Blog Section: Motorcycles

RoadRUNNER Project Bike: 2015 Suzuki GSX-S750

Aug 16, 2017 View Comments by

Comparatively small, very agile, smooth, and very fun to ride. Out of the box the GSX-S750 is a solid motorcycle considering it costs about $8,500, but it won’t win any awards. There’s just nothing fancy worth drooling over. Yet it still provides the exhilaration curve-devouring junkies desire. After a season with the stock setup, I […]

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Going Electric Off-Road: The 2017 KTM Freeride E-XC

Aug 04, 2017 View Comments by

KTM is getting a jump on the electric off-roader market. The company recently announced a pilot program in North America for its Freeride E-XC, an electric version of the Freeride 250R. The E-XC’s easily removable KTM PowerPack uses a 260V, 2.6 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery that can be fully charged in 80 minutes. The bike has […]

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The Evolution of an Adventure Bike

Jul 20, 2017 View Comments by

RoadRUNNER reader Rich King has been documenting the evolution of his Suzuki DR650 from a stock bike to an adventure bike and wrote in to share the process with our readers. I learned how to drive a 1928 Chevy truck when I was 11, and with my grandpa’s help rebuilt it at 17. I’ve loved working […]

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2017 KTM 1090 Adventure R: A Serious Dual Sport

Jul 19, 2017 View Comments by

It’s the most off-road-capable model bearing the Adventure name. The 1190 is no longer, having been replaced by the 1290 Super Adventure R with an increase in displacement. Visually, the Super looks similar to the 1190. The lighter, more agile 1090 Adventure R is more enduro than travel yet still puts out 125 hp. Packed […]

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2016 Suzuki Boulevard C90T: Effortlessly Easy

May 27, 2017 View Comments by

Suzuki’s top-of-the-line touring V-twin hasn’t changed much in the past few years, but it’s a solid platform for effortless roaming of backroads, with plenty of opportunity for customization. This model has been tested over the past year, mainly in the Southeast, with plenty of curves in the Appalachians, coastal roads, and sweltering heat and humidity.

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2017 Ducati Multistrada 950: The Multi-tool of Motorcycles

May 14, 2017 View Comments by

It’s a great time to be an adventure motorcyclist. The options are nearly endless, with every OEM offering an iteration of the do-everything, go-anywhere motorcycle. Lately, however, there has been a push for smaller displacement ADV bikes, with manufacturers like Honda, Kawasaki, and BMW offering sub-500cc styles. In an effort to slim down and simplify […]

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2017 Yamaha FZ-10: Activate Your Fazer

Apr 10, 2017 View Comments by

Yamaha’s FZ1 has had a good run since 2001, but it has been replaced by the FZ-10 this year. Still, with a YZF-R1-based engine at the center, the most notable change is a visual one. This doesn’t look like your dad’s FZ1. Welcome to the future, FZ-10. During a sweltering summer day, I tested the […]

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2016 Zero DSR: Riding Toward the Future

Mar 29, 2017 View Comments by

In the hills above Santa Cruz, the yellow diamond sign with the thick, curved black arrow pointing left says “20 MPH.” I roll off the throttle and the 2016 Zero DSR washes off speed like it’s a big V-twin, but instead of the bark of an engine under compression I hear the whine of the […]

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Indian’s New Flat Tracker Retails for $50,000

Mar 05, 2017 View Comments by

Want Indian’s new flat track racebike? It’ll cost you. The Scout FTR750 is now available for purchase for $50,000. This is the same bike currently being run by Indian’s new “Wrecking Crew” in the American Flat Track series. A purpose-built, high-performance 750cc V-twin engine powers the Scout FTR750. It features a unique, ultralight steel frame, […]

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MV Agusta’s New Brutale 800

Mar 03, 2017 View Comments by

Fifteen years after its first appearance, the new Brutale 800 is now available in the U.S. With a new take on its proportions—including a more sculpted shapes and a focus on the front end—the Brutale 800 enhances the reinterpretation of the bike’s main stylistic features, such as the elliptical shape of the headlamp, now a full LED, and […]

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2017 Harley-Davidson Touring Rollout: The Motor Company Does a Heart Transplant!

Feb 24, 2017 View Comments by

Harley’s Twin Cam engines have been around since the last century—heck, the last millennium—so it was time for a change. Change has come in the form of a new powerplant dubbed the Milwaukee-Eight, for its eight valves (four per cylinder, up from the prior two) and, you guessed it, the historic location of the Motor […]

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2017 Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Flying Fortress: A Cruiser That Out-Corners the Competition

Feb 02, 2017 View Comments by

  The name begs explanation, and the PR folks explained the rather unusual MGX-21 moniker as Moto Guzzi Experimental, with 21 referring to the front wheel diameter and the year the company was started (1921). The nickname Flying Fortress came from early viewers’ comments about the hulking appearance of the big machine.

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2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin: Party Crasher

Dec 22, 2016 View Comments by

With enduros enjoying a continued rise in popularity for not only their off-road capabilities but long 
distance comfort, many riders are already familiar with what’s on the market. But Honda’s long-awaited big adventure bike spells trouble for the competition. Carefully planned and expertly engineered, the Africa Twin arrives at the perfect moment to 
capture the […]

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2017 Honda CB1100 EX to be Available in the U.S. May 2017

Dec 14, 2016 View Comments by

The letters CB have always meant a great deal to Honda and Honda owners. When Honda first brought the CB1100 to the U.S. in 2013, it satisfied the demand of an army of riders for whom a traditionally styled air-cooled four-cylinder CB was a must-have piece of engineering craftsmanship. In 2017, a revised but retro-styled version […]

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Motorcycle of the Year: 2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin

Dec 08, 2016 View Comments by

Some years it’s difficult to name a Motorcycle of the Year, but 2016 was not one of them. While many new and redesigned models hit the streets, none garnered more attention than the one we named MOTY 2016. With the return of the Africa Twin, Honda reshuffles the travel enduro market and sets a new […]

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