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MV Agusta Superveloce 800 Concept Points to Production Model

With the success of many retro-style motorcycles, particularly of the scrambler variety, MV Agusta has its own idea of retro with the Superveloce 800 Concept introduced at EICMA last week. If you have any knowledge of MV Agusta’s racing heritage, you can feel the nostalgic tug of the asymmetric exhaust exits (two on the right […]

Aprilia Concept RS 660 Points to New Direction for Italian Brand

Aprilia used the EICMA show in Milan to display a new concept, the RS 660. The company emphasizes that this is a step in a new direction, which will include mid-displacement models such as the 660cc parallel-twin Concept, with sporty looks and quality components combined with more relaxed, comfortable ergonomics. Here are some photos from […]

2019 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team – The Evolution of a Winner

A few nights ago, we attended the 2019 Team presentation for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing in Murrieta, California. As a decades-long supercross fan, I can attest to the fact that it wasn’t so long ago when the thought of a European motorcycle winning an AMA Supercross main event was far from anyone’s mind. The […]

Benelli Introduces 752S (with video)

Every few years, Benelli seems to introduce some beautiful looking motorcycles that never really become a factor in the U.S. market. At EICMA this year, we have the new 752S naked pictured here … again a very attractive machine from the Chinese-owned marque. Powered by a 754cc parallel-twin making a claimed 75 horsepower, the 752S […]

Husqvarna Introduces Production SVARTPILEN 701 and VITPILEN 701 AERO Concept (with video)

After testing the Husqvarna VITPILEN 701 earlier this year, we have to agree it contains the best, single-cylinder engine available in a production motorcycle (aside from KTMs utilizing the same power plant). That same gem will power the new SVARTPILEN 701 introduced at EICMA earlier today, which will be available at Husqvarna dealers in Spring […]

Kawasaki Brings Back Classic W800 for 2019 as a CAFE Racer

Kawasaki introduced the classically-styled W650 back in 1999, which morphed into the W800 and eventually went out of production in 2016. The W650/W800 was ahead of its time, coming to market long before the retro-craze caught fire. Kawasaki is now back with the W800 CAFE here in the United States for 2019 (Europe gets this […]

2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE LT+ Goes Up-Scale

After winning MD BOTY back in 2015, Kawasaki’s excellent Versys 1000 LT stagnated, but now receives massive updates for the 2019 model year. The 2019 Versys 1000 SE LT+ is a technological marvel with electronically controlled suspension, intelligent ABS, quick shifter, ride-by-wire throttle, traction control, cruise control, and smartphone connectivity. Engine revisions are also present. Here […]

2019 KTM 790 Adventure Combines Street and Dirt Capabilities

A bit more of an all-arounder than the 790 Adventure R also introduced today, the standard 790 Adventure employs different suspension components and tires, among other changes, to serve as a street tourer with significant off-road chops. Have a look at the KTM press release below: THE MOST OFFROAD CAPABLE TRAVEL BIKE If you’re looking […]

2019 KTM 790 Adventure R Introduced

Employing a version of the parallel-twin engine found in the 790 Duke, with different tuning, the 2019 KTM 790 Adventure R promises to be one of the most dirt worthy adventure machines ever produced. Announced today in Milan, this new middleweight machine is loaded with technology and off-road capable chassis components. Here is the full […]

Honda Announces Extensive Changes to Its Mid-Displacement Line

Honda surprised us a bit today with changes to its mid-displacement models for 2019, including the CBR650R, CB650R, CBR500R and CB500F. These changes are not just styling exercises, but engine and chassis performance has also been enhanced. Have a look at the full press release from Honda: Nov. 6, 2018 – MILAN, Italy  In conjunction with […]

Naked Kawasaki Z400 Breaks Cover

Like everyone else, apparently, we fell in love with the Kawasaki Ninja 400 that debuted this year in production form. We also told our readers about a CARB certification indicating that a naked version was on its way to the U.S. market. Europe (including a posting on the Kawasaki UK web site … perhaps prematurely) […]

Honda Announces Revisions to Popular CB500X for 2019

When we tested the original Honda CB500X, we found it an attractive, affordable machine with spunky performance for beginners and experienced riders alike. For 2019, Honda is making some significant changes/improvements to this model, as announced earlier today at EICMA. Now with a 19″ front wheel and increased suspension travel (both front and rear), the […]

2019 BMW S1000RR Rolled on to EICMA Stage

Accompanying former WSB champ Tom Sykes, now a part of a factory-backed WSB squad, BMW rolled the 2019 S1000RR on to the stage at EICMA earlier today. We are awaiting a full press release, which we will post later, but here are the essential details. With 204 horsepower and 83 foot/pounds of torque, the new […]

Yamaha Unveils Ténéré 700: Lightweight, Dirt-Worthy Adventure Machine (with video)

After endless teasing, today at EICMA in Milan, Yamaha unveiled the production Ténéré 700, which employs a 689cc parallel-twin engine derived from the MT-07. The Ténéré 700 appears to be an adventure bike with genuine off-road capabilities. A radical-looking headlight features four LEDs, while the spoked wheels are dirt-ready at 21″ in front and 18″ in the […]

