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LEGO might end up making a full scale model of the TRON Light Cycle

LEGO might end up making a full scale model of the TRON Light Cycle

it received 10,000 supporters on its Lego Ideas platform

If you were a kid born in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, this is your opportunity to restore that youth. Lego has just approved to make a full-scale model of the Tron light cycle after the model gained 10,000 supporters.

Based on the Disney film, Tron Legacy, we saw Sam Flynn move around the battle scene in a futuristic motorcycle we’ve all loved. Lego Ideas, impressed by the number of people voted for this design made by Devon-based, Brick Bros UK, will produce the Lego model this year.

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2016 - 2018 Suzuki Boulevard S40

2016 - 2018 Suzuki Boulevard S40

If You Wait Long Enough, Everything Comes Back In Style

Suzuki pushes the venerable Boulevard S40 line into the 2018 model year with naught but a few extra touches to the paint. In fact, little has really changed with this ride since it came out in 1988 under the LS650 “Savage” moniker, and that honest simplicity is one of the main draws for this compact sled. Unfortunately, therein lies one of its biggest flaws as well. Air-cooled and carbureted, I imagine its low 652 cc displacement is the only reason it is able to meet emissions, and I fully expect tightening regulations to eventually strangle this line. At the very least, said laws may force it into the 21st century with fuel injection and a water jacket and radiator, but that’s speculation. Today, I’m going to delve into what we know to be true and take a look at the brushed-up S40 as it sits for MY18.

Continue reading for my review of the Suzuki Boulevard S40.

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2016 - 2017 Arch Motorcycle KRGT-1

2016 - 2017 Arch Motorcycle KRGT-1

Flagship Model That The Company Was Built Around

Arch Motorcycle’s flagship bike brings innovative design, crushing performance and artistic flair together for buyers looking for something, shall we say, a little more exclusive. Proprietary engine management components and an S&S twin-cam V-twin drive the bike with over 120 pound-feet of torque to work with, so it’s far from being just a showy curb ornament. A monster 2,032 cc engine drives this lovely beast for a bike that is as much art as it is transportation.

Continue reading for my review of the Arch Motorcycles KRGT-1.

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2016 - 2018 Honda Fury / Stateline

2016 - 2018 Honda Fury / Stateline

That Stretched, Custom Look In A Production Bike

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 2018 though we lost its stablemate, the Stateline, from the lineup last year. 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.

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2015 - 2017 Yamaha Raider

2015 - 2017 Yamaha Raider

The Raider from the Star cruiser line — now folded back into the Yamaha stable — and its chromed-out sibling, the Raider S, haven’t changed much spec-wise since 2008 (though the "S" didn’t appear for 2016). Red or black was the choice — the 2015 Raider in Liquid Graphite, the 2015 "S" in Crimson Red or the 2016 Raider in Candy Red — choices I like better than the Galaxy Blue offered in 2014. For 2017, we have basic black. With a 39-degree rake, low seat height, a fat rear tire and a tall front tire, it has just enough stretch to give that bad-boy chopper look that gets attention. It takes more than looks to impress buyers, though.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha Raider.

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2011 - 2017 Yamaha Stryker

2011 - 2017 Yamaha Stryker

It certainly seems that if you wait long enough, just about everything comes back in fashion after about 25 years or so. An anecdotal case in point would be tie-dye t-shirts. I could have puked when they came back into fashion sometime around ’05, and my mother told me how many hundreds of shirts she had thrown away, thinking they would never come back. So it seems also with the chopper look that was so popular in the ’60s and ’70s. The difference now is that manufacturers are producing showroom choppers with rake values that come close to some of the radical rides from that era. I haven’t seen any genuine stretch in the downtubes yet, but there’s always next year I suppose. Star — now folded back under the Yamaha umbrella— introduced the Stryker back in 2011 to take advantage of the resurgent popularity of the chopped look, and here we are in 2017. The “showroom chopper” race is definitely heating up with more manufacturers looking to break into the niche, so let’s take a look at the Star contender in the form of the Stryker.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha Stryker.

