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The Triumph Tiger 800XC is a true British "go everywhere" motorcycle that has been machine designed and built for adventures.

True to its calling as a tough, durable, and versatile bike, the Tiger 800XC is capable of coping with the demands of off-road riding, thanks to a combination of utilitarian design, powerful engine, and superb handling characteristics. Just as with many of Triumph’s other class-leading machines, the rider can adjust both the handlebar position and seat height of the Tiger 800XC, offering a commanding view above the traffic and a comfortable perch from which to devour the miles. The bike also has a class-leading 5.0 gallon fuel tank that ensures long-distance rides go uninterrupted. Cavernous hard and soft luggage options are available, as is a comprehensive instrumentation that includes a fuel gauge and trip computer.

As far as the engine goes, powering the Tiger 800XC is a new long-stroke triple engine that produces an impressive 94 brake horsepower and an extremely accessible 58 lb/ft of torque. With its flat torque curve and gentle power delivery, the Tiger 800XC is a pleasure to ride in even in the most demanding of conditions.

Then there’s the aforementioned handling credentials. Long-travel 45mm upside-down front forks and a rear suspension unit all combine with a 21" spoked front wheel to deliver maximum ground clearance and the ability to cope with rough trails. Likewise, a sophisticated anti-lock braking system is available as an option and can be deactivated for off-road riding, while the high specification extends to a standard coded-key immobilizer and rear rack with generous pillion grab handles.

Find out more about the Triumph Tiger 800XC after the jump.

As if it wasn’t mouth-watering enough, Triumph’s popular Tiger 1050 has been given a sporty new look for 2012, packed with an improved specification, new colors and graphics, and the same powerhouse drivetrain that we’ve all come to appreciate.

A truly versatile motorcycle, the Triumph Tiger 1050 SE is a rare creature that’s versatile and adept on just about any road surface. There’s no question that its well-rounded nature has made it one of Triumph’s best-selling models in recent years and given it a huge following around the world.

Sit astride the Tiger 1050 and you will understand just why so many year-round riders choose them as their daily rides. The tall - 32.8" - riding position gives the rider a commanding view over the traffic, with the well-appointed saddle facilitating comfortable day-long riding. New for the 2012 model are high-specification black anodized tapered aluminum handlebars. These are over half an inch lower than the previous steel items to give a more sporting riding position. The standard Tiger Tiger 1050 SE comes in three different color options: Diablo Red, Crystal White, and a two-tone Matte Black/Matte Graphite combination. The higher specification Tiger 1050SE also benefits from Triumph’s ABS braking system, as well as the standard fitment of hand guards, centerstand and 43-liter saddlebags, optional extras on the standard Tiger 1050.

Then there’s the powertrain, a staggering 1,050cc triple engineering feat that has been a staple of Triumph over the years, capable of effortlessly delivering 113 brake horsepower and 72 lb/ft of torque at just 6,250 rpm.

For 2012, the Tiger 1050 features redesigned suspension internals and new damping characteristics front and rear, with a stiffer spring at the rear. The result is a more controlled ride, both solo and with a passenger, with reduced dive under braking, making for an all-around, versatile bike that’s ready to conquer the road.

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The high and mighty always seem to have a way of reinventing themselves in a way that takes their name to a new level. If there was ever a bike that could lay claim to that, it’s the 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 . It’s got one of the most powerful engines on the market and, with that, has made a name for itself for itself as one of the most popular Suzuki bikes on the market today.

A lot of the cruiser’s popularity can be attributed to its 996cc liquid-cooled, Suzuki fuel-injected, 90-degree V-twin engine with four valves per cylinder, dual-overhead cams, and oil. This set-up not only provides exceptional low-end and mid-range torque for exhilarating performance, but also does it in a manner that makes every one of its competitors wince in terror. The V-Strom 1000’s impressive credentials allow riders to tap into an unspeakable power in every gear.

Joining the V-Strom 1000’s mighty powertrain is its impeccable handling capabilities, thanks in large part to a lightweight, compact, and rigid aluminum twin-spar frame and swingarm. Cartridge-style 43mm front forks with adjustable preload provides 6.3" of wheel travel allow for a comfortable ride while a link-type rear suspension featuring 6.3" of wheel travel and a piggyback-style shock absorber with adjustable rebound damping and a knob-operated hydraulic preload adjuster add to its handling capabilities.

As far as accessories are concerned, the V-Strom 1000 gets its fair share, including nylon Givi-style panniers, a top box, aluminum side cases large enough to fit a full-coverage helmet, a rugged accessory engine bar, and an adjustable windscreen.

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The Harley-Davidson Dyna FXDF Fat Bob comes with a pretty unique name, but what’s more unique than its tag is the bike itself. This custom cruiser is made from the stuff that riders of all shapes and sizes absolutely crave.

