007 James Bond Is Back in Action, with Epic Chases on Bikes and More!

Everyone’s favorite spy is back in action, that’s right 007 Daniel Craig is back as the charming and handsome James Bond. Our hot spy with attitude will sprint back into action in April 2020 and the first trailer of the latest Double-O-Seven feature has just dropped! Guess what? There are bad guys on bikes and epic chases that involve Aston Martins, Jaguars, and other British delicacies. So, what sweet bikes are getting some screen time in the new 007 film, No Time To Die? AMERiders is going to try and figure it out, follow along with us.

Of course, as trailers usually go, we only get brief glimpses of the two-wheel cast members. I mean, it is a James Bond movie after all. The silver Aston Martin DB5 is a bigger hook than any motorcycle will ever be. This doesn’t mean we can’t be curious about what the producers’ motorized weapons of choice are for the canonical high-speed chase. 

The first motorcycle we spot in the trailer is straddled by what seems to be one of the bad guys. Not the bad guy himself but rather a member of his posse in charge of chasing down the protagonist. How do we know he’s a bad guy? His visor is blacked out, of course, that and James Bond doesn’t seem too keen on letting him catch up.

The minion engages Agent 007 in a high-speed chase in the saddle of what looks to be a Ducati Scrambler 800 Desert Sled—the round headlight with a four-branch brace, the white-and-silver tank, and the high-set white fender sure point to that specific model. We can even briefly see the model’s red frame. 

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Ducati Scrambler 800 Desert Sled

Later in the trailer, in a scene reminiscent of the motorcycle chase on the roofs of Istanbul in Skyfall, Bond can be seen straddling a bike of his own. This one was trickier to identify since the only glimpse we get of the two-wheel sled is from the back, as Jimmy Badass skids the bike off a ramp. There seems to be a consensus among some of us that Bond’s ride of choice for this scene is a Triumph Scrambler 1200. The high set dual exhaust and swingarm design are consistent—though it looks like the bike has been modified looking at the shorter exhaust tips and at the braced handlebar. What do you guys think?

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No Time To Die seems to pick up the Spectre plotline with the return of love interest Léa Seydoux and antagonist Christoph Waltz. If the trailer is enough to get you excited about the movie, you can let me know if I’m right about the bikes.

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See GoT/Aquaman Star Jason Momoa Talk About Harley Davidson

It’s a well-documented fact that the GoT/ Aquaman star Jason Momoa loves choppers. Not just any chopper though, he is partial to Harley-Davidson Knuckleheads and Panheads. If he isn’t reviving an old Knucklehead which we will explain later, he’s cruising through the desert with California chopper cults Cycle Zombies or 4Q Conditioning. Despite his affinity for the brand, Momoa’s preference for clapped-out hogs does Harley’s current sales figures no favors. With the LiveWire struggling to find a foothold in the market, the Motor Company summoned the hip hunk to be a paid partner and back the new electric motorcycle. AMERiders takes a looks at this hotty and his motorcycles.

Momoa’s collaborations with Harley began in early 2019 when he paid a visit to the brand’s Milwaukee headquarters and museum. Prior to that visit, Harley gifted Momoa a Softail Slim in August 2017. Like any Hollywood star, he promptly defaced the free bike with black spray paint. More recently, Harley hauled a new LiveWire to Momoa’s Southern California residence so he could blast around Topanga Canyon and sing its praises.

Ever-honest, Momoa stated, “Harley wanted me to test ride one of the new LiveWires. I was like, ‘eh’”

In the promo video, Momoa zipped about the canyon roads in an outfit that would make any devout ATGATT follower scoff. Nothing says cool like minimal protection, right? After a montage of rolling beauty shots, Momoa tucked into the LiveWire’s cockpit and darted past camera with the high-pitched whine of the electric motor. 

“I like the idea of it, but uh, you know, I want to hear it,” recounted Momoa before admitting, “I’ve never been on something this fast.”

There are certainly scripted sections of the video with Momoa reciting lines like “it’s the future” and “you can have this and your old one”, but the testimonial piece seems like Momoa’s authentic take on the electric motorcycle

“I look forward to the future of many more of these bikes,” Momoa concluded. “It’s helping our planet and it’s beautiful and we’re moving with the times, so I’m stoked.”

