Despite the versatility of a scrambler-style bike, there are very few factory-built scramblers on the market but soon there will be another. This week at the Intermoto expo in Cologne, Ducati unveils its new 803-cc Scrambler in 4 different trims, ranging from the 70s-inspired Classic edition to the dirt-craving Urban Enduro edition. Starting at $8595, the new Scrambler is the lowest priced bike in the Ducati lineup.
Roland Sands Design took a sparkling new 2014 Indian Chieftain and completely desconstructed the 800 pound beast to create a nimble 1930s race-inspired board tracker. This meant building everything but the engine from scratch: a new frame with a single-sided rigid rear-end, new hand-built titanium exhaust, gas tank, & springer front-end, electrical overhaul, etc.
If you want a one-off custom Harley, here’s another compelling reason to choose Taiwan-based Rough Crafts for your build. What was once a stock Dyna Street Bob is now called Urban Cavalry. On top of loads of performance mods, the RC crew gave this bike a new front-end, a handmade tail section, a titanium 2-into-1 exhaust and more. via
The Hellcat Speedster looks more like a normal motorcycle than any bike Confederate Motorcycles has ever made. But it’s definitely a cut above. Surrounding its 2163cc V-twin powerplant is a sculptural mix of billet aluminum and carbon fiber. Each bike is handmade to order in limited numbers in Alabama, USA.
Aside from the engine, which comes from a Honda 125 SuperSport, nearly every piece of this new bike from Bandit9 is handmade. The metallic unibody is made from a single block of aluminum & for the creation of the high-gloss, waterproof, burl wood side panels, the Bandit9 boys recruited a guitar luthier & a yacht maker. It’s all bespoke, from the suede seat to the alloy exhaust and only 9 of these little city-street rippers will be made.
The newest Polaris-built Indian is The Scout, a model that hadn’t been revamped since it was dubbed “the world’s fastest Indian” back in 1967. Unveiled this week at Sturgis, the man-sized classic cruiser weighs in at a hefty 562-pounds, powered by a 1133cc V-twin that churns out 100 horsepower.
Inside a motorcycle helmet seems like maybe the best place yet for a heads-up display. The Skully AR-1 is it, the world’s 1st HUD-enabled helmet. A 180º camera eliminates blindspots, it also features internet, phone, & music capabilities via voice-command, a push button tinted view activation & stacks of other features. Currently seeking beta testers.
Through a partnership with Honda, Britain’s foremost custom track car maker Ariel builds bikes like the Ace one-at-a-time to individual customer specs. Powered by a Honda 1237cc V4 and based around their trellis frame, your Ace can be built up in any way you like, as long as what you want is the highest quality components.
Harley-Davidson is putting the company’s first electric motorcycle on the road; the LiveWire is a sport bike that looks like nothing HD has ever made before. It does 0-60 sub 4 and makes a sound like a jet turbine. A fleet of LiveWire demo bikes is currently touring the country allowing riders to test them out while HD gauges interest before putting them into production.
It looks a lot like its big brother, the 1200S, but Ducati’s newest Monster is a bit smaller; powered by a more compact water-cooled, 821-CC Testastretta 11° V-twin. It also got 8-level traction control & ABS from its big bro and will be offered 2 models: the regular 821 in red & white & the blacked-out 821 Dark.