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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 »

2014 Triumph America LT

2014 Triumph America LT

Greg Drevenstedt
January 6, 2015

2014 Triumph America LT (Photos by Kevin Wing) BRITISH INVASION Although the reborn Triumph showed its first models at the Cologne, Germany, show in 1990, it wasn’t until 2001 that it resurrected the Bonneville, the storied marque’s best-known model. Later that year, Triumph introduced its first... Read more »

2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT—First Ride Review

2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT

Greg Drevenstedt
December 30, 2014

Only its tall, slender proportions would tell you this sleek Versys 650 is related to its quirky-looking predecessor. New-for-2015 LT model adds 28-liter saddlebags, hand guards and a longer warranty. Photography by James Wright and Ula Serra I Prat As Inspector “Dirty” Harry Callahan advised, “A... Read more »

Retrospective: Honda NX650: 1988-1989

Year/Model: 1988 Honda NX650; Owner: Kevan Aurand, Paso Robles, California.

Clement Salvadori
December 30, 2014

Year/Model: 1988 Honda NX650; Owner: Kevan Aurand, Paso Robles, California. Here was a slightly new approach to the widening dual-purpose market, an electric-start 650 single with a bikini fairing, a couple of plastic body panels on the tank, a couple more to cover up most of the two mufflers, and a... Read more »

2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800—First Ride Review

2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800

Alan Cathcart
December 24, 2014

The all-new Stradale 800 is MV Agusta’s first entry in the sport-touring segment, a model designed for “urban escape.” Photography by Milagro MV Agusta will enter the touring segment for the first time for 2015, with two new three-cylinder models quite unlike anything else ever produced... Read more »

2015 Yamaha FJ-09—First Ride Review

2015 Yamaha FJ-09

Mark Tuttle
December 24, 2014

The Yamaha FJ-09 offers road comfort and suspension compliance similar to larger adventure tourers but is much more nimble. Photography by Riles & Nelson What are you looking for in a sport-touring motorcycle? I know what I want in my go-to bike—plenty of performance, so I can cruise at high speed,... Read more »

2015 BMW R 1200 R – First Ride Review

2015 BMW R 1200 R

Mark Tuttle
December 15, 2014

Replacing the Telelever on the BMW R 1200 R with a USD fork based on the S 1000 RR’s takes nothing away from the bike’s suspension performance and may save weight. When we heard that BMW’s versatile R 1200 R Roadster would be powered by the latest liquid-cooled version of the 1,170cc boxer... Read more »

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