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Heres Your 2022 Jack Daniels Klock Werks Kustoms Indian Challenger

It’s not just an Indian Challenger, it’s a Jack Daniel’s/Klock Werks Kustom Limited Edition Indian Challenger Dark Horse paying homage to Tennessee Rye Whiskey with premium amenities, state-of-the-art technology and custom rye metallic paint with gold and green accents and a slew of swell but subtle custom touches that could only be the work of Brian Klock. One sweet Indian in other words, and one of only 107. Best get your order in early, beginning October 21.

Indian Press Release:

Minneapolis, MN–October14, 2021– Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, and Jack Daniel’s, America’s first registered distillery, along with Klock Werks Kustom Cycles have partnered to celebrate American craftsmanship with the introduction of the Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Challenger Dark Horse. Marking the sixth year of the bold partnership and limited-edition series, the 2022 Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Challenger Dark Horse draws inspiration from Jack Daniel’s renowned Tennessee Rye whiskey – each product embodying the same spirit of innovation to break the mold and exemplify world-class craftsmanship.

With only 107 available globally, the Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Challenger Dark Horse makes a bold, one-of-a-kind statement. Its custom Rye Metallic paint with gold and green accents nod to the high-touch crafting process of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye whiskey, while the bike’s premium amenities and state-of-the-art technology deliver unmatched comfort and performance.

“We’re proud to continue this unique partnership with Jack Daniel’s and Klock Werks – two respected brands with whom we share the age-old American ethos of uncompromising quality and craftsmanship,” said Aaron Jax, Vice President for Indian Motorcycle. “The Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Challenger Dark Horse takes our award-winning bagger to an even higher level, representing the highest levels of premium technology and craftsmanship – just as JackDaniel’s has done with its Tennessee Rye whiskey.”

With custom-inspired style and technology at the forefront, key features for the 2022Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Challenger Dark Horse include the following:

Bold, Exclusive Design

The attention to detail and spirit of innovation that has made Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye whiskey a bold, unique success has been imparted throughout the design of the limited-edition motorcycle. Along with its custom paint, the motorcycle features a numbered Jack Daniel’s Montana Silversmiths badge, custom engraved rider and passenger floorboards, and a genuine leather, Jack Daniel’s custom-stitched seat.

Premium Amenities & Technology

Premium features aboard the Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Challenger Dark Horse include a Pathfinder Adaptive LED Headlight and Pathfinder S LED Driving Lights, electronically adjustable rear suspension preload, Powerband Audio, a stylish flared windscreen, low-rise handlebar, and more.

  • Pathfinder Adaptive LED Headlight and Pathfinder S LED Driving Lights. The adaptive headlight from Indian Motorcycle senses the bike’s lean angle and activates individual LED projector beams to provide unprecedented visibility. With 15 individual LED lenses that adjust in real-time to bike lean angle, patent pending technology, and the industry’s first adaptive high-beam feature, the Pathfinder Adaptive LED Headlight delivers unparalleled illumination of the road ahead – whether upright and traveling in a straight line or leaned over to carve a turn.
  • Fox Electronically Adjustable Rear Suspension Preload. The Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Challenger Dark Horse has Fox electronically adjustable rear suspension preload which allows riders to adjust their rear suspension preload from the convenience of their infotainment system. To do this, riders will select if there’s a passenger and simply enter the approximate weight of what is being carried on the motorcycle. The electronically adjustable rear suspension preload handles the rest and sets the preload for optimal riding and handling.
  • Powerband Audio. Loud and clear. The Jack Daniel’s  Limited Edition Indian Challenger Dark Horse features the premier Indian Motorcycle sound system, Powerband Audio. With upgraded fairing speakers and added saddlebag speakers, Powerband Audio is up to 50% louder than stock audio. Ride Command Riders will also receive the luxuries of theIndian Motorcycle industry-leading seven-inch display powered byRide Command with Apple CarPlay, which delivers an easier, more customized level of control for music, navigation preferences, and mobile device information. In addition, Ride Command provides riders with traffic and weather overlays, key vehicle information, and extensive customization capabilities.
  • Power Plus Liquid-Cooled V-Twin. Featuring the liquid-cooled, 108 cubic-inch PowerPlus engine, the Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Challenger Dark Horse delivers a class-leading 122 horsepower and 128 ft-lbs. of torque. Riders looking to add custom style and improve sound can add a PowerPlus Stage 1 Air Intake with the Indian MotorcycleStage 1 Oval Slip-On Muffler Kit. To unleash 10%more horsepower and 3% more torque, riders can upgrade to the Indian MotorcyclePowerPlus Stage 2 Performance Cams.

