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Kawasaki's First Electric Motorcycle Looks Super Fun, But You Can't Ride It

Kawasaki’s First Electric Motorcycle Looks Super Fun, But You Can’t Ride It

The Kawasaki Elektrode promises to a lot of fun..but for your children

After what seems like an eternity, Kawasaki has finally jumped aboard the EV bandwagon and launched its first of many electric motorcycles, the Elektrode. Sadly, though, this isn’t the “dream” Kawasaki electric bike everyone was hoping for, and there’s a high chance neither you nor us will be swinging a leg over this. It is, however, a step in the right direction.

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2016 - 2022 Suzuki DR-Z400S / DR-Z400SM - Performance, Price, and Photos

2016 - 2022 Suzuki DR-Z400S / DR-Z400SM - Performance, Price, and Photos

Fuel-injection haters rejoice! Suzuki still has carbureted dual sports

Pitting the fuel-injection fans against the carburetor fans, we score a point for the latter with the DR-Z400S and DR-Z400SM from Suzuki. Fuel injection hasn’t yet made an appearance in Suzuki’s dual-sport lineup, which was a good thing or a bad thing, depending on which side of the fence you’re on. For 2022, the DR-Z siblings haven’t yet been touched by the FI update. Sharing the same engine as the 500EXC from KTM, the DR-Zs come on a different chassis with progressive-link rear suspension. The “SM” — the SuperMoto of the family — and the “S” feature a six-liter air box with quick-release fasteners trouble-free access to the air filter and special low profile mirrors that rotate hoping to avoid damage, both are pluses when you’re playing in the dirt.

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Big Tires, 2x2 System, & Go Anywhere Capability: Meet The All-Electric Robo Systems Ultra Bike

Big Tires, 2x2 System, & Go Anywhere Capability: Meet The All-Electric Robo Systems Ultra Bike

Where the road ends for most traditional motorcycles, that’s where it begins for the two-wheel-drive Ultra Bike

Over the past few years, the motorcycle industry has seen all kinds of electric motorcycles from puny dirt bikes to full-fledged 200HP track weapons, and it’s about time someone moved the goal post.

Doing exactly that, US-based EV-maker Robo Systems has unveiled the Ultra bike, an off-road motorcycle that can literally go-anywhere bike, as you’re about to find out.

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2016 - 2022 Yamaha TW200 - Performance, Price, and Photos

2016 - 2022 Yamaha TW200 - Performance, Price, and Photos

Fuel-injection haters rejoice! Yamaha still makes a carbureted dual sport

The Yamaha TW200, brought forward for 2022 with its scrappy little 196 cc engine, is a nice learning bike, fully street legal but with that distinctive motocross-style swale seat that says you’re going off-road. On the move, the bike has nice low-end torque and you’ll feel the front end trying to come up when you get even a little twisty. Dual sport, yes, but so much about this bike just begs to be in the dirt.

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QJMotor's New 650cc ADV Is Coming To Take On The Kawasaki Versys 650

QJMotor’s New 650cc ADV Is Coming To Take On The Kawasaki Versys 650

Leaked type-approval documents give us an idea of what to expect from the upcoming ADV and how it stacks up against the competition

QJMotor, which also owns Benelli, for the longest time, has only sold its motorcycles in its home country of China, but the bikemaker is slowly but surely bringing its expansive lineup of bikes to the European market, mainly to ruffle the feathers of its Japanese rivals.

After tackling 400cc and 600cc segments, the firm is now eyeing the mid-capacity ADV segment with its newly type-approved 650cc adventure bike.

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2015 - 2022Suzuki DR650S - Performance, Price, and Photos

2015 - 2022Suzuki DR650S - Performance, Price, and Photos

The DR650S could be the “I-wanna-have-fun” bike you’ll hang on to

It’s not the most attractive bike in the dual sport stable, though it’s small and scrappy with a 644 cc engine and so much fun to ride. With a glance at the DR650S from Suzuki you might just dismiss it as an enduro bike. That would be doing it an injustice. It’s really a basic adventure bike that will get you off the pavement and into the woods with perhaps more gumption than a real adventure bike. Priced affordably, it isn’t tragic to drop it as it would be otherwise and it is lightweight enough that you can pick it up and keep going.

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2021 - 2023 Kawasaki KLX300

2021 - 2023 Kawasaki KLX300

This should be on your short list of zombie apocalypse bikes

Kawasaki put together its KLX300 model with dual-sport riders in mind and a definite bias for the off-road work. Suspension stroke and ground clearance point to a capacity for fairly rugged terrain, while the mirrors and full all-around lighting make it street legal. Whether you plan on proper adventure riding, or just want to forego the trailer action every time you want to hit your favorite trails, the KLX300 has you covered.

