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2025 Triumph Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition Preview 

2025 Triumph Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition

Triumph has announced a special edition motorcycle that’s sure to interest fans of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The 2025 Triumph Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition is limited to only 925 units worldwide and celebrates Elvis and his Memphis Mafia group of friends who rode on Bonnevilles. 

2025 Triumph Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition

Inspiration for the Elvis Presley Limited Edition came from a story in 1965. The story attests that Elvis was hanging out with his “Memphis Mafia” friend group in Bel Air shortly after Jerry Schilling had bought a new Triumph T120 Bonneville. After Elvis took it for a ride, he ordered Bonnevilles for the whole group of nine buddies, who rode their new bikes late into the evening until neighbors complained about the noise. 

Triumph Motorcycles is currently in search of the Memphis Mafia Bonnevilles, and anyone who has information about these bikes is asked to email [email protected]

2025 Triumph Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition

The Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition has been crafted to honor its namesake. The Carnival Red color scheme was inspired by the J Daar custom Bonneville, which was created to raise money for the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation in 2023. The bike also features “ELVIS” gold lettering on the tank, which Triumph intended to represent set lights. Also on the tank and side panels is Elvis’s signature. 

2025 Triumph Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition

A more subtle detail for Elvis fans is the “Taking Care of Business in a Flash” emblem on the front fender. The line was said to be a personal mantra of Elvis and the design featured on the necklace presented to each of his Memphis Mafia friends. 

Other details include tank stripes in Aluminum Silver, hand-painted gold line detailing, and a chrome finish on selected parts, including the sweeping exhaust with peashooter silencers. Only 925 of these special edition bikes will be made, and each one will feature a numbered handlebar clamp with Elvis Presley’s signature laser-etched onto it. The three-bar tank badge and machined engine fins recreate the look from the iconic 1959 Bonneville. 

2025 Triumph Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition

Each Elvis Presley Limited Edition bike will come with a Sony gold disc in an exclusive Elvis Presley and Triumph Motorcycles record sleeve, along with a certificate of authenticity signed by Triumph CEO Nick Bloor and Jamie Salter, founder, chairman, and CEO of ABG, Elvis Presley Enterprises.  

The 2025 Triumph Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition will be available starting at $15,495 and will arrive in dealerships starting in September 2024. Customers can reserve bikes now at their local Triumph dealer. 

2025 Triumph Bonneville T120 Elvis Presley Limited Edition

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2024 BMW R 12 nineT Review | First Ride

2024 BMW R 12 nineT
The BMW R 12 nineT merges classic flash with modern dash.

The 2024 BMW R 12 nineT is the latest addition to BMW’s storied lineup of heritage motorcycles, blending classic design elements with modern technology and performance. This classically styled roadster helps celebrate the 100th anniversary of BMW Motorrad. 

The horizontally opposed twin-cylinder engine is as synonymous with BMW as V-Twins are with Harley-Davidsons. The boxer is a BMW hallmark, long known for its distinctive aesthetic and linear power delivery. A 1,170cc air/oil-cooled boxer is proudly on display in the R 12 nineT.  

2024 BMW R 12 nineT
The R 12 nineT looks stunning, especially in its San Remo Green Metallic colorway, a $325 option over the standard Black Storm Metallic. The sculpted aluminum front fender mount is a nice touch.

The R nineT was introduced in 2013, capturing the attention of riders who wanted the appearance of a vintage cafe racer but with modern performance and capabilities. More than 110,000 have been shuffled out of BMW dealers. 

Related: 2023 BMW R nineT 100 Years Edition Review 

For 2024, the model has changed names to include a displacement reference, the “12” added to this R 12 nineT. With a new exhaust and different tuning, the low-slung boxer produces 107 hp and is fitted into a new one-piece frame. The chassis is shared with the new R 12 cruiser ($12,345), which is detuned to 95 hp to satisfy European A2 license requirements. Both engines have identical torque curves below 6,000 rpm.  

2024 BMW R 12 nineT
The R 12 nineT’s exhaust system has new header pipes with a crossover tube pumping burned gases to a chamber below the engine that houses the catalytic converter, now with a lambda sensor after the cat to help meet Euro 5 regulations.

GEAR UP

BMW R 12 nineT | Equipment 

The R 12 nineT starts at $16,990 including its $695 destination fee. Adding optional equipment can quickly vault MSRP. The Select Package adds $1,524 to the price and includes an up/down quickshifter, cruise control, heated grips, Hill Start Assist Pro, and Connected Ride Control with a Bluetooth interface.  

2024 BMW R 12 nineT
A new steel-trellis frame replaces the previous two-piece frame, eliminating some fasteners and slightly reducing its weight, also resulting in a cleaner appearance. The subframe is detachable to enable customization.

Forking over another $2,275 accesses the delectable Option 719 package. It features a red frame and is capped off brilliantly by a brushed finish on the aluminum fuel tank, windscreen, rear fender, and a tail hump (a $1,020 option on its own). It also features a slathering of machined billet-aluminum components, including cylinder head covers, adjustable hand and foot controls, bar-end mirrors, and expansion-tank cover, plus a different seat and exhaust system. 

2024 BMW R 12 nineT
The optional aluminum tailpiece helps create one of the nicest butts on a production motorcycle. The turnsignal lamps serve double duty as taillights to keep the rear end tidy.

But wait, there’s more! A minimalist 3.5-inch TFT instrument panel can be added for $145, but BMW wanted to give buyers the choice to opt for the newly designed twin round analog gauges, which are perhaps more appropriate for the retro-inspired nineT. Tubeless wire-spoke wheels are a $695 option to replace the standard cast-aluminum hoops, if that’s the look you prefer. 

