For quite a while now, Benelli has been in a rather foggy situation, solely focused on scooters and mopeds under the full control of the Chinese QJ company. But at EICMA 2012, Benelli announced a completely new 600cc inline-Four, a neat-looking naked bike featuring a solid-looking composite frame that was [...]
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Less than a week before the start of EICMA 2012, Cycle World has obtained photos and information regarding the Piaggio Group’s four scheduled introductions: the Moto Guzzi California 1400, the Vespa 946, the Aprilia Caponord and a refreshed Aprilia RSV4, in R ABS and Factory ABS forms. Moto Guzzi California [...]
EICMA: Here Come The Italians! Aprilia, Ducati, Moto Guzzi, MV Agusta and Vespa set the stage for next week’s big motorcycle show in Milan.
Do you remember the gorgeous Vespa Quarantasei concept that Piaggio unveiled last year at EICMA? Well, this year, Piaggio will reveal the fully homologated production model. This machine alone will make the show worth attending for many scooter fans because the Quarantasei may well be one of the most alluring [...]
At Intermot, the big news about the Italian manufacturers was that they reserved their biggest news for the coming Milan EICMA show in November. Nevertheless, five companies showed hardware in Cologne: Ducati and four marques in the Piaggio Group (Moto Guzzi, Aprilia, Piaggio Scooter and Vespa). Aprilia’s RSV4 Factory ABS, [...]
BMW has revolutionized its sacred boxer-Twin. It is not the first time, but switching from traditional air cooling (air/oil cooling, lately) to liquid cooling symbolizes the most radical departure from the reasons that, in 1923, led BMW technician Max Friz to turn 90 degrees an already-existing longitudinal boxer-Twin to create [...]
When you start counting who is not at a show that used to be packed with new motorcycles and media people, you know the industry is going through a real tough moment. INTERMOT—the international motorcycle, scooter and bicycle fair held in Cologne, Germany, every two years—has challenged Milan’s EICMA in [...]
The first Vintage Motorcycle & Scooter Festival drew around 250 collector bikes to the nine-acre field adjoining the LeMay America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, on August 25. Saturday’s concours was followed by a 110-mile ride to Mt. Rainier the next day. Summer Shakedown 2012 kickstarted a bike component to [...]
It all began with a motorcycle. Really. In the 1880s, Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach needed a test bed for the small gasoline-powered engine they were developing. What they built became the first motorcycle ever and, indeed, the first internal-combustion vehicle. In 1885, this wood and iron machine, supplemented by [...]
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! Over 80 riders turned out with their classic bikes for the return of the Cycle World Rolling Concours at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Saturday, August 18. We’re firm believers that motorcycles, even rare collector machines, were meant to be ridden. That’s why [...]
Class on the Grass How to improve a golf club: Add hundreds of vintage bikes and a few of motorcycling’s stars.
Nothing against golf, but lush green lawns look significantly better decorated with fantastic machinery than by a bunch of white plastic balls. The fourth annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering at the Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, California, matured this year, with a larger crowd than ever, a broader, bigger selection of [...]