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Ducati set to release their V4 as the ‘sound of a new era’ on Thursday



The Desmosedici Stradale is arriving on September 7th.

There is probably no better place to unveil a brand new, Italian-built engine than at this coming week’s MotoGP during the San Marino GP in Rimini. So that’s what Ducati are doing?

We’ve already been teased with spy video of the new V4 in action, but the reveal in Thursday at 12:15pm CET will be the first time anyone outside of Ducati insiders will have seen (and hopefully heard) the new engine in the flesh.

Now, before anyone gets too excited, we’re not expecting to see a new bike on Thursday. Thursday’s event is probably going to be just an engine reveal with a lot of mechanical and engineering expertise being showcased.

The Desmosedici Stradale (or ‘Road’, for anyone with lack of access to Google Translate or a basic Italian phrasebook) is going to underpin a lot of Ducati’s new motorcycles over the coming years, so whilst it would be amazing to see a brand new, road-going sportsbike hit the headlines on Thursday, the fact that this is at a MotoGP and that EICMA is mere months away will probably mean that we’ll see – and hear – the sound of Ducati’s new era in mechanical form only.

Although, you know… If we all wish hard enough…

Here is the full tease for this Thursday’s reveal:

The sound of a new era is coming:
Unveiling of the new V4 engine

Thursday 7 September 2017
12:00 pm

Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini
Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, ITALY
Ducati Team Hospitality*

*Access to the paddock is limited to MotoGP media pass-holders only.

So if you’re not a member of the MotoGP press media, or on Ducati’s guest list (spoiler: we’re neither of those things), then the next best thing you can do is come back to on the day and see just what the fuss of Ducati moving into the V4 era is all about.

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Harley-Davidson release two new, old Sportsters



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)



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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