Video Review Introduction, and a Thank You Spring 2020 is here and the world has certainly changed quite a bit over the past several weeks. The outbreak of COVID-19 has drastically altered the way people go about their lives all over the globe. Before getting into the review, I want to acknowledge all the vital …

Moving Past the Pandemic Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and everything else that’s going on in the world Energica seems to be doing just fine. There was a hiccup with production due to the virus, but it has moved past that and continues to see success. The company recently reported that it was able to increase …

Electric Bike Maker Is Moving Forward Savic has a production version of its C-Series electric motorcycle lineup ready, and it was showcased at the Australian Motorcycle Festival in Wollongong in November 2019. Recently, the company founder Dennis Savic told MotorbikeWriter the company lost investors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but he said customer orders continue …

Two New Names Could Mean Two New Bikes Indian’s new models have been pretty impressive and the company is thriving right now. In order to keep this momentum, it will have to put out new bikes, and the company has now filed trademark applications on two new names. The Indian Pursuit and Indian Guardian.  The …

Foreword A big shoutout to Chris at Volt Heat who supplied wBW with the Motorcycle 12V Heated Jacket liner reviewed here, along with the Fusion 12V/7V Dual Source Leather Motorcycle Heated Gloves and Fusion 12V/7V Dual Source Heated Vest already reviewed. I am a warm rider. Introduction While warmer spring weather is at hand, some …

Wisconsin and Pennsylvania Get Rolling Harley-Davidson has been hurting, and the COVID-19 Pandemic didn’t help. There is hope. The company has a new CEO and it now has opened the production facilities in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania on a limited schedule. Obviously, Harley won’t be producing nearly the same number of motorcycles as they did pre-COVID-19, …

Cheaper Prices Coming Out of China Due to the tariff wars that have been going on since 2019, some products coming out of certain countries have gotten more expensive. Motorcycle helmets coming out of China were one of those things. Now the tariffs have changed. The Motorcycle Industry Council worked with the USTR and the …

It’s Nearly Ready A lot of folks are eagerly awaiting the Aprilia RS 660 sportbike. The middleweight sportbike is going to open up a new market for Aprilia, and it should be a very impressive machine when it comes out. Right now the bike isn’t quite ready, but it seems like Aprilia is back at …

Bond, James Bond The 25th James Bond movie, No Time to Die, should come out this year. As with all Bond movies a good amount of attention will be paid to the cars he drives and the motorcycles he rides. While four-wheel vehicles typically have more importance in these movies, motorcycles routinely are an important …

Ready to Go In case you haven’t heard, Ducati is back in action and working to get back to full capacity. Claudio Domenicali, the company’s CEO tweeted that it has been three weeks since the company restarted production and general facility activities, and in that tweet, he also showcased a pre-production Superleggera and said it’s …

Get Your Tour On The Royal Enfield INT650 is a great motorcycle. Jim and I rode one at AIMExpo last year and found it to be a very good bike, especially for the money. It’s not perfect, but it’s a really good all-arounder. It can do city riding and commuting, but it’s also easy to …

From Qianjiang The Benelli SRK 600 hasn’t been unveiled yet by the company, but we all know it’s coming. The current pandemic probably contributed to the absence of a release of this new bike, but it looks like Benelli is moving forward with the motorcycle. Recently images of the bike in production leaked. Italian motorcycle …

Extensions Due to COVID-19 The COVID-9 pandemic has caused all sorts of problems worldwide, and Italy was particularly hit hard by the virus. Now things are slowly returning to normal, but there are still many things that will take some time. In the wake of all this, Piaggio Group—which owns brands like Piaggio, Vespa, and …

Some First Impressions I have never worn an HJC helmet before or even tried on one while window shopping. So I was very interested in testing the new generation F70. Reading up on this new breed, I quickly discovered that it was a unique blend of helmet technology in a comms ready helmet. But the …

One Helmet for Many Situations If you’re looking for one helmet you can use for street, motocross, adventure riding, track riding, then Matrix has an option for you. The company calls it the Matrix Alpha Pro, and the company claims it’s “the ultra modular” helmet. Seeing as how I haven’t seen one of these up …

Another Company Offering Warranty Extensions The other day I reported on the fact that Royal Enfield, Yamaha, and MV Agusta all started offering extensions on their warranties. Now it seems Ural is doing the same for U.S. sales. The company offers a standard two-year warranty, but it will offer a 90-day extension if you bought …

Blame COVID-19 This Wednesday you’ll be able to pre-register for the Americade motorcycle rally. The rally was scheduled for June 2 to 6, but now it has been postponed to July 21 to 25. While not as big or important as Sturgis or Daytona Bike Week, Americade still draws tons of people and it has …

No Need to Visit the Dealer Triumph is now selling gear and clothing online in the U.K. The company just recently launched a new online store. Right now this online store just services the U.K., but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Triumph expand it to other markets.  This is a smart move both because …

There’s Still Some Hope for HD Harley-Davidson is struggling through a very tough time right now. I’ve written about it and so have countless others, but FortNine has done one of the better, in-depth looks at The Motor Company and its predicament. It recently posted a video to its YouTube channel that illustrates Harley’s current …

