away just as quickly after the 2014 model year, Honda has announced that we will once again see the CB1100 in U.S. dealerships. The 2017 CB1100 EX, as it’s now called, has received a facelift as well as a host of performance upgrades that should make ...

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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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