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Riding Impression of the 2000 Buell Blast

It’s been a much-discussed rumor. It’s been the subject of wild-guess speculation and thinly-veiled references by industry insiders. But it is conjecture no more. The Buell Blast is a reality. And not since the Aermacchi days of the Sixties and Seventies has Harley-Davidson taken such a bold step in the direction of entry-level motorcycling. A statement made by Jerry Wilke, CEO of Buell Motorcycles and former Marketing Director of Harley-Davidson, explains more about the reasoning behind the Buell Blast than anything else: “For each year of marketing, the average Harley-Davidson…

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Victory Vegas Best Used Motorcycle

Victory Vegas. Courtesy of Victory YEARS SOLD: 2003–2017 MSRP NEW: $14,999 (’03) to $13,999 (’17) BLUE BOOK RETAIL VALUE: $4,555 (’03) to $10,380 (’17) BASIC SPECS: Early Vegas models are powered by the Victory Freedom 1,508cc air-/oil-cooled 50-degree V-twin with a five-speed gearbox. Drivetrain updates introduced in ’06 include a displacement increase to 100ci (1,639cc) and six-speed transmission. The current Freedom 106 (1,731cc) engine has been in service since the 2011 model year. All Vegas models feature low-maintenance hydraulic valve lifters, electronic fuel injection, and belt final drive. The chassis utilizes a conventional 43mm fork with…

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2018 BMW K1600B

BMW has officially entered the bagger market with its new K1600B, introduced at a press launch between the high mountains of Western North Carolina and the low hills of Upstate South Carolina in mid August. BMW said the K1600B has a “classic imposing bagger design,” and “an elongated streamlined cruiser profile.” BMW also added that it prefers the B to be considered on its own merits as a new model, rather than as a reworked K1600GT/GTL. But for those of us in attendance, that requires communicating a significant amount of information…

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MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 First Ride Review

MV’s First Hyper Sport-Touring Bike Everyone with even a flicker of interest in motorcycles knows what MV represents: Mike Hailwood and the “Fire Engine” Fours. Giacomo Agostini – 15-time World Champion with his wailing, tenor Triples. Massimo Tamburini and the F4. Today’s MV it’s the F3, arguably the most beautiful production motorcycle in the world. There’s MV and racing. Obviously. MV and sportbikes. They’re synonymous. MV Agusta and a touring bike? You must be joking! So here’s the first challenge for the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce. Customers don’t buy MVs to…

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BMW Unveils R nineT Scrambler at EICMA

BMW Motorrad officially unveiled its latest R nineT at EICMA, the BMW R nineT Scrambler. And while the new model slots in nicely to the expanding scrambler segment, BMW is quick to point out in its press release announcing the motorcycle that this new scrambler has its roots in the company’s post-war history. BMW calls out the 1951 R68 with raised exhaust as a particular forebear of the R nineT Scrambler, a bike that was presented at the International Bicycle and Motorcycle Fair in Frankfurt as an example similar to…

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One Of The Nicer Adventure Bikes Out There

The Multistrada Enduro serves as a sort of Jack-of-all-trades as far as bikes go, and Ducati expands the family footprint even further for MY18 with the addition of the Enduro Pro. While it’s safe to say the base Enduro is capable of traversing the black as well as the brown, the Pro version brings a decidedly off-road bias to the table, not unlike some of the other serious business dual-surface rides out there. We’ll see for sure here shortly. The new variant has the same 152-horsepower plant as the base Enduro with a handful of useful bits and…

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Cannondale SuperX Force 1 looks ready for a ‘cross fight

Newly-crowned US National Champion Steven Hyde piloted the all-new SuperX this past season to great success. But the secret behind the bike goes much deeper, with the likes of Tim Johnson (450 time US national champion) and Stu Thorne (cyclocrossworld.comteam owner) adding input at every step of the development process. With such pedigree, one should expect the SuperX to add up to a true contender for best cyclocross bike of the year. 2018 Cannondale SuperX Force 1 spec overview Frame: SuperX, BallisTec Carbon, SPEED SAVE (flatmount; 12×142) Fork: SuperX, BallisTec Carbon, 1-1/8″…

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Cannondale SuperX Force 1 looks ready for a ‘cross fight

Newly-crowned US National Champion Steven Hyde piloted the all-new SuperX this past season to great success. But the secret behind the bike goes much deeper, with the likes of Tim Johnson (450 time US national champion) and Stu Thorne (cyclocrossworld.com team owner) adding input at every step of the development process. 2018 Cannondale SuperX Force 1 spec overview Frame: SuperX, BallisTec Carbon, SPEED SAVE (flatmount; 12×142) Fork: SuperX, BallisTec Carbon, 1-1/8″ to 1.5″ steerer (flatmount; 12×100) Drivetrain: SRAM Force 1 Bottom bracket: BB30-83 Wheels: CX 1.0 Tires: Schwalbe X-One All-Round…

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This device knows what’s wrong with your tyre setup before you do

Ever wondered what’s going on inside your tyre? Worried whether it’s wearing out, at the wrong pressure, or drained of tubeless sealant (and you’re not using Slime’s new non-drying out sealant)? Fear not worrisome rider, Hutchinson will soon have your back. How’s that? It’s developed a neat looking little product called Conec’tires, which sits in your rim and feeds back data on tyre pressure that’s then analysed by an app on your phone to give you a whole host of information for trouble-free tyres. Pre-ride the app can suggest tyre…

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Your British Superbike Showdown 2017 contenders – Peter Hickman

Peter Hickman is the great all-rounder. As much at home at Brands Hatch as he is on the Glencrutchery Road, the Lincolnshire rider is top-three contender for the first time this year and has managed it with consistency. Only the Smiths BMW rider and Honda’s Jason O’Halloran have scored points in every race this year, and Hickman’s winning form on the roads can only have helped him understand the S1000RR more and more. Hickman’s 193 points and nine podium credits have come about with one win at Thruxton and two…

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