Tima Kuleshov Is a Teeny Tiny Badass and Has Some Insane Biker Skills

Tima Kuleshov is a teeny tiny badass and has some insane biker skills. He has been riding motorbikes since he was 2 years old, we at AMERiders thinks that is so cool and really badass.

What were you doing when you were four years old? I know I had a pretty normal childhood. Maybe I was riding a tiny bicycle with training wheels back then. I’m sure I wasn’t shredding it off-road or popping wheelies on a tiny little sportbike. This kid, who goes by the name Tima Kuleshov, was four years old when this video was posted back in 2017. Based out of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, this kid has some sick riding skills.

It definitely goes without saying that Tima has a bright future on two wheels ahead of him. In fact, in the years succeeding his viral video, the kid has been shredding it off-road both in mountain biking and motocross racing. Ever since he was two years old, Tima Kuleshov always found himself attracted to adrenaline-filled sports. Apart from riding his sportbikes and dirt bikes, he also does a lot of mountain biking. When the cold and harsh Ukrainian winters kick in, however, Tima’s high adrenaline lifestyle doesn’t take a back seat. When he isn’t on his two-wheelers, he’s shredding the slopes of ski courses all across the country. 

It’s amazing to see the level of support that Tima Kuleshov continues to receive when it comes to his two-wheeled passions. He even has his own racing team and a van with matching graphics on the side. A trip to his Instagram page linked below will show that he’s taking two-wheeled motorsports as well as mountain biking very seriously. Now eight years old, he recently participated in the Goloseevo MX 2020 motocross race, and bagged second place in the 50cc to 65cc category last December. 

With skills this amazing at an early age like his, there’s no question about it. We’ll definitely see more of Tima Kuleshov in motorsports in the years to come. 

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This RoadGlide by Thunderbike Customs has $14K of Custom Parts

This Harley-Davidson RoadGlide by Thunderbike Customs has $14K of custom parts. “The benchmark for long-distance touring bikes. Runs mile after mile with ease.” This is the simple phrase Harley-Davidson itself uses to describe the RoadGlide, one of the most appreciated Touring motorcycles the Americans have to offer. But for some, neither original nor stripped-down seems to do the trick. AMERiders gives you the skinny on this sweet-looking bike.

Beneath all the bulky body parts of the bike in front of us now still is a RoadGlide. It looks this way because a German custom shop by the name Thunderbike got hold of it, on behalf of one of their clients, and transformed it into something they like to call ThunderBaggerZ.

There are a bunch of very visible changes made to the standard RoadGlide, but one that immediately catches the eye is the massive wheel upfront. We’re talking about a 30-inch aluminum piece, “black anodized and contour-milled,” sitting under the cover provided by a fender to match its gargantuan size.

Visual changes continue over the length of the bike, moving from the front wheel to the custom tank, and all the way back to the rear fender. Additionally, a bolt-on rake kit is on deck to help with the modified look, but we’re told it does not change the driver’s position all that much.

Aside from the other minor changes that went into this build (things like ignition cover, license plate frame, or taillight), the RoadGlide was also the recipient of an air ride suspension kit to improve its road stance.

All in all, there are a little under 20 important pieces of hardware fitted on this thing, all wrapped in a nice custom paint. We are not provided with the cost of the build, but the parts used on it (you can have a look at all of it here) amount to about 12,000 euros, which is about $14,500 at today’s exchange rates.

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Royal Enfield Classic 350 New Features for 2021 and Daytona Bike Week

Royal Enfield rolled out its Tripper navigation on the all-new Meteor 350 in November 2020. Using the Google Maps interface, the feature connects to the Royal Enfield app on a user’s smartphone and relays directions to a small pod mounted to the handlebars. After a successful introduction on the small-capacity cruiser, Enfield equipped its Himalayan ADV with the technology as well. Now, spy shots reveal that the new Royal Enfield Classic 350 could be next in line for the upgrade.

Similar to the Meteor 350 and Himalayan, the Classic 350 would have a dedicated Tripper screen next to the main instrument cluster and gauges. The feature could be even more advantageous for Classic 350 fans, as many Indian riders tour on the platform. It would also be helpful in congested urban centers, as traffic patterns or road work could change suggested routes frequently. It also looks like the new navigation display would replace the amp meter that’s currently on the model.

