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2012 650 Adventure-Tourer Shootout

BMW G650GS vs. Kawasaki Versys vs. Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS By Pete Brissette, Apr. 19, 2012, Photography by Alfonse Palaima, Video by Alfonse Palaima & Mike Maez If you’re on the hunt for an all-in-one, Swiss Army Knife-type of motorcycle but don’t need the physical size or all the engine (or pricing!) of something like …

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2012 Japanese Superbike Shootout

New upgrades shuffle the rankings and bring up the question: To TC or not TC? By Troy Siahaan, Apr. 05, 2012, Photography by Alfonse Palaima/Caliphotography, Video by Chris Killen It has been a couple years since we last did a Japanese literbike shootout, because, frankly, the field has been q uite stagnant for a while …

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2012 Literbike Streetfighter Shootout

By Tom Roderick, Mar. 21, 2012, Photography by Alfonse Palaima, Video by Aldo Lihiang Last year’s edition of our annual literbike streetfigher shootout pitted three competent, albeit plebeian, naked bikes to battle for supremacy — Honda CB1000R, Kawasaki Z1000 and Triumph Speed Triple. This year we’ve assembled the aristocrats of the class — Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC, MV Agusta Brutale R 1090 and Triumph …

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2012 Cleveland CycleWerks Tha Misfit Review

Two-hundred-twenty-nine cubic centimeters of café-racer cool By Tom Roderick, Mar. 12, 2012, Photography by Alfonse “Fonzie” Palaima, Video by Fonzie & Adam Wood With an MSRP of just thirty-two hundred bucks, Tha Misfit from Cleveland CycleWerks is the motorcycle option to similarly-priced 125cc scooters. Tha Misfit’s 229cc engine capacity out-displaces those scoots by more than …

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2011 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

The guys over at Motorcycle.com ran their review of the Guzzi today. You might remember a few weeks ago my mention of the bike when I posted a few photos from the shoot with Pebbles in Costa Mesa. The café racer scene welcomed the new metal as one of their own, once a retro, always …

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Motorcycle.com Bagger Shootout

It’s a bagger blowout: Victory’s Cross Country, Harley’s Street Glide and Star’s Stratoliner Deluxe! Motorcycle.com tests the most popular in light-touring slash boulevard cruisers and I was there to shoot it. High in the secret testing canyons of Southern California, Kevin Duke, Pete Brissette and Jeff “the new guy” Cobb flog these baggers for your …

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2010 Honda NT700V Review

Previously Published on Motorcycle.com We Americans want everything. And when we spot a sexy new model (motorcycle) on the showroom floor (okay, the women too), in Europe that we can’t have, we start whining. But Americans just don’t buy naked-type bikes like the Euros do and the cycle continues. Once in a while, the manufacturers …

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2009 Vespa GTS 300 Super

Previously Published on Motorcycle.com Having now ridden the Piaggio MP3, a couple Aprilias – including the auto-shifting Mana – and a few of Honda’s scooters, it’s high time I’d swung a leg over an icon in the CVT/automatic world of two-wheeled transportation: a Vespa. As icons go, in any market, they’re often not technically superior …

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2009 Kawasaki KLX250SF Review

Back in September of 2008, Kawasaki added a brand new model to their on/off-road sector, answering the call for an economical yet exciting bike for the shallow-pocketed hooligans out there. Building upon the successful and able KLX250S that won our Lightweight Dual-Purpose Shootout, Kawasaki has spiced it up and slapped the letter “F” to the title. Say hello to the KLX250SF.

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2008 Lightweight Dual-Purpose Shootout

Previously Published on Motorcycle.com Here’s a trio of street-legal dirt funsters that are as versatile as they are inexpensive. With expensive fuel and economic blues getting us down, we ran these easy-to-ride, off-road-capable 250s through a gauntlet of tough testing. We found a lot of value for MSRPs less than $5000. While none of these bikes will …

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2009 Can-Am Spyder SE5 Review

Smack dab in the middle of two alphabet-class weather events lay a narrow window of opportunity to ride the latest and greatest creations from the Canadian minds at Bombardier Recreational Products. Who closed the door on bluebird Texan skies? Ike did, or maybe you can blame Gustav for whittling our full day’s excursion to a short-order dish. We weren’t even off the hotel property before every stitch of my clothing was drenched in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Despite the rain, it wasn’t a wasted trip. It only took a mile in the rain to experience the technological wonder that BRP has created.

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