2017 - 2018 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra
Harley-Davidson’s three-wheeled Tri Glide Ultra moved into the 2017 model year with a handful of improvements and a brand-spanking new engine. The factory powers it with its powerful Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine introduced last year that cranks out over 100 pounds o’ grunt to place it well into the power-cruiser category, even though H-D markets it as a tour bike. Exhaust components rerouting addressed heat problems from prior model-years, and the King of Paint added a couple of new, two-tone paint schemes to the palette for 2017, as well as a 115th Anniversary model for 2018. Harley’s target market for this beast mainly consists of persons who are unwilling or unable to manage one of their admittedly top-heavy, two-wheeled tourers for one reason or another, and I’ve always considered it to be a very laudable thing to try and make sure that anyone who wants bugs in their teeth can have it.
Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra.
The Supercharged KTM by Hazan Motorworks
It is not every day that you come across something that makes you pause and just look at it in all astonishment. One bloke called Maxwell Hazan has made it his life’s prophecy to give the world some of the most beautiful drug, of which people can only fathom of how such a notion was even hypothesized.
The drug this time is, yes you guessed it right, “Supercharged.”
The Scout and Roadmaster gets some snazzy looking skin
Over the past few years, the American brand received frequent customer and dealer requests for custom paint jobs on their machines which would end up costing a lot more. To help customers get a greater satisfaction, Indian is finally offering five exclusive colors for Scout and for Roadmaster additional to the existing ones.
Called the "Icon Paint Series", India Motorcycles is turning their vintage charmers into high school teens with swanky new paint jobs. Indian believes that this paint "have the ‘wow’ factor" delivering a high-quality finish along with offering the all-important factory warrant.
The images shown are of 2017 models. The 2018 Indian Scout will additionally have a standard passenger seat. The 2018 Indian Roadmaster will additionally get Concert Audio Lids and Painted Headlight Bezel.
Be advised, this paint series is on a limited run. So if you want one, you should be already signing a cheque now.
Bandit 9 Eve Classic
“Once again, the Earth is under attack. An alien species is poised for a final assault. The survival of humanity depends on a military genius who can defeat the aliens. But who? Or what?”
That ‘what’ is a curious looking piece of weapon made in Vietnam. Easily mistakable to some sci-fi Terminator blockbuster prop, this bullet looking steel is a brainchild of Daryl Villanueva, the military genius born to defeat the extraterrestrial.
And its called the "Bandit 9 Eve Classic".
MV Agusta is making a limited run Brutale 800 RR PIRELLI
Two Italian brands, MV Agusta and Pirelli have become permanent partners where the latter was selected as the sole tire supplier for the Schiranna brand and, to celebrate this agreement, MV Agusta has made a limited edition version of the Brutale 800 RR called the “Brutale 800 RR PIRELLI”.
In a pure exclusive visual treat by the folks who make “Motorcycle Art”, the 800 RR PIRELLI gets new paint schemes that showcase the partnership with the decals and new wheels that stick to new tires.
2016 - 2017 Arch Motorcycle KRGT-1
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.
2018 Vespa Sei Giorni 300
While it’s fairly safe to say that all Vespa products enjoy a pedigree with an established line of succession and deep historical roots, the limited edition “Sei Giorni” takes it a step further with a very narrow and specific historical reference as its design inspiration. Vespa calls it “the most powerful and technologically-advanced” unit it has ever produced with 278 cc mill that delivers 20-plus ponies and boasts over 16 pounds o’ grunt. Uncommon styling touches include a curiously-low headlight and unusual little windscreen to go with a not-oft-seen body style that touches on the historical and takes even mundane components up a notch so that they too become special.
Continue reading for my review of the Vespa Sei Giorni 300.
MV Agusta and Lewis Haimilton are back with the new F4 LH44.
Till what limit can the art on two wheels be extended to? Ask MV Agusta. Having made some of the most exotic Italian masterpieces on two wheels, MV has a tremendous history in terms of making some of the most beautiful looking motorcycles on the planet. And thankfully, their lust is still going strong and we keep filling our walls with some of them.
Apart from everything they make, MV also makes one-off superbikes for a few esteemed celebrities in the world and one of them is the three-time Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton. The Brit has also been responsible for a limited edition Dragster model that MV created for just 244 blokes out there, and all of them got sold out within a few hours of launch: the Dragster RR LH44.
Is the defunct Skully HUD helmet company rising up from the ashes?
What was said to be a paradigm-shifting helmet technology, Skully came crashing to the ground in July 2016 after the management became incompetent to keep the fundings afloat. Valued partners, vendors, employees and customers were left hanging dry with the company filing a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy case.
After more than a year now, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel for the helmet company. From where Skully, Inc. left off, a new company called the ’Skully Technologies’ are taking over the mantle straight from the dead and are reviving the technology and the AR-1 helmet to be called as ’The Skully Felix’.
With KTM finally running on the current MotoGP calender, its production racer is up next.
