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  1. We recently told you about the Touratech DirtDaze event held at the Suicide Six Resort in Pomfret, Vermont. The event has come and gone, was very well attended and appears to have been a success. Too much for a tiny town and Suicide Six? Some had worried that an event like this was too much for the tiny town of Pomfret. But those notions have dispelled. It seems that the ADV community made an excellent impression on the Pomfret townspeople and surrounding communities. A recent article in the Vermont Standard newspaper shed some light on how well the ADV community acted and was received during their stay. A large welcoming gate greeted arriving riders. Photo credit: Mike Botan Time Reither, the Suicide Six Resort Manager said the Touratech DirtDaze event was one of the smoothest they ever had. “We had 200-plus campers and the next morning [after the event closed] there were eight of us expecting to pick up a lot of trash. There was literally not one piece of trash left behind. When the Vermont Symphony Orchestra came, it looked like a bomb went off.” KTM came with a large part of their lineup including the new 790 Adventure machines. Photo credit: Mike Botan Politicians happy Local politicians chimed in with their thoughts. Select Board Chair Emily Grube said that the DirtDaze attendees were free to travel Vermont roads. She noted that the bikes she heard were relatively quiet and the riders complied with laws. Planning Commissioner John Moore agreed with Grube. “People were saying that [Suicide Six] was very fortunate to get the event and people from far away as Canada and New York. If Vermont is going to hang out its shingle that this is going to be a tourist economy, there were a lot of businesses that benefit. I think people can live with a four-day event.” Manufacturers from many brands attended the event. Photo credit: Mike Botan Local resident’s thoughts Not everyone was happy about the event though. One resident, Pamela Pickett said she supported the event but that it was too large for the Suicide Six Resort. “I was concerned with the camping [at the base area] and the noise. I think the riders were respectful but the constant barrage of motorcycles at 6:30 AM was an annoyance. The event was too big for Suicide Six” Pickett may have thought that the resort area was not the proper venue. But another Pomfret resident thought the venue was appropriate for this kind of event. Pomfret resident Christina Chamberlain had this to say: “It was nice to see the venue in use. It’s a beautiful space. It brings more people into town and more business. It’s not like the cops were being called. The more events we have, the better.” Welcome in Vermont Right now, there’s no news about where the next Touratech DirtDaze will be held. But it seems that if ADV community members want to ride in Vermont, they will be welcomed by the community. Featured image credit: Touratech DirtDaze Vezi sursa
  2. Most of us have a desire to see a decent chunk of the world while we’re alive, but what comes after death? A rider from Canada has figured out a way to keep traveling the world and meeting new people, years after he passed away. And, he’s even managed to become the star of a short film. The rider is Hugh Robert Nesbitt from the province of British Columbia, a.k.a. “Biker Bob.” Biker Bob was based on Vancouver Island but rode all over North America, attending rallies and making new friends. It seems Biker Bob was a cruiser rider, not an adventure biker, but most two-wheeled enthusiasts can agree that no matter what sort of bike you’re riding, exploration and meeting interesting people are some of the best things about riding motorcycles. Biker Bob died in a motorcycle accident in 2015, but his adventures haven’t ended. After Bob’s death, his widow put his ashes in a bottle with a note reading “Biker Bob. If you find me, turn me loose.” She put the bottle in the ocean, and so began Bob’s final journey. In the years since, Bob’s ashes have been recovered by at least three people along the coast, and his last adventure ended up catching the attention of Canadian filmmaker Cat Mills. Intrigued, she dug deeper, eventually producing the short film Biker Bob’s Posthumous Adventure. You can watch it below, if you’ve got 18 minutes to spare. [embedded content] Where’s Bob off to next? Hopefully he’ll end up getting another motorcycle ride in, as it only seems fitting. But if he keeps on floating ashore, that’s a pretty good final adventure as well. Vezi sursa
  3. Motorcycle Theft Drops In The US

    There’s some “good” news about motorcycle theft in the US. Well as much as there can be good news about motorcycle thefts. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), total motorcycle thefts were down approximately 6%. Total theft Ultimately, a total of 41,674 motorcycles were reported stolen. This compares to 44,268 motorcycles reported stolen in 2017. US motorcycle thefts have been steadily dropping since 2016 and 2018 continues that trend. Theft breakdown by state The NICB also published data about which states and cities had the highest incidence of thefts. The state of California led the way with 7,035, followed by Florida, Texas, New York and South Carolina. Unfortunately, the NICB didn’t adjust the figures for total registrations, so it’s difficult to determine the actual theft rate each state has. Motorcycle thefts by state. Breakdown by city The cities that had the highest theft rate are, as you might expect, larger urban areas. New York City had the most, followed by Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas and, San Diego. Once again, the NICB only provided the total number of thefts so we can’t tell what the theft rate is. New York City with the most thefts saw thefts increase by 34%. But the next highest theft city, Los Angeles, actually saw thefts decrease by 25%. Motorcycle thefts by city. Breakdown by make If you are wondering what types of bikes were stolen most, the NICB identified the most stolen bikes by their make. Unfortunately, they didn’t break out their stats by model. The most stolen make of motorcycle was Honda, followed by Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Harley-Davidson. Motorcycle theft by their make. Motorcycle recoveries Recovery of stolen motorcycles was down in 2018. The NICB used an 18-month window from January 1, 2018, to June 13, 2019, and determined that 44% of stolen motorcycles had been recovered during that period. California had the most recoveries of all, followed by Florida, Texas South Carolina, and Colorado. So while the NICB’s stats may not have the detail that we might like, the takeaway is that thefts are down and that is good news. All images credit: NICB Vezi sursa
