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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 Kawasaki Z650 – First Ride Review

2017 Kawasaki Z650 ABS

In the 1970s, an influx of in-line four cylinder motorcycles from the Japanese “Big Four” quickly took over the market. These quick, reliable and comfortable speed machines became known as Universal Japanese Motorcycles, or UJMs, both for their similarities to one another and their universal appeal. Kawasaki’s contributions to UJM domination included the mighty Z1 and the KZ650—which was known ...

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BMW’s HP4 RACE Prototype is a Carbon Fiber Work of Art

BMW HP4 Race

At the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, earlier this month, Ducati unveiled its new 1299 Superleggera (“super light” in Italian), a MotoGP-caliber sportbike that makes 215 horsepower and weighs just 386 pounds, in part because Ducati says it’s the first production motorcycle to have its frame, subframe, swingarm, wheels and bodywork all made from carbon fiber. Only 500 examples of ...

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Rider Test: 2017 Harley-Davidson Street Glide

2017 Harley-Davidson Street Glide

With its batwing fairing and angular saddlebags, Harley-Davidson’s Street Glide—its top-selling Touring model in the U.S.—cuts an iconic profile. It was overhauled for 2014 as part of Project Rushmore, including a High Output Twin Cam 103 V-twin with more torque, a redesigned batwing fairing with a new Splitstream vent, a hydraulic clutch, a beefier fork, optional Reflex Linked Brakes with ...

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2018 Suzuki GSX250R | First Look Review

2018 Suzuki GSX250R

In an effort to attract new and young riders into motorcycling, over the past several years manufacturers have introduced a wide variety of small-displacement bikes. Suzuki’s pint-sized lineup includes the GW250 sport standard (with styling inspired by the mighty but long gone B-King) and two retro-styled models, the VanVan 200 and the TU250X (the latter is not available in California, ...

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2017 Ducati Monster 1200 S | First Ride Review

2017 Ducati Monster 1200 S

When the Ducati Monster M900 was introduced back in 1993, Bill and Hillary Clinton lived in the White House, the Internet was in its infancy and Kevin Schwantz battled Wayne Rainey for the 500cc GP title. Miguel Galluzzi’s design, with the tubular-steel trellis frame and air-cooled, desmodromic, 90-degree L-twin hanging out in the breeze for all to see, was simple, ...

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2017 Honda Rebel 500 and 300 | First Look Review

2017 Honda Rebel 300

Honda headed up a nearly full slate of returning 2017 machines today with two new ones, the Rebel 500 and 300. Based on the 471cc parallel twin in the CB500F and the 286cc single in the CB300F, the bikes are a mix of old- and new-school style, with aggressively raked front ends and fat tires on 16-inch wheels. Riding positions ...

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2017 Kawasaki Z650 ABS | First Look Review

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Kawasaki briefly offered a naked Ninja 650 derivative called the ER-6n in the United States (2009-2010), and since then the smallest-displacement naked “Z” bike an American rider could find has been the Z800, which was introduced for 2016. With the rollout of an updated Ninja 650, Kawasaki has decided to give it another go, with a new Z650 coming to ...

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2017 Kawasaki Z900 ABS | First Look Review

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Replacing the outgoing Z800 in Kawasaki’s naked “Z” bike lineup is the 2017 Z900. The new Z900 carries Kawasaki’s trademark Sugomi-inspired styling, and is built around a new 948cc inline four-cylinder engine and new steel twin-spar trellis frame, for an ideal blend of power, handling and comfort. Read our 2016 Kawasaki Z800 ABS first ride review The new liquid-cooled, DOHC, ...

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2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 300 | First Look Review

2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Kawasaki revamped its Versys adventure-street lineup for 2015, extensively updating the Versys 650 and Versys 1000, and finally bringing the latter to the U.S. market. We’ve got a soft spot for these fun, versatile and affordable machines, and we selected the Versys 1000LT as Rider’s 2015 Motorcycle of the Year. Read our 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650LT road test review Read ...

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