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.
BMW is known for building durable, comfortable motorbikes but not beautiful ones. That could change if they actually produce their Roland Sands-designed Concept Roadster, a muscular remake of their iconic 1973 R 90S. It’s a mean-looking roadster packed with a snarling 1170cc, 123-horse boxer motor.
Dead since 1983, one of the most beloved motorcycle makers from the golden age of enduro, Spain’s Bultaco brand has now been revived. And instead of beefy 4-strokes, they’re making electric bikes this time around. They’ve currently got a bunch of bikes in development but they’re kicking off the their re-launch with the Rapitán, a 54-horsepower streetfighter that’ll do 90 MPH.
While many custom bike builders move toward brand expansion via $500 jeans and hair pomade, Deus Ex Machina is actually still building bikes. This highly modified CRF450X started its life as a dull dirt bike but as you can see, the Deus dudes in their Venice, CA shop turned it into a tidy little café machine.
Build after new build, Copenhagen’s Wrenchmonkee garage continues to push custom bike design blending fresh ideas with classic looks. Their latest is an ’05 Triumph Thruxton turned scrambler that features a mix of vintage parts, Italian hardware, & ridiculous attention to detail. via
This is not some cheap, un-rated hipster knockoff to complete the café costume, this here is a real, road-worthy, DOT-approved Bell Bullitt; a brand new design that sports a retro bubble-visor and up front ventilation. As of now, it’s available in 3 colors: matte black, metallic blue, and cream/red. More colors to come.
Honda just unveiled a pair of new concept bikes at the Osaka Motorcycle Show. The NM4-01 & the NM4-02 both feature interesting geometry and sport Honda’s NC series 745cc motor plus a Dual Clutch Transmission, which will make shifting easier for beginners.
For a company built on heritage, Harley-Davidson sure is dropping lots of new bikes. Last month it was the 750 Street, now it’s two new cruisers. The 2014 Low Rider retains some of its classic charms with its 5 spoke wheels and wrinkle black trim but the Twin Cam 103 motor is all-new & so are the dual front discs. The smaller 1200T SuperLow is a lightweight entry-level bagger featuring a 1200-CC Evo powerplant.
The Diavel is a 162-hp Italian masterpiece that makes other bikes in the “sport cruiser” category look mostly irrelevant. The performance of the torquey Testastretta 11-degree engine is not something people question and yet Ducati being Ducati, they’ve made improvements to the 2015 model: a new exhaust system, an uptick in torque, all-new LED lighting, and several features to refresh styling.