  4. There’s some “good” news about motorcycle theft in the US. Well as much as there can be good news about motorcycle thefts. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), total motorcycle thefts were down approximately 6%. Total theft Ultimately, a total of 41,674 motorcycles were reported stolen. This compares to 44,268 motorcycles reported stolen in 2017. US motorcycle thefts have been steadily dropping since 2016 and 2018 continues that trend. Theft breakdown by state The NICB also published data about which states and cities had the highest incidence of thefts. The state of California led the way with 7,035, followed by Florida, Texas, New York and South Carolina. Unfortunately, the NICB didn’t adjust the figures for total registrations, so it’s difficult to determine the actual theft rate each state has. Motorcycle thefts by state. Breakdown by city The cities that had the highest theft rate are, as you might expect, larger urban areas. New York City had the most, followed by Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas and, San Diego. Once again, the NICB only provided the total number of thefts so we can’t tell what the theft rate is. New York City with the most thefts saw thefts increase by 34%. But the next highest theft city, Los Angeles, actually saw thefts decrease by 25%. Motorcycle thefts by city. Breakdown by make If you are wondering what types of bikes were stolen most, the NICB identified the most stolen bikes by their make. Unfortunately, they didn’t break out their stats by model. The most stolen make of motorcycle was Honda, followed by Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Harley-Davidson. Motorcycle theft by their make. Motorcycle recoveries Recovery of stolen motorcycles was down in 2018. The NICB used an 18-month window from January 1, 2018, to June 13, 2019, and determined that 44% of stolen motorcycles had been recovered during that period. California had the most recoveries of all, followed by Florida, Texas South Carolina, and Colorado. So while the NICB’s stats may not have the detail that we might like, the takeaway is that thefts are down and that is good news. All images credit: NICB Vezi sursa
  5. Three more of Barry Sheene’s race bikes have arrived at Suzuki GB from the family home in Australia, and two of them will be restored at this year’s Motorcycle Live, which takes place at Birmingham’s NEC from 16-24 November. Sheene’s last Grand Prix bike – a DAF Trucks-sponsored 1984 Harris-framed XR45 RG500 – arrived alongside a 1978 XR27 RG500 and a special XR23A 652cc big bore RG500, raced in the Trans Atlantic series and F1 Championship in 1979. In conjunction with Suzuki’s Vintage Parts Programme, both the XR45 and XR23A will be refurbished and fired into life once again at Motorcycle Live, while the XR27 will be displayed alongside Sheene’s 1976 and 1977 world championship-winning XR14s, both of which were also restored thanks to the Vintage Parts Programme in 2017. Suzuki GB aftersales marketing coordinator, Tim Davies, said, “This is another special moment for us. These bikes haven’t been back in the UK since Barry and his family emigrated to Australia, so it’s quite something to get them out of the crates and see them here again. But it’s going to be even more of a special occasion when they live again, thanks to the restoration process which will be carried out by former ‘70s and ‘80s Grand Prix technician Nigel Everett and former mechanic for Barry Sheene, Martyn Ogborne. And it’s a great opportunity for fans to again see, hear, and smell them as they would have existed at the time. We can’t wait.” Launched in 2013, Suzuki’s Vintage Parts Programme exists to help owners of older Suzukis keep their machines maintained or help with restoration projects, with a host of parts available from cylinders, pistons, and conrods, to a range of bearings and seals, and everything in between. For more information visit https://bikes.suzuki.co.uk/vintage-parts-programme/ Information and photos provided by Suzuki. Vezi sursa
  6. Motorcycle History Preserved by Suzuki

    Three more of Barry Sheene’s race bikes have arrived at Suzuki GB from the family home in Australia, and two of them will be restored at this year’s Motorcycle Live, which takes place at Birmingham’s NEC from 16-24 November. Sheene’s last Grand Prix bike – a DAF Trucks-sponsored 1984 Harris-framed XR45 RG500 – arrived alongside a 1978 XR27 RG500 and a special XR23A 652cc big bore RG500, raced in the Trans Atlantic series and F1 Championship in 1979. In conjunction with Suzuki’s Vintage Parts Programme, both the XR45 and XR23A will be refurbished and fired into life once again at Motorcycle Live, while the XR27 will be displayed alongside Sheene’s 1976 and 1977 world championship-winning XR14s, both of which were also restored thanks to the Vintage Parts Programme in 2017. Suzuki GB aftersales marketing coordinator, Tim Davies, said, “This is another special moment for us. These bikes haven’t been back in the UK since Barry and his family emigrated to Australia, so it’s quite something to get them out of the crates and see them here again. But it’s going to be even more of a special occasion when they live again, thanks to the restoration process which will be carried out by former ‘70s and ‘80s Grand Prix technician Nigel Everett and former mechanic for Barry Sheene, Martyn Ogborne. And it’s a great opportunity for fans to again see, hear, and smell them as they would have existed at the time. We can’t wait.” Launched in 2013, Suzuki’s Vintage Parts Programme exists to help owners of older Suzukis keep their machines maintained or help with restoration projects, with a host of parts available from cylinders, pistons, and conrods, to a range of bearings and seals, and everything in between. For more information visit https://bikes.suzuki.co.uk/vintage-parts-programme/ Information and photos provided by Suzuki. Vezi sursa
