Issue: 20140401

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
April
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Monday, October 20, 2014
12/10/2014 8:32:51 PM

Articles
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0001.xml
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SHOEI Safety Helmet Corp.: RF-1200
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SHOEI Safety Helmet Corp.
RF-1200
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0002.xml
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4
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Progressive Casualty Ins. Co.
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Progressive Casualty Ins. Co.
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0003.xml
tableOfContents
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CYCLE WORLD
Contents
TESTS
FEATURES
IGNITION
COLUMNS
EVALUATION
RACE WATCH
DEPARTMENTS
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0004.xml
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DEnnIS KirK
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DEnnIS KirK
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0005.xml
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VICTORY: GUNNER
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VICTORY
GUNNER
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0006.xml
masthead
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0007.xml
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VICTORY MOTORCYCLES: 2015 Victory Gunner
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VICTORY MOTORCYCLES
2015 Victory Gunner
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0008.xml
article
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UP FRONT
EDITOR'S LETTER
THE FORGOTTEN TOOL KIT
MOTORCYCLE MAKERS, PLEASE THROW A WRENCH (OR TWO) IN THE WORKS
THIS MONTH'S STATS
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MARK HOYER
It's true we don't have much need to field strip a motorcycle with a factory tool kit these days. So little seems to go wrong; why do you need a plug wrench or feeler gauge? And if you are unfortunate enough to face a ride-stopping mechanical failure, the likelihood that you'll be able to fix it roadside and get going again is slim.
CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0009.xml
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Motonation: SiDI
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Motonation
SiDI
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0010.xml
article
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Intake
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Intake
KICKSTART THE CONVERSATION
30 IS THE NEW 20, RIGHT?
ONE MEAN MUPPET?
WE TOLD YOU HE WASN'T GONE
LIGHTER HARLEY YES
LIGHTER HARLEY NO
SEEING THE LIGHT
ANOTHER HUSKY APPLIANCE?
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As a child of the '80s, I was very impressed with Mav's ride in Top Gun, and I purchased one of its descendants, the 1998 ZX-9R. If Ninja is now 30,1998 was the arrogant teenage years after puberty when it started working out, dropped 70 pounds, and made the team as the first production bike to break into the 9s at the dragstrip.
CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0011.xml
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VANCE & HINES
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VANCE & HINES
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0012.xml
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CW
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CW
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0013.xml
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BMW: BMW R nineT
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BMW
BMW R nineT
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0014.xml
review
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16,17,18
Ignition
FIRST RIDE
CW FIRST RIDE 2014 HONDA CBR1000RR SP
THE RIDE STARTS HERE
A velvet glove with iron-fist performance
BY THE NUMBERS
HONDA
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HONDA
CBR1000RR SP
$16,699
Michael Neeves/MCN
THE HISTORY of Honda's CBR1000RR has been one of careful, even conservative, evolution since the arrival of the original CBR900RR in the US for the 1993 model year. From the beginning, Honda chose a path of finesse over force, preferring a lightweight and sweet-handling package to monster power.
CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0015.xml
article
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STILL A WINNING FORMULA?
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Blake Conner
In the May 1992 issue of Cycle World, the brand-new CBR900RR went up against Yamaha's FZR1000 and Suzuki's GSX-R1100. Could Honda's lightweight/smallerdisplacement formula match the liter-plus powerhouses of the day? The RR proved its point after lapping Willow Springs Raceway's 2.5mile course more than a second quicker than the second-best CSX-R, then besting both at the dragstrip despite giving up 10 hp to each.
CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0016.xml
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ICON: SANCTUARY JACKET
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ICON
SANCTUARY JACKET
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0017.xml
review
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IGNITION
FIRST RIDE
CW FIRST RIDE SSR MOTORSPORTS SR250
Budget Berm Blaster
SSR MOTORSPORTS
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SSR MOTORSPORTS
SR250
$3,699
Jimmy Lewis
With dirt bike prices knocking on $10,000, market forces are calling for a bike such as the SSR Motorsports SR250. Never heard of it? Unless you've been a fan of Chinese-made minibikes and side-by-side ATVs, you probably haven't, which isn't surprising, but the SR250'S $3,699 retail price certainly is.
CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0018.xml
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GElCO Motorcycle
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GElCO Motorcycle
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0019.xml
review
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22,23
IGNITION
NEWS
THE INTERCEPTOR RETURNS!
