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Tackling LA-Barstow-Vegas on a 2WD Ural Gear-Up

LA-Barstow-Vegas on a 2WD 2016 Ural Gear-Up.

It’s well before dawn, and the temperature is below freezing. Ben’s KTM 1190 Adventure says it’s 27 F., but Kurt’s BMW R 1200 GS is somewhat more optimistic at a balmy 31. My Ural Gear-Up is silent on the matter, perhaps in indifference to these mild temperatures. After all, it was originally built to carry Russian soldiers through snow and ...

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2017 Triumph Street Scrambler | First Look Review

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It was a Triumph that Steve McQueen so famously rode in the 1964 International Six Days Trial, and for today’s scrambler-style enthusiasts, Triumph’s latest production version, produced from 2006 to 2016, has always epitomized what a scrambler should look like. With the release of the new crop of liquid-cooled bikes like the Street Twin earlier this year, it was only ...

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2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III Lineup | First Look Review

2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III Anniversario

At the EICMA show in Italy, Moto Guzzi announced third-generation updates to its V7 lineup, now called V7 III. The family includes four models, the returning Racer, Special and Stone, and a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the V7 line, the limited-edition Anniversario (only 750 will be built). Read our 2016 Moto Guzzi V7 II Stornello review The V7’s ...

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2017 BMW R nineT and R nineT Urban G/S | First Look Review

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When BMW released the original R nineT in 2014, it represented a major shift in BMW’s approach, and proved to be a genre-bending—and very popular—bike. It was also revealed that there would be ten variations of the R nineT, and so far we’ve seen four: the Scrambler, Racer, Pure and the original Roadster. Read our Road Test Review of the ...

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Ridden & Rated Review: 2017 BMW R nineT Scrambler

A higher handlebar, skinnier, right-side-up fork with gaiters and upswept exhaust—not to mention a lower price—distinguish the Scrambler from the standard R nineT. (Photos: Markus Jahn, Peter Musch, Arnold Debus and Jorg Kunstle)

Simple is Best. That’s an axiom manufacturers are increasingly turning toward, as a counterpoint to the ongoing electronically driven techno-race. “There are lots of people who want to get away from all that technology,” says BMW Motorrad’s Head of Design, Edgar Heinrich. “They want a cool style above all else, in a lower-performance package. We must try to provide that.” ...

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Comparison Test: 2016 BMW R nineT vs. 2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 Black

Neo-retro vs. modern classic—the BMW R nineT and Triumph Bonneville T120 Black are two different approaches to creating a simply beautiful, traditional motorcycle. While the BMW puts an emphasis on sport and custom components, the Triumph is a modern exemplification of the bike that ruled the 1960s. (Photos: Kevin Wing)

Almost as quickly as the technology is developed, motorcycle manufacturers are endowing many of their sport, touring and adventure motorcycles with beneficial but often complex and confusing electronic features. Whether or not this has created the groundswell of interest in less-complicated bikes with classic or neo-retro styling that plucks our heartstrings is hard to say. The leading edge of the ...

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Retrospective: 1967-1971 Kawasaki A7SS Avenger 350

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Kawasaki was the last of the Big Four Japanese OEMs to enter the U.S. market, setting up shop in greater Los Angeles in 1966 with a couple of tiddlers, an old-fashioned British-style OHV 650cc parallel twin and a very nice 125cc two-stroke single identified rather unromantically as the B8. The Kawasaki marketing boys (don’t know if any girls were involved) ...

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2017 Triumph Bonneville T100 Black | First Ride Review

2017 Triumph Bonneville T100 Black

Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards. Cool, cooler, badass, rebel, rock ‘n’ roller. And they all rode Triumph Bonnevilles. Whether these icons boosted the Bonneville’s street cred or the Bonneville—a British hot rod introduced in 1959 and named in honor of Johnny Allen’s 214-mph land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in the Triumph-powered, methanol-fueled ...

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