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Matrix Motorcycle Helmets Opens Pre-Orders on the Alpha Pro

Pre-Order the Ultra Modular I reported previously about the Matrix Alpha Pro ultra modular helmet. That helmet is a super-unique lid in that it can be reconfigured into a full-face, open face with a chin bar and with goggles, open face with a chin bar and no goggles, or an open face helmet. There are also adjustable elements, such as the rear spoiler and vents for airflow. The helmet is now available for pre-order. The company only plans to make 1,500 of the helmets available for pre-order, so ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Helmet, Pavel, ECE, Motorcycle News, Modular Helmet, Ultra Modular, Pavel Vlasov


Shark Helmets Reveals the New Citycruiser Concept

Open Face with a Large Face Shield Shark is a French helmet manufacturer that makes good lids. We have reviewed several of them, but recently the company has released a new Citycruiser helmet. It’s an open face, jet-style helmet with a large face shield that covers your whole face. The helmet is available in four solid colors and four dual-tone colorways. The helmet gets a thermoplastic shell (two shell sizes for the range), EPS liner, vents to either side of the face shield, an exhaust vent, d...
Tags: Shark, Motorcycles, Dot, ECE, MicroTech, Motorcycle News


Langen Motorcycles 2-Stroke Is a High-Powered V-Twin

It Has Got to be a Screamer Boutique British bike outlet Langen Motorcycles has a new 2-Stroke machine that features one of the most interesting engines I’ve seen in a while. It’s a fuel-injected 90-degree Vins two-stroke V-twin that makes a lot of power for its modest displacement. The engine is only a 250cc but it makes 80 hp at 11,700 rpm.  Vins is an Italian company founded by ex-Ferrari folks. CEO Vincenzo Mattia said, “Our Vins engine is capable, in standard configuration, of delivering 7...
Tags: UK, Motorcycles, Ferrari, Vins, Ohlins, Motorcycle News, Two-stroke, Langen, Langen Motorcycles, Vincenzo Mattia


The Black Tea Moped Is a Small Electric Motorcycle

It Looks Cool The company called Black Tea has a new Moped. That bike is designed to transform the way people think of bikes and transportation in general. While there are multiple generations discussed on the company website. Black Tea is really just getting around to putting out its first version of the bike. The Moped, as the company calls it, is really a mini-scrambler. The word moped fits the bike because it’s about the size of a moped, but the little bike lacks pedals, so I’m not totally ...
Tags: Europe, Munich, Motorcycles, Electric Motorcycles, Black Tea, Electric Motorcycle, Motorcycle News, Electric Moped, Black Tea Moped, Small Electric Motorcycle


BMW Motorrad Posts Record June Sales

Moving Past COVID-19 Despite the pandemic, sales of powersports equipment have been strong. I reported on this the other day. The case in point is BMW Motorrad. The company posted strong sales numbers in June and that has led to a nearly 10 percent rise in sales year-over-year, according to RideApart. When the pandemic first hit, the company did see a drop in sales. During the highest levels of panic around the pandemic folks just weren’t out there buying bikes. However, now it seems they are a...
Tags: Europe, Motorcycles, Bmw, BMW Motorrad, Motorcycle News, Motorcycle Sales, Coronavirus, Germany France Portugal, Belgium Netherland Luxemburg


2020 Americade Rally Is Canceled

Hopefully, It Will Return Next Year The Americade Rally isn’t postponed in 2020, it simply isn’t going to happen this year. The reason for this is that the COVID-19 pandemic is still an issue and is causing many events to be postponed or canceled. The original date for the Americade Rally was June 2-6 in Lake George, New York. From there, it got pushed out to July 21-25. Now the uncertainty about gatherings in the state of New York and the fact that many riders would not have shown up have forc...
Tags: New York, Motorcycles, Sturgis, Motorcycle News, Lake George New York, Dutcher, Coronavirus, Americade Rally, Christian Dutcher


