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  • 2020 Harley-Davidson Low Rider
    2020 Harley-Davidson Low Rider (Harley-Davidson /)For those who like to keep it classic, the 2020 Harley-Davidson Low Rider is a cruiser that gives a nod to ’70s Americana with dual tank-mounted gauges, old-school-inspired graphics, and chrome exhausts. The shine doesn’t stop at the 2-into-2 shotgun exhausts either; chrome adorns the Milwaukee-Eight 107 powerplant and headlight visor as well. The 19-inch cast-aluminum front wheel and 16-inch cast aluminum rear complete the look. While the vintage inspiration is apparent, modern components like LED headlights update the bike and maintain a modern feel also. 2020 Harley-Davidson Low Rider Reviews, Comparisons, And CompetitionThe Low Rider is priced at $14,899 compared to the beefed-up and reinvented 2020 Low Rider S for $17,999. Equipped with the Milwaukee-Eight 107, the 2018 Low Rider ran on the in-house dyno to produce 76.48 hp at 4,930 rpm and 105.75 pound-feet of torque at 2,500 rpm, and while there haven’t been any major revisions to the Low Rider’s engine since our last dyno test, we are looking to gather 2020 numbers soon.2020 Harley-Davidson Low Rider (Harley-Davidson /)Competition for the Harley-Davidson Low Rider comes in the form of the Triumph Bonneville Bobber and Indian FTR 1200.Harley-Davidson Low Rider Updates For 2020No notable changes were made to the Harley-Davidson Low Rider for the 2020 model year. 2020 Harley-Davidson Low Rider (Harley-Davidson /)2020 Harley-Davidson Low Rider Claimed SpecificationsPrice $14,899 Engine Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-twin; 4 valves/cyl. Displacement 1,746cc Bore x Stroke 100.0 x 111.1mm Horsepower N/A Torque 110 lb.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm Transmission 6-speed ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-24
  • 2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited
    2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited (Harley-Davidson/)The Road Glide aesthetic is popular in the Harley-Davidson pantheon, so instead of completely axing a Road Glide dresser model for 2020, The Motor Company simply replaced the Road Glide Ultra with the Road Glide Limited, positioning it in the “premium luxury tourer” category.2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited (Harley-Davidson/)You’ll see all the signature elements of the Road Glide, but the Limited is filled to the gills with touring amenities like a 13.5-inch-tall windshield, fairing lowers, two-passenger touring seat, and that Tour-Pak top trunk, resulting in a handy 4.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Other practical features include a pair of 18-inch wheels, a “Twin-Cooled” Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine, and a standard Boom! Box GTS infotainment system. Customers get a wider variety of premium paint, finishes, and other options too.2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited (Harley-Davidson/)2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited Reviews, Comparisons, And CompetitionWhen we rode it at the introduction several months ago, we liked the power and planted feel of the Limited, saying, “the M-8 114 engine is a dream in this chassis, feeling totally up to the task of pushing a 900-pound bike without breathing hard. The claimed 122 pound-feet of torque is available right when you need it, and…the pullback tiller-type bar allow[s] for a relaxed riding position…giving great leverage for back-roads hustling.” It’s full-boat grand touring and, as equipped, the Limited is probably as close as you can come to H-D’s ultra-premium CVO bikes in the Touring lineup, with a $28,299 starting price that ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-24
  • 2020 Honda CRF250L/CRF250L Rally
    2020 Honda CRF250L (Honda North America/)Perfect for around-town jaunts, the 2020 Honda CRF250L is at the small end of dual sporters when it comes to engine size, but that translates into a lighter feel that’s appreciated in the dirt. First introduced for 2013, the 2020 Honda CRF250L is an affordable dual sport machine that’s an excellent choice for newer riders yet it doesn’t skimp on features. It’s a full-size bike with long-travel Showa suspension, 21-inch front/18-inch rear wheels, disc brakes at both ends (with optional ABS), and peppy twin-cam, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled engine.The Rally version offers more than styling changes; its suspension has longer travel for those planning to seek more of their adventures off the beaten path. 2020 Honda CRF250L Reviews, Comparisons, And CompetitionIn 2017, Honda brought out a companion version dubbed the CRF250L Rally that instantly brings to mind the company’s winning Dakar racebikes. That version comes with longer travel as well as more fuel capacity, windscreen, skid plate, hand guards, and larger front brake, but that’ll cost extra, of course: $5,949 for the Rally and $6,249 for the Rally ABS versus $5,199 for the CRF250L and $5,499 for the CRF250L ABS. By comparison, Kawasaki’s KLX250 is $5,399 while Yamaha’s got two models: the XT250 for $5,199 and the WR250R for $6,699.2020 Honda CRF250L Rally (Honda North America/)Honda CRF250L Updates For 2020New graphics are the sole difference between the 2020 and 2019 versions of the Honda CRF250L and CRF250L Rally.2020 Honda CRF250L Claimed SpecificationsPrice $5,199–$6,249 Engine Liquid-cooled DOHC single-cylinder ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-24
  • 2020 Honda CRF250F
