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Motorcycle Mojo Magazine April 2018

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3 min.
the all-important new rider

This is an exciting time of year for motorcyclists as manufacturers announce a new crop of motorcycles. In the past, they all strived to announce and show off their new bikes in the fall of the previous year, or at least during the winter months to whet the appetites of riders considering new purchases in the upcoming spring. That has changed somewhat over the years, and releasing a new model in the middle of the year is no longer out of the question. I was hoping to get an up-close-and-personal glimpse of the new BMW F750GS or the F850GS during the motorcycle show season, but unfortunately it won’t be available until later in the year. But there are many new releases this season, and I’m most excited about a few more…

1 min.
a changing tide at harley-davidson

Harley-Davidson has announced it will close its Kansas City, Missouri, plant by summer 2019, with all production moving to its more modernized facility in York, Pennsylvania. About 800 people will be laid off as a result of the move, with the vast majority being full-time positions. Times are changing for H-D, and it looks to be reacting swiftly by consolidating and streamlining where possible; unfortunately, both of those terms usually mean fewer jobs. However, moving the Kansas City plant’s production of the Sportster and Street to York should result in more jobs opening up at that plant. And speaking of times-are-a-changin’, with the news of the closure came an announcement that an all-electric motorcycle will reach production by mid-2019. Presumably, this new model will draw heavily on the styling and technology of the…

1 min.

McGuinness signs with Norton Twenty-three time TT race winner John McGuinness has signed to ride for the Norton factory team in the Superbike and Senior TT races at the 2018 Isle of Man TT. He’ll join teammate Josh Brookes on the company’s SG7 race bikes, derived from the flagship 200 hp V4 RR road bike. McGuinness last won the Senior TT in 2015, which also saw him breaking the outright lap record with a speed of 132.701 mph, which remains his fastest lap around the Mountain Course. While he achieved podiums in the 2016 TT for superbike and Senior TT, he missed the 2017 season due to serious injuries sustained in the North West 200. McGuinness has enjoyed a remarkable TT career and is second only to Joey Dunlop in outright TT victories…

1 min.
by the numbers

13,072 The number of Canadian units Harley-Davidson is recalling for a possible ABS malfunction for 2008 to 2011 model-year Electra Glides, Road Kings, Road Glides, Night Rod and V-Rod. 117 The ready-to-ride mass, in kilograms (259 lb), of the new Alta Motors Redshift MXR motocross bike. With 50 hp and 42 ft-lb of torque, the MXR looks poised to surprise a lot of competitors on the track. 214 The peak horsepower of the new Ducati Panigale V4. This may be the fastest production superbike yet. 150 The quantity of flat-track-inspired CCM Spitfires produced in 2017. They sold out in one week. This is the new Spitfire Bobber – they’d better make more than 150 of these! 10 The number of race laps proposed by Dorna for its new MotoE series in 2019. There are five rounds planned, each featuring…

2 min.
old is in

1951 Ehret Vincent Black Lightning $929,000 The recent auction sale of the Jack Ehret Speed Record-Setting 1951 Vincent Black Lightning for US$929,000 has set a new bar for vintage motorcycles. Presented for sale by Bonhams in Las Vegas at the end of January 2018, this is one of only about 30 Black Lightning examples ever produced. This particular motorcycle possesses an impressive race pedigree (see Alan Cathcart’s feature article, beginning on page 32), making it an exceptional example. In honour of the record-setting sale, we’re taking a look at some of the most expensive vintage bikes ever sold at auction. 1915 Cyclone Board Track Racer $852,500 We covered this former Steve McQueen-owned beauty back when it sold in 2015, and we’re happy to have any excuse to see it grace our pages again. It was…

2 min.
say what?

editor@motorcyclemojo.com TUKTOYAKT UK OR BUST I was just rereading your December [2017] editorial about Tuktoyaktuk this summer. Yes, I want to do it as well. One of the first though was Hubert Kriegel. He did it in 2005 with a sidecar on the ice road. Check out thetimelessride.com. He had been on the road for 13 years. [Unfortunately, Hubert died on January 24, 2018] Thanks for putting out the best and only Canadian mag that I read and subscribe to. JOHN MARCASSA VIA EMAIL Editor’s note: World traveller Phil Funnell from Vancouver also rode on the ice road to Tuk in March 1979 on a BMW 800. JORDAN RIVER With respect to the article “Ghost Town Rider” [January/February 2018], I remember riding through the town of Jordan River when I did a motorcycle tour of Vancouver Island in…