  7. This is an interesting story about internal combustion and electric motorcycles. Internal combustion has ruled the motorcycle roost for decades, but perhaps electric motors have found a chink in internal combustion’s armor. Sur-Ron Electric Motorcycle A Sur-Ron electric motorcycle entered a hare scramble recently and the happenings were recorded by the Sur Ron rider Tucker Neary. The race was held in Naturita Colorado on a rocky and sandy route. The Sur-Ron electric motorcycle Neary used for the hare-scramble. The Sur-Ron bike would be racing in the Sportsman Class against a slew of internal combustion-engined machines. Near chose the Sportsman Class because it allows any size motorcycle with any displacement. Neary was quoted as saying: “The race was a Hare Scramble format and I entered into the Sportsman Class with a 2019 Sur-Ron X. The Sportsman Class is an Unclassified Class and allows racers to race any motorcycle size and displacement, which was a good fit for my untraditional entry. I had only ridden the bike once before the race so although I knew I could be competitive on it, I was not sure where it would stack up against traditional gas race bikes.” Dead engine start Unfortunately for the Sur-Ron machine, the race required a “dead engine” start. While all the internal combustion-engined machines could start with a swift kick, the Sur-Ron was required to start with the key in the off position. The problem with that is that the Sur-Ron requires about 4 – 5 seconds for all the electronics to become ready to race. So right from the start, the Neary would watch his fellow competitors ride away with a significant head start. Performance not up to snuff? But this is where things really get really interesting. Traditional dirt bikes have lots of suspension travel and enough fuel to finish the race easily. Not so for the Sur-Ron. The Sur-Ron has far less suspension travel and it was unclear whether the machine had enough battery to finish the race. But Neary was not daunted. He entered nonetheless. He knew that he would have to choose his lines carefully and use the bikes lighter weight to his advantage. Results When all was said and done, Neary brought the Sur-Ron ahead of everyone else in his class and won. But the race did show the current foibles of electric motorcycles. In the end, the Sur-Ron battery was not up to the task of going the entire distance. Low remaining charge meant the bike went into limp mode. Near the conclusion of the race, Neary was forced to walk across the finish line not under electric power, but his own human power. Still, he won his class and perhaps that says something for electric motorcycles’ future. Photo credit: Electrek Vezi sursa
  8. This is an interesting story about internal combustion and electric motorcycles. Internal combustion has ruled the motorcycle roost for decades, but perhaps electric motors have found a chink in internal combustion’s armor. Sur-Ron Electric Motorcycle A Sur-Ron electric motorcycle entered a hare scramble recently and the happenings were recorded by the Sur Ron rider Tucker Neary. The race was held in Naturita Colorado on a rocky and sandy route. The Sur-Ron electric motorcycle Neary used for the hare-scramble. The Sur-Ron bike would be racing in the Sportsman Class against a slew of internal combustion-engined machines. Near chose the Sportsman Class because it allows any size motorcycle with any displacement. Neary was quoted as saying: “The race was a Hare Scramble format and I entered into the Sportsman Class with a 2019 Sur-Ron X. The Sportsman Class is an Unclassified Class and allows racers to race any motorcycle size and displacement, which was a good fit for my untraditional entry. I had only ridden the bike once before the race so although I knew I could be competitive on it, I was not sure where it would stack up against traditional gas race bikes.” Dead engine start Unfortunately for the Sur-Ron machine, the race required a “dead engine” start. While all the internal combustion-engined machines could start with a swift kick, the Sur-Ron was required to start with the key in the off position. The problem with that is that the Sur-Ron requires about 4 – 5 seconds for all the electronics to become ready to race. So right from the start, the Neary would watch his fellow competitors ride away with a significant head start. Performance not up to snuff? But this is where things really get really interesting. Traditional dirt bikes have lots of suspension travel and enough fuel to finish the race easily. Not so for the Sur-Ron. The Sur-Ron has far less suspension travel and it was unclear whether the machine had enough battery to finish the race. But Neary was not daunted. He entered nonetheless. He knew that he would have to choose his lines carefully and use the bikes lighter weight to his advantage. Results When all was said and done, Neary brought the Sur-Ron ahead of everyone else in his class and won. But the race did show the current foibles of electric motorcycles. In the end, the Sur-Ron battery was not up to the task of going the entire distance. Low remaining charge meant the bike went into limp mode. Near the conclusion of the race, Neary was forced to walk across the finish line not under electric power, but his own human power. Still, he won his class and perhaps that says something for electric motorcycles’ future. Photo credit: Electrek Vezi sursa
  9. When you think about motorcycle safety, you probably don’t think about Peter Fonda or Evel Knievel. Fonda played a major role in the counter-culture biker film Easy Rider. Riding a stretched chopper helmetless and with no front brake, it’s surprising that he would participate in a film about motorcycle safety. Peter Fonda riding the “Captain America” chopper in Easy Rider. Photo credit: Twitter Also interesting is that Evel Knievel appears in the film preaching motorcycle safety. The man who it was said “broke every bone in his body” and reportedly a total of 443 bones plays a major role in the film as well. Produced in 1973, the film reflects its age. If you are looking for detailed information on motorcycle safety, there are plenty of other venues to get your information. But for a film that is more than 45 years old, it at least raises awareness about riding safely. The Montana Standard published this picture of Evel Knievel depicting the bones he had broken during his jumping career. Photo credit: Montana Standard There are some good tidbits in the film, including discussion on riding with ATGATT. There are also warnings about inattentive drivers. Both pieces of advice that are still good today. Ultimately, the film may provide you with some entertainment and laughs. It’s not MSF safety material, but it is evidence that at least a few people were thinking about promoting motorcycle safety. Vezi sursa
