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  • 2010 Can-Am Spyder RT: Three-Wheeled Technological Showcase Published 12/2/2009 at 10:01 a.m. 0 comments

    I rode the Can-Am Spyder when it was first introduced almost two years ago, and one of the thoughts that crossed my mind was that this would be a good platform for a touring machine. Evidently I wasn’t the only ...

  • 2009 Triumph Rocket III Tourer: Power Monger Published 10/22/2009 at 10:45 a.m. 1 comment

    Rolling west on the Rocket III around the Highway 95 exit on I-40, I pulled alongside a Honda Fit automobile. On Triumph’s behemoth triple, I felt I could simply bump that little car out of the way, like in the ...

  • 2010 Ducati Streetfighter S: An Effortless Fast Italian Brawler Updated 10/9/2009 at 9:39 a.m. 1 comment

    Streetfighter. We’re not talking Fight Club here, but Ducati’s hottest naked offering. If the first streetfighters were bloody-knuckled Geico cavemen, this Duc is Roy Jones Jr. in a silk Armani wife-beater tee.

  • South Korea Builds a Sport Cruiser Published 7/17/2009 at 1:12 p.m. 1 comment

    I never turn down an opportunity to ride a new bike, so when Ross Walls, owner of Rising Sun Cycles in Harriman, asked if I would like try out the new Hyosung cruiser, of course I said yes. Rising Sun ...

  • Harley's Fat Bob: Minimalist Monster Published 6/29/2009 at 9:19 a.m. 0 comments

    Full disclosure: the 2009 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob is the first Harley I’ve ridden. And a woman (Angie Cole, who rides a Fat Bob and saw me struggling through the window at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson in Maryville) had to show me ...

  • American-Made Café Racer Published 5/27/2009 at 11:36 a.m. 0 comments

    It’s getting harder and harder for a new motorcycle to make a splash. To get noticed, a new bike has got to have new technology, or new looks, or something going for it that gives it some personality. Here’s an ...

  • 2009 Genuine Scooter Co. Stella Published 4/24/2009 at 4:47 p.m. 0 comments

    Scooters are strange machines. Some have soul and mystique, attracting attention for miles, while others look small, awkward, and get frequent laughs. Genuine’s Stella is definitely the former. In fact, it’s the last of a dying breed. At 150 cc, ...

  • 2008 Aprilia 750 Shiver: Molto Buono Published 3/23/2009 at 3:52 p.m. 0 comments

    If the Italian matinee idol Marcello Mastroianni was in his prime these days, and inclined toward two-wheeling, no doubt he’d have multiple motocicli. For photo shoots and red carpet events, he’d probably have something like a Ducati 900 SS from ...

  • Harley Sportster is Badass Reborn Published 3/12/2009 at 3:42 p.m. 0 comments

    The grass is always greener. People long for what they can’t have. American riders know this all too well, and pine for Japanese- and European-market bikes that magazines parade before us on their pages, before crushing our desires with the ...

  • KTM Super Duke 990: Flip, Flop, and Fly Published 2/19/2009 at 2:53 p.m. 0 comments

    When I was stationed in Hawaii 25 years ago, I had a car to bop around in. But motorcycles were my primary mode of weekend transportation. A bunch of my friends were divers or surfers who owned only motorcycles. So ...

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