That’s not the only thing that would change, however. Alongside the Tripper navigation pod, the spy photo also reveals an updated analog/digital speedometer and instrument panel. Aside from the updates in the cockpit, we anticipate a host of other upgrades for the Classic 350. Royal Enfield previously announced that the long-in-the-tooth retro would share the Meteor 350’s J Platform in 2021.

That means that the Classic 350 will likely feature the double-cradle frame and 349cc single found in the new cruiser. Spy shots do confirm that stylistic hallmarks like full fenders, a teardrop gas tank, and retro side panels will stay on the Classic. However, a new taillight and passenger seat could also come to the model in 2021.

With Tripper navigation recently spotted on the Continental GT 650, it’s no surprise to see it on the Classic 350 as well. We can’t wait to see what else Royal Enfield adds to its classically-styled standard when it’s officially announced.

2021 Daytona Bike Week

With Bike week only being days away from ending here are a few videos that have been posted and the link to the live feed of Daytona Bike 2021 week itself.

And the live link for Daytona Bike week 2021

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2021 Daytona Bike Week Kicks off Today What Should You Expect

As we stated on Wed., 2021 Daytona Bike Week kicks off today so we here at AMERiders thought that we should elaborate on what should you expect if you are going to be attending this annual bikers event this year.

2020’s Daytona Bike week ended a bit early thanks to the pandemic, but the 80th annual Daytona Bike Week is back for its full run from today until March 14th, 2021. Its popular swap meets, shows, coleslaw wrestling at Sopotnick’s Cabbage Patch Bar, and poker runs are all ready to run right on schedule.

While visitors can still expect to see Main Street bustling with bikers, there will be some changes this year to accommodate for social distancing requirements.

Most notably, indoor vendors will be limited to 60% capacity, which could lead to lines at high-traffic shops. A mask mandate is also in effect in Daytona Beach but only applies to indoor businesses, meaning attendees can go mask-free while partying outdoors, where many of the happenings take place.

All merchants have been asked to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19.

To allow for more social distancing, parking will be more limited than usual on Main Street and instead, overflow lots will be set up near the Ocean Center. Only motorcycles will be allowed on Main Street.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’  executive order precludes the city from placing restrictions on business occupancy limitations. The only leverage available to the city was to restrict the occupants’ number in compromise for granting the outdoor permits. Given the reality that bikers are likely to come to town with or without the licenses (not to mention the merchants’ desires), hopefully, the decision to limit indoor patrons and allow the permits for outdoors will be the best possible outcome. 

To those of you who question why things are safer now than in October to allow the permits, the answer is simple: They are not. The agreement to limit the number of indoor patrons where community spread is most likely is what makes this a better decision than the one made in October. For those of you who question the likelihood that the businesses will comply with the agreement, those merchants who did not comply with the decision to terminate permits during Bike Week 2020 are not participating in the master plans for Bike Week or Biketoberfest in 2021 and possibly, through 2023. That is a steep price to pay for noncompliance. 

Reaching a compromise that supports business and public health was hopefully the best outcome.  Let’s all be safe and hope for the best in what are challenging times that continue to call for polarizing decisions.

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Daytona Bike Week 2021 Starts Friday & Will Follow COVID-19 Guidelines

Daytona Bike Week 2021 starts this Friday, March 5th, 2021, and will follow COVID-19 guidelines and practices. Bike Week will run for 10 days. from are Friday, March 5 to Sunday, March 14, 2021. January 20, 2021, city commissioners have agreed to let this year’s biker party run its usual 10-day course with all of its carnival-like trappings. Bands will belt out their tunes from parking lot stages, the scantily clad beer tub girls will keep bikers well-hydrated, and the vendors’ turkey legs and trinkets will flow. AMERiders has its usual bikey-goodness info for you.

At the city commission meeting on Jan. 20, 2021, it was agreed that permits would be issued that allowed businesses to temporarily do things outside they normally can’t. This was only agreed upon in exchange for a promise from bars, restaurants, and shops to limit their indoor occupancy to 60% during Daytona Bike Week 2021 which will run from March 5-14.

Usually, about 400,000 motorcyclists will grace the streets of Daytona Beach. However, Daytona Bike Week 2021 is not expected to be a typical bike week. Even though this year marks the 80th anniversary of Daytona Bike Week, the Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the event, expects crowds to be about half their normal size this year due to COVID. The city has limited hotel and business occupancy to 60 percent of capacity, and bars and restaurants are supposed to limit their service to outdoor venues as much as they possibly can.

