Issue: 20090801

Saturday, August 1, 2009
August
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Monday, August 18, 2014
12/10/2014 8:32:51 PM

Articles
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1,5
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0001.xml
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American Suzuki Motor Corporation: GSX-R1000
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American Suzuki Motor Corporation
GSX-R1000
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0002.xml
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4
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BRIDGESTONE: BT-003RS
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BRIDGESTONE
BT-003RS
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0003.xml
tableOfContents
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0004.xml
masthead
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0005.xml
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HELMETEXPRESS
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HELMETEXPRESS
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0006.xml
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TIRE EXPRESS
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TIRE EXPRESS
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0007.xml
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6
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CruZTOOLS: RoadTech
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CruZTOOLS
RoadTech
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0008.xml
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Advertisements
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OLYMPIA
Stealth one piece air flow suit
OLYMPIA
Gloves - 720 Comfort Cooler
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0009.xml
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UP FRONT
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Ten Rest, 2009
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David Edwards
GET READY TO BE SHOCKED WHEN YOU open this issue’s gatefold and behold the Ten Best Bikes of 2009, with new names in unfamiliar places and one first-time winner you may even have trouble pronouncing! Of course, there are always some models that fall between our traditional categories.
CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0010.xml
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Allstate Insurance Company
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Allstate Insurance Company
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0011.xml
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LEANINGS
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A Guy of the Moment
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Peter Egan
WELL, AFTER ONE OF THE WORST WINTERS since the siege of Stalingrad (I wasn’t there, but I heard about it), the sun came out last Friday—nice and hot. Eightytwo degrees. Wisconsin is one of those special places where you turn off your furnace and switch on the A/C in one smooth motion of the wrist.
CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0012.xml
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DENNIS KIRK
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DENNIS KIRK
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0013.xml
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TDC
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Instruments of control
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Kevin Cameron
I HAVE A LOT OF ODDS & ENDS IN MY shop—strange things like an amazingly heavy tungsten brick. Another of these items popped into my mind the other day when I was reading about how Danny Eslick’s 1125 Buell has paused from winning AMA races after a seemingly unstoppable run of firsts.
CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0014.xml
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MICHELIN: MICHELIN POWER ONE
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MICHELIN
MICHELIN POWER ONE
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0015.xml
article
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DEPARTMENTS
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HOTSHOTS
Flight Red
Hot for librarian
Dave’s Used Bikes
Ogre in memoriam
The Great Peter Egan Relocation Program
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I just finished reading Peter Egan’s piece titled “Flight Red” in the June issue and it brought a tear to my eye. The story made me proud to be an American and even prouder of those brave men and women in the armed forces who have served, and are still serving, our country today.
CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0016.xml
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Helmet House, Inc.: CORTECH GX-SPOR
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Helmet House, Inc.
CORTECH GX-SPOR
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0017.xml
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CARDO SYSTEMS, INC.: SCALA RIDER Q2 Bluetooth Headset
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CARDO SYSTEMS, INC.
SCALA RIDER Q2 Bluetooth Headset
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0018.xml
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SHARK HELMETS: EvoLine
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SHARK HELMETS
EvoLine
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0019.xml
review
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DEPARTMENTS
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NEW IDEAS
California Cycleworks Ducati Gas Tank
Stripper Juice Cleaner & Polish
Hardmount Camera Mount
Champion Tool Storage Factory Box
Snap-on 4-Gallon Wet/Dry Vac
Vance & Hines Power Duals
Dynaflex XGrip Gyro Exerciser
California Cycleworks, Inc.
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California Cycleworks, Inc.
High Capacity Fuel Tank
$799
You won’t get far on the 3.3-gallon fuel tank that is standard on a Ducati Hypermotard. Fill up less frequently with a 6.4-gallon High Capacity Fuel Tank ($799) from California Cycleworks. Black in color (stock is gray), the polyethylene tank is sold as part of a kit that includes a replacement starter cable, custom air filters, hardware and instructions.
California Cycleworks, Inc.
