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  1. Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Limited (SIMPL) is making significant inroads in the India motorcycle market. According to a press release, Suzuki concluded 2018 with another month of positive growth. Impressive growth SIMPL posted a year over year growth of 33.82% by selling 43,874 units in December 2018. This versus 32,786 units sold in December 2017. As 2018 drew to a close, SIMPL had already comfortably surpassed its 2017 – 2018 unit sales. They sold 500,000 units in just the first three quarters of the fiscal year 2018 – 2019. SIMPL was able to post 545,683 units between April 2018 and December 2018. That performance represents a 30% increase over the same period of the previous year. SIMPL’s India Managing Director Satoshi Uchida said: “The year 2018 has been eventful for Suzuki Motorcycle India. We not only had 3 new product launches, but also entered newer territories with a new premium scooter – Burgman Street, the Special One, a versatile adventure tourer – V-Strom 650XT ABS, and the apex-predator – GSX-S750. All the 3 models reflect the versatility of our product capabilities that aims to offer a premium and superior riding experience to every customer. The success of these models, in addition to our existing commercially successful models has allowed us to close this calendar year on a high. As we head into the final quarter of this financial year, not only are we well-poised to meet the 7.5 lac unit sales target; but are also now looking forward to 2019 that promises to be even bigger.” Part of SIMPL’s 2018 growth could be attributed to its launch of many new products. Introduced in 2018 were the GSX-S750, Burgman Street, RM-Z series and V-Strom 650XT ABS. Suzuki also refreshed its existing portfolio with also the Intruder FI & SP variants, the Hayabusa 2019 edition, Gixxer/SF SP variant, the Gixxer ABS, Access125 CBS and SE Editions. Emphasizing safety SIMPL also attempted to increase its presence through a campaign to drive change to two-wheeled riders in Inda. Using its #CaughtWithoutHelmet and #HelmetForLife initiatives, Suzuki attempted to connect with riders using digital platforms. The company also emphasized the importance of wearing a helmet. Under the 3-month #HelmetForLife campaign, Suzuki distributed 13,000 helmets. SIMPL partnered with 15 local city traffic enforcement teams to distribute the helmets. According to Saajeev Rajasekharan, Executive Vice President, SMIPL: “Through #HelmetForLife campaign and with the support of Traffic Police Officials, we have been able to spread the message of safe riding to a maximum number of riders across cities.” “We understand that complete bahaviour change might take time to take place, however, we hope to see some changes in riders’ attitude towards their own safety.” It’s nice to see a motorcycle company posting both positive financial and community results for motorcycling in general. Vezi sursa
  2. The Davidson County North Carolina Sheriff’s Office has just purchased three new electric motorcycles. The department took delivery of the new Zero DSR motorcycles on March 11th. Increasing police department visibility Major Robert Miller said that the motorcycles would be used to help increase police visibility while helping the environment. “It’s green. Green technology is the thing these days. There’s no gas consumption, there’s no combustion or exhaust fumes in the air. … We can help the environment a little bit, so we’re going to help the environment.” Major Robert Miller discusses the Sheriff Office’s new Zero DSR electric motorcycles. Photo credit: The Dispatch One of Davidson County’s Zero DSR electric motorcycles. Good performance Miller explained that the motorcycles are very quiet and can accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 130 MPH. Miller said the following: “They are freaky fast” Many types of duty The motorcycles will see various types of duties. Miller said the Sheriff’s Office supports many 5 and 10 kilometer races as well as parade duty. We do a lot of 5Ks and 10Ks. You can maneuver a motorcycle so much better through those events like the motorcycle rides and the parades that we do. It’s going to help us add to our motorcycle unit so we can help them with traffic.” Dual purpose machines The bikes will also be used at lake access points where Miller said the machines will really shine. The Zero DSR is a dual purpose motorcycle. It can be used both on the pavement and off-road. The Sheriff’s Department also plans to the motorcycles in school zones to direct traffic at drop-off and release times as well as traffic enforcement. The Zero DSRs will join the two Harley-Davidsons that the Office already owns. Ease of charging Miller highlighted the fact that the Zero DSR motorcycles do not require an electric vehicle charging station. The bikes can plug into any standard outlet which gives the Sheriff’s office the ability to charge nearly anywhere. Police use of electric motorcycles is not new in North Carolina. Davidson County joins the Greensboro and Charlotte police in using electric motorcycles as well. Vezi sursa
