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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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2010 Honda Shadow Phantom 750 – Road Test Review

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photography by Kevin Wing [This 2010 Honda Shadow Phantom 750 Road Test was originally published in the June 2010 issue of Rider magazine] Dramatist Seán O’Casey said, “All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.” This profound insight applies to me more often than I care to admit, and I sometimes wonder if people such as ...

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2010 Big Dog Bulldog – Road Test Review

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[This 2010 Big Dog Bulldog Road Test was originally published in the April 2010 issue of American Rider] Big Dog’s new Bulldog is a touring motorcycle. Though you might have to look beyond its gleaming polished billet-aluminum trim and flashy paint job to understand what I’m talking about. And don’t let the Bulldog’s lengthy wheelbase—all 6 feet, 3 inches—play with ...

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2010 Victory Cross Roads and Cross Country – Road Test Review

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photography by Brian J. Nelson [This 2010 Victory Cross Roads and Cross Country Road Test was originally published in the January 2010 issue of Rider magazine] The east Texas Hill Country is made for motorcycles. Countless curves and elevation changes on the roads near Austin are a sporting rider’s delight, particularly around Leakey on Ranch Roads 335, 336 and 337, ...

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