After years of controversial product and marketing policies that almost dried out what was left of the image of Bimota, Roberto Comini has sold the Rimini-based motorcycle manufacturer to Swiss investors Daniele Longoni and Marco Chiacianesi. Longoni and Chiacianesi are new to the motorcycle industry, but the real-estate and construction entrepreneurs are real enthusiasts, which [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Horex has expanded its model line with the addition of the VR6 Classic, a variation of the current VR6 Roadster. The new machine features a number of styling and graphic touches intended to create a visual connection with the traditional image of the top-class bikes that Horex produced until the late 1950s, the most prestigious [...]Read Full Post | Comments(19)
At a time when motorcycle sales have hit their lowest level in years, Piaggio is focusing on its traditional core business: scooters and mopeds. Piaggio has always been very good at that, starting in 1946 when it created the Vespa. In fact, the Italian outfit is the leading European group in the motorized two-wheel business [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Earlier this week, I received a message from Giovanni Castiglioni regarding my “MV Agusta Rumor Mill” guesswork. Castiglioni said he is not selling MV Agusta to Mercedes-Benz or anyone else, and that he is busy right now closing a couple of bank deals that will provide the legendary make with substantial financing to expand its [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
First of all, I must say that all of this is guesswork based on the old “one-plus-one-makes-two” process of analyzing a sequence of events. Thus, I may be dead wrong, but I thought it worth sharing, anyway. At the 2010 World Ducati Weekend, Ducati and Mercedes held a combined event: the unveiling of a “naked” [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)
Ducati Hires Cal Crutchlow! Brit will switch from satellite Tech 3 Yamaha to a factory Ducati in 2014.
Ducati’s announcement that it had hired Cal Crutchlow to ride its MotoGP bike for two years came out neat and smooth—no need to exploit an off-the-cuff statement made by the CEO, like I did three years ago when Ducati hired Valentino Rossi. Crutchlow will replace Nicky Hayden. The Briton is a straight shooter, and he [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)
2014 Aprilia Tuono V4 R ABS – First Look Anti-lock brakes and more for one of our favorite hooligan bikes.
Lean and mean in its original hornet-yellow-and-black paint scheme, the 153-horsepower Aprilia Tuono V4 R won “Best Superbike” honors in Cycle World’s Ten Best Bikes in its debut year. Based on the RSV4 Factory ABS tested this past May, the 2014 Tuono V4 R ABS will surely be the most advanced version of this stunning [...]Read Full Post | Comments(13)
BMW has announced updates to two of its most popular models, both of which go on sale August 1. There are no dramatic changes; we’ll have to wait for the EICMA show in November to see a new water-cooled R1200RT, naked S1000RR and R1200GS Adventure. For now, the most attractive novelty is represented by the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
KTM RC390 Cup – First Look KTM looks to breed future world champions with this compact new racing bike.
While at the Sachsenring for the German MotoGP, KTM CEO Stefan Pierer unveiled the new RC390 ADAC Cup racer based on the 390 Duke. Although final details aren’t known at this time, KTM RC390 ADAC Cup is expected be affordable in terms of purchase price and maintenance costs. The further intent is that it be easy [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)
Last fall at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, Benelli unveiled a pair of stylish naked bikes, a Four and a Single. For the most part, however, the company is operating as an advanced design and R&D department for its Chinese parent, Quian Jiang. Now, Benelli has come up with an electric option for a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)