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NAKED MIDDLEWEIGHTS COMPARED: Suzuki GSX-S750 vs. Yamaha FZ-09

NAKED MIDDLEWEIGHTS COMPARED: Suzuki GSX-S750 vs. Yamaha FZ-09

Examining both sides of the naked middleweight coinby Brian CattersonPhotography by Jeff Allen“Naked middleweight” has a nice ring to it, no? Certainly better than “naked heavyweight,” though “naked lightweight” does sound intriguing. And these two unfaired sportbikes are nothing if not intriguing. Because while they fill the same slot in each manufacturer's respective lineup, in some ways they couldn't be more different.Let's start with the one you don't [...]

July 22, 2015 admin Comparison Tests

COMPARISON TEST: Ducati Scrambler Icon vs. Triumph Scrambler

COMPARISON TEST: Ducati Scrambler Icon vs. Triumph Scrambler

Is motorcycling's past morphing into its future? We scramble to find out.by Mark HoyerPhotography by Jeff AllenOne of the motorcycle's best qualities is its ability to trigger your mind to build a pleasing image around the machine. For this pair of Scramblers, one from Ducati and one from Triumph, the image is idyllically rustic, backlit with hazy-warm golden light complete with lens flares. Much like the cozy cross-generational visions you're looking at on these pages now. These are images [...]

May 12, 2015 admin Comparison Tests

COMPARED: Three American V-Twin Touring Baggers

COMPARED: Three American V-Twin Touring Baggers

H-D Electra Glide Ultra Classic vs. Indian Roadmaster vs. Victory Cross Country Tourby Andrew BornhopPhotography by Jeff AllenTwo decades ago, if you were in the market for an American V-twin touring bagger-what your dad or older brother might have called a “full dresser”-you had but one choice: a Harley-Davidson. Now, though, there are three, thanks to a new Indian Roadmaster that has rumbled onto the scene to challenge the Harley Electra Glide Ultra Classic and Victory Cross [...]

May 12, 2015 admin Comparison Tests

COMPARED: Three European Dual-Sport 500cc Motorcycles

COMPARED: Three European Dual-Sport 500cc Motorcycles

Beta 500 RS vs. Husqvarna FE 501 S vs. KTM 500 EXCby Blake ConnerPhotography by Drew RuizHard-core, enduro-quality dual-sports with the moves of a ninja and the punch of a heavyweight boxer are a luxury to us in the Golden State. Actually, they're a luxury no matter where you live, but strict California emissions and licensing regulations mean there are only a handful of bikes on the market that allow year-round exploration anywhere a motorcycle may legally travel. There are just six [...]

April 20, 2015 admin Comparison Tests