Will Momoa’s cool guy image appeal to the practicality of electric riders/commuters? Does Harley think that Aquaman will convince other cool guys that it’s okay to swing a leg over an electric bike? Is Momoa even relevant to younger generations? Only time will truly answer those questions, but one thing’s certain, a test ride—and an unspecified amount of cash—made Jason Momoa consider adding a LiveWire to his stable of Knuckleheads and Panheads.

We said earlier that we were going to explain the ” reviving an old Knucklehead bit so here we go….

You thought you loved Jason Momoa before: all the while Aquaman, and recently no-longer Khal Drogo has made a short film about family and motorcycles. It is a wonderful tribute and speaks to so many of the same feelings we all have about our own motorcycles.

We all know that our bikes aren’t sentient, but somewhere in our hearts, sometimes we believe they have feelings. Momoa puts these feelings into beautiful words as he takes us along with him to relive his own life’s journey, recalling, as he put it, “Where the Wild Stomped In.”

This is his reference to the moment that sparked his own love of motorcycles. At six years old he discovered bikes through a family friend who let him work the throttle. It seems like a small thing. I’m sure many of us have done just this for a kid who has shown any interest in our bikes: start it up, let them work the throttle. This small gesture on our part can have, as Momoa narrates poetically, huge ramifications in the right kid’s life.

As an adult, you understand the machine and what all the pieces of it do. As a kid, the entire assembly might as well run on pure magic. That you can control this large, rumbling machine by twisting the throttle is a matter of course to us but an incredible experience for kids.

Everyone starts somewhere, and the youngster you encourage might turn out to be another Jason Momoa. He waxes poetic about all of this inspiration and then goes on to describe how he bought himself an old Harley-Davidson Panhead to ride, found a knucklehead motor that didn’t run, and bought it with the intention of restoring it. It took him thirty years, but he accomplished that goal! And he did it with his own kids, which is just heartwarming. He’s doing fatherhood right. This video is evidence that he, like us, is Motorcycle People. He respects the machines and imagines not just what they’ve all already been through, but what they’ll experience in the future.

Watch the video, folks, but first, make sure nobody is cutting onions in your vicinity.

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Want a Ride of a Lifetime Enter to Win One From Indian for a Challenger

Indian Motorcycle and Harley-Davidson take different approaches to attract customers. Though both companies lean on brand heritage, Indian continues to push American-made motorcycles forward with models like the Scout and FTR 1200 as Harley tries to catch up. AMERiders gives you a look into what Indian has in store for you in a Ride of a Lifetime.

When Indian unveiled the Challenger in late-October, the company upped the ante with the liquid-cooled, overhead-cam, 121-horsepower PowerPlus engine. While Harley relies on celebrity endorsements and product integrations, Indian is taking a different approach by rewarding one lucky winner with a road trip aboard the new Challenger in the Ride Of A Lifetime sweepstakes. 

Indian selected five of the most scenic routes in America for the contest and destinations include:

  • Cherohala Skyway — Tennessee & North Carolina
  • North Cascades Scenic Byway — Washington
  • Twisted Sisters — Texas
  • Pacific Coast Scenic Byway — California
  • Pig Trail Scenic Byway — Arkansas

Whether you’re partial to coastal views or meandering through twisty canyon roads, one of the designated rides should definitely check a box on your bucket list. 

Contestants can enter the giveaway in one of two ways. Customers participating in a demo ride (of any model) at an Indian Motorcycle dealership are automatically entered or you can skip the test ride and complete Indian’s online form. One lucky winner—and one guest—will be invited to join Indian on a road trip to one of the five destinations.

Is there a better way to test out the Challenger’s PowerPlus motor than on the rolling hills of California Highway 1? Is there a place more fitting than the canyons of Twisted Sisters for Smart Lean Technology? That’s for you to decide, but I certainly know what I’m going to pick. 

Yes, only one person will win the giveaway, but unlike its competitors, Indian isn’t just telling us its bikes are cool, it’s willing to show us as well. That makes a world of difference and we look forward to hearing the winner of the contest—besides Indian.

