Highland were just getting interesting There’s bad news from Highland Motorcycles, again. With interim chief operating officer J. Darin Long out the door, the company is suspending production while they raise funds to hire new leadership. Highland’s head office already took a heavy blow last July when a plane crash killed the company’s founder and … Continue reading Highland stops production
Coming soon in a diesel version? The Indian sub-continent seems to be a happening motorcycle scene these days, with Hero Honda reportedly on a quest to build their own diesel bike. Carblogindia.com reports that Hero Honda is talking with an engine manufacturer about outsourcing a 400cc powerplant for the diesel machines, with no word on … Continue reading Hero Honda Diesel?
What, no kickstarter? Don’t worry, it’s coming back in 2011. Royal Enfield? Developing new and bigger bikes? It sounds mad, but it’s true. Details are sketchy, but last week New Delhi TV reported the factory is working on a 750cc – 1000cc bike that will challenge Harley-Davidson’s foray into the Asian markets, as well as … Continue reading Bigger Royal Enfields!
Looks like it should be able to do the ton … Sometimes it’s hard being a Canadian motorcyclist. Japan always gets the coolest bikes from the factory, and Europe gets most of them, while here in North America, we simply have to be content with whatever trickles down at the end. Kawasaki’s new retro-themed W800 … Continue reading Kawi W800 Cafe Racers
Back-to-basics Blackline. Retro-cool. There’s a new Big Twin on the way from Milwaukee. The Harley-Davidson Blackline is a stripped-down, blacked-out Softail that best emulates the spirit of the original model by reverting to a 21-inch front and slimmed down, 140-mm, 16-inch rear tire. The frame gets a matte ‘black denim’ finish and there’s lots of … Continue reading Harley-Davidson Blackline – Updated
The fifties all over again. Seems the bare-bones-black bobber is the styling flavour of the month, as Victory introduces the High Ball. A matte black finish, ape-hanger handlebar, shorty front fender and 16-inch white walls mounted on black rims define this Wild Ones throwback. Victory didn’t skimp on the powertrain, using the ultra-torquey, long-stroke 106 … Continue reading Victory High Ball
XY400GY2 Euro Sport offers beginners another choice. We had originally reported on a trio of Xingyues coming to Canada in our 2009 New Model Buyer’s Guide but the original distribution network came apart and they never made it in any significant numbers. All that’s changed now with the announcement that Chinese scooter distributor Saga will … Continue reading Saga offers three 400s.
Could be a 10 month waiting list if you were trying to buy this in India. According to Bloomberg News, the anachronistic Indian motorcycle manufacturer is ramping production up to 100,000 units by the end of next year, and is hoping for a 27 per cent increase in sales in 2011, from 55,000 to 70,000. … Continue reading Enfield boosts production
Five-hundred watts of bass should have the Slammer bouncing. Three young designers working at Honda Research and Development Americas in Southern California had three months and a limited budget to come up with radical variations on Honda’s VT1300-series cruisers. The bikes had to be operational and retain key elements of the production machines. Designer Eric … Continue reading Honda Choppers
We’re assuming the rumoured new 125cc bike would feature slightly more contemporary styling than Triumph’s original starter bike. It can be tough to know who to believe in the case of Triumph’s rumoured new 125cc motorcycle that has apparently been sighted undergoing testing in Spain and England, according to Britain’s Visordown magazine. Exciting, yes? But … Continue reading Triumph denies 125cc