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Troy Bayliss Returning to Racing at 48 Years of Age

Three-time WSB champion Troy Bayliss is making a comeback at the age of 48. Bayliss plans to contest the 2018 Australian Superbike Championship aboard a Ducati sponsored by his own team. Bayliss won his third, and final WSB title in 2008. Bayliss also won a MotoGP race in 2006 while substituting for the injured Sete Gibernau […]

Volkswagen Group Says Audi Will Keep Ducati

After all the back-and-forth in the last 12 months concerning a possible sale of Ducati by the Volkswagen Group, a senior executive has stated that Ducati will be held on to by its Audi division … for reasons beyond labor group objections to a sale. Audi boss Rupert Stadler indicated VW can meet its financial […]

New TVS Apache RR 310 Borrows Engine From BMW G 310 R

It is interesting to observe the immense effort put into styling and performance for small displacement, single-cylinder motorcycles in India.  Introduced in India last week, the new TVS Apache RR 310 uses the same single-cylinder engine found in the BMW G 310 R, which MD reported on here. We find the styling, and detailing, quite […]

YouTube Video Provides Good Look at MotoGP and WSB Bikes on Track Together at Jerez (with video)

The recently completed test at Jerez involving both WSB and MotoGP bikes on track at the same time provided some interesting stories. First and foremost, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki), once again, proved that he can test against MotoGP regulars and be more than competitive on his heavier, relatively underpowered WSB bike. Rea ended the test with […]

BMW Making Massive Investment to Develop Independent Expertise in Electric Drivetrains (with videos)

The following press release discusses a 200 million Euro investment by BMW in a new “Battery cell Competence Centre” located in Munich. Intended to advance battery cell technology as part of developing its fifth generation electric drivetrains for release in 2021, the facility is scheduled to open in early 2019. BMW says its future electric […]

Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX and Ninja H2 SX SE Announced for U.S. Market: All the Details and Specifications

Emphasizing the “sport” in “sport touring”, the new supercharged Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX and H2 SX SE have relaxed ergonomics, but very serious chassis and engine performance. Cruise control, heated grips and luggage are all available, so you could commute in relative comfort, and even tour two-up, while feathering a throttle that is capable of […]

Kawasaki Ninja 400 Announced for U.S. Market: All the Details and Specifications

As announced by Kawasaki this morning in New York, the all-new Kawasaki Ninja 400 is coming to the U.S. market. Base price will be $4,999 (ABS models start at $5,299), and the base model will be available in two colors, including Metallic Spark Black and Candy Plasma Blue, while the ABS models will be available […]

Kawasaki Z900RS Announced for U.S. Market: All the Details and Specifications

The highly-anticipated Kawasaki Z900RS is, in fact, coming to the U.S. market, as announced by Kawasaki this morning in New York. Base price will be $10,999, and it will be available in two colors, including Metallic Flat Spark Black and Candytone Brown. Here is the full press release from Kawasaki, and you can follow this […]

Kawasaki Announces Remainder of 2018 Lineup for U.S. Market – Z900RS, Ninja 400, and Ninja H2 SX Included

Below is a brief announcement from Kawasaki regarding the remaining models in its 2018 U.S. lineup. Stay tuned for in-depth articles on several of the bikes. In the meantime, have a look below and note the base MSRP for the new bikes, including $10,999 for the Z900RS, $4,999 for the Ninja 400, $19,000 for the […]

411cc Royal Enfield Himalayan in U.S. Market Next Summer at $4,499 (with video)

The single-cylinder, 411cc Royal Enfield Himalayan will be available in the United States next Summer at an MSRP of $4,499.  Although larger in displacement than some of its 250cc/300cc rivals (such as the Kawasaki Versys-X 300), the Himalayan is designed for low-end torque not peak horsepower, and thus makes just a claimed 24.5 horsepower at […]

KTM’s 790 Adventure R Prototype – New Video Released

We reported to you the introduction of a production KTM Duke 790 in Milan earlier this month. At the same time, KTM displayed a prototype of an adventure model featuring the same 799cc parallel-twin engine, which produces a claimed 105 horsepower and 64 foot/pounds in the Duke. The production adventure model (the prototype is called […]

KTM Wants Zarco For 2019

KTM entered MotoGP to win, as it has done in virtually every category of racing it has entered, both on-road and off. KTM realizes, of course, that no matter how good your bike is you need talented riders to take a championship. Johann Zarco (Yamaha) is signed next year to return to the Yamaha Tech […]

Suzuki 2018 GSX-S1000F ABS: MD Ride Review

Let’s get a couple of things straight before we dive into this ride review. The new 2018 Suzuki GSX-S1000F is not a sport tourer. It is not intended to be a sport tourer. This is, according to Suzuki, a “comfortable sport bike”. As such, the passenger accommodations are just as they appear, uncomfortable for anything other […]

What Happened to the “Safety Concern” That Led to the Ban on Wings in MotoGP

You may recall that wings were banned on MotoGP bikes out of a concern for safety. Presumably, aerodynamic devices would have to involve a smooth arc, with no “bulges” or “pointy ends”. This is what led to the conservative design of the Yamaha fairing described in our earlier article. Of course, as in all racing, […]

2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone: MD Ride Review

If you read MD, you know that the Moto Guzzi brand is near and dear to our hearts. This was true from the first time we started testing Moto Guzzi motorcycles, when they were decidedly unrefined and quirky. After Piaggio purchased Moto Guzzi, new investment resulted in the refinement of many models, including the venerable […]

Kawasaki Canada Updates Website With Full Details and Pricing on 2018 Models (with video)

  Full details, specifications and pricing for Kawasaki’s new 2018 Canadian models, including the Ninja H2 SX sport tourer, Z900RS (including the café version) and Ninja 400 are available on Kawasaki Canada’s web site here. Interesting for any number of reasons, Canadian pricing is perhaps most interesting. The new Ninja 400 starts at $5,799 Canadian, […]

MotoGP Riders Complete Post-Season Valencia Test

Following the completion of the 2017 series, MotoGP riders stayed at Valencia for a two-day test. In addition to new machinery being tested for the 2018 series, the test saw new riders move up from Moto2 (Franco Morbidelli, Takaaki Nakagami and Xavier Simeon). The test also saw riders moving to new machinery, including Jack Miller […]

Does Indian’s Scout FTR1200 Custom Point to a Future Production Model? (with video)

Indian’s 1,133cc Scout engine is a gem, which we verified in our test of the Victory Octane (which utilized a version of that engine). An engine that deserves to be in a performance-oriented chassis. Enter the Scout FTR1200 pictured in this article, a custom unveiled by Indian at EICMA last week. It looks very much […]

Marc Marquez Has Crashed 26 Times This Year; How Does He Avoid a Season-Ending Injury?

Something is different when a MotoGP Rider crashes these days. Season-ending injuries seem to occur far less often, even though the bikes are as fast, or faster, than they ever have been in the past. The final race of the MotoGP season is this weekend at Valencia, and Marc Marquez appears poised to take his […]

New Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX: Massive Performance for the Sport Touring Segment Together With Good Fuel Economy

Earlier today, Kawasaki revealed the supercharged Sport Tourer it promised, and it does not disappoint. A 998cc inline four engine uses a supercharger to deliver 200 peak horsepower together with massive thrust at low and mid-range rpm levels. On top of all that performance, Kawasaki promises fuel economy better than the naturally aspirated Ninja 1000 […]

Nov 12, 2017

Nov 11, 2017