Issue: 20160401

Friday, April 1, 2016
April
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Sunday, February 21, 2016
2/21/2016 8:53:34 AM

Articles
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0001.xml
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Yamaha Motor Corporation
YZF-R6
Yamaha Motor Corporation
YZF-R3
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0002.xml
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Progressive Casualty Inc. Co.
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Progressive Casualty Inc. Co.
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0003.xml
tableOfContents
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0004.xml
masthead
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0005.xml
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kershaw: PAYLOAD
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kershaw
PAYLOAD
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0006.xml
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SCHUBERTH: E1
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SCHUBERTH
E1
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0007.xml
article
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UP FRONT
EDITOR'S LETTER
HOW WE RIDE
AMERICA IS A DIVERSE MARKET, YET HARLEY-DAVIDSON SALES TELL US WE ARE A CRUISER NATION.
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MARK HOYER
Harley-Davidson is right. All you have to do is cruise (sorry) the sales numbers to see that America's focus is on traditional American-style riding, and nobody does that kind of ride, that kind of lifestyle, better than The Motor Company.
CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0008.xml
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PIRELLI: Pirelli Diablo Rosso III
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PIRELLI
Pirelli Diablo Rosso III
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0009.xml
article
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Intake
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Intake
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Loved “Classic Rematch” (Jan./Feb.)! These are two bikes that I lusted after while growing up. The Norton dream was never fulfilled, but my brother and I together did end up buying a 1977 R100RS with a Motorsport paint job and an S fairing. Later, it became a Reg Pridmore project with too much stuff to name, but I never could get it to ride like my Italian motorcycles.
CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0010.xml
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SPIDI
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SPIDI
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0011.xml
review
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Ignition
CW FIRST RIDE
2016 KAWASAKI ZX-10R
Title Defense
KAWASAKI
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KAWASAKI
ZX-10R
$14,999 to 16,299
Don Canet
Kawasaki has earned the right to milk a championship hangover with two WSBK titles to its credit in the past three seasons. But Team Green isn’t falling into any such slumber, as the Ninja ZX-10R has undergone a major generational update for 2016.
CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0012.xml
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0013.xml
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Ducati North America: XDIAVEL
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Ducati North America
XDIAVEL
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0014.xml
review
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IGNITION
CW FIRST RIDE
2016 TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE R
The Streetfighter godfather
TRIUMPH
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TRIUMPH
SPEED TRIPLE S/R
$13,200/$14,900
Thomas Montano
You have to hand it to Triumph for staying true to its soul with the Speed Triple. Triumph has always had a certain sense of attitude and allure surrounding it. Bonnevilles and Tridents ruled back in the day, but neoclassics like the Speed Triple carry on its personality in the John Bloor era.
CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0015.xml
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Held
Carese II
Held
Torno II
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0016.xml
article
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IGNITION
NEWS
HEAD-UP!
BMW brings information to eye level in prototype HUD helmet
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Blake Conner
It’s almost shocking that head-up displays (HUD) in motorcycle helmets aren’t common by now. The technology to project vital data up into the pilot or driver’s field of view has existed for decades in both the aviation and automotive industries.
CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0017.xml
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GEICO
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GEICO
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0018.xml
review
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IGNITION
GEAR
NEW IDEAS LOCKDOWN
Five ways to get anchored
twistedthrottle
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twistedthrottle
Kaoko Throttle Stabilizer
$99.99—$229.99
THROTTLE LOCK Give your right wrist a rest with the Kaoko Throttle Stabilizer ($99.99—$229.99) designed as a bar-end weight replacement with a variable-friction throttle lock. Its intuitive twist on/off operation serves as a damper for reducing throttle sensitivity, slop, or as cruise control. There are more than 160 models to match OEM bar-end weight and styles. → (855) 255-5550 twistedthrottle.com
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Ram Mount Tough Claw with X-Grip
$51.99
PHONE STAY Smartphones offer many uses, such as GPS navigation and music playback, that the modern motorcyclist may find beneficial mid-ride. The Ram Mount Tough Claw with X-Grip ($51.99) secures your device to the bars and offers convenient ball-pivot adjustment. Optional mounts abound, including a suction-cup and GoPro attachment. → (206)763-8361 rammount.com
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ABUS Granit Detecto X-Plus
$179.99
MOTO MOTION SECURITY The ABUS Granit Detecto X-Plus 8077 ($179.99) is made of special temper hardened steel and incorporates 3-D alarm sensor technology. Once armed and on the brake disc it will detect any motion, emitting a warning sound before the 100-decibel alarm fully triggers—a perfect reminder if you forget the lock is on your bike. → (623) 516-9933 abus.com
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HelmetLok and T Bar
$32.50
THEFT-DETERRING HELMET HANGER Tired of toting your helmet around? The HelmetLok and T Bar ($32.50) is a carabiner-style lock with a programmable combo. The locking arm pivots outward, easing the task of clipping onto a handle-bar or frame tube. The included T Bar accessory is useful for attaching helmets with ratchet-strap mechanisms. → rockycreekdesigns.com
Don Canet
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0019.xml
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EBC BRAKES: Vee-Rotors
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EBC BRAKES
Vee-Rotors
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0020.xml
review
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IGNITION
CW EVALUATION
SPORTRX PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES
Peak vision
sportrx
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sportrx
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Don Canet
A fundamental for safe and fun motor-cycling is having a clear view of the road ahead. Even if you’re not an open-face helmet wearer, the right pair of prescription shades can make a big difference in how well you see the line threading a fast curve.
CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0021.xml
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HARLEY-DAVIDSON
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HARLEY-DAVIDSON
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0022.xml
article
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IGNITION
RIDING SKILLS
MAN THAT BARGE
Top tips for handling heavy touring rigs
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John L. Stein
"She's mighty-mighty just lettin' it all hang out." Funny, but for years I thought that 1977 Commodores song was about a brick house. Well, think again because the curb weight of a Gold Wing has swelled from 626 pounds in 1977 to 904 for ’16, while the latest Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra weighs in at a hefty 916 pounds.
CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0023.xml
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Klim
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Klim
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0024.xml
article
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IGNITION
BIKE LIFE
THIS BIKE SUCKS
A PRINCESS LOOKING FOR THE PEA
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PETER JONES
It’s a dangerous job, that of a motorcycle journalist. Dangerous from both behind the handlebars and in front of the keyboard. And I’m not just talking about forgetting to turn off the blinker or mixing metaphors. The biggest risk a motojournalist faces is in being evaluated for how he or she evaluates.
CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0025.xml
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SU2C
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SU2C
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0026.xml
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IGNITION
TDC
INDIAN HISTORY
BIG IMPACT FROM SURPRISINGLY SMALL NUMBERS
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KEVIN CAMERON
So much history was created by so few Indian motorcycles, in a sport that was then such a tiny part of the American scene. In its greatest years, Indian was a major innovator, pioneering all-chain drive and a two-speed transmission at a time when belt drive and “light pedal assist” were so common that Isle of Man TT race authorities banned pedaling in 1911.
CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0027.xml
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FLY STREET: CONQUEST HELMET
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FLY STREET
CONQUEST HELMET
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0028.xml
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MOTOREX: Motorex Power Synt 4T
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MOTOREX
Motorex Power Synt 4T
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0029.xml
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BATES
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BATES
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0030.xml
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VICTORY OCTANE
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EXCLUSIVE FIRST RIDE OCTANE
VICTORY'S NEW 1,200cc CRUISER GETS INDIAN SCOUT BONES AND A SPORTING TWIST
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Steve Anderson
For those of you who haven’t noticed, Polaris, the parent company of Victory and Indian motor-cycles, has been on fire. Having pushed past tough competitors such as Honda and Yamaha, it dominates the North American market for off-road four-wheelers (from ATVs to UTVs and side-by-sides), contends for the top of the snowmobile market with Bombardier, and has seen its earnings and stock rise in reward.
CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0031.xml
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HIGH-OCTANE DESIGN
From the CORE concept to production
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Steve Anderson
MIKE SONG had a problem. As one of the senior members of Polaris’30-man Industrial Design team, he was expected to compete on new projects if he wanted to work on them, and he wanted the next one: Victory’s midsize cruiser. He had already designed the extremely well-received Victory “CORE” showbike.
CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0032.xml
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OLYMPIA Moto Sports
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OLYMPIA Moto Sports
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0033.xml
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POLARIS: AMERICA'S OTHER MOTORCYCLE COMPANY
From Hetteen Hoist to the Victory Octane, a brief history
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Steve Anderson
While almost every American motorcyclist knows about Harley-Davidson’s history, reaching back to 1903, most are likely less familiar with the corporate background of Polaris Industries, America’s other large motorcycle company, represented by the Indian and Victory brands.
CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0034.xml
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WeatherTech: Motorcycle Billet BumpStep
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WeatherTech
Motorcycle Billet BumpStep
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0035.xml
review
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CW COMPARISON
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THE NEW AMERICAN BOB-JOBS
SADDLE UP FOR A NO-FRILLS CRUISE DOWN NOSTALGIA LANE
VICTORY
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VICTORY
GUNNER
$13,499
VICTORY
SOFTAIL SLIM S
$18,499
VICTORY
DARK HORSE
$17,499
Paul Dean
Unless you’ve been collecting Social Security longer than you care to admit, you have no personal recollection of the late 1940s. That, obviously, is because you either weren’t around back then or were way too young to remember. But images of that nostalgic era are precisely what the three American-made cruisers seen here are intended to project.
CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0036.xml
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SEDICI HELMETS
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SEDICI HELMETS
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0037.xml
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D.I.D Racing Chain
520ERV3 X-RING GOLD
D.I.D Racing Chain
VX SERIES X-RING GOLD
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0038.xml
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Advertisement: S100 Total Cycle Cleaner
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S100 Total Cycle Cleaner
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0039.xml
review
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CW COMPARISON
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CAFÉ CRUISE
THREE BLENDS OF V-TWIN, CAFÉ STYLE
H-D
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H-D
SPORTSTER 48
$11,549
H-D
VULCAN S CAFÉ
$7999
H-D
C-SPEC
$8690
Don Canet
As I rolled out of bed lethargically, it was clear a bit of a pick-me-up was in order. This trio of hip café-inspired cruisers percolating in the Cycle World garage suggested we turn up the heat and hit the road in search of a good cup of joe. Cruising has always been about style, so it’s no surprise that a resurgent café racer culture should influence motorcycles in this otherwise distinctly American space.
CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0040.xml
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THE PENINSULA
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THE PENINSULA
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0041.xml
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Cycle World
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0042.xml
article
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DUCATI XDIAVEL
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THE UN-CRUISER
THE DIAVEL'S NEW X FACTOR, WHICH IS MORE OF A CRUISER YET NOT
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Mark Hoyer
WHEN THE ORIGINAL DIAVEL ROLLED OUT AT the 2010 Milan motorcycle show, it was considered by some to be a broken promise from this brand known for exotic and beautiful superbikes and other sporting creatures with athletic DNA. After one ride, we were not among the doubters.
CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0043.xml
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Cycle World
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0044.xml
article
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CW CUSTOM
S&S DRAGON
EXIT THE DRAGON
S&S BUILD A 160-HP "SPORT" BAGGER. AND A HARLEY-DAVIDSON ROAD GLID HAS NEVER BEEN MORE ULTRA.
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Joe Gustafson
The temperature was chilly with a chance of low-side. A crisp Wisconsin morning that Tumblr fanatics dream about, with curving roads, dense foliage, and a sheen of frost. And here I was standing in front of a 167-rear-wheel-horsepower bagger that was shivering with fury.
CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0045.xml
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Dynojet
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Dynojet
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0046.xml
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0047.xml
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0048.xml
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0049.xml
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Service
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Service
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RAY NIERLICH
Q: I noticed that the crank in a recent article comparing flat-plane to crossplane designs showed a crossplane crank where the two pistons on the left would be on the way up, while the other two were on the way down, hinting that they may fire an even 360 degrees apart (half the 720-degree cycle).
CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0050.xml
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SERVICE
TOOL TIME
CYNTUR JUMPER PACK MINI
DON’T BE LEFT FOR DEAD
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Blake Conner
A dead motorcycle battery has stranded us all, right? Luckily, most of the time a dead battery is discovered in the comfort of our own garage—due to maintenance neglect—and really isn't a huge inconvenience. But then there are the times when you really are in a pickle.
CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0051.xml
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SERVICE
BEST USED BIKES
EARLY EVOLUTION HARLEY-DAVIDSON SPORTSTER
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YEARS SOLD: 1986—2003 MSRP NEW: $3995 (’86 XLH) to $9595 (’03 1200C) BLUE BOOK RETAIL VALUE: $2975 (’86) to $3940 (’03) BASIC SPECS: Begin with the best of both worlds. The ridged-mount Evo Sportster was lighter, faster, and more reliable than the very first XLs, the iron-top version.
CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0052.xml
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0053.xml
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AIR HAWK
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AIR HAWK
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0054.xml
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Race Watch
YAMAHA TZ750
RACING A LEGEND
Sampling a Spondon Yamaha TZ750 roadracer at speed
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Nick lenatsch
"I high-sided the TZ750 more than any other bike I’ve ridden.” Dead silence from me. I was four days away from racing Russ Bigley’s Yamaha TZ750. Kenny Roberts continued: “The thing was just so much better than the tires we could get. I’d get it in there and want to pick up the throttle and get going...
CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0055.xml
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MOTO AMERICA
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MOTO AMERICA
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0056.xml
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0057.xml
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SLIPSTREAM
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SLIPSTREAM
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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 forthe return of unsolicited material unless accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0058.xml
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ALPINESTARS: THE SANTA FE AIR DRYSTAR JACKET
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ALPINESTARS
THE SANTA FE AIR DRYSTAR JACKET
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0059.xml
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Allstate MOTORCYCLE
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Allstate MOTORCYCLE
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CycleWorld_20160401_0055_003_0060.xml