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We’ve been telling you about the partnership between Aston-Martin and Brough Superior for quite some time now.  From the first inklings of the AMB 001 to its rollout and showcasing at EICMA in the flesh.

At first, all we saw were drawings and guesses at what the bike might look like.  Ultimately, the bike was shown at EICMA, but it wasn’t clear if the machine was a running example.

AMB 001

The Aston Martin AMB 001 as seen at EICMA in 2019.

The AMB 001 is a runner

Well, now we know.  Aston’s AMB 001 is indeed a running, albeit prototype machine.  Aston is showing off a video of the bike testing at France’s Pau-Arnos track.

In a press release, Aston says that the 100, strictly limited examples of AMB 001 will begin delivery near the end of 2020.

Aston’s Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman said:

“Everybody involved has managed to make tremendous progress with the development of AMB 001, despite the challenges we have all been facing.  This special motorcycle is, like our road cars, the result of beautiful design melding with modern technology to produce a bike that any collector will be proud of.  We are delighted to see how much progress has been made, both on and off track and look forward to the moment when production starts for this stunning machine.”

According to the British company, testing is evaluating and validating chassis geometry, ergonomics, and “dynamic behavior”.  The test rider provides feedback on all areas of performance “from the overall dynamic feel of the bike to details regarding cornering, braking acceleration, and the like.”

Video release

Speaking about the bike’s development, Brough Superior’s CEO Thierry Henriette said:

“One of the key design features of the AMB 001 is an aluminium fin that runs along the full length of a carbon fibre tank, passing under the saddle and out onto the rear.  The body holding the fin and supporting the saddle is one of the areas where we called on the unique knowledge of Mecano ID, who joined the project to apply specialist aerospace-quality carbon fibre skills to the exclusive AMB 001.

Engine bench testing is also taking place in parallel.  The bike hosts a turbocharged V-twin engine producing a claimed 180 hp.  The turbo package includes a large intercooler which according to Aston, gives a “supercar engine appearance.”

Exclusivity has its price

Upon the completion of testing, the bike will go into production in the Fall.  The Brough Superior factory in Toulouse, France will build the machines.  If you’d like to get one for yourself, the AMB 001 will be available for €108,000 ($121,500).  Any way you cut it, that’s a large chunk of change for any motorcycle.

Do you think the AMB 001 is worth that kind of money?  Let us know in the comments below.


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It’s summer, and that means it’s time we start seeing next season’s offroad bikes debut. Right on schedule, Yamaha has introduced its 2021 motocross series, including a much-updated YZ250F.

Yamaha’s four-stroke quarter-liter MXer gets a new head, with updated camshaft and the intake system re-design. The clutch, transmission, shift cam, water pump impeller and ECU are all updated for 2021, too. The result? Yamaha says the engine makes more peak horsepower, with gains in the mid-range and top-end, retaining its low-end grunt.

Yamaha also re-worked much of the rest of the bike, re-tuning the suspension and also re-working the frame and other chassis bits (new handlebar clamps and updated triple tree). The brakes are beefier, too. The YZ250F should be in Yamaha’s North American dealerships by fall, with an $8,299 MSRP in the US and $9,699 in Canada.

You’ll pay more if you want the Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition graphics. These bikes have the same mechanics, but with a race-inspired sticker kit. So far, we’ve only seen Monster Energy versions of the 250 and the YZ450F (unchanged for 2021).

While the YZ450F hasn’t been updated for next season, Yamaha is changing up the YZ450FX cross-country machine for 2021, at least in some markets. This machine gets roughly the same make-over as the 250 MX bike: top end changes (new cylinder head, high-compression piston), a slick-shifting gearbox, a revised frame, new brakes and changes to the suspension’s compression and rebound settings.  The GNCC-friendly machine will cost $9,699 in the US, $10,899 in Canada.

As for the rest of the lineup, Yamaha has not made any major changes—the bikes look different for 2021, with new paint, but  that’s it. Visit Yamaha’s US site or Canadian site for full specs and pricing.

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If you are a lover of tattoos and Indian motorcycles, Indian has something for you.  The Polaris owned company is now marketing a tattoo ink “made with carbon from an Indian motorcycle.” The ink is the result of a partnership between Indian and former freestyle motocross competitor, current off-road truck racer, and Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company owner, Carey Hart.

Indian says that Hart “most definitely has riding in his blood.” Indian claims their new tattoo ink will “prove that fact in a way that’s half genius, half insane.” To make the ink, the manufacturer collected the carbon left by a burnout from Hart’s Indian Super Hooligan motorcycle and the machine’s exhaust pipe on May 22, 2017.  The collected material becomes a pigment in the tattoo ink.

Tattoo ink Indian

This picture speaks for itself.

The result of the collected carbon becomes “Indian Motorcycle Ink”. Artists are now using it at Hart & Huntington and Vatican Studios “for a limited time.”

Is the tattoo ink safe?

If you are wondering how a tattoo ink laced with the remnants of a smoldering motorcycle tire and smoking exhaust pipe is safe, you’re not alone.  According to Hart’s longtime tattoo artist Franco Vescovi, the ink is sterile and safe.

“The carbon simply acts as a pigment carried by the alcohol suspension. In fact, many black inks on the market use carbon as pigment. Ours just happens to come from a smoldering motorcycle tire and a smoking tailpipe.”

So if tattoos are your thing, and you love Indian motorcycles, perhaps this ink is for you.  What do you think of the Indian branded ink?  Is it just a gimmick, or is it a way to show your devotion to Indian motorcycles as Indian claims?  Let us know in the comments below.







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The Honda Hunter Cub CT125 utility scooter is confirmed for the Australian market, according to in-country reports. reports the machine is headed to Aussie dealerships in August, 2020, priced at $6,999 AUD.

It’s a quick turnaround for the CT125; Honda debuted the machine as a concept at the Tokyo Motor Show in October, 2019, and confirmed its production in mid-winter 2020. That’s much quicker than the usual years of teasing the OEMs go through. Honda’s secret, for the quick concept-to-production timeline? Easy: The CT125 is just a mash-up of current technology.

The Honda CT125 combines the easy-to-ride, rugged design of Honda’s earlier CT models (CT90, CT110, etc.) with the engine and basic layout of the Super Cub scooter. Honda also uses that air-cooled single-cylinder fuel-injected engine in the Wave scooter, the Monkey and the Grom—it’s easy-peasy to drop it into the CT125. From spy shots, promo footage and marketing material, it seems Honda has put a semi-auto clutch into the CT125, and a kickstarter, so it’s slightly different from the Grom version that North Americans are used to.

