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  • Ride Motorcycles With Valentino Rossi And Dainese 2020
    Can you keep up? (Yamaha Racing/)The Dainese Riding Masters series is an opportunity for riders of all skill levels to get some two-wheel education and experience. But for those well-seasoned track riders out there, the series also offers some truly incredible training. The MotoGP Class level is reserved only for highly experienced track riders, and on April 22 at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli they will have the chance to ride alongside Valentino Rossi.The MotoGP VR46 Class will include an introductory theory session, a technical debrief on the Yamaha YZF-R1M you will ride and its Metzeler M9RR and TD Slick tires, along with two 20-minute sessions with Valentino Rossi. The class is intended to help riders improve track form in all aspects, as well as provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride with one of the greats.A similar opportunity was presented in 2019, and as with the previous iteration, the four tickets will be auctioned off to the highest bidders, with proceeds going to the Marco Simoncelli Foundation. Those who are lucky enough to make the cut will receive a riding helmet as a gift, along with photo and video services. If you want to stay up to date on when the auction for tickets will start, keep an eye on the Dainese Riding Masters page.Or if the thrill of riding with any MotoGP rider is enough, a Franco Morbidelli MotoGP Class is also available at $2,899.Additionally, there will be Safety Class levels 1 and 2, along with Racing Class levels ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-02-24
  • 2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT Review First Ride Photo Gallery
    The 2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT has updated electronics, a more powerful engine, and styling that brings it into the 21st century (via the 1980s). (Suzuki/)Pricing for the V-Strom starts at $13,399 for the base model (which does without the IMU and associated rider aids). The 1050XT costs $14,699 and gets tubeless spoked wheels (19-inch front, 17-inch rear), brush guards, crashbars, cruise control, a centerstand, hand-adjustable windscreen, pannier mounting points, and other convenience features. The $16,999 XT Adventure gets aluminum panniers and heated grips as standard. (Suzuki/)The V-Strom 1050XT in fetching Pearl Brilliant White/Glass Blaze Orange. The XT is also available in Champion Yellow No. 2. Prospective buyers will have their work cut out for them deciding which is prettier. (Suzuki/)Even though the V-Strom is priced at the lower end of the market, it still could use a TFT dash. While TFT displays look correct to our smartphone-accustomed eyes, and analog gauges are, well, pleasingly analog, LCD screens look like the graphing calculators many of us used in high school calculus. Suzuki’s human-computer interface isn’t super intuitive and there are too few buttons that control too many things. (Suzuki/)The 1050XT’s crashbar and engine cowl. The oil filler is very exposed so riders considering regular off-pavement fun will want to grab a sump guard from the Suzuki accessory catalog or aftermarket. (Suzuki/)The V-Strom’s electronic suite includes three-level traction control (plus “off”), cornering ABS with two levels of intervention, Hill Hold Control, and two ABS functions—Slope Dependent Control, which prevents rear wheel lift ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-02-24
  • 2020 Indian Motorcycle FTR 1200 Rally First Look Preview Photo Gallery
    The FTR 1200 Rally sees the FTR platform given the scrambler treatment. (Indian Motorcycle/)Handlebars are raised 2 inches for a more upright ride. (Indian Motorcycle/)A rally windscreen adds to the aesthetic. (Indian Motorcycle/)It’s all in the details. (Indian Motorcycle/)Indian Motorcycle has fit and finish dialed. (Indian Motorcycle/)Akrapovič slip-ons are available as an upgrade. (Indian Motorcycle/)The latest iteration of the FTR. (Indian Motorcycle/)The FTR 1200 Rally is now available in North American dealerships. (Indian Motorcycle/) ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-02-24
  • 2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT Review First Ride
    The 2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT has updated electronics, a more powerful engine, and styling that brings it into the 21st century (via the 1980s). (Suzuki/)Consider the ADV motorcycle of 2002. The Ducati Multistrada had an air-cooled engine that produced a claimed 84 hp. The BMW GS was in its oil-head period with the R1150. KTM was still a year away from introducing its first production V-twin adventure bike. And the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 was released as a long-travel sport-tourer with a TL1000S-derived V-twin engine and styling about as exuberant as a first-gen Honda Fit.The adventure-touring motorcycle world has changed a lot in 18 years. Think of the features the Ducati, KTM, and BMW have between them: electronic semi-active suspension, variable valve-timing, TFT displays with Bluetooth connectivity, auto-blip quickshifters. The 2020 V-Strom 1050 doesn’t employ any of the aforementioned marvels of modern motorcycling. RELATED: Can’t get enough of the new ’Strom? For another first ride review, click here.Pricing for the V-Strom starts at $13,399 for the base model (which does without the IMU and associated rider aids). The 1050XT costs $14,699 and gets tubeless spoked wheels (19-inch front, 17-inch rear), brush guards, crashbars, cruise control, a centerstand, hand-adjustable windscreen, pannier mounting points, and other convenience features. The $16,999 XT Adventure gets aluminum panniers and heated grips as standard. (Suzuki/)Now only in its third generation, the V-Strom soldiered on unchanged from 2002–2012 before getting a major redesign for 2014, which is the basis for the latest iteration. Save for its retro-futuristic bodywork, ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-02-24