“Just as the Indian Challenger breaks the mold for American baggers, so does our Tennessee Rye for American whiskey with its unique distilling process and bold finish,” said Greg Luehrs, sponsorships and partnerships director for Jack Daniel’s. “This year’s bike perfectly embodies what our rye is all about – innovation and a relentless, uncompromising drive to craft American products of the highest quality. ”Each Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Challenger Dark Horse will come with a custom, co-branded bike mat with the corresponding motorcycle number (#001-#107).

Starting at $36,999, the Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Challenger Dark Horse is exclusively available through Indian Motorcycle dealerships. The order window will open on October 21, 2021, at 12:00 pm EST and close once all bikes are sold. Each Indian Motorcycle dealer will have a chance to place orders during the window and will then contact the lucky buyers when the order has been confirmed. To ensure the rider is in contention for a purchase, each customer needs to fill out the form on Indian Motorcycle.com and contact theirIndian Motorcycle dealership. Each bike will be built as a model year 2022 with delivery starting October 2021. For more information on Indian Motorcycle, or to find a dealer, visit Indian Motorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

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2022 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro and Scrambler Urban Motard First Look

Ducati revealed two new Scrambler models including one with retro styling that pays tribute to the brand’s past. The second new Scrambler is a more contemporary model drawing design inspiration from an urban environment.

Okay, that can pretty much apply to every annual Scrambler announcement (did we mention the new retro Scrambler comes in yellow?) but the formula appears to work for Ducati, so why stop now?

The retro-styled models is the new 2022 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro which honors the 50th anniversary of air-cooled twin-cylinder Ducatis. The Tribute draws Ducati design elements from the ’70s like the double-line font logo, round mirrors, a brown saddle and a Giallo Ocra yellow livery inspired by the Ducati 750 Sport.

The other new model is the 2022 Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard, built on the 803cc Scrambler platform. True to its name, the Urban Motard runs on 17-inch spoked wheels with a high front fender and side number plates for the motard look, with a graffiti-inspired Star White Silk and Ducati GP ’19 Red livery.

The Urban Motard joins the four returning 803cc Scrambler models, the Nightshift, Desert Sled, Icon and Icon Dark. The Tribute model joins the returning Scrambler 1100 Sport Pro and Dark Pro, while the regular Scrambler 1100 Pro takes its leave.

The Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro starts at $13,995 while the Scrambler Urban Motard carries a $11,695 price tag.

Begin Press Release

Ducati Scrambler reveals the new models for 2022 to its fans

  • New 2022 models of the “Land of Joy” presented in the second episode of the Ducati World Première: Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute PRO and Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard
  • The Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute PRO was created to pay homage to the history of the air-cooled twin-cylinder engine, fifty years after it was first introduced on a Ducati
  • The new Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard is a model with a contemporary look, designed for younger fans of the “Land of Joy” and for all those looking for an easy, fun and sporty bike

Ducati Scrambler was the protagonist of the second episode of the Ducati World Première 2022 (link to the video here), which saw two new models – Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute PRO and Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard, that enrich the “Land of Joy” range for 2022 – presented to enthusiasts from all over the world.

The Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute PRO has been created to pay homage to the history of the air-cooled twin-cylinder engine, fifty years after it was first introduced on a Ducati, which was in 1971.

Created by Ducati Scrambler with modern-classic bike lovers and motorcycle history enthusiasts in mind, the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute PRO pays tribute to the history and achievements of the Borgo Panigale motorcycle company. For this bike, the Centro Stile Ducati was inspired by iconic Ducati elements of the 1970s, such as the special “Giallo Ocra” livery, the Ducati logo of the time designed by Giugiaro and the spoked wheels, which are black and integrate perfectly with the tones of the celebratory livery. Further distinctive stylistic details are represented by the circular rear-view mirrors and the brown seat with dedicated stitching.

