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EU 25% Tariff on Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Arrives Sooner Than Expected

The European Union was expected to impose a tariff on large-displacement motorcycles manufactured in the U.S., primarily impacting Harley-Davidson, next month. That 25% tariff, however, has been moved up, and will be effective tomorrow. We have previously commented on the challenges faced by Harley with the aging of its primary demographic, and the difficulty of […]

Images From the Past No. 1 – An MD Retrospective

We have ridden and photographed many motorcycles over the years here at MD. We have decided to re-publish a collection of past photographs periodically. Consider this the first in a series. We start by leaving the photographs unidentified, but we will insert captions and links to the original MD stories a few days after posting […]

On Board With the Fastest Man Ever at the Isle of Man TT, Peter Hickman (videos)

Many Isle of Man TT records were broken this year, but one man is the fastest ever at the event … Peter Hickman, who won the Senior TT.  Two videos below take you onboard with Hickman during his historic run at the Isle. The first gives you Hickman’s view out in front of his motorcycle, […]

Catalunya MotoGP Results

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) took his second race win in a row at Catalunya earlier today. In somewhat typical fashion (at least from his Yamaha days), Lorenzo took the lead early in the race and was never headed. Although Marc Marquez (Honda) followed Lorenzo closely for much of the race, Lorenzo’s pace proved withering and Marquez […]

Catalunya MotoGP Qualifying Results

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) continued his fine run of form while taking pole position for tomorrow’s Catalunya MotoGP race. Lorenzo’s Ducati teammate Andrea Dovizioso will line-up on the outside of row 1, with Honda’s Marc Marquez between them. Lorenzo will be looking for his second straight win tomorrow. Take a look here for Q2 qualifying results. Stay tuned […]

Lorenzo Quickest During Catalunya Friday Practice

Fresh off his dominant win at Mugello, Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo again looks quick and comfortable as Friday practice ends before the Catalunya GP this Sunday. Indicating to the press that his Ducati is now easy on tires, Lorenzo expressed confidence for Sunday’s race and proceeded to post the fastest lap in practice so far. Take […]

2019 Alta Motors Redshift EXR – Is the Future of Dual Sports Electric? (with video)

Some of us want a “dirt bike with lights” for a street legal dual sport … no frills. Take a dirt bike and add lights. Done. This is difficult, or impossible to do with ICE powered motorcycles, but electric bikes are different. Fresh off its efforts to conquer the gnarly Erzberg Rodeo, among the toughest […]

Kawasaki Introduces Completely Redesigned KX450

We don’t typically pay a whole lot of attention to motocross bikes here at MD, but the 2019 Kawasaki KX450 caught our eye when we saw the press release this morning. This is, essentially, an entirely new motorcycle … redesigned from the ground up. It is also the first motocross bike from Kawasaki to feature […]

City of Owensboro Unveils Nicky Hayden Statue

Last weekend, Owensboro, Kentucky, Nicky Hayden’s home, unveiled a statue honoring the deceased MotoGP champion. The press release below from the City describes the ceremony and outlines some of Hayden’s accomplishments as a professional motorcycle racer, including the 2006 MotoGP championship and the 2002 AMA Superbike championship. Here is the press release: OWENSBORO, Kentucky — This […]

Brno WSB Results (Both Race 1 and Race 2)

Race 1 at Brno on Saturday saw Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) break the all-time record for WSB wins with his 60th victory, eclipsing the previous record held by Carl Fogarty. In a race that featured two re-starts, Rea dominated  and built a substantial lead before taking the flag ahead of second place Marco Melandri (Ducati) and […]

Honda Monkey and Super Cub Coming to U.S. Market as 2019 Models

Touting its “aptitude for developing pocket-sized motorcycles that capture the fancy of enthusiastic subcultures”, Honda has announced that the new Monkey, powered by a 125cc single, as well as the Super Cub C125 ABS will soon be available in the U.S. market as 2019 models. Honda says the Monkey will arrive at dealers this October […]

As Suzuki Bids Farewell to Andrea Iannone, Aprilia Announces New Contract With Him for 2019

