Yamaha Star V Star 250

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If you’re a carburetor fan, you’re still in luck for a 250 cc commuter bike with the 2017 V Star 250. Introduced in 2008, the V Star 250 replaced the Virago 250, but was essentially the same bike spec-wise. The V Star 250 is a good entry-level bike and a contender for your choice of an economically sound commuter ride.

Continue reading for my review of the Star V Star 250.



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Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS

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Take a Ninja® ZX™-14R, tune it for touring and what have you got? If you guessed a Concours 14, you get the prize. Kawasaki delivered the 2015 Concours 14 ABS with a whole slew of improvements over the prior year — some cosmetic and some for performance — and carried that over to 2017.

At the core, the Kawasaki kept the 1,352 cc engine derived from the Ninja® ZX™-14R in a chassis tuned for touring. The sport-bike DNA is quite evident in the overall styling, so whether you love it or hate it, you don’t ignore the Concours 14 ABS. Slap some new paint it on for 2016 and we’re ready to go.

Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS.



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Suzuki Burgman

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Largely carry-overs from previous years, the Burgmans in Suzuki’s dwindling 2017 lineup — called Skywave in Japan — consists of the 200 and the 650 Executive. Missing is the Burgman 125 available outside the U.S. market and the Burgman 400 not brought forward for 2017.

Styled for classy good looks and a certain amount of sophistication, the Burgmans present a scooter that demands to be taken seriously in an otherwise wild spirit or retro-style scooter market.

Continue reading for my review of the Suzuki Burgman 200, 400 and 650 Executive.



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BMW R 1200 RS

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BMW launched its newest sport-tour model, the R 1200 RS in 2015, and the model is a direct carryover into the ’17 model year with some upgraded goodies last year and this year. Beemer combined the top-shelf Automatic Stability Control, optional Electronic Suspension Adjustment, Dynamic Traction Control and variable power-delivery modes with a rather sporty platform, both in form and performance. The 1,170 cc, twin-cylinder boxer engine delivers power numbers that would embarrass many pure sport bikes and drives the RS into the realm of high-speed, long-distance riders.

Beemer’s RS series has always been about touring comfort since the original brought its fixed fiberglass fairing to the market back in 1976 with the R100 RS, and this newest incarnation toes the family line with tour-tastic features that should take the edge off the longer jaunts. Join me while I take a look at the newest generation of this venerable line.

Continue reading for my review f the BMW R 1200 RS.



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BMW R 1200 GS / R 1200 GS Adventure

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BMW continues its GS legacy into 2017 with the R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure. With a new cooling concept integrated into the muscle-up-front design from last year, the R 1200 GS looks even more ready and capable to carry you on the adventure of your choosing.

Standard with disengageable integral ABS, traction control, an on-board computer, a height-adjustable saddle, stepless adjustable windscreen, a pillion adjustable fore and aft, and removable passenger pegs, the R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure are great choices for on-road and off-road touring.

Continue reading for my review of the BMW R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure.



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Zero Motorcycles S / SR

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Riding the tailwinds of waxing public interest and expanding infrastructure, Zero Motorcycles advances The Cause with new improvements and adjustments to its street-centric “S” and “SR” models. This year sees the addition of a more powerful motor that generates increased torque and horsepower as well as a smaller battery pack for short urban trips; all good stuff for increased fun and flexibility, necessary factors if the company wants to further its push into the mainstream.

While these changes will likely benefit Zero, I submit that at this stage in the game, anything that increases the appeal and feasibility of electric transportation is good for electric vehicles in general with a direct, positive impact on the environment. In other words, a victory for Zero is a victory for all, so join me while I check out what the company is doing to fight for the progression of the electric agenda.

Continue reading for my review of the Zero S and SR.



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Suzuki Burgman 200 ABS

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A carryover from 2014, the Burgman 200 available from Suzuki for 2017 remains that awesome around-town ride or a super-scoot up the highway. With plenty of roll-on even at highway speeds, good fuel economy and a suspension that’s more motorcycle than scooter, the Burgman 200 takes daily commutes in stride. The low center of gravity gives it responsive handling, giving you a surprisingly powerful ride for such a small scooter.

Continue reading for my review of the Suzuki Burgman 200.



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Suzuki GSX-R600

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The Suzuki GSX-R made a splash all the way back in 1985, and quickly became a motorcycle-household name, complete with a smooth nickname that just rolls right off the tongue. Since then, the Gixxer has been in continuous production over a wide range of engine sizes, and has even been supplemented by the similar, but more street-friendly, GSX-S range.

Introduced in 1992, the GSX-R600 has been in almost continuous production with a brief hiatus from ’94 through ’96, and it continues its legacy into the 2016 model year (so far). Today I want to take a look at what Suzuki has done to keep this long-running family viable and competitive against its many adversaries on both track and street.

Continue reading for my review of the Suzuki GSX-R600.



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KTM 1090 Adventure R / 1290 Super Adventure R / 1290 Super Adventure T

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KTM continues to expand and refine its adventure bike line with its 2017 1090 Adventure R and the 1290 duo, the Super Adventure R and Super Adventure T. Revealed to the world at the 2016 INTERMOT show in Cologne, Germany, these bikes benefit from KTM’s not-inconsiderable experience with off-road bikes and its more recent foray into the world of naked street/superbikes. The engines punch above their weight, and the electronic magic really shows the genius of Austrian engineering, which is a lot like German engineering. (...just with a sense of humor?).

Continue reading for my review of the KTM 1090 Adventure R, 1290 Super Adventure R and 1290 Super Adventure T.



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Suzuki DR200S

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Suzuki brings dual-sport capabilities to the entry-level sector with its DR200S. A heavy emphasis on off-road performance defines the overall look of the thing, and a 199 cc engine drives it over hill and dale as well as down the road with all the appropriate lighting for safety and legalities. The end result seems to be a functional, if plain, bike that provides a stable ride and moderate power with a humble overall bearing. A carry-over for the last few years, it hasn’t changed much, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Continue reading for my review of the Suzuki DR200S.



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