From a technical point of view, the bike has the characteristics of the Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO family. It has an iconic and at the same time original design, an agile chassis and a 1,079 cc engine that delivers 86 hp of power at 7,500 rpm and a torque value of 9.2 kgm at 4,750 rpm, characterized by generous torque right from low revs.

The Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute PRO comes standard with three Riding Modes, each associated with different Power Modes and various levels of Ducati Traction Control (DTC). Furthermore, thanks to the front headlight with LED light guide, the bike is always visible and recognizable even during the day.

Another new model for 2022 is the Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard: a motorcycle created to experience the city environment by making itself noticed through a combination of style, sportiness and fun.

The name chosen for this latest version immediately evokes the characteristic atmosphere of large cities and is aimed at all those who live the city with energy and enthusiasm. The Centro Stile Ducati has interpreted these concepts through the proposal of a new livery that combines in an unprecedented way colours Star White Silk and Ducati GP ’19 Red in energetic graphics, inspired by the world of street art and metropolitan graffiti.

The Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard is powered by the 803 cc L-twin engine with desmodromic distribution, which delivers 73 hp of power at 8,250 rpm and 6.7 kgm of torque at 5,750 rpm, offering brilliant performance that never becomes intimidating for the rider, guaranteeing great agility in city traffic and fun on itineraries full of curves.

The reference to the Motard world of this version is clear in the choice of elements such as the 17” spoked wheels, the high front mudguard, the flat seat and the side number plates, which are perfectly integrated into the Ducati Scrambler design.

The Urban Motard is also equipped as standard with a headlight with LED DRL, a hallmark of all Ducati Scrambler models, which is combined with the rear light with full LED diffusion technology.

Confirming Ducati’s attention and commitment to active safety for its enthusiasts, the Borgo Panigale motorbike manufacturer has chosen to equip all Ducati and Scrambler Ducati models with Cornering ABS, which guarantees high levels of safety even when braking with the bike at an angle.

The models are also designed for the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), which enables a smartphone to be connected to the bike via Bluetooth, while the USB socket positioned under the seat is standard.

The new Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard joins the “Land of Joy” 800 range, alongside the Ducati Scrambler Icon, Ducati Scrambler Icon Dark, Ducati Scrambler Nightshift and Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled models. The Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute PRO is part of the range of best performing bikes in the Ducati Scrambler family, together with the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Dark PRO and Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport PRO models.

Both new models of the Ducati Scrambler range will be available at dealerships in the Ducati network from November 2021. All Ducati Scrambler models are also available in a 35-kW version for A2 license holders.

To give fans of the “Land of Joy”, the universe that truly represents self-expression in Ducati, an opportunity to express their attitude to customization in the best way, Ducati Scrambler offers a wide choice in terms of clothing and accessories. The clothing line includes helmets, technical gear and lifestyle products (which can be purchased in dealerships or through the online shop), while the accessories collection includes a range of items, such as seats, tank panels and approved exhausts, all viewable through the online configurator.

The presentation videos of the new Ducati Scrambler models, 1100 Tribute PRO and Urban Motard, and all the original content produced in the “Land of Joy” can be viewed on the Ducati YouTube channel and in the dedicated “Scrambler Media Box” section (link here) on the scramblerducati.com website.

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Italy’s Ministry Of Culture Funds To Invest €2M In National Motorcycle Museum

A majority of Benelli’s modern-day motorcycles are manufactured in China. However, the company itself has a rich Italian heritage and happens to be one of the oldest Italian motorcycle companies still in business.

This year, Benelli celebrates its 110th anniversary. The company was founded in the city of Pesaro, which is now home to two iconic museums — the Pesaro Benelli Museum and the Officine Benelli Museum. VisorDown reports that the 11,000 square-foot facility houses over 200 Benelli and MotoBì models. Italy’s Ministry of Culture has now announced that it will allocate €2M (around $2.3M) to construct a National Motorcycle Museum in the same complex.

