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Tour Test: Riding the Devil’s Highway on a V-Strom 650XT

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The road is turning and twisting in an almost violent way, with 10-mph hairpins and 25-mph curves in endless succession. We (V-Strom and I) are riding high in the sky, above the valleys thousands of feet below, sometimes to the east, sometimes to the west. The left foot is working the transmission incessantly, going from 2nd to 4th, rarely 5th, ...

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Ridden & Rated Review: 2017 BMW R nineT Scrambler

A higher handlebar, skinnier, right-side-up fork with gaiters and upswept exhaust—not to mention a lower price—distinguish the Scrambler from the standard R nineT. (Photos: Markus Jahn, Peter Musch, Arnold Debus and Jorg Kunstle)

Simple is Best. That’s an axiom manufacturers are increasingly turning toward, as a counterpoint to the ongoing electronically driven techno-race. “There are lots of people who want to get away from all that technology,” says BMW Motorrad’s Head of Design, Edgar Heinrich. “They want a cool style above all else, in a lower-performance package. We must try to provide that.” ...

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Comparison Test: 2016 BMW R nineT vs. 2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 Black

Neo-retro vs. modern classic—the BMW R nineT and Triumph Bonneville T120 Black are two different approaches to creating a simply beautiful, traditional motorcycle. While the BMW puts an emphasis on sport and custom components, the Triumph is a modern exemplification of the bike that ruled the 1960s. (Photos: Kevin Wing)

Almost as quickly as the technology is developed, motorcycle manufacturers are endowing many of their sport, touring and adventure motorcycles with beneficial but often complex and confusing electronic features. Whether or not this has created the groundswell of interest in less-complicated bikes with classic or neo-retro styling that plucks our heartstrings is hard to say. The leading edge of the ...

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Retrospective: 1967-1971 Kawasaki A7SS Avenger 350

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Kawasaki was the last of the Big Four Japanese OEMs to enter the U.S. market, setting up shop in greater Los Angeles in 1966 with a couple of tiddlers, an old-fashioned British-style OHV 650cc parallel twin and a very nice 125cc two-stroke single identified rather unromantically as the B8. The Kawasaki marketing boys (don’t know if any girls were involved) ...

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2017 Triumph Bonneville T100 Black | First Ride Review

2017 Triumph Bonneville T100 Black

Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards. Cool, cooler, badass, rebel, rock ‘n’ roller. And they all rode Triumph Bonnevilles. Whether these icons boosted the Bonneville’s street cred or the Bonneville—a British hot rod introduced in 1959 and named in honor of Johnny Allen’s 214-mph land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in the Triumph-powered, methanol-fueled ...

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2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber | First Look Review

2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber

At the Intermot motorcycle show in Germany earlier this month, Triumph unveiled three new Bonneville models—the Bonneville T100, Bonneville T100 Black and Street Cup—which are powered by its 900cc “high torque” parallel twin, a new engine that debuted in the Street Twin for 2016. Read about the 2017 Triumph Bonneville T100 and T100 Black Read about the 2017 Triumph Street ...

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2017 Yamaha FZ-09 | First Look Review

2017 Yamaha FZ-09 in Candy Red

Yamaha unveiled two new 2017 models at the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) in Orlando, Florida—an update to its popular FZ-09 and an all-new YZF-R6 supersport. See and read about the 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 Calling its new FZ-09 “version 2.0,” Yamaha gave the affordable, sporty naked bike more aggressive bodywork with dual LED headlights similar to the FZ-10, new radiator ...

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2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 | First Look Review (VIDEO)

2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 in Team Yamaha Blue

After teasing a new supersport model reveal with two “R World” videos, Yamaha’s global unveil of its all-new 2017 YZF-R6 took place at the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) in Orlando, Florida, on October 13, 2016. Watch the video below to see it in action. A chip off the R1 block, the middleweight R6 has new, more aerodynamic bodywork with ...

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