All versions of the nineT include keyless ignition, an IMU to inform traction control and cornering ABS, ride modes (Dynamic, Road, and Rain), full LED lighting, a USB-C charging port, and a 12-volt outlet.  

2024 BMW R 12 nineT
The R 12 nineT has a minimalist TFT instrument panel.

BMW R 12 nineT | Test Ride  

The assemblage of nineTs sitting in front of our Spanish hotel looked marvelous, especially with the aluminum tail humps blending with the fuel tank’s bare aluminum sides. The bikes look both classy and classic. 

2024 BMW R 12 nineT
The controls might appear befuddling, but BMW’s system is fairly easy to defuddle.

With a 31.3-inch seat height, the nineT is fairly easy to straddle and hold its 485-lb curb weight upright. Its 4.2-gallon tank is 1.2 inches shorter and is also narrower between the knees than it was previously to position the rider closer to the handlebar. The riding position is sporty but not punishing, a good compromise for a cafe racer such as this. The digital instrument panel fitted to our bikes is tiny but usable.

2024 BMW R 12 nineT
The R 12 nineT presents a shape unique in motorcycling. The stacked pair of mufflers with conical end caps is a new feature for the 2024 model.

Firing up the engine is accompanied by the customary opposed-Twin twinge that rocks the bike to the right, with the new exhaust system emitting the traditional boxer blat. It’s not mellifluous but sounds somewhat authoritative.  

The linear powerband avails its rider with good grunt regardless of engine speed, and it really comes alive in the midrange. Max torque of 85 lb-ft hits at 6,500 rpm, and its 107 hp peak arrives at 7,000 revs with another 1,500 rpm of rev-ability before hitting the redline at 8,500 rpm. Owners will want to burn premium-grade fuel, as I heard hints of preignition pinging when applying large throttle inputs in taller gears.  

2024 BMW R 12 nineT
A traditional-looking round headlight adds retro charm but holds a modern LED lamp with integrated LED running lights.

The nineT continues to use a single-plate dry clutch, which can be overwhelmed if a rider slips it excessively, and it demands a fairly heavy pull despite its hydraulic actuation. Gearbox action feels vintage compared to most modern transmissions, requiring considerable lever travel to engage the next gear. BMW’s Shift Assist Pro is available for the first time on a nineT, but it swaps gears with lurches unbecoming of a premium roadster like this. For smoothest gearchanges, I did them manually.  

2024 BMW R 12 nineT
A new fuel tank allows a rider to snuggle up closer to the handlebar for improved front-end feedback.

A wide handlebar supplies decent leverage to overcome a lazy 27.7-degree rake angle with 4.4 inches of trail and a long 59.5-inch wheelbase. As sporty as the nineT is, it’s not exceptionally agile, which made me wonder if the standard steering damper is necessary. Adding input through your feet is somewhat thwarted by slippery footpegs. 

Suspension action from the fully adjustable 45mm inverted fork is excellent. The rear damper – also with 4.7 inches of travel – was reangled to perform better without a linkage and uses travel-dependent damping. The shaft-drive arrangement adds weight compared to a chain, which makes the rear end less responsive when absorbing bumps. A hydraulic preload adjuster knob is conveniently located near the rider’s right knee, while the adjustable rebound damping screw is on the shock.  

2024 BMW R 12 nineT
Whether hunting for apexes or cappuccinos, the R 12 nineT will get you there in style.

When riding a debonair bike like the nineT, a rider wants to look smooth, but throttle reapplication from a closed throttle can be abrupt, and I experienced an excessive amount of engine braking during deceleration. On the plus side, the radially mounted 4-piston monoblock calipers and twin 310mm floating rotors do a fine job of shedding the levels of speed the nineT is capable of achieving.   

BMW R 12 nineT | Back to the Barn 

I felt conflicted about the R 12 nineT while riding it back to the hotel. It’s a special machine, no doubt, and it harks back to classic motorcycle designs with its minimalist and elegant lines. I sincerely appreciate its form factor and could imagine it sparkling in my personal garage.  

2024 BMW R 12 nineT
The R 12 nineT glowing at golden hour, presenting an alluring profile for Beemerphiles.

On the other hand, its powertrain feels anachronistic, which came into sharp relief by riding the scintillating M 1000 XR on the same day. The nineT feels decidedly old-school, and it makes this reviewer want to paint it with the same brush as when reviewing older Moto Guzzis, highlighting the bike’s character-rich personality and overlooking its flaws. 

Related: 2024 BMW M 1000 XR Review 

The R 12 nineT stands out as a beautifully crafted motorcycle that pays homage to BMW’s rich heritage while incorporating modern technology. With its blend of classic aesthetics and advanced features, the nineT offers both character and capability. It won’t be the most cost-effective bike in your garage, but it might be your favorite.  

2024 BMW R 12 nineT
Under the seat is a redesigned airbox that leads to the cylinders via a channel covered by drilled aluminum shields. This bike has the optional wire-spoke wheels fitted.