  3. Honda has unveiled an electric dirt bike at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show, dubbed the CR-E. At this point, the battery bike is just a concept, with no official notice of production plans or availability. However, it does seem this is a long-term project with plans for the market. It’s very similar to a machine built by Honda’s affiliate Mugen, often seen as Honda’s skunk works partner for electric two-wheelers. This CR-E prototype seems to run a lot of the same components as the earlier Mugen machine. It’s the same motor, the same suspension, the same aluminum twin-spar frame. Honda isn’t dropping details on specs, at least not yet. We’re still in the dark about horsepower, weight, suspension capability and geometry, and most importantly, battery range. Should the machine be confirmed for production, we presume we’d get those numbers pretty quickly, but remember that a concept is no guarantee of production or availability in specific markets. We’re still waiting for a production version of the Yamaha PED2, (and the TY-E trials bike doesn’t count), and that debuted at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show all the way back in 2015. Still, this is good news for off-roading. KTM’s the only major manufacturer in the electric offroad bike space, with Alta shutting down last summer (BRP bought up some of its assets, but otherwise, it seems Alta isn’t coming back). There’s an important place for electric bikes in the dirt bike world, especially as noise complaints are one of the biggest reasons tracks get shut down. With easy maintenance and instant torque, what’s not to like? Vezi sursa
  4. Freestyle motocross rider Kyle Demelo has just made history. At his training facility in the Okanagan region of Oliver, British Columbia, 27-year-old has become the first person to successfully land the world’s first ever front flip on a snowbike. Demelo had recently been signed o the Monster Energy team. He felt that he would need to master the maneuver for the X-Games. So while there, he attempted to pull off the move but crashed after under-rotating his 250-pound machine. He was not injured by the maneuver, but his bike was significantly damaged. He borrowed a teammate’s bike and crashed again, heavily damaging that bike. Undiscouraged, Demelo quickly set out to master and perform the maneuver. In conjunction with the Monster Energy team, he returned to his private Camp H compound. Once there, he proceeded to set up a “super kicker” ramp into a foam pit to practice the front flip. Once he mastered the move consistently into the foam pit, he proceeded to call a local snow caterpillar crew to make a snow landing area so he could attempt the trick for real. The result was Demelo succeeding on his first try. Demelo’s accomplishment is spectacular and is based on his athletic ability and skill. In addition, the sport of freestyle snowbike motocross is still evolving and new and different moves are likely on the horizon. What do you think of snowbike freestyle motocross? Vezi sursa
  5. In a very difficult motorcycle market, Ducati announced a 2018 operating margin of 7%. This is the same operating profit they made in 2017. Additionally, for the 4th straight year in a row, they delivered over 50,000 motorcycles. Not all good news But it wasn’t all good news. 2018 saw fewer total motorcycles sold than in 2017. Total income was €699 million, down from €736 in the previous year. According to Ducati, they were able to maintain the 7% operating profit thanks to the success of models with higher margins such as the Panigale. These announcements were made at the annual press conference held at the Audi AG (Ducati’s parent company) headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany. The Executives speak Several Ducati executives spoke at the conference. Claudio Domenicali, Ducati Motor Holding CEO said: “2018 was challenging from many points of view, but we are satisfied with our financial performance throughout a difficult year. The company is generating the resources to continue funding the development of new products which is very positive for the future.” Oliver Stein, Ducati Motor Holdings CFO added: “Financial stability is extremely important for the company in order to support the technological development programme which Ducati is currently involved in at full speed.” But considering Domenicali and Stein both mentioned using funds for technological development, it seems Ducati is serious about new technology. But what could the new technology and products be? Ducati electric motorcycles? Ducati’s Domenicali may have provided some insight. He told an audience at the Motostudent racing event in Aragon Spain: “The future is electric, we’re not far from starting series production.” Interesting, “…not far from starting series production?” That would seem to mean that Ducati definitely has an electric bike up its sleeve. Making things even more interesting, Domenicali has been spotted riding a Hypermotard with a Zero FX powertrain in Thailand. That doesn’t mean Ducati are ready to bring it to market, but it does show his/Ducati’s interest in electric motorcycles. Domenicali’s statement that “we’re not far from starting series production” is a pretty open and optimistic statement. A Ducati Hypermotard with a Zero FX powerplant. Photo credit: Tony Kalniev It will be interesting to see what the Italian brand’s take is on the electric motorcycle world. We’ll provide updates as information becomes available. Vezi sursa
