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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 »

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 »

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