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10 Best Motorcycle Companies in the World

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by Qasim Aslam from https://www.insidermonkey.com

Which big players are ruling the motorcycle industry? This article is going to tell you about the 10 best motorcycle manufacturers in the world right now.

10. Indian Motorcycle/Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII)

Polaris claims to be America’s first motorcycle company as it traces its origin back to 1901. It was established by an accomplished Bicycle racer George M. Hendee with the name of Hendee Manufacturing Company and established its first factory in downtown Springfield, USA in 1901. The company produced motorcycles for US Army during World War I. The name Hendee Manufacturing Company was changed to ‘The Indian Motorcycle Company’ in 1923. The company was closed in 1953 and several attempts failed to restart production until it was reborn with the name ‘Indian Motorcycle’ when Polaris Industries acquired it in 2011. It has over 300 international dealers in addition to a network of over 200 dealers in North America. Total sales of Indian Motorcycle and Polaris Slingshot in 2020 totaled 330,000 units. North America is the biggest market for them, where they sold 190000 units.

Indian Motorcycle currently competes only in three segments of the motorcycle industry that are cruiser, touring, and standard motorcycles and so far they do not offer sports bikes. Their bikes are known for heritage-inspired designs, premium suspension, and beautiful styling. The most popular model of Indian Motorcycle is no other than ‘Scout’ as currently it is the finest cruiser bike in the motorcycle market.

9. KTM Industries AG Inhaber-Aktie (XSTU: KTMI.SG)

KTM is currently the largest producer of motorcycles in Europe. The Austrian company which traces its origin from an engine repair shop in Austria made its first motorcycle in 1953. KTM went bankrupt in 1991 and was restructured in 1992. Now, KTM is jointly owned by Pierer Mobility AG and Bajaj Auto. Despite the impact of the pandemic, KTM was able to sell 212,713 units of motorcycles in 2020.

KTM offers a broad range of models for different purposes. Its ‘1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R’ having 1301 cc engine is capable to run on any terrain. But, the best thing about KTM is that it is superb in making dirt bikes. KTM has won 12 of the last 13 titles in the MX2 World Motocross Championship. Similarly, it has seen 18 consecutive victories from 2001 to 2019 in Dakar Rally.

8. Triumph Motorcycles Ltd

Triumph is the biggest British motorcycle manufacturing company. The organization made its first motorized cycle ‘The Triumph 1’ in 1902. Triumph supplied motorcycles for the British military in both the World Wars. Following a fiscal crisis, the company disappeared in the 1980s and reemerged after a few years with its Headquarters at Hinckley, United Kingdom. Since then, Triumph has seen continued success. Triumph has six production factories along with a network of around 700 dealerships to market and distribute its products.

Triumph witnessed the highest level of annual sales in 2017 when its sales peaked at 60,628 units. In the fiscal year 2020 that ended on June 30, 2020, the company could sell only 48,993 motorcycles with a turnover of around £480 ( or about $593.232) million, largely due to the impact of the pandemic. Distinct features of Triumph include retaining classic charm as many of their bikes like the Bonneville family have charming heritage designs that are equipped with modern technology.

Moreover, they try to emulate the performance of their competitors’ bikes that are priced twice as their bikes. Thus, their bikes having more or less the same traits as Ducati or BMW has, come at much lower and affordable prices. Many of their bikes fall in the price range of $10000 to $15000. Triumph’s most expensive motorcycle ‘ROCKET 3 GT TRIPLE BLACK’ with outstanding technology and incredible 2500cc, the largest production motorcycle engine, costs only $24,400.

7. Suzuki Motor Corporation (TYO: 7269.T)

Japanese organization Suzuki has been producing some of the most exciting models of motorcycles for decades. The company made its first motorized bicycle in 1952 leading to the establishment of the present-day Suzuki ‘S’ in 1958. Today, Suzuki has 35 production facilities in 23 countries and the widest network of distributors among all bike manufacturers, comprising 133 distributors in 192 countries.

In the fiscal year 2019 that ended in March 2020, the motorcycle segment of Suzuki sold 1,708,000 units recording a year-on-year decline of 2.1%. Sales revenues also dipped by 4.9% to $2.26 billion from $3.43 billion. Such huge numbers in sales speak well for the demand of Suzuki in the motorcycle market.

So what are the features that compel huge swathes of the motorcycle market to buy their motorcycles? Certainly, its durability, affordability, and diverse product range make it one of the most in-demand brands of motorcycles. Suzuki motorcycles are known to last long, especially their city riding models can serve your purpose for decades. Moreover, their bikes are affordable as in many developing countries they sell bikes that cost even less than $1000. In addition to this, they have a diverse range of motorcycles for different types of customers including sports bikes, cruisers, touring, and dirt bikes.

6. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (OTC: KWHIY)

Kawasaki motorcycles are manufactured by the Motorcycle & Engine segment of Japanese multinational Corporation, Kawasaki Heavy Industries. The company started making motorcycle engines in 1953 and released its first Motorcycle “B7” in 1961. Other than Japan, Kawasaki motorcycle & engine company has 12 production and sales subsidiaries in 10 different countries, having around 5,000 employees. The key to their success is universality. They cater to all types of customers. They have motorcycles with a price range from $2300 to $550000.

If you are not well-off economically, that’s not an issue, Kawasaki has 110cc KLX series for you with price tags varying from $2300 to $2550. On the contrary, Kawasaki offers NINJA H2 R at $55000 to sports bike lovers. Moreover, by getting an understanding of local culture in different countries, they craft their product according to the local needs which goes a long way for them in getting around half a million yearly sales. Kawasaki recorded all-time high annual sales when it sold 550000 units in 2018. In the fiscal year 2020 that ended on 31st March 2020, Kawasaki’s motorcycle business faced a decline in sales and the annual revenue decreased to $3.13 billion from $3.22 billion.

Kawasaki offers a broad range of models; their products are comparatively less costly than their competitors. Furthermore, they target all segments of the motorcycle market and are known for the ultra-fast speed of their sports bikes as 7 of the last 8 World Superbikes championships were won by Kawasaki. ZX-10RR is their most famous superbike that won the last 4 superbike championships consecutively.

5. BMW – Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft (ETR: BMW.DE)

BMW is a German multinational corporation and its motorcycle segment is known as BMW Motorrad. The Munich-based organization made its first motorcycle in 1923. Currently, its motorcycles are sold by more than 1,200 dealerships and importers in over 90 countries. BMW experienced a continuous rise in yearly sales from 2011 to 2019 as the number of motorcycle sales reached an all-time high figure of 175,162. Despite the pandemic-related decline in sales, BMW Motorrad sold 169,272 motorcycles worldwide in the financial year 2020.

Unlike its competitors, BMW Motorrad faced a year-on-year decline of only 3.4% in its sales and generated a sales revenue of €2284 (or about $2774.4) million in 2020. The top four big markets for the organization are Germany, France, Italy, and the U.S. Currently, they offer models in sport, tour, roadster, adventure, and urban mobility categories. The most compelling features of BMW motorcycles are aesthetics, excellent speed, safety, and reliability. They have produced some of the most beautiful bikes like BMW R 18 Cruiser and BMW RGS1150 with a dazzling outlook. They adopt a host of active and passive safety measures, to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries which include a highly effective braking system, optimized suspension tuning, and training for bikers.

BMW Motorrad offers training for BMW motorcycles in over 30 countries. Their top-notch model BMW S 1000 RR is a perfect blend of all of their outstanding features. With a captivating outlook and all of its amazing features including traction control, cruise control, and riding modes, it mesmerized the world of motorcycles at the time of its initial launch in 2009.

4. Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG)

Next in the line is American Icon, Harley Davidson. The company made its first motorized bicycle in 1903 and gained fame after serving U.S troops in the First World War. Harley Davidson is the oldest continuously operating American motorcycle company. Today, Harley-Davidson has a global outreach with a network of 1379 dealers spanning across the world.

Despite the devastating impact of the pandemic on sales, Harley-Davidson managed to sell 180,248 motorcycles in the financial year 2020 with a sales revenue of $4.05 billion. They are specialized in large displacement cruisers, street motorcycles, and touring motorcycles. They do not manufacture sports bikes. Harley Davidson’s Iron 883 is considered their most popular brand. Having an average price of $20,338 in 2019, Harley-Davidson is considerably expensive than some of its competitors but their quality certainly stands up to their price.

Among big motorcycle companies, Harley-Davidson has the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty. Through their unique traits, they have been able to create an emotional bond with their customers as many of them can be seen deliberately tattooing the company logo on their bodies.

3. Ducati (ETR: VOW3)

Italian sensation Ducati stands at the third spot. Ducati started manufacturing Motorcycles in 1950 and it became part of Volkswagen Group (ETR: VOW3) in 2012. The most defining features of Ducati motorcycles are beauty, brisk speed, and high-price tags. As opposed to Japanese manufacturers, Ducati does not focus on making cheap and cost-effective motorcycles. It targets the premium segment of the motorcycle market, so their motorcycles are usually expensive but of supreme quality. Their desmodromic valve technology has helped them create many ultra-fast superbikes over the years. The fact that Ducati has won 17 World Superbike Titles, higher than all other manufacturers combined, further accentuates their position as top superbike manufacturers.