  • 2020 Indian Motorcycle FTR 1200 Rally First Look Preview
    Indian Motorcycle announced that the 2020 FTR 1200 Rally is now available in North American dealerships throughout the US and Canada. Related: 2019 Indian FTR 1200 S, The Urban Experience Review“We’re excited to offer North American riders a new take on the FTR 1200 that combines the unmistakable look and stance of the FTR with the more classic, rugged elements that have made scramblers so beloved by city riders,” said Reid Wilson, vice president of Indian Motorcycle, in a company press release. “The FTR 1200 is as much about style and self-expression as it is about street-oriented performance, and the FTR Rally delivers that combination in a totally unique way.”The FTR 1200 Rally sees the FTR platform given the scrambler treatment. (Indian Motorcycle/)Related: An Artistic Review of 2019 Indian’s FTR 1200The FTR 1200 first came to market as a street-tracker based on the remarkably successful flat-track racer that has come to dominate the American Flat Track scene. The 1,203cc V-twin proved to be a composed yet exciting bike during our first ride last year and the new Rally is an eye-catching enhancement of that base.Handlebars are raised 2 inches for a more upright ride. (Indian Motorcycle/)Related: 2019 Indian FTR 1200 First Ride Around A Dirt TrackIt carries the same 1,203cc mill, which pumps out a claimed 123 hp and 87 pound-feet of torque, housed within a black trellis frame. The Rally also comes with the same 43mm fully adjustable fork and side-mounted monoshock, both with 5.9 inches of travel. Brembo ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-02-22
  • Reviews Of New 2020 Motorcycles
    While previews of 2020 motorcycles give you an idea of the features, specs, and claimed performance numbers, they don’t necessarily reflect an in-depth motorcycle review and how the machine performs in riding situations. That’s why motorcycle reviews exist.Whether you want to know if the 2020 Ducati Panigale V2 is better than the Panigale 959 or how the 2020 Triumph Rocket 3s power cruisers perform, then the reviews are there to answer your burning questions. We’ve attended some new model press launches or sourced for our own 2020 motorcycle reviews, so here are the reports we have collected, listed by manufacturer.Are you seeking more content? Senior Editor Adam Waheed supplies on-bike real-world riding reviews behind the bars with the MC Commute video series that are invaluable for anyone interested in added rider perspective of the 2020 models.BMW 2020 BMW S 1000 RR First Ride Review<a href="">2020 BMW S 1000 RR Review</a> (Kevin Wing/)“BMW set the bar high when it released the original S 1000 RR for the 2009 model year. Fast-forward to today and the German company is seeking to reclaim the top spot in the Superbike class with its 2020 S 1000 RR. Fully overhauled from the inside out, it awaited us at Alabama’s Barber Motorsports Park for its official US press introduction…”Click here to read the full 2020 BMW S 1000 RR review.2020 BMW R 1250 GS Review<a href="">2020 BMW R 1250 GS Urban And City Review</a> (Basem Wasef/)“You know the drill: Journalist takes fully rigged BMW adventure bike ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-02-21
  • Aerostich R-3 Light Women’s Motorcycle Riding Suit Review
    As much as many of us would like to live in our riding gear, riding around all day long, there comes a time where you do have to get off the bike and head to the cube farm and wear more work-appropriate attire. Changing from street pants to armored riding pants and back again before and after work takes extra minutes out of your day too. Then trying to stuff your favorite oversize sweater under your form-fitting leather jackets, eh, is not the most comfortable. Thankfully, coveralls like the Aerostich R-3 Light give you more freedom to wear what you want underneath while still offering protection. In just a few zips, the purpose-built Aerostich R-3 Light one-piece motorcycle riding suit is on. The women’s version of the R-3 Light tested here is one of four available one-piece options from the Duluth, Minnesota, company and was made to order. While mine was custom made you can purchase off-the-rack suits starting at $1,237.The Aerostich R-3 Light one-piece women’s suit is focused on all-weather function and protection, not making a fashion statement. (Jeff Allen/)In comparison to the men’s design, Aerostich founder Andy Goldfine stated that “All women’s R-3’s have smaller collars, narrower shoulders and waists, larger hips, shorter torsos, and longer arms and legs—compared to men’s suits for persons of the same height.” With the women’s R-3 having a completely unique fit it is expected to curve appropriately in those aforementioned areas. I found mine was very comfortable, and still allowed for extra ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-02-20
  • World Speedway Racing Champion Greg Hancock Retires 2020
    Greg Hancock is a speedway legend with 218 SGP appearances, 2,655 points scored from 1,248 heats, and an incredible 455 heat wins. The four-time champion now enjoys a well-earned retirement. (Jarek Pabijan/)Four-time World Speedway champion Greg Hancock is moving on to the next chapter, announcing his retirement from racing after a long and illustrious career. “Over the last 12 months of missing a full racing season, I've had much time to reflect on my amazing career,” said Hancock in a Speedway GP release. “Racing at the highest level, winning four World Championships, Team and Pairs World Championships amongst many domestic league championships, were amongst the most challenging and successful times of my life to date.“This last year taking care of my wife and family became life-changing in many ways and put life into a new perspective. I am pleased with my racing achievements and believe it is time to move on to a new chapter. As difficult as it is to make a decision like this, it is the right one.“Although I am stepping away from the racing part, I do not plan to exit the scene. I have plans that will keep me close to the sport and we’ll see where that goes in the weeks ahead.”Related: Flat Track vs. Speedway Racing MotorcyclesThe 49-year-old rider has been on the Speedway GP line ever since the series started back in 1995, and until 2014 logged a staggering run of 177 consecutive race appearances. He recorded 455 heat wins and 92 ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-02-19
