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From Motorcyclist Online

  • 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 Dyno
    Reviews We check out Husqvarna’s single-cylinder street bike’s performance numbers Interested in Husqvarna’s new Vitpilen 401 scrambler? Here’s what you can expect to get in the horsepower and torque departments. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-17
  • Tackling El Camino Del Diablo On A Triumph Scrambler
    News Riding the deadliest road in the desert Adventure riding in this Arizona desert is unforgiving to street bikes and riders alike. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-10
  • The Benefits Of Learning Analog Motorcycle Navigation
    News Expert off-road navigator Emily Miller shares her simple secrets of navigation The navigation article you'll wish you'd read when your phone runs out of batteries in the woods. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-09
  • Are Frame Sliders Good Or Bad?
    MC Garage A guide to understanding motorcycle crash protection Will frame sliders save your bacon or bend your bike? We take a look at the pros and cons of crash protection in this video from the MC Garage. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-06
  • Seattle Cossacks Have Stunted On Harleys Since 1938
    News We get to know aerospace engineer Rob Root and his 1938 Harley-Davidson U The Cossacks didn't invent team stunt riding, but they've been perfecting it for generations. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-06
  • From Fireblade To Fat Boy In Five Bikes
    Reviews Barroom banter uncovers link between polar opposite motorcycles Motorcyclists can get from sportbike to cruiser in as little as five bikes. Is that just the beer talking or are we on to something? ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-05
  • 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE – Favorites And Fails
    News What’s great—and, well, not so great—about Kawasaki’s latest supercharged sportbike Kawasaki’s new Ninja H2 SX SE is amazing, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a few complaints. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-05
  • Discussing Bridgestone’s New T31 Sport-Touring Tires With The Guys Who Know Them Best
    News Better wet grip and improved rider feedback are highlights of the new T31 sport-touring tires Who are the T31 tires suitable for, how were they tested, and why are they offered in a whopping 22 sizes? We talk with Bridgestone techs to find out. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-05
  • The Magic Of The Honda Super Cub
    News The most-produced motor vehicle in history. The Super Cub has been something to love since 1958. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-05
  • 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 vs. Yamaha XSR700 Drag Race
    Videos Modern café racer middleweights head to head at the strip Arguably the closest rival for Husky’s new Vitpilen 701 is Yamaha’s XSR700. But how do they stack up in a quarter-mile sprint? ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-04
  • The Art Of The Highside
    News Nothing teaches patience like crashing your first bike There is no bummer like crashing on a long-distance ride. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-04
  • Polaris Slingshot Flat-Track Hooligan Video
    Videos Don’t you just want to slide a slingshot? Yeah, we do too. The Slingshot might not technically be made for flat track, but 170 hp and one rear wheel make it perfect to slide around. Ari and Zack demonstrate. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-03
  • Harley-Davidson’s President Is My Homeboy
    News Matt Levatich and I grew up in the same town where I still live. Maybe he can lead me on an H-D spirit quest? I’m not a Harley guy, but maybe someone who truly understands the culture can guide me. Who better than H-D President Matt Levatich, who grew up down the street? ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-03
  • The Best Deals In Used Touring Motorcycles
    News You don't have to spend a mint to cover big miles The champions of the Iron Butt Association can be had for less than you think. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-03
  • 2018 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 – MC Commute
    Videos Italy’s everyday supermoto from home to office. The Dorsoduro has had many iterations. This latest 900 might be the best yet. Maybe more importantly, is it better than its Shiver sibling? ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-04-02
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From Motorcycle Writer

  • Solar power coming for electric motorcycles
    A Swedish partnership is being forged to build small portable solar power chargers for electric adventure motorcycles that can be used in remote areas where there are no mains charging points. A portable solar charger would be a great advantage in Australia with our vast distances and plenty of sunshine. It’s a great step forward, but not the first time solar power has been used or suggested for motorcycling. Some of the articles we have published over the past few years include roads made of solar panels, solar-powered bikes and scooters, and even a helmet with a panel on top ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-18
  • Ducati radar to warn riders by 2020
