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Adventure Shootout: BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, KTM 1190 Adventure, Yamaha Super Ténéré ES

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Although they represent a small minority of motorcycle sales, large-displacement adventure tourers have surged in popularity recently. Buyers are drawn to their one-bike-does-it-all versatility, combining high-performance engines and components, long-distance comfort and amenities, and on-/off-road capability. Given the uptick, manufacturers have invested heavily in new and updated models, some of which are the first (and only) bikes in an OEM’s ...

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2014 Yamaha Super Ténéré ES Review

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Named after a dune-filled region of the Sahara, Yamaha’s Super Ténéré rumbled onto the adventure-touring scene for 2012 (Rider, February 2011). Its liquid-cooled, 1,199cc parallel twin uses a 270-degree crank and an uneven firing interval to give it the torquey feel of a big single. Power is sent to the rear wheel through a hydraulically actuated wet clutch and a ...

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2014 KTM 1190 Adventure Review

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After years of building the most off-road-oriented of the big dualies with its 950/990 Adventure models, KTM balanced the scales by introducing the all-new 1190 Adventure last year (Rider, May 2013). It features less extreme styling, a more reasonable (and adjustable) seat height, more street-friendly 19- and 17-inch wheels, and a well-integrated electronics package, including engine modes, multi-stage traction control, ...

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2014 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure Review

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Introduced for 2013 on the R 1200 GS, the latest version of BMW’s air/liquid-cooled boxer twin powers two updated 2014 models, the R 1200 RT sport tourer (Rider, July 2014) and the third-generation R 1200 GS Adventure. The 1,170cc, DOHC opposed flat twin uses precision liquid cooling around the cylinder heads and valves, and small radiators are now tucked inside ...

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2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack – Road Test Review

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Norway’s Nordkapp (North Cape) is a 1,000-foot cliff overlooking the frigid Barents Sea, reached by riding through a 4.3-mile undersea tunnel on the world’s northernmost road. When you name a motorcycle Caponord, Italian for North Cape, you’re saying something about its touring capability. Aprilia first used the appellation on its 2002 ETV1000 Caponord, an adventure tourer powered by a detuned ...

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2014 KTM 1190 Adventure R | Road Test Review

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Since its introduction in early 2013, KTM’s 1190 Adventure has created a lot of buzz in the burgeoning adventure-touring segment. Its superbike-based, 150-horse V-twin puts it nearly on par with the power-hitting Ducati Multistrada 1200, and its light, agile chassis makes it as nimble on- and off-road as the venerable BMW R 1200 GS. Packed with standard features like electronic ...

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2014 Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition – First Ride Review

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Photography by Alfonse Palaima Kawasaki’s KLR650 has secured a place of honor in the pantheon of great motorcycles. Not because it’s the fastest or the most stylish or the most sophisticated in its class. In fact, it’s none of those things, though it does offer the best value. The KLR650 has built a peerless reputation as a versatile workhorse, as ...

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2014 KTM 1190 Adventure—Road Test

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As liter-class adventure-touring bikes have been getting more and more street oriented, the KTM 990 Adventure clung to its Dakar racing roots right through 2012. While makeovers for 2007 and 2009 brought more displacement and a few nods to on-road comfort, the Austrian Abenteuer still kept its funky rally racer bodywork, 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels, split fuel tanks ...

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2014 Yamaha Super Ténéré/ES and 2015 Yamaha SR400 – First Look Review

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Yamaha entered the burgeoning adventure touring market in a big way in 2012 with its 1,199cc parallel-twin powered Super Ténéré, featuring standard engine modes, traction control and linked ABS. For 2014, updates to the engine promise modest increases in horsepower and torque, but bigger improvements down low, more exciting character and smoother acceleration. Drive Mode settings have been revised to ...

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