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2009 Honda DN-01 – Road Test Review

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[this review of the 2009 Honda DN-01 was originally published in the November 2008 issue of Rider] Confusion. If there was a consistent theme running through the presentation of Honda’s new DN-01 in Milan, then this was it. Confusion first is exactly what the DN-01 is or is meant to do-it looks more like a scooter than anything else, and ...

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2008 Can-Am Spyder Road Test

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photography by the author, Gary Drevenstedt and Scott Hirko Feeling lonely? Having trouble getting noticed? Ride a Can-Am Spyder and you’ll instantly win friends and influence people. I’m not sure it would get you a date, though; stick with a Harley or Ducati for raw sex appeal. And stay away if you are self-conscious or misanthropic because the Spyder often ...

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2008 Piaggio MP3 500 Road Test

2008 Piaggio MP3 500

If Batman owned a scooter the Piaggio MP3 500 would be it. In the immortal words of Robin, the Gotham-city hero’s sidekick, “Holy mechanical marvel, Batman!” And that it is, with its three wheels and parallelogram steering and suspension components that allow the MP3 to lean up to 40 degrees. Its appearance would suit the Caped Crusader, too–rugged- and futuristic-looking, ...

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2008 Lehman Renegade Trike Road Test

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We’ve seen them at rallies and rolling down the road, three-wheeled vehicles based on motorcycles that are referred to as “trike conversions.” The conversion process is usually performed by a dealer and consists of substituting a differential and a pair of rear wheels for the bike’s single rear wheel, and adding appropriate bodywork. One of the major companies performing such ...

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2008 Trike Buyers Guide

You’ve seen them on the road and probably heard the rationale. With three wheels, a tricycle is more stable than a motorcycle; there’s no dropping your trike in a parking lot. Come to a stop and you don’t even need to put your feet down to keep it balanced. And think of the weight you’re saving by getting rid of ...

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2008 Can-Am Spyder First Ride

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[This 2008 Can-Am Spyder First Ride was originally published in the April 2007 issue of Rider magazine] by Troy Siahaan The wild vehicle you see before you is the 2008 Can-Am Spyder, which parent company Bombardier is using to bring the Can-Am name to the road, and is hoping will revolutionize the powersports industry. You may remember Can-Am. Its motocross and ...

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2007 Kymco Xciting 500 Road Test

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[This 2007 Kymco Xciting 500 Road Test was originally published in the May 2006 issue of Rider magazine] Scooters were big back in the 1960s when I was in high school, and began making a comeback in the ’90s. Today, both young people and anyone who has become distressed at paying in excess of $60 for a fill-up on their four-wheeler ...

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The 32nd Annual Griffith Park Sidecar Rally

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Even Huell Howser, the host of PBS-affiliate KCET TV’s popular “California Gold,” showed up for the weekend event that brought sidecar rigs trundling into L.A.’s Griffith Park from all points of the compass. After all, this is the mother lode for rare, unusual and very high-tech sidehacks and their equally unique owners and fans, and the 32nd such gathering was ...

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