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Electric Manufacturer Energica Gets New U.S.-Based Owner

NEW YORK – Italian electric motorcycle maker Energica has a new majority owner. Ideanomics, which has it headquarters in New York, finalized a deal on Monday and acquired a 70 percent stake in the company. Ideanomics is described in a press release as “a global company focused on accelerating the commercial …

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BRP Plans Can-Am Motorcycle Revival With An Electric Lineup

VALCOURT, QUEBEC – Once upon a time, back in the 1970s and long before it began building on-road Spyder and Ryker three-wheelers, Can-Am made motorcycles that competed in the motocross and endurance arenas. Come 2024, it will again build bikes with a lineup of two-wheel electric models for both off-road …

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Touratech Plans Retail Store, Distribution Center In Connecticut

BROOKFIELD, CT – The German company Touratech, which caters to adventure riders with gear, accessories and parts, is expanding its U.S. footprint by opening a retail store and East Coast distribution center here. “We’re targeting early May for an opening,” Touratech marketing director Matt Lewis said this afternoon, explaining that …

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Royal Enfield Unveils Himalayan-based Scram 411 Model

(Updated at 9 p.m. on March 15) MILWAUKEE – If you visited Royal Enfield’s United States website during business hours today there was no mention of it, despite a new model announcement being made in the motorcycle maker’s home base of India. Even now, the website hasn’t been updated, but …

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Ural Pauses Production In Russia, Reiterates Opposition To Country’s Invasion Of Ukraine

REDMOND, WA – In an evening update Monday, Ural Motorcycles reported that the production of sidecar motorcycles at its Irbit factory in Siberia has now been paused in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However, the manufacture of spare parts “remains fully operational.” Calling itself “a small and fiercely …

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Buell Shows Off New Models That Reach Into Dirt Riding And Touring

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Known as an off-and-on purveyor of superbikes over the decades, the revived Buell brand used Daytona Bike Week to unveil prototypes of two future models on Saturday that plants its logo in two more categories – dirt riding and touring. Buell calls its new Baja DR …

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MV Agusta CEO Rips Putin In Instagram Posts, Honda Ditches Russia, Too

VARESE, Italy – While most motorcycle companies have remained silent since Russia invaded Ukraine less than a week ago, aside from announcing the ending of exports to Russia, there is one exception. Timur Sardarov, the Moscow-born CEO of Italy luxury sport brand MV Agusta, has repeatedly blasted Russian President Vladimir …

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Harley-Davidson, Polaris Suspend Shipments To Russia

MILWAUKEE – With reportedly only 10 or so dealerships in Russia, Harley-Davidson certainly doesn’t consider the country to be any consequence when it comes to sales. Nonetheless, Harley-Davidson today suspended business in Russia and stopped shipping new motorcycles there following that country’s invasion of Ukraine last week. “Our thoughts continue …

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Ural Dealers In Crossfire Of Russia’s Attack On Ukraine

Updated – February 25, 2022 – One day after issuing a statement saying “We pray for peace” in Ukraine, Ural posted a more emphatic statement on social media calling for the war to end: While Urals are assembled in Irbit, Russia, the company has its headquarters in Redmond, WA. —– …

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Indian Releases Pursuit Touring Model For 2022

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Indian is out with a new touring model called the Pursuit. It comes in two versions – Dark Horse and Limited – with base and premium trim levels available on each. All are powered by the company’s 108-cubic-inch PowerPlus engine. “Touring bikes are one of the ultimate …

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IMS Stop In New York Moving To Nassau Coliseum On Long Island

SANTA MONICA, CA – After a two-year absence in the New York market due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Progressive IMS Outdoors tour will return in 2022 with a Sept. 23-25 stop at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. The visit to Long Island will be one of eight …

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Harley-Davidson Adds Eight Models To 2022 Lineup

MILWAUKEE – Harley-Davidson today announced the expansion of its 2022 lineup with the addition of eight models, each powered by its Milwaukee-Eight 117 engine that has heretofore been limited to its high-end CVO models. Among them are the Street Glide ST, Road Glide ST, Low Rider S and Low Rider …

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