Sagar Patil
Motorcycle industry expert since 1997! - sagar@topspeed.com
Over the years, a deeper conscience of machines moving body and soul has given him a crisp grasp over the concepts of motorcycling. A sucker for details and common sense, he loves getting his hands dirty every once in a while. His love affair with motorcycles ushers in the specialist skillset making Sagar our go-to expert for everything on two-wheels.

As a child, Sagar was often found sitting on his dad’s motorcycle, pleading for just one last ride, and till today, he always goes for one. Well, pulling an early morning appearance at the DL office the same day he turned 18, is something he doesn’t stop bragging about. Nonetheless, over the years, he has shown tremendous respect to the machines that he says are nothing less than sanative beings.

From the Isle of Man TT course to the Silverstone F1 Grand Prix, from WRC Wales to APRC in India, Sagar loves trotting around to capture many such events through his lens and shares them with pride on media platforms.

Having completed his Masters’ in Automotive Engineering, he joined a company that deals with performance parts and performance tuning of street and full race built automobiles and motorcycles.

With all this exposure and perception, TopSpeed became his natural choice to share this enthusiasm with the world, and he has enjoyed doing it with gratitude ever since 2016.

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Top Speed Top Six Cruisers to buy under $10,000

Top Speed Top Six Cruisers to buy under $10,000

Large motors with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position. All of this without breaking your bank

We here love the laid-back reclined riding styles that make covering vast expanses of arrow-straight asphalts a pleasure. Being the closest thing to flying without leaving the ground, Cruisers have been the incarnation of the ‘30s to ‘60s American lifestyles. Large motors with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpeg position define any modern-day cruisers.

Here is our list of new cruiser motorcycles under $10,000 for you and me to buy in 2020 that gets us to cruise, be at one with our bike, taking in the sights and the scents, fresh air washing over, and supposedly cleansing the soul. All this, without breaking our bank.

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Harley-Davidson lends its flair to the GMC Sierra limited edition truck

Harley-Davidson lends its flair to the GMC Sierra limited edition truck

The V8 truck harks on the Fat Boy’s persona with 65 customized components

For 20 many years, Indiana based Tuscany Motor Company would often give us enthusiasts Harley-Davidson special limited-edition trucks based out of Ford’s most famous pickup, the F-150. Ford never had a factory kit directly, but Tuscany customized these cosmetic packages under the direction of the Milwaukee firm, reflecting notable and iconic features of a cruiser almost every year.

For 2020, Tuscany has shed the Ford badge to a brand new GMC Sierra and have launched the Harley-Davidson GMC Sierra Truck, with the Fat Boy being the inspiration for this build. The limited run of 250 examples will include over 65 proprietary components designed alongside Harley-Davidson to uplift the vibe and the character of the already striking Sierra truck.

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Ducati to unleash the most extreme version of their famed V4 R superbike: the V4 Superleggera

Ducati to unleash the most extreme version of their famed V4 R superbike: the V4 Superleggera

This limited-edition fantasy will come with Multi-wings, 234hp, carbon-fiber frame and body, and an eye-watering price tag

It’s finally coming. Leaked information and pictures from a special event hosted by Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali gave us the first glimpses of the Panigale V4 Superleggera. And the specs are going to blow your mind.

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2020 CCM Spitfire Bobber Stealth

2020 CCM Spitfire Bobber Stealth

A blacked out edition of the original work of art by the “SkunkwerX” division

Reminiscence of the Supermarine Spitfire, a British fighter aircraft from the times of World War II, the CCM Spitfire is the brainchild of a specialist division within the shackles of CCM called ‘the SkunkwerX team’. Launched first in 2017, all 150 of them were sold in the first week itself. The Bobber variant that came in 2018 had a butch floating leather seat to represent the Americas in the 30s’, and it too was a steal.

For 2020, CCM has decided to go all black, and have released Stealth editions of the Spitfire models, including this Bobber craving for constant attention. The bike was built with a custom hand-built chassis setup and a bespoke tank, which now comes in a murkier appeal, courtesy the dark paint job and rims. Chassis components also see an upgrade for the Stealth model.

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2020 Indian Motorcycle FTR RALLY

2020 Indian Motorcycle FTR RALLY

A jazzier take on the original 1200 for an “authentic retro styling”

Unveiling the brand’s FTR1200 street tracker back in 2018, Indian begun the onslaught of looking elsewhere for their inspirations other than just making vintage charmers and majestic cruising machines. Writers have been poetic on the FTR’s performance capabilities and how beautifully different it looks with the aggressive stance, and just about everything else.

From an optional “rally” package, which came along with that 1200 FTR, Indian deemed fit to unveil a product on its own for 2020. This RALLY is a grownup FTR 1200 developed for both everyday ride comfort, as well as, to muck up some dirt. It does all of it while rolling with an authentic retro styling, modern performance, responsive handling, and upright ergonomics.

P.S. This FTR RALLY is only for India’s European, Middle East, and the Asian markets.

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2020 Triumph Bud Ekins Bonneville T120 Special Edition

2020 Triumph Bud Ekins Bonneville T120 Special Edition

Celebrating Bud Ekins – Desert racer. Stunt rider. Genuine motorcycle legend

Triumph has been the oldest British motorcycle manufacturer that has a rich 115 years of heritage and has been sweating it out on the arena and treating us with exceptionally new modern classics over and over again. Their Bonneville range is selling as fast as they can make them, and now they are coming up with a limited run of their Bonneville T120 and T100 models.

Commemorating a motorcycle icon, Triumph gave their retro Bonneville machines a southern California special, courtesy - the top racer in the 1950s - Bud Ekins. Celebrating the top motocross and desert racer, Hollywood stuntman and one of Steve McQueen’s closest friends, the British manufacturer gave the T120 a visual exercise with its beautiful California-inspired paint scheme and a range of dedicated individual details and touches.

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2020 Indian Motorcycle Jack Daniel's Limited Edition Indian Springfield Dark Horse

2020 Indian Motorcycle Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Springfield Dark Horse

America’s oldest companies creating limited-edition exquisite motorcycles celebrating craftsmanship

In 2016, Indian Motorcycles and Jack Daniels, two legendary American brands joined forces to commemorate JD’s 150th anniversary of the Jack Daniel Distillery, which was registered in 1866. This occasion led to Indian Motorcycles building a very limited number of the Jack Daniel’s Indian Chief Vintage, and the Scout motorcycle models, all of which were sold barely under 8 hours within the launch.

For 2020, the same stalwarts came together again to produce yet another limited edition of the iconic spin-off of the sumptuousness Indian Springfield Dark Horse. Limited to 177 examples, this Springfield gets reworked by Klock Werks Kustom Cycles and is themed after JD’s high- baller, the Jack Daniel’s Single Bar Select.

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Alpinestars and Dainese taking motorcycle-jacket airbag systems to a new level: "Tech-Air 5" and "Smart Jacket"

Alpinestars and Dainese taking motorcycle-jacket airbag systems to a new level: "Tech-Air 5" and "Smart Jacket"

These airbag vests are autonomous and can be worn under any riding jacket you own and love

Back in 2018, the MotoGP organizers Dorna and the FIM made a new call to make it compulsory for riders to wear a suit under the riding jacket that would expand with air upon impact. Just like the airbags in your car.

Much before that, the top tier safety gear manufacturers, Alpinestar and Dainese have been at it to develop safety equipment for riders across the world, including such airbag systems. For 2020, Alpinestar has released its brand new "Tech-Air 5", which is a “slim, self-contained wearable airbag vest” that can be worn under just about any riding jacket. Dainese, however, debuted its “Dainese Smart Jacket” system in 2019 itself.

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Bandit 9 EVE 2020

Bandit 9 EVE 2020

A demonic nemesis that chose to be “Evil”, luxuriously though

When a global luxury fashion, beauty, and lifestyle honcho from Hong Kong asked the most blood rushed custom motorcycle boutique of Vietnam to give their machine a do-over, no one expected this off the bed.

This Bandit 9 EVE 2020 is what happens when profanity takes the high road with Lane Crawford. A ravishing blacked-out rendition of the EVE, it gets a new engine cover and front cowl that hits the futuristic tone, all with a dark intent showcasing a menacing character. Let me remind you, all of this is road legal somehow.

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The 200 hp electric Damon Hypersport comes with “sixth-sense” and variable riding geometry

The 200 hp electric Damon Hypersport comes with “sixth-sense” and variable riding geometry

Teaming up with BlackBerry, it aims to revolutionize motorcycling with a road scanner, AI data, and promises to be the safest and most technologically advanced motorcycle yet

With the dawn of electric supremacy into the motorcycling world, multiple possibilities have opened up for embedding technology and innovation to make riding safer than ever before. A lot of companies are pouring in cash like water into developing future automobile technologies to be able to minimize accidents and deaths on the road. Governments of countries are vying to call their roads the safest and are devising various strategies to do so.

Practically being one of the first to bring those innovations onto the roads is this Canadian tech startup - Damon Motorcycles. Unveiling their brand new product, the 200 hp Hypersport electric motorcycle, Damon unleashed the world’s safest, smartest, fully connected electric motorcycle employing sensor fusion, robotics, and AI. All of this while still carrying a powertrain with 200+ miles of range, Brembos’, Ohlins’, a carbon-fiber swingarm, and more.

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"The Apex 2.0" – A custom Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 commissioned by Charles Leclerc

"The Apex 2.0" – A custom Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 commissioned by Charles Leclerc

Oodles of carbon-fiber and character

He’s 22, he drives for my favorite team, he’s from the home that runs my favorite circuit, he’s the youngest to win the Pole Trophy, he’s Charles Leclerc.

