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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.

2014 Indian Chieftain

2014 Indian Chieftain

Bill Stermer
February 3, 2014

For 2014, Indian gets its third recent reincarnation, and Polaris Industries gets it right. (Photos by Kevin Wing) This proud, old name in American motorcycling began production in 1901, eventually became the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, and then went bankrupt in 1953. Two attempted revivals... Read more »

Retrospective: Bultaco Montadero 360: 1968-1972

1972 Bultaco Montadero Mark II 360

Clement Salvadori
January 29, 2014

Year/Model: 1972 Bultaco Montadero Mark II 360; Owner: Bob Reichenberg, Jefferson, Oregon. This Montadero was an adequate dual-purpose motorcycle, in truth, more focused on the dirt than the pavement, though the handling was a bit on the heavy side. It used a relatively old-fashioned piston-port two-stroke... 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 »

Retrospective: Cooper 250 Enduro: 1973-1975

1973 Cooper 250 Enduro

Clement Salvadori
November 7, 2013

1973 Cooper 250 Enduro Back in those halcyon days of the early 1970s, two-stroke enduro models were the rage. If you wanted a play-bike, you bought Japanese. If you were a serious rider, you bought European, as in Maico, CZ or Husqvarna. A California fellow by the name of Frank Cooper was the Maico distributor,... Read more »

2014 Zero Motorcycles First Look Review

Greg Drevenstedt
November 6, 2013

2014 Zero Motorcycles: (left to right) Zero DS, Zero S, Zero SR In a very short time, Zero Motorcycles has come a long way. When we first tested a Zero S—the company’s “streetfighter” model, which was sold alongside the DS (dual-sport), XU (“urban crosser”) and X/MX (off-road) models—in... Read more »

Royal Enfield Continental GT First Ride Review

2014 ROYAL ENFIELD

Rich Cox
October 9, 2013

True, it doesn’t go a million—or even a hundred—but the GT definitely offers all the right look and feel for those who would love to transport themselves back to the future. Last September Royal Enfield Motors hosted a lavish international press launch in England for its all-new Continental GT... Read more »

2014 Indian Chiefs — First Ride

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Greg Drevenstedt
August 9, 2013

Everyone loves a good comeback story. Inspirational people, from Abraham Lincoln to Walt Disney to Rocky Balboa, were knocked down but not out, rising up to become stronger and more resilient than ever. Post-AMF Harley-Davidson and Hinckley-based Triumph made legendary comebacks, and now—finally—Indian... Read more »

2014 Indian Chief Line Unveiled in Sturgis

The 2014 Indian Chief line includes the Indian Chief Classic cruiser, Indian Chief Vintage soft bagger, and Indian Chieftain hard bagger.

Rider Magazine Staff
August 5, 2013

Before thousands of motorcycling fans at the site of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame in downtown Sturgis, South Dakota, on Saturday night, August 3, Indian Motorcycle unveiled the three models that comprise the 2014 Indian Chief line up. The reveal ceremony and party signaled an inflection... Read more »

Retrospective: BSA A7 Shooting Star 500cc: 1954-1962

1954 BSA A7 Shooting Star 500cc

Clement Salvadori
July 8, 2013

That Daytona 200 was a thriller back in ’54, on a cold wind-swept beach. The 4.1-mile oval had one straightaway on the asphalt, then two 180-degree turns and the second straight on the sand. Off the starting line, two Harley K-models, 750cc side-valve motors, led the way. These were the old days when... Read more »

2014 Indian Chief to be Unveiled at Sturgis, Pricing Released

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Press Release
May 14, 2013

Following the reveal of the all-new Thunder Stroke 111 engine at Daytona Bike Week, Indian Motorcycle has announced that the revival of the Indian Motorcycle brand will debut with the introduction of the 2014 Indian Chief. First introduced in 1922, the legendary Indian Chief is historically the brand’s... 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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