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Sam Sunderland and GasGas Take the Win at Dakar 2022

Sam Sunderland achieves his second Dakar win by keeping cool, calm, and consistent. Big congrats to Sam and the folks at GasGas Factory Racing.

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GASGAS Factory Racing


Sam Sunderland and GASGAS Factory Racing have won the 2022 Dakar Rally! Delivering exactly the kind of mature, considered performance we’ve come to expect of him over the last two weeks, in finishing eighth in today’s final stage, Sam has claimed overall victory at the 44th Dakar Rally. And, at the end of 12 grueling days of racing across the Saudi Arabian desert, he’s handed GASGAS our first ever victory at the world’s most iconic rally raid event!

  • Sam Sunderland wins Dakar Rally 2022!
  • GASGAS Factory Racing claims first Dakar title!
  • Two stage wins for Daniel Sanders before injury

Sam Sunderland: “Wow. What a feeling! That 10-minute period waiting at the end of the final stage to see if I’d won felt like a lifetime. But this feeling, knowing I’ve won a second Dakar, will stay in my memory forever. This win feels better than the first as this victory was anything but easy. The times were so close this year and there was no time to let off the gas, it was a really close race, right to the end. All of the hard work, the sacrifices, and everything that the GASGAS team has done for me makes it all worthwhile. It’s been five years since my first Dakar win, and it’s been a long time to wait! I’m super happy to get another win and claim the first one for GASGAS. Everyone on the team has worked so hard to achieve this and it’s a true team effort – together we got the job done. Amazing.”

Leading the race from stage two through to the end of stage six, the Dakar began perfectly for Sam. Riding flawlessly throughout the two-week event, he delivered the goods on multiple occasions when the pressure was well and truly on. Competitive from the very beginning, GASGAS Factory Racing’s Sam Sunderland is 2022 Dakar Rally champion!

Sam’s second Dakar victory is not just an incredible personal achievement, it also marks the return of the title to the KTM AG Company. With 19 wins in the last 22 years, Sam’s victory re-affirms the group’s commitment and ongoing success at the world’s toughest rally raid.

While it’s all about Sam right now and his amazing achievement, it wouldn’t be right to sign off from Dakar 2022 without giving Daniel Sanders the credit he deserves. Our second GASGAS Factory Racing star taking on this year’s event, Chucky claimed two amazing stage wins, and on the final day of racing in week one, led Sam home for a GASGAS one-two. A crash on stage seven resulted in a fractured elbow and wrist, but the good news is that’s he’s had surgery and is now well on the way to making a full recovery. He’ll be back at the Dakar in 2023 for another run at the title.

Congrats guys, enjoy the party!

Norbert Stadlbauer – Rally Team Manager: “Amazing, simply amazing! This Dakar was a really challenging race, right until the very end, so to win, it’s an incredible achievement. Throughout the whole event Sam was smart, strong, and his speed was exceptional. I’m really happy for him and the whole of GASGAS Factory Racing. The entire team has worked so hard to be successful and it’s a really special moment. There’s no feeling like it. I’d like to thank all of the team’s sponsors and partners, everyone in Austria, and now, after a two tough weeks, it’s time to celebrate!”

Results (provisional): Dakar Rally 2022, stage 12
1. Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) 1:40:00
2. Toby Price (KTM) 1:40:18
3. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (Honda) 1:40:29
8. Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) 1:43:25

Overall Provisional Classification (after stage 12)
1. Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) 38:47:30
2. Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) 38:50:57
3. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 38:54:17

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iXS Releases its Heated Tour LT Glove

It’s still heated glove season in much of North America and the iXS Tour LT Glove Heat-ST is ready to keep those phalanges warm and dextrous. 

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Sophisticated technology for a warm handshake

Brave the cold!

Cold hands when riding a motorbike are not only unpleasant, but also take the fun out of riding and stiffen up your fingers. In extreme cases this can also affect traffic safety because the brakes and clutches are simply easier and safer to use with warm fingers.

The Tour LT Glove Heat-ST from iXS that is operated by a battery (included in the scope of delivery) offers unsurpassed comfort when worn on cold days. The heating performance was optimised in such a way that simultaneous warming-up of knuckles and the back of the fingers up to the fingertips is ensured, without any thermal bridges or hot spots. The heating elements made of high quality metal fibres are supplied by the light, rechargeable, powerful lithium-ion batteries. As the slim battery and the controller are attached directly on the glove, there is no need for a connection to the motorbike with annoying cables. The result is a heated glove that has been perfected in all aspects with excellent comfort and high operating safety.

