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2018 - 2020 Ducati Monster 821

2018 - 2020 Ducati Monster 821

It’s the epitome of what a naked sportbike should be

Newly revised in 2018, the Monster 821 from Ducati benefits from some trickle-down engineering from its big brother, the Monster 1200, and a host of new design touches all its own. A new tank, tail section, headlight and muffler gives it an all-new variation on the classic Monster look with due consideration for the original Monster 900. Duc’s Testastretta L-twin powerplant serves up streetfighter performance with 109 horsepower tucked away in the stable and a host of safety systems to aid the rider in keeping it all under control. Not an entry-level ride by any stretch of the imagination, the Monster 821 does offer an experienced rider a mercurial platform that can shift personalities at the touch of a button for a wide range of conditions and skill levels.

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BMW's New Holiday Commercial Shows Off Technology with Christmas Spirit

BMW’s New Holiday Commercial Shows Off Technology with Christmas Spirit

It is time to call technology our extended family

The holiday-themed videos that car companies generally come up with are funny and hilarious; something that is not very deep and spreads only joy and happiness. But then there are some videos like this one from BMW; emotional, touching and heart-warming. The German also modestly shows how technology is changing the lives of people.

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Throwback: Lotus Wants to Wish You a Merry Driftmas and a Hethel New Year

Throwback: Lotus Wants to Wish You a Merry Driftmas and a Hethel New Year

Forget nine reindeer - this thing has 410 horsepower!

It’s that time of the year again, when colorful lights shine to brighten the night, kids listen for the sound of sleigh bells, and the smell of burnt rubber lingers in the air. At least that’s the holiday season we like, and it would appear as though Lotus agrees with this Christmas-themed video featuring the Evora GT410 Sport sliding around for a drift-tastic tree delivery.

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Santa's Favorite Red Factory Car Paints

Santa’s Favorite Red Factory Car Paints

Striking exteriors for the holiday season

When it comes to cool factory car paints, there are plenty to choose from nowadays and even more if we look in the past. But what if we restrict it to just one color? After all, it’s Christmas and almost everything about this season is red, including Santa’s coat and sleigh. The answer is that there are quite a few cool red hues to choose from. Better said, Santa has plenty of choices for his garage.

While black, white, and silver make up the holy trinity of popular car colors in 2018, red remains in the top 10. It might not be as popular as it used to be a few decades ago, but the fact that automakers keep rolling out exciting shades of red is proof that people are still buying. Let’s have a look at Santa’s favorite red factory paints ever offered.

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The Best Vehicles For a Holiday Road Trip in 2019

The Best Vehicles For a Holiday Road Trip in 2019

There are SUVs, wagons, sedans, and even a supercar in this list

We’re literally a few days away from Christmas. It’s hard to imagine what most of you are doing, though I suspect that you’re either scrambling to buy Christmas gifts or you’re preparing for the Christmas family vacation. I understand the pressure that comes with either of the two scenarios, though I will confess that I fall into the latter category. I’m preparing the Christmas family vacation, too, and, as you might expect, I’m gearing up the family SUV to prepare for the long road ahead for the family reunion. With that in mind, I picked out the best vehicles for the Christmas family vacation with the hope that if you have any of these rides, you can take the road this holiday season with confidence.

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Quick Christmas Gift Ideas For Car Fanatics

Quick Christmas Gift Ideas For Car Fanatics

There’s a gift in here for all types of car lovers

We’re down to one week before Christmas. Some of you are probably done with your holiday shopping. All your gifts are wrapped, ready to be ripped open. Unfortunately, not everyone’s done with their Christmas shopping. That’s just how it always seems to play out. A lot of us wait until the last weekend before Christmas to get our holiday shopping done. If you happen to belong to this group of people, have no fear. We’re here to help all of you get a late jumpstart on your holiday shopping with some cool gif ideas for car lovers. There are a lot of cool gifts on this list, some cooler than others, and some more expensive than others. It depends on you which ones you’d like to get for that special someone. But for what it’s worth, you can’t go wrong with any of these items.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Gearheads: Miniature Supercars You Can Afford

Christmas Gift Ideas for Gearheads: Miniature Supercars You Can Afford

The world’s most iconic supercars in a box

It’s almost Christmas and it’s time to finish up that gift list you’ve been working on. Buying gifts isn’t always easy, but we’re here to help. Whether it’s for the Secret Santa at the work place or just for a friend, we have a few cool ideas for the car enthusiast.