It is no secret in the MotoGP paddock that Andrea Iannone needed a new job for 2019. His stint with the Suzuki squad was coming to an end. Iannone’s departure from Suzuki is now official, as is the identity of his new employer, Aprilia Racing. Iannone has a two-year deal with Aprilia to team with Aleix […]

MV Agusta Following Paris Hilton’s Lead in GP Return? (Editorial)

We aren’t big fans of special edition motorcycles that don’t do a whole lot more than add a new paint job to an existing model and raise the price. This is true whether it is Willy G. waking in the middle of the night with inspiration to add a farkle or two to an existing […]

Honda Confirms Signing of Lorenzo; Danillo Petrucci Moving to Factory Ducati Team Next Year

Honda confirmed earlier today that it has an agreement with Jorge Lorenzo to ride with the Repsol Honda MotoGP Team, as teammate to current champion Marc Marquez for two years beginning in 2019. Additionally, Ducati has announced the replacement for Lorenzo on its factory squad next year. Danilo Petrucci is being promoted from the Pramac […]

Honda Poised to Announce Signing of Jorge Lorenzo as Teammate of Marc Marquez, According to Several Reports

On the heels of his dominant win at Mugello Sunday, Jorge Lorenzo has reportedly agreed to become the teammate of Marc Marquez on the Repsol Honda Team beginning next year. According to this report, and others, Honda and Lorenzo have signed a two-year deal worth approximately $10 million, before bonuses. Earlier today, Honda announced that […]

Video of Max Biaggi Lapping Mugello on Energica Ego Corsa

Retired multi-time World champ Max Biaggi took a lap of the Mugello track yesterday prior to the MotoGP event aboard the Energica Ego Corsa, the electric motorcycle being developed for competition next year during the Enel MotoE World Cup. Below is a press release from Energica, followed by a video of Max’s lap. Energica Ego Corsa […]

Mugello MotoGP Results

Jorge Lorenzo finally won a race on his Ducati earlier today at Mugello – a year and a half since his last victory aboard a Yamaha. From the second spot on the grid, Lorenzo led into the first corner and was never headed as he cleared off to a sizable lead before the checkered flag. […]

Mugello MotoGP Qualifying Results

Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) will start from pole position tomorrow for his home race at Mugello. Rossi broke the lap record during qualifying, and will start on the front row alongside Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) and his teammate Maverick Viñales. It seems six or seven riders have excellent race pace, and championship leader Marc Marquez (Honda) could […]

As Practice Begins at Mugello, Speculation on Lorenzo’s Future Intensifies

Ducati’s expensive experiment with five-time World champion Jorge Lorenzo appears near an end. Rumored to have a salary in the same neighborhood as Honda superstar Marc Marquez, Lorenzo has been unable to win a single race in the nearly 1-1/2 years he has been with the Italian brand. Paddock rumors consistently have Lorenzo leaving the […]

Jonathan Rea in Talks With MotoGP Teams for Possible 2019 Contract

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) is on track for an unprecedented fourth straight WSB championship, and poised to break Carl Fogarty’s all-time win record in WSB. His contract with Kawasaki ends this year. According to an article published by, Rea is not only in talks with Kawasaki to extend his current relationship, he is in discussions […]

BMW 9cento Concept; Is This the Future of Sport Touring?

Unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the 9cento concept is BMW’s take on the future of sport touring … powered by the mid-displacement, 798cc parallel-twin. Here is what Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design for BMW Motorrad, has to say about the 9cento: “We’ve created a bike that combines the appropriate power with reliable sports touring […]

Donington Park WSB Results (Both Race 1 and Race 2)

Yamaha’s Michael van der Mark not only won his first ever WSB race this weekend at Donington, he took the wins on both Saturday and Sunday! Threatening to break the dominance of Kawasaki, and Jonathan Rea in particular, van der Mark stormed through the field in Race 2 from his grid penalty position of ninth, […]

Honda Finally Introduces a Street-Legal 450cc Dual Sport – Derived from Motocrosser!

More than a decade ago, we began looking for a hardcore dual sport built around a Japanese manufacturer’s 450cc motocross weapon. Honda just introduced one … the 2019 Honda CRF450L. The “target price” is $10, 399, and it is expected to be available in September of this year in U.S. dealers. No, this is not a […]

Jun 6, 2018