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The BMW Motorrad Concept 6: Introduction November 10, 2009 – BMW today announced the new BMW Motorrad Concept 6, with a claimed 96 lb. ft. of torque starting at just 2,000 RPM!  The engine revs to 9,000 RPM and it’s apparently designed as a touring engine, so we expect to see it not in this …

2010 BMW R 1200 GS: Now With Dual Overhead Cams! The 2010 BMW R1200GS: Introduction November 5, 2009 – BMW today announced the new 2010 R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure, now with two overhead cams per cylinder! The new radial valve arrangement brings an increase in engine output of 5%, to 110 HP (81 kW) at …

Ducati Announces the Hypermotard 796! Ducati Previews the 2010 Hypermotard 796: The New Way to Go Hyper! October 2009 – The Hypermotard family will expand for 2010 with the addition of the exciting new Hypermotard 796. Just as aggressively striking as the 1100, the new Hypermotard 796 features a lower seat height and brand new …

MV Agusta Announces the 2010 Brutale 990 R and 1090 RR! September 28, 2009 – With 15,400 MV Agusta Brutale models sold worldwide, through a decade boasting countless international design awards and accolades, MV Agusta proudly introduces the new Brutale 990R and 1090RR for 2010. Conceived at MV Agusta’s CRC design center, the highly-anticipated launch …

2010 Triumph Thunderbird and 2010 Triumph Motorcycles UPDATE: April 16, 2009 – Triumph has set the price for its new Thunderbird big twin cruiser at $12,499 USD. Dealers throughout North America are accepting deposits for the first wave of Thunderbirds, which are scheduled to arrive on North American shores this summer. “We have received a lot …

Life With the BMW F 800 GS What’s not to like? It is a BMW after all and it really does represent excellent value for the money and a very good return on the investment. The price is more than offset by its design, quality and functionality and don’t forget that three-year warranty. The smaller …

Triumph Bonneville SE: 1970’s Retro Styling and Nimble Handling for Triumph’s Icon April 10, 2009 – A restyled yet still iconic Triumph Bonneville SE is hitting North American streets in 2009 with a 1970s retro flair and more nimble handling. The Bonneville legend was born when Triumph broke the motorcycle speed record at the world-famous …

Suzuki TU250 Motorcycle The Powersports Dealer Expo is all about accessories, clothing, helmets…and anything else a dealer can sell, other than motorcycles. For the most part, the only motorcycles at the show are there to display accessories. Motorcycle manufacturer displays are very rare. In 2007, Victory showed up with a nice display to show off …

2009 Triumph Daytona 675: More Power and Better Handling February 2, 2009 – Triumph’s award-winning Daytona 675 has been revised and updated for 2009 with a host of modifications that improve on the bike’s class-leading handling and performance. The bike that caused such a stir by becoming the first three-cylinder machine to enter the Supersport …

2009 Moto Guzzi Motorcycles Milan, November 2008 – This year, Moto Guzzi will play four aces at the 66th Milan motorbike show in a winning hand drawn from one of the widest ranges of machinery in the sector. They will begin with the Special Edition Griso 8V SE that stands out with its magnificent “Tenni” …

The BMW F 800 R The New BMW F 800 R. On this page: Overall concept and vehicle properties. Engine. Chassis. Electrical system and electronics. Body and design. Equipment program. The paint finishes of the F 800 R. Specifications, Engine Output and Torque. UPDATE: BMW Announces F800R Chris Pfeiffer Stunt Replica! 1. Overall concept and vehicle …

The BMW Lo Rider Concept Purist, powerful, unfaired and reduced to the absolute essentials – these few words provide an incomplete description of the BMW Lo Rider, the new concept study released by BMW Motorrad at the 2008 EICMA show in Milan. At first sight, the focus would seem to be on the creation of …

Ducati GT1000 Information and Specifications The Ducati GT1000 is finally ready.  Reminiscent of the classic GT750 of the 1970’s, the GT1000 is a modern update of what used to be the standard motorcycle.   ▪ October 2008 – Ducati GT1000 Touring (below)   ▪ Ducati Announces the GT1000 Two-Tone! Here’s our GT1000 Review page, Rick’s Ducati GT 1000 Blog and a page with parts …

Triumph Announces the Daytona 675 The new Triumph Daytona 675 is one of the most eagerly awaited bikes of 2006. The triple-cylinder Daytona 675 Triple in one single stroke redefines just how a middleweight sports bike should perform. It packs a large amount of power and torque into a small, nimble package. The first three-cylinder …

