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Ducati Announces the 848 Superbike! The Ducati Superbike family for 2008 features two important changes: the introduction of the light and nimble 848 and for all those who demand the maximum performance, the 1098 R that will take part in the 2008 World Superbike Championship. The priority in every step of the new Ducati Superbike development has …

Moto Guzzi released information on the new 940 Custom motorcycle line at the November 2006 EICMA show in Milan.  Following is some of the detail and technical information translated and edited from the (rather prosaic) Moto Guzzi press release. 940 Custom The Italian street roadster.  The 940 Custom symbolizes freedom, technology and Italian elegance just …

Moto Guzzi North America will be offering 50 MGS-01 “Corsa” track ready motorcycles to the US market later this year.  A street or “Series” version is expected to follow in the 3rd quarter of 2004. The MGS-01 Corsa comes to life from the imagination of the famous Moto Guzzi Style Laboratory. In early 2002, with …

Ducati Announces New Monster S4Rs NEW!  2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore photos below! The Monster S4Rs is a bike without compromise, a true superbike in every way.  Only the full fairing has been removed.  Nothing else has been sacrificed. All the legendary Superbike power and character of the potent desmodromic Testastretta engine remains.  The new, …

Ducati Announces the Monster 696! The new Ducati Monster 696 represents the next generation and what Ducati calls “the final word in urban excitement”.  The Monster 696 looks like it would be fun either on your favorite downtown routes or unleashed, where it should deliver more performance than ever before. Design Refined style and design …

Moto Guzzi announced the California Vintage touring motorcycle, the newest in a line that stretches back 35 years to the original V7 California, introduced in 1971. The California Vintage is, by design, reminiscent of the Moto Guzzi California Police motorcycles used by ( you guessed it) California Motor Officers in years gone by. It has …

The Ducati Monster S2R Is Coming Over the years, Ducati desired to produce a companion model to the classic Monster, with an even more aggressive sports design. Just one year after the launch of the most powerful and exclusive model in the Monster range – the S4R, built with numerous components of our Superbike motorcycles …

Ducati Announces the Monster 1100 and Monster 1100 S! The arrival of the new Monster 1100 and Monster 1100 S now increases the size of the Ducati Monster family, a family that redefines the motorcycle and stakes its claim as the new icon of Italian excellence. Dedicated to those who want to make the ultimate …

Ducati MotoGP Motorcycle Back by popular demand!  The original photos of the Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP bike, now updated with the 2005 GP5 version! Last year didn’t evolve as planned for Ducati in MotoGP, but they have lots of hope for the new season. Loris Capirossi and Carlos Checa have been testing the new Ducati GP5, …

Ducati Announces New Monster 695 Ducati has just announced the release of a new 2007 model, the Monster 695.  The Monster 695 will replace the Monster 620 line as Ducati’s entry level motorcycle. Following is a press release from Ducati describing the new motorcycle: 695 is not merely a name, a number or an engine …

2007 Triumph Motorcycles Triumph Motorcycles has announced the 2007 Triumph product line. We’ll have more information and photos soon, but in the meantime, here is an update on the 2007 Triumphs, changes for 2007 and the suggested retail price list (bottom of page). More:  NEW!  Triumph announces the Street Triple  | 2007 Triumph Tiger  |  Triumph Tiger Page  |  Triumph …

The twin-cylinder Scrambler adds a new twist to the Modern Classics range. A fresh take on Triumph’s past, the Scrambler is a redefinition of the bikes made famous by 50’s thrill-seekers such as Steve McQueen into a contemporary urban context. A ‘do anything, go anywhere’ kind of bike, inspired in part by the relaxed culture …

Vilner “Predator” BMW F 800 R (May 2012) – Here’s an interesting custom BMW F 800 R by the Vilner Studio in Sofia, Bulgaria. It is apparently a “one-off” designed for a customer. Not much info is available but they sent these photos and a press release (below). Enjoy! Vilner Custom Bike Predator Predator It must be …

2008 KTM Stunt Concept and 2008 KTM Motorcycles KTM presented three newly-developed single cylinder motorcycles, the 690 Duke, the 690 Enduro and the 690 SMC at the recent Paris innovations fair, the Mondial de deux Roues. KTM also presented a super-cool concept bike, the Stunt 690.  All of these new KTM’s with the 690cc engine …