The modern 7 Volt heating technology combined with an intelligent material structure ensures that the heat that is generated goes in the direction of the body and does not escape outside the glove. The heat level of the glove can be adjusted to four different temperatures. It is regulated via a button, which can also be operated easily with the glove. The relevant heating level can be read from a multi-coloured LED display. Depending on the temperature range selected, the heat output can be downloaded over a period from 2.2 to 8 hours. Additional Thinsulate™ insulation (back of the hand: 300 g / inner hand 100 g) provides extra heat when the temperatures are likely to fall even further. The 100% waterproof and breathable solto-TEX® membrane and a hand surface reinforced with goatskin ensures optimal grip control, even during very poor weather.

Thanks to the selection of high-quality materials combined with clean processing, the latest safety requirements are easily satisfied (test standard EN13594:2015). Knuckle padding made of Poron XRD® foam with a leather cover protects the knuckles and the inner hand consists of leather with leather reinforcements. The reflective piping on the fingers and cuffs ensure that you are easily visible on the roads. Extra soft inner lining and a visor wiper on the left index finger provide a high level of comfort and a safe riding experience even in bad weather. And thanks to touchscreen-compatible material at the tip of the index finger, sat-navs or mobile phones can be operated without taking off your gloves.


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Head for the Lions Rd tomorrow!

Great news! The Queensland/NSW border reopens at 1am on Saturday 15 January 2022, opening some of the best riding in the region.

The Lions Rd, Mt Lindesay Highway, Summerland Way, Numinbah Rd, Tomewin Rd and others are some of the best roads for motorcyclists just about anywhere and bound to be popular this weekend.

Sadly, I’m in iso until Monday (negative test pending), but I’m hoping to head down the Lions Rd very soon.

I went down there recently to the border where huge concrete barriers halted my fun on the Harley-Davidson Sportster S.

My mate and I at the Lions Rd border recently

It’s been too long with the border closed twice for long periods.

We won’t go into the politics and the case for and against border closures.

Instead, let’s just revel in the fun to be had now the borders are opening.

I know several riders who are itching to go and there might even be some early risers tomorrow staking a claim to be the first to cross the border at the Lions Rd which opens at 5am.

It’s almost like the Berlin Wall coming down for riders, especially given some borders were “hard closures” with concrete barriers.

The decision to open the borders came with the Omicron variant now widespread in the community (tell me about it) and 90% of eligible Queenslanders expected to be fully vaccinated next week.

More than 91.33% of Queenslanders have had at least one dose of vaccine and 88.18% are now double dosed.

From tomorrow, border checkpoints and barriers will be removed and travellers will no longer have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

Dirt bike

So, get those kickstands up, bright and early, stay safe and have fun!

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Ducati Records Its Best Year Ever In 2021

The numbers are in, and it shows that more Ducatis were sold in 2021 than ever before.

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Ducati concluded 2021 with a record figure of 59,447 motorcycles delivered to customers all over the world, and achieving an increase in sales of +24% over 2020 (48,042) and +12% over 2019 (53,183).

Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO : “2021 was a magical year for Ducati. We delivered over 59,000 motorcycles, a number never achieved before in 95 years of the company’s history. We also won the title of MotoGP Constructors’ World Champion for the second consecutive year, and we started the electric era of our company with the V21L prototype, which foresees the bike that will race in the MotoE championship from 2023. The pandemic, which is still underway, in addition to generating so much suffering, has also made activities more complex, forcing us to conduct a continuous internal reorganization. Supply chains created delivery delays for which I want to apologize to all Ducatisti, thanking them for their patience. Despite all these difficulties, the desire to excel of our employees here in Borgo Panigale and in our subsidiaries around the world helped us to achieve these record results. We are investing in an extremely ambitious growth path that will lead the company to improve even further,  by entering new market segments. With the DesertX we will have from this year on an extremely attractive proposal for adventure fans, and other ambitious projects are currently in development. The core values ​​of the brand – Style, Sophistication, Performance and Trust – are more current than ever. Future growth will take place in compliance with these values, offering our enthusiastic customers products that are increasingly representative with a unique mix of beauty, technology and distinctiveness, such as the best of Made in Italy.”

