An Off-Road Electric Motorcycle and a Commuter? Electric motorcycles provide zero emissions, instant torque, and plenty of opportunities from a design standpoint. Cake’s electric motorcycle is one of the more interesting out there. The bike targets off-road riders, but the CEO of Cake also sees it as the future of commuting. Stefan Ytterborn, Cake’s CEO …

The Future of Automotive and Motorcycle Manufacturing? I grew up around tool and die makers, machinists, and other people working in the trades. When I think of building or manufacturing things, I think of taking a piece of raw material, reducing it down, bending, and crafting it into the desired item. Additive manufacturing, which is …

Pastrana’s Actions Help All Motorcyclists Every year, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) selects a motorcyclist of the year. This year, the association picked Travis Pastrana. The AMA had many reasons to select Pastrana, including the fact that he completed three jumps inspired by Evel Knievel. “Few things or people in motorcycling today capture the fascination …

New Graphics Keep the Corsair Looking Fresh Arai recently announced a new set of graphics for its popular Corsair-X full-face helmet. The Corsair-X is one of the best helmets out there, but it has been out for a while now and Arai has to keep it looking fresh. Its most recent effort to do so …

More W800 Versions are Welcomed Kawasaki has already committed to selling the W800 Cafe in the U.S., but not the W800 Steet. With that said, Motorcycle.com reported on some California Air Resources Board paperwork that suggests Kawasaki will sell the Street version of the bike in the States. It is a slightly more laid-back version of the …

Electric Power, Crazy Fast There are a lot of innovative startups in the motorcycle industry, but most of these companies are more or less a joke. One of the legit ones is Lightning Motorcycles, which builds top-of-the-line electric motorcycles capable of truly high speeds. The company recently announced it’s moving to a new San Jose, …

This week has been full of interesting motorcycle news from a customized 180hp Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo to Triumph Factory Custom bikes and rumors of a new Rocket III power cruiser. We’ve covered most of it and rounded up the news that somehow slipped through the cracks. Check out all of this week’s top stories in …

A Design Evolution Is Coming Edgar Heinrich, BMW Head of Design, discussed how BMW’s new S1000RR changed and how electric bikes could change the future of motorcycle design in a recent interview. Motorcycle News talked with Heinrich, and he had some pretty interesting things to say. His focus began on the new S1000RR. He first discussed …

Don’t Bet Against It We reported on the fact that the first Triumph Factory Custom (TFC) will be a Thruxton R TFC and will come out in January of 2019. In that article, we also mentioned the possibility of the next TFC build being a Rocket III. But could that really be the case? You …

Get Your Bank Account Ready for a High-Spec Thruxton R The news that Triumph has a special high-spec, limited edition Thruxton R isn’t exactly new. The site Triumphrat reported on it back in October. What is new is that it has come to our attention that the bike is slated to appear in January of …

The Revised 2019 Model Gets New Aftermarket Equipment For 2019, Kawasaki added some new tech, revised the styling, and upped the list of features on its mid-level bike, the ZX-6R. The 636cc machine is a bonafide killer in the middleweight segment. The 600cc market has been slashed considerably in the last few years. Kawasaki has managed …

Prepare for One Killer Indian Cycle In a recent patent filing by Indian Motorcycle, it looks as though a bike called the Indian Raven could join the lineup. Motorcycle.com reported the patent filing with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. That should mean that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will receive a similar filing soon. With the patent filing …

Updates to the 450 SX-F Factory Edition KTM’s 450 SX-F Factory Edition sits at the peak of the company’s motocross lineup. The new updates to the 2019 model should help make this bike better for supercross and motocross than ever before. Instead of coming out with a completely new bike for 2019 KTM just made some …

“Ride for Freedom” in the Nation’s Capital Ends After 2019 The motorcycle group Rolling Thunder announced its 2019 First Amendment Demonstration Run in Washington D.C. will be its last. This is not due to lack of popularity. In fact, the popularity of the run is one of its biggest problems. Organizers of the event have …

Electric Motorcycles Don’t Have to Look Futuristic I can’t deny that the future will likely come with a battery instead of a gas tank. This is true of cars and motorcycles. When that happens I will forever miss the sound and sensation that comes with an internal combustion engine. I won’t reject electric power’s merits, just gripe …

This Bike Will Satisfy Your Need for Speed There are few things I love more than 1980s Kawasaki sportbikes, especially ones that have been fiddled with. The GPz750 Turbo shown in the pictures allegedly makes 180 hp, according to its eBay seller. The seller states that before he had to downgrade his bike to its …

Multiple Configurations, Multiple Uses AGV has been building quality motorcycle helmets since the 1940s. Today, Dainese owns it. Any time the company comes out with something new, you’d better take note. On December 12, AGV announced the North American launch of its new AX9 helmet. The AX9 follows in the footsteps of the AX8 helmet that …

The Yamaha Motor Exploratory Fund Begins Yamaha Motor Co. set up a new company fund that will focus on investing in new technologies and startups over the next 10 years. The Yamaha Motor Exploratory Fund is an effort by Yamaha. The company designed the fund to “further strengthen its global corporate venturing activities.” Yamaha allocated …

Americans Can Continue to Enjoy the Hayabusa When Suzuki announced it would end production of the Hayabusa due to European emissions standards there was a collective cry of “No!” from the motorcycle community. Suzuki now says it will continue to produce the GSX-1300R Hayabusa in the U.S. for the 2019 model year. In Europe, production …

Bold New Looks for December We recently received word that Arai Helmets created some new graphics for their 2019 Quantum-X, Signet-X, and VXPRO-4 helmet lines. This gives the helmet designs, which are a couple to a few years old at this point an updated look to keep buyers interested. The Quantum-X and Signet-X came out in 2016 …

The Resolution Passed with Bipartisan Support On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed a motorcycle anti-profiling resolution that encourages communication and collaboration between motorcyclists and law enforcement, according to the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). It discourages the profiling of people based only on the fact that they ride a motorcycle. Senate Resolution 154 also encourages law enforcement to …

Kits Designed to Pique Further Interest in the Bike With the upcoming kickoff of the Scrambler 1200, Triumph decided it needed to really get people excited about the bike. The company released two Inspiration Kits for the new motorcycle. These will help make your Scrambler 1200 feel special. There are two kits: Escape and Extreme. …

The Immediate Focus Is on Smaller Displacement Bikes Yesterday we reported on the fact that KTM’s boss, Stefan Pierer would like to buy Ducati in order to build higher displacement bikes. In the same interview with Speedweek, the CEO let slip that his company will build a 500cc motorcycle. That bike would come with the help …

The King is Dead, Long Live the King—We Hope After nearly 20 blistering fast years, Suzuki will end production of its GSX-1300R Hayabusa. Why, you ask? It’s certainly not for lack of demand. It’s due to the stringent Euro 4 emissions standards, which to me sounds like a pretty silly reason to say goodbye to this …

The Austrians Gaze Lovingly at the Italians In an interview with the German website Speedweek, Stefan Pierer, the CEO of KTM, said he would be interested in Ducati to continue KTM’s current positive momentum. Pierer discussed Ducati as a possibility after being asked if KTM could continue to compete with its twin-cylinder engine or if it’ll …