  • 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire Review MC Commute Photo Gallery
    Saddle up as we go for a ride aboard Harley-Davidson’s all-electric LiveWire motorcycle. (Adam Waheed/)The Harley-Davidson LiveWire employs high-end componentry that helps it achieve a high level of road performance, regardless of powertrain design. (Adam Waheed/)The 2020 LiveWire is exceptionally slim. Note the wasp-style tail and competition-derived Showa BFRC-lite shock. (Adam Waheed/)The LiveWire transfers power to the 17-inch rear wheel by a clean and low-maintenance belt final drive. (Adam Waheed/)The LiveWire exudes a muscular stance. Bright LED lighting helps you stand out on the road. (Adam Waheed/)Despite its 553-pound curb weight, the LiveWire looks and feels compact with a wheelbase comparable to a Sportster 1200. It’s ideal for someone seeking a maneuverable city bike. (Adam Waheed/)The LiveWire uses a huge Samsung-sourced 15.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack. During our 13-mile spirited ride (Sport mode) we used 20 percent battery capacity. (Adam Waheed/)Despite employing a slim, wasp-style tail, there’s room for both rider and passenger. (Adam Waheed/)The Showa BFRC-lite shock mounts directly between frame and swingarm, sans linkage. The shock isolates damping circuits from piston movement for more accurate damping response. (Adam Waheed/)The LiveWire’s cockpit is slim and well proportioned. We’re fans of its sporty stance highlighted by a wide handlebar and sportbike-like foot controls. (Adam Waheed/)A faux hinged fuel cap hides the LiveWire’s J1772-compatible charging port. The LiveWire is compatible with Level 1 and Level 3 charging systems. Level 2 charging equipment can be used, however it only charges at Level 1 throughput. (Adam Waheed/)The standard household three-prong Level 1 charging cable ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-02-18
  • 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire Review MC Commute
    Harley-Davidson leans into the next generation of motorcycling with its all-electric LiveWire ($30,149 as tested). Introduced last summer, the LiveWire is the 117-year-old company’s first gasoline-free production motorcycle. Positioned as a halo machine, the LiveWire is engineered for motorcyclists desiring the utmost in modern two-wheel EV hardware. Aside from fasteners, it shares no components with the Project LiveWire 2014 prototype. Saddle up as we go for a ride aboard Harley-Davidson’s all-electric LiveWire motorcycle. (Adam Waheed/)The LiveWire is powered by a bullet-shaped permanent magnet synchronous motor positioned below the battery. Dubbed, the Revelation, this motor has few moving parts aside from a bevel gear transferring power to the back wheel via a right-hand-side belt final drive. It’s a direct-drive setup without a clutch. A small amount of oil (0.34 quart) lubricates this mechanism, and after initial break-in service, it requires attention every 20,000 miles.The LiveWire transfers power to the 17-inch rear wheel by a clean and low-maintenance belt final drive. (Adam Waheed/)The Motor Company rates the Revelation at 86 pound-feet of instantaneous torque and 105 hp. Due to its elevated power load, the motor integrates liquid-cooling. A small curved radiator sits behind the 17-inch alloy front wheel. Related: 2020 Zero Motorcycles SR/F Review MC CommuteThe LiveWire uses a huge Samsung-sourced 15.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack. During our 13-mile spirited ride (Sport mode) we used 20 percent battery capacity. (Adam Waheed/)A huge 15.5kWh Samsung-sourced lithium-ion Renewable Energy Storage System (Harley nomenclature for battery pack) provides power. The automotive-grade component is maintenance-free, and offers ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-02-18
  • 2020 Triumph Rocket 3 R And 3 GT Review First Ride
    When Triumph debuted the first Rocket III, the engine looked more like something from the automotive world than anything we had seen in a production motorcycle. The huge power of the 2,300cc engine had the weight to go with it, nearly pulling your arms out of their sockets at launch, but presenting challenges on anything other than flat, straight roads. Now after more than 15 years, the Rocket has matured. With a new, even bigger engine and huge weight reductions, the 2020 Rocket 3 R and 3 GT are faster, more nimble, and more well-rounded machines altogether, but will Triumph’s new triples have what it takes to find success as both a roadster and a cruiser?The 2020 Triumph Rocket 3 R in Korosi Red starts at $21,900. (Triumph Motorcycles/)The Triumph Rocket 3 is every bit a rocket. It can blast off from a stop and reach incredible speeds, but until now, sudden changes in trajectory were another challenge altogether. For 2020, Triumph made a point by inviting us to test it on the volcanic island of Tenerife, Spain, which is known for amazing roads that twist and turn around a large dormant volcano in its center. If this bike couldn’t handle the turns, there’s no way it would survive a test on Tenerife. But the team at Triumph promised the new Rockets would be easy to ride, and we were about to find out how right they were.Drag-style bars and mid-mounted foot controls made the Rocket 3 R the more ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-02-17
  • Is This Custom Zero SR/F The Future Of Motorcycles?
