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

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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 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

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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

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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 Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Classic Road Test

2010 Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Classic Review | Rider Magazine

photography by Rich Cox [This 2010 Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Classic Road Test was originally published in the July 2010 issue of Rider] All of these bikes are contemporary classics, but only the Royal Enfield gives the impression of having been cryogenically preserved 50 years ago and thawed out last week. This Bullet C5 Classic is a modern bike in ...

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2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic Road Test

2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic Review | Rider Magazine

photography by Rich Cox [This 2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic Road Test was originally published in the July 2010 issue of Rider magazine] Moto Guzzi has many notable styling achievements on its résumé. Recently, for example, there’s the exotic Griso cruiser, and radical MGS-01 racebike. In this author’s humble opinion, though, few of its efforts top the original 1967 V7 ...

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2010 Harley-Davidson XL1200X Sportster Forty-Eight – Road Test Review

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photography by Rich Cox [This 2010 Harley-Davidson XL1200X Sportster Forty-Eight Road Test was originally published in the July 2010 issue of Rider magazine] Darkness is spreading among the 2010 Harley-Davidson lineup, but that’s a good thing for fans of backyard, bobber, bolt-on and mostly blacked-out customs who don’t want to create such a bike themselves. Harley’s “Dark Custom” gang (Nightster, ...

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2011 Honda PCX and Ruckus Scooters

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American Honda has announced the release of two scooters for the 2011 model year: the new Honda PCX and the popular Honda Ruckus. “We’ve enjoyed tremendous success with our line of scooters,” said Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino, “and now along with the 2011 Ruckus we’re introducing the brand-new PCX, a very stylish 125cc scooter that adds even more depth ...

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Italian Bikes in a German Town: Aprilias in East Texas

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by Steve Natt; photography by the author and Ted Phillips It was with more than a modicum of skepticism that I fielded the invitation to attend a weekend riding “some of the most beautiful roads in America,” in Texas, on exotic, high-performance Italian motorcycles. Reading the fine print had me really shaking my head like Scooby-Doo—a large contingent of Italophiles ...

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2010 Star Stratoliner Deluxe – Road Test Review

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photography by Riles & Nelson If you’re into cruisers and have kept your eyes open, you may have noticed that baggers—cruisers with saddlebags (and often fairings, too)—are replacing radical customs as the latest trend. According to Yamaha, it’s because riders have found radical bikes too uncomfortable and impractical, and with the economy causing people to cut back on luxuries they ...

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