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2016 Yamaha FJR1300 / FJR1300ES – First Look Review

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Yamaha’s smooth, fast, comfortable FJR1300 open-class sport tourer enters its 14th model year in the U.S. and gets a minor update for 2016. Before getting into the details, let’s take a brief look at the FJR’s evolution. Successor to the FJ1100 and FJ1200, which were in Yamaha’s lineup from the mid ‘80s through the mid ‘90s, the FJR1300—the tuning-fork company’s ...

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2015 BMW R 1200 R and 2016 R 1200 RS – Road Test Review

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The first motorcycle to be badged as a BMW was the R32, a stylish black beauty with white pinstriping that produced all of 8.5 horsepower from its 494cc flat-opposed twin-cylinder engine. It was born in 1923, and the “boxer” twin has been around in one form or another ever since—more than 90 years. For much of that long history it ...

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Long-Term Rides: 2015 Yamaha FJ-09

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First Report (2,847 miles) // MSRP $10,490 Yamaha’s latest sport/adventure crossover bike, the FJ-09, offers a lot of fun and competence at a reasonable price. While it finished third in our comparison test with the Kawasaki Versys 1000LT and Suzuki V-Strom 1000, those bikes are a bit larger and more moolah. The FJ-09 is quick and comfortable, but was hampered ...

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Long-Term Rides: 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT

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6,555 Miles // MSRP: $12,799 Since our last Long-Term Rides report on the Versys 1000 LT in the July issue, we’ve logged another 5,000 miles and we selected it as Rider’s 2015 Motorcycle of the Year. The more we ride the big Versys, the more attached we get. Power, handling, comfort, balance, luggage capacity, two-up-ability and price are just right, ...

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2016 BMW R 1200 RS – First Ride Review

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Photography by Kevin Wing Rider, like many motorcycle magazines, is based in Southern California, where mild temperatures allow year-round riding and a short winter rainy season means precipitation is rare for most of the year. And that’s before factoring in the severe drought that has gripped the West Coast for the past few years. Getting caught in a downpour is ...

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CFMoto 650TK – First Ride Review

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The Chinese motorcycle industry’s long march into the global marketplace with a range of full-size models aimed at Western customers finally got under way four years ago with the parallel-twin CFMoto 650NK. An unashamed reinterpretation of the Kawasaki ER6n, with comparable performance but a 45-percent lower retail price, this was the first “proper” bike with an engine larger than 250cc ...

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Motus MST & MST-R – First Ride Review

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The first American four-cylinder street bike in the 70 years since World War II has now reached production, and the initial examples of the V-4 Motus MST and higher-performance MST-R sport tourers have been delivered to the first of the more than 270 customers who’ve placed deposits with the start-up company based in Birmingham, Alabama. They have lined-up to buy ...

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2015 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 – First Ride Review

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Photography by Milagro MV Agusta has been making motorcycles in Varese, Italy, on and off since the late 1940s, winning dozens of championships and later establishing a reputation for performance, exclusivity and exotica. Dealers in the U.S. are still few and far between though, and the way MV was passed from owner to owner in the 1990s and early 2000s ...

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2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT – First Ride Review

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Photography by James Wright and Ula Serra I Prat Using the same engine in multiple motorcycle models makes good economic sense. The 649cc parallel twin that debuted in the Kawasaki Ninja 650 found its way into the Versys 650 (read our review of the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT) and the new Vulcan S cruiser. Likewise, the 1,043cc in-line four ...

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2014 Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V – Road Test Review

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Spec charts are wondrous things. Given accurate data, a spec chart forecasts amazing insights into a motorcycle’s performance before you ever fire it up. By digesting wheelbase, steering geometry, curb weight, engine configuration, power figures and a few other key numbers, an experienced hand can extrapolate how a motorcycle will likely run. I should know. I’ve spent decades in the ...

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