When Honda debuted the CT125 mid-winter, its next steps were a bit of a mystery—COVID-19 had jumbled the usually-garbled corporate communications even further. Would Honda sell this bike around the world, or just in its home market? For years, the Japanese OEMs have had interesting mash-ups like this that never make it overseas. However, Honda started trademarking the Hunter Cub CT125 name all over the world, then announced it would be sold in Thailand. Now, it’s confirmed for Australia, too; the EU trademarks also indicate it’s likely headed to Europe.

But what about North America? So far, nobody in Honda’s US or Canadian offices has confirmed the machine will be sold there.

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French motorcycle manufacturer Voxan wants to be Number One. Although it’s fairly unknown outside Europe, the manufacturer aims to claim the title of world’s fastest electric motorcycle, with the help of retired roadracer Max Biaggi.

The key to the plan is the new Voxan Wattman battery bike. This updated electric motorcycle (the original design debuted in ’13) is an absolutely massive beast, with enough power crammed onboard that it’d scare the knickers off most highway safety advocates. The old Voxan Wattman was rated for the equivalent of 203 horsepower; the new model makes 431 horsepower, supposedly. That’s up from 2019, when Voxan originally said it would update the Wattman design, and was aiming for around 360 horsepower.

Now, Voxan says it’s got everything ready for its high-speed run. The bike itself has a massive battery that supposedly weighs 307 pounds (the bike weighs 661 pounds, says Voxan). The powerplant uses dry ice for cooling, not a traditional radiator unit. There’s a set of Michelin Pilot RS+ tires, designed to handle the high speeds Voxan is aiming for (at least 205 mph; the current record is just over 203 mph). There’s no front brake (it messes up aerodynamics at high speed, and is bad for stability), only a rear brake to slow the bike down—and no drag chute. The Wattman has a dual-wishbone front suspension, and a massive dustbin fairing to streamline the machine. Finally, Voxan has signed up Max Biaggi to pilot the bike, as was the original plan in 2019. Biaggi will ride the bike on Bolovia’s Uyuni salt flats, in 2021.

All very impressive, but what will this do for consumers? Voxan is supposed to be working on some sort of production version of this bike, but don’t expect it to be anywhere near as fast, and don’t expect it to be affordable on a working man’s budget.

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We’ve been following the fiasco that has led to the administration (bankruptcy) of Norton Motorcycles for a while now.  If you’d like to catch up on the history of Norton’s demise, you can check out the below links:

Catching Up

Pension funds

Along the way, there was the rather frightening matter of a group of three pension funds that had been allegedly defrauded by its trustee.  Who was the trustee?  It was no other than Norton’s CEO, Stuart Garner.

In February 2020, a Pensions Ombudsman held a hearing to investigate the situation.  Mr. Garner decided not to attend, and the hearing went on without him present.

On June 24th, 2020, the Ombudsman released his decision.  And it’s potentially good news for the pensioners and similarly potentially dire news for Mr. Garner.  The Ombudsman has ruled that Garner is personally liable and must make reparations to the 30 pensioner complainants totaling approximately £14M/$17.5M.  That said, it’s worthy of noting that the 30 complaining pensioners are only about 10% of the total pensioners affected by the pension scheme.

Stuart Garner

Norton CEO Stuart Garner during an interview with Motorcyclist. Photo credit: Alan Cathcart

Also, Garner must pay 8% interest from the date of investment, as well as an additional fee of £6,000 for “exceptional maladministration causing injustice” to each complainant.  The complainants may also receive an additional £3,000 from the Administrators of Norton’s assets.  All up, Garner faces a personal financial liability of approximately £14M/$17.5M

Now the question remains as to whether Garner has any assets from which to pay back the pensioners.  Here’s to hoping that he does and that the pensioners get all or a significant portion of their money back.

If you’d like to read the entire findings of the Pension Ombudsman’s report, you can download it here.





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The Kawasaki ZX-25R officially broke cover in Indonesia last week, and there’s two pieces of good news: The motorcycle will have more power than expected, and it will cost less than expected.

Kawasaki’s Indonesian website tells us the bike makes “37.5 kW {51 PS} / 15,500 rpm (with Ram Air).” In other words, put the bike on a dyno, and it won’t make quite as much jam, but when you’re at speed, Kawi says it’s good for 50 horsepower. That’s impressive for a four-stroke 250. Max torque is less impressive, mind you—Kawi says it makes 16.9 pound-feet of torque at  14,500 rpm.

As well, the ZX-25R is surprisingly heavy. The Indonesian website says it weighs 182 kilograms, or 401 pounds. By comparison, the 2017 edition of the Asian-market CBR250RR weighed 165 kilograms (363 pounds) at the curb (although making approximately 10 horsepower less). In North America, the Yamaha R3 weighs 167 kilograms (368 pounds) at the curb and makes roughly 42 horsepower. Kawasaki’s own Ninja 400 weighs 166 kg (366 lb.) and only makes 45 horsepower.

So, while the ZX-25R makes more jam than the competition, it’s also a bit heavier. What about pricing? Convert the ZX-25R’s 112,900 IDR price tag into USD, and you come up with an MSRP around $7,800 in the US, if this bike ever actually makes it to North America. That’s very interesting, as it means this thing is potentially a reasonably-priced track bike. Still, an R3 or even a Ninja 400 would be less money. They make less power, but they’re lighter, and the difference in money could go towards some race fairings and other trackday bits.

The Japanese are super-keen on sharing their tech between various bike styles (for instance, Kawasaki’s 300/400 parallel twin engine powers naked bikes, adventure bikes and sport bikes). However, given the ZX-25R’s high-revving nature, it’s hard to imagine an ADV version anytime soon, although it would be unsurprising to see a naked version.

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It is a tough year for motorcycle manufacturers.  April and May’s sales of bikes were dismal but the end of the doldrums appears to be approaching.  Some manufacturers have issued press releases indicating that sales are looking good for the rest of 2020.

Somewhat differently, a Harley-Davidson (Harley) press release touts not its present sales, but its plans to rejuvenate itself through a plan called “The Rewire”.  The plan is the beginning of Harley’s first steps to return the company to its former glory.

The Rewire and significant changes

The MoCo is making very significant changes.  Much happened the in early part of this year.   CEO Matt Levatich left the company Jochen Zeitz has taken the reins.  Now, John Olin, Harley’s CFO is out and is being replaced by current VP and Treasurer, Darrel Thomas until a successor is appointed.

