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2017 Indian Roadmaster Classic | Road Test Review

2017 Indian Roadmaster Classic

What every enthusiast thinks of today as the classic Indian motorcycle first appeared in 1940 as a radical design departure for the company’s line of Chiefs, Scouts and Fours. Chief Engineer Briggs Weaver, who was also a talented stylist, gave the bikes deeply skirted, curvaceous fenders that whimsically enveloped half of the wheels, and graced the new bikes with long, ...

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Rider Test: 2017 Harley-Davidson Street Glide

2017 Harley-Davidson Street Glide

With its batwing fairing and angular saddlebags, Harley-Davidson’s Street Glide—its top-selling Touring model in the U.S.—cuts an iconic profile. It was overhauled for 2014 as part of Project Rushmore, including a High Output Twin Cam 103 V-twin with more torque, a redesigned batwing fairing with a new Splitstream vent, a hydraulic clutch, a beefier fork, optional Reflex Linked Brakes with ...

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2017 BMW R 1200 GS Updates & New Style Packages

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BMW’s iconic GS marque has spent 35 years perfecting the combination of touring and off-road capability, and the latest liquid-cooled R 1200 GS is arguably the best one yet. For 2017, BMW has announced some significant updates to its R 1200 GS, with an eye on the many ways its customers use the bike. Read our Snapshot Comparo of the ...

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2017 BMW K 1600 GTL | First Look Review

2017 BMW K 1600 GTL

At last month’s Intermot show in Germany, BMW Motorrad announced updates to its 6-cylinder sport tourer, the K 1600 GT. And at BMW’s Vision Next 100 event in Los Angeles, it unveiled a new spin-off model, the blacked-out K 1600 B bagger. Read our 2017 BMW K 1600 GT first look review Read our 2017 BMW K 1600 B first ...

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2017 Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight Touring Bikes | First Ride Review

2017 Harley-Davidson Street Glide with Milwaukee-Eight 107

As you’ve almost certainly read on our website or in Kickstarts in the November 2016 issue, for 2017 Harley-Davidson has launched an all-new engine platform. Called the Milwaukee-Eight—a name that pays homage to its birthplace and its number of valves—it’s the ninth generation of Harley’s Big Twin, superseding the Twin Cam 88 engine that debuted way back in 1998 in ...

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Harley-Davidson Launches Milwaukee-Eight Big Twin for 2017

2017 Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight 107 cubic-inch V-twin

Often considered hidebound to tradition, Harley-Davidson isn’t known for radical or rapid change. But as Dylan crooned, the times they are a-changin’. In the past few years the Motor Company has introduced an all-new, liquid-cooled engine platform (the Revolution X found in the Street 500/750), added “precision” liquid cooling to several of its Touring models and created major buzz with ...

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2017 Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Flying Fortress – First Ride Review

2017 Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Flying Fortress

An endless crackling of unmuffled pipes fills the air, and the bitter stench of abused clutches is unmistakable. If it’s early August in the Black Hills of South Dakota, then this must be Sturgis—and the onslaught of tens of thousands of baggers into this most American of bike rallies. This year, there’s a new player vying for a place in ...

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2017 Indian Motorcycle Lineup First Look Review

2017 Indian Motorcycles lineup

Indian Motorcycle’s 2017 lineup includes two engine platforms and nine models, including cruisers, baggers and touring models. Here’s the low-down on all of them… Ride Command Infotainment System New on the Chieftain bagger and Roadmaster touring models, both of which have a handlebar-mounted fairing, is the Ride Command infotainment system, featuring the industry’s largest and brightest touchscreen display, highest resolution ...

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2017 Indian Chieftain and Roadmaster Get Infotainment

2017 Indian Roadmaster with Ride Command System

Since being relaunched by Polaris, Indian has roared out of the gate with two engine platforms and nine models in its first three years. For 2017, its Chieftain bagger and Roadmaster touring models, both of which are powered by the air-cooled, 1,811cc Thunder Stroke 111 V-twin and have a handlebar-mounted fairing, get an all-new, integrated infotainment package called the Ride ...

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