Hit the road this fall on your bike and stay up to date with motorcycle headlines from Cycle Trader. We’ve put together several updates on stories that have made their way around in the past few months. From big company changes to a teaser for a highly anticipated motorcycle release, get your fix here.
Tucker Powersports Acquires Kuryakyn
Earlier this September, Tucker Powersports announced that they would be acquiring Kuryakyn Holdings LLC. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, Tucker Powersports distributes powersports products for a number of recreational vehicles, including motorcycles. Tucker will be integrating Kuryakyn’s products into their company throughout the year, while the Wisconsin-based company will be moving their business operations to Fort Worth. For nearly 30 years, Kuryakyn has developed a strong reputation for motorcycle products. This includes their lines of V-twin, cruiser, and touring motorcycle accessories, such as their audio speakers, LED lighting, and motorcycle luggage. With the acquisition, Tucker plans to strengthen their presence in new market segments for motorcycles.
Triumph Enters Motocross and Enduro Markets
Triumph shared exciting news over the summer, as they plan to enter the motocross and enduro/dual-sport markets with new competition motorcycles. The British company, known for their street and adventure bikes, will be focusing on developing a world-class race program with their entry into the off-road markets. Triumph is teaming up with motocross champion Ricky Carmichael and enduro world champion Iván Cervantes to test their new bikes for racing. More specifics on new motocross and enduro-dual sport motorcycles are expected to emerge in the upcoming months.
Yamaha Motor Resets Goals for Company Environmental Plan
In July, Yamaha Motor Co. set new goals for their company’s plans to reduce CO2 emissions by 2050. The Japanese manufacturer that develops motorsports products, including motorcycles and dirt bikes, originally established their company’s long-term environmental plan in 2018 to achieve carbon neutrality targets. With specifics on the company’s new goals, Yamaha plans to halve emissions from business activities by 2030 and reduce emissions by as much as 86% by 2050. They also set goals to reduce emissions from their company’s value chain by 24% by 2030, 38% by 2035, and 90% by 2050.
Kawasaki Releases Teaser for Z650RS
Recently Kawasaki released a teaser trailer for their new retro-style Z650RS, anticipated for a release in 2022. The motorcycle’s vintage version of the Z650 will mimic the company’s similar conversion with their modern Z900 into the fashionable, retro edition of the Z900RS. According to official documents that have surfaced online from the company’s release in the European market, the new bike will have comparable specs with the popular Z650 in terms of speed, RPM, horsepower, weight, and dimensions. While the new model will be similar to the Z650, the frame of the bike is expected to be influenced by the style of a 1970s-era motorcycle.
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