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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 »

Rider Comparo: 2015 Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC ABS, 2015 BMW S 1000 R, 2015 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

When the radical, Hayabusa-based Suzuki B-King debuted for 2008, it was the very definition of excess, a naked sportbike that made 145 rear-wheel horsepower and weighed 572 pounds wet. These three from Europe clock in at more than 150 horsepower with curb weights well below 500 pounds, knocking the B-King off its throne. But they aren’t bucking broncos, they’re civilized steeds with state-of-the-art electronics that manage power delivery, chassis dynamics, braking control and more.

Greg Drevenstedt
July 14, 2015

When the radical, Hayabusa-based Suzuki B-King debuted for 2008, it was the very definition of excess, a naked sportbike that made 145 rear-wheel horsepower and weighed 572 pounds wet. These three from Europe clock in at more than 150 horsepower with curb weights well below 500 pounds, knocking the B-King... Read more »

2016 BMW R 1200 RS | First Ride Review

2016 BMW R 1200 RS

Greg Drevenstedt
July 8, 2015

Absent from BMW’s lineup for more than a decade, the R 1200 RS (Reisesport, or “Travel Sport”) returns for 2016 with the “water boxer” twin, a telescopic fork and more. Photography by Kevin Wing Rider, like many motorcycle magazines, is based in Southern California, where... Read more »

2016 BMW S 1000 XR | First Ride Review

2016 BMW S 1000 XR

Greg Drevenstedt
July 3, 2015

Based on the 160-horsepower in-line four from the S 1000 R naked sportbike, the all-new S 1000 XR adventure tourer delivers serious performance. Photography by Kevin Wing Thirty-five years ago, BMW created the adventure-touring segment when it introduced the R80G/S (Gelände/Strasse is German for “terrain/road”).... Read more »

Retrospective: Honda CL175 Scrambler: 1968-1973

Year/Model: 1970 Honda CL175K4 Scrambler, Owner: Bob Duncan, Atascadero, California.

Clement Salvadori
July 2, 2015

Year/Model: 1970 Honda CL175K4 Scrambler, Owner: Bob Duncan, Atascadero, California. There certainly were lots of variations of Honda’s 175 twin over its six years on the market, from Super Sport to Motosport, with the Scrambler sitting right in the middle. All part of Honda’s marketing wisdom—offering... Read more »

Retrospective: Amazonas 1600: 1977-1989

Year/Model: 1983 Amazonas Super Esporte 1600; Owner: Doug Wilson, Santa Ynez, California.

Clement Salvadori
June 1, 2015

Year/Model: 1983 Amazonas Super Esporte 1600; Owner: Doug Wilson, Santa Ynez, California. This motorcycle was a result of economic solutions rather than engineering designs, which may explain its questionable status as one of the worst motorcycles ever built. Amazonas 1600 In the early 1970s, Brazil... 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 »

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 »

Retrospective: Rumi Turismo 125: 1950-1956

1950 Rumi Turismo 125; Owner: John Goldman, San Francisco, California.

Clement Salvadori
May 8, 2015

1950 Rumi Turismo 125; Owner: John Goldman, San Francisco, California. (Photography by Isabel Avellan) After World War II ended, dozens of Italian companies began producing small motorcycles and motor scooters to provide the local folk with some sort of personal transportation. A few of the names live... Read more »

2015 Yamaha FJ-09 Review

With its low weight and rowdy engine, the Yamaha FJ-09 is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It has an appealingly low base price, but we’d gladly pay a little more for better suspension and brakes and a more refined throttle-by-wire system.

Greg Drevenstedt
May 8, 2015

With its low weight and rowdy engine, the Yamaha FJ-09 is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It has an appealingly low base price, but we’d gladly pay a little more for better suspension and brakes and a more refined throttle-by-wire system. Yamaha made a big splash when it introduced the FZ-09 for 2014.... Read more »

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