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Jun 11, 2020. 22 comments

What Do You Want To Know About The 2020 Honda CB650R?

What Do You Want To Know About The 2020 Honda CB650R?

Somehow it’s already the middle of the week and here we are at the close of our Wednesday. If you’re hanging around the Jalopnik water cooler today, I hope you’re prepared to hear me talk about motorcycles. It’s time to discuss Honda’s mid-range “neo-sports café” CB650R. This is the naked version of the CBR650R both of which were introduced in late 2018 as 2019 models. And there is currently...

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Jun 09, 2020. 22 comments

What Do You Want To Know About The 2020 Honda Grom?

What Do You Want To Know About The 2020 Honda Grom?

Howdy bike-lopnic fans! How are you on this most glorious of days? I’m feeling pretty good right now, because this afternoon I’ll be receiving a brand new Grom from Honda for an extended test session. I’m predisposed to like this little two-wheeler because I have commuted on small bore Hondas for years primarily on the Grom’s spiritual ancestor 1982 MB5.

Honda probably wants me to say very...

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May 02, 2020. 19 comments

This Harbor Freight-Powered Harley-Davidson Is Totally Terrible And Totally Rad

This Harbor Freight-Powered Harley-Davidson Is Totally Terrible And Totally Rad

My favorite genre of motor-based enthusiasm is putting a

big engine in a small thing . Small engine in a big thing is a close second, however, and this Harbor Freight Predator 212cc-powered Harley Davidson Ultra Classic certainly qualifies. It’s so exceedingly dumb that it must be 100 percent cool. Who doesn’t want to pull-start their big cruiser?

Harbor Freight’s Predator motor is on sale...

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Apr 30, 2020. 11 comments

Harley-Davidson's Turnaround Plan Is Beginning To Take Shape

Harley-Davidson's Turnaround Plan Is Beginning To Take Shape

Harley-Davidson

ousted (fired? ) its CEO in late February at the urging of at least one shareholder , who felt that the motorcycle maker needed to shift its focus back toward heavy, expensive things that boomers buy instead of aggressive expansion overseas. As it turns out, that is now also Harley’s new plan.

The company released its first quarter financial results yesterday, and they were...

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Apr 27, 2020. 14 comments

Honda Is Going To Make An Even Smaller Monkey Mini-Bike: Report

Honda Is Going To Make An Even Smaller Monkey Mini-Bike: Report

Even though Honda’s Monkey mini-bike is already diminutive retro ride, a report from Autocar India points to patent filings that suggest another, even smaller Monkey could be on its way to production.

Autocar India reports that patents filed in 2018 suggest that a new off-road-style mini-bike is under development by Honda. This bike would slot below the current Grom-based Monkey 125, itself a...

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Apr 25, 2020. 5 comments

BMW Won Dakar In 1985 With A Busted Junker Of A Motorcycle

BMW Won Dakar In 1985 With A Busted Junker Of A Motorcycle

Dakar isn’t the kind of race you want to take on with a less-than-perfect motorcycle, but in 1985 Belgian rider Gaston Rahier managed to win on a broke-as-shit BMW GS. Rahier had already won the Dakar in 1984 and was confident that his much-improved 1985 ride would help him repeat. But then in a pre-race media appearance he put a foot wrong and wadded the bike up in a huge crash.

BMW and the...

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Apr 24, 2020. 13 comments

The 2020 Royal Enfield INT 650 Is A Dirt-Cheap Modern Classic

The 2020 Royal Enfield INT 650 Is A Dirt-Cheap Modern Classic
Jalopnik Reviews All of our test drives in one convenient place.

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Royal Enfield INT 650 isn’t just a motorcycle, it’s also a romantic vision of the past. This bike is an anachronism in 2020, but in perhaps the best way possible. All of my present-day worries melted away as soon as I sat astride this little black beauty. If you’re impressed by statistics, this bike won’t scratch that itch,...

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Apr 16, 2020. 6 comments

Harley-Davidson Knows This Might Get Worse

Harley-Davidson Knows This Might Get Worse

Harley-Davidson shut down its American factories on March 18, around the same time automakers in this country were idling their plants as well. Those factories have remain shuttered, while Harley today said that it was making deeper cost cuts as the coronavirus pandemic persists in shutting down the world.

If Harley

was in a precarious position before coronavirus hit, they are in a somewhat...