A precocious champion with breathtaking talent and ballistic pace, Charles has been fast-tracked into the money-can’t-buy race seat at Ferrari. Raking up the space left by Scuderia’s last world champion, Kimi Räikkönen, he promptly scored more race wins and points than his teammate, an established number one, Sebastian Vettel. That’s some profile!

Out of the car, Leclerc is modest and thoughtful and apparently loves seeing the world go past by like flashes of strobes, even on two wheels.

He recently commissioned a cool custom build of a Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 from one of the fanciest French builder, Bad Winners . It’s got ten more horses, is 60 lbs lighter and goes by the name - "The Apex 2.0"⁠.

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Curtiss Motorcycle's "Hades" gets a matured re-take on its design

Curtiss Motorcycle’s "Hades" gets a matured re-take on its design

A modest redo before heading to production for Spring 2020

After being rebranded as “Curtiss Motorcycle Co.,” the firm went head-on with making full-blown exquisite electric-powered motorcycles. They showcased the "Zeus" concept a couple of years back, and most recently, the “Hades” concept came out with an unusual and wild, phallic induced design form.

Honestly, this created hilarious responses within the industry scribes and the readers, taking us back to the grade school jokes and pranks. Fortunately, Curtiss has responded with subtle tweaks to give it a little modesty just before the Spring 2020 production slot. Phew!

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This affordable self-balancing technology is here to change riding experiences for good

This affordable self-balancing technology is here to change riding experiences for good

Liger Mobility from India are developing a gyro force technology making riding easy and safe. Also, it has a "Call" function.

If you’ve been on the tech front page, you might have heard about Honda’s Riding Assist-e, a small personal mobility technology which had a self-balancing multidirectional movement capability.

Now, an Indian based EV startup - Liger Mobility - have come up with a proprietary self-balancing gyro force technology for two-wheelers changing the dynamics in terms of safety and experience, without losing the fun aspect of riding one. Also, it has a “call” function that comes to you when you call for it. Fancy eh.

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ANX Sprint Racer: a NOS fueled custom Drag Scooter

ANX Sprint Racer: a NOS fueled custom Drag Scooter

Making scooters fun again with race slicks, USD forks, hard tail, and more

If the Fast & Furious franchisee ever made a movie with a scooter trying to run away from the cops or the bad guys, this ANX Sprint Racer could just be their best hope to get away with. Oh! It can also slide under truck trailers for that.

Started life as a puny scooter from the mid-2000s—a Piaggio NRG, now it runs nitrous ( or what we love to call as NOS ), makes five times its original power, and weighs less than the skinnies girlfriend you’ve ever had.

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Happy New year folks :) The 20 most exciting motorcycles being served up for 2020

Happy New year folks :) The 20 most exciting motorcycles being served up for 2020

Our 20 picks for the most thrilling machines we can’t wait to ride in 2020

2020 is a new decade, a new year for all of us to leap and move forward fearlessly. To re-invent and to make room for things which really matters, things that will uplift you physically, mentally, and spiritually.

OR

Throw up your arms, wash off that alcohol stink, and go get yourself a new motorcycle. Works just the same.

Here’s our top twenty production motorcycles coming in 2020 that does all of that, and more.

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BMW Motorrad's brand new wireless charging solution patented

BMW Motorrad’s brand new wireless charging solution patented

Kick out the stand and the charging begins

The future of personal transportation is heading down the path of electrification. As more EVs begin to hit the streets, the challenge of charging convenience will become paramount to the consumer, and as a matter of fact, it already has. Charging your electric motorcycle means having to pull out a cord physically, and plug-in to your machine for hours together. This might not be the most convenient way to do that.

BMW Motorrad has probably come up with a more natural way to do this, and the technology is not particularly new even. Remember wireless charging your smartphone on a charging pad?

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Vins and their brand-new electric sportsbike prototype: the EV-01

Vins and their brand-new electric sportsbike prototype: the EV-01

It is powered by a Zero Motorcycle powertrain, and has three riding modes

The Italian manufacturer, Vins, is a pretty new entry into the world of two-wheels and is made up of ex-Ferrari F1 designers who love playing the techie God. Why? Because they managed to make the Duecinquanta, a 250cc 2-stroke carbon-fiber sportsbike with Euro-IV compliancy.

Now, they are in the pursuit of speed with an electric mill instead and have been busy working on their prototype. Making use of Zero Motorcycle’s biggest powertrain bolted under the Duecinquanta chassis, they announced the EV-01—short for “Electric Vins.” It is a 70hp sportsbike that is powered by a 14.4 kWh battery pack “that aims at the lightness, sustainability and technology innovation in perfect Vins’s style.”.

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The fastest motorcycles currently in production

The fastest motorcycles currently in production

Reaching the three digit speeds in a jiffy is the new high

Motorcycle racing took shape the minute the second motorcycle was made. Then came the madness of being the fastest man or building the quickest machine on the planet gave a new sense of high and want. It is intoxication, indeed. Setting records for the whole world to know became a fascination, and people spent all the time and money into this pursuit of speed.

In a world where outright horsepower and straight-line speed hold center stage, these machines bred by factory engineers have blazed the streets and have swept us off our feet in the most fashionable way possible. Here is our list of top ten machines ready to be plucked off showroom floors and much miles as quick as possible:

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Harley-Davidson and MV Agusta working on 350cc Motorcycles for new markets

Harley-Davidson and MV Agusta working on 350cc Motorcycles for new markets

Both brands have laid out strategies to grab more eyeballs than ever before

After being the first to market a ’full size’ electric motorcycle, the LiveWire, the American brand took new strides and entered the trail and streetfighter segments as well with the Pan-America and the Bronx. Looking for low displacement fishing grounds, they got on board with a Chinese firm Qianjiang to produce small, affordable, low-power bikes. They are the same chaps who now also own the Italian Benelli.

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TopSpeed guide to prevent your motorcycle from getting stolen

TopSpeed guide to prevent your motorcycle from getting stolen

Ten ways to wade off prying eyes away from your loved ride

The dreadful feeling of getting my dear motorcycle stolen or damaged has given me quite a few sleepless nights, especially in demographics I’ve traveled new to wander off. I’m sure most of you feel the same, and a few have already lost their motorcycle to petty witches of our society.

Motorcycle theft is a growing criminal activity in certain parts of the world. Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Harley-Davidson motorcycles are the top five motorcycles, listed by brand, that were most frequently stolen last year. The top five states for motorcycle thefts were California, Florida, Texas, New York, and South Carolina.

The black market in motorcycle salvage is huge, and hence, only 45% of the stolen vehicles will be recovered. Here is our guide to help you secure your vehicle when left unattended and deter thieves from taking your motorcycle:

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Kawasaki's baby Ninja ZX-25R is quite the screamer at 17,000 rpm -Take a listen

Kawasaki’s baby Ninja ZX-25R is quite the screamer at 17,000 rpm -Take a listen

The Only In-Line Four Engine in the 250cc Class developed with WSBK engineers

Bringing back the sweet-four in a 250cc motorcycle after two decades, Kawasaki’s all-new entry-level sportsbike will go against the likes of the Honda CBR 250RR and the Yamaha R25. The 2020 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R is touted to be the most prolific quarter-liter machine in the category with a top-spec equipment list, electronic aids, and a smothering power mill that has touted to be the highest-revving motorcycles on the market.

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2020 Triumph Tiger 900 RALLY / RALLY PRO

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 RALLY / RALLY PRO

A top-spec rendition of the Brits’ mid-weight adventure category

After their Bonneville range, it’s the Tiger models that give the British brand their numbers, predominantly the three-cylinder ones for its practical approach and usability as an adventure motorcycle.

Taking their game to serious new levels, Triumph is giving us an all-new range of Tigers that will replace the 800s’ with a new 900cc engine. It will give out 10% more power, aggressive modern styling, brilliant standard specs, and new state-of-the-art riding enhancements. And it is the lightest Tiger models ever since they came out in 2010, making them the most capable, agile, and dynamic middleweight adventure bikes available. The RALLY and the RALLY PRO are the top-spec versions “Transformed for maximum off-road adventure, and road-focused capability and comfort”

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Segway Ninebot unveiled three new electric mobility products

Segway Ninebot unveiled three new electric mobility products

Including a concept sportsbike and a production ready scooter

Self-Balancing personal transport solution specialists Segway was picked up by the Chinese electric mobility house Ninebot recently. At the 2020 CES show in Las Vegas, they plan to pull the wraps off three future products, including a concept sportsbike and a production-ready scooter. At the moment, however, the company has revealed the first looks of these products, and honestly, have peaked a few eyeballs.

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Lazareth's LMV 496 “La Moto Volante” – The Flying Motorcycle is here

Lazareth’s LMV 496 “La Moto Volante” – The Flying Motorcycle is here

For half a mill $, four jet turbines provide lift-off for 10 minutes

Remember watching Vin Diesel in the sci-fi Babylon A.D.? If you do, I pity the plight you had to sit through for it was a pile of steaming and smelly goo. But there was a motorcycle in it amongst other custom vehicles which ended up in a crash, and it was nothing but a 1999 Yamaha R1 made by Frenchman, Ludovic Lazareth.

The same madman has now delivered the limited edition LMV 496 La Moto Volante, which translates to “The Flying Motorcycle.” Defying all odds, including gravity, this Jet powered machine is an updated artistry from yet another mind-bending machine – the LM-847, a tilting four-wheeler built around a fire-breathing 470-horsepower Maserati engine.

