Blog Section: Motorcycles

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Yamaha’s FZ1 has had a good run since 2001, but it has been replaced by the FZ-10 this year.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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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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