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ADVrider was launched in 2001 to provide adventure motorcycle riders their own dedicated online community. The site was debuted as an adventure riding forum and has grown to become the most visited website in the world for motorcycle enthusiasts. ADVrider currently has over 350,000 registered members who have submitted 33 million original posts. Read more about the story of how ADVrider came to be from our fearless leader, Baldy.
 

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The Dakar Rally has a new man in charge.

Etienne Lavigne, who’s been the Dakar Rally’s director for the past 15 years, is stepping into a different job at the company, and David Castera is going to take over.

Castera is a very experienced rally raid veteran, with years of racing under his belt, including some decent finishes at the Dakar in the motorcycle category. Like many riders, he eventually switched over to the car category, and spent some time racing as Cyril Despres’ co-driver, winning the Silk Way Rally with him twice. In 2019, Castera was teamed up with the legendary Stephane Peterhansel, narrowly escaping serious injury when their car crashed at this year’s Dakar.

His racing savvy isn’t the only reason he’s a good fit for this role, though. Along with his years of racing, Castera also has years of experience in the organizational side of rally raid. He worked as sporting director for Dakar for years, and was instrumental in re-shaping the Morocco Rally when it was sold at the end of 2017. He served as director there; combine that with his previous experience inside the ASO organization (promoters of Dakar), and he’s a natural choice to replace Lavigne.

Castera’s new job won’t be easy, as there is considerable questioning about the Dakar Rally’s future. In 2019, the race ran entirely in the country of Peru. The pattern in the past few years has been to visit three or four South American countries, and before that, the race ran from France to Senegal, until threats of terrorism forced the organizers to change continents.

Since the race moved to South America, it’s changed considerably. In recent years,  fans and even some racers complained the race had evolved from a navigation challenge into a more wide-open blast through easier tracks, like a World Rally Championship event. As a result, there have been consistent calls for change, and with the loss of all but one host country for 2019, change is indeed inevitable. No wonder Lavigne is changing his position, and Castera is certainly going to have his work cut out, as some onlookers are wondering if the Dakar will even move back to North Africa in the near future.


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Think the motosphere is already polluted with too many scrambler models? Maybe, maybe not, but word on the street is that we’re about to get a couple more, thanks to Royal Enfield.

In the not-too-distant past, some markets saw scrambler accessory packages available for Royal Enfield’s single-cylinder models, but there hasn’t been an scrambler available from the factory as a production model in many, many years.

Decades ago, the British arm of the company built off-road competition bikes, but it’s been a long time since we’ve seen anything equivalent, unless you count the Himalayan 401 adventure bike. You could arguably call that bike a scrambler, but if you want to get really picky, that would probably be inaccurate, at least in the modern usage of the term. Modern scramblers are mostly retro-styled bikes with a few off-road friendly components, but overall, they’re mostly street-biased, with an emphasis on form over function, and the Himalayan is just the opposite.

However, Royal Enfield has been teasing images of a new bike along those lines, a chromed-out retro machine snapped in the middle of a water crossing. And, that’s it. No specs, no details on the engine, not even a clear photo of the motorcycle, just a promise of more details on March 26.

The Indian motor press is always abuzz with spy shots and rumours, though, and they’ve decided this machine will be based on Royal Enfield’s air-cooled 350 cc and 500 cc engines, as already found in the Classic, the Thunderbird and so many other models over the years. And, they claim the machine will be called the Trials, or something like that. Stay tuned—we’ll know whether or not they’re right by the end of the month!


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Do you think you are ready for something quite different than your normal run of the mill motorcycle choices?  Then Nebmo Motociclette may have what you are looking for.  Nembo is Italian for a thunder cloud and this bike will be quite electrifying for some.

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Nembo recently announced that after years of testing, its radical Nembo 32 is ready for production.  OK, so what’s so radical about the Nembo 32 you may ask?  The answer is a lot.

The Nembo 32 gets its name from its engine configuration.  The number 32 represents its 3 cylinder engine with 2 liters of displacement.  This combination reportedly gets you about 200 claimed horsepower with 159 lb/ft of torque in a 350-pound dry weight package.  Well, that’s a pretty interesting combination in itself, but really doesn’t seem all that radical.

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So what makes the Nembo 32 more radical?  Once again its the bike’s engine.  The Nembo 32 mounts its engine upside down with the cylinders at the bottom of the bike.  Nembo claims that this configuration allows them to exploit the engine block as part of the chassis without involving the cylinder block.  Nembo claims that this configuration centralizes mass as much as possible around its center of gravity.  They believe the center of gravity is not as important as condensing the mass in the smallest possible area.  Interesting.

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If Nembo has piqued your interest, you will have to wait to get your own bike.  While Nembo says the Nembo 32 is ready for production, they do not presently have the funds to start up the line.  As such, they have created an Indiegogo campaign to help them raise starting capital.

Ultimately, if their campaign is successful, Nembo says that the retail price of the Nembo 32 will be approximately $68,000.  So if you have the interest and the cash, you can probably be the only person on your block to own an upside down engined 200 HP motorcycle.


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Have you ever heard of a Honda Africa Four?  Me neither.  That’s because it’s a custom super enduro made by Swiss dealer Brivemo Motos.  It’s like they are a group of people that just can’t get enough of a good thing.

Similar in style to KTM’s 950 Super Enduro made from 2006 to 2008, Brivemo’s Africa Four is a beast of machine made for serious open throttle dual sport riding. Using a wide variety of components from other machines, Brivemo calls its creation the Africa Four CRF1000R.

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The name is derived from the original base bike and its engine.  This gave the Africa Four a claimed 145 HP.  Brivemo retained the single-sided swingarm to continue with a more custom look.

