The all-new 2019 Speed Twin from Triumph

The original 1938 Triumph Speed Twin, with the world’s first successful parallel twin engine packaged into a game changing chassis, was a revelation to ride.

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Its smooth dynamic handling and superb responsive feel established Triumph as the number one motorcycle marque globally for performance and handling, setting the template for all that followed, and earning a global reputation for being the first real ‘riders bike’.

The new Speed Twin carries all of the custom style of the Street Twin adding more premium details. It delivers all the power, torque and technology of the Thruxton R, in an even more accessible modern set-up. It offers the confidence inspiring ride and rider comfort of the Bonneville T120, but with even more engaged ergonomics.

The result, just like its iconic 20th century namesake, is a new performance icon that sets a whole new standard, with the chassis set-up, riding position, braking ability, suspension, and thrilling power delivery of a truly modern roadster.

For 2019, the all-new 1200cc Speed Twin re-introduces this illustrious Triumph name to our Modern Classics line-up, setting all over again a new standard in class-leading handling, and delivering a new benchmark for how a modern custom roadster should ride and feel.

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Yamaha’s Niken GT

The 2019 Niken GT expands the Sport Touring Segment

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In 2018 the launch of the radical NIKEN 3-wheel motorcycle brought a whole new riding experience to the motorcycle world. Equipped with innovative Leaning Multi-Wheel technology and dual tube upside down forks, the NIKEN is built to deliver the most amazing corner carving experience together with higher rider confidence in all conditions.

With a larger contact patch between the tyres and the road surface, the two leaning front wheels give increased levels of front end grip that is particularly noticeable during cornering and braking, and it is this unique and dynamic characteristic of the NIKEN that makes it feel and handle like no other motorcycle.

Fitted with a range of special equipment, the new NIKEN GT brings added functionality to the 3-wheel concept by offering increased long distance touring capabilities together with elevated levels of rider and passenger comfort. Read more below…

Norton Atlas revealed with two new models

250 of each model to be released for the UK market this Saturday at Motorcycle Live.

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The Atlas ‘nomad’ priced at £9,995 and the Atlas ‘ranger’ priced at £11,995. UK deliveries set to commence in May 2019 with European bikes set to release later in 2019, followed by USA, Australia late 2019.

Indian’s FTR 1200 gets restyled

Tracker, Rally, Sport & Tour Collections Completely Restyle Indian’s New FTR 1200 & FTR 1200 S.

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Indian Motorcycle announced its FTR 1200 accessory lineup at the International Motorcycle and Accessories Exhibition (EICMA) in Milan, Italy.

More than 40 individual accessories provide riders with endless style combinations to make the FTR 1200 truly their own. At the same time, Indian has curated four collections – Tracker, Rally, Sport and Tour – allowing riders to transform the FTR 1200 into the style that represents their riding preference.

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Kuberg’s Start “It’s Super Cool”

If you’re looking for a way to get your kids into bikes Kuberg have the way.

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This is without doubt the smallest bike we’ve written about. The Kuberg Start is just one is a range of electric bikes from Kuberg that are suitable for riders from around age 3 years and up. That might seem bit young to be putting a child on an electric bike but if they have the drive and desire then why not and it beats playing computer games and iPad zombification any day.

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Get Ready to Conquer the Track with the new 2019 YZF-R1 GYTR

Yamaha celebrates its 20th YZF-R1 Anniversary with a track ready GYTR specification YZF-R1 in victorious Suzuka 8 Hours livery.

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Yamaha R-Series motorcycles have lead the charge both on and off the track in terms of performance, technology and excitement for over two decades now. Whether it’s the rider friendly YZF-R3 or the boundary smashing YZF-R1M, there’s a Supersport model to match every rider. Now comes your chance to join with Yamaha and enter R-World in the most exciting way yet. 

2018 saw the 20th anniversary of one the most iconic designs in motorcycle history, the Yamaha YZF-R1. This first 1998 model revolutionised superbike engineering. The engine size and position, the configuration of parts within the chassis and the chassis itself were all re-imagined. Yamaha have continued to use their industry defining superbike as a platform for innovation for two decades now, reaching unprecedented levels of excellence in the sport bike industry. 

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their ground-breaking machine, three Yamaha Racing Teams entered the legendary Suzuka 8 Hours on YZF-R1’s sporting the vintage red and white livery of the original 1998 YZF-R1. On-board their special edition machines and wearing matching leathers, the Yamaha Factory Racing Team of Alex Lowes, Michael van der Mark and Katsuyuki Nakasuga delivered a heroic effort to secure a historic consecutive 4th victory in this prestigious endurance race. 

