Swedish electric motorbike company CAKE has announced a number of newsworthy items for 2021. For 2021, the company has announced its CAKE Connect app as well as a collaboration with Dometic for a temperature-controlled food delivery box designed specifically for CAKE’s Ösa model making the electric utilitarian two-wheeler an excellent choice for inner-city food delivery. In addition, CAKE’s partnership with the Southern African Wildlife College to enact the Electric Bush Bike Anti-Poaching Act aims to provide teams with machines that can be recharged with solar energy.
SA1NT has new distribution in North America. At one point, Revzilla was selling the Australian motorcycle apparel in the U.S. but has since discontinued its involvement with the brand. A quick perusal of the internet shows mixed reviews from consumers and journalists alike. Hopefully, at some point in the future, Motorcycle.com will have the opportunity to test SA1NT’s gear for ourselves.
I knew it was coming and now it’s finally here – sort of. Triumph has just released a teaser video for the all-new Speed Triple 1200 RS. The current Speed Triple was starting to get long in the tooth, so we had a feeling an updated version was on the way. But at the time of the Most Anticipated article Triumph hadn’t let any information loose about the new bike.
Australian enduro ace Toby Price was running well in the top three of this year’s Paris-Dakar Rally even after having suffered through a series of unfortunate events. One of them was a rear tire that appeared to have been attacked by a chainsaw or something, but must’ve been just a BSR – Big Sharp Rock. Did that keep Toby down? It did not. If you’re an aspiring enduro rider, watch and learn. Being able to make field-expedient repairs is critical in many forms of human endeavor. Especially crazy ones like Paris-Dakar.
Your stock 108 cubic-inch liquid-cooled PowerPlus engine in Indian’s excellent Challenger delivers 122 horsepower and 128 ft-lbs. of torque, claims Indian. By pairing these new Stage 2 Performance Cams with Indian’s PowerPlus Stage 1 Air Intake and Stage 1 Slip-On Exhaust, “riders will experience the unquestionable sensation of increased power the moment they twist the throttle,” to the tune of 10%. We were assured there would be no math, but that should be 12 more hp and 13 more ft-lbs. (Our stocker made 95 hp and 112 ft-lbs at the rear wheel in our Dec. 2019 Indian/H-D comparison.)
I think the last time I rode with Jimmy Lewis was when the Honda XR200 was new, and we were both employed at Cycle World magazine. But I remember being astounded at the kid’s sense of direction, since I have none, in the middle of nowhere. Now that there’s GPS and all that, it may be even more important to be able to navigate by the seat of your pants. There’s a fun story about our homegrown Paris-Dakar riders Ricky Brabec and Andrew Short training with Jimmy from his ranch in Nevada, here at NBCsports.com.
In the picture above, Miguel Duhamel (17) leads Mike Smith (68), Jamie James (hidden). Pascal Picotte (21) and Colin Edwards (45) in the heat of battle at Brainerd International Raceway in 1994. MotoAmerica is bringing Superbike racing back to BIR at the end of July after a 17-year hiatus. Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Funny how I was able to spend all these years mostly not even aware of the most mass-produced motorcycle on the planet – Honda’s Super Cub and its offshoots over the last six decades. But now that Honda’s importing CTs to the US again, and we had the chance to “test” one a few weeks ago, I’m freshly cognizant of just how ubiquitous the most mass-produced vehicle on earth really is.
Healthcare Heroine Darwin Longfellow Wins Dunlop's Humble Heroes 2020 Harley-Davidson XL1200 Sportster Roadster
While many were busy debating first the existence, and then the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, others were busting their humps at great personal risk to render aid and save lives. Hats off to Dunlop for recognizing one of them, Darwin Longfellow, with the excellent gift of a shiny new Harley-Davidson Roadster. Congratulations, Ms. Longfellow, and thank you for your service from the bottom of our MO heart.
Not included in the press release below is the fact that, starting in the 2021 model year, all the MV Agusta three-cylinder platforms will benefit from upgraded electronics, including a six-axis IMU, Continental Cornering-ABS, launch control, rear lift mitigation, traction/slip control, front lift control (MV emphasized this was different from wheelie control in that it maximizes drive from the rear wheel instead of managing wheelies. Take that with a grain of salt if you wish).
We’ve never had an iXS helmet, you? But we’ve seen plenty of them on people’s heads in the old country. They’re designed in Switzerland, so how bad could they be? The latest is this iXS1100 2.2 lid, which iXS describes as “an excellent all-rounder” with an “optimal price-performance ratio.” It doesn’t get much more optimal than $119 US for a nice full-face helmet that’s ECE approved.