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KTM Launches 12 new MX Bikes For 2023

KTM Launches 12 new MX Bikes For 2023

Following on from the launch of 13 enduro machines

No-one is ever going to accuse KTM of not launching enough bikes! Following on from 13 enduro bikes comes a further 12 MX model line-up, including two- and four-stroke models and changes to chassis and engines across the board

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2015 - 2022 Honda XR650L

2015 - 2022 Honda XR650L

It’s the "I wanna have fun" bike you’ll hang on to

Honda carries its venerable XR650L line into 2022, but to be honest, it’s almost completely unchanged — save for a BNL update — from the original version unleashed on the world back in 1993. Before you scoff, I would point out that sharks haven’t changed in millions of years, having evolved long ago into creatures perfectly suited to their environments, and apparently, so it is with the XR650L. The Red Riders got it right out of the gate with this one, and popular support keeps the bike on Honda’s showroom floors even after nearly a quarter-century.

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2021 - 2022 KTM 450 SMR

2021 - 2022 KTM 450 SMR

Back by popular demand, the 450 SMR is a contender right off the showroom floor

MY2021 brought with it the return of the KTM 450 SuperMoto to the paddock after a seven-year hiatus, and it looks like just what the doctor ordered if power-drifting, racing, and stunt riding – or any combination thereof – is your thing. It sports the proven 450 engine that comes with a smattering of rider-aid electronics so you can dial in the bike’s personality as you like. Additionally, the frame is adjustable, and the suspension comes off the top shelf to finish off the package.

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Steve McQueen's Husqvarna Up For Auction

Steve McQueen’s Husqvarna Up For Auction

Immortalised on the cover of Sports Illustrated, the 1969 400 Cross Won’t be Cheap

The Husqvarna 400 Cross owned by Steve McQueen and ridden by him for the cover picture of Sports Illustrated in 1971 is up for auction. The third McQueen-owned bike to be auctioned in recent months, it is being sold without reserve.

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KTM Stirs the 390 Adventure Pot To Produce a 390 Enduro

KTM Stirs the 390 Adventure Pot To Produce a 390 Enduro

Is this a new KTM off-road model using the 390 Duke engine?

Spy shots reveal a brand new variant on the 390 Adventure platform, looking very much like it could be an enduro version of the single-cylinder pocket rocket.

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John Wayne's Honda Sells for Half Its Estimate

John Wayne’s Honda Sells for Half Its Estimate

Seems the Duke riding a bike just isn’t that cool!

RM Sothebys’ auction in Arizona included a 1971 Honda SL350 once owned by screen legend John Wayne. Despite the provenance, it sold for half the pre-auction estimate.

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Custom Bike of the Day: Who Says Small Can't Be Beautiful?

Custom Bike of the Day: Who Says Small Can’t Be Beautiful?

Honda Cub Transformed into the cutest scrambler

British-built Honda Cub scrambler proves that big isn’t always better.

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Is No Branch Of Motorcycling Safe From Electricity?

Is No Branch Of Motorcycling Safe From Electricity?

Now off-road is going electric

Getting bored of reading about electric bikes? Well, it’s not going away any time soon. in fact, its even spreading to off-road bikes now.

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Yamaha Aiming For Dirt Glory With New Ténéré 700 Raid Prototype

Yamaha Aiming For Dirt Glory With New Ténéré 700 Raid Prototype

New Hard Core Version of the Standard Ténéré 700

Yamaha goes hard core with the Ténéré 700 Raid Prototype. Detail changes to suspension, cooling and a full complement of rally equipment is included. Not for sale to the public at the moment, but will that change?

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2021 Husqvarna 701 Enduro

2021 Husqvarna 701 Enduro

Boosted performance, new electronics, and tuned-up bodywork

Swedish giant Husqvarna rolls into MY2021 with boosted performance, new electronics, and a spanky new Euro-5 emissions compliance rating on the 701 Enduro. The factory also gave it a bit of a facelift with a new headlight housing, new instrumentation, and tuned up bodywork that benefits from Husqvarna’s extensive off-road racing experience. New brake hardware and switchable ABS rounds out the safety package.

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2022 Kawasaki Off-Road Models

2022 Kawasaki Off-Road Models

Everyone Gets a Look-In

Kawasaki’s 2022 MX and Enduro bikes offer something for everyone, be they young or old, beginner or experienced

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2016 - 2019 Ducati Scrambler Sixty2

2016 - 2019 Ducati Scrambler Sixty2

Who doesn’t have fun on a scrambler?

The scrambler market is booming, and so far, Ducati is ahead of the curve with a full range of purpose-built Scrambler models. It added to the lineup in 2016 with its Scrambler Sixty2, a model that reflects what the factory calls modern pop culture, with a liberal dose of sixties, mid-size standard cruiser flavor blended in. Powered with a 399 cc L-twin, the Sixty2 isn’t a poser in a scrambler costume; it’s ready to rock and roll.

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