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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

1976 Honda SL350 K2.

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 »

National Cycle VStream Motorcycle Windshield Review

National Cycle VStream Windshield

Jerry Smith
May 1, 2012

As good as the Honda Gold Wing GL1800 is, there’s always room for improvement. One thing many GL riders want to improve is the stock windshield, which though wide and tall is also a source of wind noise and annoying buffeting. But air is tricky stuff, and just making a windshield bigger and wider doesn’t... Read more »

2012 BMW K 1600 GTL vs. Honda Gold Wing GL1800 ABS Comparison

You can rack up miles smoothly, swiftly and comfortably on both, but you’ll come away with different impressions. The K 1600 GTL will thrill you; the Gold Wing will pamper you.

Greg Drevenstedt
May 1, 2012

by Greg Drevenstedt When BMW unveiled the all-new 2012 K 1600 GTL, a high-tech, high-performance replacement for the long-running K 1200 LT, the company declared that it had built “a shark, not a whale,” a thinly veiled jab at the Honda Gold Wing GL1800. Around the same time we got our first ride... Read more »

2012 Honda CBR1000RR – First Ride

2012 Honda CBR1000RR

Greg Drevenstedt
January 24, 2012

Liter-bike horsepower wars aren’t over, but they’re past the shock-and-awe phase of the campaign. With peak rear-wheel figures exceeding 150, sometimes by a considerable margin, the name of the game is harnessing all those stallions. Riding modes, traction control and ABS are now found–standard... Read more »

2012 Honda NC700X – First Look

2012 Honda NC700X: A new do-it-all middleweight.

Greg Drevenstedt
January 20, 2012

At the New York stop on the International Motorcycle Shows tour, American Honda is unveiling an all-new model, the 2012 Honda NC700X. First seen at the EICMA show in Italy last October, the NC700X features adventure-bike styling, a new engine, and nimble handling. In addition, the NC700X offers the option... Read more »

2011 Honda CB1000R Road Test

Honda CB1000R left side action and underbelly

Greg Drevenstedt
August 9, 2011

  Designed and built in Italy, the CB1000R features the angular, aggressive styling of many motorcycles born in that speed-obsessed country. My uncle Lanny is a veteran of AFM races in the ’70s, the Bay Area’s infamous Sunday Morning Rides, and a resident of Mendocino County, an enchanting area... Read more »

2010 Honda Shadow RS Road Test


Rider Magazine
March 27, 2011

photography by Brian J. Nelson [This 2010 Honda Shadow RS Road Test was originally published in the September 2010 issue of Rider magazine] The 2010-Honda-Shadow-RS in action. Remember when a 750 was one of the big boys, a hefty handful that you had to work up to? These days 1,600cc is the new 750.... Read more »

Retrospective: Honda VF700C Magna: 1987

1987 VF750C Magna.

Clement Salvadori
August 22, 2007

(This Retrospective article appeared in the August 2007 issue of Rider.) STORY and photography BY CLEMENT SALVADORI If it succeeds the first time, make it even better—that could have been Soichiro Honda’s motto. When Honda revamped the Magna for the 1987 model year it did a heckuva job, turning a... Read more »

Retrospective: Honda GB500 Tourist Trophy: 1989-1990

1990 Honda GB500 Tourist Trophy.

Clement Salvadori
June 22, 2007

(This Retrospective article was printed in the June 2007 issue of Rider.) STORY and photography BY CLEMENT SALVADORI This really was a superbly entertaining machine, tremendous fun to ride, but one which could not find its niche in the American motorcycling world. All too common thinking was that street... Read more »

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