Ducati Announces the StreetFighter! Ducati Presents Its 2009 Model Range at EICMA In addition to the 2009 Ducati Monster 1100 and Monster 1100S, the Ducati Streetfighter, the Ducati Streetfighter S and the 2009 Ducati 1198 were announced today for the 2008 EICMA show in Milan. Here’s the Ducati press release; we’ll have more details as they …

Husqvarna Nuda 900 and Nuda 900R BMW owns Husqvarna, a motorcycle brand probably best known for its off-road bikes. Husqvarna introduced the Mille 3 concept (report) at the 2010 EICMA show, which was a hint at things to come. A Husqvarna streetbike range will allow BMW to expand their styling horizons and perhaps attract owners who would …

Powerful, aggressive, original and extreme, the Monster S2R 1000 has arrived, the newest model in the Monster family.  The Ducati Monster is the ultimate naked bike, a product of ingenuity and intuition, with a design that gave birth to a whole new trend. With its clean, pared-down lines, the Monster S2R 1000 maintains all the …

The Ducati Desmosedici Project: From Track to Road Without a shadow of doubt, courage, ambition, pride, ingenuity and heritage all form the basis of the Ducati Desmosedici project.  This important venture has simultaneously marked the return of Ducati to the MotoGP World Championship, and enabled the company to confirm its tradition of manufacturing successful, high-performance, …

Radical New Husqvarna Street Bikes Announced Husqvarna announced three new street bikes at the 2014 EICMA show in Milan, Italy today, November 4, 2014. Two of them are among the most radical-looking street bikes ever — you’ll either love ’em or hate ’em. Husqvarna is no stranger to radical street bikes; they announced the Nuda 900 …

Triumph Motorcycles Celebrates 50 Years of the Iconic Bonneville Belstaff and Ewan McGregor mark the occasion with a bespoke design – Newnan, GA, May, 2008: Britain’s legendary motorcycle manufacturer, Triumph, is steeped in the history of motorcycling yet remains at the forefront of engineering with some of the most sophisticated production facilities in the world. …

Triumph Launches the Street Triple! The countdown is over!  The much awaited Triumph Street Triple was officially unveiled to over 5,000 Triumph owners on Saturday, June 30th, at Triumph Tridays in Neukirchen, Austria. The Street Triple offers 675cc of pure, naked aggression, combining the streetfighter styling of its older brother, the Speed Triple, with the …

The Sport 1000 is a gutsy “Café Racer”. Ducati through-and-through, with a coat of bold Ducati yellow paint, the Sport delivers timeless good looks and excitement that fans and enthusiasts expect of all Ducati sport bikes. All three bikes are equipped with the Desmo 1000 DS engine and cut a stylish figure with the unmistakable …

Ducati Announces the GT1000 in Two Tone Color Scheme Born as a tribute to the essential beauty of the Ducati GT models of the 1970s, the GT 1000 is ideal for everyday use, thanks to its perfect balance between comfort, whether you ride alone or two-up, and the performance of the Ducati Desmo twin-cylinder engine. …

Ducati Announces the Ducati Monster S4R Testastretta More:  Monster S4RS  |  Monster S2R  |  Text and photos courtesy Ducati Motor S.p.A. Official Press Release – The Monster 2007 range is now bigger and better with the new S4R Testastretta. This new bike gains the famous 130 HP Testastretta low sump L-twin engine, previously mounted only on the …

2013 Triumph Trophy riumph Re-Enters the Touring Segment With the New 2013 Trophy Triumph Motorcycles announced today the availability of the new Triumph Trophy 1215cc touring bike for 2013. Features of the 2013 Triumph Trophy Include: Powerful three-cylinder, 1215cc engine developing 132bhp and 89ft.lbs of torque at just 6,450rpm. Robust, virtually maintenance-free shaft drive. Supreme …

Vilner “Stingray” Aprilia February 2013 – Here’s another interesting custom by the Vilner Studio in Sofia, Bulgaria. It looks like the donor bike was a 2011 Aprilia Tuono 1000 R? As is apparently typical for Vilner, very few details were provided (see the custom Vilner Predator BMW F 800 R). For example, there is no information on the original …

