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Most Rideable Bikes Of The Mama Tried Motorcycle Show

At Milwaukee’s Mama Tried show, rideability isn’t the first word in anyone’s mind. Beauty, craftsmanship, history, style—these are the words flowing through the minds of the thousands of attendees as they walked the corridors of The Rave, a concert hall turned custom motorcycle display venue for the weekend. Mama Tried has gone the way of Portland, Oregon’s The One Show and Austin’s Handbuilt Show, including a wide variety of customs to appeal to all walks of two-wheeled life. Our goal: Bypass the choppers and vintage restorations to find the most rideable bikes there. What would we want in our garage isn’t the same as what we’d want on the road, and we were out to find the latter.

It’s no surprise that half the bikes on our list were trackers. Flat Out Friday is Mama Tried’s kickoff event—a short track flat-track race that happens inside the Panther Arena on a polished concrete track that has been sprayed with Dr Pepper syrup for added stickiness. Restomods were where we got really excited though. Looking at bikes like Dunworth’s KZ1000 that utilizes a strong running vintage motor, but elevates the platform as a whole by upgrading brakes, chassis, and suspension.

In a show so full of bikes built for style, putting the “function” lens over your eye will alter the way you see things. Suddenly the ironhead with a little windshield is a little cooler than the Panhead with weird ergonomics. The tracker built around a modern enduro engine is cooler than the old CB350 (but just by a little).

Check out mamatriedshow.com to see more details about next year’s show and head over to cycleworld.com to see more photos in its general gallery.

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com

The Most Important New Motorcycles Of 2019

Now that 2019 is in full swing and much of the country is in the throes of a polar vortex-induced malaise, motorcyclists have ample time to consider the important things—namely which new motorcycles are the biggest deals of the year. Or better yet: which to buy. What would the off-season be without a little motorcycle shopping?

With more types of motorcycles available than ever before, 2019 is shaping up to be a great year. But considering the none-too-encouraging state of bike sales in the US, OEMs are cutting margins pretty fine. We think the following motorcycles are the most important of the year—both for the motorcycle world in general and for OEMs struggling with their bottom lines. And we can’t wait to ride all of them.

Coming soon to a dealership near year:

2019 Moto Guzzi V85 TT

It’s been a little while since there’s been an all-new Moto Guzzi worth really getting excited about. We haven’t ridden the V85 TT yet, but from the looks of it, Guzzi has brought something totally unique to the adventure-tourer space. By balancing modern tech, the utility of the form factor, a pretty reasonable $12,999 MSRP (base), and Guzzi’s signature unconventional retro-ness, the V85 TT could appeal to a relatively large cross section of riders. If it delivers the goods, it just might bring Moto Guzzi back into the mainstream motorcycling conversation.

2019 KTM 790 Adventure R

The KTM 790 Adventure R is at the opposite end of the Adventure spectrum than the Guzzi. Has there ever been an ADV bike that schews so off-road? Leave it to the Austrians to make a no-holds-barred ADV middleweight. While the competition’s bikes make nice with the rider, the KTM will probably make you feel bad about yourself unless you’re capable of riding it down cliff faces and jumping off dunes. If the package is enticing, but you see yourself sticking more to the pavement, the non-R version is for you. The ever-expanding 790 platform is proof that KTM wants to have a bike for every rider. If rumors of a 500cc twin are to be believed, the moto world may soon have a strong orange tint.

2019 BMW S1000RR

When the original S1000RR was released a decade ago, it was the first time BMW had flexed its performance muscles in some time. Pre-S1000RR, there were many of us who thought BMWs were about as hip and edgy as James Taylor and turtleneck sweaters. Maybe it was my youthful prejudice, but it seemed like BMWs were only ridden by guys who put dirty lambswool cushions on their saddles and held their pants up with suspenders. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. When The S1000RR came out doing its best GSX-R1000 K5 impression, you could once again see BMWs ridden by, um, young people. The ’19 S1000RR is going to be a contender. It will remind us all that BMW knows how to design for speed. We can’t wait to see it in Tom Sykes’ hands this year in World SBK.

