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Kawasaki Announces Agreement With Roadrunner Financial To Offer Financing

The new agreement with Roadrunner gives credit builders and first-time buyers a chance to own a Kawasaki.

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Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. is pleased to announce a new financing agreement with Roadrunner Financial to offer competitive near-prime loans to Credit Builders with 550-660+ FICO scores. Roadrunner delivers a revolutionary lender experience through digital applications with instant decisions, comprehensive credit coverage, and unbeatable dealer and customer support.

Kawasaki joins a group of Powersports and Outdoor Power Equipment partners that utilize Roadrunner Financial to bring great finance offers to their customers. The relationship with Kawasaki allows Roadrunner to offer an enhanced program with improved near-prime rates with no fees for dealers.

“Roadrunner Financial is a key addition for Kawasaki and our dealers” said Kawasaki Senior Vice President, Sales and Operations Bill Jenkins. “The focus on a near-prime credit program will offer dealers new opportunities for financing customers on Kawasaki powersports products.”

“Roadrunner will give Kawasaki dealers a new tool to close deals that would usually walk out the door.” When asked about the new financing agreement, Jon Vestal, VP of Sales at Roadrunner Financial said, “We’re very excited to strengthen our relationship with Kawasaki. By targeting near-prime, we plan to deliver significant incremental sales for Kawasaki in 2020 and beyond.”

This new Kawasaki program from Roadrunner Financial will be available to Kawasaki dealers starting March 1st, 2020.

 

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New Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO And Sport PRO Are Focus Of Master Class At ArtCenter College Of Design

Studying Ducati design with students who might influence the future of, well, motorcycle design.

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The first public appearance for the new Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO was featured in a special lecture held Saturday, February 8, at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California. In attendance were students, journalists, influencers and fans who discussed and analyzed the bikes’ design under the guidance of Jeremy Faraud, Ducati Motorcycle Designer and “father” to the Ducati Scrambler 1100. Among the guests was also Alessandro Del Piero, international soccer icon and passionate motorcyclist.

The collaboration with ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena confirms the great attention that the Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer dedicates to the design world. This college is in fact one of the most renowned design institutes in the world, an undisputed reference for industrial design, visual disciplines and applied arts, since 1930.

Jeremy Faraud’s testimony allowed a direct comparison with the students involved, who have been asked to design the Ducati Scrambler of the future. Ducati’s designers will evaluate all submissions and recruit one student for an internship at the Ducati Design Centre. The Pasadena event will also be followed in Bologna, where a second training and meeting event is scheduled for March, involving the most important Italian design institutes.

A fun experience is guaranteed on the new Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO and Sport PRO, thanks to their iconic style and sense of freedom, along with their agility and safety features. Created for those who love to ride motorcycles even outside the city with the option of having a passenger, these new models are a further tribute to the bike that identifies the Ducati Scrambler “Land Of Joy.”

The Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO stands out for its new two-tone “Ocean Drive” color scheme, combined with a black steel trellis frame, rear aluminum subframe and aluminum covers. A new right-side dual tailpipe and low-slung plate holder ensure distinctive rear-end styling and, with the new livery, gives the bike a coiled, compact look. Another hallmark is the framed headlight; inspired by the protective adhesive tape used back in the 1970s, a black metal “X” has been incorporated inside the headlight. This is a detail that makes the bike instantly identifiable, even with the lights off.

The Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport PRO is the most-muscular version in the Scrambler family. It features all the styling details of the PRO, but with Öhlins suspension, low-slung handlebars and Café Racer rear-view mirrors. The 1100 Sport PRO also features a matte black color scheme, complemented by side panels sporting a painted 1100 logo.

The Ducati Scrambler 1100 PROs are also at the forefront of electronics and safety. They are equipped with Ducati Traction Control (DTC) calibrated specifically for these models, and ABS Cornering, which ensures safety on every bend. The three standard Riding Modes (Active, Journey and City) help even less-experienced riders find the right balance in the use of electronic features by choosing their riding style.

Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO and Sport PRO will be available in U.S. dealers starting April 2020. More information about the new models can be found on Ducati Scrambler official website.


















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Cycle World and Motorcyclist Publisher Bonnier Explores Possible Sale of Main Media Unit

The Wall Street Journal reported today that Cycle World and Motorcyclist mothership Bonnier Publishing is meeting with bankers to explore its options, including the possible sale of the unit that holds most of its magazines – of which there remain 24 titles, 14 of them still in printed form.

