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Video: Harley Davidson Engine Sounds 1903 - 2020

Video: Harley Davidson Engine Sounds 1903 - 2020

Potato-potato through the ages

The sound a Harley Davidson engine produces is one that can be traced right back to the very beginning of the company. Fondly referred to as ’potato-potato’, this video shows how little the sound has changed from the very first F-Head right through to the Milwaukee Eight of the present day.

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2015 - 2022 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero / Vulcan 1700 Voyager

2015 - 2022 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero / Vulcan 1700 Voyager

Each has a muscular V-Twin with plenty of roll-on

Kawasaki’s Vulcan 1700 line is well established with the Vaquero and the Voyager — a bagger and full dresser, respectively — both come with ABS and, as the name suggests, the 1700 cc engine in the V-twin configuration with liquid cooling and a six-speed transmission. Ready for a cruise around town or hitting the open road, the Vulcan 1700s are well fitted and all-around solid.

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2022 Indian Chief

2022 Indian Chief

Indian’s celebration of 100 years of Chief

Indian Motorcycle’s famous “Chief” branding first saw light of day way back in 1921, so the factory put together an all-new, 100-year-anniversary model Chief to mark the occasion. A post-war panache joins classic-custom chops and contemporary technology to complete the antique-looking package and ensure modern performance parameters. Indian powers this platform with its powerful Thunder Stroke 111 engine.

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Triumph Reveals Its Funny Bone In Promotionnal Documentary

Triumph Reveals Its Funny Bone In Promotionnal Documentary

Is This The Funniest Motorcycle’ Film Ever?

Motorcycle companies tend to take themselves very seriously and don’t let frivolity get in the way of the important business of making and selling bikes. This particular video is a few years old so you’ve probably already seen it, but it’s too good not to watch again.

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2021 Harley-Davidson Street Bob 114

2021 Harley-Davidson Street Bob 114

Now quicker with a faster 0-to-60 time

Harley-Davidson ditched the Milwaukee-Eight 107 and repowered its Street Bob platform ahead of MY2021 with the powerful Mil-8 114 to give it a performance boost over its predecessor. This makes it the least expensive stoplight burner in the 2021 lineup, as well as the lightest Big-Twin to carry the up-sized Milwaukee engine. The homejob-custom look is a carryover from last year but the graphics package is unique to this year-model setting it apart from its peers.

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2021 Harley-Davidson Sportster S

2021 Harley-Davidson Sportster S

It’s a better Harley in just about every important category

Harley-Davidson gives us a glimpse of the near future of the Sportster lineup with the release of its all-new Sportster S model. The MoCo breaks with 35 years of tradition by moving away from the powerplant and base design that first rolled back in ’86 in favor of a new, from-the-ground-up re-imagination that bears little resemblance to its predecessor. Modern chassis design and high-performance V-Twin power set the tone for the newest Sportster addition as the factory looks to become more competitive in its sub Big-Twin range.

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2018 - 2021 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob

2018 - 2021 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob

Ride it again for the first time

Heavily bobbed and blacked-out, the Harley-Davidson Fat Bob came with a choice of engine — the 107-inch Milwaukee-Eight or the 114-inch version – up until 2020 when only the 114 was carried forward. These grunty powerplants, along with a (relatively) sporty new suspension system from the redesign in 2018 give the Fat Bob an aggressive bent meant to appeal to a younger generation of rider. The Fat Bob saw a complete do-over in 2018, so if you rode it before and weren’t impressed, know that you haven’t ridden this Fat Bob.

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These Custom Indian Scouts Are Not Made in The USA

These Custom Indian Scouts Are Not Made in The USA

Pure French Artistry

The Indian Scout has proved itself to be a favourite of customisers around the world. None have been quite so successful as this pair from French Indian dealership Indian Motorcycles Metz. Two distinct influences have shaped them and they are both beautiful examples of the custom builders’ art.

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BMW Announces Two New R18 Models

BMW Announces Two New R18 Models

The R18 B and R18 Transcontinental Break Cover

BMW extends the R18 line-up with two full touring models: the R18 B and the R18 Transcontinental. Featuring the same mechanicals and chassis as the R18 but with vast fairings and hard luggage - saddlebags on the R18 B and saddlebags and a top box on the R18 Transcontinental. Available in BMW Motorrad dealers from August.

