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2014 Honda CTX1300 Deluxe: Road Test

Honda’s all-new CTX1300 Deluxe

Greg Drevenstedt
May 9, 2014

Framed by a Pacific sunset, Honda’s all-new CTX1300 Deluxe cuts a unique profile, long and low with more curves than sharp edges. With a low seat and midmount controls, you sit down in the bike like a cruiser. (Photos by Kevin Wing) Honda, like all motorcycle manufacturers, classifies its models into... Read more »

2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R and ZX-10R 30th Anniversary Editions – First Look

2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS 30th Anniversary Edition

Greg Drevenstedt
May 7, 2014

2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS 30th Anniversary Edition Kawasaki is celebrating 30 years of its Ninja sportbike line with two special editions for 2015. The commemorative Ninja ZX-6R/ABS and Ninja ZX-10R/ABS models feature Lime Green/Pearl Stardust White paint and 30th Anniversary badges on the fairing.... Read more »

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE—Review

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE

Bill Stermer
May 6, 2014

Vaquero puts the rider relatively upright with a higher handlebar and the feet forward on footboards. Fairing and lowers blunt the wind blast to the torso and legs. (Photos by Kevin Wing) Introduced as a 2011 model, the Vaquero (which means “cowboy” in Spanish) is one of three dressed versions of... Read more »

Comparo: 2014 Honda Gold Wing F6B vs. Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE

F6B and Vaquero

Bill Stermer
May 6, 2014

The F6B’s lower center of mass (right) gives it an advantage relative to the Vaquero in the twisties. One of the newest trends in motorcycling is the emergence of tourers, a.k.a. baggers, as the dominant individual street bike category. Riders are discovering that it’s a real plus if your bike not... Read more »

2014 Honda Gold Wing F6B—Review

Honda F6B’s lower handlebar and rearward-placed pegs give it a slightly sportier seating position.

Bill Stermer
May 6, 2014

Honda F6B’s lower handlebar and rearward-placed pegs give it a slightly sportier seating position. (Photos by Kevin Wing) It’s a great idea. Start with a bike that is well proven as a tourer, then strip off weight, complication and expense. To create the F6B, Honda began with its Gold Wing dresser... Read more »

2014 Honda Valkyrie—Rider Test

2014 Honda Valkyrie

Mark Tuttle
April 25, 2014

Long, low and stripped of excess, the new Valkyrie wears a bare-knuckles style all its own. Much of the chrome and silver is blacked-out on the Blue Metalic bike. (Photos by Kevin Wing) As many Gold Wing and F6B riders know, a motorcycle with Honda’s GL1800 flat six at its heart can be ridden smoothly... Read more »

2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack – First Ride Review

2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack

Greg Drevenstedt
April 16, 2014

The 2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack is a very capable sport tourer with adventure bike styling and ergonomics. Photography by Kevin Wing Not that long ago, back when only a select few knew how to get the clock on their VCR to stop blinking after a power outage, all you had to do was get on... Read more »

2014 Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition – First Ride Review

Stiffer suspension and a new seat have transformed Kawasaki's venerable KLR650.

Greg Drevenstedt
April 14, 2014

Stiffer suspension and a new seat have transformed Kawasaki’s venerable KLR650. Photography by Alfonse Palaima Kawasaki’s KLR650 has secured a place of honor in the pantheon of great motorcycles. Not because it’s the fastest or the most stylish or the most sophisticated in its class. In fact,... Read more »

2015 Ducati Diavel Carbon – First Ride Review

The 2015 Ducati Diavel Carbon offers more performance, comfort and style.

Jon Langston
April 7, 2014

For 2015, the Ducati Diavel Carbon offers more performance, comfort and style. (Photos by Milagro) “You are the luckiest man in the world.” When those words came over the phone telling me I’d be road testing a new bike in Europe, I certainly couldn’t disagree. But it wasn’t until weeks later... Read more »

2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS—Road Test

Kawasaki Z1000

Greg Drevenstedt
April 4, 2014

The Z1000’s new styling is inspired by sugomi, a Japanese word for “the intense aura given off by an object of greatness,” and is meant to look like a crouching predator ready to pounce on its hapless prey. (Photos by Kevin Wing)   Though called a streetfighter, the Kawasaki Z1000 ABS, which... Read more »

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