Blog Section: Motorcycles

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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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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