  10. When you think about motorcycle safety, you probably don’t think about Peter Fonda or Evel Knievel. Fonda played a major role in the counter-culture biker film Easy Rider. Riding a stretched chopper helmetless and with no front brake, it’s surprising that he would participate in a film about motorcycle safety. Peter Fonda riding the “Captain America” chopper in Easy Rider. Photo credit: Twitter Also interesting is that Evel Knievel appears in the film preaching motorcycle safety. The man who it was said “broke every bone in his body” and reportedly a total of 443 bones plays a major role in the film as well. Produced in 1973, the film reflects its age. If you are looking for detailed information on motorcycle safety, there are plenty of other venues to get your information. But for a film that is more than 45 years old, it at least raises awareness about riding safely. The Montana Standard published this picture of Evel Knievel depicting the bones he had broken during his jumping career. Photo credit: Montana Standard There are some good tidbits in the film, including discussion on riding with ATGATT. There are also warnings about inattentive drivers. Both pieces of advice that are still good today. Ultimately, the film may provide you with some entertainment and laughs. It’s not MSF safety material, but it is evidence that at least a few people were thinking about promoting motorcycle safety. Vezi sursa
  11. A set of government paperwork filed in Australia has confirmed the new Honda Africa Twin will be called the CRF1100L, and gives us some other details on the upcoming bike. For a few weeks, we’ve known Honda has plans to introduce a new Africa Twin for 2020. The gossip said Honda would built a slightly bigger engine, with an increase in horsepower. Honda addressed the rumors by releasing a teaser video in July, indicating a new machine was coming, but giving up not much else. Now, Motorcycle.com has dug up some bureaucratic paperwork from Down Under that says the new machine will be called the CRF1100L, with a 1084 cc parallel twin engine. It will make 101 hp at 7,500 rpm (the current model makes 94 hp), and that leads us to believe the earlier rumor of a 78 lb-ft torque rating is likely also correct. The new engine will be available with DCT or six-speed transmission, like the current model. What else is new? The photos published by Motorcycle.com show a new frame and bolt-on subframe, cross-spoke wheels, new dash, and some changes to the bodywork. The Adventure Sports version isn’t pictured with crash bars, although they may be added later. The tail rack appears to be larger, and the skid plate appears to be more rugged. The windshield also appears to be different for 2020. You can see some low-res photos of the new Honda at Motorcycle.com. We’d expect to see this machine launched at November’s EICMA show, with availability sometime next spring for North American customers. Vezi sursa
  12. A set of government paperwork filed in Australia has confirmed the new Honda Africa Twin will be called the CRF1100L, and gives us some other details on the upcoming bike. For a few weeks, we’ve known Honda has plans to introduce a new Africa Twin for 2020. The gossip said Honda would built a slightly bigger engine, with an increase in horsepower. Honda addressed the rumors by releasing a teaser video in July, indicating a new machine was coming, but giving up not much else. Now, Motorcycle.com has dug up some bureaucratic paperwork from Down Under that says the new machine will be called the CRF1100L, with a 1084 cc parallel twin engine. It will make 101 hp at 7,500 rpm (the current model makes 94 hp), and that leads us to believe the earlier rumor of a 78 lb-ft torque rating is likely also correct. The new engine will be available with DCT or six-speed transmission, like the current model. What else is new? The photos published by Motorcycle.com show a new frame and bolt-on subframe, cross-spoke wheels, new dash, and some changes to the bodywork. The Adventure Sports version isn’t pictured with crash bars, although they may be added later. The tail rack appears to be larger, and the skid plate appears to be more rugged. The windshield also appears to be different for 2020. You can see some low-res photos of the new Honda at Motorcycle.com. We’d expect to see this machine launched at November’s EICMA show, with availability sometime next spring for North American customers. Vezi sursa
  13. MV Agusta moves to online ordering

    Want to buy an MV Agusta superbike? Soon, you’ll be able to do so by shopping online, sort of. MV Agusta has been a company in the middle of tremendous upheaval in recent years, especially since the early 2000s. For a few years, MV Agusta passed between several hands, including ownership by Harley-Davidson at one point. After the Castiglioni family re-acquired the company in 2010, the money troubles continued. Mercedes-AMG purchased a 25 per cent stake in the business in 2014. That didn’t end the problems, and other more mysterious investors started pumping money into the company. Right now, MV Agusta appears to mostly be controlled by a financial consortium called the Black Ocean Group, which is said to represent Russian billionaires. As well as big-picture money problems, MV Agusta has also seen some upheaval with its distributors; currently, North America sees MV Agusta distributed by the same company that originally handled it in Australia, the Urban Moto Group. The financial instability has leveled off now, but MV Agusta is in a jam. It’s not got the resources to launch a broad range of new motorcycles, and it’s already developed its three-cylinder and four-cylinder lines to the end of the road, basically. So, the company’s leaders have said they’re working on plans for new machines, but in the meantime, they’ve got to find other ways to keep in business. One of those tactics is a team-up with Loncin, announced a few weeks back. This will see MV Agusta-designed bikes manufactured in China, building the brand’s sales and reputation in other markets. Another tactic that was recently announced is a move to online pre-ordering for all its models. MV Agusta isn’t the first manufacturer to try selling bikes online; Beta has a similar website in some markets, and other OEMs have tinkered with this formula over the years. MV Agusta has had pre-ordering available for some of its models before, but only special-edition bikes available in limited numbers. Now, all MV Agustas will be available for pre-order, with sales finalized at a local dealership. It might not sound like a huge leap, but it helps MV Agusta bystep one of its biggest problems: production numbers. This will allow MV Agusta to more accurately match the number of motorcycles built and shipped, instead of having unsold stock languishing in dealerships. This is especially important as the gap between MV Agusta’s payment of its suppliers and the receipt of its payment for its motorcycles has been a major problem in recent months. And considering how many MV Agustas are sold solely on looks, an online sales plan does make sense. You can bet the rest of the industry is watching closely, to see how they can adapt this plan for themselves. Vezi sursa