2020 Indian Challenger Ride of a Lifetime

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Best Motorcycles for carrying a passenger

Easy rider. Sharing your love of motorcycling with friends, family, and loved ones is one of the most rewarding things a rider can do. It’s not only a way to connect with the people around us, but it’s also a great way to share the addiction and bring more people into the fold. AMERiders has made a list of best Motorcycles for carrying a passenger.

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That stops being effective, though, if your pillion passenger has a bad experience. Legs don’t belong around shoulders when you’re on a motorbike, and an uncomfortable seat or frightening ride can turn anyone off the greatest mode of transportation there is.

First, some general tips for selecting a bike and taking a passenger.

As a Rider

One extra-human can add as much as 30 percent to the total weight of your bike and rider package. That has an impact on your agility, your body as a rider, and on stopping distance. You need a balanced chassis, good ergonomics for control (wide bars for example) and a moderate seat height all help. Anything with smooth power delivery and handling will be good too.

As a Passenger

First and foremost, let’s erase any misconception that a sportbike passenger seat is any good. They’re too high, too narrow, too hard, and often, too close to under-seat exhausts to make them comfortable. A flat seat is no good either, as then your passenger’s view is of the back of your helmet. It might be a great helmet, but it’s not a great view. The seat should be thick, smooth (not humped or ridged) and wide.

How You Can Make Passengers More Comfortable

Rule Number 1: Your passenger doesn’t care how many miles per hour you do in how many seconds. They don’t care that you won your last six track days and got bumped to intermediate after two laps. They care that they’re suddenly not protected by steel and airbags and highly aware of their own fragility. So let’s put them at ease.

Start with gear. If you have spare gear, make sure they wear it. Proper pants, boots, jacket, gloves, the lot. If you have no spare gear but insist on taking a passenger: Give. Them. Yours. If you ride a bike in full gear and your passenger has no gear on you are a bad person.

Next, the pep talk. Brief them on how to be a good passenger and what to expect while riding. Make sure they know to NOT hop on or off the bike without first getting verbal confirmation from you that you’re ready. Also, always have them mount and dismount from and to the left side.

I, as a consistent passenger, say “be their backpack”. A person that is planning on taking a passenger should be able to accept a fair amount of weight against their back and through their arms. Again, smooth braking and maneuvering means you don’t have to take a lot of weight. If they’re not comfortable with that level of physical proximity, ask that they keep their body in line with the bike at all times.

Ride smoothly while they’re on board, short-shifting to make gear changes as smooth as possible. Dragging a little back brake at low speed can help with stability and smoothness too. Avoid big inputs to the throttle, brakes or steering and remember, if their helmet taps yours from behind, it’s because you’re not riding smooth enough.

If your bike has the facility for doing so, adjust the suspension (front and rear) to handle the extra weight. At a minimum, crank up the preload. Some modern bikes with electronic suspension have preset modes for passengers. Use them.

Now that’s out of the way, on with the list!

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Honda Gold Wing

Honda’s Gold Wing. End list. Seriously, there is no better bike for a passenger in my humble opinion. Passengers can, and do, (but shouldn’t) fall asleep in the supportive rear seat. The Gold Wing has armrests, heating, cooling and is more comfortable than my Ikea sofa. Honda’s engines are barely noticeable, and there’s even an entertainment system.

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Ural Gear Up

Sidecars are a lot like bow ties: They’re very cool in the eyes of everybody. The Ural is the ultimate in passenger comfort because they’re comfortably cocooned in a sidecar. Your buddy will have uninterrupted vision, a sense of adventure, and a little blanket over their legs for warmth. Dogs love sidecars too.

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Kawasaki Concours 14

If you’re looking for something a bit more potent for your passenger’s enjoyment then the Kawasaki Concours 14 packs a lot of power in a surprisingly comfortable package. The chassis is well balanced, and the seat is wide, soft and comfortable. It’s a large sport-tourer so there is plenty of room for both rider and passenger.

