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  1. Vilner Predator | Extraterrestrial BMW

    WORDS: Aaron Frank PHOTO: Vilner Studios Inspired by the terrifying creatures populating the Predator movie franchise, Vilner Studios took a BMW F800R—already a freakish-looking bike—and made it even more outlandish. Built to order for a bike-mad Russian businessman, the Predator is the first two-wheeled concept vehicle built by the Sofia, Bulgaria-based firm ...    Read more

  2. AGV Pista GP

    WORDS: Aaron Frank PHOTOS: AGV Conventional motorcycle helmets are designed from the outside in, starting with the exterior shell and then constructing an inner structure to fit. AGV’s new Pista GP turns this traditional process inside-out, beginning instead with a digital representation of the rider’s head and then designing the helmet ...    Read more

  3. 2013 Brammo Empulse/Empulse R

    WORDS: Aaron Frank PHOTOS: Brammo First previewed in Motorcyclist’s November 2010 issue, Brammo’s Empulse promised to be the frst electric bike to achieve something resembling performance and price parity with internal-combustion machines. Now, almost a year behind schedule, Brammo has at last announced production of its long-awaited eBike. The 100-mile range ...    Read more

  4. Whatever Happened To…MV Agusta’s Boxer Four?

    Words: Aaron Frank Photo: Rich Chenet When MV Agusta won 17 straight 500cc World Championships from 1958-’74, it set a record that will never be broken. But by ’76 the Italian company was in dire straits, its signature four-stroke fours unable to win against lighter, faster two-strokes. When Giacomo Agostini, winner of ...    Read more

  5. The Desmo Story

    WORDS: Alan Cathcart PHOTOS: Kel Edge Though motorcyclists typically associate desmodromics with Italian Ducatis, the term doesn’t have Latin roots. It’s actually derived from two Greek words: desmos, meaning controlled, and dromos, for the run, or track, an object follows. In engineering terms, it refers to a valvetrain that opens and closes ...    Read more

  6. Motonation to Exclusively distribute Forcefield Body Armour in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

    UK Motorcycle sports protection specialists Forcefield Body Armour are to link up and work with leading distribution company Motonation in a new and exciting joint venture. Motonation are a very well known and respected player in the American Motorcycle market, specialising in the promotion and sales of select high quality brands. Choosing ...    Read more

  7. Alpinestars Fall 2012 Apparel Iintroduction

    PHOTOS: Alpinestars Torrance, CA, August 14, 2012 Alpinestars introduced its Fall 2012 apparel lineup to the media during a short presentation at the American headquarters in Torrance, CA. The Italian company revealed more than a dozen all-new or updated items including race suits, leather and textile jackets, of gloves and a few ...    Read more

  8. Every Harley Ever Built, In One Place

    PHOTOS: Joe Gresh Running the high road out of Estes Park, Colorado through Rocky Mountain National Park a motorcyclist has to stay alert.  On each scenic turn the pavement is squirming with hundreds of human jaws recently detached from their awestruck owner’s grisly temporomandibular joints.  The scenery is that spectacular Big ...    Read more

  9. Cycle Gear Opens 97TH Retail Store in Lynwood, Washington

    BENICIA, CA August 3rd, 2012 Cycle Gear Inc., the nation’s largest retailer of motorcycle apparel and accessories, is pleased to announce that it has just opened its 97th retail store in Lynnwood, Washington. Located at 4210 196th St SW. The new store, which is ...    Read more

  10. Orient Express Appointed Dymag Wheels U.S. Distributor

    Orient Express is pleased to announce the return of Dymag to the U.S. market. Orient Express has been named the official, authorized importer and distributor for the full line of Dymag carbon fiber, magnesium, and aluminum motorcycle wheels. Dymag wheels are available in five unique styles including the five spoke Carbon Race CA5 ...    Read more

  11. Maxxis Tire Tuesday Facebook Giveaway Starts in August!

    Beginning in August, Maxxis will give away a set of tires each month to the lucky winner of its Tire Tuesday Giveaway. Entry is free, and the contests will run from the first through the last Tuesday of the month, when the winner will be chosen at random.   Prizes will rotate ...    Read more

  12. 2013 BMW S1000RR HP4 | First Look

    PHOTOS: BMW Motorrad BMW’s awesome S1000RR, the overall winner of our “Class of 2012” superbike comparison and our choice for Sportbike of the Year, wasn’t exactly lacking performance. That didn’t stop the German manufacturer from developing this limited-production, HP4 edition that delivers even more high-speed potency. The HP4 uses the same ...    Read more

  13. Factory Effex Yamaha Apparel Available Now!

    Check out our complete line of officially licensed Yamaha OEM Apparel. Available now at

