Interview with Gary Gray: Spirit Lake Revolution

Feb 28, 2014 View Comments by

Gary Gray is the product director of motorcycles for Polaris, the company that founded Victory Motorcycles and now owns Indian as well. With the rollout of the 2014 Indian Chief lineup at Sturgis last August, Polaris has put Indian back on the motorcycle map and continues to whittle away at Harley-Davidson’s domination of the domestic […]

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Consumer Reports on Motorcycle Reliability

Feb 21, 2014 View Comments by

They’ve reported on everything from cars to TVs to baby strollers and now they’ve turned their attention to motorcycles. Last year Consumer Reports conducted a massive customer satisfaction survey of the owners of the top five OEMs in the U.S.: Honda, Yamaha, Harley-Davidson, BMW, and Kawasaki. The report (focusing on bikes model year 2009 through […]

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2015 Victory Gunner: The Bobber is Back

Feb 08, 2014 View Comments by

Are you a serious rider with a soft spot for that classic bobber style? If so, you’re the target market for Victory’s newest model, the 2015 Gunner. Though it doesn’t take the shape of traditional bobbers in that it retains a front fender, albeit a small one, and the tail isn’t particularly “bobbed,” the Gunner […]

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It’s Back! The 2014 Honda Valkyrie

Nov 20, 2013 View Comments by

Ten years ago, Honda left the power cruiser segment when it put to rest the remarkably engineered yet funky second generation Valkyrie, the Rune. Many considered that a wise choice. Seemingly designed as an exercise in craftsmanship, the idea was spot on, the price, however, not so much. Give the Gold Wing a golden diet, […]

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Group Riding: Keepin’ Up

Nov 16, 2013 View Comments by

My primary touring motorcycle is a 2005 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom, and I’ve noticed that an interesting thing happens when I ride with a group of larger displacement bikes. Invariably, someone will comment on how my bike “kept up just fine” at the end of the ride, as if they didn’t think it possible that a […]

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Triumph Announces Updates to 2014 Cruiser Lineup

Nov 08, 2013 View Comments by

You hadn’t forgotten that Triumph makes cruisers had you? Well, just in case you needed a reminder the British company has released a plethora of updates to the line for 2014. Thunderbird LT and Commander The most extensive refresh goes to the Thunderbird LT and Thunderbird Commander, which receive an all-new chassis. The revisions move […]

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2014 Harley-Davidson Street 500 and Street 750: Liquid Cooling and Smaller Engines

Nov 05, 2013 View Comments by

In a dramatic follow up to last summer’s Project Rushmore, Harley-Davidson has unveiled two additions to their Dark Custom lineup aimed at young, urban riders. The Street 750 and Street 500 represent the first all new platform from the Motor Company in more than a decade. Powering the bikes are Harley’s new Revolution X liquid […]

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2014 Honda CTX1300: A New Cruiser Choice

Nov 05, 2013 View Comments by

There hasn’t been a lot of sleep had over at Honda HQ in Tokyo. Big Red has rolled out an impressive array of models in the last year and with the announcement of the new CTX1300, they show no signs of letting up. With the CTX700 series, Honda signaled its move toward affordable, easy to […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Motorcycle of the Year: The Indian Chieftain

Oct 30, 2013 View Comments by

During this past year, we tested a wide range of motorcycles. Our editors have run around on a 700cc scooter, cruised on an Italian V-twin, traversed states on a liquid-cooled adventure bike, and crossed the country on a three-wheeled machine. All of the motorcycles seem to be leaders in their category, and some even excel […]

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Harley-Davidson Issues Major Recall

Oct 21, 2013 View Comments by

As of October 16th, Harley-Davidson is issuing a recall for almost 30,000 bikes, mostly touring models, built between May 3rd and October 14th of this year. The bikes are afflicted with a hydraulic clutch issue that can sometimes prevent the clutch from disengaging making it difficult to slow and stop the bike. The recall is […]

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An Open Letter to Indian

Oct 18, 2013 View Comments by

Editor’s Note: Mel Cearly is a grizzled veteran of the road, and as such is entitled to his opinions. The following is his idea of the perfect Indian, and you better believe Polaris knows it. Attention riders! If this catches your fancy, pick up your pen or phone and respond. Polaris does listen. You are […]

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Dunlop Offers a Limited Time Rebate on D404 Tire

Sep 19, 2013 View Comments by

If your cruiser, classic, or standard bike is going to need some new rubber in the next few months, Dunlop is offering a mail in rebate on a set of their D404 tires. The D404 is a good, all-purpose bias-ply tire that delivers a great combination of grip, both wet and dry, tread life, and […]

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2014 Harley-Davidson Preview

Aug 27, 2013 View Comments by

Harley-Davidson just rolled out its 2014 model lineup and there’s a lot of news! Touring models will have more power, better brakes and ergonomics, updated styling, infotainment systems with voice-recognition, and other improvements. All 2014 touring models get lower-profile front fenders and cast-aluminum wheels, which are lighter and stronger than prior models. The Electra Glide […]

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Project Rushmore: Harley-Davidson Embraces Liquid Cooling

Aug 20, 2013 View Comments by

Okay, that might be a bit of an overstatement, yet not even two weeks after Indian finally unveiled its new Chief line up, Harley-Davidson has come out with a major announcement of its own (coincidence?). Code-named Project Rushmore, Harley-Davidson has announced sweeping updates to its 2014 touring lineup. Headlining these improvements is the new “Twin-Cooled” […]

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The 2014 Indian Chief

Aug 06, 2013 View Comments by

Well it’s finally here. And, if you’re lucky enough to be at Sturgis, you’ve probably already seen it (as has RoadRUNNER’s Florian Neuhauser). But for the rest of us the cover is now off the 2014 Indian Chiefs. Though there’s nothing terribly surprising about the final product, it is certainly one of the most beautiful […]

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