Daytona Beach Bike Week 2021
Daytona Beach Area of Commerce

The outdoor trappings of Bike Week will be less affected. Bands will perform on makeshift stages in vacant downtown lots. Scantily-clad women will sell beer and beverages from tents lining the main streets. Empty storefronts are rented out as impromptu tattoo parlors and souvenir shops.

AMERiders requests that if you DO go to Daytona Bike Week 2021 please follow all COVID-19 guidelines and Practices.

Events happening during bike week

As usual AMERiders will is your place to find out what is happening during Daytona Bike Week 2021. We have complied a list of what is happening over the week and will try to keep you updated as the week goes on as well.

Bike week Calendar of events.

This year there is so much going on that we have 2 websites that have information for you on the calendar of events some events do overlap and are duplicated between the two sites. This is the reason that we are just posting the sites for you this year.

OFFICIAL Bike week calendar and Daytona Bike Week Event Calendar

Again these are two different websites

Win a 2021 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Classic 114

ENTER TO WIN THE
Official Bike Week Motorcycle of 2021

2146 Tickets Issued as of 3/03/2021

“Limited Number of Entries – Only 4,500 Will Be Sold” 

This year’s Grand Prize is a “2021 Harley-Davidson® FLHCS – Heritage Classic 114”. This motorcycle is considered the quintessential American cruiser. Showstopping vintage details and pure rock and roll style. Check out the specs below.

We would like to mention that Daytona Harley-Davidson is our partner in the Official Bike Week Motorcycle Drawing. Their creative team is adding a custom-painted logo, amazing pinstriping, and new saddlebags. All proceeds from the drawing go back into supporting this world-recognized event!

The drawing is scheduled to take place on Friday, April 30, 2021, at noon. Buy two tickets get the third one free.

  • Must be a legal resident of the United States.
  • 18 and older. Void where prohibited.
  • You Are Not Required to be Present for the Drawing.

There you have it, We will have more for you on Friday when Daytona Bike Week 2021.

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Hydrogen Sludge Fuel and Motorrad Days canceled again for 2021

Figuring out better ways to fuel vehicles inevitably leads to a slew of challenges. These include energy density, distribution, storage, production cost, and end-consumer cost, to name just a few. Motorrad Days 2021 was originally scheduled to take place in July. Unfortunately for BMW fans, the event is simply not meant to be in 2021. As you might guess, the reason for 2021’s cancellation is the same as in 2020: the global coronavirus pandemic simply poses too much of a threat. AMERiders has the information on both the PowerPaste and Motorrad Days cancelation again for 2021.

Better fueling through chemistry.

PowerPaste

Figuring out better ways to fuel vehicles inevitably leads to a slew of challenges. These include energy density, distribution, storage, production cost, and end-consumer cost, to name just a few. What is practical and possible also varies widely based on the type of vehicle involved. While hydrogen fuel cells can work in passenger automobiles, for example, they’re hugely impractical for use in motorcycles and scooters.  

Enter the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM. Based in Dresden, Germany, the Institute recently announced a new product called PowerPaste. In photos, it looks a bit like a smooth spackle, or even squeezing certain acrylic paints out of tubes. That’s not a bad mental image to have, considering how Fraunhofer envisions distribution, but we’ll get to that after you know a little more about this fuel paste. 

To create PowerPaste, Fraunhofer says it takes magnesium powder, then mixes it with hydrogen to form magnesium hydride. A couple of stabilizers later, mix, mix, mix, and it’s the paste you now see before you. Fraunhofer says that this paste can be packed into a neat little cartridge, then squeezed out via a plunger as needed—not unlike a small caulk gun.  

From there, the PowerPaste mixes with the water you’re keeping in a separate tank to create hydrogen gas, a process which can be adjusted to fit the specific needs of your fuel cell. Now, for the really elegant part: Water, if you’re recall, contains hydrogen. Part of the reason that the PowerPaste method is so energy dense is because it gets half its hydrogen from that water.  

