It is not an easy decision when it comes to making the purchase of an aftermarket exhaust. The smartest solution is to make a complete research before you make your final decision or to go the easiest way and choose a model that was especially developed for your bike.
If you are a BMW R1200GS rider, LeoVince USA makes your job easier, with its new LV One slip-on exhaust which is especially developed for the 2013 R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure. The exhaust promises to significantly improve the motorcycles performances by improving the medium to high end power performances.
As the R1200GS models were designed for tough and long journeys, the new Leo Vince exhaust was especially developed to suit a bike that is ridden at full throttle. It is also worthy of being mentioned that the exhaust is available with both stainless steel ($479) and carbon fiber canister ($579) options.
Compared to the stock exhaust, the LV One is slightly lighter and also comes with a removable EVO II sound insert that gives you the possibility to adjust the tone and lowers the dB levels.
The LV One slip-on exhaust comes with a two year warranty with registration and repack suggested at 30,000 mile intervals.
Clutch Custom is a Paris based company specialized on modifying motorcycles. The man behind this company is named Willie Knoll and its latest creation is a custom BMW R75/7.
The bike looks impressive and we’ll have to admit that Mr. Knoll find the perfect balance between shapes, colors and components to give to this iconic model a fairly unique appearance.
Unlike the original model, the Clutch Custom version has a more minimalist style which makes it look more like a modern bike than a classic one.
The motorcycle benefited from a comprehensive list of upgrades and almost every component is fresh. The attention to detail is incredible and the catchiest elements are the blue fuel tank and the stylish brown leather seat.
The motorcycle’s frame was lowered at the back end with 4cm, while the fork and the rake angle were also slightly modified. These tweaks give the motorcycle a sportier appearance and work great with the rest of the modifications.
We also need to send a shout at the classy rims that have been powder coated black, with black spokes and stainless nipples. The rims are shod in Coker diamond tires - 19/400 Front and 18/450 Rear.
Hit the jump to see the complete list of upgrades and more pictures of the bike.
Indian is building a lot of anticipation for its new 2014 Chief. But after releasing the first image teaser followed by a small video, the company didn’t leak any other detailed picture of its new model, so everyone is eager to see the new Indian in “flesh and bones”.
The good part is that we have only 10 days left until the big revealing and Indian Motorcycles has already publish event schedules.
In the latest press release Indian confirmed that the 2014 Chief will make its worldwide debut on Saturday, August 3 at 999 Main Street at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame.
The event will be spiced up with live music, the presence of Mike Wolfe, a video tribute to the company’s history and test rides.
The 2014 Indian Chief will be available with a starting price of $18,999.
Hit the jump to read the official release of the schedule.
Volkswagen is not currently building any motorcycle, but this doesn’t mean that motorcycle riders aren’t among its concerns.
The company has recently launched a commercial video to promote its new Side Assist Safety Technology which is a smart system designed to reduce the number of crashes caused by drivers who don’t check their mirrors with maximum attention before changing lanes.
Statistics say that motorcycle riders are usually the most affected road users by this lack of attention, so there is no wonder why Volkswagen decided to use them as an example.
This new technology uses a set of small leds placed on the mirror to announce the driver that it is not safe to change the lanes. Moreover, apart from the visual signal, the system also sends an audio alarm just to be sure that the driver gets the message.
Like any safety system, this technology is welcomed and we think that it can improve dramatically the safety of riders.
When it comes to maxi scoters, BMW is certainly among the top manufacturers from the market. The company’s marketing crew decided to make their C600 sports scooter even more appealing to the public and came up with two special editions.
The new limited editions are inspired by the inspired by the German Touring Car (DTM) race series.
The first version comes in matt black and is called Spengler Edition. It is painted in the colors of the car drove by Bruno Spengler, the Canadian pilot who is dominating the DTM. The scooter’s saddle comes with a set of red and blue ornaments. while the rear shock’s spring is painted in white.
The second version is named the Tomcyzk Edition and its dominant color is Alpine White. This model is homage to the pilot Tomcyzk Martin, BMW Team RMG, DTM champion in 2011.
Each model is available in only 99 units and both come with Akrapovic exhausts, custom seats, short tinted screens and an individual number plate.
Unfortunately both scooters are only available on the German market.
When it comes to motorcycle helmets, Reevu is one of the most innovative manufacturers. The company is known for its famous, high tech helmets with built-in rear viewers and now has an even bigger surprise for us.
Its new product is a modern helmet with an integrated head-up display that looks like a piece of gear borrowed from a sci-fi movie.
The digital display is integrated into the top of the visor and keeps you posted on vital stats such as engine RPMs, speed, sat-nav directions or sector split times and lap times.
