Black-and-orange 2020 KTM 790 Adventure R power-sliding through the desert
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The Best New ADV Bikes Under $15,000

It’s definitely possible to have a great off-road bike adventure without going broke. But, as with cars, paying a bit more for a motorcycle, especially an ADV, sometimes does mean getting a few extra appreciable features. That doesn’t mean that you have to go for a company’s range-topping flagship motorcycle, though. In fact, $15,000 can …

Low-angle shot of a black 2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Nightster silhouetted against a cloudy sky
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Which Used Harleys Are the Most Reliable?

While it faces an image problem, Harley-Davidson does still make some impressive motorcycles. Especially when it comes to tourers and cruisers. Although some of its newer bikes can be fairly pricey, Harley’s reputation for design conservatism means used models offer similar looks at a discount. Unfortunately, many past Harley-Davidsons suffered reliability and quality-control issues, which …

Tan 1978 Puch Maxi Newport moped in the grass
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Why Have Vintage Mopeds Gotten So Popular?

As with classic SUVs, vintage motorcycles have risen in popularity in recent years. As have scooters, which is why manufacturers offer modern versions of icons like the Vespa and Honda Super Cub. But there’s another 2-wheeled form of transportation that’s also enjoying a cultural resurgence: the moped. What is a moped? Like motorcycles, mopeds have …

Motorcycle race showing a motorcycle handling a tight turn.
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Why Are Ducati Motorcycles so Expensive?

In an article about Ducati motorcycles on The Things, the difference between other bike prices and Ducati prices is posed as being the same as the difference between “I like it” and “I love it.” If you are willing to pay more for an Italian machine, you’ll end up with something fast built for long …

Patent diagram showing a potential Kawasaki hybrid motorcycle
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Kawasaki’s Supercharged Hybrid…2-Stroke Motorcycle?

Increasingly-tougher emissions regulations make for interesting, and high-performance, motorcycle tech. For example, Yamaha’s getting back into turbochargers, for one. And Kawasaki is working on putting a manual transmission in an electric motorcycle. However, that’s not the only new bike the Japanese company seems to be developing. There are already rumors about the brand’s 200-hp supercharged …

Brushed-aluminum 2021 Tarform Luna electric motorcycle on a beach
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The Tarform Luna Electric Motorcycle Goes All in on Sustainability

Battery-powered bikes, like other EVs, have benefits besides high performance. However, although electric motorcycles do generate fewer emissions, not all of their building materials are necessarily as kind to the planet. And for many potential owners, there’s always the question of, not just battery range, but battery longevity. Brooklyn-based Tarform’s Luna, though, is trying to …

Black-and-silver Buell Lightning with green helmet on a city street
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Buell: The Sportier Side of Harley-Davidson

Even outside of Henderson, American motorcycle companies have included more than just Harley-Davidson. And we’re not talking about Indian, either. In addition, even before Harley tried branching out into new segments, there was one American bikemaker that offered not just sports bikes, but innovative entry-level ones, too. That company was Buell. And although it’s still …

a red, white, and blue CBR1000RR-R sport bike racing down the street
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The New Honda Fireblade Is Actually Coming to America

The all-new Honda CBR1000RR…-R Fireblade SP is coming to American motorcycle showrooms as a hulked up 2021 model of the familiar Honda CBR1000RR sport bike. There were apparently not enough Rs for this speedster––so Honda added more. Honda Powersports advertises this designated factory racer as “everything but the factory contract.” Named the Fireblade––presumably alluding to …

Aston Martin AMB 001 with blue body panels and tan seat
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Aston Martin and Brough Superior Are Making a $121,000 Superbike

Despite its somewhat rocky financial position, Aston Martin’s not quite dead yet. And it’s actually branching out into the 2-wheeled segment—specifically, with motorcycles. But the upcoming Aston Martin AMB 001 isn’t a solo effort, though. To develop it, Aston Martin called upon another iconic British company: Brough Superior. This isn’t Brough Superior’s newest bike RELATED: …

Black 1975 BMW R75/5 motorcycle on its center stand
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Why Are Classic BMW Motorcycles So Popular?

Today, some of the most popular bikes in a motorcycle company’s lineup are the retro-style ones. That’s something BMW knows very well. And not just because of the reception its own RnineT café racer and upcoming R18 cruiser enjoy. Classic BMW motorcycles have also become a trend in their own right. Classic BMW motorcycle history …

Red 1976 Kawasaki KZ900 LTD in a parking lot
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The Kawasaki KZ900 LTD Was the First Power Cruiser

Even before the supercharged 200-hp Ninja H2, Kawasaki offered some pretty powerful motorcycles. And that includes cruisers. Today, the idea of a ‘power’ or ‘muscle cruiser’ isn’t that unusual. Harley-Davidson, Ducati, and (arguably) Triumph offer bikes that fall into those categories. But the 1976 Kawasaki KZ900 LTD was the first. How the Kawasaki Z1 led …

Black 2002 Ducati Monster S4, viewed from the side, in a concrete parking garage
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Is There Such a Thing as a Reliable Used Ducati?

Italian bikes, especially classic ones, haven’t really had a reputation for reliability. And Ducati is no exception. The motorcycle company has been dinged in the past by Consumer Reports for its rather high rate of customer problems. Which, if you’re interested in buying a used one, isn’t reassuring. However, just as it’s possible to find …

White 1983 Yamaha XJ650 Seca Turbo in front of a fence
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Yamaha Is Getting Back Into Turbocharged Bikes

High-RPM redlines and more cylinders are usually how motorcycle companies increase performance. But Yamaha is going to use something that, while common in cars, isn’t really seen in bikes: forced-induction. Not a supercharger, like on the Kawasaki Ninja H2, though. Instead, Yamaha is re-introducing turbocharging to its motorcycle lineup. The Yamaha turbocharged bike news Performance …

2020 KTM 390 Adventure motorcycle sliding through the desert
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The Best New Off-Road Motorcycles Under $10,000

Off-roading on 2 wheels can be tricky—but it doesn’t have to be expensive. There’s a wide selection of modern affordable motorcycles with a degree of off-road prowess. But the best-suited are adventure motorcycles and dual sports. And, if you thought off-road adventures were outside your budget, the bikes described below sticker for under $10,000. Best …

2020 BMW F 850 GS Adventure with white, red, and blue livery parked in hangar
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What Do You Need to Go Off-Road on a Motorcycle?

