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.
The Buell riding experience embodies radical designs and intuitive performance that rewards uncompromising riders. From the race track to the back road, a Buell motorcycle will take any path necessary to put its rider out front because Buell believes a deep bond between rider and machine is the essence of motorcycling.
Tommy Gun Exhaust
The 2010 Wide Glide is a new Harley-Davidson Dyna model done up old-school chopper style – a low, stretched-out custom with forward foot controls that give its rider a real fists-in-the-wind profile. Its name-sake wide front end, black-wire sissy bar and available orange-to-yellow fade flames paint scheme might be hits from the bike-builder archives, but the LED stop/turn/tail light combo is new technology that keeps its chopped rear fender clean and uncluttered. The new Wide Glide is also priced to be a great value – call it affordable attitude.
Four CVO Motorcycles
Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) will create four extraordinary motorcycle models for 2010, each an uninhibited expression of American motorcycle performance and style. Now in its 11th year, the mission of the Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) program is to design and build limited-production, factory-custom motorcycles for customers who appreciate brilliant chrome, exquisite paint, thundering power and the exclusivity of owning and riding a very special motorcycle.
Chopped & Stretched Motorcycle
Beginning with the CM series over 30 years ago, Honda’s custom motorcycles have been defined by their adherence to corporate ergonomic, handling and performance standards. As a result, most Honda cruiser offerings through the years have had the zingy taste of vanilla. Flawlessly prepared vanilla, to be sure, but vanilla, nonetheless.
Hard "Core" Concept Custom.
"CORE is pure motorcycle," says Polaris Lead Industrial Designer Michael Song, who participated in the design of the radical Vision Street and Vision Tour motorcycle for Victory. "We wanted to strip everything not critical and build a motorcycle that uses some of the production technologies we have incorporated into the Victory Vision. The frame and engine architecture of the Victory Vision was our inspiration, but we wanted to make a statement beyond ‘custom’ and create something completely unique."
Transcribing the spare lines of classic hardtails into the modern era is a feat of engineering prestidigitation. Harley-Davidson began concealing rear suspension with its Softail design in 1984. Now, Motor Company designers have masterfully crafted—without the ruinous chiropractic implications a hardtail custom chopper hallucination in the new slammed and stretched Rocker.
Google "Hayabusa custom", and 12,000 hits will be your reward. Given the well-tilled condition of that particular soil, how would you craft a revolutionary take on the Suzuki racer that would blow the mind and scorch the eyeballs of even the most jaded Custom Sportbike fiend? If you were McCoy Motorsports of Pikeville, Ky., you’d take six months, spend a quarter-of-a-million dollars and hand-build this mandible melting Suzuki Hayabusa Twin-Turbo Phoenix. (Click image to enlarge)
The venerable P-51 Mustang fighter plane represents one of the most strikingly recognizable physiques in aviation. The single-seat warbird that played a crucial role in WWII has been honored in countless films and written histories. When Tom Hicks of Southern California Motorcycles decided to commemorate the Air Force’s winged horse with a tribute bike, he didn’t have far to look for inspiration.