November 15, 2012 |
Here comes the new F800GT. BMW plans to take the wraps off the new iteration of its popular F800ST middleweight sport touring model at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach next month. The new version of the big, belt-driven, water-cooled, two-cylinder has a bit more horsepower and a bit more comfort -- 90 horsepower, up from 85, and a new windshield and new, fuller fairing. It features standard anti-lock brakes and a slip-on Akrapovic silencer that cuts a few pounds off the weight and creates what BMW calls "a particularly earthy 2-cylinder sound.
February 6, 2013 |
Motorcycle sales in the United States revved up in 2012, rising a healthy 2.6% over 2011, according to a report released Wednesday by the Motorcycle Industry Council. Better yet, the trade group said, retail activity was up in all four motorcycle "segments" -- the first time that has happened since 2002 -- with increases in scooter, dual-purpose, off-road and on-highway motorcycle sales. PHOTO GALLERY: Honda 2013 line-up includes CB500s, Gold Wing F6B Scooter sales rose the most, at 7.7%, with dual-purpose motorcycles (the ones capable of going on-road and off-road)
May 5, 2012 |
The superhero extravaganza "The Avengers"marks the first of many movies that will feature motorcycles racing onto the big screen this summer. Not only will Captain America helm a Harley-Davidsonin the big-budget Marvel movie, but one of the leads of "Men in Black" will time-travel to 1969 on board an "Easy Rider"-esque chopper. A circus bear will even throw a furry leg over a Ducati in the animated feature "Madagascar 3. " Motorcycles have long played a part in the movies, but as summer films become more explosive and adventure oriented, two wheels are playing a larger role.
January 23, 2013 |
A Ducati assembly line worker told me five years ago that every second motorcycle made at the company's Bologna, Italy, factory is a Monster. A major U.S. Ducati retailer told me recently, “Monster is Ducati.” Since beginning production of the naked sport bike in 1992, it has shipped more than 250,000 of the little Monsters , the company recently announced. But until two weeks ago I'd never even sat on one. An hour after I did, I was a convert. I rode a route that started around Laurel Canyon and Mulholland, wandered through Topanga Canyon and the Malibu mountains, and circled back via the freeway.
December 7, 2012 |
More than 50,000 motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to gather at the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend for the annual Progressive International Motorcycle Show. The early buzz? The long motorcycle recession is ending. The 2012 sales year will show the first uptick since the glory days of 2006, when almost 1.2 million new motorcycles were sold in the U.S., from the depths of 2011, when fewer than half that many were sold. "We're seeing a good appetite right now for new bikes in new segments," said Steve Menneto, vice president of motorcycles for Polaris Industries, parent company of Indian Motorcycles and the electric motorcycle maker Brammo.
January 29, 2013 |
The famed Russian sidecar motorcycle manufacturer Ural has reported all-time sales numbers for 2012, surpassing its previous high in 2006 and showing a 30% growth in sales from 2011 to 2012. In particular, the company credits strong sales for the fourth-quarter release of its Ural Yamal. Named after a famed Yamal Peninsula ice-breaking boat, the bike features a twin-hull body design and comes with an oar as standard equipment. PHOTO GALLERY: Monster Mash-Up Prized by long-distance motorcycle travelers with a taste for the exotic, the Soviet-era military motorcycle began production just before the beginning of World War II . The first units were designed for combat duty and were based upon the German BMW R-71.