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2014 Indian Chieftain Review

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This proud, old name in American motorcycling began production in 1901, eventually became the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, and then went bankrupt in 1953. Two attempted revivals of the Indian name since 2003 collapsed, but this latest one is backed by Polaris Industries, the multi-billion-dollar Minnesota-based company that manufactures a variety of power products including ATVs, snowmobiles, watercraft and Victory ...

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2014 Victory Cross Country Review

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Now in its 15th year, this Medina, Minnesota, based company is (like the newly reborn Indian) a division of Polaris Industries, and the bikes are assembled in Spirit Lake, Iowa. The Cross Country’s air/oil-cooled, 50-degree V-twin engine displaces 106 cubic inches (1,731cc) and is a staple across the Victory line. Unlike the other two bikes in our test, its V-twin ...

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2014 Honda CTX1300 – First Look Review

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Honda has adroitly filled a niche in the entry-level motorcycle genre with its two twin-cylinder CTX models, which are based upon the 670cc parallel twin first introduced in the NC700X. Plenty of new and returning riders are looking for inexpensive bikes with a low seat, comfortable easy handling and a torquey engine with smooth, seamless power—like a cruiser. But many ...

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2014 Triumph Rocket III Touring Road Test

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Bigger is better. Go big or go home. There’s no replacement for displacement. Super size me! We were using those phrases a lot about 10 years ago. Back then, a gallon of gas cost about a buck-fifty and the players in the cruiser market were battling to see who could build the biggest and baddest. Hot on the heels of ...

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2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring – Road Test Review

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Flashback to 1970. Richard Nixon is in the White House, American troops are in Vietnam and the AMC Gremlin is in dealerships. Little known in the U.S. at the time, Moto Guzzi captures a slice of the lucrative police market with a full-dress version of the Eldorado 850, which was more powerful, more maneuverable, lighter and less expensive than the ...

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2014 Indian Chiefs – First Ride Review

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Everyone loves a good comeback story. Inspirational people, from Abraham Lincoln to Walt Disney to Rocky Balboa, were knocked down but not out, rising up to become stronger and more resilient than ever. Post-AMF Harley-Davidson and Hinckley-based Triumph made legendary comebacks, and now—finally—Indian Motorcycle is poised to do the same. Established in 1901, Indian rose quickly to become the world’s ...

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2013 Middleweight Metric Cruiser Comparison Review

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My favorite comfort foods, heart-warming and artery-clogging classics like mac-and-cheese, buttermilk biscuits and pulled-pork barbecue, are straightforward and uncomplicated, each prepared with a short list of ingredients and easy techniques. But many cooks have been fooled by such simplicity, following recipes dutifully but ending up with bland results. The artistry, the ability to create a dish that’s just right, is ...

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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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