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  1. 2000-2007 Honda Shadow Sabre | Smart Money



    Most riders look for the same thing in a potential cruiser buy: a big V-twin, a kicked-out fork, and a kick-ass look. The VT1100C2 Shadow Sabre has all of that and more, with punchy acceleration, maintenance-free hydraulic valve adjusters, and a massive front wheel. It was in Honda’s Shadow lineup ...    Read more

  2. 2014 Indian Chieftain | FIRST RIDE



    PHOTOS: Barry Hathaway & Tom Riles   ...    Read more

  3. 2013 Suzuki Hayabusa ABS | FIRST LOOK



    Photos: Enrico Pavia The Hayabusa returns for 2013 with key updates: Brembo radial-mount front calipers backed up by ABS. While the Suzuki is a comfortable, smooth, and ferociously fast sportbike, brakes have always been the big bird’s weakest link, so we were pleased to see ...    Read more

  4. 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure – First Look



    KTM’s 990 Adventure was always the most off-road capable of all big-bore adventure tourers, with its 21-inch front wheel, rally-bred chassis, and peaky, 990cc V-twin engine. But while Dakar DNA made the original Adventure at home off road, that competence came at the expense of some on-road performance—and the reality ...    Read more

  5. 2012 Yamaha Super Ténéré



    Even for those of us who aren’t buying into energy vortices, harmonic convergences or getting wrapped in spirulina algae for 75 minutes and pounded like cheap flank steak by somebody named Moon Flower, Sedona is a stunning little chunk of Arizona. If you’re more interested in bashing around on a ...    Read more

  6. 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000



    We just had quick 160-mile go on Kawasaki’s 2011 Ninja 1000, and anybody who’s been around long enough to remember the first overweight, under-sprung Ninja 1000 from 1986 can officially forget it. This one is completely different. If you’re looking for something more agile than a ZX-14R with more humane ...    Read more

  7. 2010 Honda VFR1200F Update



    Those who read Motorcyclist on any quasi-regular basis probably remember how much our Aaron P. Frank loved the automatic dual-clutch transmission version of Honda’s steamy, 1237cc V-4 in Japan. But the basic manual-shift six-speed didn’t exactly hit one out of the old road test ballpark a few months later. Extra ...    Read more

  8. BMW’s 2010 R1200GS



    BMW’s brochure copy is 99% right. Neither rain nor sleet nor snow, rocks, ruts, mud or a deranged hillbilly/rancher could stop the 2010 R1200GS at its North American press debut this week. Only the California Highway Patrol brought us to a standstill. When the CHP says the road is closed, ...    Read more

  9. Honda’s 2010 VFR1200F vs. The Pump



    Few people have had a look around inside the Palatial Motorcyclist Dyno Room, mostly because it's not much to look at. The guys in the shop where it lives don't have time for guided tours even if it was. We like the loyal Superflow. It gets the job done, ...    Read more

  10. Kawasaki KTRC Traction Control



    Generally speaking, turning 130-something horsepower loose on an expanse of wet, slippery white plastic in a hotel parking lot is very bad idea. But since our friends at Kawasaki said it would be okay, I did it anyway. They set the whole thing up to show off the 2010 Concours ...    Read more

  11. 2010 Ducati Hypermotard 796



    Architectural Digest subscribers call Bologna La Rossa because of the red tile roofs around the Piazza Maggiore. Political scientists say the color comes from 50-something years of left-leaning government. But most motorheads know two things. Ferrari is right up the road in Maranello, but the bikes from Via Cavalieri Ducati ...    Read more