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BMW's new “Big boxer” engine unboxed

BMW’s new “Big boxer” engine unboxed

The most powerful BMW boxer engine has its historical roots in full torque

After showcasing the R18 cruiser and the R18/2 performance cruiser at the recently concluded EICMA show, the Bavarian chaps have unveiled more details of the beautiful new Boxer engine, christened the “Big Boxer.”

Running point on the classic future of BMW – the R 18s’, this Boxer Engine replaces the 1,649cc in-line 6 of the K 1600 series to become the biggest displacement engine from the German guys. And doing so, it also becomes the largest twin-cylinder engine by BMW, and also the biggest flat-twin ever produced. Here are some of the specs revealed to us:

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Ducati's new memorabilia project lets you live your Racing dream from your room

Ducati’s new memorabilia project lets you live your Racing dream from your room

Giving enthusiasts like us to buy authentic race parts used in MotoGP and Superbike Championships

The history of Ducati is driven by unique talents that have always generated motorcycles of unmistakable design and the most profound sporting spirit. Featuring exclusive Desmodromic timing engines, innovative design, and state-of-the-art technology, Ducati’s 90 years of passion, emotions, and excellence put in between two wheels have made us sing gaga’ over beautiful machines.

Now, the Ducati Memorabilia project has been christened by Ducati and Ducati Corse to give us enthusiasts another reason to make saliva bubbles. For the first time, one can purchase certified parts from Ducati machines used in an actual MotoGP and Superbike Championships, ones that have helped legends like Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow beat everyone else to the chequered flag.

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Unboxing the new Triumph Tiger 900 ADV motorcycle

Unboxing the new Triumph Tiger 900 ADV motorcycle

And it is coming in five versions: Tiger 900, Tiger 900 GT, Tiger 900 GT PRO, Tiger 900 RALLY, and Tiger 900 RALLY PRO

After their Bonneville range, it’s the Tiger models that give the British brand their numbers, especially the three-cylinder ones for its practical approach and usability as an adventure motorcycle. Taking their game to serious new levels, Triumph is giving us an all-new range of Tigers that will replace the 800s’ with a new 900cc engine, aggressive new styling, brilliant standard specs, and new state-of-the-art riding enhancements. And it is the lightest Tiger models ever since they came out in 2010, making them the most capable, agile, and dynamic middleweight adventure bikes available.

Triumph loves them so much that the 900 series sees five different versions catering to five different riding styles: Tiger 900, Tiger 900 GT, Tiger 900 GT PRO, Tiger 900 RALLY, and Tiger 900 RALLY PRO.

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Top 5 new Electric Motorcycles coming in 2020

Top 5 new Electric Motorcycles coming in 2020

Running purely on electricity, these machines show us the future with promising range and fast-charging capabilities

This is the present and the future. There is no denial in the fact that people will eventually stop filling their vehicles with liquefied dinosaurs and shift to electric. Not because they’ll like it but because there won’t be an option in the future. So automotive manufacturers have already begun the race to be at the top when that happens, and have kept their workforce busy in spinning out vehicles for the future.

Time and again, it has been proved that electric/hybrid vehicles have an overwhelming advantage, especially to ride within the town, and this evolution has been a gradual process for some – and an exciting start for others. Here are the top five electric mobility options you can buy in 2020 to hum around town, and feel good about doing something for the environment.

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Top 5 new Scooters coming in 2020

Top 5 new Scooters coming in 2020

Practical commuters with the convenience of the automatic transmission for an easy twist-and-go option

Providing economical personal transportation since the days of WW-II, scooters have been the goto mode for being more affordable, more comfortable to operate, and more convenient to own. The fact that the licensing requirements and insurance for scooters are more accessible and cheaper than for cars in most parts of the world makes them popular in countries with rapid economic growth.

Moreover, urban citizens find it easier to operate who wheelers on the streets due to the increase in traffic congestion and the non-availability of parking spaces. These five scooters coming in for 2020 run on fule-efficient engines, and carry some beautiful piece of equipment to satisfy the majority of the folks.

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Top 5 new Dressers / Baggers coming in 2020

Top 5 new Dressers / Baggers coming in 2020

The most luxurious machines on two wheels with panniers to go the long distance

These are motorcycles with large motors having plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position that defines any modern-day cruisers. No other feeling satisfies a man’s desire for freedom, to head in a direction unknown. And if you don’t have the right tool to do it, the whole feeling becomes uncanny.

Coming in hot with full fairings to protect you from the elements, large engines, navigation systems, all-important music, and connectivity options and by far the most comfortable seats, here are our top five dressers/baggers of 2020 that does all of it in luxury:

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Top 5 new Sports-Tourers coming in 2020

Top 5 new Sports-Tourers coming in 2020

Combining the performance of a sport bike with the long-distance capabilities

Call them bikes that perfectly fill the gap between thrilling sportsbike and the gigantic touring machines, sports-tourers are naturally long haul motorcycles with sportbike expectations built to get the best out of that long way home. Here is our list of 2020’s top five machines offering the same capabilities as touring bikes but without sacrificing any of the sporty performance.

They tend to be a bit lighter and corner well but aren’t the most comfortable. The riding position tends to be a bit more relaxed compared to sports machines, and there’s better wind protection, much better pillion comforts, transmission with lower gearing, and usually a whole quick-release pannier system designed.

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Top 5 new Retro Classics/Standards coming in 2020

Top 5 new Retro Classics/Standards coming in 2020

Chrome, laced wheels, round headlamp, upright bars – bring on the retro

Timeless designs that take you back to the pre-’60s era heightened the feeling of riding free-spirited machines and the sense of freedom. This is what a modern-day classic motorcycle offers without that knuckle bending fixes and ghastly scenes of oil dripping everywhere. Here are our top five standards/classic motorcycles coming in 2020 that takes us back to the time from the ’60s.

Recalling the past glories, these neo-classic motorcycles have still managed to retain the charm and posterity of minimalistic elegance along with providing modern day mechanicals and the bits. They run on efficient high output engines that are both reliable and powerful and are equipped with state of the art suspension and brake setups that will bring the bike to a halt not far from their point of application, unlike the yesteryears.

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Tesla Electric ATV, is in fact a Yamaha Raptor knockoff

Tesla Electric ATV, is in fact a Yamaha Raptor knockoff

The Cyberquad seems to be built on the Raptor 700’s chassis

Launched at a cyberpunk-inspired event at Los Angeles, the Cybertruck has played host to the gazillion memes flooding the internet, and while at it, Elon Musk gave us “One more thing.” – The “Cyberquad” electric ATV. It rolled onto the bed of the steel truck and juiced up using the Cybertruck’s massive batteries.

Twiterratis, however, has not spared the Cyberquad as well. They have reasons to believe that "the Tesla ATV appears to share parts with the Yamaha Raptor 700R SE". Sticking an electric motor onto Yamaha’s potent Raptor ATV, we now see how Tesla made its concept ATV by slapping a few edgy panels and calling it it’s own.

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Top 5 new Scramblers coming in 2020

Top 5 new Scramblers coming in 2020

Motorcycles that promise to churn out rugged, stripped down, vintage fun

Reinforced for off-road duty, Scramblers of today hark back at South-West California and Mexico’s Baja scenes in the ’60s and ’70s. They were fitted with engines displacing upwards of 500cc and stripped off anything nonsensical to run on roads or no roads. Featured on these were off-road tires, wheels, and spokes and were given modified suspension systems and engine skid plates, a trademark indispensable in shielding the bike from rocks, stones, and the unforgiving desert terrain.

Here is our list of new Scrambleresque motorcycles coming in 2020 that promise to churn out rugged, stripped down, vintage fun resurrected from its heyday during the 1960s and earlier. Aiding it will be a torquey motor with high mounted exhaust pipes and knobby tires to take it on terrains otherwise not possible.

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Top 5 new Sportbikes coming in 2020

Top 5 new Sportbikes coming in 2020

Built for speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering, the competition is hot as ever

In a world where outright horsepower and straight-line speed hold center stage, these machines have blazed the streets and have swept us off our feet in the most fashionable ways possible. Built for speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering, they come equipped with components from the industry’s best names to achieve a little more speed every single time they get on the paved asphalt.

Here are our top five picks of serious sports machines coming in 2020 with rider ergonomics favor function, and ones built to cut through the air as smoothly as possible with massive engines and fancy equipment list.

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Top 5 new Bobbers coming in 2020

Top 5 new Bobbers coming in 2020

Stripping excess bodywork from a motorcycle, shortening the fenders and having a bob-tail

Minimalism and understatement do not always go hand in hand. In this case, it is the whole point of the design. Bringing the designs from their history books and fusing them with cues of early performance models, manufacturers catered to the ’bob-job’ from the 1930s through the 1990s custom scene.

Stripping excess bodywork from a motorcycle, shortening the fenders, and having a bob-tail, here is our list of the top five Bobbers coming in 2020. They run on massive engines yet harks back to a different time – ostensibly the post-WWII era when returning servicemen stripped their bikes of all unnecessary weight for the sake of going faster.

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Top 5 new Cruisers coming in 2020

Top 5 new Cruisers coming in 2020

Large motors with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position

Being the closest thing to flying without leaving the ground, Cruisers have been the incarnation of the ‘30s to ‘60s American lifestyles. Large motors with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position define any modern-day cruisers. Traditionally, large V-twins ran under the hoods, but inline engines have become more common these days.

