Introduction This First Look & First Impressions will be followed up with a Final Tally in the spring. With winter having closed in earlier than expected late last year, late-season riding opportunities were cut unexpectedly short; as a result, riding time with the Sidi Adventure 2 Gore-Tex Mid Boots got cut short as well, although …

Moto2 and Moto3 Will Still Happen The MotoGP Class has been canceled at the Grand Prix of Qatar. According to Road Racing World, this is due to the travel restrictions brought by countries in response to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. This is mostly due to Italy. All passengers arriving at Doha on direct flights from …

The Fight Against Loud Pipes Pollution comes in all forms, and that means legislation to fight it will come in all forms, too. In Germany, noise pollution has been targeted. Loud motorcycles are now being targeted by a new proposal. In Baden-Wurttemberg there could be heavy fines or any bike louder than the EU’s 78-decibel …

Not Too Big of a Surprise KTM is focused on expanding its business and as a part of that, it needs to make bikes in an affordable manner and that means turning to the Philippines for production. The new 390 Adventure will be built in the Philippines, but this shouldn’t come as too big of …

HD Continues Its Transformation Harley-Davidson’s CEO Matt Levatich will no longer be in his position. He decided to vacate his role after a “mutually agreed” decision. Harley-Davidson’s board member Jochen Zeitz will be the acting president and CEO as well as Chairman of the Board. Harley will appoint a new CEO at some point, according …

The Austrian Company Looks to Expand The Austrian e-mobility company Horwin has some electric motorcycles for commuting, and the company plans to expand. How? Well, it wants to expand its dealer network. The company teamed up with TilGreen Group, which will be distributing the electric motorcycle for France now. The company already sells bikes in …

The Falcon’s Numbers Looks Pretty Good A while back I reported that Cleveland CycleWerks would be releasing its first electric motorcycle, which will also be its first American made motorcycle. The bike is called the Cleveland CycleWerks Falcon and there will be two different versions—Falcon 01 and Falcon BLK. There will be an official reveal …

Exciting But Far From Unexpected Electric motorcycles are really starting to make headway and that means that some of the bigger names in the industry should be throwing their name in the electric motorcycle hat soon. Suzuki is the latest according to various Indian media outlets, including Gaadi Waadi, the company will be putting out …

Large Fairing and Everything The guys over at Motor1 Brasil noticed some BMW R18 touring design registration paperwork recently. The bike is based on the Concept R18 and features the company’s big ass Boxer Twin engine. The bike features a lot of what you’d want in a motorcycle designed to gobble up the miles for …

A True Muscle Bike Triumph claimed the new Rocket 3 could do a 0-60 mph run in about three seconds or just under. Well, in recent testing reported on by Motorcycle News, the bike managed to sprint from a standstill to 60 mph in just 2.73 seconds, which is insanely quick. The company recently put …

It’ll Happen in Mendocino, California If you’re looking for some cool ride opportunities and some beginner off-road training, then the Rev’It! Rides Adventure Rally is a good place to go. The rally will take place from Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17. You can camp right at the rally, and canvas tents are supplied …

Next Month it Will Surpass Last Year Electric motorcycles are changing the industry. This has been known for some time, but now it seems that this reality is really taking hold. We’re only a couple of months into 2020, and already, Energica is killing it in terms of sales. The company reported on February 18 …

A Different Kind of Electric Scooter Electric scooters will be an important part of the motorcycle world in the future. They are quickly gaining momentum in certain areas of the world, actually all electric motorcycles are. Now the Swiss company Microlino has a new three-wheeled scooter called the Microlino. The company plans to unveil the …

It’s Looking Good for Piaggio Group In a recent press release by Piaggio Group, it was shown that the company had a very good year in 2019. The company called 2019 “significantly better than the previous year.” That’s not an understatement, according to the company’s reported numbers. The Piaggio Group saw consolidated revenue of 1,521.3 …

A Frozen Lake and a Crazy Motorcycle Indian Motorcycle and Workhorse Speed Shop revealed the new Appaloosa v2.0 at Lake Baikal in Russia. The frozen lake is where the bike will make its ice racing debut. The Baikal Mile is a crazy event held on the surface of the frozen lake. Brice Hennebart sounded pleased …

Tariffs Haven’t Been Good to HD so Far Harley-Davidson has struggled for the last several years, but more recently some of the tariffs imposed by the Trump administration have hurt the company’s profits even more. Trump is now trying to change that. He is currently in India discussing a trade agreement with Indian Prime Minister …

Hitting The Flat Track Royal Enfield now wants to be part of the American Flat Track (AFT) racing scene. The company won’t be formally entering the competition but it has worked out a deal with AFT to have its bikes on-site at the racing events, according to RideApart. This gives the company exposure to the …

There’s a Car, Motorcycle, and Boat Section Newsweek and Statistica ranked 2020 best online shops across eight industries and 39 categories. In the Car, Motorcycle and Boat Categories there were some winners that looked familiar and some that didn’t. The publication and company ranked the online shops based on which scored the highest out of …

Stuart Garner Is In Trouble I’ve reported on the downfall of Norton Motorcycles. It sounds like the company was horribly mismanaged and there was some shady dealings going on. The company entered administration and the whole mess is still being sorted out. There’s also a pension issue and lawsuit going on, that has Stuart Garner, …

Black Bat-Cycles In case you hadn’t heard, Robert Pattinson will be the next Batman, and he has been spotted riding a couple of different motorcycles while filming for the role. The first motorcycle is a rat bike that looks a lot like a Honda CB750 (shown below). When riding that bike, he’s not wearing the …