“Over the last two years,” the Journal reports, “Bonnier has responded to market pressures by reducing the frequency of some of its titles including Popular Science, Saveur and Field & Stream, which have all become quarterly. The move helped slash printing and distribution costs while improving the appearance and feel of each publication,” and “the company underwent a restructuring in January 2018 at which point significant cost and staffing reductions were taken” – including the killing off of Dirt Rider and several other titles.

The story goes on to say, “Bonnier’s decision to explore a potential sale comes at a time when print advertising and newsstand revenue has been declining industrywide, as marketers increasingly focus online. The digital advertising business has also been challenged for many publishers, in large part because big tech companies including Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. capture so much of new digital ad spending.

“Researcher eMarketer estimates Facebook and Google together will capture  61% of the $151.3 billion expected to be spent on U.S. digital advertising in this year. The challenge for many smaller niche publishers is that they lack the necessary scale to compete with much larger rivals.”

Wow, it wasn’t long ago Bonnier was the much larger rival in the motorcycle magazine business. Best of luck to all our friends who are still there.

The rest of the story is here, (behind the WSJ‘s paywall).

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Quail Motorcycle Gathering Honors Roland Sands for 2020

Among the delightments of the 2020 Quail Motorcycle Gathering, scheduled this year for Saturday, May 16 in Carmel, California, will be the honoring of longtime FOMO Roland Sands as 2020 Legend of the Sport. 1998 AMA 250 GP champ, cool customizer and customer, and designer of everything from gloves to wheels, Rolando is the rolling embodiment of SoCal motorcycle culture.


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Carmel, Calif. (February  11, 2020) –The Quail Motorcycle Gathering presented by GEICO Motorcycle has announced it will honor prolific American motorcycle racer and designer Roland Sands as the 2020 Legend of the Sport during the 12th annual event on Saturday, May 16, 2020.
Hailing from Long Beach, California, Sands has set several track records around the world and was most notably the 1998 American Motorcyclist Association 250GP Champion. After 10 years of professional racing, Sands founded Roland Sands Design (RSD), a motorcycle, product and apparel company which has played a pivotal role in popularizing high-performance custom bikes to the masses. Over the last five years, the team at RSD has expanded into the event space with the Moto Beach Classic in Southern California and the the Super Hooligan National Championship, a series that unites the custom-motorcycle scene with flat track racing.

His motorcycle and product designs have earned several accolades including three V-Twin Wheel Design of the Year awards, a V-Twin Control Design award, a Chip Foose Design of Excellence award, a second-, third- and fourth-place award in the Modified Harley class at the World Championship of Custom Bike Building, a V-Twin Trendsetter of the Year award, a Biker Build-Off championship on the Discovery Channel, a Biker Build-Off Rookie of the Year award, and a 2Wheel Tuner Brappy award. Sands was also the 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Grand Marshal.

“Each year, we recognize a Legend of the Sport for their achievements in racing and contributions to the sport of motorcycling,” said Gordon McCall, Director of Motorsports for The Peninsula Signature Events. “In the past, legends have included Arlen Ness, Wayne Rainey, Malcolm Smith and many more. This year, we have the great pleasure of adding Roland Sands to this epic list of influential people.”

Roland Sands will be invited on stage during the show for a Fireside Chat, where he will discuss his success and accomplishments with the crowd. The show will take place on the pristine lawns of Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California. Featuring a variety of activities for people of all ages to enjoy, guests can indulge in farm-to-table Mexican cuisine and goods from motorcycle lifestyle vendors. Children, families and even pets are welcome.

New this year, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering presented by GEICO Motorcycle is offering General Public Admission Only Tickets at $55 which include parking and gear valet service for those riding a motorcycle to the event. Food and beverage options will be provided by the Quail Lodge culinary team in the NEW concessions pavilion. General Public Admission + Hospitality Tickets are $90 and include a gourmet lunch in a private seating area inclusive of a buffet of culinary delightments and non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets are available online at www.quaillodgetickets.com. Learn more about the event at signatureevents.peninsula.com and follow the action on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @TheQuailEvents

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New YZR-M1 has more potential indicates Rossi

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Multi-time world champion Valentino Rossi believes the 2020 Yamaha YZR-M1 has greater potential than its predecessor following three days of testing in Malaysia.

