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BMW’s CEO Says Electric Motorcycles Aren’t Ready

BMW’s CEO Says Electric Motorcycles Aren’t Ready to Compete With Gas Ones “Not now, maybe later.” BMW Motorrad’s new CEO Markus Flasch, who recently took over from Markus Schramm has shelved the company’s full-size EV superbike, the Vision DC Roadster, as well as made some interesting comments about the future of electric motorcycles at BMW at the premiere of the R 20 Concept at Ville d’Este. “There’s a logical and an emotional side of the answer,” Flasch says, adding, “The logic side is when we looked at the facts and figures of the [Vision DC Roadster], it was pretty mature in its development. But it was just not competitive with something like the M 1000 RR by far.” “And then we looked at the way the business is going, as well as competitors, we have 77-percent of the total electric bike market [covered] with our CE 04 and CE 02 electric scooters. So why would I invest BMW’s money to build a motorbike to sneak into the remaining 23 percent?,” the CEO said, furthering, “There’s just no point in it. Not now, maybe later.” Flasch went even further, adding, “And then the emotional part is if you talk to riders, I did not find anyone who said ‘I would spend 30,000 Euros on an electric motorbike to go around the lake or up the mountain pass.’ No one. And for sure, nobody would say ‘I’m traveling to the North Cape through Africa.’” “Motorcycling is so much about freedom and independence that there is no point right now [for an EV].” That’s a bold and blunt statement from the CEO of one of the world’s foremost automotive company. While Toyota big boss got “CANCELLED” by Media and Wall Street investors for speaking the truth about Electric Vehicles and their futility, the […]

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Aprilia to compete with Enfields?

There might be an Aprilia model to compete with Royal Enfield Classic 350 which is a top-selling model in its class since launch. A new test mule has been spotted in Europe and it has a similar engine casing as the RS 457. It also features old-school styling and body parts that indicates that the world is finally noticing the timeless appeal (and profits) of Enfield models which have built a nice empire in mid-capacity motorcycles for over a decade now. A new retro-styled test bike is getting testes around Europe which on close scrutiny of spied photos suggests it is an Aprilia. Multiple aspects convince eager enthusiasts to claim it is an upcoming Aprilia motorcycle. Engine casing visible on the right hand side is similar to the RS 457’s unit. This test model’s motor appears to be larger in the images. It has a larger exhaust also. But there are many features giving it an appearance of RS 457. However, the design is not very impressive so this would have to be a very early prototype. The aesthetics of its headlight, tank shrouds, and the tail section, seem as if they were all assembled by a local garage shop. A retrofitted model is not exactly a test mule so the mystery is intriguing indeed. RS 457 uses a 457cc, twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine with 47.6bhp and 43.5Nm linked to a six-speed gearbox. It has a slipper clutch. Aprilia may carry these forward with different tuning. A slim USD front forks, dual rear shocks, and single disc at both ends are possible indications as well. Its alloy wheels and TVS tyres seem to be borrowed from the RS. It could take any amount of time before Aprilia debuts this retro-styled motorcycle in production form. The current iteration of RS 457 has

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Friggin’ Economies of Scale

by Ujjwal Dey with images & illustrations by Wayfarer In Harley-Davidson’s desperate search for volume sales, Will there be a smaller Harley-Davidson X210 in India? X440 is already the smallest engine – perhaps too small of an engine – to be considered a ‘real’ Harley for those who can actually afford to buy it. A rumoured Harley X210 may share the same design elements as the current X440. The smaller H-D is rumoured to be powered by the same 210cc single-cylinder engine found in the Hero Karizma XMR. Have a look at this editorial story giving you the background and the ground zero of Harley-Davidson’s new speculated adventure. Click Here to read this article, only on Bikernet.com * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * To Stay updated on all Motorcycle News and Events…simply Click & Subscribe to Bikernet’s FREE Weekly Newsletter

