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2016 Yamaha YZF-R3 | Rider Tour Test

2016 Yamaha YZF-R3

From cliffs high above the Pacific Ocean to the salty mist near the water’s edge, California’s Route 1 along the Big Sur coast seduces two-wheeled travelers with sensuous curves in a stunning setting. If you’re lucky enough to enjoy the road without traffic, the experience is guaranteed a top spot on your best rides list. I rode it on a ...

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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 F 800 R & F 800 GT | First Look Review

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BMW’s F 800 R and F 800 GT have proven popular with smaller riders, and for 2017 both models are receiving updates and new color options. Perhaps the biggest change is the addition of ride-by-wire, which enables riding modes. Rain and Road riding modes will come as standard on both models, while Dynamic ride mode will be equipped as an ...

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2017 BMW K 1600 GT | First Look Review

2017 BMW K 1600 GT

When the BMW K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL broke cover in 2010, they promised to bring new levels of performance and sophistication to the sport touring and luxury touring segments. Differing mainly in terms of seating position, windscreen size/shape and the presence of a top trunk (on the GTL), both featured an inline six-cylinder engine with a claimed ...

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2016 Yamaha FJR1300ES – Road Test Review

Although the FJR1300ES tips the scales at 670 pounds fully fueled, it feels nicely balanced and responds well to steering inputs. Among the FJR’s many options for adjustability are windscreen height, handlebar position, seat height and width of the the black lower fairing panels.

What do a state park, an international border crossing, a dirt road and a coastal highway have in common? Together they make up the four corners of California. Linking them together in a big loop covers 2,600 miles, which I shoehorned into a little more than three days, averaging 800 miles a day, for a challenging test of man and ...

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Video: 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT is the perfect sport-touring machine for a rider who needs some creature comforts but doesn’t want to give up performance and handling. Check out our latest video below to see all the GT’s features, or watch it on our YouTube channel here. You can also read our First Ride Review of the 2017 KTM ...

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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 Yamaha FJR1300A/FJR1300ES – First Ride Review

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“14 years of refinement” doesn’t exactly sound like an earth-shattering tagline, but that’s what Yamaha led with at its press briefing for the new 2016 FJR1300A and ES models in Phoenix, Arizona. To be fair, that’s a fitting description: the FJR1300A (read about the ES in the accompanying sidebar below) doesn’t boast any major redesigns, but instead receives a barrage ...

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2017 KTM Super Duke GT – First Ride Review

(Photography by Marco Campelli, Luca Piffaretti & Sebas Romero)

You have to give KTM credit for building bikes its own way. From their signature orange paint and angular, Transformer-inspired styling to “Ready to Race” engines and top-shelf components, KTM’s high-end bikes stand apart from a sea of motorcycles that are built to a price. A perfect example is the 1290 Super Duke R, aka The Beast, a purpose-built, light, ...

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2016 Triumph Tiger Sport – Not (Yet) for U.S. Consumption

2016 Triumph Tiger Sport

The Tiger name has a long history at Triumph, with early models dating back to the 1930s. In the modern Hinckley era, Tigers have been adventure bikes, starting with the Tiger 900 that debuted in the U.S. for 1994 with a 19-inch front wheel, spoked rims and long-travel suspension. By 2007 Triumph had abandoned off-road pretense in favor of a ...

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