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Kawasaki Announces More 2023 Returning Models

Kawasaki announced the return of several sport, retro sport, naked, cruiser, adventure touring, and dual-sport models to its motorcycle lineup. These 2023 motorcycles are set to arrive in Kawasaki dealerships during the summer months.

Models included in this announcement are the Ninja 1000SX, Ninja 400 and 400 ABS, Z H2 and H2 SE, Z900RS and Z900RS Cafe, Z400 ABS, the Vulcan S and Vulcan 900 lineups, 1700 Voyager ABS, Versys-X300 and Versys-X300 ABS, and the KLR650 lineup.

To read about the 2023 KLX300 dual-sport, KLX300SM supermoto, Ninja ZX-6R sportbike, and new Elektrode electric balance bike, click here.

2023 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX

Kawasaki 2023 returning models
2023 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX in Emerald Blazed Green / Metallic Diablo Black / Metallic Graphite Gray

The Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX is back with its refined sport-touring capabilities, combining the power of a supersport with the feel of an upright sportbike and familiar Ninja styling.

The Ninja 1000SX features a 1,043cc liquid-cooled inline-Four, Kawasaki Traction Control, Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Braking System (KIBS), Kawasaki Quick Shifter, 4.3-inch all-digital TFT color instrumentation, and electronic cruise control.

Related Story: 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX | Road Test Review

The Ninja 1000SX includes rider aides such as electronic cruise control and integrated riding modes that combine traction control and Power Modes, and it is compatible with the Kawasaki RIDEOLOGY THE APP.

This 2023 model will be offered in Emerald Blazed Green / Metallic Diablo Black / Metallic Graphite Gray starting at $13,199

2023 Kawasaki Ninja 400 and Ninja 400 ABS

Kawasaki 2023 returning models
2023 Kawasaki Ninja 400 in Metallic Magnetic Dark Gray/ Metallic Matte Twilight Blue

Ideal for both experienced riders and newer riders looking to step up from a lower displacement bike, the 2023 Ninja 400 sport motorcycle offers the largest displacement in its category.

The 2023 Ninja 400 features a 399cc liquid-cooled parallel-Twin, a slip/assist clutch, a lightweight trellis frame, Uni-Trak rear suspension, a 310mm semi-floating petal disc brake and 2-piston caliper in the front, and 220mm petal disc brake and 1-piston caliper in the rear.

Related Story: 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 ABS | First Ride Review

A low seat height (30.9 in.), twin LED headlights, and high-grade multifunction dash instrumentation make the Ninja 400 the ideal choice for riders looking to enter the sport-riding scene.

Kawasaki 2023 returning models
2023 Kawasaki Ninja 400 in Pearl Blizzard White / Metallic Carbon Gray
Kawasaki 2023 returning models
2023 Kawasaki Ninja 400 in Metallic Carbon Gray / Metallic Matte Carbon Gray

For 2023, the Ninja 400 and the Ninja 400 ABS are available in Metallic Carbon Gray / Metallic Matte Carbon Gray, Pearl Blizzard White / Metallic Carbon Gray, and Metallic Magnetic Dark Gray/ Metallic Matte Twilight Blue. The Ninja 400 starts at $5,299, and the Ninja 400 ABS starts at $5,699.

Kawasaki 2023 returning models
2023 Ninja 400 ABS KRT Edition in Lime Green / Ebony

The Ninja 400 ABS KRT Edition is painted in a Lime Green / Ebony color scheme and starts at $5,899. The Ninja 400 KRT Edition without ABS will come in the same color scheme starting at $5,499.

2023 Kawasaki Z H2 and Z H2 SE

Kawasaki 2023 returning models
2023 Kawasaki Z H2 in Metallic Phantom Silver / Metallic Carbon Gray

The flagship model of the Kawasaki Z lineup, the 2023 Z H2 features a balanced supercharged 998cc liquid-cooled inline-Four, a 6-speed dog-ring gearbox, a slip/assist clutch, a lightweight trellis frame, high-performance Showa suspension components, and Brembo monoblock brake calipers.

Related Story: 2020 Kawasaki Z H2 | First Look Preview

The bike also offers an IMU-based electronics package, Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS), Kawasaki Launch Control Mode (KLCM), Kawasaki Cornering Management Function (KCMF), electronic cruise control, integrated riding modes, all-digital TFT color instrumentation, smartphone connectivity via RIDEOLOGY THE APP, and LED lighting.

For 2023, the Z H2 comes in Metallic Phantom Silver / Metallic Carbon Gray and starts at $18,500.

The Z H2 SE offers the same features that come standard on the Z H2, with the addition of the Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension (KECS) with Skyhook EERA Technology, which adapts to road and riding conditions in real-time, providing the ideal amount of damping by combining high-level mechanical components with the latest electronic control technology and reportedly giving the rider a smoother ride as it continually adapts to the road surface in real-time.

For braking power, the 2023 Z H2 SE will once again feature Brembo Stylema monoblock brake calipers, a Brembo front brake master cylinder, and steel-braided lines.

Kawasaki 2023 returning models
2023 Kawasaki Z H2 SE in Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray / Ebony / Mirror Coated Black

The 2023 Z H2 SE will be offered in Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray / Ebony / Mirror Coated Black starting at $20,700.

2023 Kawasaki Z900RS and Z900RS Cafe

Kawasaki 2023 returning models
2023 Kawasaki Z900RS in Metallic Diablo Black / Metallic Imperial Red

The Kawasaki Z900RS retro-sportbikes reignites the classic style of the original Z1 900 motorcycle.

The 2023 Z900RS and Z900RS Cafe feature a 948cc liquid-cooled inline-Four, a slip/assist clutch, horizontal back-link rear suspension, authentic retro styling, an iconic teardrop fuel tank, a tuned stainless steel exhaust system, a round LED headlight, and bullet-shaped analog dials.

Kawasaki 2023 returning models
2023 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe in Metallic Diablo Black

For 2023, the Z900RS comes in a Metallic Diablo Black / Metallic Imperial Red paint scheme starting at $11,949. The Z900RS Cafe adds cafe-racer styling with a front cowl, a special seat, and a drop handlebar, and is available in Metallic Diablo Black starting at $12,399.

2023 Kawasaki Z400 ABS

Kawasaki 2023 returning models
2023 Kawasaki Z400 ABS in Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray / Metallic Spark Black

Described in a 2018 Rider First Ride Review as a “Ninja 400 with a flat handlebar and no fairing,” the Kawasaki Z400 ABS naked sportbike features a 399cc liquid-cooled parallel-Twin, a slip/assist clutch, streetfighter styling, a lightweight chassis, an upright riding position, a low seat height (30.9 in.), and standard ABS.

