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2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special — Road Test Review

2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special

Greg Drevenstedt
November 11, 2014

Subtle, hand-laid pinstripes and many factory options distinguish this Road Glide Special from the base model. (Photos by Kevin Wing) Earlier this year, Harley-Davidson released the entry-level, liquid-cooled Street 500/750 cruisers and unveiled the Project LiveWire electric bike, making clear its desire... Read more »

Comparison Test: Honda CBR300R ABS vs. Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS SE

2015 Honda CBR300R ABS, 2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS SE

Arden Kysely
October 1, 2014

Although both resemble larger models in their respective lineups, the Honda and Kawasaki are different approaches to the just-under-300cc sportbike. (Photos by Kevin Wing) It was only a matter of time. In the face of Honda’s 2011 CBR250R challenge to its long-lived Ninja 250, Kawasaki embarked on a... Read more »

2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack—Road Test

2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack

Greg Drevenstedt
July 8, 2014

Revived in name but all-new in execution, the Caponord splits the difference between an adventure bike and a sport tourer. (Kevin Wing and Courtesy Aprilia) Norway’s Nordkapp (North Cape) is a 1,000-foot cliff overlooking the frigid Barents Sea, reached by riding through a 4.3-mile undersea tunnel... Read more »

Harley-Davidson Street XG750 and XG500—First Ride

Street 750

Jon Langston
June 30, 2014

  Nimble and quiet, the new Street 750—Harley’s first all-new platform since the V-Rod—is drastically unlike any Harley-Davidson ever built. Harley-Davidson used the youthful stage of the Summer X Games in the great American city of Austin, Texas, to debut the Street 750, its first clean-sheet... Read more »

Comparo: 2014 Honda Gold Wing F6B vs. Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE

F6B and Vaquero

Bill Stermer
May 6, 2014

The F6B’s lower center of mass (right) gives it an advantage relative to the Vaquero in the twisties. One of the newest trends in motorcycling is the emergence of tourers, a.k.a. baggers, as the dominant individual street bike category. Riders are discovering that it’s a real plus if your bike not... Read more »

2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT and Commander—Road Test

2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT

Jon Langston
February 27, 2014

The 2014 Triumph Thunderbird Commander is a streetwise power cruiser. Designed to appeal to the American cruiser market, both new Thunderbird models combine big-inch power with plush appointments. Triumph’s return has succeeded because the company is producing excellent motorcycles, from eager sportbikes... Read more »

2013 Zero S Road Test

2013 Zero S action

Mark Tuttle
January 3, 2014

Riding on 17-inch wheels with a scant 55.4 inches between the axles, the Zero S is a compact package that weighs just 392 pounds. Hey, now we’re talking! The last time we tested Zero Motorcycle’s pure-street electric motorcycle, the Zero S (Rider, September 2011), we could only squeeze about 30 miles... Read more »

2014 Triumph Rocket III Touring Road Test

2014 triumph rocket III touring

Mark Tuttle
October 9, 2013

Bigger is better. Go big or go home. There’s no replacement for displacement. Super size me! We were using those phrases a lot about 10 years ago. Back then, a gallon of gas cost about a buck-fifty and the players in the cruiser market were battling to see who could build the biggest and baddest. Hot... Read more »

2014 BMW F 800 GS Adventure Road Test

r test: 2014 BMW F 800 GS Adventure

Greg Drevenstedt
October 3, 2013

When the BMW F 800 GS was introduced for 2009, it offered the touring enduro versatility of the popular R 1200 GS but in a lighter, less expensive package, powered by a revised version of the liquid-cooled 798cc parallel-twin from the F 800 S, with a larger radiator, wet clutch, chain final drive and... Read more »

2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo Road Test

The new-for-2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 has a revised front fairing, a larger windscreen and LED low-beam and position lights. The S Granturismo version gets an even larger windscreen, as well as LED auxiliary lights, engine protection bars, larger saddlebag lids and more.

Greg Drevenstedt
August 6, 2013

If, as the saying goes, four wheels move the body but two wheels move the soul, then the Ducati Multistrada 1200—a snarling, sexy, technological tour de force—gives my soul whiplash. Among the hundreds of motorcycles I’ve ridden over the past few years, it’s one of a select few endowed with a... Read more »

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