Polaris Unveils Slingshot Grand Touring Trim, Updates For 2019 Lineup

The Polaris Slingshot has certainly made waves since it was first unleashed on the world several years ago. It has done a good job turning heads wherever it goes, and has even played a role in revamping existing legislation on motorcycle licensing in many states (This author’s home state of Michigan included.) But are you the type of enthusiast that desires more comfort, technology, and a dash more practicality? If so, Polaris has the perfect Slingshot for you. Dubbed the “Grand Touring” this special Slingshot is the new range topping model in the Slingshot model lineup, with the SLR trim being demoted to playing second fiddle for the 2019 model year. The exterior styling retains alot of the funky pseudo batmobile elements that made the original a smash hit with buyers. The press photos that Polaris released show the Grand Touring with its optional roof package, but look for open …

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BMW Motorcycles Evolution Since 1923 – Animated Timeline Via 20 Iconic Bikes

  The history of BMW Motorrad is actually the story of the evolution of the motorcycle in general. Giant leaps of innovation are clear to see about every dozen years, but the BMW innovation throughout keeps moving the two-wheel world forward at warp speed. For a non-bikes guy like me and perhaps you, the names and styles are all a bit perplexing. We have labelled all the main bike photos to help make it all a bit clearer. The pre-war bikes in particular are hard to distinguish at first without the labels. So which is your favorite? We’d pick the 1935 R12 with its densely-packed center engine compartment and streamlined, ultra-low height and narrow framework. [Originally published in 2014] 1923       BMW Motorrad                R 32       1923 BMW’s chief engineer Max Friz develops a boxer engine with two transverse-mounted cylinders. This principle of design proved to be an …

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2017 Indian Scout – Ride Test Review – By Ken “Hawkeye” Glassman

In August of 2013 Indian Motorcycles, built by Polaris Industries, in Spirit Lake Iowa, unveiled their first new motorcycle at the Sturgis rally. The Indian Chief was a huge hit with the public, and they have introduced more Chief models since then. All Chief models are fitted with large displacement engines and designed to go head to head with Harley-Davidson, just as they did from the early 1900’s to 1953, when Indian closed their doors. But to truly compete with Harley today, they also needed a smaller displacement motorcycle, and the Indian Scout nameplate was resurrected. Today you can buy a Scout 60, with a 61 cu in engine, for $8,999, or the larger Scout with a 69 cu in engine starting at $11,299. Recently, I took a pleasant ride down to Indian Motorcycles of Monee, IL (also known as Gina’s Motorsports) to see their beautiful dealership, and they were …

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2017 Polaris Slingshot SL – First Drive Review – By Ken “Hawkeye” Glassman  

Taking a ride out to Nielsen Enterprises, in Lake Villa, IL is always a treat. They’re the ultimate big boy toy store.  You can buy anything from ATV’s, UTV’s personal watercraft, snowmobiles, all four Japanese motorcycle brands, Can-AM Spyders, and Polaris products. If it’s fun, and it goes fast, Nielsen’s got it. Today’s mission is to take a Polaris Slingshot out for a test and find out why they can’t make them fast enough. The Slingshot is a three-wheel vehicle, with two wheels in front, and a single wheel in back.  It is 150” long, which is 4” shorter than a Mazda Miata, although I’d swear it was 6” longer by looking at it.  The wheelbase is 105” vs. 91” for the Miata, and the Slingshot’s front footprint is 77” while the widest part of a Miata is 68”.  The Miata makes 155 hp and 148 ft. lbs. of torque …

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5 Motorcycles to Ride This Spring

Dust off your helmet and pull the cover off your bike — spring is here (or at least almost here… sorry East coast people who are covered in snow) and it’s time to get out and ride. The change in weather means you can once again enjoy the open road aboard your two-wheeler, and if you’re in the market, 2017 has brought at least five new ways to do that. These five new bikes have something to offer for everyone, from first-timers to seasoned road warriors. Motorcycle technology continues to advance at an amazing rate, and that means each year, the offerings from manufacturers get a little better. Here are 2017’s finest bikes to peruse: Moto Guzzi V7 Stone II The V7 Stone is like the model 1911 of motorcycles: a reliable classic with enough performance to stay relevant with zero pretense. That’s why the updated version 2.0 deserves your …

