Inspiration Friday #207: The Times They Are A-Changin’

Inspiration Friday #207: The Times They Are A-Changin'

Inspiration Friday #207: The Times They Are A-Changin'

Welcome to the Bob Dylan edition of Inspiration Friday #207: “The Times They Are A-Changin'” and the time sure are changing fast! Do you struggle with rapid change? I do; it makes my head spin. Motorcycles are turning into eBikes, MotoGP & EWC canceled. EuroBike 2022 is now a “eMotorcycle event”. I like my rose-colored glasses of times when I had a motorcycle that I didn’t have to pedal, vibrated and smelled of gas and oil. Bob Dylan also said ““Don’t criticize what you can’t understand.” so maybe I just don’t “get it” but that’s  ok, I’ll still post, review and talk about the new stuff, new Ducati eBikes and Harley-Davidson electric bicycles as the years pass. Maybe we will even have a eMotoGP (we do) and the new 2030 Honda Gold Wing AirBag SE will be a tricycle with saddle bags and a fairing that grabs the headlines?

Well, even Bob Dylan says “old road is rapidly agin'” at least it’s a happy road with fond memories of old. And both the new road and the old road hold will be inspiring memories for all of us.

In the article above I quoted MotoGP and EWC canceled and for those who haven’t heard, Suzuki is leaving both of them at the end of the 2022 season. I think it’s been 51 years since Suzuki entered MotoGP but don’t quote me on that, it’s just been a very, very long time. The line Suzuki gives is “Suzuki has decided to end the participation of MotoGP and EWC in the face of the need to re-allocate resources on other initiatives for sustainability. (Toshihiro Suzuki, Representative Director and President)“. Your guess is as good as mine what that really means behind the scenes but it most likely involves a green agenda and carbon footprint reduction, etc… maybe they will be joining Tour de France?

Inspiration Friday #207: The Times They Are A-Changin'

EuroBike 2022 is now on this week as well! I wasn’t kidding about it being a motorcycling event. Yamaha is all over it showing off their latest eBikes  and Bicycle eKits with another 1,708 other manufacturers (yes, it’s that HUGE). Become a ” two-wheel mechatronics engineer” (motorcycle and bicycle combined) or learn about Riding in the Digital Metaverse shopping for NFT (non-fungible tokens) riding your Pelton in your living room, or watch a film about “Greenwashing“, check this line out: “Fuel-inefficient gas guzzlers and dirty diesels with excessive emissions and charge compensation for carbon offsetting. It’s pretty clear cut. You’re buying your right to pollute. This is pollution that others then have to live with.” EuroBike 2022, “something like Davos painted green”.

UPDATE: EuroBike 2022 articles are so interesting I’ll let you explore them here. TOPICS, CONFERENCES, EVENTS, and CHANGE.

So my brothers and sisters, get out there and enjoy life, be inspired as The Times They Are A-Changin’ my friends; The Times They Are A-Changin’.

Total Motorcycle would like to thank Bob Dylan, EuroBike 2022, Yamaha, Suzuki, Harley-Davidson, Indian Motorcycle, Kawasaki, KTM, Bike Club and Davos as well as the hundreds of millions of motorcycle riders who visit TMW for inspiring us to bring you this week’s Inspiration Friday: The Times They Are A-Changin’. Each week we bring you another Inspiring Motorcycle story to inspire you to get out and ride!

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Inspiration Friday #207: The Times They Are A-Changin'

Yamaha at Eurobike from July 13 to 17 at Messe Frankfurt, Germany

Yamaha is committed to offering a diverse range of solutions to future mobility and is a major driving force in the bicycle market. The company’s philosophy is to develop segment-leading technology that brings the rider and machine together as one by providing a natural and intuitive riding experience on the road and trail.

With an eBike history that goes back almost 30 years to 1993 when it launched the world’s first production Power Assist Bicycle (PAS), Yamaha is one of the industry’s most respected and experienced brands. During the past three decades Yamaha has established itself as a major supplier of PWseries drive units to European eBike manufacturers who value the quality and reliability of these light, compact and powerful designs.

Every PWseries drive unit benefits from YeSS – Yamaha eBike Systems Service – a comprehensive backup scheme that provides fast and effective support via locally-based teams. Based on the four key pillars of Technical Support, Warranty, Training and Spare Parts, YeSS ensures that bicycle manufacturers, dealers and riders can choose Yamaha products with total confidence and peace of mind.

Yamaha will welcome you in Hall 8 Stand B09 at Eurobike, Messe Frankfurt, Germany from July 13 – 17.

 

2023 Harley-Davidson Serial1 RUSHCTY STEP-THRU

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.
Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.

2023 Kawasaki Elektrode

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’.
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.
Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’.
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.

2021 Triumph Trekker GT

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin’.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’.

