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2015 Yamaha FJ-09 Review

With its low weight and rowdy engine, the Yamaha FJ-09 is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It has an appealingly low base price, but we’d gladly pay a little more for better suspension and brakes and a more refined throttle-by-wire system.

Greg Drevenstedt
May 8, 2015

With its low weight and rowdy engine, the Yamaha FJ-09 is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It has an appealingly low base price, but we’d gladly pay a little more for better suspension and brakes and a more refined throttle-by-wire system. Yamaha made a big splash when it introduced the FZ-09 for 2014.... Read more »

2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Review

The V-Strom 1000 is the only bike in this trio designed for light off-road duty, though before hitting the rough stuff it needs a set of hand guards and a skid plate. Its adventure-chic beak pays homage to Suzuki’s 1988 DR-Z Paris-Dakar Rally racer.

Greg Drevenstedt
May 8, 2015

The V-Strom 1000 is the only bike in this trio designed for light off-road duty, though before hitting the rough stuff it needs a set of hand guards and a skid plate. Its adventure-chic beak pays homage to Suzuki’s 1988 DR-Z Paris-Dakar Rally racer. Introduced for 2002 as a “sport enduro tourer,”... Read more »

2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT Review

Gone is the oddball styling of the previous Versys, replaced by a sleek, cat-eyed aesthetic similar to that of Kawasaki’s Ninja sportbikes. The smooth, powerful Versys 1000 is the most comfortable bike in this comparison, but it also throws off some engine heat.

Greg Drevenstedt
May 8, 2015

Gone is the oddball styling of the previous Versys, replaced by a sleek, cat-eyed aesthetic similar to that of Kawasaki’s Ninja sportbikes. The smooth, powerful Versys 1000 is the most comfortable bike in this comparison, but it also throws off some engine heat. With its venerable KLR650 handling dual-sport... Read more »

Comparison: 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT, 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS, 2015 Yamaha FJ-09

These three adventure-styled sport tourers offer lots of performance, versatility and value.

Greg Drevenstedt
May 8, 2015

These three adventure-styled sport tourers offer lots of performance, versatility and value. (Photography by Kevin Wing) Adventure-styled motorcycles have proliferated in recent years, with many new or extensively updated models introduced by European and Japanese manufacturers. Some are true all-terrain... Read more »

2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS — First Ride Review

New to the lineup for 2015, the V-Strom 650XT has a beak like the DL1000, plus spoked wheels, aluminum side cases, engine guards and a touring windscreen.

Mark Tuttle
May 8, 2015

New to the lineup for 2015, the V-Strom 650XT has a beak like the DL1000, plus spoked wheels, aluminum side cases, engine guards and a touring windscreen. (Photography by Kevin Wing) The Suzuki V-Strom 650 occupies the middleweight niche between lighter dual-sports and larger adventure tourers, and its... Read more »

2015 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800–First Ride Review

Red and silver are MV Agusta’s traditional livery, and the Turismo Veloce also comes in silver/gray with a red frame. That’s an LED daytime running light surrounding the LED headlight—the low beam comes on automatically at dusk.

Mark Tuttle
April 30, 2015

Red and silver are MV Agusta’s traditional livery, and the Turismo Veloce also comes in silver/gray with a red frame. That’s an LED daytime running light surrounding the LED headlight—the low beam comes on automatically at dusk. Photography by Milagro MV Agusta has been making motorcycles in Varese,... Read more »

Rider Comparo: 2015 Ducati Scrambler vs. Triumph Scrambler

2015 Ducati Scrambler vs 2015 Triumph Scrambler

Ken Lee
April 17, 2015

Two Scramblers in name; two different directions in practice. Photography by Kevin Wing Most of the time, an awful lot of brainwork goes into researching the purchase of a new motorcycle. Facts, figures, statistics, capacity, performance, road manners and so much more all weigh in when answering that... Read more »

2014 Honda CB1100 Deluxe | Long-Term Rides

The National Cycle Street Shield SX windshield and Cortech Super 2.0 luggage are great add-ons.

Arden Kysely
April 3, 2015

The 2014 Honda CB1100 Deluxe has more fuel capacity, a 6-speed transmission and Combined ABS. At the very first glance, the CB1100 parked outside the Rider office had me by the eyeballs. Appraising its Candy Red paint and clean, classic lines, I knew I had to ride it. EIC Tuttle finally handed me the... Read more »

2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 First Ride Review

2015 Yamaha YZF-R3

Greg Drevenstedt
April 2, 2015

Yamaha’s all-new YZF-R3 is a 321cc sportbike that should appeal to a wide audience. Photography by Brian J. Nelson Those interested in a new small-displacement street bike have a wide range of options to choose from. There are cruisers, sportbikes, standards, supermotos and dual-sports from Honda,... Read more »

2015 Suzuki GSX-S750 | First Ride Review

2015 Suzuki GSX-S750

Greg Drevenstedt
March 18, 2015

Photography by Enrico Pavia For years, sportbikes powered by 750cc in-line fours were considered the ideal compromise, with lightness approaching that of middleweights and power approaching that of liter bikes. But when racing regulations changed in 2003, 750s were abandoned by three of the four Japanese... Read more »

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