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2016 Triumph Bonneville Street Twin - FIRST RIDE REVIEW

2016 Triumph Bonneville Street Twin - FIRST RIDE REVIEW

Show us the engineeringby Peter JonesPhotography courtesy of TriumphThe difference between the new Triumph Bonneville Street Twin and the previous Bonneville is only one thing: everything. It has a new engine, new chassis, new instruments, new fly-by-wire throttle, new traction control, new yadda, new razzmatazz, and new glafuncles. But sure, it's hard to see changes on a bike that is an updated retro design that's equally as retro as the previous retro version. So, the Street Twin's new is a [...]

December 16, 2015 admin First Rides, Reviews, First Rides My

2016 KTM 690 Duke - FIRST RIDE REVIEW

2016 KTM 690 Duke - FIRST RIDE REVIEW

KTM builds a better thumperBy Thomas MontanoPhotography courtesy of KTMIt's amazing how far single-cylinder engine design has come. The introduction of the modern four-stroke motocross racer in the 1990s was the main driving force behind development, while the advent of the Moto3 class in Grand Prix roadracing in 2012 ushered in even more advancements. KTM was one of the first to take on the challenge of creating a modern four-stroke single streetbike, the Austrian dirtbike manufacturer [...]

December 16, 2015 admin First Rides, Reviews, First Rides My

Ducati Panigale R - FIRST RIDE

Ducati Panigale R - FIRST RIDE

The most extreme V-twin superbike gets even more singularly focused.by Blake ConnerPhotography by MilagroNever before have Superbikes been closer to the streetbikes they are based on than right now. As worldwide racing rules, such as those in the FIM Superbike World Championship, attempt to keep big-budget manufacturers in check, the very bikes that these Superbikes are based on have been taken to a completely new level of sophistication. Ducati's brand-new 2015 Panigale R is the perfect [...]

July 15, 2015 admin First Rides, Reviews

FIRST RIDE: 2016 Victory Magnum X-1

FIRST RIDE: 2016 Victory Magnum X-1

Big bagger sound from Victory’s rolling jukeboxby Peter Jones“Loud what saves lives? What? I can't hear you. I've got 10 speakers blasting 200 watts of sound at me from each end the Victory Magnum X-1 sound machine. I'm the meat center in a music sandwich. Huh?”We tested the Magnum X-1 during Daytona Bike Week, which isn't a quiet place to begin with. We made it less quiet.“What? Yes, it is Spirit in the Sky, but as performed by The Upsidedown.”The Magnum X-1 is a [...]

May 12, 2015 admin First Rides

FIRST RIDE: 2016 Aprilia RSV4 RF

FIRST RIDE: 2016 Aprilia RSV4 RF

The little brand with a huge resume builds its next contender.by Thomas MontanoSince Aprilia introduced its RSV4 in 2009, the little company from Noele, Italy, has won four manufacturer and three rider titles in World Superbike competition. The RSV4 has been a great platform, and the 2016 version represents another crucial step in the ongoing development of the RSV4 model.For 2016, the RSV4 comes in two designations-the RR and the limited-edition RF, of which only 500 will be made. The new [...]

May 12, 2015 admin First Rides

FIRST RIDE - 2015 Benelli BN302

FIRST RIDE - 2015 Benelli BN302

New Chinese-built twin is heavy but remarkably refined.by Bruno dePratoPhotography by Bruno dePrato, BenelliDuring the economic crisis that crippled the motorcycle market, we speculated about new types of bikes that would capture the interest of the younger generations. In 2011, we cheered for the Honda NC700, a pleasant and very practical bike that opened the door to new riders. And in 2015, we have another good reason to cheer: the Benelli BN302.At 3,890 euros, the BN302 is priced affordably, [...]

April 20, 2015 admin First Rides