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Jochen Zeitz is the man behind The Rewire plan.  Photo credit: Harley-Davidson

While the management shakeup is significant, bigger changes are being made.  Clearly, some big changes are necessary and the Rewire is implementing them.

Recently, Harley announced more than 700 job cuts.  That’s a very significant number of employees considering Harley’s dwindling employee base.  In 2008, Harley had approximately 9,300 employees.  But at the end of 2019, its employee count was down to approximately 5,000.  With the recent news the additional layoffs, Harley will employ somewhere around 4,300 or about 46% of its 2008 heyday workforce.

“The Rewire”

All up, the Rewire is focused on the following elements:

  • Enhance core strengths and better balance expansion into new spaces
  • Prioritize the markets that matter
  • Reset product launches and product line up for simplicity and maximum impact
  • Build the Parts & Accessories and General Merchandise businesses to full potential
  • Adjust and align the organizational structure, cost structure, and operating model to reduce complexity and drive efficiency to set Harley-Davidson up for stability and success

In addition, the Rewire’s changes include all areas of its business globally, from commercial operations to corporate functions.

Pan America Harley-Davidson rewire

The Pan America will be Harley’s first entry into the “adventure” bike market.  Photo credit: EICMA

However, it seems that the last bullet of their plan is their first priority at the moment.  With the announcement, Jochen Zeitz is quoted as saying:

“The Rewire is progressing very well and substantial work is being done to eliminate complexity and get Harley-Davidson on a path to winning. Our new operating model is simpler, more focused and enables faster decisions across the entire company.

“We’ve taken a hard look at our entire set up, our spending, and how work is getting done, to align our operating model, structure and processes. We are building a strong foundation to drive a high-performance organization in the future.”

Zeitz is clearly making cost-cutting moves and for a company that is hurting for revenue, that can be a good thing.  Reducing complexity to make a company more agile and responsive can also be of significant benefit.

Rewire Deeper dive

But let’s take a look at Harley’s other plans.  Some of the other bullets are subtly coded messages about how the business will operate in the future.  Let’s take a quick look at those.

  • Enhance core strengths and better balance expansion into new spaces

The message here is to go back to basics and concentrate on those bikes whose sales help support the company.  But the second message, “better balance expansion into new spaces” seems to point to a pullback on new models like the Livewire and other electric mobility.


  • Prioritize the markets that matter

“Let’s concentrate on the places where we’re selling bikes at a good clip” seems to be the message here.  Harley’s previous international expansion will likely be slower.


  • Reset product launches and product line up for simplicity and maximum impact

“Less is more.”  That seems to be the message here.  Harley will decrease production quantities and the number of models in the hope that fewer machines will support and drive pricing higher.  With higher prices, comes increased profitability.   Zeitz has been quite clear that going forward, he wants Harley to be an “exclusive” brand.

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Harley’s Bronx streetfighter will be its first attempt at a “smaller” streetfighter model.  Photo credit: Harley-Davidson

He is also delaying the rollout of some of Harley’s significantly anticipated models.  The Pan America adventure bike and the smaller Bronx urban streetfighter will not make an appearance before 2021.

Build PG&A

  • Build the Parts & Accessories and General Merchandise (PG&A) businesses to full potential

This is an interesting bullet.  Harley’s PG&A has been one of its most profitable areas.  Its PG&A profit margin is far and above higher than the profit percentage from its bikes.  Whether this means PG&A will become more expensive or the PG&A line will be expanded is not stated.  Most likely, it will be a little of both.  So if you think you’ve seen a lot of Harley branded gear and accessories, you likely haven’t seen anything yet.

Harley garment

Expect to see more jackets, t-shirts, boots, and accessories as a result of the Rewire.  Photo credit: Ebay

Comprehensive summary coming

Harley says that it will release a “comprehensive summary” of its Rewire actions and financial impacts with it releases its Q2 results later this month.  That information will hopefully provide a more comprehensive roadmap showing where Harley is now and where it plans to go.

Zeitz is not a man to sit on his hands and he’s proving that he is willing to make significant changes.   It will be interesting to see what else Zeitz has up his sleeve for the MoCo going forward.

What do you think of Zeitz’s plan so far?  Let us know in the comments below.

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The COVID pandemic is being blamed for financial disasters in many parts of the economy the world over.  But BMW Motorrad‘s latest news could be something different.

Pandemic impact

Dr. Markus Schramm, BMW Motorrad’s CEO, now has a positive outlook for the German motorcycle manufacturer.

“After a great start to the new year, we were still up by the end of February, with an increase of almost 12 % on the previous year. Then the dynamic development of the Corona pandemic also began to have a negative impact on the demand for motorcycles. But we see clear light at the end of the tunnel again.”

BMW’s June sales were up 9.8% for the same period the prior year.  Even with the impact of the weak months of March to May caused by COVID,  BMW sold 76,707 motorcycles worldwide.  Although that represents a 17.7% drop in sales over the same period last year, the fall is far less than initially forecast during the height of the pandemic.

BMW S 1000 XR pandemic sales

BMW’s S 1000 XR sold very well in June.

Double-digit growth

BMW’s sales in the pan-European and Asian-Ocean markets are the buying stars of the brand’s machines.  These two areas are primarily responsible for the positive development of BMW’s sales in June.

A total of 13,937 BMW motorcycles were sold in Europe during June. That is 2,684 units more than in the same month of the previous year and an increase of 23.9 %.  In addition to the German home market increase of 58.2 %, the markets in France (+72.9 %), the Benelux countries (+ 52.2 %), and Portugal (+ 52.0 %) contribute significantly to the recovery in Europe.

There is a similar story for the Asian-Ocean market in June.  BMW Motorrad was able to sell 2,997 motorcycles in Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Russia, and Thailand.  Although this represents a relatively small number of sales, it is an increase of 17.3 %.

BMW R 1250 GS pandemic sales

BMW’s perennial bestseller, R 1250 GS motorcycles, continues to sell well.

Big sellers

According to BMW, its new XR series models did very well.  The F 900 R, F 900 XR, and S 1000 XR unveiled last fall were particularly high in the buyer’s favor in the first six months of this year.  These sales were “flanked” by its bestsellers R 1250 GS and R 1250 GS Adventure.  Other motorcycles with a boxer engine, along with the S 1000 RR superbike, were responsible for the positive results in difficult times.

Here’s to hoping that other moto manufacturers will be reporting similar good sales shortly.

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When is a moped not a moped? When it’s the Black Tea Moped. This electric motorcycle officially bears the Moped name, but it doesn’t have any pedals, as that implies. What it does have, is cool retro styling and an electric powertrain.

