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BMW Launches Online Shop for Classic Motorcycle Parts February 7, 2012 – BMW Classic Parts Supply has launched its new online shop. Customers can order spare parts for their BMW classics speedily, easily and from the comfort of their home. For BMW Classic motorcycle owners, the online shop represents “the next phase in the realignment of …

BMW Motorrad Design Studio January 31, 2012 – Edgar Heinrich was named as the Director of the BMW Motorrad Design Studio, starting July 1, 2012, succeeding David Robb in this position. After completing his university degree in design, Edgar Heinrich started his career as a motorcycle designer with BMW back in 1986. Within the BMW …

BMW Sets Record for 2011 Motorcycle Sales January 18, 2012 –  BMW Motorrad sold a record 104,286 units in 2011, the most in its nearly 90-year history. This was an increase of 6.4% from 2010, when 98,047 units were sold. This puts the 2011 sales result well above the previous all-time high which dates back to …

Motorcycle News 2011 December 6, 2011 –  Motorcycle Industry Council Offers Consumers Extensive New MIC Tire Guide. For the first time ever, the Motorcycle Industry Council is offering the motorcycling community an in-depth tire guide. Developed in conjunction with leading motorcycle tire manufacturers, this extensive, 20-page street tire guide is designed to assist motorcyclists with …

Caberg Duke Preview November 20, 2011 – The big news at Caberg for 2012 is the introduction of the Caberg Duke flip-up helmet. The Duke replaces the Caberg Konda (review) and is a successor to the Caberg Trip (review), both very popular flip-up helmets. So the Duke has a strong heritage to uphold and it appears to be …

2012 KTM 990 Adventure November 20, 2011 – Not a lot to report here actually, just a few quick photos and a video of a nice-looking KTM 990 Adventure with Touratech luggage. The bike was on display in the KTM booth but the lighting, the black shiny floors and bright orange colors with white background …

Aprilia SRV, Moto Guzzi, Vespa and Piaggio November 14, 2011 – The Piaggio Group had an entire neighborhood full of display stands at the 2011 EICMA show. The brands include Piaggio, Vespa, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Gilera and Derbi. The SFKATAS (The Scooter Formerly Known As The Aprilia Scarabeo) is now its own brand also, simply …

Suzuki “Marine”, “Extreme” and “Golf” Concepts November 13, 2011 – OK, here’s a bit of fun for you. I don’t normally think of the Japanese motorcycle manufacturers as being a bunch of wild ‘n’ crazy guys — at least not in 2011. Back in the old days, maybe. But not now. The three-piece-suit, corporate Board …

2012 BMW C 600 Sport and C 650 GT Scooter 2011 EICMA Report Home Highlights of This Report: ▪ Introduction ▪ Hendrik von Kuenheim Comments on the C 600 ▪ BMW C 600 Photo Slide Show From EICMA 2011 ▪ Edited Version of the BMW C 600 Press Release ▪ BMW C 600 Versions and Specifications ▪ BMW C 600 Video …

Italian Police Motorcycles and La Poste (France) Scooter Public Service Two-Wheelers November 10, 2011 – I stumbled upon these displays of some of the coolest-looking police motorcycles in the world. The Moto Guzzi Norge shown below looks great in white with green markings. As it turns out, the green is actually a highly reflective striping …

2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer Triumph Tiger Explorer Photos From EICMA November 10, 2011 – One of the biggest news items of the 2011 EICMA show was the official release of the 2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer. The Explorer was described in the Triumph Tiger Explorer press release a couple of weeks ago, along with some studio photos, but …

2012 Superquadro Engine Superquadro Engine at EICMA 2011 November 8, 2011 – Ducati had a “cutaway” Superquadro engine on display next to the Ducati 1199 Panigale (report) at the EICMA show. While the Superquadro isn’t a classic looker like, say, a BSA 441 engine or the original Bonneville 650 cc, it’s the guts that count. …

2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale Ducati 1199 Panigale Photos From EICMA November 8, 2011 – Just by coincidence, I entered the 2011 EICMA show for the first time this morning right in the same building as the Ducati display. The new 1199 Panigale was there in its standard and “S” versions. Funny thing — the Ducati …

Ducati Streetfighter 848 October 31, 2011 – The Streetfighter 848 delivers pure motorcycle enjoyment with the sophisticated combination of a brand new and brilliantly engineered 848 Testastretta 11° engine and the enhanced geometry of a frame that ensures optimum agility with confidence-inspiring feel. With user-friendliness now enriched by a smooth and flexible power delivery, revised …

