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Battery Technology Isn’t Quite There Yet The future is electric. That’s what Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali said at a University of Bologna event not too long ago. In an interview with Motorcycle.com, Domenicali clarified his remarks. He said that he still believes in what he said, but that the electric future may still be a little ways …

New Patent Drawings Reveal Progress It would seem that Kawasaki has an electric motorcycle it’s working on. Visordown nabbed some patent drawings that show how the bike is progressing. In short, Kawasaki’s getting closer. There are two drawings that show some interesting things about the bike. The first shows a mostly complete motorcycle, or rather …

16 Years and Counting Get ready for an adventure. KTM set the dates for its U.S. Adventure Rider Rally and the Canadian rally. The motorcycle company has hosted this event for 15 years, and it does so at various locations around the world. The 2019 rally will take place in Breckenridge, Colorado. If you don’t have …

Test Aprilia Motorcycles On the Track Get ready for some fun. Aprilia is now offering what it’s calling Aprilia Racer Days. Basically, it’s seven track-day events where enthusiasts can come out and ride the latest Aprilia bikes in the environment they were built for. Aprilia says it wants to offer an experience with no stop …

Get Ready for Harley’s Next Efforts Harley-Davidson needs to innovate to change its fortune. Currently, the motorcycle manufacturer isn’t doing so hot. It hopes that new bikes will entice a whole new group of buyers. Recently, filings with the European Union Intellectual Property Office showed details about three of the company’s upcoming bikes.  The Streetfighter, Custom 1250, …

Just Flip It Around In a recent patent filing, Suzuki decided it would take the standard motorcycle engine placement and flip it on end. The company filed a patent for a bike with an engine that’s essentially flipped around with the cylinder heads of what appears to be a single-cylinder engine positioned almost horizontally and …

The Return of the Daytona The 765 engine first appeared on Triumph’s Street Triple, and now it looks like a new Daytona will get that engine as well. The motorcycle spies over at Motorcycle News spotted the new bike riding around. The images of the return of the Daytona with that new engine were shot in …

It Looks Like a Robot and Acts Like One, Too Yamaha won an iF Design Award 2019 for its concept motorcycle called the MOTOROiD. The iF Design Awards are awarded to excellent designs selected by top designers in the industry. The MOTOROiD’s blend of unique technology, innovative ideas, and superb execution is what qualified it for …

Get Ready to Ride Orange KTM announced its new schedule for its Ride Orange Street Demo program on its website. The event schedule shows the places and times that the demos will take place. The street demos will begin in Murrieta, CA, and continue around the nation as 2019 moves forwards. KTM is holding the first …

Bigger Could Be Better It seems that Honda may debut a bigger version of the Africa Twin for the 2020 model year. Various reports, including one from Bennets, suggest that Honda will beef up the Africa Twin. While Honda hasn’t officially said this is true, folks seem pretty confident it is. For the 2020 model year, the …

High-Speed Racer? Yes Please Do you know what your life is missing? An Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1100. Why? Because its 1100cc engine can make 217 HP at a screaming 13,200 rpm. That’s really all you need to know about it. That should be enough to get you to want to buy one, though there are many, …

Two Awesome Bikes One Difficult Choice KTM recently announced the release of the KTM 690 Enduro R and the 690 SMC R for the North American market this spring. The bikes add to the company’s already stellar lineup of road bikes. Both bikes are similar in many respects but offer some different equipment that sets …

Another Teaser Gives Allows for Performance Speculation Zero Motorcycles will give all the juicy details of its new SR/F model come February 25, but the company keeps the teasers coming in the meantime. The most recent teaser is the video below. It’s a series of close up shots of the bike that gives you a …

Rumors Suggest It Is So Suzuki looks like it could soon be battling in the upper-middle-class adventure segment of the market. The bikemaker could revive the DR Big name with a bike based on the V-Strom 1000. According to DriveMag Riders, word on the street is that the model will come with 100 hp and be …

Get Your Pocketbook Ready The iconic motorcycle marque MV Agusta has some of the most amazing bikes ever to be built. At the Retromobile Show in Paris, France, one of the largest known collections of MV Agusta motorcycles will go up for auction on Saturday, February 9, 2019.  The collection of motorcycles was brought to …

Techy Updates Keep the Wing Current With Honda’s Gold Wing being so new, you wouldn’t expect many new updates coming in 2019 or for the 2020 model year, and you’d be right. However, according to a recent press release, Honda will issue updates to the Gold Wing’s onboard computer system that will help the models stay …

A Naked Italian Stallion While Ducati hasn’t made any announcements about a production version of a naked Panigale V4, there’s a good chance it will build one and soon. When it does, let’s hope it looks this good. Officine GP Design built a unique naked version of the bike called the V4 Penta. It’s available for …

Looking for an Expensive Adventure? You get what you pay for. KTM recently announced pricing for its 790 Adventure and 790 Adventure R. The bikes hit $12,499 for the 790 Adventure and $13,499 for the 790 Adventure R. That’s without a destination, dealer fees or any options. For a high-quality adventure bike, that’s a fair but …

Bigger Engine, More Adventure The Royal Enfield Himalayan currently comes with a 411cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine. While that’s sufficient for many riders around the world, rumor is Royal Enfield is thinking of a 650 Himalayan. According to MoreBikes, a 650cc variant could be right around the corner.  It makes sense, really. The one complaint I saw …

Hard Knock Life for Harley-Davidson Harley-Davidson’s earnings per share dried up due to the tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump. According to Bloomberg, the earnings per share were zero. Before factoring in tariff and restructuring costs, the company managed 17 cents per share in profits, which came in below analyst estimates of 29 cents. In …