So, what’s the Black Tea Moped all about? The company’s media kit says “Black Tea was founded by Viktor during his studies at the Technical University Munich. He was always fascinated by the coolness of motorbikes & the thrill of the acceleration. However, he noticed that there is no appealing & affordable electric motorbike alternative. The market is flooded with electric sit-down scooters in Vespa Style which are not an option for thrill seekers like him.

In other words, the German-based company started as a way to make cool-looking electric transportation. That doesn’t explain the goofy Black Tea name, but the rest of the origin story explains a lot about this machine—and its marketing.

Reading the Black Tea Moped’s website blurbage, you’re confronted with hyperbole at a level normally reserved for wrestling interviews. For example: “We founded Black Tea with the mission to make individual mobility exciting to unleash the full potential of your life. Therefore, we are devoted to building electric motorbikes with sexy design & insane performance, so that you look damn cool & enjoy every ride. We are hedonists & believe in the pursuit of fun.

Rah, rah rah, baby! But while it’s easy to mock the enthusiasm, the truth is, Black Tea’s founders have tapped into the same ideas that are selling Ducati Scramblers. Plenty of young riders out there want bikes because of the promise of carefree, self-indulgent fun, and to show the whole world how cool and attractive they are.

The specs

Aside from the promise of The Good Life, what else do you get with the Black Tea Moped? You get an electric hub motor, 150-amp Sabvoton Controller and 72V/24.5 Ah battery. The motor has 5 kW peak output, 3 kW sustained output. Thanks to regenerative braking, the removable battery is supposed to have a 70-km range in the city, with four-hour recharge time. Top speed is supposed to be 80 km/h, but that may be restricted in some markets due to licencing regulations. The plan is to have this electric motorcycle rideable under AM or B licences in Europe, or M2 in the US—no motorcycle licence required.

As you’d expect, the frame is old-school tubular steel. The wheels are 18-inchers, front and rear. The Moped weighs 79 kg, and has a 750mm seat height. This scrambler should be very manageable for most riders.

Pricing is supposed to be 3,800 euros when the Moped arrives to market, but if you sign up for the Black Tea newsletter on its website, you can get 50 percent off that price. For more details, visit the company’s website.

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The Austin MotoGP round has been officially cancelled for 2020, with the race scheduled to return for 2021.

The announcement of the Austin GP’s cancellation came via Instagram. Circuit of the Americas, the track that host the race, said this:

Big news! The fastest bikes in the world will return next year for an even bigger MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas on April 16-18, 2021! This year’s event on November 13-15, 2020 has been canceled. Ticket holders will receive an email with further information.

There you go. If you’ve  already paid for a ticket to the event, you should get your money back, it sounds like, unless COTA is instead offering tickets to next April’s races instead.

MotoGP’s early-season visit to Texas was one of the series’ first schedule interruptions for 2020. Of course, it was due to the coronavirus pandemic. Back in March, organizers saw their 2020 plans put on hold as international travel restrictions meant they couldn’t move race teams between countries easily. Most countries started enforcing bans on large gatherings, so even if MotoGP was able to get its racers around the world, there wouldn’t be any ticket sales. So, in the second week of March, MotoGP said the Austin GP was postponed.

At that point, the Texas race was supposed to run November 13-15. The summer dragged on, and the coronavirus pandemic dragged on, and so did international travel restrictions for people headed to the US. For those reasons, MotoGP scheduled races in Europe, but wasn’t able to confirm the Austin GP. Now, it’s cancelled. No doubt the timing, close to the US presidential election, also was of concern, in the face of current American social unrest.

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As part of its restructuring plan, Harley-Davidson will cut 700 jobs, it announced today. On top of that, chief financial officer John Olin is leaving the company, too.

The announcement comes as Harley-Davidson’s new CEO/president Jochen Zeitz pushes the company through major internal changes. The company laid off 140 workers last month, including employees at its Wisconsin and Pennsylvania factories. Presumably, those jobs are included in today’s announcement, although it’s unclear from the release exactly how everything’s going to play out. As per the release, Harley-Davidson is aiming for “approximately 700 fewer positions across the company’s global operations with approximately 500 employees expected to exit the organization through 2020.” Do the 500 job cuts for 2020 include workers already laid off?  Where does Harley-Davidson plan to cut the 700 positions—production?  Head office? Will the US factories bear the brunt of the cuts, with its overseas operations mostly unscathed?

The press release doesn’t share those details. However, it’s very clear the company is in the midst of big changes. Ever since Zeitz took over (previous big boss Matt Levatich exited the company in February), he’s been working on revitalizing the company, reversing its backward slide of the past couple years. Upcoming new models will see their launches delayed, and Harley-Davidson has cut production drastically. The company’s restructuring plan is called The Rewire, and we’re supposed to know more about it later this month. By Q4, we should see a new strategic plan for 2021-2025. For now, Harley-Davidson says these are the main details of The Rewire plan:

  • Enhance core strengths and better balance expansion into new spaces
  • Prioritize the markets that matter
  • Reset product launches and product line up for simplicity and maximum impact
  • Build the Parts & Accessories and General Merchandise businesses to full potential
  • Adjust and align the organizational structure, cost structure and operating model to reduce complexity and drive efficiency to set Harley-Davidson up for stability and success

In other words, Harley-Davidson is going to cut where it can, and make money where it can. Likely, more big changes are coming.

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Several major manufacturers have jumped on the electric motorcycle bandwagon.  It looks like the electric motorcycle is here to stay.  Even the Japanese Big 4 motorcycle manufacturers have entered into a partnership to help improve battery technology.

Some of them are well on the well to having production models ready for the future.  Kawasaki has already shown its first electric motorcycle testing on the track.  Honda has shown off its electric CR electric prototype motocross bike, and Yamaha has revealed both on and off-road electric prototypes, including a trials bike.  But while the Big 4 are working together, it seems Suzuki may be taking a long winding road.

Big 4 electric motorcycle technology

Suzuki’s Vice President of Marketing and Sales for India, Devashish Handa, was recently interviewed by the Financial Express, and he made some interesting comments about the state of electric motorcycles.  He said that the brand’s focus is presently not on electric motorcycles.

Mr. Handa said:

“We are watching the space very carefully, but the journey of electric two-wheelers has not been consistent.

“The cost of acquisition in comparison to ICE vehicles continues to be a concern.  As and when the buyer is ready, Suzuki will be present in the market as it already has the technology.” – Devashish Handa to Financial Express

So Suzuki is saying that it has the appropriate technology already.  That’s somewhat been proven by Suzuki’s EXTRIGGER small play bike prototype.  But they don’t think that the time is right for them to bring a full-size electric motorcycle to market.


