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2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE—Review

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE

Bill Stermer
May 6, 2014

Vaquero puts the rider relatively upright with a higher handlebar and the feet forward on footboards. Fairing and lowers blunt the wind blast to the torso and legs. (Photos by Kevin Wing) Introduced as a 2011 model, the Vaquero (which means “cowboy” in Spanish) is one of three dressed versions of... 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 Honda Gold Wing F6B—Review

Honda F6B’s lower handlebar and rearward-placed pegs give it a slightly sportier seating position.

Bill Stermer
May 6, 2014

Honda F6B’s lower handlebar and rearward-placed pegs give it a slightly sportier seating position. (Photos by Kevin Wing) It’s a great idea. Start with a bike that is well proven as a tourer, then strip off weight, complication and expense. To create the F6B, Honda began with its Gold Wing dresser... Read more »

Retrospective: Honda CB1000: 1994-1996

1994 Honda CB1000

Clement Salvadori
May 2, 2014

Year/Model: 1994 Honda CB1000; Owner: Duncan Smith, Providence, Rhode Island. Take a casual glance at the motorcycle in the picture and one might mistake it for Honda’s latest retro-bike, the CB1100. Nope, we’re going back 20 years to what Honda was advertising as a “standard”—a street bike... Read more »

2014 Honda Valkyrie—Rider Test

2014 Honda Valkyrie

Mark Tuttle
April 25, 2014

Long, low and stripped of excess, the new Valkyrie wears a bare-knuckles style all its own. Much of the chrome and silver is blacked-out on the Blue Metalic bike. (Photos by Kevin Wing) As many Gold Wing and F6B riders know, a motorcycle with Honda’s GL1800 flat six at its heart can be ridden smoothly... Read more »

2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack – First Ride Review

2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack

Greg Drevenstedt
April 16, 2014

The 2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack is a very capable sport tourer with adventure bike styling and ergonomics. Photography by Kevin Wing Not that long ago, back when only a select few knew how to get the clock on their VCR to stop blinking after a power outage, all you had to do was get on... Read more »

2014 Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition – First Ride Review

Stiffer suspension and a new seat have transformed Kawasaki's venerable KLR650.

Greg Drevenstedt
April 14, 2014

Stiffer suspension and a new seat have transformed Kawasaki’s venerable KLR650. Photography by Alfonse Palaima Kawasaki’s KLR650 has secured a place of honor in the pantheon of great motorcycles. Not because it’s the fastest or the most stylish or the most sophisticated in its class. In fact,... Read more »

2015 Ducati Diavel Carbon – First Ride Review

The 2015 Ducati Diavel Carbon offers more performance, comfort and style.

Jon Langston
April 7, 2014

For 2015, the Ducati Diavel Carbon offers more performance, comfort and style. (Photos by Milagro) “You are the luckiest man in the world.” When those words came over the phone telling me I’d be road testing a new bike in Europe, I certainly couldn’t disagree. But it wasn’t until weeks later... Read more »

2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS—Road Test

Kawasaki Z1000

Greg Drevenstedt
April 4, 2014

The Z1000’s new styling is inspired by sugomi, a Japanese word for “the intense aura given off by an object of greatness,” and is meant to look like a crouching predator ready to pounce on its hapless prey. (Photos by Kevin Wing)   Though called a streetfighter, the Kawasaki Z1000 ABS, which... Read more »

Honda VFR750F Interceptor: 1986; VFR750F: 1990-1997

1986 VFR750F Interceptor

Clement Salvadori
April 3, 2014

Year/Model: 1986 VFR750F Interceptor; Owner: John Tucker, San Luis Obispo, California. (Photos by Clement Salvadori) The motorcycling world was immensely impressed when Soichiro Honda introduced the CB750 in-line four in 1969, but by 1980 the copycats had relegated the concept to the initials UJM—Universal... Read more »

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