BSA Motorcycles Relaunches in Great Britain

“Birmingham Small Arms Company Limited” is a historic brand in the United Kingdom that was founded in 1861. Multiple products have been developed by BSA since it’s inception, creating firearms for World War One & Two. BSA Company Limited manufactured motorcycles, busses, cars, and military vehicles for decades. Birmingham’s prominence throughout Great Britain & Northern Ireland allowed the corporation to define generations, while drastically assisting in the UKs industrial revolution.

BSA Company Limited is reviving “BSA Motorcycles”, with the brand declining throughout Great Britain after 100+ years in the 1970s. When Birmingham Small Arms Company had their motorcycles decline in sale volumes, prompting their brands acquisition from the “Norton Villers & Triumph Group”. Motorcycling technologies used by BSA in the 1970s were adopted to motorcycles under the Norton & Triumph branding, prompting a legendary company into an abrupt ending.

Ownership of the “Norton Villers & Triumph Group” is now sustained by Anand Mahindra, and Indian Billionaire. Acquisition of NVTG was sustained in 2016, when a prominent automotive & engineering manufacturer in Asia announced their purchase of BSA. The Mahindra Group has expanded brand-growth for BSA, Triumph, and Norton. Additional brands maintained by TMG include Jawa & Peugeot. The Mahindra Group has subsequently become the largest manufacturer of motorcycles worldwide. 

Facility Details

British civilians have reacted positively to this announcement, with Anand Mahindra confirming that BSA Motorcycles will relaunch in a new manufacturing facility in Birmingham. Core details were provided by the Mahindra Group, which included the revelation that manufacturing will begin in Spring 2021. Locals were informed that anywhere between 200 to 250 employment opportunities will be sustained at this facility, with the Mahindra Group maintain long-term plans for a second plant in Banbury.

Anticipated costs for vehicles built at the Birmingham facility range between £10,000.00 to £5,000.00. It should be clarified that BSA Motorcycles plans to sustain electric power-unit engines going forward. UK Parliament awarded the Mahindra Group a £4.6 Million Grant to start development of electric engines. Mahindra Group Representatives clarified that retaining the history of BSA motorcycles in the United Kingdom is drastically important for brand regrowth. Those sentiments aren’t incorrect.

Jawa Moto Sold Fifty Thousand Units in India During 2020

November 2020 had investors with Jawa Motorcycles thrilled at incredible growth. The “Classic Legends Lineup” had been exported from Czechoslovakia to India, Jawa Motorcycles primary market. Indian’s adopted Jawa into their mainstream vehicles since 1973, with popularity dwindling from 2000 to 2018. The Covid-19 pandemic prompted investors & executives with Jawa Motorcycles to anticipate lower sale volumes. Consideration of the financial fallout for standard Indian consumers wasn’t accounted into lowered quarterly expectations. Cars, SUVs, and Trucks have been sold at exponential rates to dealers across India.

Consumers have elected two-wheeled vehicles for cost savings measures during the pandemic. Subsequently, Jawa Motorcycles has sold 50+ thousand vehicles since November 2019. Sale volumes didn’t decline when the epidemic prompted international lockdowns, furloughed jobs, and fewer finances for the average consumers. Jawa Motorcycles also combatted numerous productions concerns during the Covid-19 pandemic & proved their brand still reputable since rebranding themselves in December 2018. 50+ thousand motorcycles sold is also their highest volume since the rebranding, which previous averages were sustaining 30+ thousand vehicles sold per year.

The Chief Executive Officer of Jawa Motorcycles – India Division, spoke on the unexpected increase in sale volumes. CEO Ashish Singh Joshi clarified that everyone employed at the Indian Division of Jawa is proud of achieving incredible sales in a short period. Most aren’t aware that the “Classic Legends Lineup” in Czechoslovakia became an entire brand for India. Jawa Motorcycles didn’t rebrand themselves with the same name, changing themselves over to “Classic Legends Motorcycles”. This rebranding proved favourable with overall sales & unparalleled growth compared to their previous namesake.

New Models, Continued Growth

CEO Ashish Singh Joshi believes that “Classic Legends Motorcycles” will continue to experience unparalleled growth from 2021 to 2022. Investors have been given new expectations for sale volumes with the upcoming fiscal year, with predictions suggestion 100+ motorcycles being sold to Indian consumers. New iterations of models seen throughout 2020 are releasing in-order to garner that additional growth. Consumers will be permitted to select between the 2021 CLM Perak, 2021 CLM Forty-Two, and 2021 CLM Jawa. Pre-orders for these vehicles are expected to become available between January & February for Indian consumers.