Suzuki has shown a small electric play bike in the past. Photo credit: Suzuki

Suzuki is not the largest of the Japanese Big 4, and cash is likely tighter due to COVID concerns.  So it appears at least for now, Suzuki will wait it out until they are comfortable with battery technology, and they are able to drive its price down.  They want their electric motorcycle to have at least comparable performance and pricing to their existing internal combustion-engined counterparts.

That may be a smart short term financial move for the times, but will it leave Suzuki at the back of the pack once electric motorcycles are released from the other Japanese manufacturers?  Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Researchers at Princeton University have developed new radar technology that should make the roads safer. The key is improved AI, that can “see around corners.”

Radar-equipped vehicles are the way of the future, with self-driving car technology already filling the roads, and the motorcycle industry developing similar designs. Most autonomous driving systems use a combination of inputs, including cameras, accelerometers, lidar and radar to keep a vehicle from crashing. Radar, especially, is the key of new active cruise control systems. BMW, Harley-Davidson, Ducati and Kawasaki are all working on these designs.

Current onboard radar systems have limitations, though. They scan in a straight line;  the radar doesn’t detect something that’s not in its direct line-of-sight. A team of researchers from Princeton realized they could improve motoring safety if they could somehow “see” around corners with the vehicle’s sensors, so they went to work developing a solution.

Safety through software

First, they worked on lidar technology, using high-powered lasers to detect objects hidden around corners. However, the researchers say this design was too expensive, and only worked at shorter ranges. Instead, they decided to focus on using imaging radar.

Imaging radar has several advantages over lidar. It’s cheaper, and has decades of use in civilian and military tracking applications. The problem, according to Princeton, is that “radar’s spatial resolution — used for picturing objects around corners such as cars and bikes — is relatively low.” So, the wonks went to work. Instead of drastically redesigning the radar hardware, they developed software algorithms that interpreted the radar data more efficiently. Now, instead of rejecting a jumble of junk information, the autonomous driving systems can use that information. The software processes information from radar signals “bounced” around corners, and uses that data to tell motorists what’s ahead.

While the technology seems to have been developed for cars, this is good news for motorcyclists for a couple of reasons. First, if auto AI “sees” motorcyclists and can avoid crashing into them, that will improve our safety. Second, this tech may be car-only for now, but sooner or later, it will trickle down to the world of motorcycles.

And, more good news. Because this is mostly a software re-design, not hardware, Princeton’s researchers say it could come to market quickly, possibly in the next generation of autonomous vehicles. Maybe even on the next-gen motorcycles, with their adapative cruise control? Let’s hope.

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Back in October of 2019, we told you about the rollout of Yamaha’s new Niken leaning trike.  The unusual-looking bike is slowly gaining traction with sport touring riders.  Well, apparently, Yamaha isn’t done with leaning trikes and has filed a patent application for an entirely new leaning machine.

Different from Niken

The new trike has a front suspension quite different from the Niken.  Gone are the four telescopic fork legs.  They’ve been replaced by a double-wishbone layout that is connected to a centrally mounted shock absorber.   This setup is simpler than the Niken’s.  The change also has the positive trait of moving the trike’s overall mass down and lowering the machine’s center of gravity.  In theory, the new suspension should also help eliminate some of the weight of the Niken, which has a somewhat heavy front end feel and a higher center of gravity.

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A front view of Yamaha’s new leaning trike. Image credit: Yamaha

Brudeli Leanster

Interestingly, the front end of the machine shown in the patent application looks quite similar to the setup found on the Brudeli Leanster.  And, according to outlet carandbike, Yamaha bought the rights to the Leanster from Brudeli in 2018.  Hmm…

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Yamaha purchased the rights to the Brudeli Leanster in 2018. Photo credit: Brudeli

What will also set the newest Yamaha trike apart from the Niken is that the new trike will likely be a hybrid.  It will utilize both batteries and an internal combustion engine.  Carandbike says that the internal combustion engine will probably only be used as a generator to produce electricity for the electric motor and to recharge the machine’s battery(s).

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A view from the rear of Yamaha’s new leaning trike. Note the exhaust outlet near the swingarm.  An ICE engine will power the electric trike’s motor and recharge its batteries. Image credit: Yamaha

Based on the latest patent application pictures, the ICE engine looks to be located near the front of the trike with the batteries and electric motor under the seat.  With the cells there, there’s less underseat storage.  But Yamaha seems to have thought about that and included a large wraparound top box for extra storage capacity.

Make it to production?

While the patent application doesn’t guarantee that the machine will be produced, the patent images seem to be quite advanced.  And it looks quite similar to a machine that Yamaha purchased the rights to.  It will be interesting to see whether Yamaha decides to dip another toe into the pool of leaning trikes.

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Kawasaki just introduced the new KX250XC and KX450XC cross-country machines for 2021, updated the KX250 and KX450 motocrossers, and announced the rest of its offroad line. Team Green has been busy!

Let’s start with the new XC machines. These motorcycles are based on the KX250 and KX450 MX bikes, but have been re-tuned and overhauled for usage in the real world, not a motocross track. The suspension is changed, to match the different conditions, and both the 250 and 450 get new 18-inch rear wheels. The new XC machines run Dunlop AT81 tires. Both machines get a kickstand and skidplate, larger rear sprocket, and some changes to the brakes.

Otherwise, these machines are similar to the KX250 and KX450 motocrossers. The frame is basically the same, and swingarm, bodywork and all the other bits. Kawasaki slightly re-tuned the engines for cross-country riding, but it’s still the same basic package.

Speaking of those engines: The motocross KX250 and KX450 models both have updated powerplants this year, which they share with that XC line. The 250 gets new cams, con rod and other top end bits, and electric start. Both the 250 and 450 versions get get a new coned disk-spring hydraulic clutch, and there are some other features lifted from Kawi’s World Superbike team engine designs. All very trick, and Kawasaki seems to think power is up for the 2021 models.

The KX250 also gets a new chassis, with the same aluminum perimeter frame and swingarm as the 450 model. Both bikes have a new Renthal Fatbar for 2021.

The rest of Kawi’s offroad lineup won’t look much different from the 2020 models. The KLX230 dual sport returns (no mention of the KLX250 yet? … Hrm.). The KLX300 is also back, and the KLX110 and KLX140 models. For full specs and pricing on the lineup, get over to for the rest of the deets.

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As of the date of this article, the Sturgis Rally is still on.  The event dates are currently August 7th through August 16th, 2020.

