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2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Review

October 22, 2013 by  
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Moto Guzzi has introduced two new versions of its line-topping California series for 2013, the Touring and Custom, with major revisions. Custom models are basic naked cruisers, while Touring versions come with hard saddlebags, fog lights, a windscreen and passenger grab rail. Both models utilize the same engine, chassis and most other parts. Color choices [...]

The All New 2013 Honda Gold Wing F6B Review

October 20, 2013 by  
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Honda introduced the new F6B, designated internally as a GL1800B, for the 2013 model year. This new model was created to fill the niche between power cruisers and long-haul touring models, by removing the existing Gold Wing GL1800’s tail trunk, trimming the windshield and reshaping the seats and tail section. The changes from the original [...]

2013 Yamaha FJR1300A Review

October 16, 2013 by  
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Yamaha first introduced its FJR1300 sport-touring motorcycle to the U. S. market for 2003. Since then, a number of subtle changes have been made, but now for the 2013 model year, a host of significant updates have been incorporated in the new FJR1300A. Styling is slightly more aggressive, with swoopier one-piece cowlings in place of [...]

New Review 2013 Harley-Davidson Switchback

October 10, 2013 by  
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The concept of a two-in-one bike isn’t new: manufacturers have offered plenty of presto change-o touring and cruising motorcycles, and more extravagant examples include Harley-Davidson’s $30,000 CVO Softail Convertible, which has since been discontinued from the H-D lineup. Currently handling multi-purpose duties for the Motor Company is the 2013 Harley-Davidson Switchback, whose dual purpose personality [...]

2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R Review

November 29, 2012 by  
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The terms “quickest” and “most powerful” are coveted titles in the two-wheeled world; after all, if you’re looking for mild manners, you’re better off scooter shopping than motorcycle hunting. Kawasaki’s outgoing Ninja ZX-14 was never in danger of having anemic performance or invisible road presence. Along with Suzuki’s bulbously styled Hayabusa, those muscular rides ruled [...]

2012 Honda NC700X Review

November 29, 2012 by  
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Honda’s new NC700X is tricky to classify, as it could fit in several classes including sport-touring and streetbike categories. Styling is reminiscent of several recent models from Italy. The NC700X is designed for comfort, ease of use and practicality in an affordable everyday motorcycle, and it’s aimed at fairly new riders and folks who are [...]

2012 Victory Vision Tour ABS Review

November 27, 2012 by  
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Polaris’ upstart Victory motorcycle division has been on a roll lately, with a plethora of new models designed for many different niches in the popular cruiser/touring market. The flagship Vision Tour is the largest model in the company’s lineup, and one of the largest motorcycles in production. Its big 106-cubic-inch (1,731cc) Freedom 106/6 V-Twin engine [...]

2013 Kawasaki ZX-6R 636 review

November 15, 2012 by  
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Kawasaki’s ZX-6R is back in 2013 as a 636. That’s an engine size Kawasaki supplied for four years in the early 2000s, ending in 2006. Public reception to this more-flexible middleweight was positive, and it sold well. But back then, Kawasaki was forced to field a 599cc version too, to meet homologation requirements for local [...]

2013 Honda CRF250L Review

November 14, 2012 by  
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Honda has re-entered the 250-class dual-sport motorcycle market with the new CRF250L. With its relatively low price, high quality, modest operating costs and excellent fun factor, it’s designed to attract newcomers to motorcycling and keep them interested. Combining styling from its CRF motocross line and an engine from the CBR250R, Honda has managed to contain [...]

2012 BMW K1300 S HP Review

November 12, 2012 by  
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BMW’s K1300 S long-distance missile arrived on the scene in 2010, based on the previous K1200, but with a comprehensive list of upgrades. (See Neale Bayley’s review of that bike here.) The improvements were immediately apparent, with virtually seamless fuel injection replacing the patchy responses of the 1200, and with a transmission that shifted accurately [...]

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