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BMW R 1250 GS

This flagship adventure bike archetype is smooth, confident and built for true multi-purpose use. BMW’s Telelever front suspension eliminates brake dive and the shaft drive delivers power smoothly. The seat is well staggered, not too high, not too low, and the available electric suspension has modes for pillion. Wide bars for control and one of the most stable chassis on the road add to passenger comfort.

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Suzuki Burgman 650

It’s a scooter, and that’s the point. Smooth automatic transmission, punchy 650 cc motor, smooth handling and unquestionably passenger-friendly comfort all add up to excellent passenger experience. Large scooters are commonly used as taxis in Europe, further proving my point.

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Triumph Bonneville T120

Retro classics are cool. Triumph makes some of, if not the best, retro classics around. The Bonneville T120 is a great passenger bike purely because it’s one that is more likely than many others to attract passengers. The seat is also comfortable as all get out. My daughter is forbidden to ride on the back (and is too young anyway) but I used to push her two miles to school each day on a bike. She gave the Bonny rave reviews. There probably isn’t a more appealing bike out there to inexperienced passengers. We’d also accept the W800 or a Royal Enfield.

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Honda NC750X

Do you guys have to put this bike in every list?” If we want it to be a good list: yes. Easily adjustable preload: check. Good ergonomics: Check. Smooth Honda power delivery: Check. Big grab handles so they don’t have to touch you if they don’t want? Checkmate.

Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic

If it must be made in America, Harley’s Electra Glide Ultra Classic is the bike for you. The Ultra is probably the second most common bike passengers fall asleep on unless of course, you’re cranking the massive sound system. The Milwaukee 8 engine delivers a pleasing built-in massage too.

Suzuki V-Strom 650

Big stopping power on a medium-sized bike that’s built for versatility makes Suzuki’s V-Strom 650 a great option for two-up riding. The ergonomics are just right, but it’s the balance of agility and comfort that sets the smaller ‘Strom apart.

Whatever Bike You Own

Even if you’re bike isn’t on this list, when you find someone who wants to come out riding with you: take them. Take them multiple times and then one day take them on the back of your bike to the DMV so they can get their license too. Any time you put someone on your bike in a safe, responsible, considerate manner, you grow our industry.

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Helmet Manufacturer H&H Sports Protection Issues Recall for VCAN V531

Helmet manufacturer H&H Sports Protection issues recall for its VCAN V531 half helmet. Helmet recalls by NHTSA are rarer than those for motorcycles, but they do occasionally occur and are important to be aware of. AMERiders explains the recall.

According to the manufacturer, it has only ever been sold via Amazon. The NHTSA safety recall report states that there was one key manufacturing change made over the course of the lifetime of the VCAN V531 helmet in the factory. Initially, the retention system that anchored the straps into the helmet was sewn in with five passes. 

By contrast, the affected batch, which was manufactured from October 1, 2017, through November 30, 2017, only used three passes to sew the straps in place. The manufacturing date is displayed on the warning label. The NHTSA report states that a total of 4,218 helmets were potentially involved, and estimated the defect rate to be a rather alarming 100 percent. 

Under the “Description of the Safety Risk” heading, the full text in the NHTSA report makes the danger plain. “Helmet retention system may fail to protect the rider and could be unsafe to wear for any kind of protection.”

According to H&H, sewing procedures for this batch were ‘streamlined’ to meet a production deadline. This recall affects all sizes for this batch: XS, S, M, L, XL, and XXL helmets. The manufacturer also states in the recall report that it suspended all sales of this model as of July 10, 2018, and also contacted Amazon to suspend sales. While you can’t find this VCAN model for sale on Amazon at the moment, a quick Google reveals that at least one reseller is still attempting to sell this lid for $32.49.

Per the recall schedule, notifications will be sent to all customers who purchased this helmet through Amazon no later than January 8, 2020. All helmets affected should be returned to Amazon so that they can be destroyed. Additionally, any helmet stock remaining at Amazon will be returned to the manufacturer for destruction. H&H will issue full refunds for both product costs and shipping. Owners may contact H&H Sports at 1-626-444-0107.

