Issue: 20120301

Thursday, March 1, 2012
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Articles
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0001.xml
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Triumph Motorcycles North America: Steve McQueen
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Triumph Motorcycles North America
Steve McQueen
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0002.xml
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4,5
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BRIDGESTONE: BATTLAX BT-016 PRO HYPERSPORT
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BRIDGESTONE
BATTLAX BT-016 PRO HYPERSPORT
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0003.xml
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Luminox
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Luminox
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0004.xml
tableOfContents
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0005.xml
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Advertisement: cycleworld
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cycleworld
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0006.xml
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HARLEY-DAVIDSON INSURANCE
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HARLEY-DAVIDSON INSURANCE
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0007.xml
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Kawasaki Motors Corp.: Ninja ZX-14R
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Kawasaki Motors Corp.
Ninja ZX-14R
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0008.xml
masthead
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0009.xml
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Kawasaki Motors Corp.: Ninja ZX-14R
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Kawasaki Motors Corp.
Ninja ZX-14R
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0010.xml
article
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UP FRONT
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Breaking Up (is Hard)
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MARK HOYER
OWNING A MOTORCYCLE HAS ALWAYS cast a positive tint on my world view. From the first one to the most recent, the pride, possession, maintenance and promise associated with a motorcycle in my garage has buoyed my perspective on living. There have been lots of other pleasant side effects, too.
CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0011.xml
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hardkrome: VTX 1300 C/R/S
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hardkrome
VTX 1300 C/R/S
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0012.xml
article
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ROUNDUP
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ÖHLINS ELECTRONIC SUSPENSION
First in a new generation of TTX electronic shocks: upgrade for BMW GS, sportbikes to follow
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BLAKE CONNER
THE FUTURE OF SUSPENSION IS UNFOLDing right in front of our eyes. In a few short years, screwdrivers and shock-preload spanners will be a distant memory. For many current BMW and Ducati owners, they already are. But what if you don’t like the performance of your factory-issued electronic suspension or the range of its adjustments?
CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0013.xml
review
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ROUNDUP
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CONFEDERATE X132 HELLCAT
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X132 HELLCAT
$49,500
Blake Conner
ALABAMA’S CONFEDERATE MOTORS JUST RELEASED the third generation of its X132 Hellcat, named after the legendary F6F Hellcat fighter plane. Unique to the latest X132 are the billet engine cases, which are machined from two blocks of 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum. The numerical designation denotes the 56-degree V-Twin engine’s 132-cubic-inch (2163cc) displacement. Confederate that the fuel-injected monster produces 132 horsepower and 150 foot-pounds of torque.
CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0014.xml
article
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ROUNDUP
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MEET THE NEW GUY
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Mark Hoyer
WE’D LIKE TO EXTEND A warm welcome to the latest addition to the Cycle World staff, Thomas Kinzer, our new Digital Content Manager. If it’s related to pixels and CW, he’s involved. While Kinzer is an ex-IBM IT geek, we let that slide because he’s been a lifelong motorcyclist who got his start on dirtbikes camping with his family.
CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0015.xml
article
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ROUNDUP
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YAMAHA Y125 MOEGI
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Blake Conner
PRACTICAL TRANSPORTATION WAS A COMMON THEME AMONGST the vehicles Yamaha displayed at the 42nd annual Tokyo Motor Show last December. Sharing the limelight with an electric-assisted bicycle and a 50cc three-wheel scooter was the Y125 Moegi.
CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0016.xml
article
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ROUNDUP
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DO IT FOR THE CHILDREN
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John Burns
Paul Dean
This year’s Cycle World/Ride for Kids bike to benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation really does combine a few of our favorite things. Put together by Gregg DesJardins of Gregg's Customs, this one starts out as the excellent little Honda CBR250R, loses a little bodywork, gains some cool bits, including CRG mirrors, and Dunlop tires, and winds up being a dirttrack-inspired street urchin/scrambler that looks like it would be right at home almost anywhere.
CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0017.xml
article
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ROUNDUP
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Must Ride Roads
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THIS IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF PERIODIC FEATURES THAT WILL HIGHLIGHT A selection of the best motorcycle roads, hangouts and destinations on planet Earth. From exotic, off-the-beaten-path highways and byways that staffers have ridden to routes sourced from motorcycle touring companies or motorcycle-specific map makers to the occasional offroad/adventure trail, we will scour the planet for the top rides.
CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0018.xml
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SHORAI: Shorai LFX
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SHORAI
Shorai LFX
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0019.xml
article
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ROUNDUP
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50 YEARS OF MANLINESS
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John Burns
THEY DIDN’T CALL ’EM THE SWINGIN’ ’70S FOR NOTHING. OR WAS THAT THE ’60S? NEVER MIND. AT THE CONFLUENCE of those decades, the dawn of the most recent Sexual Revolution was taking place concurrently with the beginning of the Great Cruiser Schism:
CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0020.xml
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Advertisements
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0021.xml
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olympiamotosports: AST 2 Jacket
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olympiamotosports
AST 2 Jacket
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0022.xml
review
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ROUNDUP
QUICKRIDE
2012 BMW G650GS Sertao
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BMW G650GS
$8650
Marc Cook
BMW HAS A WORD GAME for you. Where you might think Dakar, now say Sertao, referring to the vast badlands of northeastern Brazil. Why? Because the 2012 G650GS Sertao is nothing less than a reactivation of the popular F650GS Dakar. Turns out that BMW’s desire to take its entry-level machines upmarket—confusingly calling the starter version of its new 798cc parallel-Twin the F650—caused U.S. dealers to complain about the loss of a steady-selling, under-$10K model.
CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0023.xml
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Allstate
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Allstate
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0024.xml
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Honda Motor Co., Ltd.: CBR1000RR
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Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
CBR1000RR
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0025.xml
article
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DEPARTMENTS
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HOTSHOTS
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Sunday memories I keep forgetting to write how truly great the mag is, and finally the last straw! My January issue arrived today, and I read with mass chuckles the wonderful tribute to On Any Sunday. You guys didn’t miss a beat, from the five-time back-to-back viewing (I actually sat through it twice three nights in a row) to the subtleties of Mert’s title slipping away, along with the ending that so wonderfully posed how all things must pass.
CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0026.xml
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DENNISKIRK
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DENNISKIRK
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0027.xml
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vanceandhines
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vanceandhines
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0028.xml
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LEANINGS
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Directing Traffic
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PETER EGAN
WELL, OUR SLIMEY CRUD CAFÉ Racer Run was a big success this past fall. I’ve never been any good at estimating crowds, but those with adding machines behind their eyeballs assured me we had more than 1000 motorcycles show up for this biennial ride from Pine Bluff to Leland, Wisconsin.
CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0029.xml
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GEICO
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GEICO
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0030.xml
article
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TDC
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The Gold Star
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KEVIN CAMERON
BSA’S CLASSIC 350 AND 500CC GOLD Star Singles are the stuff of legend and were among the first production bikes that could also win races. Gold Stars won the Clubmans TT at the Isle of Man with such monotonous regularity that they were, like Yamaha’s TZ750s years later, vilified for being too good.
CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0031.xml
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YUASA
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YUASA
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0032.xml
review
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CYCLE WORLD TEST
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Kawasaki ZX-14R
Everything else is officially slow
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KAWASAKI NINJA ZX-14R
$14,899
NICK IENATSCH
HISTORY WILL SHOW THAT Cycle World's first ride on Kawasaki’s ZX-14R happened at a dragstrip. Think back to the HI and Z1 of the 1970s, Team Green’s first pacesetters, for the pattern this company has developed: big horsepower, industry-leading acceleration, physics-defying speed.
CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0033.xml
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EDITORS' NOTES
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Could it be time for the DMV to reassess the merit of its Class M license endorsement—at least when it pertains to the ZX-14R pilot? Sure, passing an MSF rider course and state written exam may land you on the street, but a routine blast through the lights at the Thursday night drags aboard a stone-stock 14R is likely to get you booted back to the curb, unless you hold a valid NHRA Pro license that allows you to run in the sub-10-second club.
CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0034.xml
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FEATURES
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Fifty Years of “Do You Have Any Idea How Fast You Were Going?”
A brief history of Ludicrous Speed
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JOHN BURNS
THE REASON WHY FASTER IS BETTER IS simple enough: Whoever gets there first gets to reproduce with the most desirable member(s) of the opposite sex and gets the best parking spot. Then it became more complicated. After the invention of cosmetics, getting there too fast was no good because the prey would still be in the bathroom anyway.
CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0035.xml
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PARTS UNLIMITED: FX-95
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PARTS UNLIMITED
FX-95
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0036.xml
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Honda Motor Co., Inc.
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Honda Motor Co., Inc.
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0037.xml
review
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CW FIRST RIDE
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Hard-Ball
High bars, hard bags and heaps of black: Victory's badass bagger
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Hard-Ball
$18,999
BLAKE CONNER
THERE’S NO DOUBT APE-HANGER BIKES ARE ALL ABOUT LOOKing cool. And although this bars-in-the-sky style definitely makes some demands of the rider that more conventional cruisers do not, most riders who prefer their fists flying at eye level (or above) couldn’t care less.
CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0038.xml
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FEATURES
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KLOCK ROADS
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Blake Conner
When Brian Klock of South Dakota’s Klock Werks Kustom Cycles (www.kustombaggers.com) was let loose to create a customized version of Victory’s Hard-Ball, his first question was, “What do we do with it?” The bike had to be completed by the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show, which gave Klock some inspiration. And he would need it, as he had just over a month to complete the build.
CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0039.xml
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PROGRESSIVE
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PROGRESSIVE
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0040.xml
article
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CW FIRST RIDE
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CBR1000RR
On the (almost) 20th anniversary of the CBR-RR, Honda stays the course with HTC (Human Traction Control)
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DON CANET
MOST LITER-CLASS RACER-REPLICAS now come equipped from the factory with traction control, so it is a bit of a surprise that Honda remains a “natural” throttle holdout for 2012. This is even more surprising, given that the CBR-RR is celebrating two decades (it was an early-release '93 model) of cutting-edge tech and large-engine, light-is-rightness.
CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0041.xml
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Kawasaki: ninja650
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Kawasaki
ninja650
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0042.xml
article
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FEATURES
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Baba’s Baby
1993 CBR900RR: The original RR and the story of a story that was, then wasn’t, then was
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PAUL DEAN
TO QUOTE THE FAMOUS LINE UTTERED BY ACTOR STROTHER MARTIN in the movie Cool Hand Luke, “What we got here is...failure to communicate." So it seemed in September of 1991 as I sat in my Tokyo hotel room, frustrated and confused, pleading my case by phone to people half a world away in Los Angeles.
CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0043.xml
review
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CW FIRST RIDE
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2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650
The middleweight-Twin Ninja drops the R. Now "rollicking" and "real good deal" are simply implied.
Kawasaki
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Kawasaki
Ninja 650
$7499
MARC COOK
HERE’S THE PROBLEM WITH ENTRY-LEVEL SPORT MOTORCYCLES: While the best ones have the right combination of performance and capability to go with their low acquisition cost and benign manners, they’re just not cool. How many beginning riders do you know who have tapped their college tuition for a 600cc supersport while still wearing bruises from the MSF course?
CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0044.xml
review
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FEATURES
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KAWASAKI Versys 1000
Taking adventure in a new direction
KAWASAKI
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KAWASAKI
Versys 1000
$14,878
ADAM CHILD
THE ADVENTURE-BIKE BANDWAGON IS picking up speed fast, and Kawasaki has jumped on board. But Team Green isn’t just going along for the ride; it’s taking the genre into unexplored territory with the new Versys 1000, the world’s first four-cylinder adventure machine.
CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0045.xml
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Scorpion Assault XDR Jacket
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Sliders All-Season Kevlar Mesh Jacket
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0046.xml
review
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CW RIDING IMPRESSION
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Husqvarna Nuda 900
A Germanic streetbike from the Italian dirtbike people
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Husqvarna Nuda 900
$12,300
MICHAEL NEEVES
AS STREETBIKES GO, THE NUDA 900, the first full-on road machine from off-road specialist Husqvarna in almost 80 years, is an oddball. That shouldn’t be surprising, since the Nuda is an oversize, straining-at-the-leash supermoto made by the people known for smaller versions of such machines but with a nod to the practicality and reliability that parent company BMW does so well with its streetbikes.
CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0047.xml
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DISCOUNTRAMPS
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DISCOUNTRAMPS
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0048.xml
review
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DEPARTMENTS
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NEW IDEAS
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Twisted Throttle
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Twisted Throttle
Twisted Throttle Denali D2 LED Lights
$349.99
Twisted Throttle
Blackstone Tek Carbon Fiber Yamaha VMax Wheels
$5290
Twisted Throttle
Brooks By Everest Criterion Mk1 Jacket
$1400
Twisted Throttle
Vans Ryan Villopoto Shoes
$70
Twisted Throttle
Saddlemen Heated Road Sofa and Explorer Seats
$664.95
Twisted Throttle
Scorpion Assailant Jacket
$359.95
Twisted Throttle
Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart II
$201.59
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Twisted Throttle offers a wide-ranging selection of aftermarket add-ons for Triumph’s new mid-size threecylinder 800 adventure-tourer and its more offroad-oriented sibling, the 800 XC. Among the multitude of parts showcased here are new dimmable (high/low) Denali D2 LED lights ($349.99).
CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0049.xml
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Shell V-Power
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0050.xml
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0051.xml
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MOTOSPORT
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MOTOSPORT
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0052.xml
review
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CW EVALUATION
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Tour Master Latitude Gloves
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Tour Master
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Tour Master
Tour Master Latitude Gloves
$49.99
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Paw protectors minus all the bells and whistles NOT EVERYONE WANTS, NEEDS OR can afford the kinds of gloves that Valentino Rossi and Ben Spies wear. For many riders, all that’s called for is something midway between those bigbuck, super-tech racing mitts and a pair of gardening gloves from Home Depot.
CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0053.xml
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rizoma
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rizoma
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0054.xml
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WeatherTech
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WeatherTech
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0055.xml
review
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DEPARTMENTS
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SERVICE
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American Honda Motor Co.
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American Honda Motor Co.
Recall Roster
PAUL DEAN
Break it in or break it? Q I have a question about motorcycle break-in. I plan to buy a new Kawasaki Z1000 as soon as the weather clears up around here, and I'd like to know if I should break in its engine slowly and gently, as some people claim, or “ride it like I stole it,” which is how a few local experts advised me to do it.
CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0056.xml
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ColorRite Distributing Inc.
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ColorRite Distributing Inc.
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0057.xml
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Advertisement
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0058.xml
article
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RACE WATCH
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The New MotoGP
Carmelo Ezpeleta is setting a different course for Grand Prix roadracing
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DENNIS NOYES
CARMELO EZPELETA, CEO OF DORNA, COMMERCIAL RIGHTS HOLDER FOR MOTOGP, doesn’t have a model motorcycle on his desk. He has a model boat. It’s not just any boat, either. It’s a small, sturdy Galician fishing vessel, crafted from wood and with a reputation for being virtually unsinkable.
CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0059.xml
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VARIANT CONSTRUCT
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AIRFRAME PLEASUREDDME
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0060.xml
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parts-unlimited
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parts-unlimited
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0061.xml
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Schuberth: Cardo Scala GÍ* Bluetooth system
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Schuberth
Cardo Scala GÍ* Bluetooth system
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0062.xml
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0063.xml
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Smile Train
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Smile Train
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0064.xml
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CYCLE WORLD SHOWCASE
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0065.xml
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SLIPSTREAM
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Reader Information
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Editorial/Production: Offices are located at 15255 Alton Parkway, Suite 200, Irvine, CA 92618; 760/707-0100. 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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FORD
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FORD
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0067.xml
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TRIUMPH
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TRIUMPH
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CycleWorld_20120301_0051_003_0068.xml