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The 490s are Coming We reported a long while back that KTM was working pretty closely with Bajaj to create more middleweight bikes. Well, now it sounds like that work has paid off. According to MoreBikes, the world could get five new 490cc models soon. How soon? Well, the publication is pointing to EICMA as …

India’s First High-Performance Electric Bike The company Ultraviolette says its F77 is the country’s first high-performance electric motorcycle. My hat’s off to them based just on looks alone. Of course, the image above is a rendering and the images on the company’s website for the model look a little different. Either way, this is a …

Accessories for Luggage and Protection The company Hepco & Becker has added a full-line of accessories to the market for the KTM 790 Adventure. The German company is one of the largest accessories manufacturers out there, and it’s nice to see it releasing a line for the popular adventure bike. Most of the accessories are …

A Middle-Weight Machine from Italy Moto Morini isn’t as well known as it once was, but the motorcycle brand has an important history dating back to 1936. The company is continuing to revamp and that comes with new models at EICMA 2019, according to Motociclismo. It seems the company will reveal a new platform on …

A Charging Issue Today it has come out that Harley-Davidson has suspended production of the LiveWire. The motorcycle has experienced some kind of issue during charging. The issue wasn’t disclosed, but The Wall Street Journal, reported first that it is a charging issue that has halted production. It’s unclear what this means for Harley. The …

Get the Lid You’ve Been Wanting for Less It’s that time of year. When really good sales start to happen left and right. As the riding season winds down for many of us, you’ll be able to find some absolutely lovely deals on select gear. It’s happening at Revzilla right now. The company has discounted …

It Looks Ready to Me, BMW BMW has a new cruiser in the works that is probably its most hotly anticipated bike in a while. It’s likely coming out at EICMA next month. The model was recently spotted being moved around while covered by a tarp, according to MoreBikes. The R18 Concept for those of …

An Exploration of Custom Motorcycle Culture Gareth Maxwell Roberts reached out to me a while back and asked if I’d like to preview his documentary film, Oil in the Blood. I finally got around to viewing the film, and I’m ashamed to say it took me this long to get around to it. The film …

First Impressions I’ve been trying to find a way to reliably shoot sharp videos with clear sound while out testing motorcycles since I started writing for wBW a couple of years ago. I haven’t been able to decide which equipment I needed to do it. Last year I gambled on a GoPro Hero 6 thinking …

Some News Is Coming I reported on the Finnish electric motorcycle the RMK E2. The bike was shown in prototype form a while back but there hasn’t been much else that has popped up after that initial prototype. The company was taking preorders for $2,300 but then went more or less silent. Well, we now …

Royal Enfield Better Watch Out Honda makes some fantastic motorcycles and specifically the kinds of bikes that sell well in India. The company recently has established a new 15-person executive team to help it gain market share in India. With this new focus on India comes the news that the company will come out with …

Renting a Motorcycle? Rent a Cardo, too Cardo’s Bluetooth headsets are some of the best in the industry. Now you don’t have to own one to use one. If you rent a bike through Hertz Ride—yes, Hertz now rents motorcycles in various areas of the world—you can also rent yourself a Cardo PACKTALK unit, too. …

They Will Be Officially Unveiled in Japan I know scooters aren’t super huge in America but, dang it, I like them. I’m also a pretty big fan of electric bikes, so to see Yamaha has three new electric scooters ready for the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show in Japan is a good thing. The company has …

How Many Times Can You Tease It, Kawasaki? Kawasaki is on a teasing rampage with this new Z H2 bike. The company has a new Z supercharged motorcycle that is about to come out in case you missed the last two teasers. The third teaser video, which I’ve included below actually shows the motorcycle or …

#GetDuked? Yes, Please We’ve been reporting on Kawasaki’s teasers of its upcoming supercharged motorcycle, but now, we get a teaser from KTM for a new Duke. KTM’s teaser went up on YouTube, and it’s a quick one. Showing some stitching together various manufacturing processes. KTM has been spotted testing a new 390 Duke in Germany …

Say Hello Your Choices for 2020 Kawasaki recently announced its full street lineup for 2020. The company has been teasing a new Kawasaki Z with a supercharger, but that bike doesn’t appear here. It will break covers soon though. We will keep you posted about that bike in the future. The big news for the …

Let Me Guess, Price? Harley-Davidson’s new electric LiveWire was supposed to usher in a new era for Harley. One that wasn’t dominated by sales to older riders. However, so far the folks who are interested in the LiveWire enough to actually buy it are pretty much what you’ve come to expect from Harley—old wealthy guys. …

Smart or More Tech You Don’t Need? I’m going to go with smart. Head-up displays (HUD) are designed to help you keep your eyes on the road, which is why just about every dang smart helmet company wants to come out with a helmet that has a HUD installed on it. I test a lot …

Stay Protected This Fall With fall here now, I really need to insist you buy a new jacket that’s ready for the weather. Fall is my favorite time to ride honestly. The weather is just right for really enjoying a long ride. However, you have to be well-equipped for it. Every week I take a …

Triumph’s New Street Triple RS has Finally Arrived I reported not long ago that Triumph would have a new Street Triple RS on October 7. Well, here it is. The 2020 Street Triple RS is a handsome bike that keeps with the Street Triple styling of old but comes with some seriously important updates to …

