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2017 Honda Grom – First Look Review

2017 Honda Grom in Bright Yellow

Named after a term of endearment for a talented young surfer, the playful Honda Grom 125 was an immediate hit when it debuted for 2014. Dealers couldn’t keep them in stock, buyers flipped them for profit and aftermarket suppliers jumped in with both feet to offer hop-up parts, everything from carbon-fiber exhaust pipes to high-end suspension—all for a bike that ...

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2017 Yamaha FZ-10 – First Look Review

2017 Yamaha FZ-10 in Armor Gray

  When the original FZ-1 was introduced back in 2001, it offered most of the ground-breaking YZF-R1’s liter-class sportbike performance in a more comfortable, less expensive package. Over the years the FZ-1 was updated and refined—a complete overhaul for 2006 earned it Rider’s Motorcycle of the Year award—but recently it had gotten long in the tooth and slipped quietly from ...

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2016 Kymco K-Pipe 125 – First Look Review

The 2016 Kymco K-Pipe 125 is a lightweight, affordable motorcycle for around-town riding.

Competition is heating up in the pocket bike category. First came the Honda Grom, then the Kawasaki Z125 Pro, and now Kymco is rolling out the K-Pipe 125, which is the steal of the bunch at just $1,999. Like the Honda and Kawi, the Kymco is powered by a 125cc (123.7, to be precise) air-cooled single with SOHC and two ...

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2017 Suzuki SV650 – First Ride Review

2017 Suzuki SV650

Sixteen years ago I walked into a dealership ready to buy my first brand-new bike: a 2000 Suzuki SV650 in Candy Grand Blue. I’d done my homework; the SV650 had been released the year before and had already earned respect from riders both new and experienced. It was the rarest of creatures: inexpensive, fun and easy to ride for beginners, ...

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2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro – First Ride Review

The 2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro is lightweight, easy to ride and most of all fun. (Photos: Kevin Wing)

It’s a naked baby Z, it’s a real motorcycle and it costs $2,999. Is it for you? The bottom line is, there are things that the Z125 Pro does do, and things that it doesn’t do. In discussing what it does do first, the 2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro is multifaceted, utilitarian and, best of all, emotionally fulfilling. It’s simply a ...

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2016 Aprilia Shiver 750 – Road Test Review

The tallish 31.9-inch seat height and flat, wide handlebar give the Shiver roomy, comfortable seating and plenty of steering leverage for aggressive cornering.

Before this edgy naked bike was introduced in 2007, there was a large gap in Aprilia’s sportbike lineup between its diminutive RS125 and the brilliant RSV1000R, both of which had Austrian-made Rotax engines. Then the Piaggio Group scooped up Aprilia and Moto Guzzi, and before you could say polpetta picante Aprilia was making its own motors and had filled the ...

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2016 Suzuki Bandit 1250S ABS – Road Test Review

With the return of the Bandit 1250S, Suzuki brings a familiar and fun machine back into the family fold. (Photography by Kevin Wing and Ken Lee)

Sometimes, going back to the well turns out to be the smartest move you can make. For 2016, Suzuki returns to a trusted source by reintroducing the Bandit 1250S ABS refreshed with a slight wardrobe change. The Big Bandit legacy began in 1997 with the original four-cylinder 1200, the air-cooled 1,152cc carbureted old-school version. Today’s lightly warmed-over Bandit 1250S springs ...

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2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro – First Look Review

2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro

If, when you first looked at the bike above, you asked yourself, Did Honda update the Grom?, it’s understandable. With diminutive 12-wheels shod with chunky tires, a boxy silhouette and an air-cooled 125cc single tucked behind the front wheel, this bike is very Grom-esque, but it’s not a Honda. It’s a new-for-2017 Kawasaki called the Z125 Pro. Kawasaki says the ...

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Yamaha Announces More 2016 Models and Pricing

2016 Yamaha FZ-07 in Armor Gray

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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