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.
The motorcycle world was set ablaze when people first laid eyes on this custom cafe machine designed and built by Daniel Simon. The response was so good that now Lotus is actually going to produce this 200 HP rocket. And that’s how Lotus Motorcycles was born.
Instead of buying two different gas-powered vehicles to pollute the forest air, the Mountain Horse Snow Bike kit lets you convert your dirt bike into a snowmobile, effectively giving you two vehicles in one, each perfectly suited to their respective season. It’s also much lighter than a regular snowmobile and easier to wheelie, too. via
Drafting off the success of their Rivale 800 motard, MV Agusta has now rolled out the Brutale 800 Dragster, a new naked streetfighter packing a powerful punch with its throaty in-line 3 and a long list of Italian performance parts from the likes of Brembo & Marzocchi.
Right out of the crate, the Ducati 999S is one of the sickest bikes on the planet. But turning it over to respected New York bike builder Stefano Venier means it’s going to get nuts. He converted this ex-racer into a street machine that pushes upwards of 150 hp. If you don’t die before getting it into 3rd gear you might notice that nearly every part from front to back has been tweaked, upgraded or straight-up custom built by Venier.
Here’s a pair of fresh built steeds from the hallowed halls of the Deus garage. Together they’re called Sibling Rivalry; a pair of Honda XR650R enduros transformed into street-ripping cafe bikes. One is called Boodaak & the other goes by Dakdaak, names derived from the motor tone of these tuned-up, one-off customs.
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.