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Photo credit: Brivemo Motos

They then grafted on a Honda CRF450R front fork which resulted in an increase in wheelbase.  A large single front disk with a four-piston caliper was added to the front.  The CB1000Rs original wheels were retained, but the tires were changed to Continental TKC-80s for some off-road grip.

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The cat was removed and a shortened carbon fiber exhaust was added.  This gives the bike a far more aggressive look and may have even added some performance.  Rounding out the changes are projector beam headlights, a single saddle, a high front mudguard, wider aluminum handlebars, toothed footpegs, and an engine protection guard.

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All of these changes result in a unique and aggressive looking dual sport machine.  Brivemo claims that the Africa Four CB1000R comes in at 200 KG.  They do not say whether that is dry or wet weight.  Nonetheless, they have created a machine that looks like it would be a hoot to ride.


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We knew it was coming soon, and now it’s confirmed: Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR) has confirmed it will expand its eastern map range, by developing a route for New England.

In case you don’t know who Backcountry Discovery Routes is, or what they do, their website says it’s a “non-profit organization whose mission is to establish and preserve off-highway routes for dual-sport and adventure motorcycles.” BDR works at this mission several ways (“education, advocacy, and promotion of responsible motorcycle travel“), but is probably best-known in the ADV community for its excellent collaboration with Butler Maps, resulting in detailed offroad riding routes in the continental US.

Until fairly recently, BDR’s routes were all out west, through places like Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and so on. It made sense, as the area has a huge adventure riding community and is arguably some of the best motorcycling terrain on the continent. But that was a bummer for eastern-based riders, until BDR debuted its Mid Atlantic route last year. Taking riders through the back corners of Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland, it gave riders living in the I95 jungle their own chance to try a proper BDR route without having to cross the continent.

That route fell a bit short, though, as it cut out New England, particularly the state of Maine, which is probably the easiest eastern state to get truly, properly lost in the wilderness, and eaten by a bear. Maine has vast amounts of empty space in the Great North Woods, and although many roads are private and require permission to ride, the roads through the woods are there, if you can get access.

According to BDR, the new route will connect to the existing Mid Atlantic route to add another 1,000 miles through six states, ending at the Canadian border. The BDR crew is going to be working on the route in coming months, and will be detailing their adventures on social media, so you can follow along. When it’s done, as always, there will be a Butler Motorcycle Map featuring the route, free GPS tracks of the route, and a documentary film about the new route. We can’t wait!


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Yeah, nah, kinda, sorta, not really

…but they did sell the rights to the motor though…to China, to a company called CFMoto, according to automotive news outlet zigwheels CFMoto has ties with a certain Austrian manufacturer.

continuing – Yes, CFMoto is one of the production partners of KTM. The Chinese company will solely be making the 799cc parallel-twin LC8 motor that will power the 790 Duke from 2020. 

…but what about the 990?

CRMoto just bought the rights to build its own motorcycle which will house KTM’s 999cc 75-degree V-twin motor – the same engine powers KTM’s 990 series of motorcycles. Interestingly, this engine too will solely be produced at CFMoto’s Hangzhou factory from 2020.

CFMoto is presently constructing an all-new manufacturing plant opposite its existing facility. When running at full capacity, producing its own range of 990/1080 V-twin models as well as KTM’s new range of 799cc parallel-twin machines, the plant is expected to produce 50,000 new models annually.


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Husqvarna has partnered with Rekluse to offer a semi-auto clutch upgrade for its Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 models.

Both the Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 use the same 373 cc made-in-India single-cylinder engine, originally specced for KTM’s 390 lineup of beginner bikes. They come with a conventional six-speed gearbox which uses a standard handlebar-operated wet clutch.

The Rekluse upgrade takes that unit out, replacing it with an all-new Radius X Centrifugal clutch kit. The process isn’t supposed to take very long, which also means (in theory) it shouldn’t be too expensive to replace, as shop time =  money, if you’re not doing the job yourself.

And, this upgrade is likely not aimed at the DIY enthusiast, as the 401 models are slanted towards the entry-level side of Husky’s lineup. That means the semi-auto clutch makes perfect sense on these bikes. While you still have to use the clutch lever to shift between gears, you don’t need to use the clutch lever when starting the bike, or when coming to a stop. Those starts and stops are what give beginner riders the most trouble, and the most potential for stalling their machine, so Husqvarna’s partnership with Rekluse is a very good idea. While the system may not be as advanced as the fully-auto setup on a Honda Africa Twin, it’s going to be much easier for beginner riders than a standard conventional clutch.

While we haven’t seen pricing on the Rekluse clutch system for the Husqvarna, other Radius X systems sell in the $600-$730 USD range in the American market.


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What’s the most money you’ve ever spent on a motorcycle? That number will vary widely between KLR fans (“$1,200, and it came with a free milk crate!”) and Eurobike enthusiasts (“$20,000, and I get to spend another $4,000 on accessories!”). However, there are probably very few inmates on here who’ve spent six figures on a motorcycle, and nobody who’s spent £416,250 GBP (almost $550,00 USD) on a parts bike.

But, that’s exactly what someone did not long ago, at an auction in the UK. It wasn’t just any old pile of bike parts, though, it was as Brough Superior SS100 from 1930, with paperwork establishing George Brough as the original owner. The bike was actually raced at the 1930 International Six Days trial in Switzerland by F.P. Dickson, who teamed  up with George Brough and Eddy Meyer for the event (maybe that’s how it ended up in so many parts?).