Here is our list of new cruiser motorcycles coming in hot in 2020 that gets us to simply cruise, at one with our bike, taking in the sights and smells, the cool air washing over, and supposedly cleansing the soul.

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Top 5 new Streetfighters coming in 2020

Top 5 new Streetfighters coming in 2020

Naked, lightweight and narrow. The perfect combination for the urban jungle

Our lifestyle for daily transportation in urban communities has given rise to street motorcycles that are lightweight and nimble for the concrete jungle. Being an agile handler while looking the part is how we need our commute through the asphalt.

This is our list of new machines we think can handle those demands better than any other. A motorcycle with an upright riding position, lacking plastic fairings for that narrow lane splitting ability and lightweight construction for the ease of flickability is what we are looking for, and here are our top five coming in hot for 2020:

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Top 5 new Adventure Tourers coming in 2020

Top 5 new Adventure Tourers coming in 2020

Capable off-roaders with the balance and handling of a sport-standards

For some people, adventure is about finding your way through the unknown to see things no one has and doing things most haven’t. But unless you plan on walking, you need the right tool to get there. This is where these adventure touring machines comes in and sweeps you off your feet in the most humble and matured way.

Here are our top five all-new adventure tourers coming in 2020 with some excellent versatility to trout the lands across the globe. With the looks and utility of a capable off-roader and the balance and handling of a sport-standard, adventure motorcycles are a bipartisan look at how to tackle paved roads and dirt. Powerful engines, long travel suspensions, and a higher riding position with multiple rider aids adorn these machines.

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The 5 most radical motorcycles coming in 2020

The 5 most radical motorcycles coming in 2020

To keep your eyes hazy, and head still scratching

2020 will see the population of Earth reach 8 billion, the tallest building completed, the colonization of Mars begun, and towards the end, we’ll have the United States presidential election. Amidst such exciting (and some not as much) events that’ll shape a new future, our world of motorcycling only keeps getting more exhilarating with new mind-altering machines on two wheels.

With avant-garde styling elements, ingenious technologies, and state-of-the-art equipment lists, these machines shatter the fabric of our imagination and show us an entirely new sight of motorcycling perceptions. Although all of these motorcycles might look like the futuristic concepts they can be, believe me when I say this, they are all production models for you and me to buy. (Well, not me for sure. I only make money enough to write about them. )

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Yamaha's new mid-weight Ténéré 700 ADV will come as the 2021 model lineup

Yamaha’s new mid-weight Ténéré 700 ADV will come as the 2021 model lineup

It will cost an MSRP of $9,999, and will be available as early as the summers of 2020

Yamaha had showcased its mid-weight adventure concept last year and called it the ‘T7 concept’. It was then we knew that the Japanese guys are coming up with a winner in the adventure class for the next year. Then, the brand showcased the ’Yamaha Ténéré 700 World Raid’ at last year’s EICMA, but for all our dismay, it was still a prototype since they had yet to turn a few knobs more.

Now though, Yamaha has officially confirmed that the Ténéré 700 Adventure Touring motorcycle will be coming to our shores as a 2021 model lineup, but will be hitting the stateside dealers in early summer of 2020. The 700 will be available in the Ceramic Ice, Matte Black, and Intensity White color schemes, with all three models carrying an MSRP of $9,999.

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This is the Verge TS, a hubless 738 lb-ft electric superbike

This is the Verge TS, a hubless 738 lb-ft electric superbike

With 186 miles of range, it gets Ohlins’ and Brembos’ handling all that performance

We, for one, never imagined hubless designs becoming a thing apart from a few wacky custom jobs and, of course, the Legacy light cycle from Tron. Now though, a new Finnish company called Verge (previously known as the RMK Vehicle Corporation) has given us their version of the future, a hubless electric superbike called the Verge TS.

And it’s got a mind-bending peak torque figure of a 1000 Nm (786 lb-ft). You cannot find another machine on two-wheels that gets even half as close to this figure.

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Tesla unveiled its rad new “Cyberquad” electric ATV prototype at the Cybertruck launch

Tesla unveiled its rad new “Cyberquad” electric ATV prototype at the Cybertruck launch

It rolled on the truck bed, and charged up via in-built ports

We just found out that Elon Musk seems to be taking on the plan to colonize the moon and mars pretty seriously. The Tesla Cybertruck with its nearly impenetrable exoskeleton was unveiled at a cyberpunk-inspired event at Los Angeles yesterday. After trying to break that thing on stage, and woo the flocks with its sci-fi personality and gobs of power, he gave us “One more thing.” – The “Cyberquad” electric ATV.

An ATV was rolled onto the bed of the steel truck that had its suspension dropped down, into what Elon explained as “load-mode”. A built-in ram slides out on the tailgate allowing an ATV or a dirt-bike to just roll on in, and then for the Pièce De Résistance – an electric outlet on the side of the bed to charge the electric ATV on the fly..

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Italjet Dragster breaks cover with a radical naked design

Italjet Dragster breaks cover with a radical naked design

Retains the forkless front suspension and a spaceframe

With a patented design back in 97’, Italjet Moto became the only mass-produced scooter manufacturer to equip its products with a radical forkless front suspension and a spaceframe. The Italian marquee made the famous Dragster model from 1998 – 2003 and was sold on European shores.

Now, after 16 long years, the Italian manufacturer has come back with their rebooted Dragster models that’s become even more radical and made us go “Booh yeah... Now we talking”. Italjet themselves couldn’t hide their excitement – "We are not joking!" is what reads on their website.

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Efesto is developing a 300 hp Ducati 1299 Panigale powered by a hybrid powertrain

Efesto is developing a 300 hp Ducati 1299 Panigale powered by a hybrid powertrain

An electric motor tethered to the already mad L-Twin IC engine, and 4 driving modes

Efesto, founded in 2012, is a French-Italian electric mobility company that provides bespoke electric or hybrid powertrain solutions for automotive, aerospace, marine, and industrial applications. Their latest solution is this ‘200Novantanove Hybrid kit’ that bolts onto a Ducati Panigale 1299 superbike, and was showcased at the recently concluded EICMA 2019.

It is said to ramp up the power figure of the Italian from 205-odd horsepower to a freakish 300 horses while being all friendly to the environment. You’ll still get the ‘Brobdingnagian’ L-twin Superquadro powerhouse, and assisting it, or rather, pushing insanity boundaries, will be an electric motor churning out an additional 108 horsepower and 110 lb-ft of torque.

This puts the 1299 Panigale onto ’hyper-bike’ territory.

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2020 MV Agusta Brutale Rush 1000

2020 MV Agusta Brutale Rush 1000

A "strip" down drag inspired version of the Brutale 1000 with 212 hp, SC Project exhaust, and tons of carbon-fiber, aluminum and titanium

The last time anything like this came out of the MV Agusta factory gates was the RVS#1. Although it ran on a three-pot 798cc Brutale platform, it showcased the Italian brand’s intentions to continue creating specials for those who dream out of the ordinary. Carrying the steroid pumped baton on, MV Agusta has produced another masterpiece that could’ve only been possible in the hands of their artisans – the 2020 MV Agusta Rush 1000.

Since 2019, MV Agusta has been breeding a new line of four-pot Brutales 1000s’. Based on the same platform of the 2020 Brutale 1000 RR, this “strip” Rush edition is an homage to the drag racing scene taken to the extreme. With a tuned-up 998cc churning 208 hp, this machine adorns visual cues and power figures unlike seen on any other production streetfighter before.

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Kawasaki opened up their quota of electric powertrain technology

Kawasaki opened up their quota of electric powertrain technology

The Green Team showcases the Ninjas’ with electric power, 4-speed gearbox and regenerative braking control

Kawasaki has finally spoken up. For a long time, the Japanese Green Team has been silent about their electric plans, despite being poked by the media a gazillion times. OK, for a moment of honesty here. The manufacturer had unveiled an electric Tron-ish concept bike - the Kawasaki J-Concept back in 2014, and again in 2018. A truly far-fetched idea, but nothing for the current bunch of masses. Now though, they is something cooking up.

Tethered to the elements of a Ninja 300 and a Ninja 650, Kawasaki showcased an electric powertrain concept at the recently concluded EICMA, 2019. While they released a video featuring the Ninja 300 EV pacing on the tracks, the Ninja 650 EV’s bones bolted with the electric powertrain was the attractive element at the Kawasaki stall during the unveiling of six new machines for the 2020 lineup.

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2020 ARCH Motorcycle KRGT-1

2020 ARCH Motorcycle KRGT-1

Updated with beefier brakes, Arch spec Öhlins, fancy materials, enhanced electronics and some fine aesthetic refinements

Arch Motorcycle, the brand new makers of the “American Power Cruisers,” has updated its flagship model, the KRGT-1 for 2020. Featuring over 20 major changes, and more than 150 newly designed and manufactured components, this $85,000 machine harks on the ‘obsession for an amazing soul’ for Keanu Reeves and his vision.

To up its badassery status, the machine now gets bestowed with beefier brakes, Arch spec Öhlins, fancy materials, enhanced electronics, and some fine aesthetic refinements. The 2032cc S&S twin-cam V-twin drive remains the workhorse but is tuned to deliver greater torque and power. Then, of course, is the bespoke ergonomic and aesthetic package to tailor the KRGT-1 to every individual’s spec.

FYI, KRGT is the initials of Hollywood’s Keanu Reeves and the self-taught engineer Gard Hollinger.

