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18
Feb

OSET Electric Motorcycles… Water Is No Problem

If you thought electric motorcycles might not do well in the water watch this video. Kids take their OSET motorcycles up Snowman Trial in the pouring rain.

…don’t tell mom.

14
Oct

FX Bikes Considering A 2 Stroke? And Their Latest Video

FX Bikes put out a new video of their 125 lb, 125cc “Mountain Moto” being put through the paces by various pro MX and MTB riders. They looked to be having a blast tossing it around and Wheelieing through tight spots, logs and dirt mounds. The FX appears to be at home playing in places full sized MX bikes might resemble a bull in a china shop.

Yesterday I received an FX Bikes mailing list survey asking if I would prefer an 80 cc two stroke version tuned for smooth power over the 125cc four stroke. I answered… fine with me. If it is lighter and quieter all the better.

Survey says…

1. FX is considering a modern 80cc 2-stroke engine for a new model Mountain Moto.

This would have about 15hp but still be 57kg/125lb.
It would be red sticker in USA. (Later we can do green sticker / Euro 3 versions, but not yet).

This engine is a new design, 4-speed, tuned for smooth power delivery.

If this was available, would you prefer it over our current 125cc 4-strokes? (Would you want it?!)

Anyway. Have a look at the video below and let me know what you think…

19
Feb

Christini Announces Christini Branded 450 Manufactured In China

Steve Christini Shows 2wd 450 At Indy

Steve Christini took advantage of the dip in motorcycle sales to secure a manufacturer out of China to build Christini branded 450 four stroke and 300cc two stroke bikes. No surprise they feature the Christini All Wheel Drive system. The 450 will retail for less than $7000 USD making it extremely attractive option for riders looking for game changing features in their next ride. The 2 stroke will use a Gas Gas motor.

No word on who is manufacturing the 450 yet but stay tuned, I’ll be digging.

Source: Backmarker

25
Jan

QLINK Rolls Out A New Level Of Value With Megelli 250’s

2010 Megelli 250R

2010 Megelli 250R

The market for small displacement street motorcycles is slim pickin’s in the States. Models such as the Honda Rebel, Ninja 250R, Kawasaki Eliminator 250 are somewhat exciting but sometimes go decades without redesign or major updates. They are great, proven bikes but are kind of lacking in the looks department.

About 4 years ago Hyosung showed up in the states under the Alpha Sport badge with a 250cc cruiser and fully faired sportbike. Both bikes looked good but the big story was the GT250R which looked more like a middle weight sportbike than a dated learner bike. A few years later Kawasaki redesigned the Ninja 250R. I personally doubt this was a coincidence. The Hyosung no doubt took a small bite out of the little Ninja’s sales.

For 2010 the bar has been raised by Italian manufacturer Megelli and US importer QLINK. QLINK quietly rolled out 3 liquid cooled 250cc single cylinder street bikes that bring ¼ liter styling to a new level. Steel trellis frame and swingarm, under seat exhaust, 31.4 inch seat height all delivered in a dirtbike light 248 lbs. These bikes look incredibly sexy and on paper sound silly fun to ride. A fully faired sportbike, a naked street fighter and a supermoto version is available.

2010 Megelli 250S

Compared to the 330 lb vTwin powered Hyosung GT250R’s 28 HP and 16.7 lb-ft of torque, the Migelli may be lacking in overall power with 16.2 HP. However, 17.8 lb-ft of torque coming from the SYM built motor combined with it’s light weight should provide for some great launches from the line and serious front wheel lofting. SYM, a powersports company out of Taiwan is known for building powerful engines with durable ceramic coated cylindar walls. The 2 year warranty puts the two bikes on par for coverage.

The price of the Megelli 250R sport bike is $3499 saving you $500 over the solid colored Hyosung models which could buy a good amount of safety gear for a learner rider. The 250S Streetfighter costs $3199 saving $300 compared to the Hyosung GT250 naked which is also a substantial amount of cash.

2010 Megelli 250M

The model that may have the largest sale potential is the 250M supermoto. It comes in at $2899 making it one of the best values in the US motorcycle market today. Comparing it to the Yamaha WR250X you loose some torque and a little HP but your also saving a staggering $3600. It remains to be seen how much you loose in fit and finish and component quality compared to the Yamaha but many flaws can be ironed out with 3 and a half large.

If you want all the details on how these bikes are engineered check out the Megelli Parts site for complete microfiche for the bikes.

25
Aug

Outcast Cycles Magazine October Issue – Don Berkey Tribute

Outcast Cycles Magazine covers non-mainstream motorcycle brands and have a lot of great articles you won’t find anywhere else. Their October issue will be a special one dedicated to Don Berkey, an active member of the motorcycle forum world. The proceeds will go to Don’s family.