2023 KTM 20eDrive Factory Edition

 

2023 KTM 20eDrive Factory Edition: TOP CHOICE eBIKE.

Introducing the 2023 KTM 20eDrive Factory Edition…

The KTM 20eDRIVE FACTORY EDITION is the top choice for young shredders and is ready to deliver the most exciting and energized riding experience imaginable. Three power modes enable manageable progression as little rippers become medium sized rippers. Topping out at an impressive 20 mph and equipped with FACTORY EDITION-specific MANITOU J-Unit front forks, Hayes hydraulic disc brakes and race-inspired paint scheme, the KTM 20eDRIVE FACTORY EDITION provides the performance and control to own the local pump track or for backyard domination. At a light 33 lbs. and with an adjustable 23 inch seat, the KTM 20eDRIVE FACTORY EDITION is ideal for kids between the ages of 10-12 and up to 115 lbs.

 

2022 Ducati Pedal Power

Have an extra $11,000 laying around to foot pedal your new 2022 Ducati? Is this Ducati‘s great debacle or grand green dream? 5 new, very expensive, 2022 Ducati e-Bikes that I honestly don’t know if I should shake my head at or what. So I’ll give you the information and you decide…here we go. 2022 Ducati Pedal Power range(r)’s are a GO! Adapt your bicycle engine to your smartphone, pedal to your full potential on roads, maintain great efficiency on uphill long-distance stretches and enjoy 31 lb-ft of torque. At $10,995 (and up) it’s cheaper than, say, a car?

Thus TMW presents to you, to a 1980’s electric drum machine beat, the 2022 Ducati TK-01RRTK-01RR Limited EditionMIG-SFuta and Futa Limited Edition.

I took at look at what premium e-Bikes are going for after writing this article. It appears they are not cheap but not $11,000 either. It looks like you expect to pay between $1000-3000 USD for a good petal eBike, top end ones are ~$4000-5000. For example, Triumph has a new e-Bike bicycle I put up last year, ~$3000, that’s over 3x less. 2021 Triumph Trekker GT… So maybe there will be some price discounts in the future on these new Ducati eBikes as I just don’t see the value here myself.

2023 Harley-Davidson: Not What You Were Expecting?

I love looking at new 2023 motorcycles. I love what Harley-Davidson brings out each year. I bet you do as well! Welcome to 2023 Harley-Davidson: Not What You Were Expecting bombshell, shocking surprise and stop the presses. 2023 “Powered By” Harley-Davidson Serial 1 line released and, well, I’m honestly lost for words but I’ll try with your fanbase support but do check the latest 2023 Harley-Davidson eBikes.

“Get your motor running”…. ummm, nope. Doesn’t apply here.

“Head out to the highway”…. nope, doesn’t work.

“Good Vibrations”…. good one but no vibrations either.

“I live my life a quarter mile at a time”…. Thanks Fast and the Furious but nada.

“Harley-Davidson wins Tour de France”…. yes! That’s it!! Works for Harley-Davidson’s winning ways, the most prestigious bicycle race and the new Serial 1 Harley-Davidson models. Thank you for the help there, I appreciated it.

Harley-Davidson wins Tour de France

Introducing the new 2023 Harley-Davidson Serial1 SWITCH/MTN2023 Harley-Davidson Serial1 BASH/MTN2023 Harley-Davidson Serial1 RUSH/CTY SPEED2023 Harley-Davidson Serial1 RUSH/CTY STEP-THRU and 2023 Harley-Davidson Serial1 MOSH/CTY eBikes for 2023. In true Harley-Davidson accessory and gadget tradition the motto “Less is more” fits perfectly. Just 1050 units will be built with blistering speeds up to 28 mph and incredible 105 mile range (if you like to pedal a lot).

The future of eBikes is here and you can now get one from Harley-Davidson. Pedal on!

 

2023 Kawasaki Elektrode: KAWASAKI’S FIRST EVER eBIKE.

Introducing the 2023 Kawasaki Elektrode…

Kawasaki’s first-ever electric vehicle—the Elektrode balance bike—is the perfect introduction to motorcycling for young riders. Its light weight, low center of gravity and parent-selectable speed modes make provide plenty of peace of mind as kids make their first steps toward becoming riders. Plus it’s designed and built by Kawasaki especially for young riders, so you know that the Elektrode offers the build quality and reliability for which the Kawasaki brand is known.

A child’s first experience on two wheels is such a memorable time, not only for the child but for the parents as well. While standard bicycles are a common first step for a child learning to ride, few products exist to help bridge the gap to a small displacement motorcycle.

2022 Indian eFTR Hooligan: MOTO-INSPIRED AUTHENTIC eBIKE.

Introducing the 2022 Indian eFTR Hooligan…

Bringing adventurers, fun-seekers and motorcyclists together with the all-new eFTR Hooligan 1.2 electric bike – designed for recreational sport use or urban transportation.

Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, and SUPER73, the American lifestyle adventure brand specializing in electric bicycles, have partnered with the introduction of the eFTR® Hooligan 1.2. Launching with a limited first release, the eFTR Hooligan 1.2 combines a trusted electric powertrain from SUPER73 with moto-inspired styling from Indian Motorcycle.

 

Inspiration Friday #207: The Times They Are A-Changin'

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