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Harley-Davidson Unveils The X 350 In China

from inputs by Enrico Punsalang from https://www.rideapart.com The first QJ Motor-built Harley-Davidson machine is ready to hit the road. Harley-Davidson has confirmed rumors and revealed 2023 X 350 in China. It goes without saying that the X 350 is a bike that marks a new milestone for Harley’s history. It’s their first foray into the sub-500cc segment in the modern era and the first two-wheeler to be crafted by their Chinese partner, QJ Motor. Retro flair is prominent by the round instrument console, mirrors, and headlight shape, while the aerodynamic and brawny radiator shrouds, as well as the flat-track-inspired tail section, exude a distinctive charm. Interestingly, unlike Harley’s traditional cruisers, the X 350 is entirely devoid of chrome, further adding to its unconventional, surprisingly sporty appeal. It has mid-controls, a low handlebar, and a tall 32-inch seat height that puts the rider in a more neutral position instead of the usual foot-forward, laid-back posture. A basic digital-analog instrument cluster reflects the fact that this bike was designed with a budget in mind. H-D X350 is powered by a 353cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine borrowed from previous models in QJ Motor’s lineup. Producing 36 horsepower and 22.8 pound-feet of torque, the chain drive is matched with a six-speed manual gearbox. Its recognizable fuel tank stores 13.5 liters. Keep in mind that this motorcycle is exclusive to China and costs approximately $4,793. This is less than comparable motorcycles in the 300 to 400 cc category. However, the X500 may be aimed at beginner market in USA and would be based on Benelli Leoncino. (Benelli being owned by QJ). It is expected that the Harley-Davidson will launch the X500 first in China and other Asian markets before bringing it home to USA and probably to Europe as well. * * * * * *

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Extremely Rare 1908 Harley Strap Tank Auctioned for $850,000

by Janaki Jitchotvisut from https://www.rideapart.com It’s one of the finest examples of this model known to still exist in 2023. When you’re talking about highly collectible motorcycles, there are a few makes that consistently come up. Vincent. Brough Superior. Henderson. Occasionally, a rarity among rarities makes its way to the auction block, such as a Crocker Big Twin, or, if you’re really lucky, a Harley-Davidson Strap Tank. The latter extremely rare machine is what just took the honor of the top-selling bike at the 2023 Mecum Las Vegas auction, and one of the coolest things about it is that it’s lived in Wisconsin for its entire life. As you can see in the video, as the bid amount quickly increased into the high six figure range, it still hadn’t met reserve. When it got to $850,000, the seller decided to lift the reserve—and indeed, that’s the selling price at which this pristine, beautifully restored, 1908 Harley-Davidson Strap Tank crossed the stage. Under Mecum’s listing of its top ten bikes from this auction, it gives the total price (including all applicable fees) as $935,000. For those unfamiliar, the Strap Tank is most definitely one of the most important models in Harley history—if not the most important. This model is what evolved from William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson’s initial shed builds, and was the first model to roll out of the Chestnut Street—later Juneau Avenue—factory. It quickly established a reputation for the brand’s builds that endured through the decades. As the story goes, 150 Strap Tanks rolled out of the factory in 1907, increasing to 450 in 1908. Of those 450 bikes produced in 1908, fewer than a dozen are thought to still exist in 2023—and far fewer in as correct a condition as this one. What makes this particular example

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A 1940 Indian Four sold for $89,000

This 1940 Indian Four is said to have been restored under prior ownership and was acquired by the selling dealer in 2016. The bike is finished in dark red over a black frame and powered by a numbers-matching 77ci inline-four paired with a hand-shifted three-speed transmission. Equipment includes a sprung leather solo saddle, a chrome luggage rack, a side stand, a foot-clutch, a leaf-spring front end, a four-into-one exhaust system, a chrome engine guard, plunger shocks, 18″ wire-spoke wheels, and center and side stands. This Model Four is offered by the selling dealer in Oregon with a clean Michigan title. It was sold on popular online automotive buy-sell auction website for Vintage and Classic vehicles: https://bringatrailer.com Essentials Seller: 911r Location: Portland, Oregon 97227 Listing Details Chassis: 440413 Engine: DD0413 305 Miles Shown, TMU Numbers-Matching 77ci Inline-Four Three-Speed Hand-Shifted Transmission Dark Red Paint Skirted Fenders Cognac Leather Sprung Seat Leaf-Spring Front End Plunger Shocks 18″ Wire-Spoke Wheels Four-Into-One Exhaust System Chrome Luggage Rack Private Party or Dealer: Dealer Additional charges from this dealer: USD $0 Lot #72267 SOLD FOR USD 89,000 on May 06, 2022. The bike was restored in dark red over a black frame under previous ownership. Equipment includes a side stand, a horn, footboards, skirted fenders, and sprung cognac leather solo saddle embellished with fringe and jeweled nailhead trim as well as a chrome luggage rack, engine guard, rear fender guard, frame guards, and center and side stands. Wire-spoke 18″ wheels wear Coker blackwall tires. Suspension consists of a leaf-spring fork in addition to dual plunger shocks mounted on either side of the rear axle. Braking is from drums at both ends. A chrome steering damper knob and cross-braced handlebar sit between the aluminum dash and polished headlight bucket. Instrumentation includes a 130-mph speedometer, an ammeter, a keyed

