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Rider Comparo: 2013 Honda CRF250L vs. 2013 Kawasaki KLX250S vs. 2013 Yamaha WR250R

Light, nimble and economical to operate, our 250 dual-sports all have plenty of fun on tap, whether your destination is work, school or the wide open spaces.

Arden Kysely
January 31, 2013

The last time Rider corralled a herd of 250 dual-sports (April 2008), we chose the thriftiest models available in the face of rising gas prices. This time we went for best-in-class, grabbing Yamaha’s WR250R, Honda’s new CRF250L and Kawasaki’s KLX250S—the only return contender. The KLX received... Read more »

2013 Honda CRF250L: Ridden & Rated

The tall and lean CRF250L has good low- and midrange torque and is equally at home off-road and on the pavement.

Donya Carlson
January 3, 2013

Conventional wisdom says you can’t please everyone, but that’s not stopping Honda from trying. Its new 2013 CRF250L dual-sport has a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder engine derived from the peppy CBR250R. The company’s goal is to spark the imagination of returning, new and current... Read more »

2013 Honda CB1100 – First Ride

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Greg Drevenstedt
November 16, 2012

When I was a young boy, my father introduced me to the joys of motorcycling. Dad would take my brother and me on leisurely rides in the country aboard his Honda CB750 Four. In the late 1970s, I was too young to know or care about the significance of the CB750, that its transverse, in-line four cylinder... Read more »

Honda Adds Six 2013 Models that will Surprise You

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Greg Drevenstedt
November 12, 2012

American Honda clearly feels bullish about 2013. It has already introduced three new models for the upcoming year (NC700X, CRF250L and PCX150), and it has just unveiled another six all-new models and the return of five others. 2013 Honda CB1100 Honda’s retro-styled CB1100, which pays respect to its... Read more »

Unveiling at American Honda’s Secret Museum

Beneath a timeline of Honda history are important motorcycles.

Greg Drevenstedt
November 9, 2012

Last night Editor Mark Tuttle and I attended an unveiling at America Honda’s secret museum, located in a nondescript warehouse building not far from the company’s sprawling campus in Torrance, California. Neither of us had ever been there, and I didn’t even know it existed until the... Read more »

2012 Honda NC700X DCT ABS Road Test

The 2012 Honda NC700X is aimed squarely at new and returning riders, and experienced ones who want an economical second bike.

Mark Tuttle
November 8, 2012

Motorcycles are not appliances. Even if your main goal in buying one is to accomplish a daily task like commuting with the lowest possible vehicle and fuel costs, few riders would be satisfied with a motorcycle that is as dull as a dishwasher. We still want performance that excites us, looks that fuel... Read more »

Rider Comparo: Honda NC700X vs. Kawasaki Versys vs. Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS

Kawasaki Versys, Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS and the Honda NC700X.

Bill Stermer
November 6, 2012

Mid-size bikes make a lot of sense. Not only because they tend to be less expensive and lighter, but also because they have become so competent. Considering competence, this trio of liquid-cooled, 650cc-class twins each has a 6-speed transmission, chain final drive and some gravel-road pretensions (though... Read more »

Six Degrees of Temptation: Ridden and Rated Special

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Rider Magazine Staff
October 4, 2012

When Victory fired off the invite for its 2013 Boardwalk model launch, we looked up from our meatball subs, wiped the marinara sauce from our chins and simultaneously exclaimed, “What!? It’s time for the 2013s already?” Heck, there’s still some Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill and cheese weenies... Read more »

Ridden & Rated: 2012 Honda VFR1200F DCT

The sculpted VFR1200F has one of the most impressive engines available, and with DCT it lets your left hand and foot off the hook!

Greg Drevenstedt
October 4, 2012

Honda held nothing back when it overhauled the esteemed VFR sport tourer for 2010. Engine technology and architecture was adapted from Honda’s MotoGP race bikes, the Unicam valvetrain was adapted from its motocross bikes, displacement and power were significantly increased, and styling was a unique,... Read more »

Retrospective: Honda XL350 Dual-Sport: 1974 – 1978

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Clement Salvadori
June 5, 2012

(This Retrospective article was printed in the June 2012 issue of Rider Magazine.) This four-stroke woodser was an immediate hit with the casual rider, and could even seduce two-stroke lovers away from their mounts. As an added bonus the XL350 K1 was quite adequate on the pavement. For less than one-thousand... Read more »

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