The Italian legend experienced one of his stronger pre-season outings in recent years, dipping into the 1m58s lap times to finish fifth on the timesheets during the final day.

Despite the positive improvements, Rossi is still adamant there’s work to be done in order to build an advantage over his competitors.

“Everybody is very strong, very fast as always,” Rossi stated. “We are not so far from the top. The second day was better than the first day because we worked a lot on the new bike. We need some more experience and some more kilometres, but today we already found something good, especially for the grip, and the pace with the race tyre is positive.

“For me, the bike has better potential than last year, but we need to work because also the other manufacturers are making steps, and like I said before, they are very strong. So, we need to continue to work hard, but it looks like we’re heading in the right direction.”

Rossi will be out on track next on 22 February in Qatar for the final pre-season test ahead of round, scheduled for 8 March at the Losail circuit.

Source: CycleOnline.com.au

2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Review First Ride

We review KTM’s more polished and functional 1290 Super Duke R from the official press introduction in Portugal.We review KTM’s more polished and functional 1290 Super Duke R from the official press introduction in Portugal.KTM AG

2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Chassis

Since its introduction six years ago, the Super Duke R’s hyperactive handling was one of its weakest links. With a springy chassis that felt more akin to a V-twin-powered supermoto, we’re pleased to report the 2020 Super Duke R is more road-focused, and in line with the top competitors in this red-hot class.

This was especially evident around the Portimão Circuit—a hilly 2.9-mile stop-and-go-style World Superbike circuit on the southern tip of Portugal. Here the Super Duke demonstrated its newfound poise with a chassis that has enhanced balance and sportbike-like pitch control.

The redesigned rear suspension delivers a significant handling improvement for the 1290 Super Duke R. The chassis is less hyper and more planted at an elevated track pace.The redesigned rear suspension delivers a significant handling improvement for the 1290 Super Duke R. The chassis is less hyper and more planted at an elevated track pace.KTM AG

Much of the credit goes to the now linkage-equipped rear suspension and swingarm. This boosts grip off corners, maximizing the enhanced adhesion coefficient of the OE-fitted Bridgestone Battlax S22 rubber. Yet, even with the extra firmness from the suspension and tire, the Super Duke continues to deliver favorable bump absorption characteristics on public roads. As an optional accessory, the quickshifter’s auto-blip function maintains stability when downshifting at lean, plus mitigates clutch use.

KTM partnered with Bridgestone for development of the 1290 Super Duke R’s tires. It modified the construction of the rear Battlax S22 for a hint more carcass flex. The tires complement the handling manner of the Super Duke with them offering a high level of grip.KTM partnered with Bridgestone for development of the 1290 Super Duke R’s tires. It modified the construction of the rear Battlax S22 for a hint more carcass flex. The tires complement the handling manner of the Super Duke with them offering a high level of grip.KTM AG

A handy hand-adjustable and measurement-engraved preload knob allows for easy ride height changes based on preference or payload. We preferred the +15 setting as it sharpened steering without compromising grip off turns. The shock also affords compression and rebound damping adjustment, however unlike the front suspension’s handy color-coded adjustment knobs, adjustment requires a flathead screwdriver.

Another benefit is the ability to modify spring preload inside the fork. Red sliders visualize fork travel and allow you to tweak the setup accordingly, helping to ensure that you’re operating in the front suspension’s sweet spot.

The lower and more forward position of the handlebar places more weight on the Battlax front tire and affords a more sportbike-like (but still forgiving) riding position. The bend also helps position the rider’s elbows up affording a more commanding stance. In typical KTM fashion, the handlebar can be shifted and the rider footrests can shift up or down via a neat and easy-to-adjust concentric sliding hub.

The rider’s seat is more plush than we remember with plenty of room to move about the cockpit for this 6-foot rider.

2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Engine Power And Electronics

The 2020 1290 Super Duke R with its clothes off. Note the secondary showerhead-style fuel injectors, redesigned frame and subframe, and larger-diameter header pipes. These updates net a significantly improved riding dynamic.The 2020 1290 Super Duke R with its clothes off. Note the secondary showerhead-style fuel injectors, redesigned frame and subframe, and larger-diameter header pipes. These updates net a significantly improved riding dynamic.KTM AG

KTM has been manufacturing its LC8 V-twin platform for years, and despite its age, engineers continue to breathe new life into this 1,301cc twin. Still a torque monster (to the tune of more than 60 pound-feet from as low as 2,500 revs, based on our last 2018 MY dyno test), the 75-degree twin has improved high-rpm performance—something it has historically lacked. Credit the ram-air intake which forces cool air into the airbox. It’s complemented by a set of showerhead fuel injectors. Together this gives Super Duke riders the best of both worlds.

