Motorbikes – Motorbike Writerhttps://motorbikewriter.com Daily motorbike news, views & reviewsFri, 18 Sep 2020 16:48:37 +0000en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1https://motorbikewriter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/mbw-favicon-100×100.pngMotorbikes – Motorbike Writerhttps://motorbikewriter.com 3232Triumph Models Recalled Over Brake Detaching Issuehttps://motorbikewriter.com/triumph-models-recalled-over-brake-detaching-issue/ https://motorbikewriter.com/triumph-models-recalled-over-brake-detaching-issue/#respondFri, 18 Sep 2020 16:48:37 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=73088Triumph Motorcycles Australia has issued a recall for 928 motorcycles over an issue with the front brakes. The affected vehicles may have experience the front brake pad detaching from the back plate, “resulting in reduced braking performance”, says the official recall notice issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. “Reduced brake performance may result in a dangerous fall or collision, causing serious injury or death to the rider or other road users,” the notice says. The affected bikes are: […]

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]]>Triumph Motorcycles Australia has issued a recall for 928 motorcycles over an issue with the front brakes.

The affected vehicles may have experience the front brake pad detaching from the back plate, “resulting in reduced braking performance”, says the official recall notice issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

“Reduced brake performance may result in a dangerous fall or collision, causing serious injury or death to the rider or other road users,” the notice says.

The affected bikes are:

New Triumph Explorers ahead of update
Tiger 1200 Alpine Edition.

(2018-2020)

  • Tiger 1200 XR
  • Tiger 1200 XRT
  • Tiger 1200 XRx
  • Tiger 1200 XRx (Low Ride Height)
  • Tiger 1200 XCA
  • Tiger 1200 XCx

(2020)

  • Tiger 1200 – Alpine
  • Tiger 1200 – Desert
Triumph Street Triple RS - Daytona
Triumph Street Triple RS

(2017-2021)

  • Street Triple RS

2018 Triumph Speed Triple S

(2018-2020)

  • Speed Triple S and Speed Triple RS

VINs (vehicle identification numbers) of affected vehicles are listed at the end of this article.

Owners of affected motorcycles will be contacted by mail to arrange a time to bring their motorcycles to a Triumph dealer for the brake pads to be replaced free of charge.

To find a Triumph dealer, visit https://www.triumphmotorcycles.com.au/dealers/find-a-dealer

Triumph has had a series of recalls this year for various models and for a variety of major and minor issues including a recent  recall for the Tiger 900 models over a reflector which could fall off.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS ON RECALLS

Even though manufacturers and importers usually contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.

Therefore, Motorbike Writer publishes all motorcycle and scooter recalls as a service to all riders.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:

Affected Aust Bikes Recall SRAN 579
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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/triumph-models-recalled-over-brake-detaching-issue/feed/0The Two-Stroke Motorcycle Is Not Yet Deadhttps://motorbikewriter.com/the-two-stroke-motorcycle-is-not-yet-dead/ https://motorbikewriter.com/the-two-stroke-motorcycle-is-not-yet-dead/#respondFri, 18 Sep 2020 16:41:02 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=73082Proving there is still life in the two-stroke engine is new British company, Langen Motorcycles. They will unveil a limited-edition, bespoke model, eponymously titled the Two Stroke, at the Salon Privé from 23-26 September 2020 at Blenheim Palace UK. The road-legal 250cc Two Stroke will cost from £28,000 (about $A50,000) and only 250 will be made. It’s powered by a two-stroke motor from Italian company Vins Motors who make lightweight, bespoke Duecinquanta motorcycles that cost up to $A80,000. Major motorcycle companies have ditched two-stroke […]

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]]>Proving there is still life in the two-stroke engine is new British company, Langen Motorcycles.

They will unveil a limited-edition, bespoke model, eponymously titled the Two Stroke, at the Salon Privé from 23-26 September 2020 at Blenheim Palace UK.

The road-legal 250cc Two Stroke will cost from £28,000 (about $A50,000) and only 250 will be made.

It’s powered by a two-stroke motor from Italian company Vins Motors who make lightweight, bespoke Duecinquanta motorcycles that cost up to $A80,000.

Major motorcycle companies have ditched two-stroke engines because they fail to meet the ever-more-stringent emissions regulations.

However, companies such as Vins and Langen are still producing expensive two-stroke bikes either for track use only or in limited-edition batches that are not governed by emissions regulations.

There is also the possibility that two-stroke engines can be cleaned up through innovative designs such as Australian Basil van Rooyen’s Crankcase Independent Two-Stroke (CITS) engine that meets tough emissions requirements as it eliminates total-loss lubrication.

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Aussie-designed two-stroke CITS engine

So there is still hope for those who love the two-stroke’s ring-ding-ding sound, light-switch power delivery, high revs, light weight, frugal fuel consumption and blue-smoke aroma.

Langen’s Two Stroke V-twin has a 14,000 red line and produces more than 75bhp (56kW) and 45Nm (33lb.ft).

The Vins engine has fuel injection, ECU-controlled oil injection, carbon fibre reed valves and electronic exhaust valves.

The whole bike weighs just 114kg (251lb) for a power-to-weight ratio of 660bhp/ton.

Two-stroke

It features CNC-machined bits, laser-cut aluminium tubing, Hel Performance brakes, Ohlins forks, British K-Tech rear shocks and plenty of carbon-fibre, including the fuel tank.

Langen is designed, engineered and built in Wigan, Manchester.

Each engine will be built to order and individually numbered to match the customers motorcycle, with fully CNC machined casings and custom interchangeable gearbox. Customisation can range from paint colours, chassis finish and suspension type to wheels, along with tailored ergonomics for each individual rider.

Chris Ratcliffe, creator of Langen and designer of the Two Stroke, has more than 10 years’ experience designing successful motorcycles.

“The company has been founded with the aim of producing motorcycles with a simplicity and purity of days gone by, like the ‘Ton-up boys’ and their Caf racers – yet pushing the limits of modern technology,” he says

“My dream has always been to create a small piece of British motorcycling history. To be able to launch this special motorcycle under a completely new brand really is a dream come true.

The aim is to continue to push boundaries and create more interesting bikes, which we hope will really please people.”

The first run of 100 will be built from the second quarter of 2021 and will be road legal in the UK with 150 more in 2022 which all be road legal in other countries.

Orders are now being taken with a £1000 ($A1770) refundable deposit to secure one of the 100 initial bikes.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/the-two-stroke-motorcycle-is-not-yet-dead/feed/0MV Agusta Chooses IMG Licensing as Its Exclusive Licenseehttps://motorbikewriter.com/mv-agusta-chooses-img-licensing-as-its-exclusive-licensee/ https://motorbikewriter.com/mv-agusta-chooses-img-licensing-as-its-exclusive-licensee/#respondFri, 18 Sep 2020 13:40:13 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=73080IMG Licensing will now be the exclusive licensee for MV Agusta. After surveying the options available to it, MV Agusta chose IMG for a multi-year agreement. The company will handle the brand’s new lifestyle products and other new merchandising items.  “IMG is the best possible partner to achieve what we have in mind for our fans around the world,” said Timur Sardarov CEO MV Agusta Motor SpA, according to Motociclismo. “This strategic partnership will give a strong boost to our […]

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]]>IMG Licensing will now be the exclusive licensee for MV Agusta. After surveying the options available to it, MV Agusta chose IMG for a multi-year agreement.

The company will handle the brand’s new lifestyle products and other new merchandising items. 

“IMG is the best possible partner to achieve what we have in mind for our fans around the world,” said Timur Sardarov CEO MV Agusta Motor SpA, according to Motociclismo. “This strategic partnership will give a strong boost to our five-year expansion plan. MV Agusta is a strongly loved brand, an icon of design and style in the world of motorcycling.”

Marcelo Cordeiro, Associate Vice President of IMG Licensing sounded equally excited about the new deal. He echoed Sardarov’s claims about the MV Agusta brand and its strong supporters.

“It is our intention to take advantage of IMG’s global dimension and its vast experience in the field of automotive licensing to extend the brand with a range of consumer products through a series of selective agreements, brand partnerships, and collaborations,” he said.

The types of products that IMG will be handling include clothing, fashion accessories, video games, and collectible items.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/mv-agusta-chooses-img-licensing-as-its-exclusive-licensee/feed/0BMW Motorrad Days Will Move to Berlin in 2021https://motorbikewriter.com/bmw-motorrad-days-will-shift-to-berlin-in-2021/ https://motorbikewriter.com/bmw-motorrad-days-will-shift-to-berlin-in-2021/#respondFri, 18 Sep 2020 13:30:54 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=73077BMW Motorrad Days will move to Berlin in 2021, according to a recent announcement. Previously, the event was held in Munich. There were 18 successful BMW Motorrad Days held in Munich, so the move to Berlin is an important one.  Berlin is “in the heart of Europe” as BMW puts it in its press release, and it’s where BMW has built motorcycles for half a century. This new location for the event is a new chapter for the event, and it […]

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]]>BMW Motorrad Days will move to Berlin in 2021, according to a recent announcement. Previously, the event was held in Munich. There were 18 successful BMW Motorrad Days held in Munich, so the move to Berlin is an important one. 

Berlin is “in the heart of Europe” as BMW puts it in its press release, and it’s where BMW has built motorcycles for half a century. This new location for the event is a new chapter for the event, and it should be a smart move.

“The BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen has been a genuine success story – an event that has attracted tens of thousands of visitors every year and was founded on excellent cooperation with the municipality of Garmisch-Partenkirchen,” said Dr. Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad.

The idea behind the move is the “break new ground.” the company wants to shake things up, in a way, and focus on brand development and the new design concepts. BMW wants to keep the BMW Motorrad Days fresh and interesting for the future, which will likely include many new zero-emissions mobility solutions and unique urban mobility concepts. 

“I am very pleased that the BMW Motorrad Days, one of the largest motorcycle events in Europe, will come to Berlin next year and that we were able to win this attractive and traditional event for our city,” said the mayor of Berlin, Michael Muller.

Hopefully, this will translate to further success for BMW and the BMW Motorrad Days.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/bmw-motorrad-days-will-shift-to-berlin-in-2021/feed/0Electric Novus Is Light, But Expensivehttps://motorbikewriter.com/electric-novus-is-light-but-expensive/ https://motorbikewriter.com/electric-novus-is-light-but-expensive/#respondThu, 17 Sep 2020 16:46:35 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=73063This Novus carbon-fibre electric motorcycle weighs just 110kg and has only 100km of city range, yet it costs a whopping $US46,000 (about $A63,000). That’s even more than the expensive Harley-Davidson LiveWire at $US29,900 ($A49,995) which has about 250km of city range. Even so, the sleek Novus with its hollow where you would normally expect an engine is not the most expensive electric motorcycle in the world. That “honour” goes to the Detonator at $US150,000 (about $A215,000). It’s not even as expensive as […]

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]]>This Novus carbon-fibre electric motorcycle weighs just 110kg and has only 100km of city range, yet it costs a whopping $US46,000 (about $A63,000).

That’s even more than the expensive Harley-Davidson LiveWire at $US29,900 ($A49,995) which has about 250km of city range.

Novus

Even so, the sleek Novus with its hollow where you would normally expect an engine is not the most expensive electric motorcycle in the world.

That “honour” goes to the Detonator at $US150,000 (about $A215,000).

Detonator expensive electric motorcycle
Detonator

It’s not even as expensive as the pedal-assisted Black Trail BT at $80,000 ($A114,500).

However, it would just squeeze into the top 10 most expensive electric motorcycles at number nine.

Novus

The prices of electric motorcycles will eventually come down like the prices of flat-screen TVs did, but right now they are very expensive.

In fact, only rich, early adopters will be rushing out to buy most electric motorcycles.

As Novus states: “We don’t build motorcycles. We create desires.”

Novus

It’s more of a “look-at-me” thing, rather than an economical decision to save money on petrol.

There is also a lot of debate over the whole-of-life environmental impact of electric versus petrol machines, but that’s a whole other issue.

The Novus features a carbon-fibre monocoque frame, mono fork, swingarm and rims.

Novus

Interestingly the rear suspension is hidden in the swingarm and the front suspension has a proprietary, adjustable mono fork.

The non-removable 4.3kWh battery can be 80% charged in 30 minutes and sits inside the bottom of the frame to lower the centre of gravity.

Novus

Novus is powered by a 18kW rear hub motor with a top speed of 120km/h (74.5mph) and a 0-50km/h time of three seconds. That compares with the LIveWire that hits 100km/h in the same time.

Clever features are a Supernova headlight integrated in the handlebar and LED instruments which can be swapped for your mobile phone using a proprietary app.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/electric-novus-is-light-but-expensive/feed/0Voting Is Now Open for the 2020 Triumph Bonneville Build-Offhttps://motorbikewriter.com/voting-is-now-open-for-the-2020-triumph-bonneville-build-off/ https://motorbikewriter.com/voting-is-now-open-for-the-2020-triumph-bonneville-build-off/#respondThu, 17 Sep 2020 13:09:52 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=73049Triumph is holding a Bonneville Build off on it’s UK website. You can vote for the best build from a list of nine of the finalists that have been selected so far. Dealers across the UK are participating in the build-off and there are some truly unique builds here. The participants had to abide by one basic rule. They had to be a 900cc or 1200cc Bonneville. Otherwise, the builders were encouraged to get creative, and it appears that some […]

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]]>Triumph is holding a Bonneville Build off on it’s UK website. You can vote for the best build from a list of nine of the finalists that have been selected so far.

Dealers across the UK are participating in the build-off and there are some truly unique builds here. The participants had to abide by one basic rule. They had to be a 900cc or 1200cc Bonneville. Otherwise, the builders were encouraged to get creative, and it appears that some of them certainly did.

There are very clearly some different design philosophies and techniques at work. Some sought to craft the Bonneville into a sportbike, while others took the model a completely different route and went after a WWII military bike look. There’s also just about everything in between from cafe racers to scramblers.

To learn more about each of the nine builds that you can vote for, check out the list of options at Triumph’s event webpage. From there, you can read more about each build and then vote for your personal favorite. You will have to give up your email to vote, but that’s not too bad of a trade. 

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/voting-is-now-open-for-the-2020-triumph-bonneville-build-off/feed/0Dakar Dream Becomes Custom Realityhttps://motorbikewriter.com/dakar-dream-becomes-custom-reality/ https://motorbikewriter.com/dakar-dream-becomes-custom-reality/#respondWed, 16 Sep 2020 16:44:42 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=73032Brisbane rider Daniele Milazzo grew up watching the Dakar Rally on SBS TV and always dreamt of owning one of the victorious BMW race bikes. Instead of trying to find an ex-race bike, Daniele set about totally rebuilding a 1983 BMW R 80 ST and customising it into a G/S version. “It’s not a full rally replica, but more of a comfort off-road tourer,” Daniele says. BMW Motorrad built the R 80 G/S from 1980 to 1987 and won the […]

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]]>Brisbane rider Daniele Milazzo grew up watching the Dakar Rally on SBS TV and always dreamt of owning one of the victorious BMW race bikes.

Dakar Dreams

Instead of trying to find an ex-race bike, Daniele set about totally rebuilding a 1983 BMW R 80 ST and customising it into a G/S version.

Dakar Dreams

“It’s not a full rally replica, but more of a comfort off-road tourer,” Daniele says.

Dakar Dreams

BMW Motorrad built the R 80 G/S from 1980 to 1987 and won the famous Europe-to-Africa Dakar Rally in 1981,1983–1985 with the R 80.

After the rally organisers reduce the engine capacity limits because of the dangers of the powerful high-speed machines, BMW won again in 1999 and 2000 with an F 650 model.

Daniele, a 44-year-old digital designer, has been riding since 2000 on everything from a Vespa to a BMW R 1200 GS.

Dakar Dreams

“I chose this bike because growing up I remember vividly the Sahara Dakars,” he says.

“The adventure you could sense in those early races.”

Dakar Dreams

So why an R 80 ST?

“One day I met Ron Van de Weil, a very experience mechanic, and after talking to him, we embarked on the journey of improving what is a solid machine and restoring what needs to be fixed.

Dakar Dreams

“The bike has been rebuilt from the ground up. It’s a comfortable adventure bike. Meticulously put together.”

Dakar Dreams

We think it looks pretty cool!

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/dakar-dream-becomes-custom-reality/feed/0Will Manufacturers Fight Chinese Ripoffs?https://motorbikewriter.com/will-manufacturers-fight-chinese-ripoffs/ https://motorbikewriter.com/will-manufacturers-fight-chinese-ripoffs/#respondWed, 16 Sep 2020 16:38:15 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=73026The latest blatant ripoff of motorcycle design by the Chinese is a Moto S450RR which looks very much like BMW’s S 1000 RR and even features a version of the famous Bavarian marque’s blue roundel logo. It is not the first nor the last ripoff of successful motorcycle and car models by the Chinese who are making headlines for intellectual property and data theft almost daily. In fact, It’s not the first BMW ripoff, either. Last year we reported on […]

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]]>The latest blatant ripoff of motorcycle design by the Chinese is a Moto S450RR which looks very much like BMW’s S 1000 RR and even features a version of the famous Bavarian marque’s blue roundel logo.

It is not the first nor the last ripoff of successful motorcycle and car models by the Chinese who are making headlines for intellectual property and data theft almost daily.

BMW Chinese Ripoff

In fact, It’s not the first BMW ripoff, either.

Last year we reported on a BMW G 310 GS ripoff, called an Everest Kaiyue 400X.

In the past we have also seen Chinese electric versions of the Honda Goldwing, China’s CFMoto 650TK which is very similar to Honda’s ST1300 and a Chinese brand called “Hongda” that made Honda lookalikes.

The Vietnamese are also in on the ripoff act with “Ducati” Monsters made by Quang Phuong Motor.

But what is most alarming is that motorcycle companies seem to be nothing about the theft of their intellectual property.

We contacted high-level executives at BMW Global asking what they would do about the ripoffs.

BMW Chinese Ripoff

These contacts normally reply quickly and even over weekends!

However, five days later there is not a word from BMW HQ, just as there was last time with the G 310 GS ripoff.

In fact, the only company that seems to actively pursue the copycats is iconic Italian scooter company Lambretta who is taking “strict” action against companies “free riding on the repute of Lambretta”.

They claim the global market is flooded with replicas of their classic scooters from China, India and Thailand.

The Chinese seem immune to international trade laws that bind other countries.

We all know the Chinese make cheap copies of well-known brands and many of us probably have a Gucci belt made of plastic in a sweatshop in China

However, the Chinese have also made a lot of copies of bigger and more expensive products such as cars.

Some of the cars Chinese manufacturers have copied include the Range Rover Evoque, Smart ForTwo, Hummer, Porsche Cayman, Audi A6, Jeep Cherokee, BMW X1, Rolls-Royce Phantom and MINI Cooper.

Several car manufacturers tried to stop them copying their cars, but failed in an obstructive and partisan legal system, so they formed alliances with Chinese companies to make their products for the local market.

Honda and Yamaha have also tried to fight Chinese manufacturers in the courts over breach of copyright, but it is a long process as there are hundreds of knockoff manufacturers.

So, like the car makers, Honda has formed an allegiance with one of the knockoff Chinese companies to make their bikes for the local market.

Images for this article sourced from MotoSaigon.vn

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/will-manufacturers-fight-chinese-ripoffs/feed/0Rare BMWs Hit Auction Blockhttps://motorbikewriter.com/rare-bmws-hit-auction-block/ https://motorbikewriter.com/rare-bmws-hit-auction-block/#respondWed, 16 Sep 2020 16:26:37 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=73023A collection of more than 20 classic BMW motorcycles, representing eight decades of the Bavarian machines, will hit the auction block this weekend in Switzerland. The Bonhams auction returns to Bonmont Golf and Country Club in Cheserex, Switzerland on Sunday 20 September 2020. It will be followed on 10 October 2020 by another Bonhams auction at Barber Motorsports Museum, in Alabama, featuring several rare BMWs including a 1928 BMW R57. The Bonmont auction features classic and modern vehicles, but the highlights will […]

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]]>A collection of more than 20 classic BMW motorcycles, representing eight decades of the Bavarian machines, will hit the auction block this weekend in Switzerland.

The Bonhams auction returns to Bonmont Golf and Country Club in Cheserex, Switzerland on Sunday 20 September 2020.

It will be followed on 10 October 2020 by another Bonhams auction at Barber Motorsports Museum, in Alabama, featuring several rare BMWs including a 1928 BMW R57.

The Bonmont auction features classic and modern vehicles, but the highlights will be two exceptionally rare and sought after 1920s BMWs.

A 1927 BMW R42 is estimated to fetch up to $US53,000 while a 1928 R57, one of only 1006 produced, is estimated to reach as much as $US85,000.

Post-war motorcycles offered include a 1976 BMW R90S (up to $20,000) and a 1982 example of the BMW R80G/S (up to $US15,500), the ‘gentleman’s green laner’ model which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Also featured in The Bonmont Sale is a 1977 Honda CB500 Swiss police motorcycle (up to $US16,500) which served in the cantons of Frebourg and then Solthurn, estimate.

You can view the online catalogue here: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26261/.

The Bonhams Bonmont Sale will be held on Sunday 20 September starting at 2pm (CEST).

It will be a traditional live auction, with an auctioneer at the rostrum and bids will be accepted from clients in the room (respecting social distancing and all local COVID guidelines), with limited public admission by prior appointment.