    The Zero XP custom from Untitled Motorcycles features custom CNC’d 6061 aerospace aluminum for the seat shell, nose, bellypan, and fork brackets. (Ludovic Robert/)Untitled Motorcycles is a design company that was founded in 2010 by Hugo Eccles and Adam Kay. Together, Eccles and Kay have created more than 100 impressive machines for private clientele and factory brands such as Ducati, Triumph, Moto Guzzi, BMW, and Zero. One example being a 2015 Ducati Hyper Scrambler featured on Jay Leno’s Garage and Cycle World. One of Hugo Eccles’ latest creations from the San Francisco shop is this Zero XP which is based on the Zero SR/F electric motorcycle. If it looks familiar, this is because this custom was recently displayed at The One Motorcycle Show 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Although this electric motorcycle may tickle your dreams of what the future will hold, Eccles says that was not the intent of the design. “This isn’t about novelty for novelty’s sake, or some nostalgic idea of the future. The goal is to celebrate this unique riding experience through an entirely new function-led aesthetic. If the Zero XP looks futuristic, it’s because electric motorcycles like the SR/F are the future.”Read More: 2020 Zero Motorcycles SR/F Review MC CommuteEccles drew inspiration from dragbikes, saying, “Dragbikes were an inspiration with the XP, you’re literally riding the motor. This is a deceptively powerful bike and I wanted to physically embody that raw power.” Other sources of inspiration include rally car aerodynamics and experimental aircraft. Scroll through the ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-02-15
  • 2020 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide First Look Preview Photo Gallery
    The new CVO Road Glide against a more conventional model; while anyone can order a standard-issue Road Glide, the CVO model will be as rare as hen’s teeth. (Harley-Davidson/)This CVO’s paint is available only in one color: Sand Dune monotone, which is finished with a pearl topcoat. Look closer, and you’ll see gloss black and black onyx finishes. (Harley-Davidson/)The front three-quarter view reveals clean lines and sleek contours. (Harley-Davidson/)An aerodynamically tested and developed fairing promises smooth high-speed riding. (Harley-Davidson/)Although it lacks the attractiveness of the Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather air cleaner, the left of the CVO still manages to look sharp. (Harley-Davidson/)The Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather air cleaner steps up the CVO’s street appeal. (Harley-Davidson/)Dual-disc 300mm brakes work in conjunction with a series of electronic aids to maximize safety. (Harley-Davidson/)Apart from the red and black CVO graphics at the rear, the new bike manages to look strictly sparse and minimal. (Harley-Davidson/) ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-02-14
  • 2020 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide First Look Preview
    Each year, Harley-Davidson handpicks a few Custom Vehicles Operations models and sprinkles their off-the-rack offerings with some limited-production, hand-crafted gems. The latest CVO family member is the new CVO Road Glide ($40,999), a mid-season addition that joins the Tri Glide ($48,999), Limited ($44,039), and Street Glide ($40,539) for 2020.The new CVO Road Glide against a more conventional model; while anyone can order a standard-issue Road Glide, the CVO model will be as rare as hen’s teeth. (Harley-Davidson/)The new CVO Road Glide, available in any color as long as it’s Premium Sand Dune (a sort of satiny eggshell with a pearl topcoat), stands out against its darker-hued stablemates and goes by Harley’s lettering nomenclature as FLTRXSE. It also cuts a unique niche for itself, not being a massive touring bike (Limited), three-wheeler (Tri Glide), or more conventional bagger (Street Glide, whose fork-mounted fairing and less streamlined bodywork conveys more nostalgia than sleekness).This CVO’s paint is available only in one color: Sand Dune monotone, which is finished with a pearl topcoat. Look closer, and you’ll see gloss black and black onyx finishes. (Harley-Davidson/)The Road Glide packs a Milwaukee-Eight 117 V-twin, a CVO-specific powerplant Harley says is the largest, most powerful engine it has ever offered. Feeding the mill is a high-performance Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather intake for better airflow into the engine. The nearly 2-liter twin produces 125 pound-feet of torque thanks to the revised intake and more aggressive camshaft; horsepower output is not quoted. Larger-diameter, 21-inch front and 18-inch rear split ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-02-14
  • 2020 Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO Preview Photo Gallery
    The current pinnacle of the Land of Joy: the Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO and 1100 Sport PRO. (Ducati/)Design students at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California, got an in-depth look at both Scrambler PRO 1100 models before embarking on a challenge to design the Scrambler of the future. (Ducati/)The PRO 1100 gets some minor upgrades, while the Sport PRO comes packing more performance parts. (Ducati/)The Scrambler 1100 Sport PRO features Öhlins suspension front and rear, Brembo braking kit, and some café style. (Ducati/)The Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport PRO will be available in late March, and will start at $15,495. (Ducati/) ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-02-13