Marc Marquez Sidelined for Remainder of 2020 MotoGP Season

Repsol Honda & MotoGP confirmed that Marc Marquez wouldn’t make his formal return to racing on November 7th. It’d been speculated that the European Grand Prix would see Marquez return to his RC-213V, which would have meant Stefan Bradl being sidelined as the replacement driver. October 4th saw Repsol Honda confirm that Marquez won’t return, requiring additional time to heal injuries from earlier this season correctly. That period of healing isn’t known, with Repsol Honda not ruling out the possibility of Marc Marquez returning for Valencia or Portuguese Grand Prix.

Marc Marquez wasn’t given a chance to obtain the 7th championship in MotoGP during 2020. That’s because Marquez broke his right arm during the Jerez Grand Prix. The six-time champion would return during the Andalusian Grand Prix, only to suffer an additional injury after his initial operation wasn’t appropriately completed by healthcare personnel. It created further damage to Marquez’s right-arm, requiring a second operation. His healing time for the second operation was longer than expected, with Spanish media reporting in October that Marc Marquez needed a third operation. Repsol Honda would confirm that report false & now supporters have seen the six-time champion return to the MotoGP grid. His position, for now, is purely moral support for Repsol Honda.

Repsol Honda worked diligently towards refuting any claims that Marc Marquez wouldn’t return in 2020. It wouldn’t be until their replacement driver of Stefan Bradl informed Austrian media that he’d likely drive at the Valencia & Portuguese Grand Prix’s, that Repsol Honda was forced to confirm that Marquez is concentrating on healing beyond riding. Bradl would clarify that Repsol Honda notified him he’d be competing for the remainder of 2020s season. It’s expected that his premature announcement has evoked anger within the team, eliminating any opportunities of Stefan Bradl driving for Repsol Honda in future seasons.

Repsol Honda confirmed on October 4th that Stefan Bradly would compete at the European Grand Prix & first round of the Valencia Grand Prix. When questioned on Marquez’s confirmed return for the second round at Valencia & the Portuguese GP, Repsol Honda didn’t rule out the opportunity but wouldn’t make an official announcement. When accounting for the associated risk with driving for Marc Marquez in the final two races, it’s easy to understand why the six-time champion wouldn’t compete.

Polaris Q3 Profits Rise by 10%

Fiscal earnings for numerous companies have altered drastically during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Almost all corporations worldwide saw profits drop drastically when the epidemic became an international debacle. However, most would see margins enter positive percentages before Q3. One corporation that experiences this same fiscal year is Polaris, which confirmed that profit margins have begun increasing at slow percentages. This comes after Q2 2020 saw Polaris announce that sale volumes had dropped by 15%.

Polaris released their Q3 Report for investors on October 27th, which saw that margins had grown by 10% in 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. Nobody at Polaris has anticipated growth during the Pandemic. However, consumers requiring more involvement with the outdoors have selected their brand for new entertainment. It should be clarified that Polaris sells an influx of products under multiple brands. Products include motorcycles, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, boats, tents, clothing, and much more. Their available consumer brands comprise of:

  • Polaris Razor.
  • Polaris Ranger.
  • Polaris General.
  • Polaris Sportsman.
  • Polaris Snowmobiles
  • Polaris Timbersled
  • Polaris Ace.
  • Indian Motorcycles.
  • Victory Motorcycles.
  • Slingshot Motorcycles.

For our readers, they’re familiar with Indian Motorcycles & Victory Motorcycles. Reviewing the Q3 Report from Polaris shows that motorcycling products grew by 11% throughout 2020. Slingshot Motorcycles saw higher growth than Victory, with Indian Motorcycles having the most prominent growth. It should be noted that profits in the motorcycling category for the Q3 2020 Report account for the selling of Parts, Gear, Clothing, and Accessories.

The Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of Polaris Incorporated released a formal statement on the growth. CEO Scott Wine noted that thousands of employed personnel worked together to mitigate supplier disruptions, increase the quarterly profits, and sustain manufacturing during times when other manufacturing were closing shop.

CEO Scott Wine would reveal that the United States market saw a significant increase with Indian Motorcycles, reaching 40% growth compared to Q3 2020. Indian Motorcycles could become a competitive brand to Honda, Harley Davidson, Yamaha, and Ducati with their continued growth in America. This positive news has prompted Polaris Incorporated to inform investors that Q4 2020 will evoke higher profits & steady growth.

BMW Motorcycles Unveil the R18 Classic

Europeans & Americans that enjoy the tourer motorcycles have a returning model to consider for 2021. The R18 Classic has been announced by BMW, marking the largest tourer motorcycles developed by the German Automotive Manufacturer. Those considering the BMW R18 Classic will receive a nostalgic touring motorcycle, which echoes similarities associated with touring cruisers from after World War Two. Motorcyclists that select BMWs latest tourer will receive a prominent windscreen, saddlebags, passenger seat, large headlamps, and front-wheel reaching sixteen inches.