Kawasaki 2023 returning models
2023 Kawasaki Z400 ABS in Pearl Robotic White /Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray

For 2023, the Z400 ABS is available in Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray / Metallic Spark Black and Pearl Robotic White /Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray starting at $5,399.

2023 Kawasaki Vulcan S, Vulcan S ABS, and Vulcan S Cafe

Kawasaki 2023 returning models
2023 Kawasaki Vulcan S in Metallic Flat Spark Black

The Kawasaki Vulcan S sport cruisers are geared to fit a wide range of riders as a result of not only the bikes’ reported starting curb weight just shy of 492 lb but also the exclusive Ergo-Fit sizing system, which includes 18 possible configurations for the handlebar, footpegs, and seat.

Related Story: 2016 Kawasaki Vulcan S Cafe Road Test Review

Both bikes feature a 649cc liquid-cooled DOHC parallel-Twin and sportbike-derived chassis and suspension. The 2023 Vulcan S Cafe also comes equipped with three-tone paint, signature tank badging, sport striping, and a dark-tinted windshield deflector.

Kawasaki 2023 returning models
2023 Kawasaki Vulcan S in Cafe Pearl Storm Gray / Ebony

For 2023, the Vulcan S is available in a Metallic Flat Spark Black colorway starting at $7,349, the Vulcan S ABS is offered in Pearl Matte Sage Green / Metallic Flat Spark Black starting at $7,899, and the Vulcan S Cafe is available in Pearl Storm Gray / Ebony starting at $8,099.

2023 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic, Vulcan 900 Classic LT, and Vulcan 900 Custom

Kawasaki 2023 returning models
2023 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic in Metallic Spark Black /Metallic Magnesium Gray

In our “Middleweight Touring Cruisers” comparison test, which included the Vulcan 900 Classic LT, Rider EIC Greg Drevendstedt wrote: “Cruisers are about style and sensation. How a cruiser looks is just as important as how it sounds and feels.”

All three of the 2023 Vulcan 900 cruiser models feature a 903cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected V-Twin and a low seat height (26.8 in.).

The Vulcan 900 Classic features rider footboards with a heel/toe shifter, tank-mounted instrumentation, and a 180mm rear tire. The Vulcan 900 Classic LT features a studded seat with standard passenger backrest, leather saddlebags, and a height-adjustable windscreen. The Vulcan 900 Custom features wide drag bars and forward-mounted footpegs, a low center of gravity for easy handling, custom styling with a teardrop tank, parallel slash-cut pipes, and pinstripe wheels.

Kawasaki 2023 returning models
2023 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT in Pearl Storm Gray / Ebony
Kawasaki 2023 returning models
2023 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom in Pearl Matte Sage Green / Flat Ebony

For 2023, the Vulcan 900 Classic is available in Metallic Spark Black /Metallic Magnesium Gray starting at $8,999. The Vulcan 900 Classic LT is available in Pearl Storm Gray / Ebony starting at $9,999 with a 24-month limited warranty, and the Vulcan 900 Custom is available in Pearl Matte Sage Green / Flat Ebony starting at $9,499.

2023 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS

Kawasaki 2023 returning models
2023 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS in Pearl Storm Gray / Ebony

The 2023 Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS touring cruiser features a 1,700cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, transverse 52-degree V-Twin, Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology (K-ACT II) ABS, throttle-by-wire, and electronic cruise control.

Related Story: 2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS | Road Test Review

The bike has a frame-mounted fairing, an intercom-headset compatible audio system, and integrated luggage. For 2023, the Vulcan 1700 Voyager is available in Pearl Storm Gray / Ebony starting at $19,299.

2023 Kawasaki Versys-X 300 and Versys-X300 ABS

Kawasaki 2023 returning models
2023 Kawasaki Versys-X 300 in Pearl Matte Sage Green / Metallic Matte Carbon Gray

With a compact Ninja-derived 296cc liquid-cooled DOHC Twin, the Kawasaki Versys-X 300 is a nimble, lightweight motorcycle that’s suitable for commuting or touring.

Related Story: 2018 BMW G 310 GS vs. Kawasaki Versys-X 300 vs. Royal Enfield Himalayan

The Versys-X 300 has a lightweight chassis, long-travel suspension, a low seat height (32.1 in.), front cowling with a tall windscreen, and a rear carrier.

The 2023 Versys-X 300 is available in Pearl Matte Sage Green / Metallic Matte Carbon Gray starting at $5,899, while the ABS model comes in the same color scheme starting at $6,199.

2023 Kawasaki KLR650 and KLR650 ABS

Kawasaki 2023 returning models
2023 Kawasaki KLR650 in Pearl Storm Gray

The KLR650 sports a 652cc liquid-cooled Single nestled in a recently redesigned high-tensile double-cradle frame. In 2022, the bike was upgraded with new improved ergonomics, bodywork, a taller two-position adjustable windscreen, a larger aluminum rear carrier, increased generator capacity, and an LED headlight. It features all-digital multifunction instrumentation, an optional ABS system, and 7.9 inches of front travel coupled with 7.3 inches of rear travel.

Kawasaki 2023 returning models
2023 Kawasaki KLR650 in Pearl Solar Yellow
Kawasaki 2023 returning models
2023 Kawasaki KLR650 in Candy Lime Green

The 2023 KLR650 is available in three colorways – Pearl Storm Gray, Pearl Solar Yellow, and Candy Lime Green – and starts at $6,899. The KLR650 ABS is offered in Pearl Storm Gray starting at $7,199.

2023 Kawasaki KLR650 Adventure and KLR650 Adventure ABS

Kawasaki 2023 returning models
2023 Kawasaki KLR650 Adventure in Cypher Camo Gray

The KLR650 Adventure model is built off of the standard KLR650 platform and designed for the rider who is looking for increased carrying capacity and convenience. It comes equipped with factory-installed side cases, LED auxiliary lights, engine guards, a tank pad, and both a DC power outlet and USB socket. It’s available both with and without ABS.

The 2023 KLR650 Adventure is available in Cypher Camo Gray starting at $7,899, while the KLR650 Adventure ABS also comes in Cypher Camo Gray starting at $8,199.

2023 Kawasaki KLR650 Traveler ABS

Kawasaki 2023 returning models
2023 Kawasaki KLR650 Traveler ABS in Pearl Solar Yellow

The KLR650 Traveler model consists of the same features found on the standard KLR650 as well as a factory-installed top case and both a DC power outlet and USB socket. It comes equipped with ABS.