2024 BMW R 12 nineT Specifications 

  • Base Price: $16,990  
  • Price As Tested: $20,554  
  • Warranty: 2 yrs., unltd. miles   
  • Website:BMWmotorcycles.com  

ENGINE   

  • Type: Air/oil-cooled, longitudinal opposed-Twin, DOHC , 4 valves per cyl.   
  • Displacement: 1,170cc   
  • Bore x Stroke: 101 x 73.0mm   
  • Horsepower: 107 @ 7,000 rpm (factory claim)  
  • Torque: 85 lb-ft @ 6,500 rpm (factory claim)  
  • Compression Ratio: 12.0:1   
  • Valve Insp. Interval: 6,000 miles   
  • Fuel Delivery: EFI w/ throttle-by-wire, twin throttle bodies   
  • Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated single-plate dry clutch   
  • Final Drive: Paralever shaft  

CHASSIS  

  • Frame: Tubular steel   
  • Wheelbase: 58.5 in.   
  • Rake/Trail: 27.7 degrees/4.4 in.   
  • Seat Height: 31.3 in.   
  • Suspension, Front: 46mm inverted fork, fully adjustable, 4.7 in. travel  
  • Rear: Single shock, adj. rebound damping and preload, 4.7 in. travel   
  • Brakes, Front: Dual 310mm discs w/ 4-piston radial calipers & cornering ABS   
  • Rear: Single 265mm disc w/ 2-piston caliper & cornering ABS   
  • Wheels, Front: Tubeless wire-spoke, 3.5 x 17 (as tested)  
  • Rear: Tubeless wire-spoke, 5.5 x 17 (as tested)  
  • Tires, Front: 120/70-ZR17  
  • Rear: 180/55-ZR17    
  • Wet Weight: 485 lb (factory claim)  
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.2 gal.   

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BMW R20 Concept Unveiled 

BMW R20 Concept
BMW R20 Concept

BMW Motorrad unveiled the BMW R20 concept bike at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este show in Italy. The R20 features a classic roadster design paired with sophisticated components and a minimalist style, showcasing the air/oil-cooled Big Boxer engine as its centerpiece. 

BMW R20 Concept

The BMW R20 is an eye-catching motorcycle, with a “hotter than pink” pop of color on the aluminum tank. The bike has been designed to highlight the 2,000cc boxer engine, with its massive cylinders jutting out horizontally, and new components – cylinder head covers, belt cover, and oil cooler – were developed for this concept. 

Related: Paul Yaffe Creates Custom BMW R 18 One Eight “C” 

BMW R20 Concept

The bike’s double-loop main frame is made of chromoly steel tubes, and the R20 features a new dual-sided variant of BMW’s Paralever system. In this new variant, the swingarm is made of chromoly steel, and the strut is aluminum. The exposed driveshaft adopted from the R 18 has been shortened, and the bike rides on 17-inch wheels, with a spoked wheel up front and a black disc wheel in the rear. 

Related: BMW R 18 Roctane Review 

BMW R20 Concept

Suspension components are provided by Öhlins, the rake is 27.5 degrees, and the wheelbase is 61 inches. Radial-mounted ISR brakes feature a pair of 6-piston front calipers and a single 4-piston rear caliper. 

BMW R20 Concept

Adding to the R20’s sophisticated look, the taillight is integrated into the single seat upholstered with quilted black Alcantara and fine-grain leather, and the rear has a compact, uncluttered appearance. The LED headlight is surrounded by an aluminum ring with integrated daytime running light, with the main headlight appearing the float within the ring. 

BMW R20 Concept

“The R20 concept is a bold interpretation of the BMW Motorrad DNA,” says Alexander Buckan, head of design for BMW Motorrad. “It combines modern technical elements with a classic roadster design. Its oversized proportions and minimalistic aesthetic make it an unmistakable character.” 

BMW R20 Concept

Find more information about the R20 and other BMW models at the BMW Motorrad website

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2024 Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and INT650 Review | First Look 

2024 Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Apex Gray
2024 Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 in Apex Gray

In addition to earlier news about the all-new 2024 Royal Enfield Shotgun 650, the company has now released information and pricing on the 2024 Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 and INT650, both of which receive upgrades and new colors for the same MSRP as the 2023 versions. Also included in the announcement is the price of the Shotgun 650. 

Related: 2024 Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 Review | First Look 

2024 Royal Enfield INT650 Barcelona Blue
2024 Royal Enfield INT650 in Barcelona Blue

“We’re excited to be bringing some updates to the Continental GT 650 and INT650 that make them more comfortable and stylish,” said Mark Wells, chief of design at Royal Enfield. “The new Twins have the same old-school cool factor that fans have come to expect, but with some more premium touches.” 

2024 Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Slipstream Blue
2024 Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 in Slipstream Blue

True to the Royal Enfield brand, the Continental GT 650 cafe racer and INT650 roadster feature retro-inspired aesthetics that lean on their 1960s origins. They’re both powered by an air/oil-cooled 648cc parallel-Twin that makes a claimed 46.4 hp at 6,250 rpm and 38.6 lb-ft of torque at 5,150 rpm and with electronic fuel injection – the same engine also found on the Shotgun 650 and Super Meteor 650. 

Related: 2023 Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 | First Ride Review 

2024 Royal Enfield INT650 Black Pearl
2024 Royal Enfield INT650 in Black Pearl

Both bikes also feature a Harris Performance steel-tubular frame. Up front is a telescopic fork, and suspension in the rear is provided by piggy-back gas-charged twin shocks with preload adjustability. Braking comes in the form of a 2-piston front caliper with a 320mm disc and a 1-piston rear calipeer with a 240mm disc, and ABS is standard. 

2024 Royal Enfield INT650 Cali Green
2024 Royal Enfield INT650 in Cali Green

Upgrades to the Continental GT 650 and INT650 include LED headlights, improved CEAT tires, and an improved seat design with foam-mesh material. Also included are new aluminum switch cubes, handlebar grips, and adjustable brake and clutch levers. 