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  • Harley-Davidson Softail Standard confirmed
    As predicted last week, the Harley-Davidson FXST Softail Standard is confirmed to return mid-year after it was recently listed with the California Air Resources Board. One of the most popular Harley models ever sold in Australia will arrive at $A21,495 ($NZ22,750), ride away. This entry-level Softail will come in black only with a solo seat. It will be a long way from the original 1984 Evo original Softail Standard, now powered by the 107 (1746cc) Milwaukee Eight engine. In 2017, the Softail range had a major overhaul making them up to 17kg lighter, with better handling thanks to a 17% stiffer frame, emulsion rear shock and Showa dual-bending-valve forks. The Softail Standard comes with polished highlights, mini-ape bars, a 13.2-litre tank, low-slung 2-into-2 offset shotgun exhausts and 19-inch chromed steel rims with classic spokes. Its front-end features clear-coated fork sliders, polished triple-clamps, polished top clamp and riser, and chromed headlamp bezel and turn signals. A compact electronic instrument with digital display is set in the handlebar riser for a clean and uncluttered look. Softail Standard accessory packages Accessorise your Softail StandardSince it’s a blank canvas for customisers there is a choice of four accessory packages. Day Tripper Custom Package: Pillion seat and a 21-inch detachable sissy bar with pad, passenger foot pegs and mounts, forward foot controls and a black leather Single-Sided Swingarm Bag. Coast Custom Package: Softail Quarter Fairing, black anodised aluminium Moto Bar handlebar and 5.5-inch riser, a Bevel two-up seat and passenger foot pegs, and BMX-style foot pegs from the 80GRIT Collection. Touring Custom Package: Sundowner two-up ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-02-24
  • Coming soon: Two new Pursang electric scramblers
    (Contributed post) First released to the market in 1967, the Pursang motocross motorcycle went out of production in 1984 and quickly gained mythological status. The Spanish bike, famously ridden by Peter Fonda in Easy Rider, was revered by motocross fans across the world. However, it remained boxed in history until the EICMA Milan Motorcycle Show in 2018, when a new modern-day prototype was presented that’s both innovative and electric. Electric vehicles for the modern market From Telsa, to Jaguar to Honda, an increasing number of car manufacturers are  launching electric and hybrid vehicles, and many older models are now incorporating electric technology. Electric bikes are keeping pace, with the NAWA Racer demonstrating the potential of this innovation in the motorcycle industry. Indeed, electric vehicle development has allowed Pursang to bring back their legendary bike with a modern twist, which would have been a hard sell without new innovations to make it relevant to a modern market. The manufacturers are keen to maintain the essence of the original bikes and create a product with similar dynamic qualities, but they aim to use modern technology to enhance these features. The new batch of bikes will maintain the aesthetics of the original models while demonstrating the power of electric vehicle technology. The new Pursang models Pursang eStreet The first 60 units of Pursang’s new bikes are expected to become available in May 2020. There will be  two models on the market: the Pursang E-Street and the Pursang E-Track. The E-Street is the less ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-02-24
  • Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special review
    Ducati is running out its current Scrambler 1100 models which will be replaced later this year by the restyled PRO and PRO Sport. As is often the case with the introduction of new models, the current models are being run out at very attractive discounts. And they are such a good buy because the only real differences in the coming PRO models are cleaner brake cabling, a remote rear fender, twin-stack pipes, new bars and different paint and graphics. Ducati Scrambler 1100 PrRO modelsScrambler 1100 models The current 1100 series consists of the base model, Special and Sport. All are powered by the 1079cc, 90-degree L-twin from the old Monster 1100, detuned slightly for emissions reasons to 64kW of power (86hp) and 88Nm (65lb-ft) of torque from 4750rpm. It’s the same formula Ducati has used with the 803cc Scrambler powered by the old Monster 800 engine detuned to meet new emissions regulations. MBW’s Scrambler IconDucati’s 800 Scramblers are the Italian company’s top sellers, while the more powerful, sophisticated and expensive 1100s have not been as popular. I’ve been riding an 800 Scrambler Icon for some time now and love it. But the bike is a toy and has its limitations. So I recently tested a Scrambler 1100 Special from Brisbane Motorcycles to see if the extra weight, height, length and expense was worth it. The Base model comes in yellow with mag wheels and black seat, Special is grey with black wire wheels, chrome pipes, brushed swinging arm, gold anodised forks and brown ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-02-24
  • Batman crashes Batcycle in filming
    Batman – or at least his stunt double – has crashed the latest Batcycle during filming in Glasgow for the next instalment simply titled “The Batman”.
