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April 17, 2015

Triumph still #1 European brand in North America

Triumph Motorcycles America has posted great first quarter sales numbers. This record setting first quarter by Triumph Motorcycles America, which included the highest single day retail sales ever on March 31st, resulted in the company as the top selling European brand in North America. The ranking is based upon motorcycle unit sales in the 500cc-plus on-road and dual-sport categories for the U.S. and Canada. Read the full article »

April 15, 2015

Motorcycle registrations increase in Europe

Europe's motorcycle market grew by 0.6% over the first two months of 2015, but markets like UK, Spain performed more positively with +11.5%, and +13.1%, respectively. Other countries like France, Germany performed not so well and reported decreased sales numbers. A total of 116,390 powered-two and three-wheelers were registered during the first two months of 2015 in the EU. Read the full article »

March 30, 2015

Electric motrocycle industry continues to grow

Forecasts by a research firm have revealed that the electric motorcycle industry is expected to achieve stable and continuous growth during the coming years. Battery costs will decrease in the next couple of years which makes the electric motorcycles and scooters more affordable. The market is led by China, where most of the world’s e-motorcycles and e-scooters are sold. According to Navigant Research, sales are set to reach around 5.3 million over the course of 2015. Read the full article »

March 26, 2015

Bosch strengthens its presence in motorcycle markets

Bosch intends to reposition itself in the rapidly expanding global motorcycle market. The technology and services company is about to pool its motorcycle activities from the areas of riding safety systems, powertrain technology, and display instruments into one business unit, the newly formed “Two-Wheeler and Powersports.” The new plan includes a new supplier business for […] Read the full article »

March 26, 2015

ChemChina to buy Pirelli for $7.7 billion

China National Chemical Corp is set to buy into Pirelli, the world's fifth-largest tire maker for $7.7 billion or €7.1 billion. The deal will put the 143-year-old Italian company in Chinese hands. According to Reuters, the top shareholders of Pirelli agreed on Sunday. The offer will be launched at 15 euros per share, valuing the brand at 7.1 billion euros excluding net debt of almost 1 billion euros at the end of last year. Read the full article »

March 20, 2015

BMW patents three-cylinder engines

BMW is known for its opposed cylinders sticking out of each sides of their bikes but that may change soon enough. The Bavarian manufacturer has just patented two different three-cylinder engines. According to press reports, the strange pushrod engines may be power a new cruiser model. Both engines have a bizarre W3-configuration that makes them very compact. Read the full article »

March 3, 2015

BMW wins four categories in the “Motorcycle of the Year 2015″ Readers’ Choice Award

The Munich-based manufacturer achieved outstanding results in the 17th "Motorcycle of the Year" Reader's Choice of the Motorrad magazine with victories in the categories "Tourers/Sports Tourers", "Sportsbikes", "Enduros/Supermotos" and "Modern Classics" as well as three 2nd and three 3rd places for 2015. Read the full article »

February 27, 2015

Harley-Davidson now offers the Screamin’ Eagle 120 crate motor

The American manufacturer has just announced the availability of a new engine. The Screamin’ Eagle 120 is a huge, 196cc (120 cubic-inch) V-Twin that produces 106 horsepower and 117 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheel. The engine is already available in the new Touring models while certification is pending for 2010 - 2014 Touring models. The motor comes with a one year warranty and costs $5,695. Read the full article »

February 25, 2015

Hesketh is working on the “Bugatti Veyron of motorcycles”

Hesketh, a small British manufacturer announced that they will reveal the “Bugatti Veyron” of the bikes in two years. To put it into perspective, here are some facts of the other bike that Hesketh already offers: the motorcycle, called the 24 is powered by a 1,950cc air-cooled V-Twin and carries a price tag of £35,000 ($53,700 or €47,500). The new bike will be even more powerful and more expensive. Read the full article »

February 16, 2015

Peugeot Kisbee is Europe’s No. 1 scooter

Peugeot are celebrating a podium top spot for their Kisbee scooter in the race for European motorcycle and scooter sales. Figures released by The Motorcycle Industry in Europe (ACEM) show that, for the second year running, Peugeot's Kisbee 50 was Europe’s most popular scooter, selling 43% more than its nearest rival in the charts, the Honda SH150AD. Read the full article »