The KLR650 Traveler ABS is offered in Pearl Solar Yellow starting at $7,599.

For more information, visit the Kawasaki website.

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2022 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak | First Look Review

When Ducati launched the Multistrada V4 range in 2021, features like adaptive cruise control (ACC) and 36,000-mile valve check intervals made the platform more touring-ready than ever. For 2022, the Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak takes the model back to its sporting roots with performance upgrades and styling to match.

The brand’s 1,158cc Grandturismo V4 returns with 170 horsepower and 92 lb-ft of torque, but Ducati’s Race Riding Mode now maximizes the mill’s potential. Of course, the Multistrada V4’s Sport, Touring, Urban, and Enduro ride modes remain, but the new option gives the Pikes Peak a personality all its own. In Race mode, the system’s rev limiter kicks in more gradually, optimizing drive during high-rpm operation. A revised quickshifter speeds up those gear changes, both up and down.

2022 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak drives down a paved road under a mountain, next to red and white stripes

Ducati complements the model’s racing spirit with a more aggressive rake angle with its new 17-inch front wheel, sharpening to 25.75 degrees for improved agility. Ducati’s signature single-sided swingarm reappears on the V4 Pikes Peak, calling back to Multis of the past and extending the wheelbase to 62.8 inches for more stability.

A 17-inch Marchesini forged aluminum wheelset helps reduce curb weight to 527 pounds while the multi-compound Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV tires (120/70 front; 190/55-17 rear) deliver sure grip and decent longevity. To take full advantage of the updated chassis, Ducati adjusts the rider triangle with lower handlebars and higher footpegs.

2022 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak drives fast with rider on board

The Pikes Peak adopts Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 suspension with event-based settings that adapt to the user’s riding style. Along with the semi-active suspension, the Multistrada touts superbike-worthy brakes, with twin Brembo Stylema calipers mated to 330mm discs up front and a single-piston caliper biting a 265mm rotor out back.

With the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb no longer featuring motorcycles, Ducati turns to its MotoGP outfit for styling inspiration. Resplendent in Ducati red with number plates at both sides of the tank, the Desmosedici GP21-inspired livery immediately fits in at the circuit. A carbon fiber beak and front mudguard add style while reducing weight, and the smoke-gray plexiglass windscreen streamlines the Pikes Peak’s silhouette. A carbon fiber-capped Akrapovič silencer and a two-tone black/red rear saddle complete the Multistrada’s transformation.

2022 Ducati Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak drives on curvy mountain road

The high-spec trim also features Ducati’s latest-generation electronic suite of rider aids and a 6.5-inch TFT display. Wheelie control and cornering ABS keep the rider safe on a twisty road, while smartphone connectivity provides navigation on the open road. Similar to the Multistrada V4 S, radar-assisted adaptive cruise control (ACC) and blind-spot detection (BSD) come standard.

The 2022 Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak will hit Ducati showrooms in February 2022, with an MSRP of $28,995.

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KTM RC 390 Announced for 2022

2022 KTM RC 390 review
The 2022 KTM RC 390 has been thoroughly updated with a lighter chassis, advanced electronics, new bodywork and instrumentation, and more.

KTM has announced the release of its an update to its lightweight sportbike, the 2022 RC 390. KTM says the race-derived chassis and high-end electronics will be standout items in the small-displacement sportbike class, and the new generation KTM RC 390 has been redesigned with track intentions in mind. The bodywork has received Grand Prix-inspired styling, which not only looks the part but promises improved aerodynamics and performance, thanks to a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) design process.

2022 KTM RC 390 review

New inner and out panel placements are designed to optimize wind and weather protection, and enhanced heat management by directing airflow away from the rider. The rear section has been reduced as much as possible for a more aggressive profile and reveals more of the redesigned steel trellis subframe.

KTM has paid special attention to improving ergonomics to enhance comfort without compromising on-track performance. The knee area was designed to be as narrow as possible with the largest possible contact area, allowing for fluid rider movement.

An all-new two-part cockpit and windscreen holder makes use of a cast aluminum upper area and a lower composite part that secures the headlight, while a larger 3.6-gallon fuel tank has been added for improved range. The new bodywork is easily removable, with a reduced number of attaching screws and a redesigned mounting system, which makes swapping out the street-legal bodywork for race-ready panels more practical.

2022 KTM RC 390 review

The 2022 KTM RC 390 was developed with a focus on weight savings, particularly throughout the chassis. An all-new wheel design sheds 7.5 pounds of unsprung weight versus the previous model, while the new ByBre braking system saves another 2.1 pounds and the 3.3-pounds-lighter frame promises extremely agile handling.

The suspension has also been updated with an adjustable open-cartridge WP APEX inverted fork, featuring 30 clicks of both compression and rebound adjustment. A WP APEX rear shock is adjustable for preload and rebound.

2022 KTM RC 390 review

The KTM RC 390 is powered by a liquid-cooled 373cc Single with DOHC, four valves per cylinder, and electronic fuel injection. For 2022, it delivers more torque than the previous model thanks to a new engine mapping and airbox design.

The new generation is now equipped with several rider aids that rarely make an appearance in the lightweight class and include: cornering ABS with supermoto mode, cornering traction control, and an optional quickshifter.

2022 KTM RC 390 review

The new TFT color display enables riders to access information at a glance, and the display can be customized to show desired data sets and automatically adapts to ambient light levels. It offers Bluetooth connectivity to the KTM My Ride app.

Pricing and availability for the 2022 KTM RC 390 have not yet been announced. For more information, visit

2022 KTM RC 390 Specs

Base Price: NA
Website: ktm.com
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse Single, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
Displacement: 373cc
Bore x Stroke: 60 x 89mm
Horsepower: 43 hp (claimed, at the crank)
Torque: NA
Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated slip/assist wet clutch
Final Drive: X-ring chain
Wheelbase: NA
Rake/Trail: 23.5 degrees/NA
Seat Height: NA
Suspension, Front: 43mm inverted fork, adj. compression & rebound
Rear: Single shock, adj. rebound & spring preload
Brakes, Front: Single 320mm disc w/ radial 4-piston caliper & ABS
Rear: Single 230mm disc w/ 1-piston caliper & ABS
Tires, Front: 110/70 x 17
Rear: 150/60 x 17
Wet Weight: NA
Fuel Capacity: 3.6 gals.

