Issue: 20070801

Wednesday, August 1, 2007
August
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46
Monday, October 20, 2014

Articles
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0001.xml
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Ford
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Ford
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0002.xml
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Polaris Industries, Inc.: VICTORY
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Polaris Industries, Inc.
VICTORY
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0003.xml
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PROGRESSIVE
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PROGRESSIVE
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0004.xml
tableOfContents
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0005.xml
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ICON
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ICON
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0006.xml
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REPSOL Lubricants
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REPSOL Lubricants
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0007.xml
masthead
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0008.xml
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Speed Channel, Inc.: SPEED
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Speed Channel, Inc.
SPEED
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0009.xml
article
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UP FRONT
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Ten Rest, 2007
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David Edwards
WITH SOMETHING LIKE 500 MODELS TO winnow down, forgive us if in our rush to choose the year’s Ten Best Bikes, a few got lost between the cracks in the categories. What follows is an attempt to address that editorial oversight, sometimes with tongue firmly planted in cheek.
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0010.xml
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American Suzuki Motor Corporation: Suzuki Grand Vitara
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American Suzuki Motor Corporation
Suzuki Grand Vitara
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0011.xml
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Kawasaki
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Kawasaki
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0012.xml
article
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LEANINGS
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Too much bike, not enough road
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Peter Egan
WHILE MOVING MY VINTAGE BRIDGESTONE Sport 50 around the garage yesterday so I could sweep the floor, I unconsciously found myself picking up the entire bike by the handlebars and the back of the seat and scooting it closer to the wall. Interesting sensation, picking up an entire motorcycle, and one I haven’t enjoyed for a while.
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0013.xml
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DENNIS KIRK
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DENNIS KIRK
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0014.xml
article
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TDC
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Tales of the Testastretta
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Kevin Cameron
WHEN I WAS AT DAYTONA THIS PAST March, I had conversation with Eraldo Ferracci, back on the AMA roadrace circuit with MV Agusta Superbikes. He mentioned that at one time Ducati had at 12,000-12,200 rpm encountered steeply rising friction in its 996 cylinder head.
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0015.xml
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Allstate
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Allstate
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0016.xml
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COBRA
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COBRA
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0017.xml
article
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HOTSHOTS
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HOTSHOTS
Blue crew
Grand National Serious
Got royalties?
Who’s who?
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The June cover of Cycle World did it for me, seeing “Cook Neilson” and “Ducati” in adjacent print. Back some 30 years it was a similar recipe, with the additional ingredients of Phil Shilling and coverage of their roadracing exploits in Cycle.
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0018.xml
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Advertisements
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F4 312 R
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AGUSTA
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0019.xml
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Advertisement
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0020.xml
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Advertisement
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0021.xml
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SUZUKI
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SUZUKI
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0022.xml
review
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DEPARTMENTS