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It’s worth noting that consumer news site Consumer Affairs wrote about a very similar VCAN V531 helmet recall through H&H Sports in 2018. The description of the defect is very similar, but the total number of affected helmets listed is a slightly higher 4,314. At the time of that site’s writeup, that particular recall was expected to begin in August 2018. It’s unclear whether this is the recall that NHTSA just issued at the end of October 2019 or an additional, earlier recall for a very similar problem. 

I don’t need to tell you how important a good helmet is in protecting your head in the event of a crash. How you choose to protect your head is your business—but a helmet is one place where you don’t want to cheap out. Both you and the people who care about you are counting on you making good choices when it comes to protecting your head. 

Shop with AMERiders and leave the unsafe and fake helmets behind!

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At EICMA There Were at Least 10 Coolest Bikes Unveiled

At EICMA this year there were so many new toys unveiled and AMERiders will give you the information on some of them. The Milan Motorcycle Show or EICMA is the biggest motorcycle event of the year. The 2019 edition of the show burst at the seams with new models, concepts, and prototypes. While some announcements revolved around simple updates for the new model-year, others introduced exciting and or revolutionary new models.

The AMERiders team will take a bit of time to discuss the coolest bikes that were seen in Milan this year and we decided to come up with a compilation of the 10 coolest ones that were introduced at the event. Which one’s your favorite?

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Bimota-Kawasaki Tesi H2 Concept

Not long ago, a rumor surfaced that Kawasaki had bought Bimota. No official released or statement confirmed the transaction. Instead, the two companies joined forces in their first collaborative concept. 

The Tesi H2 takes styling cues from both brands and squishes them together. The resulting bike looks like an origami stunt with a highly intricating sport fairing and dramatic silhouette. At its core, the concept used Kawasaki’s supercharged one-liter H2 engine. One of its most surprising features, however, is the front swingarm—a rare design decision Bonkers you said?

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Husqvarna 901 Norden Concept

We’ve recently seen the possibility of discussed of Husky developing a new big-bore 901 engine—its biggest mill yet—as well as a new adventure-oriented model. The first look at the potential new model came at EICMA when Husqvarna unveiled the 901 Norden Concept. 

The concept is underlined by the new 901 engine “specifically tuned for adventure”. As this is mainly just an exercise in styling, virtually no data regarding the bike was released. Husqvarna kept it too short and too sweet. The model could have a lot of potential, should it make its way to production. We’ve got our eyes on you, Husky.

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Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250

Many can’t seem to agree on the looks for this one. Many love it while others are more mitigated about it. One thing we all agree on, however, is our shared curiosity for the new engine Harley introduced with the model. 

The new Revolution Max mill is a 60-degree V-twin (of course!) which is available in two sizes. The 975cc underlines the new Bronx streetfighter while the bigger 1250 goes in Harley’s first adventure bike, the Pan America. Whether we like the look of it or not, this is one we definitely look forward to putting to the test. 

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Benelli Leoncino 800

Just look at that thing. Benelli knocked it out of the park with the design of its new Leoncino 800, especially the Trail version. The way the frame underlines the tank and saddle, the faux side plates, the peek-a-boo dual exhaust tips, the round headlight clad with its tiny cowl, the lion badge on the front mudguard: the Italians have a knack for injecting beauty in the details. 

The Leoncino and Leoncino Trail also introduce a new 800 powertrain, more specifically a 754cc twin mill that produces 81 horsepower and 49 lb-ft of torque. But seriously, how handsome is that thing?

VERGE TS

Do you remember RMK and its ambitious E2 hubless electric motorcycle project? Well, the company is now moving forward not only by launching the production version of its motorcycle but also by changing its name. RMK becomes VERGE and launched the E2-turned-TS at EICMA. The early concept explored the possibility of propelling the motorcycle using a hubless rear wheel, something the company has apparently figured out how to make a viable system to send to production. 

The Finnish firm announced that the new TS produces 107 electric horsepower and offers a combined range of up to 124 miles.

Aprilia RS 660

Last year, Aprilia introduced the RS 660 as a concept. Fast-forward 12 months and the Italian firm didn’t waste any time making the concept a reality and introduced the production-ready RS 660 at EICMA. The stunning middleweight sportbike introduces a new parallel-twin engine which, Aprilia says, will underline a new family of mid-range models. 