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Apr 11, 2020. 15 comments

The Floor Is Lava

The Floor Is Lava

You remember jumping from the arm of your parents old mauve sofa onto the ottoman before climbing across onto the bookshelf to reach the TV remote shouting THE FLOOR IS LAVA as a bored human with a single-digit age, right? That has to be a part of developmental growth in the life cycle of a homo sapiens sapiens. Well, extremely good trials bike champion Toni Bou is playing that game at a much...

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Apr 10, 2020. 9 comments

This Wild Motorcycle Was Built To Go Really Fast On Ice

This Wild Motorcycle Was Built To Go Really Fast On Ice

Last year—to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Indian Scout—Indian Motorcycle teamed up with Workhorse Speed Shop to build an incredible monster of a motorcycle to tackle high speed events. They called the bike Appaloosa. For 2020 the bike received a few big updates, and was shipped to the frigid Russian winter to run at the Baikal Mile event, on ice.

Appaloosa is based on an

Indian Scout...

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Apr 03, 2020. 23 comments

The 2020 Ducati Multistrada 1260S Will Expand Your Comfort Zone

The 2020 Ducati Multistrada 1260S Will Expand Your Comfort Zone
Jalopnik Reviews All of our test drives in one convenient place.

Sitting curbside, this matte black Ducati Multistrada has an angry look to it with narrowed eyes and flared nostrils. It looks like an unbroken horse pissed at the prospect of you hopping on its back. Once I clambered aboard it was obvious that it was just a major case of resting bitch face, and it welcomed me with a warm embrace...

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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. 24 comments

Harley-Davidson Avoided A Proxy Fight But Now The Real Work Begins

Harley-Davidson Avoided A Proxy Fight But Now The Real Work Begins

In March, the holder of two percent of Harley-Davidson’s shares signaled that they were starting a proxy fight for seats on Harley’s board, also

claiming that Harley’s former CEO Matt Levatich was fired earlier this year, and didn’t step down as he said. It was all (slightly) spicy stuff, but today Harley said that the fight was over for now.

The shareholder, an investment firm called Impala...

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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 19, 2020. 24 comments

Harley-Davidson's CEO Was Actually Fired: Shareholder

Harley-Davidson's CEO Was Actually Fired: Shareholder

When Harley-Davidson’s CEO

left that job on February 28 , the company said that he had “stepped down,” presumably to spend more time with his family or something. But an investment firm trying to install new board members at Harley said that Matt Levatich didn’t step down at all. No, they claim he was fired.

Well, “terminated” is the word the firm’s CEO uses in a press release today, and he...

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Mar 18, 2020. 23 comments

There Has Never Been A Better Time For A Motorcycle Ride

There Has Never Been A Better Time For A Motorcycle Ride

We haven’t even cleared the first 25 percent of the 2020 calendar year yet, but it has already come to be defined by a global pandemic that has seen the cancellation or postponement of daily life. Because of the coronavirus, major international motorsports events likely won’t happen, manufacturers will fall potentially billions short of sales projections, and the gatherings that hold our...

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Mar 17, 2020. 11 comments

The 2020 Indian FTR1200 Rally Is A New American Icon

The 2020 Indian FTR1200 Rally Is A New American Icon
Jalopnik Reviews All of our test drives in one convenient place.

Indian Motorcycle’s FTR1200 has been a godsend for fans of upright, sporty riding and a big brutish V-twin. It’s comfortable, quick, and packs modern flat-track style into a great chassis. With the help of Ex-BMW Motorrad designer Ola Stenegärd, Indian has started making tweaks to the FTR to make the same base bike appeal to...

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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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Mar 06, 2020. 20 comments

BMW's Carbon Fiber M Performance Moto Parts Sure Are Pretty

BMW's Carbon Fiber M Performance Moto Parts Sure Are Pretty

I’ll never forget the time I rode a BMW S1000RR. I legged myself onto the saddle, let it idle half a minute, then opened the same amount of throttle I’d been using to move my 1981 Suzuki GS450. Zoom. “Beemer’s faster,” I realized, after catching my breath and bringing the bike back down to the speed limit.

These bikes are so fast – the 0-60 time is in the mid twos, for godsakes – that I feel...

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Mar 03, 2020. 21 comments

The 2020 Triumph Rocket 3 R Can Run A 2.7 Second 0-60

The 2020 Triumph Rocket 3 R Can Run A 2.7 Second 0-60

The Triumph Rocket 3 has always been about big ‘ole nasty speed, putting the displacement of a large sedan underneath your crotch with a 2.5-liter triple. This brutish British is rated from the factory to run a 3.2-second 0-60, but at a recent corporate event a Triumph test rider took the damn thing out and laid down a 2.73-second 0-60 run. In the video below you can see the big lad walking...

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