2024 Royal Enfield INT650 Black Ray
2024 Royal Enfield INT650 in Black Ray

These two models also get six new color options for 2024, each with their own style and personality. The 2024 Continental GT 650 will be available in two blacked-out variants: Apex Gray and Slipstream Blue. The 2024 Royal Enfield INT650 will be available in two blacked-out variants and two with a traditional chrome finish. The blacked-out color options are Barcelona Blue and Black Ray, and the colors with chrome finish are Cali Green and Black Pearl. 

The 2024 Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 has an MSRP of $6,349, and the 2024 Royal Enfield INT650 starts at $6,149. The 2024 Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 has an MSRP of $6,899. All three models are on sale now at Royal Enfield dealerships throughout North America. 

Visit the Royal Enfield website for more information. 

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2024 Harley-Davidson Icons and Enthusiast Collections Review | First Look

2024 Harley-Davidson Icons Hydra-Glide Revival
2024 Harley-Davidson Icons Hydra-Glide Revival

Harley-Davidson has announced the latest additions to its limited-edition Harley-Davidson Icons Motorcycle Collection and the limited-run Enthusiast Motorcycle Collection, showcasing premium factory-direct custom paint and graphic treatments and paint application technology. Both collections are available now at authorized Harley-Davidson dealers, and for those heading to Daytona Bike Week, March 2-9, the bikes will also be displayed there at the Harley-Davidson Event Display Area at Daytona International Speedway.  

Related: 2024 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Lineup Review | First Look 

The Harley-Davidson Icons Motorcycle Collection is an annual program for the limited release of a new model that offers a fresh interpretation of an iconic Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Each model is individually numbered and produced only once. 

The Enthusiast Motorcycle Collection models celebrate Harley-Davidson riders and are inspired by their stories and legacies. This collection of Harley-Davidson motorcycles is available in limited quantities – no more than 2,000 per model – across a curated selection of three motorcycle models.  

2024 Harley-Davidson Enthusiast collection
The 2024 Harley-Davidson Enthusiast collection

Harley-Davidson Icons Motorcycle Collection: Hydra-Glide Revival Model 

The 2024 Hydra-Glide Revival model, the fourth installment in the Harley-Davidson Icons Motorcycle Collection, celebrates the 75th anniversary of the 1949 introduction of the Hydra-Glide telescopic front suspension for Harley-Davidson E and F models. The 2024 Icons model is inspired by the look of the motorcycles ridden in era of the upcoming film The Bikeriders, which follows the rise of a Midwestern motorcycle club as seen through the lives of its members. The film is scheduled to be released theatrically in the United States on June 21, 2024. 

2024 Harley-Davidson Icons Hydra-Glide Revival

When Hydra-Glide equipped models were introduced, the saddle of a smooth-riding Harley-Davidson FL motorcycle was an exciting way for many Americans to explore the country on the new network of interstate highways. 

The 2024 Hydra-Glide Revival model is finished in custom Redline Red paint with a Birch White panel on fuel tank sides, the same design featured on 1956 models. Details include chrome “Harley-Davidson V” tank badges inspired by 1955-56 tank badges and “Hydra-Glide” script badges located on the front fender skirt. The serialized “Hydra-Glide Revival” insert on the handlebar riser cap and Icons Motorcycle Collection graphic on the rear fender identify this limited-production model. 

2024 Harley-Davidson Icons Hydra-Glide Revival

Additional styling features include instrument graphics inspired by those on the 1954-55 speedometer. The two-tone 21-inch detachable windshield features a color-matched lower portion in Redline Red. A chrome round air cleaner cover and chrome steel laced wheels add to the nostalgic look. Front and rear fender trim, engine guard, fork covers, powertrain, and exhaust are finished in brilliant chrome. 

2024 Harley-Davidson Icons Hydra-Glide Revival

A solo saddle is finished with a fringed and decorated leather valance, white seam piping and red contrast stitching, and a chrome rail for a nostalgic look. A matching black leather tank strap is embellished with studs and a concho. Leather and vinyl saddlebags are detailed with chrome conchos with acrylic red centers, chrome studs and leather fringe, white seam piping, and red contrast stitching. The saddlebags are water-resistant and have keyed locks for security, as well as a rigid liner so they will hold their shape season after season. 

2024 Harley-Davidson Icons Hydra-Glide Revival

The bike features a counter-balanced Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-Twin tuned with a Screamin’ Eagle High-Flow air cleaner. For the rider focused on performance, this engine accepts all applicable Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Stage Upgrade kits. 

The Softail chassis hides adjustable mono-shock rear suspension below the seat. The bike also features electronic cruise control, an LED headlamp and auxiliary lamps, and standard ABS.  

Global production of the Hydra-Glide Revival model will not exceed 1,750 units, and pricing starts at $24,999. 

Harley-Davidson Tobacco Fade Enthusiast Motorcycle Collection 

2024 Harley-Davidson Enthusiast collection

Featuring a paint and graphics scheme inspired by the classic sunburst wood finish first seen on rock and roll guitars, bass, and drums of the 1960s, the 2024 Harley-Davidson Tobacco Fade Enthusiast Motorcycle Collection celebrates the burst of collective energy released by live music at the corner tavern, at a motorcycle rally, or the live stage at the Harley-Davidson Homecoming Festival. Comprising the Low Rider ST, Ultra Limited, and Tri Glide Ultra models, the Enthusiast collection of bikes is perfect for any music lover. 