What exactly did the lucky buyer get? A “Partially and loosely assembled original SS100 with JAP engine,” with matching frame, engine and gearbox numbers. And, a bunch of paperwork, including expert authentication.

It’s hard to see how this bike fetched this money, as it was expected to sell for £160,000 – £200,000, and in its current state, it will require significant work before it ever runs again. Surely, the buyer could have found a running Brough  for that kind of money?

But maybe that’s the problem. In recent years, prices on vintage motorcycles have climbed astronomically, and they’re no longer available for the bargain-basement prices they used to be, relatively speaking. Vintage car enthusiasts have priced that game out of the reach of many people, and they’re turning to bikes instead. For proof, just grab your local Buyer Flyer/Penny Saver, or log on Kijiji/Craigslist and see how much people want for even relatively common stuff, like early ’70s SOHC Hondas. So hang on to that $1,200 KLR, because 50 years from now, it could be priceless.


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We rely a lot on electronic devices these days, phones, cameras, gps, location beacons etc. we put our confidence in them and presume they work exactly as stated.

One Spot user of nearly a decade needed his SPOT to function perfectly as advertised and call for help when he had a fall and as he explains –

“had just suffered a horrendous compound fracture of the lower leg way out in the Mt Baker Wilderness. In a location and terrain that necessitated a quick rescue to save my leg and my life. I hit the SOS button on my SPOT. To my horror the button did nothing”

He felt relieved he was not alone and his partner also had a SPOT –

“Then even crazier my friends #spotgen3 wouldn’t activate the SOS either. Both units were blinking green, were blinking all the correct lights in the startup self-test.”

This story went viral this week being shared over 3000 times and featured on KIRO 7 News.

He went on to say –

“How many still work in track and ok lulling you into a false sense that the unit will work when you need the SOS or HELP function? Scary to say the least. So if you have one of these devices I suggest you call SPOT LLC and have them test your unit.

He eventually got out and was rescued and got around to calling SPOT and their initial response and reaction was –

“He didn’t seem to care about the gravity of the situation. Didn’t even ask for the defective unit to test it. And of course, even worse telling me to sell replacement SPOT product on eBay to buy another SPOT product. He really acted like a blocking agent rather than a problem solver.”

So if you take anything away from this it would be to call them and test your unit is working at 100% so when you need it, it will be there for you.

The full story is here below for the none FB users as written by the user/ owner.

The original is a  FB post if you want to read some of the comments and reactions and share this further – LINK to the original post

SPOT LLC #spotsaveslives did NOT save my life. It in fact it failed me at the most critical moment. U.S. Navy did however come to the rescue. Here’s a little update to the story that KIRO 7 News ran on my Mt Baker rescue. I had just suffered a horrendous compound fracture of the lower leg way out in the Mt Baker Wilderness. In a location and terrain that necessitated a quick rescue to save my leg and my life. I hit the SOS button on my SPOT. To my horror the button did nothing after repeated attempts. Then even crazier my friends #spotgen3 wouldn’t activate the SOS either. Both units were blinking green, were blinking all the correct lights in the start up self test. I have been running SPOT devices in my #airplane and all my #backcountry#floatplane, and #snowmobileadventures for at least a decade. I have persuaded many friends to buy the device over the years. This however was the first time I needed it. Part of me is glad it happened. Because during all those preflight and pre-ride discussion where I’ve looked people straight in the eye and said this is your best way to rescue. I’m out of the hospital and well enough now to call SPOT and get their take on it. Tech support had me go through various tests. Then had me test the “help/sos” functions. NOPE. Still doesn’t work. Nothing lights up. Just the blinking green light at the power icon. So they have me try the “ok” button. Yep. Still works normally. Now here’s my biggest concern. How many units are like mine and my friend’s @krispelan ? How many still work in track and ok lulling you into a false sense that the unit will work when you need the SOS or HELP function? Scary to say the least. So if you have one of these devices I suggest you call SPOT LLC and have them test your unit. I requested a credit towards #spotx in lieu of a new #spotgen3 replacement they offered because I don’t trust the hardware. He told me to sell it on ebay🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️. Ok right… I’ve given you my trust and money all these years and I finally need your services. The least you could do is upgrade credit me to a two way comm unit so that I know it’s working. At least I’m told my GEOS rescue insurance should still apply. What would you do?

#KIRO7Seattle story

https://www.kiro7.com/…/nas-whidbey-helicopter-cr…/923142305

Update: Thank you so much for sharing this story. I hope it saves someone’s life. I just received a call from a high manager at SPOT after this went viral. Sad that it took that for someone in the company to think this was serious. We’ll see what they do to make it right and assure us that their products are reliable. I’ll keep you posted 🙏

Update #2: SPOT management just called me again(the morning after this went viral) They are very apologetic and sound very sincere in there concern about what happened to us. I think it’s sincere but also a bit of damage control. They tell me that this is a “one off” that this unit worked(or rather didn’t work) in the manor described. They are taking both of our Gen3 SPOT devices to see what happened. In addition they are sending me the new SPOTX that offers texting so that I can verify that it’s indeed working. In addition they are giving me a free one year extension on my plan. They say it’s the least they can do. So for now I will accept the SPOTX and subscription and try it out for the next 17 months. I will however be supplementing it with another device and an Eprib. So long story short I think I got a bad manager the first time I called. He didn’t seem to care about the gravity of the situation. Didn’t even ask for the defective unit to test it. And of course even worse telling me to sell replacement SPOT product on Ebay to buy another SPOT product. He really acted like a blocking agent rather than a problem solver. However now the upper management is trying to make it right and show us how serious they consider these devices to be to us. They tell me they are going to use this as a training tool for their employees. I’m still apprehensive to trusting a gen3 after what happened. If you have one in my opinion I’d get it checked even if it’s still working in the “OK” function it may not be working in the SOS function as mine did. I thought it only fair that SPOT had a voice in this too that’s why I’m giving these updates. They tell me they have over 6000 rescues. My goal is to inform others because of the life saving nature of the device.


