BMW unveils brand-new R 1250 GS and R 1250 RT with the new ShiftCam technology
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.
2019 Indian Motorcycle Chieftain Classic
Indian Motorcycle, under the expansive Polaris umbrella, blessed its Chieftain lineup with a facelift ahead of MY2019, but the Chieftain Classic alone retains its looks to perpetuate the retro-styling that made it a hit in the first place. The “Classic” benefits from the same under-the-hood fandanglery as the rest of the lineup, so while its looks might be a bit dated in the most delightful ways, you can count on modern safety and comfort all the same. Indian is in the midst of its timeless conflict with America’s second-oldest manufacturer, Harley-Davidson, so today I want to take a look at the new Classic and see how it stacks up against the MoCo. Let’s get to it.
Continue reading for my review of the Indian Motorcycle Chieftain Classic.
2019 Harley-Davidson TriGlide Ultra
Harley-Davidson has released its 2019 lineup, and it looks like the newly revamped TriGlide Ultra is the hot ticket to debut all the new tech to come out of Milwaukee this year. The TriGlide combines the stability of a traditional trike platform with all the same tour-tastic goodies that makes H-D’s two-wheeler tourbikes such a success. New this year, an updated infotainment system gives you better touchscreen performance along with better sound system options, but the real performance boost lies in the engine area as Harley beefed up its already massive mill. Attention was paid to the suspension components as well to make this generation of trike smoother than ever before, so as you can see, the MoCo did its homework and gave the people exactly what they want, and more of it. Or, did they? Let’s find out.
Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson TriGlide Ultra,
Triumph gives us more glimpses at their new 1200 Scrambler
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.
2019 Indian Chieftain
Indian Motorcycle updated its base-model Chieftain ahead of MY2019 along with the rest of its bagger family in order to present a sleeker, more-modern face to the world. Attention was paid to the aesthetics to include changes to the body panels, front and rear, as well as the saddle. New technology also sees the light of day with entertainment power and comfort features that are meant to help America’s oldest motorcycle brand compete with the second-oldest domestic marque. Some of that gadgetry is geared to make the powerful 111 cubic-inch even more user-friendly and attractive in this great arms-race with its traditional foe Harley-Davidson. Today I’m going to take a look at the new Chieftain and see how it stacks up against one of H-D’s baggers.
Continue reading for my review of the Indian Motorcycle Chieftain.
2019 Harley-Davidson FXDR 114
Harley-Davidson advances its 100-new-bike agenda in 2019 with the new FXDR 114 that turns the nearly-new Softail into a drag race-inspired stoplight burner. The factory went outside the envelope for design inspiration, with some interesting results that head in an unexpected direction to say the least. A 114 cubic-inch engine delivers the goods to make the FXDR the most powerful production Softail up for grabs so far this year, so you can be assured that it’s by no means an all-show/no-go machine. Plus, an effort was made to shed some weight to improve handling- and ride-quality, and that translates into even better acceleration to make this a rather sporty, non-Sportster ride. Let’s dive into the details.
Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson FXDR 114.
2019 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse
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.
2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Breakout
Once again, Harley-Davidson takes what’s old and makes it new again with its revamped-in-2018 Softail lineup, and the drag-tastic “Breakout” is one of the models that made the jump and carried into 2019. Harley offers this bobber-burner with the 109 pound-foot, Milwaukee-Eight 107 and the Mil-8 114 that boasts a total of 119 pounds o’ twist. The ground-up Softail-family rebuild contains myriad changes from the remarkable to the mundane that go way beyond a handful of re-arranged trim packages. We’re talking about the re-invention of the whole range with capabilities meant to offset the loss of the Dyna family, and technology that is more in line with the current industry standards. We’re talking a renewed focus on the Softails as H-D’s sole (or should it be soul?) cruisers. This is it; the drag-tastic sub-model of the range that Harley hopes will attract the younger buyers.
Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Breakout.
2018 - 2019 Indian Motorcycle Scout Bobber
Indian Motorcycle has certainly called some attention to its mid-size bikes this year through its success on the flat track, and the Scout Bobber looks to capitalize on that by garnering some of the factory-custom business. The “Bobber” brings modern performance to the table along with an overall look that is rather unique, yet fits in well with the rest of the made-for-the-US market, foreign and domestic built. An 1,133 cc plant delivers the power, and this year, the Bobber rocks improved electronics plus a USB charging port, regardless of which color you choose. I’ve been a fan of the new Scouts since day one, so let’s dig into the nuts and bolts of the thing and see what all there is to love.
