Welcome to the first Moto Bloggin’ post, a monthly roundup of news and my personal thoughts and adventures from the world of motorcycling. There are two things to note before I continue, the first is if you’re reading this on dazzlerebel.net this will not only be the first but also the last Moto Bloggin’ post. This is because I will be using dazzlerebel.net to focus less on motorcycling and more on music but more of that in a future post. All future Moto Bloggin’ posts will be found on my new Moonshine Moto blog so if you want to stay fresh with the Moto Bloggin’ series pop along and subscribe for new post notifications.
The second thing to note, well more of a tidbit or even observation is that ‘blogs’ usually evolve into ‘vlogs’ (that’s video-logs for those not familiar with the term), not the other way around. I’ve been ‘vlogging’ for over two years now on my YouTube channel Dazzle Rebel Rides but as the winter creeps in and other projects take over, time to record and edit videos begins to dry up. To fill the gap I’ve decided to go back to the good old-fashioned blog, which is what you’re reading now. So let’s get on with it.
November was a bumper month for motorcycle news. With the EICMA show in Milan and Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham, fresh news was almost a daily occurrence. I won’t insult you by cutting and pasting every story from the past month, instead I’d like to take a selection of stories that interested me and give you my opinions on the matter, for what it’s worth.
The new motorcycle that has really caught my eye this past month is the Kawasaki Z900RS. Essentially the bike is a higher-spec and more evocative bike than the Z900 from which it is derived. The neo-classic design makes no attempt to shy away from 1970’s nostalgia, with the bike being a modern reinterpretation of the mighty Z1. The bike is something that really appeals to me and I can’t wait to test ride one next year.
The Indian Motorcycle stand was another stand out attraction this year. The beautiful and incredibly rare Roadmaster Elite was on display alongside the entire 2018 Indian Motorcycle range. The new Scout Bobber proved incredibly popular, as did the Dark Horse range but still no Roadmaster Dark Horse, as yet. The Krazy Horse custom flat track bikes were also very popular as were enquiries into the FTR1200, a bike which Indian really do need to release. The Spirit of Munro, a custom streamliner based on the Thunder Stroke 111 engine and built to celebrate the achievements of Burt Munro in 1967 was also on display as was Richard Hammond’s vintage Indian Chief.
Did you go to Motorcycle Live this year? If so, what were your highlights? Let me know in the comments.
Finally folks here’s a roundup of recent videos from Dazzle Rebel Rides.