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Classic Japanese Bikes Highlight Bonhams’ Next Auction

Mon, 07 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Bonhams’ annual fall auction, the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show, at Stafford County Showground is scheduled for October 20, 2013. Included in the auction is the above pictured 1974 Kawasaki H1-RW 500cc triple. Expected to sell for approximately $96,000 to $112,000, the Japanese works Grand Prix racer is one of only two machines built by the factory for the French Kawasaki importer SIDEMM for use in the 500cc World Championship. The bikes were ridden during the 1974 season by the French endurance racing specialist Christian Léon and French-Canadian Formula 750 star Yvon Duhamel.

2012-2013 Moto Guzzi Griso, Norge, Stelvio NTX Rear Suspension Recall

Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Earlier this month, we wrote about a recall in Canada for the 2012-2013 Moto Guzzi Griso, Norge GT 8V and Stelvio NTX 1200 8V because of a problem with their rear suspension systems. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has also announced recall for the U.S. market, revealing more information about the issue.

2012-2013 Moto Guzzi Griso, Norge, Stelvio NTX Recalled in Canada for Rear Suspension Problem

Thu, 01 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Transport Canada announced a recall for the 2012-2013 Moto Guzzi Griso 8V, Norge GT 8V and Stelvio 1200 NTX because of a problem with the rear suspension. The double connecting rod in the rear suspension linkage may not have been manufactured correctly and may fail. Failure could result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Piaggio Reports Q2 2013 Results

Fri, 26 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0700

The Piaggio Group reported a 12.1% decrease in net sales over the opening six months of 2013, the company’s worst first half showing since 2004. Net sales totaled 671.5 million euros (US$891.9 million) over the first six months, compared to 764.1 million euros reported in the same period of 2012. Piaggio still earned a net profit of 25 million euros (US$33.2 million ) in the first half, but that’s a 26.1% drop from last year’s 33.8 million euros.

Get $50 To Test Ride An Aprilia Or Moto Guzzi At Laguna Seca MotoGP

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0700

If you’re going to be at Laguna Seca for this weekend’s MotoGP race, be sure to stop by the Aprilia and Moto Guzzi booths, as both manufacturers are handing out $50 gift cards if you take a model from either manufacturer for a test ride. To qualify for the gift card, simply visit the Aprilia or Moto Guzzi booths during the weekend. There, you’ll receive a postcard encouraging you to test ride an Aprilia or Moto Guzzi at a participating US dealership.

Top 10 Affordable Modern Classics

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0700

1 of 11Next Last   Recently, we put together a list of the Top 10 Modern Classic motorcycles. It featured some rare and/or significant motorcycles stretching as far back as 1996. Bikes we think will be highly valuable decades, even centuries, from now.

Three-Time World Champion Wayne Rainey Honored At Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Thu, 09 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Saturday, May 4 marked the 5th annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel, California. With such a diverse collection of historical, rare and outrageous motorcycles, the Quail is an event we thoroughly enjoyed attending last year. To commemorate the occasion, this year’s guest of honor was none other than three-time 500cc Grand Prix world champion, and local area resident, Wayne Rainey.

Moto Guzzi Offering Free Test Rides On New California 1400 Custom ABS

Tue, 07 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

If you’ve been anxious to try the new Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom ABS, featuring the largest engine Guzzi has ever built, traction control, rider modes, ABS, cruise control, ride-by-wire and impeccable fit and finish, but didn’t know how to actually get your hands on one, you’re in luck. Moto Guzzi dealers across the country are offering free test rides. All you need to do is have a motorcycle endorsement and fill out the Moto Guzzi California Test Ride Form to schedule an appointment with your nearest dealer.

Piaggio Reports Q1 2013 Results

Mon, 06 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

The Piaggio Group reported an 11.6% drop in net sales for the first quarter of 2013, the result of a struggling economy and unseasonably cold weather in Europe and a flatlining two-wheeler market in Vietnam. There was however some good news in North America, Vespa sales in India and a 27.8% increase in Moto Guzzi sales. According to the company’s first quarter report, Piaggio reported net sales of 303.4 million euros (US$396.8 million), down from net sales of 343.1 million euros reported the same quarter of 2012.

2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom and Touring Arrive at US Dealerships April 15

Wed, 10 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Moto Guzzi announced the all new California 1400 Custom and Touring models will land at American dealerships on April 15. The 2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring will be priced at $17,990 while the Custom version will be available for $14,990. The two new models form the centerpiece for the Piaggio Group‘s efforts to reinvigorate the Moto Guzzi brand.