Big Cruiser, Big News We recently reported that Triumph likely has a new 2020 Rocket III cruiser in the works. Well, now you can see it in all its glory thanks to spy shots showcased at Motorcycle.com. The shots show the new bike in all its hulking glory. The current Rocket III has been out …

Breaking Barriers, Kicking Butt Sara Garcia is a Spanish rider competing in the Dakar 2019. She’s one tough lady and hopes to become the first woman to finish the race in the Original by Motul class, which used to be called the Malle Moto. The Original by Motul class is the toughest in the competition. Riders must …

A VTEC CBR1000RR Would be Nice Variable valve timing isn’t something that’s new to motorcycles. Ducati, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and BMW all have bikes with some form of the engine technology. However, it certainly isn’t commonplace. Honda could be adding a system to its next superbike similar to the ones used on its cars. According to …

Innovated Helmet Tech Is Here The IT-HT is a new helmet that Shoei showed off at the Consumer Electronics Show in conjunction with a Japanese automotive technology company called NS West. The unique head-up display (HUD) is the IT-HT’s party trick. The HUD shows information like speed and route information. With this technology installed on the …

Get It for a Little Less The Shoei VFX-EVO is a fantastic off-road helmet by all accounts. The brand is well-known for making quality lids, and the VFX-EVO is one of its best out there from what we hear. We have not reviewed it, but if you look around the web, it gets high marks. …

Another Future Indian? Indian Motorcycle has been on a trademark tear lately. Not too long ago we reported on the fact that it moved to trademark the name Raven. Now it seems the company has another name it wants to use at some point: Renegade. According to Motorcycle.com, the company filed with the U.S. Patent …

Making the Harley LiveWire Look Inexpensive NOVUS, a German electric motorcycle company, revealed its new electric motorcycle at the Consumer Electronics Show. While there’s plenty of stuff to talk about, let’s hit the big thing first. It costs a whopping $39,500. If you thought Harley’s LiveWire was expensive … well, okay it still is. Forget the …

Connecting Bikes With Everything As a part of the company’s Ducati Safety Road Map 2025 initiative, the company showed off its new motorcycle to other vehicle communications at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. The point of the new technology is to make the road safer by allowing vehicles to communicate with each other. Ducati used a Multistrada 1260 …

A Silent But Deadly Racer Range is an issue for most electric motorcycles, but that’s not the case for trials bikes. Trials bikes don’t have to go quite so far, they’re purpose-built machines designed to be lightweight and have plenty of torque. OSET is a company that’s selling bikes that fit that profile perfectly. The …

Rider? It Don’t Need No Stinking Rider I thought the point of motorcycles was to ride them. Maybe I was wrong. In all seriousness, though, BMW has a motorcycle at the Consumer Electronics Show right now that operates without a rider. It’s a BMW R 1200 GS, and it doesn’t need your hulking mass of …

The LiveWire is Now Truly Alive Harley-Davidson is in the process of turning a new leaf, and the company made a big statement at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The company announced pricing and pre-order availability for its LiveWire motorcycle as well as two new concepts. First, the important stuff. The Harley LiveWire has a …

Moving Forward from the First GT-Air With 2019 now in swing, Shoei’s new full-face GT-Air II helmet will soon flood into dealerships across the country. That means as 2019 winds up you should keep an eye out for this advanced helmet should you need a new one. You should easily be able to grab one of …

KTM’s Little Indian Adventurer The KTM 390 Adventure should be a fun little bike. The bike was spotted testing recently. This isn’t the first time someone snapped a photo of the little adventure bike, but the photos shared by the guys over at Adventure Rider give a very good look. The bike appears heavily influenced …

All New Electric Nake Street Bike Zero Motorcycles recently teased a new model it’s calling the SR/F. The company posted a super short video to YouTube. With just eight seconds of footage, Zero sent a lot of motorcycle enthusiasts into a frothy electrically charged tizzy. The company didn’t say much about the model. Eight seconds isn’t …

Is VW Group Interested in Offloading the Brand? We reported last month that KTM’s CEO, Stefan Pierer, expressed interest in buying Ducati. It now seems that it’s little more than just a pipe dream. According to Cycle World, the CEO reportedly made an offer of $1.5 billion to VW Group for the brand. There is …

The Times They Are A-Changin’ With another year under our belts, I thought it worth it to take a look back over the last 12 months at the changes in the wonderful world of motorcycles. 2018 was no joke. There were plenty of killer new bikes and gear offered and tons of newsworthy items worth …

Good Response Spurs an Equipment Change Indian Motorcycle recently reached out to us to let us know that the Akrapovič exhaust, specifically the low-mount one, that was an accessory will be standard equipment on the most premium version of the FTR 1200. Now, if you buy a 2019 FTR 1200 S with Race Replica paint, you’ll …

America’s First Motorcycle Company Sets Its Latest Lineup Indian Motorcycle solidified its lineup for 2019, and soon those bikes will be rumbling to dealerships across the nation. The company breaks its lineup down like this: FTR 1200, Midsize, Cruiser, Bagger, and Touring. There’s further delineation from there. The FTR 1200 line consists of the standard FTR 1200 …

Let the New Year Begin As 2019 kicks off, I thought I’d put together a list of predictions for the upcoming months. Most of these are pulled straight out of my noggin without much to back them up. With that said, I pay attention to the motorcycle industry closely, and I think they may have …

Well-Known Machines Will Meet Their End When most people think Suzuki sportbikes, they automatically think the Hayabusa, but the GSX-R750 isn’t far behind in their mind. That may change in the future. The motorcycle company will have to kill the GSX-R750 and GSX-R600 soon due to stringent emissions standards and mandatory ABS as stated by …

The Scooters Retain Their Value Better Than Anything Else Can you think of a vehicle that would retain 72.1 percent of its value over three years of ownership? According to data from J.D. Power and Associates, Vespa scooters do just that. This year was the first year that J.D. Power tracked resale value and published …

You May See Some of These Ugly Trikes on the Road Soon Arcimoto has an electric trike it thinks will be the future of transportation. The company just received $4.5 million to make its vision a reality. Arcimoto calls its fully electric trike a Fun Utility Vehicle (FUV), and it will start ramping up production in …

A Simple Solution to Range Anxiety Etergo is a Dutch scooter company. It just landed a huge investment to the tune of €10M (roughly $11.4M) to build a modular scooter that can swap out batteries on the fly. Range anxiety is the number one reason I would hesitate to buy an electric motorcycle or scooter. With charging …

Add Another Helmet Safety Standard to Your List There are several helmet safety standards that motorcycle helmets are evaluated by. Their thoroughness and effectiveness vary. However, a new motorcycle standard that seeks to help better protect MotoGP racers will likely impact the consumer market eventually. That standard? Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM). All Grand Prix …

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 …