The Tobacco Fade paint treatment is applied by Harley-Davidson using state-of-the art precision paint tools designed to execute faded panel detailing. A rich caramel-colored pinstripe accents the tone of the metallic gold panel floating just outside the sunburst fade.

2024 Harley-Davidson Enthusiast collection

The fuel tank medallion is inspired by the shape and grooves of a vinyl record, while a graphic on the front fender shaped like a guitar pick, inspired by rock band and instrument logos, speaks directly to the details in the tank medallion. Finally, the bikes have an Enthusiast Collection branded logo on top of the Tour-Pak luggage carrier or rear fender. 

2024 Harley-Davidson Enthusiast collection

Beyond the Enthusiast Motorcycle Collection special styling features, each model is mechanically identical to its 2024 lineup counterpart. Adding the Enthusiast paint and graphics scheme tacks on $1,900 to the Low Rider ST for a starting price of $25,299; $2,900 to the Ultra Limited ($35,399); and $4,000 to the Tri Glide Ultra ($41,999). 

For more information, visit the Harley-Davidson website. 

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Janus Gryffin 450 Scrambler Review | First Look

Janus Gryffin 450
Janus Gryffin 450

Janus Motorcycles has announced its latest model, the scrambler-styled Gryffin 450. The Janus Gryffin 450 has classic ’50s and ’60s style and hand-crafted components, and each one is made-to-order with the owner’s input and preferences. 

Janus Motorcycles is based in Goshen, Indiana, and the company’s website states that it makes “simple, beautiful machines that are a joy to own and ride.” The Gryffin 450 joins three other models in the Janus lineup: the Halcyon 450, Halcyon 250, and Gryffin 250. It will use the same enduro-inspired air-/oil-cooled 445cc Single as the Halcyon 450, with a claimed 30 hp. The scrambler version will ride on 21-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels and will feature a high exhaust, other adventure-oriented details, and a low weight of a claimed 330 lb. 

Janus Gryffin 450
Janus Gryffin 450

“The Gryffin 450 is a close sibling to our Halcyon 450, but with some key changes that really make it excel off-pavement,” said Charlie Handsen-Reed, senior design engineer for Janus Motorcycles. “The longer suspension travel, wheel size, lower seat height, and larger fuel tank will be really welcomed by our off-road riders, and trimming another 30 lb off our already feather-weight 450 chassis will be a huge bonus for trailering, van-lifers, and for any adventuresome rider’s peace of mind and confidence.” 

Part of the experience of owning a Janus is the customization offered from the made-to-order process. Like other Janus models, the Gryffin 450 will be available in a wide range of color options, pinstripe options, and other accessories. It will feature motocross footpegs, a headlight cage, pannier racks, highway bars, a skid plate, and a pillion seat. 

Janus Gryffin 450
Janus Gryffin 450

Other components included on the Gryffin 450 will be hand-formed and beaded fenders, a hand-formed and welded stainless-steel exhaust, hand-welded chassis and fork, Brembo brakes, and hand-painted graphics and pinstripes. 

Janus Motorcycles will begin taking reservations for the Gryffin 450 starting Feb. 23, 2024, and all orders placed in the first 30 days will be First Edition models with serial-numbered plates, limited-edition race plates, engraved components, and commemorative packages. 

Those interested in the manufacturing process of Janus motorcycles can check out the Janus YouTube channel, where the company documents their design and build process. 

MSRP for the Janus Gryffin 450 will be $13,495, and the fee to place a reservation is $2,995. The first Gryffin 450 bikes are expected to be finished in July 2024. 

Visit the Janus Motorcycles website for more information.

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2024 Indian FTR x RSD Super Hooligan Review | First Look 

2024 Indian FTR x RSD Super Hooligan

Indian Motorcycle and Roland Sands Design have teamed up to make a limited-edition FTR x RSD Super Hooligan, inspired by the Super Hooligan National Championship series of run-what-ya-brung races that sees custom street bikes battling on challenging racetracks across the country. The FTR x RSD Super Hooligan is built on the Indian FTR R Carbon and will be limited to only 300 units globally. 

2024 Indian FTR x RSD Super Hooligan Action

The FTR x RSD Super Hooligan looks like it’s ready to be rolled onto the racetrack. It features Black Metallic bodywork with Super Hooligan race graphics, an Indian Motorcycle Red frame and matching wheels with gold accents, and Indian Motorcycle Racing’s No. 1 championship logo on the front and side number plates. The bike also features logos from race team sponsors on the rear seat cowl, and additional graphics for the radiator shroud, front fender, and front forks are available as options. 

2024 Indian FTR x RSD Super Hooligan Pipes

Related: 2024 Indian Lineup and Brand Collaboration Announced

“The term ‘hooligan’ has taken on an entirely new meaning in the world of motorcycles,” said Aaron Jax, vice president of Indian Motorcycle, “characterized by a rebellious, fearless attitude that places having fun on a motorcycle above all else, and that’s what this new FTR is all about. Roland Sands has blazed this trail and built the RSD brand around the hooligan lifestyle. From spinning laps on dirt ovals on mid-size cruisers to today’s competitive racing within the MotoAmerica series, the ethos of hooligan riding has not changed.” 