Stripper Juice Cleaner & Polish
$13
No well-stocked garage is complete without a supply of cleaners and polishes. Safe on chrome, glass, paint, polished aluminum and plastic, Stripper Juice is claimed to clean and polish, leaving a sparkling, residue-free shine. Choose from two sizes: Road (7 ounces; $8.49) and Garage (12 ounces; $13).
California Cycleworks, Inc.
Hardmount Camera Mounts
$25-$65
Don’t scratch your head when trying to secure a still or video camera to your motorcycle. Hardmount Camera Mounts ($25-$65) utilize existing solid on-bike mounting points—fork leg, frame rail or swingarm—as a solid base. Plus, the universal design accommodates virtually any size camera with no alterations to the motorcycle.
California Cycleworks, Inc.
Factory Box
$400
Need a place to store your tools? You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better-looking option than a Factory Box ($400) with its durable, removable Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki or Yamaha graphics. More than just a pretty face, the all-steel design boasts heavy-duty handles, nine drawers with ball-bearing slides, pre-cut liners and tool I.D. stickers.
California Cycleworks, Inc.
Snap-on 4-Gallon Wet/Dry Vac
$70
Pick up or blow away practically any mess with Snap-on’s 4-gallon Wet/Dry Vac ($70; part #93050). Powered by a 9-amp motor, the 120-volt unit is said to offer the performance of much-larger vacuums in a smaller, more user-friendly package. A 20-foot power cord offers extended reach, and the expandable lock-in hose can be moved from one port to the other, making the conversion from vacuum to blower easy.
California Cycleworks, Inc.
Power Duals
$520
Looking for greater performance and a cooler riding experience from your 2009 Harley-Davidson FL? Vance & Hines’ Power Duals ($520) headers incorporate a Power Chamber, said to boost horsepower and torque. Right-side routing sends hot gases behind a contoured shield below the rider’s footpeg, eliminating leftside exhaust-heat issues for passengers. Pair with V&H’s slip-on mufflers, FuelPak fuel management and Duke or Drak air-filter kits.
California Cycleworks, Inc.
XGrip Pro Extreme Gyro Exerciser
$40
"Stronger, toner forearms, hands and wrists in five minutes a day!" Those are a few of the claims made by Dynaflex, creators of the XGrip Pro Extreme Gyro Exerciser ($40). Gyro-based exercisers are nothing new; similar devices have been around for years. What is new is the packaging, the brightly colored, molded-plastic XGrip Pro sporting a rubber-covered handle reminiscent of a twistgrip. A string is provided to get the gyro spinning initially. Keeping it spinning—allegedly up to 13,000 rpm, generating 38 foot-pounds of torque—takes some practice. Once you develop the knack, though, it is second nature and most certainly a good workout.
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0020.xml
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Yamaha Motor Corp.: R6
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Yamaha Motor Corp.
R6
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0021.xml
article
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ROUNDUP
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Electric arrival
But are they really "green"?
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KEVIN CAMERON
ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLES ARE TECHNOLOGICALLY PRACtical devices now, especially if in-city commuting is your application. They are pricey, which you would expect for two reasons: First, they are new, so mass production has yet to drive down the cost of advanced batteries, electric motors and controllers; second, the word "electric" has become magic to parts of the environmental movement, and for this some persons will pay almost any price.
CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0022.xml
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ROUNDUP
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25 YEARS AGO AUGUST 1984
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Paul Dean
Lots o' tests in this issue, headlined by "Yamaha's FJ1 100 Street Racer," as that breakthrough motorcycle is described on the cover. With its 125-hp engine, 16-inch wheels, trend-setting perimeter frame and 10.87-second quarter-mile performance, the FJ was summed up in the last two words of the test: “the best.”
CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0023.xml
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ROUNDUP
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Ø RISK?
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Laurent Benchana
RAIN POURING DOWN onto Odaiba’s ultramodern buildings, bone-chilling cold, lead-gray skies, vehicles and humans wandering aimlessly... Organizers of Japan’s Intelligent Transport Systems-Safety 2010 could not have asked for a better scenario.
CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0024.xml
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ROUNDUP
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A Special “Trip”
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Triumph is celebrating 15 years of the streetfightin’ Speed Triple with a limited-edition model. Just 255 of the specially painted and accessorized 15th Anniversary Speed Triples are designated for the U.S. Price is $12,299, $1K more than an off-the-rack Speed Trip’.
CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0025.xml
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ROUNDUP
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The Hydrogen alternative?
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Kevin Cameron
HYDROGEN FUEL-CELL ELECTRIC VEHICLES ARE BEING TOUTED as an alternative to plug-in electric vehicles, getting much attention in the media. But there are some important elements of this technology’s use that must be noted. First, because there is no “free” hydrogen on Earth, we must put in just as much energy to liberate it from water (and nearly as much to get it from petroleum) as we will later get back in use either to power a fuel cell (that generates electricity to move the vehicle) or for use in some form of combustion.
CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0026.xml
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ROUNDUP
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UPs & DOWNs
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UP: To Dainese, for coming up with a compelling reason for riders to visit California: Tattoo Ykz. This two-garment collection comprises a fully armored jacket ($849) and a limited-edition one-piece suit ($3499) and features Japanese Samurai and Maori-style patterns laser-cut from kangaroo hide and stitched to proprietary D-Skin cowhide.
CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0027.xml
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ROUNDUP
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A “Gathering” in Monterey
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Mark Hoyer
AGEARHEAD’S DREAM IT WAS. SPREAD out before us at the first-ever Quail Motorcycle Gathering this past May in Carmel, California, were some of the coolest bikes ever made. From 1900s-era pioneer machines to a more-recent-issue Ducati Desmosedici, the gently rolling, finely manicured lawn of the Quail Lodge’s driving range had something for every motorcycle lover.
CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0028.xml
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FIRSTGEAR: MESH-TEX
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FIRSTGEAR
MESH-TEX
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0029.xml
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ROUNDUP
QuickRide
KAWASAKI VULCAN NOMAD
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IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH detective work to see that baggers and the utility that said bags add—and we’re not speaking of your significant other—have made these models extremely popular among cruiser buyers. But looking back, Kawasaki knew this more than a decade ago when it introduced the original 1998 Vulcan 1500 Nomad.
CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0030.xml
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TRIUMPH: Thunderbird
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TRIUMPH
Thunderbird
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0031.xml
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ROUNDUP
QuickRide
APRILIA DORSODURO 750
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OH, I WANTED TO LIKE this bike. A lot. The concept—a supermotard for the street—makes sense, especially with a 90-degree V-Twin in the engine bay rather than a thumpy one-lunger. Styling is fabulous; that may just be the best ass-end in motorcycling, with twin high-rise exhausts and a stylized taillight lens squeezed in between.
CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0032.xml
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VANCE & HINES
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VANCE & HINES
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0033.xml
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ROUNDUP
QuickRide
YAMAHA YZ250F
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IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT the YZ250F has been in production for nine years. Like the YZ400F before it, the 250F was the first of its kind back in 2001, helping fuel the four-stroke revolution that changed motocross forever. The age of zingy 125cc two-strokes is now all but a distant memory, and you can point the finger at the original quarter-liter Thumper for their demise.
CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0034.xml
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BELL HELMETS
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BELL HELMETS
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0035.xml
review
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CW COMPARISON
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SUPERSPORT DAYS
Über Sportbike Showdown
CIRCUIT DISSECTION
PERFORMANCE TESTS RESULTS
RIDER'S SURVEY RESULTS
Aprilia
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Aprilia
RSV4 Factory
$22,245
Aprilia
1198S
$21,795
Aprilia
CBR1000RR
$13,999
Aprilia
ZX-10R
$11,799
Aprilia
RC8R
$22,560
Aprilia
GSX_R1000
$12,899
Aprilia
YZF-R1
$12,390
DON CANET
FOR NEARLY A DECADE, CYCLE WORLD HAS BEEN A PLAYer in the annual MasterBike mega track test held in Spain each April. But mere weeks prior to this year’s scheduled date, we received an apologetic e-mail from our friends at Motociclismo, the Spanish magazine and organizer of MasterBike, informing us they had arrived at the difficult decision to write off this year’s affair due to the current economic climate.
CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0036.xml
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FEATURES
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RACETEC K3
Rubber that didn’t tire
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Don Canet
Tires are an important factor when comparing the relative performance of supersport motorcycles. Fitting all seven bikes tested at Oschersleben with Metzeler sport radials eliminated any variation in grip that exists between the different stock-fitment brands found on these bikes.
CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0037.xml
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COBRA
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COBRA
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0038.xml
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BikeBandit
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BikeBandit
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0039.xml
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Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A.
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Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A.
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0040.xml
review
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FEATURES
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A Very Ambitious Machine
Full speed into the future with BMW’s racy new inline-Four S1000RR
BMW
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BMW
S1000RR
KEVIN CAMERON
BMW HAS ENTERED WORLD SUPERBIKE WITH A very ambitious new 1000cc transverse four-cylinder machine that will hit world markets late this year. This motorcycle is both lighter and more powerful than the competition, and it introduces new levels of rider control.
CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0041.xml
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Garmin Ltd.
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Garmin Ltd.
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0042.xml
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PROGRESSIVE
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PROGRESSIVE
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0043.xml
review
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FEATURES
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TEN BEST BIKES 2009
BEST SUPERBIKE APRILIARSV4
BEST OPEN STREETBIKE DUCATISTREETFIGHTER S
BEST MIDDLEWEIGHT KAWASAKIZX-6R
BEST STANDARD HARLEY-DAVIDSONXR1200
BEST SPORT-TOURER KAWASAKICONCOURS 14
BEST CRUISER TRIUMPHTHUNDERBIRD 1600
BEST TOURING BIKE HONDAGOLD WING
BEST DUAL-SPORT BIKE BMWF800GS
BEST ENDURO BIKE HUSABERGFE450e
BEST MOTOCROSSER HONDACRF450R
APRILIA
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APRILIA
RSV4
Italian V-Twin performance is an institution, yet for the second straight year a V-Four from the boot-shaped nation has kicked butt in this category. While last year’s winner—the ultra-exotic Ducati Desmosedici—is a rare machine few will ever experience, the comparatively mass-produced Aprilia RSV4 is certain to reshape public perception of Italian sportbikes. The track-bred racer-replica has an incredibly compact stature, competitive power output and unmatched liter-class agility, all while possessing Italian style that is visual music to the eyes. Best of all is a level of refinement that makes this amazingly high performance accessible to a very broad range of riders and skill levels. We may be witnessing the beginning of a new institution!
APRILIA
STREETFIGHTER S
If only our commute to work were like doing 10 laps at Mugello, with ample runoff room, no traffic and a perfect riding surface so that all of us sportbike fanatics could make our daily ride make sense aboard a fullon, race-ready superbike. Unfortunately, real life is not even close to being like that. Which is what makes the Ducati Streetfighter S such a wonderful motorcycle. Sure, it’s ready for Mugello with its Öhlins suspension, amazing level of chassis feedback and incredible 1098-sourced V-Twin, but it packages all that superbike goodness with a sensible riding position far more suited to the unpredictable cut-and-thrust of real road riding. So for road or track, well, there’s no bike more Open than the Streetfighter S.
APRILIA
ZX-6R
Year in and year out, Kawasaki’s Ninja 600 sportbikes have been steady contenders, achieving a great deal of success on racetracks while also showing tremendous poise on the street. Yet even the Ninja’s fine balance of performance and versatility hasn’t quite been enough to put it on top of the hotly contested middleweight category. But following a lengthy nine-year dry spell, a green machine is once again in the limelight. Credit a focus on dramatically improved engine performance that helped it smoke its competitors, plus substantial weight reduction, more precise handling and sharper styling, all of which created an unmatched blend of just the right ingredients for middleweight supremacy.
