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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.

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.
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.
2008 Moto Guzzi Norge KBB

2008 Moto Guzzi Norge Retro Review: Satisfying A Craving

We take a look back at our review of the 2008 Moto Guzzi Norge, which Editor Don Williams tested during a 650-mile day trip. Here's our retro review.
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...
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
1976 Kawasaki KZ900 Review - in action

1976 Kawasaki KZ900 | Motorcycle Review

The Z900 Family

The year 1967 was awash in monumental events. Summer of Love bromides aside, the image of Hendrix immolating his Strat at Monterey is a visual time stamp of a convulsive year. Change and upheaval, among other things, were in the air.

2010 Ducati Sport Classic Test

2010 Ducati SportClassic GT 1000 | Retro Review

Without a doubt, the Ducati SportClassic GT 1000 is the ultimate in a gentleman's touring mount. It provides the style, grace, performance and, importantly, the comfort that an experienced rider needs to cover considerable distances while retaining the visceral impact of motorcycling. 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.
2008 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob Retro Review

2008 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob | Retro Review

The Fat Bob has come a long way since in 2008, the biggest update to the modern model being the Milwaukee-Eight 107 platform. Here's a look back at the appealing 2008 Fat Bob.
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.
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.
2011 Aprilia Tuono V4R Test

2011 Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC | Retro Review

The 2011 Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC is possibly the most extreme streetfighter type streetbike ever made. Aprilia have upped the ante by a large measure. I don't often feel so good about a new motorcycle I have ridden and this one never fails to impress.
2010 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX ABS review

2010 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX ABS Review: Retro Test

The 2010 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX ABS is at least one of the best, if not the best, Italian touring bikes available on the market.
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.
2005 Ducati ST4s Retro Review | Digging Into Archives

2005 Ducati ST4s Retro Review | Digging Into Archives

Derived from Ducati’s impressive line of racing bikes, the 2005 Ducati ST4s is a capable mount that leaves nothing to be desired in handling or power.