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“This concept bike is a symbol of how modern and emotional a boxer-powered BMW roadster can be,” -Edgar Heinrich, Head of BMW Motorrad Design.

Every year I look forward to seeing the new concept bikes that come out.  Sometimes the designs look a bit weird or impractical, but when I first laid my eyes on BMW’s Roadster Revolution, I thought, “Wow this is one cool looking piece of machinery.”

The BMW Roadster Revolution was designed to balance style and innovation.  It’s rear section is made of gloss milled aluminum and fashioned from a single piece, making the rear section sleek and nimble.  Milling marks were deliberately left to create a rough hand crafted look, which contrasts beautifully against its painted surfaces.  Borrowed from motor racing, it’s integrated single seat expresses its ambition for speed.

It’s short, steep tail pipe stands defiantly almost as if rebelling against the status quo of the day.  Looking at this bike, I see a modern design with a tail pipe reminding me of its roots.  It does a great job of balancing the two together.  It’s engine spoiler has been innovatively designed incorporating its entire front exhaust silencer to meet future noise prevention requirements.

Looks aside, the BMW Roadster Revolution rocks a powerful 2 cylinder flat twin engine, single sided swing arm with shaft drive and features a light tubular frame.  It’s boxter engine generates 125 bhp at 7,750 rpm with a maximum torque of 125 Nm at 6,500 rpm.  It’s crouching posture with a focus on the front wheel and a very short rear promise agile, tight handling.

Rumors say that the Roadster Revolution will make it to production and be available soon.  Although most of the time rumors are usually not true, I’m crossing my fingers.

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THE QUESTION STANDS:

ELECTRIC or GASOLINE POWERED MOTORCYCLES-WHAT’s better?

         As electric motorcycles are slowly starting to become more popular throughout the industry, many riders have begun to debate as to what’s better to own? Traditional motorcycles using gas or electric motorcycles using battery power?  There certainly are a lot of pros and cons to having a traditional bike as there are pros and cons to having an electric motorbike.  More than anything though, I think it all boils down to peoples individual values and wants.

          If you’re all about limiting pollution and promoting “green” energy and also interested in saving some “green” in your wallet, then electric is the way to go.  Traditional bikes however offer more speed and more options in terms of motorcycle makes and model availability.  If you’re going to spend some serious cash on a bike, you want it to have some umph and in that category compared to traditional motorcycles, electric bikes are lacking.

          Riding a motorcycle, at least in the USA, is done more for fun than for utility compared to other countries where gas prices are astronomical and riders use their motorcycle as their main vehicle.  If you’re only riding seasonal or just a few times a week it doesn’t make much of a difference in terms of money you’re saving on gas, however if you live in Europe where gas prices are at least double of what they are in the USA, then having an electric bike would make sense in terms of saving money on gas.

         In terms of the “coolness” factor, new tech is always cool, but there are a ton of cool looking traditional bikes out there like the 2014 Suzuki HayabusaYamaha V MaxSuzuki Boulevard, and Harley Sportster.  But again, it all depends on what you define as being “cool”.  As electric motorcycles become more popular however, and more companies start designing and manufacturing them, that will definitely gain them points in the “coolness” category.

         The infographic below gives a short comparison of electric motorcycles vs traditional motorcycles in terms of fuel economy, specs and how the electric motor works. If you’re still stuck deciding though, why not just have one of each?

Wow! I never knew that about Harley Davidson motorcycles!.

The History Behind the Brand:

Harley Davidson Motorcycles

Harley Davidson is one of the most well known and recognized motorcycle brands on the market today.  Whether you’re a fan of their motorcycles or not, one thing is certain-they have have managed to greatly impact the motorcycle industry and continue to do so to this day.

Having started as a manufacturer of small engines in 1903, Harley Davidson has grown from a small startup business between two friends to becoming an industry leader.  Their designs and innovations have created the classic models we have today which include, the Sportster models-originally conceived for racing, the Softail models, which feature Harley’s Big-Twin engine, and their Touring models which include the Harley Road King, Road Glide, Street Glide, and Electra Glide.

A close look at Harley’s success, reveals an interesting history behind it.  Like many companies, Harley has seen its share of ups and downs.  For a time, Harley was the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the 1920′s.  During both world wars, they helped the war effort by supplying the US army with motorcycles, and from their big twin motorcycles, came the creation of the chopper and a whole subculture of chopper enthusiasts and riders.

The infographic below takes us back through time starting from Harley’s inception in 1903 to the present day.

Check it out- World’s first hybrid motorcycle-jet:

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We’ve seen a lot of crazy and weird vehicles throughout the years but this one is a definite first.

However, the question stands…does it actually fly?  Well the answer to that is a definite no, at least for now, but… is it fly?

We definitely think so!

Commissioned Freedom 1, the jet motorcycle is built from a 1500cc 6 cylinder Honda Gold Wing motorcycle that’s been modified by inventor Ron Gallops, to look like an F-106 Delta Dart, complete with a glowing afterburner -that probably looks even cooler at night.

The result? A street legal jet fighter with a top speed of 80 mph.  Ok, I know what you’re thinking….it’s a bit on the slow side, I know, it can’t even go back to the future like the Delorean can, but what it does lack in speed, it certainly makes up for in the “coolness” category.

It’s got a steering wheel from a Hyundai, black mirrors from a motorcycle, and lots of cool looking gauges that actually work as well.

In an interview to the St. Petersburg Times, Gallops said that the biggest challenge isn’t driving a winged motorcycle, complete with a cockpit and landing gear. It’s watching out for everyone who’s watching him.

“You have to be paying attention because the people are looking at it, and they’re running all over the lane.”

I tend to agree with him on that.  Check out the video here to get a closer look at Freedom 1:

All in all this is one bad@ss motorcycle. Ron Gallops we salute you! Job well done!

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10 of the World’s Best Motorcycle Routes to try:

Riding your motorcycle around town can be fun, but if you haven’t taken your bike on a ride on one of these routes yet, then you’re definitely missing out.  The following infograph takes us for a tour through 10 countries around the globe that offer some of the best motorcycle routes for you to burn rubber on, including Greece, Switzerland, and the good old US of A.

Personally, I would also add the winding roads of Monte Carlo in Monaco which is also the spot where Formula One Monaco Grand Prix takes place.  While you’re there, you can also check out their world famous landmark casino, and get your game on, but I digress.  So visit your travel agent and get on your Harley, BMW, Aprilia, Honda, or whatever motorcycle you ride and take a ride on some of the worlds best asphalt-you won’t regret it!

Infograph by Throttler Motorcycle Magazine

THE EVOLUTION OF MOTORCYCLE SAFETY

Ever wondered what the different motorcycle safety laws out there are, and how they first came to be? Or how many billions of miles have been driven by motorcycles since the 1960′s? Did you know that only recently, it was required to have directional lights on your motorcycle?  Well, check out the info graphic below to follow how motorcycle safety laws slowly evolved from the day motorcycles were first invented in 1883 to the present-and remember, always ride safe!

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