Motorcycle Musings

2022 Triumph Steve McQueen Edition Scrambler to be auctioned in Monterey

(June 9, 2021) WALWORTH, Wis. — Triumph’s Serial No. 0278 of 1,000, 2022 Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Edition motorcycle will be offered for public sale on Saturday, Aug. 14 in Monterey, Calif., at The Daytime Auction, hosted by Mecum Auctions, with all proceeds from the sale donated to the Boys Republic, a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian school and treatment community for troubled youth. The motorcycle is one of an exclusive run of just 1,000 produced globally and boasts a serial number that matches the number plate ran by Steve McQueen in the International Six Days Trial (ISDT).

BMW Motorrad presents the new BMW C 400 X and C 400 GT

(March 25, 2021) MUNICH, Germany —  With the C 400 X in 2017 and the C 400 GT in 2018, BMW Motorrad presented two premium vehicles for the midsize scooter segment for the first time. Since then, the C 400 X has been impressing Urban Mobility segment customers with its dynamic ride characteristics, while the C 400 GT, as a Gran Turismo variant suitable for touring, stands out thanks to its enhanced range of comfort features.

New soft luggage solutions from BMW Motorrad

(March 18, 2021) MUNICH, Germany —  With the new Black Collection, BMW Motorrad is adding soft luggage solutions to its broad portfolio. They are the perfect biking complement for all weather conditions. True to the motto "For man and machine", the collection was developed based on the needs of BMW Motorrad customers. Whether tank bag, rear bag or hip bag - all components of the extensive collection feature functional, innovative and consistent design. You are sure to find the perfect piece of luggage for every purpose and every adventure in the large range.

Honda to bring Android Auto integration to Africa Twin

(February 12, 2021) Honda announced that Android Auto will be integrated with the current-model Africa Twin models (2020 and newer). As has already been the case with Gold Wing models since last summer, Africa Twin customers with Android smartphones and the Android Auto app will be able to seamlessly enjoy application services including music, phone calls and messaging, at no additional cost. To utilize Android Auto with Africa Twin models, a Bluetooth headset is also required (sold separately). App and communication costs may apply.

All-New PCX headlines Honda’s small-displacement new-model offering

(February 3, 2021) TORRANCE, Calif. — American Honda has revealed four small-displacement powersports models, including a sport bike and three scooters, headlined by the all-new, newly renamed 2021 PCX. Each of the included models is impressively versatile, and all underline the brand’s commitment to economical, fun, dependable transportation.

BMW Motorrad realigns strategy for product launches

(January 26, 2021) MUNICH — New live and digital formats will increasingly take the place of traditional trade fair appearances at BMW Motorrad in the future. In particular, this means that the traditional commitments at the two leading motor shows EICMA in Milan and Intermot in Cologne, which were previously organized centrally by BMW Motorrad, will no longer apply.

Harley-Davidson unveils new motorcycles for 2021

(January 20, 2021) MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson offers motorcycle riders more performance, style, technology and freedom for the soul in 2021. Highlights of the line include the gritty Street Bob 114 and restyled Fat Boy 114 cruisers, and on-trend new styling options for three popular performance baggers: Street Glide Special, Road Glide Special and Road King Special models. Harley-Davidson will also offer four super-premium models created by its Custom Vehicle Operations team.

BMW Motorrad presents new R 18 custom bike

(January 18, 2021) MUNICH, Germany —  Unmistakable design that is distinct from all others is the new “Spirit of Passion” by Kingston Custom. After Roland Sands, Dirk Oehlerking lends the BMW R 18 his inimitable signature with the second R18 gem in the “SoulFuel” series, a collaboration between BMW Motorrad and selected customisers. Previously, a sensation was also caused by an R 18 conversion created by Bernhard Naumann — also known as “Blechmann”.

Honda improves touring comfort, convenience with 2021 Gold Wing

(January 6, 2021) TORRANCE, Calif. — In its first new-model announcement since the New Year, Honda today confirmed that the Gold Wing family gets a number of upgrades for 2021, designed to deliver improved comfort and convenience for long-distance touring. Among the improvements is a capacity increase for the Tour version’s trunk, which now easily accepts two full-face helmets.

Honda unveils all-new Rebel 1100 for 2021

(November 30, 2020) TORRANCE, Calif. — Honda has announced an all-new midsize cruiser model — the Rebel 1100 — to be powered by a water-cooled, parallel-twin engine and offered for the 2021 model year. Introducing new technology to the cruiser category, including Honda’s advanced automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) — the model was conceptualized and developed following a “Relax and Excite” design theme, and is notable for its ability to suit a variety of rider types and deliver wide-ranging riding experiences.