2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R

There’s a special place for R-spec Ducatis in the motorcycle world. And Ducati thinks that’s on the top step of the podium. The two-cylinder Panigale never won a World SBK title—the first superbike from Bologna to achieve such a distinction—which is why I’m selling my own Panigale. Kidding. Make no mistake: Ducati built the V4 to bring the SBK crown back to Bologna. The homologation-special V4 R—complete with aerodynamic winglets, revised chassis, and all sorts of moto-fetish-worthy bits and bobs—is Ducati’s gauntlet thrown. The V4 R has a massive point to prove. Will it be enough to loosen Kawasaki and Jonathan Rea’s grip on the championship?


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2019 Harley-Davidson LiveWire

It’s been five years since Harley-Davidson brought the wraps off the LiveWire concept bike. Now here we are and you can actually buy the thing. For $29,799. With that price tag, it’s hard to ignore that the LiveWire’s purpose is more about redefining the Bar and Shield’s image for future generations than it is about sales numbers. At this stage, it’s more important for the thing to actually exist than it is for it to be affordable. The affordable ones will come. Right now, it’s all about building it so they will come.

2019 Indian FTR 1200

Indian’s FTR750-inspired tracker is the modern company’s first foray into performance territory. With a 1,203cc engine derived from the Scout—that weighs 40 pounds less and makes a claimed 120 hp—the FTR 1200) could be quite the thing. Indian pretty much ravaged the American Flat Track field with its factory racebike. Now it’s time to see what it can muster bearing the shackles of emissions standards, homologation requirements, and a $13,499 MSRP (for the base model). Here’s hoping it’s the first of many performance bikes from Indian.

2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701

Husqvarna is one of the oldest names in all of motorcycling. But to the average American, Husqvarna is better known for chain saws and garden tractors. Which is to say, there’s a lot riding on every bike it releases. There’s just not a lot of room for missteps in today’s competitive marketplace. Fortunately, KTM’s single-cylinder powerplant is a gem and Husqvarna’s styling is quickly making a niche for itself. The Svartpilen 701 looks fantastic on paper. We can’t wait to see it in the flesh and take one for a spin.

Anything else? Feel free to add your own opinion in the comments section below.

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com

Red Bull KTM American Flat Track Singles Team First Look

After eyeing up the series last season, the The Red Bull KTM Team will officially contest the 2019 American Flat Track series in the 450cc Singles class. Based out of Murrieta, California, the full-fledged factory racing squad will contest the 18-round series which travels back and forth across dirt ovals and TT circuits across the United States. Reigning Singles champ Dan Bromley and Shayna Texter will both compete for the newly announced team.

“KTM is very excited to announce these two riders for the new Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Flat Track Team,” Team Manager Chris Fillmore said. “Both riders have incredible potential and we can’t wait to get the season underway. Building a new team and program from the ground up is not short of challenges, so I would like to personally thank the KTM Motorsports team, Dan and Shayna, as well as our team partners.”

The team was introduced during a private event at SoCal’s Perris Raceway. During the event, it showcased its modified 2019 450 SX-F Factory Edition. Specifically outfitted in flat-track racing trim, compared to the motocross version, the suspension is lowered with generally slower valving, for greater pitch control. The traditional 21-/19-inch wheel combo was replaced with a set of wider 19-inch spoked hoops shod with Dunlop DT3 rubber. The front brake is also removed at non-TT races with racers relying solely on the rear break around dirt ovals. The race bikes will feature a newly developed and dirt track-specific engine package.

Both Texter and Browley took to the track for some introductory laps on their racebikes and navy blue and orange Alpinestars race suits, before journalists got to experience the fun on lightly modified production 450 SX-Fs.

“Obviously I want to win the championship, and in order to do that you’ve got to win races and podiums,” said Texter, 27, who hails from Willow Street, Pennsylvania. “It’s no stranger to anyone who follows the sport—I’ve been so close to winning the championship so many years.”

Texter has recently teamed with renowned trainer and motorsports fitness guru Aldon Baker in an effort to take her to the next level.

“I’ve been working with Aldon and just trying to get physically and mentally as prepared for the start of the season,” she said. “Aldon’s trying to help me accomplish some of my goals and make sure that I’m as good as I can be going into the start of the season.”