KTM is the brand new entry to the MotoGP championships and is the current calendar season has been their first stint at the premiere world of motorcycle racing. The Austrian company has successfully managed to make a competition bike but are still waiting to taste podium success.
Now though, the company seems to be busy with making one for their road customers. From the very first day, KTM never made it a secret that the literal "Ready to Race" motto machine KTM RC16 will also be offered to the ’admiring the sport’ customers too.
The mighty BMW HP4’s engine lasts only for 3100 miles.
You know that it is a big deal when BMW themselves call the HP4 ‘the most exclusive BMW motorcycle of all time’. And if you are hunting for one of these now, you may probably be very late. Even if you have $78,000 on you to spare, as only a handful of 750 will be built by the German technocrats.
Assuming you have already placed an order for yourself and are one amongst the 80 units dedicated to the states, know that this strictly track-only bike will roughly last you somewhere between 10 to 15 full blown track days at your favourite circuit. And after that, it’s time for a brand new engine swap.
2018 Indian Motorcycle Roadmaster Elite - How Does It Stack Up To The Competition?
Indian Motorcycle is flourishing under the Polaris umbrella and making some serious inroads into the American-style cruiser and touring market; serious enough to begin to pose a threat to the long-uncontested American king; Harley-Davidson. Blasphemy you say? Maybe not so much considering Indian’s phoenix-like rise from its own ashes with an ever-expanding product lineup and unquestioned dominance on the flat track. Seriously folks, it’s shaping up to be a great year to be an Indian fan so far, but a lot of the current buzz is all about the Scout that is sort of in a class all by itself. Indian’s premier, top-of-the-line touring sled— the Roadmaster Elite— isn’t quite as niche, and it jumps right into the deep end against some fairly established competition. Yeah, I’m talking about industry heavies such as H-D, BMW, Yamaha, and Kawasaki. There are more to be sure, but the aforementioned are going to be the main players in our competition today as I stack my picks against Indian’s flagship comfort-mobile. Harley’s CVO Limited joins the Kawi Vulcan 1700 Voyager, Beemer’s K 1600 GTL and the all-new Star Venture in the struggle to garner that top-shelf clientele; the same bracket Indian targeted with the “Elite.” And with that, the ring girls are done prancing in a circle, the stools have been pulled out of the corners and the ref is in place. Ding Ding
Continue reading for more on the Roadmaster Elite and its competition.
2017 MV Agusta RVS#1
Till what limit can the art on two wheels be extended to? Ask MV Agusta. Having made some of the most exotic Italian masterpieces on two wheels, MV has a tremendous history in terms of making some of the most beautiful looking motorcycles on the planet. And thankfully their lust is still going strong.
Some time back, MV Agusta created a special division called the Reparto Veicoli Speciali, or Special Vehicles Department, and handed them the task of creating the best MV Agusta machines that beam in terms of quality, research, performance and emotions. This division was joined by the San Marino Research Center Castiglioni (originally born as CRC, Cagiva Research Center) to work on the brand’s Brutale Dragster 800 RR and come out with an evil looking motorcycle that will scare the daylights out of anything on the road.
Enter the RVS#1. Drumrolls please.
2017 Ducati 1299 Superleggera
Ducati raises the bar for semi-production race bikes with its limited-edition 1299 Superleggera. A space-age, carbon-fiber frame, swingarm and wheels carry Ducati’s most powerful twin-cylinder mill to date with 215 horsepower on tap to push a mere 368 pounds. Yeah, that’s right. The good news is that Ducati installed everything it could as far as electronic features go to help riders control all that power and keep the thing dirty-side down. I’m talking a veritable alphabet soup of gadgetry here, so let’s dig in and start deciphering it.
Continue reading for my review of the Ducati 1299 Superleggera.
Honda has finally unveiled its new-and-improved CBR1000RR family with the SP and SP2 loadedwith lots of Honda yummygoodness packed in. This was a necessary revamp that’s meant to (hopefully) improve Honda’s supersport market prospects, and help it get past its $185,000 RC213V-S mistake.
Continue reading for more information on the 2017 CBR1000RR Line.
Interest in race-replica models is beginning to wane in favor of the more public road-oriented naked bikes and streetfighters, but you’d never know it looking at the work Honda put into the RC213V-S.
The “S” is based on Honda’s RC213V factory racebike currently competing in the MotoGP circuit, and it is important to mention here that this is the bike that carried Honda to the Riders’, Constructors’ and Team Championships in both ’13 and ’14.
While this isn’t quite a straight-up racebike with turn signals, it’s a fairly faithful reproduction and is as close as you will find among the production bikes on the road today. Let’s face it — to unleash a 100-percent genuine racebike on the public would be irresponsible at best, and criminal at worst, so the factory had to nerf it just a little bit. These bikes are hand built by specially trained mechanics using model-specific tools at a rate of one unit per day, part of the reason for the limited-edition run. Join me while I see how close to that line the Red Riders dance with this awe-inspiring machine.
Continue reading for my review of the Honda RC213V-S.