This first member of the new family is quite the ice breaker and likely one of the sexiest models to show up on the Italian stage in 2019.

Energica Eva Ribelle

Oh, what are you doing to us, Energica? Since the company’s creation in 2014, it has treated us to some of the sexiest electric motorcycle designs out there. The company has now fueled our fantasies once more with the launch of the new Eva Ribelle. 

The Ribelle takes on the streetfighter segment, minus the purring engine sound and emissions associated. The details such as the exposed trellis frame, riveted gas tank, and intricate dual headlight cluster as absolutely gorgeous. In addition to another great-looking bike, Energica pushes its own boundaries by increasing the electric range of its powertrain: over 245 miles in the city and 140 miles combined. And the power figures? As sexy as the bike itself: 145 horsepower and 158.6 lb-ft of torque (for comparison, the Zero SR/F pushes 140 lb-ft of torque).

Indian FTR Rally

We knew to expect new variations of the FTR but this one went beyond our expectations. Indian hit hard when it introduced its flat-track champion-inspired FTR 1200 and was really well received by journalists and customers alike. The manufacturer wasn’t about to let a good thing go to waste: it designed an entirely new engine for its FTR so the new V-twin was bound to find new applications. 

One of these applications is the FTR Rally, which Indian unveiled at EICMA. The Rally builds on the same strengths as the 1200 but with a scramblerized twist instead. It features a taller handlebar, wire-spoke wheels, a fly screen, and a color scheme (matte silver paint, tan saddle). Boy, oh boy! What a sight!

KTM 390 Adventure

FINALLY! Jeez, KTM, you took your sweet time with this one. There have been rumors of a 390 Adventure making the rounds since 2015. 2019 is finally the year KTM decided to officially introduce its baby adventurer to the world.  

What’s really exciting about the 390 Adventure is that it makes adventure bikes more accessible than ever. Small and mid-range displacement models are bringing true versatility back to the segment and I have a feeling the 390 has a lot to contribute to the trend.

Suzuki V-Strom 1050

Rumors that Suzuki was bringing its DR Big back started circulating at the beginning of 2019. We didn’t know what shape or form the model would take nor whether a big-bore single still had its place on the market in 2019. 

Finally, Suzuki injected a little bit of the DR into the V-Strom instead of a standalone model in the all-new V-Strom 1050. The model upgraded from 1000 to 1050—despite no changes in displacement—and received a few styling cues inspired by its ancestor. Suzuki also added a few nostalgic liveries with the orange-and-white and yellow-and-blue color schemes from the early 90s.

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BMW’s New F 900 Twins Were Unveiled at EICM 2019 in Milan, Italy

If you thought BMW had an F in the works, you weren’t wrong. There wasn’t one twin coming, but two. BMW had four models to unveil, two of which are underlined by a brand-new engine. One is the update of a model the global market is already familiar with. The other is the 9Cento Concept spin-off, now a full-time member of the BMW family. Introducing the all-new 2020 BMW F 900 R and the F 900 XR. AMERiders gives you a bit of information on the twins.

The Newcomer

We expected an F 850, BMW surprised us with a 900—I guess the name 9Cento (“9Hundred”) was kind of a big hint. The new F 900 XR joins the new S 1000 XR in the adventure-sport-touring segment. It borrows visual cues and the riding style of the S 1000 XR’s, adapted to a smaller, more accessible format. 

Gallery: 2020 BMW F 900 XR

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The XR is equipped with an adjustable windshield and its fairing has been designed with weather protection in mind. The addition of this new model gives BMW an additional edge in the mid-range segment. The model isn’t as adventure-oriented as the F 850 GS. Instead, if pushes the gauge further on the sport-touring end of the spectrum while still offering adventure-like qualities and features such as handguards, 6.68 and 6.77 inches of suspension travel front and back respectively, and a 4-gallon gas tank. 

In comparison, the F 900 R, the evolution of the F 800 R, falls in the roadster family with a naked silhouette and a road-oriented setup. 

Twinsies

The two new models use the same, equally new 893cc, inline-twin mill rated at 105 horsepower and 67.8 lb-ft of torque, cradled by a steel bridge frame and topped with a plastic gas tank meant to help keep the weight low. The new frame uses the engine as a stressed member for added rigidity.  