In 2021 Ducati’s growth came in all the main countries, starting with the United States, which regained the place of leading market for Ducati with 9,007 units which corresponds to an increase of 32% on 2020, followed by Italy with 8,707 bikes (+23% on 2020) and by Germany with 6,107 units (+11% on 2020). The Chinese market also grew, with 4,901 motorcycles (+21%), as well as the French one with 4,352 (+12%) and the UK one with 2,941 units (+30%).

Francesco Milicia, Ducati VP Global Sales and After Sales : “With 59,447 motorcycles delivered to customers, Ducati notches up a historic result and once again underlines its solidity, despite the difficulties encountered across all sectors due to the supplies crisis. Sales grew double-digit in all major countries, from the United States to Australia, where the new subsidiary achieved an increase of 50%. These results are also the outcome of extraordinary work aimed at the continuous improvement of the global sales network both in quantitative terms, with 84 new dealerships, and in qualitative terms, focusing on the digitization of processes and omnichannel to guarantee our Ducatisti an “unforgettable” experience, which fully reflects the company’s values. Now we are starting 2022 with an even more complete range, which is already receiving high praise as demonstrated by the best order portfolio ever at the beginning of the year.”

The enormous success obtained during the year is confirmed by the Multistrada V4, which was by far the biggest-selling and most-loved bike for Ducatisti in 2021 with 9,957 motorcycles delivered to customers. The Ducati Scrambler 800 family followed with 9,059 units, and the Monster, with 8,734 motorcycles sold.

These results were achieved despite the unpredictable situation generated by the supply crisis that has been on-going for some time. It is still a very volatile situation and is destined to continue further.

For 2022, Ducati presented nine new models to the public during the Ducati World Première web series, helping to create an even more complete range ready to satisfy the desires of every type of motorcyclist. Expectations are particularly high for the DesertX , the Ducati bike designed to tackle the most demanding off-roads with 21″ front and 18″ rear wheels, long suspension travel and ample ground clearance. A motorcycle that takes Ducati into a whole new world, a symbol of how the brand can widen its horizons without losing its roots and its sporting identity, as proven by the Panigale V4 which, in its latest evolutionary step, becomes the closest motorcycle to a MotoGP bike that a motorcyclist can ride.

To discover the Ducati 2022 range, a dedicated section is available on the Ducati.com website.

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2022 Honda Africa Twin Revealed

The Honda Africa Twin receives minimal updates for 2022 alongside the unchanged Rebel and CBR1000RR. 

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Refined Africa Twin Headlines Honda’s First New-Product Announcement of 2022

2022 CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports

January 11, 2022 — TORRANCE, Calif.

  • Legendary adventure-touring platform delivers improved riding experience
  • Other returning models include CBR1000RR, Rebel 500/300

For its first new-product announcement of the calendar year, American Honda announces the return of several popular motorcycle models. Headlining this group is the Africa Twin adventure-touring platform, including the sporty standard version and the mile-gobbling Adventure Sports ES – both offered with either a manual gearbox or Honda’s advanced automatic Dual Clutch Transmission. The Africa Twin is back with a number of focused refinements aimed at improving the riding experience.

The other models included in the announcement – the agile CBR1000RR sport bike and the versatile Rebel 500 and 300 cruisers – are offered in new colors for 2022.


2022 CRF1100L Africa Twin

Since its 2016 reintroduction, the legendary Africa Twin adventure-touring platform has undergone steady improvements aimed at carrying out its “True Adventure” ethos, and that is once again the case for the 2022 model year. The sporting- and off-road performance-oriented standard version now comes with the same rear carrier as its more distance riding-oriented Adventure Sports ES sibling. Meanwhile, that version gets a shorter windscreen for improved visibility. Both Africa Twin versions are compatible with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, and both are available with either a manual gearbox or Honda’s advanced automatic Dual Clutch Transmission, which has a program change for 2022, delivering smoother shifting in the lower gears.