Historically speaking, BMW Motorcycles have been available to consumers for decades. Their main competitor for decades has been Honda Motorcycles, with the two competing for market share across the European Union & Asian Territories. It’d be BMW that gained excitement with consumers, with history likely repeating after introducing the R18 Classic. Motorcyclists supporting BMW have waited for a largescale cruiser that could sustain long rides throughout the European & Asian countryside’s.

Elements used with the BMW R5 have been imported into the BMW R18 Classic. Aesthetics & technological components have been included to increase performance capabilities with this largescale cruiser. BMW has selected a Boxer Engine with specialized technologies to enhance vibrations for purists.

Customization Support

Motorcyclists requiring more from BMW have customization options available with the R18 Classic. Customization was considered by engineers from early development, permitting the inclusion of a removable rear frame & demountable part system. BMW Engineers specifically designed the R18 Classic to ensure that brake and clutch hydraulic lines couldn’t be damaged while mechanics install new parts. Cable lines for the handlebars are adjustable to create higher & lower riding-style dependant on the motorcyclist.

BMW Engineers also considered the valve & belt covers, designing them in manners that permit avoidance of oil chambers. Subsequently, mechanics won’t be challenges when repairing belts on BMWs R18 Classic. What this means is that motorcyclists who want to upgrade their R18 Classic won’t be challenged with home or shop-based installations.

Motorcyclists considering the BMW R18 Classic have two options to select from, the Baseline & First Edition models. Selecting the baseline model will cost $19,495.00 in the United States of America. Choosing the First Edition model requires additional funds, with cost listed at $21,870.00. BMW isn’t issuing a release date for either model until March 2021.

2021 Lineup Announced by Zero Motorcycles

Zero Motorcycles pleased their customers & investors by announcing their lineup of two-wheeled vehicles for 2021. The Californian-established electric motorcycle manufacturer is providing consumers with a multitude of options, which focus on Off-Roading & Street riding. Two primary models are headlining the following options, making their 2021 lineup confusing for new customers entering the market. Those two models include the Zero SR/S & the Zero SR/F.

Multiple renovations in the electrical performance of the Zero Motorcycles have been implemented for 2021. The Zero SR/S & Zero SR/F have new downforce platforms, enabling the fastest speeds this manufacturer has seen since launching operations in 2017. Both models maintain 82KW Motors, allowing for speeds reaching 200km/h. This is possible through the “Zero Cypher III Operating System”, their latest electrical-output system for motorcycling.

September 27th marked the date when Zero Motorcycles released the SR/S. However, the Off-Roading SR/S wouldn’t be released until October 13th. The Zero SR/F didn’t arrive for consumer purchase until October 13th either. The odd date selection was chosen because both models maintain aerodynamic advantages 13% higher than 2020s models.

With the October 13th announcement came the revelation of two specialized packages are being offered to consumers in their purchase. This includes the Zero DRS Upgrade & Black Forest Package. Both increase the respective costs associated with the SR/S and SR/F by thousands. However, the riding capabilities received in-return are greater than ever expected.

  • The Zero DRS Upgrade: Consumers selecting the DRS Upgrade for their Zero SR/S & Zero SR/F will increase their cost-range to $11,000.00. What’s given in-return is a 14.4-kWh battery pack. This enables greater ranges at maximum speeds of 359km an hour. This is considerably faster than the standard models speed-range of 200km/h. Selecting this package adds $11,000.00 to the asking price of both models.
  • Black Forest Package Upgrade: Motorcyclists requiring an Off-Roading experience with their Zero SR/S or Zero SR/F are best suited for the Black Forest Package Upgrade. It’s manufactured identically to the DRS Upgrade, with additional enhancements surrounding ADV Riding. This creates better shock momentum when Off-Roading in rural areas. However, the extra cost to standard asking prices is extensive at $19,000.00.

The MotoBit Sentinel for Motorcyclists

Motorcyclists have wavered in their adoption of new technologies, believing that their vehicles don’t require enhancements. Few advancements have become supported by the community, with GPS Tracking being one of the few. The usage of diagnostic surveillance has caused older motorcyclists in the community to refuse to adopt new technologies. However, young riders have understood that diagnostics are needed to improve GPS Tracking. For those wanting to avoid GPS Tracking on their motorcycles can purchase the “MotoBit Sentinel”. It’s a wearable device that continues to break records in providing motorcycles with hazard warnings, road conditions, and speed traps.

Two motorcyclist enthusiast was the lifeblood behind the Austria-established MotoBit Company, which first developed the Sentinel Smartwatch in 2018. It requires the usage of Bluetooth Connectivity for communication with the MotoBit Sentinel application, which is available on Android & Apple handsets. Consumers that purchase the MotoBit Sentinel can obtain haptic feedback from their pocket, wrist, belt, or handlebars.

Why Should You Buy?

The haptic feedback permits unique features like alerting riders when group members haven potentially crashed or are losing notable speed. However, that’s allowed exclusively with fellow riders also have a MotoBit Sentinel Smartwatch.