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Family tracks down late County deputy’s motorcycle, surprises his son

by Laura Browne from https://abc11.com/ Family tracks down late Person County deputy’s motorcycle, surprises his son with it ROXBORO, N.C. (WTVD) — Many motorcycles make long trips, but one motorcycle’s journey home took more than a decade. This special bike belonged to late Person County deputy Mike Currier, who died from an illness in December 2021. Currier used to take his son Austin on rides on his Harley-Davidson Fat Boy before he was forced to sell it during the difficult financial times of 2008. During the years that passed, the motorcycle came into the possession of several different owners until it was purchased by Currier’s good friend John Walker. During Currier’s hospitalization, Walker worked to track down the bike’s whereabouts with plans to surprise his friend upon his discharge from the hospital. Though Currier died, his motorcycle would not stay lost to his family. Currier’s family pitched in together to buy the long-lost bike back from Walker to surprise Currier’s son Austin, who just bought a new home. Tears of joy fell as the Harley-Davidson, an unforgettable housewarming gift, pulled into Austin’s driveway, finally making its way home. To Stay updated on all Motorcycle News and Events … – simply Click & Subscribe to Bikernet’s FREE Weekly Newsletter

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The UL File Is Now Open: Episode 1

Purchase, Pegs and Paint By Bandit with photos from the Redhead It all started in the center of an odd South Dakota winter, 2022 and a hunt for a running Knucklehead engine. I found myself talking to several knowledgeable brothers in the industry and the price for Knucklehead engines climbed spectacularly. Hell, shit, piss, way beyond spectacular. Steve Massicot at Paughco mentioned an old employee who needed funds and had a UL for sale. A complete bobber, although the running aspect was in question. I remembered George Christie’s classic flathead with fatbobs. We rode to the Yuma River run in the early ‘70s. As you know, I’m nuts and believe I can fix anything. Most bikers can, so I cut a deal, but UL Steve wanted cash…. READ This Tech & Rebuild Adventure – Step by Step – with Photos on Bikernet.com – Click Here as the Newest Feature Article on Custom Build Series comes Alive!!! CHECK OUT over 22 Motorcycle Building Projects in this Series at Bikernet.com BIKE BUILDS Section https://www.bikernet.com/pages/bike_builds.aspx

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KODLIN Universal License Plate & Sleek Lights For Touring Models

NEW PRODUCTS NOW AVAILABLE! KODLIN USA Universal License Plate & Sleek Lights For Touring Models SLEEK LIGHTS 3-1 FOR TOURING MODELS: • Super bright German engineered COB LEDs with run, turn and brake function • Housing made from CNC machined billet aluminum • Black or chrome finish • Replaces rubber antenna grommets when factory antenna is relocated or removed. • Comes with all necessary hardware for installation. • We recommend the use of the Kodlin Curved Touring License Plate Kit KUS20100 / KUS 20101 (check license plate fitment applications). • Sold in pairs! • Fits HD Street Glide 2006-2013 FLHX, 2014-Up FLHX/S; Road Glide 2009-2013 FLTRX, 2015 and-Up FLTRX/S and Road King Special 2017-Up FLHRXS K68496 Kodlin Sleek Lights 3-1 for Touring Models, Chrome K68495 Kodlin Sleek Lights 3-1 for Touring Models, Black Price: $249.99 UNIVERSAL LICENSE PLATE KIT FEATURES: ◦ Curved horizontal motorcycle license plate kit ◦ Frame is low profile aluminum construction ◦ Very bright white LED’s ◦ Frame dimensions: 7-3/16” length x 4-1/4” width, mounting hardware included ◦ Great addition to Kodlin Sleek 3-1 Rear Indicators ◦ Available in black or chrome finish ◦ Fits HD Street Glide 2013 FLHX, 2014-Up FLHX/FLHX/S; Road Glide 2013 FLTRX, 2015-Up FLTRX/S and Road King Special 2017-Up FLHRXS KUS20101 Kodlin Curved LED License Plate Kit, Chrome KUS20100 Kodlin Curved LED License Plate Kit, Black Price: $159.99 CONTACT: 408.228.4508 | WWW.KODLINUSA.COM | INFO@KODLINUSA.COM * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Sign up for Free Weekly Newsletter from Bikernet.com to stay updated on latest Motorcycle news, events, products, tech, tips, reviews, fun

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