  • Africa Twin Adventure Sports SE DCT: $17,999
  • Africa Twin Adventure Sports SE: $17,199
  • Africa Twin DCT: $15,199
  • Africa Twin: $14,399


  • Africa Twin Adventure Sports SE: Pearl White
  • Africa Twin: Grand Prix Red


2022 Honda CBR1000RR

Designed around a “Total Control” philosophy, Honda’s CBR1000RR has always prioritized cornering, acceleration and braking, a combination that has earned the bike legendary status. The model’s enviable racing legacy notwithstanding, this double-R version fills a new, value-dedicated role in Honda’s sport bike lineup, alongside the track-focused CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP.


  • CBR1000RR ABS: $16,799
  • CBR1000RR: $16,499


  • Grand Prix Red

REBEL 500 / REBEL 300

2022 Honda Rebel 300

The powersports industry’s most popular entry-level cruiser models by a wide margin, Honda’s Rebel 300 and Rebel 500 are responsible for introducing legions of new riders to motorcycling. That’s no surprise considering their combination of user-friendliness and stylish, minimalist design, including an iconic peanut fuel tank, LED lighting and blacked-out engine and components. They also offer unparalleled enjoyment, with a narrow frame, comfortable rider layout, nimble handling and available ABS. Riders can choose from an extensive lineup of Honda Accessories, or opt for the Rebel 500 ABS SE (offered in a new Matte Silver color for 2022), which takes the “Born Rebel” one step further by including select accessories preinstalled.


  • Rebel 500 ABS SE: $6,799
  • Rebel 500 ABS: $6,599
  • Rebel 500: $6,299
  • Rebel 300 ABS: $4,899
  • Rebel 300: $4,599


  • Rebel 500 ABS SE: Matte Silver
  • Rebel 500: Matte Gray Metallic; Matte Pearl White
  • Rebel 300: Matte Gray Metallic; Pearl Blue

2022 Honda Rebel 300

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Cold Start Off-Road Riding Clinic Culinary Experience set to Kick off Feb. 2022

The Cold Start Off-Road Riding Clinic & Culinary Experience is being put together by the same folks who have delivered excellent rally coverage to us in the past. 

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 Raising a Glass to Adventure

A Culture-Infused Moto Experience Going Over Off-Road Basics in Baja California

Holiday celebrations are extending into the New Year, with a fresh event which combines a love of riding with a passion for food, drink and fascinating conversions. WESTx1000 has teamed up with several incredible partners, like Baja Bound Insurance, Lost in Baja, REV’IT and Skool of Moto, to put together The Cold Start Off-Road Riding Clinic & Culinary Experience taking place just south of the Mexican border. Early mornings, cold carburetors, hot coffee and the promise of fresh air and winding dirt roads to offer a little extra motivation. It’s a recipe for adventure. One which will be setting off February 4th, 2022, with the recipe book propped wide open. And in Baja California this dish is best served with a side of culture and a glass of wine.

The affair kicks off with an early welcome dinner prepared at the Lost in Baja headquarters. While Chef Garcia prepares the meal, the guests will warm up with a tasting courtesy of Finita Vinicola Winery and Aguas Mansas Artisanal Mezcal. Not to indulge too recklessly, lights will turn out early so all can rest for the coming two-day workshop. Whether turning their wheels off the pavement for the first time or sharpening skills they’ve already acquired, participants will be in wonderful hands. Donni Reddington is a trauma nurse by day and motorcycle instructor by “night” (well, also day). And she has a great team of a medics, sweeps and talented riders who’ll braap beside her throughout the event – notably GS Trophy Rider, big bike coach and moto maven, Jocelin Snow.

Satisfied by a homemade breakfast and a cup of SHIFT coffee, the class begins with an abilities course to prepare riders for the expedition ahead. A brief, but effective, sand intensive will split the first day before the group explores a mellow trail through mountains dividing the Pacific from the Valle de Guadalupe. To commemorate their achievements, famed chef and restauranteur Roberto Alcocer will host a small feast at his joint Dr. Pizza with a few complimentary beverages Transpeninsular Brewery to help wash it all down. Round Two will level up with a few more complex skills and a journey down an intermediate route in beautiful Ojos Negros – a famous stop along the Baja 1000 racecourse. Winding down after a long day behind their handlebars, the gang will gather yet again at one of Alcocer’s restaurants, however Mavla is fine dining meant to savor.

