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Indian Motorcycle Announces its 2016 Lineup

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Ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally kicking off next week, Indian Motorcycle has announced its 2016 model lineup, which includes the Scout and five models on the Chief platform. 2016 Indian Scout (ABS) Powered by a liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valves-per-cylinder 1,133cc (69ci) 60-degree V-twin that makes a claimed 100 horsepower and 72 lb-ft of torque, the Scout, ...

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2016 Victory Magnum X-1 – First Look Review

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Named after the Bell X-1, the plane that broke the sound barrier with legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager at the controls, the new Magnum X-1 is the latest loud-and-proud cruiser from Victory. Based on the Magnum big-wheel bagger introduced last year, the X-1 cranks the volume with 10 speakers (up from six) and 200 watts (up from 100) of audio ...

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2015 Star Bolt C-Spec – First Ride Review

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photography by Brian J. Nelson Star Motorcycles hit a home run in 2014 with its all-new Star Bolt, a minimalist “urban performance bobber” powered by the torquey, 942cc air-cooled V-twin from the V Star 950. With its solo saddle perched just 27.2 inches off the deck and a curb weight of 540 pounds, the compact Bolt looked tough with heavy-metal, ...

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Middleweight Touring Cruisers: Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT, Star V Star 950 Tourer, Suzuki Boulevard C50T, Triumph America LT

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Baggers, with their broad fairings and hard saddlebags, are popular these days, but classically styled cruisers with windshields and leather saddlebags have been mainstays of the touring world for decades. For this comparison test, we assembled a quartet of middleweight metric cruisers available from the factory as touring-ready models. All four are 2014 models (none will change for 2015 except ...

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2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT

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V-TWIN VALUE Remember 1984? That’s the year Apple launched its Macintosh computer during the Super Bowl and Kawasaki introduced the Vulcan 750 cruiser (as a 1985 model), giving birth to a model line that’s still going strong today, three decades later. Vulcans are available in three sizes, powered by a 1,700cc V-twin (Voyager and Vaquero; the Nomad has been discontinued), ...

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2014 Star V Star 950 Tourer

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STYLE FOR MILES Yamaha’s Star Motorcycle division claims to be the top-selling metric cruiser brand, and it’s easy to see why. Star has eight model families, and a total of 22 different models to choose from, everything from the diminutive V Star 250 to the domineering, 179-horsepower Vmax. Nestled between the 649cc V Star Custom and the V Star 1300 ...

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2014 Suzuki Boulevard C50T

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CRUISER COMFORT Suzuki’s Boulevard cruisers, which have model names that identify engine displacement in cubic inches rather than cubic centimeters, range in size from the entry-level, 652cc S40 to the ground-pounding, 1,783cc M109R B.O.S.S. (Blacked Out Suzuki Special). In between are the 1,462cc C90/M90 and 803cc C50/M50 models, where C stands for Custom and M for Muscle. Of the middleweight ...

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2014 Triumph America LT

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BRITISH INVASION Although the reborn Triumph showed its first models at the Cologne, Germany, show in 1990, it wasn’t until 2001 that it resurrected the Bonneville, the storied marque’s best-known model. Later that year, Triumph introduced its first purpose-built cruiser, the America. They shared an engine platform—an air-cooled, carbureted 790cc parallel twin—but little else. The Bonneville’s 360-degree firing order was ...

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2015 Triumph Rocket X Limited Edition – First Look Review

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Launched in 2004, Triumph’s Rocket III, with its 2,294cc in-line triple, has held the title of the largest-displacement mass-production motorcycle for a decade. When we strapped our 2014 Triumph Rocket III Touring test bike to Jett Tuning’s dyno, it made a pavement-buckling 137 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheel, at just 2,000 rpm. Read our 2014 Triumph Rocket III ...

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