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2011 BMW R1200R

posted by on 27 July 2011 in First Ride

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We already miss our BMW R1200GS long-termer. So naturally we jumped at the chance for some seat time on BMW’s newest R1200 derivative, the 2011 R1200R, on the fresh-laid asphalt of the Angeles Crest.

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2011 Triumph Tiger 800

posted by on 20 June 2011 in First Ride

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Triumph figures BMW has owned the market on 800-cc adventure bikes long enough. Its 2011 Tiger 800 and Tiger 800 XC clearly have the Germans square in their sights. More…

Ducati’s New Diavel Proves The Devil Can Be Deceiving

posted by on 14 April 2011 in First Ride

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Preconceived notions are a hell of a thing. Take the new Ducati Diavel, for instance. Is it a cruiser or a sportbike? The answer is, you won’t know ’til you ride it, as we discovered. More…

2011 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 – Return of the King

posted by on 9 March 2011 in First Ride

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Can the 2011 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 return to its position as the king of the naked sport bikes? With less weight, more power and some thoughtful revisions, we think so. More…

2011 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 Evo SP

posted by on 2 December 2010 in First Ride

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The Ducati Hypermotard may look best suited to off-road antics, but the top-level 1100 Evo SP turns out to be the perfect bike for urban adventuring. More…

2011 Triumph Sprint GT

posted by on 9 November 2010 in First Ride

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The three-hour ride to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin for an ALMS race turned out to be the perfect trip for testing Triumph’s new Sprint GT. But was the Sprint GT the perfect bike for the trip? More…

2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200

posted by on 24 March 2010 in First Ride

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By stuffing a superbike engine into a lightweight, saddlebag-optional sport adventure tourer, Ducati has created an unusual beast in the new Multistrada 1200. Guest contributor Basem Wasef takes off to the Canary Islands for a little time both on and off the road on one. More…

2011 BMW S1000RR

posted by on 16 February 2010 in First Ride

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As the speedo ticked past 165 mph, self-preservation took over and we jumped on the brakes as turn one rapidly approached. As amazing as this was, it was only the first flying lap of what would end up being a full day of riding the most impressive motorcycle we’ve ever tested. More…

2010 KTM RC8R

posted by on 19 January 2010 in First Ride

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As the first sport bike from a company best known for playing in the dirt, we really wanted to like the 2009 KTM RC8, but there were issues. Now comes the 2010 RC8R, and we’re wondering- has anything has really changed? More…

2010 Ducati Streetfighter

posted by on 6 October 2009 in First Ride

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Ducati says its new 2010 Streetfighter has the soul of a superbike. We say that’s far too modest a statement. The Streetfighter doesn’t just have superbike pretensions or merely a touch of the 1098’s DNA; it’s a new superbike all on its own. Race—proven chassis—check. Powerful engine—check. Monobloc Brembos, forged Marchesini wheels, fully adjustable Ohlins suspension—all there. But if you still think it sounds more palooka than prizefighter, let’s step outside for a minute. More…