APRILIA
XR1200
Flat-track fanatics have long pined for a street-going replica of Harley-Davidson’s all-conquering XR-750. The Motor Company finally delivered last year, rolling out to great acclaim the XR1200. Smiles turned to frowns, though, when H-D announced that this neo-vintage street-tracker and ultimate American-style standard would only be offered in Europe. Outcries ensued and—fast forward a few months—the XR is now also available stateside. Pumping out nearly 80 rear-wheel horsepower and burning through the quarter-mile in the low-12s, this is the hottest Sportster that Milwaukee has ever produced. More to the point here, with its situp riding position and wide handlebar, the XR1200 is comfortable and great-handling. A superb all-rounder, in other words.
APRILIA
CONCOURS 14
No type of motorcycling demands a greater range of on-the-road versatility than sport-touring, and no sport-touring motorcycle fills that need better than the do-it-all, do-it-wonderfully Concours 14. With a monocoque chassis built around a tuned-for-torque version of the engine borrowed from Kawasaki’s ZX-14 rocketship, the Concours combines smooth, effortless, wickedly fast acceleration with backroad handling that could shock a lot of pure-sport motorcycles yet offers long-range comfort almost as pleasurable as that provided by some specialized luxury-touring bikes. As a bonus, the Concours does all of that for just $13,499 (add $800 for the ABS version). With so much performance at so little a price, the Concours 14 is practically a steal.
APRILIA
THUNDERBIRD 1600
That rumble you hear off in the distance? It’s the sound of a relatively small British motorcycle manufacturer steadily expanding its appeal. Yes, the Thunderbird 1600 is a big departure for a little manufacturer and, heck, with that musclebound parallel-Twin in such a large displacement, the T-Bird would be a big departure for any manufacturer. Triumph gets the nod here for doing such a fantastic job in execution, with a great-running, torquey mill that {ahem) thunders with the best engines in the class, Vee or otherwise. Add in a comfortable riding position and excellent-handling chassis, delivered at a competitive price, and all we can say to the other guys is, watch out, the British are coming!
APRILIA
GOLD WING
How good is the Gold Wing? Well, except for the addition of a few optional accessories, this big flat-Six hasn’t undergone any significant changes since its introduction in 2001, yet it’s still the best two-wheeled long-haul traveling machine on the market, having won this category seven times in the 1800cc version’s nine-year existence. That’s how good it is. Want an even more impressive statistic? This is the 19th time a Gold Wing of any size has been voted Best Touring Bike in the 33-year history of our Ten Best program. Obviously, Honda knows a thing or two about touring, and that expertise is readily apparent the moment you plop down onto a Gold Wing’s seat and begin enjoying the smoothest, most luxurious ride in all of motorcycling.
APRILIA
F800GS
Dual-sports reside in an unusual market segment. Bikes range from essentially off-road racers that are barely street-legal to liter-class adventure machines that rarely get soil on their tarmac-oriented tires. This year, there is a bike that treads a fine balance, one that allows a degree of capability in the dirt that belies its excellent highway manners. That bike is the BMW F800GS. On-road, the parallel-Twin will blow the doors off any Single, while the bike’s comfort, amenities and ride quality make it a great mount for month-long road tours or just plain commuting. But hit a gravel road or desert trail-and even the occasional single-track-and the Beemer will surprise you with its competence. When somebody asks “How do you get to...?” the answer is an F800GS.
APRILIA
FE450e
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen such outside-the-box thinking in the Enduro segment, as conventional four-stroke Singles have pretty much dominated this category lately. But that was only until Husaberg came along and quite literally turned everything upsidedown. This small builder’s genius was to take a conventional 449cc Single, flip over and rotate the engine so that the cylinder is at a nearly horizontal inclination, which placed the crankshaft mass— and therefore its gyroscopic forces—as close to the bike’s center of mass as possible. Result? Incredibly light, precise steering and an enduro that is easier to ride fast than anything else on the trail. Top-quality components, fuel-injection and a comparison-test win against Honda’s reigning-champ CRF450X settled the score.
