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50 YEARS AGO: MIRACLE AT MONZA Photos and Text Courtesy and Copyright BMW AG e the checkered flag from their fully faired BMW sidecar combination. The upshot: it was the first the World Sidecar Championship title for Germany and the first for BMW. For the two riders from Kirchhain near Marburg, it was the third …

BMW Announces the New Xmoto BMW G 650 Xmoto is a complete departure from the old and staid BMW. It’s designed to enjoy fast curves on country roads. Even at a standstill, the Street Moto clearly proves that this very special machine focuses on one highlight in particular: sheer riding pleasure on country roads. The …

BMW Announces the New XChallenge The BMW G 650 Xchallenge is termed “the Hard Enduro for the off-road enthusiast”. The BMW G 650 Xchallenge is a new departure for BMW and has a lot to offer: This is an uncompromising off-road machine with long spring travel and not one single gram of extra weight. In …

2015 BMW R 1200 RS Announced In addition to the new 2015 BMW R 1200 R (Preview), BMW announced it’s better-looking brother, the new R 1200 RS at the 2014 Intermot show on September 30 in Cologne. The new BMW R 1200 RS is “a new dimension in sports touring”, according to the Bavarians. BMW Motorrad …

BMW Announces the BMW HP2 A dream of many Boxer fans is coming true: BMW Motorcycles has presented a truly uncompromising, sporting and exceptionally light enduro – the new BMW HP2, a Boxer built for the off-road enthusiast and the most demanding tracks in the world. Purist, but nevertheless stylish and perfectly equipped with the …

BMW Motorrad Announces New Mid-Range BMW F 800 S Twin-Cylinder BMW F 800 S Twin Cylinder UPDATE: BMW has also just announced the BMW F 800 ST (photo) sport-touring version of the F 800 S. Larger photos of the F 800 S below BMW has finally announced what has long been rumored: a completely new mid-range sports bike. …

One of BMW’s great strengths turns out to be an unexpected versatility. Many have scoffed at the Bavarian firm’s extra-mainstream approach to motorcycle design, the main elements of which were established 54 years ago, but it seems to work for them — and in surprisingly diverse fields. BMW’s early image in this country was that …

1994 BMW K75 This 1994 BMW K75 motorcycle was purchased in 1999 with 4k on the odometer. This is how it looked when I bought it. I converted the “low rider” seat to the standard height seat (here’s a page with details on how to do this). Modifications included a Kisan headlight modulator (installation tech …

The BMW R65 Monoshock “Airhead” Here are photos (below) of my rare “monoshock”. It’s a 1986 BMW R65 with the accessory BMW oil cooler. It has all the benefits of a classic “Airhead”, but with the amenities of the later bikes. BMW used the same frame on this bike as the R80, and the modern switches and …

2001 Mid-Atlantic Italian Moto Festival More:  2001 Mid-Atlantic Italian MotoFest Photos Page  |  2002 Mid-Atlantic Italian MotoFest Photos Page  |  Moto Guzzi Page  |  Ducati Page  |  Motorcycle News Page Check out the Mid-Atlantic Italian Moto Festival website. Click on a photo to see more… NOTE: All photos are Copyright webBikeWorld; contact  for information on use. Check out the photos of this beautiful …

Desmo Power! Ducati Photos NOTE: All photos are Copyright webBikeWorld; contact for information on use. (Photos from the 2002 event)

Ducati Photos From the Mid-Atlantic Italian Moto Fest 2001 NOTE: All photos are Copyright webBikeWorld; contact  for information on use. (Photos from the 2002 event) Here’s a nice old version of the Cucciolo song! (1.32 mb)                

I’ve loved the miniature world of scale models ever since I was a little kid.  I still have vivid memories of the Matchbox display cabinet at the local toy store.  This was back in the days when Matchbox diecast models were made in England by Lesney, and the toy store was downtown, and not in a …

Aprilia News:  Aprilia Mana 850 GT Review!  |  October 2010 – The new 2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 hypermotard style bike will have a 1200cc 90-degree V-twin engine with 130hp with ABS and traction control as options Aprilia News Archive:  Rumors say Aprilia will release 12 new motorcycles and 6 scooters over the next 5 years!  |  Aprilia announces the …