What about safety? PowerPaste can be stored quite safely at room temperature, and stays just fine even at high temperatures. In fact, Fraunhofer says it stays stable until it hits 250 degrees Celsius, which is 482 degrees Fahrenheit. That means parking your PowerPaste-using bike on a sunny summer day shouldn’t pose any particular fuel-related safety concerns. 

PowerPaste

Fraunhofer’s announcement goes on to address other pain points as well, such as infrastructure and distribution. If it’s packed and sold in cartridges, they’re portable, storable, and could easily be sold in shops. Grab your road snacks, some PowerPaste, and some more water and you’re good to go. Larger vehicles could simply pump the goop directly into their tanks, much like thick, gray, gasoline. Fraunhofer plans to start making up to four tons of PowerPaste per year in its own facility by the end of 2021, as a pilot program for additional study. 

Could a convenient, fossil fuel-free solution really be that simple? Not so fast. There are a number of additional questions and/or hurdles standing between us and a PowerPaste-powered future.  

For one, what happens to those empty cartridges after they’re spent? Backtracking a bit, how clean and energy-efficient is this paste to produce in the first place? Also, as Loz Blain at New Atlas asked, what happens to the magnesium after you combine the PowerPaste with water?  

Finally, while most people are probably used to new technologies costing a bit more on the introduction and then decreasing in price over time, will end-user costs be reasonable? It looks promising, but we’ll have to wait and see how it develops. 

From Motorrad to Motorsad

PowerPaste

Back in September 2020, BMW Motorrad announced that after 18 years near the factory in Munich, it was moving its 2021 BMW Motorrad Days festival to Berlin. That’s a major change and one that BMW was excited to make, especially since it would mark the 20th anniversary of Motorrad Days.  

Unfortunately for BMW fans, the event is simply not meant to be in 2021. BMW ended up cancelling Motorrad Days in 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic, and as of February 25, the 2021 Berlin event is canceled as well. As you might guess, the reason for 2021’s cancellation is the same as in 2020: the global coronavirus pandemic simply poses too much of a threat. Considering that around 40,000 people attended the previous Motorrad Days event, their math seems pretty sound.  

Motorrad Days 2021 was originally scheduled to take place in July. So, BMW Motorrad said it wanted to make this announcement as soon as possible since it knows that enthusiasts travel from all over the globe to be part of Motorrad Days. This way, it figured, people would have plenty of time to change their plans, instead of having to do so in a rush. 

For the moment, BMW plans to hold BMW Motorrad Days again in July 2022. In past years, the festival has held all the sights, sounds, and spectacles you’d expect from a big, outdoor moto festival. The fest is packed with rides, stunt shows, bikes, accessories suppliers, bike clubs, and of course, beer tents—after all, it is Germany.  

Now that we’re a year into the global pandemic, this information may not make anyone happy, but it no longer comes as any type of surprise. As vaccinations roll out, we have a cautious glimmer of hope that Motorrad Days and other 2022 events will return, better and more welcome than ever, for rider communities all over the world. 

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Harley-Davidson Pan America 2021 Has Been Revealed

The long wait is over the Harley-Davidson Pan America 2021 Has Been Revealed and AMERiders has the details, specs, and of course the skinny on this beauty for you!

The idea of an adventure Harley first surfaced in 2018, when the Motor Company unveiled its More Roads to Harley strategy. In an attempt to make the brand more appealing to a broader, younger audience, the company announced it would get out of its niche and enter new segments. The plan notably included developing small (250 to 500cc) and mid-size (500 to 1,250cc) new platforms, branching out into new segments, and launching the long-awaited LiveWire. 

Pan America 2021

That’s when we first met the Pan America—Harley’s upcoming new champion in the adventure bike ring. At the time, the company’s goal was to introduce the bike in 2020, however, things didn’t exactly go as planned. Former CEO Levatich got sacked in February 2020, and his ambitious strategy was entirely scrapped by the new management, replaced with the aggressively more conservative Hardwire strategy.

Under new president and CEO Jochen Zeitz’s lead, Harley considerably cut back on the number of new models in its pipeline and only two out of the lot made the cut: an unnamed 1250 power cruiser and the Pan America. A little over a year after it was formally introduced at EICMA 2019, the all-new 2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 is finally here. By the looks of it, Harley did its homework and gives us a bike we can really be excited about.  

