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OBIBOI plays with JAWA and BSA renderings

OBIBOI plays with JAWA and BSA renderings

The vintage British and Czech brands are making a comeback

While we know that the Indian auto major Mahindra purchased the iconic British biker BSA and rights to the Czech JAWA brand, it would take at the least a couple of years to see their first iterations of what is touted as ‘The grand revival’.

But that has not stopped rendering artists across the globe who have already started letting their imagination run wild. They say that ’Imagination is a place where all the important answers lies’ and I guess we have started to get ours.

An Italian artist who goes by the name Oberdan Bezzi and is also famously called as OBIBOI has sketched some impressive looks of concepts which might be expected from the Mahindra stable in the future. They include desert runners, scramblers and street build concepts. Let’s have a look at these:

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JAWA Moto is here with their latest iterations of the 350 and 660 Vintage

JAWA Moto is here with their latest iterations of the 350 and 660 Vintage

The Czech brand is having a grand-revival coming

Joining the likes of BSA, Ariel, Levis, Brough, Hesketh, Matchless, and Norton, there is another European vintage name coming back from the abyss and relive the glory days of the 20th century. Say hello to Jawa Motorcycles, with love from Prague, Czechoslovakia. (err… or India??)

While we know that it would take at the least a couple of years to see their first iterations of what is touted as ‘The grand revival’, JAWA has gone ahead and launched their brand-new edition of its iconic 350 motorcycles and a 660 Vintage. This time, carrying a four-stroke engine with single overhead camshaft to be able to comply with the Euro - IV emission norms.

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2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport

2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport

A Scrambler Even The Fiery-Eyed Pegdraggers Can Love

Ducati really made a splash when it reintroduced its Scrambler line back in 2014. The 800 cc model begat the 400 cc model, but the factory didn’t stop there, it also reached up into the higher displacements as well with the Scrambler 1100 series. For 2018, we have the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport that elevates the family line to a whole new level with some top-shelf suspension components and race-tastic livery meant to appeal primarily to the go-fast crowd. Much is shared with its big-bore siblings; chassis, engine and electronics, but the Sport endeavors to increase the line’s inclusivity by drawing in those fiery-eyed pegdraggers. Is it a bridge too far? That’s doubtful, because as far as I can tell, the factory has yet to hit any natural barriers to the potential of the new Scrambler line.

Continue reading for my review of the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport.

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Indian shows us how to get on with making a Tracker ourselves

Indian shows us how to get on with making a Tracker ourselves

If 2016-17 were the years of the Cafe-Racers, 2018-19 are for the Street Trackers.

With the winters settled and the holiday season behind us, the motorcycle industry has already set the pace for the next couple of years by showcasing bonkers designs and products that will take on our roads pretty soon. Guys are spending times in their garage to build one for themselves and are showcasing their beautiful builds too.

Looking at what customers were making out of their products in the last couple of years, manufacturers forayed into satisfying the current wave of enthusiasts wanting custom and classic motorbikes. Café-Racers, Bobbers and the lot. Luckily, there is one more breed of the ‘Classics’ amidst those. The makers have already shown appreciation to them and will head to production pretty soon. It’s what they as the Flat Street Trackers.

For all those grease monkeys tinkerers, Indian Motorcycles have come up with a guide to build a Scout Flat Track for both everyday ride comfort and to tear up the dirt any given time.

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2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100

2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100

Getting Better With Each Incarnation

There can be little doubt that Ducati’s Scrambler line has been a success thus far, and after expanding the mid-displacement (803 cc) family downward last year with the 399 cc Sixty2, the factory decided to go the other direction with its Scrambler 1100 range. Larger, more powerful and arguably more mature, the 1100s bring to the table the same sassy style as their smaller siblings along with 86 grin-inducing ponies and an electronics suite (riding modes, TC, ABS) commensurate with its greater capabilities. In short, the Scrambler line is all growed up now and ready to swim in the deep end; or is it. Let’s investigate this new branch on the Scrambler family tree and judge for ourselves.

Continue reading for my look at the Ducati Scrambler 1100 and Scrambler 100 Special.

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2017 Yamaha SCR950

2017 Yamaha SCR950

An Authentic Scrambler In The Purist Sense

The retro war heats up as more manufacturers jump into the fray, and Yamaha finally took the plunge with its new-in-2017 SCR950 scrambler. Based on the Star Bolt, this bike runs the same proven 942 cc mill with a decidedly classic overall flavor dating back to the original scramblers of the ’60s and ’70s. I must confess that I have an affinity for scramblers, and I already know the Bolt is a heck of a bike, even if it is, shall we say, very ’flattering’ to a certain Sportster currently on the market, so it is with high expectations that I approach The Tuning Fork Company’s new foray into scrambler territory.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha SCR950.

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Harley-Davidson to spend more than half a million to beat Indian

Harley-Davidson to spend more than half a million to beat Indian

At the 2018 American flat track racing to regain the title

In its return to professional flat track racing after more than 6 decades away from the sport, Indian Motorcycle Racing swept the 2017 American Flat Track Championship. It won 14 races of the season aboard the brand-new Scout FTR750 premier race bike, and this has hurt Harley Davidson of its dominance in the race until now.