Although the ride comes to an end as the weekend closes, the final day of The Cold Start will be filled with freedom. And wine. An opportunity to wander the region and soak in all which has enchanted too few visitors, at least beyond Rosarito. Or if a whirlwind adventure through wine country seems more alluring, the organizers will have a shuttle ready to whisk guests away for multiple tastings in the Valle. To put icing on the cake, before the guests even arrive, REV’IT! is offering a generous 40% discount to participants upon registration, which is now open and ready to welcome you on an unforgettable motorcycle trip. Please email Kyra Sacdalan – [email protected] – to learn about the three packages [Full Send, Counterbalance & Coasting], to request a brochure or put your name on the entry list.

The Details…

When: February 4th – 8th, 2022

Where: Ensenada – Valle de Guadalupe – Ojos Negros

How: To register, make inquiries or request a full brochure with descriptions, suggestions and pricing email [email protected]


  • 2-Day off-road motorcycle clinic,
  • Level 1 & 2 guided dual-sport ride
  • Three nights and three days of culinary experiences
  • Optional wine tour through the Valle de Guadalupe


  • Skilled motorcycle instruction from Skool of Moto
  • 40% off discount from REV’IT! Motorcycle Gear
  • Professional photography captured by WESTx1000 and Wildfire Moto
  • Professional video filmed by DVL Film House
  • An entirely local menu, featuring only Mexican partners such as 2187, Dr. Pizza, Malva Restaurant, Boutique Gastronomica, Aguas Mansas, Finita Vinicola and Cerveceria Transpeninsular
  • Optional logistical assistance, rentals and shuttles within Baja
  • Deals & gifts though partners REV’IT!, Satelite del Norte, Kate’s Real Food, Rugged Radios, and more…
  • There are prerequisites, so please read the brochure carefully before reserving your spot

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Alpinestars Announces the Next Generation of its Tech-Air Systems at CES

The next generation of Alpinestars Tech-Air systems is looking pretty intriguing. 

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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS – Alpinestars is showcasing over 55 years of technology innovation and product development in motorcycling and motorsports protection with the launch of the all-new Tech-Air® 10, Tech-Air® 3, and Tech-Air® OFF-ROAD V2 autonomous Airbag Systems.

Alpinestars Tech-Air 10

Alpinestars Tech-Air 10

Derived from Alpinestars’ participation in MotoGP, Tech-Air® 10 is a slim, self-contained wearable Airbag System that offers unrivaled body protection to racers, track day riders, and road riders by covering the rider’s shoulders, chest, full back, and hips. Tech-Air® 10 can be worn under any Alpinestars Tech-Air® Ready suit, or any third-party leather suit with 4 cm of space around the circumference of the rider’s chest and 2 cm around the circumference of the rider’s hips to accommodate the inflation of the airbag, in the event of a crash.

Alpinestars Tech 3

Alpinestars Tech 3

Tech-Air® 3 is Alpinestars’ ‘over’ the jacket Airbag System designed for commuters and road riding. With its practical design, the Tech-Air® 3 Airbag System can be worn in all weather conditions, and its lightweight construction and packable design mean that it can be quickly and easily folded up and stowed in a backpack or under a scooter’s seat when not in use. The Tech-Air® 3 Airbag System is available in men’s and women’s Stella versions with an ergonomically designed, dedicated fit.

Alpinestars Tech-Air OFF-ROAD V2

Alpinestars Tech-Air OFF-ROAD V2

The Tech-Air® OFF-ROAD V2 Airbag System offers the highest level of protection for off-road riding, developed and used in the most grueling conditions of the last 3 Dakar races, it will be made available for purchase later in 2022.

The 3 new airbag systems are the latest additions to the Alpinestars’ Tech-Air® family, which also includes Tech Air 5.

With this complete selection of advanced airbag technology, Alpinestars is enabling riders of all disciplines to benefit from a standalone, wearable garment featuring all of the protection that Tech-Air® delivers, regardless of the bike they ride, or the style of riding they do.

The Consumer Electronics Show takes place from January 5th to 7th in Las Vegas. Alpinestars’ exhibit is located in Tech West of the Venetian Expo, Level 2, Halls A-C, Booth 54932 in the Lifestyle zone of the Venetian Ballroom.

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Kawasaki Celebrates the Anniversary of Its Iconic Z Brand with 50th Anniversary Edition Motorcycles

Hope you like red…

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Kawasaki’s legacy of creating motorcycles that have unrivaled performance, excitement, and unmatched styling continues by welcoming four new special anniversary models to its 2022 motorcycle lineup with the Z 50th Anniversary Z900, Z650 Z900RS and Z650RS.