2024 Indian FTR x RSD Super Hooligan Seat

The Super Hooligan National Championship is a MotoAmerica series racing custom street bikes, including water- or air-cooled Twins of 750cc and up, 900cc Triples, and electric bikes. The Super Hooligan series has seen bikes like the Indian FTR and Chief, Harley-Davidson Pan America, KTM 890 Duke, BMW R nineT, Ducati Hypermotard, and Energica electric motorcycles. The 2024 series includes 10 rounds at five race events across the country, and the first event will be at Daytona International Speedway in March, where Tyler O’Hara, once again racing for Indian, will hope to hold on to his No. 1 plate from the 2023 season. 

2024 Indian FTR x RSD Super Hooligan No. 1 Plate

“Super Hooligan has always been about more than just racing,” said Roland Sands, founder of Roland Sands Design. “It’s about pushing boundaries and having a blast riding motorcycles with your friends. Far from the full-fairing machines you normally see on the racetrack, a Super Hooligan bike has effortless attitude and a custom aesthetic with an exposed powertrain. When Indian Motorcycle approached us to codesign an Indian FTR for consumers, it was a natural fit, and something we were very excited to be a part of.”  

2024 Indian FTR x RSD Super Hooligan No. 1 Console

The FTR x RSD bike is built on the Indian FTR R Carbon model and features a liquid-cooled 1,203cc V-Twin, fully adjustable Öhlins inverted front fork and a rear piggyback shock. Also included are dual-disc Brembo brakes, a 4-inch round touchscreen display with Bluetooth connectivity, and an Akrapovič muffler and heat shield, as well as Gilles Tooling parts adjustable rear sets, oil cap, radiator cap, and bar-end weights. 

2024 Indian FTR x RSD Super Hooligan

The FTR x RSD Super Hooligan will start at $18,499, and each bike will have an individually numbered commemorative tank console. Find more information at the Indian Motorcycle website

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2024 Triumph Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X Review | Video

2024 Triumph Scrambler 400 X
2024 Triumph Scrambler 400 X

Triumph’s new entry-level machines – the 2024 Triumph Speed 400 and Scrambler 400X – are powered by a liquid-cooled 398cc Single with a 4-valve DOHC cylinder head and have claimed wet weights below 400 lb, making them the smallest and least expensive Triumphs we’ve seen in decades. Similarities between these two Modern Classics are the swingarm, switchgear, display, and 3.4-gallon fuel tank; however, beyond that, the Speed 400 follows in the footsteps of the Speed Twin 900 and 1200 with a roadster aesthetic, while the Scrambler offers the potential for light off-roading with longer suspension, off-road-capable tires, a wider and taller handlebar, and other extras.

To test the bikes, we headed to Spain to attend Triumph’s press launch, swapping between the bikes throughout the day as we rode through city traffic and up into the mountains north of Valencia, even tackling a short gravel section. Watch the video below to see the 2024 Triumph Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X in action, and read our full review here.

Triumph Speed 400 (Scrambler 400 X) Specifications 

  • Base Price: $4,995 ($5,595) 
  • Website: TriumphMotorcycles.com 
  • Warranty: 2 yrs., unltd. miles 
  • Engine Type: liquid-cooled Single, DOHC w/ 4 valves 
  • Displacement: 398cc 
  • Bore x Stroke: 89 x 64mm 
  • Horsepower: 39.5 hp @ 8,000 rpm (factory claim) 
  • Torque: 27.7 lb-ft @ 6,500 rpm (factory claim) 
  • Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated slip/assist wet clutch 
  • Final Drive: Chain 
  • Wheelbase: 54.2 in. (55.8 in.) 
  • Rake/Trail: 24.6 degrees/4.0 in. (23.2 degrees/4.3 in.) 
  • Seat Height: 31.1 in. (32.9 in.) 
  • Wet Weight: 375 lb (395 lb) 
  • Fuel Capacity: 3.4 gal. 

GEAR UP

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2024 Triumph Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X Review | First Ride 

2024 Triumph Speed 400
The 2024 Triumph Speed 400 features a new 398cc Single, a wet weight of 375 lb, and an MSRP of $4,995, making it a smart and attainable choice for newer riders.

Prospective Triumph motorcycle owners need no longer pay their dues by wrestling large-displacement bikes until they build their riding skills. Instead, they can save their skin and wallets by honing their skills on Triumph’s new entry-level machines. Powered by 398cc Singles and with claimed wet weights below 400 lb, the new Triumph Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X are the smallest and least expensive Triumphs we’ve seen in decades, paving the way for newer riders looking for an affordable and manageable first or second bike. 

2024 Triumph Scrambler 400 X
The Scrambler features a larger 19-inch front wheel and longer suspension travel than the Speed.

While these two Modern Classics share engines, they have different chassis and ergonomics and offer different riding experiences, giving riders two options to choose the bike that best fits their needs. The Speed 400 follows in the footsteps of the Speed Twin 900 and 1200 with a roadster aesthetic, while the Scrambler offers the potential for light off-roading with longer suspension, off-road-capable tires, a wider and taller handlebar, and other extras. 

2024 Triumph Speed 400
Newer riders will enjoy the Triumph Speed 400’s easy nature, upright riding position, and nimble handling.

When crafting small-displacement machines meant to draw in new riders, Triumph assessed what new riders value most. Beginner-friendly models need to draw the eye with an attractive attitude, they need to feel forgiving and easy to ride, and they need to have a pricetag that isn’t out of reach for the target customer. Triumph has struck this balance, offering the Speed 400 for $4,495 and the Scrambler 400 X for $5,595. 

Related: 2024 Triumph Scrambler 1200 X/XE Review | First Ride

The engine powering both models is the new TR-Series liquid-cooled 398cc Single with a 4-valve DOHC cylinder head. Triumph claims 39.5 hp at 8,000 rpm and 27.7 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm. Other similarities between the Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X are the swingarm, switchgear, display, and 3.4-gallon fuel tank. 

