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2017 BMW G 310 R – First Ride Review

2017 BMW G 310 R

I’ve always enjoyed riding smaller bikes. Part of that comes from not being terribly large, but it’s also because it’s just fun to fling them around corners and through traffic, and parking lot maneuvers are a breeze. Having 160 horsepower on tap is fun too, but let’s face it—unless you’re a 1-percenter of the professional racing variety, you’re never going ...

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2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber – First Ride Review

2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber

Bobbers are quite possibly the original performance custom motorcycles. Riders have been stripping extraneous parts and “bobbing” fenders since knickerbockers and straw hats were in fashion. The idea is simple: take an ordinary motorcycle, remove anything not related to going fast, including rear shocks, side covers, and passenger seats and pegs, chop off the fenders to their most minimal size ...

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Kawasaki Announces Pricing, Accessories for the 2017 Versys-X 300

2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Last month at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, Kawasaki unveiled the latest addition to its Versys adventure-street lineup, the new 2017 Versys-X 300, which is powered by the liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 4-valve 296cc parallel twin from the Ninja 300. Kawasaki has just announced pricing and accessories for the Versys-X 300 and released new photos. Read our 2014 Kawasaki ...

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Honda Confirms U.S. Will Get the 2017 CB1100 EX

2017 Honda CB1100 EX (European model shown).

After bringing the retro-cool CB1100 to the U.S. in 2013, and then whisking it away just as quickly after the 2014 model year, Honda has announced that we will once again see the CB1100 in U.S. dealerships. The 2017 CB1100 EX, as it’s now called, has received a facelift as well as a host of performance upgrades that should make ...

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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 Z650 – First Ride Review

2017 Kawasaki Z650 ABS

In the 1970s, an influx of in-line four cylinder motorcycles from the Japanese “Big Four” quickly took over the market. These quick, reliable and comfortable speed machines became known as Universal Japanese Motorcycles, or UJMs, both for their similarities to one another and their universal appeal. Kawasaki’s contributions to UJM domination included the mighty Z1 and the KZ650—which was known ...

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BMW’s HP4 RACE Prototype is a Carbon Fiber Work of Art

BMW HP4 Race

At the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, earlier this month, Ducati unveiled its new 1299 Superleggera (“super light” in Italian), a MotoGP-caliber sportbike that makes 215 horsepower and weighs just 386 pounds, in part because Ducati says it’s the first production motorcycle to have its frame, subframe, swingarm, wheels and bodywork all made from carbon fiber. Only 500 examples of ...

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Rider Test: 2017 Harley-Davidson Street Glide

2017 Harley-Davidson Street Glide

With its batwing fairing and angular saddlebags, Harley-Davidson’s Street Glide—its top-selling Touring model in the U.S.—cuts an iconic profile. It was overhauled for 2014 as part of Project Rushmore, including a High Output Twin Cam 103 V-twin with more torque, a redesigned batwing fairing with a new Splitstream vent, a hydraulic clutch, a beefier fork, optional Reflex Linked Brakes with ...

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2018 Suzuki GSX250R | First Look Review

2018 Suzuki GSX250R

In an effort to attract new and young riders into motorcycling, over the past several years manufacturers have introduced a wide variety of small-displacement bikes. Suzuki’s pint-sized lineup includes the GW250 sport standard (with styling inspired by the mighty but long gone B-King) and two retro-styled models, the VanVan 200 and the TU250X (the latter is not available in California, ...

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2017 Ducati Monster 1200 S | First Ride Review

2017 Ducati Monster 1200 S

When the Ducati Monster M900 was introduced back in 1993, Bill and Hillary Clinton lived in the White House, the Internet was in its infancy and Kevin Schwantz battled Wayne Rainey for the 500cc GP title. Miguel Galluzzi’s design, with the tubular-steel trellis frame and air-cooled, desmodromic, 90-degree L-twin hanging out in the breeze for all to see, was simple, ...

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