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2018 Alta Motors Redshift MXR

2018 Alta Motors Redshift MXR

The motocross bike gets big on power and range

The Brisbane, California based Alta Motors designs and manufactured the most advanced electric motorcycles in the industry. Starting in 2010, the firm has come a long way in establishing itself building bikes that prove to be better off-roaders than the petrol-powered counterparts. Until now, their motorcycle line-up included a Supermoto (SM), an Enduro (EX) and a Motocross (MX) electric off-road bikes.

Now, the makers are stepping up their game and have launched a brand new motorcycle called the Redshift MXR. All their current bikes badly needed an upgrade from their 250cc equivalent electric motors that only did 42 horsepower and 120 foot-pounds of torque. Luckily, the chaps at Alta have done just that.

The 2018 Redshift MXR Motocross model ups the ante in all departments and adds a significant change with its electronics package and battery-motor combo. It boasts of more power, less weight, better recharge times, and better heat management to keep the competition in check.

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2018 Cake Kalk

2018 Cake Kalk

A lightweight off-roader all made of aluminum and carbon fiber

The brainchild of a Swedish Stefan Ytterborn, “Cake” is a new player in the electric transportation business that intends “to speed up the journey towards a zero-emission society, while enhancing excitement and fun.” And their very first step is this limited edition Kalk electric off-roader that blurs the line between mountain bikes and motorcycles.

Jumping into the category of light electric off-road motorbikes, the Kalk is the first one of a number of models to come and is walking the path that will change the future of riding. The focus here has been off-road performance and innovation in terms of weight and simplicity of riding on the Cake.

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Husqvarna unveils its new mini-motocross lineup for 2019

Husqvarna unveils its new mini-motocross lineup for 2019

Comes equipped with top-class mechanicals, potent motors and confident chassis

Husqvarna has just updated their two-stroke mini-motocross lineup to entice the future stars of the game. Offering some impressive features and top-of-the-line equipment list, Husky unveiled the TC50, TC65 and TC85 machines to take on the Kawasaki’s and the KTM brothers.

They will have a strict competition only specs: sans a headlamp cluster, indicators or license plates; for hence cannot be registered to be used on the public roads. These motorcycles specifically offer powerful engines, a significantly lighter chassis, high ground clearance, long travel suspension and slimmer ergonomics to be able to move around the dirt and jump hills without any hindrance.

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Yamaha enters the electric world with the new TY-E trial motorcycle

Yamaha enters the electric world with the new TY-E trial motorcycle

A 150 lb trial having a carbon-fiber monocoque body and a high-torque motor

Entering the electric bandwagon, the Japanese Blue team has officially announced its future plans with its new electric trials bike, the TY-E. This came just days after Yamaha filed a patent for TY-E name, which is now in its concept stage.

Setting sights on the 2018 FIM Trial-E Cup races in France and Belgium, the Yamaha Factory Racing chaps have worked out of Yamaha’s ‘Evolving R & D’ unit to get on with this rad looking concept. It is a 154 lbs lightweight, low-speed high torque machine built to take on any terrains.

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BMW R 1250 Global Sport rendered

BMW R 1250 Global Sport rendered

Between the scramblers and the full blown maxi-motard

BMW’s GS motorcycles refer to Gelände/Straße (German for off-road/road) and are distinguished by their long travel suspension, upright riding position and larger front wheels. Taking up the same moniker is the R 1250 Global Sport that has been rendered by an Italian artist who goes by the name Oberdan Bezzi.

Paying homage to the original 1980 BMW R80G/S, this urban combines cues from the classic GS motorcycle with modern technology and sophisticated craftsmanship that runs on a lightweight chassis and an air-cooled 1250cc boxer engine. It creates a platform that sits right in between the R nineT scramblers and the full-blown maxi-motard.

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Russian made AWD motorcycle that can be packed in your suitcase

Russian made AWD motorcycle that can be packed in your suitcase

An all-terrain two-wheel drive motorcycle that can take you on land and water

Could you imagine your motorcycle coming apart only so that you could pack it neatly in a bag and shove it in some corner of your house or your car? The same can again be refitted to run on snow, water, sand, hills, stairs, muddy banks, narrow gorges,.. you know where I am getting with this.

The Russians have made one for themselves and it looks like a whole lot of fun. It’s called the Taurus 2×2.

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Triumph is setting up stage for a new 1200 Scrambler

Triumph is setting up stage for a new 1200 Scrambler

Bigger engine, brakes, suspension and expectations

This is Triumph’s efforts to prove that they still can rule the popular scrambler category. Bringing in a significant update in capability and style to the iconic British company, the potent 1200 Scrambler prototype builds on the 900 Scrambler’s position as the fun and accessible machine and vies for top honors at the crowded segment which every motorcycle manufacturer is going collectively mad over. Luckily for Triumph, they have a history with the Scramblers that dates back to the legend Steve McQueen.

The 1200 Scrambler boasts of the new high torque engine used on the Brit’s Bonneville lineup, and to handle all that additional power, this Scrambler gets equipped with bigger wheels, bigger brakes, and bigger suspension. This machine will make it its life’s purpose to give a couple of sleepless nights to the BMW R NineTs’ and the Ducati’s 1100s’.

