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  1. All-New California 1400 Models Are Arriving at U.S. Dealerships Right Now



    Moto Guzzi announced that the all-new 2014 California 1400 models will arrive to U.S. Moto Guzzi dealerships starting April 15. Two versions are available: Custom and Touring. The MSRP of the 2014 California 1400 Custom ABS is $14,990. Available colors are Basalt Black or Mercury Gray. The ...    Read more

  2. ABS Now Available on the MV Agusta F4 Range



    ABS with RLM (anti-rear wheel lift) is now available on MV Agusta's F4 models. The compact, lightweight Bosch 9MPlus control unit at the heart of the ABS system contains pressure sensors that interface with two phonic wheels (one for the front wheel, one for the rear). The main ...    Read more

  3. Claudio Domenicali Becomes New Ducati CEO



    Claudio Domenicali has been named as the successor to Ducati CEO Gabriele Del Torchio, who will leave the company to take up new professional challenges. Del Torchio, who has spent six years at the top of the brand was praised by Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI ...    Read more

  4. Washington Considers Letting Motorcyclists Run Red Lights



    Riders in Washington state who’ve experienced the frustration of sitting at stop lights while the trigger ignores them might not have to wait any longer. A bill has already passed the state Senate that would allow motorcycle riders to run a red light if they’ve sat through one complete cycle ...    Read more

  5. News: Obituary: Manel Segarra Barreno



    Words: Ed Milich Manel Segarra Barreno (December 1958-March 18, 2013) Internationally known Moto Guzzi racer and tuner Manel Segarra Barreno has passed away as a result of a collision with a car near his home in Spain. He was 54 years old. Manel was riding a freshly restored Moto Guzzi not far ...    Read more

  6. New 2013 Livery for Team Icon Brammo Race Bikes



    What does the reigning World Champion Team Icon Brammo do after winning the electric motorcycle series in 2012? Recharge? Not exactly. It partners with Icon to amp up the liveries for the Empulse RR with Zebra and Cheetah graphics for 2013. This year, Team Icon Brammo will participate ...    Read more

  7. BMW and H-D Score Lowest in Consumer Reports Reliability Survey



    Consumer Reports, best known for hard-hitting, take-no-prisoners, multi-brand toaster-oven comparos, has taken its first look at motorcycle reliability, and the results aren’t good if you own a BMW or a Harley-Davidson. Both brands were rated less reliable than Japanese motorcycles, with about a quarter of Harley owners reporting serious problems ...    Read more

  8. April 1st Kicks off AMA Go Ride! Month



    Spring is upon us and for many motorcyclists, emerging from hibernation means rolling out of the driveway and onto the street, trail, or track. To help celebrate the thrill of a new riding season, the AMA is sponsoring "AMA Go Ride! Month" in April, aimed to encourage members and riders ...    Read more

  9. Seen in the Wild: Aerostich’s Pop-Up Store



    Aerostich founder Andy Goldfine stepped out to the curb at 655 Bryant Street in San Francisco and surveyed the lineup of two dozen motorcycles parked at the curb. I doubt he was thinking, “We’re not in Duluth anymore,” but he seemed satisfied at the turnout for only the first hour ...    Read more

  10. The Spirit of Munro



    Thunder Stroke Indian Engine | First Look When Polaris purchased Indian two years ago, company leaders knew they faced an uphill battle. Indian might have been America’s first motorcycle manufacturer, predating Harley-Davidson by two years, but the once-proud name was tarnished by decades of bad product and worse business practices. ...    Read more

  11. E15 Fuel Sales Would Stop With Congressional Bill



    The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports that bill, H.R. 875, requiring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop the sale of E15 fuel until the gasoline-ethanol blend is studied further has been introduced in Congress. U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) introduced the bill on Feb. 28. The measure would repeal the ...    Read more

  12. Restrictive Lane-Splitting Bill Withdrawn in California



    The American Motorcycle Association (AMA) has confirmed that bill S.B. 350, which would have restricted the common practice of lane-splitting by California motorcyclists would be withdrawn from consideration. This is good news for many California motorcyclists who employ the practice recognized by the California Highway Patrol as an important means ...    Read more

  13. Triumph Tiger Sport | Spied



    The prototype’s hacked-off fuel tank is purely for practical purposes, allowing Triumph to move the bars or alter the bike’s headstock without hitting the tank. What’s next for the Tiger 1050? Will it replace the Sprint GT? Fit into the Tiger line as a “Sport” model? So many questions! WORDS: Ben ...    Read more

