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2014 Ural Motorcycles Lineup – First Look

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  Ural Motorcycles, a Russian manufacturer of motorcycles with sidecars, is launching its 2014 model lineup. The new Urals feature electronic fuel injection, disc brakes on all three wheels, a hydraulic steering damper and dozens of other upgrades–the biggest package of improvements in 10 years. “For many years we were watching other manufacturers launching new models after new models every ...

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Four Ferries on Two Wheels—Tour Testing the 2013 Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS

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“Wow, that’s a big scooter you’re on. I ride a Honda 1800 Goldwing, myself,” said Captain Rick Turner, pilot of the Ohio River ferry Loni Jo. “See all the motorcycles on here? It’s like this most weekends. Motorcycle riders love a ferry.” Indeed. Chugging towards the Kentucky shore, the barge’s deck was packed with motorcycles and trikes—plus a single 2013 ...

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Scooter Shootout: 2014 BMW C 650 GT / 2013 Honda Silver Wing / 2013 Suzuki Burgman 650

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Scooters are often seen as something less, something that one learns and practices upon until he or she is ready for a real machine. You know, one that has at least two cylinders, liquid cooling, double-overhead cams, four valves per cylinder, fuel injection, anti-lock brakes (ABS), a respectable amount of displacement, etc. Well, the scooters you’re perusing here all happen ...

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2014 Can-Am Spyder RT – First Ride Review

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They say good things come in threes. For fans of the Can-Am Spyder RT “roadster,” now that saying doesn’t just apply to the number of wheels on this sporty touring machine. For 2014 Can-Am—a division of Bombardier Recreational Products based in Valcourt, Quebec, Canada—has replaced the 998cc, 5-speed V-twin in the RT touring version of the Spyder with a new ...

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2013 Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS – First Ride

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Introduced to the world in 2002 and brought to the U.S. for 2003, the Suzuki Burgman 650 maxi-scooter has been a consistent bestseller, with over 83,000 sold. The Burgman hasn’t changed much over the years, and its main competition has been the long-in-the-tooth Honda Silver Wing 600. With the recent introduction of the BMW C 650 GT and Kymco MyRoad ...

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2014 Kymco MyRoad 700i – First Ride

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The Kwang Yang Motor Company, better known as Kymco, is a Taiwan-based manufacturer of small-displacement engines, scooters, motorcycles and ATVs. Now it its 50th year, such is Kymco’s expertise and production capacity that, in addition to its own products, it builds engines for various manufacturers, including the 647cc parallel twin that powers BMW’s C 600 Sport and C 650 GT ...

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El Tanque: A Russian Conquest of Latin America

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I looked at the steep slope in front of me, littered with large boulders, deep ruts and debris, and wondered how I’d gotten myself into such a mess. I had already walked up the trail to check if my big Ural would make it around one particularly large boulder in the center of the narrow path. It was going to ...

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Comparison Test: 2013 BMW C 650 GT vs. 2013 Honda NC700X

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We aren’t normally a shiftless bunch except for an hour or two after lunch, but we recently spent the last two weeks swapping between two new “automatics”—BMW’s C 650 GT maxi-scooter, and Honda’s NC700X with dual-clutch transmission—in an effort to see which type of shiftless two-wheeler rules the urban no-man’s land between home, work and other mundane daily destinations. You ...

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The 2012 Ural Limited Edition: The Ural Yamal

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IMZ-Ural, the Siberian manufacturer of motorcycles with sidecars, has introduced the 2012 limited edition Ural Yamal—the only motorcycle equipped with an oar. Yamal, which translates as “the end of the Earth,” is a peninsula in Russia known for being nothing short of inhospitable, barren and perpetually frozen. It is also the well-known icebreaker that spends its time conquering the frozen ...

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Ridden & Rated: 2012 Motor Trike Victory Vortex

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Heavyweight touring bikes such as the Victory Cross Country and Cross Roads easily lend themselves to the additional stability, luggage capacity and weight of three wheels. Introduced for 2010, Victory’s Cross bikes combined the proven air/oil-cooled Freedom 106/6 V-twin and cast-aluminum hollow main frame from the Vision, but with less polarizing styling. In our tests of the Cross Roads (Rider, ...

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