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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

2014 BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive

2014 BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive Road Test

Despite its 807-pound wet weight, the Exclusive has light, precise handling. Heat shield where exhaust header meets the silencer is now larger. When BMW’s K 1600 GTL streaked... read story

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2015 Star Bolt in Glacier Blue

Star Bolt and Bolt R-Spec Return for 2015

2015 Star Bolt in Glacier Blue Star Motorcycles recently revealed that its popular Bolt cruisers will be among its motorcycles... Read more »

Honda’s all-new CTX1300 Deluxe

2014 Honda CTX1300 Deluxe: Road Test

Framed by a Pacific sunset, Honda’s all-new CTX1300 Deluxe cuts a unique profile, long and low with more curves than sharp... Read more »

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE—Review

Vaquero puts the rider relatively upright with a higher handlebar and the feet forward on footboards. Fairing and lowers... Read more »

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Sport + Sport Touring Motorcycle Reviews

2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R LE

2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS 30th Anniversary Limited Edition

The 2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R LE features special paint reminiscent of the 1984 Ninja 900. Kawasaki is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Ninja with a very limited edition... read story

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BMW’s new liquid-cooled R 1200 RT

2014 BMW R 1200 RT—Road Test

BMW’s new liquid-cooled R 1200 RT has gained power and lost a little weight, and it’s nearly as pretty as the sunrise... Read more »

2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack

2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack—Road Test

Revived in name but all-new in execution, the Caponord splits the difference between an adventure bike and a sport tourer.... Read more »

2014 Honda CBR650F First Ride Review

2014 Honda CBR650F – First Ride Review

The all-new Honda CBR650F is powered by a liquid-cooled 649cc in-line four and fills the gap between Honda’s entry-level... Read more »

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Sport Standard + Standard Motorcycle Reviews

2015 Honda CB300F

2015 Honda CB300F – First Look

  Honda has announced it will offer a naked version of the CBR300R for 2015 called the CB300F with more upright ergonomics and a lower price tag. Features and bennies... read story

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EBR 1190SX

Erik Buell Racing (EBR) 1190RX and 1190SX – First Look

Erik Buell Racing’s 1190SX naked sportbike joins the lineup alongside the fully-faired 1190RX. Buell is back! Last... Read more »

Yamaha FZ-07_4

2015 Yamaha FZ-07 First Ride Review

The Yamaha FZ-07 joins the FZ-09 in offering a lot of value at a low price. Yamaha runs a tight ship. Rather than offering... Read more »

Street 750

Harley-Davidson Street XG750 and XG500—First Ride

  Nimble and quiet, the new Street 750—Harley’s first all-new platform since the V-Rod—is drastically unlike any... Read more »

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Dual-Sport + Adventure Motorcycle Reviews

2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack

2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack—Road Test

Revived in name but all-new in execution, the Caponord splits the difference between an adventure bike and a sport tourer. (Kevin Wing and Courtesy Aprilia) Norway’s Nordkapp... read story

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2014 KTM 1190 Adventure R

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure R Road Test

The 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure R is a powerful, capable street machine, but where it really shines is off-road. Photography... Read more »

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... Read more »

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 »

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Retro + Vintage Motorcycle Reviews

1977 Triumph T140J Bonneville Silver Jubilee

Retrospective: Triumph T140 Bonneville 750: 1973-1988

Year/Model: 1977 Triumph T140J Bonneville Silver Jubilee; Owner: Ron Mattson, Camarillo, California. This 750 Bonneville had a pretty good run—under three entirely different... read story

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2015 Ducati Scrambler teaser

Ducati Announces Scrambler for 2015

This teaser image is the only official photo of the 2015 Ducati Scrambler released so far. Employees at Ducati’s factory... Read more »

Year/Model: 1994 Harley-Davidson FXLR Low Rider Custom; Owner: Terry Bowen, Atascadero, California.

Retrospective: Harley-Davidson FXLR Low Rider Custom: 1987-1994

Low Rider. Catchy name. Some readers might remember the chopped and channeled craze in automobile styling back in the ’50s... Read more »

1994 Honda CB1000

Retrospective: Honda CB1000: 1994-1996

Year/Model: 1994 Honda CB1000; Owner: Duncan Smith, Providence, Rhode Island. Take a casual glance at the motorcycle in the... Read more »

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Sidecar + Scooter + Trike Motorcycle Reviews

Ural Gear-Up Flying the chair

2014 Ural Gear-Up—Road Test

Flying the chair in right turns—or even just for the heck of it—is fun and a basic sidecar-driving skill. The Ural’s chair lifts a bit too easily without a passenger... read story

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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... Read more »

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 »

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