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There’s a New Triumph Tiger 1200 for 2022

New Triumph Tiger 1200

Triumph has released some teaser photos of the new Tiger 1200 planned for 2022, which they say is lighter and more powerful than the previous model.

The new Tiger 1200 has been under testing, which is now nearing completion and Triumph claims their biggest cat is now significantly lighter than its closest competition. That could be a game-changer for a motorcycle that has, up to now, always been at the heavy end of the ADV weight chart.

Triumph claims the new Tiger 1200 will combine a powerful 3-cylinder engine with a new chassis that will offer class-leading agility, control, and handling. We look forward to testing these claims when we ride the bike.

New Triumph Tiger 1200

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2022 Kawasaki KLR650 | Top 10 Review

2022 Kawasaki KLR650
Riding the new Kawasaki KLR650 Adventure in New Mexico. (Photos by Drew Ruiz)

I just spent the last five days riding over 1,000 miles on Kawasaki’s legendary dual-sport icon, the KLR650, newly updated for 2022. Our on- and off-road journey started at the RFD-TV Ranch, located about 100 miles east of Albuquerque, and spent two days riding through New Mexico’s stunning forests and mountains, including rocky passes, sandy gulches, and a nerve-testing silt track. 

No assessment of the KLR would be complete without loading it up with camping gear, as many of its potential owners will do, and heading off into the wilderness. On the morning of the third day, I set my sights west toward Los Angeles, enduring a huge thunderstorm on the Arizona border and 120-degree temperatures in the sprawling Mojave Desert, the details of which will follow in our upcoming road test review. To whet your appetite, I’m sharing the top ten highlights of the 2022 KLR650.

First released in 1987, the KLR was cutting edge for its time. Its single-cylinder engine had four valves. It came fitted with a 5-speed transmission and a front disc brake. The KLR received its only major update in 2008, followed by a minor update in 2014, and was anything but cutting edge, which remains true of the latest model. However, it has received some significant improvements without altering the core attributes that have earned the KLR a reputation for reliable, durable, and cost-effective travel.

1. Electronic Fuel Injection

While some of the KLR’s faithful fans will lament the passing of the Keihin carburetor, even they will appreciate the reliable thump following every push of the starter button. We tested the new KLR at 8,000 feet in New Mexico’s mountains, and at just 400 feet in the searing heat of the Mojave Desert bowl, and the single came to life with ease every time. A cutting-edge fuel atomizer also ensures you get the best bang for the gallon, and Kawasaki claims increased low-end torque. 

2022 Kawasaki KLR650
The single cylinder engine is now equipped with EFI.

2. Upgraded Brakes Including ABS 

The 2022 KLR650 now includes ABS as a factory-installed option, and at $300, a great many will choose to include it. We tested the KLR with and without the ABS to compare braking in on- and off-road conditions. The setup works very well, and although it was difficult to detect its intervention on the ABS-equipped model, I noticed its absence in the dirt on the non-ABS model. Happily, I was still able to lock up the rear wheel on the dirt when I wanted to. The front disc is now 300mm, 20mm larger than the outgoing model, and provides a much-needed improvement in stopping power. The rear disc is now thicker, and less prone to fading.  

2022 Kawasaki KLR650
The front disc is 20mm larger.
2022 Kawasaki KLR650
The rear disc is thicker and less prone to fade.

3. Increased Load Capacity 

By making the subframe an integrated member of the main frame, Kawasaki has increased the KLR’s torsional rigidity and load capacity, which is also managed by a slightly longer swingarm. These updates result in improved stability and make for more predictable handling on loose surfaces, especially when the bike is loaded with gear.  

2022 Kawasaki KLR650
The subframe is now integrated with the main frame for increased stability and load capacity. (Photo by the author)

4. Adjustable Rear Suspension 

The rear suspension now includes five clicks of adjustable preload and stepless rebound damping, which is adjusted via a screw. On a middleweight adventure bike like the KLR, this is a welcome addition, as many owners will want to take it on serious tours, which require loading a considerable amount of kit. For the two nights I spent camping, I had loaded about 70 pounds on the KLR, keeping the heavier gear in the side bags. After adding a click of preload and a full turn of rebound, the resulting handling felt impressively similar to the unloaded KLR. 

2022 Kawasaki KLR650
Adjustable damping and preload for the rear suspension is a welcome addition.

5. Adjustable Windscreen 

The new windscreen is 2 inches taller than the old model and is now adjustable. The standard low position provides good wind deflection, even for loftier riders. For longer tours, to reduce fatigue or combat cold conditions, the windscreen can be adjusted by removing the four attaching screws and remounting it another inch higher. Nonetheless, it is still a sport-sized windscreen and it offered little respite from a drenching thunderstorm I encountered in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico.

2022 Kawasaki KLR 650 | Top 10 Review2022 Kawasaki KLR 650 | Top 10 Review
The new windscreen is taller, and can also be adjusted (shown here on the Adventure model, which is also equipped with auxiliary lights).

6. Battery and Generator 

The new KLR has an upgraded battery that’s fully sealed, low maintenance, and smaller and lighter than the old one. To complement the battery, and to power a new line of accessories and charging ports, the KLR has also been equipped with a new 28-amp generator.

2022 Kawasaki KLR 650
The Adventure model we tested comes with factory installed auxiliary lights.

7. Accessories Bar and Electrical Ports

It may seem like a minor item to include in the top-ten list, but we think the nifty accessories bar that Kawasaki has included on the new KLR is a great addition and should be a standard on adventure bikes. Rather than load up your handlebars with phone, GPS, and camera mounts, and all the associated wiring, these can be easily mounted on the accessories bar, and powered via the available USB or standard DC 12-volt power socket. 

2022 Kawasaki KLR 650 | Top 10 Review
An accessories bar adds practicality.
2022 Kawasaki KLR 650 | Top 10 Review
A 12V DC socket is now standard.
2022 Kawasaki KLR 650 | Top 10 Review
A USB socket has also been fitted.

8. Stronger Load-Bearing Points 

The key points supporting the KLR’s suspended weight have all been strengthened. Both front- and rear-wheel axle diameters have been increased, now 2mm and 3mm thicker, respectively. The rear swingarm pivot has also received a 2mm upgrade and adds to the KLR’s long-term dependability and ability to handle the increased load capacity and overall weight. 

2022 Kawasaki KLR 650 | Top 10 Review
The base model, shown here in Pearl Khaki.

9. Bodywork and Styling 

All new cowling and more aggressive styling subtly improve the new KLR’s overall appearance. The 2022 model retains the old shape, but is a little more angular, and looks somewhat taller. The base model is complemented by a Traveler and Adventure model, and the latter comes equipped with engine guards and cowling guards, adding to its rugged, off-road credentials. The base and Traveler model is available in Pearl Lava Orange or Pearl Sand Khaki colorways, and the Adventure comes in Cypher Camo Gray. 