Marking this momentous occasion and two decades of leading the way in superbike technology, Yamaha Motor Europe are proud to announce they will be releasing the limited edition, track ready 2019 YZF-R1 GYTR. Featuring the winning 20th Anniversary Suzuka 8 Hours livery including a wide range of GYTR® Performance Products – Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing – and other performance parts as standard. The YZF-R1 GYTR is for track use only. 

The key GYTR equipment on YZF-R1 GYTR includes a race wire harness set, ECU, CCU and quick throttle. This exclusive racer also comes with a high performance Öhlins FGRT 219 front fork package, TTX36 GP rear shock and fully adjustable steering damper as well as a full titanium Akrapovič Evolution 2 exhaust system. And to protect the bike, there are protectors for crankcase and wheel axles by Gilles Tooling. 

There will also be an optional addition of non-Yamaha racing parts, specially selected and installed by racing engineers of a partnering Official Yamaha Racing Team. They ensure each bike will be adorned with a full carbon race fairing in iconic Suzuka 8 Hours livery and after their assembly a dyno engine break-in and tailored chassis set-up is performed, so each individual will be fully ready to conquer the track. This is a machine for true racing fans. 

Yamaha Motor Europe will be releasing twenty units of this exclusive machine, one for each year the YZF-R1 has been setting pace in the superbike world. The model shown at EICMA is a prototype and customers will have access to the final and full specifications as well as pricing in mid-December when customers will also be able to reserve their bike online before purchasing their 2019 YZF-R1 GYTR at an Official Yamaha Dealer. Anyone lucky enough to get their hands on this unique piece of motorcycle history will also automatically receive admission to the 2019 Yamaha Racing Experience (YRE) where they will be taught by the specialists how to get the most out of their track ready racing machine.

75,000 reasons to see the Can-Am Ryker at Motorcycle Live

Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) will be highlighting customisation, versatility and innovation at Motorcycle Live with the exclusive UK debut of the Can-Am Ryker, the latest addition to the Can-Am on-road three wheeled vehicle portfolio.

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The 2019 Can-Am Ryker has been developed to make riding more accessible and meet the evolving needs of riders by providing them with over 75,000 ways in which they can personalise the three-wheeled vehicle to suit their needs and requirements.

The Can-Am Ryker is available with two renowned engine options: a two-cylinder Rotax 600 ACE or a three-cylinder Rotax 900 ACE. It also has a durable driveshaft that requires no adjustment, alignment or maintenance, lowering ownership costs. Riders will enjoy adjustable handlebars and foot pegs which can be moved to fit different riders in seconds with no added tools or parts. It has an automatic transmission and its Y frame design, with two wheels in front and one in the rear, provides superior stability and stopping power, along with a Vehicle Stability System. When out on the road, it is responsive in the corners and its low centre of gravity connects riders to the road and allows them to channel their inner Valentino Rossi.

The Can-Am Ryker will spearhead other Can-Am products from the 2019 three wheeled on-road line-up including the Can-Am Spyder RT, F3-S and F3 Limited. These vehicles will provide visitors with a first-hand insight into the functionality, power and performance vehicles available within the Spyder family.                                                                                                               

Mike Loach, BRP commercial manager UK and Ireland, says, “The Can-Am Ryker is an exciting addition to our three wheeled vehicle portfolio and we are delighted that we can have its UK debut at Motorcycle Live. The show attracts a wide-ranging group of riders, to whom we can introduce the new Can-Am Ryker and Can-Am Spyder models, while also highlighting how we see riding evolving and the ways in which our R&D team is working to meet these demands.”

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Finally a Scrambler with attitude

Let’s be honest, the whole retro-bike thing was getting a bit old and new bikes looked pretty much like the past year, year-on-year. Well that has changed!

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Triumph have now introduced the Scrambler 1200 XC and Scrambler 1200 XE line up, all-new motorcycles that represent a first for dual-purpose capability and modern custom style. These beautiful new 1200 scramblers deliver a category redefining level of performance, specification and finish, fused with Triumph’s iconic Scrambler DNA and all the capability of a genuine adventure motorcycle.

The 1200 Scrambler XC is built with an all-road & off-road focus whilst the 1200 Scrambler XE is built to be just as great on the road but with even more extreme off-road capability.

Both bikes come with the 1200cc Bonneville twin engine, with dedicated Scrambler tune, delivering 90 PS @ 7,400 rpm and torque output of 110 Nm @ 3,950rpm.

The characteristic high level exhaust and a signature twin Scrambler soundtrack is still there but the old model looks (which were getting a bit tired) are gone replaced by much a enhanced Scrambler look – and all the tech and accessories to match.