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Whatever Happened to the Baby Harley Davidson 338R?

Whatever Happened to the Baby Harley Davidson 338R?

Has It Been Axed Or Could It Still Make Production?

Last year, spy shots of a ’baby’ Harley Davidson, called the 338R, were all over the internet. The bike was based on the Benelli 302, produced by Chinese manufacturer Qiangjiang, or QJMotor. Since then, all has been silent in Milwaukee. However, a new tie-in with Hero Motor Corp in India, as well as ongoing links with QJMotor, could see a small-displacement Harley Davidson suitable for the lucrative Indian and Asian markets.

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2016 - 2022 Kawasaki Vulcan S / S Cafe / S SE

2016 - 2022 Kawasaki Vulcan S / S Cafe / S SE

Ninja-derived power in a mid-displacement cruiser

As the lightest bike in the Kawasaki cruiser lineup, the Vulcan S appeals to a variety of riders with adjustable footpegs and options for seat height and handlebar position. Carrying the same low and lean profile of the bigger Vulcan cruisers, the S stable combines Ninja-derived power and handling with the comfort and personalization capabilities of Kawasaki’s Ergo-Fit components.

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2017 - 2020 Triumph Bonneville Bobber

2017 - 2020 Triumph Bonneville Bobber

It has a retro-appeal all its own

A 1,200 cc plant pushes the classic-looking frame on the new-from-2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber. Much like Harley-Davidson’s Softail, it comes built to look like an old hard-tail. The result is a modern ride with very deep roots traceable back to the Speed Twin 5T of the late ’30s. There are plenty of other little historical touches here and there, and though this is no replica piece, it can serve as a sort of rolling museum.

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The Benda KFC700 Kicks Ass - On Paper!

The Benda KFC700 Kicks Ass - On Paper!

New Cruiser from China

Long and low cruiser with a four-cylinder engine from Chinese manufacturer.

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2020 - 2021 Honda Rebel 300 / 500

2020 - 2021 Honda Rebel 300 / 500

Honda’s iconic Rebel, now with a slip-and-assist clutch

Honda rolls into the new decade with the first overhaul to its newest-generation Rebel range. It has only been a few years since the classic Rebel line was replaced by the current iteration, and the added features are largely due to feedback from the new rider base. New suspension components improve the ride along with upgrades to the lighting and clutch pack to increase overall safety and expand its buyer base.

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2022 Indian Chief Dark Horse

2022 Indian Chief Dark Horse

All new from the ground up, but with the classic styling we expect

Indian completely reworked its Chief Dark Horse ahead of MY2022 with a ground-up build that actually has little in common with its predecessor. A new frame carries a larger engine and comes clad with minimal bodywork in contrast to the outgoing model. Custom fenders and blackout paint makes the connection to the U.S. custom culture with ride-safety electronics under the hood to finish off the package.

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2015 - 2021 Yamaha V Star 250

2015 - 2021 Yamaha V Star 250

You won’t find many V-twin engines in the small-displacement field

If you’re a carburetor fan, you’re still in luck for a 250 cc commuter bike with the V Star 250 from Yamaha. Simple, classic-cruiser good looks and scooter-like fuel economy make the V Star 250 a no-nonsense choice for a budget-minded or entry-level rider.

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2021 - 2022 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

2021 - 2022 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

Overall historically accurate to the target period, but with modern updates for more power and improved handling

Triumph beefed up its Bonneville lineup ahead of MY2021 with an updated Speedmaster model. This popular variant on the Bonneville Bobber platform comes with a cleaner engine this year, along with higher-spec suspension components, and improved pilot/passenger comfort features for longer spells in the saddle. A robust accessories selection stands ready to help you get set up just how you like whether you’re into touring, commuting, or just cruising and grocery-getting.

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2016 - 2021 Indian Motorcycle Scout / Scout Sixty

2016 - 2021 Indian Motorcycle Scout / Scout Sixty

This is Indian’s snazzy bar-hoppin’ midsize cruiser

Riding high on the success of the Scout and Scout Sixty, Indian introduces the 2021 stable with a few updates over last year, but mostly the same approachable rides with clean lines and more appeal for younger buyers.

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