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2021 BMW R 18

2021 BMW R 18

The much-anticipated R18 has the largest boxer engine BMW has ever put in a production bike

BMW finally resolves the curiosity it has been cultivating over the last year with the online (due to coronavirus concerns) unveiling of its boss new cruiser, the R 18. This model wants a chunk of the retro-cruiser market with a faux rigid rear end and old-school geometry, but it ain’t all about the looks. This machine carries the largest boxer-twin engine that Beemer has ever mounted in a bike frame. In spite of its simple, clean look, there is plenty of ride-control wizardry under the hood.

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BMW enters the cruiser segment with its new R 18

BMW enters the cruiser segment with its new R 18

Old is new again with a nod to the BMW R 5 of yesteryear

BMW unveiled the R 18 Concept about a year ago, and now reveals the much anticipated production model. Slated for release later this year – though don’t be surprised if that is postponed – the R 18 comes packing the biggest and most powerful two-cylinder BMW boxer engine equipped in its bikes to date. We’re looking at 91 horsepower and 116 pound-feet of torque in classic rigid-frame-look cruiser styling.

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Confederate Motorcycles touted to release a new Hellcat in 2020

Confederate Motorcycles touted to release a new Hellcat in 2020

And the concept shown sees a Harley-Davidson FXDR custom chopped

After being revived by venture capital fund Ernest Lee Capital, the “Confederate Motorcycles LLC” will be manufacturing high end, extremely high-powered, big V-twin motorcycles in Birmingham, AL, all over again. The firm continues to sell the last remaining Confederate P-51 Combat Fighters and FA-13 Combat Bombers.

New information that first got traction back in 2018 was the production of a brand new Hellcat model. The brains at the Confederate shop were picked on to refurbish the all-new Harley-Davidson FXDR as the basis for the new Hellcat machine. Our friend Wade Thiel had the opportunity to sit across Ernest Lee, of Ernest Lee Capital, to give us the bigger picture.

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Top Speed Top Six Cruisers to consider for beginners

Top Speed Top Six Cruisers to consider for beginners

For the newbies who love the laid-back reclined riding styles that make covering vast expanses of 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. And if this is the way you want to get into the world of motorcycles, I guess you have taken the first step in the right direction. Feeling the wind in the air, the smell of cut grass on the countryside, the constant changes in the temperatures, cruisers can show you all these feelings and more at the twist of the throttle.

These six machines are our top pick come with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position defining any modern-day cruisers. All of this without breaking our banks.

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2020 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard

2020 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard

It’s a blank canvas for you to make it your own

Harley-Davidson makes some progress on its “100 new bikes” promise with the mid-year release of the new Softail Standard. The Standard presents a combination of old-school and custom features over a rather minimalist design, and that has the effect of keeping the price down to make this the least expensive Big Twin the MoCo has to offer. It also makes for a great starting point for you would-be bike customizers out there who are looking for a suitable platform.

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Harley-Davidson Fat Boy 30th Anniversary

Harley-Davidson Fat Boy 30th Anniversary

Only Harley-Davidson would have the courage to name a motorcycle “Fat Boy” and here’s celebrating 30 years of the iconic design

Harley-Davidson marks three decades of production for one of its most-iconic families with the release of the 2020 Fat Boy 114 30th Anniversary model. This machine proudly displays DNA from H-D’s immediate post-WWII era all the way down to the old-school frame geometry that mimics the rigid rear ends from way back in the day. Harley powers it with its largest production engine and wraps the whole project in a unique graphics package complete with a limited-edition serial number and 2,500-unit limited production run for an extra bit of exclusivity.

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1932 - 1958 Rikuo RT2

1932 - 1958 Rikuo RT2

Have you ever wondered why WWII Japanese bikes looked like Harleys?

Sometimes a motorcycle tells a story, and the Rikuo RT2 spins a tale of cooperation and national interdependency that preceded a period of strife with connections that contemporary readers may find surprising. It takes us back to the Great Depression, when the Harley-Davidson Motor Company struck a deal with Japanese manufacturer, the Sankyo Seiyako Corporation, and sold them the plans and tooling to produce their VL model in-country. The rest, as they say, is history, and this machine was named by The Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan as one of the 240 landmark machines of the Japanese Automotive Technology. It also has the distinction of having served armies on both sides of the Pacific theater during World War II.

