Motorcycle Musings

Collection of 30 unrestored Ariel motorcycles to be sold

(January 31, 2017) DONINGTON PARK, England — H&H Classics will be selling a collection of 30 unrestored Ariel motorbikes at Donington Park this year — Arrows, Arrow Sports and Leaders, discovered over the last 30 years by Clive Pearson of Leicester for whom they have been a lifelong passion.

This big collection includes a range of parts too. Pearson, 68, is selling the bikes to fund his other passion German WW2 machines.

BMW K 1600 B Bagger unveiled in Cleveland

(January 27, 2017) CLEVELAND — BMW Motorrad’s production prototype K 1600 B Bagger will make its U.S. debut to motorcycle enthusiasts at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show this weekend in Cleveland, Ohio. For the first time, show attendees will be able to view the production version of the Concept 101, a bagger-style motorcycle based on BMW’s six-cylinder K 1600 platform.

BMW representatives will be on hand to answer questions about the K 1600 B, which was developed specifically with American riders and American roads in mind.

Guy Webster's Italian masterpiece collection up for auction Jan. 27

(January 17, 2017) LAS VEGAS — The final eight motorcycles owned by iconic photographer Guy Webster are set to cross the auction block on Jan. 27, at the world’s largest vintage and antique motorcycle auction, the 26th annual Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction, slated for Jan. 25-28 at South Point Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas.

Ducati ends 2016 on high note with motorcycle sales topping 55,000

(January 16, 2017) BORGO PANIGALE, Bologna, Italy — Ducati Motor Holding enjoyed further growth in 2016, delivering 55,451 motorcycles to customers all over the world: that's an increase of 1.2% compared to 2015 (54,809 bikes).

“Ending the year of our 90th anniversary with yet another record is a source of immense pride and satisfaction”, commented Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding. “2016 was the seventh consecutiv
e growth year for Ducati, clearly confirming the soundness of the Bologna-based group's strategy and skills.”

World's largest antique motorcycle auction returns to Las Vegas

(January 11, 2017) More than 1,000 antique, vintage and collectible motorcycles will cross the auction block Jan. 25-28, at the 26th annual Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction at South Point Hotel & Casino’s Exhibit Hall. Consignments from across the country are highlighted by nine prestigious collections that will attract motorcycle buyers, sellers and spectators from around the world to the four-day event.

New book celebrates 90 years of Ducati motorcycle design

(December 20, 2016) BOLOGNA, ITALY — Proud to celebrate its 90th anniversary together with its fans, Ducati has decided to make this milestone a memorable one with a volume containing a photographic record of the company's history, illustrating that attention to style and design for which Ducati has always been so renowned.

“Stile Ducati. A visual history of Ducati Design” published by Skira (Milan - Italy, 2016) is a true collector's volume, an evocative story told trough images, a sequence of unique shots that highlight the aesthetic value and the design of Ducati motorcycles.

American Honda to offer 2017 CB 1100 EX

(December 11, 2016) TORRANCE, Calif. — Since 1959, when they first adorned the twin-cylinder CB92 Benly, the letters CB have always meant a great deal to Honda and Honda owners. They came to mean even more in 1969, as the four-cylinder CB750 represented a seminal moment for motorcycling, as the world's first production superbike took center stage, laying down a blueprint that still stands today.

New attractions to be introduced at annual Progressive motorcycle tour

(November 10, 2016) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows (IMS) has announced the tour's seven stops. Stunt shows, temporary airbrush tattoos, interactive games, social media opportunities, and more will be available on the 2016-2017 IMS tour, providing attendees with a one-of-a-kind experience on a dynamic and exciting show floor.

Ducati Globetrotter 90° completes tour of American West

(October 26, 2016) BORGO PANIGALE, Bologna, ITALY —  The fourth stage of the around the world voyage with the Multistrada 1200 Enduro has come to a successful end. Brazilian Eduardo Generali, having completed 3,923 miles along roads crossing the American West, has arrived in Indianapolis, where he passed the Globetrotter 90° torch on to Steve Fraser.

Steve, the fifth motorcyclist selected to take part in this thrilling adventure, will continue the ‘coast to coast’, riding from Indiana to New York.

BMW Group Plant Manaus in Brazil starts motorcycle production

(October 21, 2016) MANAUS, Brazil — BMW Motorrad celebrated a significant expansion of motorcycle production in Brazil today. The company officially started operation of the new BMW Group plant in Manaus, Brazil, the first 100% BMW Group-owned motorcycle production site outside Germany. A total of around 10.5 million euros ($11.44 million) were invested in the new plant.