A few years back New Zealand-based FX Bikes unveiled the world’s lightest dirt bike, a svelte little motocrosser build with a combo of mountain bike & motorcycle parts. Their newest creation is the FX5, now powered by a 4-stroke, single-cylinder, 125cc motor with optional automatic clutch. And gone are the mtb parts, meaning it’s a bit heavier at 130 pounds but still silly light. Specs are hard to come by at the moment, but stay tuned to their website for more information. Available next summer.
British sports car company Caterham is now producing 2-wheeled vehicles. At the recent International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan they debuted 3 new machines: A fat-tire on/off-road 750 motorbike, and two E-bikes. One is an retro-style cruiser with a 50-mile range & the other is a carbon MTB model inspired by F1 racing designs.
As the lure of their big twin bikes continues to wane, Harley is taking extreme measures to get anyone under 50 on their bikes. Their solution: 2 new smaller displacement bikes, the 500CC and 750CC Street. Both are light, nimble, & very competitively priced plus they feature those classic HD looks. Maybe this will work.
Normally not a lot changes when the new Ducati Monster 1200 drops every year but 2014 is different. This year the iconic Italian bike goes from its old, air-cooled V-twin to the water-cooled Testastretta 11º motor used in the racy S4/S4R and it also gets a larger 17.5-liter fuel tank.
A while ago we showed you the original Nero from Saigon-based bike-builder Bandit9. The new, super-limited-edition Nero MKII is based on the same Chang Jiang 750 and is made almost completely of custom-fabbed parts including a longer, lower frame design that slams it even closer to the street.
In the same way that cyclocross diversifies the cycling experience by taking riders off idiot-filled roads & into the dirt, all-terrain motorcycles can do the same. And if more builders start doing conversions like this dirt-slinging 1199 Panigale S from Portland Ducati dealer MotoCorsa, the woods could soon be filled with the sweet music of Italian exhausts. via
Right now, America’s most wanted actually comes from Italy. And this is it: the 2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera. The superbike of superbikes. At 200 horsepower, it’s Ducati’s most powerful & boasts the best power-to-weight ratio of any production bike ever built. They’re only making 500 & 75% of those are already sold. Move fast.
Celebrating 90 years of BMW motorcycles, Beemer is releasing a birthday bike: the R9T Roadster. It’s an 1170-cc oil-cooled unit pushing 110-horses and comes with a long list of customization options like a Titanium Akropovic exhaust.
Erik Buell is a legend when it comes to American sportbike manufacturing. His latest, the 1190RX is the flagship machine for his independent company EBR. The bike packs a 1,190cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke V-Twin with a 6-speed tranny. It’s the first new Buell bike to hit the streets in years & it looks like a solid comeback.
The world’s tastemakers may have moved on from their short and torrid love affair with the café racer, but Australia’s Deus Ex Machina is still getting dirty. The Bully was made from a Buell X1 & packed with as many American parts as possible. It took fabbing a whole new subframe plus a handmade tank & seatpan to achieve this classic look & that’s what Deus does.