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Ridden & Rated Review: 2017 BMW R nineT Scrambler

A higher handlebar, skinnier, right-side-up fork with gaiters and upswept exhaust—not to mention a lower price—distinguish the Scrambler from the standard R nineT. (Photos: Markus Jahn, Peter Musch, Arnold Debus and Jorg Kunstle)

Simple is Best. That’s an axiom manufacturers are increasingly turning toward, as a counterpoint to the ongoing electronically driven techno-race. “There are lots of people who want to get away from all that technology,” says BMW Motorrad’s Head of Design, Edgar Heinrich. “They want a cool style above all else, in a lower-performance package. We must try to provide that.” ...

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Comparison Test: 2016 BMW R nineT vs. 2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 Black

Neo-retro vs. modern classic—the BMW R nineT and Triumph Bonneville T120 Black are two different approaches to creating a simply beautiful, traditional motorcycle. While the BMW puts an emphasis on sport and custom components, the Triumph is a modern exemplification of the bike that ruled the 1960s. (Photos: Kevin Wing)

Almost as quickly as the technology is developed, motorcycle manufacturers are endowing many of their sport, touring and adventure motorcycles with beneficial but often complex and confusing electronic features. Whether or not this has created the groundswell of interest in less-complicated bikes with classic or neo-retro styling that plucks our heartstrings is hard to say. The leading edge of the ...

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Retrospective: 1967-1971 Kawasaki A7SS Avenger 350

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Kawasaki was the last of the Big Four Japanese OEMs to enter the U.S. market, setting up shop in greater Los Angeles in 1966 with a couple of tiddlers, an old-fashioned British-style OHV 650cc parallel twin and a very nice 125cc two-stroke single identified rather unromantically as the B8. The Kawasaki marketing boys (don’t know if any girls were involved) ...

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2017 Triumph Bonneville T100 Black | First Ride Review

2017 Triumph Bonneville T100 Black

Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards. Cool, cooler, badass, rebel, rock ‘n’ roller. And they all rode Triumph Bonnevilles. Whether these icons boosted the Bonneville’s street cred or the Bonneville—a British hot rod introduced in 1959 and named in honor of Johnny Allen’s 214-mph land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in the Triumph-powered, methanol-fueled ...

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2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber | First Look Review

2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber

At the Intermot motorcycle show in Germany earlier this month, Triumph unveiled three new Bonneville models—the Bonneville T100, Bonneville T100 Black and Street Cup—which are powered by its 900cc “high torque” parallel twin, a new engine that debuted in the Street Twin for 2016. Read about the 2017 Triumph Bonneville T100 and T100 Black Read about the 2017 Triumph Street ...

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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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