Check out our top 10 tips for buying at auction.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/rare-bmws-hit-auction-block/feed/0Chicago Harley-Davidson Partners With William Shatner to Auction Off His LiveWirehttps://motorbikewriter.com/chicago-harley-davidson-partners-with-william-shatner-to-auction-off-his-livewire/ https://motorbikewriter.com/chicago-harley-davidson-partners-with-william-shatner-to-auction-off-his-livewire/#respondWed, 16 Sep 2020 11:44:24 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=73017Are you a William Shatner fan and a fan of Harley-Davidson’s new LiveWire electric motorcycle? Then you really should consider this auction. Chicago Harley-Davidson will be auctioning off Shatner’s Yellow Fuse LiveWire. It will feature an autographed tank. Shatner is best known for his acting, specifically for his roles in Star Trek and Boston Legal, but he’s also an author, producer, director, screenwriter, singer, and motorcyclist. He decided to auction off his own LiveWire at Chicago Harley-Davidson. It’s unclear why […]

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]]>Are you a William Shatner fan and a fan of Harley-Davidson’s new LiveWire electric motorcycle? Then you really should consider this auction.

Chicago Harley-Davidson will be auctioning off Shatner’s Yellow Fuse LiveWire. It will feature an autographed tank. Shatner is best known for his acting, specifically for his roles in Star Trek and Boston Legal, but he’s also an author, producer, director, screenwriter, singer, and motorcyclist.

He decided to auction off his own LiveWire at Chicago Harley-Davidson. It’s unclear why he wants to auction off the bike, but he did say the following in a press release: “This is my very own bike. I hope you love it as much as I do.” 

My guess is that he doesn’t like it enough to keep it and would like to get it out of his garage so he can buy something else.

Anyway, the LiveWire is an impressive machine. My colleague Jim Pruner at Web Bike World rode one for a review recently and called the bike misunderstood and underestimated.

The main criticism many have of the LiveWire is its price. The bike has a $30,000 price tag in the U.S. It’s a lot of money for the range and performance, and I can’t imagine Shatner’s bike will be cheap either. For more information, check out Windy City Motorcycle Company.

According to our previous reporting, the LiveWire will come available in Australia in September of this year. It’s already available in other markets.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/chicago-harley-davidson-partners-with-william-shatner-to-auction-off-his-livewire/feed/0Harley Avoids $3m ‘Wood Fire Payout’https://motorbikewriter.com/harley-avoids-3m-wood-fire-payout/ https://motorbikewriter.com/harley-avoids-3m-wood-fire-payout/#respondTue, 15 Sep 2020 21:42:43 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=73000Harley-Davidson will not have to pay $US3 million to retrofit or replace wood-burning household appliances with cleaner stoves to offset excess emissions. Yes, you heard right! That was part of a contentious US court ruling in 2016 when the American icon was fined $US12m for fitting aftermarket Screamin’ Eagle tuners which were found to emit illegal amounts of pollution. On top of that fine, the US court also ruled that Harley had to pay for cleaner household appliances; quite a controversial […]

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]]>Harley-Davidson will not have to pay $US3 million to retrofit or replace wood-burning household appliances with cleaner stoves to offset excess emissions.

Yes, you heard right!

That was part of a contentious US court ruling in 2016 when the American icon was fined $US12m for fitting aftermarket Screamin’ Eagle tuners which were found to emit illegal amounts of pollution.

On top of that fine, the US court also ruled that Harley had to pay for cleaner household appliances; quite a controversial decision.

Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle Street Performance Tuner waiving
Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Street Performance Tuner

And now it seems U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan agrees and has dropped the controversial $3m payment.

Back in 2016, Harley-Davidson told us customers did not have to return bikes to have the Screamin’ Eagle Pro Super engine tuners.

As part of a resolution of the issue, Harley only agreed to offer to buy back the tuners from dealerships. There was no requirement for customers to return them.

In Australia, there was no buyback and nothing to prevent their continuing sale as they are marketed and sold on the basis that they are for use only in racing or competition.

Harley does not state that the turners are legal for road use. If they are used for road use, it can affect the owner’s warranty.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/harley-avoids-3m-wood-fire-payout/feed/0BMW Teases the New BMW G 310 Rhttps://motorbikewriter.com/bmw-teases-the-new-bmw-g-310-r/ https://motorbikewriter.com/bmw-teases-the-new-bmw-g-310-r/#respondTue, 15 Sep 2020 14:18:32 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72996BMW’s small-displacement G 310 R has been a real winner for the last couple of years, but now the company is working on some new versions of the bike. The company’s India website recently teased the new G 310 R. You can book a motorcycle now. This is the first official teaser we’ve seen on the company’s website. BMW isn’t pushing the bike yet on its other websites yet. The Indian one is the first I’m seeing of it. Earlier […]

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]]>BMW’s small-displacement G 310 R has been a real winner for the last couple of years, but now the company is working on some new versions of the bike.

The company’s India website recently teased the new G 310 R. You can book a motorcycle now. This is the first official teaser we’ve seen on the company’s website. BMW isn’t pushing the bike yet on its other websites yet. The Indian one is the first I’m seeing of it.

Earlier this year, the bike was spotted testing alongside the G 310 GS. So, this isn’t a huge surprise, but the details of the machine are still unclear. It should be a minor update to the model. The main changes will be focused on the engine and making it compliant with the ever-tightening emissions in India.

According to RideApart, although BMW usually launches products first in Europe, the company will launch the new G 310 R (and likely the G 310 GS) in India first and then spread it out from there to other markets. That means if you live in Europe, North America, Australia, or anywhere else for that matter, you’ll have to wait for these new small-displacement machines.

Prices and details will be available at a later date. It’s good to see BMW making progress on these. The sooner the G 310 R and G 310 GS launch in India, the sooner they will be sent around the world.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/bmw-teases-the-new-bmw-g-310-r/feed/0Benelli Is Bringing the TRK 502 and TRK 502X to UShttps://motorbikewriter.com/benelli-is-bringing-the-trk-502-and-trk-502x-to-us/ https://motorbikewriter.com/benelli-is-bringing-the-trk-502-and-trk-502x-to-us/#respondTue, 15 Sep 2020 13:48:51 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72992Benelli has wanted to bring its adventure bike to the U.S. market for some time now. However, those plans were put on hold with everything going on in the world right now. Now, according to ADV Pulse, the plan is back on. The publication said that 2021 models are currently arriving on dealer showroom floors. The U.S. adventure motorcycle field expands even more with the addition of these motorcycles. The Benelli TRK 502 comes in two versions. There’s a more […]

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]]>Benelli has wanted to bring its adventure bike to the U.S. market for some time now. However, those plans were put on hold with everything going on in the world right now.

Now, according to ADV Pulse, the plan is back on. The publication said that 2021 models are currently arriving on dealer showroom floors. The U.S. adventure motorcycle field expands even more with the addition of these motorcycles.

The Benelli TRK 502 comes in two versions. There’s a more road-focused motorcycle called simply the TRK 502, and then there’s the more off-road-focused TRK 502X.

benelli trk 502

Both motorcycles get a 500cc four-valve per cylinder parallel-twin DOHC engine with electronic fuel injection. The two-cylinder engine makes 47 hp and 34 lb-ft of torque. That engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox.

The bikes both feature a steel trellis frame, inverted front fork with 5.5-inches of suspension travel, a mono-shock in the rear with preload and rebound damping adjustment. The 502X gets compression damping adjustment. The seat height for the 502 is 32.8 inches. For the 502X, it’s 33.9 inches. The 502X also has a different exhaust, which gives it more ground clearance.

Both models get a large touring windscreen. The brakes on the bikes are 320mm discs upfront and a 260mm disc in the rear. The 502 has 17-inch wheels. The 502X has a 17-inch in the rear and a 19-inch upfront. Engine guards come standard on the 502X.

The price for the TRK 502 is $5,999. The price for the TRK 502X is $6,399. While the bikes aren’t up on Benelli’s USA website, I’d imagine all the details will be if ADV Pulse is right about them already arriving in dealers.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/benelli-is-bringing-the-trk-502-and-trk-502x-to-us/feed/0Miriam Orlandi Rides 4,350 Miles on Her Zero SR/S to Norwayhttps://motorbikewriter.com/miriam-orlandi-rides-4350-miles-on-her-zero-sr-s-to-norway/ https://motorbikewriter.com/miriam-orlandi-rides-4350-miles-on-her-zero-sr-s-to-norway/#commentsTue, 15 Sep 2020 13:18:37 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72988Miriam Orlandi joins a rare group of folks who have taken electric motorcycles far further than many people thought possible. She managed to cover 4,350 miles on a 21-day journey. She rode from Brescia, Italy, to Nordkapp, Norway. That means she averaged about 200 miles each day. While a couple of hundred miles might not seem like much, for an electric bike, it’s a pretty good amount. She joins others like Diego Cardenas, Jesse Dalba, and Ewan McGregor and Charlie […]

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]]>Miriam Orlandi joins a rare group of folks who have taken electric motorcycles far further than many people thought possible. She managed to cover 4,350 miles on a 21-day journey.

She rode from Brescia, Italy, to Nordkapp, Norway. That means she averaged about 200 miles each day. While a couple of hundred miles might not seem like much, for an electric bike, it’s a pretty good amount.

She joins others like Diego Cardenas, Jesse Dalba, and Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman as a person who has taken an extremely long ride on a motorcycle.

Orlandi noted the silence of the motorcycle as one of the things she liked and the generosity of people who let her charge her motorcycle when she needed it, according to Motociclismo.

The motorcycle she used was the Zero ZR/S. The company launched that model at the beginning of 2020. It’s a fully-faired version of the performance-oriented SR/F from Zero. When it debuted as a sport-touring motorcycle, I saw a lot of comments about how you couldn’t tour with that low of a range. Well, Orlandi proved those folks wrong.

The charging network in Europe is pretty good. That means doing a trip like this is not only doable but it can be pretty easy, depending on where you want to go. As more and more charging stations pop up around the globe, it will be easier and easier for riders of electric bikes to do longer trips like this.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/miriam-orlandi-rides-4350-miles-on-her-zero-sr-s-to-norway/feed/1The Ducati Scrambler 1100 Is Coming to Indiahttps://motorbikewriter.com/the-ducati-scrambler-1100-is-coming-to-india/ https://motorbikewriter.com/the-ducati-scrambler-1100-is-coming-to-india/#respondMon, 14 Sep 2020 12:20:18 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72982The Ducati Scrambler 1100 will be heading to India. This will be the first Scrambler from the Italian company to enter the Indian market. For a time, only the Panigale V2 would meet the BS6 compliance for emissions. Ducati’s operations in India looked a little bleak. Now they appear to be getting back on track with the addition of the Scrambler 1100, according to India Today The bike will be available in Sport and Sport Pro. Other markets outside of […]

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]]>The Ducati Scrambler 1100 will be heading to India. This will be the first Scrambler from the Italian company to enter the Indian market.

For a time, only the Panigale V2 would meet the BS6 compliance for emissions. Ducati’s operations in India looked a little bleak. Now they appear to be getting back on track with the addition of the Scrambler 1100, according to India Today

The bike will be available in Sport and Sport Pro. Other markets outside of India have had these options available for a while now, but it’s good to see them become available to Indian riders.

The Scrambler 1100 features a 1,097cc air-cooled desmodromic L-twin engine that makes 86 hp. The Indian Scrambler 1100 will be a little different from its global counterparts. The motorcycle will get a new exhaust system. This exhaust will not be focused on performance but rather on emissions. With it, the bike passes BS6 requirements.

Ducati has yet to release the prices of these machines in India. The upgraded exhaust and any other changes they had to make for meeting emissions will likely add to the price. Ducati will announce pricing at a later date.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/the-ducati-scrambler-1100-is-coming-to-india/feed/0Hero MotoCorp Is Developing the Electric Ultra Sport Motorcyclehttps://motorbikewriter.com/hero-motocorp-is-developing-the-electric-ultra-sport-motorcycle/ https://motorbikewriter.com/hero-motocorp-is-developing-the-electric-ultra-sport-motorcycle/#respondMon, 14 Sep 2020 11:56:41 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72979Hero MotoCorp is working on a new electric motorcycle platform called the e.US. That stands for Electric Ultra Sport and will be the basis of the company’s new line of electric motorcycles (please note that it’s not the bike in the lead image, that’s just a previous concept bike from the company). The e.US platform will have a variety of drivetrains and range options to suit various applications. However, much of the platform will be shared across the lineup. The […]

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]]>Hero MotoCorp is working on a new electric motorcycle platform called the e.US. That stands for Electric Ultra Sport and will be the basis of the company’s new line of electric motorcycles (please note that it’s not the bike in the lead image, that’s just a previous concept bike from the company).

The e.US platform will have a variety of drivetrains and range options to suit various applications. However, much of the platform will be shared across the lineup. The bikes will be performance-oriented in most cases.

The motorcycles will be manufactured in India but will feature components from Hero’s European suppliers. The company’s goal is to position itself as one of the major companies in the EV space around the world, according to GaadiWaadi.

This will also be a move away from the company’s current image, which is primarily a manufacturer of budget motorcycles. Hero will do its best to keep prices competitive, but it also wants to change its image a bit with its EV lineup.

At this time, there isn’t much known. GaadiWaadi reported on a report that emerged that pointed to a concept being developed in Munich, Germany, along with other EV vehicles, but beyond the report saying it was happening, there isn’t much.

It will be interesting to see how this materializes and where the story goes from here. Hero isn’t the only company from India that is putting a lot of research and development into EVs, but the company does have a lot of clout in the industry, and if it could create something special, it could get a leg up on the competition.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/hero-motocorp-is-developing-the-electric-ultra-sport-motorcycle/feed/0Harley-Davidson Relaunches Enthusiast Magazinehttps://motorbikewriter.com/harley-davidson-relaunches-enthusiast-magazine/ https://motorbikewriter.com/harley-davidson-relaunches-enthusiast-magazine/#respondFri, 11 Sep 2020 16:26:03 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72956Harley-Davidson will relaunch The Enthusiast magazine originally published from 1916 to 2008 to replace HOG Magazine as their official publication. This is a significant move that fits in with new boss Jochen Zeitz’s return to focussing on traditional values. Since moving into the rider’s seat in February, Jochen has made a lot of changes in his “Rewire” and “Hardwire’ strategies. Apart from cutting back on staff, wages, models and markets, he is also focussing on the core product and traditional customers. It’s a […]

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]]>Harley-Davidson will relaunch The Enthusiast magazine originally published from 1916 to 2008 to replace HOG Magazine as their official publication.

This is a significant move that fits in with new boss Jochen Zeitz’s return to focussing on traditional values.

Since moving into the rider’s seat in February, Jochen has made a lot of changes in his “Rewire” and “Hardwire’ strategies.

Apart from cutting back on staff, wages, models and markets, he is also focussing on the core product and traditional customers.

It’s a relief for many Harley fans who feel they have been neglected as the company tried to find new customers in new niches, spreading itself thin and neglecting diehard fans.

In Australia, Harley owners have been particularly concerned about Harley taking over the Harley Owners Group and opening up the annual national rally to non-members and non-owners.

As part of this refocus, the HOG Magazine returns to The Enthusiast, one of the world’s longest-running motorcycle magazines.

“This is the return to a great tradition,” says Jochen.

“We believe today The Enthusiast title is more relevant than ever.

“In a year when so many people have been stuck inside, we passionately believe in inspiring riders and aspiring riders to get out in the world to rediscover adventure through socially-distanced riding.”

All Full and Life Harley Owner Group members will continue to receive a complimentary subscription to The Enthusiast magazine as part of their membership benefits.

Free App versions of the magazine are also available for iOS and Android phones and tablets.

For more information and history about The Enthusiast magazine, visit h-d.com/enthusiast.

The first issue features Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman on the cover after riding their electric LiveWire from the bottom of South Africa to LA for their upcoming Long Way Up TV series.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/harley-davidson-relaunches-enthusiast-magazine/feed/0Easy Riding On An Electric Mini-Chopperhttps://motorbikewriter.com/easy-riding-on-an-electric-mini-chopper/ https://motorbikewriter.com/easy-riding-on-an-electric-mini-chopper/#respondFri, 11 Sep 2020 16:18:18 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72942Now you can be an Easy Rider commuter on this WYLD mini electric chopper from Brisbane-based electric light vehicle company EMoS, formerly known as e-Motion Concepts. The e-Moped, which can be ridden on a car licence in most Australian states, will be available in six to eight weeks and will cost from $A2999 to $A5599 depending on battery size. Range goes from 60km up to 80km with regenerative braking and a governed top speed of 50km/h so it can be […]

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]]>Now you can be an Easy Rider commuter on this WYLD mini electric chopper from Brisbane-based electric light vehicle company EMoS, formerly known as e-Motion Concepts.

The e-Moped, which can be ridden on a car licence in most Australian states, will be available in six to eight weeks and will cost from $A2999 to $A5599 depending on battery size.

Electric Chopper

Range goes from 60km up to 80km with regenerative braking and a governed top speed of 50km/h so it can be ridden on a car licence in Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Extending the special moped licence to all states is one of the key points of a Two Wheel Action Group petition to state and federal ministers. Click here to read more and sign the petition.

Electric Chopper

Founder and CTO Wolfgang Roffmann says they may not offer the entry-level 60km $2999 version in Australia but they may add a more powerful flagship version.

“It depends on demand, but no immediate plans,” he says.

“We are currently taking pre-orders and the response has been very good and will have the first batch delivered within 6-8 weeks.

“We are looking for retail outlets across Australia and we are finalising national distribution. For Brisbane we will have Motorcycles R Us, in Kingston Road, Underwood, as a retail stockist.”

The WYLD features a removable battery and you buy a backup 20Ah battery with 80km of range for $600 or a 30Ah battery with 90km range for $850.

It has fat 12-inch tyres, a solo saddle, mini ape-hanger bars, digital instruments and Harley-esque styling in red or blue.

“We want our vehicles to give our customers more: more safety, more agility and more fun,” Wolfgang says.

“Just putting an electric motor into the frames of previously offered vehicles is not making use of the design freedom the use of electric motors and batteries can provide.”

CEO and co-founder Harry Proskefallas says their philosophy has been to be “different”.

“We want people to turn their heads for our vehicles,” Harry says.

“We want them to be excited about the form and the function and to make a statement for electric vehicles and that is the same for the WYLD.”

Electric Chopper

EMoS has a range of electric road registrable urban transport vehicles of people and goods, ranging from the three-wheeled Personal Mobility Device (PMD) iLARK to cargo-carrying three wheelers CT-KARGO and the CT-KUBE.

Battery/Motor Options Range(up to km) RRP
60V 12Ah/ 1500W 60km $2,999.00 May not be offered in Australia
60V 20Ah/ 2000W 80km $3,499.00
60V 30Ah/ 2000W 90km $4,199.00 Limited special @ $3599 until 18.09.2020
60V 20Ah/ 3000W 70km $4,999.00 Available 2021
60V 30Ah/ 3000W 80km $5,599.00 Available 2021

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/easy-riding-on-an-electric-mini-chopper/feed/0Red Electric Scooters Come With Impressive Range Numbershttps://motorbikewriter.com/red-electric-scooters-come-with-impressive-range/ https://motorbikewriter.com/red-electric-scooters-come-with-impressive-range/#respondFri, 11 Sep 2020 11:14:35 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72932The French company Red Electric offers electric scooters in three different variants. While there are plenty of options when it comes to electric scooters these days, Red’s are special in that they offer long ranges between charging. The three different versions are called E50, E100, and E125. The difference here is that they have two, three, or four batteries hidden beneath some interesting-looking bodywork. The E50 may just have a 28 mph top speed, but the little scoot can do […]

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]]>The French company Red Electric offers electric scooters in three different variants. While there are plenty of options when it comes to electric scooters these days, Red’s are special in that they offer long ranges between charging.

The three different versions are called E50, E100, and E125. The difference here is that they have two, three, or four batteries hidden beneath some interesting-looking bodywork.

The E50 may just have a 28 mph top speed, but the little scoot can do roughly 186 miles per charge. That would make it an excellent little commuter.

Next up is the E100. This scooter has a higher top speed of 50 mph, but as you might imagine, going faster means using up more electricity. It does have an additional battery, though, and it can go 137 miles before needing a charge.

red electric scooter

The E125 is the highest-spec version from Red Electric. This scooter can do about 124 miles on a single charge. The top speed for this one is about 75 mph. That’s highway speeds, folks.

All scooters come with a 7-inch smart dashboard, backlighting, GPS navigation, and keyless ignition. It also pairs with your smartphone app. The pairing with your smartphone allows the bike to turn on and off automatically when you park it or hop on. You also get live stats of your bike, including battery power, and any maintenance issues that might spring up, which should be few because electric scooters are low on maintenance.

