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Comparison Test: 2016 BMW R nineT vs. 2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 Black

Neo-retro vs. modern classic—the BMW R nineT and Triumph Bonneville T120 Black are two different approaches to creating a simply beautiful, traditional motorcycle. While the BMW puts an emphasis on sport and custom components, the Triumph is a modern exemplification of the bike that ruled the 1960s. (Photos: Kevin Wing)

Almost as quickly as the technology is developed, motorcycle manufacturers are endowing many of their sport, touring and adventure motorcycles with beneficial but often complex and confusing electronic features. Whether or not this has created the groundswell of interest in less-complicated bikes with classic or neo-retro styling that plucks our heartstrings is hard to say. The leading edge of the ...

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2017 Triumph Bonneville T100 Black | First Ride Review

2017 Triumph Bonneville T100 Black

Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards. Cool, cooler, badass, rebel, rock ‘n’ roller. And they all rode Triumph Bonnevilles. Whether these icons boosted the Bonneville’s street cred or the Bonneville—a British hot rod introduced in 1959 and named in honor of Johnny Allen’s 214-mph land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in the Triumph-powered, methanol-fueled ...

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25 Best Motorcycles of the Past 25 Years

2001 Honda Gold Wing GL1800

Rider has selected a Motorcycle of the Year annually since 1990—27 bikes in all. Here we present our 25 Motorcycles of the Year for the past 25 years, from 1992 to 2016. (In case you’re wondering, the BMW K1 won in 1990 and the Honda CB750 Nighthawk won in 1991.) To be eligible for MOTY consideration, a motorcycle must be ...

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2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber | First Look Review

2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber

At the Intermot motorcycle show in Germany earlier this month, Triumph unveiled three new Bonneville models—the Bonneville T100, Bonneville T100 Black and Street Cup—which are powered by its 900cc “high torque” parallel twin, a new engine that debuted in the Street Twin for 2016. Read about the 2017 Triumph Bonneville T100 and T100 Black Read about the 2017 Triumph Street ...

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2017 Yamaha FZ-09 | First Look Review

2017 Yamaha FZ-09 in Candy Red

Yamaha unveiled two new 2017 models at the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) in Orlando, Florida—an update to its popular FZ-09 and an all-new YZF-R6 supersport. See and read about the 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 Calling its new FZ-09 “version 2.0,” Yamaha gave the affordable, sporty naked bike more aggressive bodywork with dual LED headlights similar to the FZ-10, new radiator ...

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2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 | First Look Review (VIDEO)

2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 in Team Yamaha Blue

After teasing a new supersport model reveal with two “R World” videos, Yamaha’s global unveil of its all-new 2017 YZF-R6 took place at the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) in Orlando, Florida, on October 13, 2016. Watch the video below to see it in action. A chip off the R1 block, the middleweight R6 has new, more aerodynamic bodywork with ...

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BMW Updates its S 1000 Lineup for 2017 | First Look Review

2017 BMW S 1000 R, S 1000 RR and S 1000 XR

Since it debuted for 2010, BMW’s S 1000 in-line four-cylinder platform has developed a reputation for serious horsepower, cutting-edge electronics and premium features. Read our 2010 BMW S 1000 RR review review The S 1000 lineup includes three models—the S 1000 RR supersport, the S 1000 R roadster and the S 1000 XR adventure sport. Read our 2015 BMW S ...

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2017 KTM Adventure Lineup | First Look Review

2017 KTM 1290 Super Adventure T

When KTM introduced the 1190 Adventure for 2014, it pivoted away from the dirt-focused 990 Adventure and rolled out a more balanced street/off-road adventure tourer. Living up to KTM’s “Ready to Race” motto, the 1190 Adventure’s 1,195cc LC8 V-twin made 150 horsepower (claimed), was the first production motorcycle to offer cornering ABS and featured state-of-the-art electronics such as riding modes, ...

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2017 Triumph Street Cup | First Look Review

2017 Triumph Street Cup

When Triumph completely redesigned its Bonneville lineup last year, it added liquid cooling its iconic parallel-twin engine platform and offered it in three Euro4-compliant variants: a 900cc “high torque” version for the Street Twin, a 1,200cc “high torque” version for the Bonneville T120 and T120 Black, and a 1,200cc “high power” version for the Thruxton and Thruxton R. The five ...

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2018 Suzuki GSX-S750 and GSX-S750Z | First Look Review

Suzuki has updated its GSX-S750 and GSX-S750Z naked sportbikes for 2018, making them Euro4 compliant and adding traction control and optional ABS.

Thanks to Europe’s stringent Euro4 regulations that take effect for 2017, California riders can now own Suzuki’s GSX-S750 naked bike. When it was introduced for 2016, it was offered only as a 49-state model because it didn’t comply with California emissions laws. Here’s the deal: Like all vehicle manufacturers interested in tapping the lucrative European market, Suzuki had to update ...

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