The BMW R 100 RS Photos and info on a 1984 BMW R100RS “Last Edition” motorcycle I once owned. I purchased from a friend, who was the second owner. It was in absolutely mint condition; includes the bags, dual saddle, original tool kit, original BMW “trouble light”, original air pump and more. The BMW R100RS …

The $2,195.00 Dual Sport? The CSC TT250 is the little brother to the more popular CSC RX-3 Adventure. Actually, the TT250 might offer better bang for the buck. The TT250 is for riders looking for an inexpensive dual sport that can handle commuting and light off-road duties You can save more than $1,500.00 compared to …

Welcome to the webBikeWorld Triumph Thunderbird Sport (TBS) page! Information about parts, accessories, repair, maintenance and more! More: How to replace the ignition coils on a Thunderbird Sport  | wBW Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Articles  |  Maintenance and Repair Article Index Thunderbird Sport Specifications: The specs and datafor the 1999 Triumph Thunderbird Sport motorcycle Thunderbird Sport Maintenance and Repair Articles: See …

The 1998 Triumph Tiger “Steamer” Blog Welcome to the webBikeWorld Triumph Tiger blog! Here you’ll find information about Triumph Tiger parts, accessories, repair, maintenance and more. Much of this information is also available through other sources. But we figured our Tiger project bike is an integral part of the webBikeWorld team and, as such, it …

2008 Powersports Dealer Expo – Motorcycle Accessories – Page 2 Summing up the 2008 show, I’m convinced there are a couple of interesting trends, as I mentioned earlier.  First, motorcycle clothing manufacturers are finally getting serious about women riders, with good-looking but functional and safe clothing.  Rev’it (more later) and Teknic are offering high-quality motorcycle …

Suzuki GW250 Inazuma Blog Welcome to the Suzuki GW250 blog! The GW250 is a webBikeWorld Project Bike for 2013. I bought this bike on a whim, more or less, when I discovered that the 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS (preview) won’t be ready until Spring of 2014. By the way, despite the preponderance of the Suzuki brand …

2016 BMW C 650 GT Final Thoughts That was the fastest 30 days ever! My time with the new 2016 BMW C 650 GT is unfortunately over, but was it ever fun! First, a big thank you to BMW Motorrad USA for the loan of a brand-new scooter so I could compare new vs. old! A month …

Updates Make a World of Difference I’ve been following the evolution of BMW scooters since the BMW “Concept C” was first introduced at the 2010 EICMA show (report). The following year, I published this preview of the new BMW “C” scooters from the 2011 EICMA show. When the BMW C 650 GT and C 600 Sport scooters …

The All-Around Sport Tourer Here’s the latest webBikeWorld Project Bike: the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. Be sure to read the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT review for more information. This blog will serve as the homepage for the various accessories, tips and tricks for making a more enjoyable owner experience. As always, feedback and questions are …

Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Adventure Blog Welcome to the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS blog! The V-Strom 1000 ABS is a webBikeWorld Project Bike for 2014. I eagerly anticipated the V-Strom after seeing a European version introduced at the 2013 AIMExpo dealer show (report) in Orlando, Florida in 2013. I reported on the bike in this 2014 Suzuki V-Strom …

First Impressions: The Kawasaki Ninja 1000 A few weeks ago, in April (2016), I had the unfortunate circumstance of experiencing a lowside crash on my 2006 Triumph Sprint 1050. It was one of those instances where you just don’t anticipate the likelihood of a crash. I assume there is always the possibility of a crash …

The 2015 Kawasaki Versys Gets an “LT” Makeover The Kawasaki Versys (review) has its fans…and just as many detractors. More than anything else, the styling created this dichotomy. Well, that should no longer be a problem. The 2015 Versys looks like a sharp, modern adventure-touring bike in the current faux AT style that’s in vogue. Both the …

BMW Builds a Woody BMW announced the “Concept 101” concept bike, commissioned by BMW to Roland Sands. It’s a six-cylinder woody power cruiser, sure to upset the BMW faithful. Here’s the edited press release: The BMW Concept 101 Every year, the most impressive representatives of the mobile past and future on both two and four …

