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2010 Honda Shadow RS – Road Test Review

2010 Honda Shadow RS review | Rider Magazine | Motorcycle Reviews

photography by Brian J. Nelson [This 2010 Honda Shadow RS Road Test was originally published in the September 2010 issue of Rider magazine] Remember when a 750 was one of the big boys, a hefty handful that you had to work up to? These days 1,600cc is the new 750. In my line of work, I push a lot of ...

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First Look: 2011-2012 Aprilias


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


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


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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Five 2010 Kawasaki Motorcycles Under $8,000: KLR650, Versys, ER-6n, Ninja 650R, KLX250S


photography by Kinney Jones [This Five 2010 Kawasakis Under $8,000 feature was originally published in the August 2010 issue of Rider magazine] Kawasaki’s flagship bikes such as the Concours 14, ZX-10R and Voyager top many a wish list, but when it comes to parting with hard-earned dollars, many riders hunt farther down the food chain. Kawasaki highlighted the core of ...

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2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager – Road Test Review


Riding the 892-pound Kawasaki Voyager around town is a little like taking a Carnival Cruise ship across a pond. Once on the open road, though, the big touring cruiser transforms into a comfy companion, with 10 gallons’ worth of lockable packing space in each saddlebag and a top trunk that will hold two full-face helmets. I recently tested the Voyager’s ...

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2010 BMW R 1200 GS Road Test

2010 BMW R 1200 GS Review | Rider Magazine

photography by Kevin Wing and Jonathan Beck [This 2010 BMW R 1200 GS Road Test was originally published in the August 2010 issue of Rider magazine] Standing beside the mud-splattered, 2010 BMW R 1200 GS in my garage, I was losing my patience. A friend who races dirt bikes—those skinny, lightweight things with power-to-weight ratios akin to Sidewinder missiles—refused to ...

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2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster – Road Test Review


story and photography by Mark Tuttle [This 2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster Road Test was originally published in the August 2010 issue of Rider magazine] Remember the scene in Blazing Saddles when the hulking, dim-witted thug Mongo (football star Alex Karras) rides into Rock Ridge on an enormous Brahma bull? Well, if Mongo wised-up and rode a big cruiser motorcycle ...

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New Six-cylinder BMWs: K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL

BMW K 1600 GT Left Side Studio

Munich, Germany (July 2, 2010) – Since BMW Motorrad presented the six-cylinder Concept 6 last fall, rumors have circulated about what model might receive such a potent, in-line six engine. Six-cylinder in-line engines have powered BMW automobiles for over seven decades. Today BMW announced that its compact in-line six motorcycle engine will go into two new touring models: K 1600 ...

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2010 Honda VT1300 Interstate, Stateline and Sabre – Comparison Test Review

2010 Honda VT1300 Interstate, Stateline and Sabre Review | Rider

  Last year when Honda introduced the 2010 Fury as an early release model, it mollified riders who were “furious” about paying outrageous prices for unreliable—and often unrideable—custom choppers. Why shouldn’t the average rider be able to buy a cool-looking rakish ride without having to take out a second mortgage? For 13 grand you can now have that “custom chopper” ...

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