Jensen Beeler


Last year, Yamaha announced that it was ceasing production of its popular YZF-R6 sport bike for the street, effectively killing the most popular 600cc supersport on the market.

The move was a sign of the times, and a glimpse into the Japanese brand’ unwillingness to update the platform for the stringent Euro5 emission standards in Europe.

With no European market to help bolster sales, the news also meant that the Yamaha YZF-R6 would cease for production as a street bike in the United States as well. But, there was a silver lining.

Talk of a v-twin middleweight Ducati Streetfighter V2 have been percolating ever since the Italian brand debuted its V4 motorcycle with a similar name.

With the Ducati Streetfighter V4 a hit. with the Ducati-loyal and sport bike enthusiasts alike, clearly the folks in Bologna can sense the moment approaching for an encore at a lower price point.

This is where the rumors of a Ducati Streetfighter V2 come into play, and the basics are fairly easy to guess: take the Ducati Panigale V2 sport bike, and strip away the fairings for the classic streetfighter look.

After a fair bit of teasing, the wait is finally over, and we can see the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR for what it is – and what it is, is not that surprising.

Early on, we pegged the new “RR” model as a half-fairing, café racer inspired, variant of the Speed Triple RS – and that is exactly how one suscinctly describes the 2022 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR.

Built off Triumph’s new Speed Triple platform, the RR shares the same engine, chassis, and components as its RS sibling, but with a more retro-modern aesthetic.

If you have a 2022 Husqvarna FE 501s or 2022 Husqvarna FE 350s in your garage, then you might want to take a look at your brake caliper, as the Swedish brand has issued a recall with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The recall concerns 342 units of the two models, and focuses on the brake pad retaining clips on the front brake caliper, which may have been mounted incorrectly, and could result in loose front brake pads.

Moto Guzzi is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, and the commemorate the occasion, the Eagle brand has a special motorcycle debuting at this year’s EICMA show.

We are getting an early look at the machine though, as Moto Guzzi also announced today that it was going to undertake a massive overhaul of its headquarters in Mandello del Lario, and is using the bike’s teasing to help communicate that message.

The Italian brand isn’t giving away too many details on the Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello just yet however, beyond what we can see, which isn’t an inconsequential amount.

Our friends at Iconic Motorbikes (that includes the Kenny G loving Abhi Eswarappa) have teamed up with American Honda to raise money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Ride for Kids.

This year marks the 30th year that American Honda has been a presenting sponsor for the charity, and Big Red has a special way of celebrating that fact: auctioning not one, not two, but three Repsol Honda CBR1000RR models (model years 2005, 2007, and 2009).

The auction has just one day left (all proceeds go to Ride for Kids), so if you want to get in on the action, you need to do so now.

When the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR debuted, it was herald as a bold, raw, and fast street bike. A true streetfighter in the sense that it was a superbike sans fairings, and not for the weak of heart.

With 205hp (153 kW) on tap from its 998cc inline-four engine, the only thing more audacious than the Brutale 1000 RR (other than the über-extravagant Brutale 1000 Serie Oro) was its $32,000 price tag.

That put the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR out of reach for many riders, and now the Italian brand hopes to widen its base with a “more affordable” model. Notice though, we still did not use the word “cheap” to describe this new machine.

Say hello to the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RS – Varese’s newest motorcycle for the 2022 model year.

It is a strange relationship between KTM and Husqvarna, with the prior owning the latter. Often times, this means that we see the orange bikes in blue and white clothing, with few changes separating the two offerings.

Such is the case with their pair of supermotos, with the 2022 KTM 450 SMR being almost identical to the 2022 Husqvarna FS 450 – save for a different color palette.

What are the real brass tacks differences? The Husqvarna has a composite subframe, while the KTM’s is made from aluminum. That’s it.

Transportation is changing. If you need proof beyond that statement, take a look at how brands like BMW are envisioning transportation in the future.

There has been no shortage lately of two-wheel brands reevaluating how people will move in close urban environments, and no brand has been experimenting more in this space than BMW and BMW Motorrad.

The German company already showed us last week its electric Honda Grom contender, the BMW Concept CE 02, which is aimed at younger riders (or non-riders) with a fun pint-sized form factory.

Now, the Bavarians have envisioned two more concepts for their last-mile arsenal, dubbed the BMW i Vision AMBY and BMW Motorrad i Vision AMBY. Names only an engineer could love.