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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 »

2015 Ducati Scrambler – First Ride Review

2015 Ducati Scrambler Icon

Greg Drevenstedt
December 12, 2014

Ducati calls its new Scrambler a “post heritage” design – what its original Scramblers from ’60s and ’70s might have become had production continued to today. Photography by Milagro Do you remember your earliest days of riding? The sense of unbridled freedom and all-consuming... Read more »

2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS – Road Test Review

2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS

Greg Drevenstedt
December 12, 2014

Kawasaki has given the Concours 14 ABS a minor update for 2015, and its available in Candy Lime Green for the first time. Photography by Kevin Wing Borrowed from the French, concours (pronounced kawn-koor; the “s” is silent) refers to an assemblage of things or a contest, such as a concours d’elegance,... Read more »

2015 Honda NM4 DCT ABS—Road Test Review

2015 Honda NM4 DCT ABS

Mark Tuttle
December 2, 2014

With its angular styling, flat-black paint and hints of polished steel set off by LED lighting, the NM4 seems right off a movie set—all that’s missing is the firepower. (Photos by Kevin Wing) Imagine for a moment that you’re a 20- or 30-something motorcycle designer in Japan, head swirling with... Read more »

2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special — Road Test Review

2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special

Greg Drevenstedt
November 11, 2014

Subtle, hand-laid pinstripes and many factory options distinguish this Road Glide Special from the base model. (Photos by Kevin Wing) Earlier this year, Harley-Davidson released the entry-level, liquid-cooled Street 500/750 cruisers and unveiled the Project LiveWire electric bike, making clear its desire... Read more »

Energica Ego Electric Motorcycle – First Ride Review

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Greg Drevenstedt
October 14, 2014

Made in Modena, Italy, the Energica Ego is a 134-horsepower, all-electric, high-end sportbike. photography by Royce Rumsey & courtesy Energica Over the past several years, electric motorcycle manufacturers have popped up all over the place, like mushrooms on my lawn after a spring rain. U.S. companies... Read more »

Motor Trike F6B Raptor—First Ride

F6B Raptor

James Parchman
October 2, 2014

Take your choice: Luxury or Sport, Motor Trike’s Adventure series includes conversions of Honda’s Gold Wing and F6B. It’s hard to fathom, but with its bright red fenders, tank cover and trunk, contrasted with a blacked-out engine area, the Motor Trike Raptor trike appears even sportier than the... Read more »

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