Folks at the Milwaukee firm seems to be disappointed by this humiliating defeat by the Springfields and have come up with a contingency program to lift themselves up for the 2018 season. Making sure it doesn’t repeat again, Harley Davidson is reportedly spending $562,500 for the 2018 American Flat Track race schedule.

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If 2016-17 were the years of the Cafe-Racers, 2018-19 are for the Street Trackers

If 2016-17 were the years of the Cafe-Racers, 2018-19 are for the Street Trackers

Classic, yet find their home in the dirt

Looking at what customers were making out of their products in the last couple of years, manufacturers forayed into satisfying the current wave of enthusiasts wanting custom and classic motorbikes. Café-Racers, Bobbers and the lot.

Visually powerful, intellectually elegant and above all, timeless. They became a cornucopia of sorts for people wanting a machine that could take them back in time and re-live the classic age.

With the winters settled, and the holiday season excitingly close, the motorcycle industry has already set the pace for the next couple of years by showcasing bonkers designs and products that will take on our roads pretty soon.

Luckily, there is one more breed of the ‘Classics’ amidst those. The makers have already shown appreciation to them and will head to production pretty soon. It’s what they as the Street Trackers.

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Is KTM developing more products with its 390 platform?

Is KTM developing more products with its 390 platform?

They may have the Adventure and a scrambler model in the pipeline

We know, for one, that manufacturers develop low capacity motorcycles to get new riders into their strides from the very beginning. With manufacturers showing so much love to the adventure category, it’s high time that we get out and do a little exploring for ourselves.

It looks like KTM is busy preparing the right tools for this job and are onto adding more iterations to the 390cc and spinning new genres of motorcycles.

Spied by our friends at motorradonline somewhere in Europe, these images have surfaced proving the Austrian’s intent of adding an adventure model as well as a scrambler to their 390cc platform.

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Norton is working on a 650cc "Urban-tracker"

Norton is working on a 650cc "Urban-tracker"

First of a series of models powered by the same new parallel-twin engine

Originally a parts supplier since 1898, Norton only began making their own motorcycle from 1908. With a company making motorcycles for over a century now, has seen its boat sailing all the ups and downs. Luckily, it seems to be calm waters for now after stabilizing their investments and is making headways.

After getting a tremendous response to their new V4 superbike, the British company is now heading to add two models in the scrambler series that will run on their new in-house 650cc parallel-twin powerplant.

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Husqvarna has a darker nemesis called the Svartipilen 701

Husqvarna has a darker nemesis called the Svartipilen 701

The "dark street explorer" version of the Vitpilen 701

If Vitpilen means "White Arrow’, Svartipilen (shwar-ti-pi-len) means "Black Arrow." The Svartiplen 701 was showcased as a concept version at the EICMA last week along with the production model of the Vitpilen 701.

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2018 First Look: Indian Motorcycle Scout FTR1200

2018 First Look: Indian Motorcycle Scout FTR1200

Concept Flat-Tracker For The Street

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or are in denial about your team getting completely owned by Indian Motorcycle’s flat-track racing team, the Wrecking Crew, chances are you’re aware of the recent leap from obscurity to the pinnacle of FT racing prowess under the Polaris umbrella. In honor of this recent success, and in an effort to ride the current wave of popularity and interest in this storied American brand, Indian has put together a street-legal ride fit for the masses; the Scout FTR1200 Custom. As the cleverly-ingenious name suggests, it’s based on the Scout platform, but any resemblance to the actual Scout seems to be solely in name and the general engine layout. In fact, let’s just shine on the whole Scout thing for the moment, and focus on what this bike actually is, shall we?

Continue reading for my look at the Indian Motorcycle Scout FTR1200 Custom.

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Images: 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 - in the details

Images: 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 - in the details

High resolution images for your eyes and your wall

With the biggest motorcycle event, EICMA, running on its second day in Milan, Ducati made sure to grab all the limelight they could by launching their 2018 models a day before every other manufacturer could at EICMA.

Along with updates to their current models, the Italian brand launched new ones to their lineup including the mighty impressive Panigale V4 superbike, Multistrada 1260 and this Scrambler 1100 that brings in the biggest motor to the ‘Land of Joy’ series of motorcycles.

Here are all the high-resolution images we could lay our hands on.

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Ducati adds a new member to its Scrambler family: Scrambler 1100

Ducati adds a new member to its Scrambler family: Scrambler 1100

Carrying a 1079cc motor, its the most powerful Scrambler to ever come out of the Bologna factory

With the biggest motorcycle event, EICMA, running on its second day in Milan, Ducati made sure to grab all the limelight they could by launching their 2018 models a day before every other manufacturer could at EICMA.

Along with updates to their current models, the Italian brand launched new ones to their lineup including the mighty impressive Panigale V4 superbike, Multistrada 1260 and this Scrambler 1100 that brings in the biggest motor to the ‘Land of Joy’ series of motorcycles.

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