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Motorcycle reviews and comparisons from Buell, Husaberg, Husqvarna, Indian, Big Dog, MV Agusta plus more. To make it easier for visitors to browse motorcycle reviews by manufacture, Rider magazine has created specific categories for our 14 most-frequently tested motorcycle brands but fully acknowledge there are dozens of quality and reputable motorcycle brands beyond a mere fourteen.

Buell Motorcycle Guide

Founded in 1983 by former racer and ex-Harley-Davidson engineer Erik Buell, the Buell Motorcycle Company was an American motorcycle manufacturer based in East Troy, Wisconsin. Harley-Davidson acquired 49% of Buell in 1993, and it became a wholly owned subsidiary by 2003. By 2006, Buell had produced 100,000 motorcycles. In October 2009, in the wake of the economic downturn, Harley-Davidson shut down Buell. The following month, Buell and Harley-Davidson brought about the return of Buell motorbikes when they announced the launch of Erik Buell Racing, an independent company run by Erik Buell that currently produces the 1190RS superbike.

Retrospective: Lambretta 150 Li Series I, II, III: 1958-1967

Year/Model: 1958 Lambretta Li 150 Series I; Owner: Daniel Schoenewald, Camarillo, California.

Clement Salvadori
August 10, 2015

Year/Model: 1958 Lambretta Li 150 Series I; Owner: Daniel Schoenewald, Camarillo, California. The Italian scooter wars were in full ruckus in the late ’50s, as Lambretta and Vespa fought ferociously for market share. A number of other companies were building scooters, but those two were very much the... Read more »

Rider Comparo: 2015 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited | 2015 Honda Gold Wing | 2015 Indian Roadmaster

Cresting June Lake Loop (California Route 158), with the snowcapped eastern Sierra Nevada in the background, are three of the biggest, most luxurious touring bikes available. Harley-Davidson’s Electra Glide Ultra Limited (left) has roots that go back to the original Electra Glide of 1965 and the introduction of the Batwing fairing in 1969. Honda’s Gold Wing GL1800 (center) celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Though it shares a name with the original from 1947, the Indian Roadmaster (right) is a new model for 2015.

Greg Drevenstedt
August 5, 2015

Cresting June Lake Loop (California Route 158), with the snowcapped eastern Sierra Nevada in the background, are three of the biggest, most luxurious touring bikes available. Harley-Davidson’s Electra Glide Ultra Limited (left) has roots that go back to the original Electra Glide of 1965 and the introduction... Read more »

2015 Indian Roadmaster

Two-tone Indian Motorcycle Red/Ivory Cream is stunning and adds $1,200 to the price.

Greg Drevenstedt
August 5, 2015

Two-tone Indian Motorcycle Red/Ivory Cream is stunning and adds $1,200 to the price. Although Indian lays claim to being American’s first motorcycle manufacturer, in this group the Roadmaster is the new kid on the block. After the original company was shuttered in 1953, years of darkness and confusion... Read more »

CFMoto 650TK–First Ride

The CFMoto 650TK. (Photography by Stephen Piper)

Alan Cathcart
May 19, 2015

The CFMoto 650TK. (Photography by Stephen Piper) The Chinese motorcycle industry’s long march into the global marketplace with a range of full-size models aimed at Western customers finally got under way four years ago with the parallel-twin CFMoto 650NK. An unashamed reinterpretation of the Kawasaki... Read more »

CFMoto: Affordable But Well Made

CFMoto 650TK

Alan Cathcart
May 18, 2015

CFMoto 650TK CFMoto only began manufacturing motorcycles in 2000, and in 2007 it expanded into its present 1.6 million square-foot plant in Hangzhou, south of Shanghai, with a 1,520-strong workforce steadily ramping up production of bikes and scooters, but especially ATVs, in which CFMoto is a market... Read more »

Motus MST & MST-R — First Ride Review

Seven years in the making, the first production Motus motorcycles began shipping late last year. Right: Fully spec’d MST-R gets more power and uprated suspension, handlebar and brakes. (Photography by Phil Hawkins)

