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  1. Harley-Davidson to Celebrate 110 Years of Great Motorcycles and Epic Riding Experiences

    MILWAUKEE (Feb. 1, 2012) – Harley-Davidson will celebrate 110 years of great motorcycles and epic riding experiences with an array of global events and activities in 2013. Among the events during the year-long celebration will be a rally in Rome, Italy, June 13-16, and a massive party over Labor Day ...    Read more

  2. Factory Customs from the Far East | First Look

    By Ari Henning | Photography by Star Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations models aren’t the only factory specials on the block anymore. Yamaha’s Star cruiser division recently announced the SCL (Star Custom Line): a factory customization program that is initially being applied to the Raider. The SCL will offer some of a ...    Read more

  3. 2013 Triumph Street Triple | Spied!

    By Ben Purvis Spied testing in southern Europe, the presumed 2013 version of Triumph’s thrilling middleweight streetfighter retains its core structure but debuts a fresh look and key technology updates to challenge new competitors like MV Agusta’s Brutale 675. Registration data reveals Triumph will stick with the 675cc displacement but power ...    Read more

  4. Bimota Branches Out | Euro Notes

    By Alan Cathcart | Photography by Bimota After an inevitable downturn in the wake of the global recession—2011 sales were a mere 150 bikes—Bimota is aiming for a comeback in 2012 with a pair of new naked bikes. Pharmaceutical magnate Roberto Comini, who rescued the Rimini-based brand from bankruptcy in ’03, ...    Read more

  5. Hammer and Cycle | Wild File

    By Aaron Frank | Photography by Solifague Designs First things first: These are digital renderings, not in-the-metal motorcycles, so it’s tempting to dismiss them as daydreams. But even if Moscow-based designer Mikhail Smolyanov is only manipulating pixels, it’s impossible not to appreciate the sheer creativity and idiosyncratic imagination on display in ...    Read more

  6. Honda Integra and NC700 | First Look

    By Aaron Frank | Photography by Honda Honda has introduced the next chapter in its ongoing effort to redefine two-wheeled “mobility” with a new range of crossover motorcycles powered by an innovative parallel-twin engine mated to the auto-shifting Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT). The maxi-scooter-like Integra, standard-styled NC700S and adventure-light NC700X all combine ...    Read more

  7. Tune in Tokyo

    By Aaron Frank | Photography by Yamaha & Honda In the roaring ’00s, when funny money flowed freely and the global economy had yet to soil the bed, outrageous concept bikes like Yamaha’s MT-01 and Honda’s nasty NAS were two-wheeled reflections of our own wretched excess. But much like governments, we ...    Read more

  8. Tucker Rocky Announces Partnership with Grateful Dead Productions and Rhino Entertainment

    Fort Worth, TX - February 1, 2012 Grateful Dead Productions and Rhino Entertainment announce a new relationship with Tucker Rocky Distributing, a leader in sales and distribution of Powersports products. River Road, a Tucker Rocky brand, will create and market apparel and accessories for the Powersports industry using legendary Grateful ...    Read more

  9. One of the World’s Most Important Ducati Collections To Be Offered ‘Without Reserve̵

    at RM's 2012 Monaco Sale • RM Auctions consigns acclaimed Saltarelli Ducati collection to feature at Monaco sale on 10th -12th May, 2012 • Important 100 motorcycle collection to be offered ‘without reserve’ • Collection further establishes RM’s growing reputation for historic motorcycle sales ...    Read more

  10. Ducati North America Reports 43 Percent Growth in 2011

    Cupertino, Calif. (January 19, 2012) – Ducati North America today announced 2011 motorcycle sales growth of 43 percent compared to 2010 and a record market share in all of it’s territories: US, Canada and Mexico. This result established North America as Ducati’s number one market for the first time ...    Read more

  11. Victory Motorcycles announces the first 2013 year model

    AMERICAN MUSCLE NEVER DIED. IT JUST NEEDED HANDLEBARS. At the intersection of exhilarating American V-Twin power and dynamic muscle bike styling is the all-new Victory Judge. This is a new cruiser from Victory, the only brand that can combine such powerful new styling with dominating V-Twin power and smooth, confidence-inspiring ...    Read more

  12. Roots Revisited by Husqvarna

    January 20, 2012 - New York, NY - The distinct retro flair of the golden age of motorcycling is one that only Husqvarna can genuinely embody. The Husky marque is the definitive emblem of an era, and one that continues to symbolize bold innovation, classic design and timeless passion. ...    Read more

