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2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT – First Ride Review

2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT

Photography by James Wright and Ula Serra I Prat As Inspector “Dirty” Harry Callahan advised, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” Male or female, it’s always good to keep your ego in check. Many of us don’t need 100-plus horsepower or whiz-bang electronics. We’d happily trade bragging rights for comfort, nimble handling, fuel efficiency and low weight. Since we’re ...

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2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800 – First Ride Review

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Photography by Milagro MV Agusta will enter the touring segment for the first time for 2015, with two new three-cylinder models quite unlike anything else ever produced by Italy’s most historic two-wheeled manufacturer—the fully faired Turismo Veloce 800 slated to begin production in April as MV’s entry in the high-mileage touring market, and the Stradale 800 sport tourer, which should ...

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2015 Yamaha FJ-09 – First Ride Review

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Photography by Riles & Nelson What are you looking for in a sport-touring motorcycle? I know what I want in my go-to bike—plenty of performance, so I can cruise at high speed, make quick passes, get out of harm’s way in a hurry and have some fun on back roads. Riding comfort didn’t used to matter to me much, but ...

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2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS – Road Test Review

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Photography by Kevin Wing Borrowed from the French, concours (pronounced kawn-koor; the “s” is silent) refers to an assemblage of things or a contest, such as a concours d’elegance, where motorcycles that have been painstakingly preserved or restored are judged on their appearance and historical fidelity. Since 1986, Concours has also been the name of Kawasaki’s “supersport” tourer. The original ...

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2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS – First Look Review

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For its eighth model year Kawasaki has nicely revised and updated the 2015 Concours 14 ABS sport-tourer, which offers a high-powered but flexible 1,352cc engine derived from an earlier version of the Ninja ZX-14R sportbike in a machine with far more comfort and versatility. The 2015 model benefits from enhancements including a revised first gear ratio, lighter steering at low ...

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2015 Yamaha FJ-09 – First Look Review

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Yamaha’s FZ-09 sport-standard triple is so popular that it’s unlikely a slight price increase for 2015 to $8,190 will have any negative effect on its sales. In fact, that popularity has led Yamaha to spinoff an adventure-styled, sport-touring model variant on the -09 triple platform for 2015 called the FJ-09, which will reach dealerships in December 2014 with prices starting ...

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2015 BMW S 1000 XR – First Look Review

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Since its debut for 2010, BMW’s S 1000 RR sportbike, powered by a ferocious in-line four-cylinder engine that makes a claimed 190 horsepower (for 2015, peak output is up to 199 hp), has ruled the racetrack. An even more race-oriented version, the HP4, debuted for 2013, and the naked S 1000 R broke cover earlier this year. At the EICMA ...

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2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT – First Look Review

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At the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, Ducati announced a major update to its Multistrada 1200 for 2015, the third generation of its sport/adventure tourer. Already renowned for power and technological sophistication, the new Multistrada will offer more of both. Featuring new Desmodromic Variable Timing, its 1,198cc Testastretta L-twin will make a claimed 160 horsepower (up from 150) and 100 ...

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2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS/LT and Versys 1000 LT – First Look Review

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When the Kawasaki Versys 650 debuted for 2008, it had styling as unusual as its name (a mash-up of “versatility” and “system”). Powered by the 649cc parallel twin from the Ninja 650, the Versys was tall and lithe with an upright seating position, a gazelle-like middleweight adventure tourer with no off-road aspirations. Mostly free of plastic bodywork, except for a ...

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2014 BMW R 1200 RT – Road Test Review

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Sport-touring bikes have a love/hate relationship with weight. A rider generally moves up to a sport tourer in order to get creature comforts such as a full fairing, electric windscreen, integrated saddlebags and more fuel capacity. On the other hand, the extra pounds these niceties pile on can take a toll on the bike’s handling, acceleration, stopping distances and maneuverability ...

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