Aesthetics combined with state-of-the-art technology define Ducati motorcycles. You cannot come out of their showroom without being impressed by the beauty and refinement of their motorcycles. In 2019 Ducati sold 53184 units with a turnover of €716 ( or about $803.3) million. Notwithstanding exceptionally high prices, Ducati has been able to sell around 50 thousand units annually as the quality of their bikes worth every single penny the customer pays. One out of every four superbikes sold worldwide in 2018 belonged to the Panigale family of Ducati.

2. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (NYSE: HMC)

Japanese giant in the motorcycle industry Honda lies at the second spot in the list of best motorcycle companies in the world. Honda is currently the largest producer of motorcycles on planet earth. The Tokyo-based organization sold 19.3 million motorcycles worldwide during the fiscal year 2020. Since its inception in 1949, Honda has sold over 300,000,000 units cumulatively. These figures testify its popularity in the motorcycle market. Honda has a global supply chain with 35 manufacturing plants in 21 different countries. The organization created history in 2017 when the production of ‘Honda Super Cub’ reached a milestone of 100 million units.

Honda gained traction in many developing countries owing to its cost-effectiveness and reliability. Their street bikes are famous for efficient engines that give extra mileage. They are known for making the most fuel-efficient bikes. It seems some of their bikes do not consume fuel at all and they just have to sniff fuel to get going. Honda CBF125 and Honda NC750X are famous in many countries for their fuel efficiency. Not only this, with 153 wins in MotoGP races, Honda has another jewel in its crown. Honda has produced one of the best racing motorcycles in its CBR series. Other than standard motorcycles, Honda produces cruisers, sports bikes, dirt bikes, and scooters.

The popularity of Honda can be gauged from the fact that in many countries word ‘Honda’ has become synonymous with the motorcycle.

1. Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (OTC: YAMHF)

Yamaha occupies the top slot in the list of best motorcycle companies. Yamaha Motors headquartered in Iwata, Japan, has 135 subsidiaries, with more than 52,000 employees to conduct its production and marketing operations. In Financial Year 2019, Yamaha sold around five million motorbikes worldwide with annual sales revenue of $15.3 billion which speaks volumes for its popularity among two-wheel lovers. After decades of refinement and innovation, Yamaha is capable of manufacturing the highest quality products at a reasonable price.

Let’s take a look at their different models of Yamaha which proved to be the best in the motorcycle industry. Yamaha’s MT family is the best series of naked bikes. Its MT-07 is the best-selling hyper naked bike as over 125,000 units have been sold since its launch in 2014. Yamaha Tenere 700 with its adventure-focused slim body, flat seat, and the advanced twin-cylinder engine is a wonderful bike for adventure touring. Similarly, they provide YZF-R1M, which is one of the best sports bikes, only for $26,099. They make exceptional bikes for anyone who wants one.

Whether you are an adrenaline junkie looking for speed and excitement, a sports cyclist, or a daily rider; Yamaha has the best product for you in their line-up.

Conclusion

In a nutshell, every motorcycle manufacturer has its unique and special traits along with a loyal fan base. Every company has some models that are matchless. Japanese manufacturers still rule the motorcycle industry as they have a low cost of production, hence low price than their European and American competitors.

Moreover, Japanese bikes are easy to maintain and more reliable than others. But certainly, in some aspects like beautiful styling and technological sophistication, European and American brands outshine their Japanese competitors.

Combat Motors Unveils Limited–Production of Next-Generation Wraith Motorcycle

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Combat Motors has begun production of an all new S&S X-Wedge 132 cubic inch (2,163 cc) powered Wraith with the first delivery expected in early June 2021.

Combat Motors, American ingenuity meets uncompromising performance and detail. Manufacturer and developer of the F-113 and F-131 Hellcat, the B-120 Wraith, the P-120 / R-131 Fighter, the X-132 Hellcat, the Hellcat Speedster, the P-51 Combat Fighter, the FA-13 Combat Bomber and the F-117 Fighter, Combat Motors announces it’s all new Flagship model; the all new 2021 Combat Wraith.

Like the original Wraith which debuted in 2008, pushing the limits of American motorcycle manufacturing technology was the only place to start for such an example of raw art-in-motion. Inspired by the purist’s desire to not only stand-out but to be liberated to forge one’s own path in a world full of followers.

This second-generation Combat Wraith rides on the tried & true CX4 architecture with a brute force, 2.2 Liter big-block V-twin engine by S&S Cycle. The engine is an integral part of the bike’s construction acting as a stressed member, unifying and transferring as much unadulterated power to the ground as possible through the BST carbon fiber wheels to the Pirelli tread.

The iconically shaped structural fuel tank is CNC 5-Axis machined from aircraft-grade 6061 aluminum. Utilizing this style of machining allowed Combat to increase the bike’s fuel capacity to 4.5 gallons and provide the longest ride possible between refueling.

