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2014 BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive – First Look Review

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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

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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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2014 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS – First Look Review

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For 2014, Kawasaki’s entire street lineup returns except for the Vulcan 1700 Classic—only baggers will be in the Vulcan 1700 cruiser lineup. Tweaks to paint and prices will be the extent of changes. The splashiest news for the upcoming model year is a major update to the street-oriented Ninja 1000 sportbike. Introduced for 2011, the Ninja 1000 was developed at ...

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New for 2014 Yamaha and Star Motorcycles

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To date Yamaha’s big news had been the launch of the 2014 FZ-09 triple, which was so well received the company has added a Blazing Orange paint choice to the Liquid Graphite and Rapid Red colors for the $7,990 bike. Now it says that most of the 2013 Sport line—YZF-R1, YZF-R6, FZ6R, FZ1 and FJR1300A—will join the FZ-09 for 2014 ...

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2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo | Road Test Review

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If, as the saying goes, four wheels move the body but two wheels move the soul, then the Ducati Multistrada 1200—a snarling, sexy, technological tour de force—gives my soul whiplash. Among the hundreds of motorcycles I’ve ridden over the past few years, it’s one of a select few endowed with a game-elevating, mojo-maximizing X-factor that makes riding a transcendent experience. ...

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2013 Ducati Hyperstrada – First Ride Review

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Three new-for-2013 Ducatis have strada, the Italian word for “road,” in their model names, each offering a different take on high-performance touring. The Multistrada 1200 adventure tourer, the Diavel Strada muscle cruiser and the Hyperstrada, a new touring version of the Hypermotard supermoto, differ in style and intent. But all have torquey engines, riding modes, traction control and ABS, as ...

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2013 BMW F 800 GT – Road Test Review

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Earlier this century, when BMW Motorrad decided to shed its gray-haired, pipe-and-slippers image for good, rather than abandon the boxer engine that had been synonymous with the German company for more than 80 years, it completely revamped the flat opposed twin and its drivetrain. The 2004 R 1200 GS and RT that resulted were home runs, and the boxer has ...

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2013 Sport-Touring Comparison Test: BMW K1600GT, BMW R1200RT, Kawasaki Concours 14, Triumph Trophy, Yamaha FJR1300

2013 Sport-Touring Comparison Test: BMW K1600GT, BMW R1200RT, Kawasaki Concours 14, Triumph Trophy, Yamaha FJR1300

Sport touring, a hybrid category that blends the performance of sportbikes with the comfort of touring bikes, takes many forms. Some add a taller windscreen, bar risers and soft luggage to their GSX-R, while others bevel the pegs and scrape the belly pan on their Gold Wing. Between these two extremes are dedicated sport-touring motorcycles. In recent years, the space ...

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2013 Yamaha FJR1300 – Road Test Review

2013 Sport-Touring Comparison Test: BMW K1600GT, BMW R1200RT, Kawasaki Concours 14, Triumph Trophy, Yamaha FJR1300

Every bike in this comparison has roots that go back decades, from the BMW R100RT in the late ’70s, to the BMW K100RT, Kawasaki Concours ZG1000 and Yamaha FJ1100 in the ’80s, to the Triumph Trophy 1200 in the early ’90s. Engines, chassis, components, tires, technology and features have improved steadily, resulting in today’s amazing, state-of-the-art sport tourers. When the ...

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2013 Triumph Trophy SE – Road Test Review

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The Triumph Trophy SE is the only all-new model in this comparison, yet it seems strangely familiar. Its liquid-cooled, 1,215cc in-line triple is the same engine found in Triumph’s Tiger Explorer adventure tourer (though the Trophy has a taller sixth gear and recalibrated throttle-by-wire settings), and its styling, cockpit and features are eerily similar to that of the BMW R ...

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