Get Yourself a Killer Helmet This Riding Season Need a good helmet? When was the last time you upgraded or updated? If you can’t remember, now might be the time. Revzilla has some good deals on all sorts of helmets, and right now the company is offering 20 percent off Bell Helmets.  Every week I …

Due to COVID-19 If you can’t get your motorcycle properly serviced then keeping up with the requirements of your warranty can be tough. Also, the fact that many places have bans on non-essential travel means time on warranties for the folks who can’t ride is running out. To help combat this some manufacturers—Royal Enfield, Yamaha, …

Perfect for Beginners? The Spanish company Ebroh has a new motorcycle called the Bravo GLE. It’s a smaller electric motorcycle and is the equivalent to a 125cc gas-powered bike. This makes the electric motorcycle great for beginners or relatively new riders. It’s a bike that’s reasonably priced and offers pretty good performance. The motorcycle gets …

June 1, 2020, to be Exact Earlier this year, I reported the SW-MOTECH founded its first branch in the U.S., and that it would be expanding its operations here. Well, now more information has recently come out. The company will now start serving customers and dealers on June 1, 2020. SW-MOTECH also announced Sarah Schilke …

Nominate the People Making a Difference In this interesting time in the world with the COVID-19 pandemic going, REV’IT! wants to recognize and reward the hometown heroes out there who are helping others in a time of dire need. The company is asking for people to nominate their “hometown or unsung heroes” and the company …

There have been a lot of really great sportbikes released in this last year, but a lot of them are high dollar. When I say that, I mean more than $15,000. Even many of the new middleweight sportbikes come with a pretty high price tag.  I’m not saying that means they’re overpriced. These machines are …

Active Aero on an MP3 Scooter? When you think Piaggio, you likely think low-speed commuting, but the company might be getting a little crazy. It recently filed a patent for an active aerodynamic device. The device uses winglets that rotate up or down to alter rotational force. The patent was published with the World Intellectual …

Everything from Track Leathers to Rain Gear If you’re an avid KTM fan, then you don’t just want to ride a KTM motorcycle, you want to wear KTM gear, too. Well, the Austrian company has you covered. It just released its 2020 PowerWear gear collection, and there’s really something for everyone. It doesn’t matter if …

The Power Cruiser Doesn’t Disappoint The Triumph Rocket 3 is a motorcycle that should thrill you. I almost named it my pick for the motorcycle of the year, and Jim Pruner told me he would have made it his choice. Recently, Jay Leno had a chance to take the Rocket 3 out for a ride …

It Also Sets Ducati Up for Success Post-Lockdown Ducati was able to institute a couple of programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, and those programs have helped the company see good sales results in April and should set the company up for success later on, according to an email I was sent. The Ducati Delivers program …

Looking Good From These Photos Bimota’s KB4 was rumored and some renderings were shown recently. However, now Bimota has teased a couple of blurry images of the possible future retro-sportbike. You can’t see much from the images beyond the overall shape of the bike, but it definitely looks like the motorcycle will stick pretty close …

To Fight COVID-19 Say what you will about Harley-Davidson, but any company that will auction off one of its bikes to raise money to fight a worldwide pandemic gets a thumbs up from me. Harley is auctioning off a unique, one-off LiveWire motorcycle to raise funds to fight COVID-19. The company is working with Bonhams …

More Colors, More to Love The MV Agusta Superveloce 800 is a wonderful and attractive sportbike, but one of the few complaints was that it was only offered in one color. Now the company has decided to put it out in two different colors to give the bike some variety. The first is Ago Red …

A Better Gold Wing The Honda Gold Wing is without a doubt one of the best touring motorcycles out there. The modern Gold Wing features a lot of equipment and a long list of technology features, and it’s about to get even better. According to a press release from the company posted to Motorcycle.com, Honda …

So Much Progress The BMW S 1000 RR is one of the best literbikes out there, and it got its start in 1992. Back then it was called the R 1100 RS. Today it’s a much more impressive machine, and it has taken a lot of work and development by the Bavarian motorcycle manufacturer to …

It Happens on May 16, 2020 Lodestone Events, which puts on Overland Expo, has turned Overland Expo West into the first-ever virtual event. The event will take place on May 16th, and it will preview education, short films, roundtables, and an exhibitor show for the in-person event that will happen on July 24 to 26 …

Upgrading the Upgraded Suspension The KTM 890 Duke R and KTM 1290 Super Duke R both offer some of the best suspension out there. With that said, WP Suspension still wanted to put out an updated suspension package for the Beast 3.0 and the Super Scalpel. The company released the Apex Pro 7746 Shock, the …

The Swedish Electric Vehicle Companies Work Together Cake seems to be rolling right along, and the company has just announced a brand partnership with Polestar, which is the electric car arm of Volvo. While this partnership opens up some interesting options for both brands, the key takeaway from the partnership is that Cake will sell …

Not Jumping Into the Adventure Scooter Market The Honda X-ADV is coming to the U.S. and that bike could usher in a whole new era of scooters. It’s proved quite popular in Europe and other areas of the world. However, Yamaha said in an interview with Motociclismo that it has no plans of building a …