Warmer weather is here and so is riding season. So on the rare occasion you’re not hopping on the back of your motorcycle every chance you can get, be sure to check out the latest riding news. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite motorcycle headlines including a new law for Montana riders, updates from Honda, and more. Let’s get into it.
Motorcycle Lane Splitting Now Legal in Montana
Montana is now the third state in the country to legalize motorcycle lane splitting (aka lane filtering). This law will officially go into effect in October and will give motorcycle riders the option to pass when they need to “overtake stopped or slow-moving vehicles at a speed not in excess of 20 mph, to filter between lanes of stopped traffic traveling in the same direction as conditions permit, and specifies reasonable and prudent motorcycle operation while lane filtering.” Many riders praise this law as studies have shown that it makes riding a motorcycle safer. If you’re interested in voicing your support for similar laws in your state, be sure to reach out to your local representatives. Read more.
Popular Honda Scooter Wins Red Dot Design Award
Back in 2020, Honda claimed their Red Dot Design Award for their CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE and they’ve claimed another win in 2021 with their Forza 750 Scooter. The scooter encompasses luxury and comfort while also carrying power and agility. Some of its features include Honda Selectable Torque Control, DCT, LED lighting, and Honda Smartphone Voice Control. “We at Honda have always aimed to reflect the idea of making customers’ daily lives more enjoyable in our product design, and we believe that receiving these awards is a recognition of our success in doing this,” said Chief Operating Officer for Honda R&D, Toshinobu Minami. “We will continue to follow this unchanging principle, thinking ‘outside the box’ to design products that provide surprise and excitement to customers’ lives.” We look forward to seeing if 2022 shapes up to be another winning year for the manufacturer. Read more.
Suzuki Teases Redesigned GSX-S1000 Bike
Suzuki has just released a new YouTube video teasing the redesign of their GSX-S1000 motorcycle. Their OG ‘naked’ bike launched back in 2015 and was slightly updated in 2017 with a new slipper clutch, cosmetic updates, and an engine upgrade to include 150 horsepower and 79.6 lb-ft of torque. Since then, no updates have been made to the model… until now. The quick teaser video gives a glimpse of the new GSX-S1000 including an updated look, a new gas tank shape, and multi-tiered height. The manufacturer let us know that the new model will be ready to roll out on April 26 so keep your eyes peeled. As always, we’ll keep you posted. Read more.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is Ready to Roll This Year
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is back again this year to raise big bucks for a variety of men’s health causes. Last year, the event encouraged motorcyclists to ride solo due to COVID-19 precautions, but this year, many are ready to ride as a team (depending on your state’s rules and regulations, of course). Thousands of individuals worldwide are encouraged to wear their finest attire on May 23 and ride to fundraise in support of the research against prostate cancer and for mental health support. Triumph Motorcycles will once again support the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride as the event’s main sponsor and they plan to donate four new motorcycles from its Modern Classic range to the three highest fundraisers worldwide. Get your suits pressed and get ready to raise money for a great cause. Find a ride near you today.
You’re officially caught up on the latest motorcycle news you need to know. Have a favorite story this month? Let us know in the comments below.