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2016 Zero DSR | Road Test Review

The new-for-2016 Zero DSR promises legitimate off-road chops and a sporty ride on pavement...provided you don't wander too far. (Photos: Kevin Wing)

Pondering Zero Motorcycles’ 10-year evolution, from primitive early models that were essentially motorized mountain bikes to today’s lineup of six motorcycles boasting excellent fit and finish, ever-increasing range, power and quality components from the likes of Showa and Bosch, a tagline from an old advertising campaign comes to mind: “You’ve come a long way, baby!” As its most powerful and ...

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2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure — Road Test

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Our first ride on KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure (Rider, May 2015) was on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, a remote volcanic paradise that’s just the kind of exotic place you might want to go on this luxury travel enduro. Our Senior Editor’s report on the bike was quite thorough, but we wondered how it would fare in the stateside ...

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Rider Magazine’s 2015 Motorcycle of the Year

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Our 26th Annual Award In the April 2015 issue we listed 60 all-new or significantly changed 2015 model-year motorcycles eligible for consideration as Rider’s 2015 Motorcycle of the Year. After two years of democratic elections with our People’s Choice Motorcycle of the Year (Honda’s F6B topped the voting for 2013, and BMW’s R 1200 RT won for 2014), for our ...

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New for 2015: Bombshells and Bargain Blasters

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We’ve already devoted more space to new bikes in the last several issues than we have in years, and now another round of new-for-2015 models has been revealed at the stylish EICMA show in Milan, Italy. Here’s the scoop on them; as you’re reading this we’re already riding the wheels off several, and have a Ridden and Rated on the ...

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2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S—Road Test Review

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When’s the last time you drove a car, van or truck with zero adjustability for the seat, steering wheel or foot controls? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Adjustable ergonomics are a must for such vehicles nowadays. So why are we saddled with motorcycles offering no adjustability? The answer to that question has been a long time coming. But now, one ...

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2015 Honda NM4 DCT ABS | Road Test Review

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Imagine for a moment that you’re a 20- or 30-something motorcycle designer in Japan, head swirling with futuristic ideas thwarted by practicalities. Then you’re tasked with drawing something that blows away two-wheeled convention so that it will stand out in the increasingly competitive North American and European markets. Some of your influences are anime and manga—animated movies and comic books, ...

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2014 KTM 1190 Adventure—Road Test

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As liter-class adventure-touring bikes have been getting more and more street oriented, the KTM 990 Adventure clung to its Dakar racing roots right through 2012. While makeovers for 2007 and 2009 brought more displacement and a few nods to on-road comfort, the Austrian Abenteuer still kept its funky rally racer bodywork, 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels, split fuel tanks ...

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2015 Victory Gunner—First Ride Review

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From its gray matte paint to its straight dual exhaust and solo seat, Victory Motorcycles’ new Gunner is brazenly targeting Harley-Davidson’s Softail Slim. Victory’s press information even uses the catty tagline, “Slim chance you’ll find another bobber like it.” Me-ow. I had the opportunity to run the Gunner up and down the backroads on a bright Daytona Bike Week morning. ...

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2012 Honda NC700X DCT ABS Road Test

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Motorcycles are not appliances. Even if your main goal in buying one is to accomplish a daily task like commuting with the lowest possible vehicle and fuel costs, few riders would be satisfied with a motorcycle that is as dull as a dishwasher. We still want performance that excites us, looks that fuel our passions and make the right statement, ...

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Ridden & Rated: Triumph T100 Steve McQueen Edition

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We all recall Steve McQueen’s character Virgil Hilts jumping a motorcycle over a fence in the iconic 1963 WWII movie The Great Escape. And it doesn’t matter that, for insurance reasons, the jump was actually performed by McQueen’s friend and fellow racer Bud Ekins. McQueen was the real deal. He rode his modified 1963 Triumph Bonneville in the California dunes ...

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