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NEW IDEAS
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Mothers Polish
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Mothers Polish
Mothers products
$10
Keeping your bike looking better than new just got easier with Mothers’ newest line of cleaners, polishes and waxes. FX SynWax ($10) spreads quickly, is easily removed and leaves behind tough polymer protectors. To achieve a brilliant, between-waxes shine, reach for FX Spray Wax ($8). For the detail-oriented among us, the PowerBall Mini ($33) foam polishing tool allows products such as PowerMetal ($10) and PowerPlastic ($9) to better work their magic. Mothers Polish, 5456 Industrial Dr., Huntington Beach, CA 92649; 714/891-3364; www.mothers.com/moto
Mothers Polish
Scorpion EXO-1000
$300
HelmetPump? SpeedView? Those are just two of the innovative features found on the new EXO-l000 ($300). The former refers to the fit-enhancing air-adjustable cheek pads, while the latter refers to the retractable sun visor. The Snell-approved, fiberglass/Kevlar design also features Scorpion's no-fog faceshield, wind-tunnel-tested aerodynamics and breathable, removable and washable liner. Sizes run from XS-2XL in various colors. Scorpion Sports, Inc., 25921 Atlantic Ocean Blvd., Lake Forest, CA 92630; 888/672-6774; www.scorpionusa.com
Mothers Polish
Jayco Seneca ZX motorhome
$144,214
A garage on wheels is the idea behind the five-star accommodations provided by the Seneca ZX. Powered by a 300-horsepower Chevrolet Duramax 6.6-liter diesel engine, this Class C motorhome sleeps up to six adults and stores just about anything you can fit on the 90 x 96-inch, 1600-pound-max, power-lift tailgate. Prices start at $144,214. Jayco, Inc., 903 S. Main St., Middlebury, IN 46540; 574/825-5861; www.jayco.com
Mothers Polish
Saddlemen Magnetic Tank Bag
$140
Expand your cruiser’s on-bike storage options with a Saddlemen Magnetic Tank Bag ($140). Measuring 11 x 9.5 x 6 inches, the bag is formed from 600-denier SaddleTuff and rigid foam to hold its shape. The top of the bag has a two-sided, waterproof map pocket, plus a space inside for your gear, MP3 player, toll change, etc. A waterproof zipper and polyurethane-coated inner panels eliminate the need for a separate rain cover. Eight base-mounted magnets secure the bag to steel gas tanks; a center channel accommodates tank-top gauges. Saddlemen, 17801 S. Susana Rd., Rancho Dominguez, CA 90221; 310/638-1222; www.saddlemen.com
Mothers Polish
Pro-One Phantom Passenger Pad
$138
Here’s the dilemma: Your ultra-cool custom cruiser is solo-only, but your better half is begging for a ride. Pro-One’s Phantom Passenger Pad offers a partial solution. Dual-cavity suction cups hold the leather-topped, neoprenebacked pad in place. Choose from smooth ($138), stitched ($158) or two-tone stitched designs ($236). Of course, this doesn ’t solve the footpeg half of the problem... Pro-One Performance Mfg, Inc., 2700 Melbourne Ave., Pomona, CA 91767; 800/884-4173; www.pro-one.com
Mothers Polish
AGV Sport Xena Jacket
$160
Women want more than protection in a riding jacket; it has to be comfortable, too. Take the AGV Sport Xena ($160), for instance. Devel-oped specifically for the female anatomy, the water-resistant textile outer shell houses removable CE-approved armor at the elbows, shoulders and forearms; a removable dual-density foam pad covers the spine. Offered in XS-XL sizes, the Xena comes in a choice of four colors. AGV Sports Group, Inc., P.O. Box 378, Buckeys-town, MD 21717; 800/777-7006; www.agvsport.com
Mothers Polish
EVOmx Tank Foam
$45
No ways about it: Fuel sloshing around in your gas tank affects the way your bike handles. EVOmx’s simple, affordable solution is military-spec, reticulated polyurethane foam that you roll up and press into your tank through the filler hole. Thousands of tiny pores soak up the fuel, helping to eliminate sudden back-and-forth movement. In fact, the foam is so porous that it only takes up 2-3 percent of the volume of the tank, thereby allowing essentially the same amount of gas. On a motocross bike, the benefits were best felt over braking bumps, in tight turns and on big landings, where 12-15 pounds of fuel can feel more like twice that. The foam works so well that our testbike felt lighter and more maneuverable. EVOmx foam has a life span of 30 years, and it is available in street and offroad applications for $45-60. EVOmx, 10611 Pullman Ct., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730; 800/870-4461; www.evomx.com
Mothers Polish
Klim Mojave Pants
$130
Klim’s next-generation of offroad pants is just that: an evolution of its previous products. The Mojave ($130), for instance, has 62 percent more air-intake mesh than the previous Moab, plus newly added exhaust ports for better on-the-go airflow. The Mojave uses the same fit and patterning as the similarly new Dakar ($140) for greater mobility and less fabric bunching. Another new feature on both designs is the velcro-adjustable leg cuffs, which make it easier to pull on knee braces and boots. Select from red, gray, blue or orange in even waist sizes 28-42; tall inseam available. Pair ’em with the CoolMax Bird’s Eye Mesh Mojave jersey ($40) and vented Mojave gloves ($26). Klim, 3753 E. County Line Rd., Rigby, ID 83442; 208/552-7433; www.klim.com
Mothers Polish
Hardcore Watches
$135
