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2017 Ducati Monster 797 Review: First Ride

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2017 Ducati Monster 797 Review: First Ride : 2017 Ducati Monster 797 Editor Score: 89.0% Engine 18.0/20 Suspension/Handling 13.0/15 Transmission/Clutch 8.75/10 Brakes 9.0/10 Instruments/Controls 4.5/5 Ergonomics/Comfort 9.0/10 Appearance/Quality 9.25/10 Desirability 9.0/10 Value 8.5/10 Overall Score 89/100 Hemlines and exhausts go up and down, radiators come and go, but the Monster hasn’t really ever gone out of fashion since it hit the runway, dang, has it really been 23 years ago? 1994 brought us Miguel Galluzzi ’s original naked bike, and there’s been a veritable plethora of Monsters over the years ever since. Also Monsterinos , as Ducati likes to call the smaller-displacement ones. 2017 Ducati Monster 797 Preview The new 797 really does pay its respects to the original, right down to the very nice aluminum clasp that holds down the front of its 4.4-gallon steel fuel tank. The steel trellis frame is an important design element; the red frame and alloy cooling fins are now a

Church Of MO King Of The Road Burners

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Church Of MO King Of The Road Burners : Recently, our own John Burns traveled to Daytona to hitch a ride aboard the alphabet soup that is the 2017 Harley-Davidson Road King Special FLHRXS . In his story, JB noted the Road King made it’s debut in 1994 – the same year the very site you’re reading right now was born. With that in mind, this week’s Church feature goes back in the vault to 1996 and the earliest story we could find about the Harley Road King in the MO archives. In reading Tom Fortune’s review of the Road King, the bike sounds antiquated even when it was brand new. Though some might scoff that today’s Harley’s haven’t changed, if Tom Fortune could ride the 2017 Road King, he’d be blown away by its fit and finish. It’s definitely interesting to see where we’ve come in the last two decades. Read on to take yourself back in time.  King Of The Road Burners By Tom Fortune Mar. 15, 1996 Harley-Davidson started Motorcycle Touring, many years ago. For many, hitting the road on

2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod First Ride Review

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2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod First Ride Review : Action Photos by: Brian J. Nelson 2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod Editor Score: 74.0% Engine 16.0/20 Suspension/Handling 12.0/15 Transmission/Clutch 7.5/10 Brakes 8.0/10 Instruments/Controls 3.5/5 Ergonomics/Comfort 4.0/10 Appearance/Quality 8.0/10 Desirability 8.0/10 Value 7.0/10 Overall Score 74/100 As a lifelong rooter for the underdog, I really wanted to like this one. Almost three years ago, I was a big fan of the original Street 750 , which wasn’t so easy because it did have a couple of glaring shortcomings. But it was such a friendly little approachable motorcycle I liked it anyway – then H-D gave it a better front brake and cured its main malfunction. But the critics still panned its lack of cornering clearance, its mundane parts manifest and its frankly sloppy fit and finish. All legit complaints, but I always liked the little Harley’s potential . The cut of its jib. So when Harley let fly the press release and photos o

Whatever! – A World Without Lane Splitting

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Whatever! – A World Without Lane Splitting : A week or two ago I had the pleasure of “testing” some new Dunlop tires up north of the L.A. sprawl – all up through recently rained-upon green backroads and citrus farms reeking of orange blossoms, around Fillmore and Santa Paula, looping around Lake Cachuma (filling back up with water!) and Ojai, back down along the ocean and through the Malibu canyons – all on a brand new KTM Super Duke GT , all under blue skies with temperatures hovering in crispy low 60s. Nearly as good a day on a motorcycle as you can have, really. When you’re working, anyway. And when it was over at about 5 pm, it was time to continue southward on the KTM, back to my digs in Santa Ana, a distance of 69.2 miles says Google. That may sound like an easy hour’s cruise, but if you’ve ever driven in L.A. or any big metropolitan area, you know better. Just a couple of weeks ago, L.A. won the title once again, Worst Traffic in America . My route would take me directly thro