  6. In a very difficult motorcycle market, Ducati announced a 2018 operating margin of 7%. This is the same operating profit they made in 2017. Additionally, for the 4th straight year in a row, they delivered over 50,000 motorcycles. Not all good news But it wasn’t all good news. 2018 saw fewer total motorcycles sold than in 2017. Total income was €699 million, down from €736 in the previous year. According to Ducati, they were able to maintain the 7% operating profit thanks to the success of models with higher margins such as the Panigale. These announcements were made at the annual press conference held at the Audi AG (Ducati’s parent company) headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany. The Executives speak Several Ducati executives spoke at the conference. Claudio Domenicali, Ducati Motor Holding CEO said: “2018 was challenging from many points of view, but we are satisfied with our financial performance throughout a difficult year. The company is generating the resources to continue funding the development of new products which is very positive for the future.” Oliver Stein, Ducati Motor Holdings CFO added: “Financial stability is extremely important for the company in order to support the technological development programme which Ducati is currently involved in at full speed.” But considering Domenicali and Stein both mentioned using funds for technological development, it seems Ducati is serious about new technology. But what could the new technology and products be? Ducati electric motorcycles? Ducati’s Domenicali may have provided some insight. He told an audience at the Motostudent racing event in Aragon Spain: “The future is electric, we’re not far from starting series production.” Interesting, “…not far from starting series production?” That would seem to mean that Ducati definitely has an electric bike up its sleeve. Making things even more interesting, Domenicali has been spotted riding a Hypermotard with a Zero FX powertrain in Thailand. That doesn’t mean Ducati are ready to bring it to market, but it does show his/Ducati’s interest in electric motorcycles. Domenicali’s statement that “we’re not far from starting series production” is a pretty open and optimistic statement. A Ducati Hypermotard with a Zero FX powerplant. Photo credit: Tony Kalniev It will be interesting to see what the Italian brand’s take is on the electric motorcycle world. We’ll provide updates as information becomes available. Vezi sursa
  7. Recently, Erik Buell announced that he was returning to the motorcycle industry. Best known for a line of motorcycles that bore his name, Buell was able to make a name for himself in the motorcycle industry. But things started turning sour and Buell ended up in a partnership with Harley-Davidson. The results were not as either Buell or Harley planned and ultimately Buell entered bankruptcy. New partners Now Buell is back and this time he is partnered with Frederic Vasseur and Francios-Xavier Terny. Together they have formed a company called Fuell and intend to manufacture urban electric bicycles as well as complete electric motorcycles. The Fuell Flow-1S has a rear wheel hub motor. Photo credit: Fuell Each of the men has a history with high technology and motorcycles. Casseur is the team principal and CEO of the Sauber Formula 1 Team as well as the founder of Spark Racing Technology. Spark develops and builds Formula E (i.e. electric race cars). Terny is the CEO and Co-Founder of Vanguard Motorcycles and has been a consultant and investor for other motorcycle ventures. Buell, of course, is known for developing the motorcycle brand that bears his name. With the motor in the hub, the center of the bike leaves plenty of space for batteries. Photo credit: Fuell Together, the three partners have created the electric motorcycle startup Fuell. Its first motorcycle offering is called the Fuell Flow. Fuell claims that the Flow will come in two versions; the 11 Kw Flow-1 and the 35 Kw Flow 1S. Both feature a rear wheel integrated motor. Fuel also has an electric bicycle in the works using a more conventional setup. The Fuell Flow-1S features twin stacked headlights. Photo credit: Fuell Top level specifications Specifications are still sketchy, but Fuell makes several top-level claims. Using a removeable two battery system, the range is claimed to be approximately 125 miles. Charge times are claimed to be approximately 30 minutes using CCS-2 DC. The stated starting price is $10,995 which we assume is for the 11 Kw Flow-1. The Fuell Flow-1S. Photo credit: Fuell Fuell is having a full reveal on April 23. You can also make an appointment to inspect the bikes more closely at the New York City reveal. Appointments are for potential investors only though. We’ll have more info for you after the reveal. Vezi sursa
