Welcome to our first Week on Two-Wheels of September!
We’ve got to start with the news on Scott Redding… it was announced that he will be heading to the World Superbike Championship for the 2020 season to join the factory Aruba.it Ducati team. He’s been on impressive form this year, regularly winning races and showing his skill on a variety of new circuits, securing his place in the Showdown and in second place in the current championship standings. The ninth round of the championship – the Showdown Title Fighter – is taking place this weekend at Oulton Park (6-8 September).
Bike Devil MV Agusta Racing will be making an announcement ahead of Oulton Park very soon….watch this space
Keeping on the racing theme, the provisional 2020 MotoGP calendar has been announced. There are a few changes to the 2019 calendar with the addition of the Finnish round and the PTT Thailand round moving from Round 14 to Round 2. There was little rest for the paddock after Silverstone, too, with an official test taking place last week at Misano, with rookie Fabio Quartararo continuing to impress, finishing at the top of the timesheets by half a second from Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci.
Norton hosted its annual Burnout event at the weekend, with a host of famous names lining up to compete in a supermoto time trial event including John McGuinness and Peter Hickman. The event was won by Davey Todd, while there were also a series of parades and an evening event for guests.
The new bikes and updates just keep coming…Harley-Davidson has updated its touring range for 2020 with the addition of the ‘Reflex Defensive Rider System’ to the whole range (except the Electra Glide Standard). As a result, they will gain electronics such as engine brake control, cornering ABS and tyre pressure monitoring, amongst others. The American brand has also extended its ‘H-D Connect’ app originally launched with the Livewire to cover the tourers in its range, so owners can receive tamper alerts, service reminds and also check the bike status.
However, apps and electronics aside, the biggest news from Harley was that the Low Rider S is back! Originally launched in 2016, it was a H-D fan favourite, the new machine is described as ‘an all-new blacked-out performance-cruiser with a style that’s as aggressive as its ride.’ It’s powered by a Milwaukee-Eight 114ci engine – that’s 1868cc in ‘real money’ – with 155nM of torque. It features a reduced rake (from 30 degrees to 28) for ‘more responsive handling’ and 43mm USD forks on the front. Prices start from £15,825 for the Vivid Black option.
At the other end of the scale, UK brand Herald has introduced a 125cc version of its 250cc Rambler. The baby Rambler looks every bit the part, finished in a gunmetal metallic paint with a tan seat, slim side panels, headlight grill and short front mudguard. It costs just £2,695 – plus on the road costs – and you get two-year parts warranty, a one-year labour warranty and two-year RAC breakdown cover.
Obviously we do NOT recommend this, but we had to report that there is a now a new holder of the world record for ‘Fastest headstand on a motorcycle’. Stunt rider, Marco George hit 76mph at Elvington, North Yorkshire, all while doing a headstand. We can’t imagine the core strength needed to do that…
We’ll be back on Monday –
Log On, Tune in, Ride Out…