Pricing

Harley’s shiny new adventurer is offered in two trim levels. The base one starts at $17,139 and is available in your choice of Silver Rock Gray or Vivid Black colorways. The higher trim level, dubbed Pan America 1250 Special, starts at $19,999 and is offered with four livery options: River Rock Dark Gray, Vivid Black, Deadwood Green, and Baja Orange & Stone Washed White Pearl (which is the color scheme we’ve been seeing for the past year). 

The Special trim level adds a few adventure-oriented perks to the menu of features, including a center stand, a multi-position rear brake pedal that can be adjusted to the riding position (standing or seated), a steering damper, a skid plate, a brush guard, heated grips, handguards, an adaptive headlight, a tire pressure monitoring system, and semi-active front and rear suspension with vehicle load control. The suspension at the back is electronically controlled and comes with five settings for added or reduced stiffness. 

Like with any other bike in the lineup, Harley offers a vast collection of accessories for the Pan Am including different sets of luggage. The Special can also receive optional features includes wire-spoke wheels with tubeless tires and adaptive ride height.

Pricing looks about right for the segment. Comparatively, the BMW R 1250 GS sets you back $17,995, the Ducati Multistrada V4; $19,995, and the KTM 1290 Super Adventure S; $18,599. The new Harley Pan America 1250 is going to be available in Spring 2021. 

Specs

Engine

When it showed the bike in the metal for the first time in 2019, Harley-Davidson also confirmed the introduction of a new family of engines, dubbed Revolution Max. At the time, the 60-degree, liquid-cooled twin was going to be available in two sizes: 975cc and 1,252cc.

While it’s unclear whether we’ll get the smaller variant at all as it was meant to launch with the Bronx—a model that seemingly didn’t make it into Harley’s new corporate strategy—the bigger version is the one we find at the core of the new Pan Am.

The company explains that the cylinders’ angle helps keep the block compact while also leaving enough space to fit the block with dual downdraft throttle bodies designed to maximize the air intake which results in improved performance.

The new 1,252cc V-twin has a bore and stroke of 105mm x 72mm and a compression ratio of 13:1. Its output is rated at 150 horsepower at 9,000rpm and 94 lb-ft of torque at 6,750rpm. The use of a dual-overhead-cam (DOHC) allows the engine to rev higher and to receive Variable Valve Timing (VVT) on the intake and exhaust cams which, Harley says, broadens the powerband, improves torque efficiency, and “may” improve fuel efficiency.

The engine is paired with a six-speed transmission with clutch assist and slipper functions to make the pull lighter and keep the engine from over-revving. 

If you like all the tech talk that pertains to the new Revolution Max engine, check out Harley’s thorough breakdown of all the features

Chassis and Dimensions

The new Pan Am is built on what Harley calls an optimized chassis that uses the engine as a stressed member and is designed to provide improved stiffness and handling without raking pounds in.

Speaking of weight, we like the numbers we see. We commented before that while weight normally isn’t much of a concern for Harley, we were hoping that the new Pan Am was going to tip the scales below the 600-pound mark. Mission accomplished, folks: the base model weighs in at a reasonable 534 pounds wet while the top-of-the-line Special clocks in at 559 pounds. Whew, that’s relieving. That’s actually lighter than the BMW R 1250 GS that weighs in at 549 pounds wet for the base model if you can believe it. The Ducati Multistrada V4 and KTM 1290 Super Adventure R are rated at 478 pounds but that’s without all the required fluids.

In terms of ergonomics, the Pan Am offers a typical adventure bike setting with an unladen saddle height of 34.2 inches in the low setting and 35.2 inches in the high setting. On the 1250 Special, the unladen seat height is set at 33.4 inches in the low setting and 34.4 inches in the high one. To adapt the wind protection to the type of riding, the windscreen can be adjusted four ways.  

It also gets a cavernous 5.6-gallon tank, designed with the filler opening shifted forward so that riders can fill up without having to remove their tank bag. 

Brakes and Suspension

The frame is supported by a Showa, 47mm inverted fork with 7.48 inches of travel at the front and a Showa shock with piggyback reservoir with adjustable hydraulic preload and 7.48 inches of travel, paired with an aluminum swingarm.

The bike is fitted with a set of asymmetrical cast aluminum wheels—19 inches at the front and 17 inches at the back. As for the tires, the company reached out to Michelin to develop co-branded tires designed to provide the optimal feel and grip for the bike’s adventure purpose. The Pan Am comes with a pair of standard Michelin Scorcher Adventure while the Michelin Anakee Wild knobby tires are available in option.  

