Caption that Whats it called Err

Caption that Whats it called Err

BMW eRR

HERE’S BMW’s new electric superbike with an S1000RR chassis. The name? Err. No, really, it’s the BMW eRR, an ‘experimental vehicle’ which was revealed yesterday at the same time as the G310 R

And we presume an actual human was paid to come up with that. 

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First glimpse of new Scrambler in latest Ducati teaser

First glimpse of new Scrambler in latest Ducati teaser

TEASER videos are often cryptic and self-indulgent, so this one makes a welcome change – because it at least shows us some bikes. Well, bits of them, anyway. 

We can make out what we think is the new Panigale 959 as well as the new belt-drive cruiser, both of which have been seen in spy shots.

And we can see a Scrambler. It might be only the tank and bars, but we see it’s orange, and not the yellowy ‘Orange Sunshine’ of the existing Scrambler. We’ve known a new Scrambler is on the way since Ducati launched a dedicated teaser campaign last month. An official Scrambler Facebook page now promises ‘You’ll see something on Friday.’ That’s tomorrow. 

Oh, and the teaser video above also shows us the firm’s Desmosedici GP15 MotoGP bike. Why? We don’t know.

Ducati has promised to show nine new models at its press conference in Milan next Monday, ahead of the Eicma motorcycle show.  

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Moto Guzzi V9 leaked

Moto Guzzi V9 leaked

PICTURES of a new Moto Guzzi V9 have appeared in this YouTube video ahead of the Italian marque’s 2016 range debut at the Eicma motorcycle show in Milan next Tuesday. 

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Moto Guzzi V9 revealed

Moto Guzzi V9 revealed

PICTURES of a new Moto Guzzi V9 have appeared in this YouTube video ahead of the Italian marque’s 2016 range debut at the Eicma motorcycle show in Milan next Tuesday. 

The images in the video apppear silimar to a teaser picture which has been added to Moto Guzzi’s website, with the message: ‘V9. Authentic soul. Find out more at Eicma.’ See the teaser picture below, along with a still from the video.

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This is why America loves HarleyDavidson

This is why America loves HarleyDavidson

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HARLEY-DAVIDSON might be a divisive firm for bike lovers – inspiring irrational hatred from some quarters and undying passion from others – but its new decision to offer free rider training to all members of the US military throughout 2016 is a masterstroke when it comes to reinforcing the link between the Stars and Stripes and H-D.

The firm will offer its own Riding Academy training to all current and former members of the American military from January 1 to December 31 next year. Those who apply during the year but then get posted abroad can postpone their training until 2017. Better still, the firm says that if its own Riding Academy isn’t available in a particular area, it will reimburse the cost of attending a certified motorcycle safety program. That, surely, is above and beyond the call of duty.

In recent years there’s been a noticeable upturn in motorcycle crashes and injuries among American military personnel; many buy bikes on their return from active duty abroad and, with little mandatory motorcycle training needed in America and no limits to size or performance once a licence is obtained, accidents aren’t uncommon. In 2013, an investigation into the previous 13 years by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Centre showed that motorcycle crashes had taken the lives of 1,134 members of the US Armed Forces between 1999 and 2012, more than 25% of the entire road-related death toll for the same group and the largest single factor in military deaths outside combat. It also noted that the numbers were rising dramatically after 2010, and that in 2012 bike-related fatalities accounted for nearly half of all motor vehicle deaths for active members of the US military.

Since 2009, the American Department of Defense has made motorcycle training mandatory for all active military personnel intending to ride a bike, but the numbers have continued to rise. Harley’s training scheme seems likely to help cement its position as the nation’s number one bike brand.

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Potential Ducati test role and MotoGP wildcard for Stoner

Potential Ducati test role and MotoGP wildcard for Stoner

Stoner back in 2010 with the Ducati Team.

RETIRED MotoGP rider Casey Stoner is rumoured to be re-joining the Ducati Team as a test rider with a potential return to MotoGP in the form of a wildcard.

Ducati Corse’s Sporting Director Paolo Ciabatti has responded to rumours that double MotoGP World Champion Stoner may be returning to the team with whom he won his first World Championship t**le with in 2007. 

‘I can only say the truth that Casey is a hero for most of the Ducati fans,’ commented Ciabatti.
‘He brought many many race wins and a fantastic world t**le in MotoGP, the only Ducati t**le in MotoGP in 2007.

‘So obviously after that he showed he could be a winner also with Honda, he currently has a contract as we understand until the end of this year with Honda as a test rider.

Concluding, but not confirming Stoner’s return, Ciabatti said: ‘Obviously it would be an honour for us to work with Casey again and we approached him to know what his thoughts are for the future. We’ll see how it goes.

‘As I said, for Ducati it would be great to be able to work with Casey again as a brand ambassador and a very special test rider.’

BMWs electric S1000RR revealed

BMWs electric S1000RR revealed

BMW eRR concept

BMW eRR

HERE’S BMW’s just-unveiled electric superbike using the chassis of an S1000RR. 

Called the eRR, it’s been created to unite the high-speed performance of the S1000RR with the apparently even better 0-30mph acceleration of BMW’s electric scooter, the C evolution

BMW Motorrad head Stephan Schaller said the S1000RR was ‘setting standards’ in sport for acceleration, top speed and handling, adding: ‘However, if acceleration on the first metres, up to 50 [or] 60kph, is the point, the RR’s 199hp have to admit defeat by another BMW product: the C evolution with its electric drive.

‘We asked ourselves: what happens when combining a sport motorcycle and an electric drive?’

BMW is calling the eRR an ‘experimental vehicle’ and took the unusual step of revealing it in a corporate news announcement, which said: ‘BMW Motorrad will announce technical details of the eRR at a later date.’

We can imagine how the product planning meeting went. ‘What are we going to call it?’ ‘Err.’

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The R nineT Scrambler will be part of BMWs 2016 lineup

The R nineT Scrambler will be part of BMWs 2016 lineup

BMW RnineT Scramber

BMW today revealed that the R nineT Scrambler, originally shown as a concept, has been put into production for 2016 and will be unveiled at the Eicma show in Milan on the November 17.

BMW Motorrad intends to use the Scrambler derivative of the R nineT to build on the success of the bike it launched in 2014. Stephan Schaller, head of BMW Motorrad, said: ‘With the countless possibilities for individualisation offered by the BMW RnineT and the BMW R nineT Scrambler, we see tremendous potential in the US market, in particular.’

Visordown revealed in June that the R nineT’s radial-mounted Brembo monobloc front brake set-up had  been substituted with lower-spec Brembo calipers on the Scrambler concept, and the upside-down Öhlins fork swapped for a right-way-up one. It points to the Scrambler being priced lower than the existing model.

Confirmation it was going into production came in a statement from BMW’s corporate news arm in Munich. Along with the news about the R nineT Scrambler, Schaller also said that BMW will be growing its sub-500cc urban range, which will include bikes with electric drive-trains.

He said: ‘We will also be expanding our urban mobility offering in this class – including bikes with electric drive-trains.’

Earlier today BMW revealed its first entry into the sub-500cc market, the 313cc single-cylinder G310 R.

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