Combat Motors has reinstated the monocoque structure that was originally developed for the company’s P-51 Combat Fighter, while increasing airflow and efficiency through the redesigned structural air-box. Visibility of the twin-plate throttle-body is still made possible through a restyled oval glass just ahead of the fuel cap making it a crowning detail to the reimagined design of the original Wraith. This, along with the widely recognized visible cam timing cover and fuel tank windows, give the owner and any fortunate spectator full view of as many of the internal workings of this motorcycle.

“Combat Motors’ success and the new Wraith would not be possible without the concerted efforts our team; Jay and Jennifer Etheridge, Jason Reddick, Landers Sevier, Andrew Reuther and Frae “G” Wittwer.” — Ernest Lee

Combat Motors, continuing in the spirit of its former nomenclature, offers yet another industry first to the market. The new Combat Wraith will be built with interlinked forward and rear foot controls, offering its pilot the best of both worlds for quick trips across town or long rides up the coast.

Each new motorcycle produced by the company will also soon be constructed in the Birmingham, Alabama facility via live, high-definition streaming video. Once the primary components are staged and ready, each client will have the the opportunity to watch the step-by-step process of their own creation being constructed. One motorcycle at a time, Combat’s experienced master builder, Jason Reddick, will hand-assemble each motorcycle in full view of its future owner. A time lapse video showcasing the birth of the new motorcycle will then become part of the delivery package, giving each new owner an unparalleled ownership experience.

The girder front suspension bears a nod to the past as well, as the LED light blade carbon housing resembles the arched signature appearance of the original Wraith. Adding function to this iconic form, solid carbon fiber panels guide air directly into the triangular air intake portals. Thoughtful integration and styling elevate the original 5-axis CNC machined aircraft grade 6061 aluminum girders from the P-51 Combat Fighter to the Wraith’s elegant carbon fiber detailing.

No more than Twenty-one (21) Wraiths will be built in either raw machined aluminum or as a Knight Wraith with black anodized finish.

The first new Knight Wraith is currently being built for Ernest Lee, owner of Combat Motors, who plans to ride the new motorcycle on a cross-country trip following Interstate 10 from Jacksonville, Florida to Malibu, California. Current owners of the company’s motorcycles are invited to ride either the entire length of the trip or individual legs with Ernest as he brings the next generation Combat Wraith west for its official debut later this year.

Specifications

Engine: 132 cubic inch (2,163cc) S&S X-Wedge 56-degree air / oil cooled V-twin four stroke. with one-piece forged crankshaft, two valves per cylinder, toothed belt camshaft drive, and machined 6061 aluminum billet crankcase (also available with a 117 cubic inch engine)
Transmission: 5-speed proprietary stacked gearbox with Andrews gears and hydraulically operated dry clutch by Bandit Machine Works
Fuel/Ignition System: Closed-loop Delphi electronic fuel injection and engine management system and 2 x 51mm S&S throttle body
Power: 108 bhp at 5,000 rpm
Torque: 144 ft-lb at 4,800 rpm
Chassis: Machined aluminum monocoque, massive 7 inch (177.8 mm) curved Wraith backbone containing fuel load
Foot Controls: Proprietary interlinked shifting mechanism and Beringer rear and forward position interlinked rear braking system
Front Brakes: Quad Disk 4D Piston 2 x 230 mm Beringer floating Aeronal cast iron discs with four-piston Beringer radially-mounted Aerotec calipers
Rear Brakes: 1 x 240 mm cross-drilled Aeronal stainless steel disc with two-piston Beringer caliper
Top Speed: Over 160mph
Front Suspension: 27 degree rake, 4 inch (101.6 mm) trail, Double-wishbone parallelogram CNC 6061 aluminum fork with tubular aluminum struts and direct-action, Racetech mono-shock fully-adjustable for high and low speed compression and rebound damping, and offering 4.35 inch (110.5 mm) wheel travel
Rear Suspension: CNC Aluminum swing-arm with cantilever Racetech mono-shock rear suspension, offering fully adjustable two-speed compression and rebound damping, and 5.50 inch (140 mm) wheel travel
Wheels: 19 inch BST carbon front wheel, 17 inch BST carbon disc rear wheel
Tires: Pirelli Diablo Rosso III 120/70ZR19 front, 240/45ZR17 rear
Dimensions: 62.5 in. wheelbase, 29.5 in. seat height, 560 lb (wet)
Oil Capacity: 5.28 Quarts (5 Liters)
Fuel Capacity: 4.5 US gallons (17 Liters)
Price: Raw Machined $155,000 USD MSRP (anodized black Knight Wraith $165,000 USD)

About Combat Motorcycles:
Continuing a 30-year tradition of designing and crafting America’s most iconic, heirloom quality motorcycles, Combat Motors aims to represent the motoring purist. Combat Motors currently manufactures the F-117 Fighter, P-51 Combat Fighter, the FA-13 Combat Bomber and the all new Combat Wraith by hand in its facility in Birmingham, Alabama.

