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Cycle World December 2017

America's leading motorcycle magazine since its inception in 1962, Cycle World covers all aspects of the two-wheel universe. From dirt-slingin', double-jumping motocrossers to wind-cheating, 200-mph roadracers, Team CW brings experience, credibility and excitement to the pages of the magazine each month. Get Cycle World digital magazine subscription today.

United States
Bonnier Corporation
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12 Issues


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It’s important to watch exactly how your world will not end if you decide to get up from your desk to ride motorcycles for a few days.I was so glad to spend some time dualsporting on my 2013 Yamaha WR250R “ADV LITE” recently that it’s hard to express. But since expressing it is my job, I’m going to take a swing at it…I do love the bike and the solitary nature of putting on your helmet and interacting with the trail, but the best thing about these rides is the people we take them with. Riding in a group and sharing the struggles and victories and vistas is pure joy.My new pal Joe Brown, editor-in-chief of Popular Science, came along for a dirt ride we call The Trek recently in…

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WAVE!->STICKER SHOCK?->BYE,CHAPS->TORQUE IS GOOD(HARLEY-DAVIDSON)I don’t have a lot of passion either way for Harley-Davidson, but I do find it interesting how some people get so mad at them when they change anything from the old ways, and others fillet them because they don’t think the bikes changed enough. Harley’s obviously been doing something right to become the size they are. I’m just glad so many people want to ride motorcycles. I’ll be the guy waving to everybody.GEORGE RUIZCYCLEWORLD.COMCOLLUSION, ETC.I'm convinced that your coverage of new Harley-Davidsons is in collusion with the guys who populate their corporate and dealership web pages. The details are thorough and accurate, right down to the last chrome nut, but one rarely sees a hint of the MSRP. They must enjoy that look of shock on…

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cw first ride 2018 bmw g310gs

GELÄNDE/STRASSE->SLINGSHOTTING ->STREET SMART SHOEIBY THE NUMBERS4Million annual production capacity of TVS, BMW’s Indian manufacturing partner and maker of the BMW G310GS75Speed in mph when engine vibration becomes noticeable7.1Inches of travel on the nonadjustable KYB forkThe BMW R1200GS adventure bike flagship is just that: a flagship. It’s large, comfortable, capable, and expensive. For these reasons it can also be a bit intimidating, and it certainly isn’t entry level. But people love the GS, and it’s become the bike BMW is known for. So why wouldn’t the company want to extend its glow to a much more accessible motorcycle for a wider audience?That bike is the 2018 G310GS, the long-awaited single-cylinder lightweight adventure machine that takes the company’s offerings for multi-surface touring into new low-cost, more accessible territory. The G310GS is largely…

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new ideas treat a twin right

1 BOXER HEAD GEAROutfit your R-Series BMW with protection for the valve cover and its vulnerable front attachment bolt. The Wunderlich Extreme Valve Cover Guard Set($369.95)is made of anodized, aircraftgrade aluminum alloy and employs force distribution through shaped rubber bumpers between the protector and cover. The slide pad is replaceable following an impact or fall.(831) 761-1070wunderlichamerica.com2 BRAKE TIMESpongy feel at the brake lever or pedal can be problematic for twin- and triple-disc brake systems. Amsoil Dominator DOT 4 Synthetic Racing Brake Fluid ($15.50) is formulated to increase boiling points beyond DOT standards, even when contaminated with up to 3.7 percent water. The 12-ounce bottle is nitrogen charged when factory sealed to purge moisture.(800) 956-5695amsoil.com3 HOG-TIEDLosing a load on the road is certain to spoil any cruise. The Kuryakyn Rear Tie-Down…

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cw evaluation shoei rf-sr

The helmet as the motorcyclist’s “hat” perhaps hasn’t ever been as important as it is now. No doubt, a full-face helmet is your best defense against head injury, but as a style-conscious generation steps into riding, many are choosing a helmet as much for how it looks as for the protection it may provide. More subdued colors and designs are proving more attractive to many than the Technicolor explosions popular on the racer side. And everybody is attracted to a lower price.It also seems that everybody who’s seen this Basalt Gray Shoei RF-SR has commented that it’s a cool color, and offsetting it with the Spectra Gold Shield ($99.99) adds a lot of zing.From a material standpoint, this wallet-friendly Shoei starts with a handlaid fiberglass/organic-fiber composite multi-ply shell Shoei calls…

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pump it up

Bikes are not cars, thankfully. Instead of sitting in them, naturally we sit on them. In lieu of smooth power steering, we manually operate a vibrating handlebar connected to the front wheel. Rather than swigging a caramel macchiato at the stoplight, we spend our idle time balancing a top-heavy machine weighing 300 to 900 pounds. And if you’re a dirt rider or vintage geek, you may have to first kickstart an engine, old-school style.Yes, riding is a physical task—and like with any sport, you’ll get better if you prepare for it. “Mobility is the main thing,” says Peter Park, whose company Platinum Fitness trains SX/MX racers Ken Roczen, Blake Baggett, Christian Craig, Adam Cianciarulo, and Chase Sexton. “Even people who used to be athletic lose mobility from sitting and being…