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Moto Guzzi Announces New 2016/2017 Models

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Moto Guzzi is rolling out several new models for 2016 and 2017. Joining the Stone, Special and Racer models in the V7 II line is the new 2016 V7 II Stornello, a scrambler inspired by the 1967 Stornello Scrambler America. Only 1,000 units of this limited-edition model will be produced, each individually numbered. Powered by an air-cooled, 744cc longitudinal V-twin ...

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2016 Triumph Street Twin | First Ride Review

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Photography by Alessio Barbanti and Matteo Cavadini At Milan’s EICMA Show last November (2015), Triumph presented five new parallel-twin motorcycles powered by all-new liquid-cooled engines—one 900cc model, and four 1,200cc big twins. These collectively represent the next generation of its iconic Bonneville family of retro models, one of the core products of its model lineup. Read about updates to Triumph’s ...

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Retrospective: Yamaha XJ600S Seca II 600cc: 1992-1998

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Sometimes we motorcyclists like to think our sport is relatively immune to the ups and downs of the world’s financial markets…but it ain’t so. Never doubt the marketer’s ability to adjust prices according to events far beyond the comprehension of most mortals. Back in the late 1980s, the motorcycle OEM bean counters, especially those in Japan where the nation was ...

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Retrospective: Honda CL360 Scrambler: 1974 – 1975

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Back in 1972, Honda determined that its immensely successful CB/CL350 OHC twin should continue to move forward…albeit slowly. But just how much change can be made by increasing the number on the side covers by 10, from 350 to 360? Quite a lot, as it turned out. The 360 was no minor upgrade from the 350. It had a new ...

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Triumph Revamps Bonneville Lineup for 2016

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Triumph has announced an all-new Bonneville lineup for 2016, with five models: the new Street Twin, the Bonneville T120 and Bonneville T120 Black, and the Thruxton and Thruxton R. All models feature new, more powerful engines, new chassis and suspension, and enhanced “classic” styling. The four-year, ground-up redevelopment project required an unprecedented amount of design, engineering and manufacturing, Triumph says. ...

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Retrospective—Bobber: 1945 to Present (1947 Indian Chief)

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Look up “bobber” in a conventional dictionary, and the definition talks about a float on a fishing line. Try Wikipedia: “A bobber is a custom motorcycle that usually has the front fender removed, the rear fender ‘bobbed’ (made smaller), and all superfluous parts removed to reduce weight.” Conventional wisdom states that motorcycle bobbers originated after World War II, when returning ...

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Retrospective: Suzuki RG500 Gamma: 1985-1986

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Sportbikes are one thing, street-legal repli-racers patterned on GP bikes are quite another. Both are intended for public roads, and while both are extremely fast, the repli-racer will have handling better suited to a racetrack than a mountain road. This RG500 was a repli-racer mildly popular in Europe and Canada, although never officially imported to the United States. That is ...

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Retrospective: Lambretta 150 Li Series I, II, III: 1958-1967

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The Italian scooter wars were in full ruckus in the late ’50s, as Lambretta and Vespa fought ferociously for market share. A number of other companies were building scooters, but those two were very much the leading contenders. “New” being the keyword to success, the Lambretta Company, with founder Ferdinando Innocenti very much at the handlebars, came out with the ...

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Retrospective: Honda CL175 Scrambler: 1968-1973

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There certainly were lots of variations of Honda’s 175 twin over its six years on the market, from Super Sport to Motosport, with the Scrambler sitting right in the middle. All part of Honda’s marketing wisdom—offering roughly the same bike in a variety of styles, appealing to any number of potential buyers. In the mid-1960s Americans were falling in lust ...

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Retrospective: Amazonas 1600: 1977-1989

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This motorcycle was a result of economic solutions rather than engineering designs, which may explain its questionable status as one of the worst motorcycles ever built. In the early 1970s, Brazil was getting its economic act together after 25 years of mismanagement and heavy borrowing to keep the country afloat. Industry was now beginning to compete with agriculture as the ...

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