Below is a press release from Outcast Cycles Magazine.

Recently we lost a very dear and caring friend to all of us in the alternative motorcycle world; Don Berkey.  Outcast Cycles Magazine will honor Don in the upcoming Outcast Cycles Magazine Issue #5.  In addition to our regular features we will have some special articles by friends of Don as well as some of Don’s best stories. All proceeds from the sale of issue #5 will go to help out Don’s family. The more copies we sell – the more money we can send to Don’s family, so your participation would be greatly appreciated. For those who would like to make additional contributions to Don’s family, we will have an additional paypal button available on our website (www.OutcastCyclesMagazine.com) and we will pass it along as well.

Issue 5 is scheduled for release on October 19, 2009.

About Outcast Cycles Magazine:

Outcast Cycles Magazine is dedicated to the alternative motorcycle brands and the customers, dealerships, and suppliers who support them. Brands such as Hyosung, United Motors, Kymco, Lifan, Johnny Pag, Qlink, CFMoto, Ural, Moto Guzzi, Triumph, Ducati, and others.

Classics, sport bikes, cruisers, sport tourers, and customs – Outcast Cycles is your new magazine!

Source: Outcast Cycles Magazine

10
Mar

LED Lights on Yamaha R6 at Daytona, All Bikes Should Use Them

Despite all the “DMG Douchbaggery” and controversy, I personally enjoyed watching the Daytona 200 this year. I dodged all the spoilers and caught the race on Speed TV, DVR’d of course. I did not like the accident caused by the pace car. However, racing at night was awesome to watch. Seeing the American Buells doing well was also exciting.

One accidental new feature that added a lot to the experience was being able to tell which bike Bostrom was riding when the camera was panned way out for the straight / finish. The reason I knew which bike was Bostrom’s was the LED lighting on his R6. The Yamaha teams used the lights to help the rider communicate with the pit crew to let them know when they want to pit. I would love to see all teams adopt these lights and add an additional light, each team having a different color to help fans track their favorite rider.

Hard core racing fans would probably equate this to the streamer NHL used to help amateur fans track the puck. Yeah, I’m not a hard core road racing fan. I go to the races in Elkhart Lake, WI almost every year but I don’t know the ins and outs of road racing. I am probably your average AMA ticket buyer and I doubt I am alone on this. Fans need a little help following the races on TV.

I also hope the LED light trend takes off for road bikers too. I think it would make everyone more visible and safe. I would love to hear your thoughts.

-skadamo
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Image Credit: MotoGP Matters

5
Feb

Bajaj KTM Prototype 250 Singles?

ktm-bajaj-pulsar-250-concept

Indian motorcycle and auto manufacturer Bajaj is best known in the two wheeled world for Pulsar series. Not so well known is their size and 25% stake in KTM. Bajaj motorcycles are mostly smaller in size and more functional than performance minded. This makes the partnership with KTM a very interesting one. Bike India has pictures of some recent Bajaj prototypes by Xenophya Studios based on a 250cc single. Xenophya are the same people who modeled the Glynn Kerr designed the Fischer MRX650. Could this be the first product of a marriage between KTM and Bajaj? Let’s hope so. With a KTM four stroke single these great looking bikes could be a hit in any country. Keep an eye on Bajaj Forum for more discussion about KTM and Bajaj.

10
Dec

New 150cc Motorcycles For The US In 2009

The 150cc motorcycle is not new. In fact it is extremely common displacement in countries outside the US. With gas prices peaking out in the summer of 2008 above $4.00 US importers realized the need for highly efficient, easy to ride motorcycles. Scooters are getting a lot cooler these days but they are still not as cool as a motorcycle in a lot of circles. Here are two great low displacement options when gas makes it’s inevitable return to ridiculous. The Japanese manufacturers do not move as fast to fill trends like this. Manufacturers in India and Taiwan and their US partners are much faster to make riders happy.

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23
Sep

Electric Motorsport GPR-S Is Now For Sale

Electric Motorsports is selling an $8000 all electric motorcycle called the GPR-S. This bike has similar power to a 125cc four stroke and a top speed of 70 mph. The range is 30 to 60 miles depending on riding style. 30 miles of flogging sounds pretty good for riding local roads. $8K is a lot of cash for a motorcycle with those specs unless you consider the money you might save in gas. There is also some cool points for riding all electric and being a pioneer of the future of powersports.

See theBikerGene.com for more information

11
Sep

ELMOTO HR-2 Electric Motorcycle

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The ELMOTO HR-2 was displayed at Eurobike show this year. There is not a lot of information about it in English. It appears to be a 2 wheel drive electric motorcycle based on mountain bike technology. The light, dashboard and license plate mount make it look to be street legal. Can’t wait to get more information on this one.