My first reaction to Hero’s announcement of a possible future diesel scooter called “RNT” is positive. First of all, the thing has the same “right” look that the US Army’s Jeep had in 1941. It looks utilitarian without looking stupid. But before we get carried away, let’s read the text. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(38)
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Three New Motorcycles We Hope Husqvarna, Suzuki, And Yamaha Will Build Will these concept bikes get green-lighted for production?
Yamaha R25 Concept Will the Ninja 300 and CBR300R steal all the entry-level-sportbike thunder in the US forever? We hope not because the R25 Concept is a killer riff on YZR-M1 styling that dresses up an all-new 249cc parallel twin. Says the press material: “It boasts a powerful and sporty [...]Read Full Post | Comments(18)
Now that Husqvarna has been owned by the KTM Group for a decent chunk of time—since March, to be exact—we’re starting to see what will happen with the historically Swedish marque under Austrian ownership. At the recent EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, there were 13 new Huskys on display—seven enduros [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
We saw it happen in cars, and then, we saw it in motorcycles. More power needs a bigger engine, which needs bigger brakes, a stronger, heavier chassis, and a bigger gas tank. Finally, you can hardly steer the monster; it’s become a power station on wheels. Smoky burnouts are its [...]Read Full Post | Comments(12)
Toward the end of his annual share holders address last September, dealing with business as usual, Honda President/CEO Takanobu Ito snuck in a paragraph that relit the pilot in the hearts of the V-Four faithful everywhere: “Since its market introduction in 1987, the RC30 [VFR750R] supersports bike has been loved [...]Read Full Post | Comments(25)