Overall, this looks like it could be a real winner. However, I think the styling is a bit odd. It’s a kind of chunky looking machine. Svelt is the last word you’d use to describe it. However, I’d suspect the folks interested in commuting or traveling on an electric scooter would be willing to put up with the styling.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/red-electric-scooters-come-with-impressive-range/feed/0Honda Teases New Forza Scooterhttps://motorbikewriter.com/honda-teases-new-forza-scooter/ https://motorbikewriter.com/honda-teases-new-forza-scooter/#respondThu, 10 Sep 2020 11:59:43 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72917Honda recently teased a new Forza model. This one should be a higher-displacement machine that will sit alongside the Forza 300 and Forza 125. It should challenge bikes like the Yamaha TMAX 560. In the teaser video, which I have included below, the company notes that “the Forza family is getting bigger.” This means that the new Forza won’t replace any of the current models, it’s also a nod to the larger displacement of the machine. The video doesn’t show […]

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]]>Honda recently teased a new Forza model. This one should be a higher-displacement machine that will sit alongside the Forza 300 and Forza 125. It should challenge bikes like the Yamaha TMAX 560.

In the teaser video, which I have included below, the company notes that “the Forza family is getting bigger.” This means that the new Forza won’t replace any of the current models, it’s also a nod to the larger displacement of the machine.

The video doesn’t show you that much. It’s a lot of silhouetted details and shadows, with brief glimpses of the engine casing and the front fairing. I’d expect the styling of the bike to be similar to the Forza that is currently on sale in Europe.

The company does state that the bike will be all-new, so while it will fit in the Forza family, it won’t share many (or possibly any) parts with its Forza siblings.

Motorcycle News notes that the new Forza could replace the Integra, which is a 745cc parallel-twin powered bike. The replacement for the Integra was rumored to be coming before the end of 2020, so this could very well be it.

As you might imagine, not many of the details are known at this time. You can see somethings from the video, but it doesn’t reveal much. The expected price is between £9000 and £9500 ($11,600 USD to $12,300). It’s unclear what markets Honda will bring this bike to. Europe makes the most sense, but it could be sold elsewhere, too.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/honda-teases-new-forza-scooter/feed/0Royal Enfield Production to Start This Month at New Plant in Argentinahttps://motorbikewriter.com/royal-enfield-production-to-start-this-month-at-new-plant-in-argentina/ https://motorbikewriter.com/royal-enfield-production-to-start-this-month-at-new-plant-in-argentina/#respondThu, 10 Sep 2020 11:36:07 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72915Royal Enfield has a new production plant in Buenos Aires, Argentina. That facility will begin production this month, according to Hindustan Times. The company has also collaborated with the local distributor Grupo Simpa. Together these moves should help the company continue to expand globally. Royal Enfield has been seeing some slower sales in its home market of India, but the Himalayan, Continental GT, and INT 650 are all selling really well. This move to manufacturing these bikes here is a […]

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]]>Royal Enfield has a new production plant in Buenos Aires, Argentina. That facility will begin production this month, according to Hindustan Times.

The company has also collaborated with the local distributor Grupo Simpa. Together these moves should help the company continue to expand globally.

Royal Enfield has been seeing some slower sales in its home market of India, but the Himalayan, Continental GT, and INT 650 are all selling really well. This move to manufacturing these bikes here is a step towards leaning into the momentum of the Himalayan and 650 twins. 

Cafe racing Royal Enfield’s Continental GT 650 boom
Continental GT 650

“With a strategic view to cater to growing demand and to gain significant market advantage, we have been pursuing our plans to set up local assembly units across specific markets in the Asia Pacific region and across South America,” said Vinod Dasari, CEO of Royal Enfield. “In the first of these, we are very happy to announce the first CKD assembly plant in Argentina.”

This isn’t the first time that Royal Enfield has done something like this. RideApart notes that in 2019, the company started production facilities in Thailand.

This is a smart move by Royal Enfield, and it should help the company economically produce motorcycles around the world. We will likely see continued expansion of Royal Enfield operations around the world as long as its bikes stay popular.

It seems Royal Enfield will utilize the 650 platform it currently has to continue to build out its lineup. It’s been reported a few times that the company is working on other versions that utilize this platform. This will mean that these new production facilities will need to build more than just the Himalayan, Continental GT, and INT 650. It will be interesting to see how this progresses in the future.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/royal-enfield-production-to-start-this-month-at-new-plant-in-argentina/feed/0100th Anniversary Limited Edition Suzuki GSX-R1000R Coming to the UKhttps://motorbikewriter.com/100th-anniversary-limited-edition-suzuki-gsx-r1000r-coming-to-the-uk/ https://motorbikewriter.com/100th-anniversary-limited-edition-suzuki-gsx-r1000r-coming-to-the-uk/#respondWed, 09 Sep 2020 17:35:04 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72901Suzuki has its 100-year anniversary coming up. The motorcycle company has a limited edition GSX-R1000R that it has created for the occasion. Only 100 of the limited-production machine will be made and the price for one of these will be £16,999 ($22,000 USD). The bike comes with a retro-inspired livery that is featured on the GSX-RR MotoGP bike. This means you get a blue slate silver color scheme that pays homage to Suzuki’s racing motorcycles. Otherwise, the motorcycle has the same […]

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]]>Suzuki has its 100-year anniversary coming up. The motorcycle company has a limited edition GSX-R1000R that it has created for the occasion.

Only 100 of the limited-production machine will be made and the price for one of these will be £16,999 ($22,000 USD). The bike comes with a retro-inspired livery that is featured on the GSX-RR MotoGP bike. This means you get a blue slate silver color scheme that pays homage to Suzuki’s racing motorcycles.

Suzuki GSX-R1000R Limited Edition

Otherwise, the motorcycle has the same variable valve timing system and the suite of electronics that the GSX-RR has. That includes 10 traction control settings, a quick-shifter, auto-blipper, launch control, and lean-angle-sensitive ABS.

The bike has a four-stroke 100cc engine that makes 199 hp and 86.7 lb-ft of torque. It weighs 488 lbs (203 kg). It can do a 0-60 mph sprint in just three seconds.

Suzuki GSX-R1000R Limited Edition

“With just 100 of these bikes available in the UK this is a unique opportunity to own and be a part of Suzuki history. The GSX-R range, and the 1000 in particular, has long been the flagship range of sportsbikes with an illustrious history both on-road and on the race track. To mark 100 years of our Suzuki company it was only fitting to adopt the retro-inspired livery of bikes that have achieved and contributed so much to our history,” said Suzuki GB’s head of motorcycles, Jonathan Martin.

It’s fantastic to see Suzuki celebrating its 100-year anniversary with a special bike like this. The motorcycle is a special machine and anyone who’s a GSX-R fan or a sportbike fan, in general, should be pretty excited about this machine. It will be on sale in the UK next month.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/100th-anniversary-limited-edition-suzuki-gsx-r1000r-coming-to-the-uk/feed/0Aussie Fonzarelli Wins Design Awardhttps://motorbikewriter.com/aussie-fonzarelli-wins-design-award/ https://motorbikewriter.com/aussie-fonzarelli-wins-design-award/#respondWed, 09 Sep 2020 16:46:08 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72892Australia’s first electric motorcycle company, Fonzarelli, has won the Australian Good Design Awards’ Automotive – Best Exterior category for their fun, electric, dual-sport Grom-sized NKD minibike. The Sydney-based company which also produces electric scooters were among 800 entries in the awards. Fonzarelli founder Michelle Nazzari says the NKD, launched in October 2019, had to meet environmental and performance targets but also an “electrifying aesthetic”. “From stuntmen to old school riders, we’ve enjoyed a host of great feedback on our ‘street-legal beast’,” […]

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]]>Australia’s first electric motorcycle company, Fonzarelli, has won the Australian Good Design Awards’ Automotive – Best Exterior category for their fun, electric, dual-sport Grom-sized NKD minibike.

The Sydney-based company which also produces electric scooters were among 800 entries in the awards.

Fonzarelli founder Michelle Nazzari says the NKD, launched in October 2019, had to meet environmental and performance targets but also an “electrifying aesthetic”.

“From stuntmen to old school riders, we’ve enjoyed a host of great feedback on our ‘street-legal beast’,” she says.

“But to be recognised as delivering the year’s most impressive exterior across the entire automotive category is an incredible endorsement.”

There are four NKD models:

  • NKDa (80km/h top speed, 50km range) from $6990;
  • NKDs (100km/h top speed, 100km range) from $9990;
  • NKD+ (100km/h top speed, 150km range) from $12490; and
  • NKDx (100km/h top speed, 200km range) from $14990.

Fonzarelli designs and engineers the bike in Redfern, Sydney, and manufactures them in Adelaide.

Fonzarelli NKD electric mini motorcycle
Fonzarelli NKD

Good Design Awards judges praised the NKD for its innovation and design:

“The styling of the NKD ticks the box and scores big for developing a solution that targets global emerging trends. NKD answered the need to move towards greener and more sustainable mobility solutions,” the judges said. 

“The use of recyclable materials and ability to tap into renewable energy adds to the positive environmental messaging of the brand and product.

“In a world where everyone is looking for individuality, the NKD can be customised and personalised to suit individual taste. The ‘meccano’ styling has that retro handmade feel about it, reinforcing that custom appeal. It doesn’t appear like a mass-produced product, giving it a sense of uniqueness and intrigue.

“The jury loves how the retro custom styling is in complete contrast to the technology and powertrain that sits within. It’s very cool. 0-100 in 3.9 sec… WOW!

“Overall, the NKD is a cool step towards the shift to more environmentally friendly mobility solutions. Low running costs, high performance, range, customisation, safety, low service costs, the use of recyclable materials all add to a well thought out solution.”

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/aussie-fonzarelli-wins-design-award/feed/0Kawasaki Plans Noslisu Three-Wheelershttps://motorbikewriter.com/kawasaki-plans-noslisu-three-wheelers/ https://motorbikewriter.com/kawasaki-plans-noslisu-three-wheelers/#respondWed, 09 Sep 2020 16:43:43 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72888Kawasaki has filed a trademark for “Noslisu” for a range of three-wheeler bicycles, e-bikes and motorised leaning trikes. The filing with the European Union on August 31, 2020, suggests Kawasaki is following Yamaha and Honda in developing leaning three-wheelers. It also follows their latest patent application in the US in December 2019 for a complex leaning trike design with horizontal links instead of conventional vertical forks and a mono-shock like a BMW telelever arrangement. Yamaha already has the Tricity leaning […]

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]]>Kawasaki has filed a trademark for “Noslisu” for a range of three-wheeler bicycles, e-bikes and motorised leaning trikes.

The filing with the European Union on August 31, 2020, suggests Kawasaki is following Yamaha and Honda in developing leaning three-wheelers.

It also follows their latest patent application in the US in December 2019 for a complex leaning trike design with horizontal links instead of conventional vertical forks and a mono-shock like a BMW telelever arrangement.

Yamaha already has the Tricity leaning three-wheeler scooter and Niken motorcycle as well as patent plans for more leaning trikes with two front wheels including a VMax!

Honda has also applied for patents for leaning three-wheelers as has AKO who want to make an electric version.

Each model has a different idea of how leaning three-wheelers with two front wheels should lean and steer.

Now, the Kawasaki Noslisu trademark has introduced the idea of leaning three-wheeler bicycles as well as e-bikes with electric motors as well as conventional engines.

We’re not are what Noslisu means in Japanese. We used Google translator and it says “No siss”!

While several motorcycle manufacturers are looking at a future that includes e-bikes, Kawasaki is the first to develop a three-wheeler bicycle, let alone one that leans!

Pros and cons of leaning

The advantage of leaning three-wheelers is that they feel very much like a normal bike to ride, but they double the contact patch on the front which improves cornering grip.

Some also have the ability to stay upright without having to put a foot down at slow speeds or when stationary.

This makes them ideal for novices or those who can no longer support a motorcycle because of leg injuries or age.

However, the disadvantages of leaning three-wheelers are that they are ugly, heavy, and more expensive.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/kawasaki-plans-noslisu-three-wheelers/feed/0Royal Enfield Himalayan Switches Off ABShttps://motorbikewriter.com/royal-enfield-himalayan-switches-off-abs/ https://motorbikewriter.com/royal-enfield-himalayan-switches-off-abs/#respondMon, 07 Sep 2020 17:49:24 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72568One of the few changes for the 2021 Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure motorcycle is the ability to switch off the ABS. It may not seem like a big deal, but it is to the adventure rider who wants to be able to lock the wheels under braking to dig into the gravel, dirt, loam or sand surface for extra braking effect. It’s a shame there isn’t the facility to just switch off the rear. However, they say they have tweaked […]

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]]>One of the few changes for the 2021 Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure motorcycle is the ability to switch off the ABS.

It may not seem like a big deal, but it is to the adventure rider who wants to be able to lock the wheels under braking to dig into the gravel, dirt, loam or sand surface for extra braking effect.

It’s a shame there isn’t the facility to just switch off the rear.

However, they say they have tweaked the rear brake for better feel and effect.

2021 Royal Enfield Himalayan

The other changes are the addition of three new colours — Lake Blue, Rock Red, and Gravel Grey – making a total of six colour choices. The existing colours are Granite Black, Snow White and Sleet Grey.

The Himalayan also now comes with a redesigned side stand and the engine is Euro5 compliant although they don’t say whether this has affected output.

There is no word on when these will arrive in Australia, price or whether all colours will be available.

Levi’s project

Meanwhile, Royal Enfield has joined with iconic American jeans manufacturer Levi’s to launch a range of lifestyle and riding gear, available online and in Royal Enfield and Levi’s stores in India.

Levi's & Royal Enfield

They say it is suitable for riding and daily wear and the Cordura denim includes some abrasion protection and pockets for armour inserts.

Levi's & Royal Enfield

The lifestyle collection includes jeans, jackets and graphic t-shirts designed by rider and artist Toria James.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/royal-enfield-himalayan-switches-off-abs/feed/0Big 4 Japanese Test Swappable Batterieshttps://motorbikewriter.com/big-4-japanese-test-swappable-batteries/ https://motorbikewriter.com/big-4-japanese-test-swappable-batteries/#respondMon, 07 Sep 2020 16:33:50 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72566The four Japanese motorcycle manufacturers last year signed an agreement to standardise electric motorcycle developmet, in particular similar batteries so they can be swapped. Since then, Yamaha and Kawasaki have patented battery swap ideas for electric motorcycles and scooters. Now the four companies — Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha — are about to start testing these batteries. The one-year “e-Yan OSAKA” tests will be carried out by staff and students at Osaka University who will use the batteries in supplied […]

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]]>The four Japanese motorcycle manufacturers last year signed an agreement to standardise electric motorcycle developmet, in particular similar batteries so they can be swapped.

Since then, Yamaha and Kawasaki have patented battery swap ideas for electric motorcycles and scooters.

Now the four companies — Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha — are about to start testing these batteries.

The one-year “e-Yan OSAKA” tests will be carried out by staff and students at Osaka University who will use the batteries in supplied electric motorcycles.

Battery-swap stations will be installed on campus and at local stores.

The idea is similar to what Kymco has been doing in Taiwan since 2018.

Battery swap technology is not new. British company Battery Traction Ltd came up with the idea in 1938, but it was sidelined by World War II.

Better Place also suggested the idea in 2008 and went broke in 2013.

Car companies dabbled with the idea, but have largely canned it because their batteries are too big.

However, Tesla has patented a robot that can charge an electric car’s battery in 15 minutes and some small electric city cars can swap batteries in under a minute.

Yamaha Gogoro battery swap electric scooter
Gogoro battery swap vending machine

Electric motorcycles and scooters need smaller batteries than cars, so a quick battery swap system for two-wheelers makes a lot of sense and would solve the problem of hours-long recharging.

However, it requires all manufacturers to get on board with standard sized batteries.

Therefore, this move by the four Japanese motorcycle manufacturers is big news for the industry and the future of EVs.

But since battery technology is developing at a rapid pace, especially decreasing in size, a standardised battery size would become obsolete in just a few years.

Kymco uses multiple small batteries weighing about 5kg each to get around the battery size issue.

They are not the first scooter company to suggest battery swap technology.

San Francisco company Scoot has about 700 electric scooters for short-term hire.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/big-4-japanese-test-swappable-batteries/feed/0What Does It Take To Make A Stunt Bike?https://motorbikewriter.com/what-does-it-take-to-make-a-stunt-bike/ https://motorbikewriter.com/what-does-it-take-to-make-a-stunt-bike/#respondFri, 04 Sep 2020 16:52:34 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72557If you’ve ever thought of turning your bike into stunt machine, MV Agusta has a good example of what might be required. The Italian company enlists French stunt rider Thibaut Nogues to ride two special bikes in live shows in motorcycle exhibitions and fairs around Europe. They are a Freestyle Division Edition Brutale 800 RR and F3 800 in black grey and red. The bikes’ special components include a steel protective crash cage, nylon crash inserts, a unique “non-slip” stand-up wheelie seat, […]

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]]>If you’ve ever thought of turning your bike into stunt machine, MV Agusta has a good example of what might be required.

The Italian company enlists French stunt rider Thibaut Nogues to ride two special bikes in live shows in motorcycle exhibitions and fairs around Europe.

MV Agusta Stunt bikes

They are a Freestyle Division Edition Brutale 800 RR and F3 800 in black grey and red.

The bikes’ special components include a steel protective crash cage, nylon crash inserts, a unique “non-slip” stand-up wheelie seat, a RAW SC-Project titanium exhaust, machined wheels, a reinforced rear swingarm developed and constructed in CRC, a hand-crafted oversize aluminium radiator, different final ratio and chain guards.

Additional components include a dedicated ECU map, full Öhlins suspension as well as an STM clutch for drifting performance.

The final touches include front fork triple-clamps with a different offset, a rear brake lever on the handlebar, additional rear brake calipers and a special rear brake pedal. Completing the modifications are the CNC machined passenger pegs.

Younger audience

Thibaut helps MV reach out to a new and younger audience than the traditional mature-aged buyer.

MV boss Timur Sardarov says Thibaut’s stunts have “contributed to raising the awareness of our brand among younger riders worldwide”.

Thibaut has a very active social media account where he posts his adrenaline-packed videos that attract hundreds of thousands of views in more than 55 countries, plus 1.5 million web contacts each month.

MV Agusta Stunt bikes

He participated in more than 20 events last year for the MV Agusta Freestyle Team, ranging from MotoGP and Superbike rounds, to the opening of new showrooms, Stunt and  Drift competitions, and fairs and exhibitions.

“I’ve been a Freestyle rider for 10 years, and I worked hard at developing and expressing an individual, classy riding style,” Thibaut says.

MV Agusta Stunt bikes

“I think it made a difference. Being a freestyle rider for MV Agusta gives me the opportunity to fully realize this aspiration. It’s like a dream.”

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/what-does-it-take-to-make-a-stunt-bike/feed/0Suzuki Slashes Katana Price & Adds Valuehttps://motorbikewriter.com/suzuki-slashes-katana-price-adds-value/ https://motorbikewriter.com/suzuki-slashes-katana-price-adds-value/#commentsFri, 04 Sep 2020 16:47:19 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72552Suzuki Motorcycle Australia has slashed $3000 off the price of its revived Katana and introduced two value accessory packs to help the model which has failed to make a showroom impact. While it’s a great bike to ride, the styling has divided opinions and the bike has failed to live up to its exhilarating forebears. It arrived this time last year at $18,990 (ride away with 12 months’ rego), but now costs just $15,990. To further boost interest, Suzuki has added […]

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]]>Suzuki Motorcycle Australia has slashed $3000 off the price of its revived Katana and introduced two value accessory packs to help the model which has failed to make a showroom impact.

While it’s a great bike to ride, the styling has divided opinions and the bike has failed to live up to its exhilarating forebears.

It arrived this time last year at $18,990 (ride away with 12 months’ rego), but now costs just $15,990.

Suzuki Katana

To further boost interest, Suzuki has added two value cosmetic accessory packs.

The $1499 Shogun Pack brings the ride away price up to $17,749. It consists of: Two-tone seat, smoked visor, front and rear axle sliders, body decals and carbon fibre front fender, clutch cover, starter cover and alternator cover.

Suzuki Katana

The $595 Samurai Pack lifts the price to $16,845 and includes: Two-tone seat, smoked visor, carbon-design tank pad and side protection decals, plus body and rim decals.

Suzuki Katana

You can “build your own” Katana on the official website and clicking on the ‘Build Your Bike’ feature.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/suzuki-slashes-katana-price-adds-value/feed/2Husqvarna Plans Electric Street Bikehttps://motorbikewriter.com/husqvarna-plans-electric-street-bike/ https://motorbikewriter.com/husqvarna-plans-electric-street-bike/#respondThu, 03 Sep 2020 16:08:59 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72549A sketch for an electric Husqvarna has emerged showing the company has plans for an electric naked street bike. It follows the launch last year of their first electric motorcycle, a small EE 5 electric dirt bike which is the equivalent of a 50cc model. But now it looks like Husky will head to the streets with an electric after these images of an E-Pilen appeared in a leaked company investor presentation report. The Swedish company is now owned by […]

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]]>A sketch for an electric Husqvarna has emerged showing the company has plans for an electric naked street bike.

It follows the launch last year of their first electric motorcycle, a small EE 5 electric dirt bike which is the equivalent of a 50cc model.

But now it looks like Husky will head to the streets with an electric after these images of an E-Pilen appeared in a leaked company investor presentation report.

The Swedish company is now owned by KTM which already makes the electric Freeride E-XC and SX-E5 trials bikes, but also plans to introduce electric street bikes and scooters.

KTM SX-E electric minibike KTM 790 Adventure
KTM SX-E electric

Perhaps the technology is being developed together.

