Motorcycle Musings

The new BMW R 18 — Supreme cruiser with historical roots

(April 4, 2020) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J.  — With the new R 18, BMW Motorrad now enters the cruiser segment. Like no other BMW motorcycle before it, this model stands entirely in the tradition of historical BMW motorcycles — both technically and in terms of design style. It borrows from famous models such as the BMW R 5 both technologically and visually, shifting the focus back onto the motorcycle essentials: purist, no-frills technology and the boxer engine as the epicenter of riding pleasure.

Dunlap Motorcycle Tire has created drag racing tire

(March 30, 2020) BUFFALO, N.Y. — Dunlop has never focused its considerable engineering experience on building a drag racing tire until now. But the time was right to support the drag racing market due to the higher demands of the Pro Street Bike class, where horsepower and speeds have achieved new levels in recent years.

Professional and amateur drag racers that are required to run DOT motorcycle tires had few choices. So, Dunlop created the new Dragmax in 190/50ZR17 size, the most popular size for serious drag racers on metric and V-Twin motorcycles.

BMW Motorrad will present BMW R 18 Big Boxer for cruiser segment

(March 9, 2020) MUNICH, Germany — On Friday, April 3, the new BMW R 18 will celebrate its long-awaited world premiere. BMW Motorrad will officially present the announced production bike featuring the Big Boxer for the cruiser segment.

"All of us at BMW Motorrad are very much looking forward to the absolute highlight of the year for us — the world premiere of the BMW R 18," says Dr. Markus Schramm, head of BMW Motorrad.

BMW enhances mid-range segment offerings with F 900

(March 4, 2020) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J.  — BMW Motorrad is enhancing its product offerings in the popular mid-range segment with the introduction of the new F 900 R Dynamic Roadster and F 900 XR Sport Adventurer. Both models offer sporty riding fun, straightforward handling, and a unique range of equipment options in a value-added package.

Quail Motorcycle Gathering to celebrate notable machines

(January 20, 2020) CARMEL, Calif. — The Quail Motorcycle Gathering will return to Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California on Saturday, May 16. The 12th annual event will present four featured classes along with gourmet food, product demonstrations from leading manufacturers and hands-on activities for all ages to enjoy. Three of the featured classes will be celebrating 50 years of the Harley-Davidson XR750, MV Agusta 750 and BMW /5; additionally, one brand-new non-motorcycle class has been added featuring hot rods and classic cars.

Ducati's 2019 worldwide sales top 53,000 bikes

(January 14, 2020) BORGO PANIGALE, Italy — Ducati Motor Holding closed 2019 with 53,183 bikes delivered to customers worldwide, nudging last year's figure of 53,004 bikes even higher.

A major contribution to this result came from the Panigale: with sales totaling 8,304, it retains the market leadership established in 2018 and confirms its status as the world's best-selling superbike with a market share of 25%.

First Harley-Davidson Edition GMC pickup in history introduced

(January 10, 2020) MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson and Tuscany Motor Co. will introduce the first Harley-Davidson edition GMC pickup in history at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona on Jan, 11. Only 250 Harley-Davidson branded GMC Sierra trucks will be available through select authorized GMC/Tuscany dealers in North America.

The new pickup includes over 65 edition-specific components that make the 2020 model truck distinctly Harley-Davidson. The styling was inspired by the famous Harley-Davidson Fat Boy model.

Honda reaches 400 million-unit milestone in global motorcycle production

(December 25, 2019) — TORRANCE, Calif. — Since the introduction of the Dream D-Type in 1949, Honda's 70th anniversary of motorcycle mass-production marks the company's 400 million-unit milestone for global motorcycle production. Honda was founded in 1948 and began mass-production of motorcycles at its first overseas production facility in Belgium in 1963.

EagleRider expands its motorcycle subscription program

(December 9, 2019) LOS ANGELES —  EagleRider, the world's largest provider of motorcycle rentals, membership, and tours, has announced the expansion of Club EagleRider Motorcycle Membership program with two new membership options.

The "RIDE 12" and "PICK 6" premium memberships allow greater access to the fleet of thousands of motorcycles from a variety of brands like Harley-Davidson, Triumph, Royal Enfield, KTM, Husqvarna, Honda and Yamaha; including off-road products like dirt bikes, and side-by-sides; by giving subscribers 10 times more riding credits each month than the original membership program.

Free supercharger package offered for 2019 Harley-Davidson Ford F-150s

(November 30, 2019) ELKHART, Ind. — Supercharging is once again available on the Harley-Davidson F-150 as part of a new dealer program announced earlier this month by executives with manufacturer Tuscany Motor Company. To kick off the dealer supercharger option, any new 2019 F-150 Harley-Davidson purchased from a participating Ford dealer at MSRP will include the 700 horsepower supercharger installed at no additional charge.