The towering Wasatch and Uinta Mountains of Utah will be home base for Ducati this June, as the Italian brand brings its world-renowned Ducati Riding Experience (DRE) Enduro program to North America for the first time. Having previously generated rave reviews in Europe, this is the first time Ducati will bring DRE Enduro to North America, where the Flying Iron Horse Ranch is set to become a breathtaking locale in which to enhance one’s motorcycle skills.
This is a hands-on training through diverse and adventurous terrain, and riders of all levels are encouraged to join the Ducati family in this exclusive program. DRE Enduro Academy activities in Utah will have participants developing off-road riding techniques in a private family facility featuring an off-road course. Attendees will then put their newly developed skills to the test in the Utah mountains for an adventure ride discovering Utah’s back country. With the help of tailored coaching led by Paris-Dakar veteran Beppe Gualini and a host of American and Italian instructors, the academy provides invaluable experience for those who use their motorcycle to discover the roads less traveled.
Pricing for the two-day program begins at $1,900 and includes luxury accommodations at Sundance Resort, meals, instruction and the use of Ducati’s groundbreaking new Multistrada 1260 Enduro motorcycle – a bike built for any weather and any terrain. The Multistrada 1260 Enduro is the new generation of the off-road member of the Multistrada family, with increased displacement courtesy of a 1262 cc Testastretta DVT engine delivering consistent torque through the RPM range along with a lower center of gravity allowing for easier maneuverability.
With a student to instructor ratio of 4:1, this high-touch experience is limited to 16 students per session and over 50% of the spaces for June’s DRE Enduro have been pre-sold. Those wishing to participate are encouraged to sign-up to secure a reservation for this life-changing experience.
Americade 2019, which bills itself as the “world’s largest multi-brand motorcycle touring rally,” is part of the 2019 AMA Gypsy Tour, a national series of 15 premier road-riding events.
Per the AMA website: “One of the original experiences in motorcycling, gypsy tours are gatherings of riders from all over the country, converging upon a single destination. AMA National Gypsy Tours brings like-minded riders together to enjoy the camaraderie of motorcycling, often in a location of particular beauty, historic significance and/or importance to the sport.”
Americade occurs June 3 – 8, in beautiful Lake George, New York, and features many new events, including one of the largest expos in the country, a free 2-day block party concert, more rides than any event in the country and the most factory demos than any U.S. event.
“Americade has been an AMA-sanctioned event for many years and has always provided a fun atmosphere and scenic backdrop for motorcyclists to enjoy,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “Whether it’s organized rides, the expo, seminars or dinner boat cruises, there’s a multitude of activities for road riders at Americade — one of my personal favorite riding events.”
Indian Motorcycle has announced its first-ever rental program, Indian Motorcycle Rentals. Available now at select dealers around the country, Indian Motorcycle Rentals provides local residents and travelers alike the opportunity to rent a new Indian motorcycle for as little as four hours or as long as several weeks.
Indian Motorcycle Rentals is currently available through nine dealers around the country, with plans to continue to expand throughout the year. Participating dealers will have a rental fleet with various models available. Each dealer’s rental fleet will be updated out every 12 to 18 months to ensure riders have the opportunity to ride Indian Motorcycle’s current model year lineup. Riders must have a valid motorcycle license, and can book their Indian Motorcycle experience online in advance to ensure bike availability.
Each motorcycle rental will include insurance as part of the rental fee. Riders will also have access to helmets, if they do not have their own. In addition to helmets, riders are required to have additional safety gear including long pants and close-toed shoes. Additional protective gear, such as gloves, a riding jacket and high-visibility or reflective clothing, is also recommended.
Custom builder Revival Cycles unveiled “The Revival Birdcage,” a custom motorcycle based around a new prototype engine BMW calls the “Big Boxer,” at the Handbuilt Show in Austin, Texas, last Thursday. The bike itself is a work of art, with a delicate-looking titanium trellis frame and wildly swooping handlebars reminiscent of a bird’s wings.
