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Motorcycle News Roundup – Week of 12/30/2018

Motorcycle News Roundup - December 30, 2018

Here’s the big news in the world of motorcycles for the week of December 30, 2018.

#1 – Arcimoto Snags $4.5 Million Investment For Electric Trike Production

Electric trike company Arcimoto managed to get a 4.5 million dollar investment for production of its unique vehicle. This means the company will start churning these bikes out by the end of 2019.

#2 – Vespas Retain Their Value Well

Lets start with some good news. According to J.D. Power data Vespas retain over 72 percent of their value, after 3 years of ownership. That’s better than just about any other vehicle on the road, and that gives you another reason to buy one of these iconic scooters.

#3 – The Suzuki GSX-R750 and GSX-R600 Might Not Last Long

In sadder news, with the new Euro 4 emissions regulations and mandatory ABS coming for many areas of the world this these long-running mid-range sportbikes may have to bite the dust. The current model will continue to sell in the U.S. due to less stringent emissions standards, but in most of the world, its days are numbered.

#4 – Indian 2019 Lineup Announced

Indian Motorcycles officially unveiled its full lineup on its website. The lineup is divided up into FTR 1200, Midsize, Cruiser, Bagger, and Touring categories. The Scout lineup takes care of the Midsize category. Crusier is the lone Chief Dark Horse model, Bagger is made up of Chief Vintage and all the rest of the Chieftan models. The Touring category has the large Roadmaster all by itself.

#5 – Indian FTR 1200 S Gets Akrapovič Exhaust As Standard Equipment

Speaking of Indian motorcycles, the FTR 1200 S with the Race Replica paint job now gets the Akrapovič low-mount exhaust as standard equipment. This is good news if you were going to buy the bike and the exhaust anyway as it’s 500 bucks cheaper if you buy it already with the bike.

#6 – KTM’s CEO is Serious About Buying Ducati

KTM’s CEO, Stefan Pierer, wasn’t messing around when he said he wanted to buy Ducati. Reportedly he has offered 1.5 billion dollars to VW group for the motorcycle brand. There’s no word yet on if VW will take the money.

#7 – Zero teases a new bike

We said it at the end of 2018. 2019 will be a big year for electric bikes. Zero Motorcycles just teased an all-new upcoming model. It will be built on a completely new platform and will fit in with other naked street bikes and called the SR/F. There aren’t many details out there, but the company did list February 25 as a date more information will show up.