Motorcycle Musings

Honda confirms new XL750 Transalp for U.S. market

(September 20, 2023) American Honda has revealed that the highly anticipated XL750 Transalp is coming to the U.S. market for the 2024 model year. Originally introduced in 1986, the Transalp touts a rich heritage in the adventure category, where it is renowned for its ability to perform on the pavement and explore past the road's end. Carrying this same ethos, the new-generation Transalp has been a hit in the European market over the past few months, and now U.S. customers will be able to enjoy this versatile, middleweight ADV platform.

Mecum presents John Parham Estate Collection Sept. 6-9

National Motorcycle Museum
site for monumental sale

(September 6, 2023) ANAMOSA, Iowa — Mecum Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction company, will stage The John Parham Estate Collection at the National Motorcycle Museum this September 6-9 offering an estimated 300 collector-grade, museum-worthy motorcycles and an estimated 1,000 lots of Road Art encompassing more than 6,000 pieces in total.

Harley-Davidson releases apparel collection with Jason Momma

(September 5, 2023) MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson and actor and entrepreneur Jason Momoa have joined forces to release a new lifestyle collection, On The Roam x Harley-Davidson. This collection celebrates Momoa’s admiration for the brand, rooted in the principles of freedom and authenticity, blending seamlessly with his unique and creative aesthetic.

IIHS commentary — Simple steps could reduce motorcyclist deaths

By Eric Teoh

Director of Statistical Services, IIHS

(August 30, 2023) In the 15 years since I began researching motorcyclist safety, evidence has continued piling up about commonsense measures that could reduce deaths. However, we have failed to fully implement these solutions, and the death toll in the U.S. has continued to rise, reaching a record high of over 6,000 in 2021, the latest year for which statistics are available. Thinking of all the motorcyclists I’ve known in the safety community over the years, this toll isn’t just a number to me. We’ve got to do more to address this aspect of our road safety crisis.

73,000 bikes lined museum grounds during Harley-Davidson Homecoming

(July 25, 2023) MILWAUKEE — The Harley-Davidson Homecoming Festival, the biggest music-and-motor event to hit Milwaukee this summer, took place from July 13-16 at venues across the Milwaukee area. Moto enthusiasts from all over the world enjoyed the festivities celebrating the rich, 120- year history of the world’s most-desirable motorcycle brand, Harley-Davidson. The Company also announced next year’s Harley-Davidson Homecoming will be July 25-28, 2024.

BMW Motorrad pursues electric mobility with eParkhouer

(July 7, 20023) With the new BMW CE 02, BMW Motorrad is presenting another e-vehicle for urban conurbations around two years after the CE 04 and is thus consistently pursuing its electric mobility strategy. Thanks to its electric drive, trend-setting design and innovative solutions, the eParkourer is a dynamic partner for a new kind of mobility and provides great riding fun in an urban environment.

BMW Motorrad celebrates one millionth GS with boxer engine

(June 22, 2923) MUNICH, Germany — The one millionth GS equipped with a boxer engine rolled off the production line at the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin-Spandau this week — a BMW R 1250 GS. BMW motorcycles have been manufactured in Berlin since 1969 and the BMW Motorrad GS models with boxer engines since 1980.

BMW Motorrad presents the BMW M 1000 XR prototype

(June 7, 2023) BMW Motorrad has unveiled the M 1000 XR prototype, which offers a glimpse of the newest model in the M lineup. "With the M 1000 XR prototype, we are providing a first preview of the third BMW Motorrad M model, in our anniversary year. We have developed the M 1000 XR, based on the current S 1000 XR, S 1000 RR and M 1000 RR, as a long-distance sport bike with supersports riding dynamics for the road as well as for the track," said Dominik Blass, product manager.

American Honda introduces new SCL500 and updated Shadow Phantom

(May 31, 2023) ALPHARETTA, Ga. —American Honda has announced that the new SCL500 "scrambler"-style motorcycle is coming to the U.S. market. The SCL500 is a nod to Honda's rich history, dating all the way back to the 1960s when the CL72 and CL77 were offered. Based on the Rebel 500 platform, the SCL500 combines modern ride quality and comfort with authentic retro styling, and delivers the result at an attractive price.

Norton Motorcycles launches the most powerful British café racer the V4CR

(May 29, 2023) SOLIHULL, UK — Norton Motorcycles has launched its first naked sport motorcycle and the most powerful British café racer — the Norton V4CR. The rebellious younger sibling of the V4SV, the V4CR delivers artistic modern design coupled with a riding experience befitting its 185 brake horsepower.