    2020 Honda CRF250F (Honda /)Trailbikes might not get the glory that race replicas do, but they fill an important niche. After all, not everyone who rides in the dirt aims to be the next motocross superstar like Ken Roczen, though the 2020 Honda CRF250F (new last year) can certainly be the perfect platform on which to begin that journey.Its fuel-injected, air-cooled four-stroke engine provides reliable, easy-to-use power after pressing the electric-start button, while the full-size (18-inch rear, 21-inch front) wheels with disc brakes and quality Showa suspension ensure it’s ready to face most trails. In addition, its friendly 34.8-inch seat height makes it a great fit for a wide variety of riders no matter their experience.2020 Honda CRF250F (Honda /)2020 Honda CRF250F Reviews, Comparisons, And CompetitionA new model last year and an improvement on the CRF230F it replaced in Honda’s lineup, the CRF250F’s competition would be the new Kawasaki KLX230R and the venerable Yamaha TT-R230. Naturally, it meets CARB and EPA standards for year-round enjoyment and comes with a six-month, transferable, limited warranty that can be extended. What else is attractive about the CRF250F? At just $4,599, it’s far more affordable than racer replicas that are twice the price, while not skimping on the aforementioned features. 2020 Honda CRF250F (Honda /)Honda CRF250F Updates For 2020Other than graphics, the 2020 Honda CRF250F is identical to the 2019 model down to the $4,599 price.2020 Honda CRF250F Claimed SpecificationsPrice $4,599 Engine Air-cooled SOHC single-cylinder Displacement 249cc Bore x Stroke 71.0 x 63.0mm Horsepower ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-24
  • 2020 BMW F 900 XR Review MC Commute
    BMW’s liter-class-sized S 1000 XR was a home run hit when it debuted five years ago. The German bike brand wants to capitalize on the success by introducing a smaller and more manageable version in the 2020 BMW F 900 XR (starting at $11,695). Positioned alongside the F 900 R naked bike, which we recently test rode during the 2020 BMW F 900 R Review First Ride, the Bavarian brand is keen on giving middleweight adventure-sport riders something to lean on.2020 BMW F 900 XR Vs. F 900 RWe saddle up aboard BMW’s all-new F 900 XR adventure sport middleweight in this review. (Kevin Wing/)The XR shares the basic underpinnings of the R model, including its punched-out 895cc parallel twin (based off the powerplant inside the F 850 GS) and shell-type alloy frame and swingarm. However the XR benefits from longer-travel suspension, more upright and relaxed riding ergonomics, and a touring-friendly front fairing with manual two-way-adjustable windscreen.Related: 2019 BMW R1250 GS Adventure Second Ride ReviewThese differences increase the roadworthiness of the XR, making it a highly suitable mount for riders looking to cover ground. The engine drinks from a larger-capacity 4.1-gallon fuel tank, now positioned above the engine (as opposed to the outgoing F 800’s beneath the tailsection setup). During fast-paced riding we recorded fuel mileage of 32 mpg. However, riding at a more sane pace delivers around 38 mpg. While we appreciate the XR’s added capacity, we still wish it carried more fuel.2020 BMW F 900 XR Riding ExperienceTwist ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-24
  • Ducati Nets Big Profits, Record Per-Bike Revenue In 2019 Photo Gallery
    Ducati notched a banner year in 2019, as sales of the Panigale and Multistrada drove huge profits. (Ducati/)The Panigale was the world’s best-selling supersport last year, grabbing a crazy 25 percent market share. (Ducati/)A 2019 Ducati Panigale in action. The line was the world’s best-selling supersport last year. (Ducati/)The Ducati Panigale was one of the pillars to Ducati’s success in 2019. (Ducati/)The Ducati Panigale line had three variations: the S, R, and Speciale. (Ducati/)The Ducati Multistrada line last year marked its highest-ever average value per bike during a bumper year for Ducati. (Ducati/)The Multistrada line was a big seller for Ducati in 2019. (Ducati/)The Multistrada, with its wide range of trims and capabilities, last year averaged its highest per-bike value since its launch. (Ducati/)The Multistrada broke cover in 2003, powered by the marque’s long-serving air-cooled twin. (Ducati/)Aimed at the likes of the BMW GS, Multis have been available with ride-by-wire technology for more than a decade. (Ducati/)As time has passed, the Multistrada has evolved from a supermoto-style sport-tourer to add configurations that make it a full-on touring bike. (Ducati/)Multistradas range from $13,995 for the entry-level 950, up to more than $22,000 for a top-level 1200 Enduro. (Ducati/) ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-24
  • Ducati Nets Big Profits, Record Per-Bike Revenue In 2019
    Things were pretty rosy at Ducati in 2019, as the manufacturer notched record per-bike revenue figures and a 7.2 percent profit margin on the year. In a news release this week, the company said the Panigale and Multistrada ranges were the foundation of that success. Not only was the money good, but Duc bested its 2018 sales by 179 bikes, pushing sales to 53,183 and marking its fifth consecutive year moving more than 50,000 bikes. For a company that has had its ups and downs, and is dedicated to its guys-in-a-shed-building-bikes ethos, those figures are damn impressive. The company said it brought home a staggering 716 million euros, up 17 million euros from 2018. Even more impressive is the fact that the company managed to realize 52 million euros in profit, or a 7.2 percent margin. That revenue breaks down to 13,700 euros per bike, a company record. That means that as Ducati’s panache and racing success grow, customers are willingly shelling out for their up-market offerings.Ducati says the Panigale contributed to that success by being the best-selling supersport range in the world last year, grabbing an absolutely bananas 25 percent market share. Clearly, the new Panigale V4s hit their mark. In the adventure category, additions and redesigns meant the Multistrada line notched its highest per-bike average value since it bowed in 2003. We’ll see what 2020 holds for the Ducati nameplate, but if 2019 is anything to go on, the future is bright.Ducati notched a banner year in 2019, ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-24
