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Harley-Davidson Announces Massive 131 Cubic Inch Screamin’ Eagle Crate Engine

Three months ago we reported that Indian had developed a new 122 horsepower v-twin, now featured in its production Challenger models. Harley-Davidson has announced a crate engine that produces a claimed 121 horsepower “at the rear wheel when paired with Screamin’ Eagle Street Cannon mufflers.” Displacing 131 cubic inches (2147cc), the new motor is a […]

Honda’s Ricky Brabec Becomes First American to Win Dakar Rally

Late last Friday, we received word that Ricky Brabec, aboard a Monster Energy Honda CRF450 Rally dirt bike, became the first American ever to win the prestigious Dakar Rally — held in Saudi Arabia this year. Details of Brabec’s victory are in the press release below, but we also understand that Honda broke a dominance […]

Damon Hypersport Receives CES Award for Impressive Technology and Design

The Damon Hypersport is an electric motorcycle that comes out of a Canadian company, Damon Motorcycles. The production version of the bike was displayed at the CES Show in Las Vegas earlier this week – receiving a CES Best of Innovation award in the Vehicle Intelligence & Transportation category. As you will see in the […]

Alpinestars Tech-Air 5 Details: $699 and Protection Equivalent to 18 Back Protectors

Alpinestars has now released the details on its Tech-Air 5 vest. Priced at $699, it should be available this March for purchase. The technology is really quite remarkable … with Alpinestars claiming “The Tech-Air 5 airbag system offers the same protection as that provided by 18 back protectors.” The vest contains three gyroscopes and three […]

NIU Electric Motorcycle and Three-Wheeler Unveiled at CES

NIU, a high volume Chinese electric scooter manufacturer, is showing a new electric motorcycle and three-wheeler at CES in Las Vegas this week. The motorcycle is called the RQi-GT. The RQi-GT carries a 30 kW (roughly 40 hp) electric motor, along with two removable 7 kWh batteries. Claimed top speed is 100 mph, and range […]

Alpinestars Introduces Independent Vest Airbag System

You don’t have to buy a set of expensive leathers if you want to enjoy the benefits of an airbag system when you crash. At the CES show in Las Vegas this week, Alpinestars is introducing the Tech-Air 5, which is a “slim, self-contained wearable airbag vest.” The Tech-Air 5 will go on sale in […]

2020 Kawasaki W800: MD Ride Review, Part 1

We told you about Kawasaki’s new W800 a couple of months ago. We were struck by its beautiful, classic style and the photos we saw. Now, we have had one in our garage for testing for a couple of weeks, and bring you this first report. All the details were provided in a Kawasaki press […]

Honda Has Built More than 400 Million Motorcycles

It is hard to believe that a single motorcycle manufacturer could manufacture and sell more than 400 million units, but Honda reached this milestone earlier this year. Since 2018, Honda is also producing more than 20 million units per year. Have a look at the press release below: Since the introduction of the Dream D-Type […]

Rossi and Hamilton: Motorsport Legends Swap Rides

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) is the reigning, and six-time Formula One world champion. He is knocking on the door of Michael Schumacher to be declared the GOAT of automobile racing. Valentino Rossi, who needs no introduction to MD readers, has 9 World championships (7 in the Premier class – 500cc and MotoGP) – already considered the […]

FIM Provisionally Suspends Andrea Iannone for Failing Doping Test

Aprilia’s Andrea Iannone has reportedly failed a doping test during this year’s Malaysian MotoGP event. The FIM has provisionally suspended Iannone, who is banned from participating in motorcycle competition pending further proceedings. Iannone has the right to demand a test of a B sample of his urine. Iannone has had a bit of a roller […]

Honda CRF450L Supermoto Conversion: MD Ride Review

When we tested Honda’s recently introduced CRF450L dual sport we were particularly impressed by the engine power. Surprised even. Honda likes to keep things quiet, and err on the side of reliability when it comes to performance tuning of a street-legal model. Nevertheless, the CRF450L rips for a single cylinder of its displacement. We mused […]

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