After all, the sketch was part of an investor presentation hosted by Pierer Mobility which is the parent company of KTM and Husqvarna.

So we may also logically suspect a KTM E-Duke may be on the cards.

The only difference between the E-Pilen and E-Duke could be cosmetic.

As for when they are produced, it could still be a few years if the sketches have only just emerged at an investor presentation.

It’s a long way from asking for money and showing a sketch to actually producing a prototype, then unveiling a production-ready bike.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/husqvarna-plans-electric-street-bike/feed/0Electric Saietta Expands Productionhttps://motorbikewriter.com/electric-saietta-expands-production/ https://motorbikewriter.com/electric-saietta-expands-production/#respondThu, 03 Sep 2020 16:06:54 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72545British electric motor company Saietta Group is expanding its production facilities as its radical Axial Flux Traction (AFT) motors roll out to the mass electric vehicle market. Saietta means thunderbolt in Italian and their AFT-powered vehicles have set records on the water and in the air while their electric super bike was the first to win the Isle of Man TT Zero race. They say their AFT140 motor is being taken up by other automotive companies, but declined to say […]

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]]>British electric motor company Saietta Group is expanding its production facilities as its radical Axial Flux Traction (AFT) motors roll out to the mass electric vehicle market.

Saietta means thunderbolt in Italian and their AFT-powered vehicles have set records on the water and in the air while their electric super bike was the first to win the Isle of Man TT Zero race.

They say their AFT140 motor is being taken up by other automotive companies, but declined to say which ones.

However, they claim their motor is “optimised for mid-power motorbikes and final-mile delivery vehicles”.

Saietta production increases

“The unique AFT design provides class-leading performance with high-torque density at low voltage and is particularly efficient on urban duty cycles,” they say.

“AFT has been rigorously designed for high automation in volume production meaning AFT140 cost effectively delivers class-leading performance for the L-Category target market.”

The “L-Category” is powered two- and three-wheelers (motorcycles, scooters and trikes), quadricycles, and micro cars.

The British company began in 2014 with the Saietta R super bike for $A35,000.

Saietta production increases

Back then the Saietta R had range of almost 200km in the city and about 120km on the highway, 127Nm of torque, recharging time of 3.5 hours and a top speed of 170km/h.

It appears the company no longer makes electric vehicles, but concentrates on its AFT140 motor for use in other vehicles from buses to boats and, of course, bikes.

The Oxfordshire company plans to sell its technology under license in Asia and the rest of the world.

Their expanded production plan will add 150-250 jobs over the next three to five years and the new sustainable plant will be powered by solar panels.

It will be funded by a fresh investment round.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/electric-saietta-expands-production/feed/0Watch: “Long Way Up” Trailerhttps://motorbikewriter.com/watch-long-way-up-trailer/ https://motorbikewriter.com/watch-long-way-up-trailer/#respondWed, 02 Sep 2020 16:03:59 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72524Finally, a preview of the Long Way UP adventure with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman on electric Harley-Davidson LIveWire motorcycle in South and North America has been launched. Watch the trailer below. As usual, it looks like unscripted fun and adventure. The series will screen on Apple TV+ from 18 September 2020 with three episodes on the first night and one episode each week after that, but they don’t say how many episodes there will be. If you don’t have […]

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]]>Finally, a preview of the Long Way UP adventure with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman on electric Harley-Davidson LIveWire motorcycle in South and North America has been launched.

Watch the trailer below. As usual, it looks like unscripted fun and adventure.

The series will screen on Apple TV+ from 18 September 2020 with three episodes on the first night and one episode each week after that, but they don’t say how many episodes there will be.

If you don’t have Apple TV+ you can wait until the whole series has been aired and then do a one-month free trial. Otherwise, it costs $A7.99 per month.

Small screen adventure

In the third and probably final “Long Way” series, the Brits ride Harley-Davidson electric LiveWire motorcycles from the city of Ushuaia at the tip of South America to LA.

They cover 21,000km over 100 days through 16 border crossings and 13 countries: Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and up through Colombia, Central America, and Mexico.

Also joining them are their longtime collaborators, directors David Alexanian and Russ Malkin, driving in electric Rivian utility vehicles.

Unlike their previous adventures on BMW GS machines, this one was on Harley’s new electric LiveWire which is available in Australia this month for a whopping $A49,995 ($NZ53,995).

That’s more than the feature-laden Ultra Limited tourer at $A41,495!

While the specially modified bikes did get the pair to their destination, Ewan admits he ran out of “juice” a couple of times and even had to hitch rides with cars by hanging on to the B pillar.

This is highlighted in the trailer and was also mentioned in an interview on the American Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in February 2020.

In the interview, he explains that they chose electric motorcycles because they “wanted to be part of that new wave of transportation”.

“It proved to be amazing and quite tricky at the same time,” McGregor tells Fallon.

“Charging is the issue. There’s no real infrastructure for charging in Patagonia, for instance.

“We’d just knock on people’s doors and ask if we could plug them in.

“They usually do let us. We’d camp in their garden and we’d plug in.”

However, he said charging two bikes at the same time would sometimes blew the houses’s fuses, so they would charge one at a time.

“People were so generous and lovely about it,” he says.

“We’d ride all morning and then if we stopped to look around the town we’d find somewhere to plug in at a restaurant or a cafe or something.”

According to Harley, LiveWire range is about 150km on the highway and about 235km in the city.

So, what did they do when they ran out of “juice”, Fallon asked?

“Hope for a hill,” McGregor replies.

“I got towed a couple of times. I was the only one that ran out.

“Charley never ran out of juice and he’ll tell you it’s ’cause he’s a better rider than me and it may well be the case.

“But I ran out a couple of times, so I’d just hold on to a car.”

He explains how this stunt was performed and we assume it was at slow speed and could have been using one of the back-up vehicles.

“If you open the back windows and the front of the car you could get your arm around a pillar and you just muscle along like that for a while,” he explains.

Ewan says the first time he saw this done was in New York when he was about 21 or 22 riding in a yellow cab.

“A Harley-Davidson guy — a Hells Angels guy — who’d run out of gas or his bike was broken down clattered into the side of the cab, grabbed hold of the pillar and he shouted the address of the Hells Angels clubhouse to the driver who just took him there and didn’t ask any questions; just drove there like that.

“I think the Hells Angels owe me $5.26.”

It’s been a long time between trips for Ewan and Charley.

From 14 April 2004 to 29 July 2004, they rode across Europe and the USA in Long Way Round and from 12 May to 4 August 2007 they rode from the top of Scotland to Cape Town in South Africa for Long Way Down.

With Ewan becoming increasingly busy with Hollywood movies, Charley squeezed in the 2006 Dakar rally for his series, Race to Dakar, and has produced several other travel shows.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/watch-long-way-up-trailer/feed/0BMW Plans Boxer-Style Electric Bikehttps://motorbikewriter.com/bmw-plans-boxer-style-electric-bike/ https://motorbikewriter.com/bmw-plans-boxer-style-electric-bike/#respondTue, 01 Sep 2020 15:40:25 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72508BMW Motorrad looks like it may go ahead and produce an electric motorcycle that looks like a traditional Boxer-powered bike. In June 2019, the company unveiled their BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster with a boxer-styled electric powerplant. Now they have filed 11 trademark filings with the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) with nine referring to “DC” motorcycles. The two others include terms “CE02” and “CE04” which probably refers to their plans for an electric C1 scooter with a detachable roof, […]

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]]>BMW Motorrad looks like it may go ahead and produce an electric motorcycle that looks like a traditional Boxer-powered bike.

In June 2019, the company unveiled their BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster with a boxer-styled electric powerplant.

Now they have filed 11 trademark filings with the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) with nine referring to “DC” motorcycles.
The two others include terms “CE02” and “CE04” which probably refers to their plans for an electric C1 scooter with a detachable roof, seat belts and car-like crumple zones.

BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster electric boxer electromobility
BMW’s Vision DC Roadster electric concept

The Bavarian company has had an electric scooter, the C-Evolution, for some time and has shown its Concept Link electric scooter and electric S 1000 RR concept called the eRR.

BMW is pulling out all stops with their electric car fleet, but has been slower to electrify their two-wheeled models.

Various BMW Motorrad executives have varied in their ideas about when to bring an electric motorcycle to the market in the next five years.

But maybe things are now moving more rapidly with this latest trademark filing.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/bmw-plans-boxer-style-electric-bike/feed/0Honda updates CBR-600RRhttps://motorbikewriter.com/72484-2/ https://motorbikewriter.com/72484-2/#respondMon, 31 Aug 2020 17:01:54 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72484Despite the Honda CBR-600RR only selling in the Australian and Asian markets, the Japanese company has updated the super sport bike for 2021. It seems a strange move from the manufacturer since the engine doesn’t meet stringent European and American emissions regulations and the fact that the super sport segment is dying around the world. However, Honda has decided to update the cosmetics to HRC colours and graphics as well as throwing a host of technical features at the once-popular […]

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]]>Despite the Honda CBR-600RR only selling in the Australian and Asian markets, the Japanese company has updated the super sport bike for 2021.

It seems a strange move from the manufacturer since the engine doesn’t meet stringent European and American emissions regulations and the fact that the super sport segment is dying around the world.

However, Honda has decided to update the cosmetics to HRC colours and graphics as well as throwing a host of technical features at the once-popular motorcycle.\

2021 CBR600RR

The updated 599cc inline four engine still doesn’t meet emissions regulations, but that doesn’t matter in Australia and Asia.

However, peak power has been raised 4.4kW to 88.7kW and shifted up to 14,000rpm.

The engine is also slightly lighter with new camshafts, vale springs and cranks.

Yet the weight of the whole bike has risen from 186kg to 194kg and we’re not sure why.

2021 CBR600RR

It could be some of the sophisticated electronics that have been thrown at the bike.

They include a full colour TFT dashboard, LED lighting and electronic riding aids such as new engine modes, traction control, wheelie control and lean-angle-sensitive ABS.

2021 Honda CBR600RR tech specs

Dimensions (L x W x H) 2030×685×1140mm
Wheelbase 1375mm
Clearance 125mm
Seat 820mm
Kerb weight 194kg
Economy 23.5km/L
Engine 599cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC 4-value inline-4
Bore x stroke 67.0×42.5mm
Compression 12.2:1
Power 89kW @ 14,000rpm
Torque 64Nm @ 11,500rpm
Fuel tank 18L
Transmission 6-speed, wet clutch
Gear ratio 2.615
2.000
1.666
1.444
1.304
1.208
Tyres 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
180/55ZR17M/C (73W)
Brakes Dual hydraulic disc
Hydraulic disc
Suspension Telescopic front fork

(Inverted Big Piston Front Fork)

Swing arm (Unit Pro-Link)
Frame Diamond

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/72484-2/feed/0BMW Introduces Worry-Free Chainhttps://motorbikewriter.com/bmw-introduces-worry-free-chain/ https://motorbikewriter.com/bmw-introduces-worry-free-chain/#commentsMon, 31 Aug 2020 16:46:32 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72474Keeping your motorcycle chain clean, lubricated and tensioned is a messy business, but now BMW has developed a special chain that never needs lubricating nor re-tensioning. BMW has long been known for its maintenance-free shafts, but now they have extended that ability with their M Endurance chain in 525 pitch. BMW Group Australia Nick Raman Product Communications Manager says the M Endurance chain is standard on the S 1000 RR Race and S 1000 RR M Sport from September 2020 […]

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]]>Keeping your motorcycle chain clean, lubricated and tensioned is a messy business, but now BMW has developed a special chain that never needs lubricating nor re-tensioning.

BMW has long been known for its maintenance-free shafts, but now they have extended that ability with their M Endurance chain in 525 pitch.

BMW Group Australia Nick Raman Product Communications Manager says the M Endurance chain is standard on the S 1000 RR Race and S 1000 RR M Sport from September 2020 production.

“It is also standard on the S 1000 XR Sport and available optionally on the S 1000 XR Tour from August 2020 production,” he says.

“The ex-factory price for the chain on the S 1000 XR Tour is $160, though we don’t have any information at this point on whether it will be available on other models.”

That’s not too bad considering chains cst between about $50 and $200 for a gold link model and these should last longer.

BMW Motorrad’s global release says “further models are being prepared for this feature”, so we expect the F and G models will get something similar.

However, it may also be suitable for non-BMW bikes.

Company spokesman Gerhard Lindner says: “I think you can put it on every bike with a 525er chain.”

BMW Motorrad No Maintenance Chain

So how does it work?

The M Endurance chain has a resident permanent lubricant filling between the rollers and pins, enclosed by X-rings, so they don’t require lubrication, nor re-tensioning.

BMW uses a new tetrahedrally amorphous carbon (ta-C) coating material for the rollers. It is also known as industrial diamond.

This coating is harder and more resistant than Diamond Like Carbon. The only thing tougher is pure diamond.

BMW says the ta-C industrial diamond coating “does not wear off” and “drastically” reduces the friction coefficient.

“Thanks to excellent dry lubrication properties and the elimination of wear, the tetrahedral amorphous carbon coated rollers of the M Endurance chain offer maintenance comfort equivalent to that of a shaft drive motorcycle,” BMW claims.

“This includes all the cleaning work that is unavoidable with a conventional chain due to splashed lubricant. Accordingly, the M Endurance chain also offers maximum environmental friendliness.”

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/bmw-introduces-worry-free-chain/feed/2Loose Reflector Forces Triumph Tiger Recallhttps://motorbikewriter.com/loose-reflector-forces-triumph-tiger-recall/ https://motorbikewriter.com/loose-reflector-forces-triumph-tiger-recall/#commentsMon, 31 Aug 2020 16:44:09 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72472In what may seem a trivial issue of compliance, the reflector on the 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 could come loose and fall off. Triumph Motorcycles Australia has issued the recall notice through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. It affects 74 current Tiger 900 models sold from 2 March to 21 August 2020. The official notice says: “If the reflector is missing, affected motorcycles may be less visible to drivers of other vehicles, which could increase the risk of a crash, resulting […]

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]]>In what may seem a trivial issue of compliance, the reflector on the 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 could come loose and fall off.

Triumph Motorcycles Australia has issued the recall notice through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

It affects 74 current Tiger 900 models sold from 2 March to 21 August 2020.

The official notice says: “If the reflector is missing, affected motorcycles may be less visible to drivers of other vehicles, which could increase the risk of a crash, resulting in injury or death of the rider.”

That may sound ridiculous, but rear-ender crashes are one of the more prominent crashes involving motorcycles and cars.

Owners may also cop a fine or vehicle defect notice for an illegal motorcycle if the reflector is missing. I was once pulled over by the police for a reflector that had fallen off. Luckily, the cop was nice and let me go to the nearest Supercheap to buy a replacement. Across Australia, the fines vary but are less than $100.

All owners should contact Australian Triumph dealers to make an appointment to have the rear reflex reflector replaced free of charge.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS ON RECALLS

Even though manufacturers and importers usually contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.

Therefore, Motorbike Writer publishes all motorcycle and scooter recalls as a service to all riders.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/loose-reflector-forces-triumph-tiger-recall/feed/1Is The Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT The Best Sport Tourer Around?https://motorbikewriter.com/is-the-suzuki-v-strom-1050xt-the-best-sport-tourer-around/ https://motorbikewriter.com/is-the-suzuki-v-strom-1050xt-the-best-sport-tourer-around/#commentsFri, 28 Aug 2020 16:55:10 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72419Is the Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT the Goldilocks of sport adventure tourers? You know, not too cold and not too hot, but just right on value, features, performance, handling, and comfort. It’s been around since 2002 as the DL1000 and now the proven and bulletproof engine has been upgraded to Euro 5 spec with fly-by-wire throttle, more power, and more techno. While the engine is the same size, they now call it a 1050 and it comes standard in Glass Sparkle Black […]

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]]>Is the Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT the Goldilocks of sport adventure tourers? You know, not too cold and not too hot, but just right on value, features, performance, handling, and comfort.

It’s been around since 2002 as the DL1000 and now the proven and bulletproof engine has been upgraded to Euro 5 spec with fly-by-wire throttle, more power, and more techno.

While the engine is the same size, they now call it a 1050 and it comes standard in Glass Sparkle Black for $17,990 ride away.

The wire-wheeled flagship 1050 XT (Cross Touring) at $20,990 ride away in Pearl Brilliant White or Glass Blaze Orange (Aussie prices include 12-months registration) adds all the bells and techno whistles.

Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT

They include cruise, hill hold, slope and load-dependent braking, ride modes, traction control, leaning two-stage ABS and LED lighting.

The only thing missing is self-canceling indicators.

Otherwise, I reckon the flagship XT model is an ideal bike for touring our wide brown land in safety, comfort and style.

In fact, I reckon it’s the most stylish of all the sport adventure tourers, especially in the “Marlboro” colour scheme of my test bike. It looks like a handsome Dakar attacker!

Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT

The smooth ride-by-wire throttle and upgraded Bosch inertial measurement unit (IMU) on the XT allow for the host of hi-tech functions that make sport-touring safer and more effective on just about any road surface.

However, even the first level of ABS and traction control are still a little too interventionist on dirt roads. I’d prefer a bit more brake lock and wheel spin for tighter and more controlled cornering on gravel. It would be also handy to have the ability to switch off the ABS on the back only.

Otherwise, on gravel, it’s probably best to just switch off both traction and ABS.

The front brakes are very effective and responsive but probably with a little too much initial bite for gravel roads, while the rear brake has good feel and effect.

Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT

The XT’s braking system also features Hill Hold, Slope Dependent, and Load Dependent controls.

Hill hold automatically applies the rear brake when stopped on an upward slope to prevent it from rolling back; Slope Dependent control monitors the angle of the bike on a downhill slope to prevent rear wheel lift; and Load Dependent system automatically compensates for solo riding, two-up and luggage.

Other tech features include Low RPM assist which adds some revs so you don’t snuff it when taking off at the lights and the Easy Start one-button ignition/kill switch.

At the heart of the 1050XT is the creamy mid-torque feel of the 1037cc V-twin engine that now comes with three engine modes to smooth out throttle response for low-traction surfaces.

Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT

Transmission is like most Japanese gearboxes: silky smooth, faultless, and easy to find neutral.

While the drivetrain won’t set your hair on fire, acceleration is brisk and response is crisp. Goldilocks would find it just right.

So is the handling.

Factory settings closely suit my 75kg frame. I just needed to wind off a bit of rear preload with the convenient knob on the left side of the bike.

Heavier and lighter riders should be able to adjust the rear preload and fiddle with the fully adjustable 43mm KYB inverted front forks to find a setting that would even suit Goldilocks!

Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT

Its long-travel springs provide a plush and comfortable ride across the roughest country roads. Yet it still feels agile and sharp for an adventure tourer with a big 19-inch front wheel.

Suzuki’s big V-Strom feels just right for most roads, inviting you to travel far and wide and to facilitate your travels it arrives with a choice of two luggage accessories kits.

The Voyager pack features aluminium panniers and top box in powder-coated black ($3599) and anodised silver ($3699).

The Trekker Pack ($6199 in black and $6299 in silver) includes Suzuki plug-and-play heated grips, LED fog lamps, and a 4mm aluminium skid plate.

Pillions will enjoy the generous-sized seat and large hand grips.

Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT

However, some riders might find their seat too short and may even get pinched on the backside by the join with the separate pillion seat.

I found it very comfortable sitting forward on the seat which narrows as it approaches the tank.

This not only makes it ideal when standing for off-road riding, but also easier to get your feet on the ground despite the high 850mm perch. I’m just over 6’ tall and can place both feet flat on the ground with a slight knee bend.

I like the standing position, but I would roll the bars forward just a fraction and I’d prefer the big rubber-covered footpegs a little further forward. The pegs also get in the way when you stop and put your foot down.

The firm vinyl seat feels comfortable at first but it does get tiring toward the end of a long day in the saddle.

While the adjustable windscreen provides plenty of chest protection, it creates a lot of wind turbulence around your head in either the low or high position. I’d either remove it or add a deflector accessory on the top.

Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT

It’s also annoying that you have to get off the bike to adjust the screen with the handle on the front.

(A word of warning: When following a truck, the windscreen creates a bit of weave at highway speed.)

Making your touring more comfortable and convenient is the cruise control with the on/off switch next to the throttle and the setting controls on the left switchblock. You can set speeds in fourth gear and above between 50 and 160km/h.

These same controls also allow you to toggle through the reams of information and adjustment on the massive LCD screen.

While the screen is visible in all lighting conditions, some of the information in the bottom right hand corner is small and difficult to read.

Good to see the addition of a USB port to the left of the instruments, making it even more convenient for Goldilock’s next big adventure.

Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT
Price: $20,990 ride away
Engine 1037cc 90° V-twin, liquid-cooled, DOHC
Transmission 6-Speed constant mesh with back-torque-limiting clutch
Suspension (front) 43mm KYB inverted forks with adjustable compression, rebound and spring preload
Suspension (rear) Link type, KYB shock with adjustable rebound damping and spring preload
Brakes (front) Tokico radial-mount, four-piston calipers, 310mm floating discs
Brakes (rear) Nissin single-piston caliper, 260mm disc with ABS
Length 2180mm
Width 930mm
Height 1470mm
Wheelbase 1555mm
Seat 850mm
Fuel 20.0L
Wet weight 233Kg
Warranty 2 Year Unlimited Kilometre

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/is-the-suzuki-v-strom-1050xt-the-best-sport-tourer-around/feed/3Ducati Announce New Scrambler Pricinghttps://motorbikewriter.com/ducati-announce-new-scrambler-pricing/ https://motorbikewriter.com/ducati-announce-new-scrambler-pricing/#respondFri, 28 Aug 2020 16:36:05 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72410Ducati Australia has announced pricing and delivery for the updated Scrambler 1100 PRO and Sport PRO models. They arrive in September at $A18,400 ride away for the PRO and $A21,100 for the Sport PRO. That compares with current 1100 Scrambler prices ranging from $19,790 to $22,990 for the Sport edition with Öhlins suspension. When they were unveiled in January there was a lot of hoopla for what amounted to only a few cosmetic changes. For example, the engine is the same. The only mechanical […]

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]]>Ducati Australia has announced pricing and delivery for the updated Scrambler 1100 PRO and Sport PRO models.

They arrive in September at $A18,400 ride away for the PRO and $A21,100 for the Sport PRO.

That compares with current 1100 Scrambler prices ranging from $19,790 to $22,990 for the Sport edition with Öhlins suspension.

When they were unveiled in January there was a lot of hoopla for what amounted to only a few cosmetic changes.

For example, the engine is the same.

Ducati debut Scrambler 1100 Pros
2020 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Pro

The only mechanical change is that both now come with Öhlins suspension like the current 1100 Sport.

Most changes are cosmetic, although they do represent a sizeable shift in styling.

The most significant is that the two new Scrambler 1100 Pros dispense with the ugly looping brake cable.

That looping cable was originally designed to be reminiscent of their original 1970s Scrambler 450 with high and wide off-road bars. But many riders hate it and have shortened or rerouted it.

The neater cabling is a welcome addition as is the Icon-style short rear fender and remote mudguard/plate holder.

The bars on the current 1100 are exceptionally wide. These are now black, narrower and shorter, with the Sport edition getting low-slung flat bars and Café Racer-style bar-end mirrors.

However, turning circle hasn’t been changed from a low 33 degrees.

Ducati debut Scrambler 1100 Pros

The other major change is the twin-stacked right-side mufflers. The Sport edition gets a brushed titanium-look finish.

Scrambler 1100 Pro comes in two-tone “Ocean Drive” (silver with an orange pinstripe) and black steel trellis frame and rear aluminium subframe.

Scrambler 1100 Sport Pro features matt black paint with black gloss “1100” on the tank.

LCD instruments and other details, dimensions and tech secs seem to be the same as the current 1100 models.

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Pro and Sport Pro

Engine: Engine: 1079cc, L-Twin, Desmodromic distribution, 2 valves per cylinder, air cooled
Bore x stroke: 98 x 71 mm
Compression: 11:01
Power: 63kW (86hp) @ 7500rpm
Torque: 88Nm (65lb ft) @ 4750rpm
Economy: 5.2 l/100km
Emissions: CO2 120g/km
Transmission: 6-speed, wet clutch
Sport suspension: Öhlins fully adjustable 48mm USD fork; Öhlins monoshock, pre-load and rebound adjustable
Standard suspension: Marzocchi fully adjustable 45mm USD fork; Kayaba mono shock preload and rebound adjustable
Wheels: 10-spoke alloy, 3.50″ x 18”; 5.50″ x 17”
Brakes: 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc M4.32 callipers, 4-piston, axial pump; 245mm disc, 1-piston floating calliper; Bosch Cornering ABS
Wheelbase: 1514mm (59.6in)
Rake/trail: 24°.5/111mm (4.4in)
Total steering lock: 33°
Fuel: 15 litres (3.96 US gal)
Dry weight: 189kg (417lb)
Wet weight: 206kg (454lb)
Seat: 810mm (31.9”)
Length: 2190mm (86”)
Height: 1330mm (52.4”)
Width: 895mm (35.2”)
Wheelbase: 1514mm (59.6”)
Standard equipment: Riding Modes, Power Mode, Ducati Safety Pack (Cornering ABS + DTC), RbW, LED light-guide, LED rear light with diffusion-light, LCD instruments with gear and fuel level indications, Steel tank with interchangeable aluminium side panels, Machine-finished aluminium belt covers, Under-seat storage compartment with USB socket
Warranty: 24 months unlimited mileage
Service and valve check: 12,000km (7500mi)/12 months

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/ducati-announce-new-scrambler-pricing/feed/0Zero Plans Off-Road Bikeshttps://motorbikewriter.com/zero-plans-off-road-bikes/ https://motorbikewriter.com/zero-plans-off-road-bikes/#respondFri, 28 Aug 2020 16:31:47 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72406The top-selling electric motorcycle company in the world, Zero Motorcycles, looks like it is heading off-road. The Californian company has filed two trademarks for “Zero FX/E” and “Zero DSR/X”. There is no explanation in the filing with the American patents and trademarks office, but we suspect these mean they are going off-road. The FX model is a supermoto and we think the “E” could mean enduro. It certainly wouldn’t mean electric as it is already electric! As for the DSR, […]

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]]>The top-selling electric motorcycle company in the world, Zero Motorcycles, looks like it is heading off-road.

The Californian company has filed two trademarks for “Zero FX/E” and “Zero DSR/X”.

There is no explanation in the filing with the American patents and trademarks office, but we suspect these mean they are going off-road.

The FX model is a supermoto and we think the “E” could mean enduro. It certainly wouldn’t mean electric as it is already electric!

As for the DSR, that’s a dual-sport bike, so the X could simply mean it is more extreme in its dirt abilities.

Zero FX Dual-Sport

Electric dirt bikes make a lot of sense as they don’t require the extensive range of a road bike and they don’t disturb the peace and quiet of a forest or annoy the neighbours.

Zero Motorcycles pulled out of the Australian and New Zealand markets in 2017 citing exchange rates and taxes.

That hasn’t changed much since then and we have received no word from the company about any change in policy.

When they pulled out their fleet consisted of the S, SR, DS, DSR, FX, and FXS ranging in price from $A18,000 to $A25,000 on the road. You could also buy an optional $4790 Power Tank battery which extends range up to 320km.

In 2019, they added the SR/F model to challenge the Harley-Davidson LiveWire.

Zero’s bike has better performance and range but costs about $US11,000 less than the LiveWire.

The Harley costs $US29,799 in the US and will arrive in Australia next month at $A49,995.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/zero-plans-off-road-bikes/feed/0BMW issues two product recallshttps://motorbikewriter.com/bmw-issues-two-product-recalls/ https://motorbikewriter.com/bmw-issues-two-product-recalls/#respondMon, 24 Aug 2020 19:47:13 +0000http://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72397BMW Motorrad has issued two recalls in North America for leaks in brakes and real tanks for a variety of models. The recalls do not affect any bikes in Australia. The brake recall affects the following models: 2019 and 2020 BMW R 1250 GS 2019 and 2020 BMW R 1250 GS Adventure 2019 and 2020 BMW R 1250 RT 2020 BMW S 1000 RR 2020 BMW S 1000 XR The recall notice says the front brake calliper may leak brake […]

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]]>BMW Motorrad has issued two recalls in North America for leaks in brakes and real tanks for a variety of models.

The recalls do not affect any bikes in Australia.

The brake recall affects the following models:

  • 2019 and 2020 BMW R 1250 GS
  • 2019 and 2020 BMW R 1250 GS Adventure
  • 2019 and 2020 BMW R 1250 RT
  • 2020 BMW S 1000 RR
  • 2020 BMW S 1000 XR

The recall notice says the front brake calliper may leak brake fluid when parked.

This fluid weeping is related to a small incompatibility between the inner seal and seal groove of affected brake callipers.

This could affect brake performance.

Owners should also be aware that brake fluid is extremely corrosive and may affect paintwork.

Riders are asked to check their front brake reservoirs for leaks and contact their local dealers for an inspection and free replacement.

Fault fuel pump

BMW Motorrad has also issued a recall on several 2005 to 2012 models over to a potentially faulty fuel pump.

The following BMW models are involved:

  • 2009-2011 BMW K 1300 S
  • 2009-2011 BMW K 1300 GT
  • 2010-2011 BMW S 1000 RR
  • 2005-2011 BMW R 1200 GS
  • 2005-2011 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure
  • 2005-2011 BMW R 1200 R
  • 2005-2011 BMW R 1200 RT
  • 2006-2008 BMW R 1200 S
  • 2005-2008 BMW R 1200 ST
  • 2006 BMW HP2 Enduro
  • 2007-2009 BMW HP2 Megamoto
  • 2007-2010 BMW HP2 Sport
  • 2005-2008 BMW K 1200 R
  • 2005-2008 BMW K 1200 R Sport
  • 2005-2008 BMW K 1200 S
  • 2005-2008 BMW K 1200 GT
  • 2012 BMW K 1600 GT
  • 2012 BMW K 1600 GTL

The recall notice says excessive loads on the fuel pump flange could cause the plastic to crack and lead to a fuel leak.

Owners are asked to bring in their bikes to a BMW dealer for an inspection and the free installation of a reinforcing ring.

Some owners whose bikes had a support ring replaced in a 2013 recall may require a new fuel pump.

They are warned of potential fire risks from the fuel leak.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS ON RECALLS

Even though manufacturers and importers usually contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/bmw-issues-two-product-recalls/feed/0Triumph Recalls Street Models Over Wiring Issuehttps://motorbikewriter.com/triumph-recalls-street-models-over-wiring-issue/ https://motorbikewriter.com/triumph-recalls-street-models-over-wiring-issue/#commentsMon, 24 Aug 2020 19:45:40 +0000http://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72394Triumph has issued a global recall over wiring issues for its 900cc Street Twin and Street Scrambler models. The issue revolves around the movement of the handlebars which inputs could damage the wiring harness over time due to a misrouted harness. The wiring harness may make contact with the lower lug on the main frame headstock. Constant steering inputs may cause the harness to rub the lug, resulting in wear and potential damage to the wiring over time. The engine […]

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]]>Triumph has issued a global recall over wiring issues for its 900cc Street Twin and Street Scrambler models.

The issue revolves around the movement of the handlebars which inputs could damage the wiring harness over time due to a misrouted harness.

The wiring harness may make contact with the lower lug on the main frame headstock.

Constant steering inputs may cause the harness to rub the lug, resulting in wear and potential damage to the wiring over time. The engine may end up stalling unexpectedly.

The official Australian Competition and Consumer Commission notice has not yet been released but Triumph Australia has attempted to get in touch with owners to alert them to the issue.

Since some owners may have sold their bikes privately, we have published this recall notice to advise those new owners.

The issues affects 2019 and 2020 Street Twin and Scrambler models.

Owners are asked to book non their bike wth a Triumph dealer to have a VIN plate protector installed that will reroute the harness.

They will also inspect the harness and replace it if necessary, free of charge.

The “Bonneville” range has been the subject of several embarrassing recalls since they were introduced in 2016:

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS ON RECALLS

Even though manufacturers and importers usually contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/triumph-recalls-street-models-over-wiring-issue/feed/1More BMW R 18 models cominghttps://motorbikewriter.com/more-bmw-r-18-models-coming/ https://motorbikewriter.com/more-bmw-r-18-models-coming/#respondMon, 24 Aug 2020 19:43:52 +0000http://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72391It is a certain bet that BMW will introduce more variants of the R 18 – their first cruiser in 16 years since the R 1200 C – like this solo-seat custom model. The company launched the R 18 cruiser in April and BMW Australia says the classic R 18 cruiser will arrive next month starting at $26,890 (plus on-road costs). The R 18 First Edition, which features classic double pin striping paint and chrome will be available in limited […]

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]]>It is a certain bet that BMW will introduce more variants of the R 18 – their first cruiser in 16 years since the R 1200 C – like this solo-seat custom model.

The company launched the R 18 cruiser in April and BMW Australia says the classic R 18 cruiser will arrive next month starting at $26,890 (plus on-road costs).

The R 18 First Edition, which features classic double pin striping paint and chrome will be available in limited numbers for $30,190.

The initial batch of R 18 First Editions allocated to Australia arriving this year will be fitted with “reverse assist”, bringing the price to $31,690.

They could soon be followed by more variants.

Earlier this month, BMW unveiled a “dragster” model commissioned from LA custom builder Roland Sands.

Now they have unveiled the “Blechmann” which is the nickname of Austrian customiser Bernhard Naumann.

Bernhard changed little on the frame or the technology.

It features a sporty solo seat, a modified tank, Kellermann taillight, kidney-shaped headlight and a narrower, cleaner look to expose the massive 1802cc engine.

The custom also comes in classic BMW black with white pin-stripes to reflect the 1936 R 5, after which the R 18 is styled.

In total, the team around Blechmann worked 450 hours on his version of the BMW R 18.

“My work begins by removing parts of the original version until a white canvas remains,” he says.

“As the construction progresses, the design develops. I call this ‘rapid-prototyping-Blechmann-style’.”

Whether BMW Motorrad will produce a custom like this is debatable, but it shows they are searching for customer reaction to model variants.

Unlike the Roland Sands Dragster, customers won’t be able to personalise their own Blechmann. Whereas Roland has created two design collections of milled aluminium parts for the launch of the R 18 Cruiser: “Machined” and “2-Tone-Black”.

They include front and rear wheels in different dimensions from standard, plus speedometer housings, handlebar clamps, risers, handlebar grips, hand levers and mirrors as well as engine housing trim elements, filler caps, intake silencer covers and much more.

Highlights of the new BMW R 18

  • Largest two-cylinder BMW boxer engine at 1802cc (click here for more engine details)
  • 67kW of power at 4,750rpm and 158Nm of torque at 3,000rpm. More than 150Nm available at all times from 2000-4000rpm;
  • Exposed drive-shaft and elaborate double-loop steel tube frame based on classic models;
  • Rear swingarm with enclosed axle drive in rigid frame design;
  • Telescopic fork with sleeves and cantilever suspension strut that includes travel-dependent damping;
  • Harmonious ergonomics for relaxed riding and optimum control;
  • Disc brakes front and rear with wire-spoked wheels;
  • State-of-the-art LED lighting technology with classically interpreted design;
  • Adaptive turning light for enhanced road illumination and cornering illumination available as an ex-factory option;
  • Classically designed circular instrument cluster with integrated display and ‘Berlin-Built’ label;
  • Keyless Ride for convenient functionality and activation by remote control;
  • Three standard riding modes (Rain, Roll and Rock), ASC and MSR;
  • Reverse assist for convenient manoeuvring and Hill Start Control for easy hill starts available as ex-factory options – $1500;
  • R 18 First Edition package offers an exclusive look in signature double pin striping paint and chrome – $30,190;
  • Initial allocation of R 18 First Edition units for local market fitted with Reverse assist, bringing price to $31,690.

Classic R 18 Tech specs

Engine
Capacity 1802cc / cui
Bore x stroke 107.1x100mm
Output 67kW (91hp)
at engine speed 4750rpm
Torque 158Nm
at engine speed 3000rpm
Type Air/water-cooled 2-cylinder 4-stroke boxer engine
No. of cylinders 2
Compression/fuel 9.6:1 / premium unleaded (95-98 RON)
Valve/accelerator actuation OHV
Valves per cylinder 4
Ø intake/outlet 41.2/35mm
Ø throttle valves 48mm
Engine control BMS-O
Emission control Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, EU5 exhaust standard
Electrical system
Alternator 600W
Battery 12/26V/Ah maintenance-free
Headlight LED low beam with projection module LED high beam with projection module
Starter 1.5kW
Power transmission – gearbox
Clutch Hydraulically activated single-disc dry clutch
Gearbox Constant-mesh 6-speed gearbox
Primary ratio 1.16
Transmission ratios I 2,438
II 1,696
III 1,296
IV 1,065
V 903
VI 784
Rear wheel drive Universal shaft
Transmission ratio 3.091
Suspension
Frame construction type Double-loop steel tube frame
Front wheel control Telescopic fork, fork tube Ø 49 mm
Rear wheel control Cantilever
Total spring travel, front/rear 120/90mm
Wheel castor 150mm
Wheelbase 1731mm
Steering head angle 57.3°
Brakes front Twin disc brake Ø 300 mm
Brakes rear Single disc brake Ø 300 mm
ABS BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part-integral)

Ape hanger bars and matte black accessories

Wheels Wire-spoked wheels
front 3.5 x 19”
rear 5.0 x 16”
Tyres front 120/70 R 19 or B 19 (manufacturer-dependent)
Tyres rear 180/65 B 16
Dimensions and weights
Total length 2440mm
Total width with mirrors 964mm
Seat height 690mm
DIN unladen weight, road ready 345kg
Permitted total weight 560kg
Fuel tank capacity 16L
Performance figures
Fuel consumption (WMTC) 5.6l/100 km
CO2 emissions (WMTC): 129g/km
0‒100 km/h 4s 800ms
Top speed 180km/h

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/more-bmw-r-18-models-coming/feed/0CFMoto Confirms CF1250https://motorbikewriter.com/cfmoto-confirms-cf1250/ https://motorbikewriter.com/cfmoto-confirms-cf1250/#respondMon, 24 Aug 2020 19:33:52 +0000http://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72385CFMoto has confirmed their largest bike yet will not only be available as a Chinese police bike, but also in civilian clothes for the global market. Back in May, Michael Poynton, director of Australian importer Mojo Motorcycles, told us the civvy version of the CF1350J was coming, but not for a while. “I haven’t received technical details yet from CFMoto,” he told us. Well, now he has. It will be powered by the largest-capacity motorcycle engine not only in CFMoto’s […]

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]]>CFMoto has confirmed their largest bike yet will not only be available as a Chinese police bike, but also in civilian clothes for the global market.

Back in May, Michael Poynton, director of Australian importer Mojo Motorcycles, told us the civvy version of the CF1350J was coming, but not for a while.

“I haven’t received technical details yet from CFMoto,” he told us.

Well, now he has.

It will be powered by the largest-capacity motorcycle engine not only in CFMoto’s 30-year history, but also China’s motorcycle manufacturing history.

The CF1250 will be powered by a 1278cc V-twin producing 105kW (140hp) of power and 120Nm of torque.

It is basically a heavily re-engineered version of KTM’s LC8 V-twin, manufactured under licence.

CFMoto and KTM have had a long association with the Chinese manufacturer producing small-capacity KTM bikes for the local market for several years.

CFMoto

The CF1250 will not only have their biggest engine, but also the world’s biggest colour TFT dash with a 12.3-inch screen.

This bike is part of a model assault into new segments planned by the Chinese company in partnership with KTM, starting with the 700CL-X early next year.

CFMoto 700CL-X

CFMoto have just opened a new office and research and development building in Hangzhou and later this year will commission their new 150,000sqm high-tech factory. It has a potential production capacity of 50,000 larger-capacity (790cc-plus) motorcycles a year.

Company chairman and owner Lai Guogui says they wanted to demonstrate their capability with larger-displacement models.

“While other companies in the domestic Chinese powersports industry were developing 125/150cc bikes, CFMoro was making our 650NK model, on which we are already on to the second generation,” he says.

“And while other companies are developing 250/300/400cc bikes, CFMoto is developing a 1000cc-plus bike.”

In Australia, the Chinese company has sold more than 25,000 vehicles since it debuted in 2005 through its Australian-owned distributor, Mojo Motorcycles. They now have more than 80 dealers.

They have also increased their two-year warranty to three years for all CFMoto motorcycles bought until the end of the year.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/cfmoto-confirms-cf1250/feed/0Husqvarna slashes 401 prices againhttps://motorbikewriter.com/husqvarna-slashes-401-prices-again/ https://motorbikewriter.com/husqvarna-slashes-401-prices-again/#respondWed, 19 Aug 2020 21:31:31 +0000http://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72370Husqvarna Australia has once again sashed the prices of its Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 single-cylinder motorbikes. When the handsome and well-built bikes were introduced in 2018, I said the $A10,495 pricetag would make them a hard sell. I was right. Last year they dropped the prices of both the 401 and 701 Vitpilen and Svartilen by a massive $3000 to $7000, depending on the model. For the 401 models, the price dropped to $A7495 plus on-road costs. Now they […]

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]]>Husqvarna Australia has once again sashed the prices of its Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 single-cylinder motorbikes.

When the handsome and well-built bikes were introduced in 2018, I said the $A10,495 pricetag would make them a hard sell.

I was right.

Last year they dropped the prices of both the 401 and 701 Vitpilen and Svartilen by a massive $3000 to $7000, depending on the model.

Husqvarna Svartpilen - vitpilen
Husqvarna Svartpilen

For the 401 models, the price dropped to $A7495 plus on-road costs.

Now they have dropped to $6195 (+ORC) or $7095 ride away.

Husqvarna has a habit of overpricing their bikes on launch. The short-lived TR650 Strada and Terra bikes had $1200 slashed from their prices in just a few months after their launch in 2013.

They also slashed $3500 off the equally abortive one-year-old Nuda 900 that same year.

The price drop for the new 401 models comes with updated features including an extended, bolt-on subframe to increase pillion comfort and new a paint finish with silver and bronze accents.