2022 Kawasaki KLR650
The Traveler model in Pearl Lava Orange.

10. Digital Display 

The 2022 KLR has a new all-digital LCD. Now larger and backlit, the new instrument is easier to read and works well in all lighting conditions. The information is still limited to the basics, but that is what the KLR is all about. A digital speedometer, odometer, dual trip meters, clock, and finally, a proper fuel gauge. 

2022 Kawasaki KLR650
The new LCD instrument panel is larger and includes a proper fuel gauge.

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Harley-Davidson Unveil Arctic Blast Limited Edition Street Glide Special

Harley-Davidson Unveil Arctic Blast Limited Edition
The handcrafted Arctic Blast Factory Custom Street Glide Special will be limited to 500 serialized motorcycles worldwide.

Harley-Davidson is producing a limited run of 2021 Street Glide Specials featuring the handcrafted Arctic Blast Limited Edition paint set. The motorcycle was revealed today at the 81st Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Availability will be limited to 500 examples worldwide, each serialized on the fuel tank.  

The Arctic Blast Limited Edition paint will be offered in a single colorway – metallic deep blue with bright blue strokes over a pearlescent white base. Each of the Street Glide Specials receiving the new custom scheme is hand-painted by the artisans at Gunslinger Custom Paint in Golden, Colorado. Gunslinger is home to a renowned group of painters, designers and, artists with decades of experience supplying custom-painted components for Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations team and limited-edition motorcycles. 

Harley-Davidson Unveil Arctic Blast Limited Edition
Custom paint is applied by Gunslinger Custom Paint of Golden, Colorado.

“With the Arctic Blast Limited Edition paint offering for the Street Glide Special, at Harley-Davidson, we continue to build on our reputation and lead by example, as the best in exclusive custom motorcycles and design,” said Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, President and CEO Harley-Davidson.  

The Street Glide Special model is a Harley-Davidson hot-rod bagger that combines long-haul touring comfort and custom style powered by the Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-Twin engine. Key features include the iconic Harley-Davidson batwing fairing, stretched locking saddlebags, a Daymaker LED headlamp, low-profile engine guard, and Prodigy custom wheels.  

Harley-Davidson Unveil Arctic Blast Limited Edition
A close up reveals intricate details in the finish.

“The Arctic Blast paint is executed in strokes of high-contrast color intended to communicate the appearance of motion,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice President of Styling and Design. “The design looks bold from a distance but offers interesting details that can only be seen up close, including a blue pearl effect over the white base, and a ghosted hexagon pattern on the fairing.” 

The Arctic Blast Limited Edition Street Glide Special MSRP is $38,899. A Chopped Tour-Pak luggage carrier with matching paint will also be offered through Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories (MSRP: $1,699.95).

For more information visit: harley-davidson.com 

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2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 Special | First Ride Review

2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 Special review
Whether picking your way along a technical off-road trail or wearing down your chicken strips on a twisty paved road, the Pan America 1250 is well-balanced and highly capable. (Photos by Kevin Wing & Brian J. Nelson)

When you step up to the plate, when you’re facing fierce competitors and all eyes are on you, sometimes you have to swing for the fences. That’s what Harley-Davidson — a 118-year-old American motorcycle manufacturer known primarily for cruisers and baggers — has done with its new Pan America 1250 and Pan America 1250 Special adventure tourers.

Harley is a new player in the adventure touring segment, which has grown in breadth and depth over the past several decades. BMW recently introduced a 40th anniversary edition of its highly popular — and very capable — R 1250 GS. And there are big-league adventure bikes made by Ducati, Honda, KTM, Moto Guzzi, Suzuki, Triumph, and Yamaha, many of which are best-selling models with years of development and evolution under their belts.

2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 Special review
Styling has tie-ins to the Fat Bob and Road Glide; side-laced wheels are optional.

During more than a decade of largely stagnant motorcycle sales since the Great Recession, large-displacement adventure and dual-sport models have been a rare source of growth. Harley wants a cut of that action. As it demonstrated with the release of the LiveWire electric motorcycle, Harley wants to expand its customer base. Two ways it can do that are to sell new models to its existing customers, and sell new models to new customers. Some existing customers own a variety of motorcycles, like Rider contributor Bruce Gillies, who owns a Road Glide Ultra, a Triumph Tiger 800XC and a KTM 690 Enduro R. Bruce is retired from the U.S. Navy and buys American-made products whenever he can. He’s also a highly skilled rider who demands a lot from his motorcycles. He’d consider buying a Pan America, but only if it meets his high expectations.

Rest assured, Bruce. The Motor Company knocked this one out of the park.

[Editor’s Note: After this story was published, Bruce traded in his Triumph for a Pan America 1250 Special with ARH, and he loves it.]

Harley designed and built an exciting, capable and innovative adventure bike in its first attempt. Given the high profile of the Pan America and the eagerness of naysayers to pounce on any weakness, Harley knew it couldn’t release an odd-duck motorcycle. It learned that lesson with the Buell Ulysses. Belt drive is out, chain drive is in, not only because a chain is light, durable in off-road situations and can be repaired in the field, but also because that’s what many adventure riders demand. A V-twin engine stays true to the brand, but it has to be liquid-cooled and offer the power and sophistication necessary to compete in this segment. The new Revolution Max 1250 V-twin makes a claimed 150 horsepower and 94 lb-ft of torque, and ride modes change output and throttle response at the touch of a button.

2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 Special review
Commanding cockpit has an adjustable windscreen and hand guards. Touchscreen display is bright and easy to use.

Harley also knew it needed a hook — a killer app, if you will. And that’s Adaptive Ride Height (ARH), a $1,000 factory-installed option on the Pan America 1250 Special that automatically lowers ride height, and therefore the pilot’s seat, by 1 to 2 inches as the bike comes to a stop. The Special’s semi-active suspension automatically adjusts preload to 30% sag regardless of load, which is what accounts for the range of height adjustment. The system works seamlessly and virtually undetectably, and makes a huge difference in effective seat height. ARH is a real game-changer because seat height is one of the biggest obstacles for some riders to overcome when considering an adventure bike. Furthermore, it brings seat height within reach of more riders without compromising suspension travel or cornering clearance. (Click here to read our technical deep dive into the Pan America 1250’s Revolution Max engine and ARH.)

