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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 »

Retrospective: MZ Saxon 500 Country: 1992-1996

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

Clement Salvadori
December 8, 2014

1995 MZ Saxon 500 Country; Owner: Steven Rossi, East Haddam, Connecticut. (Photography by Steve Cote) Nice half-liter thumper, this MZ Saxon 500 Country, looking like a somewhat dated dual-purpose machine, powered by a dependable Rotax single-cylinder engine. But it was being built in the old East Germany.... Read more »

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

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Greg Drevenstedt
November 21, 2014

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, the street-oriented Tiger 800 and off-road-ready Tiger 800 XC, and a few weeks later it hosted a world press launch for both bikes... Read more »

Retrospective: Yamaha XT600: 1984-1989

1986 Yamaha XT600

Clement Salvadori
November 11, 2014

Year/Model: 1986 Yamaha XT600; Owner: Kevin Delaney, Arroyo Grande, California. As an inveterate reader of motorcycle travel articles and books, in the 1980s and ’90s I noticed that many of our European friends, when headed off to Africa—the equivalent of our southwest—opted to take Yamaha’s... Read more »

2015 Triumph Rocket X Limited Edition – First Look Review

2015 Triumph Rocket X

Rider Magazine Staff
November 6, 2014

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 strapped our 2014 Triumph Rocket III Touring test bike to Jett Tuning’s dyno, it made a pavement-buckling 137 lb-ft of torque at... Read more »

2015 Triumph Thunderbird Nightstorm Special Edition – First Look Review

2015 Triumph Thunderbird Nightstorm Special Edition

Rider Magazine Staff
November 6, 2014

Triumph’s Thunderbird cruiser, powered by a convention-bucking parallel twin displacing 1,597cc, debuted for 2009, slotting between the Bonneville-based America and Speedmaster (both have a 865cc parallel twin) and the super-sized Rocket III (with its 2,294cc in-line triple). The Thunderbird’s accessory... Read more »

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

2015 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory

Rider Magazine Staff
November 5, 2014

Aprilia has announced new-for-2015 models, including the Tuono V4 1100, Tuono V4 R, RSV4 and Shiver 750. 2015 APRILIA TUONO V4 1100 RR & TUONO V4 1100 FACTORY 2015 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory Tuono V4 1100 is the latest evolution of a naked bike dynasty that began in 2002, when Aprilia stripped... Read more »

2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2 – First Look Review

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

Rider Magazine Staff
November 5, 2014

The supercharged, street-legal 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2, resplendent in Mirror Coated Black. One of the most exciting announcements during the 2014 Intermot show, held last month in Cologne, Germany, was the introduction of the Kawasaki Ninja H2R, a 300-horsepower, supercharged, racetrack-and-experts-only... Read more »

2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 and R1M – First Look Review

2015 Yamaha YZF-R1

Rider Magazine Staff
November 5, 2014

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 to make as big of an impact in sportbike and roadracing circles as the original R1 did in 1998. Both the new R1 and R1M are expected... Read more »

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