Blog Section: Motorcycles

2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT: The Jack of All Trades

Jul 21, 2016 View Comments by

In German, there’s a word that 
describes an animal that lays eggs, has the meat of a pig, and provides milk and wool. In short: something that’s good for everything. Nature knows that this is difficult to achieve. That’s why she created such a wide variety of species. Translated into 
motorcycle language, we find cruisers, […]

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2016 Yamaha FJR1300A and ES: Sport Touring Just Got More Refined!

Jul 15, 2016 View Comments by

With the introduction of the new 2016 FJR1300A and FJR1300ES models, Yamaha’s flagship sport-touring line has again been upgraded. Let’s start with a little history review. The FJR1300 series was originally introduced in Europe in 2001, but wasn’t imported to the U.S. until 2002. For 2004 it received ABS, and was restyled in 2006, along […]

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Honda Grom Gets a Reboot for 2017

Jun 22, 2016 View Comments by

Honda’s sporty little motorcycle, beloved by veterans and newbies alike, has gotten a reboot for 2017. With fresh competition from Kawasaki’s nimble Z125 Pro, the 2017 Grom has a sharper, more aggressive look, and a handful of new color options. The bike boasts a stacked LED headlight, sportier handlebar, two-tier seat, low-mount muffler design, upswept tail unit, […]

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2014 EBR 1190SX: The Superfighter

Jun 15, 2016 View Comments by

Mention Erik Buell’s name and it’s instant street cred. When 
Harley-Davidson shut down Buell’s line during the financial crisis, 
the entrepreneur found a backer in India’s Hero Motorcycles, and 
Erik Buell Racing (EBR) was born. But after declaring bankruptcy and restructuring, the company, now owned by Liquid Asset Partners, is expected to resume production. Manufactured […]

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Harley-Davidson Reveals the XG750R, Its First All-New Flat-Track Race Bike in 44 Years

May 26, 2016 View Comments by

Harley-Davidson’s Screamin’ Eagle Factory Team has unleashed the XG750R, its first all-new flat track race bike in 44 years. The XG750R will make its official competition debut Sunday, May 29, at the AMA Pro Flat Track Springfield Mile in Illinois. Powered by the fuel-injected, liquid-cooled Revolution X V-twin engine, the bike will be raced by […]

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2016 Indian Springfield: Merging Old-School Looks with New Technology

May 21, 2016 View Comments by

Named after the birthplace of Indian Motorcycle—Springfield, MA, back in 1901—the new 2016 Springfield combines nostalgic styling cues with modern touring amenities like a tall windscreen, cruise control, and remote-locking hard saddlebags.

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MV Agusta and Pirelli Unveil the Stunning ‘Diablo Brutale’

May 17, 2016 View Comments by

MV Agusta and Pirelli have been working together for several decades, and since 2011 the historic motorcycle manufacturer has relied only on Pirellis to equip its models. So it’s no surprise the two teamed up on a special project: the Diablo Brutale, a combination of MV’s Brutale 800 and Pirelli’s new Diablo Rosso IIIs. The […]

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2008 Kawasaki KLR 650

May 04, 2016 View Comments by

Kawasaki’s first-generation KLR 650 had one of the longest runs of any motorcycle model, spanning the period of 1986 through 2007. Although minor updates were made during this time, after 21 years it was certainly due for a change. With its KLR now old enough to graduate from college, Kawi finally stepped up with more […]

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Honda Africa Twin Comparison – 1997, 1999, and 2016

Mar 22, 2016 View Comments by

New editions of “classic” motorcycles can often pale in comparison to their predecessors. Honda’s latest offering can meet, exceed, or fall short of expectations, depending on one’s perspective. The Africa Twin’s roots go back to the legendary NXR750, which in the late 1980s rolled through the Paris-Dakar finish line in first place four times. Then […]

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Timbersled: Motorcycling in the Snow?

Mar 17, 2016 View Comments by

For much of North America, winter brings an end to the riding season. Riders bring their bikes into the garage, hook up a battery tender, and look forward to spring. However, while this routine is bound to continue for street riders, dirt bike owners are just a few swapped parts away from a whole new […]

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The Multifaceted 2016 Indian Springfield

Mar 09, 2016 View Comments by

After Indian Motorcycle announced the release of its new 2016 Indian Springfield, our Technical Editor Ken Freund ran it through its paces during the launch. Named after the birthplace of Indian, the Springfield boasts only the most essential touring features for a ride without distractions. It can be quickly converted into a cruiser or transformed into a […]

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Kawasaki’s Most Nimble Bike Yet: the 2017 Z125 Pro

Mar 04, 2016 View Comments by

When the Honda Grom came on the market, the dealer had never seen a wider cross-section of buyers, from newbies to veterans. Now, Kawasaki’s following Honda into the 125cc segment with its sporty Z125 Pro. Is it too late to the party? We’ll see. Designed for beginning and veteran riders, the nimble Z125 Pro is meant […]

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Project Bike: Triumph Tiger 800 XCx, Part 2

Mar 01, 2016 View Comments by

If the Triumph Tiger 800 XCx was a shirt, it would have a large tag. I needed an extra-large tall. Yet this motorcycle needed to be a real ADV ride, covering many miles, not a showcase bike. I wanted to keep it functional and reliable. The accessories were hand-picked by me, best of breed in […]

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Project Bike: Triumph Tiger 800 XCx, Part 1

Feb 29, 2016 View Comments by

Taking My Tiger to New Heights – I’ve been a loyal Stromtrooper for the past four years. Not the Stormtroopers from the Star Wars movies, but riders of Suzuki V-Strom motorcycles. The DL650, aka ‘the Wee,’ was a very reliable adventure partner. It took me on its back to many places, never complained or caused […]

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Harley-Davidson Adds Low Rider S & CVO Pro Street Breakout to 2016 Lineup

Feb 17, 2016 View Comments by

Last month at X Games Aspen, Harley-Davidson unveiled the Low Rider S and the Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) Pro Street Breakout. Both are additions to the 2016 model-year lineup, the most powerful collection of cruisers in the brand’s 113-year history. Raw, dark, and trimmed to the essentials, the new Low Rider S is the most robust non-CVO Dyna cruiser ever offered by Harley-Davidson. The Screamin’ Eagle Twin […]

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