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February 8, 2015

Gas Gas has financial issues, production halts

Spanish manufacturer Gas Gas was forced by investors to halt production while company president Yariv Gilat is in talks with banks to reach new agreements. The financial issues of the company are very serious: not just the production line had to be stopped: research and development division and even spare part production have come to a complete halt. Gas Gas has 500 employees in Spain. Read the full article »


February 3, 2015

Harley-Davidson reports 2014 fiscal results

Harley achieved a great year of financial performance of 2014, selling 267,999 motorcycles a 2.7% increase from the 260,839 motorcycles sold in 2013. Sales revenue is up 7.8%, pushing the bottom line to a profit of $844.6 million. Harley-Davidson claims strong sales for the Road Glide, Ultra Low, Ultra Limited Low, CVO Street Glide, Freewheeler and Street models. Read the full article »


January 26, 2015

KTM outselled BMW in 2014

KTM reported a new company record in both sales and revenue for 2014, for the fourth time in a row. In the business year of 2014, KTM sold 158,760 bikes (Husqvarna included) worldwide, a 28.2% increase compared to previous year. The Austrians also reported a 20.7% increase in revenue (€864.6 million) with an expected EBIT of more than €75 million. Read the full article »


January 19, 2015

Polaris buys e-bike maker Brammo

Polaris Industries has acquired electric motorcycle manufacturer Brammo. According to the short press release, Brammo will focus exclusively on the design, development and integration of electric vehicle powertrains. The acquisition means that the Brammo brand will most likely vanish but we may see some new electric or hybrid motorcycles in a couple of years. Read the full article »


January 13, 2015

Logos Technologies to develop 2WD Hybrid-Electric Military Motorcycle

Logos Technologies has received a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award from DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) to continue development of the SilentHawk military motorcycle in partnership with California’s Alta Motors (formerly BRD). Read the full article »


January 9, 2015

Gogoro unveils Smartscooter, the electric scooter of the future

Taiwanese startup Gogoro revealed its new Smartscooter during the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show. The Smartscooter is not just a new electric bike - the company has proposed a new idea to dramatically reduce battery recharge time – the Gogoro Energy Network, “a modular battery-swapping infrastructure for electric vehicles like the Smartscooter that can be deployed across a city to provide portable power.” Read the full article »


January 8, 2015

Walz Hardcore Cycles has filed for bankruptcy

Is this the end of the road for one of Europe’s best custom bike builders? His clients include Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Räikkönen and other VIPs. But now Walz Cycles has filed for bankruptcy and CEO Michael Krohek has sacked all seven employees. However, the insolvency may create an opportunity to start something new and exciting. 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 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 9, 2014

Chinese 250cc V-Twin revealed

The Chinese have just revealed a Europen patent of a V-Twin that suggests that they may have plans to offer bikes in the old continent. The engine was introduced at a recent motorcycle show in Guangzhou, China. Now, before you laugh at them, just take a look at recent made-in-China cars and realize how fast their car manufacturers got in the last ten years. They certainly have the money to buy a smaller European or Japanese manufacturer to get the know-how and with an attractive price tag, the well-established companies could face a serious challenge. Read the full article »