Harley-Davidson CVO Electra Glide
Honda Gold Wing
Several years ago, the motorcycling ether was finely misted with intriguing rumors of a man in Oregon embarking on the daunting task of creating a new American motorcycle. Industry press and curious enthusiasts ruminated on what the machine might be.
With motocrossers' designs in a maturation phase, the big changes in the dirt are happening off the closed courses. These three bikes reflect that reality.
As dated as the air-cooled boxer twin motor may seem to the unconverted, BMW certainly feels there's a bit more that can be squeezed out of the configuration it debuted in the 1920s, even as we settle into the 21st century. Certainly, no one can argue that BMW hasn't successfully updated the concept. As tuned for the new R 1200 R upright Roadster, the flat twin now boasts four valves per cylinder, electronic fuel injection and 1170cc.
Moto Guzzi is once more taking the plunge into the fully faired sport touring market with the new Norge 1200. Powered by Guzzi's traditional transversely mounted air-cooled, two-valve, pushrod motor, the 1133cc Norge is a grand touring bike, with the expected accoutrements—a 6-speed transmission with shaft drive, 6-gallon fuel tank, electronically adjustable windshield, ABS and dual saddlebags.
Twenty-three years after Buell sold its first motorcycle—the single-purpose Formula One RW750 two-stroke road-racer—the 100,000th bike has rolled off its East Troy, Wis., assembly line. In contrast to the RW750, the milestone bike was the do-it-all Ulysses XB12X adventure bike. Buell has also announced the release of a new model, the Lightning Super TT XB12STT.
Over 300 women participated in demo rides at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway as part of the fifth edition of Femmoto, an annual women-only event. Available for test rides were a selection of machines from Buell, Kawasaki, Ducati, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi and Kymco. Although most of the riding was on the track, Kawasaki sponsored a dirt school and Aprilia let women loose on a supermoto course. Femmoto raised over $10,000 for the Susan G.