As the last letter in the alphabet, Z represents the ultimate – the reason why the legendary Kawasaki super4 900 was nicknamed the Z1 in 1972. Since then, the Z moniker has been inherited by several models in Kawasaki’s lineup that have been developed to stand out as the ultimate machines in their respective categories. Fast forward to 2014 and the next step in Z supernaked performance and design was taken with Sugomi styling incorporated into the Z1000. The Kawasaki Z family of motorcycles has grown into one of Kawasaki’s core motorcycle brands.

For 2022, the Z 50th Anniversary editions of the supernaked Z900 and Z650 can be found adorned in a “Firecracker Red” paint scheme, similar to that found on the dominant 1981 Z1100GP that pushed the limits of air-cooled high performance. The Z brand’s 50-year pursuit of the ultimate riding excitement, passed from generation to generation, now vividly adorns these Z supernaked models.

For the Z 50th Anniversary editions of the Z900RS and Z650RS, the iconic “Fireball” colorway of the 1972 Z1 was chosen. With elegant curves resplendent in the lustrous, rich red of the famous Fireball pattern, Z’s glorious past and brilliant future shines for all to see. An exquisite milestone to mark half a century of Z history.

Limited production will apply to each of these unique models and a special coffee table book commemorating the 50 years of the Z brand will be included as a premium gift for each customer who purchases a Z 50th Anniversary Edition model.


Z 50th Anniversary editions of the Z900 and Z650 supernakeds are clad in an eye-catching “Firecracker Red” that was found on dominant Kawasaki machines like the Z1100GP. This hue of red was Kawasaki’s signature color in the 1980s, and for these Z 50th Anniversary models, was specially blended, making their aggressive supernaked Z styling even more striking. Dark blue and silver highlights throughout complement the vivid red color and a gloss black frame contrasts the bright coloring. The Z emblem and Kawasaki logo are finished in gold and a commemorative Z 50th Anniversary logo has been added to the front fender, further distinguishing these models from their standard counterparts. The red wheels feature silver pinstripes, adding to the head turning styling and special seat that has a texture distinct from the standard model. Gold outer fork tubes can also be found on the Z 50th Anniversary Z900, providing a high-class touch.

The Z 50th Anniversary Z900 naked sportbike is equipped with a variety of advanced features and epitomizes Kawasaki’s belief of what the ideal supernaked should be. At 948cc with an ultra-lightweight chassis, every ride is met with exceptional power, responsiveness, and excitement. The Z900 features a 948cc liquid-cooled, in-line four-cylinder engine, fine-tuned front and rear suspension settings, Sugomi™-inspired Z styling, Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), Power Mode and Integrated Riding Modes selection, Smartphone Connectivity via RIDEOLOGY THE APP, TFT Color Instrumentation, LED headlamp, position lamp & license plate lamp, and Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 Tires. The Z900 50th Anniversary is available with an MSRP of $9,499.

The Z 50th Anniversary Z650 supernaked boasts the ideal blend of sporty performance and everyday versatility. Featuring a strong 649cc engine, the Z650 naked sportbike is a compact middleweight without equal. The Z650 parallel-twin engine is paired with a lightweight trellis frame, Sugomi™-inspired Z styling, LED Headlights, TFT color instrumentation, Smartphone Connectivity via RIDEOLOGY THE APP, Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires, and increased passenger comfort. The Z650 50th Anniversary is available with an MSRP of $8,299.


Reigniting the classic style of the original Z1 900 motorcycle, the Kawasaki Z 50th Anniversary Z900RS and Z650RS retro-sport motorcycles feature a “Fireball” colorway that honors the legendary Z1 and pursues the quality suitable for a 50-year milestone. A special painting process was developed specifically for these Z 50th anniversary models, which includes the candy colors being applied in layers using a special technique that brings out a deep, glossy texture to enhance the inherent beauty of these retro-sport models. The frame is finished in gloss black to complement the rich coloring, and gold colored wheels add to the old school retro styling. Additional special features found on these models include “Double Overhead Camshaft” side cover emblems like that found on the original Z1, a commemorative Z 50th Anniversary tank logo, revised seat material with a distinct texture and special color stitching, and a chrome grab bar.

