Jensen Beeler


It would seem that BMW Motorrad is the latest motorcycle marque to explore the idea of forced induction for motorcycles.

This means that the Bavarians will join the ranks of Kawasaki, which has already three supercharged H2 models on the market; as well as Honda and Suzuki, which have been toying with the idea of turbocharged two-wheelers on dealership floors.

Spotted by Ben Purvis at BikeSocial (he’s on a roll lately), the German brand has filed patents locally for an electric supercharger design, with drawings seemingly using the S1000RR as its basis (for whatever that is worth).

What do you do when six cylinders just isn’t enough? And, why should the Boss Hoss get all the V8 fun when it comes to motorcycles? Haven’t we all secretly desired an eight-cylinder motorcycle in our garage – if not for just a fleeting moment?

I’m not sure that I would have an affirmative answer to any of these questions, but that doesn’t mean that I think the PGMV8 is any less of an awesome motorcycle.

The brainchild of Paul G. Maloney in Australia, there is a certain amount of crazy that comes hand-in-hand in making a 2.0-liter V8 motorcycles with 334hp and 158 lbs•ft of torque, and it’s the kind of crazy this world needs more of. This is exactly the kind of crazy that the PGMV8 is selling.

Confirming our earlier report, Eugene Laverty has made his move to the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK team official today, as he replaces Markus Reiterberger’s on the team.

The news marks a return to the Shaun Muir Racing team for Laverty, who rode for the squad in 2017 and 2018, under the Milwaukee Aprilia banner.

Struggling on the Team Go Eleven Ducati this year, Laverty’s move to the BMW Motorrad squad could be well-timed, as the German bike has shown great progress over the course of the 2019 WorldSBK season.

According to the eagle eyes at BikeSocial, it would seem that Ducati has two new Scrambler models coming for the 2020 model year. 

The two models were spotted in filings with the EPA, and are listed as “Pro” versions from the 1100 line – the “Ducati Scrambler 1100” and “Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport Pro”.

What exactly is so “Pro” about this machines is not clear, but we are pretty certain that we will see the new Scramblers at Ducati’s special event in October, held on the Rimini coast.

You probably saw the headline yesterday, the one where the stock market took a nosedive and there was talk of doom and gloom for our economic future.

For those that don't know, the news behind the news is the fact that the bond market saw an inverted yield curve between the 2-year and 10-year treasury bonds. This is a fancy way of saying that investors expect to make more money in the short-term than the long-term, and this opinion reflects where our economy is headed.

For the last 50 years, an inverted yield curve has signaled the start of an economic recession, and while that is a scary thing to think about (we would all rather have a booming economy), the boom/bust cycle is common in economics and can often be mild.

Of course, what is different here is that the last recession that the United States experienced was the worst recession of all time, and in many ways we are still feeling its effects, whether those are physical or merely psychological.

While I will let the financial publications debate what kind of recession we are headed into, if they even agree that a recession is looming in front of us, this news does spark some interesting conversation for the motorcycle industry. Let me explain.

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There is new leadership at the venerable two-wheeled online retailer RevZilla, though you wouldn’t know it beyond the PR-friendly publication where the news was published yesterday – and not on the company’s own news site.

Announcing that Ken Murphy will take over as the head of both RevZilla and Cycle Gear (technically, Murphy will become the President and CEO of Comoto Holdings, which owns both RevZilla and Cycle Gear), the news means that RevZilla co-founder Matt Kull is stepping down from the role, which he has held in an official and in an interim capacity since Anthony Bucci’s resignation from the post in late 2016.

Murphy comes from outside of the motorcycle industry, but has retail experience, working in the mattress and shoe business.

This latest recall comes to us from the Piaggio Group Americas, as it affects a number of models from the Aprilia and Moto Guzzi lineups.

The issue stems from the front brake master cylinder, which may drag or inadvertently apply the drags, which can cause the motorcycle to suddenly stop and/or stall. This may happen without the rear brake light illuminating.

Specifically, this recall affects the Moto Guzzi Audace 1400 and Eldorado 1400 (2016-2018), Moto Guzzi California 1400 (2017-2018), Moto Guzzi MGX 21 Bagger (2017), Aprilia Mana 850 (2013-2014), Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 (2014-2016), Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 (2018-2019), and Aprilia Shiver 900 (2018) motorcycles.

It doesn’t take too much to get excited about an MV Agusta F3 800, as the Italian motorcycle looks as good as it handles.

One of the few sport bikes that doesn’t need a radical livery to look good, the simple and understated F3 800 is often regarded as two-wheeled art…and it’s easy to see why.

Putting those lines to good use, this past weekend at the UNICEF Summer Gala in Sardinia, this particular MV Agusta F3 800 helped raise €100,000 for the children’s fund.

Painted with a special livery, the motorcycle was one of several items auctioned to support UNICEF, with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity and the bike going to a generous MV Agusta collector.

Episode 113 of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out, and in it we see Neil Morrison and David Emmett come together on the microphones, as we discuss the happenings at the Autrian GP at the Red Bull Ring.

In this episode, there is no shortage of topics to cover – thanks largely in part to KTM releasing a bevy of announcements at its home round.

Of course, before the start of the Austrian round, there was talk about the Repsol Honda garage, and whether Jorge Lorenzo would be departing it. By the end of the weekend, the conversation was still about Repsol Honda, but instead focused on the last-turn loss that was handed to them by Ducati Corse.

Interesting developments on the EV side of the motorcycle industry, as Energica & Dell’Orto have decided to team up on making electric drivetrain systems for small and mid-sized motorcycles.

The move does not mean that Energica is about to burgeon its lineup with smaller electric motorcycles, but instead it means that Energica will follow Dell’Orto’s lead as a product supplier for other OEMs.