Although dated in terms of its architecture, KTM continues to evolve its 1,301cc V-twin. With the redesigned intake and exhaust the engine gains a fair degree of top-end power.Although dated in terms of its architecture, KTM continues to evolve its 1,301cc V-twin. With the redesigned intake and exhaust the engine gains a fair degree of top-end power.KTM AG

Short-shift and run a gear high, or pin the throttle in the lower cogs until redline. The orange bike is well-suited to either riding style. Plus the optional electronic quickshifter keeps the engine spinning in the meat of its wider powerband. The last time we dyno tested the 2018 Super Duke R, it belted out 154.7 hp. We estimate the updated mill is good for another 3–4 ponies at the top. Engine vibration is readily apparent through the controls, but it’s counteracted by the engine’s playful sound and punchy power delivery.

The 2020 1290 Super Duke R wears a bolder and brighter color TFT display that’s easier to read than before. The switch gear has been improved with greater tactile function, and the menu navigation is easy to understand.The 2020 1290 Super Duke R wears a bolder and brighter color TFT display that’s easier to read than before. The switch gear has been improved with greater tactile function, and the menu navigation is easy to understand.KTM AG

Throttle response in any of the three power maps (Rain, Street, Sport) is spot-on (a testament to KTM’s ride-by-wire setup) and the bolder and brighter color TFT display make it easy to tweak electronic settings. However, there is a fair degree of engine vibration. In addition to the three power maps/modes, the Super Duke offers Track and Performance global modes. Here you can tweak countermeasures (traction and wheelie control) as well as Motor Slip Regulation (i.e., engine-brake control) and ABS.

KTM insists the rider’s hands should always be on the controls, so in lieu of a touchscreen, it employs large and easy-to-press switch gear on the handlebar. Tactile function is vastly improved and on a level commensurate with KTM’s Bavarian-based nemesis. Menu navigation is equally slick. Another plus is the ability to adjust traction control while riding via a large paddle-style button. Street riders will also appreciate standard cruise control.

Our only gripe in the electronics department is that the default riding mode restarts every time the engine kill switch is pressed. This means you have to swipe through the menu to ensure that the settings are intact when it’s time to lift the kickstand.

2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R, Yay Or Nay

Not only is the 1290 Super Duke R more adept on track, the handling refinements pay dividends on the road with it offering superior levels of comfort than its predecessor.Not only is the 1290 Super Duke R more adept on track, the handling refinements pay dividends on the road with it offering superior levels of comfort than its predecessor.KTM AG

Still as rowdy as ever, the 2020 Super Duke R is also more polished in every way. From its refined handling poise—highlighted by vastly more controlled suspension action—to its elevated fit and finish, the KTM is a more comfortable and entertaining motorcycle to burn rubber with. Factor in its punchier top-end engine character and well-developed electronics package and Orange riders have a truly versatile sport-oriented motorcycle.

Able to transform from mild to wild, the 2020 Super Duke R is proof of KTM’s commitment to the sport naked bike class. Riders seeking a hardcore naked bike that is as friendly to operate as it is exhilarating to ride should take a spin on the 2020 Super Duke.

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Those seeking a more forgiving sportbike-like riding experience, albeit without wind protection, will appreciate the 1290 Super Duke R’s overall package.Those seeking a more forgiving sportbike-like riding experience, albeit without wind protection, will appreciate the 1290 Super Duke R’s overall package.KTM AG