APRILIA
CRF450R
We’re kidding, right? Actually, no. Big Red just keeps on rolling with the CRF450R, taking this honor for the eighth consecutive time! Last year, minor updates were all that was necessary to beat out the competition, including the new fuel-injected Suzuki. This year, Kawasaki’s injected KX450F came very close to unseating the incumbent. Problem is, Honda had an ace up its sleeve, unveiling an excellent fuel-injection system of its own! But it wasn’t just updates to the more-compact engine that kept Honda on top. An all-new, better-handling chassis and KYB suspension also contributed to its continued superiority. The competition crept closer once again, just not close enough.
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A MID SEEMINGLY INTERGALACTIC ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY AND THE appearance that the world as we know it is crumbling, it is nice in 2009 to be able to count on at least one thing: awesome motorcycles. Yes, things are weird out there, but with 550 or so models available for sale in the U.S.
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FEATURES
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HONORABLE MENTIONS
SUZUKI GLADIUS
KAWASAKI KX450F
YAMAHA YZF-R1
TRIUMPH DAYTONA 675
HARLEY-DAVIDSON ULTRA CLASSIC ELECTRA GLIDE
SUZUKI
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SUZUKI
GLADIUS
Streak-of-lightning repli-racers will blow the mid-size Gladius into the weeds. Big Twins get more chicks. But if you’re looking for a great allrounder that will take you in-town, out-of-town, dash down a curvy road or beat a path along the superslab, this smartly styled V-Twin is ideal. It’s so good, it may be a catalyst for an entire generation of new riders.
SUZUKI
KX450F
A focus on performance has long been a hallmark of Kawasaki. Look no farther than the KX450F motocrosser. This year, the green machine got easier-to-use power that still retains the top-end hit we love, thanks to retuned EFI that is perhaps the best yet applied to a dirtbike. Throw in a crispturning, berm-railing chassis and you’ve got yourself the best KX450F ever.
SUZUKI
YZF-R1
Featuring a MotoGP-derived crossplane crankshaft, the new YZF-R1 engine puts a different spin on inline-Four firing order and installs it in an amazingly streetable chassis. Not only is the R1 different than its contemporaries, the engine’s sound and tactile sensation deliver a confidence-inspiring message to the rider. Keep the Rossi scraps coming; we’re hungry for more.
SUZUKI
DAYTONA 675
Jaws dropped everywhere when Triumph rolled out the first Daytona 675—especially here, as it took Best Middleweight in its debut year of 2006 Time marched on and a certain Green Machine topped the charts this time around, but Triumph has returned with a thoroughly updated 675 that’s lighter, more powerful and as fun as ever on the road and track. Think of it as a “Super Middleweight.”
SUZUKI
ULTRA CLASSIC ELECTRA GLIDE
It might look the same, but the 2009 Ultra (as well as all ’09 FLT models) is a dramatically new, significantly improved tourer. Its completely redesigned chassis is more rigid, and it combines with revised steering geometry and modern performance tires to transform the venerable ’Glide into a much smoother and steadier travel companion.
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Arai HELMETS: Corsair-V
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Arai HELMETS
Corsair-V
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review
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64,66,68,70
CW COMPARISON
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BMW K1300GT vs. Kawasaki Concours 14
Masters of open roads, of twisty roads, of any roads
BMW
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BMW
K1300GT
$22,245
BMW
CONCOURS 14
$13,499
PAUL DEAN
THEY ARE NEITHER SMALL NOR LIGHT NOR SIMPLE. Their wheelbases span five feet or more, and before the first drop of high octane is pumped into their oversized gas tanks, they tip the scales at close to 650 pounds. Besides their big-inch, torque-laden engines, they have large, protective fairings, spacious, quick detach saddlebags, electrically adjustable windshields and elaborate shaft final drives.
