Posts Tagged ‘Harley Davidson’

d1Motorcycles have been around for a long time. They are, without a doubt, one of the most efficient land vehicles to ever be invented. Motorcycles are the vehicle of choice for many not only for the price point but also for the kind of freedom they provide that no car can match.

I think we can all agree that this classic vehicle is due for a much-needed upgrade! The future of motorcycle is nigh, if not already here. Here are thing we can expect in futuristic motorcycles as disruptive technologies make an ingress and change the way we ride in the very near future:

Seamless Connectivity

5G technology is upon us. It is the missing piece of the puzzle— the high bandwidth, low latency solution— to enable seamless connectivity of all devices and modes of transportation. Imagine if vehicles can communicate with the environment such as traffic lights and bridges, as well as each other. It will result in smoother traffic and less accidents on the road.

Photos provided by Andrea Ramirez

Smart and safe

Most motorcycle accidents happen at an intersection when a rider makes a left turn. Motorcycles will be embedded with haptic sensors to alert the rider when a driver violates the right of way. You can also track your motorcycle at all times and receive disturbance alerts from your smart phone. Gone are the days when riders lose their motorcycle to theft.  Damon is one of the companies at the forefront of this innovation to keep riders safe.

Hybrid/Electric

The world is getting warmer, the polar ice caps are melting and we are wiping out thousands of species per year. One of the biggest contributors to global warming is fossil fuel that powers our vehicles. Motorcycles manufacturers are now going electric not only to save mother earth but also to stay in business as consumers are becoming more and more aware of their impact on the environment. Even Harley Davidson is betting their future on their electric motorcycle line LiveWire amid low earnings, lack of interest from millennials and recalls.

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(attribution required: LiveWire Electric Motorcycle | Harley-Davidson USA)

3D Printed

Big Rep recently made waves when they unveiled Nera, the world’s first fully 3D-printed motorcycle. Although barely ready to hit the streets and even looked somewhat unstable in the teaser, it is the harbinger of the 3D-printed motorcycle era that is slated to dominate the manufacturing market as the faster and cheaper alternative to traditional manufacturing.

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(attribution required: https://bigrep.com/nowlab/)

All-Wheel Drive

Most motorcycles have the engine powering the rear tire to push the front tire. With all-wheel drive, the rear tire is powered by the engine and the front tire by a smaller electric motor. This means faster, stronger motorcycle. This is not new technology in cars but it’s certainly challenging to implement on motorcycles due to space constraints. Despite the hurdles, BMW Motorrad and Suzuki have filed patents and made it happen. Other manufacturers are expected to follow.

Hubless

This might look like something out of a science fiction movie like Tron but Finnish motorcycle start up RMK actually made it happen. Their recently unveiled E2 has hub less tires connected to the engine with three cables instead of a chain, therefore reducing rotational mass while providing 67 horsepower and 236 pound-foot of torque. It’s not just for show like these weird motorcycles. Cool huh?

Self-balancing

Love it or hate it but self-balancing motorcycles will be a thing in the future. Now I know hardcore motorcycle riders are opposed to self-balancing motorcycle, much less an autonomous one. But that is the thing about safety, it isn’t always fun. I can see this technology being a staple in the future to make riding safer.  BMW Self-balancing motorcycle, Honda Riding Assist Tech and Bosch Stability Control are in the works to help motorcycles balance on their own.

Author bio: Bona fide digital nomad, mother of two motorcycles, and passionate observer of the technology scene. She’s always on the lookout for the next disruptive innovation and patiently watches them change the world.

 

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In Part 1 I wrote about our trip to Timonium for the annual motorcycle show. That was on a Saturday, on Sunday we attended the International Motorcycle Show, Washington, DC.

As I noted with the Timonium show the crowds were smaller then in previous years. Having the shows on the same weekend definitely impacted attendance IMHO.

As always with the IMS all the major vendors were on site with their latest products. Ducati had a couple new Scramblers, Indian had their new FXR but the one that caught my eye was the new Suzuki Katana. Last produced in 2006 this new Suzuki motorcycle look clean, sleek and ready to run! I would love to get a test ride on this bike.