2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Price And Specifications

PRICE $18,699
ENGINE 1,301cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled V-twin; 8-valve
BORE x STROKE 108.0 x 71.0mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 13.6:1
FUEL DELIVERY Dual-stage Keihin fuel injection w/ 56mm throttle bodies
CLUTCH Wet multiplate, PASC slipper; cable actuation
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain
FRAME Chromoly steel tubular trellis
FRONT SUSPENSION 48mm inverted WP Apex fork, fully adjustable; 4.9-in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION WP Apex shock, fully adjustable; 5.5-in. travel
FRONT BRAKES Brembo Stylema 4-piston calipers, 320mm discs w/ switchable ABS
REAR BRAKE Brembo 2-piston caliper, 240mm disc w/ switchable ABS
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR Die-cast aluminum; 17 x 3.5-in. / 17 x 6.0-in.
TIRES, FRONT/REAR Bridgestone Battlax S22; 120/70-17 / 200/55-17
RAKE/TRAIL 25.2°/4.2 in.
WHEELBASE 58.9 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 32.8 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 4.2 gal.
CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT 437 lb.
WARRANTY 2-year, unlimited miles
AVAILABLE TBD
CONTACT ktm.com
Leaner, meaner, and more apt to play. KTM’s 1290 Super Duke R is a gigantic step forward as compared to its last major update in 2017.Leaner, meaner, and more apt to play. KTM’s 1290 Super Duke R is a gigantic step forward as compared to its last major update in 2017.KTM AG
The 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R wears new body panels and wheels. It offers an edgy but simple aesthetic that is unique in its class.The 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R wears new body panels and wheels. It offers an edgy but simple aesthetic that is unique in its class.KTM AG
The 1290 Super Duke R’s ergonomics package is more sport-focused. Yet with adjustable handlebar and footpegs it delivers a pleasing level of comfort on the road too.The 1290 Super Duke R’s ergonomics package is more sport-focused. Yet with adjustable handlebar and footpegs it delivers a pleasing level of comfort on the road too.KTM AG
KTM strips down the sportbike riding experience with its 1290 Super Duke R, delivering a motorcycle that is functional, fast, and fun for riders seeking one sport-oriented bike that can do it all.KTM strips down the sportbike riding experience with its 1290 Super Duke R, delivering a motorcycle that is functional, fast, and fun for riders seeking one sport-oriented bike that can do it all.KTM AG
Motorcycle riders looking to make a statement will appreciate the hard-edged look but softer (in a good way) performance of the 1290 Super Duke R.Motorcycle riders looking to make a statement will appreciate the hard-edged look but softer (in a good way) performance of the 1290 Super Duke R.KTM AG

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com

Supercross 3 Motorcycle Racing Video Game Now Available

The Track Editor feature has been updated with new modules and stadium items, allowing players to customize tracks more fully than ever before. Multiplayer mode has been updated as well, with designers creating low-latency and lag-free gameplay. Race Director Mode gives players the chance to create online tournaments and handle everything from other players’ starting positions, infraction penalties, and directorial duties during the races.

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com

2020 Suzuki Katana Review MC Commute

Four decades ago, Suzuki turned the motorcycle world on its head with the 1982 Katana streetbike. Featuring a smart and highly cutting-edge German-inspired design, this Japanese-built motorcycle developed a cultlike following. It also set the tempo for Suzuki sportbikes to this day. Now it’s looking to remake magic with the reintroduction of its 2020 Suzuki Katana ($13,499).

This time around Suzuki tasked Italian designer Rodolfo Frascoli to redefine the lines of Hans Muth’s original rendering. The 2020 Katana wears more curved and three-dimensional surfaces yet retains the Katana’s signature nose and neatly carved fuel tank (3.2-gallon capacity) area. Full LED lighting and a pleasing swingarm-mounted hugger-style license plate bracket make for a clean overall look.

Suzuki brings back a blast from its past with the 2020 Katana, a remake of the legendary 1982 Suzuki Katana.Suzuki brings back a blast from its past with the 2020 Katana, a remake of the legendary 1982 Suzuki Katana.Suzuki Motor of America

Swing a leg over the new Katana and you’ll be greeted by a friendly upright cockpit design that is neither too sport nor too relaxed. The monochrome LCD instrument panel is a tad small, but replete with information, and features the original Katana’s signature J-hook-style swept tachometer. The position of the handlebar puts the rider in a commanding, but not overly so stance. The seat junction is slim so it will be easy for most riders to stand flat-footed at a standstill. We also appreciate the plushness of the rider and passenger seats.

Considering its dated underpinnings, the Katana takes a few more miles compared to more contemporary designs to break in. Once worn in, the powertrain offers typical Suzuki responsiveness. This is defined by responsive clutch action and excellent throttle response, despite not incorporating ride-by-wire throttle setup, like its 2017–2020 Suzuki GSX-R1000/R sportbike.