If your motorcycle hasn’t allowed you to fully realize your tough-guy look, maybe you need a timepiece to finish the job. Hardcore watches have stainless-steel cases, use either Miyota quartz-analog or automatic movements and are water-resistant. Choose from a wealth of shapes and styles that include many popular custom/ chopper symbols and imagery. Prices start at $135. Hardcore Watch Company, 234 W. 24th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007; 213/3423199; www.hardcorewatches.com
Mothers Polish
SureFire E2D Defender
Part of SureFire’s Executive Series, the E2D Defender ($110) is small enough to fit in a pocket or under your motorcycle’s seat. When switched on, the lithium-battery-powered, xenon-bulbed, 3.2-ounce flashlight unleashes a dazzling, 60-lumen beam for 75 minutes-long enough to swap out a broken clutch cable or fix a flat tire. SureFire, LLC, 18300 Mount Baldy Circle, Fountain Valley, CA 92708; 800/828-8809; www.surefire.com
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0023.xml
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VANCE & HINES
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VANCE & HINES
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0024.xml
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VANCE & HINES
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VANCE & HINES
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0025.xml
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Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.: TUNDRA CREWMAX
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Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
TUNDRA CREWMAX
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0026.xml
article
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ROUNDUP
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THE TAILPIPE CHRONICLES
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Paul Dean
THE FAT LADY HASN’T yet sung. That’s the good news. The not-so-good news is that she’s warming up backstage and is just about to perform. We probably should have said fat ladies, since we are metaphorically referring to two separate but related entities: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0027.xml
article
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ROUNDUP
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CROCKER SHOCKER
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David Edwards
No big deal seeing a classic Crocker V-Twin at a bike show. Built between 1936-42, they’re among the most collectible of early American motorcycles, trading for $200,000-plus. It was a shock, though, to see this Crocker C4 concept sportbike rolled out at the recent Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance.
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0028.xml
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ROUNDUP
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ULTIMATE STREETFIGHTER
ULTIMATE BIKE ACCESSORY?
MARKETING TO BIKERS
E-START TWO-STROKES
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It is not enough for Triumph to simply build our favorite hooligan bike. Witness the creation of the Special Edition Speed Triple 1050, equipped from the factory with an Arrow 3-into-1 exhaust system with MotoGP-inspired low-rise silencer, belly pan, seat cowl, five carbon-fiber bits including front fender, rear hugger and flyscreen, plus anodized axle covers.
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0029.xml
article
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ROUNDUP
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APRILIA TURNS UP THE HEAT
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Bruno de Prato
INTRODUCED AT THE MILAN Show last November, the Shiver 750 is the first of a new family of Aprilias that will soon grow to include sport and touring 4 models, including a Ducati Hypermotard-esque streetfighter. An attractive composite frame gives designers the liberty they need to develop the full range.
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0030.xml
article
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ROUNDUP
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MINOLI LEAVES DUCATI
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Bruno de Prato
Federico Minoli has stepped down from his post as CEO of Ducati. During the past 10 years, he learned a lot about motorcycling, and he did it the hard way-hard for him and hard for the company that through those years experienced many highs and lows.
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0031.xml
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LOJACK
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0032.xml
article
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ROUNDUP
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25 YEARS AGO AUGUST, 1982
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Ryan Dudek
The "Double Nickel Rockets" cover story was a four-bike middleweight comparison of the Kawasaki GPz550, Suzuki GS550M, Yamaha Seca 550 and Yamaha Vision. Just like today, a clear winner was hard to pick but, overall, the Kawasaki was the top choice, followed by the Suzuki and the two Yamahas.
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0033.xml
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ROUNDUP
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BLACK SHADOW REBORN
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Jim Reynolds
IF YOU WANT PROOF THAT A manufacturer that ceased production in 1956 left a lasting impression on the world of motorcycles, here it is: a brand-new 1952 Vincent Series C Black Shadow, built by the Vincent Owners Club in England as a bold illustration of the status of its reproduction spare-parts program.