    Catwoman: Can you come over? Batman: Naw, fighting the Joker Catwoman: I stole a diamond Batman: — Dbsage (@Dbsage_) February 21, 2020 In the video above they are riding through Glasgow’s Necropolis cemetery on a suitably dreary wet day when Batman’s bike has a couple of rear-wheel slides on the wet road surface. Finally the front wheel also slides and down goes the superhero! Perhaps the stuntman should read Chris Vermeulen’s tips on riding in the wet! The Batcycle is a custom featuring a four-cylinder engine, fat tyres, long wheelbase and heaps of extra weight which we imagine are supposed to be weapons. It looks like a handful as we see in this BBC footage that shows the stunt rider having a lot of trouble controlling the Batcycle even in slow riding. Batcycle The new Batcycle is not the first motorcycle used by the caped crusader. In the original 1960s TV show, Batman and Robin rode sidecars based on a 1965 Harley-Davidson and then a 1966 Yamaha YDS-3. Batcycle in the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.They were easy to ride, unlike the Batpods made for Dark Knight and The Dark Knight movies. Batpod in the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.Batgirl rode a Batblade based on a drag bike in the 1997 film, Batman & Robin. In another photo ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-02-23
  • Triumph winds down Hinckley production
    Triumph Motorcycle will move more of its production from Hinckley in the UK to Thailand in a bid to target rapidly growing Asian markets. In 2002, Triumph opened its first factory in Thailand where it now has three facilities making about 80% of last year’s total of 60,131 bikes. There are also factories in Brazil and India supplying for the local markets. And last month Triumph announced an agreement with Baja to build a range of 200-750cc motorcycles in India. Proposed Triumph 250Hinckley factory Their factory in Hinckley, Leicestershire, mainly makes engine components and will become a research and development centre. It will continue to build their new Triumph Factory Custom (TFC) motorcycles with production wound down from about 6500 a year to about 4500. Triumph Thruxton and Rocket 3 TFCThey will lay off about 50 workers on the assembly line, paint shop and weld shop. However, they will add about 20 design engineer jobs in their upgraded R&D facility. Thai advantages Apart from the cost advantages of making bikes in Thailand, most major component suppliers are nearby, including an Ohlins factory. Australia also has a free trade agreement with Thailand, which keeps a lid on prices. Triumph boss Nick Bloor says the move is part of “Triumph’s next wave of strategic growth”. “We want to maximise the growth opportunity for the brand globally, particularly in the Asian markets,” he says. “This is why we are increasing our design resources here in the UK, and focusing our mass-production capabilities in Thailand. “There ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-02-23
  • Suzuki slow to plug into electric revolution
    Suzuki has been slow to plug into the electric motorcycle revolution, but looks like finally joining the other Japanese motorcycle manufacturers, at least in the Asian market. The big four Japanese manufacturers have all been slow in announcing their intentions with electric motorcycles and scooters. However, in April 2019, electric vehicle website Electrek claimed Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki has signed an agreement to work on standardising electric motorcycle batteries and charging infrastructure. No doubt it’s hoped to avoid the Beta/VHS situation where new video recording technology went two different ways. Standardised batteries and charging infrastructure would mean plugs on bikes and sockets on charging points would suit all electric motorcycle models. Perhaps a standardised battery size, shape and output would also lead to a battery swap solution which would be quicker than waiting for a bike to recharge. Slow revolution By comparison with their major counterparts, the usually innovative Japanese motorcycle companies have been slow to join the electric vehicle revolution. Yamaha released the PES1 (Passion Electric Street) road bike and PED1 (Passion Electric Dirt) off-roader for limited sale, mainly in Europe. Yamaha PES1 electric motorcycleKawasaki has filed a patent for a water-cooled electric. Honda has a hybrid scooter and an electric self-balancing prototype. Honda electric Assist-e self-balancing bikeMeanwhile, Suzuki has been the slow coach with no patents, no announcements, nothing! Until now. Autocar India reports that Suzuki Motorcycle India MD Koichiro Hirao says they are working on an EV platform for India. There is no word on what that ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-02-23
  • Two riders die in Sunday accidents
    Two riders have died in separate accidents on the Central Coast of NSW and in far west Queensland yesterday (23 February 2020). NSW Police say a 59-year-old rider from Mardi died in a crash with a Mitsubishi SUV on the Great North Road, Bucketty, 40km north-west of Somersby, about 4.30pm. Officers from Hunter Valley Police District were told he was riding north and the Mitsubishi SUV was travelling south and the crash occurred in the southbound lane. “The SUV left the road, crashing down a ravine trapping the driver, while the motorcyclist was thrown down the same ravine,” police say. Paramedics were winched by helicopter down the ravine to the injured motorcyclist. Sadly, he died a short time after being brought up to the roadway. Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends. A 44-year-old woman, from Paxton, was released from the wreckage of her SUV and escaped with relatively minor injuries. She was taken to Wyong Hospital for mandatory testing. The scene was also attended by NSW Ambulance paramedics, Rescue helicopter crew, RFS and VRA volunteers. Police will prepare a report for the Coroner. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information is confidential. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages. Longreach crash A 19-year-old rider has died in a crash at the intersection of Falcon and Duck streets, Longreach about 3am yesterday. Police say their initial investigations “suggest the male rider lost ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-02-23
  • Is Harley-Davidson planning a sportsbike?
