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2016 Moto Guzzi V7 II Stornello – First Ride Review

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No, you’re not imagining things. Scrambler-style bikes are everywhere these days. Triumph arguably got there first with its eponymous Scrambler back in 2008, while Ducati’s 803cc Scrambler has been selling like hotcakes over the two years it’s been available. Heck, even BMW’s ginned up a scrambler out of the R nineT platform. And that’s just the OEMs; Bike EXIF is ...

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2017 Yamaha SCR950 – First Ride Review

2017 Yamaha SCR950

Americans use their motorcycles mostly for recreation, not primary transportation. Sure, there’s a dedicated minority who use their motorcycles for commuting and grocery getting, but the majority of us ride on weekends as an escape from the daily grind. And since they’re recreational vehicles, we’re more likely to choose motorcycles for sentimental reasons rather than practical ones. We buy lawnmowers ...

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1993 Yamaha GTS1000 Review: A Brave New World

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Note: This article was originally published in the April 1993 issue of Rider. Let a man proclaim a new principle. Public sentiment will surely be on the other side. -Thomas B. Reed Remember this bike. If the forkless Yamaha GTS1000 doesn’t prove to be the forerunner of a new era in motorcycle design, it represents a missed cue of colossal proportions. Who ...

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Retrospective: 1970-74 MV Agusta 750S

1974 MV Agusta 750S

In the best Italian fashion, this machine was the motoring equivalent of Gina Lollobrigida and Sofia Loren—gorgeous and rare. Only about a thousand of the 750S models were made, and they went for a very fancy price when new, now even fancier due to their rarity. They weren’t easy to ride, having tall gearing and suspension set more for the smoothness ...

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Retrospective: 1974 Norton Commando 850 John Player Replica

1974 Norton Commando 850 John Player Replica.

This was a minor marketing coup: Dress up a stock Norton Commando to look like the genuine race motorcycles that had been doing well in the Formula 750 races in 1972 and 1973. As one quite literate journalist wrote, it was “a titivated sports bike with a flashy fairing…” To save you looking up the word, titivate means “to make ...

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2017 Yamaha SCR950 – First Look Review

2017 Yamaha SCR950

When Yamaha introduced the “neo-retro” XSR900 for 2016, which combines old-school styling with the modern, crossplane triple of the FZ-09, it launched the XSR as part of a new category that Yamaha calls “Sport Heritage.” Other models in this category include the VMax muscle cruiser, the café-racer styled Bolt C-Spec and the ‘70s throwback, kickstart-only SR400. Read our 2016 Yamaha ...

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Retrospective: 1978-1979 Suzuki GS1000

1978 Suzuki GS1000.

There is horsepower, and there is handling. Beginning in 1969, the Japanese were quickly winning the horsepower wars, but the Europeans had a far better understanding of handling. The Japanese could win races, but a chassis suitable for a racetrack is vastly different from one that needs to be used for doddering around town and then careening through the curvy ...

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Concept Bike: BMW Motorrad R 5 Hommage

BMW Motorrad's R 5 Hommage concept bike celebrates the 80th anniversary of its iconic R 5 model.

At the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, held in Cernobbio, Italy, on the picturesque shores of Lake Como, BMW Motorrad marked the 80th anniversary of its R 5, an iconic model with a lightweight frame based on the company’s 500cc factory race bike, by unveiling a one-off concept called the BMW R 5 Hommage. The heart of the R 5 Hommage ...

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2016 Yamaha XSR900 – First Ride Review

2016 Yamaha XSR900

Without a doubt, one of the most exciting engines to come along in the last couple of years is Yamaha’s 847cc in-line triple. Churning out more than 100 rear-wheel horsepower, it packs a punch and the “crossplane concept” design, with offset crankpins and even firing intervals, infuses it with a feisty blend of sound, feel and torque. The potent, versatile ...

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