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2016 Suzuki Bandit 1250S ABS – Road Test Review

With the return of the Bandit 1250S, Suzuki brings a familiar and fun machine back into the family fold. (Photography by Kevin Wing and Ken Lee)

Sometimes, going back to the well turns out to be the smartest move you can make. For 2016, Suzuki returns to a trusted source by reintroducing the Bandit 1250S ABS refreshed with a slight wardrobe change. The Big Bandit legacy began in 1997 with the original four-cylinder 1200, the air-cooled 1,152cc carbureted old-school version. Today’s lightly warmed-over Bandit 1250S springs ...

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2016 Triumph Street Twin – Road Test Review

Quick handling, light weight and good cornering clearance make the Street Twin an able companion in the corners.

In the 1960s and ’70s, Triumph sold more motorcycles in the U.S. than in the rest of the world combined. A great many of those bikes were the iconic Bonnevilles, which were launched in 1959 to commemorate Triumph’s 1956 world speed record. By the time the company closed its doors in 1983 and industrialist John Bloor bought the Triumph name, the ...

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2014 Cutting-Edge Cruisers – Snapshot Reviews

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There was a time, not that long ago, when in motorcycle terms cruisers were considered something less—simpler machines that were somewhat inferior to other bikes in terms of function. After all, a touring bike’s function is to deliver many miles of comfort while hauling riders and luggage, a sportbike excels in terms of power and handling reined in by great ...

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2014 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe Review

2014 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe

With its classic style and air-cooled, 45-degree V-twin motor, the Harley-Davidson has served as the iconic American-made motorcycle for more than 110 years. In its current form, the motor displaces 1,690cc (103 cubic inches) and offers two valves per cylinder. In the Softail models, the engine is counterbalanced for smoothness. The model gets its name from the fact that it ...

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2013 Honda Shadow Aero – Review

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Like Kawasaki’s Vulcan line, Honda has had Shadow cruisers in its lineup since the early 1980s. Over the past three decades, engine displacements have gone up and down, models have come and gone. But since the 1,100cc Shadow Sabre was retired in 2007, the Shadow pedigree has lived on in the middleweight class only. For 2013, Honda offers four Shadow ...

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2013 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic – Review

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In Roman times, Vulcan was the god of fire. In the 1960s, Vulcan came to be known as the home planet of Spock on Star Trek. And in 1984, Kawasaki began using the name Vulcan for its line of cruisers, which over the years have ranged from 399cc up to a ground-pounding 2,053cc. These days, Vulcans come in two sizes, ...

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2013 Star V Star 950 – Review

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Of the four motorcycles in this comparison, the Star V Star 950 has the most distinctive look. Ever since Yamaha created Star Motorcycles as a separate brand for its cruiser division, the company has carved out a distinct niche in the segment. Last year, Star launched the Raider SCL (Star Custom Line) and it just released the Bolt and Bolt ...

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2013 Suzuki Boulevard C50 SE – Review

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Japan’s Big Four have been fierce competitors for decades, and they’ve all been making cruisers geared toward the American market since the Reagan era. Suzuki gave its cruisers menacing names like Intruder, Marauder and Savage, as well as Volusia—named for the Florida county that encompasses Daytona Beach (the first Volusia was unveiled at Bike Week in 2001). For 2005, Suzuki ...

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2013 Suzuki Boulevard C90T B.O.S.S. – Road Test Review

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Long and low, black as night and trimmed with just enough chrome to entertain the eye, Suzuki’s 2013 Boulevard C90T B.O.S.S. (Blacked Out Suzuki Special) cuts a figure worthy of favorable commentary, or so was my experience after spending a month with this machine. But a spiffy black suit isn’t enough for most riders, so the B.O.S.S. backs up its ...

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2013 Honda F6B – Road Test Review

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Last year, more new touring motorcycles were sold than bikes in any other individual street bike category, even cruisers. Touring includes luxury performers such as the Honda Gold Wing, BMW K 1600 GTL and the like, but the vast majority of those top-selling machines were “baggers,” large V-twin touring cruisers with factory hard bags and windshields, or fairings with windscreens. ...

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