    Ducati has announced that by 2020 it will add front and rear radar sensors to its motorcycles to warn riders of dangers. They are called blind spot warning and adaptive cruise control in cars where they have been used extensively for years. However, Ducati calls their technology ARAS (Advanced Rider Assistance Systems). The systems include a user interface to warn the rider of dangers. They say it will be available on a Ducati in 2020, but they do not say which model. However, we expect it will be on their Multistrada (pictured above) which is the photo Ducati supplied with ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-18
  • How to wash your textile riding gear
    Have you ever noticed that your textile riding gear is not as waterproof or breathable as it used to be and doesn’t fit as well after you’ve washed it? That’s because some textile jackets, pants and gloves are made with material that needs to be washed in a certain method to prevent shrinking, stretching or losing its breathability or waterproofing capabilities.  Unfortunately, there is no one method for washing and drying your textile motorcycle gear as it is made from a variety of different modern materials (Cordura, Gore-Tex, D-Dry, etc), all of which have their own methods for cleaning. Some ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-18
  • Harley-Davidson new boss faces Aussie sales slump
    Harley-Davidson Australia and New Zealand has a new boss just at a time when sales are starting to slump after several strong years. American Paul Skarie (pictured above) has been named managing director of HDA, following the departure of Aussie Nigel Keough for regional head office in Singapore. During Nigel’s term from late 2014, Harley sales went from 8577 and second place behind Honda in road bike sales to 8903 in 2017 and first place.  However, the industry is now suffering with a significant sales slump of 9.3% last year and -1.2% in the first quarter of this year.  Meanwhile, ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-18
  • What is wrong with the motorcycle industry?
    The motorcycle industry needs to advertise more, spruce up its dealerships and reach out to non-riders, says an Australian riding veteran. His comments follow our recent article in which a Wall St researcher suggested sharing and leasing motorcycles to address the worldwide decline in sales. We have respected the writer’s wish to remain anonymous because he fears it may affect his job prospects.  Do you agree with his assessment of the Australian motorcycle industry? Leave your comments at the end of his article. Australian 2017 first-quarter motorcycles sales figures form the Federal Chamber of Automotive IndustryMotorcycle sales across the globe are in ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-18
  • State ‘reviews’ highway speed limit
    Queensland’s widest and best-engineered highway, the M1 from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, faces a “review” of speeds after the limit was reduced by 10km/h for the Commonwealth Games. If such a well-built road has its speed reduced, what will happen to the rest of the roads in the state? Already speeds have been reduced on many roads, despite vehicles becoming safer. Crashes reduced The reason for the review of the M1 110km/h speed limit is that the number of accidents on the road dropped while the speed was reduced. However, it should be noted that many took public transport ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-18
  • Flare app notes bad road surfaces
    An app that notes potholes and other road dangers to alert other riders and the local authorities could be extended from UK cyclists to motorcycle riders around the world. Many riders complain to their mates about potholes, “tar snakes”, lateral cracks, bumps and other poor road maintenance, but few do much about alerting councils and state authorities to the problem. Click here to find out how bad roads are under the spotlight in Australia.  However, a special handlebar-mounted controller and light called the “Flare” and an associated app could make it easy for riders to alert authorities and other riders ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-16
  • Rare bikes in Shannons Melbourne Auction
    Several rare bikes including A matching-numbers 1939 Indian Four, a Harley-Davidson racer replica and an unrestored 1988 BMW R65 with only 1035km on the clock are highlights of the annual Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction on April 30. Indian Four The four-cylinder Indian Four was built from 1928 to 1942. Indian bought the Ace Motor Corporation in 1927 and based the Four on the Ace motorcycle but with a stronger twin-downtube frame, a sturdier five-bearing crankshaft, trailing-link forks and quarter-elliptic leaf spring suspension. The Indian Four coming to auction is a matching-number 1939 model fitted with the desirable magneto option which ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-16
  • Triumph adds ’59 spirit to T120 and T100
    Triumph has produced a limited number of special-edition Bonneville T120 and T100 models to mark its Spirit of ’59 campaign. Only 59 of each model will be available in UK Triumph dealers. They will not be available in any other markets. It’s a bit of a shame because limited-edition colours and models have previously been available more widely and have been quickly snapped up by fans. They also seem to have higher retained values when the owners sell. Triumph Bonneville T120 Spirit of ’59The Spirit of ’59 T120 mimics the 1959 Bonneville 650 with its classic blue and orange paintwork ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-16