2024 Triumph Speed 400
All new for these two models, the 398cc Single proved to be a capable engine for a fun ride through Spanish mountains.

The differences between the two models begin in the chassis. They both have a tubular-steel frame with a bolt-on rear subframe, but the Scrambler 400 X features a longer wheelbase of 55.8 inches (compared to the Speed’s 54.2 inches) thanks to a different headstock. Both feature a 43mm inverted fork and a preload-adjustable monoshock, but the 400 X has longer suspension travel, with 5.9 inches front and rear compared to the Speed’s 5.5 inches front and 5.1 inches in the rear.  

2024 Triumph Speed 400
The Speed 400 strikes the balance of being inviting and forgiving while also being fun and engaging.

The Speed gets 17-inch wheels while the Scrambler has a 19-inch front and a 17-inch rear. The Scrambler’s front brake disc is larger than the Speed’s at 320mm compared to 300mm, both pinched by a 4-piston caliper. Both bikes get a 230mm rear disc paired with a 1-piston caliper. 

2024 Triumph Scrambler 400 X
The seat of the Scrambler 400 X is comfortable and provides plenty of space to move around.

These differences between the Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X are noticeable as soon as you swing a leg over them. The Speed 400’s 31.1-inch seat height is an easier reach for those of us with short inseams, and it also features an upright and comfortable riding position but allows the rider to more easily tuck into a sporty position when the speed picks up. 

Related: Best Motorcycles for Smaller Riders: Seat Height 31-31.9 Inches

In contrast, the Scrambler uses a wider and taller handlebar, a taller seat height (32.9 inches), and lower pegs, resulting in an overall roomier feel. The Speed 400 has a claimed wet weight of 375 lb, while the Scrambler 400 X has a wet weight of 395 lb. 

2024 Triumph Scrambler 400 X
Upswept twin pipes add to the Scrambler’s off-road-ready styling.

To get a taste for how the Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X perform, and to be able to compare them back-to-back, we hopped on a flight to Spain to attend Triumph’s press launch. During the riding day, we swapped between the bikes as we rode through city traffic and up into the mountains north of Valencia, even tackling a short gravel section. 

2024 Triumph Speed 400
With short gearing and easy maneuverability, the Speed 400 would make a convenient bike for around-town errands.

GEAR UP

I started on the Speed 400, drawn to its shorter seat height and more classic appearance. As we rolled down Valencia’s streets, I found the Speed 400 to be an adept city bike. Short gearing allows for reasonably quick acceleration, and the brakes were capable of shedding speed quickly when approaching a stop. The Speed is also quite nimble, aiding in low-speed maneuverability. 

We then headed north into the mountains. The 398cc Single ran like a champ, eating up miles of curvy roads. Power was available for a spirited ride, but the delivery was smooth and even, perhaps making things a little less thrilling for veteran journalists but allowing for a controllable ride for newer riders. The Speed 400 was easy to flick into curves, and tucking down delivered a more engaging experience. 

2024 Triumph Speed 400
The Triumph Speed 400 was our pick for curvy sections of road.

After a quick stop for a cup of café con leche, we were ready to continue farther into the mountains. The Speed 400’s suspension was pleasantly plush for soaking up any inconsistencies in the road, although it allowed the front end to dive when braking at speed. If a curve turned out to be tighter than expected, smooth and even braking was called for to slow the bike without pitching too far into the curve. Past 75 mph or so, the engine gets a little buzzy, but the power is still there, and we didn’t reach max speed during the ride. The engine’s sweet spot is around 4,000-7,000 rpm, and the exhaust has a pleasing note. 

Before we knew it, our stomachs were signaling lunch, and we parked the bikes in front of a family-owned restaurant in a small hillside town. We enjoyed some paella, had another cup of coffee, and then headed out on the Scrambler 400 X. 

2024 Triumph Scrambler 400 X
2024 Triumph Scrambler 400 X in Matte Khaki Green and Fusion White.

The first thing I noticed while mounting the Scrambler was that the 32.9-inch seat height was quite a stretch for my 5-foot-1 height. Newer riders who are closer to my size will struggle with this taller seat height, but it seemed to be quite manageable for the other journalists who were a few inches taller than I am. The Scrambler 400 X offers a roomier cockpit with its taller and wider handlebar and lower footpegs. Even though I had a long stretch to the ground, I found the seating position of the Scrambler more comfortable for all-day riding than its Speed sibling. 

2024 Triumph Scrambler 400 X
The seat height on the Scrambler was a stretch for my inseam, but the seating position is more comfortable than the Speed’s thanks to the taller and wider handlebar and lower footpegs.

The engine hasn’t been changed for use in either model, although the X has slightly taller gearing. While the Speed encourages spirited riding, the Scrambler prioritizes comfort. The Scrambler’s larger front wheel meant it didn’t lean into curves quite as gracefully as the Speed, but the wider handlebar helped provide the needed leverage to keep pace with the riders aboard Speeds. 

2024 Triumph Scrambler 400 X
The Scrambler 400 X is a capable machine for light off-road use.

Both models feature ABS and switchable traction control, and the Scrambler adds an off-road mode and the ability to disable ABS. We only got a brief off-road experience with the Scrambler, but it proved capable of being up for some light off-roading. It wouldn’t be our first pick to tackle serious trails, but Scrambler owners need not worry about taking a dirt or gravel shortcut should the need arise. 

