The Future? I think electric motorcycles and e-bikes will be an important part of the future of life on two wheels. We’ll see the lines blur between what is an electric motorcycle and what’s an electric bicycle. One of the companies pioneering this is called Bikee Bike. The company has a kit to turn any …

A Cleaner Elegante 150 in India Were you hoping to scoot around India’s roads on a Vespa Elegante 150 that’s BS6 compliant? Now you can. Vespa updated the scooter’s powertrain to make sure it complied with the latest update on emissions. This will help keep the ironically styled scooter on the road. The Elegante 150 …

A Bigger Svatpilen? Husqvarna appears to be working on a Svartpilen 890 scrambler. The motorcycle was spotted out testing, and images of the motorcycle were shared by Motorcycle News. The bike looks like it features an 894cc parallel-twin engine in the frame, which would be a notable upgrade from the 701 Svartpilen.  The new 890 …

Fantastic Closeout Deals I try to do a roundup of the best gear deals out there every week. This week the deals that caught my eye were the retro helmets out there that offer cool classic style and modern materials and construction at a notable percentage off. While not every retro helmet is marked down, …

Got a Panigale V2 to Upgrade? Ducati’s Panigale V2 is already a killer sportbike, but if you want to upgrade it, you now can get yourself the Öhlins Racing TTX GP Shock Absorber. It features “an array of leading-edge technologies preferred by championship riders in MotoGP, SBK, and BSB competition …” It’s now available for …

New Patents Surface Honda has made killer V-twin bikes in the past, and it could have another one in the works. The company recently filed some patents for a new V-twin naked bike. The bike was spotted by RideApart. The documents show a “plurality of cylinders in a V-type arrangement.” At first, I thought this …

Electric Bikes Do Sell Electric motorcycles are going to be a bigger thing in the future, and Energica will likely be one of the key players in that space. The company has already had a good year. In the first couple of months of 2020, they sold more bikes than all of 2019. Now, the …

Tech-Packed Scooter TVS has a new electric scooter for 2020 called the iQube. It’s designed to be an urban commuter that is connected and full of unique technology. The scooter features TVS’s SmartXonnect platform that allows users to remain connected to their mobile devices or phone. The company is using this scooter to target a …

Engine Ice Coolant is used in racing cars, bikes, and any other vehicle that is liquid-cooled. Some argue it’s overpriced snake oil while many insist it’s magic in a bottle. This review looks at that question and answers based on performance in a 2019 KTM 790 Adventure. The accompanying video shows a step by step …

Formerly RMK Vehicles, Verge Is Almost Ready The small Finnish electric motorcycle startup Verge Motrocycles—recently rebranded from RMK Vehicles—is taking its TS production model around for another showing and press outreach before it will start to produce the motorcycle, according to RideApart. The motorcycle has a hubless rear-wheel-mounted motor. That motor is good for 107 …

Officially the CEO and President Now After former CEO and president Matt Levatich stepped down from his role, Jochen Zeitz was named acting president and CEO of the company. Now Harley has named him as the official CEO and president, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal. This comes after Zeitz announced a new strategy for …

Retro Style, Modern Japanese Engineering Bimota and Kawasaki are working together. The rumor was that Kawasaki actually bought Bimota, but I’ve since learned Kawasaki owns 49 percent, according to Moto Station. All you really need to know is that Bimota will be using Kawasaki engineering to create unique, Italian-styled motorcycles. The Tesi H2 is one …

Notable Changes for the Big Show We went to AIMExpo last year, rode some bikes, talked with some folks, and generally had a good time hanging out in Columbus, Ohio for a couple of days. I will certainly be going back, and Jim and Cameron may join me if they’re not off doing factory tours …

Aerodynamics Intensify Arai’s focus is on safety above all else, but its continuous radius shell construction isn’t the best for aerodynamics. On the racetrack, aerodynamics is everything, so the company released a new spoiler for the RX-7X (Corsair-X) helmet. Arai worked with MotoGP rider and LCR Honda team member Taka Nakagami to test and ensure …

With Fewer Than Five Miles On It Harley-Davidson has a history of racing in TT races, hill climbs, road racing, and more. When we think Harley now we think big slow cruisers, but the company used to have some killer and fast machines. This 1950 Harley-Davidson Daytona Racer is just that—a killer racing machine—and it’s …

Rumors are Swirling Some custom shops have taken the killer Royal Enfield 650 twins and turned them into scrambler motorcycles. This makes perfect sense. The bike is already well-equipped for it, and it would just take some tweaking. With this in mind and with some new information from Gaadi Waadi, it seems that Royal Enfield …

Coming Next Year? I love it when Honda gets weird, and the company certainly does this with many of its bikes. Recently, according to MoreBikes, the company patented some designs for the CB4X concept that was showcased at EICMA last year. The design that was patented looks a little different than the concept that was …

Joining the Others American Honda has just announced the company is now offering home delivery of all its Honda Powersports products during the COVID-19 pandemic. This comes after several other brands have decided to do so, including Yamaha, Indian, and Kawasaki. Honda’s program is a limited-time offering and it will not continue after the pandemic …

