Motorcycle Musings

BMW R 18 rear silencers now available

(September 18, 2022) MUNICH — The extensive customizing program from BMW Motorrad for the BMW R 18 is now getting a sonorous boost from new Akrapovič rear silencers. 3.8 inches shorter than the two standard rear silencers, they are made of durable stainless steel, coated in matte black and, together with a silver end cap adjustable in 90-degree steps, give the rear end of the R 18 a decidedly sporty appearance.

Ducati Streetfighter V4 inspired by Lamborghini Huracan

(September 3, 2022) The new Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini, inspired by the Huracán STO super sports car, was unveiled to the public at the San Marino Grand Prix at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. The bike is the result of the second collaborative project between the two brands, ambassadors of Made in Italy, which in 2020 gave birth to the Ducati Diavel 1260 Lamborghini, inspired by the Sián.

Triumph completes TE-1 motorcycle project with Helix electric powertrain

(July 13, 2022) MILTON KEYNES, UK —Triumph has announced the completion of its TE-1 electric motorcycle development project, powered by Scalable Integrated Modular Inverter (SIMI) technology from Helix. During rolling road and track trials, the TE-1’s electric powertrain delivered 130kW (177PS/175bhp) peak power, for a 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds and 0-100 mph in 6.2 seconds. It also achieved a 100-mile range, based on live testing and official projections.

BMW Motorrad presents the ConnectedRide Com U1 communications system

(June 27, 2022) WOODCLIFF LAAKE, N.J . — Talk to your passenger or group members while riding, listen to your favorite music together, make phone calls or follow the announcements of the navigation system — the new BMW Motorrad communication system ConnectedRide Com U1 offers all this via Bluetooth or Mesh 2.0 technology.

BMW Motorrad presents the BMW M 1000 RR 50th anniversary model

(May 22, 2022) To mark the 50th anniversary of BMW M GmbH, founded in 1972 as BMW Motorsport GmbH, BMW Motorrad presents the M 1000 RR 50 Years M anniversary edition in Sao Paulo Yellow with historic 50 years BMW M badging. This striking combination pays homage to the spirit from almost 100 years of BMW Motorrad production and from 50 years of BMW M vehicles.

Harley-Davidson homecoming event to be held in July

(May 5, 2022) MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Harley-Davidson will celebrate its 120th Anniversary by launching the Harley-Davidson Homecoming event, an annual four-day festival filled with music, food and moto-culture. The inaugural event will take place at multiple venues throughout the Milwaukee area on July 13-16 and welcomes riders, enthusiasts, and fans to meet in Milwaukee for a huge celebration.

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering returns featuring Harley-Davidson XR-750

(March 1, 2022) CARMEL, Calif.  — The Quail Motorcycle Gathering will return to Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel on Saturday, May 14. The 12th annual event will present five featured classes, food and beverage offerings, product demonstrations from leading manufacturers and hands-on activities for all ages to enjoy. This year’s featured classes include the Harley-Davidson XR-750, Two-Stroke “Braaaps,” mini bikes | BIG FUN and the BMW /5 Series.

Razor unveils the Jeep RX200 electric scooter

(February 14, 2022) CERRITOS, Calif. — Razor, a trailblazer and innovator in the scooter industry, has unveiled its new electric scooter, the Jeep RX200, in collaboration with the Jeep brand. Made for adventure, this innovative electric scooter provides off-road capability for riders to explore the outdoors and tackle almost any terrain. The Jeep RX200 features a cool Army Green color and a rugged outdoor style, combined with a finely crafted and engineered body that provides a superior ride.

Mecum Las Vegas 2022 motorcycle auction takes January sales to $239 million

1917 Henderson Model G

(February 4, 2021)  With January 2022 now in the rearview, Mecum Auctions has once again put its official stamp of success into the record books with total sales from the world’s largest motorcycle auction reaching a combined total of $239 million. Mecum Kissimmee 2022 — held Jan. 6-16 in Florida — saw nearly 3,000 vehicles change hands for $217 million in overall sales, while Mecum’s 31st Annual Vintage & Antique Motorcycle Auction — held in Las Vegas this past weekend — continued the auction house’s long line of highly successful events, reaching $22 million in sales for a 21% increase over last year’s Las Vegas motorcycle auction.

New motorcycle sales up two years running

(February 3, 2022) IRVINE, Calif. — For the second consecutive year, new motorcycle and scooter sales are up. For the full year 2021, sales of all on-road motorcycles (including scooters, on-highway, and dual) are up 14.2%. "This is the second consecutive year of significant growth across powersports," said Erik Pritchard, president and CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Council. "Many new motorcyclists are joining the riding community, both on and off road. We continue to work to inspire, welcome, and integrate them so they enjoy riding for decades to come."