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2017 Kawasaki Z900 Long-Term Review

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2017 Kawasaki Z900 Long-Term Review : 2017 Kawasaki Z900 Editor Score: 85.50% Engine 18.0/20 Suspension/Handling 12.0/15 Transmission/Clutch 9.0/10 Brakes 8.0/10 Instruments/Controls 3.00/5 Ergonomics/Comfort 8.5/10 Appearance/Quality 9.0/10 Desirability 9.0/10 Value 9.0/10 Overall Score 85.5/100 Every once in awhile we get opened-end motorcycle loan agreements from manufacturers. What does that mean for you? It means we have a chance to really put a motorcycle through the ringer. We have the time to schedule overnight, long rides. We have the time to schedule track days. We have the time to really live with a motorcycle and give our best interpretation of what it would be like for a potential owner to, well, actually own the thing. 2017 Kawasaki Z900 Review: First Ride Such is the case with Kawasaki ’s new Z900 . Tom Roderick attended the media introduction of the new Z900 back in March of 2017 and had a lot of great things to say about Kawi’s new Z. I’ll admit it, I was underwhe

Riding With A Passenger

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Riding With A Passenger : Riding two-up on the new Yamaha Star Venture. Photo by Brian J. Nelson. Touring on a motorcycle is more fun if there’s someone else along to share the experience. But whether it’s an afternoon ride or a week-long road trip, there’s more to carrying a passenger than just dusting off the back seat and flipping down the rear footpegs. A rider and passenger should work as a team, because even though only one of them is at the controls, whatever happens, good or bad, affects them both. The bike you ride factors into whether your passenger is going to enjoy the ride, or endure it. Luxury tourer? No sweat, go for it. Mile-high adventure bike? Maybe, but your passenger should be adventurous, too. Cruiser? Depends on the size. What feels fine for an afternoon can easily turn into torture over the course of a few long days on the road, so make sure the bike you ride is really right for two-up riding. Riders usually get on first and steady the bike upright with the fr

2018 Ducati Monster 821 Review – First Ride

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2018 Ducati Monster 821 Review – First Ride : 2018 Ducati Monster 821 Editor Score: 84.5% Engine 17.5/20 Suspension/Handling 14/15 Transmission/Clutch 7.5/10 Brakes 9.25/10 Instruments/Controls 4.5/5 Ergonomics/Comfort 7.5/10 Appearance/Quality 8.75/10 Desirability 8.0/10 Value 7.5/10 Overall Score 84.5/100 In the fall of 1992 Ducati introduced its first ever Monster, the M900. It was a bike aimed outside of the company’s typical sportbike targets, a simple roadster that blended the frame from an 851 superbike with the air-cooled 904cc motor from the Super Sport series. Designer Miguel Galluzzi draped that first Monster in a bare minimum of bodywork to create an elemental “naked” roadster. It was a smashing success that some people even claim financially saved a struggling Ducati. Now, after 25 years and more than 320,000 Monsters produced, a financially secure and seriously competitive Ducati has assembled the world’s moto press in Rimini, Italy, to test the new 2018 Monster 821.