Alan Cathcart
May 11, 2015

Seven years in the making, the first production Motus motorcycles began shipping late last year. (Photography by Phil Hawkins) The first American four-cylinder street bike in the 70 years since World War II has now reached production, and the initial examples of the V-4 Motus MST and higher-performance... Read more »

2015 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800–First Ride Review

Red and silver are MV Agusta’s traditional livery, and the Turismo Veloce also comes in silver/gray with a red frame. That’s an LED daytime running light surrounding the LED headlight—the low beam comes on automatically at dusk.

Mark Tuttle
April 30, 2015

Red and silver are MV Agusta’s traditional livery, and the Turismo Veloce also comes in silver/gray with a red frame. That’s an LED daytime running light surrounding the LED headlight—the low beam comes on automatically at dusk. Photography by Milagro MV Agusta has been making motorcycles in Varese,... Read more »

Retrospective: Velocette MAC 350: 1934-1960

Year/Model: 1952 Velocette MAC 350; Owner: Tim Kenney, Ojai, California.

Clement Salvadori
April 8, 2015

The reader may be surprised that this motorcycle is not in more immaculate condition, having a shabby saddle, abbreviated aluminum front fender, chromed oil reservoir and a bunch of other blemishes. Truth be told, around here we are not much interested in concours machines, motorcycles to be found on... Read more »

Brough Superior SS100 Nears Production

Brough Superior SS100

Phil West
February 26, 2015

The first Brough Superior SS100 motorcycles are being readied for testing. First Test Bikes Expected in May Reborn Brough Superior will soon start testing its all-new SS100 with the first deliveries to customers expected later this year, we can reveal. The all-new machine, developed in partnership between... Read more »

Indian Motorcycle Introduces First 2016 Model, The Indian Chief Dark Horse

2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse

Rider Magazine Staff
February 16, 2015

2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse Indian Motorcycle has announced the newest and edgiest member of the Indian Chief line-up and the first 2016 model — the Indian Chief Dark Horse. Built upon the  Indian Chief platform, unlike other bikes in the Indian Motorcycle line-up the Chief Dark Horse is understated, ... Read more »

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Buell Motorcycles, Who Uses Them?

Buell motorcycle reviews discuss classic motorbikes no longer produced, but at the time of Buell Motorcycle Company's closing, it offered several street-legal motorcycles, mostly V-twins: the entry-level, single-cylinder Blast (used as part of Harley-Davidson's Rider's Edge new-rider training), the XB9 series streetfighters, Ulysses XB12X and Ulysses XB12XT adventure tourers, the 1125 sportbike and the 1125CR café racer.


Buell Motorcycle Standouts

In 1987, the RR 1000 Battletwin was built as a sportbike using a modified Road Warrior chassis and a Harley-Davidson XR1000 engine. In 1994, Buell motorcycle road tests assessed the two-seater S2 Thunderbolt with a Road Warrior-based chassis and Sportster engine. The S2T Thunderbolt (1995-1996) was a touring version, with saddlebags. The S1 Lightning followed in 1996 and was a more fundamental sportbike than the Thunderbold. The Blast, Buell's smallest model and the only to use a single-cylinder engine, was created in 2000. It was a technical success according to road tests and motorbike reviews, but used half of a Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 engine and was very expensive compared to the higher-technology engines available from outside the company. The Buell Blast ended up making money for Harley while losing money for Buell and was discontinued in 2009. In July 2007, Buell announced the 1125R, a sportbike that tapped into the XBRR racing bike. Buell motorcycle guides and reviews focused on the Rotax Helicon engine, a liquid-cooled 72-degree V-twin with four valves per cylinder and dual overhead cams. In 2009, Buell introduced the 1125CR, a café racer version of the 1125R. Road tests discussed the fact that the 1125CR had less bodywork, a clubman-style handlebar instead of clip-ons, a longer swingarm, a longer wheelbase and a shorter secondary drive ratio..

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