Jeff Buchanan

Tourer de Force

The BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive delivers mechanical sophistication and rider comfort. A recent test-ride of the 2014 K 1600 GTL Exclusive, BMW’s top-of-the-line tourer, began in Santa Monica, Calif., and ended in Carmel, Calif., at the annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering, a concours d’elegance and rally for vintage and contemporary bikes. (The Best of Show award […]

The Top 10 Toys of Summer: Adventure Traveler

When it debuted 30 years ago, BMW’s GS motorcycle helped spawn a new category of all-terrain travel and adventure bikes. To celebrate three decades of its go-anywhere, do-anything machine, BMW introduced the 2010 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure in March. This latest iteration of the GS line features the most powerful version of BMW’s opposed […]

Motorcycles: Sophisticated Savage

For more than 85 years, BMW has built well-engineered and eminently reliable motorcycles that have earned the company a reputation in some circles as the gentleman’s brand. In still other circles, these bikes have been rather unflatteringly dubbed “the pipe and slipper brigade.” This year, however, the Munich-based manufacturer intends to quash its polite persona […]

Motorcycles: Out of Sight

Victory Motorcycles has introduced an impressive array of big American cruisers over the past decade; the Hammer, Vegas, and Kingpin bikes each displayed a fresh design and distinctive flair. Now, on the eve of its 10th anniversary, Victory has again demonstrated its vision with the release of the Vision, a futuristic-looking motorcycle that is available […]

Best Of The Best 2006: Quick Brit

The Triumph Sprint ST ($10,900) contradicts the notion that sport touring machines are docile, detuned versions of their sporting brethren. The rambunctious British import is fitted with a muscular, 1,050 cc, inline triple-cylinder powerplant. Perhaps to create continuity with the engine, Triumph adorned the Sprint with a triple headlight arrangement and a threesome of pipe-organ […]

Best Of The Best 2006: Rare Bird

The Harley-Davidson FLSTFSE2 CVO Screamin’ Eagle Fat Boy ($28,500) is the latest offering from the company’s Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) division, which has been creating limited-edition, highly modified versions of Harley’s production machines since 1999. The CVO Fat Boy features a 103 cu in V-twin that generates a stump-pulling 96 ft lbs of torque at […]

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