  • eRoad charges electric vehicles like slot cars
    Sweden has developed an eroad that will charge electric vehicles like a Scalextric slot car set, including two-wheelers. The project, called eRoad Arlanda, so far consists of a 2km stretch of electrified road. It includes embedded electric rails in the surface to power electric vehicles through a contact arm hanging down under the vehicle.  The eroad looks like it could pose a “tracking” or slip danger to motorcycles as do rail or tram tracks. However, eRoad Arlanda CEO Hans Säll says the track has been tested by the Swedish Motorcycle Society. He says motorcycles could use the charging slot “in principle”. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-15
  • Traditional Goldtop motorcycle clothing brand revived
    Just as many of the old motorcycle brands are returning, so are motorcycle clothing brands such as England’s famous Goldtop brand. Motorcycle clothing brands did not exist in the post-war era, so riders used horse-riding equipment or surplus gear from the army, airforce and police. Goldtop history Goldtop was established in 1951 by Godfreys of Hull who started by producing horse riding clothing for the British Household Cavalry as well as jackets, boots and gloves for the motorcycle police. Their gear became popular among motorcycle riders, but like too many British manufacturers in the 1970s and ‘80s, the brand went ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-15
  • Maintenance tips to keep your car in good condition
    Sponsored post The first thing to do after you buy a new or a used car is work out a maintenance program and strictly stick to it. It is wrong to assume that having bought a new car you may forget about its maintenance for a few years. Or, rather, you certainly may do that, but then significant difficulties will cause you to dedicate much time and effort to maintenance or, alternatively, buy yourself another car. Certainly, there are many activities which are advisable to be undertaken on regular basis. Not every car owner does all of them. But it ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-14
  • Why Gap Insurance is important for a new bike
    There is nothing more thrilling than purchasing a new motorbike, but it can be easy to forget about a few of the not-so-glamorous aspects. One of these is making sure that you have adequate protection in place in case you have an accident and write-off your bike or it is stolen.  Write-offs Unfortunately, this is all too common when it comes to motorbikes and even the best riders can easily write-off their wheels. All it takes is one lapse in concentration or an error from someone driving a car (the biggest threat to motorcyclists). The majority assume that their comprehensive ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-14
  • Sharing and leasing could help motorcycling
    Millennials are not interested in motorcycles, but could be enticed if they could share rides or have the option of leasing instead of buying, according to Wall St investment research company Bernstein Research. The company began looking at the motorcycle industry in the wake of several years of downward sales of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and plummeting stock prices. Their report follows another report by a group of American industry luminaries cleverly called Give a Shift that found millennials were not interested in motorcycles.  5 reasons why millennials won’t ride Bernstein Research found five reasons why millennials are not buying motorcycles. The ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-13
  • Ugly Fish glasses for all-day motorcycle riders
    If you like to ride on into the night, you’ll need glasses that can accommodate both sun and night vision. We’ve been wearing a pair of Ugly Fish photo chromic glasses since 2014 and found them great for riding in all light conditions. They start off clear when I put them on in the garage then go dark when I head outside and go clear again if I ride into the night. They are so popular Ugly Fish, has made photo chromic versions of their popular Warhead and Cannon styles at the same price of $149.95. That price has not ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-04-13
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 From Motorcycle USA

  • Victory’s Project 156 Prototype Engine in Video
    Victory Motorcycles continues to trickle out information about its Project 156, this time with a video about the prototype race engine it will use to race up Pikes Peak. The Project 156 team gets a peak at initial performance numbers after firing it up at its Minnesota R&D facility. Victory’s Darby Fowler, one of the project leaders, talks about needing a broad map to deal with barometer drops and the changing atmospheric conditions they’ll encounter from the continuous climb in elevation.Project 156 will make its dash up the mountain Sunday, June 28th, with Don Canet aboard. Good luck to everyone ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-21
  • Honda Roads Racing Season Preview 2015
