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Bultaco brings back the fun with a hybrid electric/pedal Brinco R-B



How many of you are familiar with Bultaco? For those who aren’t, let us introduce you.

Bultaco is a near legendary motorcycle brand founded by Don Paco Bultón in 1958

With a rich history, winning many Spanish and International championships with riders such as Barry Sheene, Ángel Nietzsche and Sammy Miller, Bultaco is one of those brands that seemed to get lost over the years until a rejuvenation and completely new direction began a couple of years or so ago; moving on from motorcycles such as The Matador, the brand decided to switch things up a little.

Bultaco Matador

The launch of the Brinco R was a complete switch for the brand, and with it they delivered an electric bicycle that appealed to both MX riders and mountain bikers. It was bold, bright and had some pretty cool details for a bicycle.

Now, moving on from this the company has decided to create a bike which was just a little more affordable – £4,600 is a pretty astonishing amount to spend on something that doesn’t have an engine in it, and so now, here we have a new entry level bike. The Bultaco Brinco R-B.

With a pedal sensor, the company has made it possible for customers to turn to the after market and retro fit a kit that turns it into a fully EU compliment electric bike that can be ridden anywhere, by anyone, anytime.

Some people find it a bit hard to get too excited about bicycles. Especially ones that cost €3,302. However, it’s also hard to deny that there is still something inherently cool about the heritage of this brand and that can be seen through the design and styling of the Brinco range.

Remember, this isn’t a motorcycle, so the standard performance is 2kW max power with a top speed of 60km/h. But 60km/h of assisted speed when riding the trials? We’ll have some of that.

Bultaco say they have been and will continue to be a motorcycle maker, but it is in tune with the growing demand for electric bicycles, furthered by the increasingly stringent permissive legislation governing motorcycles in off-road settings.

Two-wheelers’ need new riders, and new riders come along when there are new ideas, and we think it’s pretty cool for a motorcycle brand to flip it and deliver an electric bike that might just appeal to non-traditional motorcyclists who prefer a little more grunt.

Source: Bultaco

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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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