Motorcycle Musings

Honda announces motorcycles for 2011

(February 7, 2011) American Honda has announced additions for the 2011 model year, four street bikes: the Sabre, Stateline, Shadow Aero and NT700V. These four returning motorcycles cap off a great lineup for the current year, which encompass a total of 43 machines.

Biggest Ducati news of 2010? Signing of Valentino Rossi

(January 11, 2011) Without question the biggest Ducati event of 2010 was the signing of Valentino Rossi to the Ducati MotoGP team for a 2 year contract beginning in 2011. Ducati News Today has long led the charge as to why Rossi would end up on a Ducati and now that he has Ducatisti and MotoGP fans alike are intently following every little detail.

BMW Motorcycles and Mini to carry 'Sirius Everything'

(December 23, 2010) BMW Motorcycles will include an introductory one-year subscription to the "Sirius Everything" package with the purchase of every new radio-equipped RT, GT and GTL Touring motorcycle produced from January 2011.

J.D. Power motorcycle study finds quality has declined

(December 16, 2010) WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — Managing owner expectations through proactive communication and providing personal service has a considerable positive impact on overall satisfaction with the motorcycle ownership experience, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 U.S. Motorcycle Competitive Information Study released today.

The study, now in its 13th year, measures owner satisfaction with new motorcycles by examining six major factors of the overall ownership experience: product; build quality; cost of ownership; sales; service; and warranty.

Ducati, AMG sign cooperation agreement

(November 21, 2010) LOS ANGELES — Affalterbach – AMG and Ducati will work together closely in the future. The initial aim of the cooperation between the performance brand from Affalterbach and the Italian manufacturer of high-performance motorcycles is to develop common marketing activities.

The cooperation agreement was signed last week during a press conference at the Los Angeles Auto Show, by Ola Källenius, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH and Gabriele del Torchio, President and CEO of Ducati Motor

Harley-Davidson to build bikes in India

(November 4, 2010) Harley-Davidson is planning a low-cost model for India.

The U.S. bike maker, which reported a two per cent drop in global revenues from motorcycles at $1.09 billion for the September quarter, is betting big on India and China.

Chief financial officer John Olin has been reported saying, "We believe the long-term prospect (in China and India) is extraordinary."

Details of all-new Ducati Diavel revealed

(November 2, 2010) Hell for Leather has let slip some information about the all-new Ducati Diavel ahead of the bike's debut at EICMA.

Increasing number of motorcyclists demands Increased attention to rider safety

(August 12, 2010) Summer’s here and more motorcyclists are hitting the roads than ever before.  According to a recent survey by the Motorcycle Industry Council, the number of motorcycles owned and used in America grew 19 percent since 2003. That means an estimated 25 million people — equal to the population of Michigan — swung a leg over a bike and rode last year.

Harley-Davidson sells Italian motorcycle MV Agusta

(Augsut 8, 2010) Harley-Davidson Inc. said Friday it finished its sale of Italian motorcycle maker MV Agusta to Claudio Castiglioni.

Castiglioni is the company's former owner and had served as MV Agusta's chairman since Harley-Davidson purchased it in 2008. Harley-Davidson has been focused on cutting costs and streamlining its business. It said last October it planned to sell MV Agusta.

BMW K1600 GT/GTL move six cylinders from concept to reality

(July 5, 2010) Since BMW Motorrad presented the concept study Concept 6 in autumn 2009, the six-cylinder in-line engine featured in it has captured the imagination of many motorcycle fans.

With BMW, six-cylinder in-line engines have stood for fascinating engine technology in automobiles for over seven decades, in a way which is unique among brands. In the near future, BMW motorcycles will also be available with an internally developed six-cylinder in-line engine.