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First Ride: Yamaha FJ-09, asphalt Adventure bike
First Ride: Yamaha FJ-09, asphalt Adventure bike

The "Adventure" and "Sport Touring" motorcycle segments are said to be the fastest-growing niches in the industry. Suddenly, every OEM is trying to horn in on the action traditionally dominated by BMW's GS and KTM's Adventure machines. Already on the road are Yamaha's Super Tenere, Suzuki's V-Strom, Kawasaki's KLR650 and Versys, Triumph's Tiger and Ducati's Multistrada -- each a little different, each taking a bite out of sales once reserved for BMW and KTM. Even Honda, which has been ignoring the Adventure boom, has announced it will start selling an "Africa Twin" 1000cc version of its venerable XR650L dual sport. ...

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