  14. Want to buy an MV Agusta superbike? Soon, you’ll be able to do so by shopping online, sort of. MV Agusta has been a company in the middle of tremendous upheaval in recent years, especially since the early 2000s. For a few years, MV Agusta passed between several hands, including ownership by Harley-Davidson at one point. After the Castiglioni family re-acquired the company in 2010, the money troubles continued. Mercedes-AMG purchased a 25 per cent stake in the business in 2014. That didn’t end the problems, and other more mysterious investors started pumping money into the company. Right now, MV Agusta appears to mostly be controlled by a financial consortium called the Black Ocean Group, which is said to represent Russian billionaires. As well as big-picture money problems, MV Agusta has also seen some upheaval with its distributors; currently, North America sees MV Agusta distributed by the same company that originally handled it in Australia, the Urban Moto Group. The financial instability has leveled off now, but MV Agusta is in a jam. It’s not got the resources to launch a broad range of new motorcycles, and it’s already developed its three-cylinder and four-cylinder lines to the end of the road, basically. So, the company’s leaders have said they’re working on plans for new machines, but in the meantime, they’ve got to find other ways to keep in business. One of those tactics is a team-up with Loncin, announced a few weeks back. This will see MV Agusta-designed bikes manufactured in China, building the brand’s sales and reputation in other markets. Another tactic that was recently announced is a move to online pre-ordering for all its models. MV Agusta isn’t the first manufacturer to try selling bikes online; Beta has a similar website in some markets, and other OEMs have tinkered with this formula over the years. MV Agusta has had pre-ordering available for some of its models before, but only special-edition bikes available in limited numbers. Now, all MV Agustas will be available for pre-order, with sales finalized at a local dealership. It might not sound like a huge leap, but it helps MV Agusta bystep one of its biggest problems: production numbers. This will allow MV Agusta to more accurately match the number of motorcycles built and shipped, instead of having unsold stock languishing in dealerships. This is especially important as the gap between MV Agusta’s payment of its suppliers and the receipt of its payment for its motorcycles has been a major problem in recent months. And considering how many MV Agustas are sold solely on looks, an online sales plan does make sense. You can bet the rest of the industry is watching closely, to see how they can adapt this plan for themselves. Vezi sursa
  15. Honda To Unveil A New Bike At AIMExpo

    We recently told you about a rumor that Honda may be bringing the CBR300RR to North America. Now, Honda has seemingly poured new fuel on the fire. Honda issued a press release saying that it would be attending this year’s AIMExpo in Columbus, OH. Buried in the release were these words: For consumers, Honda will make the North American debut of a new model and will offer demo rides with models including the Gold Wing, Africa Twin, CB1000R, CB650R, NC750X, CBR650F, CB500F, CB500X, Rebel 500 and CRF450L. Well, that’s a tasty tidbit. But Honda isn’t saying what that new model is. Could it be the rumored CBR300RR, or might it be something else? There are other rumors out there saying a different bike is on Honda’s unveiling agenda. Honda will unveil a new bike at the 2019 AIMExpo. Image credit: AIMExpo The rumors vary widely with little information to back up the rumored claim. Online outlet Rideapart provides a host of potential unveiling candidates. Included in their guesses is the CBR300RR. But they also speculate that the new model could be Honda’s X-ADV 300 scooter, the NT Tourer and, even a revised CB500F. But no-one has any concrete information at this point. So it looks like we’ll have to wait until the AIMExpo starts on September 26th. We’re covering the event and let you know as soon as we know what Honda reveals. Featured image credit: AIMExpo Vezi sursa
  16. We recently told you about a rumor that Honda may be bringing the CBR300RR to North America. Now, Honda has seemingly poured new fuel on the fire. Honda issued a press release saying that it would be attending this year’s AIMExpo in Columbus, OH. Buried in the release were these words: For consumers, Honda will make the North American debut of a new model and will offer demo rides with models including the Gold Wing, Africa Twin, CB1000R, CB650R, NC750X, CBR650F, CB500F, CB500X, Rebel 500 and CRF450L. Well, that’s a tasty tidbit. But Honda isn’t saying what that new model is. Could it be the rumored CBR300RR, or might it be something else? There are other rumors out there saying a different bike is on Honda’s unveiling agenda. Honda will unveil a new bike at the 2019 AIMExpo. Image credit: AIMExpo The rumors vary widely with little information to back up the rumored claim. Online outlet Rideapart provides a host of potential unveiling candidates. Included in their guesses is the CBR300RR. But they also speculate that the new model could be Honda’s X-ADV 300 scooter, the NT Tourer and, even a revised CB500F. But no-one has any concrete information at this point. So it looks like we’ll have to wait until the AIMExpo starts on September 26th. We’re covering the event and let you know as soon as we know what Honda reveals. Featured image credit: AIMExpo Vezi sursa