HONDA'S V-4-POWERED VFR800F REJOINS BIG RED'S US LINEUP
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Andrew Bornhop
After a four-year hiatus, Honda's VFR800F Interceptorthe legendary V-4powered sportbike that captured multiple Ten Best awards and routinely won us over with its impeccable balance-returns to the US market for 2014. As the bike revealed at EICMA last year suggests, the new Interceptor will have a new fork and swingarm, plus standard traction control, ABS, and heated grips.
CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0020.xml
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COBRA
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COBRA
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0021.xml
review
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IGNITION
NEWS
HONDA CB650F
FORBIDDEN FRUIT NO MORE
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AB
At EICMA last year, we fell in love with the CB650F and practically begged Honda to start selling this European-market streetfighter in the US. Well, our wish was granted when Honda recently announced that it would bring this tidy four-cylinder city shredder Stateside.
CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0022.xml
article
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IGNITION
NEWS
CW 25 YEARS AGO
APRIL 1989
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Don Canet
Yeow! An eyescorching neon pink Cycle World logo and cover blurb hinted (not so subtly) of the "Wild Things!!!" residing within this no-fooling April issue. Our "Futurebikes" cover story featured a half-dozen conceptual drawings by imaginative designer Stuart Imai.
CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0023.xml
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D.I.D Racing Chain: X-RING
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D.I.D Racing Chain
X-RING
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0024.xml
review
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IGNITION
GEAR
NEW IDEAS SPRING IS HERE. LET'S RIDE!
Five new products for the motorcycle life
alpinestars
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alpinestars
Alpinestars' Techstar
$179.95
Forget the bright colors and fancy graphics. What's under the hood? Alpinestars' Techstar ($179.95) is a tough, lightweight off-road pant with a reinforced seat, 3-D-shaped leathercovered knees, and a freedom-of-movement back panel. Pair'em with a matching Techstar jersey and glove. All sold exclusively online.
alpinestars
Rizoma Tapered Handlebar
$110
What's the first thing that crosses your mind when you bring home a new motorcycle? Which part should I change first, right? On Yamaha's FZ-09, a Rizoma Tapered Handlebar ($110) Is a prime personalization launch point. From there, it's a small step to grips, brake and clutch levers, mirrors, marker lights...
alpinestars
CTEK MUS 4.3 Test and Charge
$119.99
Did you leave your battery unattended all winter? A fully automatic reconditioning feature on the CTEK MUS 4.3 Test and Charge ($119.99) "will revive and restore deeply discharged and stratified batteries," Three programs evaluate voltage, starting power, and alternator performance. Works with all 12volt lead-acid batteries.
alpinestars
Öhlins FKA 100-series cartridge kits
$1,461
Based on NIX technology, Öhlins FKA 100-series cartridge kits $1,461 fit late-model adventure bikes, Including the BMW F800GS, Triumph Tiger 800, and Ducati Multistrada. Tuned for "long miles on difficult terrain," the "drop-In" cartridges offer rebound damping adjustment on one leg, compression on the other, and preload on both.
alpinestars
Artago Aecure Bunker Park & Roll
$1,190
Looking for a theft-proof parking solution? Meet the Artago Aecure Bunker Park & Roll ($1,190). For cruisers, sportbikes, tourers, or scooters, this 220-pound anchoredIn-place system uses a foot-release front-wheel clamp to secure your bike upright then swings alongside a nearby wall to maximize space for another vehicle.
Matthew Miles
LOOK (AND FEEL) GOOD IN THE DIRT Forget the bright colors and fancy graphics. What's under the hood? <p moved="true">Alpinestars' Techstar</p> ($179.95) is a tough, lightweight off-road pant with a reinforced seat, 3-D-shaped leathercovered knees, and a freedom-of-movement back panel.
CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0025.xml
review
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IGNITION
EVALAUTION
CW EVALUATION SHORTIES!
Step out of the norm in these ankle-height riding boots
OTHER OPTIONS
motonation
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motonation
SIDI STREETBURNER
$265
motonation
ICON 1000 EL BAJO
$190
motonation
TCX X-STREET
149.99
motonation
Alpinestars CR-4
$199.95
motonation
Bilt Sprint Racer
$139.99
motonation
Dainese Vera Cruz
$169.95
motonation
Firstgear Mest Lo
$109.95
motonation
Cinza
$289.99
motonation
Speed And Strength
$99.95
Don Canet
<p moved="true">SIDI STREETBURNER</p> Black; size 7.5-13 <p moved="true">motonation</p>.com $265 Rigid as a tortoise's shell, Sidi's sport boot comes with replaceable screw-on ankle, heel, and toe protection as well as a closable vent.
CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0026.xml
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YUASA
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YUASA
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0027.xml
article
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IGNITION
SKILLS
BECAUSE YOU CAN'T RIDE EVERYWHERE TRAVEL LIKE A PRO
MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden shares his frequent-flyer tricks for getting from one place to another comfortably
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Chris Jonnum
The prospect of air travel can be downright daunting, but veterans eventually develop tricks that make the process more bearable. While racing the MotoGP circuit over the past II years, Nicky Hayden has logged too many air miles to count, so if you want to arrive at your destination calm and relaxed, read on for the 2006 world champ's best advice.
CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0028.xml
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Allstate MOTORCYCLE
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Allstate MOTORCYCLE
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0029.xml
article
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IGNITION
GUEST COLUMN
INTERSECTING LIVES
MY TAKE ON MARC MARQUEZ, 2013 MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPION
BY THE NUMBERS
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FREDDIE SPENCER
In the early 1920s, a young man, the son of a blacksmith who owned a bicycle shop in Japan, noticed an ad for Tokyo Art Shokai, a company that dealt in the "Manufacture and Repair of Automobiles, Motorcycles and Gasoline Engines." He wrote them a letter.
CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0030.xml
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POWER COMMANDER: QUICK SHFITER
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POWER COMMANDER
QUICK SHFITER
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0031.xml
article
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IGNITION
TDC
TELLING STORIES
MINIMIZE YOUR SCRAP RATE
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KEVIN CAMERON
I am fond of saying that writing is just keying in whatever it is you have to say. That is considerably complicated by the terrible question: What if somebody reads it? Writing in school can be an exercise in humiliation, so the very large population of people who can tell compelling stories in person is reduced by their memory of writing as, frankly, a punishment.
CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0032.xml
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CYCLE WORLD
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0033.xml
review
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CW
COMPARISOn
UPPER-MIDDLECLASS CLOUT
TWO, THREE, OR FOUR: THREE ENGINE CONFIGURATIONS, ONE GOAL. WHICH DELIVERS THE KNOCKOUT PUNCH?
ON THE STREET
ON THE TRACK
LAP ANALYSIS: STREETS OF WILLOW
THE ENVELOPE, PLEASE
DUCATI
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DUCATI
899 PANIGALE
$14,995
DUCATI
F3 800
$15,798
DUCATI
GSX-R750
$12,299
Blake Conner
Sugar Ray Leonard and Roy Jones Jr. are two of the most famous boxers to compete as super middleweights. If these bikes were fighters, that's exactly the class they'd be in-not quite burly enough to be heavyweights but far too tough and strong to be "just" middleweights.
CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0034.xml
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BRIDGESTONE: BATTLAX HYPERSPORT S20
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BRIDGESTONE
BATTLAX HYPERSPORT S20
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0035.xml
article
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SPRY VS. SPRY
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BC
Suppose you're in the enviable position of having to choose between two of the most stunning sportbikes Ducati has ever made. Which do you buy: the $18,995 basemodel 1199 Panigale or its 899 sibling at $14,995? We wondered how the 899 stacked up against the more powerful 1199.
CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0036.xml
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Schuberth: C3 PRO
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Schuberth
C3 PRO
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0037.xml
review
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CW
COMPARISOn
ALTERNATIVE ACTION
INDIAN MOTORCYCLE AND MOTO GUZZI FACE THE MONOPOLY
BIKES & BRRRDENS
DEATH & BEER
POWER & MONEY
WHAT REALLY MOVES US
HARLEY-DAVIDSON
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HARLEY-DAVIDSON
SOFTAIL DELUXE
$19,759
HARLEY-DAVIDSON
INDIAN CHIEF CLASSIC
$19,499
HARLEY-DAVIDSON
CALIFORNIA 1400 CUSTOM
$14,990
Jamie Elvidge
Did everyone see the commercial Indian Motorcycle created to describe the arrival of "choice in American motorcycles"? It's brilliant. Hundreds of Harley riders stream down a two-lane highway, while at a crossroad a mini pack of Indian riders waits patiently.
CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0038.xml
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OLYMPIA Moto Sports
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OLYMPIA Moto Sports
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0039.xml
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Advertisement
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0040.xml
article
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49,50,52,54
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CHAI RACER
RIDING THE NEW ROYAL ENFIELD IN ITS NATIVE INDIAN HABITAT
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Gary Inman
The morning's taxi journey is my very first taste of India, and even here, in the relatively laid-back western beachy tourist area of Goa, it spun my head like a roulette wheel. I can't get into the driver's brain. Why did he set up passes on the entry to every blind corner?
CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0041.xml
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SHORAI
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SHORAI
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0042.xml
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Advertisements
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Kabuto HELMETS
anandiII
Kabuto HELMETS
AerobladeIII
Kabuto HELMETS
KAMUI
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0043.xml
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Klim
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Klim
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0044.xml
article
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THE ANALOG LIFE
ANALOG MOTORCYCLES SAVES A BIMOTA FROM ITSELF
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MARK HOYER
The true art of the motorcycle may never have been so elegantly expressed as it has been by Italy's Bimota. The boutique manufacturer builds incredible chassis and equips them with high-performance engines from various manufacturers for a string of passion-inciting lowproduction hits.
CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0045.xml
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Advertisements
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Discount Ramps
Big Boy II
Discount Ramps
MOTORCYCLE CARRIERS
Discount Ramps
WHEEL CHOCK
Discount Ramps
LIFTS AND JACKS
Discount Ramps
RAMPS
Discount Ramps
STAND KITS
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0046.xml
review
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LOnG-TERM
WRAP-UP
KAWASAKI ZX-14R
FROM THE LOG BOOK
REPORT CARD
KAWASAKI
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KAWASAKI
ZX-14R
$14,699
Nick Ienatsch
Kawasaki: "We want the 14R to be the fastest, hardest-accelerating production bike in the world." CW: "Yeah, we need one for our long-term fleet, please." Every CW staffer considered buying this bike and not just because of its amazing engine.
CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0047.xml
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CYCLE GEAR: BiLT
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CYCLE GEAR
BiLT
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0048.xml
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Advertisements
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WeatherTech
BumpStep
WeatherTech
TechLiner
WeatherTech
FloorLiner
WeatherTech
CargoTech
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0049.xml
review
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LOnG-TERM
UPDATE
INDIAN CHIEFTAIN
RIDING OFF THE RESERVATION
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INDIAN CHIEFTAIN
$22,999
Jamie Elvidge
We simply can't get enough of the new Indian Chieftain. Editorin-Chief Hoyer was the first to succumb to the faired hard-bagger's charms while covertly covering its evolution. His thumbs-high First Ride (Oct. '13) was quickly followed by my own breathless online review documenting a three-day ride and reactions to the new model at last year's Sturgis event.
CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0050.xml
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BONNIER Motorcycle Group
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BONNIER Motorcycle Group
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0051.xml
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AvonMoto: AVON TYRES
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AvonMoto
AVON TYRES
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0052.xml
article
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Service
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Service
ME AND MY SHADOW
BOXER REHAB
WHISTLING TWIN
STOP THAT MONSTER
ASK KEVIN
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Kevin Cameron
Q:I have a 1999 Honda Shadow Spirit VT1100 that shifts precisely when it is cold, but as the bike gets warmer, it becomes difficult to find neutral, and shifting between lower gears is no longer precise. I am currently using Amsoil 20W-40 but have had this problem using a number of other synthetics and oils.
CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0053.xml
article
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SERVICE
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BLUEPOINT INFRARED THERMOMETER
TOOL TIME
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Mark Hoyer
There is much to be learned from temperature on various parts of a motorcycle, and one of the best ways to capture this information is with an infrared "no touch" thermometer like this Bluepoint unit (part No. RTEMPB3A, $120 from snapon.com) I've had in my toolbox for many years now.
CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0054.xml
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BRADFORD EXCHANGE: Cuckoo Clock
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BRADFORD EXCHANGE
Cuckoo Clock
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0055.xml
article
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70,71,72,74
RaceWatch
DIRT TRACK
SUPER PRESTIGIO!
THE VIEW FROM INSIDE THE PADDOCK
Marc Marquez and Brad Baker square off on a short track in Spain
HARLEY-DAVIDSON GEOGRAPHY
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Gary Inman
Dennis Noyes
IMAGINE YOU'RE 20 years old. You compete in an intense motorsport. At home, millions of your Spanish countrymen feel a vested interest in your success. Work is controlling a motorcycle that can snuff out your life in a blink and battling riders who wouldn't really care if the bike succeeded.
CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0056.xml
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CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS
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CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0057.xml
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CYCLE WORLD SHOWCASE
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0058.xml
article
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SLIPSTREAM
READER INFORMATION
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Editorial/Production: Offices are located at 15215 Alton Pkwy., Ste. 100, 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.
CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0059.xml
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alpinestars
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alpinestars
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0060.xml
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SUZUKI: V-Strom 1000 ABS
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SUZUKI
V-Strom 1000 ABS
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CycleWorld_20140401_0053_004_0061.xml