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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 years past, highlighting the machines that laid the rubber for what’s on today’s showroom floors. Enjoy.

2010 Harley-Davidson Road Glide review

2010 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Custom | Retro Review

The 2010 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Custom is a fantastic in-town bike and welcomes the open road, as long as that road keeps speeds under a mile a minute.
Ducati 999R Review

2005 MV Agusta F4 vs. Ducati 999R | Superbike Motorcycle Comparision

Two of the very finest, highly pedigreed superbikes bred carefully by two very different Italian manufacturers take the term “exotica” to another level. These two machines are very much alike—though clearly very different. Varied interpretations on a theme, these storied Italian factories steeped in racing heritage arrive at almost exactly the same point, yet via very different routes. The lucky rider who gets to experience both machines will be absolutely spoiled for choice.
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.