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What rider doesn’t love a look back at the motorcycles that preceded today’s tech-savvy creations? Welcome to the Ultimate MotorCycling archives; we’re revisiting some of our favorite reviews from year’s past, highlighting the machines that laid the rubber for what’s on the today’s showroom floors. Enjoy.

2007 Harley 88R Review

2007 Harley Sportster 883R Review: How’s it Doing 10 Years Later?

On the 60th Anniversary of the Harley-Davidson Sportster, we check in on our 10-year-old Sportster 883R, and see how its doing 21,000 miles later.
2006 Honda CBR1000RR KBB

2006 Honda CBR1000RR Retro Review: Digging Into Archives

With incredible attention to detail, the then new 2006 Honda CBR1000RR was better than ever, never losing sight of Honda’s usefulness.
2006 Harley-Davidson CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide KBB

2006 Harley-Davidson CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide | Retro Review

Blessed with unique style and character, the 2006 Harley-Davidson CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide responds readily to the call of the open road.
2005 Royal Star Midnight Venture Special Edition

2005 Yamaha Royal Star Midnight Venture Retro Review: Hunting Nirvana

We take a look back at the 2005 Yamaha Royal Star Midnight Venture, one of Yamaha's leading touring bikes with all the technical goodies...and carbs.
Freddie Spencer High Performance Riding School | Retro Review

Freddie Spencer High Performance Riding School | Retro Review

In 1997, the Freddie Spencer High Performance Riding School was established at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and closed in 2008. Here's a retro review.
2006 Honda VTX1800F Retro Review

2006 Honda VTX1800F Retro Review | Refined Tough Guy

The 2006 Honda VTX1800F is all about that glint—the fleeting light, part reality, part simulacrum—a ray of the past, shot to the promise of a shiny future.
2006 BMW HP2 Retro Review: Dirty Boxer

2006 BMW HP2 Retro Review: Dirty Boxer

For off-road enthusiasts looking for a unique, capable motorcycle, the 2006 BMW HP2 became a machine that was hard to ignore.
2006 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 Retro Review

2006 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 Retro Review | Digging Into Archives

2006 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 Retro Review Of all the classes and categories that exist in motorcycling, none is as hotly contested among motorcycle manufacturers...
2006 Harley-Davidson Night Train Retro Review | Mad Dog Custom Cycles

2006 Harley-Davidson Night Train Retro Review | Mad Dog Custom Cycles

The 2006 Harley-Davidson Night Train—not to be confused with the high alcohol-content wine favored by derelicts—is a retro-modern cruiser motorcycle.
MZ 1000S German Motorcycle on track

2005 MZ 1000S Retro Motorcycle Review | From the Archives

Back in 2005, we tested the MZ 1000S from the "other" German motorcycle company simply known as MZ (Motorradwerk Zschopau), which has roots back to 1920.

Triumph Speed Twin & Thunderbird Bible Review | Rider’s Library

Now in its third printing, Harry Woolridge’s "Triumph Speed Twin & Thunderbird Bible" is probably the one book a Triumph fan should definitely own.
2005 BMW R 1200 RT for sale

2005 BMW R 1200 RT Retro Review | Digging Into Archives

From our retro review: The 2005 BMW R 1200 RT was designed for the nomadic spirit that resides in the heart and minds of so many motorcyclists.
2004 Kawasaki ZZR1200 Retro Review | Digging Into Archives

2004 Kawasaki ZZR1200 Retro Review | Digging Into Archives

"The 2004 Kawasaki ZZR1200’s mix of brute force and elegance will deliver everything he could wish for." - Arthur Coldwells back in 2004.
2005 Triumph Rocket III top speed

2005 Triumph Rocket III Retro Review | Digging Into Archives

Undeniably unique and massively powerful, yet perfectly civilized for normal riding duties, the Rocket III represented a quantum leap ahead for Triumph
2004 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Evoluzione Retro Review | Digging Into Archives

2004 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Evoluzione Retro Review | Digging Into Archives

Greater throttle response, more power, air suspension, and the gorgeous bodywork make for a fast, tight ride, and earth-shaking styling aboard the 2004 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Evoluzione.

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