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2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS—Road Test

Kawasaki Z1000

Greg Drevenstedt
April 4, 2014

The Z1000’s new styling is inspired by sugomi, a Japanese word for “the intense aura given off by an object of greatness,” and is meant to look like a crouching predator ready to pounce on its hapless prey. (Photos by Kevin Wing)   Though called a streetfighter, the Kawasaki Z1000 ABS, which... Read more »

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure—Road Test

ktm 1190 Adventure

Mark Tuttle
April 1, 2014

New LED daytime running light surrounds the lowerof the two stacked headlights and increases daytime conspicuity; it can be switched off. As liter-class adventure-touring bikes have been getting more and more street oriented, the KTM 990 Adventure clung to its Dakar racing roots right through 2012. While... Read more »

2015 Victory Gunner—First Ride Review

2015 Victory Gunner

Jon Langston
March 27, 2014

Victory’s interpretation of the bobber is aimed squarely at Harley’s Softail Slim. (Photos by Barry Hathoway) From its gray matte paint to its straight dual exhaust and solo seat, Victory Motorcycles’ new Gunner is brazenly targeting Harley-Davidson’s Softail Slim. Victory’s press information... Read more »

2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring Road Test

The California 1400 Touring offers a classic style.

Greg Drevenstedt
September 4, 2013

Flashback to 1970. Richard Nixon is in the White House, American troops are in Vietnam and the AMC Gremlin is in dealerships. Little known in the U.S. at the time, Moto Guzzi captures a slice of the lucrative police market with a full-dress version of the Eldorado 850, which was more powerful, more maneuverable,... Read more »

2013 Honda CB1100 Road Test

An admirable view from any perspective. The CB1100 was first offered in Japan and Australia as a 2010 model.

Mark Tuttle
July 1, 2013

Take a look around your garage. Is there an old radio that’s been tuned to a classic rock station for as long as you can remember? A bunch of Craftsman tools crowding a few precious Snap-On items in an old toolbox covered with fading stickers from Bell, Bates, NGK, Torco, and S&W or Mulholland... Read more »

2013 Star V Star 1300 Deluxe Road Test

The Star V Star 1300 Deluxe is ready for a serious tour or the hirsute commute, with good wind protection and storage.

Mark Tuttle
June 4, 2013

Got your eye on a custom dresser, a “bagger,” eh? Can’t say I blame you. Stripped and slammed cruisers are so five years ago. They may have a wicked minimalist look, but actually riding one is another story—us baby boomers are gettin’ too old for narrow seats and suspension with one lousy inch... Read more »

Ridden & Rated: 2014 Star Bolt

Star’s new Bolt offers upright seating with stellar urban manners.

Bill Stermer
April 29, 2013

It’s a smart company that studies the market, conducts research and builds its products based upon what the data indicate will be successful. In the case of Yamaha, its Star Motorcycles division (which builds its cruisers) is a very smart company indeed. While noting that cruisers compose about 49... Read more »

Comparison Test: 2013 BMW C 650 GT vs. 2013 Honda NC700X

The C 650 GT is a sport tourer in scooter clothing; the NC700X is nimble, adequately quick and easy to ride.

Mark Tuttle
April 3, 2013

We aren’t normally a shiftless bunch except for an hour or two after lunch, but we recently spent the last two weeks swapping between two new “automatics”—BMW’s C 650 GT maxi-scooter, and Honda’s NC700X with dual-clutch transmission—in an effort to see which type of shiftless two-wheeler... Read more »

Quick, Lean & Low: A Fast Foursome of Easily Straddled Middleweights

These four motorcycles are quick, lean and low.

Rider Magazine Staff
March 7, 2013

Whether you’re a novice rider who’s a bit unsteady at stops, or just a little vertically challenged, when you’re holding up a motorcycle at a standstill there’s nothing like having both feet firmly on the ground. Getting that stability means finding a bike that fulfills your desires and has a... Read more »

Rider Test: 2013 Yamaha FJR1300

A solo rider has to work pretty hard to find the limits of the FJR’s cornering clearance. New Bridgestone BT023 tires help a lot.

Mark Tuttle
November 27, 2012

When we broke the news that an updated Yamaha FJR1300 was on the way for 2013 in the December 2012 issue, the reader reaction was the usual mix of praise and grousing (mostly that the bike hasn’t been changed enough). What surprised us, though, is that almost everyone who wrote qualified their opinions... Read more »

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