According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the Sturgis City Council held an “emotionally charged” meeting to take comments for and against holding the 80th edition of the Sturgis Rally.    More than 100 people attended and approximately two dozen offered comments.  The speakers ranged from “bartenders to nurses, and campground owners to retirees.”

Sturgis residents comment

One resident said she thought it should be the responsibility of the city government to look out for the health of its citizens.

It is my deepest conviction, and I have relayed that to all of you, that this is a huge, foolish mistake to make to host the Rally this year,  Postpone it until next year.  Have a big one next year.”

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A photo of attendees in 2016. Photo credit:

But a longtime Sturgis businessman said that closing down businesses in town as Coronavirus spread in other areas of the country may have been an overreaction.

“I think canceling the Rally would probably be the biggest overreaction that we could possibly make.  Anytime a decision is made based on fear, on emotion, based on wishful thinking, you are not going to have a good decision. When in history has a good decision been made because of fear?”

The Rally must go on

The businessman went on to say that regardless of the Sturgis City Council’s decision, he and other business people will support the rally.  He concluded by telling the council that people will come to Sturgis for the Rally regardless of the council’s decision.

Difficult decision

A former Sturgis City Council member, business owner, and president of the Sturgis Rally Charities Foundation said she empathizes with the current board.  “This is not an easy decision to make.”

So it’s clear that there are very differing opinions about holding Sturgis this year.  Ultimately, the Sturgis City Council voted 8-1 to “allow” a toned-down Rally.  The Council will allow vendor permits, space, and make Main Street “motorcycle only”.  However, there will be no opening ceremony or any organized entertainment or events at Rally Point.

The City Council has also voted to make COVID-19 test kits available to frontline worker residents after the event is over.  The council says that they are waiting until the event is over to ensure that only residents receive the free tests.

What do you think?

What do you think about the Rally being held this year?  Is a “toned down” version of the Rally an acceptable solution?  Is the City Council doing the right things?  Let us know what you think in the comments below.



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It was a good try, but unfortunately, the 38th edition of Americade has been canceled.  Organizers had already pushed the event’s date back from the first week of June, but have been forced to concede that Americade will not go on this year.

Christian Dutcher, Americade’s organizer, and top boss announced the cancellation in a video message on the event’s Facebook page.  When talking about the cancelation, Dutcher said:

“When we rescheduled the event months ago, our primary objective was to run a safe event. We knew it was going to be a long shot but we wanted to give it a try. Up until last week, we felt pretty good about the event.”

Before its cancelation, Americade had already been pushed back from the first week of June 2020 to July 21 – 25, 2020.  Changes had been made to make the gathering a largely touchless event.  Instead of large group rides, attendees would ride pre-designed routes and maintain social distancing.  In conjunction with the state, a safety plan was developed, and other safety protocols were put in place.

But with the recent spike of COVID-19 cases, in other parts of the country, Dutcher feels that Americade can not be held as safely as he wished.

“It’s extremely disappointing, my staff has worked crazy hours the past number of months trying to overcome every obstacle that’s been thrown at us. But it’s unavoidable.”

As a result of Americade’s cancellation, customers may either get a refund or carry over their registration fee until 2021.  If they choose to carry over their reservation, customers will receive a $20 credit as well as the opportunity to register a week early for the 2021 version Americade early.

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How far can you ride a Harley-Davidson LiveWire? Sure, Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor took their electric motorcycles from Argentina to LA, but what about normal people like you and I, with no celebrity status—surely, we’d have a hard time finding recharging stations on a long trip?

There’s no denying it’s harder to lay down big miles with an electric motorcycle than a gasoline-powered bike, but LiveWire owner Diego Cardenas recently showed that it’s possible to pull off a major cross-country run with a little forward planning.

Cardenas recently rode from Mexico to Canada on his electric Harley-Davidson LiveWire. According to Elektrek, this wasn’t supposed to be some sort of cannonball run or speed record; Cardenas wanted to do the 1300-mile trip in about five days, as he figured that would be normal riding time for a motorcyclist looking to enjoy the trip. Things didn’t go entirely to plan, as Cardenas’ wife ended up with heat stroke as she followed in a chase car, which resulted in other complications that all worked together to slow the trip down—but Elektrek still reports Cardenas did the ride in a week and a half.

It seems Cardenas took a route up the west coast, which would make the Mexico-to-Canada ride easier. You’re far more likely to find charging stations in California, Oregon and Washington than you are in fly-over country. Cardenas planned his trip around exclusively using Charge Point and Electrify America charging stations, due to the agreement Harley-Davidson has with those companies for free DC fast charging. For more details on the trip, head over to Elektrek and get the rest of the story. Cardenas might not have broken any speed records or really even blazed a new cross-continental trail, as battery bike riders have been pushing the limits of Zero’s machines for several years now. However, it seems Cardenas is basically a regular guy, riding a regularish motorcycle (expensive, but unmodified), and if he can figure out how to tour on an electric bike, then there’s hope for the rest of us.

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It’s an ill wind that blows nobody good, says the proverb. It was first recorded in 1546 and seems to apply just as well in 2020. The Coronavirus is obviously an ill wind for many thousands of people, but it seems to be blowing rather well for the Australian motorcycle industry – especially if it’s selling dirt bikes or agricultural vehicles like ATVs and SSVs.


ATVs and side-by-side sales are booming along with dirt bikes.

Tony Weber, chief executive of the Australian FCAI (Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries), welcomed the positive sales results.

“It is wonderful to see some strong sales from our member motorcycle brands,” Mr Weber said. “A year-on-year increase of 24.5 per cent is significant, and signals improving conditions for both members and dealers.”

Overall, a total of 52,838 vehicles were sold from January to June 2020, in comparison to 42,457 during the same period in 2019. This represents a strong 24.5 per cent increase in sales, a bright spot in an economic environment that has been predominantly negative over the past four months.

The most popular segment during the half was the ATV and SSV segment, with a total of 14,545 sales compared to 9,638 sales in the first half of 2019. Off-Road motorcycles reported 20,885 sales in the half year, compared to 14,666 in the same period 2019.

“The ATV and SSV segment is up a remarkable 50.9 per cent and now represents 27.5 per cent of the total market. And off-road bikes are also on fire, with an increase of 42.4 per cent, and claiming 39.5 per cent of the total market,” Mr Weber said.

The popularity of these two segments are thought to be a direct result of the COVID19 pandemic. Tony Weber explained: “People can’t go for overseas holidays, and for quite some time, they couldn’t even go for holidays within Australia. So, we believe that, instead of spending up big on expensive family vacations, people are treating themselves in different ways – and this could mean they are taking up new sports like trail bike riding.