The 2020 learner-approved Vitpilen 401 street model is now available in Australia with the Svartpilen 401 arriving in late August.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/husqvarna-slashes-401-prices-again/feed/0Royal Enfield builds electric prototypeshttps://motorbikewriter.com/royal-enfield-builds-electric-prototypes/ https://motorbikewriter.com/royal-enfield-builds-electric-prototypes/#respondTue, 18 Aug 2020 22:39:44 +0000http://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72353Old-school motorcycle manufacturer Royal Enfield is getting closer to releasing an electric model after building a couple of electric prototypes. Last year, company president Rudratej Singh said they had “several projects in the pipeline and the electric platform is one of them”. “We are in an investment phase in the project where we have a team that is working on different ideas and concepts with a long-term focus. We will disclose our plans at an appropriate time.” Electric prototypes Now […]

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]]>Old-school motorcycle manufacturer Royal Enfield is getting closer to releasing an electric model after building a couple of electric prototypes.

Last year, company president Rudratej Singh said they had “several projects in the pipeline and the electric platform is one of them”.

“We are in an investment phase in the project where we have a team that is working on different ideas and concepts with a long-term focus. We will disclose our plans at an appropriate time.”

Electric prototypes

Now CEO Vinod Dasari has confirmed that they have developed a couple of electric prototypes.

As suspected, Royal Enfield worked on its electric platform at their new English research and development centre in Leicestershire.

There are no further details on the project, but a prototype means they have something that works and is being tested.

It could have been shown at the world’s biggest motorcycle show in Milan in November, EICMA, but it has now been postponed a year.

So we are not sure when it will be unveiled.

However, we suspect it won’t look too different from the current old-school range.

Electric Royal Enfield Charging Bullet documentary trailer
Fred on his electric Bullet

Perhaps it will look like this electric-powered Royal Enfield Bullet built by British engineer Fred Spaven to travel the length of Britain for a documentary film called Charging Bullet promoting sustainable transport.

Royal Enfield is not the only Indian-owned motorcycle company going electric.

Former Czech motorcycle company Jawa, now owned by Indian company Mahindra, is also developing an electric motorcycle in India.

They say it will have the longest range yet of any electric motorcycle.

There is hardly a motorcycle company in the world that is not developing an electric motorcycle.

However, there is more incentive in India for these two companies and others to produce electric bikes.

India has strict air pollution policies in their major cities that make an electric option very desirable.

The Indian Government has also proposed a deadline for complete electric mobility in the country by 2030 and plans $1.4 billion in incentives for the manufacture and sale of electric motorbikes and scooters while penalising petrol-powered bikes.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/royal-enfield-builds-electric-prototypes/feed/0Harley-Davidson may axe Bronx Streetfighterhttps://motorbikewriter.com/harley-davidson-may-axe-bronx-streetfighter/ https://motorbikewriter.com/harley-davidson-may-axe-bronx-streetfighter/#respondTue, 18 Aug 2020 22:19:37 +0000http://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72350It appears Harley-Davidson has axed its upcoming Bronx Streetfighter as part of a 30% reduction in its existing and future models announced last month. As we noted back then, new company boss Jochen Zeitz only talked about the upcoming Pan America, the company’s first adventure motorcycle. He made no mention of the Bronx Streetfighter, so we presumed it would be axed or at least postponed. Now the Bronx has been removed from the official Harley website, so it seems we […]

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]]>It appears Harley-Davidson has axed its upcoming Bronx Streetfighter as part of a 30% reduction in its existing and future models announced last month.

As we noted back then, new company boss Jochen Zeitz only talked about the upcoming Pan America, the company’s first adventure motorcycle.

He made no mention of the Bronx Streetfighter, so we presumed it would be axed or at least postponed.

Now the Bronx has been removed from the official Harley website, so it seems we were right.

Harley-Davidson Revolution Max platform Bronx Streetfighter
Bronx Streetfighter

Meanwhile the introduction of the 2021 range and new models will be moved from September to early next year.

Shiny new Harley-Davidson models for the year ahead usually start appearing on showroom floors across the world in September and October.

However, production has been slowed and new models delayed until early next year as part of a Jochen’s new Hardwire strategy.

Bronx Streetfighter

Harley Revolution Max platform includes Pan America and Bronx Streetfighter axe
Harley Revolution Max platform includes Pan America and Bronx Streetfighter

Interestingly, Jochen said in his previous Rewire strategy that he would concentrate on iconic models.

Yet the Pan America is far from an iconic Harley model. In fact, it’s a whole new segment for the company.

Whereas, the Bronx isn’t too far removed from previous models such as the XR range and the current Street models.

There is also no mention of the planned Custom 1250 which is a modern take on the V-Rod.

Harley plans adventure, streetfighters and electric bicycles missing
Custom 1250

All of these new models feature the new “Revolution Max” engines of 500cc, 975cc and 1250cc.

Many would consider the 975 and 1250 as big displacements, but Harley calls them midweight which they are in Harley terms as their current engines range from 500cc to over 1900cc.

It seems strange that they would develop this new engine and then only release one model.

Perhaps, Jochen is simply moving back the launch of these new models so as not to shock traditional Harley customers with too much change.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/harley-davidson-may-axe-bronx-streetfighter/feed/0Suzuki GSX-R1000 cheaper and betterhttps://motorbikewriter.com/suzuki-gsx-r1000-cheaper-and-better/ https://motorbikewriter.com/suzuki-gsx-r1000-cheaper-and-better/#respondTue, 18 Aug 2020 21:01:31 +0000http://motorbikewriter.com/?p=72332The new Suzuki GSX-R1000 is cheaper, with more standard features and available in the Team Suzuki ECSTAR MotoGP inspired Metallic Triton Blue colour scheme. It now costs $23,990 ride away which is a $1500 price reduction on last year’s model. Despite the price reduction, it now comes standard with the bi-directional quickshift system, previously only available as a genuine accessory. This allows the rider to smoothly upshift and downshift without the need to use the clutch or throttle. The shift […]

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]]>The new Suzuki GSX-R1000 is cheaper, with more standard features and available in the Team Suzuki ECSTAR MotoGP inspired Metallic Triton Blue colour scheme.

It now costs $23,990 ride away which is a $1500 price reduction on last year’s model.

Despite the price reduction, it now comes standard with the bi-directional quickshift system, previously only available as a genuine accessory.

This allows the rider to smoothly upshift and downshift without the need to use the clutch or throttle. The shift linkage can also be easily set for ‘reverse-pattern’ for GP-style shifting on the racetrack.

Another new addition is adopting Bridgestone’s latest BATTLAX Racing Street RS11 tyres, featuring improved wear resistance and high cornering performance.

The most powerful production GSX-R engine yet built uses technologies developed from Suzuki’s racing efforts such as Suzuki Racing Variable-Valve Timing, Finger-Follower Valve Train, Top Feed Injectors and Exhaust Tuning Butterfly Valves.

Output is 148.6kW (202ps) @ 13,200rpm with 117.6Nm of torque @ 10,800rpm.

It sits inside a lightweight twin-spar aluminium perimeter frame for optimum feel, quick response and agility.

Bringing it all to a halt are radial-mount Brembo monobloc calipers matched with hybrid floating/T-drive 320mm Brembo discs.

Dial-in rider preferencesSuzuki 2020 GSX-R1000 cheaper

The Motion Track Brake System uses input from the six-direction inertial measurement unit (IMU) to minimise rear-wheel lift during hard braking situations found on the racetrack.

It also benefits from IMU input and offers 10 levels of adjustability, allowing the rider to select the appropriate intervention to match road conditions and rider ability.

Further control and personalisation is available to the rider via the three-mode Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) system, letting the rider to tailor the engine’s power delivery and response to their preferred setting.

It comes with 12 months registration and Suzuki’s 24-month unlimited kilometre warranty.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/suzuki-gsx-r1000-cheaper-and-better/feed/0CFMoto 700CL-X launch delayedhttps://motorbikewriter.com/cfmoto-700cl-x-launch-delayed/ https://motorbikewriter.com/cfmoto-700cl-x-launch-delayed/#commentsThu, 13 Aug 2020 22:02:49 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=71925The launch of the handsome CFMoto 700CL-X range has been delayed until early 2021, but it will arrive with a pack of accessories. The company celebrated its 30th anniversary in Milan last November 2019 with the announcement that the 700CL-X would arrive in late 2020 in three models: Sports, Heritage, Adventure. Sports has bar-end mirrors, lower bars, solo seat and mag wheels. Heritage features more complex mags, round mirrors and wide bars. Adventure has a screen, wire wheels and knobby […]

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]]>The launch of the handsome CFMoto 700CL-X range has been delayed until early 2021, but it will arrive with a pack of accessories.

The company celebrated its 30th anniversary in Milan last November 2019 with the announcement that the 700CL-X would arrive in late 2020 in three models: Sports, Heritage, Adventure.

Sports has bar-end mirrors, lower bars, solo seat and mag wheels. Heritage features more complex mags, round mirrors and wide bars. Adventure has a screen, wire wheels and knobby tyres.

CFMoto 700CL-X Sport
CFMoto 700CL-X Heritage
CFMoto 700CL-X Adventure

Launch delayed

However, it has been delayed, presumably by the COVID crisis, and will arrive early in 2021.

The 700CL-X Heritage will also launch a wide range of accessories, including classic-style panniers, a diamond-stitched seat, protection and bar-end mirrors, as well as a collection of rider gear.

CFMoto Australia director Michael Poynton says the delayed 700CL-X will be a “watershed model” for the brand as its first middleweight naked.

“The 700CL-X is extremely important to us. It will be the company’s first non-LAMS model, and it’s just the tip of the iceberg of what we can expect from CFMOTO as a result of its relationship with KTM,” Michael says.

“Underscoring that relationship is a significant joint venture built on bricks and mortar.

“This comprises an all-new office and R&D building, in Hangzhou, China, which officially opened this month, as well as a new manufacturing facility nearby, which will be operational later this year.”

Pricing for the 700CL-X range will be announced at a later date, but we can expect it will be among the cheapest in its class as is most of their range.CFMoto 700CL-X

CFMoto 700CL-X

Most CFMoto models are now designed by Kiska, the contemporary Austrian design house that does KTM’s design work.

The company has close ties with KTM, making their bikes in China for the domestic market.

CFMoto 700CL-X

This Euro-designed bike features a mix of modern and traditional influences.

For example, the traditional round headlight has LED lighting and the round instruments have an LCD readout that can display fuel consumption and incoming call.CFMoto 700CL-X

Interestingly, the X design in the headlights and the LCD instrument are quite reminiscent of the popular Ducati Scrambler.CFMoto 700CL-X

The CFMoto 700CL-X has a lightweight frame that weighs just 16.5kg and the swingarm weighs 6.7kg. All up, it weighs 183kg dry.

Technology includes ABS, electronically controlled throttle, sliding clutch, cruise control , USB charging port under the seat and “electronic protection control” (an alarm, we think).

Its lighting system automatically switches on/off according to ambient brightness.CFMoto 700CL-X

New engineCFMoto 700CL-X

The 700CL-X is powered by a newly developed 692cc inline twin-cylinder water-cooled engine.

It is the latest evolution of the CFMOTO 150/250/400/650 displacement platforms, featuring split-type connection rod, forged piston, electronic throttle, sliding clutch.

The optimised intake system improves efficiency and increases the peak power from 41.5kW to 55kw and torque from 62Nm to 67Nm.CFMoto 700CL-X

Thankfully it is one of the few adventur-ish motorcycles that has an easy-to-access air filter for cleaning.

Just remove the right plastic panel.

They say an oil change is so simple it can “easily be done at home”.

CFMoto also has a range of accessories to customise the bike, including luggage for the Adventure model.CFMoto 700CL-X

CFMoto 700CL-X tech specsCFMoto 700CL-X

Dry Weight    

183kg

Length

2100mm

Width    

860mmCFMoto 700CL-X Adventure

Height

1150mm

Wheelbase

1435mm

Seat 

800mmCFMoto 700CL-X

Clearance

160mm

Fuel 

13.5 litres

Front tyre

110/80-R18

Rear tyre

180/55-R17

Front brake

320mm disc, radial-mount caliperCFMoto 700CL-X

Rear brake

260mm disc, floating caliper

Forks

USD, damping adjustableCFMoto 700CL-X

Rear shock

Central shock absorber, damping adjustable

Engine 

4-stroke, liquid-cooled inline twin 

Displacement    

692.2cc

Clutch type

Slide Clutch

CFMoto 700CL-X Heritage
Heritage

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/cfmoto-700cl-x-launch-delayed/feed/1Suzuki V-Strom 1050 arrives with accessorieshttps://motorbikewriter.com/suzuki-v-strom-1050-arrives-with-accessories/ https://motorbikewriter.com/suzuki-v-strom-1050-arrives-with-accessories/#respondThu, 13 Aug 2020 21:30:08 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=71928The new Suzuki V-Strom 1050 range has arrived in Australia in two variants, four colour schemes and two accessories packs. It comes standard in Glass Sparkle Black for $17,990 ride away and the flagship 1050 XT (Cross Touring) at $20,990 ride away in Pearl Brilliant White or Glass Blaze Orange. Prices include 12-months registration. There is also a Champion Yellow No.2 inspired by the second generation DR-Z Paris-Dakar racer and a Glass Sparkle Black.     1050 accessories kits The […]

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]]>The new Suzuki V-Strom 1050 range has arrived in Australia in two variants, four colour schemes and two accessories packs.

It comes standard in Glass Sparkle Black for $17,990 ride away and the flagship 1050 XT (Cross Touring) at $20,990 ride away in Pearl Brilliant White or Glass Blaze Orange.

Prices include 12-months registration.

There is also a Champion Yellow No.2 inspired by the second generation DR-Z Paris-Dakar racer and a Glass Sparkle Black.

Suzuki V-Strom 1050 Dr Big
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 Dr Big

1050 accessories kits

The 1050 models arrive with a choice of two accessories kits to tailor the big adventurer to your needs.

Voyager Pack

Suzuki V-Strom 1050 Voyager pack accessories
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 Voyager pack accessories

This features aluminium panniers and top box in powder-coated black ($3599) and anodised silver ($3699) including mounting brackets.

The 38-litre top box is made of 1.5mm aluminium and has four large tie-down points.

The waterproof, quick-release panniers hold 37 litres each.

That’s 112 litres of storage all up.

This matching system features stainless steel latches, glass-fibre reinforced plastic corner covers and one-key access.

Trekker Pack

Suzuki V-Strom 1050 Trekker pack accessories
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 TRekker pack accessories

On top of the Voyager aluminium luggage, the Trekker Pack includes Suzuki plug-and-play heated grips, LED fog lamps and a 4mm aluminium skid plate.   

The Trekker Pack is also available in black and silver kit variants for $6199 and $6299, respectively.

More power

Not only is the flagship V-Strom 1050 bigger with 5kW more power to 79kW at 8500 revs, but it is also more techno.

Some of the hi-tech features include cruise, hill hold, slope and load dependent controls, ride modes and LED lighting.

V-Strom 1050 press release from Suzuki AustraliaSuzuki V-Strom 1050 Dr Big

Powered by Suzuki’s highly acclaimed 1037cc, 90° V-twin, DOHC engine which has further evolved for MY20, boasting increased top-end power whilst also conforming to Euro 5 emissions standards. Thanks to new camshaft profiles and timing, peak horsepower has increased considerably from 74kW / 8,000rpm to 79kW / 8,500rpm (106hp). The highly refined engine begins with a deep rumble low in the rpm range, then progresses through the mid-range along a strong and linear torque curve then keeps building through the high rpm range in a smooth yet enjoyable manner.Suzuki V-Strom Dr Big

The distinctive new styling incorporates elements of both Suzuki’s legendary DR-Z desert racer and the large off-road model DR-BIG. The distinguishing beak design first adopted by Suzuki stays true to Suzuki’s heritage while also modernising the design to be more aggressive and bolder for the new generation V-Strom 1050.

The most technologically advanced production Suzuki motorcycle in company history, the latest generation V-Strom 1050 is the first to boast Suzuki’s new Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S). Combining an array of electronic aids and controls as well as several unique features only available on XT, further enhancing rider useability and convenience like never before.    

An advanced cruise control system works in conjunction with the new ride-by-wire throttle system to maintain the set vehicle speed without the rider needing to operate the throttle, a welcomed feature for long-distance touring that assists in reducing rider fatigue. Cruising speed can be set from approximately 50km/h to 160km/h at fourth gear or above. A switch on the right handlebar can be pressed to put cruise control into standby, and the selector switch (up/down) on the left handlebars allows the rider to adjust the speed up and down accordingly.

Suzuki’s famous Drive Mode Selector (SDMS) is now available on a V-STROM for the very first time, offering riders the choice of three difference output characteristic modes. A-mode provides the sharpest throttle response, B-mode provides a slightly softer throttle response and C-mode provides the softest response of the three modes.

Another Suzuki first is the Hill Hold, Slope Dependent and Load Dependent control systems available on XT. Hill hold control automatically applies the rear brake when the motorcycle is stopped on an upward slope to prevent rollback when the brakes and clutch are released. Slope Dependent control constantly monitors posture and if required controls brake pressure to prevent rear wheel lift during downhill braking.

Load Dependent system supports optimal braking by compensating for varying load conditions such as the difference between riding solo or with a pillion and loaded luggage vs unloaded.     

An updated traction control system now features three modes of control (previously two) inspiring greater confidence in diverse riding conditions. Mode 1 is for spirited riding with minimal level of intervention. Mode 2 is ideal for commuting and regular riding conditions and Mode 3 is best suited for poorer riding conditions such as wet or cold roads as it offers the highest level of intervention.

An upgraded Bosch inertial measurement unit (IMU) equipped on the XT model now works on 6-directions along 3-axis rather than the 5-axis of the previous system. This allows it to detect pitch, roll, and yaw movements based on the angular rate and acceleration. This new high-performance 6-direction IMU combines a 3-axis angular rate sensor (gyrometer) and a 3-axis acceleration sensor in a single compact unit.

The motion track brake system exclusive to XT combines information on the posture of the vehicle from the new IMU with the front and rear wheel speeds. This allows the ABS to activate not only in a straight line but also when the vehicle is leaning. When the brake lever or pedal is operated, this system instantly assesses the need of ABS operation by calculating the posture of the vehicle and front and rear wheel speeds. When judging the need of operation, ABS unit decreases braking pressure, and continues to control the increase/decrease of the pressure according to the traction available.Suzuki V-Strom Dr Big

This latest ABS system allows the rider to select from 2-levels of intervention. Mode 1 provides minimal intervention and is suitable for flat dirt roads, whilst Mode 2’s intervention timing is earlier than Mode 1 and is ideal for normal tarmac roads.

A newly added Combined Brake System automatically applies pressure to the rear brake to help stablise the motorcycle when the front brake pressure rises to a certain degree.

An updated windscreen design compliments the new exterior design. Developed utilising wind-tunnel testing, the new screen can be finely adjusted without tools to one of 11 positions across a 50mm vertical range.

The instrument panel presents all required information on a full LCD screen using a clean and intuitive layout with information displayed in order of priority. Included in the display are the speedometer, tachometer (full pixel digital display), gear position indicator, odometer, trip meter (A, B), instantaneous fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, driving range, fuel level indicator, engine coolant temperature indicator, ambient air temperature indicator, clock, voltage meter, service reminder, SDMS mode, traction control mode, cruise control indicator, ABS mode, hill hold indicator, engine rpm indicator light, frost indicator light, turn signal indicator light, high beam indicator light, traction control indicator light, ABS indicator light, and neutral indicator light.

A USB port is located left side of the instrument panel. It can be used as a power source for charging a smartphone, navigation system, or other similar device.Suzuki V-Strom 1050 Dr Big

The lightweight and compact chassis is the core factor in achieving the V-STROM’s comfortable and enjoyable character. The narrow width of its V-twin engine allows the motorcycle to maintain a slim body shape even with a 20L fuel tank present, allowing the rider to easily reach the ground with their feet.

Utilising a cast aluminium twin-spar frame featuring the optimal rigidity balance for exceptional stability and handling performance. The frame supports everything a rider requires to embark on their next big adventure from straight line stability to smooth and natural cornering with high levels of traction.

The 43mm KYB inverted front fork features adjustable compression damping, rebound damping and spring preload and can be tailored based on rider preference and usage.

The V-Strom 1050 XT also sports a completely new seat design that allows the seat height to be adjusted an additional 20mm higher than the standard position. The KYB rear shock features adjustable spring preload via an external hand dial to easily facilitate adjustments between riding solo, with pillion or fully loaded with luggage.

TOKICO Monobloc radial mounted front brake calipers handle stopping duties matched with dual 310mm floating discs provide strong braking performance with remarkable feel. 

The footrests are constructed of tough steel and have been redesigned to make it easier for the rider to stand on flat dirt, and are also wider than the previous version.

Protection and convenience on the XT is taken to the next level with an aluminium under cowling and accessory bar guarding underneath and side of the engine whilst stronger hand guards have been employed to protect rider’s hands from wind, rain and flying stones. The lightweight centre stand is well balanced and is useful when performing maintenance tasks and loading luggage. Suzuki V-Strom 1050 Dr Big

Wire-spoked aluminium rims are fitted as standard on the XT model offering improved road absorption whilst the standard model is equipped with 10-spoke cast aluminium wheels. Both variants are shod with Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyres.

A vertically stacked LED headlight and LED rear combination light deliver excellent visibility and stylish looks, the XT also features LED indicators as standard equipment. 

