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Rieju release their Century 125 Scrambler

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Rieju has unveiled a new 125cc model in their ever-expanding learner range.

The new Century 125 has been styled to look like a scrambler thanks to the wire-spoked wheels, bash plate and high flat bars. The aesthetics are rather handsome but it looks like we have seen this before and we have! The Century is closely based on the Chinese made but Italian styled Mondial HPS125.

The Century shares the same engine from the Mondial, it’s a 125cc single-cylinder engine from Aprillia, which features in their Tuono 125 and the RS4 125. The counterbalanced engine has been tuned to produce 15hp at 9,750 rpm, torque of 12.3 Nm at 7,500 rpm and with its redline at 10,500 rpm it should be a buzzing little engine. A six-speed gearbox puts the power to the road and the Century 125 can reach a top speed of 80 mph.

The Rieju Century 125 could be an attractive option to a learner rider too and should be a blast to ride. Disc brakes all round, 41mm inverted forks at the front, dual remote reservoir shocks at the rear and a low weight of 135kg should make for a very capable learner machine.

Prices are yet to be released but we can imagine it will be priced very closely to that of the Mondial HPS, somewhere around the £3,500 region.

Specifications

ENGINE

· TYPE: Single Cylinder 4T – 125c.c. 4 valves

· DIAM x STROKE: 58 x 47mm.

· GEAR CHANGE: 6-speed manual

· COOLING: Liquid cooled

· FUEL SYSTEM: Electronic injection

· START-UP: Electric

CHASSIS

· CHASSIS: High strength steel tubular

· FRONT SUSPENSION: Inverted fork of Ø41mm.

· REAR SUSPENSION: Dual shocks with preload reservoirs

· FRONT TYRE: 100/90-18″

· REAR TYRE: 130/80-17″

· FRONT BRAKE: Wavy Disc of Ø280mm.

· REAR BRAKE: Wavy Disc of Ø220mm

DIMENSIONS

DISTANCE BETWEEN AXES: 1.360 mm.

LENGTH: 2.025 mm.

MAX. HEIGHT:1.070 mm.

MAX. WIDTH: 785 mm.

SEAT HEIGHT: 790 mm.

DRY WEIGHT: 135 Kg.

PETROL TANK: 18 L.

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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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