“ATVs and SSVs are also popular, and we understand this is due to the Government’s instant asset write-off program which makes the purchase of farm machinery and equipment very attractive at the present time,” Mr Weber said.


Road bike buyers have yet to follow their off-road colleagues.

Road bikes and Scooters did not enjoy the same increase in popularity as the previous two categories. Road bikes reported 15,243 sales during the first half, down 2.7 per cent on the same period last year. Scooters recorded 2,166 sales, down 12.8 per cent, for the first half of 2020.

The FCAI has previously stated that motorcycles make perfect sense for commuting within the guidelines of our current pandemic environment.

With mass transit systems susceptible to contagion risk, personal transport has become the go-to option for many commuters. Motorcycle and scooter riders can mitigate infection risks, with two-wheeled transportation offering an effective means of maintaining social distance while enjoying a freeing and fun ride that ends with easy parking. Riders can also nimbly negotiate traffic and park conveniently, cutting commute times.

That final message still has not quite sunk in, with road bike and scooter sales down, but on the bright side the percentage drop in sales has not been as high as it was for the preceding couple of years. Are good times ahead for the Australian motorcycle industry? Nobody is quite sure, but at least off-road motorcycle sales are ensuring that times are not quite as bad as they have been.

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Over the past three years, few motorcycles have been as heavily hyped as the Yamaha Tenere 700. Now, RyanF9 is here to tell us: Is the bike worthy of all the noise? 

Originally revealed as the T7 concept bike, the middleweight ADV debuted in prototype form at the 2017 EICMA motorcycle show, then went on a much-publicized world tour. In the months since, we’ve heard two very different messages about this bike: Some people are looking at the machine as the next great affordable middleweight ADV, saying they can’t wait. Others are looking at the spec sheet, and the price tag, and the looooooooong delivery time (Europe got their models in 2019, North America had to wait until 2020), and they’re complaining. 

Now that the bike is actually in North America, some journos are finally getting out and testing the thing. Here’s Ryan F9’s take on the Tenere 700, in one of his slick video essays for the FortNine YouTube channel. What does Ryan think of the bike? He says he’s ready to sell his BMW GS, and buy one. 

RyanF9 starts by pointing out the bike’s production delays, and that the Honda Africa Twin has more ground clearance. The Tenere 700 weighs almost as much as a Triumph Tiger 900, and once you accessorize it, it’s almost as expensive as a KTM 790 Adventure.  

“Is the T7 really so special?” he asks. Once the kickstand is up, he seems to think so. Ryan’s already a big fan of the 689cc parallel twin engine, the same 72-horsepower unit as used in the FZ-07 naked bike and other Yamahas. Ryan’s also madly in love with the Tenere 700’s riding geometry, with the countershaft sprocket mounted high to fight rear-end squat. The result? Ryan says the leveled-out ride with a planted front end reminds him of a Dakar race bike, not a bloated, larger ADV bike. 

There are some drawbacks with the chassis design—excessive chain slap on the street, and Yamaha’s using weaker suspension springs in conjunction with the anti-squat design. That can mean a rough landing after you take the bike airborne, as Ryan shows. 

Still, he’s a convert. Although he never really refutes the negative points at the start of the video, it seems like the ride was enough to convert RyanF9 to the Tenere 700 fan club. He says he’s more confident on this bike than another adventure machine, except for maybe the KTM 790 Adventure. Over the next few months, it will be most interesting to see if the bike-buying public agrees. 


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Suzuki may be hesitant to bring electric motorcycles to market, but that doesn’t mean it’s not working on alternative energy technology. A fresh set of patent drawings shows Suzuki developing a hybrid motorcycle, with an electric motor and a gas engine as well.

Over the past few years, there have been occasional glimpses of hybrid motorcycle designs, but they’re rare. The heavy weight and inefficient complications of having both electric and gasoline powertrains mean this tech is best-suited for cars, not motorcycles—like most EV technology.

However, the advantages of a hybrid design are very attractive to motorcyclists. The problem with battery bikes is that eventually, the batteries run out and must be re-charged. Because motorcycle design is restricted by weight and size, electric motorcycles must run smaller batteries than cars, and recharging capacity can also be limited. If you want to run outside your motorcycle’s normal battery range, a gasoline engine is attractive, as it’s much easier and quicker to refuel a gas tank than it is to recharge a battery. A hybrid, with both technologies, offers the around-town efficiency and environmental friendliness of an EV, but the long-distance practicality of a gasoline engine.

Suzuki’s design is especially interesting, as it’s designed to have a large battery installed under the rider for EV function. But hey, what if you need the capabilities of a gasoline engine? No problem—remove that battery, and you can install a gasoline engine in its place. This way, you don’t have the extra weight of the gas engine, unless you need it.

Oddly, it seems the bike is designed to have the gas engine somehow power the electric motor, instead of an alternative direct-drive attachment to the rear wheel. This is obviously much less efficient than even a standard chain drive or shaft drive, so it seems like more of a stop-gap measure, for situations where consistent recharging capability is a problem.

Will this design make production? Over the past decade, we’ve seen many, many electric motorcycle prototypes in patent form, and even as finished concepts at motorcycle shows, but almost none of them have actually made it to market. However, it’s a move in the right direction for Suzuki.

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Honda has digitally rolled out its new CB-F concept bike which pays homage to the original CB900F machines.  Honda’s original intention had the machine rolling out at the Osaka and Tokyo 2020 Motorcycle shows.  But in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Honda becomes another manufacturer to roll out its machines digitally.

Honda says the CB-F concept machine is an ambitious fusion of cutting edge technology with design homage to the CB900F.  The bike houses a 998cc water-cooled, four-stroke, four-valve inline DOHC engine.  Honda says the engine “…eases through its rev-range and provides ample torque.”

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Honda’s CB-F concept bike pays homage to the original CB900F motorcycle.

The concept machine utilizes a lightweight, high tensile stees mono-backbone structure to cradle its engine.  Up front, you’ll find an inverted fork which Honda says provides excellent road-holding capabilities over urban and winding roads alike.  At the rear, Honda has chosen to use a lightweight aluminum single-sided swingarm Pro-Arm configuration.

If you’d like to see and learn more about Honda’s CB-F concept bike and other models, you can check out Honda’s Virtual Motorcycle Show website.  There you can find information on 29 Honda motorcycles in various categories including the CB-F concept.

