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Special Retrospective: Victory V92C | First Ride Review

Victory V92C

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in the September 1997 issue of Rider. If an American company like Polaris is going to jump feet first into the motorcycle market with one bike in the late 1990s, it has to be with a cruiser. The trick was, how do you make that cruiser stand out in the veritable sea of V-twins, ...

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1983-1992 Harley FXRT Sport Glide: Retrospective

1985 Harley-Davidson FXRT Sport Glide. Owner: Gary Watkins, Orient, Ohio.

In 1981, a dozen Harley execs bought the company back from American Machine and Foundry (AMF), an oddly variegated company that built both bowling alleys and nuclear power plants, and life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and York, Pennsylvania (the location of its big factory), changed drastically. The company needed new product, and good product. The Shovelhead years of the late ’60s and ...

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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 Scrambler – First Ride Review

2017 Triumph Street Scrambler

Scramblers were born in the 1960s, and were essentially street bikes that had been modified for dirt racing and general off-road hooliganism. As the decades wore on and manufacturers drilled down and created specialized models for every use and customer—chopper, tourer, sport tourer, enduro, dual-sport, ADV—scramblers became more of a style than a truly dirt-worthy machine. If you wanted a bike ...

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Retrospective: 1993-2000 Harley-Davidson MT350E

1996 Harley-Davidson MT350E. Owner: Chris Backs, Santa Maria, California.

An unusual bike for the Harley brand, but this was back in its heyday when the Milwaukee company was booming and expanding in every direction. Over in Europe, the NATO countries had asked for a motorcycle to be used by the military, and the MT500 and MT350 were the result. These were rugged, rudimentary, dual-purpose motorcycles powered by Austrian-made Rotax engines ...

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2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber – First Ride Review

2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber

Bobbers are quite possibly the original performance custom motorcycles. Riders have been stripping extraneous parts and “bobbing” fenders since knickerbockers and straw hats were in fashion. The idea is simple: take an ordinary motorcycle, remove anything not related to going fast, including rear shocks, side covers, and passenger seats and pegs, chop off the fenders to their most minimal size ...

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Honda Confirms U.S. Will Get the 2017 CB1100 EX

2017 Honda CB1100 EX (European model shown).

After bringing the retro-cool CB1100 to the U.S. in 2013, and then whisking it away just as quickly after the 2014 model year, Honda has announced that we will once again see the CB1100 in U.S. dealerships. The 2017 CB1100 EX, as it’s now called, has received a facelift as well as a host of performance upgrades that should make ...

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2017 Triumph Street Scrambler | First Look Review

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It was a Triumph that Steve McQueen so famously rode in the 1964 International Six Days Trial, and for today’s scrambler-style enthusiasts, Triumph’s latest production version, produced from 2006 to 2016, has always epitomized what a scrambler should look like. With the release of the new crop of liquid-cooled bikes like the Street Twin earlier this year, it was only ...

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2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III Lineup | First Look Review

2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III Anniversario

At the EICMA show in Italy, Moto Guzzi announced third-generation updates to its V7 lineup, now called V7 III. The family includes four models, the returning Racer, Special and Stone, and a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the V7 line, the limited-edition Anniversario (only 750 will be built). Read our 2016 Moto Guzzi V7 II Stornello review The V7’s ...

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2017 BMW R nineT and R nineT Urban G/S | First Look Review

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When BMW released the original R nineT in 2014, it represented a major shift in BMW’s approach, and proved to be a genre-bending—and very popular—bike. It was also revealed that there would be ten variations of the R nineT, and so far we’ve seen four: the Scrambler, Racer, Pure and the original Roadster. Read our Road Test Review of the ...

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