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Honda EICMA Concepts Display Possible Design Directions

Honda R&D Europe trotted out a couple of interesting concepts in Milan last week. Both bikes are based on the engine and chassis found in the CBR650F, a versatile machine already tested by MD. The street-oriented CB4 Concept shows off the beautiful, flowing exhaust headers from the engine and styles the machine in a street […]


Stoner Officially Returns to Ducati as Test Rider and Brand Ambassador

As we expected, Casey Stoner is back with Ducati next year to serve as both a MotoGP test rider and brand ambassador. In addition to his lofty skills as a rider, Stoner could be invaluable to Ducati given his intimate knowledge of the Honda MotoGP bike’s performance. Here is the official announcement from Ducati: Ducati […]


Vitpilen Street Bikes on The Way from Husqvarna

Nordic design is interesting, and different, and Husqvarna draws on it heavily with the Vitpilen models. In Milan earlier this week, Husqvarna announced the Vitpilen 401 machines (pictured below) are in production and will “hit the showrooms soon.” Husky also introduced the larger displacement Vitpilen 701 Concept bike, likely also headed for production. A smaller […]


Moto Guzzi Catches Scrambler Wave With New V7 II Stornello

The existing Moto Guzzi V7 II family gains a scrambler-style machine in the form of the new Stornello unveiled in Milan this week. Featuring the same 90° 750cc v-twin engine found in its siblings (making a claimed 48 hp at 6,700 rpm) the Stornello gets a unique seat, exhaust, knobby tires, tank guards and aluminum […]

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Triumph Revamps Tiger Explorer Line With Six New Models

Our test of the Triumph Tiger Explorer reminded us of the soulful nature of its big 1215cc triple. An awful lot of motor for the adventure category.  Apparently, Triumph thought consumers needed even more power, so the 2016 Explorer line, consisting of three off-road focused XC models and three road-biased XR models, gets revised triples with […]


Benelli Leoncino Features New 500cc Parallel-Twin

We can’t quite figure out what is up with Benelli these days. We know they were purchased by a Chinese corporation, but they are still designing at least some of their bikes in Italy. The design center in Pesaro is responsible for some concepts displayed at EICMA this week, including the Leoncino pictured here. Personally, […]


Indian Introduces Lower Cost Scout Sixty With New 999cc V-Twin

We rode the Indian Scout at the world press launch in Sturgis, South Dakota and came away impressed. The Scout has been a big hit for Indian, and today it announced a lower cost version displacing 999cc, the Scout Sixty. Indian says the bike is already on its way to dealerships with a price starting […]


Production Version of Victory Project 156 V-Twin Engine Debuts in New Concept

Victory Motorcycles has released the following photos and press information regarding the debut of the production engine based on the Project 156 Pikes Peak racer. The Urs Erbacher concept is known as “Ignition” and features high performance components, such as Brembo radial mount brake calipers. Victory says this engine will be featured in an “upcoming […]


KTM Introduces the 2017 1290 Super Duke GT: Sport Touring Gets a Little Bit Crazy

You may recall our test of KTM’s 1290 Super Duke R. We found a very competent chassis and a motor with crazy amounts of horsepower and torque. How about a bit more comfort and luggage to go along with this hooligan package?  Enter the new 1290 Super Duke GT. Debuted by KTM earlier today, the […]


2016 KTM 690 Duke Announced With Substantial Changes

We not only enjoyed our test of the KTM 690 Duke, we found it one of the best handling street bikes we had ever ridden … capable of carrying crazy speed through tight, twisty canyon roads. When we heard about the improvements for 2016, we began to itch for another test ride.  More power, more […]


Suzuki Displays Not-Quite-A-Concept GSX-R1000 in Milan

You may have heard that Suzuki is a bit behind schedule in releasing its next generation GSX-R1000. The “concept” unveiled by Suzuki earlier today is almost certainly the 2017 production model with only minor changes left in the design. Suzuki essentially concedes as much. As you might expect, Suzuki claims the new model is lighter, […]


New Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer and Bobber Feature 850cc V-Twin

Moto Guzzi has released more details and photos of its new 850cc models, the V9 Roamer and V9 Bobber. Describing the air-cooled v-twin engine as “all-new”, Moto Guzzi claims a peak of 55 HP at 6,250 rpm and a torque peak way down at 3,000 rpm. Sounds like a very flexible unit. Moto Guzzi has […]


Suzuki Brings Back the SV650 With More Power and Less Weight (updated with link to PDF containing model details)

A long-time favorite here at MD, the SV650 has always represented lightweight performance and fun at a reasonable price. Suzuki has just announced the early release 2017 SV650, which features substantial engine and chassis changes resulting in more power and less weight — together with a claimed increase in fuel economy. Immediately obvious is the […]


BMW Unveils New R nineT Scrambler

As we expected, today in Milan BMW took the wraps off its new, lower cost R nineT Scrambler. Featuring the same big boxer twin engine, new styling and lower cost components make up the primary differences from the sister model. Here are all the details from BMW: The new BMW R nineT Scrambler – a down-to-earth character beyond […]


Yamaha Introduces Nasty MT-10 for Europe (With an R1 Motor!)

In Milan earlier today, Yamaha rolled out the new MT-10 naked featuring an engine based on the current R1.  We do not yet know whether this model will make it to the United States for the 2016 model year. Here are some of the details regarding this European model (you can also visit the Yamaha […]


Yamaha Announces 2016 XSR900

That RSD concept we showed you a short while ago did portend a production model which was introduced today by Yamaha … the XSR900. Based on the chassis and engine found in the FZ-09, it will be available in the U.S. market next year (pricing will be announced in February of next year). We think […]


Ducati Announces New XDiavel: Entering the Cruiser Category With 156 HP (updated)

Only Ducati would boast about “low speed excitement” and include a 156 hp v-twin engine. The new XDiavel might be the star of all the new models introduced by Ducati in Milan today. You can view technical specs here. Here is a summary of the model by Ducati , together with photos: Ducati enters the […]


Ducati Hypermotard Family Gets Larger, More Powerful Engine for 2016 (with video)

Ducati announced in Milan today that its Hypermotard family, including the standard Hypermotard, the Hypermotard SP and the Hyperstrada receives a larger 937 cc engine this year with a boost in horsepower and torque. The chassis for each model remains unchanged. Here are some photos of the updated models and Ducati’s press release: The Hypermotard […]


Ducati Debuts 2016 959 Panigale (with video)

So the “middleweight” Ducati superbike now displaces more than the original open class version. Ducati took the wraps off the 959 Panigale earlier today in Milan, and this is no shy middleweight. Courtesy of a longer stroke, the 955 cc v-twin makes a claimed 157 hp at 10,500 rpm. Torque is nearly 80 foot/pounds, and […]


Ducati Unveils New Scrambler Sixty2 – 399 cc Twin (updated)

This is the new Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 with which the brand intends to expand its Scrambler family with a low cost, entry level bike. Featuring a 399 cc twin-cylinder engine rated at 41 hp, the Sixty2 is no lightweight … curb weight is roughly 400 pounds. We do not know any details regarding U.S. pricing […]


Ducati Introduces Multistrada 1200 Enduro (with video)

With spoked wheels (including a 19″ front), the new Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro enters Ducati in the harder-core off-road, maxi-enduro category, and includes plenty of options (including huge luggage capacity) for the globe trotters among you.  Here is a brief statement from Ducati on the new model. We will update this article with more details […]