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2011 Can-Am Spyder RS-S Road Test

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photography by Kevin Wing When Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), the Canadian company best known for its Ski-Doo snowmobiles and Sea-Doo watercraft, introduced the Can-Am Spyder in 2008, I was intrigued. Seeing the wide, long, two-in-front/one-in-rear trike for the first time, I rocked back on my heels, stroked the hair on my chinny chin chin and wondered who it might appeal ...

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2012 Can-Am Spyder RS and RT — First Look

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Our soon-to-be-delivered September issue features a full test of the 2012 Can-Am Spyder RS-S, the sportiest of BRP’s three-wheeled roadsters. Equipped with a 106-horsepower (claimed) 998cc Rotax V-twin, a state-of-the-art Vehicle Stability System and an optional semi-automatic five-speed SE5 transmission, the Spyder is unlike anything else on the road. As our road test states, getting the most out of the ...

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Yamaha Royal Star Venture/Hannigan Trike Conversion Road Test

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story and photography by James Parchman [This Yamaha Royal Star Venture/Hannigan Trike Conversion Ridden & Rated was originally published in the March 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Like some recent sports and entertainment notables, motorcycles occasionally experience positive character changes as a result of forced intervention. This certainly was the case with the Yamaha Royal Star Venture on which we racked ...

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A Short History of Sidecars

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Curious conveyances, sidecars. Few of us have ever ridden in one, fewer yet driven a rig. But there is a small, passionate number of sidecarists who love their three-wheeled machines, sometimes referred to as hacks or chairs, and a sizable number of companies that cater to these aficionados. The origins of the sidecar are in much dispute, but with the ...

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The 34th Annual GP Sidecar Rally in Southern California

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story and photography by Paul Garson Don’t start dusting off your roadracing leathers, the GP in the title above refers to Los Angeles’ Griffith Park, perennial home to the L.A. Zoo and Griffith Park Observatory. Both the Zoo and the Observatory have been “under renovation” it seems since Noah dropped off the animals and Percival Lowell thought he saw canals ...

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2010 Kymco Lineup

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photography by Scott Hirko [This 2010 Kymco Lineup review was originally published in the January 2010 issue of Rider magazine]   Kymco’s 2010 two-wheeled lineup, which includes 16 scooters and a small-displacement motorcycle, offers a wide variety of fun, stylish and economical transportation. The Taiwanese company’s bikes are typically much less expensive than comparable Japanese and European offerings, yet offer ...

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2010 Kymco Xciting 500Ri vs. 2010 Yamaha Tmax

2010 Kymco Xciting 500Ri vs. 2010 Yamaha Tmax

photography by Scott Hirko [This 2010 Kymco Xciting 500Ri vs. 2010 Yamaha Tmax road test was originally published in the December 2009 issue of Rider magazine] The first time I took one of these scooters out with my riding buddies they were holding back, easing off, coddling me like a novice rider…till I grabbed a handful of throttle and blew ...

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2010 Lehman Crossbow Powered by Victory Road Test

2010 Lehman Crossbow Powered by Victory Review | Rider Magazine

photography by the author and Mike Callahan [This 2010 Lehman Crossbow Powered by Victory Road Test was originally published in the July 2010 issue of Rider] Trikes, with one wheel in front, two behind, have been around the motorcycle world for more than a hundred years; the earliest picture I can find is an 1895 DeDion. But touring trikes are ...

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Seven 250-1200cc Scooter motorcycle road tests

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Seven 250-1200cc Scooter motorcycle road tests and spotlights for new motorcycle riders o 2009 Yamaha Tmax o 2007 Kymco Xciting 500 o 2006 Kawasaki Ninja 650R o 2010 Honda Elite Scooter o Aprilia Sportcity Cube 250 Scooter o 2011 Honda PCX and Ruckus Scooters o 2009 Honda DN-01 Want more? Check out the Scooter Bible!

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2010 Can-Am Spyder RT-S Road Test

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photography by Riles & Nelson Crossing the moonscape Mojave under a gray wool sky, large rain drops splatter on my face shield as I glance down at the cockpit display. The full-color screen, nestled between the large analog speedo and tach, dutifully indicates it’s 41 degrees F outside, the cruise control is set at 70 mph and my iPod is ...

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