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0034.xml
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ROAD BURNER
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ROAD BURNER
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0035.xml
article
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ROUNDUP
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Quick Ride
SUZUKI V-STROM 650 ABS Anti-lock brakes for the middleweight all-rounder
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Gabe Ets-Hokin
TOO MANY BIKES AND not enough garage. Haven't we all had this problem at one time or another? The solution is simple: a do-it-all machine that can tour, commute or get gnarly on Sundays, so we can also make room for our car, quad, riding mower and foldup ping-pong table.
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0036.xml
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HJC HELMETS: CL-SP Barbwire
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HJC HELMETS
CL-SP Barbwire
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0037.xml
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American Honda Honda Motor Co.: VTX1800F
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American Honda Honda Motor Co.
VTX1800F
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0038.xml
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SPECIAL SECTION: MasterBike 2007
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FAST TIMES
Hot laps at Jerez on the World's Best Sportbikes
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DON CANET
IT'S HUMAN NATURE TO BE CREATURES OF HABIT. WE are no different, so every year here at Cycle World we follow a similar routine as the latest crop of sportbikes arrives. We typically conduct individual middleweight and liter-class sportbike comparison tests with visits to local tracks and road rides throughout the region.
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0039.xml
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STREETWISE
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HONDA CBR600RR
No more Mr. Nice Guy
HONDA
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HONDA
CBR600RR
$9499
Blake Conner
To be a contender in "MasterBike World," a motorcycle need only circulate a racetrack at breakneck speeds en route to a quick lap time. That's great and all, but what it fails to illustrate is how a bike performs anywhere else. Honda's CBR600RR has always been a good streetbike, offering comfort and refinement, but previous generations were hampered by their weight and less-than-aggressive handling dynamics.
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0040.xml
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STREETWISE
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KAWASAKI ZX-6R
One size fits all
KAWASAKI
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KAWASAKI
ZX-6R
$8999
Don Canet
For the past four years, Kawasaki has waged a two-pronged assault on the middleweight supersport category with its ZX-6RR providing eligibility for organized Supersport competition while a larger-capacity 636cc version offered streetwise riders the benefits of a 600 on steroids.
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0041.xml
review
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STREETWISE
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SUZUKI GSX-R600
Middleground middleweight
SUZUKI
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SUZUKI
GSX-R600
$8899
Gabe Ets-Hokin
After the Suzuki GSX-R600's major redesign in 2006, hopes were high for a class-topping machine from Hamamatsu. But even with increased power, an under-engine exhaust, stacked gearbox shafts and a lighter, more compact frame, the bike still didn't top the field.
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0042.xml
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TRIUMPH DAYTONA 675
Second year, triple threat
TRIUMPH
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TRIUMPH
DAYTONA 675
$8999
Don Canet
Triumph's Daytona 675 enters its sophomore season unchanged and understandably so, having taken top honors in every major magazine comparison test last year, as well as being voted Best Middleweight Streetbike in the Cycle World Ten Best Bikes of 2006.
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0043.xml
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STREETWISE
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YAMAHA YZF-R6
Middleweight revmeister
YAMAHA
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YAMAHA
VZF-R6
$9299
Paul Dean
So, you like torque, do you? You know, the kind that flattens your eyeballs and dislocates your shoulders in any gear, at any rpm? Yeah, that kind. Well, you aren’t going to get any of that here. Not with the R6. This 600-class repli-racer conducts its business with rpm rather than brute torque, and it does it way, way up in the stratospheric end of the rev range between 12,000 and 16,000 rpm.
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0044.xml
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STREETWISE
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HONDA CBR1000RR
Fifteen years of improvement
HONDA
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HONDA
CBR1000RR
$11,499
Matthew Miles
Together with several other members of the CW editorial staff, I've been knocking around these offices long enough to have witnessed the debut of the 1993 Honda CBR900RR. That seminal sportbike combined the feathery feel of a middleweight racer-replica with the knockout punch of an Open-classer.