For more information, please visit www.combatmotors.com.

Sportster Futures

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Earlier this year we heard that Harley was going to cancel the Sportster line. We also started a suggestion box for the factory’s success. Of course, one of our first and most supported recommendations included retaining the Sportster line.

I went so far as to recommend the Sportster line become the builder’s line and make the models user and hands- on friendly. They could work with the aftermarket on custom and performance product lines and teach owners how to work on, service and customize their Sportsters.

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Harley-Davidson Has Missed the Mark in Electric Transportation

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by Travis Hoium from https://www.fool.com

The company can’t get over its past success.

The iconic Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) brand is in trouble. The company has seen revenue fall for a half-decade, and earnings have evaporated. Strategies to get into electric motorcycles have largely failed, and the core business doesn’t show any signs of a turnaround.

Despite all of these challenges, Harley-Davidson stock is up 82% over the past year, and investors seem optimistic about a turnaround. But there’s good reason to think that won’t happen for this leisure stock.

Harley-Davidson’s motorcycle market is shrinking

One thing is clear: Harley-Davidson’s market is getting smaller as the culture that brought the company to industry dominance diminishes. The customer base is aging, younger consumers are no longer interested in the look or sound of Harley-Davidsons, and growing markets adjacent to the motorcycle market have been difficult for the brand to enter.

The biggest challenge is that Harley-Davidson was always a culture brand, and that’s what made it so powerful for decades. It wasn’t just motorcycles — it was people’s apparel, the sound the bikes made, and long rides on the open road. As more people move to urban markets and look for less disruptive means of transportation, the culture looks out of date.

Going electric isn’t enough

Harley-Davidson hasn’t been completely surprised by the industry’s changes — it saw the electric vehicle market coming to motorcycles. But it miscalculated what kind of products consumers want and where its brand can connect. The current LiveWire products are a similar form factor to traditional motorcycles, but that’s not where consumers are trending.

Electric scooters are really where the growth has been, with Statista estimating that about 50 million electric scooters and bicycles were sold in 2020. Grand View Research estimates the electric scooter market will grow from $20 billion in 2020 to $42 billion in 2030. This is where the growth is, and Harley-Davidson is essentially absent. If it’s looking to attract younger customers, scooters would have been a great way to grow the business.

Just getting into electric mobility isn’t enough — companies have to make the right products and have the right brands. Harley-Davidson is neither, meaning it is missing out on a huge growth market that’s adjacent to its core products.

No easy answers

Management has tried to lay out a turnaround strategy. They want to get into used motorcycle sales, and expand the lineup of electric motorcycles and bicycles. But used bikes are just an easy revenue grab, and there’s no indication that Harley-Davidson will build significant market share in smaller electric mobility products.

The future is looking dimmer by the day for Harley-Davidson. Sometimes an iconic brand like this simply sees the world pass it by.

Is Harley Bringing Back The Nightster As A Custom 1250 Variant?

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by Dustin Wheelen from https://www.rideapart.com

Harley-Davidson has kept its plans for the Sportster lineup under wraps for a few years now. Despite discontinuing the platform in Europe due to Euro 5 emissions standards and unveiling the Custom 1250 concept in 2018, the brand hasn’t officially announced the incoming model as the Sportster’s replacement. While the Motor Company has held its cards close to the chest up to this point, a trademark for the Nightster name might just be showing Harley’s hand.

Originally released in 2007, the Nightster was previously a 1200cc Sportster variant. Featuring a bobber stance and styling, the trim appealed to cruiser riders looking for a stripped-down experience. By 2013, Harley discontinued the Nightster with variants like the Forty-Eight and Iron 883 carrying on the bobber aesthetics for the range. The company let its trademark rights laps on the Nightster name since, but a March 2, 2021, filing could put the title back at the bar and shield’s disposal (barring objections).

The trademark submission hints at future plans for its Custom 1250 platform. With its entry-level model missing from numerous markets around the world, the Motor Company needs a fill-in for the long-in-the-tooth Sportster stat. Many see Custom 1250 as the perfect substitute for the air-cooled relic and it currently has a trove of Sportster monikers on demand.

Harley already trademarked the 48X name when it secured rights to the Pan America and Bronx back in December, 2017. By applying for the Nightster trademark, Harley would have old, new, and current names on tap for the Custom 1250 production model. The fact that the company plans to use the name for “motorcycles and structural parts therefor” also solidifies its intentions for the Nightster revival. Whether or not Sportster name comes along with it is still the big question.

Triumph Rocket 3 Gets Two Limited Edition Models

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by Daniel Patrascu from https://www.autoevolution.com

In the early months of 2019, Triumph’s Rocket 3 family got its last special edition. It was called TFC, and the 750 units included in the run quickly sold out. About two years later, the British motorcycle maker finally cooked up something else in its laboratories.