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2015 - 2017 Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout

2015 - 2017 Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout

Harley-Davidson has a reputation for incorporating modern technology with classic design elements from the past, even embracing custom looks that never saw a showroom floor, and the Softail Breakout does not disappoint.

The engineers borrowed from the custom “Gasser” look of the 1950s and 1960s when setting up this sled, then they packed it full of CVO-inspired innovations to ensure that the performance is up to date. Back in the day, Gassers were customized drag bikes and this bike pays tribute to its roots while maintaining the performance standards demanded by its customer base.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout

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2016 Confederate Motorcycles P51 Combat Fighter

2016 Confederate Motorcycles P51 Combat Fighter

The P51 Combat Fighter is the latest creation from Confederate Motorcycles, and as usual it’s as much a work of art as it is a mode of transportation. Far from all show and no go, the designers at the Birmingham, Alabama factory built this striking ride around a massive 2,163 cc (132 cubic-inch) engine that boasts 18 more cubic inches than the next biggest production American mill; the 1,868 cc (114 cubic-inch) Milwaukee-Eight from Harley-Davidson.

As I spoke to Matt Chambers, the man who founded Confederate Motorcycles back in 1991, and designer Jordan Cornille, the enthusiasm was palpable as they discussed this current model that strongly reflects the core principles upon which the company is based; minimalism, primitivism and avant-gardism. Join me while I check out what this Southern-fried manufacturer has going on over there with its latest tribute piece that blends a rebellious attitude with homage for our country’s founders.

Continue reading for my review of the Confederate Motorcycles P51 Combat Fighter.

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2016 Star Motorcycles Raider

2016 Star Motorcycles Raider

The factory custom-retro cruiser look is hot right now, and nearly every major cruiser manufacturer has a hand in the game. You see a lot of bikes that just hint or suggest at this or that era or subculture, many just presenting a veneer that runs only skin deep.

The 2016 Raider shows Star wasn’t afraid to commit to its chosen look, and far from merely making suggestions, this sled virtually screams old-school chop-job. Built to compete in the domestic market, it certainly has a slew of design features that should appeal to the American crowd, and I expect it to appeal to a slightly younger crowd than the average cruiser. As you know, Star is Yamaha’s Made-in-U.S.A. brand, and this ride is a gambit to capture some of the “showroom custom” market.

Continue reading for my review of the 2016 Star Motorcycles Raider.

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2016 - 2015 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra

2016 - 2015 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra

Harley-Davidson and Project Rushmore is a match made in heaven. The CVO Road Glide Ultra is one of the Harley lineup out for 2016 that benefits from the improvements and innovations of Rushmore, on top of being one of the limited-edition, extra-special swanky CVO line.

CVO — Custom Vehicle Operations — says it all. Everything on the CVO Road Glide Ultra is bigger, badder, faster, smoother, more powerful, more stylish and more luxurious than the Road Glide; but at twice the price, it had better be.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra.

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2015 Yard Built VMAX Infrared by JvB-moto

2015 Yard Built VMAX Infrared by JvB-moto

As the entire world goes crazy about what color a certain dress is - it’s white and gold, by the way - I found myself sifting through Yamaha’s 30th anniversary celebration for the VMAX, a bike that has redefined a segment of the industry in turn has turned itself into one of the most iconic Yamaha models in history.

We’ve already seen a handful of these celebratory yard builds, but the one commissioned to Cologne-based custom builder Jens von Brauck ranks right up there. See, von Brauck has long been a fan of the VMAX, even crediting the bike as one of the biggest reasons why he became so passionate about motorcycles, all at the tender age of 15.
30 years later, von Brauck’s love for the VMAX has never waned and it manifests itself through this fantastic yard build. His work is so fine it more than validated Yamaha’s decision to enlist him with the task of putting it all together.