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0045.xml
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KAWASAKI ZX-10R
Boulevard bully
KAWASAKI
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KAWASAKI
ZX-10R
$11,249
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When it comes to brute power, the Kawasaki ZX-10R has been bullying the competition for years now. With new contenders rolling off the production line for 2007, we were anxious to see if the big Ninja still packed enouuh punch to fight them off.
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0046.xml
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SPECIAL SECTION: MasterBike 2007
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RUBBER MATCH
Continental takes its turn in the hot seat
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Don Canet
At MasterBike each year it seems the hot topic of discussion has often focused on tire grip, or lack thereof. Continental dared to endure the trials and tribulations of the planet's biggest sportbike comparison, bringing a truckload of ContiRace Attack radials to keep fresh skins under 13 test bikes, backup machines and 18 finicky riders throughout the week.
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0047.xml
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STREETWISE
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SUZUKI GSX-R750
Alone in a crowd
SUZUKI
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SUZUKI
GSX-R750
$10,199
Mark Cernicky
A true monarch of the upper middle class, the Suzuki GSX-R750 has stood alone since 2003, when Kawasaki produced its last ZX-7. Back in 1999, Cycle World's award for Best Superbike was won by the GSX-R750, but in subsequent years taking the gold was all about brute force and big numbers, with literbikes and larger taking top honors.
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0048.xml
review
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SUZUKI GSX-R1000
A movable beast
SUZUKI
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SUZUKI
GSX-R1000
$11,399
Mark Hoyer
Modern sportbikes can make you mental. Is it the g-forces? The near Star Trek-like ability to transport you to the next corner instantly? It is these things and the incredible light-footed ease with which these motorcycles do whatever you ask them to.
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0049.xml
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Two Brothers Racing, Inc.
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Two Brothers Racing, Inc.
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0050.xml
review
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STREETWISE
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YAMAHA YZF-R1
Digital driver
YAMAHA
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YAMAHA
YZF-R1
$11.599
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The new-for-2007 Yamaha YZF-R1 brings MotoGP-derived engine technology to the street. The fly-by-wire throttle-control system that debuted on last year's YZF-R6 has been applied to the R1. And exclusive to the liter-class machine is the Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake system that broadens power by altering the length of the intake tract.
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0051.xml
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Advertisement: Vespa
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Vespa
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0052.xml
review
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STREETWISE
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APRILIA RSV1000R
The other V-Twin Italian Stallion
APRILIA
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APRILIA
RSV1000R
$13,999
Paul Dean
Seems the Aprilia didn't fare well in this year's MasterBike competition. So what? That was a racetrack comparison. The street is a different story altogether, and out there, in a world without lap timers and pit boards, the RSV1000R holds its own better than the numbers might indicate.
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0053.xml
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DUNLOP
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DUNLOP
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0054.xml
review
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STREETWISE
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DUCATI 1098S
Passion meets performance
DUCATI
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DUCATI
1098S
$22,795
Blake Conner
If you like Ducatis, then the 1098 is a dream come true. If you've never considered one of the Bologna bullets, it may just be time to reevaluate your stance. A sharp reduction in MSRP combined with a vertical leap in performance have allowed Ducati's new superbike to play with the big boys from Japan.
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63
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Z1R: Z1R Helmets
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Z1R
Z1R Helmets
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0056.xml
review
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64
STREETWISE
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MV AGUSTA F4 1000 R 312
A number for a name
MV AGUSTA
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MV AGUSTA
F4 1000 R 312
$24,999
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In a lot of respects, you are buying more than a motorcycle when you buy an MV Agusta. There is the history, the beauty and, of course, the exclusivity. But it does remain a motorcycle. In the case of the F4 1000 R 312, a very good one on the track. But how does this Superbike homologation special (racing in AMA this year as preparation for World Superbike in 2008) work on the street?