Continue reading for my review of the Indian Motorcycle Scout Bobber.
Indian Motorcycles updates its Chieftain range for 2019
An ultra-premium bagger boasts worldly comfort, convenience, power, style, infotainment, craftsmanship and most important of all - confidence. It is everything the Chieftain stood for, and this time Indian Motorcycles have given it a ravishing new statement.
For 2019, the Springfield manufacturer will equip the Chieftain guns 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.
“As we continue to evolve the Indian Motorcycle brand, we want to expand our lineup with more aggressive style options, while still maintaining the availability of our more classic style options,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director for Indian Motorcycle.
The 111 Thunderstroke powerplant running across the range is a 1811cc 49 degree V-Twin capable of belting out 73 hp of power and 119 lb-ft of torque.
Riders can customize their Chieftain range with a variety of accessories, including custom fit options like extended and reduced reach seats, mid-rise handlebars and reduced reach handlebars and PowerBand Audio options. Also available are color-matched accessories such as Hard Lower Fairings, Saddlebag Audio Lids, and a Quick Release Trunk.
2019 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide
Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations division is at it again with a revised CVO Street Glide model for 2019. The newest “SG” sports a new Boom! Box infotainment system with some serious speaker packages, and it comes with a choice of three distinct finish categories; bright, dark and really dark. Power comes from the Milwaukee-Eight 117 that makes its sophomore appearance and brings its “guns” to the table with oodles of torque and a new color band as a model-year identifier. There’s plenty more to see, so let’s get into the details of Harley’s top-shelf custom-tour bike.
Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide.
2019 Indian Roadmaster
The Roadmaster has always been the cream of the crop from Indian motorcycles and has constantly been raising the bar for comfort, convenience, power, style, infotainment, craftsmanship and most important of all - confidence. Being the best money can buy is not easy but this pulls it off with all bells and whistles every single time.
The same will be repeated for the 2019 edition where it receives a fresh sleaze of technology under its belt that enhances riding experience to an all new level. New Ride-Enhancing Technology like ride modes, rear cylinder de-activation, improved airflow and enhanced audio systems improves performance, comfort, and audio quality.
2019 Indian Springfield Dark Horse
First out in the wild last year, the Springfireld Dark Horse was a solo saddle amalgamation of the mechanicals and stature of an Indian Springfield. It received subtle yet dark cosmetic changes to give it a stealth outlook while blacking out just about everything to showcase the menacing character of the epoch Springfield.
For 2019, the Springfield manufacturer will equip the Springfield Dark Horse with a fresh sleaze of technology under its belt that enhances riding experience to an all new level. New Ride-Enhancing Technology like ride modes, rear cylinder de-activation, and a few others. But the star of the show is what makes the Dark Horse rather sane. The White Smoke color option.
Indian Motorcycles gives fresh updates to the 2019 Chief, Springfield & Roadmaster
For the year 2018, America’s oldest brand gave the world a brand new lineage of motorcycles that are sophisticated and technologically packed while keeping the core values of its predecessors intact of being the vintage charmers. Three new machines rolled on our streets including the Roadmaster Elite, Springfield Dark Horse) and the Chieftain Elite.
For 2019, the Springfield manufacturer will equip the Chief, Springfield and Roadmaster guns with a fresh sleaze of technology under its belt that enhances riding experience to an all new level. New Ride-Enhancing Technology like ride modes, rear cylinder de-activation, improved airflow and enhanced audio systems improves performance, comfort, and audio quality. The Dark Horses, on the other hand, also gets style updates and expanded color options.
2016 - 2019 Indian Motorcycle Scout / Scout Sixty
Riding high on the success of the Scout and Scout Sixty, Indian Motorcycle introduces the 2019 stable with a few updates over last year, but mostly the same approachable rides with clean lines and more appeal for younger buyers.
Continue reading for my review of the Indian Scout and Scout Sixty.
