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Hercules W2000 and Suzuki RE5—Short History of Wankel-Powered Motorcycles

The rotor in the Hercules is situated laterally (across the frame) whereas on the Suzuki the rotor is positioned longitudinally. Each bike’s single-rotor engine has one spark plug. The RE5’s plug is used in no other engine.

Scott A. Williams
March 4, 2015

The rotor in the Hercules is situated laterally (across the frame) whereas on the Suzuki the rotor is positioned longitudinally. Each bike’s single-rotor engine has one spark plug. The RE5’s plug is used in no other engine. (Photos by Scott A. Williams and Ron Schavrien) In March 1972, Cycle Guide... Read more »

Retrospective: Harley-Davidson M65S Sport Leggero: 1967-197

Year/Model: 1970 Harley-Davidson M65S Sport Leggero; Owner: David Brown, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Clement Salvadori
March 3, 2015

Year/Model: 1970 Harley-Davidson M65S Sport Leggero; Owner: David Brown, Knoxville, Tennessee. This is one cool-looking motorcycle, with Harley-Davidson writ large on the gas tank and molded into the crankcases. A bit on the small side, but what the heck—if you were the coolest newspaper boy in town,... Read more »

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 »

2015 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Special Edition – First Look

2015 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Special Edition

Rider Magazine Staff
March 2, 2015

2015 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Special Edition Designed by Lino Tonti, one of the most iconic Moto Guzzis of the past is the 1971 V7 Sport Telaio Rosso, with its red frame and bright green tank and side panels. For 2015, Moto Guzzi is offering a special edition of its V7 Racer with a red frame and swingarm... 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 »

Yamaha Introduces 2015 TMAX Scooter

2015 Yamaha TMAX

Rider Magazine Staff
February 13, 2015

2015 Yamaha TMAX Yamaha says its new 2015 TMAX scooter offers more road-going performance than ever in a scooter that handles like a sportbike. The TMAX features a new-for-2015, 530cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, twin-cylinder engine that is also fuel-injected and designed specifically to deliver maximum... 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 »

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