Preparation is key for off-roading a truck or SUV. And it’s even more important if you’re going off-road on a motorcycle. However, getting ready for an off-pavement motorcycle adventure doesn’t have to be intimidating. Here’s what you’ll need. Picking an off-road motorcycle The first step is figuring out what kind of off-road motorcycle you’ll need. …

Red 2012 Triumph Street Triple R from the rider's right side
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5 Things I Enjoy About My Triumph Street Triple R

Despite a few minor annoyances, I’m enjoying riding my Triumph Street Triple R. It doesn’t have the classic styling of the Bonneville or Thruxton. Nor is it off-road-capable like the Scrambler. However, the naked motorcycle does have its own positive points. Shifting and throttling the 2012 Triumph Street Triple R One key take-away from taking …

Black-with-yellow-pinstriping 1973 Honda CB350 Four motorcyle parked on lawn in front of artwork
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The Honda CB350 Four: The Forgotten Mini Superbike

The 60s and 70s saw some incredible feats of motorcycle engineering, and Honda’s bikes were no exception. Although this was the era of the café racer, the Super Cub dominated the entry-level segment. And Honda’s Grand Prix-winning RC166 showed just how far the Japanese company could push small engines’ performance. But despite these achievements, the …

Gunmetal gray Beeline Moto mounted on Triumph Bonneville T120's handlebars
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Beeline Gives Any Bike Cheap GPS Navigation

While built-in navigation is quickly becoming common in cars, very few motorcycles offer it. Those that do are typically expensive long-distance touring bikes, which are designed to tackle extended rides. But even if you only stick to known roads, having a helpful guide home isn’t a bad idea. Plus, Rebelle Rally and similar situations aside, …

Yellow-trimmed 2020 Moto Guzzi V85TT Adventure being ridden through a mountain forest stream
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The Moto Guzzi V85TT Is a Unique Adventure Bike

Ducati may hog the limelight, but Italy is home to quite a few storied motorcycle brands. Ducati itself wouldn’t be where it is without Cagiva’s help, for instance. Energica has cornered Italy’s electric bike scene. Then there’s Moto Guzzi, perhaps the oldest European motorcycle company still in business. The V7 III neo-classic bike may be …

2020 Cake Kalk& electric motorcycle
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Cake’s Electric Motorcycles Are Perfect for Minimalist Fun

Little noise and ease of maintenance are just some of the benefits electric motorcycles provide. Kawasaki’s manual-equipped prototype aside, these bikes make riding very approachable even for newbies. And they’re genuinely quick—faster than some electric cars. However, there are only a few truly affordable electric motorcycles. The LiveWire, for instance, maybe an excellent bike, but …

Red 1997 Ducati 916S with golden wheels
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Why the Ducati 916 Is Still a Motorcycle Icon

Ducati has often been called the Ferrari of motorcycles, and not just because both companies are Italian. Ducati’s bikes are genuinely shaped by motorsports technology. Even its touring bikes have a performance focus. And the Scrambler Desert Sled is about more than just looks. The bikemaker has also previewed trends. For example, the Sport 1000 …

Motorcyclist hits jersey wall and then flies over railing.
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Motorcycle Rider Hits Barrier, Flies Over Railing

Imagine you are minding your own business during your commute from work. Imagine someone switches lanes in front of you kind of quickly. Not hard to imagine, right? It happens every day for some of us. Now imagine that the person that switched lanes in front of you is a motorcyclist that, for whatever reason, got distracted in performing …

2020 Indian Chief Dark Horse
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Is Indian Doing Better Than Harley-Davidson?

Just like Ford and Chevrolet compete in the car world, Indian and Harley-Davidson compete in the motorcycle world. But recently, Harley-Davidson has been going through something of an extended rough patch. Its CEO left amid what seems like boardroom drama, for one. And while Harley has some interesting bikes in development, its high-performance electric LiveWire …

Kawasaki Ninja H2R
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Busa Flies, Ninja Dies

After an absolute rollercoaster ride of whether or not Suzuki would discontinue the Hayabusa or unveil a new touring speed machine, we’ve been over here sort of scratching our heads. The Kawasaki Ninja hung on and produced a new 2020 ZX-14r even after rumors of Hayabusa’s retirement which began in 2018. Though the Busa has …

2017 Rokon Ranger
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Jay Leno Rocks On with a Rokon Ranger

If you want to hustle off-road on a motorcycle, there’s no shortage of bikes to choose from. There’s scramblers, dual sports, and dirt bikes, to start. Ural’s motorcycles come with sidecars. And it’s even possible to take an Indian Scout Sixty into the mountains. Or, if you prefer, you can take Jeep’s electric bicycle, or …

2020 Triumph Thruxton RS
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The Fastest New Modern Café Racer Motorcycles

There’s a whole host of neo-classic motorcycles available today. Customers can choose from scramblers, bobbers, cruisers, a modern Honda Cub, and hand-built carbureted models based on 50s British bikes. Arguably, though, what kick-started this trend was the rise in café racers, previewed by the Ducati Sport 1000. Even Harley-Davidson is working on such a bike. …