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2017 Ducati Supersport Review Video

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2017 Ducati Supersport Review Video : By now you probably know that I really like the 2017 Ducati Supersport and Supersport S. The comfortable sporty-bike that’s equally at home on the racetrack or on a weekend roadtrip, the Supersport combines good looks, sporting chops, and the ergos to stay in the saddle for a while. The best thing about the Supersport is its versatility. Whether it’s playing in the canyons, cutting laps, or simply commuting to and from the office, the Supersport is the kind of bike you might want if you could only have one bike in the garage to do everything. Power for the Supersport comes from the 937cc Twin also used in the Hypermotard. It’s an engine we love around here, as it delivers enough power to have fun without overwhelming newer riders or boring the more experienced. If Goldilocks rode motorcycles, this might be the engine she’d pick for her bike. Suspension is provided by Marzocchi and Sachs for the standard model, or Ohlins for the upspec S version,

Dunlop Roadsmart III Performance-Touring Tire Review

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Dunlop Roadsmart III Performance-Touring Tire Review : Frankly, we at MO would not know that the biggest complaint among sport-touring riders, especially performance-minded ones, is tire life. That’s because we rarely put more than a couple thousand miles on any bike before it goes back to its maker. But we can see how tire life would be a real problem for big powerful beasts like FJR1300s and the sweet new KTM Super Duke GT – upon which I had the excellent fortune to sample Dunlop’s newest rubber upon. The Super Duke GT comes from the factory wearing Pirelli Angel GT tires, but the biggest player in this segment would be the Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT , and that’s the tire Dunlop admits it had in its sights with the new Roadsmart III . (Michelin started it, says Dunlop, by picking on its Roadsmart II a couple years ago. And so it goes. This is a hotly contested battleground in the tire wars.) Dunlop says its exclusive MT Multi-Tread design binds a high-mileage compound to the ce

2017 Indian Roadmaster Classic Review: First Ride

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2017 Indian Roadmaster Classic Review: First Ride : 2017 Indian Roadmaster Classic Editor Score: 80.75% Engine 15.0/20 Suspension/Handling 12.75/15 Transmission/Clutch 7.5/10 Brakes 8.25/10 Instruments/Controls 4.5/5 Ergonomics/Comfort 9.25/10 Appearance/Quality 9.0/10 Desirability 8.5/10 Value 6.0/10 Overall Score 80.75/100 First introduced by Indian in 2015, the Roadmaster built on the Chieftain platform, adding additional touring and luxury features. Now, the company is releasing a Roadmaster variant, the 2017 Indian Roadmaster Classic. If the Roadmaster was a Chieftain with a trunk, the Classic is a Roadmaster for fans of leather. 2015 Indian Roadmaster – First Ride Review 2014 Indian Chieftain Review Full-grain American leather is what the Classic is all about. The Roadmaster’s seat already had it as a defining attribute, but the Classic has new hard bags that are covered with the fade-resistant skin. Adding to the vintage look, the saddlebags also feature fringe on their l

2017 Ducati Supersport Review

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2017 Ducati Supersport Review : 2017 Ducati Supersport Editor Score: 86.5% Engine 19.0/20 Suspension/Handling 13.5/15 Transmission/Clutch 8.0/10 Brakes 8.0/10 Instruments/Controls 4.0/5 Ergonomics/Comfort 9.0/10 Appearance/Quality 9.0/10 Desirability 9.0/10 Value 7.0/10 Overall Score 86.5/100 In 2015 I wrote a column about how Sportbikes Are Terrible . In short, I felt (and still do) that production sportbikes have become so focused on the racetrack that riding them on the street anywhere other than a curvy road is borderline torture. Take either of the Ducati Panigale variants, for example. Rolling works of art, on a track they are some of the most fun you can have on two wheels. But would I want to ride one a few hours to the track, do a trackday, then ride home? Not just no, but hell no . Apparently I’m not the only one who feels this way: introducing the 2017 Ducati Supersport. Offering a motorcycle nearly as pretty as the Panigale, with all-day comfort and a slice of the 1299