Road Tests

ROAD TEST: 2019 VULCAN VAQUERO

By Koz Mraz This motorcycle is a rodeo of fun for any cowboy or cowgirl. Low slung, muscular and dressed in Metallic Spark Black, the Vaquero will challenge any outlaw bagger to a gunfight. (BUCKAROO: Derived from the word “Vaquero”; in Spanish, the letters B and V are both pronounced “B”) At a price point of $16,799 MSRP the fixed-fairing Vaquero ...

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ROAD TEST: 2019 CVO Road Glide 117 Review

By Gary Mraz. Photos by Mike Cupp In 1979 the “Tour Glide,” Harley-Davidson’s first fixed-fairing motorcycle was introduced with only nineteen made that year. The following year Harley produced 4,480 of these bikes.  In 1998 the Tour Glide became the FLTR Road Glide, using the same frame and motor assembly as the Electra Glide but with a completely redesigned “Shark Nose” fairing.  Aerodynamically refined in 2016, ...

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ROAD TEST: 2019 Indian Chieftain Limited

By Ray Seidel When I picked up the 2019 Indian Limited, I could hardly get past the beauty of the sparkly red paint. Pictures in this magazine will not do it justice; you’ll have to see it in person to get the full appreciation. This got a lot of attention from people at the local watering hole, beyond what it ...

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2019 H-D CVO Street Glide 117ci

The CVO moniker is the pinnacle of all things Harley-Davidson. Custom Vehicle Operations pulls out all the stops once a year and a few select models get the star treatment. The Street Glide is one of the Motor Company’s top sellers and the 2019 CVO rolls out with all the bells and whistles, topped off with a ferocious Milwaukee-Eight 117ci ...

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ROAD TEST: 2019 H-D Sport Glide

The Sport Glide Softail allows you to cruise the backroads or hit the highway in style. The small batwing fairing comes with a 1.5-inch-high windshield that’s aerodynamically designed to deflect wind from the rider’s chest.

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ROAD TEST: 2019 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special Review

Donning a “Skratch” signature Bell helmet, Ray-Bans, sleeveless flannel and cuffed denims over my MotoBailey motorcycle shoes, I stripped 25 years off my age as I mounted the Sportster Forty-Eight Special-- named after the year Harley-Davidson introduced the small peanut tank.

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ROAD TEST: 2019 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra Review

By : Koz Mraz and Christina Fior Glamorous camping comes in a variety of flavors, from cabins and Airstreams to yurts and covered wagons. And motorcycling generally means you’ll need everything when you get there. A couple has very limited storage on a bike and why she needs all of it, I don’t debate. Alas, glamping and Thousand Trails Idyllwild ...

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ROADTEST: 2019 Harley-Davidson FXDR 114

There’s been much web banter about this new bike and I agree that it’s the modern incarnation of the retired VRSC V-Rod. Like the V-Rod, the FXDR has a raked-out front end, a lower cowl attached to the frame’s down tubes and a wide 240mm rear tire on a solid-disc rear wheel. Most notably, it has the V-Rod clamshell riding position, using forward foot controls with drag bars. The rear wheel is the same 18” / 240mm fat-tire as the Breakout, plus the oval LED headlight is borrowed from the Breakout. The tiny LED speedo is from the Street Bob.

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ROAD TEST: 2018 Polaris Slingshot Review

By Mike Cupp I picked up the Polaris Slingshot in Newport Beach, California,  directly off Pacific Coast Highway, next to a marina on a beautiful sunny day.  Cruising home down PCH, I was surrounded by expensive luxury vehicles; Mercedes, Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Jaguar, etc.  That’s not surprising for this area, but I was surprised that the drivers of these vehicles ...

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ROAD TEST: 2018 Vanderhall Venice Review

With GM Drive Train, the Utah-Built Trike Dances the Rumba with the Best of Them By Keith Ball. Photos by Markus Cuff We recently had the stellar opportunity to test ride or drive the new Vanderhall Venice Trike. We couldn’t wait, since the styling appealed to our classic sports car sensibilities— old school Austin Healey or MG. I’ve been intrigued by ...

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