Adding to the Z 50th Anniversary Z900RS’ design are timeless design elements with minimal bodywork and no fairing for a pure retro-style look. The 2022 Z900RS features a 948cc liquid-cooled, in-line four-cylinder engine, Assist & Slipper clutch, horizontal back-link rear suspension, authentic retro styling, iconic teardrop fuel tank, sound tuned stainless steel exhaust system, round LED headlight, and bullet-shaped analog dials. The Z900RS Z 50th Anniversary is available with an MSRP of $12,049.

Just like its bigger Z900RS counterpart, the Z650RS tempts the eye with its timeless beauty. It distinguishes itself from its bigger sibling with a slimmer fuel tank and a shorter, more compact tail, which expresses its light handling and approachable character. It’s powered by a parallel-twin 649cc engine, Assist & Slipper clutch and held up by horizontal back-link rear suspension. The authentic retro styling includes an iconic teardrop fuel tank, tuned stainless steel exhaust system, round LED headlight, and bullet-shaped analog dials that feature dual-dial instrumentation with a multi-function LCD screen. The Z650RS Z 50th Anniversary is available with an MSRP of $9,249.

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Damon Unveils Electrifying HyperFighter Family of Motorcycles at CES

Damon is adding a naked streetfighter – the HyperFighter – to its electric “Smart” superbike range.

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Damon Motors today officially unveiled the newest edition to its family of motorcycles: HyperFighter, a raw, muscular-silhouetted, electrifying streetfighter motorcycle built for a new generation of urban riders. The company introduced the HyperFighter Colossus motorcycle, as well as a future model, HyperFighter Unlimited, available in two power options. The HyperFighter is derived from Damon’s first multi-award-winning bike, HyperSport, and is built upon the company’s groundbreaking HyperDrive™ technology. HyperDrive is the world’s first monocoque-constructed, 100 percent electric, multi-variant powertrain; which also received a CES 2022 Innovation Award. 

“Forget what you know about traditional streetfighters. Just as HyperSport has done to the sportbike segment, the HyperFighter stands to disrupt the streetfighter category with groundbreaking technology not found on any other bikes,” said Jay Giraud, co-founder & CEO, Damon Motors. “The HyperFighter is a stripped-down demon of a bike that is not for the faint of heart. We’re excited to give the naked sports bike fanatic everything they want, and with HyperDrive serving as the nucleus, Damon can continue to innovate and rapidly scale to bring the world’s most electrifying motorcycles to market.”

In addition to being equipped with HyperDrive, all HyperFighter motorcycles feature:

  • CoPilot – 360˚ advanced warning system that uses radar, cameras and non-visual sensors to track the speed, direction and velocity of up to 64 moving objects around the motorcycle for unparalleled situational awareness
  • Shift – At the push of a button, patented electronic ergonomics allow riders to transform their riding position with adjustable handlebars position and a retractable windscreen to dramatically reduce wind resistance and increase long range comfort, all while in motion
  • Customization – Design your ride with HyperFighter Unlimited customizable bodykits and graphic packages. Whether you’re a commuter, track or stunt rider, there’s options for everyone to create their own unique bike. Online configurator available later in Q1-22

HyperFighter Colossus

Est. $485/month (or $35,000 USD)

  • 20kWh Battery
  • 200HP
  • >200 Nm Torque
  • 0-60 < 3 Seconds
  • 0-100 < 5 Seconds
  • 170mph Top Speed
  • 146 mile range
  • Premium wheels & bodykit

HyperFighter Unlimited 20

Est. $357/month (or $25,000 USD)

  • 20kWh Battery
  • 200HP
  • >200 Nm Torque
  • 0-60 < 3 Seconds
  • 0-100 < 5 Seconds
  • 170mph Top Speed
  • 146 mile range

HyperFighter Unlimited 15

Est. $264/month (or $19,000 USD)

  • 15kWh Battery
  • 150HP
  • >200 Nm Torque
  • 0-60 < 3 Seconds
  • 0-100 < 5 Seconds
  • 150mph Top Speed
  • 120 mile range

“HyperFighter pays homage to the streetfighters of yesterday while looking to the future with unparalleled safety and performance that Damon is known around the world for,” said Derek Dorresteyn, Chief Technology Officer, Damon Motors. “We’ve built an incredible, technologically-advanced motorcycle that will appeal to both long-time streetfighter enthusiasts and new riders.”