    This image has been doing the rounds of the internet rumour mill for days suggesting Harley-Davidson is about planning to return to sportsbike manufacture. It’s an artist’s rendering from Japanese magazine Young Machine who frequently speculate and don’t always get it right. In October 2018, their artists suggested this would be the small bike Harley would make in China for the Asian market. Young Machine rendering of small Chinese HarleyHowever, this is now the official Harley drawing of the 350cc bike they are calling project HD350. It’s substantially different to the Young Machine drawing. Harley-Davidson HD350So has the magazine go it right this time? Sportsbike return And would Harley really return to making a sportsbike like its 1994 VR1000? VR1000Later this year they will introduce their bareknuckle 115hp/94Nm Bronx Streetfighter range. Bronx StreetfighterIt wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to give the Bronx a half fairing and extended belly pan as in the latest artist’s rendering. VisorDown points out that a similar image is featured in the background of this photo from the Harley design house when the Bareknuckle was in its clay model stage. Bronx clay model wth small sportsbike image indicated (Image: Visordown)But the question is why would Harley return to sportsbikes after axing its Buell brand and selling MV Agusta in the wake of the GFC? Sportsbike sales have been declining in sales in recent years, although super-hi-tech models have had a slight recovery. Asian Harleys Meanwhile, India’s Hero MotoCorp is suggesting Harley may extend its Asian presence ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-02-21
  • Kawasaki plans Bimota hub-centre steering
    Kawasaki used to supply engines for esoteric Italian motorcycle manufacturer Bimota and now they are collaborating to share engineering ideas such as hub-centre steering. The first result of their collaboration is the upcoming Tesi H2 powered by a Kawasaki H2 supercharged 998cc inline four. Not only is it propelled by the stonking supercharged H2 engine, but there is a fair bit of H2 in the “origami” design. It now appears that the bike is near production with this image on the Bimota social media. Bimota Tesi H2In a reciprocal arrangement it seems Bimota’s predilection for hub-centre steering may make its way into a future Kawasaki. The Japanese company has recently applied for a patent for a strikingly similar front suspension setup. Don’t you think it looks very much like the Tesi H2? Bimota Tesi H2Hub-centre steering Hub-centre steering has been around since 1910, so it’s interesting that Kawasaki would ask for a patent. Perhaps their design is slightly differennt. It typically has the steering pivot points inside the hub of the wheel, rather than above the wheel in the headstock as in the traditional layout. Australian film animator and self-taught engineer Ray Van Steenwyk has also invented a variation of the hub-centre arrangement. It’s called the Motoinno TS3 and is based on an air-cooled Ducati 900 SS. They claim the advantages are no dive under brakes, adjustable rake, a tighter turning circle and improve corner handling. we’ve also seen huib-cetre steering making a bit of a comeback in some electric motorcycle designs such as this ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-02-20
  • Lazareth adds cheaper quad bike
    French motorcycle and car customiser Lazareth has unveiled a lighter and cheaper R1-powered leaning quad than the V8-Maserati-powered “bike” launched in 2016. In the meantime, the company has also produced a jet-powered flying motorcycle prototype. All are being built in very limited production runs of 5-10 with prices on application. Cheaper and lighter Obviously the new Euro-approved R1-powered LM410 quad is lighter than the Maserati-powered LM847 and most likely a lot cheaper at about €100,000 (about $A163,000). “It was designed to be lighter, more manageable and accessible to as many people as possible,” they say. This civilised version still retains the hyper sport style and the genes of the Lazareth brand.” They claim the four wheels improve traction under acceleration, braking and cornering while still leaning like a normal motorcycle. Like its bigger brother, it has a pendulum leaning system which is blocked by a mechanism when stationary so that it doesn’t need a sidestand to remain upright. It features Rizoma billet aluminium controls and TFX shock absorber like the LM847. More leaning quads There have been other leaning four-wheeler concepts before powered by all sorts of massive engines and they’ve even featured in moves such as Tron and Batman. In real life, HondaKawasaki and Yamaha seem to be leaning (‘scuse the pun) towards producing leaning multi-wheelers. Yamaha OR2T leaning four-wheel motorcycleWe can understand the attraction for people who can’t lift a heavy bike off its side stand and appreciate not having to put their foot down to hold the ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-02-20
  • Will coronavirus affect your ride tour?
    If you’ve booked an overseas motorcycle tour this year and are thinking of cancelling due to the threat of coronavirus, will your deposit or full tour fee be refunded? A lot of adventure motorcycle travel is in countries that may not have high levels of hygiene and quarantine procedures to cope with a pandemic. So we can understand the concern about coronavirus. However, the media hype needs to be fully studied before making any decisions about cancelling tours as you may end up out of pocket. Terms and conditions Most touring companies have terms and conditions that include cancellations, so start by reading that. It may say that there is a no-refund policy or a part-refund policy and it will usually be restricted to a certain period before the tour starts. This is because the tour company pays for various things such as accommodation, transfers, etc, a few weeks before the tour starts. Even then, you may not get the full discount with companies withholding some money for administration costs. If you decide it’s too risky and still want to cancel, contact your tour company for a friendly chat. Tour companies want your repeat business. Keeping your deposit in such a situation may not be in their best interests. So they may suggest you switch to another tour or postpone your tour for a year. Some may even consider special requests for compassionate reasons, or offer a discount on another tour. You may also be able to talk a ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-02-20