The New BMW K 1300 R On This Page: BMW K1300R Background (Below) Technical Highlights Suspension Options and Accessories Colors Technical Specifications The BMW K 1300 Series:  Introduction and Comments  |  BMW K1300S  |  BMW K1300R  |  BMW K1300GT The BMW K1300R Making a significant departure from traditional sports motorcycle concepts, BMW proudly presented the “most powerful naked bike …

The New BMW K 1300 GT On This Page: BMW K1300GT Background (Below) Technical Highlights Suspension Options and Accessories Colors Technical Specifications The BMW K 1300 Series:  Introduction and Comments  |  BMW K1300S  |  BMW K1300R  |  BMW K1300GT The BMW K1300GT Introducing the new K 1300 GT, BMW Motorrad is opening up new dimensions in the BMW Touring …

The New BMW K1300S Background – The BMW K1300S BMW announced updates to the K 1200 series at the 2008 Intermot show in Germany. They sent us 85 pages (!) of information covering the BMW K 1300 S, BMW K 1300 GT and BMW K 1300 R, with even a little S 1000 RR thrown …

September 12, 2008:  Triumph launched the new Street Triple R today at a press launch on the Isle of Man. This new model is based on the successful Street Triple, is powered by the world renowned Daytona 675 and takes its styling queues from the original hooligan bike, the Speed Triple.  The Street Triple R …

2009 BMW F650GS Arrives in U.S. BMW Motorcycle Dealers More:  2009 BMW F650GS Specifications (Below) BMW’s All-New Entry Level Model Makes its Debut with a Twin-Cylinder Engine August 19, 2008 – BMW today announced the 2009 F 650 GS, a revised version of the venerable but relatively slow-selling F 650 GS. This is an important release …

Aprilia Mana 850 Review The Mana is a mid-displacement sports motorcycle with engine mapping modes and a unique Gear System that allows automatic or semi-automatic control of the drive system for sports performance. To some motorcycle purists, scooters either large or small, and by extension  two-wheelers that utilize similar technology will never be acceptable. For …

2008 Aprilia Shiver SL 750 Ride Report The Aprilia SL 750 Shiver can be edgy and anxious, strong, or relaxing – the character changes are provided by its three engine mappings. It is an excellent middleweight choice – light, responsive and day-long comfortable. Despite some component cost-cutting, it rides and runs like the thorough-bred machine …

The New Moto Guzzi V7 Classic With the V7 Classic, Moto Guzzi kills two birds with one stone: First, it celebrates the 40th birthday of the first Italian Maxi Motorcycle created by Giulio Cesare Carcano and second, it gives its response to the ever-increasing demand for classic, sophisticated, retro-design machines. Just one glance at the …

BMW S 1000 RR SuperSports Street Motorcycle is Here! May 10, 2008 – BMW today released the final street version of the 2009 BMW S 1000 RR street bike. The race version of the S1000RR has been doing very well so far in the 2009 World Superbike series, and the street version is loaded with technology …

BMW Announces Availability of the HP2 Sport in the U.S.A. May 9, 2008 – The BMW HP2 Sport has arrived at U.S. BMW motorcycle retailers. The same high-performance sport bike that Richard Cooper and Brian Parriott rode to fifth and sixth place finishes in last month’s Daytona 200 is now available in limited supplies for …

BMW S1000RR Prototype April 17, 2008 – BMW today released the official photos of the 2009 BMW S 1000 RR race bike. This motorcycle hasn’t been a very well kept secret, and the motorcycle shown here will be the basis for the motorcycle BMW will campaign in World Superbike racing. The photos of the S 1000 RR were …

First 6-Cylinder Guzzi Announced Mandello del Lario, Italy – Moto Guzzi S.p.A. has announced a limited production run of 6-cylinder cruisers based on the famed Moto Guzzi Centauro chassis and engine. The new MG-3000ie (iniezione elettronica) will also be sold in the U.S. starting this fall as a 2009 model. The bike will be known as …

March 3, 2008 – It’s finally here!  Honda announced today the final production version of the unique and innovative Honda DN-01 “Sports Cruiser”! Honda Motor, Co., Ltd. announced that sales of the DN-01 large sports cruiser will begin in Japan on Friday, March 7. The price and delivery date for the UK has not been set, …

