I write stuff. A lot of it is about cars and motorcycles.

2010 October

2011 Ducati Diavel (Project 0803)

It appears that the Project 0803 bike is ready for production, and, based on what the Italian press are saying, Ducati has settled on the name “Diavel” for this model.

This is supposedly the power-cruiser competition for Yamaha’s–or Star’s–V-Max. In any event, it’s finally been seen in the wild, in Continue reading

Royal Enfield Gets CARB Approval

The quintessentially British-named Royal Enfield, the maker of 500cc old-school thumpers, has announced that they’ve gottan CARB approval for their bikes, which means that they are now available in California.  In general, the CA emissins cost about $300 more than the 49-state model.

I’m not entirely sure what the Continue reading

2011 INTERMOT Roundup

INTERMOT Logo

Today was a big unveiling day at the INTERMOT motorcycle show in Köln (Cologne), Germany.  Keeping track of it has made this a bit of a hectic day, as there were a number of interesting new models, as well as major updates to existing ones, shown to the public Continue reading

2011 Triumph Thunderbird Storm

Triumph unveiled a new addition to its cruiser line at the INTERMOT show in Cologne, Germany today, with the introduction of the 2011 Triumph Thunderbird Storm.

Once again, Triumph follows the “Dark Custom” styling movement with the Storm’s blacked out engine case and radiator cover.  The dual headlights are Continue reading

2011 Ducati 1198 SP

Ducati’s big news at the German INTERMOT show was the 1198 SP, which replaces last year’s 1198 S.

The updated 1198 now comes with a standard slipper clutch and quick shifter, as well as an Öhlins TTX rear shock. Upgrades to the base 1198 model have not been slighted either, Continue reading

2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 and GSX-R750

Suzuki might have sat the last model year out in the US, but they unveiled new Gixxers at the German INTERMOT Bike Show to announce their triumphant return with slimmed-down models of what is probably the most popular sportbike in the world.

Visually, there’s no difference, other than paint schemes, Continue reading

2011 KTM Models

KTM’s releases at the INTERMOT show in Germany come in two flavors, neither of which will be seen tooling around American streets any time soon.

2011 KTM Duke 125

Designed with entry-level riders in mind, especially with Europe’s rigorous graduated-license scheme, the long-awaited–and long-seen–Duke 125 got its official unveiling today. Continue reading

2011 Kawasaki Models

Kawasaki’s 2011 line-up became a little clearer today, with the release of some new models at the INTERMOT show in Köln (Cologne), Germany.

2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R

First up is the new ZX-10R, which Kawasaki claims is a new bike from the ground up.  Topping the list of features on Continue reading

The new 2011 6-cylinder BMWs

BMW has unveiled their new 6-cylinder touring motorcycles at INTERMOT, and also came up with a dedicated micro-site.  The site is chock full of details on the new bikes, as well as the first official photographs, shown in the thumbnails below.

The BMW K1600GT will replace the current Continue reading

2011 Triumph Speed Triple

Via Hell For Leather, the details of the new 2011 Triumph Speed Triple have leaked the night before its official unveiling.

The look of the Speed Triple is all new, most notably with the headlights changing from the traditional round headlamps to an excitingly chunky and angular shape. In Continue reading

Honda’s new DCT awarded

Motorcyclist has named the new Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) on the Honda VFR1200F to be the best new technology of 2010.  The magazine gushes:

The DCT is not the first automatic motorcycle transmission, but it is the first to offer performance that will satisfy even the most demanding Continue reading

Quadro 4D Concept

One of the more interesting concepts that will be shown at the EICMA show in Italy this year are what appears to production-ready prototypes of a new scooter concept from Quadro Technologie, a new arm of Marabese Design. Marabese was the designer for the Piaggio MP3 scooter, but now Continue reading