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The city of St. Paul, Minnesota has disbanded both its motorcycle unit and its equestrian units.  The units had been used for both law enforcement and public relations.  Officer safety and more emphasis on distracted driving are the biggest factors for their decision.

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St. Paul police motorcycle units. Photo credit: St. Paul Police

Saint Paul police spokesperson Steve Linders called the decision “incredibly tough”.  But he also said that the biggest part of their decision was based on officer safety.

“We’ve had 23 officers in the last four years injured. Eight on horseback and 15 on motorcycles.  One of the motorcycle officers actually lost his career because he was hurt so badly so this is more about officer safety than any other factor.”

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The city of St. Paul, MN has also disbanded its equestrian unit. Photo credit: St. Paul Police

The affected officers will be transferred to patrol cars.  Three of them will be assigned full time to distracted driving enforcement.  The remaining officers will be moved to cars and patrol local neighborhoods.

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A St. Paul police officer shows off his skills. Photo credit: St. Paul Police

The department will need to dispose of 15 motorcycles and 6 horses.  They have been able to find homes for 3 of the horses so far. Spokesperson Linders says they’re looking for safe and caring homes for the other 3 horses.  He says there is interest from other sheriff’s offices.

The move is expected to save $70,000 annually.


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Harley-Davidson (Harley) has recalled certain 2016 to 2019 Harley Street 500, Street 750 and Street 750A motorcycles due to potential brake caliper Corrosion.  Harley says that the brake calipers may corrode internally after exposure to certain driving environments. Specifically, they say bikes are subject to failure in coastal regions or when exposed to road salt.  When subjected to these conditions, the corrosion may result in increased brake drag.

This recall potentially affects a total of 12,871 motorcycles in accordance with the chart below:

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HARLEY-DAVIDSON XG500 2016 – 2019
HARLEY-DAVIDSON XG750 2016 – 2019
HARLEY-DAVIDSON XG750A 2017 – 2019

Harley has already sent an initial notice to owners and dealers of affected machines.  Harley will remedy the issue by installing new front and rear brake calipers free of charge.  Replacement parts are not yet available and Harley will notify owners and dealers when the necessary parts have been received and are available for installation.

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For additional information, owners may contact Harley customer service at 1-800-258-4236.  Harley’s number for this recall is 0174.  Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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Are you in need of riding goggles that can survive a gunfight? The odds of you needing such equipment are rare, but should you feel the need, Leatt’s got you covered. Or at least, they’ve got your eyes covered.

Leatt’s neck braces are already well-known in the off-road market, and the company’s new Velocity 6.5 line of eye protection looks like it should get its own set of fans, as it boasts some pretty robust specs—no pun intended. The new googles are supposedly bulletproof; they’re actually certified to the US military’s MIL-DTL-43511D ballistic impact standard, as well as CE EN 1938 :2010 and ANSI Z87.1-2015 standards.

Along with the ballistic protection, they’re also supposed to be quite comfortable, thanks to dual-density frames that are supposed to conform to a rider’s head well, and offer a good seal. The frames are tapered, to fit into a wide variety of helmets.

The easy-change lenses offer 170° of vision, and dual-pane anti-fog lenses are standard. There are several different colours available, depending which goggles you get (there are three models in the Velocity 6.5 line). Light transmission ranges from 22 per cent to 83 per cent, depending which goggles you buy. The goggles are tear-off compatible, self-draining, and are designed to fit over glasses. All three models in the lineup come with a 50 mm anti-slip strap.

The standard Velocity 6.5 goggles have a $79.99 MSRP in the US; the 6.5 Iriz model (with flashier mirror lenses) sells for $89.99, and the 6.5 Roll-Off (with roll-off lens system) retails at $99.99 US. All of Velocity’s lenses, along with the Roll-Off system, are compatible with all goggles in the line. Lenses are priced $9.99-$24.99.


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Daytona Bike Week, the year’s first major motorcycle rally for the US, starts today. And, even though it’s often panned as a get-together for posers, there’s still a decent amount of legitimate motorcycle entertainment running.

Daytona Bike Week runs in Daytona Beach, Florida. This is the 78th running of the world-famous rally, which actually runs through March 17.

Bike Week attracts plenty of motorcyclists who are much more interested in partying than actual hard riding, as the weather is often some of the best in the US for March, and the roads in Florida are mostly pretty straight. However, there are plenty of serious riders who attend the event as well (hey, just riding to Daytona can be a seriously adventurous trek, if you’re coming from a snowed-in part of the continent, and some people do it every year). There’s lots for them to do once there. Stuff like demo rides (many of the manufacturers have their new-for-2019 models on display, and out for test rides), camping (even right at the Speedway!), and of course, racing.

This year, Bike Week starts off with the Daytona Supercross event, running Saturday, March 9. If that’s not enough dirt bike action to satisfy you, you can also take in the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross, runing Sunday-Monday; there’s also the inaugural Vintage Supercross, which runs Tuesday. Check out this year’s Supercross layout below:

The Daytona TT flat track race runs Thursday, at the Daytona Speedway. This year, the organizers say the race is on a “one-of-a-kind race circuit re-engineered to feature a bigger, better and faster track design that features both the asphalt and dirt of the tri-oval.” Sounds interesting, although it’s not as if AMA flat track ever lacks for excitement.

