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Ducati Brings Back the SuperSport for 2017 | First Look Review

2017 Ducati SuperSport S

The SuperSport name is an important part of Ducati’s history. As a tribute to the 750cc prototype that won the 1972 Imola 200, Ducati unveiled the 750 SuperSport Desmo at the Milan motorcycle show in November 1973, and the model went into production the following year. It was the first Ducati production motorcycle powered by an L-twin with the desmodromic ...

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2017 CSC RZ3 Streetfighter – First Look Review

The 2017 CSC RZ3 streetfighter is the fourth Zongshen-built 250cc model in CSC's lineup.

After successfully launching several 250cc motorcycles, including the RX3 Adventure, CSC Motorcycles will introduce another 250cc model manufactured by China’s Zongshen. Said to be built to CSC specifications, the new RZ3 is a streetfighter with minimal bodywork and upright handlebars. If you squint a bit, you may see some similarities with Triumph’s Street Triple, especially with the red frame and ...

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2017 Yamaha FZ-10 – First Ride Review

2017 Yamaha FZ-10 in Armor Gray

I just finished riding the Tail of the Dragon in Tennessee, officially known as U.S. Route 129, for the first time and I’m told that I missed some spectacular scenery. See, I was riding Yamaha’s 2017 FZ-10, and given its propensity for speed, my eyes were focused on the road ahead the entire 11 miles and 318 turns. My own ...

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2017 Honda Grom – First Look Review

2017 Honda Grom in Bright Yellow

Named after a term of endearment for a talented young surfer, the playful Honda Grom 125 was an immediate hit when it debuted for 2014. Dealers couldn’t keep them in stock, buyers flipped them for profit and aftermarket suppliers jumped in with both feet to offer hop-up parts, everything from carbon-fiber exhaust pipes to high-end suspension—all for a bike that ...

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2017 Yamaha FZ-10 – First Look Review

2017 Yamaha FZ-10 in Armor Gray

  When the original FZ-1 was introduced back in 2001, it offered most of the ground-breaking YZF-R1’s liter-class sportbike performance in a more comfortable, less expensive package. Over the years the FZ-1 was updated and refined—a complete overhaul for 2006 earned it Rider’s Motorcycle of the Year award—but recently it had gotten long in the tooth and slipped quietly from ...

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2016 Kymco K-Pipe 125 – First Look Review

The 2016 Kymco K-Pipe 125 is a lightweight, affordable motorcycle for around-town riding.

Competition is heating up in the pocket bike category. First came the Honda Grom, then the Kawasaki Z125 Pro, and now Kymco is rolling out the K-Pipe 125, which is the steal of the bunch at just $1,999. Like the Honda and Kawi, the Kymco is powered by a 125cc (123.7, to be precise) air-cooled single with SOHC and two ...

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2017 Suzuki SV650 – First Ride Review

2017 Suzuki SV650

Sixteen years ago I walked into a dealership ready to buy my first brand-new bike: a 2000 Suzuki SV650 in Candy Grand Blue. I’d done my homework; the SV650 had been released the year before and had already earned respect from riders both new and experienced. It was the rarest of creatures: inexpensive, fun and easy to ride for beginners, ...

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2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro – First Ride Review

The 2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro is lightweight, easy to ride and most of all fun. (Photos: Kevin Wing)

It’s a naked baby Z, it’s a real motorcycle and it costs $2,999. Is it for you? The bottom line is, there are things that the Z125 Pro does do, and things that it doesn’t do. In discussing what it does do first, the 2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro is multifaceted, utilitarian and, best of all, emotionally fulfilling. It’s simply a ...

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2016 Aprilia Shiver 750 – Road Test Review

The tallish 31.9-inch seat height and flat, wide handlebar give the Shiver roomy, comfortable seating and plenty of steering leverage for aggressive cornering.

Before this edgy naked bike was introduced in 2007, there was a large gap in Aprilia’s sportbike lineup between its diminutive RS125 and the brilliant RSV1000R, both of which had Austrian-made Rotax engines. Then the Piaggio Group scooped up Aprilia and Moto Guzzi, and before you could say polpetta picante Aprilia was making its own motors and had filled the ...

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2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro – First Look Review

2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro

If, when you first looked at the bike above, you asked yourself, Did Honda update the Grom?, it’s understandable. With diminutive 12-wheels shod with chunky tires, a boxy silhouette and an air-cooled 125cc single tucked behind the front wheel, this bike is very Grom-esque, but it’s not a Honda. It’s a new-for-2017 Kawasaki called the Z125 Pro. Kawasaki says the ...

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