BMW Announces the E-Scooter Electric Scooter Concept UPDATE (September 15, 2011) – BMW announces near-production ready version of the Concept e scooter (report). July 1, 2011 (BMW Press Release) – Space is becoming increasingly scarce in the major urban centers and traffic density is growing continuously. All these factors coalesce in increasing demands in terms of private transportation. …

Motorcycle Safety Foundation Sept. 12, 2011 — The Motorcycle Safety Foundation recently graduated its six millionth RiderCourse student, a milestone reached through the ongoing efforts of nearly 10,000 RiderCoaches at more than 2,000 training sites worldwide. Though it would be impossible to identify the six millionth student, the MSF determined the total number of graduates …

21 Ideas to Save Lives From Motorcycle Rider Training Experts July 13, 2011 (Columbia, Maryland) — A panel of motorcycle rider training experts have contributed their expertise to in an effort to make U.S. motorcycle training more effective and more successful at reducing injuries and death. The report they have authored, entitled The State and Future …

Final Rule for Motorcycle Helmet Labeling is Announced by DOT May 18, 2011 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published the final rule (here) for new motorcycle helmet labeling requirements for motorcycle helmets sold in the U.S.A. The new certification label will bear the manufacturer’s name and helmet model and the words “DOT …

Device Warns Drivers of Oncoming Motorcycles More:  wBW Motorcycle Reviews  |  wBW Motorcycle Product Reviews May 17, 2011 –  BMW announced the development of “Left Turn Assistant”, a new device that will warn drivers who are making a left turn of oncoming traffic, including motorcycles. According to the German Federal Statistical Office, inattentiveness when turning off a road or …

Online Helmet Sales Increasing in Popularity May 26, 2011 –  Motorcycle helmet owners are increasingly likely to purchase their helmet online, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Motorcycle Helmet Satisfaction Study released today. The study finds that nearly one-fourth (23%) of motorcycle helmet owners purchase their helmet on the Internet, compared with …

U.S. Super Ténéré Deliveries To Be Completed by August 2011 May 3, 2011 – We express our heartfelt sorrow and support for the Japanese people for their great losses and efforts to rebuild the nation. Don’t forget that assistance for many hundreds of thousands of people who were affected by this tragedy is still required. …

BMW Includes ABS on all 2012 Motorcycles April 20, 2011 –  After pioneering the concept of antilock brakes (ABS) on motorcycles 23 years ago, BMW Motorrad USA announced today that it will be the first motorcycle manufacturer to offer ABS as standard equipment on its entire range of 2012 model year motorcycles. “Plain and simple, being …

Yamaha Power Beam Anti-Vibration Chassis Damper for Motorcycles Yamaha “Power Beam” Adapted From The Yamaha Performance Damper Is Claimed To Be The “World’s First Anti-Vibration Chassis Damper for Motorcycles”. March 17, 2011 – Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. has developed a motorcycle-specific version of its anti-vibration damper used for automobile chassis and will release it in …

Motorcycle Helmets Reduce Spine Injuries After Collisions Helmet Weight as a Risk to Neck Injuries Called a “Myth” March 2011 –   Motorcycle helmets, long known to dramatically reduce the number of brain injuries and deaths from crashes, appear to also be associated with a lower risk of cervical spine injury, new research from Johns Hopkins University …

2011 Caberg DOT Helmets Caberg Helmets and the U.S. Market There were probably more helmet manufacturers on display at the 2011 Dealer Expo than any other type of motorcycle product. I’m not sure why; perhaps there only appeared to be more helmets due to the paucity of clothing manufacturers who attended the event. I do …

Bags-Connection Sport Panniers Motorcycle Luggage for Sportbikes Twisted Throtle, the distributor for Bags-Connection motorcycle luggage in the U.S., introduced a new sportbike soft luggage system at the 2011 Dealer Expo. The Bags-Connection Sport Panniers use a new system that provides clip-on bars that attach to the side of the motorcycle for support and security. The …

Haber Helmet Ventilation System HAFT: Haber Air Flow Technology Remember the AFX FX-11 “Lightforce”? I didn’t think so. Nevertheless, it was a good idea — perhaps slightly ahead of its time. The FX-11 featured an on-board battery system that powered a light and an internal fan. The idea was that the fan pulled air through the …