An image from inside the Benelli Museum in Pesaro, Italy

The project will include the existing museums and attempt to make Pesaro the “world capital of two wheels.” The mayor of the city, Matteo Ricci, announced earlier this week, saying the town of Pesaro is of great historical value, calling it the ‘Land of Pilots and Engines.’ He also mentioned that it was home to many collectors and manufacturers, including the great Giancarlo Morbidelli, whose motorcycle collection lives on at the Pesaro Benelli Museum.

An image from inside the Benelli Museum in Pesaro, Italy

The Benelli museums reopened their doors to the public on May 29, 2021, following the pandemic lockdown. The museum showcased the Automotoclub Storico Italiano’s (ASI) extensive Morbidelli collection that consists of 71 motorcycles representing 30 different manufacturers; this included classic bikes from Moto Guzzi, Harley-Davidson, and Moto-Rêve. 

“A great result, a further step forward,” said Ricci. “The motorbike is an identity trait of our territory and will increasingly become an element of tourist attraction.”

Apart from the many vintage models that the museums hold, there are also multimedia centers, screens, historical documents, and photographs to help visitors better understand the significance of the displayed motorcycles. 

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Gogoro Battery-Swapping Network Makes Its Debut In China

Earlier this year, Gogoro announced its plans to establish a countrywide EV network. The deal was in partnership with two of China’s largest two-wheeler manufacturers – DCJ and Yadea – who invested a combined 50 million dollars. Now, the first lot of battery swapping stations, 45 in total, have opened in Hangzhou.

Horace Luke, Gogoro’s co-founder, and CEO told TechCrunch that it targets to have 80 available stations by the end of the year, after which it will redirect its focus towards expanding to other cities with the help of Yadea and Dachangjiang Group (DCJ). TechCrunch also reports that the network will operate under the Huan Huan brand in China.

An image of someone using Gogoro's battery swapping network

Additionally, Yadea and DCJ are also developing vehicles compatible with Gogoro’s battery swapping technology. The first two of these models came from Yadea and were launched earlier this week, with sales starting in Hangzhou, alongside the battery swapping network.

The triad of companies is expecting demand to rise with government regulations for EVs that use Li-ion batteries instead of lead-acid units. 

An image of a scooter nearGogoro's battery swapping network

A picture of the 2022 Honda SBR150R headlight, resembling the Fireblade

Last month, Gogoro also announced that it will be going public after a $2.35 billion deal with Poema Global, expected to be finalized at the start of 2022. Apart from its battery-swapping network, Gogoro also manufactures electric scooters and supplies its battery technology and components to other companies like Yamaha and Suzuki.

The company recently announced a deal with Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, to develop the battery swapping technology for implementation and use in India. This will be a massive move for both companies when it comes into effect and a boost for the EV infrastructure in India.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Bullit Motorcycles Is Now Bluroc Motorcycles

Bullit Motorcycles is (well, was) a Belgian-based manufacturer that sold Chinese-built motorcycles in the UK and Europe. As the headline gives away, the company has now changed its name to Bluroc Motorcycles. Bullit sold small-capacity motorcycles, and its existing line-up will continue to exist, now wearing a Bluroc badge. 

In a statement released on its website, Bluroc has mentioned that the change occurred on October 1st. Interestingly, there is no mention of why this decision came about, but the company has said Bluroc “not only reflects the ambition of our brand but also reinforces our link to recent history.”

Bullit has been around for over a decade now, and VisorDown reports that the decision to change names is a huge deal, and we certainly agree. There’s a lot of rebranding that is to take place, from social media handles and websites to the motorcycles themselves. 

Popular models like the Bullit 125 and Bullit Hero 250 will now be called the Bluroc 125 and Bluroc Hero 250, respectively. Additionally, the “Bullit” badge that the bikes wore on their tanks gives way to a stylized “B” logo.

The rest of the company’s statement is as follows: “Bluroc markets affordable motorbikes inspired by iconic models and designs, and the name of this new brand is not Bluroc by chance; it is a tribute to the most popular models in our range!” 