But tucked away in the press release like an afterthought was a big announcement from Motorrad: it will definitely be entering the cruiser market in the U.S., with a concept bike slated to be shown sometime in the first half of 2019 (getting pretty close to that deadline, guys) and a “series production motorcycle with the Big Boxer for the Cruiser segment in the course of 2020.”
Alan Stulberg, head of Revival Cycles, made note of the “pure physical size and aesthetic appeal” of the prototype engine. Other details noticeable in the photos are visible pushrods and cooling fins on the cylinders, with BMW confirming that the new engine will be air/oil-cooled.
The Revival Birdcage is the second custom bike to be built around the new engine. Japanese builder Custom Works Zon presented “The Departed” at the Hot Rod Custom Show in Yokohama, Japan, back in December 2018. This is the first time BMW has copped to a new cruiser production model, however.
What do you think? Will it be another R 1200 C disaster? Or is BMW getting ready to blow all of our minds with R nineT levels of success? We can’t wait to find out.
The RAM-X is a new premium open-face touring helmet from Arai, which means no corners were cut and protection is number one. Under the composite shell is a one-piece, multi-density EPS liner that is designed to best absorb and distribute the force of an impact. Arai’s testing has shown that the smaller the impact area, the firmer the liner needs to be in order to absorb that impact. Therefore it used firm foam around the smallest impact areas of the forehead and the base of the head, the softest foam at the large crown area and medium density in between.
Inside is a removable/washable/sizeable liner and the RAM-X features the same free-flowing ventilation as the top-of-the-line Corsair-X race helmet. With all three top vents open, plus the two forehead vents, the RAM-X flows tons of air, thanks partly to the seven exhaust vents. The included Pinlock-ready face shield gives excellent coverage, with improved, easier-to-use shutter forehead vents, and the Pro Shade sun visor system is a clever alternative to an integrated drop-down sun shield. Put the Pro Shade in its fully upright position and it functions like the peak of an ADV helmet, partly closed it’s perfect for late afternoon sun and fully closed it covers almost as much of the clear shield as a regular full-face helmet visor. The RAM-X is available in several colors in sizes XS-2XL spread over three shell sizes, starting at $679.95.
Apart from getting a ride on the new Ryker, attendees can enjoy unique experiences by local artists, lives DJs, food trucks and more. To ride the Ryker, you must be 21 or older and possess a valid driver’s license (a motorcycle or three-wheel vehicle endorsement is not required).
For the fourth straight year, Indian Motorcycle and Jack Daniel’s have partnered to create a limited-edition motorcycle celebrating their shared commitment to quality, originality and craftsmanship in the design of their products. This year’s bike, the Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Springfield Dark Horse, draws its inspiration from Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s most premium whiskey offering.
This bike was developed as a tribute to all the craftsmen who value working with their hands and are committed to developing products of the finest quality. This year’s Jack Daniel’s limited-edition motorcycle maintains the sleek, stripped-down styling of the Indian Springfield Dark Horse along with a number ultra-premium design features that truly make it a one-of-a-kind motorcycle.
After previous versions of the bike sold out in minutes, this year Indian and Jack Daniel’s will use a new digital promotion to select which consumers will be granted the opportunity to be proud owners of the Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Springfield Dark Horse.
Beginning at 7:00 p.m. EST on March 9 until 11:59 p.m. EDT on March 17, interested customers can enter the promotion for a chance to purchase one of the 177 bikes at 2019jackdanielsindianmotorcycle.com. Following the close of submissions, winners will be randomly selected and called upon by their preferred Indian Motorcycle dealer to inform them they are one of the lucky few who will be able to purchase one of these motorcycles.
The Progressive International Motorcycle Show has announced its immersive new rider feature, Discover the Ride, is expanding to reach a broader audience of non-riders, joining the 2019 Dallas-Fort Worth Auto Show, which takes place March 27-31.
Discover the Ride will feature four experiential attractions:
The Dyno Experience, where riders can experience the thrill of riding a real Yamaha or Harley-Davidson motorcycle while safely secured in place.
The New Rider Course, where riders progress from Yamaha Power Assist Bicycles to Zero Electric motorcycles, riding on an indoor course.
The Kids Zone in partnership with StayCyc, giving kids the opportunity to experience two wheels.
