2014 December - Motorcycle News

December 23, 2014

Streamlining a Harley Softail: the Bell & Ross B-Rocket

What is the car of the year for you? The Alfa Romeo 4C? The Tesla S? What is the custom motorcycle of the year? The Harley Livewire? The PJD Pro-Street Cafe? For us, it was a one-off motorcycle commissioned by a French watchmaker and built by a British custom shop using an American donor bike. Based on the Harley-Davidson FXS Softail Blackline, the Bell & Ross B-Rocket is a paradox, an “aeroplane motorcycle”. Read the full article »

December 22, 2014

Ducati Scrambler concepts by Gannet Design

The new Ducati Scrambler is one of the hottest new bike on the market. According to BBC, this is THE bike of the year since it’s a real bike with real noise and it does all that at such an accessible price. It’s a simple-as-stone bike with an air-cooled engine, true Italian styling and easy handling. The bike also cought the eye of Swiss design firm Gannet Design and they created a couple of interesting concepts. Read the full article »

December 21, 2014

The most beautiful cafe racers of the year

The revival of cafe racers is fuelled by the world’s apparently insatiable appetite for nostalgia. They’re popular enough to make it into serial production but there are lots of shed-built specials or custom cafe racers, too. These light-weight, stylish motorcycles are highly popular in Europe, mostly in Italy and in France but you can often spot these machines on the roads of the UK or Spain. We collected a couple of cafe racers that are beautiful and - more importantly - you can buy right now. Read the full article »

December 19, 2014

The rebirth of American board-track racing – in Europe

Vintage gear, rare antique Harleys and Indians with no brakes, invitation-only races, leather helmet for protection - this is board-track racing. This type of motorcycle racing had its golden age in the 1910s and 1920s in the U.S. but board tracks proliferated in part because they were inexpensive to construct. 70 years later, the sport experiences a revival in Europe - where this type of racing actually was born. Read the full article »

December 18, 2014

2015 Vespa GTS 300 ABS: the Queen of Vespas

The North American division of Vespa has just announced its 2015 300 GTS range. The largest and most powerful product of the manufacturer will be offered in three variants: the GTS 300, GTS 300 Super and GTS 300 Supersport. The three models are technically perfectly identical, but there are plenty of differences between them. Read the full article »

December 17, 2014

Husqvarna will become a retro brand

KTM CEO Stefan Pierer has just announced his plan with Swedish manufacturer Husqvarna: it will be positioned as a retro motorcycle brand, according to an interview with Speedweek. Pierer basically revealed that they will reposition the 110-year old brand. While industry experts have questioned Pierer’s plans to merge KTM, Husqvarna and Husaberg to create one large company using the car industry as inspiration, we try to find out what future may hold for Husqvarna. Read the full article »

December 16, 2014

Norton announces all new Dominator SS

English sports bike manufacturer Norton has announced that the legendary Dominator name is set to return as they are already taking orders for a new version of the Domiracer. The Dominator SS will be privately previewed at an exclusive evening to be held at Donington Hall at the end of January 2015. Initially only 50 Dominator SS bikes are to be launched in the UK in 2015. Read the full article »

December 15, 2014

Video: Kawasaki reveals one-off 300hp Ninja HR2 drag bike

At the New York International Motorcycle Show, Kawasaki has revealed a one-off Ninja H2R created specifically for eleven-time drag racing champion Rickey Gadson. The special Ninja is truly an amazing bike featuring a 998cc supercharged inline-four, winglets and spoilers and carbon bodywork. The seat is cupped to keep you from being sucked off the back of it. And why do you need modifications like this? Because the engine delivers nearly 300hp. Read the full article »

December 12, 2014

Why encourage motorcycle use?

A Belgian study finds that if 10% of car drivers swapped for motorcycle, it would reduce traffic congestion by 40%. European government officials, industry experts and researchers discuss how more bikes on the road would make motorcycling safer. We took a look behind the horrible numbers of motorcycle safety around the world and collected a couple of arguments why more bikes would help us all. Read the full article »

December 11, 2014

Akrapovič Full Moon: out of this world

Slovenian exhaust manufacturer Akrapovič has apparently gotten into custom bikes to show off its work - and we’re glad they did. They have just revealed the Full Moon concept on the Bad Salzuflen custom bike show in Germany. Extravagant, uncategorizable, striking - these are the first words I said when I saw the bike. The gorgeous design was developed in cooperation with another Slovenian company called Dreamachine Motorcycles and it took approximately 800 hours to complete. Read the full article »