Triumph announced this week not one but two limited edition models, the Rocket 3 R Black and Rocket 3 GT Triple Black. Only 1,000 units of each will be made and sold globally, complete with a unique certificate of authenticity.

Now, technically speaking, aside from the color on the bikes and a few other modifications, the two share pretty much everything else.
Powering them both is the 2,500 cc triple engine, the “largest production motorcycle engine in the world,” as Triumph never fails to mention. It is rated in both applications at 165 hp, which a bit lower than the 180 hp developed by the TFC, and 221 Nm (163 lb-ft) of torque, which is also slightly less than the 225 Nm (166 lb-ft) of the 2019 limited edition.

But that shouldn’t matter all that much, given how the Rocket 3 remains one of the meanest bikes out there. In this particular case, it even looks a hell of a lot meaner thanks to the tons of black used on the engine, body, and pretty much everything else.

As said, differentiating the two pretty much boils down to the type of black used. The R Black uses it aggressively all over, while the GT Triple Black comes in a distinctive three-shades paint scheme.

The two limited editions come with an 18-liter fuel tank, cast wheels, Brembo Stylema monobloc brakes, adjustable Showa forks, and the bike maker’s TFT system with My Triumph connectivity, among other goodies.

For now, the British bike maker did not say when the dark Rocket 3s will be available, nor did it make any mention of price.

Here’s what’s new in the Limited Edition Models
by Pradeep Shah from https://www.financialexpress.com

Each unit comes with a certificate of authenticity along with a specific VIN number.

In order to be precise, while the new Rocket 3 R Black gets an aggressive all-black colour scheme, the new Rocket 3 GT Triple Black comes with a distinctive three-shade paint scheme. Moreover, you get premium looking carbon-fibre mudguard and bits like engine, exhaust headers, heat shields have also been finished in black. In addition, you get crinkle black powder-coated intake cover along with new black painted headlight bezels, fly screen finishers, radiator cowls, seat finishers and rear body finishers. Not only this, but the list includes new black anodised components, rear frame forging, brake and clutch levers, yokes, risers and handlebar clamps, RSU rocker, swingarm guard, side stand, rider footrest, brake and gear pedals, yokes, risers, heel guards along with pillion footrests and hangers. Also, there are premium black anodised bar-end mirrors on offer too. That’s a lot of black, isn’t it?

In terms of tech, the new limited editions won’t disappoint you as these get optimised cornering ABS and traction control as standard. Moreover, you get four riding modes namely Road, Rain, Sport and there is a rider-configurable mode as well. A fully coloured TFT display is on offer that is pre-enabled to accessory fit the My Triumph connectivity system. Other noteworthy features on the limited editions include all-LED lighting, hill hold control, cruise control, keyless ignition, keyless steering lock, USB charging socket and all these come as standard. Moreover, there are heated grips on offer with the Rocket 3 GT. The seat on the Triumph Rocket 3 R Black is set at 773mm whilst on the GT Triple Black, the seat height is 750mm.

The Official Harley-Davidson Suggestion Box

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We Want the Freedom Machine to Succeed

The Future of Harley-Davidson – The Freedom Machine must live on into the Future.

We are reaching out to readers for their suggestions for the future success of Harley-Davidson. We will collect notes and suggestions from brothers and sisters until we build a solid list of suggestions. Then we can share them with the factory.

Let’s try to stay positive, no complaints about the factory or their newest models.

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Which Three-Wheeler Fits Your Style?

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We offer a brief history of the Three-wheeled vehicle, and take a guess at the lifestyle each fits best.

In 2007, BRP put its three-wheeled Can-Am Spyder on the market and sold 2500 units in the U.S. By 2015, it had sold 1 million units globally. In 2017, it estimated the U.S. three-wheel industry to be good for approximately 40,000 sales a year, and that industry includes competition from historic names like Harley-Davidson and Morgan. Some bikers scoff at the three-legged mechanical portmanteau called an autocycle, but they’re here to stay; in 2020, BRP more than doubled its 2019 volume in the U.S.

Maybe you’re considering joining the growing crowd but aren’t sure which saddle to throw a leg over, here is a brief history of three-wheelers and the people who love them.

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Erik Buell Says He’s Not Involved in the Buell Motorcycles Revival

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by Daniel Patrascu from https://www.autoevolution.com

Last week’s announcement of the Buell Motorcycles revival caused a lot of emotion. Although mostly out from the public eye for quite some time now, the name is still entrenched enough in the public consciousness to hint that, had it not been for Harley-Davidson’s poor choices a decade ago, would have been a big player in the industry by now.

The revival of the moniker is fueled by the company holding control over it, Liquid Asset Partners (LAP). The comeback was announced by LAP’s Bill Melvin, who hinted at the revival and a flood of no fewer than ten models over the next three years. Those are said to range from dirt to touring bikes, and from dual-sport to cruisers. There’s possibly even an electric two-wheeler in the cards.

