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2014 Victory Cross Country

2014 Victory Cross Country

Bill Stermer
February 3, 2014

Victory gives its Cross Country a more youthful style, and it’s the best handler of our three cruisers. (Photos by Kevin Wing) Now in its 15th year, this Medina, Minnesota, based company is (like the newly reborn Indian) a division of Polaris Industries, and the bikes are assembled in Spirit Lake,... Read more »

Aprilia USA Announces 2014 Model Lineup

Press Release
January 31, 2014

Aprilia has experimented with new ideas and technologies from the beginning days as a motorcycle manufacturer, and it is through this dedication that Aprilia has become the most victorious European brand of any operation today in the history of motorcycling. From MotoGP to Motocross, Superbike to Supermotard,... Read more »

2014 Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition First Look Review

KLR650 New Edition

Greg Drevenstedt
January 31, 2014

2014.5 Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition in Candy Lime Green/Ebony After chugging along with few changes and a distinctive tweet from its exhaust pipe for 21 years, Kawasaki’s legendary KLR650 dual-sport got a major update for 2008. Engine tweaks, suspension improvements, stronger brakes, new styling... Read more »

2014 Ural Motorcycles Lineup – First Look

2014 Ural Patrol

Rider Magazine Staff
January 30, 2014

2014 Ural Patrol   Ural Motorcycles, a Russian manufacturer of motorcycles with sidecars, is launching its 2014 model lineup. The new Urals feature electronic fuel injection, disc brakes on all three wheels, a hydraulic steering damper and dozens of other upgrades–the biggest package of improvements... Read more »

2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS: Ridden & Rated

2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000

Greg Drevenstedt
January 30, 2014

When Suzuki introduced the V-Strom DL1000 for 2002, the adventure touring landscape was much more barren than it is today. BMW’s big GS had a cult following, but liter-class dual-sports hadn’t yet caught on here in the U.S. With a retuned version of the 996cc, 90-degree V-twin from the TL1000S sportbike,... Read more »

Retrospective: Bultaco Montadero 360: 1968-1972

1972 Bultaco Montadero Mark II 360

Clement Salvadori
January 29, 2014

Year/Model: 1972 Bultaco Montadero Mark II 360; Owner: Bob Reichenberg, Jefferson, Oregon. This Montadero was an adequate dual-purpose motorcycle, in truth, more focused on the dirt than the pavement, though the handling was a bit on the heavy side. It used a relatively old-fashioned piston-port two-stroke... Read more »

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

Cumberland River Ferry

James Parchman
January 13, 2014

“Wow, that’s a big scooter you’re on. I ride a Honda 1800 Goldwing, myself,” said Captain Rick Turner, pilot of the Ohio River ferry Loni Jo. “See all the motorcycles on here? It’s like this most weekends. Motorcycle riders love a ferry.” Indeed. Chugging towards the Kentucky shore, the... Read more »

2013 Zero S Road Test

2013 Zero S action

Mark Tuttle
January 3, 2014

Riding on 17-inch wheels with a scant 55.4 inches between the axles, the Zero S is a compact package that weighs just 392 pounds. Hey, now we’re talking! The last time we tested Zero Motorcycle’s pure-street electric motorcycle, the Zero S (Rider, September 2011), we could only squeeze about 30 miles... Read more »

2013 Honda CB500X Road Test

Honda CB500X

Mark Tuttle
January 2, 2014

Equipped with the accessory hard saddlebags and top case, taller windscreen and centerstand, the CB500X is ready for long rides or low-cost commuting. (Photos by Kevin Wing) The core of Honda’s praiseworthy, multi-bike response to the Global Financial Crisis and the distressed motorcycle market is... Read more »

Retrospective: Yamaha VMX12 V-Max 1200: 1985-1986 (also 1988-2007)

Clement Salvadori
December 31, 2013

1985 Yamaha VMX12N V-Max. (Photos by Clement Salvadori) Too modern for Retrospective? Perhaps not. The V-Max appeared back in 1985, was on the books for ’86 then skipped ’87, only to reappear with new wheels in 1988, then lasted with minor changes for the next 20 years. This ’85 gem is the original. The... Read more »

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