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2019 Yamaha Niken GT: Two Swords

July/August 2019

2019 Yamaha Niken GT: Two Swords

Few motorcycles elicit such strong emotional responses from riders and nonriders alike. Whether it’s interest, confusion, anger, or excitement, I was on the receiving end of the whole range while testing the Yamaha Niken GT over a two-day period on the wet roads of California’s Central Coast. Yamaha’s study in traction has piqued my own interest ever since news of it broke in 2017, and two rainy days couldn’t have been better timed to actually test front-end traction on wet pavement through some curvy roads.
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2019 KTM 790 Adventure/790 Adventure R:

July/August 2019

2019 KTM 790 Adventure/790 Adventure R:

We’ve heard about KTM’s plans for a midsize Adventure model from as early as 2013. In the meantime, we have seen the 1190, 1290, and 1090 introduced, and during this time the Austrian manufacturer has worked feverishly on the 790. Project managers and engineers attended KTM’s rallies around the world to solicit feedback and find out exactly what riders were looking for. KTM won its 18th consecutive Dakar title earlier this year (a triple sweep, actually, followed by fourth- and fifth-place finishes by Husqvarna, which is owned by KTM), and improvements learned during the world’s most grueling race have found their way into the two similar yet different 790 Adventure models. “Ready to Race” isn’t just KTM’s slogan. It feels like the way of life for everybody at the company and is apparent in every motorcycle they produce. This is no more evident than allowing me to test the latest Adventure in the Martian landscape of Morocco, on wide, open hardpack and sand dunes that once hosted the Dakar Rally, and still host many rallies, including the Merzouga Rally. Simply put, the bike’s got pedigree.
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2019 Ducati Scrambler: Uncomplicated

May/June 2019

2019 Ducati Scrambler: Uncomplicated

No other motorcycle manufacturer has invested itself in the retro market quite like Ducati. When the Italian company reintroduced its iconic Scrambler in 2015, it crafted an effective campaign selling the lifestyle as much as the machine. The campaign blossomed by capturing the sentimentality of older riders, while appealing to newer riders with its theme of free-spiritedness.
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2019 BMW F 750 GS & F 850 GS : On- or Off-road, Adventure is the Word!

March/April 2019

2019 BMW F 750 GS & F 850 GS : On- or Off-road, Adventure is the Word!

BMW’s approach to updating its middle-class machine is an interesting one—they’ve introduced two models very close in displacement, yet quite different in terms of temperament. The all-new F 750 GS and F 850 GS bikes possess the essential rugged good looks and dual-purpose functionality of the established GS machines, while each manages to retain a sense of individuality. WHAT’S NEW? EVERYTHING! The 750 and 850 GS represent a true “ground-up” redesi
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2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT: Triple-Powered Sport-Tourer

January/February 2019

2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT: Triple-Powered Sport-Tourer

Ahead of me, a runaway train of 2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 GTs barrels up the winding road. I’m wringing out second gear in between connecting corners to keep up, the screech of the bike’s inline triple reaching its highest register. Wind River Road is ideal testing ground for Yamaha’s latest sport-tourer, and the lead pack of journalists is pulling away. We race to keep their last rider within sight before he disappears around the tightly stacked turns.
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