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Apr 02, 2020. 17 comments

Harley-Davidson Has Some Neat New Motorcycles In The Works

Harley-Davidson Has Some Neat New Motorcycles In The Works

With diminishing sales, a CEO who just

was fired or quit or something , and a super-expensive electric flagship motorcycle, Harley-Davidson is in the middle of a crisis that will determine its existence. But two new bikes caught in investor documents show some much-needed promise.

The new Livewire, Harley’s first electric motorcycle,

is still a little too compromised for the price point , for...

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Mar 31, 2020. 9 comments

The Honda CB-F Concept Makes Me Realize I've Almost Become My Dad

The Honda CB-F Concept Makes Me Realize I've Almost Become My Dad

My old man and I got our motorcycle licenses together circa 2006. He bought a 1981 Suzuki GS; I bought a 1991 Suzuki GSXR. Fast forward to 2020 and I look at the Honda CB-F concept, which looks a lot like dad’s GS but is probably faster than my old sportbike... And I reckon it’s the coolest new bike right now.

Looking closer, this new Honda prototype seems more “sporty” than “standard,” but...

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Mar 17, 2020. 14 comments

Harley-Davidson Isn't Interested In Changing

Harley-Davidson Isn't Interested In Changing

Harley-Davidson is in a bad way,

having unexpectedly lost its CEO in February amid declining sales and a general non-appetite for heavy motorcycles . For most companies, this might lead to some reflection about changing their ways, perhaps some long walks in the woods. For Harley, it seems content to keep doing the exact same thing.

The news, from Friday via Bloomberg, is that Impala Asset...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jan 01, 2020. 23 comments

Buell Could Have Offered Harley A Lifeline Into The Future

Buell Could Have Offered Harley A Lifeline Into The Future

Buell built over 136,000 motorcycles during its existence, the vast majority of those built while Harley-Davidson either owned or had a major stake in the company. You can find some of these sitting uncomfortably in the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, just over 10 years after Harley unceremoniously and inexplicably shuttered Buell for good.

(As 2019 rounds out and we near the start of a...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Dec 30, 2019. 11 comments

Here's Why Alfa Romeo Fell Flat On Its Face In America

Here's Why Alfa Romeo Fell Flat On Its Face In America
The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?

The decade of Alfa Romeo that barely was, saving money with the government, something about Tesla, and another thing also kind of about Tesla! We’re counting down to the new

decade in this, the last Morning Shift of the year, on Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. 1st Gear: Alfa Rome-no

Let’s talk about Alfa...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Dec 03, 2019. 7 comments

The Amazing Motorcycle Stunt From The No Time To Die Teaser Was Unbelievably Done For Real

The Amazing Motorcycle Stunt From The No Time To Die Teaser Was Unbelievably Done For Real

The first trailer for the upcoming James Bond movie, No Time To Die, will be released Wednesday morning, but the little 15-second teaser reel that came out last night already features one incredible motorcycle stunt that was mostly done for real.

No Time To Die is the fifth and supposedly final James Bond movie for Bond actor Daniel Craig. It also happens to feature more notable vehicles than...

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Aaron Brown Aaron Brown Oct 15, 2019. 22 comments

Somehow I Didn't Die On This Stupid Motorcycle Trip

Somehow I Didn't Die On This Stupid Motorcycle Trip

As I rode down a dark, wet I-95 getting blown past by buses and tractor-trailers Sunday night, I just kept thinking how I didn’t want to die in a hoodie with “Clickbait” written across it in varsity letters, covered by an Alpinestars jacket.

I mean, can you imagine the headlines?

I was a little over halfway through the first part of my trip Saturday morning when I first noticed a small amount...

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Aaron Brown Aaron Brown Aug 28, 2019. 20 comments

The Honda Africa Twin Helped Me Conquer My Fear Of Tall Bikes

The Honda Africa Twin Helped Me Conquer My Fear Of Tall Bikes
Jalopnik ReviewsAll of our test drives in one convenient place.  

I love

adventure touring bikes . Honestly, it’s mostly because they just look so damn cool! They’re modular, look like they can go from like Tierra del Fuego to Nova Scotia, and are usually quick as hell. But for a medium-sized boy like myself, they are often intimidatingly tall.

I’ve been riding regularly on my

Moto Guzzi V7 in...

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Bradley.Brownell Bradley.Brownell Jul 16, 2019. 18 comments

The Electric Harley-Davidson LiveWire Is a Shockingly Fun Bid for the Future

The Electric Harley-Davidson LiveWire Is a Shockingly Fun Bid for the Future
Jalopnik ReviewsAll of our test drives in one convenient place.  

Swing a leg over the

Harley-Davidson LiveWire and you’ll instantly feel the crashing waves of a sea change. A magnet inside the motor rocks back and forth to indicate the bike is alive, it feels like a faint heartbeat. It’s a little on-the-nose, but it’s as if this bike is directly channeling the pulse of the industry. Is this...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jun 20, 2019. 24 comments

Harley-Davidson Is Fighting For Its Life by Building Anti-Harleys in Asia

Harley-Davidson Is Fighting For Its Life by Building Anti-Harleys in Asia

Harley-Davidson

is in trouble , and has been for some time . Young people in America don’t want the big, heavy motorcycles that are Harley’s main business, and President Trump’s trade war has been nigh disastrous . So it increasingly has turned to Asia . Pretty soon, the company hopes, selling bikes abroad will be its biggest market.

