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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 »

Ridden & Rated: 2012 Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC

The very fast, very capable Tuono could very well put you on a first-name basis with the local highway patrol.

Greg Drevenstedt
October 4, 2012

In the world of muscle-bound streetfighters, the Aprilia Tuono has a serious reputation. Debuting in 2002, it was an RSV Mille shorn of bodywork, using the same 60-degree 998cc V-twin, frame, suspension and brakes, but with an upright handlebar and a steering damper. It was, by all accounts, an exciting,... Read more »

Ridden & Rated: Triumph T100 Steve McQueen Edition

Based on the T100 Bonneville, the Triumph Steve McQueen SE is enjoyable to ride and looks great.

Bill Stermer
October 4, 2012

We all recall Steve McQueen’s character Virgil Hilts jumping a motorcycle over a fence in the iconic 1963 WWII movie The Great Escape. And it doesn’t matter that, for insurance reasons, the jump was actually performed by McQueen’s friend and fellow racer Bud Ekins. McQueen was the real deal. He... 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 »

2013 Triumph Trophy SE First Ride

The all-new Trophy SE is the most luxurious, fully featured motorcycle Triumph has offered. With the optional top box, it offers plenty of luggage capacity, excellent wind protection and state-of-the-art technology like Triumph Electronic Suspension.

Greg Drevenstedt
September 20, 2012

Is Triumph still salty about having its Coventry factory destroyed by the German Luftwaffe during World War II? The all-new Trophy, a sport tourer powered by the 1,215cc triple found in the Explorer, shares more than a passing resemblance with BMW’s perennial, Alps-bred R 1200 RT (Rider, September... Read more »

Ridden & Rated: 2012 BMW R 1200 RT

Extensively updated for 2010, the R 1200 RT has a more powerful engine, sleeker styling and improvements to its optional ESA and audio.

Greg Drevenstedt
September 7, 2012

My, how time flies. Our last full test of a BMW R 1200 RT was back in August 2005, when you could still get money for nothin’ and mortgages for free. And an RT hasn’t ridden through the pages of Rider since July 2008, when we compared it to the Moto Guzzi Norge 1200—right about the time gas prices... Read more »

Road Test: 2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer

With a powerful engine, nimble handling, strong brakes and well-controlled suspension, the Triumph Tiger Explorer mixes sport with adventure.

Greg Drevenstedt
September 5, 2012

After my exhilarating but brief ride on the all-new Triumph Tiger Explorer at its press launch in Spain (Rider, May 2012, and on ridermagazine.com), I waited impatiently for the Explorer to arrive in the U.S., eager to spend quality time together and see if we had the chemistry for a longer-term relationship.... Read more »

Comparison: 2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer vs. 2012 Yamaha Super Ténéré

The Super Ténéré has dirt-worthy spoked wheels but a vulnerable undercarriage and its ABS can’t be easily turned off.

Greg Drevenstedt
September 5, 2012

The open-class adventure touring segment has grown from a class of one—the BMW R 1200 GS/Adventure—to a class of five in recent years, with the introduction of the Ducati Multistrada 1200, Moto Guzzi Stelvio, Yamaha Super Ténéré and Triumph Tiger Explorer. We compared the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure... Read more »

Road Test: 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX

Holy handling, Batman! The masked Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX carves corners like a bike with a wheelbase much shorter than it’s 60.4 inches.

Mark Tuttle
September 4, 2012

If there are any stretches of paved road left in the U.S. with more than 200 miles between gas stations, I’d sure like to know about them. Highway 140 from Winnemucca, Nevada, to Lakeview, Oregon (part of the historic Winnemucca to the Sea Highway), used to be one, but now there’s gas after about... Read more »

2012 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Custom Road Test

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Greg Drevenstedt
August 9, 2012

From the menacing, brushed-nickel skulls on its prow and tank, to the smoky graphics swirling around its sharknose fairing, Harley-Davidson’s 2012 FLTRXSE CVO Road Glide Custom means business. Even the names of its high-end accessories—Agitator wheels, Rumble Collection components and Heavy Breather... Read more »

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