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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

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

2015 Ducati Diavel Carbon – First Ride Review

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... read story

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Harley-Davidson 2014

2014 Harley-Davidson Low Rider and SuperLow 1200T—First Ride Review

The Low Rider (left) returns for 2014 with an adjustable seat, handlebar and more forward footpegs. New SuperLow 1200T (right)... Read more »

2014 Harley-Davidson Low Rider in Amber Whiskey/Vivid Black

2014 Harley-Davidson Low Rider and SuperLow 1200T – First Look Review

2014 Harley-Davidson Low Rider in Amber Whiskey/Vivid Black On the eve of Daytona Bike Week, an event that traditionally... Read more »

2015 Ducati Diavel

2015 Ducati Diavel – First Look Review

2015 Ducati Diavel Carbon in Red (left) and Star White (right) When the Ducati Diavel debuted for 2011, it made a splash.... Read more »

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Sport + Sport Touring Motorcycle Reviews

2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack

2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack – First Ride Review

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... read story

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Yamaha FJR1300ES

2014 Yamaha FJR1300ES—Road Test

The new FJR1300ES adds electronic suspension to the FJR’s extensive list of updates for 2013, which improved styling, power,... Read more »

Aprilia USA Announces 2014 Model Lineup

Aprilia has experimented with new ideas and technologies from the beginning days as a motorcycle manufacturer, and it is... Read more »

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2014 BMW R 1200 RT First Look Review

The 2014 BMW R 1200 RT gets the new liquid-cooled boxer engine along with updates to its chassis, bodywork, ergonomics, instrumentation... Read more »

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Sport Standard + Standard Motorcycle Reviews

Ducati Monster 1200 S

Ridden & Rated: 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S

Gone is the Monster 1100EVO’s air-cooled engine, replaced by a version of the liquid-cooled, 1,198cc Testastretta 11° L-twin found in the Multistrada and Diavel that has... read story

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Honda CB500X

2013 Honda CB500X Road Test

Equipped with the accessory hard saddlebags and top case, taller windscreen and centerstand, the CB500X is ready for long... Read more »

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2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS First Ride Review

The 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 is almost completely new from nose to tail. Knock-down, drag-out streetfighters aren’t supposed... Read more »

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2014 Ducati Monster 1200 and Monster 1200 S First Look Review

The 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S makes a claimed 145 horsepower and 92 lb-ft of torque. For the past 20 years, Monsters have... Read more »

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Dual-Sport + Adventure Motorcycle Reviews

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

2014 Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition – First Ride Review

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... read story

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ktm 1190 Adventure

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure—Road Test

New LED daytime running light surrounds the lowerof the two stacked headlights and increases daytime conspicuity; it can... Read more »

2015 Yamaha SR400

2014 Yamaha Super Ténéré/ES and 2015 Yamaha SR400 – First Look Review

2014 Yamaha Super Ténéré ES Yamaha entered the burgeoning adventure touring market in a big way in 2012 with its 1,199cc... Read more »

KLR650 New Edition

2014 Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition First Look Review

2014.5 Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition in Candy Lime Green/Ebony After chugging along with few changes and a distinctive tweet... Read more »

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Retro + Vintage Motorcycle Reviews

1986 VFR750F Interceptor

Honda VFR750F Interceptor: 1986; VFR750F: 1990-1997

Year/Model: 1986 VFR750F Interceptor; Owner: John Tucker, San Luis Obispo, California. (Photos by Clement Salvadori) The motorcycling world was immensely impressed when Soichiro... read story

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1958 Velocette Valiant

Retrospective—Velocette Valiant 200: 1957-1963

1958 Velocette Valiant; Owner: David Mooney, San Luis Obispo, California. Nice looking motorcycle, this Valiant, powered... Read more »

Ace Café in London

Royal Enfield’s Long History in Brief

Royal Enfield used the legendary Ace Café in London to kick off its international press launch of the all-new Continental... Read more »

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2014 Royal Enfield Continental GT

The period correct grounds of the Brooklands Museum show off the GT’s clean, simplistic beauty. All of the test bikes were... Read more »

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Sidecar + Scooter + Trike Motorcycle Reviews

Hannigan Honda 1800

2014 Trike Buyers Guide

CAN-AM: Is the Can-Am Spyder a trike? That’s up to you to decide. Before you do, consider the Spyder’s ABS that can monitor and control each wheel separately, the... read story

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2014 Ural Patrol

2014 Ural Motorcycles Lineup – First Look

2014 Ural Patrol   Ural Motorcycles, a Russian manufacturer of motorcycles with sidecars, is launching its 2014 model... Read more »

Cumberland River Ferry

Four Ferries on Two Wheels—Tour Testing the 2013 Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS

“Wow, that’s a big scooter you’re on. I ride a Honda 1800 Goldwing, myself,” said Captain Rick Turner, pilot of the... Read more »

Scooter Group Photo

Scooter Shootout: 2014 BMW C 650 GT / 2013 Honda Silver Wing / 2013 Suzuki Burgman 650

The Suzuki Burgman (left), BMW C 650 GT (center) and Honda Silver Wing (right) all have liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder engines,... Read more »

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