The 2020 Katana tastefully pays homage to Hans Muth’s original rendering, however it incorporates more three-dimensional surfaces.The 2020 Katana tastefully pays homage to Hans Muth’s original rendering, however it incorporates more three-dimensional surfaces.Suzuki Motor of America

Hard on the throttle and this 999cc K5-spec GSX-R1000 engine (2005–2008) delivers a pleasing GSX-R-like induction growl with plenty of vehicle-passing torque. Engine vibration is minimal and it’s amazing how well this engine performs overall, despite being 15 years old—a testament to Suzuki’s original engineering effort.

Horsepower-wise the engine is good for nearly 140 ponies at the 190-series Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tire. There’s no quickshifter, so gear exchanges are made the old-fashioned way, however, the gearbox has a solid and precise feel, once broken in. The Katana comes outfitted with Suzuki’s older-style (non-IMU powered) three-way-adjustable traction control which helps prevent rear wheel instability over slick surfaces.

The 2020 Suzuki Katana is available in two colorways: Metallic Mystic Silver or Solid Black (pictured).The 2020 Suzuki Katana is available in two colorways: Metallic Mystic Silver or Solid Black (pictured).Suzuki Motor of America

The KYB suspension components provide a nice balance between sporty road holding in the twisties and everyday comfort over bumpy surfaces. The Katana also feels more lithe in motion than its 474-pound curb weight implies. Triple hydraulic disc brakes keep speed in check and fixed always-on ABS ensures tire lockup during brake application a thing of the past. Our only gripe is that you can’t manually disable ABS, say if you want to lay skids or ride a nose wheelie.

Limited fuel capacity and its relatively dim LED headlamp compromise everyday usability on the road, however, there are few retro-style motorcycles that look as authentic as this Katana. While we appreciate its trendy-again look and polished overall character, its $13,499 MSRP is hefty considering its older underpinnings. But if you want a slice of motorcycle history, without any oil stains on the garage floor, the 2020 Katana fits the bill.

Want a piece of motorcycling history, without the oil stains on the garage floor? Suzuki’s 2020 Katana will let you take a ride down memory lane…Want a piece of motorcycling history, without the oil stains on the garage floor? Suzuki’s 2020 Katana will let you take a ride down memory lane…Suzuki Motor of America

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2020 Suzuki Katana Price And Technical Specifications

PRICE $13,499
ENGINE 999cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four; 16-valve
BORE x STROKE 73.4 x 59.0mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 12.2:1
FUEL DELIVERY Fuel injection w/ SDTV
CLUTCH Wet multiplate slipper clutch; cable actuation
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain
FRAME Twin-spar aluminum
FRONT SUSPENSION 43mm inverted KYB fork adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping; 4.7-in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION KYB shock adjustable for spring preload, rebound damping; N/A travel
FRONT BRAKES Dual opposed 4-piston radial-mount Brembo calipers, 310mm discs w/ ABS
REAR BRAKE 1-piston caliper, 250mm disc w/ ABS
WHEELS Die-cast aluminum; 17 x 3.5-in. front; 17 x 6.0-in. rear
TIRES TBD; 120/70-17 front, 190/50-17 rear
RAKE/TRAIL 25.0°/3.9 in.
WHEELBASE 57.6 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 32.5 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 3.2 gal.
CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT 474 lb.
WARRANTY 1-year, unlimited mileage
AVAILABLE February 2020

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com

2020 Indian Motorcycle Roadmaster Elite LE Preview

It will be powered by the Thunder Stroke 116 V-twin, have three selectable ride modes, and a sophisticated infotainment system with 7-inch, glove-friendly touchscreen, Bluetooth compatibility, and features like traffic and weather overlays. It also comes equipped with a tank-mounted fuel gauge, voltmeter, LED lights, heated leather seating for rider and passenger, heated grips, adjustable windscreen, as well as more than 37 gallons of storage space.

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com

Harley-Davidson’s Fat Boy Cruiser Turns 30

“The Fat Boy took the look, proportions, and silhouette of a 1949 Hydra-Glide motorcycle and completely modernized it for a new generation of riders,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice President of Styling and Design, in a company press release. “Those riders appreciated our post-war design DNA, but also found themselves drawn to the clean simplicity of contemporary industrial design. Each of these elements was captured in the new 2018 version of the Fat Boy model. For this 30th Anniversary model we wanted to create something very special, so we leaned into the popularity of darker finishes and a limited run/serialized strategy to make the bike truly unique and exclusive.”

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com