2019 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler
Harley-Davidson remakes its hot-rod trike, the Freewheeler, ahead of the 2019 model year with a host of improvements that the factory hopes will help it compete against the burgeoning three-wheeler competition. Brand-new-for-2019, traction control and backtorque-defeating measures have been put into place, and they’re buttressed by a new suspension system for an overall increase in safety and stability. That’s not all; the beating heart was upgraded as well with a 114-inch powerplant shoehorned in where a 107 used to reside, so there’s even more of that grunty performance we expect from Harley’s three-wheeled stoplight-burner. This year makes a significant benchmark in H-D’s technology development, so let’s dig in and see how well it stacks up against the competition.
Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Freewheeler.
Honda spewing a new CBR1000RR Fireblade with 212 hp?
Honda showcased the current CBR 1000RR at the 2016 Intermot. It is an all-new redesigned package from Honda which showcased major updates from since nearly a decade to give them a fighting chance in the already competitive high-tech superbike arena.
Ever since its launch, it has been proving its mettle on the track and on the road. And with Honda’s proven reliability, Honda wants to ramp it up and tickle the liter-class market with an updated CBR1000RR. Well, for now, they have filed for trademarking the name “Fireblade” in the US market, and we cannot stop smiling. Some say the 2019 model will make 212 hp even. Drooool.
Buildbase Suzuki team livery gets onto our GSX-R1000 for the streets
Exclusively made for the European customers, Suzuki GB unveiled a new livery on their flagship GSX-R1000 liter-class machine inspired by its Buildbase Suzuki team. The £19,999 ($25,800) machine will feature a numbered fuel tank, a number of Yoshimura components, and loads of genuine accessories and will be made to only 50 numbered units.
Suzuki’s new GSX-R1000 enters its second year of competition in British Superbikes in 2018 after taking a race win at Assen in the Netherlands last season. The bike also went on to win the Australian and MotoAmerica Superbike championships in the hands of Josh Waters and Toni Elias respectively, both Buildbase riders.
Indian equips its 2019 Scout and Scout Bobber with USB port and new colors
Called the "Icon Paint Series", India Motorcycles turned their Scout vintage charmers into high school teens with swanky new paint jobs for the 2018 season. Indian believes that this paint "have the ‘wow’ factor" delivering a high-quality finish along with offering the all-important factory warrant.
For the 2019 edition, all the Scout machines will receive new colors, and Indian will offer ABS standard on all the color options (and keeps ABS as an optional on Thunder Black models). Along with that, the Scout and the Scout Bobber will also get a USB charging port for staying charged on the go.
2019 Harley Davidson FXDR 114
With what went down as the biggest shift in the company’s corporate stance, Harley Davidson has gone on record showcasing its future plans over the next five years in great detail. As part of its brand new “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” growth plan through 2022, HD has showcased multiple concepts under electric motorcycles, adventure-tourers, streetfighter, and Customs being the prominent ones.
But Harley has definitely taken care not to forget about its past nor the present. After releasing nine new Softails earlier this year, the Milwaukee brand has unleashed a brand new one, and this time, it gets the biggest of the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engines with 1868cc. It’s the FXDR 114, and it comes built around the new platform with 240-section rear tire and lightweight aluminum swingarm.
2018 BMW R nineT Urban GS
BMW expanded its R nineT lineup ahead of the ’17 model year with the Urban G/S that brings old school adventure bike looks to the table along with the same modern performance as the rest of the line. Power comes from an 1,170 cc flat-twin engine that adds character and historical panache at the same time to make the “GS” something of a rolling tribute piece. Although the “GS” sports some special gear that sets it apart from the rest of the range, it’s still just a platform that can be shifted between the stock road-running setup and a more offroad friendly build for what is, essentially, two bikes in one. Rider safety is also available in varying levels, so I would argue that this ride is probably appropriate for riders that land near the bottom of the experience scale along with riders who are looking to cross between the black and the brown.
Continue reading for my review of the BMW R nineT Urban GS.
2016 - 2019 Honda Fury / Stateline
The Honda designers targeted the outlaw chopper culture of the ’60s and ’70s, and managed to turn out a fairly faithful interpretation in the Fury, which is carried into 2019 though we lost its stablemate, the Stateline, from the lineup in 2017. The deep saddle and cut-down rear fender combined with the sweep of the fuel tank give it that stretched, custom look. For the American market, the 52-degree V-twin fits right in with a 1,312 cc engine that isn’t so big as to be intimidating. Join me as I critique Honda’s attempt to recapture our glory days.
Continue reading for my review of the Honda Stateline and Fury.