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2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 First Ride
…Suzukis with the pearlescent white of our test bike being particularly pleasing. I doubt whether Suzuki has reformed in terms of their consistently low standards of corrosion protection, so you will still have to hose the bike down regularly, but at least there will be the incentive to do so. The '12…
2010 Honda CBR1000RR Long Term Wrap Up
…parked it in or outside and even in the rain it always fired right up every morning and everything from the clutch and brakes feel tight. Maintenance costs were low with the only cost incurred being an oil and filter change at 600 miles per manual recommendations. We also rarely had to adjust the drive…
2005 Suzuki Boulevard First Ride
…the low- and mid-range torque curve. The dual-pin crankshaft smoothes out the vibes while silent-operation cam chains with automatic tensioners reduce noise and maintenance requirements. The smooth shifting 5-speed with hydraulic clutch transmits the power to the pavement via a low-maintenance shaft…
2009 Star V Star Cruisers First Look
…suit-and-tie set who want to pick up something on the cheap that they can have fun on that's not a scooter. The little cruisers require little maintenance, would be a great commuter, and take up half a parking space. V Star 1100 Silverado (Classic & Custom) The 2009 V Star 1100 Custom is lower and lighter…
Norton Commando 961 First Ride
…early days of their ownership. By contrast, what is an utter delight is the bike's nimble feeling. It is wafer thin and because the engine is mounted low, the 961 feels much lighter than its 400-plus pounds. The bike can be trickled around, feet up, at almost zero miles an hour and builds on the pleasure…
2010 Honda NT700V First Ride
…-looking chrome exhaust terminating on the right-hand side of the machine. Engine power is transferred to the rear wheel via a 5-speed gearbox and a low maintenance shaft final drive. The powertrain is further augmented by a conventional cable-actuated clutch. Punch the throttle and the engine responds by chugging…
Dr. Frazier's Globe Killer KLR650 Part 4
…-Trails during the 20,000 mile check-up and maintenance session of the result of not attending to the air cleaner versus loss of performance and low gas mileage. Cleaning the re-usable air cleaner every 3000 miles has become part of the routine maintenance. Spark Plug: The spark plug gap looked fine…
2004 Kawasaki VN1600
…fuel injection improves low- and mid-range torque. This improved motor provides a strong, steady stream of power up to about 5000 rpm. Ample low-end grunt means there's no need to wind it up to the 6000-rpm rev limiter. And the hydraulic valve adjusters mean low maintenance, too. The gear-driven counterbalancer…
2004 Kawasaki Mean Streak 1600
…each injector help to atomize the fuel more efficiently. Dual spark plugs cut detonation for added durability. By using rubber engine mounts, no-maintenance hydraulic valve lash adjusters, and a gear-driven engine balancer, the single-pin crankshaft engine runs smoothly without annoying vibrations, yet…
2008 Buell 1125R First Ride
…into the double digits. The allure of the two-cylinder power delivery has always been at the heart of Buell and the 1125R is the company's low-cost, low-maintenance alternative to the more exclusive and expensive European sportbikes. After just a few minutes of the street ride there was no doubt the motor…
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