Please note that the website is in Japanese, so have your Google Translate feature at the ready if you decide to visit.  The same goes for the videos posted on the website.  All audio is in Japanese so you’ll have to try to get the gist of everything from the video.  Still, it’s fun to check out what Honda has and may have up its sleeve.

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In December 2018 and October 2019, we told you about KTM CEO Stefan Pierer and his company’s plan to build 500cc motorcycles, including an adventure model.  Well, it’s now July 2020, and Pierer is more than hinting that the 500cc models are on the way.  And, from more than one of his companies.

Pierer and the Le Repaire Des Motards interview

In an interview printed in French online magazine Le Repaire Des Motards, Pierer makes definitive statements that 500cc KTMs and now, 500cc Husqvarna machines are in development and will be available in 2022.

The magazine asked Pierer directly about a new range of 500cc twin-cylinder models to be built by Bajaj and inquired whether the impact of COVID-19 had slowed the development of the machines.  In response, Pierer had this to say (translated from French):

It’s the contrary! Because of the lessons learned from the Covid, we are accelerating the projects because the 500 category will become a very important segment, especially in the markets developed as A2 motorcycles.  And in the so-called emerging markets, it will be the premium segment.

It will therefore be very important for our 125/200 and 390 Duke customers who will want to move upmarket. This range is developed 100% at the Bajaj R&D center in Pune, but with the support and skills of our R&D engineers. It is a parallel twin cylinder similar to the format we use on the 790/890, but in 500 cm3 which arrives.

The next question posed asked when the models would be launched.  Pierer:

Still in two years for the first model, so in 2022. But we will see several different models with the Duke and Adventure versions in each of the KTM and Husqvarna ranges.

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Lots of news from the mouth of KTM/Husqvarna/GasGas CEO, Stefan Pierer.  Photo credit: KTM

500cc Husqvarna

Poking further into the Husqvarna lineup, Pierer was asked whether he was still working on a two-cylinder Husqvarna for 2022.  Pierer’s response was all the more definite.

Yes, sure. It will be an Adventure type model like the Norden 901 concept that we showed at EICMA last year. He’s already on the way.

Finally, the French magazine asked about Pierer’s integration of GasGas.  What is his plan for that product line and what are his plans?  Pierer quickly made it clear that GasGas motorcycles will only be off-road products.

Basically, we are repeating Husqvarna’s successful strategy, but only with all-terrain products. This means that a GasGas version will be available for Enduro and Motocross applications of all KTM engine platforms. These GasGas versions will go into production in September and the first Enduro models will comply with the Euro5 standard . The GasGas trial is already sold and we sell it very well in the world, from the United States to Europe. I am very happy that we can finally conquer this last level that was missing in our range of all-terrain products!

So it appears that Les Repaire Des Motos has uncovered some interesting information directly from the man who is running each of the discussed companies.  It’s clear that Pierer wants his companies to make their marks into the 500cc segment and progress is being made.


KTM will be producing a line of 500cc models, including a 500cc adventure bike by 2022.  Once that machine is released, KTM will have adventure models of 390, 490 (500cc), 690, 790, and 1290cc displacements.  Also, the 790cc engine is rumored to be growing to 890cc for next year.  That’s quite a lineup of ADV type machines.

Husqvarna will be following KTM’s lead and will roll out a 900cc Norden and now a 500cc Norden variant.  Finally, GasGas machines will be built for off-road use only and will follow Husqvarna’s lead in its model lineup.  Phew, that’s a lot of info coming directly from the company’s CEO.

It’s clear that the Pierer Mobility family of companies are in for some exciting times.  Pierer Mobility has been experiencing remarkable growth in the past few years, and it seems that Pierer wants to keep it that way.

While many motorcycle manufacturers have been experiencing slumping sales, KTM somehow seems to be immune from those tough economic situations, as well as the impact of COVID-19.  Even in the US, where sales have been pretty abysmal for most manufacturers, KTM seems to have blossomed.

In the US, the company’s market share continues to rise.  It has risen from only 2.6 percent in 2009 to 8.6 percent in 2019.  Now, with more companies and a growing model lineup, Pierer Mobility seems to have positioned itself well.

Clearly Pierer Mobility has a lot up its sleeve.  Do you think that it can become the number one European manufacturer?  Also, what do you think of Pierer’s model lineups?  Which bike are you most interested in?  Let us know in the comments below.

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Giant Loop (GL) is announcing the release of its updated Klamath Tail Rack Pack for 2020.  Giant Loop says that the Klamath is now easier and faster to install and remove from tail racks and fenders.

New mounting system

The upgrade comes as a result of a “versatile new mounting system.”  The system includes two of GL’s new 25-inch stretch polyurethane Pronghorn StrapsTM, plus four Fender Hooks and two forward-tensioning webbing anchor straps.  The new accessories accommodate a wide variety of motorcycle makes and models.

GL says the Klamath Tail Rack pack is like a tank bag for the rear of the bike.  It keeps gear organized and easily accessible and secures to the GL Tail Rack or most motorcycle rear racks, as well as many plastic dirt bike fenders.

The 4-liter Klamath features a zipperless “nested clamshell design inspired by classic motorcycle rally racing packs.”  Its design allows quick access to the interior while wearing gloves and also features high visibility yellow padded liner with an adjustable divider.  Inside, you’ll find a pen/tire pressure gauge loop, a key clip, and a zippered mesh compartment.

Klamath interior

The revised tail pack carries 4-liters of gear and has a hi-visibility yellow liner.

Waterproof, dustproof and snowproof

GL says the tail pack is also 100% waterproof, dustproof, and snowproof.  It uses a seam-sealed inner liner Dry Pod™ that is made in the USA with military-spec materials.  This durable construction allows GL to offer a limited lifetime warranty.

Rider friendly exterior features include waterproof materials and construction, and “gloves on” access to your gear using mil-spec side-release buckles.  Rounding the pack’s features are reflective accents for visibility, a coated-mesh pocket, and a dual adjusting shock cord cargo lash point.

You can use the pack in conjunction with GL’s MoJavi Saddlebag.  It easily mounts in the saddlebag’s top middle section.  If you’re wondering where the Klamath gets its name, GL says it’s named after the scenic and wild Klamath River Basin of southern Oregon and northern California.

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The Klamath Tail Rack Pack mounted between Giant Loop’s MoJavi saddlebags.

GL’s Klamath carries a suggested retail price of $119.  It is available in black and a limited edition gray and orange.  The gray and orange version is available exclusively from GL direct.  For more information, go to GL’s website.



All photo credit: Giant Loop website


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