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1994 Bugatti EB110 GT – RM Sothebys Duemila Ruote 2016

Here is a very extensive collection of four and two-wheelers that will go on the block in Milan late November of 2016.  RM promises 750-plus lots with no reserve — so this is a prime chance to grab some rare collectibles at fairly decent rates. A first favorite?  Obviously this EB110 GT in signature French blue. Duemila Ruote 25-27 November 2016 1994 Bugatti EB110 GT You May Also Like:PAGANI HUAYRA Extreme Renderings — Plus Bugatti EB110 and SSC Tuatara These are very photo-realistic 3D building blocks for designers. In fact, so good that the website greets you with this large caveat: these are not real! While these might not live outside computer screens: they are some great ideas regardless. Who would need these highly-detailed 3D maps of the entire car’s surface? Does this not infringe upon Pagani’s trademarked and copywritten designs with the EU Patent Office?   The answer to …

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2016 BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100

Welcome to the final piece of the BMW Next 100 mosaic: the Motorrad Vision concept. This gorgeous bike is the only one of these far-future-looking vehicles that actually seems cool.  The rest are quite a sight for sore eyes. This Vision Next 100 is not, though.  It is dark and menacing and clearly dripping in high-tech solutions.  Its integrated chassis flexes intelligently, replacing typical suspension systems with a full-body take on the theme.  A sport shoe is the idea: breathing and moving over bumps in perfect harmony of grip and smoothness. The driver is not sidelined, either, in this EV sportbike.  The same cannot be said for the RR 103EX we just wrote about — and were surprised to find has no driver seat or steering wheel whatsoever. Some batman-style influences in the Motorrad Vision Next 100 pair with the brutal, Terminator-style aesthetic we all love in the future.  Polished …

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RM Monaco 2016 – 1977 MV Agusta 750S America

This is beyond even the rush of speed, the sun in your face and a mechanical symphony down below.  This MV Augusta 750S America has crossed over — into true art.  It may be recalled as one of the purest expressions in all of 20th-century design and engineering.   RM Sotheby’s Monaco Coinciding with the Monaco Historic Grand Prix Le Sporting Monte-Carlo, Monaco 14 May 2016 http://www.rmsothebys.com/mc16/monaco/lots/ RM Monaco 2016 – 1977 MV Agusta 750S America You May Also Like:RM Monaco 2016 – 1977 Chevron B36 LMP1 Spider This was the magnificent time in top-drawer auto racing where the wedge came to life. Sideways on track, spitting flames from their open rear ends! It was intuitive, low-tech aero.  But race-proven and glorious to behold, then as now. The LMP1 and SPider descriptors above are ours – the car actually competed in primarily North American Can-Am races, we believe.  But the sentiment …

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Wildest Geneva Reveal – 2017 Lazareth LM847 – Monsterbike Runs 500HP Maserati V8!

Imagine all the show-stopping appeal and road presence of the Dodge Tomahawk V10 concept from the early 2000s… but made real, ride-able and road-legal acros Europe! And then imagine swapping the V10 for a much-better-sounding Maserati V8!? The results would be world-shaking. Such is the case for the custom-engineered Lazareth LM847 out of France.  This firm has been making some insane custom bikes, quads and car/bike hybrids for years, but this LM847 takes the firm to a whole new level. This seems like the perfect bike for the Clooney crew to thrum around Lake Como. But also a great fit for Ellay, Dubai and beyond. The bike makes so much power that it actually runs a single-speed transmission with hydraulic coupler.  Beyond the chain final drive and exposed mechanicals, there is beauty in the design throughout.  The twin front and rear wheels promise more traction than generally possible for any …

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