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Motorcycle Road Tests

American-made and all-brand motorcycle road tests and comparisons from the editors of Rider and American Rider magazines. This section includes everything about motorcycles including retro and vintage motorcycles as well as full road tests complete with dyno runs, motorcycle gas mileage and hands-on field-testing.

Cruiser + Touring Motorcycle Reviews

2015 Triumph Rocket X

2015 Triumph Rocket X Limited Edition – First Look Review

Launched in 2004, Triumph’s Rocket III, with its 2,294cc in-line triple, has held the title of the largest-displacement mass-production motorcycle for a decade. When we... read story


2015 Triumph Thunderbird Nightstorm Special Edition

2015 Triumph Thunderbird Nightstorm Special Edition – First Look Review

Triumph’s Thunderbird cruiser, powered by a convention-bucking parallel twin displacing 1,597cc, debuted for 2009, slotting... Read more »

2015 Star Bolt C-Spec

2015 Star Motorcycles Bolt C-Spec, Raider and Stryker Bullet Cowl – First Look Review

The 2015 Star Bolt C-Spec is a café racer-styled variant of the popular performance bobber. Today at the American International... Read more »

2015 Honda Gold Wing ABS

Honda Announces 40th Anniversary Gold Wing and Other 2015 Models

Hot on the heels of its summer introductions of three new 2015 models—the CBR300R, CB300F and NM4—Honda has announced... Read more »

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Sport + Sport Touring Motorcycle Reviews

2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS

2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS – Road Test Review

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,... read story

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2015 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory

New 2015 Aprilias: Tuono, RSV4 and Shiver – First Look Review

Aprilia has announced new-for-2015 models, including the Tuono V4 1100, Tuono V4 R, RSV4 and Shiver 750. 2015 APRILIA TUONO... Read more »

Downforce is generated by the chin spoiler in the upper fairing and the airfoil cross-sections in the mirror mounts.

2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2 – First Look Review

The supercharged, street-legal 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2, resplendent in Mirror Coated Black. One of the most exciting announcements... Read more »

2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS

2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS – First Look Review

Several important refinements should help make the Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS more popular than ever. For its eighth model... Read more »

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Sport Standard + Standard Motorcycle Reviews

2015 Yamaha YZF-R1

2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 and R1M – First Look Review

Weight and wheelbase are down and power is up on the all-new 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1. Yamaha has introduced two all-new YZF-R1 sportbike models for 2015 that have the potential... read story


2015 BMW F 800 R in Racing Blue metallic matt / Light White

2015 BMW F 800 R – First Look Review

2015 BMW F 800 R in Racing Blue metallic matt / Light White The F 800 R roadster joined BMW Motorrad’s other parallel twin-powered... Read more »

2015 Yamaha FJ-09

2015 Yamaha FJ-09 – First Look Review

The new FJ-09 should be perfect for fans of the in-line triple concept who want more sport-touring capability. Yamaha’s... Read more »

2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT

2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS/LT and Versys 1000 LT – First Look Review

After a long wait, the Kawasaki Versys 1000 is finally coming to America, with extensive updates and standard hard saddlebags. When... Read more »

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Dual-Sport + Adventure Motorcycle Reviews


2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XRx and Tiger 800 XCx – First Ride Review

photography by Alessio Barbanti and Paul Barshon In late 2010, at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, Triumph pulled the covers off two all-new middleweight adventure tourers,... read story

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2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XRx

2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XR and XC – First Look Review

2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XRx in Caspian Blue Triumph’s Tiger 800 and Tiger 800 XC adventure tourers, introduced for 2011,... Read more »

CSC RX-3 Cyclone

CSC Motorcycles to Import the RX-3 Cyclone, a 250cc Adventure Bike

CSC RX-3 Cyclone CSC Motorcycles, based in Azusa, California, announced today that it is bringing in the first shipment of... Read more »

2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure

2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure – First Look

2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure With 131 horsepower and 80 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheel, few would accuse KTM’s... Read more »

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Retro + Vintage Motorcycle Reviews

2015 Ducati Scrambler Icon

2015 Ducati Scrambler – First Ride Review

Ducati calls its new Scrambler a “post heritage” design – what its original Scramblers from ’60s and ’70s might have become had production continued... read story


1995 MZ Saxon 500 Country; Owner: Steven Rossi, East Haddam, Connecticut.

Retrospective: MZ Saxon 500 Country: 1992-1996

1995 MZ Saxon 500 Country; Owner: Steven Rossi, East Haddam, Connecticut. (Photography by Steve Cote) Nice half-liter thumper,... Read more »

1986 Yamaha XT600

Retrospective: Yamaha XT600: 1984-1989

Year/Model: 1986 Yamaha XT600; Owner: Kevin Delaney, Arroyo Grande, California. As an inveterate reader of motorcycle travel... Read more »

Triumph Thruxton Ace Cafe Special Edition

Triumph Thruxton Ace Cafe Special Edition – First Look Review

The Triumph Thruxton Ace Cafe Special Edition made its U.S. debut at the Ace Corner at the Barber Vintage Festival. At the... Read more »

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Sidecar + Scooter + Trike Motorcycle Reviews

2015 Can-Am Spyder F3

2015 Can-Am Spyder F3—First Ride Review

The Spyder F3’s new cruiser-style riding posture yields functional advantages for body positioning plus a lower overall Center of Gravity. (Photos by Riles & Nelson) Can-Am... read story


F6B Raptor

Motor Trike F6B Raptor—First Ride

Take your choice: Luxury or Sport, Motor Trike’s Adventure series includes conversions of Honda’s Gold Wing and F6B. It’s... Read more »


2015 Can-Am Spyder F3 – First Look Review

2015 Can-Am Spyder F3-S in Pure Magnesium Metallic/Steel Black Metallic After giving everyone a tease with the release of... Read more »


2015 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler: Ridden & Rated

As the only OEM other than BRP building trikes in-house, Harley-Davidson satisfies some of the growing demand for three-wheelers. Following... Read more »

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