  8. Recently, Erik Buell announced that he was returning to the motorcycle industry. Best known for a line of motorcycles that bore his name, Buell was able to make a name for himself in the motorcycle industry. But things started turning sour and Buell ended up in a partnership with Harley-Davidson. The results were not as either Buell or Harley planned and ultimately Buell entered bankruptcy. New partners Now Buell is back and this time he is partnered with Frederic Vasseur and Francios-Xavier Terny. Together they have formed a company called Fuell and intend to manufacture urban electric bicycles as well as complete electric motorcycles. The Fuell Flow-1S has a rear wheel hub motor. Photo credit: Fuell Each of the men has a history with high technology and motorcycles. Casseur is the team principal and CEO of the Sauber Formula 1 Team as well as the founder of Spark Racing Technology. Spark develops and builds Formula E (i.e. electric race cars). Terny is the CEO and Co-Founder of Vanguard Motorcycles and has been a consultant and investor for other motorcycle ventures. Buell, of course, is known for developing the motorcycle brand that bears his name. With the motor in the hub, the center of the bike leaves plenty of space for batteries. Photo credit: Fuell Together, the three partners have created the electric motorcycle startup Fuell. Its first motorcycle offering is called the Fuell Flow. Fuell claims that the Flow will come in two versions; the 11 Kw Flow-1 and the 35 Kw Flow 1S. Both feature a rear wheel integrated motor. Fuel also has an electric bicycle in the works using a more conventional setup. The Fuell Flow-1S features twin stacked headlights. Photo credit: Fuell Top level specifications Specifications are still sketchy, but Fuell makes several top-level claims. Using a removable two battery system, the range is claimed to be approximately 125 miles. Charge times are claimed to be approximately 30 minutes using CCS-2 DC. The stated starting price is $10,995 which we assume is for the 11 Kw Flow-1. The Fuell Flow-1S. Photo credit: Fuell Fuell is having a full unveiling on April 23. You can also make an appointment to inspect the bikes more closely at the New York City reveal. Appointments are for potential investors only though. We’ll have more info for you after the reveal. Vezi sursa
  9. Triumph has recalled 5 different model motorcycles for the potential loss of electrical power. 12,654 model year 2016 through 2019 motorcycles are affected. The affected models and years are as follows: MAKE MODEL MODEL YEAR(S) TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE T100 2017 – 2019 TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE T120 2016 – 2019 TRIUMPH SCRAMBLER 2017 – 2018 TRIUMPH STREET CUP 2017 – 2018 TRIUMPH STREET TWIN 2016 – 2018 Affected motorcycles may have a manufacturing defect that results in the clutch cable contacting the main wiring harness cover. This may cause damage to the wiring within the main wiring harness. The resulting damage could lead to loss of electrical power to various circuits. This loss could lead to engine stalling or lighting failures. Triumph will notify owners of the affected units and direct dealers to replace the original securing guide for the clutch cable and main wiring harness with an updated one. All work will be performed free of charge. Owners may contact Triumph customer service at 1-678-854-2010 or can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236. Information may also be found on NHTSA’s website. Vezi sursa
  10. Triumph has recalled 5 different model motorcycles for the potential loss of electrical power. 12,654 model year 2016 through 2019 motorcycles are affected. The affected models and years are as follows: MAKE MODEL MODEL YEAR(S) TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE T100 2017 – 2019 TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE T120 2016 – 2019 TRIUMPH SCRAMBLER 2017 – 2018 TRIUMPH STREET CUP 2017 – 2018 TRIUMPH STREET TWIN 2016 – 2018 Affected motorcycles may have a manufacturing defect that results in the clutch cable contacting the main wiring harness cover. This may cause damage to the wiring within the main wiring harness. The resulting damage could lead to loss of electrical power to various circuits. This loss could lead to engine stalling or lighting failures. Triumph will notify owners of the affected units and direct dealers to replace the original securing guide for the clutch cable and main wiring harness with an updated one. All work will be performed free of charge. Owners may contact Triumph customer service at 1-678-854-2010 or can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236. Information may also be found on NHTSA’s website. Vezi sursa