2024 Triumph Scrambler 400 X
The headlight grille and handguards come standard on the Scrambler and are available as accessories for the Speed.

Aside from the off-road riding mode, the Scrambler 400 X offers a few other upgrades not present on the Speed 400. Adding to the bike’s scrambler styling and capabilities are protection for the headlight and radiator, handguards, a handlebar brace with pad, and a longer rear fender, all of which provide a little more peace-of-mind for those looking to venture off the pavement. 

2024 Triumph Scrambler 400 X
The Scrambler 400 X enjoys a curvy section of asphalt.

Instrumentation is the same on both models and consists of a round analog speedometer with an integrated LCD screen that shows a tachometer, fuel level, and a gear indicator. On the right side of the instrumentation is a USB-C charging port, a convenient feature if you like to ride with your phone mounted on the handlebar. The display is also set up to show heated grip info for those who add that accessory. The instrumentation is simple yet intuitive. 

2024 Triumph Speed 400
Instrumentation comes in the form of a round analog speedometer with an inset LCD screen. On the right side of the LCD screen is a USB-C charging port.

Triumph has a reputation for quality and sophistication, so seeing models that are priced several thousand dollars below any other on-road model in the Triumph lineup led us to wonder if the lower price would reveal itself in lower quality components or poorer fit and finish. We’re happy to report that these two models look and feel like quality products that we’d expect from Triumph.  

2024 Triumph Scrambler 400 X
The Scrambler 400 X includes a handlebar brace with pad.

They were created in a partnership with Bajaj Auto in India, and Triumph told us that the bikes are selling well in India for those who want something more premium than the 125-150cc bikes often seen on Indian streets. The bikes are manufactured by Bajaj, as well as in Triumph factories in Thailand and Brazil. 

It’s hard not to become dismayed when prices seem to be increasing everywhere you look, and motorcycles are no exception. Many bikes are becoming bigger with more technology and more features, which is exciting for customers with deep pockets, but they are receding farther out of reach for many buyers, especially younger riders. 

2024 Triumph Speed 400
2024 Speed 400 in Carnival Red

On U.S. shores, these models will arrive in dealerships in early March. The Speed 400 has an MSRP of $4,995, and the Scrambler 400 X is priced at $5,595. Color options for the Speed 400 are Phantom Black, Carnival Red, or Caspian Blue. Colors for the Scrambler 400 X are Phantom Black and Silver Ice, Carnival Red and Phantom Black, or Matte Khaki Green and Fusion White.  

It’s refreshing to see Triumph providing more accessible options that are affordable and inviting while still delivering the quality and riding experience of a premium brand. We’ll see how they catch on in the U.S. once they start arriving at dealers, but we expect them to draw serious attention and bring in a new customer base for Triumph. 

2024 Triumph Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X
The 2024 Triumph Speed 400 in Carnival Red and 2024 Triumph Scrambler 400 X in Matte Khaki Green and Fusion White

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Triumph Speed 400 (Scrambler 400 X) Specifications 

  • Base Price: $4,995 ($5,595) 
  • Website: TriumphMotorcycles.com 
  • Warranty: 2 yrs., unltd. miles 
  • Engine Type: liquid-cooled Single, DOHC w/ 4 valves 
  • Displacement: 398cc 
  • Bore x Stroke: 89 x 64mm 
  • Horsepower: 39.5 hp @ 8,000 rpm (factory claim) 
  • Torque: 27.7 lb-ft @ 6,500 rpm (factory claim) 
  • Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated slip/assist wet clutch 
  • Final Drive: Chain 
  • Wheelbase: 54.2 in. (55.8 in.) 
  • Rake/Trail: 24.6 degrees/4.0 in. (23.2 degrees/4.3 in.) 
  • Seat Height: 31.1 in. (32.9 in.) 
  • Wet Weight: 375 lb (395 lb) 
  • Fuel Capacity: 3.4 gal. 

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21 Cool New Motorcycles at AIMExpo 2024

We’re at the 2024 American International Motorcycle Exposition (AIMExpo) in Las Vegas, where nearly 200 vendors from around the world are displaying the latest motorcycles and products to dealers, media, and other industry insiders. Here are 21 cool new motorcycles we’ve seen at the show.

New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2025 CFMOTO 450CL-C
2025 CFMOTO 450CL-C

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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2025 CFMOTO Ibex 450
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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 CFMOTO Papio SS
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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 GasGas ES 500
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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Kawasaki Ninja 7 Hybrid ABS
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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 KTM 890 SMT
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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo
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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio
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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Moto Morini Calibro
2024 Moto Morini Calibro

New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2025 Moto Morini Corsaro Sport
2025 Moto Morini Corsaro Sport

New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2025 Moto Morini X-Cape 1200
2025 Moto Morini X-Cape 1200

New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 MV Agusta LXP Orioli
2024 MV Agusta LXP Orioli

New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 MV Agusta Rush 1000
2024 MV Agusta Rush 1000

New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 MV Agusta Superveloce 98
2024 MV Agusta Superveloce 98

New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Suzuki GSX-8R
2024 Suzuki GSX-8R

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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX+
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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Suzuki Hayabusa 25th Anniversary Edition
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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Triumph Scrambler 400 X
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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Triumph Speed 400
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New Motorcycles AIMExpo 2024 Triumph TF 250-X
2024 Triumph TF 250-X

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New Motorcycles AIMExpo Yamaha Tricera Concept
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Check out more new bikes in Rider’s 2024 Motorcycle Buyers Guide 

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