Motorcycle Musings

Schedule of events listed for annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

(July 13, 2018) The annual Sturgis (South Dakota) motorcycle rally begins Friday, Aug. 3, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 11. The City of Sturgis has published a tentative schedule of events for the this year's motorcycle celebration in the Black Hills.

500,000 riders, concert fanatics, and street-food enjoyers attend the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally every year. Sturgis is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, only minutes away from Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Devils Tower, Custer State Park, and some of the most scenic riding in the country.

BMW Motorrad announces upgrades and changes for MY 2019

(July 13, 2018) MUNICH, Germany — Model year 2019 sees a number of model revision measures included in the BMW Motorrad program. The models can be ordered from all BMW Motorrad partners in the new configuration starting in August.

New comfort turn indicators for increased user-friendliness and safety become standard equipment. As part of the model revision, comfort turn indicators will be included in the standard trim of most BMW Motorrad models (exceptions: C 650 Sport, C 650 GT, G 310 GS, G 310 R, F 800 R, F 800 GT, S 1000 RR and S 1000 R). Depending on road speed, various reset conditions apply with the new comfort turn indicators; previously turn indicator deactivation was based on a fixed time or distance.

Mecum motorcycle auction achieves more than $3 million in sales

(June 14, 2018) Mecum’s June 2018 Vintage and Antique Motorcycle Auction held at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas earlier this month saw overall sales totals reach more than $3 million as 271 motorcycles changed hands in just two days.Two prewar cycles tied for the auction’s top sales honors as each sold for $88,000.

Honda to bring Monkey and Super Club C125 to U.S. market

(June 11, 2018) TOWNSEND, Tenn. — During a special welcome dinner at the popular Smoky Mountain Crawl rally, American Honda announced that the Monkey and Super Cub C125 ABS models will be made available to U.S. customers for the 2019 model year.

First unveiled in concept form last September at the Tokyo Motor Show, the models are both closely based on iconic motorcycles from Honda's past, and are the latest examples of the company's aptitude for developing pocket-sized motorcycles that capture the fancy of enthusiastic subcultures.

An exit, an entry and a new 2018 BMW G 310R

(May 25, 2018) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — Steve Boydston was heading for the exit at the Chicago Motorcycle Show when his buddy pointed out an opportunity to win a 2018 BMW G 310 R at the BMW Motorrad display.   Postponing the blast of arctic February air he was about to encounter outside the convention center, Steve sauntered over and entered the BMW Motorrad 2017-18 IMS Sweepstakes.  It was his lucky day.

Honda reveals range of 2019 performance off-road models

(May 24, 2018) IRVINE, Calif. — During a recent "CRF Collective" unveiling ceremony at Fox Racing headquarters, Honda announced its most far-reaching range of performance off-road models ever, expanding the group by three and significantly improving the four returning models.

Leveraging the brand's unparalleled experience in the manufacture of dirt bikes, Honda's performance off-road lineup now includes CRF machines for riding applications including motocross, closed-course off-road, pure off-road, and even dual sport.

Black is the new color for BMW Motorrad accessories

(May 13, 2018) MUNICH, Germany — It is now possible to configure the BMW R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure even more elegantly and expressively with high-quality and specially matched "Edition Black" original BMW Motorrad accessories. The wide choice of combinations available presents great potential for customization.

BMW Motorrad will have display, demo rides at Americade

(May 4, 2018) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — BMW Motorrad USA will roll into scenic Lake George, N.Y., with its distinctive demo truck and motorcycle apparel display for Americade, the world’s largest multi-brand motorcycle touring rally, held June 4-9.From June 6-9, BMW Motorrad USA will offer demo rides from Fort William Henry — Americade’s headquarters. 

Harley-Davidson announces unusual summer internship program

(April 20, 2018) MILWAUKEE — No cubicle will cage these interns: to celebrate the 115th anniversary of the founding of Harley-Davidson, the company is turning an often-mundane rite of passage, the summer internship, into the experience of a lifetime.

Instead of a key card, eight social media savvy collegians will get the opportunity to learn to ride via Harley-Davidson's Riding Academy.

Peterson Automotive Museum to open motorcycle exhibit

(March 21, 2018) LOS ANGELES — The Petersen Automotive Museum will open its newest exhibit dedicated to the art of a new generation of motorcycle customizers on Saturday, April 14. Located in the Richard Varner Family Gallery, “Custom Revolution” will gather the works of the most influential and innovative alternative bike builders of the past 10 years in one place for the first time ever.