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Road Test: 2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer

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After my exhilarating but brief ride on the all-new Triumph Tiger Explorer at its press launch in Spain (Rider, May 2012, and on ridermag.wpengine.com), I waited impatiently for the Explorer to arrive in the U.S., eager to spend quality time together and see if we had the chemistry for a longer-term relationship. The attraction was still there—the tall, robust Triumph’s ...

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Comparison: 2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer vs. 2012 Yamaha Super Ténéré

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The open-class adventure touring segment has grown from a class of one—the BMW R 1200 GS/Adventure—to a class of five in recent years, with the introduction of the Ducati Multistrada 1200, Moto Guzzi Stelvio, Yamaha Super Ténéré and Triumph Tiger Explorer. We compared the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure and Yamaha Super Ténéré in January (also available on ridermag.wpengine.com). The ...

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Road Test: 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX

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If there are any stretches of paved road left in the U.S. with more than 200 miles between gas stations, I’d sure like to know about them. Highway 140 from Winnemucca, Nevada, to Lakeview, Oregon (part of the historic Winnemucca to the Sea Highway), used to be one, but now there’s gas after about 130 miles at Denio Junction. These ...

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2011 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Road Test

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Vintage motorcycles are incredibly cool, but most riders are reluctant to put up with their drawbacks that can include meager power, lack of reliability and the potentially dangerous inconvenience of anti-stop brakes. What we would really prefer is a classic that performs like a modern bike—or a modern bike that looks like a classic. If you concur with the above, ...

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