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Harley Davidson Set To Attack Asian Market

Harley Davidson Set To Attack Asian Market

Tie-In With Hero MotorCorp About To Bear fruit

Harley Davidson is set to renew its attack on the lucrative Asian market through its partnership with Hero MotorCorp, the Indian motorcycle manufacturing giant. The first model will be a retro-style mid-capacity roadster.

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Can The Honda CB1100 Survive Global warming?

Can The Honda CB1100 Survive Global warming?

Images from Honda Taiwan Suggest Air Cooled Engine are on their out

Introduced in 2010 in Japan and Australia and then to the rest of the world in 2014, the CB1100 modern classic has received few upgrades in its life and now it appears to be on its last legs in the face of ever more stringent emissions regulations.

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2022 Indian FTR S

2022 Indian FTR S

It’s less flat-track and more naked sportbike

Indian expands its street-friendly Flat Track Racer line for 2022 with the addition of the FTR S model that brings top-shelf ride-quality/safety equipment and advanced electronics to the table. Power comes from the same mill that drives the rest of the platform with 120 horsepower on tap to get things moving right along.

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2021 BMW G310R: Do The Upgrades Make Any Difference?

2021 BMW G310R: Do The Upgrades Make Any Difference?

Mildly tweaked but no great advances

The BMW G310R is a much better bike than its Indian origins suggest. It is very definitely a BMW, even though it plays in a segment where BMW have not played in before. For 2021, it has been updated, although you have to look closely to see the updates. It’s now Euro5 compliant, without losing any power or torque and there are detail differences here and there. BMW has chosen to leave pretty much well alone to keep the cost down while not detracting from the riding pleasure.

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Kawasaki Commercial Are So Lame We Are Worried About Their Future

Kawasaki Commercial Are So Lame We Are Worried About Their Future

It basically tells us nothing!

Teaser videos about new models are nothing new. In the past few weeks, we’ve had multiple videos from Husqvarna and two from Triumph, all of which have at least shown the motorcycle that is being teased, albeit in varying levels of visibility. This latest attempt from Kawasaki is pretty dire and tells us pretty much nothing.

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Will We Finally Get To See The Kawasaki Z650RS Retro Roadster?

Will We Finally Get To See The Kawasaki Z650RS Retro Roadster?

Could it be in showrooms in 2022?

With the Z900RS doing great business for Kawasaki, it would make sense to take the parallel twin engine from the Z650 and put it into a retro-styled model to cash in on the booming modern classic segment.

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Retro Kawasaki Z900RS Gets New Suspension and Retro Paint

Retro Kawasaki Z900RS Gets New Suspension and Retro Paint

Mild mid-life facelift for the brilliant modern version of the 1970’s Z1

Kawasaki has tweaked the Z900RS for 2022, with new suspension and a new paint job and a new name: Z900RS SE. Uprated Ohlins suspension front and rear and gold-painted wheels match the new yellow paint job on the tank. Mechanicals stay the same and it will be in showrooms in early 2022.

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Italdesign Concept Retro-Modernize Iconic Ducati 860 With A Twist

Italdesign Concept Retro-Modernize Iconic Ducati 860 With A Twist

Is this a taste of the future for Ducati?

Back in the 1970s, Italdesign of Italy designed the VW Golf and the Lotus Esprit. Ducati then asked them to design a new model, to be called the 860GT. When it arrived, it had none of the rounded beauty of previous Ducatis and was squarer than a matchbox. Time has softened the design and Italdesign has resurrected it for an electric bike concept, dubbed the 860-E. it’s not clear whether Ducati commissioned the concept but could it point to an electric future for the brand?

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French Custom Recreates Flat tracker Magic WIth An Old Yamaha XT

French Custom Recreates Flat tracker Magic WIth An Old Yamaha XT

Full Retro Style With Modern Mechanicals

A really cool re-imagining of the Yamaha XT660 trail bike into a flat tracker by French company Motorieep. Keeping the chassis and motor virtually stock, the suspension has been fully upgraded and changed to a twin-shock set-up at the rear, as have the brakes. Bodywork and exhaust are custom made and the bike has shed a huge 94 lbs of excess weight. Not only is it very cool, you’re not likely to see too many on the road.

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Harley Davidson Teases New ‘Custom' Model

Harley Davidson Teases New ‘Custom’ Model

This time it’s for real

It has been rumoured for a couple of years now but, finally, the Harley Davidson Custom model is set to be officially launched. Using the new Revolution Max engine as seen in the Pan America adventure bike, it’s hard to see from the video if the bike will resemble closely the prototype but we won’t have long to wait to find out for sure.

