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November 6, 2011

Husqvarna reveals world’s first ABS for off-road racing

Husqvarna Motorcycles is pleased to be the first manufacturer in the world to present an ABS for off-road racing in the current flagship model, the TE 449. BMW Motorrad first brought out an off-road ABS with lockable rear wheel in 2007. A comparable system is already in serial production in the form of the "Slick" mode of the ABS in the BMW S 1000 RR. Here, the system allows the rider to block the rear wheel for so-called brake drifts by deactivating the ABS function in the rear wheel. more »


August 4, 2011

Video: Ducati Diavel Rizoma accessories

Rizoma has created a complete line of accessories to the Ducati Diavel. The kit includes an innovative aluminium handlebar which will improve riding position for some (height 8mm lower, open grip angle of +7°). Rizoma offers the latest side protections for the radiator and frame, the water pump guard, the newest EVO rearsets and two types of license support plates. But the list continues: all kinds of mirrors with adapters, bar ends, brake and clutch levers, proguard system, fuel cap etc. more »


July 27, 2011

Study: Lane splitting is safe

A new study says lane splitting could be the global solution for motorcycle safety. Motorcycle safety researcher Steve Guderian compares instances of rear-end collisions in California - where lane splitting is not expressly prohibited - to states with similar riding seasons and number of riders. The data from NHTSA shows that California does have a lower rate of fatal rear-end motorcycle crashes when compared to other similar motorcycling states. more »


July 5, 2011

Harley-Davidson offers women the „Ultimate Learn-To-Ride” experience

Learning to ride a motorcycle can be a life changing experience for women - the power, the freedom and the empowerment of riding your own Harley-Davidson motorcycle converge to create a feeling that's unlike anything else - and it's an experience that gets even better when you have a friend to share it with. In an effort to continue their industry leading commitment to help more women live out their motorcycle dreams, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has created a special contest this summer offering women a unique experience. more »


July 5, 2011

BMW introduces Dynamic Damping Control for future motorcycles

As part of its BMW Motorrad Innovation Day 2011, the Bavarian manufacturer introduced a new semiactive suspension control system called Dynamic Damping Control (DDC). As early as 1986, BMW Motorrad achieved a milestone in suspension technology by launching the Paralever swingarm, an innovation that considerably improved rear suspension and the transfer of forces. In 1993, the freshly launched opposed twin “boxer” engine series was the first to be fitted as standard with a front suspension system that operated independently of the rear known as Telelever. more »


July 1, 2011

New Harley-Davidson Touring, Trike and Sportster models arrive at dealerships

Harley-Davidson has begun delivery of all 15 models in the 2012 Touring, Trike (North America only) and Sportster lines to its dealers in the U.S. and Europe. These motorcycles will be available for sale immediately. Shipment of these select 2012 models has been accelerated to provide greater continuity of supply in dealerships during the peak summer selling season. Additional 2012 models will be announced on July 20 at the Harley-Davidson summer dealer meeting in Anaheim, California. more »


June 14, 2011

Donate to the Hall of Fame and you might ride away with a Vintage Kawasaki Z1 and a modern Z1000

The coolest bike on the road in the early 1970s? The fire-breathing Kawasaki Z1, the machine that took the four-cylinder Superbike to new levels, with a 903cc dual-overhead-cam engine and pure muscle-bike styling. The Z1’s DNA lives on today in the Kawasaki Z1000 - a modern interpretation of the muscle bike, with a fuel-injected 1,043cc dual-overhead-cam motor that can take you anywhere you want to go. more »


June 8, 2011

Honda to expand motorcycle production in India

Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Ltd. announced plans to expand production capacity of its second motorcycle production plant, which is currently under construction, and to build a third motorcycle production plant to meet increasing demand in the rapidly growing motorcycle market in India. The second plant is currently being built in the Tapukara Industrial Area of Rajasthan and is scheduled to become operational in July 2011 with annual production capacity of 0.6 million units. more »


June 7, 2011

New Zero S awarded E-Bike of the Year

Electric bike manufacturer Zero Motorcycles have announced that their Zero S electric motorcycle received the prestigious “e-Bike of the Year” award at Europe’s Clean Week 2020. Being evaluated among electric motorcycles from around the world, the Zero S finally became the first electric motorcycle to win the newly created category. This year, all Zero Motorcycles models come with several technical improvements as well as a new look, including a complete overhaul of the Zero S and the Zero DS. more »


June 3, 2011

Museum condition 1999 Ducati 916 for sale

Massimo Tamburini is one of the best designers in the motorcycle industry, he designed bikes such as the Ducati Paso, the MV Agusta F4 and Brutale or the Cagiva Mito. But his best work yet is the 1994-1999 Ducati 916 which was included in the Guggenheim’s Museum The Art of the Motorcycle exhibit of 1998-1999. Now, you can buy yourself a „new” 916 for a reasonable price of €20,000. The seller lives in Monaco, and according to him, it’s probably the lowest mileage 916 in the world, since it has only 42 km (26 miles) on the clock. more »