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Motorcycles Become “Donorcycles” At Rallies, Study Shows

BOSTON – There’s now proof that the term “donorcycle” has validity. Results of a study by researchers at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital released Monday reveal “the number of organ donations and organ transplants goes up markedly during large motorcycle rallies.” The research examined areas where the seven …

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Oil Drippings: More Electric Models On Way, End Of The Evo

It’s been well over a month since the last installment of Oil Drippings. That’s the catch-all column of news items from near and far that maybe don’t warrant a full post or somehow fell through the cracks. Here goes: Two More Electric Models To Consider The growth of the electric …

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Study Suggests Single Headlight Insufficient For Motorcycles

Nearly half of all fatal motorcycle crashes occur at night and a new study has found that “a reimagined lighting configuration” in front could help improve other motorists’ abilities to see riders. The study suggests that “six running lights from the top to the bottom of the motorcycle rather than …

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Oil Drippings: Hey, Kawasaki, What Took You So Long?

It’s a long overdue fresh edition of Oil Drippings. It’s the catch-all column of recent news items from near and far that maybe don’t warrant a full post or somehow fell through the cracks. Here goes: Lower “S” Version of Kawasaki’s KLR650 The model has been around for 35 years …

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Landmark Day For LiveWire With S2 Del Mar Production Model And NYSE Listing

MILWAUKEE – LiveWire became “the first publicly traded EV motorcycle company in the U.S.” today and marked the occasion announcing that it’s now taking orders for a production version of its urban-oriented, dirt track-inspired S2 Del Mar electric model. The “Launch Edition” of the model sold out in a 18 …

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KTM To Help Raise MV Agusta’s Profile In North America

VARESE, ITALY – Italian motorcycle maker MV Agusta is getting a higher profile in North America. Under a commercial agreement announced today, Austrian manufacturer KTM will distribute, promote and service MV Agusta models in the United States, Canada and Mexico. MV Agusta primarily builds high-end sport bikes that are as …

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Honda Commits To At Least 10 Electric Models By 2025

TORRANCE, CA – Honda has announced plans to “accelerate electrification of its motorcycle models” and will introduce 10 or more battery-powered models globally by 2025. Honda’s goal announced earlier this week is to “increase annual sales of electric models to 1 million units within the next five years, and 3.5 …

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Ducati Links With Lamborghini On Limited-Edition Streetfighter V4

BOLOGNA, ITALY – Ducati’s Streetfighter V4 S doesn’t come cheap. The 2022 edition has a price tag of $25,495. That’s almost chump change, though, when compared to the buy-in for a limited edition, numbered 2023 version of the model. Ducati has teamed with car builder Lamborghini on the more exclusive …

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Limited Edition “El Diablo” Model From Harley-Davidson

MILWAUKEE – Inspired by its 1983 FXRT model and with a $27,999 base price that will entice an upscale buyer, Harley-Davidson on Thursday announced a limited-edition Low Rider El Diablo sport touring model. Due out in autumn with a hand-painted, multi-red color scheme that reflects the season, the Low Rider …

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Royal Enfield Adds Scram 411 To Lineup In U.S.

MILWAUKEE – Royal Enfield is bringing its Himalayan-based 2023 Scram 411 to the United States. The model was revealed back in March, but it wasn’t until Wednesday night that Royal Enfield announced that it will be sold in North America. Described as an “adventure tourer,” the single-cylinder, 411cc model will …

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Union Workers Approve New Five-Year Contract At Harley-Davidson’s York Plant

YORK, PA – Union workers at Harley-Davidson’s factory here approved a new five-year contract with the motorcycle manufacturer on Tuesday night. They received wage increases and improved benefits as well as the elimination of a two-tier wage system. The contract ratification vote came two months after workers unanimously rejected a …

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Can-Am Reveals Two Electric Motorcycle Models For Mid-2024

VALCOURT, QUEBEC – More than five months after announcing its intention to build electric motorcycles, Can-Am has now revealed two models that will be in dealer showrooms in mid-2024. One’s a dual purpose model. The other is designed for urban commutes. While specs won’t be released for another year, parent …

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