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2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro – First Ride Review

2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro

With its 17-inch wheels, short wheelbase and superbike-derived engine, Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 has, since the platform debuted for 2010, occupied the sporty end of the adventure-touring spectrum. Numerous updates over time, everything from Ducati Skyhook Suspension Evo and Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT) to better wind protection and more comfortable ergonomics, have made the Multistrada a more well-rounded machine. And riding ...

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2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer XCa – First Ride Review

Triumph brings stellar credentials to the ever-growing adventure-touring category with a whole family of bikes that perform extremely well off-road and for sport-touring too. (Photography by Alessio Barbanti, Matteo Cavadini & Paul Barshon)

Today’s adventure-touring segment already offers a dizzying selection, to which Triumph now adds a whole family of next-generation 2016 Tiger Explorers. Three focus on street riding (XR, XRx and XRt), and two XC versions gear up for off-road adventure (XCx and XCa). The mid-level XRx and XCx models can be equipped with shortened suspension and an adjustable low seat (30.9 ...

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2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin | First Ride Review

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Photography by Zep Gori, Francesc Montero, Felix Romero and Ula Serra Honda may be late to the adventure-bike party, but it has shown up in a big way for 2016 with two new models, the VFR1200X, a 1,237cc V4-powered, shaft-driven, street-biased tourer that’s been available in Europe for several years (Kickstarts, January), and the CRF1000L Africa Twin, an all-new, off-road-ready ...

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Triumph Expands Tiger Explorer Line to Six Models for 2016

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Triumph’s full-size Tiger Explorer adventure bike line has been updated for 2016, with six models to choose from, three geared toward street riding (XR, XRx and XRt) and three toward off-road riding (XC, XCx and XCa). All are powered by the same liquid-cooled, 1,215cc in-line triple with shaft drive that now makes more horsepower and torque thanks to a new ...

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2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT | Road Test Review

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Too much Sicilian sun? Kinda sounded like it in Senior Editor Greg Drevenstedt’s sunshine-laden first take on Kawasaki’s heavily revised Versys 650 LT (Rider, April 2015). Following a brief press ride in Italy, Greg wrote: “The Versys is putty in your hands, a flexible, user-friendly machine that will do whatever you ask of it.” Really? Whatever you ask? Also: “The ...

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Snapshot Comparo: 2015 BMW R 1200 GS vs. KTM 1290 Super Adventure

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The last time we pitted the big BMW R 1200 GS Adventure against KTM’s then-largest ADV machine was in the August 2014 issue, and it wasn’t really a fair fight. The KTM 1190 Adventure is a well-equipped bike, but for an additional $5,000 or so, the BMW stacked the deck with a larger fuel tank, semi-active suspension, cruise control and ...

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2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure — Road Test

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Our first ride on KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure (Rider, May 2015) was on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, a remote volcanic paradise that’s just the kind of exotic place you might want to go on this luxury travel enduro. Our Senior Editor’s report on the bike was quite thorough, but we wondered how it would fare in the stateside ...

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2016 Yamaha Dual-Sports — First Look

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Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., introduced several more of their 2016 motorcycles yesterday, including dual-sport models. The balance of the 2016 Yamaha motorcycle line-up will be introduced later this fall. The TW200 is known for its unique terrain-conquering tires, low seat height, electric starting, and on-/off-road capabilities. For 2016, the TW200 remains one of the most distinctive-looking dual-purpose motorcycles in the ...

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2016 BMW S 1000 XR | First Ride Review

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Photography by Kevin Wing Thirty-five years ago, BMW created the adventure-touring segment when it introduced the R80G/S (Gelände/Strasse is German for “terrain/road”). Today there are six GS models in BMW’s lineup, everything from the single-cylinder G 650 GS to the do-it-all R 1200 GS Adventure. Which begs the question: Why would BMW introduce yet another adventure bike, the S 1000 ...

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