    With the 2015 Northwest 200 already underway and the Isle of Man TT races scheduled for the end of the month, Honda Racing has released a 2015 roads racing season preview featuring riders John McGuinness and Conor Cummins. Filmed during testing at Castle Combe, there’s on-track footage along with interviews from both riders and principal team members. Check out the video below to see both men in action as they prepare for some of the most intense races in the world.The post Honda Roads Racing Season Preview 2015 appeared first on Motorcycle USA. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-14
  • Aprilia HSBK MotoAmerica Debut Video
    The Aprilia HSBK team debuted its 2015 MotoAmerica racing squad at the season opener at Circuit of the Americas, with riders Devon McDonough and Dustin Dominguez battling in the Superstock 1000 class. Aprilia compiled footage of the first event to highlight the team’s efforts, which saw Dominguez finish second in his class in Race 1 and 2, and McDonough take a pair of fifth-place results. According to the riders, the RSV4 is a potent weapon and with time, will be a threat for Superstock 1000 wins.The post Aprilia HSBK MotoAmerica Debut Video appeared first on Motorcycle USA. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-13
  • Drifting Baggers, Victory Style
    When thinking of drifting motorcycles, 800-pound baggers are one of the last things that come to mind. But take a couple of professional stunt riders, throw them on a closed course, and cut them loose on Lloydz Motorworkz supercharged, 200 horsepower Victory baggers and anything is possible.In this case, it’s Tony Carbajal and Joe Vertical of the Victory Stunt Team who are backin’ baggers in at JenningsGP. I’ve tested the capable chassis of the Victory Cross Country myself on trips to Sturgis before, but this is above and beyond. Way beyond. The video is testament to both man and machine. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-12
  • Why We Ride Quail Riders’ Dinner for PBTF
    Why We Ride producers Bryan Carroll and James Walker are hosting a fundraising dinner at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey this Friday night, May 15, to raise money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The menu will be Cali-Mexi style, there’s sure to be a few surprise guests, and sponsor Bell Helmets will be demonstrating its Custom Fit technology where they scan heads to ensure the best fit possible. A long list of others are also sponsoring the event. The dinner party starts at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.There’s two tiers of tickets. A $125 donation includes ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-12
  • 2015 Las Vegas EnduroCross Recap Video
    The 2015 Las Vegas EnduroCross round kicked off a huge weekend for off-road motorsport in the Nevada desert this year as Arenacross and Supercross finals were held in the town the same weekend. EnduroCross provides a different kind of spectacle than the other two series’ though, with lots of technical, close quarter, slow speed battles that push riders to the limits of two-wheeled control. The best, riders like Colton Haaker (eventual winner of the round) and Cody Webb (defending EnduroCross champion), make navigating through craggy boulder patches and loose log traps look smooth and effortless. Beau Cottington was on hand during Las Vegas ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-06
  • Vance & Hines Quest for 4 Drag Race Video
    Vance & Hines recently dropped a stylish video recap of Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec’s 2014 season chasing the NHRA Pro Stock Championship title. Check out the video below for a look inside the shop and plenty of on track action.The post Vance & Hines Quest for 4 Drag Race Video appeared first on Motorcycle USA. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-05
  • Josh Sheehan Pulls a Triple Backflip
    Nitro Circus is known for some pretty crazy stunts, and one of the latest is really incredible. Josh Sheehan, the Australian freestyle MXer that took home the 2014 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour title, goes for a mind-blowing triple backflip in the video below. You’ve got to check it out. The post Josh Sheehan Pulls a Triple Backflip appeared first on Motorcycle USA. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-01
  • Rainey & Dunlop Talk MotoAmerica at CoTA
    MotoAmerica riders took part in a two-day preseason Dunlop Tire test at Circuit of the Americas in mid March, 2015. Dunlop had cameras rolling during the event, taking time to sit down with MotoAmerica president Wayne Rainey about his outlook for the series before turning the cameras on Tony Romo, a Dunlop Motorsports Technician, to learn more about tire development. Check out what both men have to say in the video below.The post Rainey & Dunlop Talk MotoAmerica at CoTA appeared first on Motorcycle USA. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-04-29
  • Mayor To Announce Ace Cafe Orlando
    The world famous Ace Café is coming to Orlando, Florida. A press conference is being held tomorrow to announce the newest addition to the Ace Café family. The café is part of Orlando’s downtown restoration project. Orlando Mayer Buddy Dyer will be making the announcement at 3 p.m. at 100 West Livingston Street. Special guests will be Mark Wilsmore and George Tsuchnikas, Co-Owners of the Ace Café London, and Steve Glum and Mark McKee of Ace Café North America. Hundreds of bikers and other special guests are said to be attending also “for a “Start Your Engines” British-style “Roar Up” ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-04-29

From UK Motorcycle News

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