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65
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COBRA
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COBRA
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0058.xml
article
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66,67
SPECIAL SECTION: MasterBike 2007
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ROAD WARRIORS
Daily life with the MasterBunch
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Blake Conner
In concept, the idea sounded simple: send Canet packing to Spain for track impressions at MasterBike on the Jerez Circuit, then gather an identical set of bikes stateside for street evaluation and the normal battery of dyno, dragstrip and top-speed testing by the CW staff.
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68
SPECIAL SECTION: MasterBike 2007
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MASTERRIDERS
Résumés of the rapid
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Oriol Fernández, age 34 Motociclismo, Spain Years attended MasterBike: 6 Racing experience: Four-time Spanish Supersport Champion, competes in Spanish Superbike, World Endurance and World Supersport Favorite MasterBike, each category; Triumph Daytona 675, Yamaha YZF-R1, MV Agusta F4 Óscar Pena, age 34 Motociclismo, Spain Years attended MasterBike: 3 Racing experience: Won Spanish R6 Cup, raced Euro Suzuki Cup, multiple club championships Favorite MasterBikes: Yamaha YZF-R6, Kawasaki ZX-10R, Ducati 1098S Alex Gobert, age 23 Australian Motorcycle News Years attended MasterBike.
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69
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American Suzuki Motor Corporation: GSX-R1000
[no value]
American Suzuki Motor Corporation
GSX-R1000
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[no value]
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0061.xml
article
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70,71,72,73,74,75
FEATURES
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TEN BEST BIKES 2007
BEST SURERBIKE DUCATI 1098
BEST OPEN STREETBIKE KAWASAKI ZX-14
BEST MIDDLEWEIGHT HONDA CBR600RR
BEST STANDARD TRIUMPH TIGER 1050
BEST SPORT-TOURER BMW K1200GT
BEST DUAL-SPORT BIKE KTM 525 EXC
BEST ENDURO BIKE KAWASAKI KLX40R
BEST MOTOCROSSER HONDA CRF450R
BEST CRUISER HARLEY-DAVIDSON FAT BOY
BEST TOURING BIKE HONDA GOLD WING
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GOOD JOB, BIKE-MAKERS OF THE WORLD! HOW'S THIS FOR PARITY? OF the Ten Best spots open to 500 or so individual motorcycle models available for sale in the U.S. this year, seven manufacturers from six different countries are represented. And the ones that didn't make the cut were oh.
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0062.xml
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76
FEATURES
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HONORABLEMENTIONS
TRIUMPH 675
HONDA CRF 150R
KTM 990 SURER DUKE
SUZUKI BANDIT 1250S
ARRILIA TUONO R
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Was the 675 a flash in the pan? Did this category-busting three-cylinder middleweight lose its luster after just one showroom season? Absolutely not. It's just that it's not easy to stay on top. After all, you're the target. In many respects, the 675 was Triumph's breakthrough model, the machine that put Hinckley product on par with the Japanese in what is arguably motorcycling's most important category.
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77
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FIRSTGEAR: Kilimanjaro
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FIRSTGEAR
Kilimanjaro
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0064.xml
article
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78,79,80
CW RIDING IMPRESSION
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BMW G650 XCHALLENGE
A true dual-sport from the Black Forest
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RYAN DUDEK
I AM SICK OF BROCHURE BABBLE, and the hype for BMW's G650 Xchallenge put me over the top. "A competitive off-road dirtbike...extreme enduro fans will be in heaven...the most modern hard enduro..." Jeez, enough is enough! Once I hit the dirt outside of Tucson, Arizona, at the Xchallenge press launch in March, I realized that BMW’s copywriters apparently misinterpreted who an extreme enduro rider is and how a real dirtbike performs.
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81
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AKRAPOVIC
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AKRAPOVIC
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0066.xml
article
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82
FEATURES
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BEEMERS IN THE BOONIES
Just what the Doctor ordered
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If you think BMW is just dabbling in the off-road market, think again; the boys from Bavaria are dead-serious about becoming a force to be reckoned with in the world of competitive dirtbiking. Actually, in one way or another, BMW has been playing in the dirt for the better part of 80 years.
