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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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Yamaha Announces More 2016 Models and Pricing

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Since last fall, Yamaha has announced many new, updated and returning models as part of its 2016 lineup, including cruisers under the Star Motorcycles brand. Read about 2016 Star Motorcycles, the new 2016 YZF-R1S and returning 2016 street and adventure models 2016 Yamaha FJR1300A / FJR1300ES Pricing Last November, Yamaha announced updates for 2016 to its FJR1300A (standard) and FJR1300ES ...

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2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT – First Look Review

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KTM’s 1290 Super Duke R, aka “The Beast,” is one of the most potent naked sportbikes ever made, with a 1,301cc V-twin that ripped off 152 horsepower and 93 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheel in our “Sit-Up Sportbikes” comparo. For 2017, KTM will offer a sport-touring version called the 1290 Super Duke GT, with roomier ergonomics, an adjustable handlebar ...

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2016 Yamaha FJR1300 / FJR1300ES – First Look Review

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Yamaha’s smooth, fast, comfortable FJR1300 open-class sport tourer enters its 14th model year in the U.S. and gets a minor update for 2016. Before getting into the details, let’s take a brief look at the FJR’s evolution. Successor to the FJ1100 and FJ1200, which were in Yamaha’s lineup from the mid ‘80s through the mid ‘90s, the FJR1300—the tuning-fork company’s ...

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2015 BMW R 1200 R and 2016 R 1200 RS – Road Test Review

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The first motorcycle to be badged as a BMW was the R32, a stylish black beauty with white pinstriping that produced all of 8.5 horsepower from its 494cc flat-opposed twin-cylinder engine. It was born in 1923, and the “boxer” twin has been around in one form or another ever since—more than 90 years. For much of that long history it ...

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Long-Term Rides: 2015 Yamaha FJ-09

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First Report (2,847 miles) // MSRP $10,490 Yamaha’s latest sport/adventure crossover bike, the FJ-09, offers a lot of fun and competence at a reasonable price. While it finished third in our comparison test with the Kawasaki Versys 1000LT and Suzuki V-Strom 1000, those bikes are a bit larger and more moolah. The FJ-09 is quick and comfortable, but was hampered ...

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Long-Term Rides: 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT

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6,555 Miles // MSRP: $12,799 Since our last Long-Term Rides report on the Versys 1000 LT in the July issue, we’ve logged another 5,000 miles and we selected it as Rider’s 2015 Motorcycle of the Year. The more we ride the big Versys, the more attached we get. Power, handling, comfort, balance, luggage capacity, two-up-ability and price are just right, ...

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2016 BMW R 1200 RS – First Ride Review

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Photography by Kevin Wing Rider, like many motorcycle magazines, is based in Southern California, where mild temperatures allow year-round riding and a short winter rainy season means precipitation is rare for most of the year. And that’s before factoring in the severe drought that has gripped the West Coast for the past few years. Getting caught in a downpour is ...

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CFMoto 650TK – First Ride Review

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The Chinese motorcycle industry’s long march into the global marketplace with a range of full-size models aimed at Western customers finally got under way four years ago with the parallel-twin CFMoto 650NK. An unashamed reinterpretation of the Kawasaki ER6n, with comparable performance but a 45-percent lower retail price, this was the first “proper” bike with an engine larger than 250cc ...

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Motus MST & MST-R – First Ride Review

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The first American four-cylinder street bike in the 70 years since World War II has now reached production, and the initial examples of the V-4 Motus MST and higher-performance MST-R sport tourers have been delivered to the first of the more than 270 customers who’ve placed deposits with the start-up company based in Birmingham, Alabama. They have lined-up to buy ...

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