[ Husqvarna executives say their engineers are developing a street-legal, direct-injected, two-stroke-powered dual-sport. This illustration represents what we think the bike might look like. ] During our recent visit to Husqvarna, company executives said they have a high-tech two-stroke, likely directly injected, in their near-term product plan. At KTM, a tech-services manager claims that [...]Read Full Post | Comments(13)
Photographer : Illustration by C.G. Design
Photographer : Bernhard M. Höhne
When BMW unveiled the Lo Rider Concept at the Milan motorcycle show in 2008 (Roundup, January, 2009), that design exercise was met with much enthusiasm. The idea was to produce a motorcycle that would not only break away from the company’s conservative image (a goal that the S1000RR has since clearly achieved) but also allow [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Ducatis aren’t the only two-wheelers under the Audi corporate umbrella these days. The German company recently unveiled its concept Worthersee e-bike, to which Audi applied its vast experience with high-tech composites, electronics and lithium-ion batteries. This innovative machine can operate solely on muscle power through a nine-speed bicycle transmission, rely only on its 2.3-kilowatt electric [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Days of Future Past Tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…and then one fine morning we’ll wake up and say what did ever happen to that beautiful future, anyway?
Photographer : The Cycle World Archives
Call them what you will—show bikes, concept bikes, future bikes, whatever—they’ve been around for a long time. Sometimes they point the way to the future, most of the time they should wear a sign that says DEAD END. But the fun part is that nobody knows for sure at the time. The first memorable concept [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
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 December was, “What makes people [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
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 the U.S.). Husky’s latest prototype, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
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 Husqvarna has also taken the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
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 vehicles. With admittance to il [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
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 that standard up may be [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)