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Rider Comparo: Honda NC700X vs. Kawasaki Versys vs. Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS

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Mid-size bikes make a lot of sense. Not only because they tend to be less expensive and lighter, but also because they have become so competent. Considering competence, this trio of liquid-cooled, 650cc-class twins each has a 6-speed transmission, chain final drive and some gravel-road pretensions (though we did not test them in that environment). Two have been around for ...

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Retrospective: Honda XL350 Dual-Sport: 1974 – 1978

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(This Retrospective article was printed in the June 2012 issue of Rider Magazine.) This four-stroke woodser was an immediate hit with the casual rider, and could even seduce two-stroke lovers away from their mounts. As an added bonus the XL350 K1 was quite adequate on the pavement. For less than one-thousand 1974 dollars anyone could buy this mid-sized thumper and ...

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2012 Honda NC700X | First Look

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At the New York stop on the International Motorcycle Shows tour, American Honda is unveiling an all-new model, the 2012 Honda NC700X. First seen at the EICMA show in Italy last October, the NC700X features adventure-bike styling, a new engine, and nimble handling. In addition, the NC700X offers the option of a six-speed manual transmission or Honda’s second-generation automatic Dual ...

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Retrospective: Honda VF700C Magna: 1987

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(This Retrospective article appeared in the August 2007 issue of Rider.) STORY and photography BY CLEMENT SALVADORI If it succeeds the first time, make it even better—that could have been Soichiro Honda’s motto. When Honda revamped the Magna for the 1987 model year it did a heckuva job, turning a rather distracted-looking cruiser into reasonable facsimile of a stoplight dragster. ...

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Retrospective: Honda GB500 Tourist Trophy: 1989-1990

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(This Retrospective article was printed in the June 2007 issue of Rider.) STORY and photography BY CLEMENT SALVADORI This really was a superbly entertaining machine, tremendous fun to ride, but one which could not find its niche in the American motorcycling world. All too common thinking was that street bikes needed a minimum of two cylinders, if not four, and ...

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Retrospective: Honda GL650I Silver Wing Interstate: 1983

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(This Retrospective article was printed in the February 2007 issue of Rider.) A very sensible motorcycle, this midsize touring bike, but perhaps too sensible for the American buyer. When you see a hundred or a thousand Gold Wingers together, more than half of them are running solo, and this Silver Wing was a perfect ride for a solo guy or ...

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Retrospective: Honda VT500FT Ascot: 1983-1984

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(This Retrospective article was published in the September 2006 issue of Rider.) Story and Photography by Clement Salvadori As has been said many times before, there are only three basic ways of arranging two cylinders side by side, as in the Triumph Bonneville, opposed, as in the BMW boxer, or any of the 179 degrees between these two, as in ...

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Retrospective: Honda CBR1000F Hurricane: 1987-1988

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(This Retrospective article appeared in the April 2006 issue of Rider Magazine.) When this big Honda appeared in 1987, it swept through the motorcycle world like a Category 3 hurricane sweeps across Florida…sorry, could not resist. With more horsepower, more speed than any previous liter bike, it ratcheted the whole performance concept up a notch. Yes, 600s and 750s may ...

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