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2018 Yamaha Star Venture vs. 2018 Honda Gold Wing

November/December 2018

2018 Yamaha Star Venture vs. 2018 Honda Gold Wing

Transcontinental touring has become a significant category in motorcycling, so named to describe the many two-wheeled wanderers out there who lean toward long-haul, high-mileage outings. To accommodate this free-spirited mindset, Honda and Yamaha have steadily refined the machines in their respective luxury stables, producing two motorcycles which, though designed for the same task, couldn’t be more different in their approaches to tackling America’s open roads.
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Coming soon: 2019 Honda CB300R

July/August 2018

Coming soon: 2019 Honda CB300R

Is it retro modern or streamlined steam-punk? No matter. Whatever the inspirations for its design, the naked 2019 CB300R is a pretty machine. And beginners, short-hop commuters, and many others with an abiding appreciation of small-displacement, user-friendly models will be visiting their local Honda showroom to check it out in July.  Sharing the same bold Neo-Sports Café styling of the CB1000R, this pared-down brother, introduced at Milan’s EICMA show in November, boast
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2017 Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L & 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

May/June 2018

2017 Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L & 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

Jim’s Riding Impressions 2017 Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L This Africa Twin had the Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), which allows either completely automatic gear shifting or pushbutton sequential shifting. The combination of a torquey two-cylinder, liter-sized engine and the DCT’s propensity for upshifting at relatively low RPMs, when in automatic mode, often made for a jerky throttle response.
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2018 Honda Gold Wing: Accomplice to Wanderlust

March/April 2018

2018 Honda Gold Wing: Accomplice to Wanderlust

In motorcycling, there are a number of inexplicable cliques specific to brands and models that have spawned subcultures unto themselves. Harley-Davidson enjoys a stranglehold on cool; Moto Guzzi riders exude obsessive emotions; and BMW’s illustrious GS attracts global legions of adventure-seeking cohorts. But perhaps the most devout and diehard fans of a single motorcycle are those who ride Honda’s Gold Wing. The Gold Wing rider is unlike any other. Fiercely loyal, often quirky, they tend toward the ardently independent and yet, conversely, they exhibit a strong sense of community. Predominantly adventurous, Gold Wing owners possess a predisposition for touring. However, many Gold Wing owners’ definition of “touring” often outclasses the majority of what most two-wheel enthusiasts interpret as travel, having elevated the practice to a transcontinental art form.
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2017 Honda CMX300 & CMX500H: Rebels With a Cause

July/August 2017

2017 Honda CMX300 & CMX500H: Rebels With a Cause

Back in the 1960s and ‘70s, Honda introduced America to the fun of smaller-displacement motorcycles. With its “You meet the nicest people on a Honda” advertising campaign—and a slew of low-cost and lightweight machines—the company put the Baby Boomer generation on two wheels and made lifetime enthusiasts out of many of them.
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