Royal Enfield Now Has a “Slide School”

Learn to Race Flat Track Always wanted to slide around a flat track racetrack like a pro? Now you can learn how thanks to Royal Enfield and Moto Anatomy. Renown racer Johnny Lewis will be teaching the classes to riders who will ride Royal Enfield FT411 and FT 650 bikes.  Lewis originally developed the racing school in India and now will be bringing it to various tracks across the U.S. as well as Moto Anatomy in Florida. “I’m excited to continue building a deeper relationship with Royal Enfield,...
Tags: Florida, India, Motorcycles, Cleveland, Daytona Beach, Lewis, Volusia, Gettysburg PA, Motorcycle News, Royal Enfield, Johnny Lewis, Slide School, Royal Enfield Now Has, Moto Anatomy, Center Hill FL


A New Speed Triple Was Spotted Testing

A New Naked from Triumph The Triumph Speed Triple is one of those bikes that everyone seems to love, and now Triumph looks like it’s going to make it even better. A new version of the bike was spotted testing. Images of the bike were posted by Motorcycle News and other outlets.  The new Speed Triple, according to Motorcycle News, will get a bigger engine, more power, and several other updates or changes to put it on the same level as the new offerings from Ducati and KTM. The publication sugges...
Tags: Motorcycles, Ducati, Triumph, KTM, Motorcycle News, Triumph Speed Triple


Benelli Museum Reopens to the Public

Coming Out of the Pandemic In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of businesses were forced to shut down. In Italy, these shutdowns were pretty much everything. The devastating effects of the virus were felt worse there than many other places. Now the country is coming out of the worst of the pandemic and reopening. Recently, Motociclismo reported that the Benelli museum has now reopened to the public.  To celebrate the museum’s reopening, all visitors will be able to attend the museum fre...
Tags: Motorcycles, Italy, Benelli, Motorcycle News, Motociclismo, Coronavirus, Benelli Museum Reopens


Powersports Sales are Up Despite the Pandemic

COVID-19 Hasn’t Decimated Sales When the world shuts down, what do you do? You go for a ride on your motorcycle, ATV, or other powersports equipment. If you don’t own anything to ride, you go out and buy one apparently. According to multiple sources, including Cycle World and Roadracing World, powersports sales are doing well during the pandemic.  This is a sentiment that the Motorcycle Industry Council stated and I reported on back in May. The numbers then seemed to be good and appeared to ind...
Tags: Sales, Motorcycles, KTM, Motorcycle News, Motorcycle Industry Council


Say Hello to the GasGas TXT GP Lineup

For Trials Riding Fun GasGas is no joke when it comes to off-road motorcycles, which is probably why KTM bought the brand not that long ago. From there, KTM sold the enduro GasGas designs to Reiju. Needless to say, it’s been a wild year for the Spanish motorcycle company, and now the brand has put out its TXT GP trials bike lineup. Much of the TXT GP lineup is similar to the other trials bikes available from GasGas. However, it’s worth noting that these are the first trials bikes that the compa...
Tags: Motorcycles, Trials, KTM, Motorcycle News, GasGas, Reiju Needless, Motociclismo Overall


Piaggio Group Secures $60 Million Loan

Keeping Things Rolling Piaggio Group is a massive organization. The group is comprised of Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Vespa, and other brands, and rakes in a lot of money, so I was a bit surprised to learn that the company secured a $60 million loan in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.  Piaggio Group isn’t in financial trouble. The company is massive and can weather an economic storm like the one that accompanied COVID-19. However, the virus has put a lot of stress on the company’s various brands,...
Tags: Motorcycles, Motorcycle News, Piaggio Group, Cassa Depositi, Coronavirus, COVID, Aprilia Moto Guzzi Vespa, Banca MPS