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2020 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy 30th Anniversary Limited Edition

2020 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy 30th Anniversary Limited Edition

This limited-edition evilness gets dark finishes with bronze highlights and is powered by a blacked-out Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine

Becoming a part of the Softail range in 2018, the Fat Boy received a massive upgrade on the reinvented Softail chassis, powered by the Milwaukee-Eight engines. Celebrating 30 years of this monster, the 2020 model gets a blacked-out theme, converting the satin-chrome outlook to a sinful looking “Vivid-Black” theme. And running this evil hooligan is the thumping Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-twin engine.

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Harley-Davidson lends its flair to the Ford F-250 truck, courtesy the Fat Boy 30th Anniversary

Harley-Davidson lends its flair to the Ford F-250 truck, courtesy the Fat Boy 30th Anniversary

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

Post 30 years of a bodacious run, the Bar & Shield brand celebrated the iconic Fat Boy it with a limited run affair of a bold all-black livery, complete with gentle touches of bronze – The Fat Boy 30th Anniversary. Tuscany Motor Company, the Indiana based dealership that gives us enthusiasts Harley-Davidson special limited-edition trucks, has now the sent the Ford F-250 to the beauty shop to get a butch makeover based on the limited-ed Fat Boy.

Under the direction of the Milwaukee firm, notable and iconic features of the cruiser will get onto the 2020 model F-250 truck with over 65 proprietary components to dazzle the vibe and the character of the already striking pick-up. Just like what this partnership did with the Harley-Davidson GMC Sierra Truck

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Harley-Davidson celebrates 30 years of its iconic Fat Boy cloaked in Darth Vader style

Harley-Davidson celebrates 30 years of its iconic Fat Boy cloaked in Darth Vader style

This limited-edition evilness gets dark finishes with bronze highlights and is powered by a blacked-out Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine

Low, wide and intimidating. Ever have these been the hallmarks of the Fat Boy line since its launch in 1990, and it’s still true of today’s subjects. Post 30 years of a bodacious run, the Bar & Shield brand is celebrating it with a limited run affair of a bold all-black livery, complete with gentle touches of bronze. And running this evil hooligan is the thumping Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-twin engine.

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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 (2020 models)

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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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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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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2020 Honda Rebel 300 / 500

2020 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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2015 - 2019 Suzuki Boulevard M50

2015 - 2019 Suzuki Boulevard M50

It’s a muscle-bike look with a tame attitude

Suzuki’s Boulevard M50 cruiser carries into 2019 with more of that custom American style that made it popular ever since it evolved from the old Intruder. Low-slung good looks join the 42-horsepower, 805 cc V-twin and faux-rigid frame for a package that’s meant to drive the imaginations of entry-level riders who might appreciate the style but be uninterested in worshiping at the Altar of Harley. Moderate power and a low seat height makes it appropriate for the young and/or inexperienced, and the lack of excessive electronic fandanglery makes it relatively easy to service and maintain, which is always a bonus for the uninitiated.

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2016 - 2020 Ducati XDiavel / XDiavel S

2016 - 2020 Ducati XDiavel / XDiavel S

The Sport-Cruiser That Really Is A Cruiser Sportbike

It’s safe to say that “cruiser” isn’t exactly the first word that comes to mind when I think of Ducati, or even the third, yet here we are with the XDiavel and its slightly dressier “S” stablemate carrying the brand into uncharted waters. The “X” signifies the cross and blending of the two worlds — cruiser and sport — and the end result is what the factory calls a “Techno-cruiser” due to its melding of Italian performance DNA and a more cruise-tastic rider triangle than you normally see from this brand. Powered by a 1,262 cc Testastretta engine, the XDiavel duo put the “sport” in “sport-cruiser” and opens the performance field to folks that ordinarily wouldn’t have such an option.

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