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BST shows its radical new electric motorcycle designed by Piere Terblanche - The HyperTek

BST shows its radical new electric motorcycle designed by Piere Terblanche - The HyperTek

And comes with it is a HUD helmet, Carbon-fiber monocoque, wheelie and traction control

So, there are days when you wake up and rub your eyes to clear out the haze and see things clearly. Well, this is one of those. The haze is not the water in my eyes, but this all-electric motorcycle that is calling itself the HyperTek.

A gorgeous sci-fi machine built by the famous carbon-wheel supplier – BST (Blackstone TEK), the HyperTek has been designed by Piere Terblanche who’s visions have given us multiple Ducatis, Cagivas, Moto Guzzis, and Confederates. This time though, Terblanche has consciously gone bonkers with his design, creating a robotic machine on two-wheels that reads out data on an integrated heads-up display in the bespoke helmet.

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Bimota is back with a supercharged machine: Tesi H2. Courtesy Kawasaki

Bimota is back with a supercharged machine: Tesi H2. Courtesy Kawasaki

This technological spectacle will feature top spec kit including a swingarm with hub center steering, dual rear shocks and more

It had been over a couple of weeks that we’d learned about the Japanese Green Team’s acquisition of the celebrated Bimota brand from Swiss-Italian entrepreneurs Marco Chiancianesi and Daniele Longoni. But little did we know that this hostile effort would turn out to produce a no-holds-barred hyperbike powered by most powerful motorcycle engine in production in a jiffy, and we’ll get to see it in the flesh.

Imagine the thunderous H2’s 998cc supercharged mill harnessed in a Bimota Tesi chassis with the state-of-the-art electronic wizardry. That, my friend, is what the Bimota Tesi H2 is all about. It is the best of Japanese engineering and Italian architecture the modern world is going to witness and was unveiled at the recently concluded EICMA 2019. The universe is so kind.

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Ariel to showcase a striking new creation: The Ace Iron Horse

Ariel to showcase a striking new creation: The Ace Iron Horse

A 173hp V4 hand-polished machine for the love of chrome

Sharing the fancy DNA of the Atoms’ and Nomads’, Ace has been Ariel’s bare-bone take on the two-wheeled world that saw the first daylights back in 2014. A completely customizable machine that could become just about anything; Low riding cruiser, street, naked, touring, or out and out sport. They sold for $25k a piece, and a few of them came onto our shores as well.

Five years later, Ariel is setting up the stage to unveil a (literally) shiny new model called the “Ace Iron Horse” at the upcoming Motorcycle Live show in Birmingham, England. Based on the existing Ace Muscle Cruiser, the Iron Horse is said to be a homage to the ’Black Ariel’ produced between 1926 and 1930 and will come with a price tag of around $40,000.

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2020 Harley-Davidson Pan-America

2020 Harley-Davidson Pan-America

Harley’s first step into the ADV market and is quite promising with the 1250 Revolution Max motor, chain-drive and an electronic suspension

At the 2019 EICMA show in Milan, the Bar & Shield brand pulled the curtains off their brand-new, strategically developed machines that will bring them a new bunch of riders, ones who’ve never looked inside its shops before. Behold the “Bronx” and the “Pan-America.”

Paving the company into the Streetfighter and the ADV touring category, the Bronx and the Pan-America are the first babies of Harley’s “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” growth plan through 2022, though it all started with the launch of its first electric, no-clutch “twist and go” LiveWire.

These new motorcycles will be powered by the company’s new 60-degree V-twin Revolution Max engine that is supposed to be like nothing seen on a Harley before. The Milwaukee brand hasn’t divulged much information, but enough to just keep us excited through to their launch sometime towards the end of 2020. We’ve gathered them around here for a pre-production review of the Pan-America 1250 Adventure Tourer.

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2020 Harley-Davidson Bronx

2020 Harley-Davidson Bronx

The Milwaukee Brand’s entry into the hot streetfighter market

2020 is the year the Bar & Shield brand will be aggressively trying on new markets, and the first leg is already underway with the launch of its first electric, no-clutch “twist and go” LiveWire. As part of its “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” growth plan through 2022, this year’s EICMA witnessed Harley-Davidson unpacking their first-ever models, paving the company into the Streetfighter and the ADV category.

Rightly called the “Bronx” and the “Pan-America,” these new babies will be powered by the company’s new Revolution Max engine. Harley hasn’t divulged much information, but enough to just keep us excited through to their launch sometime towards the end of 2020. We’ve gathered them around here for a pre-production review of the Bronx. The Pan-America will follow suit.

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Aston Martin's $120,000 Motorcycle: the AMB 001

Aston Martin’s $120,000 Motorcycle: the AMB 001

A turbo-charged, all-carbon-fiber machine bred for the track, made along with Brough Superior

Aston Martin, the British luxury carmaker tipped as the "coolest brand in the world" of automotive, has announced plans to turn itself into a freak motorcycle manufacturer at the ongoing EICMA, Milan 2019. Partnering in with another legendary British manufacturer, Brough Superior (currently based in France though), Aston brings in a limited edition, track-only, 180 hp hyperbike - the AMB 001. It couldn’t get any more James-Bond-ish.

Taking on extremely rich finery, this $120,000 machine showcases the best of British motoring. An amalgam of a futuristic, nearly anime-inspired aesthetics of Astons’ as we know, and the engineering prowess of Brough Superior, who once used to make the most expensive road-going motorcycles in the world last century.

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The most expensive motorcycles currently in production

The most expensive motorcycles currently in production

For those who seek life-bending experiences on two wheels

Let’s just say you’ve made it big out there in the world, bought a billion-dollar mansion somewhere along the coast or up in the mountains, and you have enough space to indulge with all sorts of gadgetry and machines.

But for that whiff of pure unadulterated freedom, you know you need one motorcycle that can truly make sense of all of that. An experience no other motorcycle could possibly give. Which one’s going to be your tool?

Here’s our way of spoiling you for choices. A list of those breathtaking machines on two wheels you could buy right now that are truly made for opulence, opportunities, and most vividly, to make a statement.

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Types of Motorcycle Transmission

Types of Motorcycle Transmission

A guide to brief you with the varying forms of gearbox designs manufactures equip motorcycles with

Not so long ago, the only choice for motorcycle buyers had with regards to vehicle transmission systems was the manual transmission, with the only options being sequential meshed gears. With electronics making their way in as early as in the 90s’, motorcycle transmission systems adapted them to include the dimensions of free riding.

Honda has been at the forefront of new technology and has heavily invested in bringing automatic transmission to everyday motorcycles. Many other major players have their versions of the same, having different acronyms, but ultimately does the same job.

This guide will take you through the various forms of transmissions manufacturers have equipped on their products, and help you with selecting the right style for your adventures on two-wheels.

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Spoked Wheels or Cast wheels? Which is the best for your motorcycle?

Spoked Wheels or Cast wheels? Which is the best for your motorcycle?

We discuss on the advantages and drawbacks of each of these and give you tips on maintaining them for them to last long

Back when it all began, wheels were made of wooden rims and wired spokes. It was only in the 20s’ that production of motorcycle wheels with aluminum rims began, and then BMW patented the spoked wheel that cross ran the spokes, allowing the use of tubeless tires. It was only in the ’70s that manufacturers began using Cast Wheels on their high-performing machines.

Even today, both spoked wheels and cast wheels are darn on motorcycles, and are done more so for functionality reasons than for as a fashion element, but is definitely not limited to it. Read on to know the advantages and drawbacks of each of these and to gain inputs while choosing one for your ride.

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Motorcycle Braking Systems - Explained

Motorcycle Braking Systems - Explained

Our guide into the various braking systems tethered onto motorcycles of today and tomorrow

Touted to be the most critical safety feature on a motorcycle, the brake systems are quite obviously the lifesavers. Woking by converting kinetic energy into thermal energy (heat) by friction, the brakes of a motorcycle are some of the most abused mechanical components apart from the tires.

Manufacturers have come a long way from ‘putting a foot out’, to using metal discs and pads, to taking the help of some brilliant electronic wizardry, all to bring a heaving motorcycle and the rider to a halt in the least possible distance and in a safe controlled manner.

This guide elaborates on the various types of braking systems being engineered and equipped on motorcycles and some new technologies for future products.

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Motorcycle cooling systems decrypted

Motorcycle cooling systems decrypted

Our guide to help you understand the types of cooling systems and coolants available

By burning the all-hail gasoline inside the combustion chamber, motorcycles power your body and soul on two wheels. The engines heat up drastically with every explosion of the fuel creating high temperatures, and the friction between the mechanical parts also contributes to the immense amount of heat that surrounds the motor.

This has been one of the significant issues to tackle ever since the birth of motorcycles, and manufacturers have been continuously shelling out millions to engineer the best solutions to deal with it. The consistent performance of the engine and its overall life depends on the efficient cooling system it has. In this guide, we discuss the different ways motorcycle engines are kept cool to get optimum performances.

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Maintaining the chain and sprocket of a motorcycle

Maintaining the chain and sprocket of a motorcycle

Our guide to clean, lubricate and adjust the chain for maximum performance and efficiency

Power made by the internal combustion engine (or an electric battery unit nowadays) moves your body and soul by sending all that power and torque to the rear wheel of the motorcycle via either a chain drive or a belt drive mechanism.

A belt drive is made of rubber, plastic, and other synthetic substances, and is used on some luxury motorcycles for it requires fewer adjustments and is quieter, cleaner, and runs more smoothly compared to the chain drive.

