Since Ducati’s announcement of its entry into the cruiser class – the Diavel – we’ve waited with intrigue and a healthy dose of skepticism to see what their engineers would actually come up with.
At first blush the idea would seem to be at odds with Ducati’s brand credo: high performance at all costs.
2011 Harley Motorcycles
A wide front end and chunky 16-inch tire give the new 2011 Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom a proud stance that’s strong and contemporary.
Introduced as a mid-year addition to the 2011 Harley-Davidson model line-up, the 1200 Custom also features new wheels, a pull-back handlebar, and a reshaped LED tail lamp.
Cold Weather Motorcycling
Santa Claus is very busy now: To spare his reindeers and to get to all the kids around the globe in time he has picked up a new extremely fast official vehicle at Warm Up in Aalen, Germany. Father Christmas is now riding the up to 280 hp / 206 kW powerful and 320 km/h fast Asphaltfighters Stormbringer (The world’s fastest street legal motorcycle?).
Of course the German custom bike builders and their technology partners adapted the high performance motorcycle to the demands of the man with the long white beard and the red coat.
FLHTCUSE5 CVO Review
The enduring Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide asks the question, "What do you get the bike that has everything?" Already stuffed to the topcase with amenities, the 2010 Harley-Davidson CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide finds room for a few more, like the wraparound LED Brake/taillight bar and the lambent LED pods mounted in the saddlebags.
2010 Versys Preview
The Kawasaki Versys debut just a few years ago. For 2010 the Kawasaki Versys has been updated with fresh new bodywork to showcase the Versys’ steel trellis frame, gull-wing swingarm and compact engine, with a newly sculpted shape that shows off the motorcycles dynamic flexibility and strength. The new dual-beam headlight leads the way, with a bigger, three-way adjustable windscreen atop it that gives more options to more riders.
BMW Concept 6
Six-cylinder power units have always had particular appeal, offering not only supreme smoothness and refinement, but also superior power and performance as well as a truly emotional driving – or, in this case, riding – experience. A further point is that the typical sound of a straight-six almost like a turbine is absolutely incomparable, with straight-six power units at BMW having stood for fascinating engine technology in BMW cars for more than seven decades.
Husky Supermoto 630
Development of the 2010 Husqvarna SM 630 began with a total redesign of both frame and engine. Next came completely new bodywork for an elegant and streamlined yet aggressive look. The gas tank, side panels, and front and rear fenders are all new as is the seat which now has double-depth foam that provides rider and passenger with increased comfort for medium and long rides. And speaking of passengers: two specially designed handles on the saddle frame increase confidence and comfort.
Husky Supermoto 450 and 510
Reflecting upon experience gained from wins in world supermoto competition the 2010 Husqvarna SMR 450 and SMR 510 models have undergone some radical changes. With a goal of making both models lighter and easier to handle, Husqvarna engineers concentrated first on Supermoto frame development. A completely new frame design increased new levels of rigidity and settings for managing power output and handling optimization. Riders now enjoy much better feel overall and frames are an entire kilo lighter or 2.2 lbs lighter than before.
Ducati LED Indicators
Upgrading your Ducati Monster’s turn signals with light-emitting diode (LED) indicators provides more than meets the eye. Early LEDs emitted low-intensity red light, but if you have not noticed modern LEDs are available across the visible spectrum and with very high brightness. As well, modern LEDs have other benefits including; lower energy consumption, longer life, better shock resistance, smaller size and faster switching.
After a six-year leave from the highway, Kawasaki is reentering the full-dress touring market with the technologically forward, nostalgically styled, 2009 Voyager. Kawasaki is touting their new Vulcan 1700 series as a bellwether for the company’s future in the cruiser segment, and the reimagined Voyager has been commissioned as their cruise line’s luxe flagship.