A Fall Reveal I reported a while back on the possibility of a Honda CBR600RR-R, but it was unclear when that bike would come. Now we have a date that has been thrown around by various outlets. As far as I can tell, the news came from Indian Autos Blog. The date? October 2020, specifically …

In Spain in July As everyone knows, MotoGP has been put on hold like every other sport, but that could change. According to MotorSport Magazine, MotoGP rights-holder Dorna wants to kick off the 2020 MotoGP season in July. If this were to happen it would be in Spain and the first three races would be …

Now a Lineup of Six Motorcycles Confederate Motorcycles, alive and well for those who don’t know, has recently announced three new bikes, expanding its lineup to six motorcycles in total. Ernest Lee, the owner of the company emailed me about the new bikes. I’ve previously spoken with Ernest, and he hinted in that conversation of …

A True Work of Art The Honda RC30 is a bike built with precision in mind. It’s a bike that was created to be homologated for entry into the then-new WorldSBK Championship in 1987. It was a fully faired sportbike with a 90-degree V4 engine. It’s a beautiful machine even today, and the video shown …

More Twins and Some Others Royal Enfield may be looking to expand, thanks to some new information from the company’s executives. In an interview with Motorcycle News, Royal Enfield Head of Product Development Simon Warburton said the company’s Head of Product Strategy and Industrial Design Mark Wells had 14 new model ideas over the past …

A Blow to the Motorcycling Community Alpinestars is a household name in the home of motorcyclists and beyond. That’s thanks to the work of Santi Mazzarolo who founded the company. Mazzarolo died on May 1, 2020, according to Motociclismo. He was 91 years old and left a huge mark on the world with one of …

Gassing Up for 2020 GasGas North America has introduced its TXT Racing model lineup for 2020. The company recently showed off the 125, 250, 280, and 300 machines. The company will start selling these bikes in May through its all-new North American dealership network. John Hinz, the CEO of GasGas North America said the following …

It’s Trail-Ready Packing a good toolkit is an important part—or should be—of your motorcycle road trip checklist, especially if you’re going off-road at any point. If you have an adventure touring bike, like many of the fantastic GS motorcycles BMW sells, then a good toolkit is essential. Luckily CruzTOOLS is here to help those who …

The FTR Goes Carbon the FTR Carbon is Indian’s latest bike. The company revealed it on May 1. Somehow it slipped past my radar, but I’m catching it now. The bike is pretty much an FTR 1200 S with a lot of carbon fiber on it, and some other premium upgrades.  The bike gets a …

HJC Quick Links Global Website HJC America HJC Europe HJC Instagram HJC Facebook Buy @ RevZilla Founded in 1971, HJC is one of the most well-known American helmet brands in the world and has held the #1 helmet brand in North America title since 1992 (per Motorcycle Industry Magazine). HJC is active in the motorcycle …

We’re Out There The nicer weather is here, or soon to be depending on where you live, and that means you’ll be out on two wheels. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and that means the U.S. Department of Transportation has put out some new material about keeping riders safe.  The DOT is focusing on …

Only for Asian Markets Leaning trikes are becoming more commonplace, and Yamaha has just updated its leaning trike scooter in its Asian lineup for 2020. The Tricity as it’s called is an apt name. The bike is a scooter meant for urban, city environments. The bike received some notable updates for the 2020 model year. …

Intro When the opportunity arose for me to get my hands on the Forcefield Pro Jacket X-V2, I jumped at it. I have long admired their line of amazingly protective armor in a minimalist garment. While I know that these are designed to be worn as impact protection in conjunction with another layer of abrasion …

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2020 Is A Great Year for Aprilia’s Motorcycles Aprilia has some crazy bikes for 2020. Well, that’s almost always the case, but this year is even more impressive. The company showcased the Aprilia RS660 as a 2020 model, and while at the time of this writing the bike isn’t available for purchase, it should be …

A Long Wait MV Agusta recently resumed production after the worst of the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy. With the company back to work, production begins on the Superveloce 800 Serie Oro. The bike was confirmed for production roughly this time last year, and it has taken this long for MV Agusta to get around to …

Could This be the Suzuki GSX-S300 Suzuki and the Chinese motorcycle company Haojue have a strong partnership. Haojue has a new DR300 naked motorcycle and now the Indian press, publications like Zig Wheels, is speculating that Suzuki could release that motorcycle as a Suzuki model with the model name GSX-S300.  Haojue isn’t a well-known name …

A Big Mistake? Harley-Davidson is feeling the full brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent economic crisis. The company is to put it plainly doing really poorly (big surprise, huh?). Because of this, Harley decided to restructure its strategy from the “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” plan that was put in place by the former …

The Bikes Will be Delivered Several Markets The innovative electric motorcycle company Cake has some interesting machines. The workhorse of the lineup is the Ösa model. Cake sells an Ösa+ and Ösa Lite, and I recently received word from the Cake team that the new model will now be delivered to United States customers. Europe, …

MV Agusta CEO Timur Sardarov Is Taking Point MV Agusta’s CEO in an interview with Italian media outlet Moto.it said that the company is reworking its dealership network. He called the previous dealership network a “practically destroyed dealership network” and the next move for the company will be to not only rebuild it but to build …