Other niceties include Suzuki’s Low RPM assist system which monitors and automatically raises the idle speed when taking off from a stop or when riding slowly through traffic and 

Suzuki’s Easy Start System which provides ultra-convenient one-touch engine starting.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/suzuki-v-strom-1050-arrives-with-accessories/feed/0Electric Savic nears half its first ordershttps://motorbikewriter.com/electric-savic-nears-half-its-first-orders/ https://motorbikewriter.com/electric-savic-nears-half-its-first-orders/#respondMon, 10 Aug 2020 00:58:08 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=71872Almost half of the first production run of Australia’s first full-size electric motorcycle, the Savic C-Series, has been allocated to paid-up customers. Savic Motorcycles founder Dennis Savic (pictured above) says they are on track for their first customer delivery in December after coronavirus pandemic setbacks. So far, 21 of their 49 units have been pre-ordered for their first production run of 2021. “The company management remains confident that this initial run will be sold out by the end of the year,” they say […]

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]]>Almost half of the first production run of Australia’s first full-size electric motorcycle, the Savic C-Series, has been allocated to paid-up customers.

Savic Motorcycles founder Dennis Savic (pictured above) says they are on track for their first customer delivery in December after coronavirus pandemic setbacks.

So far, 21 of their 49 units have been pre-ordered for their first production run of 2021.

“The company management remains confident that this initial run will be sold out by the end of the year,” they say on their latest email update.

“With the first Savic-developed motor on schedule to arrive at our workshop in September, the current goal remains to get the first five Alpha bikes on to the road by late December.

“This includes our homologation vehicle, which will undergo all the roadworthy and safety tests required for regulatory compliance and state-based registration.”2019 Savic electric motorcycle prototype orders giants

Savic C-Series

2019 Savic electric motorcycle prototype orders
2019 Savic electric motorcycle prototype orders

Savic Motorcycles will make 49 C-Series cafe racer electric motorcycles available in three variants.

Specification Alpha Delta Omega
Power 60kW 40kW 25kW
Torque 190Nm TBC TBC
Range 200km TBC TBC
Charge time 4-6 hours TBC TBC
0-100km/h 3s 900ms TBC TBC
Price (+ORC) $22,999.00 $15,999.00 $10,999.00

That’s much cheaper than the Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle which launches in Australia next month at $A49,995.

Buyers of the first production models will also receive:

  • Exclusive company updates first;
  • Lifetime membership providing exclusive discounts for all future Savic rider gear; and
  • Live updates and images of their bike build as it happens.2019 Savic electric motorcycle prototype orders whirring

Each model comes with several battery pack options. The largest offered in the Alpha will provide range of up to 200km, while the smallest option in the Omega is expected to have about 50km range. 

Like all electric vehicles, peak torque is instantaneous and the Alpha will accelerate from 0-100km in 3.9 seconds.

By comparison, the LiveWire has city range of about 235km and highway range of about 150km and reaches 100km/h in three seconds.

Savic customers will be able choose a range of options in brakes, suspension, wheels, tyres and three colours – Spectre, Stealth, and Rustic.

Aftermarket upgrades will also be offered. 

The bikes feature a fully integrated, stressed, liquid-cooled motor and energy storage system.

Depending on the model and battery pack a customer selects, a single charge can provide up to 11kWh. That costs only $3 compared with about $15 for a petrol bike to travel 250km.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/electric-savic-nears-half-its-first-orders/feed/0Yamaha accelerates its electric programhttps://motorbikewriter.com/yamaha-accelerates-electric-program/ https://motorbikewriter.com/yamaha-accelerates-electric-program/#respondSun, 09 Aug 2020 20:38:50 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=71861Yamaha has been developing electric vehicles for several years, but is now stepping up its electric program with a compact portable motor and an electric motocrosser. The motor range is called an Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (IPMSM) with varying outputs from 35kw to 200kw. They say they can be used in motorcycles and other vehicles. Now Yamaha Motor Europe is also involved in a joint project with KNMV, Dohms Projects and SPIKE to build an electric motocross bike, EMX, […]

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]]>Yamaha has been developing electric vehicles for several years, but is now stepping up its electric program with a compact portable motor and an electric motocrosser.

The motor range is called an Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (IPMSM) with varying outputs from 35kw to 200kw.

They say they can be used in motorcycles and other vehicles.Yamaha electric program

Now Yamaha Motor Europe is also involved in a joint project with KNMV, Dohms Projects and SPIKE to build an electric motocross bike, EMX, to compete with 250cc models.

Benefits include higher torque and higher traction.

Yamaha electric program
EMC program

Electric program

So far, Yamaha has only produced the electric PES1 (Passion Electric Street) road bike and PED1 (Passion Electric Dirt), but neither is available in Australia.

Yamaha PES1 electric motorcycles product standardise
Yamaha PED1 electric motorcycle

Last year, Yamaha unveiled their EC-05 electric scooter with Gogoro lithium-ion battery packs you can easily swap at a convenient roadside vending machine.

Yamaha Gogoro battery swap electric scooter
Yamaha electric scooter with removable Gogoro battery

Yamaha is also co-operating with the other Japanese motorcycle manufacturers to standardise electric motorcycle and scooter technology, including charging infrastructure and swappable battery packs.

Last year, Yamaha also unveiled two electric scooters, an electric bicycle, an electric mobility scooter and an electric personal scooter at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Yamaha E01 electric program
Yamaha E02 electric program
Yamaha YPJ-YZ electric program
Yamaha Land Link electric program

Bu it’s not all electric power in Yamaha’s future.

The company is also considering water power, but we believe it may also have an electric water pump.

Yamaha water bike
Yamaha’s water-powered bike

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/yamaha-accelerates-electric-program/feed/0Evoke electric claims top range, fastest chargehttps://motorbikewriter.com/evoke-electric-claims-top-range-fastest-charge/ https://motorbikewriter.com/evoke-electric-claims-top-range-fastest-charge/#commentsSun, 09 Aug 2020 06:21:40 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=71835Evoke Electric Motorcycles of Hong Kong is claiming their Evoke 6061 will have the world’s highest electric motorcycle range of 470km and the fastest charge time at just 15 minutes. However, their Evoke 6061 “cruiser” isn’t produced yet. It’s still just a drawing and a projection of what it will achieve. Furthermore, that’s 470km in the city where regenerative braking increases range. Highway range will still be impressive at 265km. They calculate range riding between 30-50km/h in the city and […]

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]]>Evoke Electric Motorcycles of Hong Kong is claiming their Evoke 6061 will have the world’s highest electric motorcycle range of 470km and the fastest charge time at just 15 minutes.

However, their Evoke 6061 “cruiser” isn’t produced yet. It’s still just a drawing and a projection of what it will achieve.

Furthermore, that’s 470km in the city where regenerative braking increases range. Highway range will still be impressive at 265km.Evoke electric motorcycle

They calculate range riding between 30-50km/h in the city and 140km/h on the highway.

Click here for more details on the vagaries of calculating electric motorcycle range.

That compares with the Energica Ego and Eva with up 400km (250 miles) of city range, Zero motorcycles with 360km if you use their optional  $US2295 Charge Tank and the Damon Hypersport with 320km (200 miles) of “real-world” range.

Damon Hypersport Premier and HS
Damon Hypersport

Fastest chargingEvoke electric motorcycle

As for their fastest charging claim, it will take 15 minutes to charge to 80% capacity and only at a CCS-enabled 125kW DC charging station.

Other electric motorcycle manufacturers claim 20-30 minutes using the same DC fast chargers.

The problem is that the more you use quick-charging on a battery the sooner the battery will become useless and need replacement.

Normal charging time from a mains outlet will be about three hours to 100%.

Evoke 6061 will cost $A33,500 ($US24,000, £19,000). That compares with the Harley-Davidson LiveWire launching next month in Australia at $A49,995.

LiveWire for pandemic recovery
LiveWire

The Evoke 6061 is powered by a 120kW PMSM motor and proprietary liquid-cooled 24.8kWh battery. That’s the world’s largest lithium ion battery pack in a motorcycle.

Evoke claims it will have a top speed of more than 230km/h.

It also features a laser-cut alloy frame, Spanish J. Juan brakes and LED lighting.

Evoke electric motorcycleThere is no word yet on when it will be produced, but orders have opened with a $US5000 deposit. Only 100 will be built.

Evoke also make an Urban Classic at $US8499 and an Urban S at $US7999, both with 200km of range.

Evoke electric motorcycle
Urban Classic

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/evoke-electric-claims-top-range-fastest-charge/feed/1Indian unveils fifth Jack Daniels modelhttps://motorbikewriter.com/indian-unveils-fifth-jack-daniels-model/ https://motorbikewriter.com/indian-unveils-fifth-jack-daniels-model/#commentsFri, 07 Aug 2020 19:48:01 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=71811While throttle and bottle don’t usually mix, Indian Motorcycle and Jack Daniels have formed a close relationship that has yielded five years of fast-selling, limited-edition models. This year it’s a Roadmaster Dark Horse and if you have to ask the price, maybe you can’t afford it. In the US, this model sells for $US38,999 (about $A54,400) which is $US900 ($A12,500) more than the standard. However, in Australia, the standard Roadmaster Dark Horse sells for $A41,995 ride away and this edition […]

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]]>While throttle and bottle don’t usually mix, Indian Motorcycle and Jack Daniels have formed a close relationship that has yielded five years of fast-selling, limited-edition models.Jack Daniels Indian Roadmaster Dark HorseJack Daniels Indian Roadmaster Dark Horse

This year it’s a Roadmaster Dark Horse and if you have to ask the price, maybe you can’t afford it.

In the US, this model sells for $US38,999 (about $A54,400) which is $US900 ($A12,500) more than the standard.

However, in Australia, the standard Roadmaster Dark Horse sells for $A41,995 ride away and this edition will set you back a whopping $56,995 ride away.

But the limited-edition model comes with a host of extras and special cosmetic features.Jack Daniels Indian Roadmaster Dark Horse

Most obviously they include custom two-tone Whiskey Pearl paint and Oakwood ceramic engine finishes, Gentleman Jack engraved floorboards, custom Jack Daniel’s branding on the seat, tank and lowers, and Montana Silversmith badging.

It is the first model to come with the new ClimaCommand Rogue heated and cooled seat.Indian Motorcycle develops hot/cold seat

The seat has a proprietary thermoelectric module to pump heat away from the rider, a ducting system and graphene covering which is a highly conductive and flexible material that optimises the distribution of heating or cooling.

You can also buy the ClimaCommand seat as an aftermarket accessory for $A1995 ($US1199.99) for their 2014-2019 Thunderstroke-powered models and 2020 models without Ride Command.

You can manage the heating and cooling settings via the Ride Command infotainment system which also comes with Apple CarPlay tomorrow your phone screen and some apps.Apple CarPlay Indian motorcycle

It also has an upgraded 600-watt PowerBand audio system, heated hand grips, an adjustable flared Klock Werks windscreen, and remote-locking saddlebags and top box.

Each Jack Daniels Limited Edition Indian Roadmaster Dark Horse will come with a custom Montana Silversmith Belt Buckle in a display case. Each bike will be built to order as a model year 2021 with delivery starting late this year.

The Jack Daniels Limited Edition Indian Roadmaster Dark Horse is available to order through your local Indian Motorcycle dealership now.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/indian-unveils-fifth-jack-daniels-model/feed/1Will BMW add an R 18 Dragster version?https://motorbikewriter.com/will-bmw-add-an-r-18-dragster-version/ https://motorbikewriter.com/will-bmw-add-an-r-18-dragster-version/#commentsWed, 05 Aug 2020 19:45:19 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=71776BMW Motorrad returns to the cruiser category with the R 18, but will they soon add a Dragster version like this produced by renowned LA designer Roland Sands? His custom job was made easier by the fact that the R 18 has an easily removable rear frame and a simple-to-dismantle painted parts set. Dragster parts I think BMW will build a model like this because this is a fully BMW-sanctioned custom build by the same person who helped them design […]

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]]>BMW Motorrad returns to the cruiser category with the R 18, but will they soon add a Dragster version like this produced by renowned LA designer Roland Sands?

His custom job was made easier by the fact that the R 18 has an easily removable rear frame and a simple-to-dismantle painted parts set.

Roland Sands R 18 Dragster
Roland Sands and his R 18 Dragster

Dragster parts

I think BMW will build a model like this because this is a fully BMW-sanctioned custom build by the same person who helped them design the R nineT.

And have a loom at that “R 18 Dragster” engine stamp. That looks like a production model to me!Roland Sands R 18 Dragster

If BMW doesn’t build a Dragster model, you may be able to customise your own.

Roland has also created two design collections of milled aluminium parts for the launch of the R 18 Cruiser: “Machined” and “2-Tone-Black”.

They include front and rear wheels in different dimensions from standard, plus  speedometer housings, handlebar clamps, risers, handlebar grips, hand levers and mirrors as well as engine housing trim elements, filler caps, intake silencer covers and much more.

Roland Sands R 18 Dragster
Roland Sands R 18 Dragster

Roland also created custom parts for the R nineT.

These are expected to be available when the bike launches next month.Roland Sands R 18 Dragster

BMW Australia says the classic R 18 cruiser will start at $26,890 (plus on-road costs).

The R 18 First Edition, which features classic double pin striping paint and chrome will be available in limited numbers for $30,190. BMW Classic R 18 cruiser

R 18 reverse assist

The initial batch of R 18 First Editions allocated to Australia arriving this year will be fitted with “reverse assist”, bringing the price to $31,690. 

At 345kg dry weight, it needs reverse assist!BMW Classic R 18 cruiser

We also reckon the riding position looks a little uncomfortable with the inability for forward controls because of the massive boxer heads.

It will come with a range of accessories including ape hanger bars, tractor saddle, racks and more.

Yes, thankfully it also includes pipes to replace that dreadfully massive standard exhaust!

BMW R 18 classic

The R 18 is styled after the 1936 R 5, including double white pinstriping.

BMW Classic R 18 cruiser
BMW R 18 and R 5

We’ve seen several other variants of the bike in concepts, prototypes and spy photos. 

So we expect this is just the first in a new line with the 1802cc boxer engine, probably including a Dragster like Roland’s design.

BMW to unveil R 18

Highlights of the new BMW R 18 – $26,890 

  • Largest two-cylinder BMW boxer engine at 1802cc (click here for more engine details)
  • 67kW of power at 4,750rpm and 158Nm of torque at 3,000rpm. More than 150Nm available at all times from 2000-4000rpm;
  • Exposed drive-shaft and elaborate double-loop steel tube frame based on classic models;
  • Rear swingarm with enclosed axle drive in rigid frame design;
  • Telescopic fork with sleeves and cantilever suspension strut that includes travel-dependent damping;
  • Harmonious ergonomics for relaxed riding and optimum control;
  • Disc brakes front and rear with wire-spoked wheels;
  • State-of-the-art LED lighting technology with classically interpreted design;BMW Classic R 18 cruiser
  • Adaptive turning light for enhanced road illumination and cornering illumination available as an ex-factory option;
  • Classically designed circular instrument cluster with integrated display and ‘Berlin-Built’ label;
  • Keyless Ride for convenient functionality and activation by remote control;
  • Three standard riding modes (Rain, Roll and Rock), ASC and MSR;
  • Reverse assist for convenient manoeuvring and Hill Start Control for easy hill starts available as ex-factory options – $1500;
  • R 18 First Edition package offers an exclusive look in signature double pin striping paint and chrome – $30,190;
  • Initial allocation of R 18 First Edition units for local market fitted with Reverse assist, bringing price to $31,690.

Classic R 18  Tech specsBMW Classic R 18 cruiser

Engine
Capacity 1802cc / cui
Bore x stroke 107.1x100mm
Output 67kW (91hp)
at engine speed 4750rpm
Torque 158Nm
at engine speed 3000rpm
Type Air/water-cooled 2-cylinder 4-stroke boxer engine
No. of cylinders 2
Compression/fuel 9.6:1 / premium unleaded (95-98 RON)
Valve/accelerator actuation OHV
Valves per cylinder 4
Ø intake/outlet 41.2/35mm
Ø throttle valves 48mm
Engine control BMS-O
Emission control Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, EU5 exhaust standard
Electrical system
Alternator 600W
Battery 12/26V/Ah maintenance-free
Headlight LED low beam with projection module LED high beam with projection module
Starter 1.5kW
Power transmission – gearbox
Clutch Hydraulically activated single-disc dry clutch
Gearbox Constant-mesh 6-speed gearbox
Primary ratio 1.16
Transmission ratios I 2,438
II 1,696
III 1,296
IV 1,065
V 903
VI 784
Rear wheel drive Universal shaft
Transmission ratio 3.091
Suspension
Frame construction type Double-loop steel tube frame
Front wheel control Telescopic fork, fork tube Ø 49 mm
Rear wheel control Cantilever
Total spring travel, front/rear 120/90mm
Wheel castor 150mm
Wheelbase 1731mm
Steering head angle 57.3°
Brakes front Twin disc brake Ø 300 mm
Brakes rear Single disc brake Ø 300 mm
ABS BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part-integral)
BMW Classic R 18 cruiser
Ape hanger bars and matte black accessories
Wheels Wire-spoked wheels
front 3.5 x 19”
rear 5.0 x 16”
Tyres front 120/70 R 19 or B 19 (manufacturer-dependent)
Tyres rear 180/65 B 16
Dimensions and weights
Total length 2440mm
Total width with mirrors 964mm
Seat height 690mm
DIN unladen weight, road ready 345kg
Permitted total weight 560kg
Fuel tank capacity 16L
Performance figures
Fuel consumption (WMTC) 5.6l/100 km
CO2 emissions (WMTC): 129g/km
0‒100 km/h 4s 800ms
Top speed 180km/h

R 18 classic photo gallery

BMW Classic R 18 cruiser
BMW Classic R 18 cruiser
BMW Classic R 18 cruiser
BMW Classic R 18 cruiser
BMW Classic R 18 cruiser
BMW Classic R 18 cruiser
BMW Classic R 18 cruiser
BMW Classic R 18 cruiser
BMW Classic R 18 cruiser
BMW Classic R 18 cruiser
BMW Classic R 18 cruiser
BMW Classic R 18 cruiser

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/will-bmw-add-an-r-18-dragster-version/feed/1BMW plans convertible electric C1 scooterhttps://motorbikewriter.com/bmw-plans-convertible-electric-c1-scooter/ https://motorbikewriter.com/bmw-plans-convertible-electric-c1-scooter/#commentsTue, 04 Aug 2020 22:00:55 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=71755Patent drawings reveal BMW plans to bring back its C1 scooter, but with a detachable roof, seat belts, car-like crumple zones and an electric motor. The German manufacturer filed a patent for an electric C1-style scooter with a detachable roof in 2017. Now, more details are available that show it also has airbags, crushable zones front and back like a car, seat belts and aerodynamic winglets that automatically change angle according to speed. I’ve got to ask … why? The […]

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]]>Patent drawings reveal BMW plans to bring back its C1 scooter, but with a detachable roof, seat belts, car-like crumple zones and an electric motor.

The German manufacturer filed a patent for an electric C1-style scooter with a detachable roof in 2017.

Now, more details are available that show it also has airbags, crushable zones front and back like a car, seat belts and aerodynamic winglets that automatically change angle according to speed.

I’ve got to ask … why?

The German company currently has five scooters: the C 650 GT, C 650 Sport, C 400 X and C 400 GT, plus the C Evolution electric scooter which has not yet been imported to Australia.

BMW C evolution electric scooter emissions
BMW C Evolution electric scooter

The new patent drawings show the detachable roof with rear storage area on the electric scooter, but it may also be adapted for the petrol-powered models.

It could even be retrofitted to current models.

BMW patents scooter with roof
Retrofit roof

This is not the first time BMW has thought about bringing back the scooter roof. In 2009, BMW’s first electric scooter was the roofed C1-E concept, powered by a Vectrix motor.

BMW patents scooter with roof
C1-E concept

C1 failure

The whole idea of a motorcycle or scooter is to experience freedom from the cage of cars.

Adding a roof to a motorcycle or scooter not only looks ridiculous, but also makes it heavier and more unwieldy to ride because of its high centre of gravity.

Old C1 scooters can still be seen in crowded European cities such as Paris, but it was a dismal flop around the rest of the civilised world.

BMW patents scooter with roof C1
C1

The idea was to attract car drivers to two wheels. In some countries, riders of the quirky BMW scooter were even allowed to go helmet-less!

Given the sales flop of the C1 which was only built from 2000 to 2002, you have to ask why BMW would consider its reintroduction?

Hopefully, the BMW patent doesn’t give safety nannies the idea that the introduction of a scooter with a protective cage and seatbelt is the answer to two-wheeled injuries and deaths.

BMW patents scooter with roof C1
Riderless C1 being tested

British company AB Dynamics has already used an old BMW C1 to develop by a self-riding scooter to “help improve motorcycle safety” and prove that motorcycles can interact with autonomous vehicles. 

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/bmw-plans-convertible-electric-c1-scooter/feed/1Honda doubles down on electric minibikeshttps://motorbikewriter.com/honda-doubles-down-electric-minibikes/ https://motorbikewriter.com/honda-doubles-down-electric-minibikes/#respondSun, 02 Aug 2020 01:17:12 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=71705Honda has doubled down on electric minibikes with a patent filing for their long-promised electric Super Cub and a trademark application for an electric Motocompacto. The former has been around since Honda trotted out a prototype at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. Electric minibikes Honda said the EV-CUB electric scooter would be available from 2018, but that date has now long gone. However, Honda has had a growing romance with the idea of electric power and especially electric minibikes. In […]

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]]>Honda has doubled down on electric minibikes with a patent filing for their long-promised electric Super Cub and a trademark application for an electric Motocompacto.