Indian Motorcycle and Roland Sands Design Team Up for FTR 1200 Accessory Line

Get Ready to Accessorize Indian and Roland Sands Design have teamed up for an FTR 1200 accessory line. The lineup is inspired by RSD-backed ‘Super Hooligan’ American flat track series. The lineup consists of replacement rims, crash protection, levers, and engine covers. “[The] FTR1200 finds its roots and inspiration in flat track racing and RSD brought that full circle, modifying and racing the bikes in last year’s Super Hooligan series,” said Vice President of parts, garments, and accessories,...
Tags: Motorcycles, Motorcycle News, Indian Motorcycle, Roland Sands Design, Ross Clifford


Kawasaki Patents Two-Stroke With a Flat-Plane Crank and a Supercharger

The Return of the Two-Stroke Could be Mighty Two-stroke motorcycles are typically off-road motorcycles these days, and we don’t see many of them. Four-stroke machines have taken over, but not everyone has left two-strokes behind. I keep one in my garage, and there’s something special about the engine design. Kawasaki knows this well, and the company seems to not be letting go of the ring-ding-ding, ring-ding-ding engine type any time soon. The company patented a two-stroke with a supercharger a...
Tags: Motorcycles, Kawasaki, Motorcycle News, Two-stroke, Motorcycle Brands, Kawasaki patent


Twisted Road and Windy-City Fox Motorsports Team Up to Provide Demo-to-Own Program

A Good Move by Both Companies Twisted Road and Windy-City Fox Motorsports have teamed up to provide a unique demo-to-own motorcycle program. Twisted Road, for those of you who don’ know, is a large peer-to-peer rental service provider. Windy-City Fox Motorsports is one of the largest dealer networks in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas. Together, they have a lot of pull.  The demo-to-own program is pretty much like what it sounds like. Riders are encouraged to rent any of the motorcycles Windy-Ci...
Tags: Milwaukee, Chicago, Motorcycles, Motorcycle News, Twisted Road, Windy City Fox Motorsports, Mike Shedivy, Fox Motorsports


Kawasaki Patents Two-Stroke With a Cross-Plane Crank and a Supercharger

The Return of the Two-Stroke Could be Mighty Two-stroke motorcycles are typically off-road motorcycles these days, and we don’t see many of them. Four-stroke machines have taken over, but not everyone has left two-strokes behind. I keep one in my garage, and there’s something special about the engine design. Kawasaki knows this well, and the company seems to not be letting go of the ring-ding-ding, ring-ding-ding engine type any time soon. The company patented a two-stroke with a supercharger a...
Tags: Motorcycles, Kawasaki, Motorcycle News, Two-stroke, Motorcycle Brands, Kawasaki patent


Voxan Wattman High-Speed Electric Motorcycle

Seeking to Set a Record I recently posted about the Voxan Wattman electric motorcycle, but now the whole bike has been revealed fully. The motorcycle looks like a giant rocket. Max Biaggi will take this bike and attempt to set a new electric motorcycle high-speed record. In order to do it, the bike will have to make 205 mph.  The Wattman itself is a features double-wishbone front suspension and a link and swingarm actually steer the bike. The cooling system is also extremely interesting in that...
Tags: Motorcycles, Electric Motorcycles, Motorcycle News, Wattman, Max Biaggi, Voxan Motors, Voxan Wattman, Voxan Wattman High Speed Electric Motorcycle, Michelin Pilot RS


The CCM Spitfire Six Is Still Available

Limited Production and Available At Motorcycle Live last year, CCM revealed the Spitfire Six, and I expected these motorcycles to be snatched up pretty quickly. The bike is a limited edition machine, and the company is still taking orders on the Spitfire Six right now, according to MoreBikes. The CCM Spitfire Six is a unique motorcycle that features a 600cc single-cylinder engine with a six-speed gearbox. The bike looks custom and offers a super unique, minimalist style. Only 300 of the motorcy...
Tags: Motorcycles, CCM, Motorcycle News, CCM Spitfire Six


