Motorcycles

Short Takes – 2011 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide & Can-Am Spyder RT

Short Takes – 2011 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide & Can-Am Spyder RT

Seasoned travelers know there is no one single machine that is ‘best’ for touring.   We’ve selected two vastly different machines either of which we’d gladly grab the keys and head for Newfoundland.  Each has different appeal, but they both have one thing in common – triggering the impulse to pack […]

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2010 Triumph Scrambler

2010 Triumph Scrambler

The Harley-Davidson Motor Company knows it.  Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati knows it.  And the legendary British motorcycle company Triumph knows it.  Retro-style motorcycles that look like they were pulled from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s are an important part of the 2010 line-ups, and they sell well.  Undoubtedly, Triumph’s ‘Modern […]

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2010 BMW F800R

2010 BMW F800R

BMW markets the new-for-2010 F800R as an ‘Urban’ motorcycle.   After one week with this Flame Orange temptress, we couldn’t agree more with this categorization.  While the moto media fixated  this year on the new, uber sexy S1000RR superbike, the F800R naked bike was launched with little fanfare, and that’s a […]

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2010 Honda VFR1200FA

2010 Honda VFR1200FA

(From the Archives) Honda is the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles and internal combustion engines, so it comes as no surprise when the company launches a technological wonder like the all-new for 2010 Honda VFR1200.  This V-four shaft-drive ‘sportbike’ is a showcase for Honda’s engineering might.  This is motorcycling’s equivalent […]

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1968 Condor A250

1968 Condor A250

Passerby:  “Hey!  What kind of motorcycle is THAT?? Motorcycle rider:  It’s a Condor! Passerby:  “A WHAT?” Motorcycle rider:  A Condor 250! Passerby:  “What’s a Condor? Motorcycle rider:  It’s a Swiss bike.  It’s a Swiss Army motorcycle! Finally, the passerby relents, allowing motorcycle rider Ted Kucharski to motor on his way […]

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2008 Honda Varadero XL1000V

  (From the Archives) You’re overworked and underpaid.  The boss makes another unreasonable demand he apparently dreamt up on Pluto.  On days like this you regret not signing up for meditation classes and steal a few seconds to stare out the window, imagining how blissful life would be seeing the […]

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2008 Moto Guzzi Norge 1200

2008 Moto Guzzi Norge 1200

Motorcycling is all about passion.  And there are no motorcycles in the world that evoke as much passion as those from Italy.  For decades, Italian motorcycles have earned a reputation for high performance, lusty engines and stunning good looks, sometimes at the expense of functionality – a trade-off that aficionados […]

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2007 Piaggio MP3 250

At a stop light, the twenty-something pretty young blonde sitting in the passenger seat of a jacked-up Dodge Ram Hemi pickup truck looks wide-eyed at my demo scooter.  In an instant, she’s leaning precariously half-way out the passenger window, squealing, “Ooooooh, what iiiiiiiiiss that?  It’s sooooooooooo cool!!”  “It’s a Piaggio […]

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2007 Triumph Tiger 1050

2007 Triumph Tiger 1050

If life were perfect, we motorcyclists would own a fleet of bikes.  There would be one luxury tourer, something along the lines of a Honda Gold Wing, for that coast-to-coast trip on the Trans-Canada highway you’ve always wanted to take; a light weight, flickable sport bike for blitzing the serpentine […]

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2007 Honda Goldwing GL1800A

2007 Honda Goldwing GL1800A

(From the Archives) The big black Gold Wing arcs gracefully into a medium-fast sweeper as I follow a pack of BMW R1200GSes, Triumph 1050 Tigers and a lone Ducati ST4  through the sinuous backroads of Idaho’s Sawtooth mountains.  This group is riding at a sport-touring pace, and the Honda GL1800 […]

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