Motorcycle Musings

Ducati continues to be profitable in 2018

(March 14, 2019) BORGO PANIGALE, Italy — The end of 2018 shows Ducati to have consolidated the growth trend of the past few years for the Italian motorcycle manufacturer. 53,004 motorcycles were delivered to clients all over the world; a result which remains over the 50,000 level for the fourth consecutive year, despite a 2.7% decrease in the global market for motorcycles over 500 cc.

Conditions proved to be especially challenging in the United States as Ducati’s number one market, declining by nearly 9%.

New ARĪV electric bikes from GM available for preorder

(February 14, 2019) DETROIT — GM has announced ARĪV as the name of its new eBike brand, which includes two innovative, integrated and connected eBikes: the Meld, a compact eBike, and the Merge, a folding eBike. The name ARĪV was selected as part of a global crowdsourcing campaign announced in November.

“The crowdsourcing campaign allowed us to bring consumers into the development of our brand,” said Hannah Parish, ARĪV director. “Combine that with our products and our blend of bike and automotive talent, and the result is a unique brand DNA.”

Iconic Harley-Davidson F-150 pickup roars back into showrooms

(February 8, 2019) CHICAGO — Executives with Harley-Davidson and Tuscany Motor Co. have introduced the 2019 Harley-Davidson Ford F-150 pickup truck at the Chicago Auto Show. A concept of the Harley-Davidson branded truck was displayed at the Harley-Davidson 115-year Anniversary celebration in Milwaukee.

Strong reaction to the truck led to the collaboration for an all-new Harley-Davidson F-150. The public can see this exciting new vehicle, which is displayed in Ford Motor Company’s exhibit, from Feb. 9-18.

U.S. households with a motorcycle climb to record 8 percent

(January 24, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — If you've noticed more motorcycles tucked inside garages across the country, or parked out front, you're not imagining things. Eight percent of U.S. households had at least one bike in 2018, the most ever recorded in decades of polling by the Motorcycle Industry Council.

World's largest vintage motorcycle auction returns to Las Vegas

(January 18, 2019) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum’s January Las Vegas-based, vintage and antique motorcycle auction will return to South Point Arena and Equestrian Center’s Priefert Pavilion Tuesday, Jan. 22, through Saturday, Jan. 26, with an estimated 1,750 motorcycles expected to cross the auction block.
The annual event is recognized as the largest global familial-like gathering of consignors, buyers and spectators that share a passion for the history, beauty and camaraderie invoked and inspired by vintage and antique motorcycles.

Custom Works Zon presents custom bike around prototype BMW engine

(December 13, 2018) Last weekend, a new custom bike — the “Departed” — saw its premiere at this year’s Hot Rod Custom Show in Yokohama, Japan. Japanese motorcycle customizing specialist CUSTOM WORKS ZON presented the custom model commissioned by BMW Motorrad. The centerpiece of the machine is the prototype of a completely new boxer engine.

New BMW S 1000 RR — Lighter, faster, easier to control

(November 20, 2018) The third generation BMW S 1000 RR — the supersport bike originally launched in 2009 — made its world debut at EICMA in 2018. With a completely newly developed engine and suspension, engine output has increased 6 horsepower to 205 horsepower and weight has been reduced from 459 pounds to 434 pounds (427 pounds with the new M Package).

Genuine Scooters announces its first motorcycle, the G400C

(November 14, 2018) CHICAGO — Genuine Scooters today announced its entrance into the motorcycle arena in grand style with the release of their G400C motorcycle.

“Genuine Scooters has built its reputation selling high quality scooters that are both affordable and fun to ride,” said Dorothy Hanley, president of Genuine Scooters.

Harley-Davidson recalling nearly 178,000 motorcycles in the U.S.

(November 6, 2018) Harley-Davidson has announced that it will recall nearly 178,000 motorcycles from around the U.S. due to a clutch problem causing the bikes to get stuck in gear

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that clutches in certain motorcycles can leak fluid internally, causing them to disengage from the gears. According to the agency, the issue can cause riders to lose control of their bike, and can lead to an accident.

New BMW F 850 GS Adventure expands range in segment

(November 6, 2018) For more than 10 years, the GS models in the BMW Motorrad F series have embodied the premium range in the middle class travel and adventure enduro segment. High-level touring capability, absolute long-distance suitability, sporty dynamic riding and superior offroad qualities are its outstanding strengths.

Following the newly developed BMW F 750 GS and F 850 GS presented in the fall of 2017, the new F 850 GS Adventure now expands the premium BMW Motorrad range in this segment.