Indian Motorcycle Supports the Veterans Ride to Sturgis

Indian Continues Its Support The Sturgis Rally is still on, and that means the Veterans Ride to Sturgis is still on, and Indian Motorcycle is continuing to support the ride. The company is providing several of its models for riders over the course of the two-week event. The Sturgis Rally will begin on August 7, 2020.  The 15 veterans will be participating in the ride, with nine new and six returning veterans. The bikes will be fitted with Rekluse auto clutches and some will have custom-built Ch...
Tags: Motorcycles, Sturgis, Motorcycle News, Indian Motorcycle, Dave Frey, U S Army Veteran, Sturgis Rally, RideApart


BMW Has a New Adaptive Cruise Control Technology

From Cars to Bikes Soon you could enjoy adaptive cruise control on your motorcycle. The technology has been available on many new cars, but now it is making its way over to motorcycles thanks to BMW. If you’re unfamiliar with this technology, it’s like standard cruise control, but it uses radars and sensors to automatically slow down and speed up without you having to touch the controls. That might not sound safe, but it actually works really well in the cars I’ve tested it on, and I could see ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Ducati, Bmw, Kawasaki, BMW Motorrad, Motorcycle News, Motorcycle Technology, BMW Motorrad ACC BMW, RideApart KTM Ducati


On July 10 Kawasaki Will Introduce the ZX-25R Sportbike

250cc, Four-Cylinder, and Totally Awesome Everyone has likely seen images or videos of the Kawasaki ZX-25R sportbike at this point, but not all of the details of this machine are yet known. That will change on July 10th, which is when Kawasaki Indonesia has said it will be officially revealing the motorcycle, according to Asphalt & Rubber. The bike has a 250cc four-cylinder engine. That might seem like a bit of an oddball and to North America it certainly is, but in Indonesia and other markets,...
Tags: Indonesia, Motorcycles, North America, Kawasaki, Motorcycle News, Sportbike, Asphalt Rubber, COVID, Kawasaki ZX-25R, Kawasaki Indonesia


The Ride Is Calling Charity Campaign Raised Over $100,000

A Heck of a Month-Long Campaign The Ride Is Calling was a charity campaign that Comoto (owners of Revzilla, Cycle Gear, and J&P Cycles) put on during the month of June. Well, a company representative just let me know that the campaign was successful. It managed to raise more than $100,000 for the National Motorcycle Safety Fund, The Kurt Caselli Foundation, and Motorcycle Relief Project. “The Comoto family of brands has been humbled by the outpouring of support for our efforts to raise funds fo...
Tags: Motorcycles, Motorcycle News, Comoto, Comoto Holdings, Rêver, Ken Murphy, Justin Bradshaw Co


BMW to Expand Rental Program to U.S. and Other Markets

The Service Is Growing in 2020 Few things seem to be going right in 2020, but one bit of good news is that BMW plans to expand its Rent a Ride service to more markets. Right now the service is only available in Europe, but the Bavarian motorcycle company plans to expand to 100 rental partners in 12 countries by the end of 2020.  This is a large undertaking, but it’s certainly doable. BMW has thousands of dealerships all across the globe, and it can utilize this network to make the most of its R...
Tags: Europe, Thailand, Motorcycles, Bmw, Rental, BMW Motorrad, Motorcycle News, Germany Finland France Norway Austria, Netherlands Belgium Switzerland Romania


iXS Reveals the Tour LT Montevideo Air S

Enduro Gloves Anyone? iXS is a German motorcycle gear manufacturer, and recently the company put out some new Tour LT Montevideo Air S enduro gloves. They look to be a pretty good option for a mere $49.95. The gloves come with goatskin, Amara textile material, and 3D Airmesh stretch fabric. This combination should provide riders with good abrasion resistance and make it suitable for the summer riding both on and off-road. There’s also Ventilated TPR protectors on the hand and knuckles to provid...
Tags: Motorcycles, Amara, Motorcycle News, Ixs, iXS Tour LT Glove Montevideo-Air S