  17. The leading manufacturer of powered two-wheelers in Europe is about to change its name. KTM Industries AG announced that the company’s name will become Pierer Mobility AG. The company made its announcement in a recent news release. KTM Industries AG has many brands under its umbrella. The brands, such as “Husqvarna Motorcycles”, “Husqvarna Bicycles”, “Raymon”, and the component brand “WP” all appear alongside the KTM core brand. As these evolving brands become increasingly important and the e-mobility sector gains traction, KTM Industries AG says a name change is in order. Therefore, the executive board has decided to rename the parent company Pierer Mobility AG. The board believes that the new name expresses the strong role of the company’s majority shareholder and CEO Stefan Pierer. Even though the parent company name is changing, all of the company’s individual brand names remain unchanged. The actual resolution to change KTM Industries AG to Pierer Mobility AG will occur at a special general board meeting this fall. KTM Industries AG CEO, Stefan Pierer. Photo credit: KTM This move is an interesting one ahead of what could be significant changes within the motorcycle industry. Specifically, KTM made special note of the “e-mobility” sector. Could this be a precursor to KTM moving away from its gasoline-powered motorcycles and beginning a new phase of electric transportation machines? KTM has long been associated with its “Ready To Race” tagline. But is KTM adjusting its outlook for electric motorcycles and bicycles? Time and an evolving motorcycle industry will tell. Featured image credit: KTM Vezi sursa
  18. The leading manufacturer of powered two-wheelers in Europe is about to change its name. KTM Industries AG announced that the company’s name will become Pierer Mobility AG. The company made its announcement in a recent news release. KTM Industries AG has many brands under its umbrella. The brands, such as “Husqvarna Motorcycles”, “Husqvarna Bicycles”, “Raymon”, and the component brand “WP” all appear alongside the KTM core brand. As these evolving brands become increasingly important and the e-mobility sector gains traction, KTM Industries AG says a name change is in order. Therefore, the executive board has decided to rename the parent company Pierer Mobility AG. The board believes that the new name expresses the strong role of the company’s majority shareholder and CEO Stefan Pierer. Even though the parent company name is changing, all of the company’s individual brand names remain unchanged. The actual resolution to change KTM Industries AG to Pierer Mobility AG will occur at a special general board meeting this fall. KTM Industries AG CEO, Stefan Pierer. Photo credit: KTM This move is an interesting one ahead of what could be significant changes within the motorcycle industry. Specifically, KTM made special note of the “e-mobility” sector. Could this be a precursor to KTM moving away from its gasoline-powered motorcycles and beginning a new phase of electric transportation machines? KTM has long been associated with its “Ready To Race” tagline. But is KTM adjusting its outlook for electric motorcycles and bicycles? Time and an evolving motorcycle industry will tell. Featured image credit: KTM Vezi sursa
  19. According to documents filed with the EPA, the upcoming new Ducati Multistrada model will be another V-twin, not the V4 we were counting on. There have been rumors of a V4 Multistrada model for months now. Ever since Ducati brought out its V4 Panigale, the general expectation was that sooner or later, we’d see a V4 Multi; then, over the past few months, various spy shots have shown a new Multistrada undergoing testing. The general opinion was that this was the V4 we’d expected. Well, that doesn’t seem to be the case. The keen-eyed web crawlers of Moto.it have uncovered EPA documents showing we can indeed expect a new Ducati Multistrada, but it will be powered by the same 1260 V-twin that Ducati is already using. The new bike will be called the Multistrada GT. That doesn’t explicitly rule out a second model coming, powered by a V4, but it does seem unlikely we’d see both. So if we’re getting a Multistrada GT, what can we expect? Given the Multistrada lineup’s usual bias towards street riding, we’d expect another machine with 17-inch wheels, and probably Ducati’s Skyhook suspension (electronically adjustable), a raft of electronic gadgetry to prevent the rider from doing anything stupid, and some sort of touring package. Dirt-biased adventure bikes don’t typically get the GT moniker, so expect smooth tires, not knobbies. The good people at MCN have uncovered photos of Ducati’s radar-enabled cruise control system fitted to a Multistrada model. That doesn’t mean it would be fitted to every model, but no doubt some buyers would be excited at even having this technology available as an option. Not everyone will be excited, but there’s no doubt a market for it, as the carmakers have been playing with this tech for years. Expect to see the new Multistrada unveiled in October, ahead of the EICMA show in Milan. Vezi sursa
  20. According to documents filed with the EPA, the upcoming new Ducati Multistrada model will be another V-twin, not the V4 we were counting on. There have been rumors of a V4 Multistrada model for months now. Ever since Ducati brought out its V4 Panigale, the general expectation was that sooner or later, we’d see a V4 Multi; then, over the past few months, various spy shots have shown a new Multistrada undergoing testing. The general opinion was that this was the V4 we’d expected. Well, that doesn’t seem to be the case. The keen-eyed web crawlers of Moto.it have uncovered EPA documents showing we can indeed expect a new Ducati Multistrada, but it will be powered by the same 1260 V-twin that Ducati is already using. The new bike will be called the Multistrada GT. That doesn’t explicitly rule out a second model coming, powered by a V4, but it does seem unlikely we’d see both. So if we’re getting a Multistrada GT, what can we expect? Given the Multistrada lineup’s usual bias towards street riding, we’d expect another machine with 17-inch wheels, and probably Ducati’s Skyhook suspension (electronically adjustable), a raft of electronic gadgetry to prevent the rider from doing anything stupid, and some sort of touring package. Dirt-biased adventure bikes don’t typically get the GT moniker, so expect smooth tires, not knobbies. The good people at MCN have uncovered photos of Ducati’s radar-enabled cruise control system fitted to a Multistrada model. That doesn’t mean it would be fitted to every model, but no doubt some buyers would be excited at even having this technology available as an option. Not everyone will be excited, but there’s no doubt a market for it, as the carmakers have been playing with this tech for years. Expect to see the new Multistrada unveiled in October, ahead of the EICMA show in Milan. Vezi sursa