After years of development and benchmarking, not to mention teasing at shows and speculation by the media, the first public test of the Pan America was at its press launch. I have to hand it to the folks who planned the event — this was no bunny slope test ride. Hosted at RawHyde Adventures’ Zakar training facility a couple hours north of Los Angeles, we spent two full days flogging Pan America 1250 Specials on- and off-road in the Sierra Nevada mountains and Mojave Desert. We rode nearly 400 miles on highways, twisting mountain roads and off-road trails that included gravel, sand, rocks, tricky climbs and descents — even a few jumps.

2021 Harley-Davidson 
Pan America 1250 Special review
Top-shelf semi-active Showa suspension made for a plush landing. Damping rates can be set to Sport, Balanced, Comfort, Off-Road Soft and Off-Road Firm.

Greg’s Gear
Helmet: Fly Racing Odyssey Adventure Modular
Jacket: Fly Racing Terra Trek
Gloves: Fly Racing Coolpro Force
Pants: Fly Racing Terra Trek
Boots: Fly Racing FR5

As the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. After tip-toeing down the sand-and-gravel access road from Zakar to the pavement and falling into formation on Route 58 with the dozen riders in our group, I began taking mental notes. As with many full-sized adventure bikes, the Pan America was comfortable and accommodating, with plenty of legroom, an upright seating position and a relaxed reach to a wide handlebar. Before the ride began, Harley’s tech staff helped us adjust the dual-height stock seat (33.4/34.4 inches), install either the accessory low or high seat (which reduce or increase the dual heights by 1 inch, respectively) or install accessory 2-inch handlebar risers.

The whole business of seat heights becomes a little fuzzy because we were on Pan America 1250 Specials with ARH installed. At a stop, the unladen height of the stock seat in the low position is 32.7 inches rather than 33.4 inches without ARH. In its specs Harley also provides laden seat height with a 180-pound rider, which is 31.1 inches on the Special without ARH and 30.4 inches with ARH. Install the $249.95 Reach Solo Seat on an ARH-equipped Special and laden seat height can be as low as 29.4 inches. In other words, Harley went to great lengths to make sure seat height is not a barrier to owning a Pan America, though getting exactly what you want may require an investment.

2021 Harley-Davidson 
Pan America 1250 Special review
Thanks to its powerful Revolution Max 1250 V-twin and excellent chassis, the Pan America is one of the sportiest motorcycles ever to come out of Milwaukee.

After humming along the freeway for a half hour with the cruise control on and the on-the-fly adjustable windscreen parting the air smoothly, we turned onto Caliente-Bodfish Road, one of the gnarliest paved roads in the Sierra foothills, and began to wick it up. The Pan America offers eight ride modes — Sport, Road, Rain, Off-Road, Off-Road Plus and three custom modes — which adjust power output, throttle response, engine braking, traction control, ABS and suspension damping. The Revolution Max 1250 is ripper, with a sportbike-like sound, feel and responsiveness, and, thanks to variable valve timing, it delivers generous low-end torque as well as a screaming top end.

As has become increasingly common, rather than bolting the engine to the frame, the engine serves as the main structural element of the chassis. Attached directly to the engine are a front frame that incorporates the steering head, a forged aluminum mid frame that’s the attachment point for the cast aluminum swingarm and a tubular-steel trellis subframe. Overall the chassis is stiff and robust, contributing to the Pan America 1250 Special’s neutral, stable handling. And Harley used tried-and-trusted component suppliers, with a steering damper made by Öhlins, radial-mount monoblock 4-piston front calipers made by Brembo and suspension made by Showa — a 47mm USD Balance Free Fork and a Balanced Free Rear Cushion-lite shock, both with 7.5 inches of travel. Everything performed to a high level in a wide range of conditions.

2021 Harley-Davidson 
Pan America 1250 Special review
Pan America 1250 Special is available in four color options: Deadwood Green (shown here), Baja Orange/Stone Washed White Pearl, Gauntlet Gray Metallic, and Vivid Black.

Standard on the Pan America are cast aluminum wheels (19-inch front, 17-inch rear) shod with specially designed Michelin Scorcher Adventure 90/10 tires, which offered good grip and handling on pavement and during light off-roading. Bikes we tested were equipped with the optional side-laced tubeless wheels (which cost $500 and weigh 14 pounds more than the cast wheels). On the second day, our bikes were fitted with accessory Michelin Anakee Wild 50/50 tires ($449.90), which give up some confidence and grip on pavement but are excellent off-road tires, even at the higher street temperatures we were running. Harley’s RDRS Safety Enhancements package includes IMU-enabled “cornering enhanced” linked ABS and traction control, with settings determined by ride mode (the cornering function and rear ABS are disabled in certain off-road modes). Drag-Torque Slip Control, which is like traction control for the engine to manage rear-wheel traction during aggressive riding, as well as cruise control and hill hold control are also part of the package.

Reactions to the Pan America’s styling have been mixed. Lacking the prominent beak or high front fender that is popular on many ADV bikes, it stands apart from the crowd, with a headlight design influenced by the Fat Bob and front bodywork inspired by the Road Glide’s sharknose fairing. Above the Daymaker Signature LED headlight, which uses 30 LED elements behind a diffuser lens, the Special has a Daymaker Adaptive LED headlight that illuminates a series of three lights as lean angle reaches 8, 15 and 23 degrees.

2021 Harley-Davidson 
Pan America 1250 Special review
Trona Pinnacles, which served as a backdrop in “Star Trek V” and “Planet of the Apes” among other films, was an ideal off-road test site. Michelin Anakee Wild tires added grip.

Harley offers a standard version of the Pan America 1250 that starts at $17,319, but many buyers will probably opt for the Pan America 1250 Special we tested. Starting at $19,999, the Special adds semi-active suspension with automatic preload adjustment (and the availability of ARH as a factory option), the adaptive headlight, the steering damper, a tire-pressure monitoring system, a centerstand, an aluminum skid plate, engine protection bars, hand guards, heated grips and a dual-height rear brake pedal.

In one shot, Harley-Davidson not only built its first adventure bike, it also built its first sportbike and sport-touring bike. We hammered the Pan Americas for two days, and they never gave up or reacted in an unexpected way or felt out of their depth. Whatever the metric — power, performance, handling, durability, technology, weight, price — the Pan America 1250 Special can compete head-to-head with well-established players in the ADV segment. Is it the best overall, or in any particular category? Well, that remains to be seen — two days and 400 miles, none of which were ridden back-to-back with competitors in the class, is not enough to draw firm conclusions. But this is one rookie that shows great promise.

