Warmer months are upon us and motorcycle news is heating up. There’s no doubt life has slowed down a bit in recent months, but the motorcycle industry is charging forward with new bikes and so much more. So if you’re not about to head out for a ride, pull up a chair and stay awhile. As always, we’re here to fill you in on the latest motorcycle news you need to know. Check out the top headlines below.
Harley’s LiveWire Completes First Border-to-Border Trip
When we think of electric motorcycles, long-distance riding doesn’t typically come to mind, but Diego Cardenas and Harley’s LiveWire are both changing our mindset. California native Diego Cardenas dreamed of celebrating his 50th birthday in Spain when a worldwide pandemic threw a wrench into his plans. So, the obvious plan b? Riding his Harley-Davidson LiveWire from the Mexican border all the way to the Canada border. Diego rode over 1,400 miles along the West Coast Green Highway, took in the sights, and made stops to charge his electric bike along the way. Luckily, the West Coast Green Highway includes DC fast-charging stations spaced every 25 to 50 miles making the stops to charge was a breeze for Diego.
Diego finished his epic ride in nine days with his family following behind in a car. “I wanted to be a part of Harley-Davidson history and have my future grandkids be able to talk about how their grandfather was the first H-D electric motorcycle owner to do such a ride,” he said. “I wanted to show the world that electric charging infrastructure is growing and be an inspiration for others to try riding electric motorcycles like the LiveWire.” We at Cycle Trader wish a very happy birthday to Diego, sounds like 50 will be pretty hard to beat. Read More.
Indian Motorcycle Supports Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis
Some motorcycle rallies have been canceled or postponed due to coronavirus, but Sturgis plans to move forward with their rally on August 7th. Many groups ride together to Sturgis, and Indian Motorcycles plans to support a special group of veterans on their ride to the rally. Indian recently announced that for the 6th year in a row, they will continue their support and sponsorship of the sixth annual Veterans Charity Ride (VCR) to Sturgis. Veteran’s Charity Ride uses “motorcycle therapy” to aid combat veterans dealing with PTSD and helps fellow veterans move forward and adjust to civilian life. The 2020 ride will include 15 veterans all riding Indian Motorcycles, outfitted with ReKluse auto clutch systems and custom-built Champion Sidecars for amputee and paraplegic veterans. The two-week ride begins in Utah and ends in South Dakota. Safe travels to any group making the ride to Sturgis this summer. Read More.
Everything You Need to Know About Yamaha’s Leaning Trike
Yamaha likes to push boundaries when it comes to interesting-looking trikes, and now a new model could be on the horizon. Pictures have surfaced in patent filings that show Yamaha’s latest tilting-trike idea. The new images show updates to the MW-Vision concept that was unveiled at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show last year. One of the major updates to this unit is that it no longer has a roof and is completely open to the elements like a typical motorcycle. This futuristic trike also has larger wheels and tandem seating, unlike the previous concept ideas. Yamaha has been quiet about any potential launch date, but we’ll continue to keep you posted if the trike goes into production. Read More.
Ducati’s New 2020 Panigale V2 Unveiled in a NEW Color Scheme
Ducati is known for two things: manufacturing incredible motorcycles and their favorite color – red. Ducati rarely strays from producing red motorcycles, but they have decided to shake things up a bit by offering the 2020 Ducati Panigale V2 in an unexpected white color scheme. This model was first unveiled back in 2019 and only came in red. But if red isn’t your color, you’re now in luck. The 2020 Ducati Panigale V2 will be available in Star White Silk in August 2020. But don’t worry, Ducati isn’t going completely off-brand. The new model will still have red accents throughout including on the wheels, air vents, headlights, and more. Baby steps. Read More.
You’re officially up-to-date on all things moto. As always, stay tuned for next month’s motorcycle news fix. Did you have a favorite story this month? Let us know in the comments below.