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Cagiva to make a comeback as an electric off-roader

Cagiva to make a comeback as an electric off-roader

MV Agusta is resurrecting their old brand

MV Agusta’s exotic Italian lineage has been through the history’s ups and downs. After being in an acrimonious situation for some time, the Italian brand is finally sailing on safe waters after a Russian investment group-Black Ocean signed an agreement to increase its capital making MV Holding to become the 100% owner of MV Agusta S.p.A.

With this, things have started to ease off, and MV Agusta is now concentrating on working on new machines for 2018 including a new line of four-pot Brutales’. Fresh new information also tells us that the Italian will be resurrecting the Cagiva brand back, but this time as an electric company rather than the sportsbike maker that it was before.

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Bandit 9 L.Concept

Bandit 9 L.Concept

A 125cc sci-fi Terminator blockbuster prop

Started as an advertising art director in Los Angeles when he was 19, Daryl Villanueva attained massive valuable skill sets, and a decade later, in 2011, he got this idea of starting a motorcycle company in China before he moved to Vietnam. He noticed that motorcycles had the same design, tanks, seats, and everything; and he wanted to change that very notion and create some exquisite looking ‘products’ that can gouge your eye out and scratch your brain to believe that it is indeed a motorcycle.

Taking the red pill, he started Bandit 9 and took stuff out of the motorcycle graveyard and started building one product after the other. Easily mistakable to some sci-fi Terminator blockbuster prop, this cannon gun looking steel is one of the most challenging builds of Daryl’s. It’s called as the “L Concept”.

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Video: Yamaha showcases what the Ténéré 700 World Raid is capable of

Video: Yamaha showcases what the Ténéré 700 World Raid is capable of

Yamaha showcased a ADV concept model at the 2017 EICMA and badged it with a new name, ’Yamaha Ténéré 700 World Raid’. Previous to that, Yamaha had showcased its mid-weight adventure concept last year and called it the ‘T7 concept’. It was then we knew that the Japanese guys are coming up with a winner in the adventure class for the next year.

Apparently, they need to further develop the machine by testing it on public roads and now, it looks like they are one step closer to giving us their mid-weight ADV machine. Essentially, Yamaha took the naked MT-07 (FZ-07 before) and added a bunch of things, or rather removed, to give us a focused ADV concept model that will take you over anything that has ‘earth’ written on it.

Now, their production prototype is tearing apart the Australian outbacks showing us the promising capabilities the Tenere inhibits.

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This could be Honda's next ADV motorcycle

This could be Honda’s next ADV motorcycle

Patent images showcase Honda’s attempt to go retro

What saw as Honda’s grand comeback to the ADV world, the CRF 1000L Africa Twin was one of the perfectly balanced machines from the Honda stable, a trait that is synonymous to a majority of the brand’s line-up. A lot of time had gone to engineer it and making it work better on multiple riding conditions and so it does effortlessly without any compromise.

Now, Honda is firing on all pistons to bring in newer products into the ADV segment, and we might have just stumbled upon the next big thing coming from the Japanese Red Winger. These patent images that fell on our lap recently showcasing a new Honda ADV model paying homage to the great ‘80s era where adventure motorcycling was a stigma in itself.

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Someone already sketched out a Harley-Alta motorcycle

Someone already sketched out a Harley-Alta motorcycle

The electric street tracker taken on values from both firms

Just days after Harley-Davidson and Alta Motors entered into a wedlock, creative heads from around the world have begun letting their imagination go wild. We have come across what we think is the first rendered image of the motorcycle that is touted to come out of this marriage.

The bike envisioned here is an electric street-tracker model that captures Harley’s values onto Alta’s Redshift platform. As a matter of fact, Alta has already showcased its street-tracker concept at last year’s One Moto Show, in Portland, Oregon. The Redshift ST concept was also built on the same platform.

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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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CAKE is giving us the KALK. An electric dirt bike

CAKE is giving us the KALK. An electric dirt bike

A lightweight off-roader all made of aluminum and carbon fiber

I surprised myself there with the title. A ’LOL’ moment happened in my brain, all thanks to this new Swedish firm entering the two-wheeled world with their first product.

The brainchild of a Swedish Stefan Ytterborn, Cake intends “to speed up the journey towards a zero-emission society, while enhancing excitement and fun.” And their very first step is this Kalk electric off-roader that blurs the line between mountain bikes and motorcycles.

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Alta Motors dropped a powerful new Redshift MXR

Alta Motors dropped a powerful new Redshift MXR

The motocross bike gets big on power and range

The Brisbane, California based Alta Motors designs and manufactures the most advanced electric motorcycles in the industry. Starting in 2010, the firm has come a long way in establishing itself building bikes that prove to be better off-roaders than the petrol-powered counterparts.

Until now, their motorcycle line-up included a Supermoto (SM), an Enduro (EX) and a Motocross (MX) electric off-road bikes. Now, the makers are stepping up their game and have launched a brand new motorcycle called the Redshift MXR.

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