“Our Bluroc 125cc and 250cc bikes combined vintage-classic looks with modern technology and paved the way for what would become the Bluroc Motorcycles brand. The current Bluroc bikes will continue to be part of the collection as the “Bluroc Legend,” the ultimate tribute to these icons.”

Animated shot of the Yezdi Roadking

“The new Bluroc brand makes a promise to future riders: You own a Bluroc for the pleasure of riding … with unique style! This commitment will be reaffirmed by our upcoming special and limited editions, the ultimate expression of this promise.” 

At the moment, we can only speculate about why the company decided to change its name, but from the sound of the statement, it looks like it was looking for a fresh start. 

Bluroc is expanding its dealer network, and its bikes currently retail in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Portugal, and the UK.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

MotoAmerica Adopts Supersport: Next Generation Rules for 2022

As far as most us knew, there used to be only male and female genders, with a few notable exceptions. And there used to be only 600cc four-cylinder Japanese sportbikes in Supersport racing. Oh how wrong we were… and we really don’t miss those simpler times. Now it’s a bit harder to keep track of the players, but that added complexity also has the potential to make things much more interesting. Unless you’re the guy charged with enforcing the rules, anyway. Let’s let MotoAmerica’s Sean Bice `splain it to us.


It’s been well-documented that the Supersport race class has been in flux, globally, for the past couple of years. Despite the fact that the Supersport class has produced some of the most exciting races in the MotoAmerica Series over the past several years–from Garrett Gerloff’s, Valentin Debise’s, JD Beach’s, and Hayden Gillim’s epic battles of a few years ago, to Sean Dylan Kelly’s and Richie Escalante’s fierce skirmishes over the past couple of years, 600cc racing has continued to deliver the excitement at every MotoAmerica race weekend.

Meanwhile, the OEMs such as Honda with its dear-departed CBR600RR and Yamaha with its ubiquitous YZF-R6 that was, for 2021, only produced as a limited-quantity, closed-course-competition racebike have led the way in the extinction of 600cc sportbikes. We’ve lamented this trend in more than one Website story over the past couple of years.

In an effort to breathe new life into the Supersport class, the FIM has led the way in developing a new Supersport class, and it’s one with a decidedly “Trekkie” name: “Supersport Next Generation.”

Kawasaki was actually the first OEM to introduce a Supersport Next Generation sportbike with its controversial ZX-6R or “ZX-636” as some people are wont to call it. That extra 37cc’s of engine displacement have been much-talked-about over the years, from the fans on social media to the riders in our Supersport press conferences.

And, now that Supersport Next Generation has been introduced by racing organizations around the world, including MotoAmerica, well, that Kawasaki 636 seems downright tame by comparison.


By comparison to “what?”, you might ask. How about the Ducati Panigale V2, which features a liquid-cooled, 955cc, V-twin engine with four valves per cylinder? Yup, that’s one of the Supersport Next Generation bikes.


Or how about the MV Agusta F3RR and Superveloce? They both feature liquid-cooled, 798cc, three-cylinder engines with four valves per cylinder.


And then, there are the Triumph Daytona Moto2 765, Street Triple RS, and Street Triple R. A triple threat in more ways than one, these three bikes feature liquid-cooled, 765cc, three-cylinder engines with four valves per cylinder. The engines in these bikes, in fact, are not that far removed from the 765cc Triumph triples that are the spec powerplants for all the bikes that compete in the Moto2 World Championship.

All of the above bikes are listed in the 2022 provisional technical rules that were sent to the MotoAmerica teams earlier this week.

As for the good, old, non-Next-Generation Supersport bikes that we’ve come to know and love (i.e., Kawasaki ZX-6R (636cc), MV Agusta F3 (675cc), Suzuki GSX-R600, Triumph Daytona 675, and Yamaha YZF-R6), they’re still part of the formula, and they’ve been given some leeway in the tuning department, including such allowable upgrades as aftermarket camshafts and velocity stacks. They’re going to need those upgrades to keep up with the Supersport Next Generation fire-breathers.