The official announcement left out any indication of Buell’s founder, Erik Buell, being involved in this. That led to speculation in some circles that the former Harley-Davidson employee might have a role to play. He doesn’t, of course, and made that perfectly clear in an email sent over to Road Racing World.

Buell Motorcycles was born in 1983 in Michigan, and by the 1990s, it was already beginning to become part of Harley-Davidson. As usual, the Milwaukee monster messed up a lot over the following decade, and in 2009 it killed Buell as a brand. Erik calls this outcome the result of unwise choices made by Harley’s executives.

Having lost Buell, the man moved on to create Erik Buell Racing, but for various reasons, that business failed too, and it eventually crossed over to LAP.

Presently, Erik Buell is involved in a company called FUELL, in the business of making electric “urban mobility solution for cities.” He says he has nothing to do with LAP’s announcement and is no longer involved with neither EBR nor Buell Motorcycles.

Triumph Motorcycles Announces New 2022 Bonneville Family

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from https://motorcycles.einnews.com

Triumph Motorcycles’ legendary modern classic motorcycle family has been evolved, with a host of significant updates across the line-up, including enhanced performance, capability, and style.From the timeless classic Bonneville T120, T120 Black, and T100, to the stylish and contemporary custom Street Twin and new Street Twin Gold Line limited edition, the laid-back Bonneville Speedmaster cruiser and the pure custom Bonneville Bobber, each one has been beautifully evolved.

With a peerless bloodline that goes back to the iconic first 1959 Triumph Bonneville, the updated 2021 modern classic Bonneville family encompasses the legendary spectrum of British designed motorcycle icons, from the original Bonneville T120, T120 Black and T100, to the custom inspired Street Twin and limited-edition Street Twin Gold Line edition, the classic Bonneville Speedmaster cruiser and the stunning Bonneville Bobber.

Each one was born from Triumph’s advanced R&D facility in Hinckley, where the dedicated UK design team creates, engineers, and prototypes every motorcycle. Each one is crafted to maintain all of their legendary design DNA and to deliver the truly modern capability that lives up to Triumph’s world-leading reputation for premium quality and ride.

Joining the Thruxton RS, launched last year to international acclaim, the new Bonneville line-up will be enhanced further still in April 2021, with the official reveal of the new generation Scrambler 1200 and Street Scrambler, when full details will be released.

NEW 2022 BONNEVILLE T120 AND T120 BLACK
Timeless. Capable. Beautiful.

The definitive British motorcycle icon takes its torque-rich 1200cc twin performance, sophisticated setup and beautiful Bonneville DNA and significantly upgrades it, delivering a new benchmark for timeless character and easy riding capability. With a significantly enhanced handling set-up, courtesy of a significant 15.5lb weight savings, new lightweight aluminum wheel rims, and new higher specification Brembo brakes, plus new rider technology, including cruise control and enhanced riding modes and even more responsive throttle, the Bonneville legend continues.

Available in North America starting May 2021 for $12,050 USD

New 2022 Bonneville T120 and T120 Black    

ENHANCED PERFORMANCE

  • 1200cc High Torque twin engine
  • More responsive and lower emissions
  • ENHANCED HANDLING
  • 15.5lbs (7kg) lighter
  • New lightweight aluminum wheel rims
  • New higher-specification Brembo brakes and twin discs
  • More dynamic, agile, and neutral ride
  • ENHANCED TECHNOLOGY
  • New cruise control fitted as standard
  • Enhanced road and rain riding modes
  • ENHANCED STYLE AND DETAILING
  • New instrument face and branding
  • 116 ACCESSORIES

NEW 2022 BONNEVILLE T100
Classic. Capable. Beautiful.

The perfect introduction to the iconic Bonneville family, the latest generation of Triumph’s authentic and original T100 incorporates its torque-rich and thrilling performance, confidence-inspiring handling and timeless Bonneville style with a significant upgrade to the latest 900cc High Torque twin engine delivering 10HP more power and lower emissions. Add to that a lighter overall weight, higher specification brakes and suspension, the latest rider technology and sophisticated new detailing, and you get an even more beautiful and refined T100 ride.

Available in North America starting March 2021 for $10,500 USD

New 2022 Bonneville T100  

ENHANCED PERFORMANCE

  • 10HP more power, 64HP @ 7,400 rpm and 59 LB-FT @ 3,750 RPM
  • More responsive and 500rpm higher redline
  • 900cc High Torque twin engine
  • More responsive and lower emissions
  • ENHANCED HANDLING
  • 9lbs lighter
  • New cartridge forks
  • New higher specification Brembo front brake
  • ENHANCED STYLE AND DETAILING
  • New instrument face
  • New black powder-coated engine covers and cam cover
  • 117 ACCESSORIES

NEW 2022 STREET TWIN.
Fun. Stylish. Capable.

