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2017 Triumph Street Cup | First Look Review

2017 Triumph Street Cup

When Triumph completely redesigned its Bonneville lineup last year, it added liquid cooling its iconic parallel-twin engine platform and offered it in three Euro4-compliant variants: a 900cc “high torque” version for the Street Twin, a 1,200cc “high torque” version for the Bonneville T120 and T120 Black, and a 1,200cc “high power” version for the Thruxton and Thruxton R. The five ...

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2017 BMW R nineT Pure and Racer | First Look Review

2017 BMW R nineT Pure and BMW R nineT Racer

A few years ago BMW embraced the growing vintage custom movement in a big way with the introduction of the R nineT. Created to mark the 90th anniversary of BMW Motorrad, the R nineT is a retro boxer that blends the opposed flat twin’s iconic character and classic design with modern technology and a modular concept that allows a wide ...

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2017 Triumph Bonneville T100 and T100 Black | First Look Review

2017 Triumph Bonneville T100

Triumph rolled out an all-new Bonneville lineup for 2016, with five models and three variants of its iconic parallel-twin engine, all of which featured liquid cooling, throttle-by-wire and Euro4 compliance. All of the bikes—the 900cc Street Twin, the 1,200cc Bonneville T120 and T120 Black, and the 1,200cc Thruxton and Thruxton R—got new chassis, modern features and more classic styling. By ...

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2016 Moto Guzzi V7 II Stornello – First Ride Review

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No, you’re not imagining things. Scrambler-style bikes are everywhere these days. Triumph arguably got there first with its eponymous Scrambler back in 2008, while Ducati’s 803cc Scrambler has been selling like hotcakes over the two years it’s been available. Heck, even BMW’s ginned up a scrambler out of the R nineT platform. And that’s just the OEMs; Bike EXIF is ...

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2017 Yamaha SCR950 – First Ride Review

2017 Yamaha SCR950

Americans use their motorcycles mostly for recreation, not primary transportation. Sure, there’s a dedicated minority who use their motorcycles for commuting and grocery getting, but the majority of us ride on weekends as an escape from the daily grind. And since they’re recreational vehicles, we’re more likely to choose motorcycles for sentimental reasons rather than practical ones. We buy lawnmowers ...

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1993 Yamaha GTS1000 Review: A Brave New World

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Note: This article was originally published in the April 1993 issue of Rider. Let a man proclaim a new principle. Public sentiment will surely be on the other side. -Thomas B. Reed Remember this bike. If the forkless Yamaha GTS1000 doesn’t prove to be the forerunner of a new era in motorcycle design, it represents a missed cue of colossal proportions. Who ...

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Retrospective: 1970-74 MV Agusta 750S

1974 MV Agusta 750S

In the best Italian fashion, this machine was the motoring equivalent of Gina Lollobrigida and Sofia Loren—gorgeous and rare. Only about a thousand of the 750S models were made, and they went for a very fancy price when new, now even fancier due to their rarity. They weren’t easy to ride, having tall gearing and suspension set more for the smoothness ...

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Retrospective: 1974 Norton Commando 850 John Player Replica

1974 Norton Commando 850 John Player Replica.

This was a minor marketing coup: Dress up a stock Norton Commando to look like the genuine race motorcycles that had been doing well in the Formula 750 races in 1972 and 1973. As one quite literate journalist wrote, it was “a titivated sports bike with a flashy fairing…” To save you looking up the word, titivate means “to make ...

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2017 Yamaha SCR950 – First Look Review

2017 Yamaha SCR950

When Yamaha introduced the “neo-retro” XSR900 for 2016, which combines old-school styling with the modern, crossplane triple of the FZ-09, it launched the XSR as part of a new category that Yamaha calls “Sport Heritage.” Other models in this category include the VMax muscle cruiser, the café-racer styled Bolt C-Spec and the ‘70s throwback, kickstart-only SR400. Read our 2016 Yamaha ...

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