Just when we thought Honda was asleep at the wheel—while the European motorcycle industry continues to innovate—Big Red surprises with a handful of new concept bikes. At least one of them looks to have a realistic shot at production. Honda’s theme for the 42nd annual Tokyo Motor Show this past [...]
Latest Concept Bikes
There is no shortage of ideas at Husqvarna these days. Just look at all the concept models the Italian-based, BMW-owned company has released over the last few years. Some of them, like the Nuda 900 naked sportbike, have already gone into production (a bike which, sadly, isn’t yet sold in [...]
Too bad Steve McQueen couldn’t be around to see his image invoked over not one but two new motorcycles at EICMA. As we reported two weeks ago, Triumph has announced the retro-styled Steve McQueen Bonneville for 2012 in honor of the actor’s famous fence-jumping scene in “The Great Escape.” Now [...]
Allowing a journalist to ride a raw and unfinished prototype motorcycle is practically unheard of. Very few companies would risk this early exposure, especially with someone who will publish his opinions. It’s akin to a sculptor showing an art critic a block of marble and saying, “What do you think [...]
Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este – Special Feature A display of the best, rarest and most beautiful motorbikes ever created on Earth.
[ BMW brought out one of its rare jewels, the 1934 R7 prototype. ] Italy’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is known as perhaps the most elegant automotive celebration anywhere. It’s a rare combination of the perfect landscape (Lake Como), the perfect Villa and a curated selection of 50 truly exceptional [...]
Vyrus 986 M2 Moto2 Racer – Special Feature Italian boutique motorcycle maker Vyrus and its concept Honda CBR600RR-powered Moto2 racer.
Perhaps the ultimate expression of the Italian boutique motorcycle marque is Vyrus. Located in Rimini, just a few miles down the road from Bimota, it was founded in 2003 by Ascanio Rodorigo and Giuseppe de Gruttola. To date, the small firm, consisting of five highly skilled craftsmen, has churned out [...]
Cobra Custom Honda RS750 Flat-Tracker – Special Feature Imitation is the sincerest form of flat-trackery.
When Honda wants a “concept bike” built, or a “project bike” or whatever you want to call them, it doesn’t Google “custom motorcycle builders” and commence dialing from the hip. Oh, no. Even when it’s going through a rough patch, Honda has a certain standard to uphold. In fact, holding [...]
Husqvarna Mille 3 Concept Bike at EICMA 2010 – Video Husky shocks EICMA with three-cylinder 1000cc scrambler.
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Husqvarna 1000cc Concept and 2011 Supermotos – First Look Husky shocks EICMA with three-cylinder 1000cc scrambler.
Apparently, Husqvarna never sleeps. First, a completely new line of enduros and motocrossers were shown in Cologne last month. Now, at EICMA, the Italian motorcycle maker unveiled a new family of supermoto machines. But the real Milan show-stopper was a lean, mean concept powered by a 1000cc Triple sporting red [...]
At BMW, “C” stands for “commuter” and “commuter” translates into “scooter.” The Bavarian company tried its hand at the scooter game back in the 1990s with the C1 125/200, a fully enclosed two-wheeler designed to be super-protective; it even featured safety belts. But the idea didn’t work out so well; [...]