  13. Is Transport the Key to Strong Health Systems? Zambia Says ‘Yes’

    People living in isolated villages in Southern Province, Zambia, will soon begin receiving more regular visits from health workers as Riders for Health launches its new program with the Zambian Ministry of Health. Today, January 20th, government officials and health partners will attend a ceremony in Livingstone to mark the ...    Read more

  14. Ducati North America Reports 43 Percent Growth in 2011

    Cupertino, Calif. (January 19, 2012) - Ducati North America today announced 2011 motorcycle sales growth of 43 percent compared to 2010 and a record market share in all of it's territories: US, Canada and Mexico. This result established North America as Ducati's number one market for the first time ...    Read more

  15. Rentals return to Long Beach BMW / Husqvarna

  16. Scorpion Is Giving Away Free Helmets To Facebook Friends!

    Lake Forest, CA January 17, 2012 - Santa leave you a little short this holiday season? Forget the 12 days of Christmas, the crew from Scorpion is really in a giving mood and will be giving gifts for the next 12 months! From now through December of 2012, a fan ...    Read more

  17. Victory Motorcycles at the New York International Motorcycle Shows

    Victory Motorcycle is hosting "The Gunny", and revealing the first 2013 model - plus new customs by Zach Ness and Klock Werks Kustom Cycles. Medina MN - 1/17/2012: Victory Motorcycles rings in 2012 with an early release 2013 model motorcycle and legendary Marine Corps Drill Instructor, Hollywood actor, ...    Read more

  18. Mecum to Auction Custom Choppers for Charities During Kissimmee 2012

    WALWORTH, Wis. - Mecum Auctions announces it will offer two custom motorcycles during the 2012 Kissimmee Event to benefit military charities Welcome Back Veterans and the American Freedom Foundation. The MLB Stars and Stripes - a 2011 Bourget Radius Python 330 Super Stretch Chopper (Lot W195) - will cross the auction ...    Read more

  19. Groovy Guzzi | Euro Notes

    By Aaron Frank | Photography by Moto Guzzi It’s not immediately obvious, but Moto Guzzi’s V7 platform gets a new engine for 2012. We already published reports of an all-new, liquid-cooled, big-bore Guzzi motor expected to debut in 2013 (Euro Notes, March 2011), but the appearance of this redesigned air-cooled mill ...    Read more

  20. Whatever Happened To… Ossa?

    By Karel Kramer | Photography by Ossa It turns out Ossa never really died. The once-proud Spanish brand just went into hibernation after closing the factory doors in 1982, and waited for somebody with enough cash to awaken it. In 2009, Ossa unveiled its first new model in 29 years. The ...    Read more

  21. Husqvarna Moab | First Look

    By Tim Carrithers | Photography by Husqvarna If James Cameron ever gets around to a digital homage to On Any Sunday, the avatars standing in for Malcolm Smith and Steve McQueen will ride the spiritual successor to Husqvarna’s 1970 400 Cross: the Moab. While a plastic facsimile of the 400’s flaming-red ...    Read more

  22. Honda RC-E Concept | First Look

    By Aaron Frank | Photography by Honda The only serious electric superbikes so far have been one-offs from upstart manufacturers like Brammo or design firms like Mission and MotoCzysz. That may change now that Honda has revealed this stunning RC-E concept at December’s Tokyo Motor Show. It’s no surprise that Honda ...    Read more

  23. Suzuki GSX-R1000 | First Look

    By Aaron Frank |Photography by Suzuki Yoshimura Suzuki rider Blake Young finished 5 points out of first place in the 2011 AMA Superbike Championship, but might find enough of an advantage in the updated 2012 GSX-R1000 to put him on the top step of the podium next season. Like ...    Read more

  24. 2012 MV Agusta F3 675 | First Look

    By Aaron Frank | Photography by MV Agusta Perhaps the only bike that could take the shine off Ducati's stunning 1199 Panigale is MV Agusta's equally desirable F3 675, also revealed in full production detail at the 2011 Milan Show. Like the 1199, the F3 breaks new technological ground with the ...    Read more

  25. 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale | First Look

    By Aaron Frank | Photography by Ducati Steel-trellis frames, “L-twin” engines, belt-driven cams, dry clutches… Certain features have been so core to Ducati superbikes for so long that it’s almost impossible to imagine them ever going away. Or so we thought, until Ducati’s groundbreaking 1199 Panigale was revealed. Described by company ...    Read more

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