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83
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URAL: Patrol 2WD
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URAL
Patrol 2WD
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article
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84,86,88,90,92
CW RIDING IMPRESSION
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Lust in Translation
Built in Japan, designed for Europe, available in Canada, Kawasaki's Versys 650 gets its U.S. passport stamped for 2008
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DAVID EDWARDS
COULD IT BE THAT THE LIMEYS HAD IT RIGHT ALL ALONG, that the perfect engine type for a proper motorbike, my ol' son, is a 650cc parallel-Twin? I've just put 500 miles on a machine that makes that very argument, never mind that it looks nothing like a classic Triumph Bonneville or BSA Spitfire.
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85
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AGV
[no value]
AGV
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0070.xml
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87
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OXTAR: Matrix 2 Gore-Tex boot
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OXTAR
Matrix 2 Gore-Tex boot
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[no value]
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0071.xml
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89
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KYMCO: XCITING 500
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KYMCO
XCITING 500
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0072.xml
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91
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Garmin Ltd: zū
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Garmin Ltd
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0073.xml
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93
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CompetitionAccessories
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CompetitionAccessories
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94,95
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American Suzuki Motor Corporation
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American Suzuki Motor Corporation
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0075.xml
review
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96
TESTS
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Long-Term Update
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KTM
[no value]
KTM
450 EXC
$7999
KTM
990 Super Duke
$13,998
KTM
FJR1300AE
$15,299
[no value]
JUST WHEN WE THOUGHT DUALsporting was dead, especially here in California, where only a few models were still "plateable" without jumping through serious DMV hoops, a glimmer of hope has appeared. It's about time, too. Over the past decade, most manufacturers had given the segment little attention.
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97
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HYOSUNG MOTORS: GV650
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HYOSUNG MOTORS
GV650
[no value]
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0077.xml
review
98
98
CW EVALUATION
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Akrapovic Racing Exhaust
From Slovenia, with love
Parts Unlimited
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Parts Unlimited
Akrapovic Racing Exhaust
$1264
[no value]
IGOR AKRAPOVIC, ONE OF THE most respected manufacturers of racing exhaust systems, has been crafting high-performance pipes since 1990. His original goal was to give consumers the same level of quality that at the time was only available to factory racing teams.
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0078.xml
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99
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Shoei Safety Helmet Corp.: RF-1000
[no value]
Shoei Safety Helmet Corp.
RF-1000
[no value]
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0079.xml
review
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100
CW EVALUATION
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Olympia Phantom Suit
One piece, four seasons
Olympia Moto Sports
[no value]
Olympia Moto Sports
Olympia Phantom Suit
$450
[no value]
DON'T PURCHASE THE OLYMPIA PHANtom for short stints in the saddle, quick trips to the gym or commutes to the office that require a swift change of clothes. Buy it instead for long hauls, multi-day continental crossings, rides in which you may encounter nature's full bag of tricks, pleasant or otherwise.
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100
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Advertisement: S100
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S100
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0081.xml
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101
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Advertisement: Cycle World
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Cycle World
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0082.xml
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102,103
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Advertisements
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Kawasaki Motors Corp.
KX450F
Kawasaki Motors Corp.
KX250F
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0083.xml
article
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104,105,106,108,110,112,113,114,115,116,117,118,119
RACE WATCH
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MAN, BIKE GRAVITY
Red Bull's X-Fighters freestyle motocross competition draws thousands of fans around the globe. We discover why.
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CASSIO CORTES
THE WORLD'S MOST PHYSICALLY PUNISHING SPORT'? No, it's not boxing, football, rugby or wrestling. Rather, it's a game played on two wheels, motivated by two-stroke engines and called freestyle motocross-or simply, FMX. Pinnacle of the genre is the Red Bull X-Fighters, a fourround global trek with high-profile stops in Mexico, Ireland, Russia and Spain.
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106
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MAXXIS: PRESA
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MAXXIS
PRESA
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0085.xml
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107
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MOTOSPORT
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MOTOSPORT
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0086.xml
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108
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ANNITORI DISTRIBUTING LTD.: LASER
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ANNITORI DISTRIBUTING LTD.