“This will be my first time [on a factory team],” 23-year-old young gun Bromley said. Previous to this, I was on a Kawasaki-supported Twins program. It wasn’t a factory team. I got no money out of it, no nothing. But all the bikes were supplied and I just had to show up at the track.

“Here, it’s a lot more easy. I get a little bit more help getting to the tracks. Get a little bit more help being able to live my life and train and do all that,” said the reigning champ, who still swings a hammer and works as a carpenter at home in New Freedom, Pennsylvania, during the work week.

“I just want to defend my championship this year,” he adds. “Then for 2020, I’m really looking forward to hopefully moving up to the Twins division. I would be really excited for KTM if they come out with a Twins program.”

Although KTM has yet to announce a Twins-class flat-track program, based on how it does this year, paired with the recent release of its 799cc parallel twin as used in the 2019 790 Duke streetbike, we’d be surprised if we didn’t see the Austrians enter the premier class.

The Red Bull KTM team will make its debut at the Daytona TT in Daytona Beach, Florida, March 14.

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com

Icon Hypersport Race Suit And Airform Helmet First Look

Icon has released details of its spring 2019 line, including fresh graphics for existing helmets and revised jackets, pants, and gloves along with a few exciting items that are brand new which we’ll cover below. These include the one-piece Hypersport Race Suit and the Airform helmet, which will take the place of the Alliance in Icon’s line.

Icon has finally released its long-anticipated race suit, and the men’s Hypersport promises to be worth the wait. It’s got 1.1–1.3mm TracSpec leather construction with all the bells and whistles you need from a track suit. That includes Attack Fit design, with pre-curved arms and legs, a TPU speed hump, and TPU on the elbows, shoulders, and knees. There’s also a full range of D3O impact protectors in the shoulders, elbows, back, hips, and knees.

You get four-way-stretch material and accordion panels in key areas to help make moving around easier and more comfortable, along with reinforced perforations throughout so air can find its way in and out. There’s neoprene lining at the cuffs of the legs and arms too and a removable, washable liner. And, of course, replaceable knee pucks.

The Airform takes the place of the outgoing Alliance as one of Icon’s entry-level lids. You’ll notice right away that the Airform takes its styling cues from some of the more recent releases like the Airframe Pro and Airflite, with a much more aggressive exterior shape than the Alliance.

It’s DOT and ECE approved and made from injection-molded polycarbonate. Inside is a HydraDry moisture-wicking liner as well as a drop-down sun shield. There are cutouts in the EPS liner to allow Bluetooth speakers to fit nicely, and air channels in the EPS to allow air to flow freely from the four intake vents out the exhaust.

Icon rates the Airform as an intermediate oval head shape, aiming to fit well for a wide variety of riders. Pricing starts at $185 and sizes range from XS through 3XL.

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com

What Do You Think About Forever 21’s Honda Clothing Line?

The perpetually youthful clothing brand Forever 21 teamed with Honda for a 1990s, motocross-inspired collection. There’s a lot of neon colors, spandex (for the ladies), and pseudo motocross pants—all with “Honda” front and center.

Part of me—the curmudgeonly part—hates it. It’s easy to imagine a mob of angsty, texting teenagers running around the mall wearing fake motocross gear without caring the tiniest bit about motorcycling or 1990s motocross (Jeremy McWho?). Real poser stuff here. Poor Soichiro would probably be outraged to see his name emblazoned on a midriff-exposing crop top.

Another part of me thinks it’s great. Imagine some kid who comes from a tragically motorcycle-free background and sees these de rigueur clothes pop up in his/her Instagram feed. If they like the style, it’s not a stretch to imagine them becoming curious about the source.

Step 1: Buy Forever 21 spandex onesie with “Honda” scrawled up and down the thighs. Step 2: Google “Honda motorcycle 1995.” Step 3: Ask parents for motorcycle. Step 4: Get massive chewing out from parents. Step 5: Get a job to save up for a dirt bike. Step 50: Race ’95 CR250 in vintage races.


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I don’t care where someone’s journey to riding began or what sparked their imagination. If this makes motorcycling cool again, then great.

Maybe for every 100 kids repping F21’s McGrath style, there’ll be one who actually gets really into it and gets a bike. That’ll make eye rolling at the other 99 worth it.

What do you think? Love it? Hate it? Comment below.

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com