Motorcycle Musings

BMW looks toward future with Motorrad Vision — Biking in connected world

(October 12, 2016) LOS ANGELES — In 2016, its centenary year, the BMW Group is looking further into the future than ever before and developing a series of Vision Vehicles to address people’s mobility needs in about three decades from now. Its solutions are based on the assumption that mobility is set to become increasingly multifaceted and connected.

BMW North America presents new Cruise E-Bike

(October 6, 2016) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — BMW of North America presents its largest bicycle collection to date, featuring the BMW Cruise e-Bike, ideal for commuters, built with a BOSCH Performance Line electric motor. BMW’s collection of bicycles is designed to reflect the main characteristics of BMW vehicle design.

Honda overhauls legendary CBR1000RP SP for 2017

(October 4, 2016) TORRANCE, Calif. — American Honda announced today that the legendary CBR1000RR SP has undergone a major overhaul for the 2017 model year, with a 33-pound weight reduction and 10 horsepower increase resulting in a 14% improvement in power-to-weight ratio.

First introduced overseas in 1992 (and in the U.S. shortly thereafter), Honda's largest CBR has continuously reset expectations of what an open-class sport bike should be, with a holistic "Total Control" design approach that focuses on cornering, acceleration and braking.

BMW Motorrad launches airbag riding jacket for upper body protection

(September 28, 2016) MUNICH —  BMW Motorrad is launching the BMW Motorrad Street Air by Alpinestars, an advanced airbag system offering comprehensive upper body protection and the freedom to ride a motorbike in both on- and offroad situations.

The technology is adopted from the current Alpinestars Tech-Air street airbag system — a system requiring no motorbike-mounted sensors.

Honda launches global communications site for selected motorcycle models

(September 21, 2016) Honda announced today the launching of "Honda Moto 2017," a global communications website to promote selected 2017 motorcycle models slated for future release. The new website will introduce each of the selected models in a short-film drama format, depicting a unique lifestyle through the interaction of riders and their bikes, thereby promoting the motorcycle lifestyle and the Honda brand.

BMW's new R nine T Scrambler to start at $13,000

(September 1, 2016) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — BMW Motorrad USA has announced pricing for the all-new BMW R nineT Scrambler, which arrives in dealer showrooms this month. The long-awaited classic, yet customizable, newest member of BMW Motorrad’s Heritage line-up will be offered at a base price of $13,000.

Harley-Davidson launches all-new Milwaukee-Eight engine

(August 24, 2016) MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson has unveiled its all-new Milwaukee-Eight engine, the ninth Big Twin in its history, plus all-new front and rear suspension for its model year 2017 Touring motorcycle lineup.

"These are the most powerful, most responsive and most comfortable Touring motorcycles ever offered by Harley-Davidson," said Scott Miller, Harley-Davidson vice president of Styling and Product Development Strategy. "You truly have to ride one to feel the difference — so we're inviting all riders to visit a Harley-Davidson dealer and take a test ride."

Triumph confirms September date for land speed record attempt

(August 23, 2016) Following a successful practice session at the Bonneville Salt Flats, achieving a speed of 274.2 mph to become the world’s fastest ever Triumph, Triumph Motorcycles has confirmed the attempt to set a new outright motorcycle Land Speed World Record will take place mid-September, 2016, weather permitting.

Harley-Davidson, EPA reach settlement over tuning product

(August 19, 2016) MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson has reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the sale of one aftermarket tuning product used to calibrate motorcycles intended for off-road and closed-course competition. As part of the settlement agreement, the company will no longer sell its competition-only tuner in the U.S.

Honda releasing all-new CRF450R, CRF 450RX

(August 11, 2016) TORRANCE, Calif. — On the 15th anniversary of Honda's original 450cc class four-stroke motocross model, Honda is announcing a revolutionary CRF450R that promises to be the most powerful, best-handling Honda motocross machine ever. Honda's no-compromises approach to designing and developing the new bike was intended to put it at the front of the pack in all areas of performance, resulting in what Honda is calling the "Absolute Holeshot."