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The Nuclear Tourist: Day 4

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The Nuclear Tourist: Day 4 : There’s something about waking up face down in a strange motel room in yesterday’s clothes that gives one pause. Or at least it should. No, I hadn’t been on a bender the night before, but after 11 hours of unconsciousness, I could no longer deny how sick I was. I had to accept that my (overly?) ambitious route for this extended Honda Gold Wing Tour ride was simply not going to happen. Still, I was determined to visit the Titan Missile Museum as part of my newly shortened trip home. Riding the 2018 Honda Gold Wing On The Nuclear Tourist Tour The Nuclear Tourist Tour: Day 1 The Nuclear Tourist Tour: Day 2 The Nuclear Tourist Tour: Day 3 If I’d taken the tour, I’d have seen a control room that looks something like this. Photo by Manuela Durson/Shutterstock.com The only drug store in Wilcox, AZ, has a motorcyclist as its pharmacist, and he set me up with the right over-the-counter meds to prevent me from coughing up a lung while not getting drowsy in t

2018 Honda Gold Wing Tour DCT | First U.S. Ride Review

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2018 Honda Gold Wing Tour DCT | First U.S. Ride Review : The first major update to the Gold Wing since 2001 has shaved off 90 pounds, increased power, enhanced stability and braking and added a state-of-the-art infotainment system. Two hundred miles in Texas told us a lot about the Tour DCT Airbag model above. (Photos by Brian J. Nelson and Kevin Wing) According to the bike’s thermometer it’s a chilly 45 degrees when my wife and I set out from the hotel outside Austin, Texas, on our first ride in the U.S. aboard Honda’s completely revamped Gold Wing Tour. That’s a heckuva lot warmer than it will be the next day in mid-January, though, when all y’all Texans will remember the Blue Norther that descended upon the state, bringing freezing rain and 20-degree temperatures that closed roads and Interstates and ended up limiting our ride to one 200-mile day instead of two. So today we’re making the most of our time, trying every feature the new Wing has to offer as we cruise around the Texas

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster First Ride Review

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2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster First Ride Review : 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster Editor Score: 85.5% Engine 18.5/20 Suspension/Handling 13.5/15 Transmission/Clutch 9.0/10 Brakes 8.5/10 Instruments/Controls 4.0/5 Ergonomics/Comfort 7.75/10 Appearance/Quality 8.5/10 Desirability 8.0/10 Value 7.75/10 Overall Score 85.5/100 The Bonneville family continues to expand with its 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster. The new Speedmaster builds on the Bobber and Bonneville lines to offer a versatile cruiser with a level of refinement and finish that has become synonymous with Triumph’s recent model releases. 2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber First Ride Review 2018 Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black First Ride Review Triumph continues to release additional models with its 1200cc “High-Torque” parallel-Twin engine, and it’s easy to see why. The SOHC, 8-valve engine with the 270-degree firing interval is an excellent beating heart to any of these new motorcycles. Triumph claims 77 hp at 6