Motorcycle Musings

Harley-Davidson unveils new motorcycles for 2021

(January 20, 2021) MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson offers motorcycle riders more performance, style, technology and freedom for the soul in 2021. Highlights of the line include the gritty Street Bob 114 and restyled Fat Boy 114 cruisers, and on-trend new styling options for three popular performance baggers: Street Glide Special, Road Glide Special and Road King Special models. Harley-Davidson will also offer four super-premium models created by its Custom Vehicle Operations team.

BMW Motorrad presents new R 18 custom bike

(January 18, 2021) MUNICH, Germany —  Unmistakable design that is distinct from all others is the new “Spirit of Passion” by Kingston Custom. After Roland Sands, Dirk Oehlerking lends the BMW R 18 his inimitable signature with the second R18 gem in the “SoulFuel” series, a collaboration between BMW Motorrad and selected customisers. Previously, a sensation was also caused by an R 18 conversion created by Bernhard Naumann — also known as “Blechmann”.

Honda improves touring comfort, convenience with 2021 Gold Wing

(January 6, 2021) TORRANCE, Calif. — In its first new-model announcement since the New Year, Honda today confirmed that the Gold Wing family gets a number of upgrades for 2021, designed to deliver improved comfort and convenience for long-distance touring. Among the improvements is a capacity increase for the Tour version’s trunk, which now easily accepts two full-face helmets.

Honda unveils all-new Rebel 1100 for 2021

(November 30, 2020) TORRANCE, Calif. — Honda has announced an all-new midsize cruiser model — the Rebel 1100 — to be powered by a water-cooled, parallel-twin engine and offered for the 2021 model year. Introducing new technology to the cruiser category, including Honda’s advanced automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) — the model was conceptualized and developed following a “Relax and Excite” design theme, and is notable for its ability to suit a variety of rider types and deliver wide-ranging riding experiences.

A unique project — Ducati Diavel 126L Lamborghini

(November 27, 2020) Automobili Lamborghini and Ducati have announced the Ducati Diavel 1260 Lamborghini — born from the collaboration between two prestigious brands, the motorcycle is made in a limited and numbered edition of 630 units, celebrating the cooperation between the two organizations and appealing to both motorcyclists and collectors from all over the world.

Harley-Davidson Livewire shows thrills of drag racing's future

(November 17, 2020) MILWAUKEE — See what it takes to win in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle championship and the future of drag racing with the 10-time champion Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines drag racing team in Harley-Davidson’s latest production “Science of Speed.” Team racers Eddie Krawiec, Andrew Hines, and Angelle Sampey talk through the skills, strategies, and experience of running a motorcycle through the quarter-mile dragstrip.

Harley-Davidson delivers best third quarter net income since 2015

(October 27, 2020) MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Harley-Davidson today announced further progress implementing The Rewire, a critical overhaul of its business, setting a strong foundation for the company including a new operating model that realigns the organization for performance, reduces costs and sharpens focus on profitable products and markets. The end of The Rewire will be the foundation for The Hardwire, the company's forthcoming 5-year strategic plan (2021-2025), to deliver profitable growth and shareholder value based on expanding the desirability of Harley-Davidson.

BMW introduces new R 18 Classic for cruiser segment

(October 23, 2020) Following the premiere of the new BMW R 18, BMW Motorrad now presents the second member of its new model series for the cruiser segment: the R 18 Classic. The new BMW R 18 Classic is a nostalgic touring bike that echoes the beginnings of the great touring cruiser models. While the R 18 is very purist in style, the R 18 Classic features a large windscreen, passenger seat, saddle bags, additional LED headlights and 16-inch front wheel.

BMW Motorrad and REVER reach one million users

(September 8, 2020) MUNICH, Germany — In the summer of 2016, BMW Motorrad entered into a strategic partnership with the technology start-up REVER to build a worldwide community of motorcyclists around a new offering: The REVER App can be used to plan exciting motorcycle tours, experience them together with like-minded people and experiences can be shared.

NICB says motorcycle thefts have dropped 12% since 2016

(August 31, 2020) DES PLAINES, Ill. — Millions of people will take to the road over the Labor Day weekend, by jet, train, car, and motorcycle. If you are one of the tens of thousands of motorcyclists taking advantage of the great riding weather, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) urges you to protect your motorcycle from theft. Nearly 41,000 motorcycles were stolen in 2019, according to a new report by NICB, with most thefts occurring in warm-weather states and in the warm-weather months of July, August and September.