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2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS/LT and Versys 1000 LT – First Look Review


When the Kawasaki Versys 650 debuted for 2008, it had styling as unusual as its name (a mash-up of “versatility” and “system”). Powered by the 649cc parallel twin from the Ninja 650, the Versys was tall and lithe with an upright seating position, a gazelle-like middleweight adventure tourer with no off-road aspirations. Mostly free of plastic bodywork, except for a ...

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2014 BMW R 1200 RT – Road Test Review


Sport-touring bikes have a love/hate relationship with weight. A rider generally moves up to a sport tourer in order to get creature comforts such as a full fairing, electric windscreen, integrated saddlebags and more fuel capacity. On the other hand, the extra pounds these niceties pile on can take a toll on the bike’s handling, acceleration, stopping distances and maneuverability ...

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2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack – Road Test Review


Norway’s Nordkapp (North Cape) is a 1,000-foot cliff overlooking the frigid Barents Sea, reached by riding through a 4.3-mile undersea tunnel on the world’s northernmost road. When you name a motorcycle Caponord, Italian for North Cape, you’re saying something about its touring capability. Aprilia first used the appellation on its 2002 ETV1000 Caponord, an adventure tourer powered by a detuned ...

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2014 BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive – Road Test Review

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When BMW’s K 1600 GTL streaked onto the scene for 2012, packing a 1,649cc in-line six that sends 135 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheel, it set new performance standards in the luxury-touring segment. It also raised the bar for technology with throttle-by-wire, riding modes, electronic suspension, lean angle-sensitive traction control and an adaptive headlight that ...

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2014 Honda CTX1300 Deluxe – Road Test Review

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Honda, like all motorcycle manufacturers, classifies its models into various categories such as touring, adventure, cruiser and sport. With the 2009 introduction of the DN-01, which had the twist-and-go transmission of a scooter, the seating position of a cruiser and futuristic styling, Honda created a new category it called “crossover.” Overpriced and underwhelming, the DN-01 didn’t last, but Honda stuck ...

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2014 Yamaha FJR1300ES – Road Test Review


Feeling snubbed for missing out on the all-new Yamaha FJR1300 sport tourer, which debuted in Europe for 2001, Americans complained so loudly that Yamaha finally relented, bringing the bike to the U.S. for 2003. With its liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 1,298cc DOHC in-line four with 16 valves and a shaft drive cranking out 125 horsepower and 90 lb-ft of torque at the ...

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2014 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS – Road Test Review


More than any other manufacturer, Kawasaki has all the sportbike bases covered, with its line of Ninjas ranging from 298cc to 1,441cc. If you’re in the market for a liter bike, Kawasaki gives you three options: the attack-the-track Ninja ZX-10R and, for the street, the naked Z1000 and the fully clothed Ninja 1000. We’ve tested the Ninja 1000 twice, when ...

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2014 BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive – First Look Review


One complaint you almost never hear about BMW’s top-line K 1600 GTL touring bike is that it’s not luxurious enough. With cushy heated seating for the rider and passenger, an electric windscreen, central locking luggage, Bluetooth audio and electronic suspension, riding the GTL is like a play day at the spa, and that’s before you twist the handle on its ...

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2014 BMW R 1200 RT – First Look Review


With the introduction of the liquid-cooled BMW R 1200 GS earlier this year, it was only a matter of time before the lighter, more powerful “water boxer” twin made its way onto other R-series models, and the R 1200 RT sport tourer is the obvious next-best platform for the engine. Although the RT got a major update for 2010 and ...

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