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Royal Enfield Himalayan to hit USA




Indian firm’s single-cylinder adventure bike set to mount United States challenge.

The adventure bike scene is absolutely huge right now. Companies like BMW, KTM, and Ducati are cranking out bigger and more powerful ADV bikes as fast as they can dream them up. The Japanese manufacturers haven’t missed the boat either with the Super Tenere, Africa Twin and V-Strom 1000 also catering to that big ADV lifestyle. But what if, less is more?

As of late, we are starting to see a trend in the “baby” ADV market. Bikes with all of the style and flair of their bigger siblings, without all that added weight to pick up when you inevitably knock it over. Royal Enfield thought of this a few years back and released the Himalayan. While this bike has been out in the European market for over a year now, Royal Enfield has decided to bring it to the United States.

If you need a quick refresher on what a Himalayan is all about, it’s a 411cc single cylinder, making 25hp, and weighing 410lbs ADV bike designed to look and feel like something straight out of the 60’s. But is this the right move for the US market? Well, if nothing else, their Youtube ad sure has my wanderlust peaked:

While the bike is aimed at being super simple and basic, the Himalayan coming to the United states comes with fuel injection and a gear indicator. Nice touches for a bike that can be had for the lowly sum of $4499 brand new. My biggest complaint is the sheer lack of power. I mean 25hp, come on, Ninja 250’s made more that that. But a Royal Enfield did manage to pull 58 people on one bike, so perhaps we have no room to talk.

Will this bike have a big impact on the US market? I highly doubt it. But I still look forward to riding one myself to find out!

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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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