BMW USA Motorcycle Sales Increase Reported for 2010 BMW S 1000 RR Superbike Beats R 1200 GS as Best Selling BMW Motorcycle January 18, 2011 – BMW Motorrad USA reported a nearly 4% growth in sales in 2010, despite a continued double digit downturn in the U.S. motorcycle market. BMW sales were bolstered by the February …

2010 EICMA Wrap-up It’s a Wrap! November 26, 2010 – Here’s my final report from the 2010 EICMA show. I had always heard about EICMA, the largest motorcycle product show in the world, and I’m glad I went. The Fiera Milano exposition grounds are absolutely massive and the 6 multi-hundred-thousand square foot buildings are packed …

2011 BMW Motorcycle 2011 BMW G650GS and R1200R November 24, 2010 – Just a few more postings to wrap up my EICMA 2010 coverage. At the risk of BMW overload, here are some photos of the final production versions of the BMW G650GS and the R1200R. The G650GS is the latest in a series that …

2011 BMW R1200R “Touring Special” Announced 2011 BMW Motorcycle Information: 2011 BMW R1200R  |  R1200R Photos From EICMA 2010  |  2011 BMW K1600GT  |  2011 BMW K1600GT EICMA Report With Photos and Video  |  2011 BMW G650GS  |  wBW BMW Motorcycles Page November 23, 2010 – BMW announced today the availability of a “Touring Special” accessory package for the newly revised …

2011 Honda CBR250R and CBR125R 2011 Honda CBR250R November 14, 2010 – Honda announced the new 2011 CBR250R (report) only a few weeks ago and the first photos looked scrumptious. The bike was on display at EICMA 2010, along with its CBR125R sibling. Both of them look fantastic and I’ll bet the CBR250R will surely have a …

EICMA 2010 Live Report The Kawasaki W800 UPDATE (January 26, 2011): Kawasaki releases photos of new W800 Café Racer Special Edition!  See below for pics… November 13, 2010 – Kawasaki has a surprise release in store for 2011, the W800, which I guess could be called a revival of a revived retro…or something like that. …

2011 Vemar Helmets 2011 Vemar Chimaera (Vemar Jiano EVO TC in the U.S.A.) November 6, 2010 – I stopped by the Vemar booth at the show to see what’s new. Vemar is a small family-owned company that makes some very interesting helmets which almost always have unique features that no one else has thought of. …

Honda V4 Crosstourer Honda V4 Crosstourer and Crossrunner November 5, 2010 – I have a feeling Honda got caught out on the Adventure Touring craze, another strange chapter in the Book of Motorcycling, 21st Century. Wasn’t Honda the company that used to create trends and must-haves the way Apple does today? Honda was once known …

2011 Triumph Tiger 800 and Tiger 800 XC Triumph Tiger 800 and Tiger 800 XC One of the most anticipated motorcycles of the season is the new Triumph Tiger, which are closely related: the Tiger 800 and the Tiger 800 XC. The Tiger 800 is more or less an on-road bike, very reminiscent I think …

The BMW Concept C Scooter BMW Concept C Scooter November 2, 2010 – BMW surprised everyone at the EICMA show with a presentation by David Robb, BMW’s Design Chief, on the Concept C scooter. The surprise was both the Concept C and having Robb do the presentation, which must mean they’re pretty serious about it. …

BMW K1600GT and K1600 GTL Concepts The BMW K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL: Introduction July 7, 2010 – The 6-cylinder BMW motorcycle engine was first presented in the concept study of the Concept 6 (Photos and Information) and it captured the imagination of many motorcycle fans. UPDATE: BMW K 1600 GT and GTL final production version …

Study Claims Highly Satisfied Motorcycle Helmet Owners Are Notably More Likely to Repurchase the Same Helmet Brand May 30, 2010 – Highly satisfied motorcycle helmet owners are approximately 10 times more likely to repurchase the same helmet brand compared with owners with lower levels of satisfaction, according to the most recent J.D. Power and Associates …

Uncrating the 2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200S! The Multistrada 1200 Has Arrived! The weekend of May 15, 2010 marks the official rollout of the new Ducati Multistrada 1200.  Most of the Ducati dealerships will be uncrating their first Multistrada, a 1200S model. I asked Donnie Unger, the owner of Duc Pond Motorsports in Winchester, Virginia, if I could …