Motorcycle Musings

BMW Motorrad expands equipment range for R 18 and R 18 Classic

(May 11, 2021) MUNICH, Germany — The existing range of optional equipment and the still growing range of Original BMW Motorrad accessories offer many possibilities for customizing the R 18 and R 18 Classic according to your own preferences. With the introduction of the Option 719 parts, BMW Motorrad is now adding features that enable highest-level bike customization based on historical roots. After all, the internal code "719" at BMW Motorrad already stood for particularly high-quality and exclusive special equipment, unusual special requests and unique items decades ago. The new Option 719 parts will be available starting in September.

Brembo's 'New G Sessanta' brake caliper concept may shape future of mobility

(May 6, 2021) DETROIT — For its 60th anniversary, Brembo is presenting the New G Sessanta, a new concept inspired by the first-ever brake caliper for motorbikes produced by the company, embodying its new vision of the future of mobility. The core of the concept lies in the revolutionary application of LED technology directly on the body of the caliper. This solution is adaptable to every application and type of caliper, and enhances its form and function.

Mecum Las Vegas motorcycle auction reaches $17.5 million in sales

(May 5, 2021) WALWORTH, Wis. — The 30th anniversary return of the Mecum Las Vegas Vintage & Antique Motorcycle Auction was held  April 28 through May 1, and results were strong for the event that has long held status as the world’s largest of its kind. The 2021 auction achieved overall sales of $17.5 million as 1,151 motorcycles changed hands in just four days, and with a total of 1,214 motorcycles offered at the auction, the sell-through rate equaled a hearty 95%, a remarkable achievement for a reserve-based auction.

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”.