What every Saturday needs: This week in motorcycle news looked a bit like this...
Triumph unveil new Street Triple 765 RS
A whole decade has passed since Triumph unveiled the original Street Triple, which emerged blinking its trademark round headlamps into the daylight for 2007. Now earlier this week they unveiled the new Street Triple 765 RS. Read more here.
Victory Motorcycles admits defeat
Polaris Industries, the giant American firm behind Victory Motorcycles and Indian Motorcycle, have announced that they will immediately begin winding down the Victory Motorcycles brand. Read more here.
Steve McQueen’s 1912 Harley X8E Big Twin is up for grabs at auction later this month in Las Vegas. But be warned, Bonhams have given it a guide price of £81,000 to £98,000. Better empty the piggy bank. This machine comes in running condition with matching numbers and a signed certificate of authenticity. The Bonhams sale will take place on January 26 at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. For more info head to bonhams.com. Read more here.
When Triumph unveiled the new Bonneville Bobber in London back in October last year the response was bonkers – and that furore has spilled over into dealers. Over the same period, the firm have sold double the number of Bobbers as they did Thruxtons a year ago – that’s 600 bikes in a matter of weeks. Triumph have now upped production to meet the demand.
Bushy's could be in TT trouble
Bushy’s Brewery are seeking legal advice after the Isle of Man Department of Economic Development threatened to sue over their use of the letters ‘TT’. The firm registered a trademark for ‘Bushy’s TT’ in 2014, and Martin Brunnschweiler, Managing Director of Bushy’s Brewery, said: “It’s been two years since we registered our trademark, so it’s late in the day to start objecting.”
UK enjoys strong 2016 for new bikes
New UK registrations rose by 8.5% in the first 11 months of 2016; 109,715 were sold from January to November. Spain and Italy saw the largest gains, with respective sales increases of 12.2% and 11.4%. The end-of-year figures may reflect a spike caused by dealers pre-registering non-Euro4 bikes ahead of the New Year regulation change.
French firm Cosmo Connected have unveiled what they say is the world’s first connected brake light for bikers at CES 2017. The Cosmo consists of 12 LEDs, and attaches to the back of any helmet. It can be configured to act as an extra brake light, illuminating when the built-in accelerometer detects deceleration, or it can be programmed to blink via a mobile app. It will be available in May for £84. Read more here.
Trust in Triumph
Triumph Motorcycles have launched their own approved-used scheme. The programme sees each pre-owned bike sold within the firm’s dealer network treated to a full multi-point engine, electronics and chassis inspection, and thorough road test, prior to delivery. The scheme applies to all official UK Triumphs under five years old and showing less than 25,000 miles.
Black Douglas produces motorcycles that hark back to yesteryear
There was a once a time when gentlemen wore hats, pannier mounts were briefcase holders and you could ride a motorcycle from London to Birmingham without seeing another road user. These were the good old days and it is this era that Black Douglas seek to emulate with the Sterling. Read more here.
Here's your completely 3D printed RC motorcycle
After focussing on car parts and radio controlled (RC) cars, 3D printing specialists BTI3Dlabs have turned their attention to two wheels, printing a miniature RC version of the Ducati draXter concept unveiled in 2016. Read more here
Video: BMW and Touratech unveil R 1200 GS Rambler
BMW's R1200GS may be broadly regarded as the go-to do-it-all adventure bike for everything from the daily commute to a bit of round-the-world globetrotting. But that's not to say that it couldn't be improved for the serious off-road adventurer... Read more here.
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