“Wow, that’s a lot of different bikes, engine configurations, and displacements,” you’re probably saying to yourself right about now. We said the same thing, and our technical staff members at MotoAmerica have informed us that all the bikes will come with their own balancing stipulations, whether it’s minimum weight limits, engine rev limits, restrictors in the air intakes, torque-limiting engine maps, limitations in the usage of aftermarket or “kit” performance parts, etc.

And this isn’t just for the 2022 MotoAmerica Supersport season, which begins at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on April 22 through 24, 2022. Supersport and Supersport Next Generation bikes will make up the grid for the 80th running of the Daytona 200 on March 12, 2022, the first Daytona 200 that will be managed by MotoAmerica.

To paraphrase an excerpt from a previous MotoAmerica Website story, “It seems that the demise of Supersport motorcycle road racing has been greatly exaggerated.”

Now, who’s ready to race a 955cc Ducati Panigale V2 in next year’s Daytona 200? We’ve been hearing rumors.

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2022 SWM 125cc Line-Up Gets ABS and Euro5 Compliant Engines

Italian manufacturer SWM has made some notable tweaks to the 125cc models in its line-up for 2022. These include the addition of ABS, in place of the combined braking system (CBS) on the existing models, and an update to the engine that makes it Euro5-compliant.

The A1 licensing regulations in Europe mandate that motorcycles in this segment must come equipped with either ABS or CBS. The latter is a more affordable technology, and it’s more common in entry-level motorcycles that don’t make a lot of power. A CBS system essentially partially triggers the front brake when the rear brake is used. However, unlike ABS, it doesn’t prevent the wheel from locking under hard braking. ABS is the safer technology, and SWM has decided to kit out their beginner-level supermoto, enduro, and scrambler models with the tech. 

Apart from the update to the brakes, the bikes have also received a Euro5-compliant engine. RideApart reports that the SWM SM 125 R supermoto continues to employ a 125cc, single-cylinder engine with a peak power output of 15hp. For a more premium look and feel, it’s also received some minor cosmetic updates, like an LED headlight, digital cluster, and USB charger. 

Other models like the street-naked SWM Varez 125, retro-styled Ace of Spades, and Gran Milano Outlaw have also received similar updates. The two retro models are primarily the same motorcycle with different tire options – the Ace gets dual-sport tires, while the Gran Milano gets street tires. 

Animated shot of the Yezdi Roadking

Prices for SWM’s 125cc start at €4,049 ($4,696) for the Ace of Spades and Gran Milano Outlaw. The Varez 125 will cost you a little more at €4,249 ($4,928), while the SM 125 R tops the line with a price tag of €4,549 ($5,276). 

Source: Motorrad Online

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New Suzuki 700cc Parallel-Twin Revealed in Patent Filing

Suzuki has been working on a middle-weight parallel-twin platform for a while now. The first glimpse we got of the Japanese manufacturer’s efforts was in 2013 at the Tokyo Motor Show, when it revealed the Recursion prototype. Little was heard of it since, but CycleWorld has now dug up information on new patents for an SV650-like motorcycle built around a 700cc engine.

A patent image of the upcoming 700cc parallel-twin engine in a SV650-like motorcycle

This new platform will likely replace the now-dated SV650 and V-Strom 650 in a quickly developing middle-weight platform. In fact, over the last few years, there’s be an influx in parallel-twins in the segment; Yamaha has the MT-07, Tracer 7, Ténéré 700, and the new R7, while Italian manufacturers like Aprilia have added the RS 660, Tuono 660, and Tuareg 660 to their portfolio. Kawasaki, too, manufactures multiple motorcycles that employ the format, like Ninja 650, Z650, Versys 650, and the recently launched Z650RS. 

A patent image of the upcoming 700cc parallel-twin engine in a SV650-like motorcycle

CycleWorld reports that Suzuki may be opting to develop parallel-twins as they are more affordable to create and more compact than the V-twin layout currently employed by the SV650. Fewer components are involved, and the absence of a rear cylinder that extends towards the back of a motorcycle (like on a V-twin layout) allows for easier exhaust routing, cooling, and rear suspension design.