  11. Air Canada is renewing its Fly Your Bike program for 2019, with service across North America and into select overseas destinations. The Fly Your Bike program is a summer-long discount deal run through Air Canada Cargo, offering special rates for riders who ship their motorcycles through Air Canada and book passenger tickets at the same time. Departures and destinations are limited to airports where Air Canada flies its widebody jets. That means you’re going to most likely leave from Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver or Calgary, although there have been reports of occasional availability from Halifax as well. Destinations usually include several European cities, including airports in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, and Switzerland. Morocco is also available, as the only African destination. In the past, there were also South American destinations, but due to problems with the import process, Air Canada has discontinued flights from Canada to those countries. For 2019, Air Canada is supposed to be looking at adding destinations to the list. However, the announcement of any new routes is still a few days off, and that’s true for pricing, too. Air Canada hasn’t officially announced the finer details of its 2019 program, but we should know them by early April. However, we can say that in the past, it cost about $1,000 CAD to ship your motorcycle across the country (plus the cost of getting your bike’s dangerous goods certification, required for the process, and plus your passenger airfare). Overseas, pricing started around $1,500 CAD, and once again, cost of the dangerous goods certification and your passenger airfare were extra. And of course, those are one-way prices; return prices may be different. So who might find this deal attractive? Obviously, Canadians who want to transport their bike by air will want to check the deal out. Given the relative proximity of Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary to many Americans, these flight offers are also appealing to US riders who might want to ship their bike by air, as it’s much easier to ship your bike by air via Canada than it is in the US. Same goes for Euro or UK riders who want to visit North America—it may be much cheaper or simpler to fly your bike to a Canadian city and ride from there, even if your actual destination is elsewhere. For more details, visit the Air Canada website, or call an Air Canada Cargo agent, and if you’re interested, stay tuned. More details on this year’s program should be coming soon. Vezi sursa FlyYourBike_brochure_en.pdf
  12. Air Canada renews Fly Your Bike program

    Air Canada is renewing its Fly Your Bike program for 2019, with service across North America and into select overseas destinations. The Fly Your Bike program is a summer-long discount deal run through Air Canada Cargo, offering special rates for riders who ship their motorcycles through Air Canada and book passenger tickets at the same time. Departures and destinations are limited to airports where Air Canada flies its widebody jets. That means you’re going to most likely leave from Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver or Calgary, although there have been reports of occasional availability from Halifax as well. Destinations usually include several European cities, including airports in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, and Switzerland. Morocco is also available, as the only African destination. In the past, there were also South American destinations, but due to problems with the import process, Air Canada has discontinued flights from Canada to those countries. For 2019, Air Canada is supposed to be looking at adding destinations to the list. However, the announcement of any new routes is still a few days off, and that’s true for pricing, too. Air Canada hasn’t officially announced the finer details of its 2019 program, but we should know them by early April. However, we can say that in the past, it cost about $1,000 CAD to ship your motorcycle across the country (plus the cost of getting your bike’s dangerous goods certification, required for the process, and plus your passenger airfare). Overseas, pricing started around $1,500 CAD, and once again, cost of the dangerous goods certification and your passenger airfare were extra. And of course, those are one-way prices; return prices may be different. So who might find this deal attractive? Obviously, Canadians who want to transport their bike by air will want to check the deal out. Given the relative proximity of Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary to many Americans, these flight offers are also appealing to US riders who might want to ship their bike by air, as it’s much easier to ship your bike by air via Canada than it is in the US. Same goes for Euro or UK riders who want to visit North America—it may be much cheaper or simpler to fly your bike to a Canadian city and ride from there, even if your actual destination is elsewhere. For more details, visit the Air Canada website, or call an Air Canada Cargo agent, and if you’re interested, stay tuned. More details on this year’s program should be coming soon. Vezi sursa
  13. Ducati To Build More V-4 Bikes

