Road Tests

Riding High on a 2012 CVO Electra Glide Ultra Classic

Riding High on a 2012 CVO Electra Glide Ultra Classic By Gary ‘Koz’ Mraz, Photos by Ron Sinoy The last several years have proved tough for everyone. I even felt sorry for Warren Buffett – supposedly that dude took a 9.6 billion dollar hit on one stock. What’s a guy to do? Well…if you’re Warren Buffett you take a $300 ...

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2012 Triumph Thunderbird

BY GARY “KOZ” MRAZ. PHOTOS BY RON SINOY. Cool is just cool, and cool will never die. The 650cc Thunderbird launched in 1949 quickly became a favorite of police forces worldwide. The Wild One, released in 1954, starring Marlon Brando riding a 1950 Triumph Thunderbird 6T is the first Hollywood film where a motorcycle’s tank badge is clearly displayed. A ...

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StreetMasters: Precision Cornering Workshop

BY GARY MRAZ Epiphanous, enlightening, humbling, perhaps not adjectives normally associated with motorcycle training yet this journey elicits such verbiage.  I recently reviewed the book “Shifting Gears at 50” by Phil Buonpastore in which Walt Fulton is a contributor.  Walt Fulton III and Nancy Foote are the owner/operators of Streetmasters Motorcycle Workshops, and I decided it was time to attend. ...

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Champion Vulcan Voyager: A Kawasaki Platform Trike

By Koz Mraz, Photos by Ron Sinoy I have become a real fan of Kawasaki. It all started in 2010 when I test rode the Kawasaki Vaquero.  Based on the same platform as its famous Touring motorcycle, the Voyager and Nomad, I was immediately impressed; this motorcycle has it all.  A 1,700cc, SOHC, 52-degree, V-Twin engine transfers power through a ...

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2012 Indian Chief Vintage

Story: Gary Mraz and Mike Dalgaard Photos: Ron Sinoy Styles come and go but some designs are just clas- sic, frozen in time and defy fashion fads.  Passing a 2012 Indian Chief on the freeway one could easily assume its a 1940’s skirted fender predeces- sor. For many including myself the 1948-1953 fully “dressed” Indian Chief defined the word “motorcycle” ...

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ROAD TEST: 2012 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim Review

Low In Calories, High In Octane: 2012 Harley-Davidson Slim Story: Gary Koz Mraz, Photos: Ron Sinoy Jenny Craig put Softail on a diet and called it “Slim”. With a scaled down narrow rear tire, chopped fender and simple combination stop/turn/tail lights and a side-mounted license plate, Slim deserves its name. From its trimmed front fender to its narrow rear end, ...

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ROAD TEST: 2012 Harley-Davidson’s Sporty 72 Review

By Gary Koz Mrax, Photos by Ron Sindy We gathered at Cook’s Corner in Orange County for the reveal of Harley-Davidson’s two new motorcycles, The Sportster 72 and the Softail Slim (we’ll fill ya in next month on the Slim).  The Seventy-Two is a respectful nod to an era when the cool kids rode a Sting-Ray and the big boys ...

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ROAD TEST: 2012 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic Limited Review: Music to My Ears

By Gary Koz Mraz In the orchestral arrangement of Harley Davidson motorcycles the Ultra Classic Electra Glide Limited crescendos as the finely tuned instrument of touring enthusiasts.  A deep exhaust note resonates providing a melody that sets the standard for long distance touring comfort and convenience.  A four speaker, 80-watt Harmon/Kardon Advanced audio system is loud and clear even at ...

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ROAD TEST: 2008 Harley-Davidson Sportster Custom (Fatster) Review

By Koz Mraz I recently rode a 2008 Harley Fat Bob and I was very impressed. Personally, I liked everything about this bike. Fat 130 front and 180 rear tires, comfy seat, drag bars, Tommy gun pipes and yes even the dual headlamps. They got it right and I guess I’m not alone. Officially released in August 2007, James Clark, ...

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Road Test: 2008 Yamaha V Star 950 Review – Your Lucky Star

I get to ride a lot of bikes and my dreamcycle pushes 40 grand. Guess I better get a day job. We all have dream bikes but let’s get back to reality. The Yamaha Star 950 is very appealing, low and lean, this V-Star looks deceivingly long and relatively expensive. But at less than 8K brand new it can’t be ...

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