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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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2016 Honda Africa Twin DCT – Touring Review

2016 Honda Africa Twin DCT tour test

Hi-Yo, Silver! We haunt some Nevada ghost towns on a real-world touring test of the 2016 Honda Africa Twin DCT. It’s easy to find yourself alone in Nevada. Well north of Las Vegas, black mountains ring expanses of high desert in the Great Basin so vast they make Death Valley look like a sand trap. U.S. Route 50, America’s so-called ...

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2016 Kawasaki Vulcan S Café – Road Test Review

2016 Kawasaki Vulcan S Cafe.

Take everything you think you know about cruisers, and toss it all out the window. Kawasaki’s Vulcan S lineup, which includes the base-model S (available with or without ABS), the mid-range S ABS SE and the top-of-the-line S ABS Café, breaks a lot of cruiser rules—and has a lot of fun doing it. For starters, with claimed curb weights starting ...

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2017 Ducati Multistrada 950 | First Ride Review

2017 Ducati Multistrada 950

The 2010 redesign of the Ducati Multistrada transformed it from a narrowly focused sit-up sportbike into a full-fledged adventure tourer, opening the storied Italian brand to legions of riders who wouldn’t—or couldn’t—consider its bikes in the past. As long as you’ve got the wallet and leg length for it, the latest Multistrada 1200 DVT offers 160-horsepower performance in a sit-up, ...

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2017 BMW G 310 R – First Ride Review

2017 BMW G 310 R

I’ve always enjoyed riding smaller bikes. Part of that comes from not being terribly large, but it’s also because it’s just fun to fling them around corners and through traffic, and parking lot maneuvers are a breeze. Having 160 horsepower on tap is fun too, but let’s face it—unless you’re a 1-percenter of the professional racing variety, you’re never going ...

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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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Kawasaki Announces Pricing, Accessories for the 2017 Versys-X 300

2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Last month at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, Kawasaki unveiled the latest addition to its Versys adventure-street lineup, the new 2017 Versys-X 300, which is powered by the liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 4-valve 296cc parallel twin from the Ninja 300. Kawasaki has just announced pricing and accessories for the Versys-X 300 and released new photos. Read our 2014 Kawasaki ...

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Tackling LA-Barstow-Vegas on a 2WD Ural Gear-Up

LA-Barstow-Vegas on a 2WD 2016 Ural Gear-Up.

It’s well before dawn, and the temperature is below freezing. Ben’s KTM 1190 Adventure says it’s 27 F., but Kurt’s BMW R 1200 GS is somewhat more optimistic at a balmy 31. My Ural Gear-Up is silent on the matter, perhaps in indifference to these mild temperatures. After all, it was originally built to carry Russian soldiers through snow and ...

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2017 Kawasaki Z650 – First Ride Review

2017 Kawasaki Z650 ABS

In the 1970s, an influx of in-line four cylinder motorcycles from the Japanese “Big Four” quickly took over the market. These quick, reliable and comfortable speed machines became known as Universal Japanese Motorcycles, or UJMs, both for their similarities to one another and their universal appeal. Kawasaki’s contributions to UJM domination included the mighty Z1 and the KZ650—which was known ...

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