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2018 - 2021 Yamaha XSR700

2018 - 2021 Yamaha XSR700

The first bike under Yamaha’s ’Faster Sons’ banner

Part of Yamaha’s “Faster Sons” lineup, the XSR700 is based largely on the proven MT-07 platform. It is a reinterpretation of a vintage design for a modern-retro look, clearly meant to draw in the hipster/Millennial crowd, as well as those with an appreciation for classic design elements. It’s not all about looks, though, the mill churns out a claimed 73.8 horsepower and 50.2 pound-feet of torque to push the 410-pound wet weight, so there’s no shortage of thrills to be had on Yamaha’s mid-size roadster.

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2021 Triumph Trident 660

2021 Triumph Trident 660

Triumph has a sporty new entry-level, mid-displacement ride

Triumph rolls into MY2021 with an all-new street bike in its Trident 660. Just think of this as the British giant’s ambassador – or perhaps recruiter would be a more apt as a title – to the entry-level segment. It qualifies for a number of reasons, chief among them is the tractable power delivery, ride-safety electronics, and even the price. Lean, clean, and essential, the new Trident 660 brings a rare level of accessibility to the market, all wrapped up in one sporty package.

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2018 - 2020 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701

2018 - 2020 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701

It’s got that funky contemporary style and a race-tastic vibe

The Vitpilen 701 joined its diminutive 401 sibling to double the number of Black Arrows on offer last year from Husqvarna. Like its little brother, the 701 packs all of its cubeage into a single cylinder to the tune of 692.7 cc with a respectable 75 horsepower on tap and ready to go. Contemporary style and a race-tastic vibe give the 701 even more of what makes the 401 so popular, and it’s clearly targeting mature/experienced buyers while simultaneously trying to appeal to the Millennial buyers who, thus far, have largely shunned the two-wheeled lifestyle but seem to be crazy about the ’Pilen range.

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2019 - 2020 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701

2019 - 2020 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701

Husky pushes further into streetfighter territory with the largest engine currently offered in its streetbike division

Husqvarna expanded its streetbike lineup ahead of MY2019 with the new, flat track inspired Svartpilen 701. The Svartpilen – literally Black Arrow in Swedish – carries the relatively new family of naked bikes into streetfighter territory with a race-tastic chassis and the largest engine currently offered by the streetbike division. Thoroughly modern, the Svartpilen comes loaded with all sorts of top-shelf safety and ride-quality tweaks to deliver the stability and peace of mind that is becoming more ubiquitous, and expected, almost daily.

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2016 - 2021 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight

2016 - 2021 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight

It’s lean and mean with dark custom attitude

The Forty-Eight from Harley-Davidson’s Sportster stable has that signature bulldog stance with beefy front forks and fat tires on a narrow frame. The 1,202 cc Evo engine comes blacked out with chrome blings, fed by a ’peanut tank’ that appeared on Sporty’s throughout its history. Low, low seat height and Dark Custom attitude give the Forty-Eight that low-slung, lean, mean look.

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2016 - 2020 Harley-Davidson Roadster

2016 - 2020 Harley-Davidson Roadster

Maybe not fast, but it’s certainly quick

A little sparse, a little spare, and an exercise in understatement describes the new-in-2016 Harley-Davidson Roadster, at least in appearance. Performance-wise, it’s agile with a greater lean angle than what you typically find in the Sportster stable. Not just a cut-down Sportster, the Roadster features a different frame and enhanced suspension along with the tried-and-true air-cooled Evolution engine.

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2021 BMW R nineT

2021 BMW R nineT

It’s the next generation of one of BMW’s most popular models

BMW rolls into MY2021 with a handful of improvements to its base-model R nineT. The updated engine meets EU-5 emissions standards and the electronics suite delivers more safety- and ride-quality features right off the showroom floor. New suspension components boost comfort as well to finish out the improvements for the 2021 R nineT model.

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2021 BMW S 1000 R

2021 BMW S 1000 R

The S 1000 R is leaner and meaner than ever before

BMW rolls into MY2021 with a revised version of its street-legal sportbike, the S 1000 R. It borrows heavily from its race-tastic stablemate, the S 1000 RR. The new model hits the street both leaner and meaner this year to deliver an absolutely essential roadster platform, even though the electronics suite is rather robust within the standard features. Optional electronics and gear can turn this bike into a bona fide race machine.

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2021 BMW G 310 R

2021 BMW G 310 R

BMW’s plucky little roadster just got hotter

BMW rolls into 2021 with what it calls a soft re-imagination of its plucky little roadster, the G 310 R. Not only did BMW tuneup the looks, but the new G 310 R sports a number of tech upgrades and safety equipment to boot. The engine is a carryover from last year, even though it, too, hits the showroom floor with buffed engine-control electronics and mechanical features. New paint packages finish out the details that make their model debut in MY2021.

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