  • Five motorcycles to squeeze into a car park
    Riders will be expected to squeeze five bikes into one on-street car parking bay under a plan to free up Melbourne’s congested footpaths. A meeting of the Future Melbourne Committee agreed unanimously agreed this week to ban free motorcycle parking on some footpaths (see list below). They claim the loss of parking will be offset by turning 36 on-street car parking bays into free motorcycle parking for 170 to 190 bikes. Squeeze ratio Four bikes in one car bayThe original estimate was 151 which is just over four bikes to a car parking bay which seems reasonable as above. However, they have now revised their estimate up to 190 which means 5.3 motorcycles and/or scooters. If it was just scooters, that might be possible, but it hardly seems probable and could lead to bikes being scratched and damaged. The Victorian Motorcycle Council says that’s a “tall order” and made no reference to any expert advice. Banned footpaths Changes to CBD parking are now expected to happen soon with “no parking” signs appearing on the footpaths affected: Bourke Street between Spencer and William streets; William Street between Bourke and La Trobe streets; Flinders Street between Queen and Elizabeth streets; Elizabeth Street between Collins and Flinders streets; Collins Street between Spencer and King streets; Flinders Lane between Elizabeth and Swanston streets; Lt Bourke Street between Queen and Swanston streets; Lt Collins Street between Queen and Elizabeth streets. Transport Portfolio Chair Councillor and motorcyclist Nicolas Frances-Gilley told the meeting that the plan would ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-02-20
  • Gloves off in Harley Vs Indian rivalry
    Indian Motorcycle has always been diplomatic about their rivalry with Harley-Davidson, but a brazen new video showing their new Challenger and a Road Glide Special towing a taco van has sparked an online bitter feud. The YouTube video shows both frame-mounted-fairing baggers having a go at towing the taco van to prove that the new Challenger can “smoke” the Road Glide Special. The Challenger is powered by a new 1770cc Powerplus liquid-cooled engine with 122hp (91kW) and 173Nm (128lb-ft) of torque at the crank. By comparison Harley’s Road Glide Milwaukee Eight 114 (1868cc) has 80.71hp (60kW) and 153Nm (113.63lb-ft) of torque. Challenger pulls taco van while Road Glide Special looks onSales rivalry Harley hasn’t readily identified Indian as a threat even though it has been taking minuscule chunks out of the cruiser, bagger and tourer market since its modern revival in 2013. Around the world and in Australia, Harley sales have been sliding over the past few years. However, they still sell substantially more than Indian. Indian doesn’t say how many motorcycles they sell worldwide, but Australian figures show Indian sold 803 bikes last year (down 3.9%) compared with Harley’s 6462 (down 7.9%). If this is an indication of global sales proportions then Indian probably sold about 26,000 bikes globally while Harley sold some 218.273 last year. That’s about 12%, which isn’t a lot, but it’s obviously starting to get under Harley’s skin. Their marketing department has bitten back over the YouTube video with this very clever ad with a not-too-subtle dig ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-02-20
  • Bumpy Summerland Way goes smooth
    The Summerland Way in northern NSW is a popular motorcycle route, except for some very bumpy and dangerous sections for motorcyclists. One section near Burnetts Creek, not far from the junction with the Mt Lindesay Highway and about 50km north of Kyogle, is due to be widened and resurfaced from next week. Hopefully in widening the road, they don’t take some of the exciting twists out of it! Transport for NSW Director North, Anna Zycki, said the $2.5 million project is funded by the NSW Government through a range of programs, including the Safer Roads Program, and will be carried out by Kyogle Council. Google Maps imagesPopular route “Summerland Way is a popular tourist and freight road, and an important link to regional NSW,” she says. “This work will improve the safety and performance of this stretch of road, ensuring better outcomes for travellers and businesses alike.” She obviously hasn’t noticed it’s also very popular with riders who should take the Lions Rd shortcut over the next couple of months while work is being carried out. Lions RdThe Lions Rd has been upgraded but still has its share of bumpy tar as well. Kyogle Council has also been tasked with the roadworks on the Lions Rd which has largely been good quality. However, there have been some complaints from riders about dangerous loose gravel being left behind after roadworks. Summerland roadworks Burnetts CreekThe Summerland Way project will start on Monday 24 February 2020 on a 1.7km site at Burnetts Ck. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-02-19
  • MV Agusta plans Elefant adventurer
    MV Agusta has been promising for some time that it will move into new fields such as small-capacity bikes and adventure bikes and now it has a name for the latter – Elefant. The Italian company has applied for the trademark for Elefant which is Italian for elephant. It also comes from the famous Cagiva Elefant (pictured above) which won the 1990 Paris-Dakar Rally with Italian rider Edi Orioli and is now in the Ducati museum in Bologna. Ducati used that bike as the inspiration for their 1100cc Scrambler Desert X concept shown at last year’s EICMA motorcycle show in Milan. Scrambler Desert XWe expect they will unveil the Desert X later this year. If MV Agusta is successful with its trademark application, then the Ducati Scrambler 1100 off-road model won’t be called an Elefant. Elefant history The whole Cagiva/Elefant/Ducati/MV history is as messy as Italian politics. Back in the 1990s, Cagiva owned Ducati and MV Agusta and their Elefant was powered by a Ducati engine. Through a series of strange financial arrangements Cagiva came under MV Agusta’s umbrella. Both companies were infamously bought by Harley-Davidson and quickly sold back to the son of founder and former owner Claudio Castiglioni in quick succession. Cagiva production ended in 2012. Timur SardarovMV Agusta still own the Cagiva brand and new boss Timur Sadarov confirms their plan to resurrect it for electric bicycles and motorcycles. So their new adventure bike may be branded MV Agusta, not Cagiva. However, we’re not putting aside for ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-02-19
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