Don’t believe me? Well, Yamaha Motor Europe Product Manager Shun Miyazawa said so himself, calling von Brauck’s work as a fitting “homage to the origins of the VMAX, but also hints at the performance of tomorrow.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself. Kenji Ekuan would’ve been proud.

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2015 Yacouba Feline

2015 Yacouba Feline

Vehicles that cost more than a quarter-million are pretty common in the auto industry these days. But motorcycles? That’s a different story altogether. Rare is the time when a bike fetches anything close to six figures, but more than $250,000? It’s even rarer to see something like that hit the market today.

All that is true, but the Yacouba Feline is here to be the exception. Built by Feline Motorcycles in collaboration with French designer Yacouba Galle, the Yacouba Feline is probably the most expensive bike in the market today. That’s a distinction you earn when you’re priced at $280,000.

According to Galle, the design of the Feline was inspired by a panther, although if you look at it, you might notice that there are some scorpion-like details in there, too. But the bike’s aesthetics is only one part of what the Feline is offering to anybody willing to pay that much money to buy one. The bike also has a pretty stout 800 cc four-cylinder engine that packs 170 horsepower. Combine that with its dramatic styling and the expensive materials used on the machine and you get what is arguably one of the most dynamic bikes in the market today.

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Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Verde Legnano Special Edition

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Verde Legnano Special Edition

Moto Guzzi is giving North American customers a treat with the announcement of a special edition V7 Racer specifically earmarked for that region.

The cafe racer is a unique take at the 2015 V7 Racer, called the Verde Legnano Special Edition. If you’re wondering what “Verde Legnano” means, that’s the distinctive paint finish Moto Guzzi used on the V7 Racer’s fuel tank. It does add that splashy green finish to break up the monotonous look of the bike.

The other special feature of the V7 Racer Verde Legnano is the red frame that Moto Guzzi added as a hat tip of sorts to the 1971 Telaio Rosso Moto Guzzi V7 Sport.

The motorcycle company is only releasing 50 units of the V7 Racer Verde Legnano so if you’re thinking of scoring one, you better start making plans on how you’re getting one.

Click past the jump to read more about the Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Verde Legnano Special Edition after the jump.

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2012 Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King

2012 Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King

The Harley-Davidson Road King was launched in 1994, but shortly after it managed to become a benchmark in its segment. The 2012 Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King looks like a timeless boulevard cruiser, but it is also a fully equipped, long-distance tourer.

As far as comfort goes, the 2012 Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King features a detachable windshield, an air-adjustable touring rear suspension and a comfortable seating position. You also get a set of spacious, standard saddlebags.

The Harley Davidson Road king is equipped with a 1690 cc Twin Cam 103 engine which sends power to the rear wheel through a 6-Speed Cruise Drive transmission. The engine’s fuel consumption is rated at 42 mpg.

Other features worth noting are the optional anti-lock braking system, Harley-Davidson’s Smart Security system, a six-gallon fuel tank and the electronic cruise control.

The bike is offered in a wide range of colors including Vivid Black, Big Blue Pearl, Midnight Pearl, Ember Red Sunglo/Merlot Sunglo.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2012 Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King.

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2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom

2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom

With its mean look and bad boy attitude the Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom is an imposing presence each time you see it passing down the streets.

Offering a perfect compromise between luxury and sportiness, the California 1400 Custom combines the latest technologies in the industry with the classic lines of an old school roadster.

Talking about technology, the California 1400 Custom is backed up by a 90° V-Twin, 4-stroke, 4 valves, double ignition engine with a capacity of 1380 cc. Fire it up and it will reward you with a maximum output of 71 KW (96 HP) at 6500 rpm and 87 Ft-Lb (120 Nm) at 2750 rpm.

Other features offered by the Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom include ride by wire, cruise control, ABS and traction control.

The bike is priced at $15,490.