1974 Ducati 750 GT Custovation Diary During my years of riding, restoring and collecting vintage British and European bikes, I fell in love with four distinctive vintage marques. The muscular engineered Vincent Rapide; the gentlemanly smooth Ariel Square Four; the petite and potent Velocette Venom thumper and the Ducati 750 V-Twin, an Italian blend of …

Life With the BMW F 800 GS No Excuse Needed Despite my raving over my F800GS in Part One, nothing is ever really perfect, right? With this mental deception plan put into place last fall, about an hour after picking up the small GS, it was time to start looking at how it could be …

Moto Guzzi Announces Revisions to the 2009 Bellagio Moto Guzzi announced the revised 2009 Bellagio at the 2008 EICMA show in November. It’s one cool-looking ride, with more bling than the subdued 2008 Bellagio. Here’s an edited version of the Moto Guzzi press release, including more photos and also the specifications on the 2009 Bellagio (below). …

Aprilia has announced a revised, more powerful version of the Tuono “street fighter”. The Tuono 1000R uses a newly revised magnesium V-twin 1000cc superbike engine. Aprilia’s press release on the Tuono has more information: “The 2006 Tuono has all the winning features of its predecessors but is more aggressive and easier to ride than ever …

wBW Special Report: Suzuki B-King First Impressions The B-King is really, really here; after six years of waiting, the faithful have been rewarded. First impressions are all positive and while not having had a chance to actually ride one yet, we predict it will be an extremely livable “first cousin” and (probably) a rowdy alter ego to …

Moto Guzzi released information on their 2007 motorcycle line at the November 2006 EICMA show in Milan. Following is a translation of the detail and technical information, edited from the Moto Guzzi press releases along with photographs of the 2007 motorcycles. Moto Guzzi 2007 Ambassador of the best of Italy.  As a blend of comfort, …

Honda CTX200B Bushlander Review Down on the Farm With the CTX200B If you live in North America, Europe, Asia or 95% of Africa, you’ve never seen my motorcycle. The Honda CTX200 “Bushlander” falls into the dual-sport category, but it’s a sub-species referred to as “agricultural motorcycles” or simply “farm bikes.” Such machines are like utility …

About five years ago I was at the annual Cycle World International Motorcycle Show, wandering around and looking at all the bikes. I stumbled across the Moto Guzzi booth and thought I’d take a peek. I had only seen one Moto Guzzi “in the flesh” before, and that was a beautifully restored 850 Le Mans 1 …

Ducati GT1000 Review New GT1000 Project Bike! Our Triumph Tiger served its purpose during the last 18 months or so as the webBikeWorld “hack” bike. It was time to look for something different. Burn usually has 6-8 motorcycles in his garage at any given time, but there always seems to be more parts on the …

2008 Aprilia SL 750 Shiver Twin Information World’s first motorcycle to feature ride-by-wire technology arrives in U.S. with a limited-time high-tech bonus for enthusiasts. American sport bike enthusiasts who refuse to sacrifice rideability and comfort for spirited performance and aggressive good looks have a tempting new solution – Aprilia’s first-ever middleweight sport bike, the SL …

Multiple Bike Syndrome Part II: My BMW R 1150 GS Frequent webBikeWorld visitors will remember my “Multiple Bike Syndrome” article, where I described some reasons for owning two motorcycles rather than only one. If you recall, I had just purchased a brand-new 2006 Yamaha FJR1300A to add to the stable. I was tickled with the …

Ducati 2010 Multistrada 1200! Multistrada 1200: The Beginning “A new biking concept”. That was the brief given to the Ducati designers when they started work on the original Multistrada. It arrived on the market in spring of 2003 and created a new and exciting segment, typical of the Bologna manufacturer. A new vision which combined …

Track Day With the KTM RC8 and KTM 990 Super Duke Fastrack Riders and KTM teamed up to hold a KTM demo day at Auto Club Speedway where KTM staff were on hand to sign up riders who wanted to ride their impressive line-up of motorcycles. All the goodies were there: The KTM 1190 cc …

Moto Guzzi announced the Norge 1200 touring motorcycle, which isn’t water cooled, but looks very similar to their old water cooled concept bike of several years ago. The styling is clean but slightly derivative of the BMW R1200RT.  No sales plans or prices have been announced, but U.S. sales are a near certainty. Rumors are that Moto …