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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 »

2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Review

The V-Strom 1000 is the only bike in this trio designed for light off-road duty, though before hitting the rough stuff it needs a set of hand guards and a skid plate. Its adventure-chic beak pays homage to Suzuki’s 1988 DR-Z Paris-Dakar Rally racer.

Greg Drevenstedt
May 8, 2015

The V-Strom 1000 is the only bike in this trio designed for light off-road duty, though before hitting the rough stuff it needs a set of hand guards and a skid plate. Its adventure-chic beak pays homage to Suzuki’s 1988 DR-Z Paris-Dakar Rally racer. Introduced for 2002 as a “sport enduro tourer,”... Read more »

2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT Review

Gone is the oddball styling of the previous Versys, replaced by a sleek, cat-eyed aesthetic similar to that of Kawasaki’s Ninja sportbikes. The smooth, powerful Versys 1000 is the most comfortable bike in this comparison, but it also throws off some engine heat.

Greg Drevenstedt
May 8, 2015

Gone is the oddball styling of the previous Versys, replaced by a sleek, cat-eyed aesthetic similar to that of Kawasaki’s Ninja sportbikes. The smooth, powerful Versys 1000 is the most comfortable bike in this comparison, but it also throws off some engine heat. With its venerable KLR650 handling dual-sport... Read more »

Comparison: 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT, 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS, 2015 Yamaha FJ-09

These three adventure-styled sport tourers offer lots of performance, versatility and value.

Greg Drevenstedt
May 8, 2015

These three adventure-styled sport tourers offer lots of performance, versatility and value. (Photography by Kevin Wing) Adventure-styled motorcycles have proliferated in recent years, with many new or extensively updated models introduced by European and Japanese manufacturers. Some are true all-terrain... Read more »

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