Sure, you can always go with accessories, books about cars, or a ticket to a racing event, but you can’t go wrong with a scale model car. Especially if it replicates a supercar that no one of us, the Average Joes, will ever afford. Is the recipient dreaming about buying a supercar someday? Well, why not get him started with a miniature. There’s plenty to choose from and our list doesn’t even begin to cover it. Let’s have a look.

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What Will Santa Drive for Christmas 2019?

What Will Santa Drive for Christmas 2019?

Trucks, SUVs, sports cars?

We all know Santa uses a reindeer-powered sleigh to move around, but what if he’s also a gearhead? I mean, he’s been around long enough to witness the evolution of the automobile, I’m pretty sure he likes them and drives a few cars in his free time. But what would he drive for Christmas in 2019?

Choosing just one car is extremely difficult so I went with five. A vehicle for a different purpose. Truck and SUVs to haul goods, a sedan to relax in the back seat, a sports car for a bit of fun, and a vintage car simply because Santa seems to be a classy guy. Let’s see what Mr. Claus will drive this year for Christmas in the list below.

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Must-Have Car Accessories You Should Have on Your Christmas List

Must-Have Car Accessories You Should Have on Your Christmas List

Things to keep you warm and safe through the winter

Christmas is nearly upon us, and we’re in for loads of fun opening presents and spending time with family and loves ones. But if you’re planning to take a long trip or visit relatives, it’s best that you check your shopping list again and add some important accessories you should have in the trunk for the cold season.

Snow may be fun and all in the backyard, but you should be prepared for a car buried in snow, an engine that won’t start, and other typical accidents that can happen on the road. We prepared a list of things you might want to buy next time you go shopping for the holiday season.

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Travel Tips For the 2019 Holiday Season

Travel Tips For the 2019 Holiday Season

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst, right?

By now, a lot of you have probably made plans for the holidays. You’ve packed your bags, scheduled your itineraries, and you’re just about set to head for your much-needed Christmas vacation. Unfortunately, you also need to face the facts. As much as you’ve planned for the coming days, Christmas season is a beast of its own. Not only are you likely to hit congested highways, but you’ll also have to deal with potentially serious weather conditions on the road to Vacation Town. The good news is that if you prepared accordingly, the next few days won’t have to be as stressful as you fear. On that end, we’ve prepared a handy holiday travel guide that should minimize your travel angst so you can enjoy the season the way it’s supposed to be enjoyed.

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2017 - 2020 Suzuki V-Strom 650 / V-Strom 650XT

2017 - 2020 Suzuki V-Strom 650 / V-Strom 650XT

The 2017 update made it a contender

Suzuki’s V-Strom is definitely one of the major players on the adventure bike market. A few years ago, Suzuki made the decision to drop the V-Strom 650 Adventure, which it has since brought back, and focus its energies on the base model 650 and 650XT. The result is palpable with a number of improvements made in the 2017 model year that will likely endear these rides to their fans even more. Now we have more power, plus a traction control system to help manage said power as well as some nifty aesthetic tweaks.

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2018 - 2020 Suzuki SV650X

2018 - 2020 Suzuki SV650X

It’s a spunky mid-displacement café-style SV for your riding pleasure

Suzuki expanded its SV650 roadster lineup for the 2019 model year with a café-tastic SV650X ABS. The “X” adds some subtle changes to the bodywork, plus a not-so-subtle bullet fairing to make that crucial historical connection to the target era sometime back in the seventies. The suspension system was updated for the whole SV650 family across the board, and it brings a spring-preload feature to the front end that is difficult to match at this price point and genre. Power comes from the same 645 cc twin that pushes the rest of the family with 75 ponies ready to go and a handful of electronic fandangelries to help manage them.

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What Is the 2018 Ford F-150 Towing Capacity?

What Is the 2018 Ford F-150 Towing Capacity?

The F-150 comes with wide bandwidth of towing ratings to cater to all types of customers

The Ford F-Series has been dominating the truck segment for over four decades in the U.S. The Ford F-150 accounts for over 70-percent of the F-Series’ sales, and that’s mainly because it caters to a diverse set of people. The F-150 comes with a host of different engines, with each of them offering a different towing and payload rating, among other things. Depending on your requirement, you can choose any of the six trims on offer currently starting from $28,495 and climbing to as much as $67,485.