LASER
[no value]
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0087.xml
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109
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Benelli: TNT 1130
[no value]
Benelli
TNT 1130
[no value]
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0088.xml
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110
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Dynojet Research, Inc.: POWER COMMANDER
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Dynojet Research, Inc.
POWER COMMANDER
[no value]
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0089.xml
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111
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Advertisement
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0090.xml
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112
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PROGRESSIVE suspension
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PROGRESSIVE suspension
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0091.xml
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113
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Advertisement: Fi2000
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Fi2000
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0092.xml
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114
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Advertisement: CYCLE WORLD
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0093.xml
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115
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K&N Engineering, Inc.
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K&N Engineering, Inc.
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0094.xml
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116
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VANCE & HINES: M50
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VANCE & HINES
M50
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0095.xml
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116
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CRG
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CRG
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0096.xml
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117
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DENNIS KIRK
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DENNIS KIRK
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0097.xml
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117
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Performance Machine • Inc
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Performance Machine • Inc
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0098.xml
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118
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ZERO GRAVITY
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ZERO GRAVITY
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0099.xml
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118
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GI.VI USA, Inc.
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GI.VI USA, Inc.
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0100.xml
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119
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DP Brakes & Clutches
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DP Brakes & Clutches
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0101.xml
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119
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D.I.D Racing Chain: 520ERV3 GOLD
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D.I.D Racing Chain
520ERV3 GOLD
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0102.xml
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120,121
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CHAPARRAL
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CHAPARRAL
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0103.xml
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122,123,124,125,126,127
DEPARTMENTS
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SERVICE
Slip-slidin' away
His cupping runneth over
Gas hogs
Feedback Loop
Dyno definitions
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PAUL DEAN
Q I'm confused about slipper clutches. How are they different from standard clutches and why are they needed? The articles I have read said they help prevent wheel hop while downshifting quickly. I must be missing something, but if the clutch is disengaged, which means the engine is disconnected from the driveline, why would there be "wheel hop"?
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123
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Tool Time
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When a control cable on a motorcycle fails, it most often does so as the result of abuse rather than of use. But how does one "abuse" a simple thing like a cable? By not lubricating it. Over time, moisture and grit find their way down into a cable, and that contamination creates excessive friction between the inner wire and outer sheath.
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124
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MOTORCYCLERAMPS
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MOTORCYCLERAMPS
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0106.xml
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125
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American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
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American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
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[no value]
CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0107.xml
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125
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JPCYCLES
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JPCYCLES
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0108.xml
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126
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Rice Rocket Racks
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Rice Rocket Racks
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0109.xml
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126
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tecMATE: OPTIMATE 3
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tecMATE
OPTIMATE 3
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0110.xml
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126
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Cruz TOOLS
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Cruz TOOLS
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0111.xml
article
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126
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Recall Roster
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NHTSA Recall No. 07V173000 Harley-Davidson-all Softail models Model year: 2007 Number of units involved: 52,240 Problem: These motorcycles were built with a condition that permits the positive battery cable to contact a bead weld on the oil tank.
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127
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Ventura Associates Inc.
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Ventura Associates Inc.
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0113.xml
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127
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Deltran: BatteryTenders
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Deltran
BatteryTenders
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127
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Advertisement: CYCLE WORLD
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0115.xml
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128
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Advertisement
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129,130,131,132,133,134,135,136,137,138,139,140,141
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CYCLE WORLD SHOWCASE
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CycleWorld_20070801_0046_008_0117.xml
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DEPARTMENTS
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SLIPSTREAM
Reader Information
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Editorial/Production: Offices are located at 1499 Monrovia Ave., Newport Beach, CA 92663; 949/720-5300. Editorial contributions are welcomed, but must be guaranteed exclusive to Cycle World. We are not responsible for the return of unsolicited material unless accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
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HARLEY-DAVIDSON
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HARLEY-DAVIDSON
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144
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TISSOT
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TISSOT
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