Kawasaki’s Getting Weird During a pretty typical interview with the Italian publication Motociclismo, Sergio Vicarelli, the sales and marketing director at Kawasaki, and Giavanni Poli, the technical director at Kawasaki, let slip some pretty big news about future projects Kawasaki is working on. The first was more or less about a removable battery patent that …

Introduction Regular readers of webBikeWorld reviews might be thinking, “they already reviewed the Corsair-X a while ago”, and those readers would be correct. wBW founder and editor Rick Korchak reviewed the Corsair-X back in November of 2015. Now nearly four years later we have a Corsair-X back in our leather gloved hands for a look …

A Return to the Matrix I was very eager to get my hands on the new and improved version of the Matrix Alpha Streetfighter helmet after reviewing the first model. As most readers know, there was some controversy around my original review, which sparked a rebuttal from the management at Matrix Helmet. But I can …

Background When I first started riding there was absolutely no motorcycle clothing dedicated to women riders. Even just 10 years ago women’s motorcycle pants were still difficult to find and those that were available tended to make your backside look like the Stay-Puff marshmallow man. Although we still have less than a third the choices …

Is It Really a Museum? Yamaha has a rich history and the company wants to showcase that history at various spots in Europe. The company has a new museum to help it do that. It officially opened the museum on September 25, 2019. It is called the Yamaha Motor Collection Hall, and it’s the first …

Another Retro Small Displacement Machine Honda has been killing it with the small displacement motorcycles lately, specifically the retro machines. The Monkey and Super Cub hit all the right nostalgia points, and now it seems that Honda will bring back the CT to sit alongside those bikes in its lineup. As Asphalt & Rubber points …

A Good Cause, A Cool Little Bike As many of you know, I’m a sucker for little motorcycles. When I met Tracy and Kellie Schooler of Lil’ Bikes Restoration at a friend’s get together, they had a cool little 1969 Honda Z50A K1 with them. It was painted pink and in immaculate condition. After chatting …

Rent Yourself a Two-Wheeled Ride The car rental company Hertz is pretty well-known when it comes to renting a four-wheeled vehicle. Well, now it might become pretty popular with motorcycle riders, too. The company recently launched motorcycle rentals in Europe and the U.S. The service is called Hertz Ride. Currently, the service isn’t available in …

A Bike Worth Considering I’m still a little miffed at Yamaha for not letting Jim and I ride the Niken at 2019 AIMExpo, so I considered letting this one slide right past my radar, but that would be doing our good readers a disservice. So, here it is in all its glory, the Yamaha MT-03. …

Bringing the M Badge to Bikes BMW Motorrad is thinking about using M badges on its motorcycles like the car branch of BMW does. This could be an interesting development for the brand. According to Visordown, recent trademark filings indicate that BMW will change its naming scheme and add special “M” models to its lineup. …

A Lot of Money for Men’s Health The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is one of the coolest things supporting men’s health in the world. This year, the ride took place on September 29, 2019, and managed to raise almost $5.5 million for charity.  The event consisten of 678 different rides across the world. It involved over …

The Ultimate Z? Kawasaki recently shared a new teaser of its upcoming Z model. This comes on the heels of a previous teaser that first let us know that the bike existed. Now, you get a bit more about this bike. The bike will officially unveil on October 23 of this year. It will indeed …

Get That Riding Jacket For This Fall Every week, I look over the deals that are out there and try to find the very best ones. This week, I noticed that women’s motorcycle jackets are at a good discount. I also noticed I haven’t done a deals article strictly for women riders. That’s my bad. …

KTM Grows in Strength a Bit More There have been rumors of a KTM and GasGas partnership of some kind. The companies announced the deal recently. GasGas Motorcycles is owned by Black Toro Capital is now officially in cooperation with KTM. The company is mostly a trials and enduro bike company. The company has a …

Two Days at the American International Motorcycle Expo As many of our readers know from our social media pages, we spent two days in Columbus, Ohio, at the 2019 AimExpo on September 26th and 27th. Jim, Cameron, and I did our best to connect with the right folks to get our hands on the latest …

Redefining the Aggressive Street Helmet The Icon Variant was an important street-riding option, but now the company has an all-new helmet that builds on the success of that helmet. The Variant Pro helmet takes what the original Variant did and made it better. It has a refined fit, improved functions and features, and a lighter …

It Is Possible but Unknown It seems the rumor this morning is that Kawasaki bought Bimota. However, these rumors are as of yet unsubstantiated. According to MoreBikes, Kawasaki purchased Bimota from Swiss entrepreneurs Marco Chiancianesi and Daniele Longoni. MoreBikes isn’t the only publication reporting on these rumors, and that suggests there may be some validity …

It’s Not Far Off The upcoming Triumph Street Triple RS has been speculated on and spotted several times in the last several months. We knew it was coming sometime in the near-ish future, but we weren’t sure when exactly that was. Now we know thanks to a teaser video that Triumph recently put out. In …

Artificially Intelligent Suspension? If you thought that suspension wouldn’t be impacted by articficial intelligence, then you were wrong. Honda just patented new technology that makes its suspension smart. Basically the system uses AI to decide what damping is correct based on the terrain.  The system utilizes both passive and active suspension components to decide what …

Get A Good Jacket This Fall The best jacket weather is upon us, and that means you’ll be able to start putting up your summer mesh jackets and breaking out the leather, waxed cotton, and other textile jackets. This is also a good time to buy a jacket if you don’t have a good one. …