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2018 April

29

Apr

Best Motorcycle Photos of 2018

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Source: www.cycleworld.com

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#CannonballBikeRun #MotorcyclePhotos

28

Apr

First ride: Is Ducati’s new 959 Panigale Corse worth £1900 more than the stocker?

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Ducati’s 959 Panigale is the connoisseur’s sportsbike. Just like the still-brilliant Suzuki GSX-R750 it’s less about brute power and more about big corner speed. 

With a relatively modest 148bhp at the crank and weighing more than its 1299 Panigale big brother, the standard 959 isn’t a brain-mashing, tyre shredding wheelie monster, but show it a clear piece of twisty road, or track and it’s every bit as fast as superbike and easier to ride. It’s well equipped, too, boasting Brembos, a full array of electronic rider aids and a quickshifter. 

Source: www.motorcyclenews.com

Your thoughts? Comment below…

27

Apr

The Struggle Continues For Historic American Motorcycle Brands

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American manufacturing is all the talk among artisanal brands, with the custom moto scene enjoying another year of its revolutionary rise. But sales are down again for Harley-Davidson, while Excelsior-Henderson—one of the Big Three American bike makers in the early 20th century—is seeking a new owner, and the long-forgotten but storied Curtiss motorcycle brand is hoping to return to prominence as an electric bike company this May. Polaris’ Indian brand is chugging along, introducing new models based on Indian’s nostalgic history. Despite this, the struggle continues for most historic American motorcycle brands. 1931 Excelsior-Henderson KJ. Excelsior-Henderson Archives Can Excelsior-Henderson make a comeback? As I reported last week, the top 10 bikes sold at the Mecum auction in Las Vegas were dominated by Harley-Davidson, Indian, and Henderson, with eight bikes fetching a combined $835,450. The storied Excelsior-Henderson brand didn’t meet its minimum reserve, so a new owner is still lurking in the shadows. Or is it? “I don’t think that auction story is finished, it’s just a matter of bidders coming to terms with Dan Hanlon (who owns the brand), and vice versa,” auction expert Paul d’Orléans said. “Mecum has a lock on brokering the name for the next six months, so stay tuned.” The 2018 Curtiss Warhawk, the first and last V-twin introduced by the company formerly known as Confederate. Curtiss Motorcycles Curtiss changes its course. Last year, Confederate announced plans to rename the company after motorcycle and aviation hero Glenn Curtiss, jettisoning its Southern skin (and over-the-top internal combustion engine models) to partner with Zero Motorcycles and introduce the Curtiss Hercules, an electric motorcycle, in May 2018. But the company just introduced the Curtiss Warhawk, a muscular twin brother of previous ICE Confederates. I asked design director Jordan Cornille what the thinking was. The 4,000cc air-cooled V-8 engine was actually designed for aircraft use, but Glenn Curtiss deemed it worthy of a land speed record first. Glenn Curtiss Museum “In 1901, Glenn Curtiss began manufacturing motorcycles,” Cornille said on Friday when the 2018 Curtiss Warhawk was introduced. “In 1903, he invented the American V-twin motorcycle, the most iconic motorcycle platform in history. In 1991, our team began working to perfect Glenn’s invention. Our Curtiss Warhawk is the most optimized air-cooled American V-twin ever. The Curtiss Warhawk features enhanced airflow, cams, ergonomics, and more. While being the greatest V-twin motorcycle we can create, the Warhawk also pays homage to Glenn’s invention that changed the entire landscape of American motorcycling. “The Curtiss Warhawk will be the last chance to own Glenn’s perfected invention. As you know, from May onward, everything changes!” Can the upcoming Harley-Davidson Livewire electric motorcycle turn the company’s fortunes around in time? Harley- Davidson Harley plans to go Live (Wire) within 18 months. Harley-Davidson released its full year results for 2017 on January 30, showing a worldwide sales drop of 6.7 percent against 2016, broken down into an 8.5 percent slide in US sales and a 3.9 percent drop elsewhere. One of The Motor Company’s strategies to bolster sales is the LiveWire, a production e-bike based on the concept it trotted around the country four years ago. “The EV motorcycle market is in its infancy today, but we believe premium Harley-Davidson electric motorcycles will help drive excitement and participation in the sport globally,” Matt Levatich, Harley-Davidson’s president and CEO, said during an earnings call recently. “As we expand our EV capabilities and commitment, we get even more excited about the role electric motorcycles will play in growing our business. “You’ve heard us talk about Project LiveWire,” he added. “It’s an active project we’re preparing to bring to market within 18 months.” What do you think is the challenge these iconic American motorcycle makers face? Are electric bikes the future to gain new riders? And can a simple electric motorcycle turn around the fortunes of one of the most popular brands on the planet? More Full Gaz: Tags: Full Gaz Harley-Davidson Electric motorcycles curtiss motorcycles Excelsior-Henderson Motorcycle News Latest More Stories Videos

Source: www.cycleworld.com

What is your opinion on American Motorcycles?

