Category Archives: motorcycles

Mahindra, Ford to Study Links in India, Emerging Markets

A revised Transit Connect could be one program because of Mahindra’s prominent role in the previous one that occurred when perennial loss-making Ford Europe was cash-strapped. Highly likely are utility and battery electric vehicles. Continue reading

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Regulations Keep Motorcycle ABS Growing

The theory is that motorcycle ABS gives riders more confidence, allowing them to react faster and brake harder. ABS prevents the wheels from locking during emergency braking, so the bike remains stable, helping riders to stay upright. However, some studies on automobiles with ABS show that it allows driver’s to be more aggressive. Continue reading

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BMW Motorrad Reveals HP4 RACE in Milan

At this year’s EICMA trade show in Milan, BMW Motorrad showed a peak at what it is calling “the most exclusive model in its history,” the BMW HP4 RACE. Continue reading

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Honda to Make Small Gas and Electric Scooters for Yamaha

Because of the diversification of the types of short-range transportation, including power-assisted bicycles and mini-vehicles, the market for scooters in Japan has been shrinking in recent years. Continue reading

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BMW R nineT Scrambler – Old Look, Modern Pricing

R nineT Scrambler has the legendary flat-twin boxer engine, which has characterized the design, and provided what riders called the unique sound of BMW motorcycles for more than nine decades. Continue reading

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Harley Davidson Sponsors, Dominates Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Harley-Davidson will sponsor the 76th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally as the official motorcycle during a week-long celebration of two- or three-wheel mobility. The South Dakota Black Hills region has activities planned from Aug. 6-13, with daily concerts, parties, free demo rides … Continue reading

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BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Naturally, there was a beer garden, a festival tent, live music in the evenings and parties galore. Guests drank some 17,000 liters of beer, 14,000 liters of soft drinks, 3,500 portions of chicken, 2,000 portions of curry sausage and 1,800 burgers. Continue reading

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BMW Motorrad Smartphone Cradle Debuts

As if distracted driving wasn’t bad enough, the BMW Motorrad Smartphone Cradle is now available at all BMW Motorrad retailers. In Germany the Smartphone Cradle can be purchased for a price of €195 ($217) including 19% added value tax. The … Continue reading

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Dainese and Ducati Motorcycle Airbag Jacket Wins Award

Ducati’s Multistrada D-Air model has an intelligent system of sensors wirelessly connected to Ducati Apparel airbag jackets by Dainese. Continue reading

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BMW Motorrad Sets All Time Sales Record in Q3 and YTD

BMW Motorrad recorded retail growth in almost all sales regions during the first nine months of the year. Continue reading

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BMW Motorcycle Debuts Worlds First Cornering ABS

Claimed benefits of ABS Pro to the rider are a sensitive response and a high level of brake and ride stability together with the best possible deceleration on turns. Continue reading

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New Regulations for Safety, Emissions Hurt Micro-Cars

While there is a clear emerging global trend of rising demand for small and inexpensive cars, regulations are increasing their costs. Since 2010, supply by automakers has been growing as they offer products in the range of €10,000 (~$13,000). Some vehicles in this price range are micro-cars, such as the Piaggio, NT3, Renault Twizy ZE, Tata Nano, and Opel Rak-e, all unheard of in the United States. However, there are two A-segment vehicles playing in this space, the Skoda Citigo and Daimler Smart ForTwo, which is on sale in the U.S. Continue reading

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U.S. Motorcycle Thefts Decrease to One Every 11 Minutes

The National Insurance Crime Bureau today said that motorcycle thefts were down 6% in 2011 from their 2010 total. This means 46,667 motorcycles reported stolen in 2011 compared with 49,791 in 2010. The theft rate, which sounds low, actually averages to one motorcycle theft every 11 minutes. Continue reading

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Honda Signs Joint Venture to Make Motorcycles in Bangladesh

Honda Motor Company today signed a joint venture agreement with Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation (BSEC) to establish a production and sales joint venture company for motorcycles before the end of 2012. The JV – 70% of shares held by Honda and 30% by BSEC- will produce locally. Continue reading

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Bosch Moves into eScooter Business with Ningbo Polaris

The Bosch Group is forming a joint venture with Ningbo Polaris Technology, a Chinese provider of motors for electrically driven scooters or eScooters, with Bosch holding the majority. Ningbo makes and sells eScooter motors in China under the POLTM brand, more than one million in 2011 the output of 450 workers. The global output of eScooters in 2011 was about 27 million units with China making 98% of the production volume. “With a growth rate of 6% annually the market will reach up to 46 million units in 2020”, said Udo Wolz, president of the Bosch Electrical Drives division. Continue reading

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