Then, of course, there’s the Daytona 200, one of North America’s classic roadracing events. This year, it runs on Saturday, March 16. Alas, the Daytona 200 no longer features the baddest superbikes; the 57-lap race is now sanctioned by the ASRA, and runs supersport-class machines, as they found it difficult to find a superbike tire that would last the litre-class machines over the course of the whole race.

So, while it may not be ADV-centric, there’s still plenty of stuff for the committed motorcyclist to enjoy at Daytona over the next few days. If you get tired of it, rumour has it there’s actually some decent off-roading in Florida, as long as you don’t mind riding in sand. You can always escape the mullet-wearing leather daddies on V-twins by taking a rip through one of the nearby trail systems, although you want to do your homework before leaving town to try that.


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Erik Buell, the man behind such motorcycles as the Buell Ulysses adventure bike and the XB9 streetfighter, is back in business. Now, he’s working with electric motorcycles

Erik Buell’s been kicking around the motorcycle industry for decades, rising to prominence with intriguing homebrewed privateer racing efforts in the early 1980s. He gained even more notoriety when he started building performance bikes powered by Harley-Davidson engines towards the end of the decade. In the 1990s, Harley-Davidson worked with him to operate a subsidiary that built made-in-America naked bikes and sportbikes, but by the late 2000s, the money had dried up and the MoCo axed its Buell lineup in 2009. Undaunted, he then founded Erik Buell Racing (EBR), eventually announcing a partnership with Indian moto-manufacturing giant Hero. EBR continued to manufacture sportbikes until 2015, when EBR declared bankruptcy.

At that time, the EBR lineup had sport bikes based around Rotax-built engines, as well as a naked bike, and there were constant rumours (possibly unfounded) of an adventure bike in the works. EBR was also briefly involved in World Superbike racing, but budgetary constraints held the team back. Since the 2015 bankruptcy, the disposal of EBR’s assets has dragged on and passed into the realm of silliness; originally, the assets were described as a “turn key” motorcycle manufacturing operation, but at this point, it seems EBR will never be back in business.

But as for Mr. Buell himself, he’s certainly back in business, working out a deal with Sauber Motorsports, a Swiss outfit best known for its efforts in Formula One. Buell’s teamed up with Sauber to launch a line of electric two-wheelers, sold under the Fuell brand name. Right now, Fuell has an e-bike in the lineup (quick-swap battery, sold in two versions limited to either 20 mph or 28 mph, d$3,295 US MSRP). More interestingly, there’s also an electric motorcycle, called the Flow, which is going to be available in 15 hp and 47 hp versions. It’s powered by a hub motor in the rear wheel … and that’s about all we know. Fuell hasn’t released an MSRP or range specs yet.

Well, at least this answers the question, what’s Erik Buell going to do next? The next question is, will consumers be eager to once again line up for his products? There’s long been a demand for made-in-America performance bikes, but after years of disappointing waits and letdowns, some buyers may be jaded for life. Others loved their Buell-built machines, though, so the new Fuell company is likely going to attract interest, especially with its futuristic design.


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Do you have an electric motorcycle?  Do you want to race it?  Well, now you can in an open electric motorcycle specific racing championship called Open eSBK.

Claiming it is a “beginning of an era”, Open eSBK has announced the opening of registration for its inaugural season.  The first practices, qualifications, and races will be held at the Assen TT circuit in Assen, the Netherlands from May 24, 2019 to May 26, 2019.  Registration is now open and will be open until March 4, 2019.  To ensure a place on the grid, Open eSBK says teams should apply as soon as possible.

Since the championship is an open competition, anyone can join, as long as their motorcycle is electric.

Jeroen Goudswaard, the director of the Series said:

 …there are multiple classes to create a fair competition for all types of bikes: Zeros, Energicas, other brands and prototyping superbikes.”

Goudswaard went on to say:

“This is a very important aspect, since this enables more starting machines on the grid. Also, this weekend contains five track sessions, which gives a lot of circuit time. We really think this makes it fun and exciting to join.”

You can find more information about the eSBK championship by going to their website.


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Harley-Davidson continues to slowly leak out details of its upcoming LiveWire electric bike, with the latest press release sharing some performance information and also mentioning super-fast recharging times.

The LiveWire (scheduled to hit the market later this summer) will accelerate 0-60 mph in 3 seconds, and has a 60 mph to 80 mph roll-on time of 1.9 seconds—numbers that certainly eclipse any gasoline-powered motorcycles the MoCo has in the lineup. Harley-Davidson also says the new bike will have 140 miles of urban riding range. A mix of highway riding and urban riding drops that to 88 miles of range, since highway riding doesn’t top up the battery through regenerative braking.

While those range numbers aren’t great (competitors like Zero have motorcycles that offer more range for less money), Harley-Davidson makes up for it by including a DC Fast Charge system on the bike, which allows the LiveWire to recharge from zero per cent to 80 per cent battery capacity in only 40 minutes, by using a SAE J1772 connector (CCS2 – IEC type 2 connector in Europe). A 0-100 per cent charge only takes 60 minutes using the same system. Harley-Davidson says it will have a DC fast charger at dealerships selling the LiveWire.

Of course, Harley-Davidson has already announced some other interesting components and features, including stability control, smart device integration, tamper alert/vehicle tracking technology, Showa suspension and Brembo brakes. Unlike some early electric motorcycle efforts from other manufacturers, this machine will be available with high-end parts and capabilities from the very start.