Harley’s in a weird spot. But like how Buick

sells a ton of...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Apr 16, 2019. 22 comments

Here's What Keanu Reeves Is Up to With All Those Motorcycles

Here's What Keanu Reeves Is Up to With All Those Motorcycles

If you’ve been hearing about Keanu Reeves’ motorcycling hobby and his connection with the elite custom bike shop Arch Motorcycle, but never really been able to figure out what the deal is there, this GQ interview brings us into the actor’s bike life and introduces his motorcycle collection. Which is awesome, by the way.

Based on the movies of his that I’ve seen, I would not describe...

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Bradley.Brownell Bradley.Brownell Mar 23, 2019. 24 comments

What I Learned Riding a 1200cc Motorbike With No Front Brake on a Dirt Track

What I Learned Riding a 1200cc Motorbike With No Front Brake on a Dirt Track
Jalopnik ReviewsAll of our test drives in one convenient place.  

I didn’t expect to be test riding the 500-pound 2019 Indian FTR1200 exclusively by flinging it around the dirt like a flat track racer, but I managed to survive with a fat smile on my face anyway.

(Full Disclosure: Indian Motorcycles wanted me to come ride its new FTR1200 so bad it invited me to Portland for the tenth anniversary...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Jul 31, 2018. 23 comments

Harley-Davidson Aims to Save Its Bacon With These New Motorcycles

Harley-Davidson Aims to Save Its Bacon With These New Motorcycles

Harley-Davidson is in a uniquely desperate situation. It’s struggling to attract new riders, especially younger ones, its financials haven’t been great, and it’s in an ugly tariff war with America’s own president. The Motor Company isn’t giving up just yet though, and today announced a plan to get new blood buying.

Harley describes its official growth plan through 2020, More Roads To...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Jul 30, 2018. 24 comments

The $6,000 Benelli TNT600 Is a Lot of Motorcycle For the Money [Updated]

The $6,000 Benelli TNT600 Is a Lot of Motorcycle For the Money [Updated]

The Benelli TNT600 is an Italian-branded Chinese-made naked upright sport motorcycle. Its power-to-price ratio is pretty excellent. It’s also a little lumbering and oddly bulbous. It’s a lot of bike for the bucks and it’s a lot of bike in general.

(Full Disclosure: Benelli’s distributor SSR let me ride its TNT300 and TNT600 bikes around Los Angeles for a day. The company also paid for my food...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Jun 08, 2018. 19 comments

Yeah I'm All About Electric Scooter Sharing Now

Yeah I'm All About Electric Scooter Sharing Now

Electric scooter sharing is bad business and a public nuisance. Venture capital funded companies like Bird that have dumped miniature EVs in cities are already getting chased out of San Francisco and Austin. But if you don’t care about any of that, the things are really fun and cheap to ride.

Our weekend contributor Bradley Brownell tested some Birds in SF in April

and hated it . But I’ve just...

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Kurt Bradley Kurt Bradley Apr 28, 2018. 23 comments

Behold The Glorious Sight Of Tons Of Handbuilt Motorcycles

Behold The Glorious Sight Of Tons Of Handbuilt Motorcycles

While many motorcycle enthusiasts flock to Austin each April for the

MotoGP action going on at Circuit of The Americas , Revival Cycles continues to draw quite the crowd for their annual Handbuilt Motorcycle Show.

For the fifth year, the show has featured a ton of builders and craftsmen who make your usual two-wheeled weekender seem boring. This past weekend, the show moved from Fair Market in...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Apr 27, 2018. 18 comments

The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled Is Fun To Ride But It's Best At Looking Cool

The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled Is Fun To Ride But It's Best At Looking Cool

The 2018 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled, aesthetically, feels like the ultimate motorcycle for right now. It bullseyes a Venn diagram space between “retro,” “modern,” “performance” and “adventure.” Aimed at established enthusiasts and new riders seeking a kind of hipster aesthetic, it’s torquey and sounds great. But it’s also heavy, a little awkwardly proportioned and expensive.

After a few...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Apr 19, 2018. 24 comments

What Do You Want To Know About The 2018 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled?

What Do You Want To Know About The 2018 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled?

The 2015 Ducati Scrambler raised all kinds of excitment when it came out by pretty much nailing a sweet spot between retro-styling, light adventure capability and the mystique associated with “Italianess” that people seem to find enticing. The slightly meatier ’18 Desert Sled should be all that and a little more rough-road ready. So what else do you want to know?

The Desert Sled shares a basic...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Mar 12, 2018. 24 comments

This Cop Doesn't Mind You Doing A Wheelie Through The City

This Cop Doesn't Mind You Doing A Wheelie Through The City

This video of a motorcyclist riding one long-ass wheelie through St. Louis has been floating around for a day or so. Since the clip opens with the bike next to a cop car, you might think it’s about to be skull-cracking time. But surprisingly the police appear to be uncharacteristically pro-wheelie here.

The Facebook video is tagged in St. Louis, MO, and the arch is pretty unmistakable on the...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Feb 26, 2018. 24 comments

Harley-Davidson Just Can't Catch A Break

Harley-Davidson Just Can't Catch A Break

Harley-Davidson, as we have

assiduously documented , is in trouble. Primarily because their customer base is old and getting older. Now, thanks to the Trump administration, it’s being threatened by a new potential menace that I didn’t see coming—tariffs on its products in Europe, as a trade war between the U.S. and the rest of the world heats up.

The Trump administration has been making...

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