Motorcycle Musings

Honda announces 2018 CRGF250R

(July 31, 2017) HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. — In a special unveiling event with top Honda amateur motocrossers during the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn's Ranch, American Honda unveiled the all-new 2018 CRF250R. Designed and developed following the same "Absolute Holeshot" philosophy as the CRF450R, the highly anticipated motocross model features a host of updates aimed at achieving maximum power and optimum handling.

BMW motorcycles sets new six-month sales record

(July 21, 2017) MUNICH, Germany — Sales increase by 9.5% to 88,389 vehicles in the first half of 2017. The aim is to achieve a new all-time sales record for the year. BMW Motorrad has sold more motorcycles and maxi scooters in 2017 than ever before.

Stephan Schaller, General Director of BMW Motorrad: "For all of us at BMW Motorrad it is a great pleasure and a confirmation of all our efforts that our customers continue to show us that we are on the right track with our model initiative."

Pappy Hoel named official campground for Harley Owners Group at Sturgis

(July 14, 2017) STURGIS, S.D. — Harley-Davidson and the Full Throttle Saloon’s Pappy Hoel Campground have partnered to name the Pappy Hoel Campground as the official campground for Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) during the 77th annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, SD, next month.

The partnership offers the following benefits to all H.O.G. members with a valid H.O.G. membership:

J&P Cycles announces partnership with Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

(July 14, 2017) RVING, Texas — J&P Cycles, an aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories retailer, announced a multi-year partnership with the City of Sturgis, South Dakota, to be the "Official Motorcycle Aftermarket Retailer" of the legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally held each August. This year's Rally is Aug. 4-13.

Jessi Combs named Grand Marshal for Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

(July 13, 2017) STURGIS, S.D. — Known as the Fastest Woman on Four-Wheels, Black Hills native Jessi Combs has been named the Grand Marshal for the 15th Annual Sturgis Mayor’s Ride scheduled to take place on Monday, Aug. 7, during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

“The City of Sturgis is very excited to have Jessi Combs join us as we celebrate the 77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally,” said Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen.

Mecum vintage motorcycle auction brings in $4.4 million in Las Vegas

(June 8, 2017) LAS VEGAS — Mecum’s first foray into Nevada for a spring season vintage motorcycle auction in Las Vegas was a pronounced success with 339 motorcycles hammering sold June 2-3 for an 80-percent sell-through rate and $4.4 million in overall sales.

Highlighted by the $95,000 sale of a gorgeously restored 1950 Vincent Black Shadow, top sales at the auction were strong and showed off the great variety of marques available.

Atlanta Concours invites motorcycles of provenance for fall event

(May 26, 2017) ATLANTA, Ga. — While most Concours events are a haven for collector car owners and enthusiasts, the Atlanta Concours will be appealing to an even broader audience when it creates a true classic motorcycle Concours experience, including two judging fields of pre- and post-war motorcycles,’ as well as non-traditional activities and exhibitions for attendees to enjoy during the Sept. 30- Oct. 1 second annual Concours at Chateau Elan.

Harley-Davidson becomes official motorcycle of SVRA

(May 24, 2017) SOUTHLAKE, Texas — The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) and Harley-Davidson announced this week that the iconic motorcycle manufacturer is now the Official Motorcycle of the SVRA.  

"I own and ride Harley-Davidsons and I am thrilled to have the SVRA in partnership with such a culturally rich and powerful brand," said Tony Parella, SVRA president and CEO.

Mecum Auctions to feature hundreds of antique motorcycles in June

(May 19, 2017) Hundreds of antique, vintage and collectible motorcycles will cross the auction block June 1-3 during the inaugural Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle June Auction that will take place indoors at South Point Casino, Hotel & Spa. Three collections will highlight the consignments expected to be received from across the country that will attract motorcycle buyers, sellers and spectators from around the world.

Honda unveils 2018 CRF450R, CRF450RX

(May 11, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif. – Honda has revealed that the CRF450R gets even better for the 2018 model year, with electric starting now standard. Designed following an "Absolute Holeshot" philosophy that resulted in a downdraft-intake layout achieving optimum power and centralized mass, the revolutionary motocross model is the industry's top-selling 450cc motocrosser.