Which motorcycles on sale today give the best mpg?
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.
2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire
Electric-powered bikes are at the cutting edge of technology as the world grapples with its fossil-fuel dependency and seeks viable alternatives, and the LiveWire represents the MoCo’s contribution to that effort. Harley-Davidson teased us back in ’14 with the Project Livewire prototype, but at the 2018 EICMA “Milan Show” the production version finally saw the light of day. This machine brings a slew of features to the table that shows that Milwaukee is not as mired in the past as its detractors would like to have you believe with safety and comfort amenities that qualify as top-shelf by anyone’s standards. This is a thoroughly modern ride with up-to-date equipment, and even though it’s operating within a still-niche genre, there’s no problem at all in finding a suitable competitor, so let’s get to it.
Harley-Davidson Expanding into Adventure And Sportbike Segments
New models and whole new segments from Harley-Davidson, this is historical in its scope for the over-a-century-old motorcycle manufacturer. In keeping with the push to attract new riders, Harley has announced, as part of its “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” campaign, plans to expand into adventure-touring and sportbike segments.
Continue reading for more on the Harley-Davidson expansion plans.
The name Evel Knievel usually evokes images of a man who made a living off of death-defying stunts. With his trusty 1972 Harley-Davidson XR-750, Knievel did all sorts of things no rationale human would even attempt to do. The daredevil successfully pulled off some of the most breathtaking stunts in history. He didn’t always nail them, but for the damn sure, Knievel wasn’t afraid to try. One stunt that Knievel failed to accomplish was to jump over a line of 22 cars back in September 1972 at Sturgis. More than 40 years later, daredevil Doug Danger, an appropriate name if there ever was one, will attempt to what Knievel did back in 1972. And guess what, Danger will be riding the same 1972 XR-750 Knievel used over 40 years ago.
Danger’s stunt is scheduled to take place on August 6, 2015 at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip amphitheater as part of the Evel Knievel Thrill Show. In addition to displaying some of the legendary daredevil’s collection of curiosities, the event will also feature Danger will attempt to clear 22 cars using the iconic daredevil’s famed Harley.
Don’t be fooled by the spectacle of the stunt because at it’s core, it’s one of the most dangerous stunts anybody could ever try. Back in 2001, another daredevil tried to perform the same jump and that ended horribly for everyone involved. Danger, though, is unfazed about the difficulty of the jump, or at least he’s not showing it in front of everybody.
“This is the one jump Evel couldn’t make; he failed,” Danger said. “I know it’s dangerous, but death has had me by the throat twice in my life, and I spit in its face. When God’s ready, he’ll take me.”
Speaking like a man who has no problem admitting his lease on life, Danger’s going to attempt the stunt that not even the great Evel Knievel accomplished. Let’s all hope he succeeds because, quite frankly, any other result would be devastating for him.
Click past the jump to read more about Doug Danger’s stunt attempt at Sturgis.
The 2013 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle is one of the strongest players in its segment as its classy design language, modern technologies and the capable engine help it deliver first class performances.
The motorcycle can be easily recognized thanks to its drag-style handle bars, dual exhaust with satin chrome finish, fat rear tyre and the unique radiator design.
Power comes from a 1.247 cc Liquid-cooled, Revolution, 60° V-Twin engine which develops a peak torque of 115 Nm at 6,500 rpm and offers an average fuel consumption of 6.3 l/100 km.
The capable engine is paired with a modern ’slipper’ clutch which provides smooth, high-power handling in turns or whenever you downshift by reducing clutch friction.
As far as technologies go, the Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle is equipped with H-D Smart Security System, Brembo Brakes with Standard ABS and a dual side exhaust system.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle.
Japanese denim brand, Evisu, may not be a familiar name to a lot of people in this side of the world, but over in Japan and Asia, the fashion house is quite a big name. So now that the company is celebrating its 20th anniversary, it only seems fitting to have something special done to commemorate the occasion. By taking a Harley Davidson bike and dressing it up in spectacular fashion, Evisu did exactly that.
Together with the Harley-Davidson dealership in London-Warr, the oldest Harley dealer in Europe, Evisu created a customized, hand-made, limited edition Kamone Sprinter, a bike that combines vintage styling with modern bad-assery, thanks to the the extensive use of black, chrome, and gold that serve as its primary colors.
The meticulous styling details crafted into the bike also underscore Evisu’s goal of making this bike a true one-off jewel. In addition to the fancy three-piece scheme, Evisu also made sure to give plenty of design inspirations from their brand, one that emphasizes pure functionality with timeless elegance.
“Synonymous with luxurious craftsmanship and one-off design, The Evisu Warr’s Harley-Davidson Motorbike, aptly named the Kamome Sprinter, showcases the creativity and hand-made practices for which both brands are famous,” the Japanese denim brand said in a statement.
“Welding, carving, bending metal; stitching, riveting denim, and embossing and treating leather – the Evisu heritage is celebrated throughout the entire motorcycle, and the same technical exactness that Evisu rule by was taken into account,” it added.
The bike has been tagged as a limited edition – rightfully so – that costs £35,000, which is about $58,000 based on current exchange rates. Anybody interested in owning this rare Harley can avail of it at the Evisu store in London.