A Different Kind of Ducati I used to think Ducati and mountain bikes didn’t go together, but like many other times in my life, I’ve been proven wrong. Apparently, you can buy a Ducati electric mountain bike. The company calls its new pedal and battery-powered bike the MIG-RR E-mtb. You can buy it for a …

Back From the Dead? If you don’t recognize the name Meguro, don’t worry. It hasn’t really been a thing since the 1960s. It was a motorcycle gearbox company in the 1950s, then a motorcycle company, and then Kawasaki acquired the company and continued to use the name for a bit on a bike. Eventually, the Meguro …

Harley Looking Ahead Harley-Davidson made a big effort towards the future with its new LiveWire. However, that bike hasn’t been very well received. Most people aren’t impressed with the range or price. Basically, $30k is a lot to ask for a motorcycle that only goes about 100 miles per charge. Harley showed off two other …

A Scrapyard Full of Treasures After Rick Jensen passed away, one of the best collections of Indian motorcycles and memorabilia was found at his business, RJ&C Metal Fabricators in Phoenix, AZ. Jensen locked the collection in a shed behind some other much less interesting and valuable items. The collection included 15 motorcycles, several bicycles from the …

A Forced Induction Force to be Reckoned With Back in the good old days of 2013, Suzuki showed off a new concept bike called the Recursion which featured a turbocharged system. Today that possibility sounds more plausible for a production bike. According to Cycle World, Suzuki recently filed new patent applications that show a motorcycle …

Hopefully, It Makes Joyous Noise We reported a while back that Suzuki has a new Hayabusa in the works. Now we may be seeing the first patent for the next model. According to RideApart, the company has filed a patent for a new 4-into-2 exhaust system. It looks like it could be used on the …

More Than 53K Units Sold Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati posted strong sales numbers for 2018. The company delivered 53,004 to customers. The milestone marks four years straight of Ducati selling more than 50,000 models. The company first hit that number in 2015 and hasn’t faltered since. A standout model for the company was the Panigale in …

Customize Your Power Cruiser Aftermarket accessories company Rizoma recently released 22 different accessories to make the Harley-Davidson FXDR 114 into the motorcycle you always wanted it to be. The company’s goal for the FXDR accessories line is to help you make the power cruiser from Harley-Davison even bolder than it currently is. The Harley FXDR …

Triumph Thrills US With TFC Models We reported yesterday on the Rocket TFC teaser Triumph released, well now we’re here to show you a whole lot more. The motorcycle company showed off the Thruxton TFC in all its glory and released more images of the Rocket TFC and a few more details. These are the …

That’s Triumph Factory Custom Folks seem pretty pumped about the upcoming Triumph Rocket III, and now they have something else to get all fired up about. The Triumph Concept Rocket TFC (Triumph Factory Custom). According to Motorcycle.com, Triumph sent out the image above and a short message. The message said the following about the Concept …

We reported not long ago that Zero has a new motorcycle in the works. It’s called the SR/F and the company just teased a new image of the bike (shown above). While you can’t tell a ton from the image, you can see that it looks remarkably similar to the Zero SR. With that said, …

Next-Gen Power Cruiser The first new Ducati Diavel 1260 motorcycle rolled off the production line in Borgo Panigale, Bologna, Italy. The new bikes mark the second generation of the Diavel model. The entire production team and the company’s CEO Claudio Domenicali were there at the end to celebrate the beginning of its new production. Domenicali gave …

Get Ready to Explore Moto Guzzi officially showed off its new V85 TT Adventure at the IMS Show in Long Beach, California. Now, the company is accepting pre-orders for the motorcycle. If you’ve had your eye on this motorcycle since it made its debut, you can visit the company’s pre-order site to place your order. …

Let the BMW Good Times Roll BMW is on a sales increases run that’s years long. The company posted an annual sales increase for the eighth straight year. The company saw an uptick in sales of 0.9 percent for 2018. That brings BMW’s annual total of motorcycles sold to a strong 165,566. That’s the sales …

An Electric Italian Stallion Is Coming Electric motorcycles are starting to really come into their own. I made a prediction that 2019 would be a breakout year for electric bikes. It’s shaping up to be true. Ducati is in the game. At a Motostudent event in Spain, Claudio Domenicali, Ducati’s CEO, said “The future is …

Get Ready for the Italian Invasion Ducati wants to show off everything its got. The company will do so with its Ready for Red Tour. On the tour, Ducati will hit 17 locations in major cities across the U.S. The goal will be to share what the company is doing from a technology perspective and showcase …

Go Ride It’s Good For You According to a new study funded by Harley-Davidson, riding a motorcycle can reduce stress and increase focus. The study found that riding a motorcycle also increased heart rates by 11 percent and adrenaline levels by 27 percent. That’s essentially the same as doing a light workout. Reducing stress is …

Say Goodbye to the All-Mechanical Setup Suzuki’s current GSX-R1000 has a variable valve timing system it got from the GSX-RR Moto GP bike. It’s an all-mechanical system and a darn good one. However, it seems Suzuki will drop that tried and true system for a new hydraulic VVT system, according to Cycle World. The publication spotted some patent …

Power Steering on a Motorcycle? Power steering, while ubiquitous on automobiles, isn’t found on motorcycles. At least, not traditionally. It seems that Honda may add a new power steering system to one of its future bikes. According to MoreBikes, Honda recently filed a patent for a new power steering system. This system differs from the …

The Middle-Weight Neo Sports Cafe Honda’s dedication to its Neo Sports Cafe like of motorcycles is something you should definitely take note of. The new 2019 CB650R recently got its price of $8,899, which seems very reasonable to me. The bike looks great with a modern, naked bike appeal. The bike gets a 649cc liquid-cooled in-line …