  21. Imagine you live in the UK. One day you come home to find your motorcycle has been stolen from your garage where it is locked and chained. During the theft, the thieves even take the lock chain! You purchased that machine with your hard-earned money. It takes you to work weekdays and provides you with recreation and relaxation during the weekend. You are angry beyond belief. Sometime later, police sight three youths riding your stolen Honda CBR 125 motorcycle. A pursuit ensues and the youths crash your pride and joy and the police arrest the trio. Now you can safely assume that the three youths will be charged with stealing your bike. Right? Your troubles are over? But not so fast. A police sergeant calls to tell you that the police have no plans to prosecute the three for stealing your motorcycle. What? You mean that the police caught them riding my stolen motorcycle and they won’t be charged with its theft? This can’t be true. But unfortunately, this is not an imaginary story. It’s what is happening to a UK motorcycle owner identified only as Ryan by Grimsby Live. According to Humberside police Sergeant Terry Mellors, it is the situation Ryan faces. “I fully appreciate how frustrating it is when your property is stolen and the impact this can have on victims. For many this is a means of getting to work, earning a living and having this stolen can have a huge impact on their day to day lives. We understand this and we will follow up all viable lines of enquiry to find those responsible. In this instance, we have carried out a full and thorough investigation into the burglary but there was insufficient evidence to link the three youths who were riding the bike to the scene of the break in. We’re continuing to investigate the circumstances of the collision on Littlecoates Road and charges in relation to this may be brought in the future.” So charges may be brought in the future, but the police say they don’t have anything to charge the youths with presently. Police have not charged the three teens who crashed Ryan’s CBR 125. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons Things get worse But for Ryan, things are about to get worse. The insurance company refuses to repair or pay for his bike because there’s no “proof” that it was stolen. Even worse, the police have not and will not release Ryan’s crashed motorcycle. It’s still part of their ongoing investigation. As a result, Ryan can’t determine whether the bike is repairable until police conclude their investigation. Talk about a “Catch 22” situation. I’m not familiar with UK law. But I have to wonder why the trio can’t be charged with receiving stolen property or a similar charge. The suspects were clearly riding Ryan’s motorcycle which he had previously reported stolen. If they were charged with that offense, perhaps the insurance company would pay for repair/replacement of Ryan’s motorcycle? What do you think about this story? Should the police have charged the thieves with something? Should the insurance company be forced to pay? Let us know what you think in the comments below. Featured image photo credit: Grimsby Live/Jon Corken Vezi sursa
  22. Imagine you live in the UK. One day you come home to find your motorcycle has been stolen from your garage where it is locked and chained. During the theft, the thieves even take the lock chain! You purchased that machine with your hard-earned money. It takes you to work weekdays and provides you with recreation and relaxation during the weekend. You are angry beyond belief. Sometime later, police sight three youths riding your stolen Honda CBR 125 motorcycle. A pursuit ensues and the youths crash your pride and joy and the police arrest the trio. Now you can safely assume that the three youths will be charged with stealing your bike. Right? Your troubles are over? But not so fast. A police sergeant calls to tell you that the police have no plans to prosecute the three for stealing your motorcycle. What? You mean that the police caught them riding my stolen motorcycle and they won’t be charged with its theft? This can’t be true. But unfortunately, this is not an imaginary story. It’s what is happening to a UK motorcycle owner identified only as Ryan by Grimsby Live. According to Humberside police Sergeant Terry Mellors, it is the situation Ryan faces. “I fully appreciate how frustrating it is when your property is stolen and the impact this can have on victims. For many this is a means of getting to work, earning a living and having this stolen can have a huge impact on their day to day lives. We understand this and we will follow up all viable lines of enquiry to find those responsible. In this instance, we have carried out a full and thorough investigation into the burglary but there was insufficient evidence to link the three youths who were riding the bike to the scene of the break in. We’re continuing to investigate the circumstances of the collision on Littlecoates Road and charges in relation to this may be brought in the future.” So charges may be brought in the future, but the police say they don’t have anything to charge the youths with presently. Police have not charged the three teens who crashed Ryan’s CBR 125. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons Things get worse But for Ryan, things are about to get worse. The insurance company refuses to repair or pay for his bike because there’s no “proof” that it was stolen. Even worse, the police have not and will not release Ryan’s crashed motorcycle. It’s still part of their ongoing investigation. As a result, Ryan can’t determine whether the bike is repairable until police conclude their investigation. Talk about a “Catch 22” situation. I’m not familiar with UK law. But I have to wonder why the trio can’t be charged with receiving stolen property or a similar charge. The suspects were clearly riding Ryan’s motorcycle which he had previously reported stolen. If they were charged with that offense, perhaps the insurance company would pay for repair/replacement of Ryan’s motorcycle? What do you think about this story? Should the police have charged the thieves with something? Should the insurance company be forced to pay? Let us know what you think in the comments below. Featured image photo credit: Grimsby Live/Jon Corken Vezi sursa
  23. KTM Posts Record Financial Results