The BMW S1000XR: Adventure, Sport and More! As an early adopter of most things, including technology and new motorcycles, investing in both has and remains a huge sometimes consuming part of my life. But over the last ten years Beemers — typically of the Boxer variant — along with three of the 800 vertical twin …

Triumph Sprint ST ABS July 12, 2005 – Triumph has announced that the ABS version of the Sprint ST will be available in US dealers this September. Launched earlier this year, the Sprint ST has redefined the sports touring class with a breathtaking package of distinctive styling, sophisticated design and class-leading performance.  Now the Sprint …

One Crashed Super Tenere Sometimes, there’s just a little too much “Adventure” in Adventure Touring… How Tough Is It? Yamaha has a hit with their new Super Tenere and motorcyclists are clamoring to know more about it. The Super Tenere and the BMW R1200GS (info), along with the Moto Guzzi Stelvio (info)and review) are the current premier choices …

The new BMW R1200ST was unveiled at its world premiere during the Bologna Motor Show on Thursday, December 2, 2004. This model will be available in time for the start of the spring riding season and will be the third model of the new Boxer generation and successor to the R 1150 RS. Both the …

Surprise 2015 BMW S 1000 XR Announced Who said the “sport touring” motorcycle was dead? BMW announced a new “adventure sport” motorcycle at the 2014 EICMA show in Milan, Italy today, November 4, 2014. Here’s the edited press release: The BMW S 1000 XR Following the S 1000 RR and HP4 superbikes as well as …

Note to the “More is Better” Crowd: Your Bike Has Arrived. October 16, 2014 – Kawasaki went the subtle route with the H2R intro. No big showy presentations and still not a lot of info on this monster. The engine is supercharged with 296HP, which pretty much says it all. It has Rain, Sport and …

Honda Announces the NM4 March 21, 2014 (Press release edited by webBikeWorld.com) – Honda held its press conference at the 30th Osaka Motorcycle Show 2014 today and unveiled the world premiere of its new production model, the Honda NM4, as an exhibition model that is planned for production. The NM4 was developed under the keywords …

A Second Look… Now that I have several hundred miles on the new V-Strom 1000 ABS Adventure, it’s time for a more in-depth look. This will be a work in progress and I’ll add more thoughts as the miles accumulate. And who knows? I may even change my mind about the bike. It can happen. …

BMW C Evolution Electric Scooter BMW announced the “C evolution” electric scooter in April of 2014. The 2017 version is now ready to go and a slide show has been added below. The C evolution is an electric scooter design based on the BMW e Scooter (report) previously announced by BMW. The styling is also very reminiscent …

BMW ABS Pro Announced; Retrofits to the HP4 January 29, 2014 (Press release edited by webBikeWorld.com) – BMW introduced the S 1000 RR in 2009 as its first supersports bike and also the first motorcycle of this type to be fitted with ABS. That same year saw the first racing victory by a supersports motorcycle …

January 17, 2013 – I stopped by JT Motorsports in Frederick, Maryland for an oil filter for the DR650 (blog) and discovered three brand new KTM 1190 Adventure bikes on the showroom floor! Being a good webBikeWorld correspondent, I had my camera with me and whipped it out for a few quick pics. Two of these are the standard …

2014 Honda CTX700N With DCT and ABS More wBW: Motorcycle Reviews  |  Product Reviews  |  Helmet Reviews November 21, 2013 – “The brilliance of Honda engineering shines once again in the form of the 2014 CTX700N. This is a bike specifically engineered to make motorcycling more approachable, affordable and fun than ever before.” Thanks to a low seat height …

The Suzuki GW250 Inazuma Somehow, I missed the U.S. introduction of the new Suzuki GW250 during the inaugural AIMExpo Show (report) in Orlando last month. The Suzuki USA reps and I talked mostly about the newV-Strom 1000 ABS (preview), which took star billing at the show. They also pointed out a revised Burgman and the Suzuki GSX-R1000SE (wBW …