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  • 2011 Ducati Monster 696 | Quick Look

    2011 Ducati Monster 696 | Quick Look

    2011 Ducati Motorcycle

    The smallest of the Ducati Monster line, the 696 presents itself as a bike willing to accommodate new riders, as well as those returning to the fold after an absence from two-wheeling.

    Power develops in a predictable manner, but the Desmodromic motor has a short stroke and is capable of producing 80 horsepower at 9000 rpm.


  • 2011 BMW S1000RR Superbike | Quick Look

    2011 BMW S1000RR Superbike | Quick Look

    2011 BMW Superbike

    Despite the mind-warping (claimed) 192 hp-making it the most powerful streetbike ever-the BMW S 1000 RR is flawlessly controlled by an unequalled electronics package.

    The impressive four-cylinder motor is tamed with four rider-selectable modes that adjust power delivery,traction control and ABS braking. T


  • 2011 Aprilia Shiver 750 | Quick Look

    2011 Aprilia Shiver 750 | Quick Look

    2011 Aprilia Motorcycle

    Bristling with high-tech goodness, the 2011 Aprilia Shiver 750 is a highly adaptable sport bike suited to conditions ranging from rain to challenging high- speed back roads.

    The liquid-cooled DOHC, four-valve,V-twin has three power settings that significantly change the character of the bike.


  • 2011 Yamaha FZ1 | Quick Look

    2011 Yamaha FZ1 | Quick Look

    2011 Yamaha Motorcycle

    Given glowing reviews by the Yamaha Champions Racing School in Utah, the Yamaha FZ1 is arguably the most underestimated motorcycle in Yamaha’s lineup.

    Powered by an earlier version of its flagship YZF-R1 (and therefore without the crossplane crankshaft), the 20-valve FZ1 is incredibly fast and has had its quirky fuel injection issues long cured.


  • MV Agusta F4 1000 | Quick Look

    MV Agusta F4 1000 | Quick Look

    MV Agusta Motorcycle

    The newest MV Agusta F4 is sleeker and even prettier than its predecessor, while the stiff ride, difficult brakes, and fuel mapping that courted calamity are gone.

    Still breathtakingly quick, the F4 has also lost 22 pounds, gained a slipper clutch and traction control and become one of the easiest, most responsive performers in the class.



  • 2011 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 | Quick Look

    2011 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 | Quick Look

    2011 Ducati Motorcycle

    When it comes to blitzing concrete urban canyons or the tightest back roads you can find, nothing beats the supermoto concept, which brings dirt biking to street riding.

    The Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP ramps up the supermoto idea by giving the chassis 95 horsepower to work with and 80 ft/lbs of torque.


  • 2011 BMW R 1200 RT | Quick Look

    2011 BMW R 1200 RT | Quick Look

    2011 BMW Motorcycle

    To many, the BMW R 1200 RT is the gold standard for sport touring, offering a classic air-cooled boxer twin design that has decades-old roots.

    The standard 2011 BMW RT has a few updates, including Integral ABS, a centerstand, and new turn signals.


  • 2011 Aprilia SXV 5.5 | Quick Look

    2011 Aprilia SXV 5.5 | Quick Look

    2011 Aprilia Motorcycle

    It may have lights and mirrors, but weighing around 300 pounds ready to ride, the Aprilia SXV 5.5 is as close to a race bike as a street-legal machine gets.

    The Aprilia’s low gearing is designed for a supermoto track, so riding the SXV on the freeway is a distinctly unpleasant experience due to intense vibration.


  • 2011 Yamaha FJR1300 A | Quick Look

    2011 Yamaha FJR1300 A | Quick Look

    2011 Yamaha Motorcycle

    Long running, but updated a few years back, the Yamaha FJR 1300 A is a bare bones sport-touring canyon brawler that puts performance and handling above creature comforts and high-technology.

    Weighing in at a claimed 644 pounds wet, the FJR is nicely at home in corners and willing to adjust its line, as conditions require.


  • 2011 Star Royal Star Venture S | Quick Look

    2011 Star Royal Star Venture S | Quick Look

    2011 Star Motorcycle

    Star’s Royal Star Venture S is nothing new, but that doesn’t stop it from being a fine old-school metric touring cruiser.

    Powered by a 79 cubic inch V-4 motor that made its name in the original V-Max, the Venture S cranks out almost 100 horsepower and 89 ft/lbs of torque.


  • 2011 Moto Guzzi Griso 8V SE | Quick Look

    2011 Moto Guzzi Griso 8V SE | Quick Look

    2011 Moto Guzzi Motorcycle

    One of the most unusual mounts in motorcycling, the Moto Guzzi Griso 8V SE is part cruiser, part upright sport bike, and all about grabbing attention.

    Powered by Moto Guzzi’s beefy eight-valve version of its classic design, the massive header pipes and huge muffler speak to vast quantities of air being pushed through the system.


  • 2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 | Quick Look

    2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 | Quick Look

    Kawasaki Motorcycle

    Kawasaki has always been defined as the high-power motorcycle manufacturer, and its Ninja ZX-14 only reinforces that image.

    Producing over 200 horsepower (claimed, with ram-air) and around 113 ft/lbs of torque, the monster 1352cc inline-four cylinder engine feels unburstable with its six-speed transmission.


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