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2010 CVO Softail Convertible road test

Bringing a clever concept home With Tour Pak affixed, the horizon’s the limit With the introduction of the 2010 FLSTSE CVO Softail Convertible, The Motor Company not only resurrected their “convertible” concept and nomenclature which last saw usage a decade ago, they took it to a new extreme, applying the quick-change dual-personality discipline to a Softail chassis for the first ...

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Buell Motorcycles discontinued

The demise of an important marque Let’s hope it’s just ‘so long’ and not ‘good bye’ Included in Harley-Davidson’s quarterly financial report issued on October 15 was the shocking announcement that after 26 years of operation, Buell Motorcycles would cease to exist, with all production at their East Troy factory ending on October 30. The Motor Company has also let ...

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2010 Indian Chief Roadmaster

Return of the native Off the rez and into the Hills Sturgis, S.D., August 4—It takes quite a machine to stand out in the two-wheel mobs present during the Sturgis Black Hills Rally. But while aboard Indian Motorcycle’s 2010 version of their Chief Roadmaster, the masses paused, cameras flashed and numerous questions were posed every time I took to the ...

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Dirico Motorcycles Launch

Ride This Way Steven Tyler’s production customs Manchester, N.H., June 15–16—Oh, baby. The eye-blistering kicks, the skin-tight, embroidered jeans, the impossibly lithe body and miniscule waist, the tie-dye, the long, wild locks, the sheer glory of it all… But enough about me back in the day. A group of trained, elite motojournalists were recently gathered together in the wilds of ...

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Extreme Buellishness

Riding a race winner Next to the stock Buell streetbikes lining Road America’s pit wall in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, the GEICO-sponsored AMA Pro Daytona SportBike 1125R racer sounds like a howitzer among BB guns. The booming exhaust note emanating from the race pipe could be construed as ominous, but once on board and underway, the AMA racer’s hospitality is readily ...

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The business of being Buell

From The Shed to the future A tour of Erik Buell’s roots and the fruits of his efforts East Troy, Wisc., June 2–3—According to Erik Buell, a prototype of the 1125R was conceived and built nearly 20 years prior to its 2007 introduction. The motorcycle to which he’s referring rests between us atop a wooden stand. It’s a cobbled piece ...

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Big Dog Motorcycles 2009 Wolf

Game changer Reinventing custom cool—and competence Daytona Beach—The Wolf’s swirling blue and white paint scheme looking like a whitecap breaking over the entire length of the machine, we’re cruising in sixth gear at 70 mph, taching a leisurely 2700 rpm in an eerie operational calm, and the sensation is one of surfing the Interstate on a two-wheeled tsunami. There’s no ...

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XR1200/Iron 883

They’re young, they’re sexy, they’re uninhibited, and they just want to have fun. And this is their first visit to Daytona Bee-ach for Bike Week, where the intoxicating combination of sun, surf, and WFO partying offers the first opportunity for them to really cut loose and give us all an eyeful of their spunky attributes. I’m referring, of course, to ...

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Big Dog Motorcycles unveils the new Bulldog

Shapeshifter The top Dog resurfaces—with baggage Cincinnati, Feb. 7—The waiting game for the re-emergence of the Big Dog Motorcycles elusive premiere mount, the Bulldog, ended at last with the bike making its debut on the show floor of the V-Twin Expo. The development curve of this model has been a long and twisty one since its last reappearance in 2007, ...

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The 2009 FLHR Road King perfected

Creating your own Convertible One sweet suite of detachables The clean-sheet redesign of the FL Tourer chassis for 2009 brought a long list of fundamental improvements in both the looks and fun categories to the platform, improvements that, when added to the upgrades brought to the line-up in 2008, touch virtually every aspectof the machines, making them—despite outward appearances—entirely different ...

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