 

24

Apr

The maddest Yamaha ever? And with a £68k price tag… | MCN

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Yamaha have a long history of custom motorcycles through their Yard Built project, which spawned the XSR production bike series. Now they’ve teamed up with Southend-on-Sea builders Auto Fabrica to produce two of their wildest machines yet.

Source: www.motorcyclenews.com

What are your thoughts on this #Yamaha?  

23

Apr

Hey, hey it’s a brand new Monkey! | MCN

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It’s an iconic image of the 1970s that was initially developed as a child’s plaything before gaining a cult status all of its own – and now it’s back. Yep, alongside the re-imagined Beetle, Mini and countless retro bikes from the Triumph Bonnie to the Ducati Scrambler now sits a brand new Honda Monkey bike!

Redesigned for 2018 with a bit of a modern tweak yet still powered by an air-cooled engine, Honda has made good on its ‘Monkey concept’ that was being displayed at various bike shows last year. And what a top job they have done!

Source: www.motorcyclenews.com

What are your thoughts on the new monkey? #CannonballBikeRun 

18

Apr

MotoGP: Track drama ahead in Austin? 

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This weekend’s American Grand Prix could throw a spanner into the works for race organisers as they remain on knife edge to see what sort of situation greets them at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas.

Riders complained twelve months ago about the bumpy surface, with Dani Pedrosa likening the surface to a Supercross race and saying he wasn’t prepared to ride at the track again unless something was done about them. Built on an almost unique type of soil local to the area and known as black gumbo, the track has subsided considerably since opening in 2012, leaving it in a difficult to ride condition last year.

Source: www.motorcyclenews.com

Who will win the next #MotoGP race? 

17

Apr

The $1-million bike… 

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Yes, this bike has a retail price of a staggering $1-million, which if you convert it to pounds at the current exchange rate is an equally distressing £698,270. What makes it so special? It’s the final work of Massimo Tamburini, the legendary bike designer who passed away in 2013 and was the man responsible for not only founding Bimota, but also designing the Ducati 916 and MV Agusta F4.

Source: www.motorcyclenews.com

Wow…

13

Apr

Roads: McGuinness reveals injury set-back 

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Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness has revealed that he has had a set-back in his recovery from the broken leg he sustained in an accident at last year’s North West 200.

The 23-time TT winner broke his right tibia and fibular when he was thrown from his Honda Fireblade following at the fast Primrose Hill turn on the North West 200 course following a problem with the machine’s ECU.

Source: www.motorcyclenews.com

Wishing the best recovery for #JohnMcGuinness..

12

Apr

First Ride Of Yamaha’s Updated Tracer 900 and Tracer 900GT Incoming…

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MCN will be riding Yamaha’s new Tracer 900 and Tracer 900GT models tomorrow in Spain. And, rather predictably for this year, it’s probably going to be raining…

Both Tracer models feature an updated chassis with a longer swingarm and sharper steering geometry to compensate for the increased wheelbase. But that’s not all, Yamaha have listened to owners’ comments and given both Tracers a bigger seat for added comfort, improved the riding position through narrower bars and added even larger pillion grab handles for that special someone in your life. And not only that, the screen promises to be far less fiddly to adjust than before! Yamaha even claim it’s now a one-hand affair…

Source: www.motorcyclenews.com

Would you purchase this motorcycle?

 

#Yamaha #Tracer900 #Tracer900GT

11

Apr

How Far Can Talent Take You?

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God-given ability can be a crutch or curse depending on the mindset of an athlete. Talent can take you all the way to the top, but eventually you’ll face a challenge that can only be overcome through hard work. Lessons need to be learned along the way to ensure success, …

Source: www.asphaltandrubber.com

What are your thoughts?