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2015 Star Bolt C-Spec – First Ride Review

2015 Star Bolt C-Spec

Greg Drevenstedt
March 3, 2015

The 2015 Star Bolt C-Spec offers café racer style in a cruiser package. photography by Brian J. Nelson Star Motorcycles hit a home run in 2014 with its all-new Star Bolt, a minimalist “urban performance bobber” powered by the torquey, 942cc air-cooled V-twin from the V Star 950. With its solo saddle... Read more »

2016* Aprilia Caponord Rally – First Ride Review

The active suspension adapts automatically to deliver taut and well-controlled sport riding, plush open-road cruising and compliant comfort over the biggest bumps and deepest potholes we could find.

Ken Lee
February 25, 2015

Even with its stronger emphasis on adventure duties, the Rally serves as an excellent street ride, giving up nothing in terms of hard-charging twisty road capabilities or long-range comfort. Aprilia is on the move and seriously courting the long-range crowd, first with the 2015 Caponord 1200 ABS Travel... Read more »

2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure — First Ride Review

The 1290 Super Adventure is more powerful, sophisticated and comfortable than the 1190 Adventure it’s based on.

Greg Drevenstedt
February 19, 2015

The KTM 1290 Super Adventure might be the most powerful and sophisticated adventure bike ever made. It certainly is one of the most exciting to ride. (Photography by Francesc Monterro and Sebas Romero) With triple-digit rear-wheel horsepower, state-of-the-art electronics and enough comfort, range and... Read more »

New for 2015: Bombshells and Bargain Blasters

New Motorcycles for 2015

Rider Magazine Staff
February 4, 2015

We’ve already devoted more space to new bikes in the last several issues than we have in years, and now another round of new-for-2015 models has been revealed at the stylish EICMA show in Milan, Italy. Here’s the scoop on them; as you’re reading this we’re already riding the wheels off several,... Read more »

2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S—Road Test Review

2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S

Ken Lee
February 2, 2015

Versatility is king with the Vulcan S. (Photos by Kevin Wing) When’s the last time you drove a car, van or truck with zero adjustability for the seat, steering wheel or foot controls? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Adjustable ergonomics are a must for such vehicles nowadays. So why are we saddled... Read more »

Retrospective: Indian Chief Police Special: 1940-1945

1945 Indian Chief Police Special; Owner: Steve Smith, Atascadero, California.

Clement Salvadori
January 29, 2015

1945 Indian Chief Police Special; Owner: Steve Smith, Atascadero, California. Wouldn’t the new Indian Motorcycle people just love it if the San Francisco Police Department ordered up some Indian police bikes? Just like it did a mere 70 years ago. Back in 1945, this would have been the pride of the... Read more »

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure / R — Long-term Review

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure R (Photo by Mark Tuttle)

Greg Drevenstedt
January 19, 2015

Chasing the sunset on the 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure. (Photo by Kevin Wing) Photos by Kevin Wing, Rich Cox, Mark Tuttle and Greg Drevenstedt Any day now, our long-term 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure test bike will be going back, and we sure will miss it. The big, orange beast is actually the third in a series... Read more »

2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT – First Ride Review

2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT

Greg Drevenstedt
January 19, 2015

The all-new 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT combines sportbike performance with adventure-bike comfort and standard saddlebags. Photography by James Wright and Ula Serra I Prat Using the same engine in multiple motorcycle models makes good economic sense. The 649cc parallel twin that debuted in the Kawasaki... Read more »

2014 Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V—Road Test Review

2014 Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V (Photos by Kevin Wing)

Ken Lee
January 15, 2015

2014 Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V (Photos by Kevin Wing) Spec charts are wondrous things. Given accurate data, a spec chart forecasts amazing insights into a motorcycle’s performance before you ever fire it up. By digesting wheelbase, steering geometry, curb weight, engine configuration, power figures and... Read more »

Middleweight Touring Cruisers: Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT, Star V Star 950 Tourer, Suzuki Boulevard C50T, Triumph America LT

motorcycle cruiser comparison

Greg Drevenstedt
January 6, 2015

All of the bikes in this comparison offer the same touring features and similar components, but they differ in terms of engine size (and in one case, configuration), air vs. liquid cooling, ergonomics, wind protection, handling and styling. (Photos by Kevin Wing) Baggers, with their broad fairings and... Read more »

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