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2012 Honda Gold Wing GL1800 – Road Test Review

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  What makes a motorcycle a luxury-touring bike? An integrated top trunk and side cases, with some additional storage here and there? A built-in sound system, intercom, CB? Extra-cushy seating and lots of wind protection? All of the above? The list of common luxo-touring features may be long, but today you barely need both hands to count all of the ...

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2010 Honda Gold Wing GL1800 – Road Test Review

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photography by Rich Cox [This 2010 Honda Gold Wing GL1800 Road Test was originally published as a Ridden & Rated in the June 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Spend a little time on Gold Wing online forums and you’ll see references to “Mother Honda.” Over nearly four decades, Mother Honda has begotten quite a brood. More than 640,000 Gold Wings ...

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2011 Triumph Tiger 800 vs. Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Road Test

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photography by Kevin Wing [This 2011 Triumph Tiger 800 vs. Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Road Test Comparison was originally published in the June 2011 issue of Rider magazine] When we first tested the V-Strom 650 in 2004, and for several years thereafter, Suzuki had the middleweight, multicylinder adventure touring segment to itself. Quietly and humbly, the V-Strom (“V” for its V-twin; ...

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2012 Honda Gold Wing GL1800 ABS – Road Test Review

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photography by Kevin Wing and the author [This 2012 Honda Gold Wing GL1800 ABS Road Test was originally published as a Rider Test in the August 2011 issue of Rider magazine] The typical day ride, especially on a luxury-touring motorcycle such as the new 2012 Honda Gold Wing, is like a snapshot. Sure, it’s worth about a thousand words, roughly ...

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2011 Honda CBR250R – Road Test Review

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photography by Kevin Wing [This 2011 Honda CBR250R Road Test was originally published in the May 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Forget everything you thought you knew about 250 singles. Honda’s 2011 CBR250R has shredded the rulebook, packing brainloads of fresh thinking into a small motorcycle with results that look to be more magic than engineering. How else can you ...

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2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero – Road Test Review

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[This 2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero Road Test was originally published in the April 2011 issue of Rider] With today’s economic realities, we all want more for our money. We want “Buy One, Get One Free,” we want “But wait—there’s more,” and with a new motorcycle many of us want a bike with multiple capabilities. For example, how about a ...

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2011 Triumph Tiger 800 and 800XC Road Test

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photography by Paul Barshon and Alessio Barbanti Triumph’s tagline is “Go Your Own Way,” a mantra fulfilled by building motorcycles that are, if not wholly unconventional, certainly on the outskirts of mainstream. Ten years before bringing back the Bonneville, Triumph’s resurrection was based on motorcycles powered by three-cylinder engines. In a world full of twins and fours, iconic bikes like ...

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2012 Yamaha Super Ténéré Road Test

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photography by Riles & Nelson [This 2012 Yamaha Super Ténéré Road Test was originally published as a Ridden & Rated in the February 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Ténéré (pronounced tey-ney-rey), which means “desert” in the language of nomadic Tuaregs, refers to a vast, dune-filled Saharan plain that was once a particularly challenging stage in the Paris-Dakar Rally. Frenchman Cyril Neveu clinched ...

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2011 Star Stryker 1300 – Road Test Review

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photography by Riles & Nelson [This 2011 Star Stryker 1300 Road Test was originally published in the January 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Cruisers, baggers and cruiser tourers account for nearly 50 percent of the motorcycle market in the USA, and subsequently dominate the American lineups of the Japanese motorcycle manufacturers. Particularly classic cruisers with wider, shorter front tires, standard ...

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