2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 Special review
Adventure touring, sport touring, on-road, off-road, tall or short rider, solo or with a passenger, with options, luggage and accessories or bone stock — whatever you’re into, the Pan America can be spec’d to satisfy your needs.

2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 Special Specs

Base Price: $19,999
Price as Tested: $22,299 (ARH, side-laced wheels, Anakee Wild tires, skid plate)
Website: harley-davidson.com
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse 60-degree V-twin, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
Displacement: 1,252cc
Bore x Stroke: 105 x 72mm
Horsepower: 150 @ 9,000 rpm (claimed, at the crank)
Torque: 94 lb-ft @ 6,750 rpm (claimed, at the crank)
Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated assist-and-slipper wet clutch
Final Drive: Chain
Wheelbase: 62.2 in.
Rake/Trail: 25 degrees/4.3 in.
Seat Height: 32.7/33.7 in. (unladen w/ ARH)
Wet Weight: 559 lbs. (claimed, stock)
Fuel Capacity: 5.6 gals.

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2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R | Road Test Review

2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Review
For 2020 KTM’s “Beast” offers more monster power but is actually less beastly in the handling department thanks to an all-new frame, wheels, tires and suspension upgrades.

Narrowly focused hyper-sportbikes just aren’t my thing anymore. Used to love ’em, but now the ol’ bod protests against low clip-on handlebars, high rearset footpegs and peaky powerbands that demand the motorcycle be ridden like you stole it, or it will buck and complain as if you’re lugging an old truck. Some V-twin sportbikes in particular don’t smooth out until you’re well north of legal speed in anything above second gear. That sort of unbroken-thoroughbred behavior is fine for track days, I suppose, but if it’s your only bike, most of us want something more versatile.

While the performance potential of such sportbikes is attractive, to get my full attention comfortable seating is mandatory, with a wide, tallish one-piece handlebar that adjusts, and further adjustability in reasonably located footpegs, levers and pedal is desirable as well. At its heart a V-twin would have to be a model of civility at lower engine speeds, whether by nature or electronic riding mode, so that it can be ridden around town or on a commute without feeling the need to wear racing leathers. And in addition to the expected screaming top-end, it would require a ton of midrange power to make it easy to ride briskly without a lot of shifting, with all of the braking and electronic rider aids aboard to rein the beast in from full throttle and protect me from myself.

2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Review

Did someone say “beast”? Reread my description above—there is a V-twin sportbike that fits it, one not so ironically nicknamed The Beast by its creators at KTM. Since its introduction for 2014, the 1290 Super Duke R has mixed comfort with track-level handling, and strong, usable lowspeed and midrange power with explosive top end. For 2020 the 1290 SDR has become ever more the all-purpose sportbike—although so much has been changed that it’s essentially an all-new machine, Super Duke R fans will appreciate that the basic versatile formula is retained and improved.

Along with new top-feeder fuel injectors and 56mm throttle bodies, the 1290 SDR’s liquid-cooled, 1,301cc LC8 75-degree V-twin gets a new ram-air intake and larger exhaust headers, all of which contribute to its claimed 180 horsepower (up 3) at 9,500 rpm (redline is 10,100) at the crankshaft and 103 lb-ft of torque at 8,000. Engine cases are thinner to save weight, and new cast-in engine mounts allowed the pivot for the longer swingarm to be raised 5mm for improved stability. The bike has always shifted well, yet the Pankl gearbox has also been refined for quicker shifts and shorter action—shifting is racebike quality now, and the throw can be fine-tuned to two positions.

2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Engine
A new ram air intake, throttle bodies, fuel injectors and larger exhaust headers give the 1,301cc LC8 V-twin slightly more power and smoother performance.

The engine refinements are immediately noticeable from the moment you fire up the 1290. Power delivery is smoother throughout the powerband yet no less hell-for-strong, with an urge that builds without any bucking from low-speed to afterburners, and a ripping- velvet feel and throaty exhaust note. The most obvious improvement is to the bike’s handling and stability, which comes chiefly from the stiffer, lighter new chrome-moly steel frame and composite subframe in place of the former trellis. New lighter CAD-designed wheels mounted with specially designed Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 tires increase stability and grip in corners, too, and together with a .5-gallon smaller fuel tank the bike has shaved about 15 pounds wet overall.

In the electronics department, as you might imagine on a bike that makes this much power, there is a setting for just about anything you can imagine, and a bushel-basket full of rider interventions that redline our acronym meter. MSC (Motorcycle Stability Control) with cornering and Supermoto mode ABS; Rain, Street and Sport ride modes and multi-stage, lean-angle sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC) are standard. The MTC uses a 6-axis lean angle sensor and two different controllers to keep things in check. A wheel-slip controller regulates the amount of spin at the rear wheel, and a pitch angle controller identifies and regulates abrupt changes in front wheel lift. For track days or racing, an optional Track Pack adds Track and Performance modes with launch control, a 9-level spin adjuster, a track ride mode and anti-wheelie off function. Performance mode has the basic settings of Track mode, but is for the street and allows Cruise Control and KTM My Ride (a Bluetooth connection with the rider’s smartphone) to function. A dealer-installed $750 Tech Pack includes the Track Pack, Motor Slip Regulation (MSR) and KTM’s excellent up/down Quickshifter+. I especially like the new rotatable 5-inch TFT display, updated display menu and paddle switches, and keyless ignition, steering lock and gas cap.

2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Review

Throwing a leg over the 1290 SDR, it can’t be emphasized enough how friendly it is ergonomically compared to most sportbikes in this class, with the exception for shorter riders of the high seat. With my 29-inch inseam I can easily plant one foot on the ground at stops, but only the balls of both feet. Still, the bike is so light that it’s easily pushed and paddled around, and once underway offers a relaxed but sporty riding position that is comfortable enough for longer rides but allows the rider to attack corners aggressively.

Updated and lighter fully adjustable front and rear WP Apex suspension can be quickly changed from commuter comfortable and controlled to track-day ready thanks to damping thumbscrews atop the fork legs and a remote rear preload adjuster. Brakes with new Brembo Stylema radial-mount calipers and a radialpump lever up front inspire bags of confidence that you can rein in all of the bike’s power. Between the suspension and new frame the bike feels much more controlled and stable when it’s really pushed, particularly on a bumpy road.

2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Specs
Newly developed WP Apex rear shock absorber features separate gas and oil reservoirs, making it lighter and more compact than its predecessor.