    KTM Industries AG is on a roll. In a sluggish or outright down motorcycle market, KTM has performed well. In its latest financial release, KTM posted record financial results. Record financial results The Austrian manufacturer posted record revenue, sales and earnings results for the ninth time in a row. Group revenue came in at €754.9 million. That amount marks a positive growth of 4.2% compared to last year and came in at the upper end of KTM’s expectations. Motorcycle sales were also up. KTM sold 135,711 motorcycles in the first half of 2019. That amount comprises sales of 115,318 KTM motorcycles and 20,393 Husqvarna motorcycles. Ultimately, the total sales figure is up 7% from last year. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) came in at €46.6 million. This amount was up 1.4% from the first half of last year and significantly over KTMs planned amount. KTM also noted that it had a positive outlook for the remainder of 2019 and confirmed its financial guidance. KTM’s record financials slide into a great 2019. Photo credit: KTM The company also moved the goalposts of market share in both the US and India. KTM said it outperformed the overall market in the key motorcycle market of motorcycles greater than 120cc and saw registrations increase by 5.2%. European registrations increased by 6.6% allowing KTM to maintain its market share in Europe at around 11.4%. In the current difficult US market, KTM increased registrations by 5.2% and raised its market share from 8.4% to 9.0%. In what KTM called its most important future market, India, KTM said registrations increased by over 35% compared to the previous year. They also took a large chunk of market share by increasing its share from 4.3% to 6.8%. Partnering with Bajaj KTM also announced that it had decided to launch a series development project with Bajaj Auto Ltd. The project is to develop powered two-wheeler (PTW) electric vehicles in the performance range of 3 and 10 kW. Ultimately, the project plans to support various product variants. Both PTW and electric bicycles will be produced under the brands of both partners. PTW production is expected to commence by 2022 at Bajaj’s facility in Pune, India. Vezi sursa
  24. KTM Industries AG is on a roll. In a sluggish or outright down motorcycle market, KTM has performed well. In its latest financial release, KTM posted record financial results. Record financial results The Austrian manufacturer posted record revenue, sales and earnings results for the ninth time in a row. Group revenue came in at €754.9 million. That amount marks a positive growth of 4.2% compared to last year and came in at the upper end of KTM’s expectations. Motorcycle sales were also up. KTM sold 135,711 motorcycles in the first half of 2019. That amount comprises sales of 115,318 KTM motorcycles and 20,393 Husqvarna motorcycles. Ultimately, the total sales figure is up 7% from last year. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) came in at €46.6 million. This amount was up 1.4% from the first half of last year and significantly over KTMs planned amount. KTM also noted that it had a positive outlook for the remainder of 2019 and confirmed its financial guidance. KTM’s record financials slide into a great 2019. Photo credit: KTM The company also moved the goalposts of market share in both the US and India. KTM said it outperformed the overall market in the key motorcycle market of motorcycles greater than 120cc and saw registrations increase by 5.2%. European registrations increased by 6.6% allowing KTM to maintain its market share in Europe at around 11.4%. In the current difficult US market, KTM increased registrations by 5.2% and raised its market share from 8.4% to 9.0%. In what KTM called its most important future market, India, KTM said registrations increased by over 35% compared to the previous year. They also took a large chunk of market share by increasing its share from 4.3% to 6.8%. Partnering with Bajaj KTM also announced that it had decided to launch a series development project with Bajaj Auto Ltd. The project is to develop powered two-wheeler (PTW) electric vehicles in the performance range of 3 and 10 kW. Ultimately, the project plans to support various product variants. Both PTW and electric bicycles will be produced under the brands of both partners. PTW production is expected to commence by 2022 at Bajaj’s facility in Pune, India. Vezi sursa
  25. For a while now, we’ve known for sure that a Long Way Up television series is happening, and there’s been speculation as to what bikes would be used. Now, there’s considerable buzz that Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman will be riding all-electric Harley-Davidson LiveWires for this televised adventure travel series. In case you just got here, here’s why some people are pretty excited about the new show: While other adventure travel stories had made it to broadcast television before (most notably Austin Vince’s Mondo Enduro and Terra Circa), the original Long Way Round show was an eye-opener for many riders. With Ewan McGregor’s star power drawing in views, the story of this buddy trip around the world aboard BMW GS motorcycles captivated attention in a way that few television series have before, or since. A sort of sequel, titled Long Way Down, followed the two riders from Scotland to South Africa, again aboard Beemers. Although many factors combined to kickstart the current boom in adventure motorcycling, McGregor and Boorman’s adventures had a lot to do with the scene gaining its popularity in recent years. Ever since they filmed Long Way Down in 2007, fans have been asking for another follow-up, riding through South America and North America; this year, Boorman confirmed it was happening. But what bike would they take? Would KTM finally provide machines? Would BMW step up to the plate again? Or Honda? Or Triumph? There’s no shortage of capable ADV machines on the market. The answer might be “None of the above.” Autoblog.ar is running photos of modified Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycles being uncrated in Buenos Aires, around the same time Boorman and McGregor were spotted knocking about town, with McGregor wearing a Harley-Davidson hat. Coincidence? Maybe, but McGregor is a big fan of EVs, and the duo could certainly bring Harley-Davidson a lot of exposure by riding north on the LiveWire. It would come at the right time, as the MoCo is attempting to enter the adventure bike market in the next couple of years. The big problem, of course, is limited range of the LiveWire battery (146 miles of urban riding, 70 miles of highway). It’s highly possible that would mean running out of juice mid-trip … unless Boorman and McGregor had a chase vehicle with a generator following them. Don’t be surprised if that happens. The LiveWire can recharge to about 80 per cent battery capacity in 40 minutes of DC Level 3 fast charging, and we’ve also seen keeners modifying other electric motorcycles for super-fast charging and long range. It would be no surprise if Boorman and McGregor did the same. There were are a few other interesting vehicles, including Rivian R1T pickups, uncrated around the same time as the LiveWires, so it looks like there could be a convoy forming here. Vezi sursa
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