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The 2016 Victory Project 156 was supposed to be the basis for future Victory motorcycles.  Victory discontinued the brand for 2017.   The claimed reason is that Indian was blooming while Victory was struggling.  We hope for the best for Polaris and Indian!

The new Valkyrie shown above will be a power cruiser for sure!

Honda did the right thing with the 2012 Goldwing.  Most manufacturers are making smaller changes rather than major ones.  The 2010 Yamaha V-Max, for example,  was totally new and has not been a "big demand" bike.  The current Goldwing is a highly developed and very refined motorcycle which needs only minor adjustments.  There is no big reason to make huge changes.  Furthermore, with the market remaining slow, why spend the money!

Eric Buell had his new super bikes on the market in early 2014:

Pictured above is the exotic Buell 1190R.  Eric claims it has 175 horsepower with it's altered Rotax engine.  At $19.999 per bike, I doubt there will be a rush at the showroom floor.  Roadtests were positive but sales were almost non existant.  After leaving Harley Davidson, Eric Buell has been able to innovate as he chooses between bouts of having little money to work with.  In 2015 he went bankrupt again!   There was news that Buell was going to be able to continue in 2016 but little has been heard from the company.  Honestly, the few dealers who picked up the brand after the second bankrupsy got burned so I doubt that there will be many who want to pick it up again!  I wish Eric the best but it's a really tough market with so many low volume specialty entries in which to compete with.

THE NEW HOREX SUPERBIKE!

Horex was a long time German motorcycle builder who stopped with motorcycles during the early 1960's.  Horex was an innovative company who had a great deal of influence on the early Japanese motorcycle companies.  This new bike is a supercharged 1200cc machine.  The six cylinder engine has two banks of cylinders only 12 degrees apart.  One link claimed the bike would have 161 horse power, another stated 124.6hp.  Either way, the bike will be fast.  It will no doubt be a naked super bike for those wanting an exclusive and low production machine.  I hope to one day see one!

Will this be the new "Crocker" superbike?

Al Crocker was a racer in the teens (1914's, etc.) racing a Thor.  Thor's were genuine race bikes in their day, however HP figures for bikes in the early days, meaning up to the late 1920's, were rarely over 10 to 20 HP, so performance can't be compared to modern racing.  Crocker being unhappy with the bikes he rode, built his own.  Historians say that fewer than 100 were ever built.  Currently, Crockers are one of the most sought after collector bikes bringing up to $250,000 when available.  As a note, Al lived and worked in Kansas City as an Indian representative in his later years.  The new company simply purchased the rights to the name and have been building bike parts.  The concept bike is to be a 120+ HP super bike, modern in every way.  I hope they do it!

Below is the rare1967 Honda CB450D Scrambler!

Above is a picture of the very rare Honda 450 Scrambler built from the Black Bomber. The Black Bombers (all 4 speed 450's) were not jumping off the sales floor so Honda offered a Scrambler Kit for the unsold bikes.  From what I understand, some came from the factory with the kit already installed.  The kits were not offered to everyone, they were offered only to those dealers wanting to unload 450 4 speeds after the 5 speed bikes were offered.  There are only around 30 known to exist.  The kit included the tank, handlebar, side pannels, seat, and fenders (I think this list is complete). 

 

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The new Brough-Superior built by a company in France in 2013 was hoping to have bikes available by 2015.  I have heard little about the re-make of this old brand.  No price was mentioned but I'm sure it's hefty.  It does look great!

 

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