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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 »

2013 BMW R 1200 GS Road Test

2013 BMW R 1200 GS

Mark Tuttle
July 19, 2013

Given its status as adventure-touring’s most popular, versatile motorcycle and worldwide best-seller, we made sure to cover BMW’s new liquid-cooled R 1200 GS touring enduro pretty thoroughly following the introduction in South Africa (Rider, April 2013 and at ridermagazine.com). Now that we’ve... Read more »

2013 Honda CB1100 Road Test

An admirable view from any perspective. The CB1100 was first offered in Japan and Australia as a 2010 model.

Mark Tuttle
July 1, 2013

Take a look around your garage. Is there an old radio that’s been tuned to a classic rock station for as long as you can remember? A bunch of Craftsman tools crowding a few precious Snap-On items in an old toolbox covered with fading stickers from Bell, Bates, NGK, Torco, and S&W or Mulholland... Read more »

2013 Star V Star 1300 Deluxe Road Test

The Star V Star 1300 Deluxe is ready for a serious tour or the hirsute commute, with good wind protection and storage.

Mark Tuttle
June 4, 2013

Got your eye on a custom dresser, a “bagger,” eh? Can’t say I blame you. Stripped and slammed cruisers are so five years ago. They may have a wicked minimalist look, but actually riding one is another story—us baby boomers are gettin’ too old for narrow seats and suspension with one lousy inch... Read more »

2013 BMW R 1200 GS – First Ride

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Greg Drevenstedt
January 28, 2013

Redesigning a motorcycle that established and continues to define a robust market segment, one that has been a perennial bestseller, inspires fanatical devotion and is the culmination of a design philosophy that has endured for nearly a century, is a major undertaking. After setting new standards among... Read more »

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Review

The 456-pound Ninja 650 accelerates smoothly, quickly and impressively enough that most solo riders will never long for more motor.

Mark Tuttle
April 2, 2012

Before a burst of technology and specialization in the mid 1980s commenced sharpening our motorcycles into sportbikes, long-distance luxury tourers and cruisers, a street bike was a street bike. In those days you pretty much used the same one for everything: touring, commuting, canyon carving, even dirt... Read more »

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