The Twins also receives a pretty comprehensive menu of techs and systems that includes keyless ignition, two standard Rain and Road riding modes, ABS, and for the European market, the intelligent emergency call system. 

Optional features are also available for further enhance the models’ convenience and on-road performance including two additional Pro riding modes, electronic suspension adjustment, ABS Pro, and adaptive cornering light. 

Pricing and availability of the new 2020 BMW F 900 R and F 900 XR will be announced at a later time.

And Don’t Forget

Monday, November 11th, 2019 is Veterans Day.

Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect for you, our veterans. This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country’s service. We celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

A lot of people confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day please don’t, know the difference. Veterans Day is a time to thank those who are serving or have served and are still with us. Memorial Day is to reflect and remember those who lost their lives in service to their country. Confusing the two or combining the two diminishes the importance of both.

This year make sure to Honor our Veterans, spend time with them, donate to their causes and more. We here at AMERiders are supporters of our Veterans and want to thank them for their service and all they have and all they do for us.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

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Harley-Davidson Brings You New Bikes and Engines in 2021 Just Look!

Harley-Davidson is finally ready to move forward with the master plan it unveiled last year. The plan spreading a few years includes the addition a new, more “unusual” models to the American lineup in the hopes of The first two models to hopefully give the brand a new direction have now taken the stage. Meet the new 2021 Pan America and Bronx.  AMERiders gives you the info on these New Bikes and Engines for 2021.

We’ve been expecting these two for a little while now and it’s good to finally see them in the metal. Along with the two new bikes, the Motor Company takes advantage of the spotlight to also launch a brand new powertrain, V-twin of course. The Revolution Max is a liquid-cooled, 60-degree V that’s available in two displacement sizes, each one underlining one of the two new models. 

Gallery: 2021 Harley-Davidson Bronx

The Revolution Max 975cc powers the Harley-Davidson Bronx, the manufacturer’s new player in the streetfighter segment—who would have thought the era of the sportbike would make a comeback at Harley? I said in the past that the new streetfighter’s looks did nothing for me. Scratch that: I think it actually looks pretty good! The maker is a bit vague when it comes to power figures, stating that the smaller Revolution will push “more than 115 hp” and “more than 70 lb-ft of torque”. 

Gallery: 2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America

The 1,250cc version of the twin goes in the Pan America adventure bike—a first for the company that usually mainly focuses its efforts on touring-friendly models. The Pan America offers a different take on touring by adding adventure to the mix. The bigger iteration of the new V-twin also gets approximate ratings with more than 145 hp and more than 90 lb-ft of torque. Considering the model will at least produce that much power, it’s safe to say that those are really interesting figures. It will all depend on how heavy the Pan-Am will be.  

There’s still a lot the company can tell us about its new models but I have a feeling we’ll have to be a bit more patient to get the full portrait. The two new models and their respective twins will launch later in 2020 as 2021 models.

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~Live Free Ride Hard~

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EIMOR Customs Turns This Interceptor 650 Bomber into a Stealth Bomber

Without a shadow of a doubt. Royal Enfield occupies a specific corner of the motorcycle market. The Indian manufacturer offers modern classics similar to Britain’s Triumph and America’s Harley-Davidson, but they do so at a much more affordable price point. Coupling classic style with minimal electronics⁠—by today’s standards⁠—Royal Enfield creates the optimal platform for custom work. Introduced in 2018, the INT (Interceptor) 650 can be molded into a rough and tumble scrambler or transformed into an elegant roadster. India-based Eimor Customs opts for the latter with its 2019 INT 650 cafe racer build deemed the Bomber. AMERiders gives you a bit more information.

Royal Enfield’s Twin 650 platform consists of the GT 650 and INT 650 and both models heavily lean on styling cues of the ‘60s and ‘70s. While the GT 650 captures more of the cafe racer aesthetic, c decided the less angular lines of the INT 650 suited their vision best. 

