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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 …

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 …

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, …

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. …

2012 Triumph Motorcycles Triumph Introduces Three New Motorcycles for 2012 Fresh from recording record sales in 2011, Triumph Motorcycles will celebrate its 110th anniversary in 2012 with its strongest ever line-up, boosted by three new models which will be officially unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan on November 8 and webBikeWorld will be there …

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 …

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). …

2008 Victory Vision Motorcycle – First Photos Photos of the New 2008 Victory Vision Motorcycle I’m not a cruiser rider and I don’t own a pure touring bike but I like anything with two wheels, and the new Victory Vision has to be one of the most outrageous and ground-breaking designs ever. Victory (Polaris) can …

Moto Guzzi Introduces the V11 Sport Ballabio Motorcycle To celebrate its victory in the 2002 edition of this motorcycle race against nature, Moto Guzzi introduces the V11 Sport Ballabio motorcycle, the maximum expression of everything it takes to excel on twisty mountain roads. In northern Italy, not far from the Swiss border, is the small …

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 …

Moto Guzzi released information on the new 1200 Sport at the November 2006 EICMA show in Milan.  Here’s some of the detail and technical information translated and edited from the Moto Guzzi press release. More:  2008 Moto Guzzis; photos and specifications Introducing the Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport A true show of class does more than just …

Moto Guzzi Norge 850 Moto Guzzi Announces the Norge 850 May 22, 2007 – Moto Guzzi has released some limited information on the new Norge 850 touring bike.  The motorcycle is very similar to the new Norge 1200 in many ways. The “Norge” name for both the Norge 1200 and the Norge 850 is in honor of a 4000 …

SUPERBIKE 999R XEROX The 999R Xerox is a special series motorcycle with a wide range of features that distinguish it from the standard 999R model. It has features such as Öhlins forks with black sleeves, anodized black footpegs and top yoke, Öhlins ‘Racing’ rear suspension with double damping adjuster in compression, aluminum body, counter-spring and …

UPDATE: New photos added below of the DB5 Bimota North America, Inc., the exclusive importer of the legendary Italian Bimota motorcycles to the USA, Canada, and Mexico, has announced the official U.S.A. launch of the award winning DB5 Mille. The introduction of the motorcycle was held in co-operation with Moto-Euro Magazine at the International Motorcycle …

BMW S 1000 RR Launch in Malaysia How many times in a lifetime do you get to ride (flog) the flagship model of a renowned manufacturer? A huge name, established in motorsports and one that recently debuted to a credible start in the World SuperBike Championships? A bike, with so many technological features, being offered …

I remember reading a financial self-help book a long time ago (when I was quite young) and one of the nuggets of advice the guru imparted was this very catchy phrase: “Trend is your friend”. I didn’t quite fully understand how this could help improve my finances, but ten years later and in the current …

Trying Too Hard to be Hip? Ducati announced the long-awaited, much heralded and leaked Ducati Scrambler at the 2014 Intermot show in Cologne. The Scrambler was then introduced to the U.S.A. at the2014 AIMExpo show in Orlando, Florida on October 16 (read more about the weird intro in the 2014 AIMExpo Report Home). Here are the Ducati Scrambler …

The Buell EBR 1190SX “Superfighter” The Buell EBR 1190SX was formally introduced at the 2014 AIMExpo show (Report)in Orlando, Florida. EBR said the 1190SX is made in the U.S.A. and this “streetfighter” is a takeoff on the EBR 1190RX with full fairing. The 1190SX appears to be very nicely made and probably the equal of typical …

1955 Durkopp Diana Scooter: Photos, Video and Info Here are photos of a friend’s 1955 Durkopp Diana two-stroke scooter. He brought it over for some work to the fueling system and Chris worked his magic; see the comments about that after the photos. It now runs like a champ and it has a surprising amount of …

The Lighter-Weight Sport Tourer All-Arounder You’re looking at the newest webBikeWorld Project Bike! It’s a 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. The LT or “Light Touring” version of the Versys 650 comes with ABS, hand guards and matched luggage. Why this bike? It’s kind of a long and convoluted story, so hang with me: Although I …

Thank you to Sergio Robbiano of Robbiano Design for sending these photos and information on the stunning Bimota Delirio!   Sergio is the designer of the Delirio and the Bimota DB5 and many other wonderful projects. Sergio recently sent this note and a new batch of photos! “Hello Rick, We presented the Delirio to the international press (on …

2016 BMW G 310 R Announced (BMW Motorrad press release edited by webBikeWorld.com) – The new BMW G 310 R is the first BMW roadster under 500 cc. One cylinder, low weight, powerful dynamic performance. The BMW G 310 R embodies the pure essence of a BMW roadster — it has neither too little nor …