There were also a bunch of vendors, but not quite as many as in the past (again same weekend). Two of the vendors really caught my eye, the Moto Power Puck and Silent Beacon. This is not an endorsement or recommendation, I just liked their concept. Check them out for yourself.

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I also got to talk with Adam Kramer. Adam, of Liberty Vintage Motorcycles and the TV Show Philly Throttle, was at the show promoting not only his shop but Side Car Racing.

We enjoyed the International Motorcycle Show and are looking forward to going back next year.

 

 

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There was some confusion on if this motorcycle show would even be held. The original promoter bowed out due to health issues and almost at the last moment the mantle was picked up by Jam-On Productions.

IMG_20190209_124009068As things worked out, due to the change of promoters, the Timonium Motorcycle Show ended up on the same weekend as another major bike show was in the area. Not the best of worlds for either. As it was obvious to me that they cut into each other’s attendance.

We hit the Timonium Motorcycle Show on Saturday, driving the car to the Maryland State Fairgrounds (it is about 90 minutes from home). This show had everything from RV toy haulers, typical show vendors, vintage motorcycles and all the major motorcycle manufacturers represented by their local dealers. But, just as with attendance, there were slightly less vendor spots then previous years, I bet many had to chose between the two events.

Even so, there was still a lot to look as there were quite a few motorcycles entered the show! We enjoyed looking at all the work the folks had put into their bikes and display space. Turns out there is a trophy for best displayed bike.

All said and done I think the Timonium Motorcycle Show came off well. With an entire year to plan the next one I am sure things will be much better in 2020.

 

 

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For the last few years I have posted my 9 Weird Motorcycles list. The motorcycles of 2018 have not disappointed.

These are motorcycles I stumble upon these as I bounce around on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, etc.. This year I started with 27 bikes but it was not to hard to get them down to nine.

Why 9?  Because everyone does 10 and 11 is to much work!

It is likely that those weird motorcycles that did not make the list will be sprinkled around the IJUSTWANT2RIDE Facebook page.

If you want to check out last years list click here for the 2017 Weird Motorcycles. Just a quick note, these motorcycles may have been around for a few years, but I first noticed them this past year.

 

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For those of you in the Washington DC metro  area the Timonium Motorcycle Show is an annual mid-winter event.  With most motorcycle manufactures represented and lots of motorcycle vendors and travel crews Timonium has been one of my favorites.

However there has been some rumbling about the 2019 show when the long time organizer for the event dropped out. But, fear not the event is still on as Jam On Productions jumped in to setup and run the show.  From all appearances the 2019 show will occur and look a lot like the previous years events.

So if you were concerned (or even knew about) the show for 2019 now you know.  I will be there walking around with the wife.  Just hope that it is above freezing while we are in line to get in LOL.

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Vintage BMW Motorcycle in Legos!!!  A “Lego Master” from Taiwan creates a brick masterpiece.  He created a 1967 BMW R60/2 with working suspension, steering plus all the hoses and cables.  It took 3 months and over 700 bricks to create this wonderful piece of art.

Another Electric Motorcycle Manufacture Runs Out of Power. Sad to report Alta Motors is closing its doors.  Their Red Shift looked to be an awesome machine, winning a bunch of races.  It had a deal with Harley Davidson that fell though, which may have had some impact. 

Speaking of Electric Motorcycles…Really? $120,000? Comes with an Iron Man style HUD helmet and a haptic (physical) feedback system built into the matching jacket. Oh and you get a high performance motorcycle too.

The other Milwaukie Motorcycle.  Did you know that Royal Enfield has it’s US Headquarters in Milwaukie?  Nothing like looking at the big boy down the block!

The Best Driving (riding?) Roads in the UK.

 

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You may or may not have heard that Harley Davidson has a plan to release 50 new models in the next 5 years and 100 in the next 10.  One or two of those new models are, for sure, going to be electric motorcycles.  They have made statements that their new electric bikes will be out by the 2020 model year (which would be next summer/fall). 

Also, recent reports indicate that that Harley has filed for trademark protection on the name “H-D Revelation” for batteries, chargers and powertrain.  It would not take a great leap to think that this could also be the name of the electric motorcycle. 