We’ll bring you more in the November issue of Ride Scotland.

Zero Motorcycles 2019 models announced

More power, enhanced dual sports and fresh styling for electric bike range.

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Zero Motorcycles has announced the release of its 2019 model line. With more powerful base models, brand new tech features and bold new styling, this year represents the strongest lineup of motorcycles in Zero’s history.

For 2019, Zero focused on its dual sport line to support the surging demand that the brand has been experiencing. The entry price point Zero DS ZF7.2 is designed for those seeking the electric dual sport experience and who don’t need, or want, a larger battery. In a major breakthrough, the exceptionally nimble model now boasts an impressive 42% more horsepower. At 43 kg lighter than its longer-range counterpart, this model is going to be even more fun.

The asphalt and dirt ripping Zero DSR continues to be wildy popular among riders with its massive 146 Nm of seamless torque. This year it has been newly outfitted with a collection of Zero’s bestselling accessories including a dual-sport windscreen, tank grips, hand guards and a 12V accessory socket. Those interested in a touring version can step up to the fully decked out 2019 Zero Motorcycles DSR Black Forest Edition that features premium integrated luggage and a host of adventure oriented gear. 

Upgrades to the dual sport line drove parallel improvements in Zero’s street lineup with the opening price point and lower weight Zero S ZF7.2 offering the same incredible 42% performance jump as the base model Zero DS.

To expand the charging capabilities of its dual sport and street line, Zero launched a backwards-compatible accessory version of their extremely popular 6kW Charge Tank that can now be installed at authorized local dealerships. The new Charge Tank accessory is designed with long-term owners in mind and is compatible with Zero S, Zero SR, Zero DS and Zero DSR models dating back to 2015.The Charge Tank “refuels” up to six times faster than a standard wall outlet, adding up to 137 km (85 miles) of city range in an hour using standard Level 2 charge stations.

Whether charging, riding, or storing a Zero for a long winter, the motorcycle’s operating system is the “brains” behind it all. Zero continuously upgrades this system based on millions of consumer riding kilometers. For 2019, Zero developed and released an industry-first “Long Term Storage Mode” in which the motorcycle automatically puts itself into a low-power mode to optimize battery state-of-charge and further improve long-term battery health. Zero also continues to offer its industry-leading five-year/unlimited mileage battery warranty.

In keeping with Zero’s brand update and visual revamp from last year, all 2019 models feature bold and sleek new styling, including an overhauled color scheme and undercoat graphics package. New colors include subtle Dune and Rhino Gray featured on the Zero FX and FXS, sophisticated Jet Black and Black Metallic for the Zero S and SR and sleek Sandstone and Caldera Metallic for the Zero DS and DSR.

Zero Motorcycles’ 2019 models are now available in select dealerships around the world and will begin shipping to customers immediately. Despite reductions to the UK government’s OLEV plug-in grant for certain electric cars, all Zero electric motorcycles continue to be eligible for a £1500 subsidy and o% finance from the Scottish Government.

Stripped bare

Harley-Davidson has taken inspiration from the drag strip for its latest offering, the all-new FXDR 114.

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The new power cruiser combines the unrelenting torque of the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine with a bunch of weight-saving applications, including the use of aluminium and composite components.

The FXDR 114 is the tenth Harley-Davidson based on the Softail platform introduced in 2018 and the latest in a line of 100 high-impact motorcycles the company plans to introduce by 2027.

“The look of the FXDR 114 expresses its performance potential and highlights the technical features that set it apart from the rest of the Softail line-up,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice President of Styling and Design. “The drag-bike influence is strong with the raked and inverted front end, massive intake and exhaust, proportional contrast between the wheels and the clipped tail section. But we made sure that purely technical elements like the aluminium swingarm, fully integrated digital instrumentation within the rider controls, and exposed external suspension adjuster are highlighted as well and help define this bike’s mission, which is pure performance – not just straight-line performance.”

The FXDR’s aluminium swingarm weighs 4.62kg less than the normal steel Softail swingarm. As it’s unsprung weight it has a significant impact on rear suspension performance, and is enhanced further by a lightweight 18-inch aluminium disc rear wheel. The 19-inch forged aluminium Ace front wheel is also a lightweight design that features very thin spokes.

The seat and tail section are supported by a subframe of welded aluminium tubing, and the tail section is composite. This replaces the steel subframe, steel rear mudguard and aluminium mudguard supports used on other Softail models, for a weight saving of approximately 3.17kg. The front and rear mudguards are also constructed of lightweight composite material.

Now all you need to do is find yourself a drag strip and let it loose.