    UK publication MCN recently had the opportunity to interview Ducati’s CEO, Claudio Domenicali. MCN has quoted Domenicali as saying: “We will release 29 new bikes over the next five years. We will continue to develop new versions of existing products but will also be entering segments that we are not currently in. As part of that, we will exploit the V4 engine in different platforms.” So with 29 new bikes in the pipeline over the next five years, what’s next? What platforms does Ducati have in mind for its compact V4 Stradale engine? 200+ HP in any platform is a whole lot of horsepower. Other than their supersport bikes, what other categories of bikes would really benefit from that much power? Where Will Ducati Put The V-4’s? MCN says that insiders suggest that Ducati is looking to add the V-4 engine to its touring, adventure and naked machines. 200 HP adventure, touring and naked bikes might be very impressive, but frankly is this what most people are looking for and where the industry is headed? E-bikes In The Picture? With many manufacturers looking at electric motorcycles, does building a 200+ HP gas powered street bike fit firmly into the future? Apparently so according to Domenicali. MCN quoted him as saying: “Electric bikes are fascinating but the technology is what it is; you cannot cheat chemicals. Right now, you remove 15kg of petrol but replace it with 150kg of battery. If there is a regulation to make electric bikes in five years, we will make it, but it will be a worse bike than we can make now.” That’s a pretty long-legged statement. Even if battery technology does not advance rapidly, should a company like Ducati be looking to use its capabilities to get into the e-bike segment? 5 years from now, Ducati’s competitors will have a significant leg up. It seems like Domenicali thinks the future is horsepower and gasoline. What do you think? Vezi sursa
  14. Ducati To Build More V-4 Bikes

    UK publication MCN recently had the opportunity to interview Ducati’s CEO, Claudio Domenicali. MCN has quoted Domenicali as saying: “We will release 29 new bikes over the next five years. We will continue to develop new versions of existing products but will also be entering segments that we are not currently in. As part of that, we will exploit the V4 engine in different platforms.” So with 29 new bikes in the pipeline over the next five years, what’s next? What platforms does Ducati have in mind for its compact V4 Stradale engine? 200+ HP in any platform is a whole lot of horsepower. Other than their supersport bikes, what other categories of bikes would really benefit from that much power? Where Will Ducati Put The V-4’s? MCN says that insiders suggest that Ducati is looking to add the V-4 engine to its touring, adventure and naked machines. 200 HP adventure, touring and naked bikes might be very impressive, but frankly is this what most people are looking for and where the industry is headed? E-bikes In The Picture? With many manufacturers looking at electric motorcycles, does building a 200+ HP gas powered street bike fit firmly into the future? Apparently so according to Domenicali. MCN quoted him as saying: “Electric bikes are fascinating but the technology is what it is; you cannot cheat chemicals. Right now, you remove 15kg of petrol but replace it with 150kg of battery. If there is a regulation to make electric bikes in five years, we will make it, but it will be a worse bike than we can make now.” That’s a pretty long-legged statement. Even if battery technology does not advance rapidly, should a company like Ducati be looking to use its capabilities to get into the e-bike segment? 5 years from now, Ducati’s competitors will have a significant leg up. It seems like Domenicali thinks the future is horsepower and gasoline. What do you think? Vezi sursa
  15. The Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure bike is getting ABS as a 2019 upgrade in North America. ABS has already been available in other markets, but was not available in North America until now. It will be standard on 2019 Royal Enfield models, including the Himalayan. According to reports from India, the ABS circuit can not be able to be disabled or reconfigured for off-road riding. Some sort of off-road ABS mode is fairly standard on European adventure bikes. Sometimes, the front wheel retains its antilock system while the rear is disabled, allowing rear wheel lock-up. On other bikes, both front and rear wheels see ABS disabled, or at least restricted to less interference. Not all adventure machines have this feature though. Japanese adventure machines often have no way to disable ABS, outside of pulling fuses. The Himalayan will follow that pattern, making riders have to be especially cautious when braking offroad, as loose terrain may result in drastic loss of braking power. This is on top of a braking system that is often considered to be on the weak side. The Royal Enfield Himalayan uses a dual-channel ABS system, and we’ve seen no word on whether it’s an in-house design, or put together by some third-party manufacturer like Bosch or Nissin. Otherwise, the Himalayan mostly remains the same for North America in 2019, with a new paint choice (Sleet) joining the Snow and Granite colour options. The engine, running gear, and everything else is unchanged. Pricing is set at $4,749 USD, or $5,625 CAD for Canadian customers. The new bike is supposed to be in showrooms in April, although Royal Enfield’s dealer network is still weak in some areas, and it may be hard to actually see one of the new machines. Vezi sursa
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