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The 39 Best Bikes for Smaller Riders (and Budgets)

KTM 390 Duke

You don’t need pavement-buckling torque and shoulder-wrenching power to have fun on two wheels. Among the growing number of female riders (go, girls!), younger folks wanting a fun and economical way to commute to work or school, older riders looking for something smaller and easier to manage, and regular Joes just wanting something fun to ride, demand for smaller machines has prompted ...

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2017 Suzuki SV650 – First Ride Review

2017 Suzuki SV650

Sixteen years ago I walked into a dealership ready to buy my first brand-new bike: a 2000 Suzuki SV650 in Candy Grand Blue. I’d done my homework; the SV650 had been released the year before and had already earned respect from riders both new and experienced. It was the rarest of creatures: inexpensive, fun and easy to ride for beginners, ...

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Motus to Reveal 2014 MST Models at Laguna Seca

Motus has begun initial production on its 2014 MST and MST-R sport-tourers and says it will introduce them to the public during the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, July 19-21, 2013. Motus says the MST and premium MST-R are comfortable sportbikes designed for long-range canyon carving, solo or two up. Both are powered by a ...

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Norton Motorcycles Announces Successful Completion of U.S. EPA and CARB Durability Testing

Norton Motorcycles reached an important milestone this week with the successful completion of the durability and emission testing for its Commando 961 series of motorcycles. With the Certification Lab’s successful completion and compliance report, the challenging technical testing portion of the approval process for the U.S. and Canadian of the Norton Commando 961 Cafe Racer, 961 Sport and 961 SE ...

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2012 BMW G 650 GS Sertão Road Test

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Sertão is Portuguese for hinterlands or back country, particularly the arid badlands of northeastern Brazil, the sort of place the new offroad-ready G 650 GS Sertão is designed to explore. From 2000-2010, the rock-hopping variant of BMW’s F 650 GS was called the Dakar, after the legendary rally that ran from Europe to the capital of Senegal, honoring Richard Sainct’s ...

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2012 BMW G 650 GS Sertão | First Look Review

2012 BMW G 650 GS Sertão

In much the same way BMW produced a more offroad worthy (and subsequently very popular) F 650 GS twin with its F 650 GS Dakar, now the German company has announced it will offer a “dirtier” version of its entry-level G 650 GS single called the G 650 GS Sertão. Named after a desert in northern Brazil, according to BMW’s ...

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More 2012 Ducatis

Multistrada 1200 S Touring

  In addition to the new Streetfighter 848, Ducati will offer new versions of two of its popular bikes. The Ducati Multistrada enters 2012 as the company’s top-selling family, which includes the Multistrada 1200, 1200 S Sport Pikes Peak Special Edition and 1200 S Touring. In addition to the currently available red and arctic white color schemes, the Multistrada 1200 ...

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2011 Suzuki Burgman 650 Executive Road Test


Over the past few years we’ve tested quite a few machines with “automatic” transmissions: the SE5-equipped Can-Am Spyder, the electric-shift Yamaha FJR1300AE, the dual-clutch Honda VFR1200F DCT, the hydromechanical HFT-equipped Honda DN-01, as well as CVT-equipped scooters and the Aprilia Mana 850. The underlying tech­nologies and rider interfaces differ, but all twist-and-go transmissions are designed to make gear changes simple ...

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2011 Star Stratoliner Deluxe vs. 2011 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero – Comparison Test Review


photography by Rich Cox [This 2011 Star Stratoliner Deluxe vs. 2011 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero Rider Comparison Test was originally published in the July 2011 issue of Rider magazine] With chopper-mania fading farther and farther in the rearview mirror, the V-twin world has shifted its attention to baggers. As a touring magazine, we’re more concerned with functionality than fads, which is ...

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2011 Star Stratoliner Deluxe – Road Test Review


photography by Rich Cox [This 2011 Star Stratoliner Deluxe Rider Test was originally published in the July 2011 issue of Rider magazine] A large chunk of American motorcyclists are beholden to the past. For years the highest percentage of motorcycle sales has been accounted for by cruisers, classically styled, heavyweight bikes that display more than a passing resemblance to motorcycles hand ...

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