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2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 and 2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 | First Look Review

2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT

No conversation about adventure touring motorcycles is complete unless the word V-Strom finds its way into the dialogue. Suzuki’s venerable V-twin-powered models in both 650cc and 1000cc capacities have been mainstays in the ADV genre since the liter model debuted in 2002 and its smaller stable mate stormed onto the scene two years later. Thanks to their affordability, reliability and ...

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Rider Comparo – 2016 Honda VFR1200X vs. 2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer XRt vs. 2016 Yamaha Super Ténéré

This trio of 1,200cc, shaft-driven, 600-plus-pound adventure bikes can take you almost anywhere you want to go, within reason. (Photos: Kevin Wing)

Over the past decade, adventure tourers have matured into a diverse segment of the motorcycle market. These days you can buy one or more models from nearly every major manufacturer, with the American OEMs being notable exceptions. Calling them “adventure” tourers suggests they’re ready for the backcountry, like two-wheeled Jeeps. But, except for dedicated dual-sports, only a select few are ...

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2016 Honda VFR1200X – Road Test Review

2016 Honda VFR1200X

Shortly after its groundbreaking VFR1200F sport tourer was introduced for 2010, Honda launched an adventure-styled bike for 2012 based on the same smooth and powerful 1,237cc V-4 engine used in the VFR. The new Crosstourer was designed to compete with the BMW R 1200 GS, Yamaha Super Ténéré and Triumph Tiger Explorer, so it had 19- and 17-inch spoked tubeless ...

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2016 CSC RX3 Adventure – Road Test Review

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My first “adventure tour” was a three-day ride into the backcountry on a Yamaha 175 Enduro, decades ago. From that brief introduction, I discovered two things: missing a corner can leave you upside down in a bush, and that it’s the experience, not the size of the bike, that makes a ride an adventure. Through a series of larger and ...

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CSC Motorcycles to Import the RX-3 Cyclone, a 250cc Adventure Bike

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CSC Motorcycles, based in Azusa, California, announced today that it is bringing in the first shipment of 250cc RX-3 Cyclone adventure touring motorcycles to the United States. The Cyclone, manufactured for CSC by Chinese manufacturer Zongshen, is being certified for highway use in the United States. CSC expects to offer the motorcycles for sale by the end of this year. ...

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RawHyde Adventure Demo Experience

RawHyde Adventure Demo Experience

Folks, let’s be honest… motorcycles are toys… and typically anyone that’s thinking about buying a new toy wants a chance to play with it before purchasing. Right? And, if you’re in the market for a new adventure bike you’ll quickly find that’s impossible to get a legitimate test ride on any of the bikes you may be evaluating.  Most adventure bike dealers offer ...

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LS2 MX453 Dual-Sport Helmet

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Not familiar with LS2 helmets? Neither was I until two of them—the MX453 dual-sport and FT2 FF396 full-face models—showed up at the office late last year. The LS2 brand was launched in Europe in 2007 by MHR Helmet Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Xiqing Plastics, a Chinese company that has been making helmets since 1991. Within just a few years, ...

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2013 BMW R 1200 GS – First Ride

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Redesigning a motorcycle that established and continues to define a robust market segment, one that has been a perennial bestseller, inspires fanatical devotion and is the culmination of a design philosophy that has endured for nearly a century, is a major undertaking. After setting new standards among sportbikes (with the S 1000 RR and HP4) and luxury/sport tourers (with the ...

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2013 Honda CRF250L: Ridden & Rated

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Conventional wisdom says you can’t please everyone, but that’s not stopping Honda from trying. Its new 2013 CRF250L dual-sport has a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder engine derived from the peppy CBR250R. The company’s goal is to spark the imagination of returning, new and current riders by creating a fun, versatile, stylish and affordable commuter that can also handle off-road adventures. Parking ...

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