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Custom of the Week: BMW R80ST ‘Daga’ by Matteucci Garage

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Flamboyant and artistic customiser Marco Matteucci isn’t one to shy away from trying something a bit different.

Perhaps one of the reasons he’s been preoccupied with other marques and it’s taken him this long before trying his hand at building a BMW Airhead. With one of Europe’s largest custom shows,EICMA, just a month away Marco threw caution to the wind and rolled a 1984 R80ST into the workshop.

The engine is of course rebuilt on the inside and painted on the outside offering as-new reliability and a slight pep in performance thanks to a relatively open hand-bent stainless exhaust and turned aluminium velocity stacks.

The frontend has been upgraded to a Marzocchi upside down fork, anodised to match the frame of course, with a single Brembo Goldline brake, plenty of stopping power and definite improvement on the standard setup. A Motogadget speedo nestles behind the headstock, leaving the cockpit super clean. The tiny nose fairing is actually a repurposed Harmon Kardon speaker housing, clad in leather. The now ubiquitous M-Unit system runs a new wiring harness and mega bright yet minimal LED bar-end indicators and strip tail light.

Then Marco’s arty side needed placating, if he was to build a Beemer it needed to carry his mark, well someone else’s as it turns out thanks to Marozzi Interior who upholstered the saddle and clad the aluminium subframe with leather, along with the subwoofer nosecone, before engraving and tattooing them. See, told you Marco was arty.

We visited EICMA, met up with Marco and had a good poke around his R80 ‘Dada’ and can attest than he’s more than just arty, he’s a proper craftsman.


This article first appeared on The Bike Shed; it’s republished here with permission.

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Harley-Davidson release two new, old Sportsters

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New Harley Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special come with new graphics, chrome and high bars.

There are a lot of new motorcycles coming out of the Harley-Davidson stable – at least one hundred by 2027 in fact, so we can expect a frequent flow of model revisions and changes to be revealed over the coming months and years.

The two new bikes announced today by Harley aren’t hugely new or exciting – but the new graphics are pretty sweet and ape-hanger bars are always worth clinging onto.

‘Since its inception, the Sportster has offered the perfect combination of size, power and character that makes it appealing to so many different riders’ -Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson V.P. of Styling & Design.

The Harley Sportster was introduced in 1957 and has now hit somewhere in the region of 30 varying production models. Along that time owners have got pretty used to stripping their bikes down and customising/re-inventing them. It’s this fact that Harley say they’ve used as inspiration for their two, new machines.

The Forty-Eight Special comes with a tiny 10 litre tank, new, steamroller front-end and 8 inch high Tallboy handlebars. Compared to the regular Forty-Eight, there’s also a lot more chrome.

The Iron 1200 features a ‘fast-back’ café seat, mini-ape black handlebars and a glossy black fly screen. It’s also got more range with a 15 litre tank and fancy colour paint/graphics. There’s also a lot less chrome and a lot more black.

So that’s two more of the 100 bikes out of the way.  And a new electric just around the corner

 

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Harley-Davidson’s electric motorcycle will be a ‘Revelation’ (according to trademark filings)

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Harley-Davidson trademark casts revelatory eye into future of their electric motorcycle plans.

If you were to have said a year or so ago that arguably the world’s most famous motorcycle brand would be frequently linked with falling sales and financial woe then most people would have said that you were barking mad.

However, with recent stories of millennial woe and mounting board concern the immediate future of the famours Bar and Shield brand is far from certain.

With a commitment to releasing 100 new motorcycles over the next ten years however, the folks at Harley-Davidson motorcycles do at least seem to have a plan to tackle their problem, and – along with Indian Motorcycle – they are preparing to take that battle to uncharted territory.

Last month the news broke that Harley were looking to get their electric motorcycle out and onto the streets by the end of 2019 and now it would seem that we know a little more about what form that new electric technology might take. Or the name of it at least.

According to a recent trademark application filed with the United States Patent & Trademark Office then name that Harley Davidson will use to refer to their new electric drive-train technology will be ‘Revelation’.

The interpretation by our (genuine) friends over at Asphalt & Rubber is that this will not be the name of the final motorcycle however, but rather the name used to refer to the technology/motor itself.

We’re not sure if the final name of the electrified Harley will be that of the Livewire moniker attributed to its pre-production/concept that was produced as a test vehicle back in 2014, but the choice of ‘Revelation’ for the motor technology is an interesting one to say the least.

The company already uses similar sounding names for it’s Evolution’ and ‘Revolution X’ V-Twin engines, so ‘Revelation’ isn’t too far of a stretch for the imagination, but it’s certainly an interesting one…

The Book of Revelation in Christian faith is effectively an apocalyptic prophecy.

The notion that it will be the old, warhorse Harley-Davidson to be the first major manufacturer on course to release a production electric motorcycle could well be considered an event of almost biblical proportions.

Source: USPTO via Asphalt & Rubber

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