If you listen to the DawgHouse podcast you will know that I have issues with electric motorcycles.  Most of those issues are around range and luggage.  I have nearly a 90-mile (round trip) commute that includes crossing two mountain ranges. Tie that into the fact that I tend to be heavy on the throttle makes me concerned that without a 200 mile “normal conditions” range I might not make it home.  I also need saddlebag space to hold a backpack of “stuff” that I transport to and from work.  Both of those concerns would need to be filled before I would even consider an electric motorcycle.

But Harley is bringing something to electric game that other motorcycle manufacturers, with the exception of Honda, can’t. Harley Davidson has nearly 1000 dealership in the US to serve as recharging points.  I include Honda as they could leverage their car dealership in any electric recharge station count.

As yet, no real clues have come out on what the production model will spec out with or its Ijustwant2 ride.comappearance.  While it could be polished version of the prototype “LiveWire” Harley Davidson electric motorcycle (which I got to ride, click here for my post on the LiveWire) I would be disappointed if that were the case.  Disappointed unless there was the sport bike with the “LiveWire” look and a cruiser styled bike.  This is from my selfish POV, I could no longer ride a sport bike as a daily commuter.

At this point in time I would be surprised if the design(s) were not completed.  In order to meet the 2020 deadline they would now have to be in the process of building out the assembly line tool/robots/jigs etc.. 

So it true HD is going to bring an electric motorcycle to market.  That alone states that electric motorcycles are now legit! 

As for the rest of the 50 in 5, I am hoping that the recently trademarked name “Pan-American” is for a new touring class motorcycle with a V-4! 

 

 

 

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As I write this post Harley Davidson is recalling over 200,000 motorcycles worldwide for a brake issue, and that is on top a master cylinder issue a couple years ago.  What is the going on here?

It is not just Harley Davidson, over the last couple months there has been recall after recall of motorcycles for brake issue.  Here are just a few:

Aprilia (4 models) – US NHTSA Recall Campaign Number: 17V811000

Ducati (5 models) – US NHTSA Recall Campaign Number: 17V812000

Victory (26,182 motorcycles) – US NHTSA Recall Campaign Number: 17V64700

MV Agusta (2 models) – The US NHTSA Recall Campaign Number is 17V839000

Over the past 5 years there seems to have been an ongoing issue with motorcycle brakes.  I would hope the industry is not trying to kill us as we are their customers.

MY PRESPECTIVE (totally uninformed and completely speculative) is that it is a lack of quality control by the parts supplier.  Which is compounded by a lack of a good inspection process by the builder.  Brembo and Harley both had issues with parts in the master cylinder, did it result from buying from the lowest bidder?

I think there is a real story to be told by some real motorcycle journalist out there!

With the volume of recalls out there I cannot keep up and thus do not post about recalls.  But I do suggest that you follow this suggestion, create news alerts on the make/model of the motorcycles you own with the word recall.  That way when a recall, that affects you, occurs you will know about it pretty quick.

Also, if you are in the US you can go to Safercar.Gov, enter your VIN number and see if any recalls affect your motorcycle.

For the last few years I have posted my 9 Weird Motorcycles list. The bikes for 2017 have not disappointed. These are motorcycles I stumble upon these as I tool around on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, etc.. This year I started with 30 bikes but it was not to hard to get them down to nine.
It is likely that those weird motorcycles that did not make the list will be sprinkled around the IJUSTWAN2RIDE Facebook page. If you want to check out last years list click here for the 2016 Weird Motorcycles. Just a quick note, these motorcycles may have been around for a few years, but I first noticed them this past year

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Each year I keep an eye out for those cool motorcycle posters or prints.  This year I saw a lot of them, 33 as a mater of fact!

These are posters that I have seen for the first time, they may have been out for a while but I only spotted them in 2017.  Reducing them down to the typical, for me anyway, list of 9 was very hard.  Because of that I thought I would show you guys 5 posters or prints that did not make the cut this year.  Each of these motorcycle themed runner’s up are neat in there own right, I just thought the top 9 were a little better.

OH… if you are interested you can click here to look at the 2015 Best Motorcycle Posters and here for the 2016 Best Motorcycle Posters.