With forward-mounted foot controls, a drag-style handlebar, and a sleek, two-up seat, the Fat Bob motorcycle creates an aggressive riding position that commands respect wherever it goes. Though it looks the part of a ’fat’ cruiser, the Dyna Fat Bob’s characteristics emphasize character aggression, highlighted by a 130 mm wide front tire with a gnarly, robust tread pattern. Fat Boy also sports a sporty front fender with painted brace supports, a Bobtail rear fender with chrome supports, a one-up, two-piece Dyna classic seat, a stainless steel drag-style handlebar, polished aluminum triple clamps, and a chrome, "Tommy Gun" 2-1-2 collector exhaust system with dual mufflers.

At the belly of the Dyna Fat Boy lies a powerful and new rubber-mounted 1690cc Twin Cam103 V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI). The engine is capable of delivering 92 lb/ft of torque, providing enough meat and grinds power to make other bikes of its class envious. Making it more impressive for the Dyna Fat Boy is that its engine has been mated to a six-speed Cruise Drive transmission, making that ride that much more impressive.

When Harley-Davidson designed the 2012 Dyna FXDF Fat Bob, they had one clear-cut mission in mind: to make the bike as fat and meaty as possible. Thanks to an aggressive neo-retro style and a spectacularly powerful engine, the American bike maker managed to exceed even their own lofty expectations.

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Back when the bobber scene was in full effect, bike makers like Harley-Davidson were churning out one awesome bike after another. But even if those days are long gone, Harley is keeping the spirit alive with a bike like the Dyna FXDB Street Bob .

Stripped down to the bare essentials and as “naked” as the law allows, the Dyna FXDB Street Bob is as pure a cruiser bike as one can get. Ever since it was introduced to the market, the bike has been the personification of an attitude-laden motorcycle that has redefined the way custom bikes are looked at.

In terms of its design, the Dyna FXDB Street Bob is keeping true to its bobber roots, featuring a redesigned solo seat, a chopped rear fender without support covers, a top triple clamp with an integrated riser, a wrinkle-back low-profile tank console with an electronic speedometer, a retro-style LED tail light, a Street Bob air-cleaner trim ring, a stainless steel, internally-wired mini ape-hanger handlebar, a wrinkle-black battery box and belt guard, and Black Steel Laced wheels with Michelin Scorcher tires.

Then, there’s the matter of the powertrain. The Dyna FXDB Street Bob is powered by a rubber-mounted 1584cc Twin Cam 96 V-Twin engine with an Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), rated at 92 lb/ft of torque, and mated to a six-speed Cruise Drive transmission.

There’s no doubt about what the Harley Davidson Dyna FXDB Street Bob is capable of. What’s important to know about this bike is that despite having lived in an bygone era, the bike still stands tall in today’s market as one of the best cruiser bikes in Harley-Davidson’s fold.

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When it comes to customizing your touring motorcycle, the Harley-Davidson FLD Dyna Switchback is a top-tier choice. With detachable hard saddlebags and a quick-detach windshield, you can remove and customize your street cruiser in just a matter of seconds.

From a hardline tourer, the Switchback can be turned into a full-fledged custom street cruiser with a gleaming headlamp nacelle, five-spoke cast-aluminum wheels, and a mini-ape handlebar. When it’s time to head out for a long weekend, simply re-install the saddlebags and windshield, and the Switchback is ready to provide an exhilarating ride like no other.

Even better is that the Switchback is the lightest custom touring motorcycle in its displacement category, making a true versatile cruiser with plenty of attitude. The styling evokes a classic proportion and clean, straightforward lines. It’s got a mini-ape handlebar and a pull-back riser that combine with full-length rider footboards and a two-up touring seat to provide a comfortable ride no other bike in its segment can compete with. The one-piece, two-up seat features custom stitched detail with the seat height at 26.1," making for a comfortable ride.

Then there’s the powertrain, the motorcycle comes with a muscular and powerful Twin Cam 1,690cc V-Twin engine that delivers strong performance on the boulevard and on the highway. A 2-into-1 chrome exhaust with straight-cut muffler has been tuned to provide a deep exhaust tone while an advanced suspension has been tuned for comfort and precise handling. Nitrogen-charged, monotube rear shocks have preload-adjustable, dual rate springs. A 41.3mm front fork with a 20mm cartridge delivers enhanced damping performance, handling, and ride comfort.

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The 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS was built with the idea of being the "Comfortable Adventure Tourer." Thanks to across-the-board improvements done on the bike by Suzuki , you could make a case that it’s become more than what it was being described to be.

Of the many new elements given to the 2012 model of the V-Strom 650 ABS, the most notable is arguably its new 645cc V-Twin engine that features broad torque delivery, signature V-Twin power pulses, and sporty quick-revving high rpm range power surges for full-range riding enjoyment. The V-Strom’s new engine also comes with a high-speed 32-bit ECU that controls Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) system, contributing to enhanced low-to-mid rpm range torque, a linear throttle response and lower emissions for a bike that performs as well as it does. Joining the V-Strom 650’s impressive new powertrain is a six-speed transmission that’s been tailored for active sporty rides with a tighter 1st through 5th gear ratios.