New To 2 Seminars featuring industry experts answering new and non-rider questions about motorcycling.
Attendees can also see a selection of custom and rare, restored vintage motorcycles as well as new models from Confederate Motorcycles, Yamaha and Harley-Davidson.
Catching the DFW Auto Show’s attention is a major milestone, not only for Discover the Ride, but for the overarching industry.Through a safe, fun and quick introduction to riding, Discover the Ride is paving the way for the larger motorcycle industry by initiating educational conversations and addressing hesitations, that will in turn, encourage consumers to take the first step toward becoming a motorcyclist.
In the midst of industry-wide ridership concerns, Discover the Ride successfully took the industry’s first stride toward bridging the gap for non-riders to experience the thrill of two wheels. In fact, in its first year alone, nearly 8,000 attendees of all ages participated in Discover the Ride over the course of seven shows, with more than a quarter of adults being new to motorcycling.
After its successful debut at the New York International Motorcycle Show in December, the Nmoto Nostalgia project is now entering limited production.
The Nmoto Nostalgia is a one-of-a-kind endeavor to capture the ambition of the legendary BMW R7. With the comfortable suspension and unique steering mechanisms encased in a canonical design inspired by the BMW R7 pre-war prototype, the Nostalgia motorcycle gives enthusiasts a slice of the past without sacrificing performance or rider experience.
The core of the Nostalgia is a modern BMW R Nine T, outfitted with 96 handcrafted pieces. This includes more than 11 premium parts from reputable aftermarket companies. Constructed primarily of aircraft-grade aluminum, the Nostalgia motorcycles are lighter than a stock R Nine T and the original 1934 prototype. Modern technology also provides more power and maneuverability so riders get the best of both worlds – Art Deco design and looks with contemporary performance and reliability.
Enthusiasts and collectors know that vintage motorcycles require constant maintenance and attention, which is why they are more often kept as collectibles than for utility. Nmoto believes that the primary pleasure in motorcycle ownership is in riding, which is why they created the Nmoto Nostalgia. Beyond just being beautiful and wholly distinct, it’s reliable, safe and comfortable enough to ride every single day.
“The response in New York was tremendous,” said Nmoto founder Alexander Niznik. “We had a lot of interest from the public and the media, a lot of positive feedback, and we’re already taking orders, including from famed musician Billy Joel and renowned BMW historian Peter Nettesheim.”
Available in a limited production series, orders are now being taken with a finished base price of $49,500 and an expected wait time of 3 to 6 months. For more details and information, visit nmoto.com.
The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows (IMS) has announced NewTo2.com, an online platform within the shows’ Discover The Ride feature dedicated to educating a new generation of riders.
Discover The Ride, a forward-thinking initiative that serves the entire motorsports industry and new to IMS this year, is designed to introduce riding to those interested in motorcycling. The initiative is comprised of five interactive activities: the New Rider Course in partnership with Zero Motorcycles and Yamaha Power Assist Bicycles, the Kid’s Zone presented by Allstate, XDL Wheelie Experience, Dyno Experience and New To 2.
As a new series of online videos now available to consumers, NewTo2.com includes live presentations at IMS, educating new riders on the world of motorcycling. The videos and live presentations at the show are hosted by Monique Filips and Jordan Diggs, experienced motorcyclists, as well as surprise guests in certain markets, guiding riders through the different types of motorcycles to choose from, the gear needed, how to get started and tons of advice for the journey into motorcycling.
New To 2 live presentations enable crowds of new and non-riders a forum to ask questions and receive answers about motorcycling. In addition to the New To 2 online educational content, the Kid’s Zone presented by Allstate introduced more than 864 kids to Stacyc’s electric balance bikes on a closed course track. Furthermore, countless experience the power and ability to shift through the gears at the Dyno Experience with Ducati, Harley-Davidson and Yamaha. New and experienced riders got a balance check busting a wheelie at the XDL Wheelie Experience.
The next stop on the IMS tour is Minneapolis, followed by Washington D.C., and ending in Chicago. For information and tickets, visit motorcycleshows.com.