Unfortunately the company didn’t’ reveal too many information about its futuristic helmet, but it seems to be using a technology called the “multiple reflective optical system” that won’t disturb the rider’s eyes in any way.
The solution found by Reevu is welcomed, as one of the most common causes of accidents is that the riders didn’t look where they were going. That lapse of attention created by the moment when one wants to check his speed or tachometer could transform into a disaster.
The safety of motorcycle riders has always been a big concerned for the big manufacturers. But regardless of how advanced are the safety features of a motorcycle, everything is useless if the rider is falling off its bike and meets the tough tarmac.
This is why BMW Motorrad has decided to try an innovative solution to improve the safety of riders. Therefore, the German Manufacturer is co-developing a modern rider suit with Dainese. The big news however, is the fact that the suit will feature airbags that deploy in 15 miliseconds.
This technology will be used for a one-piece racing suit named the DoubleR RaceAir. The company says that this innovative technology will be also available to street rides pretty soon.
Currently the DoubleR RaceAir is under tests and BMW Motorrad hopes to reveal it at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan in November.
The safety suit won’t be the only product born from BMW Motorrad and Dainese cooperation as the two companies decided to stay together and develop more safety gear for riders.
Hit the jump for the press release and to see the DoubleR RaceAir suit in action.
When Burt Munro’s achievement to break the land-speed record for under-1,000-cc bikes on a 1920 Indian Scout streamliner was seen in the movie “The World’s Fastest Indian”, the New Zealander has instantly won a lot of fans and become a big celebrity among motor enthusiasts.
To pay a tribute to this special man and in anticipation of the upcoming reveal of the new Indian Chief, Indian revealed “The Spirit of Munro” – a custom streamliner powered by the all-new Thunder Stroke 111 engine. This unique vehicle was ridden by Todd Eagan on a Californian dry lake bed and was built by Jeb Scolman of Jeb’s Metal & Speed in Long Beach, California.
For more details read the official information bellow:
"Between the years of 1926 and 1961, one man from a small town in New Zealand dreamed of setting a land speed record on a 1920 Indian Scout. In 1962 at the Bonneville salt flats that man’s dream finally came true.
To honor the past and power the future, Indian Motorcycle built the Spirit of Munro, an all-metal tribute bike which would house the new Thunder Stroke 111™ engine. On May 5, 2013 the bike was run on a dry lake bed in California. A tribute to the great Burt Munro, and a celebration of the Indian Motorcycle that is yet to come.
ABOUT THE SPIRIT OF MUNRO:
Fully custom-built, the Spirit of Munro is an all-metal tribute to the racers and mechanics throughout history who have collectively built the legacy of record-breaking racing performance and strength that is Indian Motorcycle.
The motorcycle is named in honor of Burt Munro’s “Munro Special,” the historic 1920 Indian Scout that broke the under-1000cc land-speed record in 1967 at the Bonneville Salt Flats as famously portrayed in the motion picture “The World’s Fastest Indian.”
The Spirit of Munro was constructed by Jeb Scolman of Jeb’s Metal and Speed in Long Beach, CA. It was designed from the ground up to house the new Thunder Stroke 111™ engine and showcase its awe-inspiring power and performance."
Hit the jump to see the Spirit of Munro in action!
The guys from Bell Helmets have finally revealed their new Rogue helmet aimed at the cruiser riders. Like any standard helmet the new Rogue was built to guard against the elements. However, what makes it so special is the fact that it has the looks of a half helmet with the comfort of a 3/4. Technically it is a half helmet paired with an adjustable and removable muzzle.
Due to its unique design, the helmet is definitely not for everyone, but we’ll have to admit that it looks quite cool. The new Rogue is made of a lightweight composite shell with an “ultra-comfortable interior”, magnetic locks and integrated speaker pockets.
The new Bell Rogue is priced at $ 249.95, is available in 3 shell sizes and comes with a five year warranty. The available colors include Gunny, Black, Army Green and Matte Black.
Hit the jump for more photos of the new Bell Rogue.
Many consider that electricity holds the key for the future of cars and motorcycles. And there is no wonder why, since the electric technologies offer a lot of advantages, the biggest one being that they are more efficient than any type of combustion engine.
The Frog eBike is one of the newest electric concepts and besides its efficiency is also fully recyclable. The concept was penned by Jin Soek Hwang and features a futuristic design language. Unfortunately we don’t have any engine specifications so we don’t know if the bike is as capable as its sporty design suggests.
Though, we know that the Frog eBike is equipped with monoshock suspension for the rear wheel and comes with a unique digital cluster. We also know that the electric motor is placed in the back tire while, the battery pack is placed beneath the chassis.
The Frog eBike Concept draws inspiration from the Yamaha FZ750 and has been displayed in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.