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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 »

Polaris Acquires Electric Motorcycle Business from Brammo

Brammo Empulse R

Press Release
January 15, 2015

Brammo Empulse R Polaris Industries Inc. today announced it has acquired the electric motorcycle business of Brammo Inc. In addition, Polaris is acting as a leading investor in a recapitalization of Brammo that enables the company to focus exclusively on the design, development and integration of electric... 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 »

World Records Achieved at Bonhams’ Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction

1950 Vincent Series C “White” Shadow, sold for a record $224,250 at the Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction.

Rider Magazine Staff
January 15, 2015

This 1950 Vincent Series C “White” Shadow sold for a record $224,250 at Bonhams’ Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction. Classic motorcycles from Britain filled the ranks of the top grossing machines at Bonhams’ world-famous motorcycle auction in Las Vegas on January 8, 2015. The Vincent brand in particular... 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 »

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT

Greg Drevenstedt
January 6, 2015

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT (Photos by Kevin Wing) V-TWIN VALUE Remember 1984? That’s the year Apple launched its Macintosh computer during the Super Bowl and Kawasaki introduced the Vulcan 750 cruiser (as a 1985 model), giving birth to a model line that’s still going strong today, three... Read more »

2014 Star V Star 950 Tourer

2014 Star V Star 950 Tourer

Greg Drevenstedt
January 6, 2015

2014 Star V Star 950 Tourer (Photos by Kevin Wing) STYLE FOR MILES Yamaha’s Star Motorcycle division claims to be the top-selling metric cruiser brand, and it’s easy to see why. Star has eight model families, and a total of 22 different models to choose from, everything from the diminutive V Star... Read more »

2014 Suzuki Boulevard C50T

2014 Suzuki Boulevard C50T

Greg Drevenstedt
January 6, 2015

2014 Suzuki Boulevard C50T (Photos by Kevin Wing) CRUISER COMFORT Suzuki’s Boulevard cruisers, which have model names that identify engine displacement in cubic inches rather than cubic centimeters, range in size from the entry-level, 652cc S40 to the ground-pounding, 1,783cc M109R B.O.S.S. (Blacked... Read more »

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