It doesn’t need any lubrication and is easy to maintain. But it is not the case with chain drives. Here’s our guide to help you with the right care package so that you do not have to end up sitting on the side of a freeway waiting for help that may never arrive.

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Which motorcycles on sale today give the best mpg?

Which motorcycles on sale today give the best mpg?

And a guide to help you extract maximum mileage off a tank of fuel from your motorcycle

The beginning of this century saw the world views changing gradually towards climate change and the need to preserve the environment. This, along with stringent policies, has forced the manufacturers to develop motorcycles that can run cleaner fuel and extract the maximum economy from it, sometimes even at the cost of performance.

Bad news for people who seek the element of thrill, but a pretty good one for someone living in urban jungles where folks prefer commuting on a motorcycle rather thank a car for its practicality and frugal fuel-efficiency. Then there are us few who love the idea of putting serious miles on two-wheels and living the adventure.

We here have compiled a list to give you the best available tools for such situations and save some money on gas while at it.

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Choosing the right fuel for your motorcycle

Choosing the right fuel for your motorcycle

Here’s our guide helping you understand and select the best suitable fuel for your motorcycle

Formed initially by liquefied dinosaurs, aka fossil fuels, Gasoline, or petrol (British English) is the all-hail fluid every motorcycle with an Internal-Combustion requires to produce power within and move your body and soul. Unfortunately, quite a few riders often overlook the kind of Gasoline they fill up their tanks with, and hamper with the ride’s performance, only because they are uninformed.

By now, you should have noticed different sets of hoses and buttons to push and dispense Gas at your local Shell, Exxon, or Walmart, and we are here to guide you to the right one for your machine.

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Motorcycle Tires 101

Motorcycle Tires 101

Our guide to help selecting your next set of Motorcycle tires

Rubber meeting the road. This is what makes it all possible for us to twist that throttle and munch miles while the sense of freedom takes us on. Not getting into much of that fluff now, but there will come a point where you will need to get those tires changed onto some fresh ones before it could get a wee bit dangerous or is completely unusable. Most tires last anywhere between 5,000 miles to 15,000 miles. What next?

And that is where we scratched our brains today to bring you answers for questions like "When should we be replacing the tires and with which ones?" Read on, and you could thank us later.

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Which are the Highest revving production motorcycles ever made?

Which are the Highest revving production motorcycles ever made?

Here’s our list of the top screamers rolling out of the production floors

Motorcycles engines are known for their high-revving nature. Since they are limited in size and slapping them with massive big-block motors like the ones you see on automotives is a non-option, they compensate for making that big power by revving higher than most cars out there. For most motorcycles, 8000 to 11000 rpm’s are a standard affair, and all current sports bikes rev happily at these ranges and push the redline a wee bit more too.

But you are not here for these, are you? Well, fret not. Top Speed has got you covered. Although emission laws make things like those an impossible dream today, the motorcycles we are featuring here will give you a glimpse of that very high revving creation of our pasts. And it all starts with the Big four’s from Japan. But of course!

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Guide: Selecting the right Motorcycle Engine Oil

Guide: Selecting the right Motorcycle Engine Oil

Here’s our guide helping you understand and select the best suitable oil for your motorcycle

To keep our well-loved motorcycles up and running to the best of its ability at all times, proper care and maintenance are absolutely necessary, and it goes beyond just washing and cleaning. Apart from the regular shining, buffing, and the all-hail gasoline, our two-wheeled machine needs its tires at the right pressure, chains lubed, battery charged, and most important of them all, the engine to be well oiled.

Here is our guide to help you out with selecting the right kind of oil for your motorcycle and some tips on how to replace it on your own.

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Top 7 Pocket / Monkeys of 2018

Top 7 Pocket / Monkeys of 2018

Big rewards come in small packages

Constructed mainly to please the young and new riders looking for some fun and entertainment, Pocket / Monkey bikes piece of machinery. It is quite literally the most accessible motorcycles to ride with advanced suspension, a strong steel frame, alloy wheels with disc brakes, grippy, all-weather tires and racy, naked-bike styling that will have you grinning all day long.

This is our list of the top seven pocket bikes on sale in 2018 designed in a class and style of a mini motorcycle. Originally designed to help introduce children as young as 8 to the world of motocross, these mini motorcycles have gained their fair share of adult fans too. Pocket bikes provide high-octane, adrenaline-fueled fun in a smaller, safer package.

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Top 10 Adventure Tourers of 2018

Top 10 Adventure Tourers of 2018

capable off-roader with the balance and handling of a sport-standard

For some people, adventure is about finding your way through the unknown to see things no one has and doing things most haven’t. But unless you plan on walking, you need the right tool to get there. This is where these adventure touring machines comes in and sweeps you off your feet in the most humble and matured way.

Here are our top ten adventure tourers of 2018 that come with some impeccable versatility to trout the lands across the globe. With the looks and utility of a capable off-roader and the balance and handling of a sport-standard, adventure motorcycles are a bipartisan look at how to tackle paved roads and dirt. Big and powerful engines, long travel suspensions and a higher riding position with multiple rider aids adorn these machines.

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Top 7 Bobbers of 2018

Top 7 Bobbers of 2018

Stripping excess bodywork from a motorcycle, shortening the fenders and having a bob-tail

Minimalism and understatement do not always go hand in hand. In this case, it is the whole point of the design. Bringing the designs from their history books and fusing them with cues of early performance models, manufacturers catered to the ’bob-job’ from the 1930s through 1990s custom scene.

Stripping excess bodywork from a motorcycle, shortening the fenders and having a bob-tail, here is our list of the top seven Bobbers of 2018 that run on huge engines yet harks back to a different time – ostensibly the post-WWII era when returning servicemen stripped their bikes of all unnecessary weight for the sake of going faster.

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Top 7 Dressers of 2018

Top 7 Dressers of 2018

The most luxurious machines on two wheels

Full dresser, full dress tourer, or dresser are jargons for machines that love to hit the asphalt covering some major miles in the most sumptuous comfort. With complete sets of saddlebags and top box to carry all your and your passenger’s belongings, dressers are the ultimate cruising weapons that give you creature comforts like no other on two wheels.

Coming in hot with full fairings to protect you from the elements, large engines, navigation systems, an all-important music, and connectivity options and by far the most comfortable seats, here are our top ten dressers of 2018 that does all of it in luxury:

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Top 10 Baggers of 2018

Top 10 Baggers of 2018

Touring motorcycles with panniers to go the long distance

Baggers are nothing but motorcycles with large motors with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position defining any modern-day cruisers, with an addition of saddlebags. Meant for long distance travel, baggers maintain agility, an open feel, and classic motorcycle styling. In addition to the bags, they will often have windshields, partial fairing, a more comfortable seat, better suspension, larger tank, and forward controls.

Touring is synonymous with motorcycles; it’s an integral part of the riding experience. No other feeling satisfies a man’s desire for freedom, to head in a direction unknown. And if you don’t have the right tool to do it, the whole feeling just becomes uncanny. Here is our list of top ten baggers of 2018 touring the roads of the world:

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Top 10 Cruisers of 2018

Top 10 Cruisers of 2018

Large motors with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position

Being the closest thing to flying without leaving the ground, Cruisers have been the incarnation of the ‘30s to ‘60s American lifestyles. Large motors with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position define any modern-day cruisers. Traditionally, large V-twins ran under the hoods, but inline engines have become more common these days.

Here is our list of the cruiser motorcycles of 2018 that gets us to simply cruise, at one with our bike, taking in the sights and smells, the cool air washing over, and supposedly cleansing the soul. Basically defining the concept of motorcycling, cruisers keep us wandering off with just a twist of the throttle to the unknown.

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Top 10 Classics/Standards of 2018

Top 10 Classics/Standards of 2018

Chrome, laced wheels, round headlamp upright bars

Timeless designs that take you back to the pre-’60s era, heightened feeling of riding free-spirited machines and the sense of freedom. This is what a modern-day classic motorcycle offers without that knuckle bending fixes and ghastly scenes of oil dripping everywhere. Here are our top ten standard/classic motorcycles of 2018 that take us back to the time from the ’60s.

Recalling the past glories, these neo-classic motorcycles have still managed to retain the charm and posterity of minimalistic elegance along with providing modern day mechanicals and the bits. They run on efficient high output engines that are both reliable and powerful and are equipped with state of the art suspension and brake setups that will bring the bike to a halt not far from their point of application unlike the yesteryears.

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Top 10 Scramblers of 2018

Top 10 Scramblers of 2018

Motorcycles that promise to churn out rugged, stripped down, vintage fun

Reinforced for off-road duty, Scramblers of today hark back at the South-West California and the Mexico’s Baja scenes in the ’60s and ’70s. They were fitted with engines displacing upwards of 500cc and stripped off anything that is nonsensical to run on roads or no roads. Featured on these were off-road tires, wheels, and spokes and were given modified suspension systems and engine skid plates; a trademark indispensable in shielding the bike from rocks, stones, and the unforgiving desert terrain.

Here is our list of Scrambleresque motorcycles of 2018 that promise to churn out rugged, stripped down, vintage fun resurrected from its heyday during the 1960’s and earlier. Aiding it will be a torquey motor with high mounted exhaust pipes and knobby tires to take it on terrains otherwise not possible.

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Top 10 Sports-Tourers of 2018

Top 10 Sports-Tourers of 2018

Combining the performance of a sport bike with the long-distance capabilities

Call them bikes that perfectly fill the gap between thrilling sportsbike and the gigantic touring machines, sports-tourers are simply long haul motorcycles with sportbike expectations built to get the best out of that long way home. Here is our list of 2018’s top ten machines offering the same capabilities as touring bikes but without sacrificing any of the sporty performance.