A Basic Softail Not long ago, I reported that Harley-Davidson would put out a Softail Standard based on some new CARB filings, and now the bike is official. The Softail Standard brings the Softail design to the masses for less than other models. It’s an uncomplicated motorcycle that’s ready to roll or ready to be …

Comoto’s First Los Angeles-Based Media Production Team You probably know Ari Henning, Zack Courts and Spenser Robert’s work from Motorcyclist Magazine, MotorTrend, and more. These guys have a long history of working in motorcycle media, and they craft some of the most entertaining content out there. This is a big move for Comoto and its …

Some Excellent Gear for Less A week ago I said that this is one of the best times of year to buy gear because companies are offloading gear to make room for the new stuff. I stand by this, and this week I want to highlight some of my new favorites. I found jackets and …

Another Motorcycle Publisher Fades Out Effective as of February 1, 2020, Lumina Media, the publishing company behind Motorcycle Consumer News and Auto Restorer magazines announced its dissolution. The notice posted to the company’s website doesn’t say why it’s shutting its doors, but it does say the January issue of Motorcycle Consumer News that was distributed …

2020 Indian Springfield Dark Horse Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The 2020 Indian Springfield Dark Horse is what you get when you take a classic bagger touring cruiser, strip off the windshield, paint it matte black, and give it a bigger heart. Powered by a 1900cc v-twin dubbed the Thunder Stroke 116, …

A First for Triumph Triumph Motorcycles, the venerable British motorcycle company, will move production of all of its volume production models to Thailand, according to Motorcycle News. This is the first time in the company’s long history that it will move all regular production abroad. In the UK, the company will continue to build around …

2020 Indian Springfield Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The 2020 Indian Springfield is touring cruiser that is designed to both be modern in comfort and technology, but classic in terms of of looks and feel. Powered the 1,819cc liquid-cooled 49-degree v-twin Thunder Stroke 111, 79 HP, and 119 lbs-ft of torque are …

Touring Through the Austrian and Slovenian Alps The motorcycle touring company Beach’s Motorcycle Adventures LTD has announced a new Austrian and Slovenian Alps tour. The nine-day tour travels through Germany Austria, Italy, and Slovenia. The tour dates are from May 30 to June 8, 2020. If you’re looking for a breathtaking once-in-a-lifetime kind of motorcycle …

2020 Indian Chief Vintage Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The 2020 Indian Chief Vintage is a motorcycle that hearkens back to the 1950’s and the classic style of touring cruisers of that era, while also giving the rider a slew of modern touches that lay beneath the skin. Powered by a 1,819cc …

Expanding the TKC Line Continental crafted some new TKC 70 Rocks adventure tire for 2020. This continued expansion of the TKC line of adventure motorcycle tires means you have more choice than ever. The important part about these tires is that they should last longer than the venerable TKC 80 tires and are more off-road …

Husky Branded Gear Husqvarna has made some gear in conjunction with REV’IT! that will go along nicely with its street motorcycles. The collection has a bit of everything, so you can wear Husqvarna-branded gear from toe to fingertips. The catalog says that the gear is created for the modern-motorcyclist, whatever that means. I would assume …

2020 Indian Scout Bobber & Scout Bobber Twenty Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links Based off the 2020 Indian Scout, the Scout Bobber shares the same 100 HP, 72 lbs-ft torque, 1,133 cc 60 degree v-twin engine and 6 speed wet clutch transmission. Where it differs, however, is in the fairings and the …

2020 Indian Scout Sixty Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The 2020 Indian Scout Sixty is the lowest power of the Indian Scout models, but that doesn’t mean it’s a pushover by any means, Powered by a 999cc liquid cooled 60 degree v-twin, it produces 78 HP and 65 lbs-ft of torque, transmitted …

2020 Indian Scout & Scout 100th Anniversary Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The 2020 Scout is the mid-sized hero of the Indian model lineup. Featuring a 1,133cc liquid-cooled 60-degree v-twin, the Scout makes an impressive 100 HP and 72 lbs-ft of torque, transmitted through a wet clutch 6 speed. This puts it …

2020 Indian FTR Rally Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The Indian FTR Rally is the only new offering from the FTR 1200 lineup for 2020. Sharing the same engine developed with technology from the FTR 750 Racer as the rest of the FTR 1200 line, the FTR Rally is powered by a …

A Real Beauty The art of electric motorcycle design is getting better. Just because it’s an electric motorcycle doesn’t mean it has to look weird. Case-in-point is the new Switch Motorcycles eScrambler concept. The bike is a really nice-looking scrambler with some proper knobby tires and a pretty classic-looking design. The bike’s specs are not …

This Is the Version Many People Will Want The Tenere 700 Rally model may come soon. According to Bennetts, the Rally was approved as a standalone model. The publication shows that the regular Tenere 700 is referred to as the XTZ690 and the Rally gets the designation XTZ690D-B. The documents also confirm that the bike …

A Blow to the Motorcycling World Francesco Villa, the co-founder of Moto Villa, has passed away at the age of 87 after a battle with an illness. He was a major motorcycle industry legend. He will be fondly remembered by a massive number of motorcyclists and friends and family around the world. According to Villa …

It Will Come Out in May Pursang is a new electric motorcycle company started by Jim Palau-Ribes. He has two scramblers that are fully electric. The first is the 2020 Pursang E-Track, which will launch in May. The second is the Pursange E-Street, which is still in the works. The company hasn’t set a release …

A Unique E-Bike Recently Tim Crockett, of Within The WIld adventure lodge in Alaska, reached out to me and said that he’s adding e-mountain bikes to the lodge’s list of activities. He pointed to the SEM The Adventure as the bike that he’s going to be using. Tim told me that pedal-assist e-bikes are a …