Moto Guzzi Releases Full Details and Specifications for New V85 TT

Moto Guzzi has finally provided full details and specifications on its gorgeous V85 TT Adventure model. The star is a new 80 horsepower 853cc v-twin engine – making nearly 100 horsepower per liter of displacement, which is an impressive accomplishment for an air-cooled engine. Moto Guzzi is also boasting about a dry weight of 208 […]

MV Agusta Introduces All-New Brutale 1000 Serie Oro (with video)

If you really want a naked bike with more than 200 hp, you can now add the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro to your list for consideration. This new Brutale is a no-compromises machine … both with regard to style and performance. Here are all the details from MV Agusta, followed by a video: Varese, 5th […]

New 2019 Models from Ducati Unveiled in Milan, Including Hypermotard 950, Diavel 1260 and Panigale V4R

At the EICMA show in Milan this evening, Ducati unveiled several new, or revised, 2019 models. Among the entirely new bikes are the Hypermotard 950 and 950 SP, the Diavel 1260 and 1260 S, and the superbike homoligation Panigale V4 R. Among revised versions of existing models, are the Monster 821 Stealth, the Multistrada 950 […]

Sepang MotoGP Results

With the threat of rain, the Sepang MotoGP event was moved up a couple of hours earlier today, and the entire race was run on dry tarmac. As a result, a blistering pace was set at the front by Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), chased by Marc Marquez (Honda) who has already clinched the 2018 title. Marquez […]

Aprilia Debuts 1078cc RSV4 Factory

With the Ducati Panigale V4S (which displaces 1103cc) squarely in its sites, for 2019 Aprilia has announced a new RSV4 Factory displacing 1078cc and gaining a claimed 16 horsepower and 5 foot/pounds of torque (claimed totals are 217 horsepower and 90 foot/pounds of torque). Aprilia also claims the new model has lost more than 10 […]

Sepang MotoGP Qualifying Results

Marc Marquez (Honda) qualified on pole position for tomorrow’s Sepang MotoGP race (and he will be credited with pole in the MotoGP record books) before receiving a six-place grid penalty for blocking a fast lap by Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone. As a result, Marquez will line up 7th on the grid tomorrow. The front row tomorrow […]

Ducati Scrambler: The Birth of a Lifestyle Brand Continues at Huntington Beach, California

While nearly everyone in the industry is wringing their hands in worry about the future of motorcycling, and the seemingly dim prospects of bringing Millennials into the fold, Ducati is busy pursuing its own strategy. That strategy seems to be working. Ducati Scrambler is now a brand of its own … by intention.  It may […]

Video Documents Kawasaki Bonneville Speed Record With Supercharged H2 (with video)

Kawasaki employees make up Team 38, an informal, independent group of enthusiasts that benefit from some of the company’s engineering expertise. It has been around for decades — competing in events such as the Suzuka 8-Hours. Earlier this year, Team 38 took a production H2 to the Bonneville Salt Flats to try and break a […]

MD Currently Testing Honda CB1000R and KTM 790 Duke: The Two Most Significant Standards?

Perhaps the two most significant naked/standard-style motorcycles recently introduced are currently in the MD garage and undergoing testing. The KTM 790 Duke and the Honda CB1000R have both been highly anticipated by motorcycle enthusiasts, and represent cutting edge style as interpreted by Honda and KTM. These two bikes are simultaneously the same and different. The […]

BMW Readies All-New S1000RR and Hires Tom Sykes for Factory-Backed WSB Team

These patent drawings of the all-new BMW S1000RR superbike expected to be revealed at the EICMA show on November 6 indicate a complete, ground-up overhaul of the flagship BMW machine. Gone are the asymmetrical headlamps, for example, but the bigger news is that the entire engine and frame have been redesigned. Expect some groundbreaking features […]

Motegi MotoGP Results

Honda’s home race at the Motegi circuit could hardly have been more successful with Marc Marquez taking the win to secure his 5th MotoGP championship in the last 6 years, and his 7th GP crown overall, while Cal Crutchlow brought another Honda home in 2nd place. Alex Rins (Suzuki) completed the podium in third. The […]

Motegi MotoGP Qualifying Results

Tomorrow’s Motegi MotoGP event will see Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso on pole with a somewhat surprising duo joining him on the front row. Qualifying in second position was Johann Zarco (Yamaha), while Jack Miller (Ducati) qualified third. Take a look here for full qualifying results. Stay tuned for race coverage on MD tomorrow.

2018 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S: MD Ride Review

We get to test some pretty amazing motorcycles these days here at MD. How much horsepower do you want? The market is full of motorcycles that can satisfy even the most committed adrenaline junkies. Want a bike that handles well? Modern chassis, suspension and tire technology allow a good rider to exceed cornering speeds and […]

2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S: MD Ride Review

Everyone seems well aware that Ducati is no longer just a sport bike manufacturer. Although sport bikes are the principal element in Ducati’s history, and it still performs superbly on the international roadracing circuit, including MotoGP and WSB, the parts of its business generating the most buzz, of late, have nothing to do with sport […]