Pierer Industrie AG, the Austrian group that owns KTM, Husaberg and now Husqvarna, recently unveiled the 2014 Husaberg line. We were told these would be last Husabergs brought to market as an “independent make,” underscoring rumors that the company will soon be conglomerated into Husqvarna. This makes sense, as Husqvarna is a century old and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
SCOOP! New Moto Guzzi V-Twin In The Works Traditionalists, take a seat. A new water-cooled V-Twin is coming from Moto Guzzi.
The new California 1400 may be impressive, but it marks only the beginning of Moto Guzzi’s return to the splendors of the past because we have just learned some very significant news: A totally new 90-degree V-Twin engine is taking shape on the computers of Chief Project Engineer Federico Martini and his assistants. This is [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)
Piaggio has created a new European-focused website, www.vespa.com, that pays homage to the most celebrated and iconic scooter of all time. Fans of the “original” scooter can keep up with Vespa-related culture and events, as well as place orders for the new 946, configuring and personalizing their machines from a long list of body/seat colors [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Borile B450 Scrambler – First Look Ducati may not build a 450 Scrambler anymore. But Umberto Borile does.
Umberto Borile, who gave life to this B450 Scrambler, exemplifies the passionate and creative Italian, a man who came of age in an era when electronic trickeries weren’t available to hide basic flaws in mechanical engineering. What’s more, Borile, who owns a good tooling shop near Padua in Italy, was a competitive off-road and ISDT [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)
2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 883 Special Edition S – First Look Sorry, this cool, American-made V-Twin is only available in Italy.
The Italian motorcycle market has grown 50 percent leaner over the past 12 months, bikes having been added to list of luxury items that can trigger inspections about the accuracy of the number at the bottom of your annual income-tax form. As a result, the industry has suffered, Harley-Davidson included. The great American make has [...]Read Full Post | Comments(8)
MV Agusta’s Young Boss Two years after the death of his father, Giovanni Castiglioni has put MV Agusta on the right path.
Still weathering its roughest crisis in more than 40 years, today’s motorcycle market is no smooth sea, but MV Agusta is one of the few companies that delivered a double-digit sales increase (38 percent) in the first quarter of 2013 over the same period one year before—and 2012 was a very good year, with sales [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Italy’s motorcycle industry is going through times of change, some more painful than others. First, Ducati CEO Gabriele Del Torchio left Borgo Panigale to rescue Alitalia airlines, with Claudio Domenicali named as his able successor. It was a surprise that it happened so quickly and with almost no warning, but was hardly painful, as Domenicali [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Long before the glamorous center-stage unveiling of the California 1400 at last year’s Milan show, Moto Guzzi knew that its new V-Twin power cruiser had the potential to restore the image of one of the greatest names in the history of motorcycling. Spending the money to bring this new machine to market was an investment [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)
2014 Aprilia Caponord 1200 – First Ride Borrowing a name from Aprilia’s past, the new Caponord 1200 is an adventure-tourer for the future.
Sardinia, Italy—When I first saw the Caponord at the EICMA show, I quickly dismissed it as a smart, full-dress evolution of the Aprilia Dorsoduro, a bike conceived to snatch a slice of the growing adventure-touring pie from the iconic BMW R1200GS. However, after riding the Aprilia Caponord 1200 on some secluded and twisty roads on [...]Read Full Post | Comments(10)
2013 MV Agusta Brutale 800 – First Ride A new Italian middleweight naked bike that feels and performs more like an Open-class sportbike.
As the old saying goes, if you want to extract all of the potential from an engine, stroke it! Well, that’s exactly what MV Agusta has done with its three-cylinder Brutale 675 to create a new, higher-performing 800cc middleweight naked bike. MV’s engineers kept bore at 79mm and increased stroke from 45.9mm to 54.3. Everything [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)