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2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod | First Ride Review

2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod.

Now that The Motor Co. has apparently satisfied the global demand for an urban-oriented line of inexpensive entry-level Harleys with the cruiserish Street 500 and 750, it has begun targeting specific competitors. The new Street Rod gets a High Output version of the liquid-cooled, 754cc “Revolution X” SOHC 4-valve V-twin, with improved airflow, a new dual-throat throttle body, valve changes ...

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Special Retrospective: The Birth of Victory Motorcycles

Victory V92C

Editor’s Note: This story first appeared as a regular One-Track Mind column in the September 1997 issue of Rider. Unless you’re a snowmobile, ATV or personal watercraft (PWC) enthusiast, America’s newest motorcycle manufacturer may be a stranger to you. They certainly were to me, so I sat down for about 2-and-a-half hours with Matt Parks, general manager of Polaris’ Victory motorcycle division, ...

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2017 Kawasaki Z900 ABS | First Ride Review

2017 Kawasaki Z900 ABS

The Z900 is a storied model in the history of both Kawasaki and motorcycling as a whole. In 1972, the 903cc Z1 was launched as the most powerful Japanese 4-cylinder 4-stroke in the world, and it immediately got down to the business of winning races, setting records and nabbing awards, until it was succeeded by the larger Z1000 in 1976. ...

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2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod | First Look Review

2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod

Responding to an expanding global market, as well as the desires of a new generation of riders here in the U.S., Harley-Davidson has surprised us with a genre-bending new model, the 2017 Street Rod. Looking a bit like the offspring of a flat-tracker and a supermoto, the Street Rod was born as an effort within the Motor Company to proactively ...

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2017 International Tour Companies Directory

IMTBike's Portugal & Southern Spain Tour.

Every two years, the Rider staff compiles an up-to-date listing of tour companies that operate internationally. We only include reputable companies that offer multi-day, fully guided street and/or adventure bike tours on their own rental fleet.  Have you ever dreamed of seeing another country from the saddle of a motorcycle, but were intimidated by the language barrier, figuring out what roads ...

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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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2017 Triumph Street Triple RS | First Ride Review

2017 Triumph Street Triple RS action

Within Triumph’s robust motorcycle lineup, no fewer than eight models have one or more of the following four words in their name: Speed, Street, Triple and Twin. In the Modern Classics family, there’s the Street Cup, Street Scrambler and Street Twin, and there’s a cruiser called the Speedmaster, all of which have parallel twins. And then there are the roadsters, ...

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2017 Yamaha FZ-09 | First Ride Review

The "bang-for-the-buck" king is better than ever, with a host of upgrades that improve performance and rideability, and sharp, aggressive new styling befitting its sporting nature. (Photos by Garth Milan and Triumph Motorcycles)

When the FZ-09 first hit the market in October 2013 (as a 2014 model), it was universally lauded as one of the best “bang-for-the-buck” bikes out there. The bike’s $7,990 price certainly didn’t hurt. But it was the FZ-09’s character-filled Crossplane Concept-inspired in-line triple that won most of us over—including Senior Editor Drevenstedt (read his Road Test Review of the ...

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2017 Harley-Davidson Road King Special | First Look Review

2017 Harley-Davidson Road King Special.

Harley-Davidson has announced a new model in its 2017 Touring lineup: the Road King Special. This blacked-out, muscular-looking bagger is powered by the new Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine, and offers a fresh and contemporary take on the classic Road King. Got a hankering for a Harley? Read our 2017 Street Glide Review here. Most of the Road King’s chrome was stripped ...

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2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 | First Ride Review

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650

Forty-two pounds. That’s about what a 5-gallon water bottle weighs. Ever hefted one of those when loading a new one atop a water cooler? Pretty darn heavy, right? Now imagine carrying that much extra weight on a motorcycle. The engine has to work harder, handling is less nimble and gas mileage suffers. When Kawasaki gave its popular Ninja 650—Team Green’s ...

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