January 28, 2008 – Ducati today announced the 1098 R, claimed to be “the lightest, most powerful twin-cylinder bike ever” with a true competition-level traction control system supplied as standard for maximum track performance. This is the Ducati press release on the bike: The 1098 R is Ducati’s ultimate Superbike.  Ducati calls the engine “the …

The New BMW F 800 GS! Contents: Concept and Background Vehicle Characteristics and Technology Range of Equipment Colors Engine Output and Torque Technical Data F 800 GS Tires: Tubed or Tubeless? UPDATE:  April 2009 – Our BMW F800GS Review! GlobeRiders BMW F800GS Instructional DVD Review! New BMW Adventure Bike Expected to Arrive at Retailers This Fall …

Windscreens for the Versys Motorcycling is unique in its ability to bring the rider (and passenger) closer to the elements – a sense of freedom as the rider and machine move as one through the air. Each individual has their own opinion on just how much of that air should be felt while riding. Which …

Ducati Announces the New RR The Ducati Desmosedici RR production prototype was launched at Mugello on the eve of the Italian Grand Prix. Available starting in July 2007, this MotoGP replica motorcycle can be reserved through your local Ducati dealer! UPDATE:  December 15, 2007 – Ducati has announced that the entire production run of 1,500 …

Triumph Triple Challenge Back Bigger and Better in 2008 November 21, 2007 – The Triumph Triple Challenge one-make Championship will enter its second season in 2008, boasting a bigger and better prize fund for entrants, as well as the chance for the hottest and brightest UK talent to shine on the World stage. A test …

The Albrex Triumph Rocket III Turbo: “Rocket Roll!” November 2007) – 750, 800, 850 pounds plus rider — who cares?  When three cylinders and 2,300 cc’s get hit by a turbocharger driving a single wheel, Weight Watchers is the last thing on your mind. Much more important is both hands on the bars, a grip of …

2008 Moto Guzzi Report The big news at Moto Guzzi for 2008 is the Stelvio (see our report).  But the Mandello del Lario based company has also made a few updates to the 1200 Sport and a major engine update for the Griso for 2008. We’ve included some information on the new Griso 8V, including …

The New Moto Guzzi Stelvio! The Moto Guzzi Stelvio, cousin to the Moto Guzzi Quota (remember it?), is ready for market and will be sold by Moto Guzzi dealers worldwide in 2008. The bike was announced at the EICMA show in Milan in November of 2007. The Stelvio should make a nice competitor for the …

KTM RC8 The New KTM RC8 Superbike! Here are some photos of this fantastic-looking machine, and… Photos Courtesy of KTM.  Photographers:  H. Mitterbauer (Studio photos).  P. Friedl  (Track photo).  R. Schedl  (KTM On-track). More:  Stefan Nebel named as KTM RC8 test rider (below) KTM 1190 RC8: Official Superbike premiere in Milan!  KTM first released some computer-generated …

Ducati Confirms Hypermotard Production May 7, 2007: Final Hypermotard Specifications The Hypermotard takes on urban canyons and mountain curves with total abandon. Its purpose is single-minded – to thrill. The aggressive ‘motard’ styling and stance combine with Ducati Sportbike technology to deliver the best of both worlds. With a riding position that ensures total control, …

The Kawasaki Versys The Kawasaki Versys Story Part 1: Kawasaki Versys Introduction and Review Part 2: Luggage and Accessories Part 3: Windscreen Part 4: Accessories for the Versys Part 5: New Tires for the Versys Part 6: Oxford HotGrips on the Versys Gear: Zeta Handguards and XC Deflector Kit Gear: FAMSA 260 Tank Bag & Pannier Set Versys Specs: Kawasaki Versys Info and Specs …

April 14, 2007 – Moto Guzzi has announced the addition of the new Bellagio cruiser to its motorcycle lineup for 2007. Moto Guzzi, in this translated press release, says that the new Bellagio symbolizes the “depth of the relationship between Moto Guzzi and its surrounding territory”. This relationship is so strong that the immense beauty …

The Ducati 1098 Superbike! More:  Graves Motorsports 1098 Exhaust  |  Ducati announces the 1098-based Desmosedici RR MotoGP replica!  |  March 15, 2007 – Ducati 1098 Voted Best Design of 2006 by the Motorcycle Design Association Ducati’s 916 was a tough act to follow.  The 999 bravely broke away from being just a facelift, although while a better …