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2016 - 2020 Ducati XDiavel / XDiavel S

2016 - 2020 Ducati XDiavel / XDiavel S

The Sport-Cruiser That Really Is A Cruiser Sportbike

It’s safe to say that “cruiser” isn’t exactly the first word that comes to mind when I think of Ducati, or even the third, yet here we are with the XDiavel and its slightly dressier “S” stablemate carrying the brand into uncharted waters. The “X” signifies the cross and blending of the two worlds — cruiser and sport — and the end result is what the factory calls a “Techno-cruiser” due to its melding of Italian performance DNA and a more cruise-tastic rider triangle than you normally see from this brand. Powered by a 1,262 cc Testastretta engine, the XDiavel duo put the “sport” in “sport-cruiser” and opens the performance field to folks that ordinarily wouldn’t have such an option.

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2016 - 2020 Yamaha SMAX

2016 - 2020 Yamaha SMAX

A Minimal-Displacement Highway-Legal Sport Scooter

Yamaha’s new-in-2016 SMAX scooter features a 155 cc engine, which knocks it off the usual tier-license tables, but brings us a minimal-displacement highway commuter option for the U.S. market. The unusual engine size puts the displacement just over the line making it legal to hit the interstate and second now in size to the XMAX in the Yamaha scooter stable for 2020.

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2018 - 2020 Yamaha XSR700

2018 - 2020 Yamaha XSR700

The First Bike Under Yamaha’s ’Faster Sons’ Banner

Part of Yamaha’s700 is based largely on the proven MT-07 platform. It is a reinterpretation of a vintage design for a modern-retro look, clearly meant to draw in the hipster/Millennial crowd, as well as those with an appreciation for classic design elements. It’s not all about looks, though, the mill churns out a claimed 73.8 horsepower and 50.2 pound-feet of torque to push the 410-pound wet weight, so there’s no shortage of thrills to be had on Yamaha’s mid-size roadster.

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2018 - 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 400

2018 - 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 400

The New Big Small-Displacement Ninja

Kawasaki took the next step in the struggle to find that perfect balance between displacement, performance, and affordability with the new-in-2018 Ninja 400. This ride delivers the aggressive styling that you expect from the Ninja family with a host of improvements over the previous generation. More power, less weight, and a mature presentation should hold the new Ninja in good stead in the highly-competitive small-displacement sportbike market that serves as the main battlefield in the contest to instill some brand loyalty in the increasingly important new buyer base.

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2018 - 2020 Yamaha XMAX

2018 - 2020 Yamaha XMAX

Quite Sophisticated For Surprisingly Low Price

Yamaha brought the XMAX to the U.S. market with a 27.6-horsepower mill that promises enough speed to be safe, even comfortable, at highway velocities, and that’s muy importante in the American market. This performance comes bundled with a decidedly modern and mature look that just screams metro-commuter.

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2018 - 2020 Moto Guzzi V7 III Rough

2018 - 2020 Moto Guzzi V7 III Rough

It’s Almost There; Kinda ’Scrambler-Like’

Moto Guzzi expanded its V7 III footprint off the black and onto the brown with the new-in-2018 “Rough” variant. As its cleverly-ingenious name implies, this model comes set up to have some definite scramble-tastic tendencies with street-knobbies that perform as well on soft terrain as they do on the pavement. Like the rest of the family, power comes from a 744 cc V-twin that delivers 44 pound-feet of torque for solid holeshots and plenty of hill-conquering grunt. There’s plenty of that characteristic MG style as well, courtesy of the sideways engine mount and fuel tank design. Best of all, the Rough beefs up its entry-level bike claim with ABS and traction control that can be turned off for a raw ride, or enabled for maximum stability.

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2017 - 2020 Moto Guzzi V7 III Special

2017 - 2020 Moto Guzzi V7 III Special

Its DNA Harkens Back To The 1975 V750 S3

Moto Guzzi carries its “Special” into 2020 after the introduction of the V7 III family in 2017 that brought in a new engine and all-new frame. This is the third generation of ’Guzzi’s venerable V7 line, and the Special has DNA that goes all the way back to the V750 S3 of ’75 in a conspicuous display of its deep roots but keeps things purely modern where it counts. A new V-twin delivers ample ponies with that distinctive rumble and transverse orientation you’d expect, along with a traction control feature to help you keep it under control while accelerating. ABS overwatch for safe braking makes the Special suitable for entry-level riders and fun for experienced ones.

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