It also raises some interesting questions about the company’s future. If customers are charging their bikes at Harley-Davidson’s dealerships for 40-60 minutes, how will they spend their time and money while they’re there? And here’s another newsy tidbit: Harley-Davidson also announced it has purchased StaCyc, a manufacturer of builds electric balance bikes aimed at the youth market. While the road ahead is unclear, one thing’s for sure: if it survives the current turmoil, Harley-Davidson will look much, much different in future years.


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Is it a spelling mistake, or did BMW let the cat out of the bag? An interesting line in a UK-market brochure has people wondering if BMW is finally about to introduce a new middleweight touring machine.

The conjecture comes after BMW sent a brochure to British dealers that talks about an “F 850 RS mid-range tourer.” Hang on a minute—there’s no such bike in the BMW lineup now, and never has been. So does that mean we’re about to see one introduced?

It would, after all, make sense. Although BMW’s better-known for its big-dollar street touring rides (currently, the R1250 RS and R1250 RT), it has a long history of making mid-displacement equivalents, for budget-minded buyers. For years, the F800 GT model has held that spot in the lineup, offering a lower-priced alternative to the more expensive big-bore machines. It’s powered by BMW’s liquid-cooled parallel twin engine, and last saw updates for the 2017 model year, when the engine got some re-tuning. BMW also added new gauges and other minor tweaks at that time.

When the F750 GS and F850 GS models debuted later that year on the 2017 show circuit, the natural assumption was that we’d see the same updated parallel twin put into a sport touring package. BMW has followed that pattern for years. But so far, that hasn’t happened, despite rumours, and there’s been very little solid indication that this was BMW’s plan, until now. Presumably, the F850 RS that was mentioned would be a replacement for the F800 GT.

Or would it? BMW is telling everyone that this is simply a typo, that there really isn’t an F850 RS coming. Believable? Hard to say, but after the new R1250 Shiftcam engine broke cover a tad early last fall, you can bet the boys and girls at BMW Motorrad are keen to ensure that sort of thing doesn’t happen again. Frankly, it’s hard to believe an F850 RS isn’t coming, and while it may be a while off, we won’t be shocked if one shows up on this fall’s show circuit.


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There have been several unveilings of electric motorcycles recently.  Harley-Davidson, Zero, Energica, and Lightning have unveiled or said they will release new electric motorcycles shortly.

But there is one electric motorcycle company that you may not have heard of.  Alternet Systems subsidiary ReVolt Electric Motorbikes are producing an electric motorcycle and claim to already have signed orders totaling $1.5M.  In a series of press releases, the company said that it had received a $1M fleet order from a Nairobi, Kenya ride sharing client.  It also said that it had received two other orders totaling $500K.

Where are the bikes?

So how come we haven’t seen the bike or heard of any rollout for their electric motorcycles?  Well, it turns out that there is only one copy of the pre-sold bike.  The new orders were apparently completed when the bikes passed a “pilot” test.

While many of the newest electric motorcycles are packed with advanced technology, ReVolt has apparently chosen a different route.  They claim that their electric motorcycle is based on what some may consider a “classic” motorcycle.

Based on a classic motorcycle

ReVolt says that they have partnered with an unnamed manufacturing company to produce their electric motorcycles.  Surprisingly, the baseline motorcycle is the 1930s era BMW R71 with a German Army style sidecar.

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ReVolt says its electric motorcycle is similar to this BMW R75. Photo credit: ReVolt.

Given that ReVolt’s first customer is a motorcycle rideshare company, the sidecar makes sense.  But it’s somewhat surprising that the basis of the bike is a 1930s era machine.  Nonetheless, ReVolt’s iteration of the R71 is electrically powered by a lithium-ion battery. Interesting.

Using Lithium-ion power

In an April 2018 press release, ReVolt’s parent company, Alternet says ReVolt will:

“…integrate Alternet’s patented lithium battery technology into a new line of Electric Motorcycles for both domestic and international markets.  ReVolt will start with the production of retro-classic designs for the US market and later introduce a utility daily driver for everyday transportation in developing economic regions.  The first retro-classic design electrifies the rich history of the BWM R71 motorcycle.”

Going after the rideshare market

That’s an interesting statement considering ReVolt has yet to produce a single machine for public purchase in the US.  Apparently, ReVolt has decided that sales to the international rideshare market outweigh sales to the leisure consumer market.

In a June 2018 press release, Randell Torno, CEO of Alternet said:

“Our business focus is on rugged, sustainable power solutions.  Our portfolio of technology is centered today on lithium-ion batteries and that portfolio is growing and evolving.  We firmly believe the best way to develop rugged and sustainable power solutions that are consistently dependable is through the simultaneous integration of those power solutions into rugged operating environments.  Hence the introduction of ReVolt and our ongoing military defense work.  Adding electric motorcycle lithium-ion battery sales to ReVolt electric motorcycle sales is in line with Alternet’s focus on rugged, sustainable power solutions.”

Interest from the investment community

So it seems like ReVolt’s parent company, Alternet feels it is a battery company focusing on ways to use it’s patented lithium-ion battery technology.  They say that a report by Global Market Insights lead them to believe that the electric motorcycle market will exceed $22 billion by 2024.  Alternet (through ReVolt) wants a piece of the electric motorcycle market pie.

Alternet has yet to publish any specifications for its “patented lithium battery technology”, nor have they unveiled the single working electric motorcycle.  So perhaps more than a little skepticism is in order.

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But one investment company apparently thinks Alternet (OTC:ALYI) may be onto something.  Goldman Small Cap Research (not related to Goldman-Sachs) issued coverage on the company giving it a “speculative buy rating” with a 1-year price target of .09/share.  The stock is presently trading at .04/share.