As a rider who typically only sees racetracks on TV, the KTM 1290 Super Duke R makes way more power than I would ever need—were I to invest in one of its naked sport bikes, it would probably be a 790 or 890 Duke. But it’s hard to ignore the 1290’s combination of comfort, convenience and breathtaking performance, all of which there is more of for 2020.

2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Review
Any motorcycle with this exceptional level of sportbike performance simply has no right to be this comfortable. And the handlebar, levers, footpegs and shift lever all offer some adjustability.

Mark’s Gear:
Helmet: HJC RPHA 90
Jacket: Scorpion Stealthpack
Pants: Olympia AirGlide
Boots: Sidi Performer Gore


Base Price: $18,699
Price as Tested: $19,449 (Tech Pack)
Warranty: 2 yrs., 24,000 miles
Website: ktmusa.com

Type: Liquid-cooled, 75-degree V-twin
Displacement: 1,301cc
Bore x Stroke: 108.0 x 71.0mm
Compression Ratio: 13.5:1
Valve Train: DOHC, 4 valves per cyl.
Valve Insp. Interval: 18,600 miles
Fuel Delivery: Keihin EFI, 56mm throttle body x 2
Lubrication System: Dry sump, 3.7-qt. cap.
Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated wet slipper clutch
Final Drive: X-ring chain

Ignition: Keihin EMS w/ Ride-by-Wire, Dual Ignition
Charging Output: 450 watts max.
Battery: 12V 12AH

Frame: Chrome-moly steel trellis & cast aluminum single-sided swingarm
Wheelbase: 58.9 in.
Rake/Trail: 25.2 degrees/NA
Seat Height: 32.8 in.
Suspension, Front: WP Apex USD 48mm fork, fully adj. w/ 4.9-in. travel
Rear: WP Apex reservoir single shock, fully adj. w/ 5.5- in. travel
Brakes, Front: Dual 320mm discs w/ opposed 4-piston radial monoblock calipers & ABS Rear: Single 240mm disc w/ opposed 2-piston caliper & ABS
Wheels, Front: Cast, 3.50 x 17 in.
Rear: Cast, 6.0 x 17 in.
Tires, Front: 120/70-ZR17
Rear: 200/55-ZR17
Wet Weight: 463 lbs. (as tested)
Load Capacity: 474 lbs. (as tested)
GVWR: 937 lbs.

Horsepower: 166.3 horsepower @ 10,100 rpm (as tested)
Torque: 94.1 lb-ft @ 8,300 rpm (as tested)
Fuel Capacity: 4.2 gals., last .9 gal. warning light on
MPG: 91 PON Min (avg) 38.0
Estimated Range: 160 miles
Indicated RPM at 60 MPH: 3,000  

2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Photo Gallery

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Harley-Davidson Announces Learn-To-Ride Training Programs

Harley-Davidson has just announced a new initiative to encourage growth in the motorcycle community with its “Learn-To-Ride” programs, available at participating dealerships. The “Learn-To-Ride” programs offer 1-on-1, or small private group training in a low-stress environment under the supervision and instruction of a professional riding coach.

Harley-Davidson Learn-To-Ride New Rider Training

From Press Release:


“Experience the Ride” and “Learn to Ride” Programs Offer New Ways to

Experience Two Wheels.

MILWAUKEE (June 30, 2020) – Turn “Someday I’ll ride a motorcycle,” into “Today” with new ways to learn to ride from participating Harley-Davidson® dealers.

Inspired by new rider feedback, select Harley-Davidson dealers are offering two new programs that aim to make learning to ride more convenient and personalized.

These new programs are designed to provide flexible scheduling and a learning pace that suits the rider’s needs. Personal coaching sessions can be scheduled 1-on-1, or as a private group with up to 4 participants.

Harley-Davidson Learn-To-Ride New Rider Training

Experience the Ride 

This newly developed program is designed specifically for those who have never ridden a motorcycle but are interested in trying. Under the guidance of a professional coach, participants will ride a Harley-Davidson Street® 500 motorcycle across a practice range. The entire experience takes approximately 90 minutes and is completed on a bike specially equipped for new riders.

Experience the Ride is a low commitment, no pressure way for potential riders to get behind the handlebars and experience riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle for the first time.

This program can help participants decide if learning to ride is right for them, alleviate potential anxiety before taking rider training, and help realize how motorcycles can unlock their dreams of personal freedom.

To learn more and schedule a session, visit www.hdpersonalcoachfinder.com

Harley-Davidson Learn-To-Ride New Rider Training

Learn to Ride

For those that have decided to learn to ride, select Harley-Davidson dealers are now offering an additional option beyond the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy New Rider Course.  

This new program, simply known as Learn to Ride, delivers the same time-tested rider training curriculum as the Riding Academy New Rider Course. However, Learn to Ride enables students to schedule private sessions with personal coaches and learn all the techniques and riding strategies required to earn a motorcycle endorsement.

For riders that always wanted to learn but couldn’t fit a multi-day course into their schedule or prefer to learn in private session, this program is what they have been waiting for. Sessions can be scheduled 1-on-1 or as a private party with up to 4 participants. This program is a great option for spouses, friends, and individuals to finally learn and fulfill their dreams of riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.  

Benefits of the Learn to Ride program include highly flexible scheduling, learning at the rider’s pace, more focused attention from the coach, ability to repeat training modules if needed, and completion of private sessions solo or with a small group of friends resulting in lower anxiety. 

To learn more and schedule your personalized Learn to Ride lesson visit the www.hdpersonalcoachfinder.com website.

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Aprilia USA presents 2020 Limited Edition RSV4 and Tuono Misano collection on Facebook Live, Sunday, June 28

Aprilia USA will be presenting the 2020 Aprilia RSV4 and Tuono Limited Edition Misano collection on Facebook Live. Those looking to soak up a few hours on a Sunday afternoon are encouraged to check out this broadcast featuring Aprilia’s limited edition RSV4 Superbike and Tuono Supernaked models.

From Press Release:

2020 Limited Edition RSV4 and Tuono Misano collection

I would like to invite you to join me this Sunday, June 28 at 5:30pm (PST), when Aprilia USA will host a Facebook live presentation from Buttonwillow Raceway of the new Limited Edition RSV4 and Tuono Misano collection.

Join in to learn more about availability of the new model at dealerships, the model characteristics and how Aprilia’s racing heritage has influenced the creation of this iconic model: https://www.facebook.com/events/2924768980985652/

We will be hosting our first Aprilia Racers Days track experience the following morning, and I cannot wait to get on the track for my first time since February, especially on these new machines.

Source: RiderMagazine.com