Meanwhile, handling is also a key ingredient in the V-Strom 650 ABS concoction, beginning with a lightweight and rigid twin-spar aluminum-alloy frame and swingarm, all of which contribute to smooth handling performance and excellent stability at high-speeds. The bike also features 5-way spring-preload-adjustable 43mm-telescopic front forks with 5.9" of travel working with a link-type rear suspension with 6.3" of wheel travel, stepless rebound damping adjuster, and a 5-way spring preload adjuster that can be adjusted by simply turning a knob, allowing the rider to set the ride depending on his taste and preferences.

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The Kawasaki Vulcan 900 has been bestowed the designation of ’classic’ for a reason: it draws on styling cues from days when everybody who was anybody had a muscle car, 8-tracks pumped out the tunes, and a low-slung motorcycle turned heads. Essentially, that’s the Vulcan 900 in the modern setting; it’s an all-business bike that certainly doesn’t play around.

The Vulcan 900 Classic definitely gets noticed, especially when its offered with a classic profile, combined with an improved rear-end styling, a low seat height and a tapered front bucket seat that’s easily suited for riders of all shapes and sizes. The Vulcan 900’s design is the personification of comfort, with the front bucket seat flowing nicely into the largest capacity fuel tank in its class, and the lower chassis rails provide a narrow shape for an abbreviated reach to the pavement. The rear pillion pad makes it painless to share the two-wheeled experience whereas the wide handlebars, seat, and floorboard layout offer an ideal ergonomic relationship.

The Vulcan 900 is also a bike that means serious business. It’s powered by a 903cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled engine that offers excellent performance and smooth roll-on acceleration. Its easy-to-control fuel injection makes for ultra-low-speed riding surprisingly easy and comfortable while the abundant low-rpm torque provides thrilling roll-on acceleration, anywhere and anytime. The Vulcan 900 Classic is also equipped with an auto-fast idle system that uses an rpm feedback relay to help ensure a fixed engine speed in all starting conditions.

When it comes to a no-compromise, in-your-face classic cruiser, the Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic does not apologize for being one of the best in the market. After all, it’s been blazing trails for years and doesn’t figure to slow down anytime soon.

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You can never have enough of a good thing, and in the case of the Kawasaki Concours 14, that’s exactly what you’re going to get.

Expertly mixing high performance and long-distance functionality, the Concours 14 is the kind of touring bike that inspires riders to pull out their big maps and set out for the open road. It’s no wonder the Concours has been around for this long; it offers plenty of style, power, and functionality.

The Concours 14 comes with several features that enhance comfort, convenience, and safety, solidifying its position atop the sport touring heap. The bike’s dynamic bodywork increases comfort by routing heat away from the rider and passenger while a tall, electrically adjustable windscreen creates a calm cockpit experience with help from ducts above the instrument panel, balancing pressure areas inside and outside the screen. The bike also has handgrip heaters that come as standard, providing comfort even when outside temperatures become unbearable.

Complimenting the dynamic design of the Concours 14 is an engine that packs a wallop. The amazing and thoroughly modern 1,352cc DOHC inline-four engine sourced from the legendary ZX-14 sports bike generates excellent low- and mid-range power, all followed by a top-end rush that would turn most open-class sportbikes green with envy. An advanced fuel injection, ram-air induction, and variable valve timing all add up to an exhilarating ride.

On top of all that, the Concours also comes with technological features that enhance the riding experience. The bike’s K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology) braking system offers two modes of linked, anti-lock braking and great overall performance. Likewise, a high-tech traction control system not only reduces wheelspin on slick surfaces, offering riders more confidence-inspiring feedback, but it can be easily switched off at the rider’s discretion.

Overall, the Concours 14 ABS is as action-packed as any touring bike on the market. Just goes to show what 26 years of experience does in honing a perfectly well-tuned machine.

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Anybody that has had the itch to just strap on their helmets and heed the call of the open road, the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager is the perfect bike to scratch it.

Complete with all the full-dress amenities that have become necessary to keep riders and passengers comfortable on long journeys, the 1700 Voyager blends muscle car-inspired styling with a powerful engine that helps eat up the miles, delivering a memorable experience that riders always crave in an all-powerful touring bike.

As far as it’s design, the 1700 Voyager is the picture of aggressive functionality, featuring a large frame-mounted fairing, beautifully integrated luggage that stows a week’s worth of gear, a comfortable saddle, electronic cruise control, a high-fidelity sound system, and an optional K-ACT anti-lock/integrated braking system, among other things.

Giving the 1700 Voyager the perfect design balance with its up-standard performance characteristics, Kawasaki fitted the touring bike with a smooth and torquey 1,700cc V-twin engine that features liquid cooling, four-valve cylinder heads, and a single overhead cam that’s been setup for big-time mid-range power. The Voyager also has a fuel injection and exhaust systems that have been tuned to deliver peak torque and horsepower at slightly higher rpm than the Classic models, which is optimal for an open-road tourer.

Additional touring functionality for the 1700 Voyager is provided by the Voyager’s beefy but easy-to-squeeze clutch, which features six damping springs and progressive three-stage engagement for easier shifting under hard acceleration.

Technological features are also a big part of the touring bike’s overall package, including a fully electronic throttle valve system, which works in concert with the Voyager’s Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) system to enhance engine response without dulling the big Vee’s distinctive throb.

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