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Jorge Will Win Races This Year for Ducati, According to Marquez

So far, Jorge Lorenzo has had a tough year aboard his new Ducati. One podium and a fourth place finish are the highlights, but there are plenty of lowlights leaving Lorenzo 9th in championship points … hopelessly out of the race for the title. A silver lining? Plenty of observers think Lorenzo may be close […]

MV Agusta Recapitalizes With Help From Russian Investment Fund

Giovanni Castiglioni will continue to control MV Agusta through a holding company partly owned by ComSar Invest.  ComSar Invest is wholly owned by Black Ocean Group, which is controlled by Timur Sardarov.  Sardarov is described in the following press release as a “Russian Dynasty Key Player in the production of oil and gas in East […]

Reuters Reports Harley Not Among Bidders for Ducati, But Polaris Is

A month ago, we relayed a Reuters report that Harley-Davidson was expected to submit a bid for Ducati, which the Volkswagen Group is interested in selling. Reuters sources now contradict this. Apparently put off by the high price, Reuters’ sources indicate Harley did not submit a bid. For the first time, however, Polaris Industries (owners […]

Indian Motorcycle Reports Increased Sales and Market Share in North America

Polaris Industries, owner of the Indian Motorcycle brand, just released financial results from the second quarter of 2017, including good news for Indian sales and market share. Ignoring a big reduction in sales of Victory models, a brand that has been discontinued, but including the Slingshot three-wheeler, Polaris reported a slight reduction in quarterly sales […]

Doping the ECU – MotoGP Technical Director Claims Teams Can “Cheat”

Every participant in MotoGP must use the same ECU, so the playing field is level when it comes to things like traction control, right? Wrong. In an interview published on, MotoGP Director of Technology Corrado Cecchinelli, formerly an engineer with Ducati, states independent control over the IMU by teams can allow them to influence […]

Harley-Davidson Experiences Steep Drop in U.S. Sales; Stock Price Drops Dramatically in Morning Trading on July 18

Several financial news reports reflect a dramatic Harley share price drop this morning following announcements of declining sales. According to this report from CNNMoney, Harley-Davidson (HOG) shares were down more than 10% in morning trading today after the company announced an expected decline in sales for the year of 6-8%, and a 9% drop in […]

Indian Introduces Scout Bobber

Expanding on the Scout platform, Indian has introduced a new model called the Scout Bobber. Featuring the Scout’s 100 hp v-twin engine and frame, the Bobber gets several changes. Blacked-out details abound, including the wheels, frame, exhaust, handlebars, mirrors, headlight nacelle … and even the gauges. Perhaps the biggest cosmetic change is the logo on […]

Harley-Davidson Picks Up X-Games Win

Despite taking a season-long thrashing from Indian Motorcycles in the American Flat Track Pro Twins series, where Indian factory riders have the top three spots and 9 of the 10 race victories, Harley-Davidson took the win last night in the X-Games Flat Track competition. Riding the relatively ancient XR750, Sammy Halbert (sponsored by Estenson Racing) […]

Numerous Reports Indicate Jack Miller Moving to Pramac Ducati Next Year

Jack Miller joined the MotoGP series on a Honda in 2015 as the first rider to move directly to the premier class from the Moto3 series. He has been on a Honda in MotoGP ever since, most recently with the Marc VDS team. Numerous reports, principally from Europe, indicate Miller has decided to accept an […]

2017 Yamaha FZ-10: Long Term Review – Report 3

This is Part 3 of our report on the Yamaha FZ-10. Take a look at Parts 1 and 2, as well as our report from the press launch. Obviously, we are impressed by the performance of the FZ-10, but what is it like to live with? The adjustable suspension offers plenty of range to set […]

2018 Suzuki GSX-S1000 Family Updated With More Power, Slipper Clutch and Blacked-Out S1000Z

As we informed you back on March 1, in Europe Suzuki made some surprise improvements to the GSX-S1000 line with increased horsepower and a new slipper clutch. It turns out that those modifications will be included in the 2018 U.S. models. Late last week, Suzuki announced that the 2018 GSX-S1000 ABS and GSX-S1000F would both […]

Ducati Bids Farewell to V-Twin Superbike Era With 1299 Panigale R Final Edition (with video)

If you thought that the Ducati brand would forever be synonymous with v-twin superbikes, you are not alone. Nevertheless, Ducati is moving on. The 1299 Panigale R Final Edition was unveiled this weekend at Laguna Seca, and it marks a turn to the v-four engine configuration for future superbikes from the Italian marque. With a […]

Laguna Seca WSB Results (Race 2)

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) won Race 2 at Laguna Seca earlier today with a bike that seemed to be much improved for the track conditions versus his second place performance yesterday. Rea passed the early leader, teammate Tom Sykes, who eventually finished in second place. Yesterday’s winner, Chaz Davies (Ducati) rounded out the podium in third. […]

Laguna Seca WSB Results (Race 1)

Just three weeks after being injured at Misano, Chaz Davies (Ducati) returned to the top step of the podium following Race 1 at Laguna Seca earlier today. Staying close to Davies for most of the race, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) had to settle for second place, while his teammate Tom Sykes finished third. You will find […]

Fantic’s Caballero 500: Finally, a Real Scrambler?

Pretend scramblers. Bikes that look the part, but don’t “walk the walk.” The market is full of them, now, because they are “cool”. What about a scrambler that really works well off road? Fantic Motorcycles debuted the Caballero 500 at EICMA last Fall in two versions. The “Scrambler” and the “Flat-Track” Caballero 500s favorably impressed […]

New Signs Honda Positioning Itself to be Leader in Development of Electric, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Vehicles

  An announcement by Honda earlier this week of a joint venture underscores a dramatic shift by Honda toward the development, and sale, of electric vehicles. This will include both hybrid and pure electric (battery only) powered vehicles, both four-wheel and two-wheel. That JV is between Honda and Hitachi Automotive Systems, which will form a […]

2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 and 650XT: MD First Ride

The Suzuki V-Strom 650, affectionately known as the “Wee-Strom”, was introduced to the press for the 2004 model year, and we were there to test it. It took the same formula used by its big brother, the V-Strom 1000, that went into production a couple of years earlier. That is, generous room and overall comfort […]

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