Magazine Issue
November 2017
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The Ten Rest
Not every bike has a Ten Best category, but, as ever, there are bikes that just need to be recognized for other outstanding reasons. So here’s the Ten Rest of 2017. The 20th anniversary of big ’Busa is coming. The 1998 press event for this ’99 model
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Intake
I’ve been an avid follower of the Isle of Man TT races for several years, have read innumerable articles and recaps about each season, and watched every TT video I’ve come across. But I’ve never read an article that puts it all into perspective as we
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2018 BMW K1600B
BMW has officially entered the bagger market with its new K1600B. BMW said it prefers the B to be considered on its own merits as a new model, rather than as a reworked K1600GT/GTL. In my estimation this B is exactly like those models from the seat f
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2018 Suzuki GSX-S750
Suzuki introduced its GSX-S750 to the US market in 2015 and although new to our shores the middleweight sport naked had seen no significant change since its 2011 European debut. And while the GSX-S possesses a degree of GSX-R DNA, it is not by any me
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Peak Performance
Recover more quickly from a physically demanding ride or any breathtaking activity. Boost Oxygen (22 ounces $14.99, 4 ounces $9.99) is 95-percent pure oxygen in a lightweight portable canister. All natural and safe. A few deep inhalations is said to
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School Smooth
Be smooth. That advice soaks into our heads the moment we think about riding a motorcycle. We sense the inherent stability issues that are magnified by the addition of an engine to the bicycle we are familiar with. Be smooth; got it. At Yamaha Champi
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Not by the Hair on My Chinny, Chin, Chin
Is there a sadder view than a motorcycle without a warm, dry place to spend the night? It’s so sad to see a bike that’s wet, and getting wetter, or a bike that’s a snow-covered, water-stained, rusting orphan alone in the street. Such thoughts bring d
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Daddy, What’s a Carburetor?
Thinking about Suter Racing’s MMX500 offering—its $130,000 replica 500 GP two-stroke V-4—I realize why they gave this bike four-stroke-style throttle body fuel injection. They did it because selling the bike with carburetors would have left its buyer
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The North Rim
The road ran us out of Sedona, the sky kettle black and upturned. Rain poured onto that red desert, flooding usually dry washes with a thick slurry of sand and water. We saw it coming, a wall of weather punctuated by jabs of lightning. The temperatur
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Why Wires?
Forget about that red-state/blue-state thing, or which bathroom to use, or burgers or burritos, boxers or briefs. We’re talking about the state of the motorcycling union. Wheels, specifically. Wire or cast? Incendiary rhetoric aside, here’s the real
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10 Best Bikes
In a world of super superbikes, the BMW HP4 Race takes it a step beyond. It is in many ways more exotic than those machines raced at the pinnacle of the sport in World Superbike. The 377-pound HP4 Race weighs, for example, only 7 pounds more than the
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Honorable Mentions
If only! True, you can buy this one for about $50K, and it is a killer middleweight, but it’s not a Best Middleweight Streetbike. Best Standard? Superbike? Pretty super, but not quite appropriate. Still, this is one of the best-performing, compact, l
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Answering the R Question
2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000R vs. 2017 Yamaha YZF-R1 When conducting our 2017 superbike comparison (“The Waiting Game,” August) a great deal of consideration went into the selection of bikes to be included. Foremost, only the most recently updated superbike
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Honoring Burt Munro, Celebrating Speed
On the Bonneville Salt Flats you stand on a mirror of pure white that will burn your skin from below while the arc-welder sun burns from above. Dark, jagged mountains surround it. But it’s flat. And big. A place to run for top speed. In August of 196
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Service
Q:I am wondering if you could help me out with a mind-boggling thingy regarding my exhaust pipes. I have a Moto Guzzi V7 special and I just changed to a set of matte black Mistral mufflers. I was wondering if you suggest that I wrap the pipes since t
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KTM 990 SM T
YEARS SOLD: 2010–2013 MSRP NEW: $13,998 (’10) to $13,999 (’13) BLUE BOOK RETAIL VALUE: $7985 (’10) to $10,260 (’13) BASIC SPECS: Based on KTM’s 990 SM platform, the SM T (T designation for “traveler”) expands on the liter-class supermoto concept with