Harley worked in collaboration with Brembo to design a special set of four-piston calipers that fits the look of the Pan with “sharper edges and softer curves”. The front wheel is fitted with a pair of 320mm discs while the rear wheel gets a single 280mm disc. 

Techs

Behind the windscreen, the Pan America receives a 6.8-inch TFT touchscreen covered in non-reflective glass to make the screen easy to read at all times. The touchscreen function automatically shuts off while the vehicle is in motion, giving the rider the option to navigate through the menu using the handlebar-mounted controls. The system can be paired with the rider’s smartphone via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which enables calls and message management as well as navigation. 

The base model also comes with five rider modes (Road, Sport, Rain, Off-Road, and Off-Road Plus) which adapt the bike’s power delivery, engine braking, cornering ABS, and cornering traction control to the rider’s immediate needs. It also comes with standard cruise control. 

Here is the Harley-Davidson Pan America 2021 Global Reveal video and some pictures to get your motor running.

Harley-Davidson Pan America 2021 Gallery

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Sportsters We Are Going to Be Saying a Fond Farewell To.

“Growing old sucks” is a phrase we often hear as we grow older. More often than not it is because we have to say farewell to something or someone we have become attached or close to. Well, we at AMERiders have some sad news on some Sportsters for you that we must say a fond farewell to.

It can be one of the hardest things you do as you grow old is to see all your friends, family, loved ones and, acquaintances, die off. It also can be upsetting when it happens “in a way” to some of the motorcycles we’ve grown up with and loved. Unlike discontinued humans, at least these motorcycles will still be around for years, and some will even be great bargains. But once the dealers sell them all, that will be that. For some of them, it’s good riddance; for others, we may have to shed a little tear… But, you know there will always be other exciting new bikes sprouting up to replace them. It’s the circle, the circle of life.

Harley-Davidson Sportster

sportster

Harley built the first one in 1957, so the Sportster’s got to be one of the oldest bikes out there in continuous production. Harley’s been of course  upgrading the bike forever, and they must have produced around 5000 versions over these past 64 years – only a slight exaggeration. Most Sportsters are probably still blatting around, since these  probably have more aftermarket support than any bike on the planet. The 2021 Iron 1200 (pictured, $9,999)is among the last of the Mohicans, and after it and the Iron 883 and Forty-Eight are done, that’s it for the Sporty. But you know H-D’s got something up its sleeve to fill the gap. 

Also defunct after they’re all sold out: Street 500Street 750, and Street Rod. The Streets were produced beginning in 2014, but failed to gain traction in the marketplace.

Yamaha R6 and VMAX

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The outlandish Yamaha VMAX, first introduced as the V-Max in 1985 before getting a big overhaul in 2009 that made it so bombastic its name became ALL CAPS, is finally seeing the end of the line. The OG power cruiser, the VMAX’s anime-like styling was a shock to the system in 1985, and its 1197cc V-four engine – and later the 1679cc redesigned version – was revered for its ability to rip your arms off while making excellent dragstrip sounds. The original Max came with a feature called V-Boost that imitates turbo boost by opening butterfly valves at high rpm to send a rush of fresh mixture to the combustion chambers.

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The going-away of the YZF-R6 Sportster is another one that has us asking not for whom the bell tolls: It’s us geezers. Always a contender in the 600 supersport wars since its inception in 1999, and right through its radically racy 2008 redesign, it’s fitting that Yamaha will still be selling the leftovers for offroad use only, as the R6 Race.

Also leaving the building after 2021: the WR250R dual-sport and SMAX scooter. 

Ducati Monsters, Great and Small

Well, there is an all-new Monster with the 937 liquid-cooled L-Twin, but the monstrous Monster 1200 is already gone, and now the Monster 797 joins it in the family crypt. The 797 will be most missable, because it was the most direct descendant of the original air-cooled M900 Monster of 1994. Also MIA in the new Monster is that iconic steel trellis frame that was for decades a Ducati hallmark. Thankfully, you can still get an elemental air-cooled Ducati in the form of the 803cc Scrambler Nightshift. 