  • Coronavirus Shuts Down Harley-Davidson Factories
    In an effort to keep workers sheltered from the spread of the coronavirus, Harley-Davidson announced on Wednesday that it is temporarily shuttering its vehicle production facility in York, Pennsylvania, and the Tomahawk Operations and Pilgrim Road Powertrain Operations plants in Wisconsin. The plants will stay dark at least through March 29, Harley-Davidson said in a release.Related: Harley-Davidson President Matt Levatich Resigns 2020The <a href="">Harley-Davidson FXDR 114</a> is a power cruiser to end them all, with a time-bending 119 pound-feet of torque turning a massive 240-section rear tire. (Harley-Davidson/)The Pilgrim Road facility was the first to close Wednesday, after an employee tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. Harley workers are on temporary layoff, but will keep their health benefits, the company said. While the manufacturing is shut down, the company said it will use the time to disinfect production lines and common areas. Related: 2020 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special Review MC CommuteDespite some prodigious heft, the Harley-Davidson FXDR 114 is still fairly agile. (Harley-Davidson/)As the situation has been evolving at a crazy pace since last week, Harley-Davidson said it will keep tabs on the situation and act in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization. The Harley FXDR 114 at full lean. (Harley-Davidson/)Harley headquarters employees have been asked to work from home at least until the end of March, and the company is working with its dealer network and asking that they abide by guidelines laid out by local authorities. Company-sponsored events ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-23
  • 2020 Honda CRF450X
    2020 Honda CRF450X (Honda /)Although it may not be the ideal dirt bike for beginners, the 2020 Honda CRF450X is unique in that it’s a friendly, 50-state-legal trailbike in stock form, yet can be easily modified into a race-winning machine with the rich pedigree to prove it. Based on the CRF450R motocrosser, this second-generation ’X improves greatly upon the original introduced in 2005. With fuel injection and a six-speed gearbox, it may be Honda’s most versatile model.2020 Honda CRF450X Reviews, Comparisons, And CompetitionAs a new model in 2019, the Honda CRF450X finally provided the updates customers had been begging for; these included a new ’450R-based engine and chassis, both with the requisite differences to let it thrive in off-road riding conditions. Unique to the ’X is the 18-inch rear wheel, kickstand and titanium fuel tank, among other items.2020 Honda CRF450X (Honda /)At $9,799, the 2020 CRF450X is more docile in completely standard form compared to, say, the Beta 430 RR, Husqvarna FX 450, or KTM’s 450 XC-F. If racing is in your plans though, a few modifications make it competitive against any other machine, from fast, arid deserts to tighter woods.2020 Honda CRF450X (Honda /)Honda CRF450X Updates For 2020The sole difference between the 2020 and 2019 Honda CRF450X is the graphics package. Honda kept the price the same between the two model years.2020 Honda CRF450X Claimed SpecificationsPrice $9799 Engine Liquid-cooled SOHC single-cylinder Displacement 449cc Bore x Stroke 96.0 x 62.1mm Horsepower N/A Torque N/A Transmission 6-speed Final Drive Chain Seat ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-23
  • 2021 BMW R 1800 Cruiser Preview
    The latest BMW R 1800 Big Boxer is our cup of tea. It is classically styled without a lot of bells and whistles and packs a monster 1,802cc mill. (Stefan Baldauf/)The buildup to BMW’s big-bore R 1800 cruiser release continues with another round of spy shots, this time of a basic version that has a definitively nostalgic bent.Earlier this month we got a peek at the R 1800 bagger, which to my eye came off as a been there, done that machine vying to look at home among the big touring cruisers already on the market. This latest version looks to be a polished example of what we spied last December beneath a tarp, and for me this is a much more interesting bike. It’s packing some seriously nostalgic vibes, with the completely exposed 1,802cc Big Boxer nestled comfortably in the double cradle frame, a big ol’ Harley FLH 1200-looking windscreen, and its slight resemblance to even the Indian 841. The teardrop tank shape also appears to be lower than the bagger version and much more classic-looking, but not necessarily dated. It’s similar to the one used on the BMW Concept R18 we featured last May. The analog speedometer, simple instrument panel, single main headlight, the mirrors—it all is making me wish for a simpler time.This is in keeping with BMW’s stated approach when it described designing the massive mill, taking inspiration from its R5/R51 and R51/2 and is closer to what I was hoping to see when BMW first ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-23
  • 2020 Hangtown Motocross Classic Canceled Over Coronavirus
