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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 »

Rider Magazine’s 2008 Motorcycle of the Year and Best of Class

2008 Motorcycle of the Year: Kawasaki Concours 14

Rider Magazine
June 26, 2008

The new bikes for the 2008 model year have all been revealed, and it’s time once again to name our three Best-of-Class winners. From that trio we have picked one for Rider‘s Motorcycle of the Year award that we think succeeds best at its intent, satisfies like no other and lengthens the list... Read more »

2008 Suzuki Hayabusa vs. Kawasaki ZX-14 Motorcycle Comparison

2008 Suzuki Hayabusa and Kawasaki ZX-14

Bill Stermer
March 10, 2008

You’re riding along on one of these new 2008 supersports, and suddenly slow down to contemplate the moment you’ve been waiting for. The road before you sweeps down into a valley, runs tidy and direct for several miles with nary a home or driveway or traffic, then climbs the other side–clear,... Read more »

2008 Suzuki GSX650F Road Test

2008 Suzuki GSX650F

Donya Carlson
March 10, 2008

photography by Kevin Wing [This 2008 Suzuki GSX650F Road Test was originally published in the March 2008 issue of Rider magazine] If you’re going to commute on a motorcycle in 38-degree temperatures, it may as well be on a bike you really like riding. That’s been my scenario this past week,... Read more »

2008 Suzuki B-King Road Test


Rider Magazine
March 7, 2008

TOKYO, Japan, October 2001: At the annual motorcycle show here this month, among the parade of exotic concept bikes, one neo hot-rod spoke to us–literally–more than any other, the Suzuki B-King. Like the guy in the urban legend who put a solid-fuel Jet Assisted Take-Off (JATO) unit in the... Read more »

2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Road Test


Troy Siahaan
October 24, 2007

It must be hard for a company like Suzuki to improve what many consider to be the finest liter-class sportbike on the market. True to its mantra, the 2006 GSX-R1000 “owned the racetrack” as it took race wins and championships the world over. Clearly the Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday attitude... 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 Suzuki Boulevard C50T Road Test

Take a walk around the Boulevard and you’ll see how this 805cc midsized cruiser can be mistaken for being at least 1,000cc.

Rider Contributor
January 25, 2007

Very interesting. I’d just gassed up the Suzuki Boulevard C50T for the first time, and when I went to reset the tripmeter it read 110.8 miles, but the odometer only read 109. This is exactly the kind of inexplicable weirdness that keeps me awake at night-like why does Hawaii have interstate highways? Fortunately,... Read more »

Retrospective: Customized Motorcycle (based on a 1985 Suzuki Madura 1200)

Custom 1985 Suzuki Madura 1200.

Clement Salvadori
June 21, 2006

(This Retrospective article was published in the June 2006 issue of Rider.) This is one man’s view of how his motorcycle should look—it is a true custom. Many people talk about having customized bikes, but for the essential meaning of the word “customize” we should take a look at Webster’s... 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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