You might’ve see this one before (it’s called Bolt in US)- the new 2013/2014 Yamaha XV950 and XV950R. A direct competitor to the entry level custom factory cruiser motorcycles (Harley-Davidson Sportster class) this time coming from the reputable Japanese manufacturer. No thrills or frills, V twin 60°, 942 cm3, frame, two wheels and that’s it. For the first time in years – the Sportster has some serious competition – the bike looks amazing (maybe even better that the H-D), it’s simple and raw and it hits all the right buttons. Continue reading →
If you didn’t know by now, Keanu Reeves is a big motorcycle fan. So big that he actually started his own company together with his partner Gard Hollinger of L.A. County Choprods. The name? Arch Motorcycles. The new company will build motorcycles based on the KR GT-1 prototype pictured above, with production set to begin in 2013. Continue reading →
Built by Eddie Meeks of EAM Studios, Greensboro, NC, the Quantum Leap is less a motorcycle than a proclamation from its creator. The 13″-wide fixed front wheel gets engine power, while the thinner rear wheel handles the steering. Because the front wheel does not turn, Eddie was able to extend the sexy bodywork, which rides atop the tubular frame housing a Patrick Racing V-Twin and shiny handmade components, including a kickstand sculpted from copper-plated steel. Continue reading →
Legendary American motorcycle firm Indian, now owned by Polaris – the same company that also owns Victory – has revealed their first completely new engine in 70 years to celebrate the new ownership. Dubbed ‘Thunder Stroke 111′, the 1819cc, or 111cubic inch, V-twin was unveiled at the Daytona Bike Week event in Florida, USA, with just the new 49 degree engine being shown ahead of the launch of a completely new bike in the middle of 2013.
The engine is a 1819cc V-twin with three camshafts, pushrods, two-valves per cylinder with an integrated air and oil cooling system, fuel injection and a six-speed gearbox (check out the huge image gallery below). Continue reading →
The Magpul Ronin 1125R is one of those motorcycles that pops out of the woodwork every now and then, and completely muddles up your preconcieved notions of how a motorcycle should look like. Reception of the original 1125R – a concept developed by firearms accessories and parts manufacturer Magpul – was so overwhelming that Magpul started a new subsidiary company called Ronin Motorworks, with the sole purpose of building and selling the Ronin. So why the name “Ronin” and what is the legend behind the 47? Continue reading →
Last year, our Christmas was ruined with the sighting of the Pierobon X60R sport bike. A small Italian company based in Bologna, for those who aren’t in the know, Pierobon has ties to some big projects in MotoGP and WSBK.
Known for their trellis chassis designs, the Pierobon X60R is the company’s two-wheeled flagship (be sure to checkout the Pierobon F042 street bike). We lusted after the X60R last year, you wanted one under your Christmas tree, and we all had to learn how to live our lives with disappointment afterwards. Continue reading →
If you think Scandinavia is all about choppers and such, well, think again. This gorgeous motorcycle,e dubbed the 88 Evo Sportster, is the work of Denmark-based Customs from Jamesville, run by James Roper-Caldbeck. Usually a vintage Harley guy, James took on the challenge when Tony, a tattoo artist, intrigued him with the idea of a motorcycle built on the lines of custom Japanese bobbers. Continue reading →
Join Roland Sands Design as they pit man and machine against gravity in a quest for the elusive 200 mph mark. Victory motorcycles and the team at RSD go head to head with asphalt and atmosphere with a turbocharged air-cooled victory v-twin. The machine, once a docile street machine is transformed into a purpose built racer and the team travels to the infamous Maxton mile for a the true test of project 200. Do they succeed? Continue reading →
KTM’s 1190 Adventure model lineup for 2013 hasn’t been a secret, with quite a few images leaked on the internet before the Intermot launch. While it may appear to be an evolution, the new model is more likely an answer to the likes of the BMW R1200GS and Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak. Continue reading →
Each year, tens of thousands of enthusiasts come to Salt Lake Bonneville to try and establish new speed records. This year, for instance, Confederate Motorcycles brought the new X132 Hellcat Combat to Bonneville. Continue reading →