Kawasaki Patents Predictive Electronic ABS and Stability Control

Automatically Adjusting Systems on Your Bike Kawasaki wants to have a system that can predictively adjust the settings and systems on your bike. It patented some technology recently that would use data collected from cameras, lasers, satellite navigation, and sensors to make adjustments to your motorcycle, according to MoreBikes. The cameras are looking at the road itself and the lines on the road. The lasers are used to measure distances from objects and other cars. All that information is the...
Tags: Motorcycles, Patent, Kawasaki, Motorcycle News, Stability Control, Kawasaki Patents Predictive Electronic ABS, Your Bike Kawasaki


The Biker Badgers Start Website to Support Biker-Owned Businesses

Supporting Other Bikers In times like these with Coronavirus screwing up all sorts of motorcycle-related business, it’s nice to see some folks work on a solution. Sonny “Badger” and his wife Angie of The Badgers, successful Vloggers and influencers in the motorcycling world decided to build a website for biker owned businesses. The goal? To help other riders support biker-owned businesses.  The site is supportbikers.com, and it’s a database of biker-owned businesses. It’s not just businesses fo...
Tags: Motorcycles, Badgers, Angie, Motorcycle News, Coronavirus, Supportbikers.com, Sonny Badger


EICMA 2020 Postponed Until 2021

You’ll Have to Wait Until Next Year Motorcycle events have been canceled all over the world due to the Coronavirus outbreak. One that hadn’t been decided yet was EICMA. The show is the biggest motorcycle event of the year, and it was recently announced that it would be postponed until 2021.  This comes as no surprise. I saw that my colleague Jim posted the announcement to our Facebook page as soon as it was announced. As Jim expresses in that post, we were all just kind of waiting for the offic...
Tags: Motorcycles, Jim, Motorcycle News, EICMA


Givi Introduces Accessories for Your Suzuki V-Strom 1050

Get Your V-Strom Outfitted Right The Suzuki V-Strom 1050 comes ready for action, but there’s no denying that some accessories could help the bike become the ultimate adventure machine. That’s where Givi comes in. The company recently released a line of accessories for the new Suzuki that should make adventuring easier than ever before.  The Suzuki V-Strom 1050 is a great bike, but some luggage racks and engine protection can go a long way towards making this bike into a true competitor off the ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Suzuki, Motorcycle News, Suzuki V Strom, Pannier, Givi, Suzuki V-Strom 1050, PLO3117CAM Pannier, PLO3117N Pannier, PLX3117 Pannier, Flang


A Conversation With Ari Henning, Zack Courts, and Spenser Robert about Working for Revzilla

Finding a Good Home Most of us in the motorcycle world know the names Zack Courts and Ari Henning. They’re the two long-time journalists at Motorcyclist Magazine, who have entertained and informed us for years now. After a short time with MotorTrend, the duo and Spenser Robert—the man behind the scenes who makes the camera magic happen—are at Revzilla now crafting content for the company on its YouTube channel and writing blog, Common Tread. I wrote about their move to the company when Comoto a...
Tags: Youtube, Motorcycles, Zack, Ari, Motortrend, Motorcycle News, RevZilla, Spenser, Comoto, Motorcycle Industry Council, Motorcyclist Magazine, Ari Henning, Spenser Robert, Zack Courts, Ari Henning Zack Courts, Ari Zack


Watch AMB 001 by Aston Martin and Brough Superior on the Track

It Looks Good Out There Aston Martin isn’t a company that you usually associate with motorcycles, but Aston and Brough Superior teamed up a while back to build the AMB 001, a limited-production track-only motorcycle. The bike looked fantastic when revealed, and now we’re getting our first look at it testing at a racetrack. The AMB 001 will act as a halo bike for Brough Superior and there’s a chance that the companies could work together in the future. The AMB 001 is no regular motorcycle. The b...
Tags: Motorcycles, Aston Martin, Aston, Brough Superior, Motorcycle News, Amb, AMB 001



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