  14. New Limited Edition Indian Chief for 2013

    WORDS: Kevin Hipp PHOTOS: Jim Gallop Indian has announced a limited edition version of the Chief Vintage, inspired by 1940s styling, will be available sometime this August. The Polaris-owned company will produce just 35 units featuring the two-toned black and pearl white paint scheme. New chrome accents including chromed ...    Read more

  15. 2012 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show & Concours d’Elegance

    Japanese Builder Hoshikawa Hideki flys in to win Best of Show The 2012 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Calabasas, California, USA, Sunday July 22nd, 2012 - The 21st edition of the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show sponsored by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys moved into its third decade as the premier outdoor streetbike event in ...    Read more

  16. Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-RS

    WORDS: Aaron Frank PHOTOS: Yoshimura Yoshimura-tuned Suzukis have ruled AMA Superbike racing since the late ’70s, starting with Wes Cooley and continuing through the Kevin Schwantz, Jamie James, Mat Mladin, Ben Spies and now Blake Young eras. Yoshimura’s red-rectangle logo has become synonymous with quick Gixxers, a relationship that’s celebrated with this ...    Read more

  17. Race Fans to Vie for Big Prizes and Virtual Glory at Bell’s Interactive U.S. MotoGP Experience

    Santa Cruz, CA– In addition to the high-speed, knee-dragging motorcycle road race action on the track, there will be plenty of fan-generated thrills inside the Bell Helmets exhibit at the 2012 Red Bull US Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway in Monterey, Calif., July 27-29. Fans can test ...    Read more

  18. Meet the Ultimate Builders’ Retro-Mod Winner

    Café racers might be all the rage, but we’re still suckers for a super-sano street-tracker—which is why we were so pleased to see this gorgeous gray 1973 Yamaha TX650 take top prize in the Motorcyclist-sponsored “Retro-Mod” division of the 2012 Ultimate Builders Bike Show U.S. Championship, held during Bike Week at ...    Read more

  19. A Supercross-Inspired BMW Superbike | Wild File

    WORDS: Aaron Frank PHOTO: Wunderlich America Forget about BMW’s Boxer-powered GS models, this is our kind of adventure bike! Beginning with the all-conquering 180-horsepower S1000RR, BMW aftermarket accessory specialist Wunderlich has re-imagined the uber-superbike as a Mad Max-inspired off-road warrior—complete with high handlebars and macho-looking Continental TKC80 knobby tires (recently released in ...    Read more

  20. 2014 KTM 1290 Adventure | Spied!

    WORDS: Ben Purvis KTM’s product plan for the next few years, inadvertently leaked at a recent dealer meeting, listed not one but two new large-displacement enduro models that will carry the Adventure nameplate. The first, dubbed the 1090 Adventure R, is expected to appear in late 2012 as a 2013 model. ...    Read more

  21. EBR Partners with Indian Firm

    WORDS: Aaron Frank PHOTOS: Erik Buell Racing Hero who? That was the question many American motorcycle enthusiasts asked after Erik Buell Racing (EBR) announced title sponsorship from Hero MotoCorp for its factory effort in this year’s AMA Superbike Championship. Though virtually unknown in the USA, Hero is one of the world’s largest ...    Read more

  22. Audi + Ducati = Ducaudi?

    WORDS: Alan Cathcart PHOTOS: Ducati       After much speculation generated by its reported period of exclusive due diligence, the seemingly inevitable has happened: Germany’s Audi, a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Auto Group, will purchase Ducati Motor Holding from its current owners, Italian equity firm Investindustrial. The final purchase price wasn’t disclosed, but was ...    Read more

  23. Factory Effex Opens Corporate Showroom

    Factory Effex is excited to announce the opening of our corporate “Friends and Family” showroom and retail center. “Factory Effex has so many great product offerings, but it’s been difficult in the past to see our entire line all in one place”, says Scott Gilly, Vice President. “We have ...    Read more

  24. 2013 Husqvarna TR650 Terra and Strada | FIRST LOOK

    UPDATE (09/04/12): Pricing has recently been released for the American market with the dual-purpose TR650 Terra getting a price tag of $6999 and should be arriving in dealers later this month. The street-going TR650 Strada should arrive shortly after with an MSRP of $7499. WORDS: Marc Cook PHOTOS: Husqvarna/BMW Under BMW’s stewardship, ...    Read more

  25. Early Release 2013 Kawasakis | FIRST LOOK

    That’s right, it’s still a bit early in the year to be hearing about 2013 bikes, but Kawasaki broken out with news of useful updates for the ZX-10R and Ninja 650, as well as confirmation that the KLX250R and KLR650 stay with us for another year. Kawasaki’s update for the blisteringly ...    Read more

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