The Swift AVA 250 is everything that’s right and good about vintage motorcycles. It’s raw. It’s raucous. It barks and clatters and feels like it will rattle the fillings right out of your teeth. Yes, it’s more of a motorized bicycle than a proper motorcycle. But it’s charming and stylish, and and it feels faster than it is. It is an elemental machine, a cheap and cheerful runabout perfect for city life. READ ON
Face it – compared to most consumers, motorcyclists are Luddites. The obvious example are our Harley-riding compatriots, who have been buying variations on the same basic products since before World War II. But sportbikers were slow to adopt innovation, too. READ ON
British manufacturer Hesketh Motorcycles is producing an all-new model honoring the brand’s Formula One roots. The new Hesketh 24 features a massive 1950cc V-Twin engine and will be available in the U.K. in February.
If you aren’t familiar with the Hesketh brand, we don’t blame you. The company was founded in 1980 by Lord Alexander Hesketh, a British politican and baron after his F1 race-winning team folded. Hesketh Motorcycles developed a handful of models in small numbers, most notably theHesketh V1000. The company has shifted from owner to owner before being acquired by current owner Paul Sleeman in 2010. READ ON
Motorcycling today is a study in contrasts. (We cribbed that from an eighth-grade filmstrip on Brazil, in case you're wondering.) Okay, that's trite, but it is true. Over the last few weeks, as we gathered our editorial wits to look back on a year of new, not-so-new, and egregiously old hardware tossed into the miasma of retail sales and foisted upon us at press launches prominently featuring egg-salad sandwiches and Kirkland sodas, the bifurcation of the market has become clear. Power at the top, movement at the bottom, not much in between. Signs, as they say, of the times.