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The light and powerful 690 Duke single was a fave, until it was superseded by the 790 Duke twin just two model years ago… now both have ridden to the top of the ash heap of history. Almost. The 790 Duke remains in the line-up as a 2020 model. And you can still get an awesome and powerful 690 LC4 single, but now  housed only in the 690 Enduro R, or the SMC R pictured. The mourning period will be mercifully short for the Dukes, given how good the new 890 Duke and Adventures are, and how rapid is the pace of development in Mattighofen.

Who’s Next?

These are the ones we’ll miss most, but once again, fresh green shoots are already sprouting up to take their place. Across the pond, where the ability to adapt to Euro 5 standards is critical to survival, bikes on the chopping block there, that probably will be in the same situation here in the US shortly thereafter, include the Yamaha Super Ténéré: The FJR1300 sport tourer is already gone from European markets.

Various Euro sites are also reporting that Honda won’t be bringing any of its V-four bikes up to Euro5 spec – no more VFR800F, VFR800X Crossrunner or VFR1200X Crossrunner for Europe. For the USA, no great loss, as the Honda VFR1200X Sportster is the only one American Honda sells, and none too successfully. 

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May they rest in peace. Or in pieces, on eBay. On a positive note, though Euro 5 bikes are of course cleaner than ever, nearly all the ones we’ve ridden run better, smoother, and just as powerfully as ever.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

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Ducati honors Lamborghini with the stunning Ducati Diavel 1260

In November last year, Italian bike maker Ducati broke the mold when it pulled the wraps off a Diavel variant meant to honor parent company Lamborghini. We’re talking about a limited production run the likes of which not all of us will get to see in the metal, let alone experience first hand. Thank God for Youtube, then, and rich bloggers. AMERiders, shows you the awesomely stunning bike.

Ducati said there would be just 630 of these incredible machines made, priced a hell of a lot more than the most potent Diavel in the regular range, at $31,995. Then again, one can’t expect to use premium and pay standard…

It would seem deliveries of the two-wheeler have already begun. Below is a video posted a few days ago by the Supercars of London Youtube channel, whose owner steps out of a Nissan GT-R (he makes sure to mention this every chance he gets) to take possession of the two-wheeler in Cambridge.

And we must say, the thing is breathtaking in real life, perhaps even more so than in the press photos released last year. Sadly, we don’t get to see it on the move and hear it roar.

This Diavel was made to replicate some of the design elements featured on the Lamborghini Sian FKP 37. It sports wheels meant to remind one of those on the car, carbon fiber used extensively on the air intakes, radiator covers, and central tank cover, among others, plus, of course, the signature paint of the Lambo.

The bike weighs 220 kg (485 pounds) and gets its forward motion from a 1,262cc Testastretta DVT engine rated at 162 hp at 9,500 rpm and 129 Nm (95 lb-ft) at 7,500 rpm.

Another nod to the Sian is the number of bikes that will be made. Lambo pledged to produce 63 Sian supercars, but that was a small number when it comes to motorcycles, so Ducati went for 630 instead.

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NLC’s Harley-Davidson Darkside Boasts 5k in Custom Parts and Brakes

As we journeyed through the world of custom bikes this past year, we realized there’s pretty much nothing a Harley-Davidson owner really rules out when it comes to their ride. Today’s treat comes from Germany, of course, from a shop called No Limit Custom Manufaktur (NLC). It is called, in this modified form, Darkside, and started life as a Breakout, the model its maker describes as being capable of “turning stoplights into drag strips.” AMERiders gives you the lowdown.

The Darkside is a fast machine by all accounts, powered by the 114 Milwaukee-Eight engine good for 155 Nm (114 lb-ft), and brought to a halt by brakes rocking a 4-piston setup at the front and a 2-piston one at the rear.

For some reason, someone at NLC decided the engine is powerful enough, but the breaks aren’t. So the Breakout was taken to the shop and gifted with 320 mm brake discs and 6-piston brake calipers front and rear. All, the garage says, as a means to deliver a brutal stop.

The impressive hardware is worth a combined €2,500 ($3,000), which is more than half the price of all the parts that went into making this build, including the new rear and front fenders, engine spoiler, and other minor touches.

As for how the thing looks, the name says it all. We have a darkened appearance coming from the many black elements of the motorcycles, but also a touch of contrast given by the aluminum coating deployed here and there and the welded-look exhaust system.

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