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2017 Victory Octane – First Ride Review

2017 Victory Octane

Building a motorcycle brand from scratch is hard work. Launched by Polaris Industries in 1998, Victory Motorcycles struggled during its first decade to build motorcycles and an identity that resonated with American buyers. Growth can be difficult when you’re in the cold, dark shadow of a well-established competitor like Harley-Davidson. But Victory eventually caught its stride, forming a successful partnership ...

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2017 Victory Octane – First Look Review

2017 Victory Octane

Victory’s new tagline is “Modern American Muscle,” and it’s flexing its biceps with the early-release 2017 Octane, a mid-sized cruiser powered by a liquid-cooled, 60-degree, 1,179cc V-twin with DOHC and four valves per cylinder that makes a claimed 104 horsepower and 76 lb-ft of torque. Victory says it weighs just 528 pounds (dry), does the quarter-mile in 12 seconds and ...

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2016 Ducati XDiavel S – First Ride Review

2016 Ducati XDiavel S

No one expected Ducati, a company largely defined by its sexy red superbikes, to build a cruiser. Even Ducati avoided use of the ‘C’ word when it introduced the Diavel for 2011, but with a long-and-low stance, heavy-metal styling and a massive 240mm rear tire, it had more in common with power cruisers like Harley-Davidson’s V-Rod and Star’s Vmax than ...

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2016 Indian Scout Sixty — Road Test Review


Now that Indian has been successfully reborn with the debut of the Chief series in August of 2013 (under the auspices of Polaris Industries, Inc., which also produces the Victory brand), the company has been rounding out its lineup with additional models. After leading with big-inch cruisers based upon its classic heritage (the original company was founded in 1901), Indian ...

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2016 Indian Scout — Road Test


Our first review of Indian’s bold new Scout cruiser was way back in the November 2014 issue, and it was based on the 2015 model’s introduction at the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota, so this full test of a production Scout here at home is overdue. First there was a production delay, then we got into our busy test season, ...

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2016 Indian Scout Sixty | First Look Review


Since its acquisition by Polaris Industries, Indian Motorcycle has steadily filled out its lineup. It started with three Chief models—Chief Classic, Chief Vintage and Chieftain—for 2014. The following year Indian added the Roadmaster luxury tourer to the Chief family and introduced the Scout, powered by an all-new liquid-cooled, 1,133cc (69ci) 60-degree V-twin with DOHC and 4 valves per cylinder that ...

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2015 Suzuki Boulevard M109R—Road Test


Despite the rapid rise of new favorites—adventure bikes, crossovers, naked roadsters and more—cruisers remain popular. Variations also abound within the cruiser continuum, with baggers pulling in much attention lately. Within such variety, the Suzuki Boulevard M109R reigns as a power cruiser celebrity. Despite its age, it offers a great engine that endures, one that kicks tail, takes names and delights ...

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Harley-Davidson Announces its 2016 Lineup


Harley-Davidson’s lineup expands for 2016, with two new Dark Custom models, two new S Series limited-edition cruisers and the return of the Road Glide Ultra. Elsewhere in the lineup are improvements in performance, styling and features to existing models. 2016 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 and Forty-Eight Dark Customs Harley-Davidson is adding two new Sportster models—Iron 883 and Forty-Eight—to its Dark Custom ...

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Indian Motorcycle Announces its 2016 Lineup


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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