    The motocross world lost a long-standing California tradition to the global COVID-19 outbreak this week, as the Dirt Diggers North Motorcycle Club announced it’s bagging the 52nd running of the Hangtown Motocross Classic.Word on the rest of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season isn’t available yet, as organizers said they’re going to keep tabs on the spread of the virus and make decisions as needed. The sad news follows word last week that the rest of the Supercross season has been postponed indefinitely. With more postponements and cancellations every week, and a brutal national news cycle, 2020 is shaping up to be the year motorcycle fans have to branch out and make their own fun. As hard as it is to swallow, the news isn’t really a surprise, given that California residents have been advised to go into lockdown, and events across the motorcycle racing world, including the Isle of Man TT and the start of the MotoGP season, have been postponed or outright canceled. You can keep up with updates on the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season at, or stick with us for updates.Alex Martin races at round 1 of the AMA Pro Motocross Championships at Hangtown MX in Sacramento, California, on May 19, 2018. (Red Bull/)Martin races at the 2018 Hangtown MX. (Red Bull/)Sean Cantrell at Hangtown MX in 2018. (Red Bull/)Marvin Musquin takes to the air at the 2018 race at Hangtown MX. (Red Bull/)Ken Roczen fully committed at Hangtown MX. (Red Bull/)Derek Drake airborne ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-23
  • Kawasaki Shows Off Screaming Ninja ZX-25R In Video
    Excuse the awkward pun, but we have been absolutely buzzing since the cover got pulled off the 2020 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R back in October. We’ve known that with a 250cc inline-four that revs to 17,000 rpm, the thing has no choice but to scream. Now, Kawasaki has blessed us with an introductory video and, man. Suspicions confirmed.Kawasaki has finally released a clip showing the true potential of the 2020 Ninja ZX-25R. (Kawasaki/)You can glean a lot from a short YouTube clip, and in this case that includes that the little bike will do every bit of 100 mph in fifth gear. That kind of speed out of something this little has been unheard of since the early 1990s, when hairy-chested two- and four-stroke 250s were a dime a dozen overseas. Those little rippers have become highly sought-after gray market darlings for a reason.The video shows one very important detail: Tapped out in fifth the little Ninja will do 100 mph, with an entire gear left in its back pocket. (Kawasaki/)In the hands of Kawasaki’s World Superbike riders Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes, the mini Ninja looks more than capable of scaring the hell out of bigger machinery. We’re still waiting for word on whether this thing will see American shores, since it was built with tiered licensing in mind. After seeing this clip, we’re knocking on wood, crossing our fingers, and rubbing a lucky rabbit’s foot.Five-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea puts the featherweight Ninja through its paces at Jerez. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-22
  • Should You Get Back Into Motorcycling If You Promised Not To?
    Would he really be going back on his promise if he got a sidecar? (Ural/)Editor’s Note: Lots of riders put motorcycles on pause when starting or raising a family, and many grapple with the decision of whether to return to riding or not. That’s the scenario one Motorcyclist reader currently finds himself in, and he needs answers.In 1983, my family left Iran for the United States. Awaiting permission to come here, we stayed in Caserta, Italy (near Naples), for about two years.Living in Italy for two years during your formative years (age 11–13) will inform your entire existence for the rest of your life. From talking with your hands, to your love of soccer, food, and travel (life in general), to an early love affair with anything motorized on two wheels, your life will never be the same.My introduction to motorbikes came at an early age. Older kids had access—with or without permission—to mopeds like Puch and Peugeot, as well as motorcycles (yes, motorcycles!) like Vespas. I am not talking about these new automatic Vespas that ride like a scooter. I am talking about the old-school ones where you hold the clutch down with one hand and shift with the other hand. Those were, and are, my favorite.Once we got to the US I got into dirt bikes and my first one was this beast (a Husky) with a 500cc engine. I loved that thing. But in high school I couldn’t really afford it. While my friend’s clutch job for ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-21
  • 2020 Isle Of Man TT Motorcycle Race Canceled
    The historic Isle of Man TT is cancelled this year due to the coronavirus outbreak. (Motorcyclist/)The 2020 Isle of Man TT races have been canceled in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Government officials made the announcement as part of their efforts to ensure maximum protection for residents against the virus’ spread.Laurence Skelly, Member of the House of Keys, Minister for Enterprise, gave this statement in a press release announcing the news:“The decision to cancel has not been taken lightly and all options including postponement and delaying the decision have been considered in detail. Representatives from the Isle of Man government will now discuss the implications with all relevant businesses, stakeholders, and individuals affected by this cancellation, which it recognizes will be significant.“With the visitor restriction in place for the foreseeable future we wanted to make the decision now to give businesses, visitors, and all involved stakeholders time to manage the impact going forward. The Isle of Man, and the Isle of Man TT, are faced with unique challenges regarding COVID-19 and making this decision will provide certainty to teams, competitors, sponsors, and stakeholders of the event and to visitors across the globe.“The decision also aims to provide reassurance for our residents and health care professionals that the health and well-being of the Isle of Man’s residents is the single biggest priority and focus of this government.”The 2020 Classic TT Races and Manx Grand Prix are still proceeding for now. These events take place in late August, so officials will ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-20