They tend to be a bit lighter and corner well but aren’t the most comfortable. The riding position tends to be a bit more relaxed compared to sports machines, there’s better wind protection, much better pillion comforts, transmission with lower gearing and usually a whole quick release pannier system designed in.

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Top 10 Sportsbike of 2018

Top 10 Sportsbike of 2018

Built for speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering, the competition is hot as ever

In a world where outright horsepower and straight-line speed hold center stage, these machines have blazed the streets and have swept us off our feet in the most fashionable ways possible. Built for speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering, they come equipped with components from the industry’s best names to achieve a little more speed every single time they get on the paved asphalt.

With the emphasis of a sport bike being on performance, there are certain design elements that most motorcycles of this type will share. Rider ergonomics favor function. Apart form the high performing engines, they are built to cut through the air as smoothly as possible. High tech and expensive materials are often used on sport bikes to reduce weight.

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Top 10 Cafe-Racers of 2018

Top 10 Cafe-Racers of 2018

Lightweight, lightly powered motorcycle optimized for speed and handling. And all about the ’70s

Racing on bikes from café to café before a song could finish was the most therapeutic thing to have happened for motorcyclists in the ‘70s. Inspired by this culture, people and manufacturers started building motorcycles with minimal components to take them the distance in the shortest time. It embodied the classic café-racer cues taking us back in time with modern design bits and sophisticated packaging.

Here is our list of the best ten motorcycles of 2018 that remind us of that ‘70s. Round headlights, debonair half-shell fairing, humped seat, rear seat cowl, extended wheelbase, and the low-slung handlebar, it’s all in each one of these machines:

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Top 10 Street Motorcycles of 2018

Top 10 Street Motorcycles of 2018

Naked, lightweight and narrow. The perfect combination for the urban jungle

Although not an official segment of motorcycles, our lifestyle for daily transportation in urban communities have given rise to street motorcycles that are lightweight and nimble for the concrete jungle. Being an agile handler while looking the part is how we need our commute through the asphalt.

This is our list of the machines we think can handle those demands better than any other. A motorcycle with an upright riding position, lacking plastic fairings for that narrow lane splitting ability and a lightweight construction for the ease of flickability is what we are looking for, and here are our top ten:

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Helmet AC is here to save you from sticky sweat after a hot ride

Helmet AC is here to save you from sticky sweat after a hot ride

An American manufacturer using thermo-electric principle for cooling

We’ve all been there. Have huge miles to cover through blistering hot weather and the humid air is not making things any better. Sweat is trickling down our neck, and that itchy scalp makes us wish we could rip it off our head. Feeling fresh arriving at the destination only means feeling liberated when the helmet comes off the head. Well, thanks to an American manufacturer Feher, not anymore.

Using what they call as the “Mr.Cool” technology, the ACH-1 is the world’s first self-contained air-conditioned helmet. Invented and designed by Steve Feher, it is a $ 599 DOT certifies helmet fitted with an integrated A/C unit at the rear of the construction. Instead of using heavy standalone battery packs, it connects to the bike’s battery unit.

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MV Agusta is making a limited run Dragster 800 RR PIRELLI

MV Agusta is making a limited run Dragster 800 RR PIRELLI

Celebrating their second year of collaboration with Pirelli as their sole tire supplier

Two Italian brands, MV Agusta and Pirelli have become permanent partners where the latter was selected as the sole tire supplier for the Schiranna brand a year ago, and to celebrate this agreement, MV Agusta had made a limited edition version of the Brutale 800 RR called the “Brutale 800 RR PIRELLI”.

Now, the same two companies have released another limited edition collaboration, but this time, it will be the newly updated Dragster 800 RR that will receive the Pirelli touch. In a pure exclusive visual treat by the folks who make “Motorcycle Art”, the Dragster 800 RR PIRELLI gets new paint schemes that showcase the partnership with the decals and new wheels that stick to new tires.

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Indian's brand new FTR 1200 Street Tracker designs leaked in patents

Indian’s brand new FTR 1200 Street Tracker designs leaked in patents

The brand will launch it at the Intermot Motorcycle Show next month

Unveiling the brand’s all-new FTR1200 custom street tracker at the 2017 EICMA, Indian has begun the onslaught of looking elsewhere for their inspirations other than just making vintage charmers and majestic cruising machines.

After a year of teasing us, the Springfield firm will be finally launching the production version for the streets at the Intermot show on October 2nd. And still more than a week to go for this big launch, the web has been flooded with the design patents of the motorcycle including the fuel tank, frame, motor and the suspension.

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Royal Enfield salutes the armed forces with this special "Signals" edition of the Classic 350

Royal Enfield salutes the armed forces with this special "Signals" edition of the Classic 350

A homage to the Indian Army Corps of Signals

Conceived as a tribute to the birth of the Royal Enfield WD/RE series of motorcycles and Royal Enfield’s military heritage, Royal Enfield launched a special limited run version of the Classic 500 called the “Pegasus” edition back in August this year. Not even a month later, the Indian brand launched another machine highlighting its association with the military.

Called the “Classic Signals”, this special edition motorcycles is based on the brand’s Classic 350 and pays homage to its close association and partnership with the Indian Armed Forces. It gets new colors and cosmetic updates and is also Royal Enfield’s first offering to get ABS in the Indian market where the Signals edition will be launched for.

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BMW showcases its first autonomous motorcycle

BMW showcases its first autonomous motorcycle

This self-riding machine will still, however, need the rider doing everything

Last year, BMW Motorrad showcased its Vision Next 100, a motorcycle that is an entirely radical concept of the traditional machine on two wheels today. It is a self-balancing motorcycle that makes the side stand become mundane and mute. It promises to enhance the stability of the motorcycle when on the move and also balances the bike when in stationery.

Now, the German chaps have made a motorcycle that starts its engine on its own, recognizes bends, accelerate and brake all on its own. After more than a couple of years of research, development and testing, graduate engineer Stefan Hans and his team revealed their autonomous BMW R 1200 GS at the BMW Motorrad Techday 2018.

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2019 BMW R 1250 GS

2019 BMW R 1250 GS

Making the Twin-boxer mill more powerful, clean and fuel efficient. Other high-tech features creep in too

The Bavarian motorcycle manufacturer has been the market leader in the adventure scene with their promising GS motorcycles running the show for more than 35 years. Topping this chart is their flagship workhorse, the R 1200 GS series and its flat-twin boxer engine that is undoubtedly the best companion for exploring the unexplored.

Currently, this machine runs on a 1170cc flat-twin boxer engine and is all set to receive some major updates for the 2019 year along with some high-tech features coming in as standard. The new mill is going to make it specked to Euro-V norms and also make more power without losing on any fuel efficiency. What’s the trick? It’s called the BMW ShiftCam technology.

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2019 Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Sport

2019 Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Sport

Inspired from the ‘bobbed’ flat track racers, gets Ohlins suspension and sportier riding stance

Celebrating 95 years for a company is a big thing and to have survived against all the odds was a mountainous task for Moto Guzzi. Paying tribute to this past effort of custom motorcyclists, MG headed to a major revival plan and launched the new range of V9 platform a couple of years ago that angles towards the cruiser style rather than the V7’s roadster theme.

The first offerings were in the form of the mainstream-custom “Roamer,” and the more sinister “Bobber” that was launched a couple of years ago. For 2019, the Lario eagle moniker is getting a sporty new variant of the Bobber to show its mean and racing side of its character. Called the “V9 Bobber Sport”, is has been inspired from the ‘bobbed’ flat track racers from the ‘50s America.

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Suzuki showcases its most lethal GSX-R1000R yet. It's called the "Ryuyo"

Suzuki showcases its most lethal GSX-R1000R yet. It’s called the "Ryuyo"

pumps out a massive 212 hp and comes with carbon-fiber and MotoGP components

Remember that special GSX-R 1000R with carbon-fiber fairing, top-spec exhaust, race-styled screen and lever guards we spoke about last week? Well, we thought that this was a limited edition affair to showcase Yoshimura’s involvement as the former’s official partner for the upcoming MotoGP season.

At least we were right about the limited edition part. What it is, is the Suzuki GSX-R1000R Ryuyo. It is a not so cheap, nor can be ridden on the street version of the “King of Sportsbike” that gets a bump in power to a crazy 212 hp while losing out a huge 77 pounds, courtesy - so much carbon-fiber.

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BMW unveils brand-new R 1250 GS and R 1250 RT with the new ShiftCam technology

BMW unveils brand-new R 1250 GS and R 1250 RT with the new ShiftCam technology

Making the Twin-boxer mill more powerful, clean and fuel efficient. Other high-tech features creep in too

The Bavarian motorcycle manufacturer has been the market leader in the adventure scene with their promising GS motorcycles running the show for more than 35 years. Topping this chart is their flagship workhorse, the R 1200 GS series and its flat-twin boxer engine that is undoubtedly the best companion for exploring the unexplored. Then there is the R1200RT, a sport touring motorcycle which has many at times been the bestselling model for BMW.

Currently, both these machines run on a 1170cc flat-twin boxer engine and are all set to receive some major updates for the 2019 year along with some high-tech features coming in as standard. The new mill is going to make them specked to Euro-V norms and also make more power without losing on any fuel efficiency. What’s the trick? It’s called the BMW ShiftCam technology.

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Is this the BMW G310RR? The German's new secret mini weapon?