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2013 Ecosse Iconoclast

2013 Ecosse Iconoclast

roadster, the company has also designed the tasty Iconoclast model for 20ltd.com. The new Ecossse Iconoclast is available in a limited run of only 11 units.

The custom Ecosse Iconoclast is a mean looking roadster that weighs only 460 lbs and is powered by a two liter engine which puts out a maximum power of 135 hp and 140 ft-lbs of torque. The engine can reach the 60 mph mark in only 2.8 seconds and its power is kept in leash by a close-ratio six speed transmission.

The motorcycle rides on Öhlins, fully adjustable front forks which are combined with a rear shock that can be adjusted according to your needs (dragster, cruiser or road racer positions).

The exclusive Ecosse Iconoclast can be yours for no less than £54,000.

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Suzuki announces Limited Edition GSX-R750s packed with Yoshimura parts

Suzuki announces Limited Edition GSX-R750s packed with Yoshimura parts

Yoshimura is considered by many riders a leader when it comes to motorcycle tuning. This is the reason why, Suzuki choose to work with them and announced a range of limited editions of its black GSX-R750 equipped with Yoshimura and genuine Suzuki accessories.

The Limited Edition GSX-R features a fairly distinctive style and is sure to turn heads every time it passes down the street. Each Yoshimura Limited Edition GSX-R is available with a high quality, custom painted Black/Grey color scheme.

The bikes are available in only 25 units and are fitted with performance exhausts, bronze alloys, Yoshimura oil filter plug, case saver kit, steering stem nut and timing inspection cap. You also get black Yoshimura bar end weights and rear paddock stand bobbins.

As far as genuine Suzuki accessories are concerned, the bikes are fitted with rear seat cover, a double bubble screen, tank protector and fuel cap trim.

The Limited Editions cost just £800 more than the standard models and their custom parts worth over £1200, so it sounds like a pretty good deal to us. Moreover, thanks to a special offer from Suzuki, you can have to bike to the same price as the stock model as Paul de Lusignan, Suzuki General Manager said“Add in our current £800 cash back offer, and the faster responders will ride a very special GSX-R750 away for the same price as a standard model.”

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2013 Triumph Scrambler

2013 Triumph Scrambler

With its classic style and the old school stance, the 2013 Triumph Scrambler looks like a blast from the past. And there is no wonder why, because when designing the Scrambler, Triumph’s engineers have drawn inspiration from the 60s Triumph off-road sports motorcycles that were stripped down for racing.

In terms of style, we especially like the Scrambler’s classic gaiters and high swept chromed side pipes, as well as the spoked wheels, high footrests and the wide off-road style handlebars.

The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by a strong tubular steel cradle frame which is combined with 41mm forks and chromed spring twin shocks with adjustable preload.

Needless to say that the Scrambler’s center piece is, of course the engine – an air-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin unit that sends its power to the ground through a five speed gearbox. The engine rewards you with an average fuel consumption of 53 mpg.

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2013 Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Softail Fat Boy Lo 110th Anniversary – USA

2013 Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Softail Fat Boy Lo 110th Anniversary – USA

Harley Davidson presented the 2013 USA version of its Softail Fat Boy Lo. The new motorcycle features a tasty design language that underlines the classic origins of the Harley Davidson brand.

Unlike the international model that remained with the old engine, the USA Softail Fat Boy Lo model comes with a slightly more advanced 1690 cc, counter-balanced Twin Cam 103B V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI). The engine is mated on a six speed 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission and delivers a maximum torque of 97.5 ft. lbs. at 3000 RPM (132 Nm @ 3000 RPM). The motorcycle’s speed is kept under control by a set of capable brakes combined with ABS.

The motorcycle was built with ergonomy in mind. Thereby, you are treated with a slammed, narrow-cut seat that rides 24.25-inches off the ground, a low 1.25 inch handlebar and forward foot controls.

The USA version of the 2013 Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Softail Fat Boy Lo 110th Anniversary is offered with a starting price of $19,499 USD.

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