  • Ducati Halts Motorcycle Production Due To Coronavirus
    Ducati this week announced it will pause production until March 25. (Ducati Motor Holding/)Ducati announced this week that it is shutting down production at its plant in Borgo Panigale until March 25 in response to the spread of coronavirus. The storied Italian brand is using the pause to reorganize its production facilities to protect its workers, according to a release from Ducati. Despite production of bikes being halted temporarily, Ducati guaranteed customer support and said that Ducatisti will still have access to the spare parts that they need during the closure. The production pause was supposed to last until March 18, the company said, but was pushed back a few days to make sure everything is done right. “I am proud of how Ducati’s workers are facing this difficult moment for our country,” Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali said. “My thanks go to all those who, on a daily basis and even in a difficult situation like this, are confirming the great value of a united, cohesive, but also sensitive and attentive workforce.”Ducati announced it is pausing production through March 25 to battle the coronavirus outbreak. (Ducati Motor Holding/)Although the production of Ducati Panigale V4 Rs might be idled for now, the brand says its product development and support teams are working remotely and following Italy’s stringent protocols to curb the spread of the disease. Even before production took a breather, Ducati said it was scanning workers’ temperatures before they could enter the plant, implementing a social distancing regimen for those ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2020-03-19
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  • Driver charged after knocking rider over
    A driver has been charged after allegedly knocking a 23-year-old male rider off his motorcycle in an altercation Sydney’s inner-west on Friday. The incident began about 10.45pm on Friday (20 March 2020) when the motorcyclist was leaving a friend’s home on Ian Parade, Concord. Police say a man driving a car pulled up next to the rider and the pair began arguing. The driver allegedly got out of his vehicle and attempted to push the rider off his motorbike. The rider pushed back and rode off. The car followed for about two kilometres before running into the motorcycle, knocking the rider off and driving away. Officers from Burwood Police Area Command attended and established a crime scene. The rider suffered cuts and a suspected spinal injury and was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in a stable condition. About 8.25pm on Saturday, NSW Police searched a Mortlake home and seized a number of items, including a car and clothing. The driver was arrested at Burwood Police Station yesterday (23 March 2020) where he was charged with driving furiously to cause bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He has been granted conditional bail, to appear before Burwood Local Court on Monday 1 June 2020. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages. Tips on handling road rage This may or ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-23
  • Electric Harley covers 1723km in one day
    A Swiss rider has just ridden a Harley-Davidson LiveWire 1723km across four nations in one day using Level 3 DC fast chargers. Sounds good, but we did some calculations and reckon he would have spent six hours recharging! Rider Michel von Tell, aged 39, is a journalist and comedian described as the Euro version of US comedian Bill Burr … we don’t know him either. Anyway, he’s apparently a bit of a celebrity and his YouTube channel has millions of followers.  His feat shattered the previous record of 1134.3km in one day set in 2018 by German Remo Klawitter on a Zero electric motorcycle fitted with an optional Charge Tank with Level 2 charging. Calculations for one day record (All images are of MBW riding the LiveWire at the world launch in 2019)Harley claims the bike has city range of up to 235km and 152km of highway range. We tested that on the launch last year and it appears about right. They also say that the bike takes 30 minutes to charge to 80% capacity and 40 minutes to fully charge on a Level 3 DC fast charger. Michel says he usually only stopped for 25 minutes at a time, but let’s be generous and say that was enough for an 80% charge. So we calculate that to cover 1723km in 24 hours (actually 23 hours and 48 minutes), Michel needed to keep an average speed of about 70km/h. Recharging LiveWire on a DC fast chargerWe imagine he mainly did highway ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-23
  • Dakar Rally plan to limit top speeds