The former has been around since Honda trotted out a prototype at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show.

Electric minibikes

Honda said the EV-CUB electric scooter would be available from 2018, but that date has now long gone.

However, Honda has had a growing romance with the idea of electric power and especially electric minibikes.

In 2017, Honda signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hitachi to develop electric motors.

The following year, Honda said its self-balancing bike would also come in an electric version.

Honda's self-balancing motorcycle - short season damon last
Honda’s self-balancing motorcycle

The same year Honda said they would develop electric scooters and bikes with swappable batteries and even hybrid drivetrains.

Last year they applied for a patent for future electric motorcycles and scooters to feature an alarm to warn pedestrians unaware of the approaching quiet vehicle.

And earlier this year they applied for a patent for an electric Fireblade sports bike.

Yet here we are in 2020 and still the Japanese company has not delivered on its electric plan.

It’s not that we don’t think it will happen; it’s just a case of when.

Honda MotoCompo Honda doubles down on electric minibikes
1980s Motocompo

As for the Motocompacto electric minibike, it may look like the 1980s Motocompo commuter bike designed to fold up and fit in a car boot (trunk).

Honda patents

These latest filings are part of a blitz of trademark and patent applications by Honda over the past couple of years.

Some are quite weird and impractical, but others may actually make it to market.

We suspect Honda is just trying to dominate intellectual property on motorcycle inventions, rather than planning to put them all into production.

The patents include:

Forks Goldwing patent
Goldwing forks patent

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/honda-doubles-down-electric-minibikes/feed/0MV Agusta roll out smart clutch systemhttps://motorbikewriter.com/mv-agusta-smart-clutch-system/ https://motorbikewriter.com/mv-agusta-smart-clutch-system/#respondThu, 30 Jul 2020 21:05:49 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=71668Two years ago MV Agusta made sport touring more practical in their stylish Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso SCS with a Smart Clutch System or semi-automatic transmission. The system was developed with America’s Rekluse and allows the rider to use a conventional clutch to change gears or ride in semi-automatic mode. Now MV is adding their SCS 2.0 version to the Dragster 800 RR, Dragster 800 RC and Brutale 800 RR (pictured above) for clutch-free starts and stopping. Smart Clutch System Several other motorcycle […]

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]]>Two years ago MV Agusta made sport touring more practical in their stylish Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso SCS with a Smart Clutch System or semi-automatic transmission.

The system was developed with America’s Rekluse and allows the rider to use a conventional clutch to change gears or ride in semi-automatic mode.

Now MV is adding their SCS 2.0 version to the Dragster 800 RR, Dragster 800 RC and Brutale 800 RR (pictured above) for clutch-free starts and stopping.

Smart Clutch System

MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso practical
MV tech Lorenzo explains the SCS system to MBW

Several other motorcycle companies including Honda are moving toward semi-automatic transmission systems.

I tried the SCS technical innovation in the Turismo Lusso while in Italy in 2018 and found it did not take away from the excitement of riding and selecting gears.

It just added to the convenience, especially around town as it allows you to stop and restart without touching the clutch lever.

Great for lane filtering or crawling in heavy traffic as the “standard” models have a moderately heavy clutch which can become tiring.

MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso practical
No need for a clutch takeoff

In auto mode, it also makes the most out of the in-line three-cylinder engine mated to a counter-rotating crankshaft.

It’s your choice. You can ride it like a twist-and-go scooter, changing gears without the clutch, or shift cogs as normal, using the clutch.

The SCS operates in parallel so there is no need for the ride to hit any switches to go from manual to automatic operation.

All of this with only 36g weight increase compared to a traditional clutch.

MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR smart clutch
Dragster 800 RR SCS

There is no word yet on when they will arrive in Australia or how much the SCS will add to the prices of the bikes.

However, it won’t be cheap as the Turismo Veloce Lusso SCS costs an extra $4200 to the price at $31,790 ride away, while the Turismo Veloce Lusso RC SCS is $35,880.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/mv-agusta-smart-clutch-system/feed/0Ducati adds folding electric bicycleshttps://motorbikewriter.com/ducati-folding-electric-bicycles/ https://motorbikewriter.com/ducati-folding-electric-bicycles/#commentsThu, 30 Jul 2020 20:15:42 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=71659A week after Ducati unveiled their second electric bicycle, the e-Scrambler, they have added three folding e-bikes showing they are now serious about electric power. There is still no word on an electric motorcycle. However, their move in this direction will give them vital technical expertise that they can apply to a full-size electric motorcycle. There is no word yet on how much the SCR-E, SCR-E Sport and Urban-E folding bicycles will cost. The e-Scrambler will cost €3699 ($A6065) while […]

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]]>A week after Ducati unveiled their second electric bicycle, the e-Scrambler, they have added three folding e-bikes showing they are now serious about electric power.

There is still no word on an electric motorcycle.

However, their move in this direction will give them vital technical expertise that they can apply to a full-size electric motorcycle.

There is no word yet on how much the SCR-E, SCR-E Sport and Urban-E folding bicycles will cost.

The e-Scrambler will cost €3699 ($A6065) while their first e-mountain bike, the MIG-RR launched in October 2018 costs €6255 ($A10,255).

Ducati MIG-RR electric scooters mountain bike
Ducati e-Scrambler

Last week, Ducati Australia confirmed they would begin importing those two bikes next year, so we presume the folding bikes will also be coming.

Folding bikes

SCR-EDucati SCR-E folding e-bike

Like the e-Scrambler, this bike trades on the popular Scrambler brand and features fat 20” x 4” wheels.

It has a 374.4Wh battery integrated into the aluminium frame with range of 70km if you don’t pedal. More if you!

Of course, the most interesting aspect of all these bikes is that they easily fold uop s you can ack them in your car or take them up the lift and into your office.

SCR-E SPORTDucati SCR-E Sport folding e-bike

This model has full suspension with a front fork and rear spring shock integrated in the frame.  The 468Wh battery has range of up to 80 km.

Urban-EDucati Urban-E folding e-bike

The Urban-E comes in black or grey and was created by the designers of the Centro Stile Ducati in collaboration with Italdesign’s Industrial Design division.

The handlebar has a fully integrated LCD display in the stem that allows the rider to control all the assistance functions, to check the remaining battery charge and to switch the LED lights integrated in the frame on and off.

The 378Wh battery is integrated into the frame.

It features a suspension fork,  fat 20″ x 4″ tyres with Kevlar anti-puncture technology mounted on double-wall aluminium rims.

e-Scrambler

Ducati e-Scrambler
Ducati e-Scrambler

This model doesn’t fold.

It features a 250-Watt Shimano Steps E7000 motor with 504Wh battery, Pirelli Cycl-e GT tyres, Sram NX 11-speed gearbox and Sram 4-piston brakes.

There is also a set of accessories including luggage racks, mudguards, stand and signal lights.

Booming sector

Ducati’s move into e-bikes is designed to plug into the booming market in Europe where sales have boomed from about 500,000 to almost 3m in the past decade.

BMW, Harley-Davidson and other motorcycle and car manufacturers now have e-bikes available in Europe and the USA.

rude boy bicycles ebikes
Harley e-bikes

More importantly, how long do we have to wait for an electric Ducati motorcycle?

In 2017, VW Group Chairman Matthias Mueller and Ducati Western Europe manager Edouard Lotthe said the company would have an electric motorcycle and scooter by 2020.

Well, that didn’t happen!

In 2017, Ducati licensed the Milano Scuola Politecnica di Design (Design Polytechnic School) to produce the Ducati Zero futuristic design concept.

And in 2015, an electric pedal-assisted moped was made under licence and painted in the Ducati Scrambler Urban Enduro colours. 

Neither were real Ducatis.

Ducati Zero electric concept 2020 electric bike race
Ducati Scrambler electric bike 2020 mountain

Nor is the embarrassing Chinese-made, Ducati-branded, Aussie-imported electric Super Soco scooter!

https://motorbikewriter.com/ducati-electric-scooter-5000/

Meanwhile Ducati has filed documents with the US Environmental Protection Agency that show upcoming models:Ducati Diavel Lamborghini, together with the Ducati Multistrada Enduro Grand Tour and the Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO Dark.

Ducati is owned by the VW Group which includes Lambo, so the Lambo model will likely be a limited edition with special paintwork, graphics and some extra standard features. The Multi will probably have a lot of extra features and maybe standard luggage. And the Dark will simply be matte black.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/ducati-folding-electric-bicycles/feed/2BMW Motorrad updates 2021 road modelshttps://motorbikewriter.com/bmw-motorrad-updates-2021-models/ https://motorbikewriter.com/bmw-motorrad-updates-2021-models/#respondThu, 30 Jul 2020 07:58:27 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=71636BMW has announced the updates for its line-up of 2021 road motorcycles. BMW Motorrad Australia says prices will be announced closer to their arrival early next year. Highlights include availability of Black Storm Metallic for the S 1000 RR and the tri-colour BMW Motorsport livery for the S 1000 XR. New Option 719 milled parts will also be available in several models. Here is the unedited list of models and updates. BMW R 1250 RS. Style Sport in Austin Yellow […]

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]]>BMW has announced the updates for its line-up of 2021 road motorcycles.

BMW Motorrad Australia says prices will be announced closer to their arrival early next year.

Highlights include availability of Black Storm Metallic for the S 1000 RR and the tri-colour BMW Motorsport livery for the S 1000 XR.

New Option 719 milled parts will also be available in several models.

Here is the unedited list of models and updates.

BMW R 1250 RS.

BMW R 1250 RS updates
BMW R 1250 RS
  • Style Sport in Austin Yellow metallic now with new frame colour in matt black, Option 719 Stardust metallic removed
  • Changeover to EU-5
  • New optional equipment: Driving Modes Pro option now includes engine drag torque control
  • Extended optional equipment: Driving Modes Pro now includes Core Screen Sport
  • New optional equipment: Option 719 milled parts package Shadow with engine housing cover front and cylinder head covers anodised in black/silver
  • New optional equipment: Option 719 milled parts package Shadow II with hand levers, rider footrests and foot lever as well as expansion tank covers anodised in Black/Silver
  • New optional equipment: Option 719 milled parts packages Storm/Storm II with the same parts as in Option 719 milled parts packages Shadow/Shadow II
  • Option 719 HP milled parts package, HP milled parts package II and Option 719 seat have been removed
  • Sports silencer replaces previous HP rear silencer.

BMW R 1250 R.BMW R 1250 R updates

  • Style Exclusive with new paint finish Mineral Grey metallic. Pollux metallic matt, Style Exclusive and Option 719 Stardust metallic have been removed
  • Style HP renamed Style Sport
  • Changeover to EU-5
  • New optional equipment: Driving Modes Pro option now includes engine drag torque control
  • Extended optional equipment: Driving Modes Pro now includes Core Screen Sport
  • New optional equipment: Option 719 milled parts package Shadow with engine housing cover front and cylinder head covers anodised in black/silver
  • New optional equipment: Option 719 milled parts package Shadow II with mirrors, hand levers, rider footrests and foot lever as well as expansion tank covers anodised in Black/Silver
  • New optional equipment: Option 719 milled parts packages Storm/Storm II with the same parts as in option 719 milled parts packages Shadow/Shadow II
  • Option 719 HP milled parts package, HP milled parts package II and option 719 seat have been removed
  • Sports silencer replaces previous HP rear silencer
  • M Lightweight battery replaces previous HP battery

BMW K 1600 GT.

BMW K 1600 GT updates
BMW K 1600 GT
  • New paint finish Option 719 Mineral White metallic. Option 719 Stardust metallic and Option 719 Blueplanet metallic/Ivory have been removed
  • Frame and engine in black for all colour versions
  • Reversing aid and adaptive turning light are now standard
  • Tyre pressure control RDC and daylight running light are now standard
  • Changes to tour package content. Expanded to include LED auxiliary headlights and engine protection bars, reversing aid now standard
  • Safety package has been removed

BMW K 1600 GTL.

BMW K 1600 GT
BMW K 1600 GT
  • New paint finishes Manhattan metallic, Style Elegance and Option 719 Mineral White metallic. Pollux metallic, Style Elegance and Option 719 Stardust metallic as well as Option 719 Blueplanet metallic/ivory have been removed
  • Reversing aid and adaptive turning light are now standard
  • Tyre pressure control RDC and daylight running light are now standard
  • BMW K 1600 GTL updates
    BMW K 1600 GTL

  • Changes to comfort package content. Expanded to include engine protection bars
  • Safety package has been removed

BMW K 1600 B.BMW K 1600 B updates

  • New paint finish Mars Red metallic; Imperial Blue metallic has been removed
  • Reversing aid and adaptive turning light are now standard
  • Tyre pressure control RDC and daylight running light are now standard
  • Engine protection bars and LED auxiliary headlights
  • Changes to touring package content. LED auxiliary headlights, audio system, engine protection bars, running boards
  • Changes to comfort package content. Shift Assistant Pro, keyless ride, central locking, alarm system. Additional LED headlight removed
  • Safety package has been removed

BMW K 1600 Grand America.

BMW K 1600 Grand America
BMW K 1600 Grand America
  • New paint finish Mars Red metallic; Imperial Blue metallic has been removed
  • Reversing aid and adaptive turning light are now standard
  • Tyre pressure control RDC and daylight running light are now standard
  • Changes to comfort package content. Shift Assistant Pro, KR, central locking, alarm system. Additional LED headlight removed
  • Safety package has been removed

BMW S 1000 RR.

BMW S 1000 RR updates
BMW S 1000 RR
  • New paint finish Black Storm Metallic
  • Changeover to EU-5
  • New optional equipment: Sports silencer*.
  • New optional equipment: M titanium exhaust system*.
  • New optional equipment: M milled parts package** (M clutch lever protector, M brake lever protector, M folding brake lever, M folding clutch lever, M engine protectors,
    M rider footrest system left/right)
  • New optional equipment: USB charging port
  • New optional equipment: M Endurance chain

BMW S 1000 XR.

BMW S 1000 XR updates
BMW S 1000 XR
  • New: Style Sport with Light white non-metallic/Racing Blue Metallic/Racing Red, titanium sports silencer, M Endurance chain, Windshield Sport, additional Core Screen with Laptimer
  • Tank cover and card pocket in motorcycle colour
  • New optional equipment: Titanium sports silencer
  • Touring package with expanded content. USB charging port, new luggage rack with integrated holder for 30 l and 49 l top case.
  • Revised optional equipment: Luggage rack with integrated holder for 30 l and 49 l top case.
  • New optional equipment: M milled parts package*(M folding brake lever, M folding clutch lever, M engine protector left, M rider footrests right/left and M pillion passenger footrests right/left)
  • New optional equipment: USB charging port
  • New optional equipment: M Endurance chain

BMW R 18.

BMW Classic R 18 cruiser
R 18
  • New optional equipment: Cruise control including steering damper. (No confirmation yet when this will be available in Australia.)

BMW F 900 R and F 900 XR.

BMW F 900 R and RX
BMW F 900 R and RX
  • New optional equipment: New activation concept for driving modes Pro. Coding plug has been removed.

* available from October 2020
** available from September 2020

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/bmw-motorrad-updates-2021-models/feed/0Harley-Davidson to axe 30% of planned modelshttps://motorbikewriter.com/harley-davidson-axe-30-models/ https://motorbikewriter.com/harley-davidson-axe-30-models/#commentsTue, 28 Jul 2020 22:29:18 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=71577Harley-Davidson will axe 30% of its existing and future models, while the introduction of the 2021 range and new models will be moved from September to early next year. Shiny new Harley-Davidson models for the year ahead usually start appearing on showroom floors across the world in September and October. However, production has been slowed and new models delayed until early next year as part of a Rewire strategy for the company under new CEO Jochen Zeitz. In announcing a […]

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]]>Harley-Davidson will axe 30% of its existing and future models, while the introduction of the 2021 range and new models will be moved from September to early next year.

Shiny new Harley-Davidson models for the year ahead usually start appearing on showroom floors across the world in September and October.

However, production has been slowed and new models delayed until early next year as part of a Rewire strategy for the company under new CEO Jochen Zeitz.

In announcing a poor sales and profit performance for the second quarter, Jochen says they have “reset” their product portfolio and launches of new models to coincide with the start of the Northern Hemisphere riding season in the New Year.

“We’re streamlining our motorcycle models by approximately 30%, with plans to further refine our product portfolio,” he says.

“This enables us to invest in the products and platforms that matter the most, while better balancing our investment in new high potential segments.”

Axe falls

Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe modern
Softail Deluxe

That means several underperforming models face the axe and new model releases scaled back.

This is a major departure from the “100 models in 10 years” plan of previous boss Matt Levatich only a couple of years ago.

In May, American website Total Motorcycle claimed the manufacturer’s list of 2021 models would axe the FXDR 114 (pictured top of page), Breakout 114 and Softail Deluxe.

They also said there were rumours all CVOs would face the axe for 2021.

Their list included the recently delayed Pan America 1250 adventure bike and the Bronx Streetfighter 975, plus a Softail Custom and a Sportster Streetfighter.

Harley Revolution Max platform includes Pan America and Bronx Streetfighter axe
Harley Revolution Max platform includes Pan America and Bronx Streetfighter

However, Jochen only mentioned the Pan America, the company’s first adventure motorcycle.

That could mean the Streetfighter range, which also uses the new liquid-cooled Revolution Max engine is among the 30% of new models being axed.

“We see strong potential in adventure touring and will launch Pan America globally next year,” he says.

“We will be going to market with an improved launch process. Beginning with model year 2021, we will shift our product launch and dealer reveal timing into early Q1, driving demand for products and sales for dealers at the start of the riding season.”

Traditional fans

But Harley isn’t turning its back on traditional Harley fans.

Jochen says they will “expand our offering of iconic motorcycles to those which most embody their spirit of Harley-Davidson”.

However, those fans will have to wait for the 2021 models to arrive.

“As we transition this year, we have extended our 2020 model year production through fall and expect model year 2021 bikes will arrive in dealer showrooms early in the New Year.

“We will invest into the new go-to-market capabilities and elevated product launches and investment into our brand using some of The Rewire savings.”

But don’t expect big discounts as we have seen in the past couple of years.

Jochen says they have scaled back production. To make bikes more “exclusive” and “significantly” reduce discounting price promotions.

“This drives retail pricing to help preserve the value and desirability of Harley-Davidson motorcycles for its customers and brand,” he says.

Merchandise

The new boss is also driving up the merchandise, parts and accessories side of the business.

He says they will push parts and accessories sales at dealerships by promoting customisation.

The company also hopes to attract new customers through investing in new technology for their apparel range.

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]]>https://motorbikewriter.com/harley-davidson-axe-30-models/feed/4Kiwi army tests UBCO electric motorcycleshttps://motorbikewriter.com/kiwi-army-tests-ubco-electric-motorcycles/ https://motorbikewriter.com/kiwi-army-tests-ubco-electric-motorcycles/#respondMon, 27 Jul 2020 05:40:51 +0000https://motorbikewriter.com/?p=71530The New Zealand Army is now testing two-wheel-drive UBCO electric motorcycles with 120km of range and a top speed of 50km/h. What could possibly go wrong! Electric motorcycles are certainly coming, not just for commuters, but also for police forces, security services and even the military. We can see some advantages for the army in being able to sneak up on the enemy, but there are also disadvantages such as finding a power outlet on a battlefield! Army test The […]

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]]>The New Zealand Army is now testing two-wheel-drive UBCO electric motorcycles with 120km of range and a top speed of 50km/h. What could possibly go wrong!

Electric motorcycles are certainly coming, not just for commuters, but also for police forces, security services and even the military.

We can see some advantages for the army in being able to sneak up on the enemy, but there are also disadvantages such as finding a power outlet on a battlefield!

Army test

The (NZDF) are running “battle-lab” experiments with the UBCO 2×2 electric utility bike, portable power and accessories for use in reconnaissance, surveillance, and other applications.

Branches of the NZ Defence Force will each trial the fleet under various simulations to assess the vehicles.

The trial is part of the Defence Force’s wider programme towards a more sustainable operation, which also fits with the Government’s goal of having 64,000 EVs on New Zealand roads by the end of next year.

LtCol Brad Gallop, Land Combat Group Lead, Capability Branch, New Zealand Defence Force says they “need to look at alternative sources”.

EV is an emerging technology that we need to look at and to see how applicable it is on the battlefield,” he says.

“There have been dramatic changes in technology over the last few years with electric vehicles a key emerging technology that the NZDF has been monitoring. After investigating a range of options, the NZDF selected UBCO for a trial in 2020”.

UBCO

UBCO launched in 2015 and was developed by a Kiwi company as a two-wheel-drive bike with special capabilities on slippery and muddy hills.

Since its launch, UBCO 2X2s have been used for food delivery by Dominos, tourism, farm bikes, recreation and commuting

The 2×2 model costs $NZ7995 (about $A7450), has range of about 120km, a top speed of 50km/h and weighs just 65kg.

It has a motor in both wheels with no clutch, drivetrain, emissions, or noise.

They come with a “Portage Battery System” to charge on the run.

UBCO 2x2
UBCO 2×2

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