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Cutting-Edge Cruisers—Snapshots Reviews

Ready to rumble are, from left, the Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe, Victory Boardwalk, Indian Chief Classic and Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom ABS. (Photography by Kevin Wing)

Bill Stermer
September 2, 2014

Ready to rumble are, from left, the Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe, Victory Boardwalk, Indian Chief Classic and Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom ABS. (Photography by Kevin Wing) There was a time, not that long ago, when in motorcycle terms cruisers were considered something less—simpler machines that... Read more »

2014 Indian Chief Classic

2014 Indian Chief Classic

Bill Stermer
September 2, 2014

Those full fenders and classic flowing lines will garner the Indian rider plenty of attention. (Photography by Kevin Wing) The original Indian motorcycle company began in 1901, but then faded away in the early 1950s. Two recent attempts to revamp the brand failed in the early 2000s, then Polaris Industries,... Read more »

2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom ABS

2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom ABS

Bill Stermer
September 2, 2014

Its seating positionand adjustable suspension make the Guzzi the sportiest machine here. You immediately realize there’s something different about this bike when you notice its more aggressive, almost sporty stance. At 708 pounds, it’s the lightest in our test and it’s also the only one of these... Read more »

2014 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe

Bill Stermer
September 2, 2014

Designed for smaller, shorter riders, the Harley offers a lower seat height and brings the grips in closer. With its classic style and air-cooled, 45-degree V-twin motor, the Harley-Davidson has served as the iconic American-made motorcycle for more than 110 years. In its current form, the motor displaces... Read more »

2014 Victory Boardwalk

Bill Stermer
September 2, 2014

The Boardwalk offers a relaxed seating position within a hot-rod styling package. (Photography by Kevin Wing) The Victory brand was started by Polaris Industries in 1998 as a means of addressing the lucrative big-inch V-twin market that Harley-Davidson largely had to itself. The bikes are built in Minnesota... Read more »

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

2015 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone

Rider Magazine Staff
August 28, 2014

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 Griso 1200 8V SE blends unique styling and an upright riding position with a 1,151cc version of the Italian company’s distinctive,... Read more »

2015 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler: Ridden & Rated

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Greg Drevenstedt
August 27, 2014

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 1200T and Street 500/750 earlier this year, Harley-Davidson recently launched its full 2015 lineup in Sonoma, California.... Read more »

2015 Indian Scout—Review

2015 Indian Scout

Greg Drevenstedt
August 27, 2014

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 engine are the new Indian’s interpretation of what the company would be building today had its operations continued uninterrupted... Read more »

2015 Victory Magnum—Ridden & Rated

2015 Victory Magnum in Ness Midnight Cherry

Greg Drevenstedt
August 27, 2014

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 Polaris Industries’ motorcycle R&D focused on the Indian branch of the family tree, Victory’s new-for-2015 models are stylistic... Read more »

2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure – First Look

2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure

Greg Drevenstedt
August 21, 2014

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, a lot of power just isn’t enough. And for those intrepid souls KTM will offer a larger-displacement model called the 1290... Read more »

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