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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 2013 Triumph Daytona 675/675R | FIRST LOOK



    Triumph’s Daytona 675 has never suffered harsh criticism or dismissal. It’s long been a favorite due to its sharp looks, excellent handling, and the broadband power. The bike that debuted in 2006 was simply outstanding, and Triumph has kept the supersport at the forefront with conservative updates. The bike underwent ...    Read more

  13. 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R | NEWS FROM EICMA



    Coming hot on the heels of news that Ducati will reenter the World Superbike Championship in 2013 with an all-new, factory-supported racing effort run by Belgium’s Team Alstare, this is our first look at the bike that Alstare racers Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini will ride. The 1199 Panigale R, ...    Read more

  14. 2013 Ducati Diavel Strada | NEWS FROM EICMA



    If Ducati’s interpretation of a cruiser in the form of the Diavel left a lot of riders scratching their heads, imagine what this will do. Here is the 2013 Diavel Strada, Borgo Panigale’s take on the touring cruiser. Atop the Diavel's unexpectedly good chassis and polarizing styling ...    Read more

  15. 2013 Ducati Hypermotard and Hyperstrada | NEWS FROM EICMA



    Ducati has comprehensively updated the Hypermotard line for 2013 by shoehorning in a version of the Testastretta 11-degree engine, offering two specifications of the main model, and adding something called the Hyperstrada, a distance-worthy model likely to be known as the mini-Multi for its resemblance to the ...    Read more

  16. 2013 MV Agusta Rivale 800 | NEWS FROM EICMA



    Continuing the development of its three-cylinder series and expanding the model options, MV Agusta has introduced the Rivale 800, a clear competitor to the Ducati Hypermotard. Featuring the firm’s newly punched-out triple, bumped from 675cc to 800cc, the Rivale employs a signature steel-tube trellis frame that gives ...    Read more

  17. Electric Bicycles to Benefit e-Bikes?



    The motorcycling community has been slow to accept electric bikes, in part because they haven't yet been able to match the power and range of gasoline-powered machines. (Although that's changing, rapidly.) Meanwhile, in another part of the two-wheel world, electric power is making big strides. Electric bicycles are flourishing in Europe, ...    Read more

  18. Triumph Explorer – The Complete Package from the Adventure Experts: Twisted Throttle.



    Triumph Explorer 1200 outfitted to the extreme by Twisted Throttle The 2013 Triumph Explorer is a bike that grabs attention with its intimidating stance and aggressive styling. Twisted Throttle made it even more capable of handling the roughest terrain by outfitting this spirited steed with products that provide greater protection, as ...    Read more

  19. Dainese to Present Made to Measure Events



    (Costa Mesa, CA) Dainese, the worldwide leader in sport protective apparel, is pleased to announce two Made to Measure events in US. Two unique Made to Measure(also known as Fitnet) events will allow Dainese customers a rare opportunity to be measured by a factory tailor and order custom made leather jacket, ...    Read more

  20. Yamaha AG200 – A Motorcycle That Saves Lives



    WORDS: Jake Fuchs PHOTOS: Riders For Health Most of us would agree that motorcycles make us feel better. Flying unencumbered over the road on the backs of our bikes elevates the soul as well as the body. Whacking open the throttle and tearing through the air can’t help but put a ...    Read more

  21. Ducati North America Reports Nine Consecutive Quarters of Retail Sales Growth



    Things are looking good for the upper end of the motorcycle market with the recent announcements from BMW Motorrad of record monthly sales figures. Now Ducati North America is reporting nine consecutive quarters of retail sales growth, crediting the Diavel and Panigale as major factors. According to Ducati, its North American ...    Read more

  22. KYB Pneumatic Spring Fork | Technology



    It's easy to see the difference between KYB's conventional MX fork (left) and its new PSF design (right): one has a spring, the other doesn't. WORDS: Aaron Frank PHOTOS: Honda Air suspension isn’t anything new. As recently as the 1980s, sportbikes used compressed air either as the springing medium or to assist ...    Read more

  23. NEXX Helmets now offering sponsorship for 2013 Season



    Los Angeles, CA - NEXX USA is pleased to announce their continued support in motorcycle road racing and future plans for flat track support. Sponsorships will be accepted from October to December 31, 2012. Please submit a resume and/or request a rider sponsor package by emailing NEXX USA Racer Support ...    Read more

  24. Moto Guzzi Announces The Rest Of Its 2013 Lineup | FIRST LOOK



    Moto Guzzi came out with its three-model, retro-styled V7 lineup for 2013, with a revamped motor and a new matte-black Stone edition. Now we get confirmation that three of Guzzi’s previous designs return for 2013. The sportiest of the bunch, the Griso 8V SE carries a 110 horsepower and 80 ...    Read more

  25. Twisted Throttle LLC is proud to announce our new website!



    Twisted Throttle's website has undergone a complete overhaul. Our continued commitment to providing excellent customer experience shines through this new feature-rich site. It is just one more way for us to provide our customers with superior service; what we call “The Twisted Difference”. Here are a few of the improvements included in ...    Read more

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