The latest generation of Triumph’s best-selling modern classic delivers all of the Street Twin’s torque-rich and thrilling performance, confidence-inspiring handling and contemporary custom style, and enhances it with the latest 900cc High Torque twin engine for lower emissions.  With an even more comfortable bench seat and a host of new, refined details and finishes, plus an extensive range of 120 Genuine Accessories, the beautiful and easy handling Street Twin is the perfect modern classic ride for new and experienced motorcyclists alike.

Available in North America starting March 2021 for $9,400 USD

New 2022 Street Twin    

ENHANCED PERFORMANCE

  • 900cc High Torque twin engine
  • Lower emissions
  • ENHANCED COMFORT AND STYLE
  • New deeper foam, more comfortable bench seat
  • New cast wheels with machined detailing
  • New bodywork and brushed aluminum detailing
  • HIGH SPECIFICATION FOR A CONFIDENCE-INSPIRING RIDE
  • Light and agile, with a low 30in seat height
  • Brembo front brake caliper
  • Two Riding Modes, LED rear light*, ABS, and switchable traction control
  • 120 ACCESSORIES

NEW 2022 STREET TWIN GOLD LINE LIMITED EDITION
Beautiful. Desirable. Exclusive.

This exquisite hand-detailed custom edition of the 2022 Street Twin delivers all of the new generation updates and celebrates the timeless classic Triumph logo and hand-painted, gold lining skills of Triumph’s expert paint shop. There are only 1000 of these beautiful motorcycles worldwide, each one coming with a certificate of authenticity personalized with the unique VIN number of the bike, making these even more exclusive.

Available in North America starting June 2021 for $10,150 USD

New 2022 Street Twin Gold Line Limited Edition

LIMITED EDITION OF 1000

  • Certificate of authenticity
  • HAND-DETAILED CUSTOM SPECIAL
  • Showcasing the gold lining skills of Triumph’s expert paint shop
  • Unique Matt Sapphire Black paint scheme with hand-painted gold detailing
  • ALL OF THE NEW 2021 STREET TWIN UPDATES
  • Enhanced performance and lower emissions
  • Enhanced comfort and style, including new bench seat, cast wheels, and bodywork 

NEW 2022 BONNEVILLE SPEEDMASTER
Beautiful. Capable. Comfortable.

The perfect laid-back, long-distance ride, the latest generation of Triumph’s classic British custom delivers all of the Speedmaster’s all-day capability and sophisticated style, and significantly upgrades it with enhanced engine performance, higher specification equipment and more premium detailing. With 79 accessories, including luggage, the new generation promises an even more comfortable, stylish and refined ride.

Available in North America starting March 2021 for $13,150 USD

New 2022 Bonneville Speedmaster    

ENHANCED PERFORMANCE

  • 1200cc High Torque twin engine
  • More responsive and lower emissions
  • ENHANCED HANDLING
  • Higher specification Showa 47mm cartridge forks
  • Improved rider and passenger comfort
  • ENHANCED STYLE AND DETAILING
  • New instrument face
  • 79 ACCESSORIES

NEW 2022 BONNEVILLE BOBBER
Pure. Brutal. Beauty.

As stunning to look at as it is thrilling to ride, the latest generation of Triumph’s stripped-back, elegant custom classic has all of the previous generation Bobber’s peerless authenticity and engineering innovation and adds all of the Bobber Black’s category-defining capability, for a new Bobber that delivers the best of both worlds. Significant updates include enhanced engine performance for an even more responsive and thrilling ride, higher specification technology and equipment, and an all-new blacked-out, chunkier style. With a range of 77 genuine Triumph accessories on offer, including an alternative high bar set-up, luggage and choice of seating options, and its class leading adjustable seating and foot peg position, the Bobber has been designed for riders to adapt to suit them and their style.

Available in North America starting March 2021 for $13,150 USD

New 2022 Bonneville Bobber    

ENHANCED PERFORMANCE

  • 1200cc High Torque twin engine
  • More responsive with reduced inertia
  • Lower emissions
  • ENHANCED CAPABILITY
  • New larger 3gal fuel tank
  • Higher specification Brembo brakes and Showa forks
  • New 16in fat front wheel
  • NEW BLACKED-OUT STYLE AND DETAILING
  • New black powder-coated engine, cam, and sprocket covers
  • New instrument styling
  • 77 ACCESSORIES

NEW 2022 TRIUMPH SCRAMBLERS.
Coming soon.

Full details of the new 2022 Scrambler 1200 XC and XE will be revealed on the April 13th, 2021.

Full details of the new 2022 New Street Scrambler will be revealed on the April 20th, 2021.