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Triumph Releases Final Specs for Rocket 3 TFC – Already Sold Out in North America

The limited edition (750 Worldwide; 225 North America) Triumph Rocket 3 TFC is the subject of a new press release received from Triumph (see below). We now have all of the details and specifications for this beast of a motorcycle, which makes a claimed 180 HP and 166 pound/feet of torque. Nearly 100 pounds lighter […]

Catalunya MotoGP Test Ends With Viñales Quickest

After yesterday’s MotoGP race at the same venue, the riders gathered this morning for an official test on the Catalunya track.  Maverick Viñales (Yamaha) started on the front row yesterday, and was running near the front during the first few laps of the race when Jorge Lorenzo (Honda) low-sided and cleaned him out.  The unhurt […]

Catalunya MotoGP Results

The Catalunya MotoGP race earlier today turned into a crash-fest, and, in the end, only 13 riders finished. The most spectacular crash occurred in the first few laps when Jorge Lorenzo (Honda) low-sided in a corner while fighting over second place – knocking down the Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales, and the Ducati […]

Catalunya MotoGP Qualifying Results

Less than two weeks after arm pump surgery, rookie Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) secured his second MotoGP pole position at the Catalunya circuit earlier today. Tomorrow’s front row will consist of Quartararo, Marc Marquez (Honda) and Maverick Viñales (Yamaha). Yamaha took four of the top five qualifying positions for tomorrow’s race. Take a look here for […]

Honda Displaying Several Customized CB1000Rs at Wheels & Waves

Going on in France through this Sunday is the Wheels & Waves Festival, which annually displays a number of interesting, customized motorcycles. Participating this year is Honda Motor Europe, which has on display several CB1000Rs customized by various private motorcycle houses. The purpose is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original CB750 Four, which […]

Ducati Unveils Prototype of Production Streetfighter V4

It is not a surprise that Ducati will be introducing a production naked bike housing the awesome 1100cc V4 engine from the Panigale V4 sportbike. This machine, in prototype form (pictured, with aerodynamic wings), will make its debut beneath Carlin Dunne beginning June 30 at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. According to the Ducati press […]

Arc Vector Electric Motorcycle – The Tesla of Motorcycles?

As electric motorcycles proliferate, more manufacturers emerge … targeting different demographics. Arc is based in England, and is planning to manufacture and sell the Vector next year to an affluent customer willing to part with £90,000 (equal to roughly to $115,000). For that kind of money, Arc is promising high performance, outstanding range and unique […]

Jerez WSB Results (All 3 Races)

Points leader Alvaro Bautista (Ducati) dominated WSB Race 1 at Jerez last Saturday, and also won the 10 lap Superpole race before crashing out of Race 2 on Sunday. The podium on Saturday saw Michael van der Mark (Yamaha) and Marco Melandri (Yamaha) finish second and third behind Bautista. Those two also filled out the […]

2019 Kawasaki Z400: MD Ride Review

If you read our report from the press launch of the 2019 Kawasaki Z400, you know we were impressed. Not surprising, really, given the fact that the Z400 is very closely related to its sibling the Ninja 400, which was named MD’s BOTY last year. We won’t bore you with all the details, which can […]

Environmental and Health Issues Raised by Electric Vehicles, Including Motorcycles

The electric vehicle revolution is well underway, of course, and there are clearly environmental benefits associated with the new technologies. But it is not all good news, and MD readers should understand some of the basic facts. Current technology requires that nearly all electric vehicles contain batteries with three essential ingredients that need to be […]

Motorcyclist Magazine Going Out of Print – Will Be Digital Only As of August

Change is the only constant, as they say (well, not too many of them). The news that Motorcyclist Magazine is about to print its final edition with the July/August issue this year, entering an era of digital-only publication, including YouTube videos and social media activities, reminds us of one particular press launch on the cusp […]

Mugello MotoGP Results

The best MotoGP race of the year unfolded at Mugello earlier today as a very large pack at the front fought much of the race. In the last several laps, that number reduced to four riders, two Ducatis, a Honda and a Suzuki. Alex Rins (Suzuki) fell slightly off the pace as the final lap […]

Ducati Highlights MotoGP Aerodynamics With “Anatomy of Speed” Exhibit

Ducati has opened an exhibition in Bologna just prior to this weekend’s Italian GP at Mugello entitled “Anatomy of Speed”. With the opening attended by the MotoGP team, Ducati’s commitment to aerodynamic development is showcased. Here is the press release from Ducati: Ducati inaugurates the temporary “Anatomy of Speed” exhibitionExclusive exhibition dedicated to Ducati MotoGP […]

MV Agusta Superveloce 800 Concept Going Into Production

A smash hit at EICMA last Fall, the MV Agusta Superveloce 800 Concept will be entering production virtually unchanged for release in March of next year. Detailed in the following press release, the new “Superveloce 800 Serie Oro” will feature many design details surrounding a 148 horsepower 799cc triple. Here is the press release: Schiranna, […]

Big 1,800cc Cruiser Coming From BMW

After rolling out several “concepts”, including the latest one last week in Italy (pictured), it is clear now that BMW is on course to introduce an 1,800cc boxer twin-powered cruiser as a production model. The big boxer lump has been given a name by BMW … the R18. Reports indicate the bore and stroke is […]

2019 Versys 1000 SE LT+: MD First Ride

As sport bikes faded from their position as the best-selling category of motorcycles, they were replaced by machines that were nearly as capable in terms of engine and chassis performance, but far more comfortable and practical. When it was introduced for the 2015 model year, the Kawasaki Versys 1000 wowed us with its combination of […]

Le Mans MotoGP Results

Marc Marquez (Honda) extended his championship points lead earlier today by winning the Le Mans MotoGP race — his third win of the year, and Honda’s 300th Premier Class win. The historic (for Honda) victory came as Marquez dispatched an early challenge from Jack Miller (Ducati) to pull a sizeable gap on his way to […]

Le Mans MotoGP Qualifying Results

Riders qualified on a wet track for tomorrow’s French MotoGP event. Marc Marquez (Honda) will be on pole, with Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) and Jack Miller (Ducati) filling out the front row. Take a look here for full qualifying results. Stay tuned for race coverage on MD tomorrow. See more of MD’s great photography:

2019 KTM 690 SMC R: MD Ride Review

It’s hard to have more fun on two wheels than you can on a supermoto. Essentially a dirt bike with lights and street tires, they provide the ultimate in go-anywhere handling and performance. For 2019, KTM has a street legal supermoto with more engine performance than any other … the 690 SMC R. Powered by […]

May 12, 2019