    After the death of two riders in the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia in January, organisers are planning a series of measures to make the race safer including power restrictions to limit top speeds. Over the years the rally has reduced engine sizes to 450cc to limit the high speeds of some riders who approach 200km/h on dirt and sand. With the deaths of Paulo Gonçalves and Edwin Straver this year, organisers are now discussing a range of new safety measures. They plan to have separate stages for motorcycles to the rest of the categories to limit the amount of fast and open sections and therefore top speeds. There are also plans to limit the power of bikes and/or install speed limiters. The antiquated navigation paper rolls that require the riders to take a hand off the bars to scroll through the routes will likely be replaced by more modern electronic handsfree versions. It might also avoid the problem this year when an error in the roadbook forced officials to amend the finishing results on a super marathon stage this year. Two time Dakar winner Toby Price of Australia goes over the paper route mapWe don’t expect they will get satnav units, but the new units will include visual and audible warnings. Like most other international motorcycle racing, airbag jackets will also become mandatory. Limit welcomed Andrew HoulihanAlbury racer Andrew Houlihan who competed in the challenging 14-day 2020 Africa ECO Race from France to Senegal this year has welcomed the changes. Andrew ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-23
  • How to hibernate your bike during pandemic
    If you haven’t already decided to self isolate, you may soon be forced off the road by government bans, so you should think about how to hibernate your bike for the months ahead. Various sources are telling us the lockdown measures will be in place for anything up to six months! In that time, your bike can deteriorate just sitting in the garage. The tyres can go flat and out of shape, the fuel can spoil in the tank and the battery will run flat. Riders in climates where they have to hibernate their bike during the winter will already know the drill. But for the rest of us, it’s all new territory. So, we have put together this guide to help you hibernate your bike safely. At the end of the lockdown, click here to find out how to get your bike ready for riding again. How to hibernate your bike SERVICE Even if you are a few thousand kilometres short of the next service, it is advisable to have your bike serviced before laying it up. Some bikes require an annual service, even if you haven’t done the required kilometres, and that service may fall due during the lockdown. As a minimum, you should think about changing the oil and filters. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries advises that automotive brands and networks will remain open to provide sales and service support to customers.  In fact, TeamMoto stores and MCA stores at Penrith, Caringbah and Campbelltown are actually offering ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-23
  • Ducati selling more premium bikes
    Ducati has posted its 20129 financial results which shows a record in turnover for per bikes sold which indicates they are selling more premium bikes. The financial results come amid the factory being closed by the pandemic for cleaning and restructuring to allow workers to have more distance between them. Ducati expects to reopen the factory on Wednesday (25 March 2020). Several motorcycle factories have also closed across Europe and Asia for cleaning as well as Harley-Davidson in the USA. All these production halts may not have an immediate effect on motorcycle supplies, but could result in longer term delays, especially on spare parts. Ducati results Ducati has announced it “delivered” 53,183 motorcycles last year. That doesn’t necessarily mean that’s how many were sold. It’s the fifth consecutive year the Bologna factory has receded deliveries above 50,000. Ducati report turnover of €716 million ($A1332m) and €52m ($A97m) in operating profit, equal to 7.2% of operating margin. While the Scrambler has become the biggest-selling model since its release in 2015, Panigale and Multistrada are generating the most income. The company says turnover per bike of about €13,500 ($A235,120) per motorcycle represents the highest value in the history of the company. They say this indicates a move toward the premium part of the market. Panigale was the best-selling super sports bike in the world for the second consecutive year, with a market share of 25%. The Multistrada family recorded the highest value of motorcycles sold since entering the market in 2003. last year ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-22
  • Tom Cruise wheelies in Mission Impossible 7
    Tom Cruise claims he does most of his movie stunts, including motorcycle stunts, and in the filming for Mission Impossible 7 he is even doing spectacular wheelies. Although, as we can see from these images of filming in the UK the rider has a safety device to prevent being flipped off the bike or falling off. Still, it looks like the rider is doing pretty impressive wheelies. Is that wheelies Tom? A second image shows Tom with his helmet off while sitting on the same bike, so we assume it’s him doing the stunts. All Mission Impossible 7 images: Splash NewsWe suspect from the wheels that he’s riding an F 750 GS which has a lower seat height suitable for the short actor. The wheelies were performed at the Surrey airfield where Top Gear is based. Filming was moved from Italy over the pandemic threat. Tom, 57, is a motorcycle fan and also rode a BMW R  nineT Scrambler in the Mission Impossible: Fallout movie. He is known to request a motorcycle scene in most of his movies. There is no release date yet for the seventh instalment of the Mission Impossible series. Top Gun 2 Meanwhile, Tom will reprise the Kawasaki GPZ900R made famous in Tom Cruise’s 1986 Top Gun in the Top Gun sequel to be released in June 2020. This official trailer for Top Gun: Maverick shows Tom’s character Maverick pulling an old tarp off a dusty old GPZ900R. However, when he reprises the famous scene where he races a jet, he’s ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-22
  • Is this your last ride for a while?
