Suter MMX 500 two-stroke

Two-stroke engines making comeback

Two-stroke engines were phased out by tough pollution laws and fuel economy targets, but they could be making a comeback with KTM, Honda and boutique builders. KTM and Honda have both registered patents for direct-injection two-stroke engines. In 2015, Honda filed a patent for a new two-stroke motor using direct fuel injection for a cleaner burn and …

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Honda Africa Twin claims altitude record

Honda Africa Twin claims altitude record

A Honda Africa Twin in almost standard trim has claimed the world altitude record for a twin-cylinder motorcycle by climbing the world’s highest volcano. The bike with the DCT automatic transmission reached 5965m on Ojos del Salado in the Atacama Region, on the Argentina-Chile border. Honda says they did not change the fuelling. Only a …

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Marc Marquez scooters in the snow

Triple MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has taken to the snow again and this time, not on an RC213V-S race bike, but this time on a scooter! Marc rode the specially equipped Honda X-ADV adventure through the snow at Hahnenkamm mountain in Kitzbuehel, Austria. The adventure scooter was unveiled last year at the Milan motorcycle show …

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Harley-Davidson leads parade at Cooly Rocks brand

Harley-Davidson world’s strongest bike brand

Harley-Davidson is still the world’s “strongest” motorcycle brand, although it has slipped 14 places in the annual list of automotive brands, according to Brand Finance. The global finance analysis company values the brands of thousands of the world’s biggest companies every year, including automotive companies. Brands are evaluated to determine their strength based on factors …

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Honda Goldwing

Honda recalls Goldwing airbags again

Honda has recalled the GL 1800 Goldwing for the second time in a year over faults in its revolutionary airbags. The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission voluntary recall notice says the airbag inflator may degrade over time. “If the airbag is deployed, this degradation may cause the inflator body to rupture, causing metal fragments to …

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Honda EV-Cub concept - hitachi

Honda and Hitachi electric bike?

Honda has signed a deal with Hitachi Automotive Systems to develop and make motors for electric vehicles. While the Memorandum of Understanding doesn’t specify electric motorcycles, Honda has already confirmed it will have the EV-CUB electric scooter (pictured above) available from 2018. The move by the world’s largest motorcycle company could be a significant spark …

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Honda turbo engine drawings turbine

Honda and Ducati plan turbine futures

Honda looks like following Kawasaki and Suzuki into a forced-induction future with turbocharged motorcycles while Ducati is also using turbine technology. Patent drawings have surfaced on the internet which show a Honda (pictured above) with a supercharged engine and a Ducati with a turbine in its exhaust system. However, it should be noted that the …

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Honda CB500R CB500F and CB500X January sales war

January motorcycle discounts begin

Honda has fired the starting gun on the annual January motorcycle sales war with discounts across its road bike range with more coming from CFMoto and probably Victory. CFMoto has also announced it’s discounting $500 from its 650NK naked bike ($6490 ABS, $5990 non-ABS ride away). We are also expecting an announcement in January about discounts …

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