As hard as it may be to believe, Harley-Davidson’s XR1200X model was only available in Europe ever since it was introduced a year ago, keeping Americans away from the bike’s 74 pound-feet of torque at 4000 rpm and 40-degree lean angle, not to mention the impressive looks. But it is all over now that Harley announced that the 2011 model year comes stateside (how does that even sound considering the American company’s huge fan clubs stretching from coast to coast).
For a price of $11,799, the 2011 Harley-Davidson XR1200X offers a lot. To begin with, the sports bike features Showa Big Piston front forks with adjustable rebound, compression and preload working together with the dual Showa rear shocks with 36mm pistons and piggyback nitrogen-charged reservoirs. Also, the front brakes – 292mm full-floating rotors and four-piston calipers – are supplied by Nissin.
But this bike is definitely all about the looks and with the rider positioned in a rather sporty riding position – at 29.2 inches from the ground, gripping on rear-mount pegs and holding on to dirt track-style handlebars – it will most likely be a hit in the States as well. So the question remains: why would H-D test the old continent market before introducing the bike here? Anyway, colors available for 2011 are Black Denim and White Hot Denim.
We’re sad to announce that Harley-Davidson is discontinuing the Buell brand and selling off its share in MV Agusta. As a result of the shocking news, Erik Buell comes ahead and speaks with a trembling voice about his 26-year engineering adventure that resulted in a motorcycle brand with global recognition, the first one to show that America can deliver competitive bikes and go head to head with European and Japanese brands in this segment of the industry. Also, the founder of the company thanks customers and dealers for that support and he explains that motorcycles currently found in dealerships are the last to ever be sold and HD will continue to honor the full factory warranty on his motorcycles. You can see the video and read HD’s immense press release about their third-quarter results after the break.
Last year, Harley-Davidson made a very pleasant surprise to fans when launching the XR 1200, a motorcycle strongly inspired by the legendary XR 750 that wrote history at Flat Track racing in the 1970s.
The prototype’s presentation took place at the 2006 Intermot show in Koln, but the XR 1200 would have hit Europe’s streets two years later. In what concerns the United States, there were some problems in utilizing the brand and which were solved by purchasing of rights from Storz Performance so that the model’s fans in the United States could enjoy the new model.
The moment has finally arrived and the bike is anything but a disappointment. Bringing race DNA on the streets, the 2009 XR 1200 features: 1200cc, Evolution V-Twin engine, 43mm inverted front forks, cast aluminum swingarm, precision-cooled heads, new dual caliper brakes, downdraft fuel injection, and performance tuned dual exhaust.
Harley has announced today the purchase of MV Agusta and implicit Cagiva for a price of $109 million. The acquisition was long suspected as Harley had done the same thing with Buell so let’s hope that the investments will have the same effects as they did in the case of the American maker that was taken under the wing of the oldest motorcycle builder in the world. Harley has had problems of its own and it nearly lead it to bankruptcy and it seems that it is now in the business as never before.
Here’s the Press Release for you
Marking the evolution of a hot rod, the 50th Anniversary Sportster honors the family heritage with a special 1200cc model sure to stun on the street. With the new standard Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) system, new gauges and handlebar wiring, the 50th Anniversary Sportster stands out in the tradition of previous commemorative Harley-Davidson models. Special features include gold "50th" tank emblem, serialized bar clamp nameplate with "50th" logo, "H" logo silk screening on side cover and embroidered seat marking 50 years of production. Paying tribute to a legend, the Anniversary Sportster is offered in two appropriate commemorative colors, Mirage Orange and Vivid Black. Production will be limited to 2,000 motorcycles.
The XL 1200L Sportster Low is a long and low motorcycle with plenty of power. A wide, pullback handlebar and a low two-up seat provide comfortable ergonomics. The reduced clutch and brake lever effort makes the 1200 Low a relaxed ride. Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) provides smooth operation. The 1200cc rubber-mounted XL Evolution engine combines with a 4.5-gallon tank for longer range.
It is the racing history of the Sportster family, specifically the Harley-Davidson XR flat-track racers, that fuels the 2007 XL Sportster 883R design. A fuel-injected Evolution V-Twin powertrain with new cams for better performance is finished in wrinkle-black powdercoat. New gauges include a clock on the odometer, low fuel warning light and two trip set odometers. Front brake lever effort is reduced by 14 percent and clutch lever effort is eight percent easier.
All 2007 Sportster 883 models are retuned for increased performance, including this most affordable Harley-Davidson model. New cams and Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) enable the Sportster 883 to generate more torque at lower rpms, giving the rider greatly improved throttle response and better performance in the normal operating zone. With the addition of ESPFI and reductions in clutch lever and brake effort, the Sportster 883 will provide a most responsive ride. New gauges allow the Sportster 883 rider to better track mileage and the time.
The XL Sportster 883L goes even lower for 2007. Now with a seat height of just 25.3 inches, the 883L features new rear shocks, new front fork springs and damper tubes, new side stand and new foot pegs with feelers. These ergonomics provide precise handling for smaller riders or anyone who enjoys a narrow and agile ride. Like all Sportster 883 models, the 883L features ESPFI, new cams, new gauges and reduced clutch and brake lever effort to help inspire a confident ride.