    Your Sunday ride may have been your last for some time. Australian governments at all levels seem set to recommend that “any sort of travel that is not part of someone’s normal life” be avoided to stop the spread of coronavirus. The official decision and precise wording has not yet been released. We are expecting that could happen later tonight or tomorrow morning after the “war cabinet” meet this evening over the pandemic crisis. Meanwhile, we live in confusion! We could argue that riding a motorcycle is essential to us and definitely part of our normal life. We could argue that riding solo and not mixing with anyone nor stopping anywhere for a coffee is self-isolating. We could also argue that our only stop would be for fuel and we could keep our gloves on while we pump fuel and pay with a credit card at the pump (if that is available). But that might be disingenuous and perhaps not in the community’s best interests. We have asked the Prime Minister’s office and all state premiers for clarification on travel advice regarding motorcyclists and will update if/when we receive a response. However, given the disparity between states and the federal government over whether schools should close, we don’t expect a clear answer. This is no laughing matter. This meme is no longer relevantThis is now serious. Our leaders are talking about curtailing interstate and long-distance travel, which very much sounds to us like our weekend ride is in jeopardy. If ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-22
  • How to clean bugs off visor and motorbike
    If you’ve ever been showered with bugs on your ride, you will know how difficult they are to remove from your helmet visor and your motorcycle. That’s because the wind quickly dries them out and they become very hard and stick like glue to any surface. Cleaning bugs off your bike While bugs on a motorcycle are mainly a cosmetic issue, they can interfere with the performance of your headlight or clog up oil coolers and radiators. We suggest trying to remove most of them from headlights and coolers with water from a service station while out on the road. You won’t get them all, but you should remove enough to be able to continue riding. Leave the rest of the bug removal until you get home as it’s only cosmetic. We suggest using a special bug remover that you can buy from most motorcycle shops, service stations or auto shops like Supercheap. There is little difference we can detect between specific motorcycle cleaners and car cleaners. Motul insect removerVisor cleaning As for your visor, bugs can create substantial vision impairment which is a serious safety issue, so it’s important to remove them while out on the road. Never try to wipe bugs off your helmet with your glove as you will only smear them and create a mess. Wiping dried bugs can also create almost invisible scratches which may not appear to be a problem … until you are riding into the sun or at night ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-22
  • Road rage leads to car hitting rider
    A 23-year-old male rider is in hospital with cuts and a suspected spinal injury after a road rage incident escalated in Sydney’s inner-west on Friday. Police appear to have located the driver responsible, but no charges have yet been laid. The road rage incident began about 10.45pm on Friday (20 March 2020) when the motorcyclist was leaving a friend’s home on Ian Parade, Concord. Police say a man driving a car pulled up next to the rider and the pair began arguing. The driver allegedly got out of his vehicle and attempted to push the rider off his motorbike. The rider pushed back and rode off. The car followed for about two kilometres before running into the motorcycle and driving away. Officers from Burwood Police Area Command attended and established a crime scene. The rider suffered cuts and a suspected spinal injury and was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in a stable condition. About 8.25pm yesterday (Saturday 21 March 2020), officers executed a search warrant at a home on Northcote Street, Mortlake, and seized a number of items, including a car and clothing. Investigations are continuing. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages. Tips on handling road rage We should do all we can to avoid being lured into road rage as riders usually come off second-best to bigger ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-21
  • Sacked Harley boss paid $11m, say investors
    A boardroom battle is brewing at Harley-Davidson as investors trying to wrestle control have suggested CEO and president Matt Levatich was sacked last month and was paid a record $11m last year. Hedge fund Impala Asset Management who have a 1.2% share in Harley, have launched their first proxy battle to have two nominees on the board. Harley replied that it is happy with its nine nominees. But Impala isn’t backing down and released a controversial statement to investors that claims Levatich was sacked or “terminated” and paid a record sum. It also complains about the salary for temporary replacement Jochen Zeitz. We have had significant concerns about the strategic direction and actions taken by the Board under former Chairman Michael Cave’s stewardship for some time – and we have voiced these concerns privately to Harley,” Impala says.  Notably, it took our urging to convince the Board to terminate the prior CEO, Matthew Levatich, despite years of poor performance.  In 2019, Mr. Levatich’s reported compensation increased to a new annual record of more than $11 million, even as adjusted motorcycle operating income declined by more than 20% and the stock underperformed Harley’s peers. The Board has still not shown that it is focused on positive change. To the contrary, one of the first decisions the incumbent directors made after firing Mr. Levatich was to reward their longstanding colleague, Jochen Zeitz, the new Acting President and CEO, with a pay package that could provide up to $8.5 million in salary, ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-20
  • Great news! MotoGP free during pandemic
    Amid all the pandemic doom and gloom surrounding cancelled motorcycle racing, motorcycle rallies and events, MotoGP has announced some great news for fans. MotoGP will make all their content free until racing starts again. They had been making some races available for free while they sorted out the calendar which they say could now extend int January 2021. Now they have made all their content free. That means all their historic races, documentaries, interviews and more. 2015 Phillip Island MotoGP “If you’re a MotoGP fan and these days feel lacking in action, don’t worry, we’ve got the answer,” the official announcement says. “From today until the championship begins you can enjoy a taste of everything MotoGP VideoPass has to offer for free. “From the whole archive of past races (from 1992 until Qatar 2020) to all the documentaries, exclusive interviews, historic highlights and more, it’ll be sure to satisfy your race hunger until the Covid-19 crisis is over and we can go racing again! “It’s an opportunity to enjoy our enormous archive of content, available on, and will no doubt please all of our motorcycle fans.” Pandemic relief So if you are self-isolating during the pandemic and have run out of things to watch on Netflix, or you just want to catch up on races you’ve missed, this is a great opportunity. Of course you will have to register and MotoGP will be hoping you get hooked and continue with a subscription. Click here for your free trial. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-20