All HyperFighter motorcycles can be reserved with a fully refundable deposit (Colossus for $250 and HyperFighter Unlimited models for just $100). To be one of the first in line for HyperFighter, and to learn more about Damon Motors, visit damon.com.

About Damon Motors
Damon Motors is a global technology leader disrupting urban mobility. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, Damon believes the future of motorcycling is smarter, safer, more exhilarating and personal when there’s a fusion of human and machine. Its mission is to protect riders with technology that adapts to humans instead of the other way around. Starting with the HyperSport, Damon has reimagined the relationship between bike and rider – erasing the divide to make them one. Anchored by its proprietary electric powertrain, HyperDrive™, the company has stunned the motorcycling world by unleashing earth-scorching speed, ferocious design, and epic new technologies like CoPilot™ and Shift™. Damon continues to push limits to create global impact and shift the perception of mobility and safety.

For more information on how Damon technology is defining the new industry standard, please visit damon.com.

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Michelin Introduces The New Road 6 Tire For Sport Touring Motorcycles

Michelin is once again raising the bar for longevity and wet grip for sport touring motorcycles.

Begin press release:

The MICHELIN® Road 6 tire brings enthusiasts multiple new features designed to improve wet grip, longevity and appearance on a range of motorcycles.

The new tire, available now, is designed to improve performance for roadster, trail, sport and GT motorcycles and is available in the standard MICHELIN Road 6 tire range, as well as the MICHELIN Road 6 GT tire range for larger, heavier touring motorcycles.

Technologies from Michelin’s research centers around the world, coupled with the class-leading technology of the tire’s predecessor, the MICHELIN® Road 5 tire, leverage two decades of innovation to bring riders the following benefits:

Wet grip: The MICHELIN® Road 6 tire has 15% more grip than its predecessor in wet conditions thanks to silica technology tread compounds and a new tread pattern featuring MICHELIN® Water Evergrip Technology™.1

Longevity: The MICHELIN® Road 6 tire delivers 10% longer tread life compared with the previous generation.2

Tread design: An optimized ratio of grooves to rubber, known as the void ratio, gives improved grip performance in both wet and dry conditions. This ratio is not compromised when cornering, so riders have constant and accurate feedback from their tires. The MICHELIN® X-Sipe Technology™ combined with MICHELIN® Water Evergrip Technology™ ensures the tire has consistent grip throughout conditions and maintains its grip even as the tire wears – giving riders confidence in the tire from the first mile to the last mile. There are also new groove and sipe angles with longer edges that cut through water film and maintain road grip.

Tire compounds: MICHELIN® Silica Rain Technology™ improves the tire’s grip in colder conditions and on wet roads, promoting continuous performance and longer tread life. New for the MICHELIN Road 6 tire ranges is MICHELIN® 2CT+ Technology applied for the first time to the front tire, giving riders more stability entering corners.

Tire architecture: MICHELIN® Amplified Density Technology™ is a highly dense, rigid tire casing that gives riders excellent feedback and handling. Aramid tread plies resist centrifugal growth at speed, reduce weight and provide stability.

Improved aesthetics: MICHELIN® Premium Touch Technology™ is used in the design of the sidewalls, a feature originating from ultra-high-performance tires for sportscars. This exclusive technology uses micro geometry on the sidewalls to create texture, which in-turn allows it to modulate contrast and create shades of gray to highlight the tire markings and give an attractive finish.

The new tire range comprises six front and eight rear sizes, while the GT tire range is available in one front and three rear sizes. This complete range provides fitments for everything from small roadsters such as the KTM 390, through trail bikes, and up to GT machines such as the BMW K1600 GT/GTL.

Michelin Road Tire History

The MICHELIN® Road 6 tire follows a long line of Michelin firsts in this tire category:

2002 – MICHELIN® Pilot® Road – the first road tire range
2007 – MICHELIN® Pilot® Road 2 – the first road tire range featuring MICHELIN 2CT Technology
2011 – MICHELIN® Pilot® Road 3 – the first road tire range featuring sipes
2014 – MICHELIN® Pilot® Road 4 – the first road tire range with a dedicated GT version
2018 – MICHELIN® Road 5 – the first road tire range using MICHELIN Water Evergrip Technology
2022 – MICHELIN® Road 6 tire is launched, brining industry-leading performances to a variety of motorcycles

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