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2017 Triumph Street Triple RS | First Ride Review

2017 Triumph Street Triple RS action

Within Triumph’s robust motorcycle lineup, no fewer than eight models have one or more of the following four words in their name: Speed, Street, Triple and Twin. In the Modern Classics family, there’s the Street Cup, Street Scrambler and Street Twin, and there’s a cruiser called the Speedmaster, all of which have parallel twins. And then there are the roadsters, ...

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2017 Yamaha FZ-09 | First Ride Review

The "bang-for-the-buck" king is better than ever, with a host of upgrades that improve performance and rideability, and sharp, aggressive new styling befitting its sporting nature. (Photos by Garth Milan and Triumph Motorcycles)

When the FZ-09 first hit the market in October 2013 (as a 2014 model), it was universally lauded as one of the best “bang-for-the-buck” bikes out there. The bike’s $7,990 price certainly didn’t hurt. But it was the FZ-09’s character-filled Crossplane Concept-inspired in-line triple that won most of us over—including Senior Editor Drevenstedt (read his Road Test Review of the ...

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2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 | First Ride Review

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650

Forty-two pounds. That’s about what a 5-gallon water bottle weighs. Ever hefted one of those when loading a new one atop a water cooler? Pretty darn heavy, right? Now imagine carrying that much extra weight on a motorcycle. The engine has to work harder, handling is less nimble and gas mileage suffers. When Kawasaki gave its popular Ninja 650—Team Green’s ...

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Kawasaki’s Ultra-Exclusive Ninja H2 Carbon

2017 Kawasaki Ninja H2. The ultra-exclusive Carbon edition will have a carbon fiber upper cowl, mirror-finish paint and a serial number plate.

Is owning a “normal” 200-horsepower, supercharged, aerospace-engineered superbike not quite enough? Or, more likely, are you a motorcycle collector? If the answer to either of those questions is “yes,” then feast your eyes on the limited edition Kawasaki Ninja H2 Carbon. Read our First Look Review of the original 2015 Ninja H2 The Ninja H2 Carbon features a carbon fiber ...

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2016 Yamaha YZF-R3 | Rider Tour Test

2016 Yamaha YZF-R3

From cliffs high above the Pacific Ocean to the salty mist near the water’s edge, California’s Route 1 along the Big Sur coast seduces two-wheeled travelers with sensuous curves in a stunning setting. If you’re lucky enough to enjoy the road without traffic, the experience is guaranteed a top spot on your best rides list. I rode it on a ...

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2017 Triumph Street Cup | First Ride Review

2017 Triumph Street Cup

You may have heard, but retro styled, classic bikes are “in” right now, and few, if any, manufacturers do retro better than Triumph. The boys in Hinckley are clearly doing something right; Triumph says sales of its “modern classic” Bonneville line are up 68 percent with the crop of new and revamped models last year. And we were impressed enough ...

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2017 Triumph Street Triple S, R and RS – First Look

2017 Triumph Street Triple S, R and RS.

Good things come in threes: the Three Stooges, the Three Little Pigs, the number of times you have to say “Beetlejuice” in order to summon an obnoxiously dressed and endearingly silly Michael Keaton…and the 2017 Triumph Street Triple family. Read our First Ride Review of the 2017 Triumph Bobber. Read our First Look Review of the 2017 Triumph Street Cup. ...

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Video: 2017 Ducati Monster 1200 S

2017 Ducati Monster 1200 S

The 2017 Ducati Monster 1200 S is the best Monster yet, with more power, new electronics, sharper handling and fresh styling. See it in action during our test ride in the tight, twisty Maritime Alps of France. Read our 2017 Ducati Monster 1200 S first ride review

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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 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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