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2016 Moto Guzzi V7 II Stornello – First Ride Review

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No, you’re not imagining things. Scrambler-style bikes are everywhere these days. Triumph arguably got there first with its eponymous Scrambler back in 2008, while Ducati’s 803cc Scrambler has been selling like hotcakes over the two years it’s been available. Heck, even BMW’s ginned up a scrambler out of the R nineT platform. And that’s just the OEMs; Bike EXIF is ...

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Retrospective: 1974 Norton Commando 850 John Player Replica

1974 Norton Commando 850 John Player Replica.

This was a minor marketing coup: Dress up a stock Norton Commando to look like the genuine race motorcycles that had been doing well in the Formula 750 races in 1972 and 1973. As one quite literate journalist wrote, it was “a titivated sports bike with a flashy fairing…” To save you looking up the word, titivate means “to make ...

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Retrospective: 1978-1979 Suzuki GS1000

1978 Suzuki GS1000.

There is horsepower, and there is handling. Beginning in 1969, the Japanese were quickly winning the horsepower wars, but the Europeans had a far better understanding of handling. The Japanese could win races, but a chassis suitable for a racetrack is vastly different from one that needs to be used for doddering around town and then careening through the curvy ...

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2014 Honda CB1100 Deluxe | Long-Term Rides

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At the very first glance, the CB1100 parked outside the Rider office had me by the eyeballs. Appraising its Candy Red paint and clean, classic lines, I knew I had to ride it. EIC Tuttle finally handed me the key a couple of months later, with the bike now sporting Cortech Super 2.0 luggage and a National Cycle Street Shield ...

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Retrospective: Cooper 250 Enduro: 1973-1975

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Back in those halcyon days of the early 1970s, two-stroke enduro models were the rage. If you wanted a play-bike, you bought Japanese. If you were a serious rider, you bought European, as in Maico, CZ or Husqvarna. A California fellow by the name of Frank Cooper was the Maico distributor, and entertained himself on weekends by doing a bit ...

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Retrospective: Silk 700S: 1975-1979

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Never heard of a Silk motorcycle? Not surprising. It was an English bike, very few were ever built, and probably less than half a dozen ever made it to the United States. It was an attractive motorcycle, but had a rather unusual-looking 656cc parallel twin leaning forward about 40 degrees, with liquid cooling and no fins on the alloy cylinder ...

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Retrospective: Yamaha XJ650RJ Seca 650: 1982

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Some people say that the Golden Era of Japanese motorcycles was in the early 1980s, when everything seemed to come together—engine, chassis and price. The Universal Japanese Motorcycle was in its heyday, an air-cooled in-line four being the main powerplant for all four Japanese companies. And one to hit the mark was this Yamaha Seca 650—the Seca name borrowed from ...

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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 Royal Enfield USA Model Line-Up Intro

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Classic Motorworks, the official importer and distributor of Royal Enfield motorcycles in the United States, just announced the arrival of the 2010 Royal Enfield Bullet model line. “Today begins a very notable new model year for Royal Enfield in the United States,” said Kevin Mahoney, president of Classic Motorworks and Royal Enfield USA. “The year marks the complete transition of ...

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2006 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 ES Electra X – Road Test Review

2006 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 ES Electra X road test

  Vintage bikes are so cool! Show up at a bike event with a nicely restored classic and you’ll likely garner more attention than some guy on his $40,000 custom. A custom starts at today and works its way forward aggressively into unknown territory; a restoration starts in the comfortable past and luxuriates there, reminding us of grade school, Ozzie ...

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