Radical new technology

Lastly, Alternet has latched onto a new technology that it thinks will change the electrically powered vehicle world.  Remember, Alternet said it concentrates on “sustainable power solutions”.

Alternet now says that it is researching a previously untapped power technology.  One that is very sustainable and without the eco issues presented by lithium.  That power technology comes from a source that you’ve heard of before, but probably never thought would be used for power.

I’ll cover the new source of power in the next article on ReVolt and Alternet.


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Lane splitting, sometimes called lane sharing could become legal if a Maryland legislator has her way.  State delegate Kathy Szeliga has introduced a bill to legalize lane splitting on Maryland’s roads.

Szeliga said that the practice may help alleviate traffic congestion.  A motorcyclist herself, she said:

“The initial reaction will say, ‘Woah, this seems dangerous,’ but once you see it done safely, it’s not dangerous.”

To ensure that lane sharing is done properly, Szeliga says that the bill requires the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and State Highway Administration to develop guidelines for safe and appropriate lane splitting.

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However, not everyone sees lane splitting in the same light as Delegate Szeliga.  The Public and Government Affairs Manager for the American Automobile Association Mid Atlantic region Ragina Cooper Averalla opposes the legislation saying:

“We, at AAA believe that this legislation would leave motorcycle riders and drivers vulnerable to unsafe operation on Maryland roads, as lane-splitting is dangerous to both motorcycle operators and vehicle operators and could result in side-swipe and turn-into-path collisions as drivers in moving traffic may not expect to be passed by an object traveling between lanes. Additionally, AAA research, conducted with the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center, found that blind spot monitoring systems detected motorcycles on average 26% later than they detect full-size sedans. Passage of HB 917 would likely make it more difficult for motorists to detect motorcyclists, making it even more dangerous for all road users.”

So lane spitting is on the table in Maryland at least.  But the legislation has a tough row to hoe if the failed attempts in Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, Oregon, and Texas are any indicator.

We’ll keep you updated as the bill evolves.


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Klim has decided to tackle the one-piece riding suit market, announcing the Hardanger touring suit for this season.

It’s an interesting time to see Klim introduce this suit, as there’s not been much movement in the one-piece riding suit market lately. They’ve disappeared from the Olympia website, and from Scott and REV’IT!’s websites as well. BMW still lists a one-piece riding suit, and the Joe Rocket Survivor is still on the market (low-priced, too, at $399 US MSRP). But for the most part, Aerostich, the company that introduced the textile one-piece is still the biggest name in this game, at least in North America. There’s not much competition from anyone else.

So, what’s the Hardanger got to offer? It’s waterproof, thanks to a three-layer Gore-Tex shell that the press release says is “guaranteed to keep you dry.” (Indeed, it’s worth noting Gore-Tex does have a lifetime waterproofing guarantee). There are 750-denier Cordura patches on knees, shoulders, and elbows to protect you in a crash, and there’s a waterproof pass-through port, allowing you to patch in heated clothes.

There’s vented D3O armour in shoulder, elbows, hips and knees, and there’s also a back pad. Klim included chest, forearm, tricep, bicep, back and thigh vents. It’s also designed to integrate with the Tek-Pak touring backpack. The armour is supposed to be easily adjustable.

Klim’s press release says there’s no interior liner, and there’s “top down zip-in-zip out” entry. It’s designed to be easily worn over street clothes, and to make it even more convenient for touring or commuting riders, Klim included a clip on the suit that allows you to lock it to the bike. Arrive at your destination, take off your suit, secure it, and then you’re free to wander around in your plain ol’ pants and shirt, instead of clomping around in moto-gear.

With all the talk of improved commuting and touring capability, the suit is definitely aimed at grabbing a chunk of Aerostich’s market, especially when you see it’s available in a wide range of sizes (short, regular and tall lengths, S-3XL). For now, colours are restricted to fairly subdued black, tan and grey, with no retina-searing high-viz mentioned—yet.

But, with pricing starting around $1,299 US, Klim isn’t really beating Aerostich on pricing, and for now, there’s no real customization possible. Still, it’s another option on the market for the rider who wants this sort of kit.


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One of the longest drawn out campaigns for the sale of a new motorcycle ever. The Yamaha Tenere 700 is finally available for order…but NOT in the US

The Release states –

The bike will go on sale online on 27th of March at 14:00 CET. “The first deliveries are planned in July 2019 and will be allocated to our online customers on a first-come first-served basis”, says Yamaha. The price: €9,299 euro for the standard version. The price is exclusively for online orders and applies until the online system closes on July 31st 2019.  

After supplying the initial batch of online orders, Yamaha will commence delivery of the Ténéré 700 to dealerships across Europe from September 2019 at the standard price of €9,699. Yamaha says that these prices are for the standard version only, and the price varies per country.

Nothing in this press release about the USA. 

Here are the main figures: 72 hp from the CP2 parallel twin engine, 21 front/ 18 rear, tube-type tires, switchable ABS and a more than 350 km range. 

No traction control, no riding modes, no rider aids. Just a simple adventure bike, with a more dirt-road approach than touring capabilities. At least, that seat doesn’t seem to be very comfortable for touring. 


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Bajaj wants to increase its global presence.  To do so, they have created a new advertising campaign with the phrase “The World’s Favorite Indian”.  In keeping with their campaign,  Bajaj has produced a video of their bikes in action.

Shown in the video is the Bajaj Dominar, a 373cc single that was released in 2016.  Since then the bike has received some updating, but nothing substantial.

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But, in Bajaj’s new video, brief glimpses of the changes coming for the Dominar can be seen.  The changes are more substantial than paint and graphics.

