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2015 - 2022 Yamaha FJR1300

2015 - 2022 Yamaha FJR1300

It has a liquid-cooled four-banger in a sportbike frame for a bit more thrill than just a tourbike

The biggest sport-tourer in Yamaha’s lineup is better than ever. In 2016, the FJR1300A and its stablemate the FJR1300ES saw some evolutionary changes that brought just enough tweaks to make them smoother, more comfortable rides. Probably the biggest change in that update was in the transmission with the addition of a sixth gear and adding a slipper clutch to reduce hand fatigue at the clutch lever. Both of these tourers run a 1,298 cc liquid-cooled four-banger and come on a sportbike frame for a bit more thrill than just a tourbike.

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2020 - 2022 Honda Gold Wing

2020 - 2022 Honda Gold Wing

A revamped suspension and updated features make for an even better Gold Wing

Honda greeted the new decade with a buffed-up, base-model Gold Wing range that’s best described as a BNG-Plus treatment with a few extra goodies thrown in. Updated damping values tune up the suspension system along with improved electronics to complete the package. Of course, this is all accompanied by the performance and handling that has always held the Gold Wing in good stead and keep the line in an excellent competitive position within the U.S. Market.

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2015 - 2022 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS

2015 - 2022 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS

It’s a supersport tourer with real supersport DNA

Kawasaki delivered the 2015 Concours 14 ABS with a whole slew of improvements over the prior year — some cosmetic and some for performance — and carries that over to 2022. At the core, the Kawasaki kept the 1,352 cc engine derived from the Ninja® ZX™-14R in a chassis tuned for touring. The sportbike DNA is quite evident in the overall styling, so whether you love it or hate it, you don’t ignore the Concours 14 ABS.

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2022 Indian Super Chief Limited

2022 Indian Super Chief Limited

Effortless cruising and, even though it’s built for straight-line stability, the ride is surprisingly nimble

Indian rolls out its MY22 Super Chief Limited in the 2021 season to add a nostalgic note to the new Super Chief platform. Powered by a Thunderstroke 116 plant, the “SCL” bundles modern performance and electronics with old school custom looks that hail all the way back to the years immediately after the end of WWII. Chrome and blackout combine to complete the homegrown panache that the SCL wears so well.

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2022 BMW K 1600 B

2022 BMW K 1600 B

The revised engine, new "Next Gen" ESA, and updated electronics make it even better

BMW beat its K 1600 tourbike platform mercilessly with the buffhammer for the ’22 model year, and the result is a marked improvement over the previous generation for its bagger-tastic “B” variant. Updated electronics and out-of-this-world graphics join a souped-up engine and specialized LED lighting to make this a significant upgrade worthy of the “new” tag. This model is clearly aimed at the U.S. market, or at least at riders interested in a proper Boulevard Bruiser with strong, American-style touring capabilities.

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2020 - 2021 Indian Challenger

2020 - 2021 Indian Challenger

With new styling and new engine, it’s a whole new Indian

Indian Motorcycle rolled into MY2020 with a net-new bagger family powered by an all-new powerplant with some serious ride-quality and safety features as the icing on the cake. The “Challenger” range marks a new era for America’s oldest motorcycle manufacturer with impressive power numbers and a look that’s borrows from the past even while it reaches for new territory and, I’m sure the factory hopes, an expanded buyer base. Fixed fairings, new electronics, and a powerful engine are the hallmarks of this machine, and it’ll be interesting to see how it performs in the market against its longtime domestic foe, Harley-Davidson.

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2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT

It’s sport-touring with a GSX-R-derived engine. Yeah, just like that.

Suzuki replaces the GSX-S1000F sport-tourer with an all new “GT” version on the GSX-S1000 platform for the 2022 model year. Long distance comfort and sportbike performance combine on the new GT and its GT+ sibling, along with top-shelf stability and ride-quality electronics to complete the package.

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2022 INDIAN MOTORCYCLE CHALLENGER LIMITED X JACK DANIEL'S

2022 INDIAN MOTORCYCLE CHALLENGER LIMITED X JACK DANIEL’S

Two famous brands collaborate to create a limited edition Challenger Dark Horse

Bike and alcohol brand collaborations are nothing new and this one between Indian and Jack Daniel’s carries on that fine tradition. A special paint job, all the bells and whistles and very limited production raise the bar for this Challenger Dark Horse.

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2018 - 2021 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic

2018 - 2021 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic

Harley puts the bling back in the Heritage Classic

After a revamp for the 2018 model year, Softail underpinnings are all radically different than the originals, but the overall classic look of the Heritage Classic remains largely unchanged for the requisite historical tie-in. Harley-Davidson put a new emphasis on the Softail lineup with plenty of performance-driven custom designs for the fiery-eyed pegdraggers out there, but for someone looking for an old-school cruiser and tour bike, the Heritage Classic is your Huckleberry.

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2015 - 2022 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero / Vulcan 1700 Voyager

2015 - 2022 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero / Vulcan 1700 Voyager

Each has a muscular V-Twin with plenty of roll-on

Kawasaki’s Vulcan 1700 line is well established with the Vaquero and the Voyager — a bagger and full dresser, respectively — both come with ABS and, as the name suggests, the 1700 cc engine in the V-twin configuration with liquid cooling and a six-speed transmission. Ready for a cruise around town or hitting the open road, the Vulcan 1700s are well fitted and all-around solid.

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2017 - 2021 Harley-Davidson Road Glide

2017 - 2021 Harley-Davidson Road Glide

It’s the smooth throttle response and stump-pulling torque you expect from a premium bagger

Harley-Davidson updated its sharknosed Road Glide in 2017 and replaced the little-loved Twin Cam engine with its new Milwaukee-Eight powerplant, a combination that persists into model-year 2021. There were a handful of aesthetic adjustments made over that span, but the model remains pretty much as it was when it hit the showroom floors in MY17. On the current-year model, top-shelf infotainment capabilities join with a plush suspension system and premium paint packages to deliver the comfort and style H-D riders expect, and the Mil-8 107 engine turns out the torque that we demand.

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2020 - 2021 Indian Challenger Dark Horse

2020 - 2021 Indian Challenger Dark Horse

Indian’s new sinister, boulevard-bruiser Dark Horse

Indian Motorcycle rolled into MY2020 with an all-new model family – the Challenger – that comes complete with a new look, powerful 122-horsepower PowerPlus engine and improved safety equipment to keep America’s oldest bike builder competitive against challengers domestic and abroad. The inaugural year sees a trio of packages ready for public consumption, but it’s the sinister, boulevard-bruiser blackout Dark Horse version we’re going to look at today. Like the rest of the Dark Horse category, it makes a visceral connection to the custom-life underbelly of American motorcycling and brings a showroom-custom vibe to the new Challenger line.

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