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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 Indian Scout

2015 Indian Scout: Ridden & Rated

The red paint, tan solo seat and black-and-chrome headlight nacelle may be old-school, but the new Scout is anything but a nostalgia project. Bold designs for the frame and... read story

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2015 Victory Magnum in Ness Midnight Cherry

2015 Victory Magnum – First Ride Review

Victory’s new Magnum is a “big wheel bagger” with a 21-inch front wheel, slammed rear end, triple-tone... Read more »

2015 Victory Magnum in Plasma Lime.

2015 Victory Magnum—First Look

2015 Victory Magnum in Plasma Lime. Victory Motorcycles has added another new bike to its 2015 lineup alongside the Gunner... Read more »

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... Read more »

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Sport + Sport Touring Motorcycle Reviews

2015 Victory Magnum in Ness Midnight Cherry

2015 Victory Magnum—Ridden & Rated

The Magnum is first and foremost about making a statement, but underneath the flashy paint and chrome is the very solid Cross Country platform. With a significant share of... read story

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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... Read more »

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 »

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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 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 1190 Adventure of being down on power. But for some,... read story

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These three big, capable adventure tourers offer enough power, comfort and features for any journey.

Adventure Shootout: BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, KTM 1190 Adventure, Yamaha Super Ténéré ES

These three big, capable adventure tourers offer enough power, comfort and features for any journey. (Photos by Rich Cox) Although... Read more »

2014 Yamaha Super Ténéré ES

2014 Yamaha Super Ténéré ES Review

With a name and styling inspired by its Dakar Rally-winning machines from the ‘90s, Yamaha’s Super Ténéré is available... Read more »

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure Review

The 1190 Adventure is the latest entrant in the burgeoning ADV segment, offering a unique combination of power, sophistication... Read more »

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Retro + Vintage Motorcycle Reviews

2015 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone

Moto Guzzi Announces 2015 Griso 1200 8V SE and 2015 V7 Stone

Moto Guzzi has announced that two of its V-twin-powered standards, the Griso 1200 8V SE and the V7 Stone, will return for 2015. 2015 Moto Guzzi Griso 8V SE The Moto Guzzi... read story

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1968 Yamaha YG5-T Trailmaster 80

Retrospective: Yamaha YG-T Trailmaster 80: 1964-1969

Year/Model: 1968 Yamaha YG5-T Trailmaster 80; Owner: Eric Foor, Morro Bay, California Lest we forget, it was the advent of... Read more »

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... Read more »

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 »

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Sidecar + Scooter + Trike Motorcycle Reviews

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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 the release of the Low Rider, SuperLow... read story

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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... Read more »

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 »

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