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tour master: TRANSITION SERIES 2
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tour master
TRANSITION SERIES 2
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0048.xml
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67
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AMA
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AMA
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0049.xml
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69
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DAIRYLAND CYCLE INSURANCE
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DAIRYLAND CYCLE INSURANCE
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0050.xml
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71
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KYMCO: 500Ri
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KYMCO
500Ri
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0051.xml
article
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72,74,76
FEATURES
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STARS & STRIPES FOREVER
An XR-750 street-tracker returns to the road
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ALLAN GIRDLER
THERE'S NOTHING QUITE LIKE THE motivation provided by being shamed and disgraced in front of one's peers. As in? Seen here is my Harley-Davidson XR-750, a 1970 engine in a ’72 frame, built by me and first seen on these pages way back in 1984. The XR and I have done vintage roadraces at Daytona and Laguna Seca, the mile at Indy, TT and half-mile at Sturgis, even toured France in the paint scheme seen here, and the French waved and cheered.
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INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
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INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0053.xml
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DiscountRamps
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DiscountRamps
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0054.xml
article
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76
FEATURES
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FOLKLORE vs. FACT
Life lesson in a leaky gas tank
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Allan Girdler
Quoting from the personal memoirs of U.S. Grant, “Wars produce many stories of fiction, some of which are told until they are believed to be true.” Swap “motorcycling” for “wars,” and our stage is set: When I was a scrawny teenager, struggling with a Harley Big Twin three years older than me, I hung around the two-room Harley store and marveled at the stories told by the older guys.
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77
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Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
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Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0056.xml
review
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78
TEST
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Long-Term Update
Honda CBR1000RR Ups and downs
BMW F800GS Do-it-all (almost) Beemer
KTM SUPER DUKE Pipe-fitter
Honda
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Honda
CBR1000RR
$11,595
Honda
F800GS
$10,520
Honda
SUPER DUKE
$13,998
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AFTER INTRODUCING THE CBR1000RR to our long-term fleet last December, we fitted the big Honda with a 25mm fork cartridge kit ($1760) and a TTX36 shock ($1399), both from Öhlins (www.ohlinsusa.com). We then headed to Utah's Miller Motorsports Park, mounted DOT-approved Pirelli Diablo Supercorsas ($728; www.us.pirellimoto.com) and lapped five seconds faster than we had during our "Turn & Burn" Open-class comparison (July, 2008).
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0058.xml
review
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80
CW EVALUATIONS
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Alpinestars GPX Gloves
Protect without losing touch
Alpinestars, Inc.
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Alpinestars, Inc.
GPX Gloves
$120
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THICK, HEAVILY ARMORED ROADRACE-style gloves with their long gauntlets and bulky security straps are no fun at the gas-n-dash, where easy-off/easy-on is ideal. Same goes for the sandwich shop, magazine rack or video store, all places where speed counts.
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CW EVALUATIONS
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HelmetSecure Lock
Anti-theft for brain buckets
HelmetSecure
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HelmetSecure
HelmetSecure Lock
$60
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OWNERSHIP OF A HARLEY-DAVIDSON brings with it many benefits—heritage, high resale value, etc.—but it does not include a place to securely hang your helmet. While almost every other motorcycle comes with some kind of helmet-locking device, Harleys never have.
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VANCE & HINES
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VANCE & HINES
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review
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82
CW EVALUATION
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Bridgestone BT-003RS
Race tires for the street?
Bridgestone
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Bridgestone
BT-003RS
$167
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BRIDGESTONE MAKES THE SPEC TIRES for MotoGP, so its engineers are used to spending time at racetracks watching motorcycles go around and around, lap after lap. Maybe it wasn’t out of the ordinary, then, for the Japanese tire-maker to invite the moto-press to the Almeria circuit on the southeastern coast of Spain to test the new dual-compound BT-003RS—except that the 003 is a DOT-approved street tire.
