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Retrospective: Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1-R TC (Turbocharged): 1978-1979

Year/Model: 1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1-R TC; Owner: Daniel Schoenewald, Camarillo, California.

Clement Salvadori
September 4, 2014

Year/Model: 1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1-R TC; Owner: Daniel Schoenewald, Camarillo, California. As the old adage goes, when enough is good, more is better. In late 1977, Kawasaki’s new Z1-R, a somewhat sexier version of the KZ1000, was good for a quarter-mile in a hair under 12 seconds at 110 mph. For... Read more »

Honda Announces 40th Anniversary Gold Wing and Other 2015 Models

2015 Honda Gold Wing ABS

Rider Magazine Staff
September 4, 2014

Hot on the heels of its summer introductions of three new 2015 models—the CBR300R, CB300F and NM4—Honda has announced the return of several cruiser, touring and dual-sport models. The 2015 model year marks the 40th anniversary of the Gold Wing, and Honda is celebrating with a commemorative 40th Anniversary... Read more »

2015 KTM RC 390 — First Look Review

2015 KTM RC 390

Greg Drevenstedt
September 4, 2014

2015 KTM RC 390 KTM takes its “Ready to Race” motto to heart. It has been the spec manufacturer for the Red Bull Rookies Cup since the series debuted in 2007, running the two-stroke KTM RC 125 for the first six seasons and the Moto3-spec four-stroke KTM RC 250 R for 2013 and 2014. In the... Read more »

Cutting-Edge Cruisers—Snapshots Reviews

Ready to rumble are, from left, the Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe, Victory Boardwalk, Indian Chief Classic and Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom ABS. (Photography by Kevin Wing)

Bill Stermer
September 2, 2014

Ready to rumble are, from left, the Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe, Victory Boardwalk, Indian Chief Classic and Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom ABS. (Photography by Kevin Wing) There was a time, not that long ago, when in motorcycle terms cruisers were considered something less—simpler machines that... Read more »

2014 Indian Chief Classic

2014 Indian Chief Classic

Bill Stermer
September 2, 2014

Those full fenders and classic flowing lines will garner the Indian rider plenty of attention. (Photography by Kevin Wing) The original Indian motorcycle company began in 1901, but then faded away in the early 1950s. Two recent attempts to revamp the brand failed in the early 2000s, then Polaris Industries,... Read more »

2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom ABS

2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom ABS

Bill Stermer
September 2, 2014

Its seating positionand adjustable suspension make the Guzzi the sportiest machine here. You immediately realize there’s something different about this bike when you notice its more aggressive, almost sporty stance. At 708 pounds, it’s the lightest in our test and it’s also the only one of these... Read more »

2014 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe

Bill Stermer
September 2, 2014

Designed for smaller, shorter riders, the Harley offers a lower seat height and brings the grips in closer. With its classic style and air-cooled, 45-degree V-twin motor, the Harley-Davidson has served as the iconic American-made motorcycle for more than 110 years. In its current form, the motor displaces... Read more »

2014 Victory Boardwalk

Bill Stermer
September 2, 2014

The Boardwalk offers a relaxed seating position within a hot-rod styling package. (Photography by Kevin Wing) The Victory brand was started by Polaris Industries in 1998 as a means of addressing the lucrative big-inch V-twin market that Harley-Davidson largely had to itself. The bikes are built in Minnesota... Read more »

Moto Guzzi Announces 2015 Griso 1200 8V SE and 2015 V7 Stone

2015 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone

Rider Magazine Staff
August 28, 2014

Moto Guzzi has announced that two of its V-twin-powered standards, the Griso 1200 8V SE and the V7 Stone, will return for 2015. 2015 Moto Guzzi Griso 8V SE The Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8V SE blends unique styling and an upright riding position with a 1,151cc version of the Italian company’s distinctive,... Read more »

2015 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler: Ridden & Rated

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Greg Drevenstedt
August 27, 2014

As the only OEM other than BRP building trikes in-house, Harley-Davidson satisfies some of the growing demand for three-wheelers. Following the release of the Low Rider, SuperLow 1200T and Street 500/750 earlier this year, Harley-Davidson recently launched its full 2015 lineup in Sonoma, California.... Read more »

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