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2008 Honda VTX1300T, Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT, Suzuki Boulevard C50T, Star V Star 1100 Silverado Motorcycle Comparison

Windscreens, backrests, bags and V-twins: Beyond that, they’re all different.

Bill Stermer
July 8, 2008

[this middleweight touring cruiser comparison review features the 2008 Honda VTX1300T, 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT, 2008 Star V Star 1100 Silverado and 2008 Suzuki Boulevard C50T, and was originally published in the May 2008 issue of Rider] You’re a cruiser rider, and you like to travel,... Read more »

2008 Honda CBR1000RR Road Test Review

2008 Honda CBR1000RR

Kevin Ash
July 8, 2008

[this 2008 Honda CBR1000RR road test review was originally published in the May 2008 issue of Rider] A little bit faster, a little bit lighter, a little bit more compact than before…so goes the well-proven formula that’s marked the progress of sportbikes since the first CBR900RR turned the... Read more »

2008 Honda VTX1300T Road Test

2008 Honda VTX1300T

Rider Magazine
June 30, 2008

We’re all aware that size matters, and that it matters more than ever in motorcycling. Back in the 1960s a 500cc was considered a big motorcycle, and now we have bikes with three to four times that displacement (and even larger) scooting around our streets and highways. But as displacement increases... Read more »

2007 Honda XR650L, Kawasaki KLR650 and Suzuki DR650S Motorcycle Comparison

Comparing three dual-sports: Honda XR650L, Kawasaki KLR650 and Suzuki DR650S.

Clement Salvadori
March 5, 2007

A lot of riders look at these three motorcycles, scratch their heads, and wonder just what they’re meant for. Anybody who desires a good dirt bike can make a choice from a big selection, and a street rider has an even greater variety. Why get one of these machines, these compromises intended for... Read more »

2007 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 C2 Road Test

On the USS Midway, beware of jet blast, props, rotors…and seductively attractive motorcycles like the Shadow Spirit 750.

Donya Carlson
February 5, 2007

Depending on when you start counting, Honda has reason to celebrate the 25th year of its Shadow line. The first Shadow 750 cruiser arrived on the scene in 1983, so technically, 2007 would qualify the line for silver-anniversary status. In the spirit of this achievement, Honda has redesigned its existing... Read more »

2006 Honda CBR1000RR Road Test

2006 Honda CBR1000RR

Rider Contributor
January 5, 2007

It wouldn’t be fair to test a world-class sportbike as if it were a touring machine, so I’m not going to do that. But last time we checked, the CBR1000RR has a license plate, and it’s designed for the road and that’s where most people ride street-legal bikes. If you have to cover... Read more »

2006 Honda 599, Kawasaki Ninja 650R, Suzuki SV650S and Yamaha FZ6 Motorcycle Comparison

Middleweight motorcycle comparison — Four motorcycles

Mark Tuttle Jr.
January 1, 2007

[This 2006 Honda 599, Kawasaki Ninja 650R, Suzuki SV650S and Yamaha FZ6 Motorcycle Comparison was originally published in the April 2006 issue of Rider magazine] Photography by Rich Cox/Slide Action These middleweight motorcycles sure look nice as a pack... Look at the middleweight motorcycle class and... Read more »

2006 Honda Gold Wing GL1800 Road Test

Apparently Honda still has a few surprises up its collective sleeve, because no one saw coming what we EVENTUALLY got in the Gold Wing for 2006.

Mark Tuttle Jr.
January 1, 2007

The rumors of a new Honda Gold Wing model for 2006 started flying last summer. Would it be sportier yet, with a shorter wheelbase, or have larger luggage and more standard features? Would there be an additional SE version like the last top-line GL1500? An electric windscreen, perhaps, or an automatic... Read more »

2005 Honda VTX1800F Road Test

2005 Honda VTX1800F - The Wrenchless Custom

Bill Stermer
July 6, 2005

Attend any major event like Daytona Bike Week, Sturgis or Americade and it’s going to include a custom bike show. Head on down to a poker run and there’s likely to be a roped-off area within which the locals display their customizing talents. Pick up a bike magazine, and you’ll often... Read more »

2004 Honda 599 vs 2004 Suzuki SV650 vs 2004 Yamaha FZ6 Motorcycle Comparison

Rider Contributor
February 3, 2004

When many of us started riding, there were just two kinds of motorized two-wheelers: scooters and motorcycles. Heck, even the line between street and off-road machines was pretty blurry. Things changed a little after the Japanese began selling motorcycles in this country, but it was still quite a while... Read more »

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