  14. Pierre Terblanche Joins Confederate Motor Company



    Words by Alan Cathcart In a startling move within the resurgent American motorcycle industry, celebrated Italian-based designer Pierre Terblanche has signed a three year contract with Birmingham, Alabama's Confederate Motor Company, the USA's premier boutique bike manufacturer. Terblanche will head up Confederate’s product development division, and has already moved from Italy ...    Read more

  15. Triumph Street Tracker | Spied



    The prototype's hacked-off fuel tank is purely for practical purposes, allowing Triumph to move the bars or alter the bike's headstock without hitting the tank. WORDS and PHOTO: Ben Purvis Triumph has been caught experimenting with a prototype that combines the basic Bonneville engine and chassis with Speed Triple componentry to produce ...    Read more

  16. Aprilia Announces V4ALL Pricing



    Everybody loves a winner, but not everyone can afford to buy one. Now Aprilia, with four World Superbike Championship titles in the last four years, wants to make it easier to buy one of its V4s with reduced pricing on 2012 and selected earlier models. The V4ALL pricing program trims thousands ...    Read more

  17. BMW Sells Husqvarna To KTM CEO



    BMW Motorrad, which says it wants to concentrate on urban mobility and electric vehicles, has sold Husqvarna Motorcycles to KTM CEO Stefan Pierer’s holding company. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. BMW’s decision to focus its future efforts only on road-going vehicles resulted from what Manfred Grunert, ...    Read more

  18. Ural Sets Sales Record in 2012



    If you had to bet money on which motorcycle companies posted the biggest sales increases of the past two years, you probably wouldn’t back a Russian sidecar manufacturer. You’d be wrong not to, though, because two consecutive years of growth in 2010 and 2011 culminated in a 30 percent upswing ...    Read more

  19. Irving Vincent 8V Racer | Wild File



    WORDS: Alan Cathcart PHOTO: Stephen Piper It was 1955 when the last Vincent motorcycle rolled off the historic Stevenage, England, production line, but a variation of the firm’s iconic air-cooled, pushrod-driven, 50-degree V-twin is still being manufactured in Melbourne, Australia—and still winning races against modern Ducati and other V-twin superbikes. Hardcore American roadrace ...    Read more

  20. Whatever Happened to Albert Crocker?



    WORDS: Aaron Frank PHOTO: Doug Magill Like many other American motorcycle pioneers, Albert Crocker is almost completely obscured by the ink-dark shadow of Harley-Davidson. At one time, however, Crocker was The Motor Company’s biggest threat—at least in the performance arena. Crocker’s proprietary 61-cubic-inch, overhead-valve V-twin delivered speed and power the Milwaukee Mafia ...    Read more

  21. BMW Sets Sales Records In 2012



    Even though the term “economic growth” was an oxymoron for most people last year, the folks at BMW are feeling pretty good about 2012. That’s because the Motorrad set new sales records, delivering 106,358 motorcycles and maxi-scooters worldwide, a 2 percent increase over 2011. Additionally, in December 2012 BMW delivered ...    Read more

  22. Triumph To Build 250cc Twin In India



    England and India haven’t always enjoyed the best of relations, but Triumph is hoping all is forgiven as it makes plans to open a factory to build 250cc twins on the subcontinent. The proposed facility in Narasapur, near the city of Bangalore, is set to be up and running by ...    Read more

  23. Dainese Made To Measure



    I am lucky enough to have a few custom-made racing suits, and though each fits better then any off-the-rack piece I’ve worn, none is exactly perfect. The forearms of my one-off Alpinestars suit are an inch too long, binding against my hands in tight corners, while the forearms on my ...    Read more

  24. Harley-Davidson To Build Entry-Level V-Twin In India



    To a lot of American workers, “outsourcing” is a dirty word. But sometimes companies have to open factories overseas just to be competitive with products built in that market. At least that’s what Harley-Davidson is hoping its flag-waving, made-in-America customer base will take into consideration when The Motor Company introduces ...    Read more

  25. BMW 90th Anniversary Model Announced



    Perhaps slightly jealous of Harley-Davidson’s habit of cranking out “anniversary” models at the drop of a beanie helmet, BMW has declared its intention to produce a new anniversary model of its own. Speaking at the EICMA international motorcycle show in Milan, BMW Motorrad President Stephan Schaller said his company will ...    Read more

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