On the flip side, a parallel-twin engine typically has downsides like a flat power curve and an exhaust note that aren’t as exciting. 

A patent image of the upcoming 700cc parallel-twin engine in a SV650-like motorcycle

The Recursion concept bike that we mentioned earlier used a turbocharged 588cc parallel-twin engine. However, more recent patent filings have only showcased a naturally aspirated engine. This latest patent also shows an airbox mounted under the seat, which acts as a platform for the bike’s battery. 

While this layout eliminates any potential “ram air” effect, it allows for a much larger airbox that could result in more performance than ram air would enable. An airbox that’s present under the seat also makes it easier to swap out the air filter. 

An image of two riders on the SWM 125s

We also noticed that the patent bike employs a bolt-on subframe, indicating that the platform will spawn motorcycles in different categories.

As always, a patent filing is no indication that a motorcycle will see the light of day. However, the middle-weight Suzuki SV650 and V-Strom 650 are long overdue for an update, and this could be the platform that replaces them.

Suzuki’s XE7 from 2015

Source: CycleWorld

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2022 Honda CBR150R Revealed, Features Fireblade Inspired Styling

Honda has unveiled the 2022 iteration of the Honda CBR150R. It will sell the entry-level motorcycle predominantly in South-East Asian markets like Thailand. For 2022, the CBR150R features styling that draws inspiration from its superbike older brother, the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP.

Honda’s flagship supersport received a design overhaul back in 2020, introducing the new Fireblade. It featured an all-new engine that made explosive power, top-spec components, and a new design language that was sharper and more aggressive than before. Improving aerodynamic efficiency was the main reason behind the design change, and now, RideApart reports that this styling has made its way to the baby Fireblade. 

The 2022 Honda CBR150R features restyled bodywork that is reminiscent of the kit from the range-topping Fireblade. This includes elements like DRLs paired with the two main headlights and slotted fairings that will help funnel air through them. 

The new CBR150R is more than just a design update; Honda has equipped the bike with a Showa USD fork, a new slipper clutch, and Nissin brake calipers that clamp down on single disc rotors at either end. Optional features, yet ones we think you should certainly get, include ABS, an ESS emergency brake light, and a two-tiered LED taillight that will alert people behind you of any sudden braking maneuvers.

Animated shot of the Yezdi Roadking

Powering the CBR150R is a 149cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine with peak output figures of 18hp and 10.6lb-ft of torque. Prices for the ABS-equipped CBR150R can go up to around €2,530 (about $3,000). Meanwhile, the non-ABS iterations cost a few hundred dollars less and will set you back by approximately €2,350 (about $2,700.)

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

2022 Indian Jack Daniels Collaboration Will Be Revealed Oct. 14

And if you want to be among the first to see it, you’ll need to crank up Mr. Zuckerberg’s wonder machine and log into the special event, complete with musical guest. That will happen on the Indian Motorcycle Facebook page October 14 at 6:00PM PST//9:00PM EST. (That’s the 2019 Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Springfield Dark Horse in the lead pic.)

Indian Press Release:

In celebration of American craftsmanship, Indian Motorcycle and Jack Daniel’s will once again come together to unveil a bold, new collaboration. To debut the newest limited-edition motorcycle, the two iconic American brands are hosting a special event from the Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, TN. The can’t miss premiere event will not only debut the 2022 model, but will welcome a special performance from country musician Tim Montana.

A limited number of Scouts got the full JD/Klock Werks Kustom Cycles treatment in 2018.

 As America’s first motorcycle company and America’s first registered distillery, each brand has become synonymous with American ingenuity and fine craftsmanship. Like each limited-edition motorcycle within the series, the 2022 model will draw inspiration from Jack Daniel’s legendary Tennessee whiskey and its high-touch distilling process. With meticulous attention to detail, this year’s model will feature a host of premium amenities and boast extraordinary details.

Following the launch, the 2022 limited-edition motorcycle will be available through Indian Motorcycle dealerships with the order window opening October 21, 2021. Additional information and specific details will be released at the time of launch.

 For more information visit https://www.indianmotorcycle.com/en-us/jack-daniels/.

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