  • How to avoid hitting other riders
    Two recent crashes involving riders running into each other have prompted us to investigate multi-motorcycle accidents and provide tips on how to avoid them. In one recent accident, two riders and a pillion were injured when two motorcycles collided head-on (pictured above) and in the other, two riders travelling the same direction collided and one rider crashed and sadly died. We publish these crash reports to remind riders of their vulnerability, make them aware of different types of crash scenarios and offer safety tips. Click here to find out more. Multi-bike crashes rare On a brighter note, multi-motorcycle crashes are actually very rare. In fact, Queensland University of Technology road safety researcher and Triumph Street Triple rider Ross Blackman says that in Queensland they represent just 1% of all crashes and about 4% of motorcycle crashes. Ross and his Street Triple RS“Of course they’d be much more common in countries with high levels of motorcycle/scooter use,” he says. “Same-direction collisions are obviously different from head-ons. “In the former it seems to raise the question of whether they were travelling too close together.” Same-direction crashes This can lead to riders banging bars or running into the back of another bike they are following too closely. Some ride groups enforce a staggered formation as they say it provides greater braking distance to avoid rear-enders while keeping the group together and not strung out. However, it means a pack of riders are travelling closely together. So if one crashes, it could involve another. Or in the ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-20
  • Top 10 reasons for riding solo
    Any excuse is good enough for a ride – whether it’s with the pillion-in-a-million, a couple of friends, a dozen club members, a hundred shop riders, or a thousand toy runners – yet solo riding is our favourite. And in these days of social distancing, it may be the preferred way to go. There are many reason why we love riding solo. But here are our top 10: Zen: It’s a good time for peace and meditation, away from the mindless chatter and banter of friends. Solo riding can be a cathartic experience where you “blow out the cobwebs”, cleanse the mind of the week’s built-up minutiae and think about nothing else but the manual task in hand – clutch, throttle, brake, steering. Peer pressure: There is none when you ride solo. You can choose your own pace. Go on, race that HSV Holden if you like, tag on to the back of a bunch of sports bikes or just wave them past and continue to ride at a relaxed pace. If you race and win, you can congratulate yourself. If you race and lose, then there’s no one judging you. Wave faster riders through No pressure: Apart from a lack of pressure to go racing, there is also no pressure to stay together in a pack which can put pressure on you to make some silly errors, radical passing manoeuvres or run “very amber” lights. Stop: Yes, you can actually stop to take a photo, absorb a view, go to ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-20
  • Bike simulator ideal for isolation
    If you have to self-isolate during the current pandemic, then we suggest reading heaps of Motorbike Writer articles … or maybe playing a computer motorcycle simulator game! There is a host of such games around and early next year they will be joined by American Motorcycle Simulator which takes you through the USA, including the famous Route 66. Hopefully we are over the pandemic by then! Simulator game play The windows 64-bit simulator game is almost like a scene out of the John Travolta comedy Wild Hogs. It features a comical main character riding around in a bandana and leather vest, going to biker bars to play pool and cards and even a girlie bar. Remember, it’s just a game! Don’t do as this rider does and drink and ride. You can play the game in first-person or third-person view and we imagine you can choose your bike. In the video trailer, the rider seems to be on a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy, but we imagine you can choose other bikes. The PlayWay game also allows you to fuel up and even identify faults then take it to a garage to fix them yourself. To pay for your fuel, bike maintenance, drinks and accommodation, you can win money playing pool and cards in bars. According to the trailer, you also get to help a carload of young ladies fix their engine and receive a kiss as a reward! Apart from inappropriate gender stereotyping, game features ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-20
  • BMW joins motorcycle manufacturing halt
    The coronavirus pandemic has halted motorcycle manufacturing in the USA and Europe with BMW Motorrad the latest to temporarily stop assembly lines. BMW Motorrad has halted manufacturing at its Spandau factory n Berlin, but we believe G 310 production is continuing in the TVR plant in India. The company has also closed its Munich HQ and two museums. In Australia, BMW’s GS Safari has been postponed from this month until May 24-29. GS Safari in doubtA spokeswoman says the event will “most definitely go ahead in May”, but we think that’s unlikely given the pandemic expected to be at its peak then. “We are aware that medically we will still be in the midst of dealing with the COVID-19 virus Australia wide however under advisement the current travel restrictions will have changed which will allow us to run the event as planned,” the spokeswoman says. Click here for other motorcycle event cancellations. Manufacturing halt Harley’s Pilgrim Rd engine factorySeveral motorcycle factories have closed across Europe while Harley-Davidson joined the temporary closure to clean its factories after a worker tested positive at their Milwaukee engine plant. Ducati has extended its factory closure until March 25 and Brembo and Yamaha have closed their European factories until next Monday. Moto Morini, KTM, Husqvarna and GasGas had already closed their factories in Italy and Austria. The Piaggio Group – owner of Aprilia, Moto Guzzi and Vespa – closed its factories last weekend for a “deep clean” and returned to production this week. Meanwhile, MV Agusta in Lombardy, the epicentre of the ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2020-03-19
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