Blog Section: Motorcycles

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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2016 Yamaha XSR900: Two Wheels, Three Cylinders, High Fives!

Nov 29, 2016 View Comments by

With its latest XSR900 model, Yamaha has spawned an exciting sibling from the FZ-09, one with a neo-retro look that’ll make you nostalgic for the ‘70s.

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Honda’s 2017 Rebel 300 and Rebel 500 Targets Young Buyers

Nov 21, 2016 View Comments by

Development for the Rebel 500 and Rebel 300 began in the U.S. Referencing a timeless look while also introducing a forward-thinking, contemporary style, the new Rebels are accessible, fun to ride, and blank canvases ready for customization. “The Rebel 500 and Rebel 300 are simple and raw, offering cutting-edge style and a radical image while […]

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Ducati’s New Sporty Entry-Level Bike: the Monster 797

Nov 14, 2016 View Comments by

One of the biggest pieces of news out of Milan this year was Ducati’s new Monster 797, little brother to the 2017 Monster 1200, and a sporty entry-level bike for newcomers to the brand. Weighing in at 425 pounds, the 803cc air-cooled L-twin produces a claimed 75 hp at 8,250 rpm. Outfitted with Pirelli Diablo […]

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Honda Debuts the 2017 CRF250L Rally

Nov 10, 2016 View Comments by

Honda graced adventure riders with some good news this week, debuting its new CRF250L Rally. Inspired by Team HRC’s CRF450 Dakar Rally racer, and based on the standard CRF250L, the Rally is a fierce-looking, fun, lightweight dual sport destined for weekend adventuring, commuting, and even long-distance touring. At the front, the rally-type “floating” screen, fairing, and […]

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Vespa Unveils Two New Scooters at EICMA 2016

Nov 09, 2016 View Comments by

  More news is rolling in from Milan. Vespa’s parent company, the Piaggio Group, has unveiled two new scooters for 2017. Charity Collaboration: the Vespa 946 RED A collaborative partnership between the Piaggio Group and (RED) has resulted in the Vespa 946 RED, an all-red version of the classic scooter, sales of which will go towards initiatives […]

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2016 Ducati Multistrada
 1200 Enduro: On New Terrain

Oct 17, 2016 View Comments by

Somebody said something about a revolution. But revolutions change things radically; Ducati just put a bigger front wheel and a larger tank onto the Multistrada and called it the Multistrada 1200 Enduro. At least that’s what I thought when I heard about the new bike. My expectations were raised when Ducati noted that only experienced […]

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2017 Victory Octane: Modern Muscle

Sep 30, 2016 View Comments by

While sharing the Indian Scout’s basic platform, the Octane has a considerable number of components specially made for it. To give it a unique look, the new model is styled with sharper lines and a more pronounced center spine, along with other touches that give it a leaner, meaner visage. At the press launch, Steve […]

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Triumph Breaks Its Own Record at Bonneville Salt Flats

Aug 13, 2016 View Comments by

Last week, the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner achieved a speed of 274.2 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Piloted by TT legend Guy Martin, the streamliner smashed the previous official Triumph record of 245.667 mph as well as the unofficial Triumph Record of 264 mph, both set by Bob Leppan, in the Gyronaut X-1. Near-perfect […]

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Invade the Black Hills on Moto Guzzi’s New MGX-21

Aug 04, 2016 View Comments by

Next week, attendees of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally will have the opportunity to experience Moto Guzzi’s MGX-21 for the first time, alongside with the latest motorcycles from Mandello. Rally attendees will also be treated to live music, a full booth display with giveaways, demos on the latest models, and a special Moto Guzzi Owner’s Appreciation […]

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The Peter Calles Collection: 1949 Gilera 125 Touring

Jul 28, 2016 View Comments by

Peter Calles, a noted international collector of classic motorcycles, recently finished a three-year-long restoration of this rare Gilera motorcycle. He acquired the bike from a collector in Florida, who had it shipped to the U.S. directly from Italy. Although many in the U.S. may not be familiar with the Gilera marque, it has been around […]

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