Fairly obvious is the new upside-down front fork.  Looking similar to the units found on the KTM 390 Duke, one has to wonder how much technology and equipment from the KTM – Bajaj partnership will flow down to Bajaj.

The exhaust is no longer a single outlet but features twin port exhaust canisters.  Also new are mono-color wheels as opposed to the silver spoked wheels of previous models.

Rumors are circulating that although the original 373 cc engine may be retained, it has been tweaked for more power.  The current model produces 35 PS (34.5 HP) while the new model is said to have 39 PS (38.5 HP).  Torque is reportedly the same at 35 NM (25.8 Ft LB) but comes in 500 RPM earlier at 7,000 RPM.

If you want a new Dominar, Bajaj is taking deposits.  A minimum deposit of ₹ 5,000 (~$70 USD) will save your bike.   The suggested retail price is expected to be about ₹ 1.63 lakh ($2300 USD).


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Biltwell Inc., a Temecula, California helmet manufacturer has donated 1,800 helmets to the National Motorcycle Safety Fund (NMSF).   The NMSF is the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s (MSF) charitable branch.

Donating towards safety

Good on Biltwell.  They will get a tax break for their donation.  It will come courtesy of the NMSF’s 501(c)(3) charitable status.  But it’s great that Biltwell thought to donate the helmets instead of destroying them.

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Biltwell’s Gringo S full face helmet. Photo credit: Biltwell

Of the donation, Biltwell’s General Manager Mike Ellis said:

“We had an extra quantity of our Gringo and Gringo S model helmets sitting in inventory and realized we could put them to better use by donating them for use at MSF training sites, which would improve the students’ experience.”

The work of NMSF

Funds and donations received by the NMSF allow it to fund crash research, motorcycle safety videos and publications, alcohol and drug education programs for motorists and other motorcycle safety initiatives.  Donors can rest assured that one hundred percent of their contribution will be used to carry out the work of the NMSF.  The funds are never used to cover administration or other similar costs.

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Biltwell’s Gringo full face helmet. Photo credit: Biltwell

Win-win situation

Biltwell approved the NMSF’s plan to sell the donated helmets at “nominal cost” to MSF recognized Rider Training Sites.

MSF President Mike Buche had this to say about Biltwell’s donation:

 “These type of donations enable multiple win-win situations. The training sites with their limited budgets can upgrade their helmet inventory at little cost; students can enjoy wearing fresh, modern helmets during the hands-on course; NMSF gains funding for future research and outreach projects; and Biltwell gets the tax benefits of a charitable contribution.”

Ultimately the donated helmets will be used by students who are taking the MSF Basic Rider Course at over 2,000 locations throughout the USA.

Congratulations to all involved.


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Harley-Davidson (Harley) has been in India for more than 10 years.  In that period, they have offered a line of 11 models.  These models are all based on six HD platforms namely the Sportster, Dyna, Softtail, V-Rod, Touring, and Street.

Harley plans to launch 100 new models in the next five years and two new models will be released in India on March 14, 2019.  The new modes are the Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special and the Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special.

The 2019 Forty-Eight Special replaces the existing Harley Forty-Eight.  It will get a somewhat larger Evolution engine and new graphics in the vein of 1970s custom bikes.  The front end of the bike comes with a 149 mm fork, and a 30 mm wide tire.  It will also come with tall handlebars and more chrome.  Both wheels will be 16″ and will be wrapped with Michelin Scorcher tires.  It is expected to be priced around 11-11.5 lakh ($16,170 USD).

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Harley-Davidson’s 2019 Forty-Eight Special.

The 2019 Street Glide Special also gets a larger engine and will feature a touchscreen infotainment system.  The Street Glide Special will also replace the Street Glide in India.  The bike will have a larger 1,968 cc Milwaukee-Eight V-twin engine tied to a six-speed transmission.

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The 2019 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special.

The 6.5 inch Boom Box GTS touchscreen infotainment system allows the rider to navigate through different modes including music, communications and, weather.

The bike features extensive use of black paint with the engine cover, exhaust pipes forks and instrument panel receiving the blacked out treatment.  The Street Glide Special is not a lightweight machine but a heavy bagger, tipping the scales at approximately 380 KG (836 LBS).  Pricing will be between 31-32 lakh ($43,500 – 45,000 USD).


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Italian motorcycle manufacturer Moto Guzzi has a long heritage of race wins.  They claim to have no less than 3,300 top step podiums.  The wins include 14 World GP titles 22 world records and 11 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy wins.  So to commemorate their racing legacy, Moto Guzzi has decided to offer a factory direct custom called the V7 III Racer.  The bike will be available only in the USA and Canada.

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The new V7 III is distinguished from previous V7 III versions in concept, technical and aesthetic differences.  A new gloss white paint with red accents adorns the machine.  Moto Guzzi claims that the paint scheme is reminiscent of the “Rosso Corsa” colors that were used in the first 1971 V7 Sport series.

Twin rear mounted Ohlins piggyback shocks are adjustable for preload and compression and rebound damping.  In addition, the V7 III Racer’s sporting nature is emphasized by its clip-on handlebars, solid billet machined “set-back” footpegs, a lightened steering stem and steering yoke guard.

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A leather strap runs from the steering stem to the seat.

At first glance, the bike may look like a single seat ride, but the rear seat hump is removable.  This reveals a two place seat.  A closer look will also reveal that passenger pegs are installed making the bike a two-up ride.

The V7 III Racer will be available in the USA in June 2019 with an MSRP of $9,990.  Canadians will have to wait until July 2019 and pay $11,590 CAD for their machines.  Moto Guzzi has not released how many of the V7 III will be made.

*All photos credit: Moto Guzzi.


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