Though the stock INT 650 prominently featured polished and chrome finishes, the custom garage dipped the transmission cases, engine, and exhaust pipes in satin black. The dark theme continued with black powder-coated shock absorbers and fork gators obscuring the classic chrome of the fork tubes. The rims, spokes, and hubs received similar treatment, imbuing the mid-displacement twin with a completely new attitude.

Gallery: Eimor Customs Bomber: 2019 Royal Enfield INT 650

To carry on the stealthy aesthetics, Eimor Customs painted the gas tank, fenders, and side covers midnight blue. The hue difference in the bodywork allowed the lines of the design to stand out among the sea of black without undermining the dark motif. 

Of course, no cafe racer would be complete without a bubble fairing and Eimor Customs exercised excellent restraint with the small unit attached to the headlight. Additional touches like a black leather diamond-stitched seat and bar end mirrors lend to the cafe racer style.

While the Indian custom shop modded the appearance of nearly every component on the INT 650, they left the 648cc parallel-twin’s internals intact. With 47 horsepower and 38 ft-lb of torque, the stock engine is all you need to cruise the boulevard and look imposing—and that’s exactly what this build does.

You have to admit this is one sweet looking ride at least we think so.

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Pack Up. Ride Out. The New 2020 Indian Challenger Family Has Arrived!

Surprise! Those who have been excited about the new 2020 Indian Challenger you don’t have to wait any longer! It’s now up for you to check out on the Indian Website. Without any of the bells and whistles, the new bagger popped up on the manufacturer’s site. Amidst rumors that the model would be formally unveiled in Milan, this comes as a bit of surprise. A good one, of course.  AMERiders gives you a bit of information on the gorgeous beauty.

Between the information released by Indian itself and all the leaked details about the new bagger, we already had a pretty clear portrait of the new model. Only a few days ago, Indian revealed all the details about its new engine, the PowerPlus, dubbed the company’s most powerful V-twin yet and first liquid-cooled large-displacement mill. The 1,769cc twin is rated at 122 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque. In the same release, the company confirmed the new mill would underline the equally new Challenger. Now we learn that the new PowerPlus mill is mated to a six-speed transmission with Gear Driver wet clutch.

Liquid-cooling with four-valve heads and single overhead cams are the key to the 60-degree PowerPlus V-twin. The rear cylinder deactivates when stopped in traffic, allowing the exhaust pipe to cool instead of roasting your leg. Indian Motorcycle

The model’s most noticeable feature is the ginormous fixed front fairing with the round headlight between LED brackets—a look consistent with the test mule that was spotted in April and in the Scout’s lineup pictures. 

Instead of the classic, almost triangular fairings we usually see on American cruisers and tourers, Indian opted for a rectangular shape for its new design. Compared to the Chieftain it joins in the bagger segment, the Challenger’s silhouette is rounder and fuller. The lightweight aluminum frame is topped with a 6-gallon gas tank. Compared to the Chieftain, the Challenger pretty much has the same proportions, if only slightly taller and 10-pounds heavier at 831 lb wet. 

The bike is mounted on a set of cast wheels with a 19-inch circle at the front and a 16-inch one at the back, wrapped in Metzeler Cruisetec tires. The suspension set up includes a 43-mm inverted fork with 5.1 inches of travel at the front and a Fox single shock at the back with hydraulic adjustment and 4.5 inches of travel. 

The front wheel is armed with two 320mm floating discs paired up with a set of four-piston Brembo radial calipers. The rear one uses a single 298mm disc with a two-piston caliper. ABS also comes standard on the model. 

The gigantic fairing hides a 7-inch touchscreen that displays all the usual information and data and allows the rider to select between the different riding modes available that include Rain, Standard, and Sport. The system can also be connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth. Other features keyless ignition, adjustable air vents, cruise control, and a power windshield. 

The Challenger is offered in three trim levels: the standard Challenger, the blacked-out Challenger Dark Horse, and the fully-loaded Challenger Limited. The two higher trim level models add a few comforts, including the Smart Lean Technology that uses dynamic traction control, the ABS, drag torque control system, a Bosch IMU to optimize control in the bends, among other things.

The regular model is priced at $21,999 while the Dark Horse comes in at $27,499 and the Limited, at $27,999.

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