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CompetitionAccessories
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CompetitionAccessories
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84,86,88,90,92
RACE WATCH
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FORCE OF NATURE
Three-time AMA Superbike Champion Ben Spies has gone straight to the front of the pack in his rookie World Superbike season
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KEVIN CAMERON
BEN SPIES WAS DOING EVERYTHING IN NIKI LAUDA style—as well as it could possibly be done. Each lap, he advanced on the very fast and powerful leading Ducati 1198Rs of Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio. This was not a display of end-run tactics or avant-garde technique.
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85
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Skip Barber Superbike School
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Skip Barber Superbike School
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0065.xml
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87
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0066.xml
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89
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WeatherTech
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WeatherTech
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0067.xml
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90
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MOTORCYCLE MECHANICS INSTITUTE
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MOTORCYCLE MECHANICS INSTITUTE
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0068.xml
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90
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D.I.D Racing Chain
520ERV3 GOLD
D.I.D Racing Chain
KM50IE
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0069.xml
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91
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Motorcycle Superstore
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Motorcycle Superstore
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0070.xml
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92
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Advertisements
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Fi2000
Advanced Fi Circuitry
Fi2000
Simple Plug and Ride Connectors
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0071.xml
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93
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0072.xml
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94,95
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CHAPARRAL
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CHAPARRAL
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0073.xml
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96,97,98,99,100,101
DEPARTMENTS
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SERVICE
Need for (correct) speed
Lashing out
Chain slack for dummies
Torquey or dorky?
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PAUL DEAN
Q Some time ago in a Service letter, a reader inquired about speedometer error. I own a 2006 Yamaha FZ1 on which I have changed the front sprocket, and I know my speedometer is off. It averages somewhere in the range of 100-plus meters for every couple of kilometers traveled.
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Tool Time
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Mark Hoyer
There is no doubt it all started with a rock. But the hammer, and our ability to whack things, has come a long way. Cruise the hammer department at your local hardware/home-improvement/auto-parts store or in a working tool truck (Snap-on, Stahlwille, Matco, etc.) and you’ll find a fantastic array of types: sledge, claw, ball-peen, lead, brass, urethane, hide, dead-blow and more.
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Dynojet: POWER COMMANDER V
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Dynojet
POWER COMMANDER V
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review
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99
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BEST USED BIKES
Honda Nighthawk 750
Honda
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Honda
Nighthawk 750
$3995 (’91) to $5799 (’03)
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Years sold: 1991 to 2003 MSRP new: $3995 (’91) to $5799 (’03) Blue Book retail value: $1855 to $3400 Basic specs: A 463-pound standard-style motorcycle powered by an air-cooled, 747cc, dohc inline-Four that made a claimed 75 hp at 8500 rpm and 47.2 ft.-lb.
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GIVI
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GIVI
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0078.xml
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99
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S100
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S100
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0079.xml
review
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100
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Recall Roster
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Buell Motorcycle Co.
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Buell Motorcycle Co.
2009 XB12R
Buell Motorcycle Co.
2009 Monster 696
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NHTSA Recall No. 09V109000 Manufacturer: Buell Motorcycle Co. Models: 2009 XB12R, XB12Scg; 2008 1125R Number of units involved: 3316 Problem: The front brake line on the subject motorcycles may contact the front tire, which could cause a hole to develop in the brake line and allow brake fluid to leak.
CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0080.xml
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100
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ColorRite Distributing Inc.
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ColorRite Distributing Inc.
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0081.xml
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100
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msf
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msf
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0082.xml
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100
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ORIGINAL BIKE SPIRITS
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ORIGINAL BIKE SPIRITS
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0083.xml
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CYCLEWORLD
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SOUTHWEST MOTO TIRES
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SOUTHWEST MOTO TIRES
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CYCLE WORLD
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CYCLE WORLD
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103,104,105,106,107,108,109,110,111,112,113
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CYCLE WORLD SHOWCASE
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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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115
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DUNLOP: SPORTMAX Q2
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DUNLOP
SPORTMAX Q2
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0090.xml
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116
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Ford: MUSTANG
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Ford
MUSTANG
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CycleWorld_20090801_0048_008_0091.xml