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2014 Victory Boardwalk Review

2014 Victory Boardwalk

The Victory brand was started by Polaris Industries in 1998 as a means of addressing the lucrative big-inch V-twin market that Harley-Davidson largely had to itself. The bikes are built in Minnesota and Iowa, as are the Indians. From the start, Victory wanted to position its bikes as more performance-oriented V-twins than Harleys and, as a result, they utilize an ...

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2015 Indian Scout – First Ride Review

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Before the Chief there was the Scout. The Chief may have been Indian’s stylistic high-water mark, but the Scout was its engineering masterpiece. Designed by racer-turned-engineer Charles B. Franklin and introduced in 1920, the Scout was powered by a 600cc (37ci) side-valve, semi-unit V-twin with twin cams and a gear-driven primary bathed in oil (enlarged to 61ci, the engine went ...

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2015 Victory Magnum – First Ride Review

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With a significant share of Polaris Industries’ motorcycle R&D focused on the Indian branch of the family tree, Victory’s new-for-2015 models are stylistic spin-offs rather than all-new platforms. We tested the Gunner, a stripped-down bobber based on the Judge, in our June issue, and I saddled up on the Magnum, a factory custom “big wheel bagger” based on the Cross ...

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2015 Victory Magnum – First Ride Review

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Photography by Riles & Nelson Motorcycle customization trends ebb and flow. Choppers, with their spindly, raked-out forks, beach-ball rear tires and bizarre riding positions, seemed ubiquitous a decade ago. But when the Great Recession popped the bubble of easy money, the chopper craze deflated. Chromed-out bling machines were out and more practical baggers, with wind-cheating fairings and handy luggage capacity, ...

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2015 Indian Scout First Look

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Indian Motorcycles took the logical first step in returning the marque to glory by relaunching the brand last year with an impressive lineup of Chief and Chieftain models that share styling cues with the famous originals, right down to the fully skirted fenders and Indian head war bonnet mascot. The line even expanded to four bikes recently with the introduction ...

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2015 Victory Magnum—First Look

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Victory Motorcycles has added another new bike to its 2015 lineup alongside the Gunner bobber. This time it’s a nice variation on the Cross Country called the Magnum with a custom 21-inch front wheel (vs. the standard 18-inch). The back of the bike has been slammed (lowered) one-inch, and the Magnum’s seat is just 25.7 inches high. Four custom color ...

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Harley-Davidson Street XG750 and XG500 – First Ride Review

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  Harley-Davidson used the youthful stage of the Summer X Games in the great American city of Austin, Texas, to debut the Street 750, its first clean-sheet motorcycle in 13 years. Purists may fear it’s the beginning of the end, but the Motor Company is filling a need with this inexpensive liquid-cooled motorcycle, which has more in common with a ...

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Star Bolt and Bolt R-Spec Return for 2015

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Star Motorcycles recently revealed that its popular Bolt cruisers will be among its motorcycles returning for 2015. Both top-selling Bolt and Bolt R-Spec models are powered by a 942cc, air-cooled V-twin, and updates include wave-type brake rotors and new instrument clusters. The R-Spec also receives new wheel stripes. The Bolt returns in Glacier Blue and Candy Red for $7,990, and ...

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2014 Honda CTX1300 Deluxe – Road Test Review

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Honda, like all motorcycle manufacturers, classifies its models into various categories such as touring, adventure, cruiser and sport. With the 2009 introduction of the DN-01, which had the twist-and-go transmission of a scooter, the seating position of a cruiser and futuristic styling, Honda created a new category it called “crossover.” Overpriced and underwhelming, the DN-01 didn’t last, but Honda stuck ...

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2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE—Review

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Introduced as a 2011 model, the Vaquero (which means “cowboy” in Spanish) is one of three dressed versions of the popular Vulcan 1700. Each is powered by a liquid-cooled, 1,700cc (103.7 cubic inches), 52-degree V-twin with single overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. Its single-pin crank provides just the right amount of shudder so coveted by cruiser riders. Power ...

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