Is this the BMW G310RR? The German’s new secret mini weapon?

Clad in carbon-fiber, it is a fully faired G 310 R sportster

Back in 2013, BMW teamed up with TVS Motors in a Euro 20 million partnership to support them with the manufacturing and distribution of smaller capacity motorcycles, starting with the G 310R. TVS also launched the Apache RR 310 that was nothing but a full faired G310R for the Indian markets.

Now though, the Germans have perfected that sportsbike and have slapped their badge on what we believe is the potent new mini-superbike, the BMW G310RR Supersport. Snapped by our friends at Oliepeil, this BMW G310RR was on display at the BMW Motorrad Days in Japan and has its dad, S 1000 RR, written all over it.

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Royal Enfield shattered a land speed record on the Continental GT 650

Royal Enfield shattered a land speed record on the Continental GT 650

Ridden by an 18-year-old, backed by Harris Performance and S&S

Entering the 650cc twins into the market, Royal Enfield has fulfilled a long-standing purpose of enchanting world customers with its cafe-racer Continental GT 650 and the classic-retro Interceptor which were launched at the 2017 EICMA.

Although late to the party, the bikes are yet to reach showroom floors and will be happening after the EICMA show of Milan in November. After having gathered many eye-balls, Royal Enfield has given us yet another convincing with its stunt of registering a land speed record with the Continental GT ridden by an 18-year-old pretty face during the Bonneville Speed Week.

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Kawasaki is out with its new 125cc Ninja and Z babies

Kawasaki is out with its new 125cc Ninja and Z babies

Final showcase to happen at the upcoming EICMA show

The Japanese Green Team have officially released images and introductory videos of their new babies of both their sports and naked categories, finally after a couple of years of speculation ever since the 2017 EICMA. It is the Ninja 125 and Z125 that will be revealed at the upcoming EICMA in Milan.

Although we already have the naked Z125 in our markets, it will be replaced with a newer, more advanced update along with its sportier Ninja sibling. While doing so, Kawasaki will finally have a product to cater to the basic A1 license that has so far limited them to the use of mopeds.

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2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR

2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR

Feel the WSBK on the streets with Finger-follower valve train, titanium rods, lightweight wheels

With their bikes dominating the WSBK championships, we can see the direct impact of this on their street products. With the integration of technology and electronics from their motorsport experience, they have continuously pushed the limits for better handling and a thrilling ride experience along with ground-breaking technology catering to the rider’s needs.

For 2019, the ZX-10R series is receiving major updates to slay the competition. New developments in the engine architecture will take the power figures to 200 hp+ to all three models. The RR will be a limited edition affair with even more fineness inside that 998cc mill.

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2019 Ducati Scrambler Icon

2019 Ducati Scrambler Icon

Modern equipment, revised riding ergonomics, new paint schemes and better safety tech

2014 was the year Ducati started rolling their Scrambler editions, and after almost half a decade, Scrambler is no longer just a model, but now it is a brand. Till today, Ducati has been making Scramblers which could have been abused, but it pleased the urban way and masses, and hence they became glorified street bikes.

And the most successful model is receiving a much-needed update for the year 2019 ‘Scrambler Joyvolution’. The Ducati Scrambler Icon – will now come with modern equipment, revised riding ergonomics, new paint schemes, and better safety tech to keep both wheels planted in all situations.

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Suzuki teasing a special GSX-R 1000 R with Yoshimura ?

Suzuki teasing a special GSX-R 1000 R with Yoshimura ?

Gets carbon-fiber fairing, top-spec exhaust, race-styled screen and lever guards

Built by engineers with years of experience and dominations in production-based Superbike, Superstock and Endurance races worldwide, and most importantly the WSBK MotoGP technology, the 6th gen 2017 GSX-R 1000 was the most compact, the most aerodynamic and the best-handling GSX-R 1000 ever.

The folks who made it themselves are upping the ante for 2019 and will be showcasing a new edition of their “King of Sportsbike” at the upcoming EIMA show in Milan. It is going to be a much more brutal version of the already potent GSX-R 1000R and Suzuki Italy has published a couple of pictures on their social media platform giving us a glimpse of this new weapon, probably in conjunction with Yoshimura.

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Triumph gives us more glimpses at their new 1200 Scrambler

Triumph gives us more glimpses at their new 1200 Scrambler

Bigger engine, brakes, suspension and expectations

This is the second teaser we received in a span of a couple of weeks proving that Triumph is on a path to rule the popular scrambler category with their upcoming brand-new weapon, the 1200 Scrambler. This second teaser shows us more of what we can expect from the Hinckley chaps.

The 1200 Scrambler boasts of the new high torque engine used on the Brit’s Bonneville lineup, and to handle all that additional power, this Scrambler gets equipped with bigger wheels, bigger brakes, and bigger suspension.

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Ducati's "Land of Joy" updates the Icon for 2019

Ducati’s "Land of Joy" updates the Icon for 2019

Modern equipment, revised riding ergonomics, new paint schemes and better safety tech

2014 was the year Ducati started rolling their Scrambler editions, and after almost half a decade, Scrambler is no longer just a model, but now it is a brand. Till today, Ducati has been making Scramblers which could have been abused, but it pleased the urban way and masses, and hence they became glorified street bikes.

And the most successful model is receiving a much-needed update for the year 2019 ‘Scrambler Joyvolution’. The Ducati Scrambler Icon – will now come with modern equipment, revised riding ergonomics, new paint schemes, and better safety tech to keep both wheels planted in all situations.

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Kawasaki to add a Z125 and a Ninja125 to their 2019 lineup

Kawasaki to add a Z125 and a Ninja125 to their 2019 lineup

To finally cater the A licence millennial riders

For 2019, the Japanese green team is bringing in smaller babies of both their sports and naked categories to our markets finally after a couple of years of speculation ever since the 2017 EICMA. It is the Ninja 125 and Z125 that will be revealed at the upcoming EICMA in Milan.

Although we already have the naked Z125 in our markets, it will be replaced with a newer, more advanced update along with its sportier Ninja sibling. While doing so, Kawasaki will finally have a product to cater to the basic A1 license that has so far limited them to the use of mopeds.

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Kawasaki adds more power to their 2019 ZX-10R superbikes

Kawasaki adds more power to their 2019 ZX-10R superbikes

Finger-follower valve train, titanium rods, lightweight wheels, self-healing paintjob

With their bikes dominating the WSBK championships, we can see the direct impact of this on their street products. With the integration of technology and electronics from their motorsport experience, they have continuously pushed the limits for better handling and a thrilling ride experience along with ground-breaking technology catering to the rider’s needs.

For 2019, the ZX-10R series is receiving major updates to slay the competition. New developments in the engine architecture will take the power figures to 200 hp+ to all three models. The SE will get self-healing paint while the RR will be a limited edition affair with even more fineness inside that 998cc mill.

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Kawasaki to introduce the naked Z400 as the 2019 model

Kawasaki to introduce the naked Z400 as the 2019 model

CARB documents brings out confirmation for the same

The Kawasaki Z400 is not a badge you’ll see for the first time on a Kawasaki machine. The Japanese used to make the ‘KZ400/Z400’ between 1974 and 1984 for Asian and American markets. The KZ400 even outsold Honda in the 400 cc twins market through the 1970s. But was culled from the showroom floors after a decade from its launch.

Now though, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) documents published indicate that the 399cc Kawasaki naked motorcycle will be coming back to the US shores after the launch of the full faired Ninja 400 last year and will look much similar to the Z300 it will replace but run on a brand new engine borrowed from the Ninja.

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2019 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse

2019 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse

New styling, rear cylinder de-activation, most powerful audio, riding modes. It’s got it all

The Dark Horse showcases the menacing character of the epoch Chieftain with the subtle yet dark cosmetic changes that give it a stealth outlook while blacking out just about everything.

For 2019, the Springfield manufacturer will equip the Chieftain Dark Horse with a fresh sleaze of aggressive styling and technology under its belt that enhances riding experience to an all new level. New restyled fairings and saddlebags and Ride-Enhancing Technology like ride modes, rear cylinder de-activation, and enhanced audio systems improve appeal, performance, comfort, and audio quality.

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BMW's new lethal S-1000RR superbike designs leaked

BMW’s new lethal S-1000RR superbike designs leaked

Patent imaged from China surface the web

This is the final showdown. And nothing is going to change henceforth. This, guys, is the 2019 BMW S-1000RR. Published by China’s intellectual property office, this liter-class weapon from the Bavarian manufacturer is finally out from the cages in the CAD forms, unofficially though.

Looking at it, and with the snapped test mule we showcased in July, we can confirm that this is indeed the 1000RR we all have been waiting for. The designs are a reminiscence of the S-1000 RRs’ we have been accustomed to before but misses out on that all prolific asymmetric headlights. Instead, we see a pair of matching lights on either side of the central air intake.

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Suzuki to unveil the Katana at the Intermot next month

Suzuki to unveil the Katana at the Intermot next month

It will produce close to 150 hp, thanks to a turbo-charged engine

Five months ago we learnt that the Japanese manufacturer filed for a trademark application in the USA for the name ‘Katana’ and a swanky new logo too with the sword. It was more of a logo and name protection really, suggesting that Suzuki has strong intentions of getting it back for real.

Looks like the Gods have heard us because Suzuki just released a teaser video confirming the possibility. The video tells us that the Katana will be showcased to us at the Intermot show next month. The video shows a sword being made on an anvil and a statement that reads “Feel the Edge”.

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