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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 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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2017 Triumph Street Scrambler | First Look Review

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It was a Triumph that Steve McQueen so famously rode in the 1964 International Six Days Trial, and for today’s scrambler-style enthusiasts, Triumph’s latest production version, produced from 2006 to 2016, has always epitomized what a scrambler should look like. With the release of the new crop of liquid-cooled bikes like the Street Twin earlier this year, it was only ...

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2017 BMW R nineT and R nineT Urban G/S | First Look Review

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When BMW released the original R nineT in 2014, it represented a major shift in BMW’s approach, and proved to be a genre-bending—and very popular—bike. It was also revealed that there would be ten variations of the R nineT, and so far we’ve seen four: the Scrambler, Racer, Pure and the original Roadster. Read our Road Test Review of the ...

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2017 BMW R 1200 GS Updates & New Style Packages

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BMW’s iconic GS marque has spent 35 years perfecting the combination of touring and off-road capability, and the latest liquid-cooled R 1200 GS is arguably the best one yet. For 2017, BMW has announced some significant updates to its R 1200 GS, with an eye on the many ways its customers use the bike. Read our Snapshot Comparo of the ...

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2017 BMW G 310 GS | First Look Review

2017 BMW G 310 GS

Last year, at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, BMW Motorrad unveiled the G 310 R, the company’s first sub-500cc roadster model. It was developed in Munich by BMW Motorrad and is built in India by TVS Motor Company. Read our 2017 BMW G 310 R first look review At this year’s EICMA show, BMW announced a second small-displacement model, ...

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2017 Honda CRF250L Rally | First Look Review

2017 Honda CRF250L Rally

Honda today unveiled a new adventure-focused model, the 2017 CRF250L Rally. Inspired by the factory CRF450 Rally machine raced in the Dakar by Team HRC and based on the standard CRF250L (which has also been updated for the new model year), the CRF250L Rally has long-travel suspension, large-disc ABS brakes, good weather protection and an impressive cruising range. Read our ...

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2017 Ducati Multistrada 950 | First Look Review

2017 Ducati Multistrada 950

Back in 2010, when Ducati transformed the Multistrada from Pierre Terblanche’s ugly duckling into a sharp-beaked, 150-horsepower swan, it injected a healthy dose of performance and technology into the burgeoning adventure bike category. The new Multistrada 1200 introduced the “four bikes in one” concept, with throttle-by-wire enabled riding modes that changed engine output, throttle response, traction control and Öhlins electronic ...

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Tour Test: Riding the Devil’s Highway on a V-Strom 650XT

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The road is turning and twisting in an almost violent way, with 10-mph hairpins and 25-mph curves in endless succession. We (V-Strom and I) are riding high in the sky, above the valleys thousands of feet below, sometimes to the east, sometimes to the west. The left foot is working the transmission incessantly, going from 2nd to 4th, rarely 5th, ...

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