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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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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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First Look: 2011-2012 Aprilias

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In addition to an updated Shiver 750, Italian maker Aprilia, part of the Piaggio Group along with Moto Guzzi, has three new liter-class models for 2011, starting with a RSV4 Factory APRC Special Edition of its championship- and comparison-winning racebike-with-lights. The SE’s Aprilia Performance Ride Control takes the 180-horsepower, $22,499 sportbike into electronic la-la-land with what Aprilia says is unique ...

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2011 Aprilia 750 Shiver – First Look

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A few years after joining the Piaggio Group, Aprilia began building its own motors, including the 750cc 90-degree V-twin in the Shiver, which debuted in 2008. During our road test (Rider, December 2008), the 486 pounds-wet machine put 76 horsepower to the rear wheel on Jett Tuning’s Dynojet dyno. For 2011, the Aprilia 750 Shiver’s engine and chassis will remain ...

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2011 Yamaha Motorcycles

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Yamaha has been inundated with requests to bring the XTZ1200 Super Ténéré adventure-tourer to the U.S. Named after a challenging Sahara Desert stage of the Paris-Dakar Rally, it will arrive next spring as a 2012 model. Powered by a 1199cc parallel twin with a 270-degree crank that fires both cylinders close together, it mimics a big thumper but with dual-axis ...

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