Suggestions are provided to riders through the monitorization of location data, with the Sentinel detailing safer & faster routes. Tracking algorithms are based on the rider’s permissions, which then extends towards their riding capabilities & the local speed limit. Combating these three factors allows the MotoBit Sentinel to recommend motorcyclists the correct speeds, enabling for camera zones & speed traps to become avoided.

There’s also an emergency services feature with MotoBit Sentinel. Motorcyclists can select an emergency dispatcher & nominated contact to their smartwatch, and then send alerts to those respective individuals whenever a crash is sustained. That’s possible by the Sentinel supporting G-Force Sensors. It should be noted that for dedicated riders unconcerned with crashing & still wanting to reach high speeds, can eliminate this feature with an override option.

Most don’t know the MotoBit Company & their Sentinel smartphone. However, it’s become well-known amongst the community for maintaining incredible tracking technologies with encryption-level security. For riders that were concerned about data being stolen or tracked for secretive reasons, the benefit of encryption-level security eliminates those concerns.

Honda Motorcycles Reveals CB650R & CB500x Models

Competition has become severe for “Royal Enfield Motorcycles”, with Honda revitalizing the CB Series. Various models released under the CB Series were meant to compete against Royal Enfield during the 1960s & 1970s directly. When the REM brand became less prominent throughout the following decades, it didn’t take long for both Hondas & REMs respective models to become desirable classics. When announced that Royal Enfield Motorcycles had made a prominent return to the European & American marketspaces, Honda didn’t hesitate to report their competing lineup. The Honda CB650R & Honda CB500x have been confirmed, focusing on the nostalgia factor from the 60s to 70s.

Honda Motorcycles hasn’t shied away from the fact they’re going after Royal Enfield, working diligently to acquire their customers & eliminate what market share that REM has received. This won’t be challenging for Honda to accomplish with the CB650R & CB500x, which support larger power outputs than the Royal Enfield. It was initially expected from rumours that Honda was designing their updated CB Series after the “Rebel 300” or “Bullet 350”. Consumers interested in Honda’s latest motorcycles were pleased to learn that a fresh perspective has been taken with the CB650R & CB500x.

This means that new components, structural frames, power engine units, and much more. The approach to design & speed is entirely different when comparing the 1960s to 70s CB Series. This lineup saw a classic design with low power units. Honda has determined that powerful engines & conservative aesthetics are required for their latest motorcycles. Customers familiar with the CB Series couldn’t have asked for a better recreation, which will be drastically concerning for Royal Enfield. Evolution on design to performance is evident with the CB650R & CB500x, while REM took a more straightforward approach that has seen minor criticism from dedicated supporters of their brand.

Cost & Profit

It’s this factor that could enable Honda Motorcycles to overtake Royal Enfield in market share across the United Kingdom, European Union, and the United States. Those considering purchasing the Honda CB650R will require $10,000.00 after taxes to obtain this motorcycle. The Honda CB500x is priced lower than at $8,000.00 after taxes. With the minimal cost, it’s expected that Honda Motorcycles will earn 30% profit or lower on each sale.

Valentino Rossi Signs with Petronas Yamaha MotoGP

Italian supporters of MotoGP didn’t want to see their champion driver depart from the sport, with rumours suggesting that Valentino Rossi could retire at his older age. The 41-Year-Old confirmed on September 26th that he’s signed with Petronas Yamaha MotoGP. His newly formed contract will sustain one year, meaning that Valentino Rossi’s retirement isn’t likely to come until the 2021 MotoGP Campaign has finished.

What shocked the MotoGP community with this contract signing is that Yamaha is providing Valentino Rossi with a full-factory motorcycle, which has never been done before with a satellite team. It shows the dedication & trust that Yamaha has over Valentino Rossi, their greatest racer to date.

When questioned on the signing agreement, Valentino Rossi indicated that he’d thought extensively about continuing in MotoGP before putting pen to paper. Rossi pointed out that to dominate in MotoGP, it requires daily training & a dedicated athlete’s lifestyle. Valentino believes he can sustain this lifestyle for another year. However, at nearly 42 Years of Age, his time for retirement is coming shortly & Valentino can’t ignore the ageing facts.

Yamaha Factory Team has disposed of Rossi onto their secondary outfit, selecting Fabio Quartararo for 1st seat placement. This means that Quartararo and Rossi are switching direct seats, with Fabio competing alongside Maverick Vinales. This will give Quartararo plenty of challenges throughout the 2021 MotoGP Campaign, and either driver could live-up to the Rossie Legacy.

The Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing, Lin Jarvis, clarified that their delighted Valentino Rossi is continuing to compete in MotoGP. Yamaha’s Managing Director emphasized that supporters of the motorsport will feel similarly and that it marks the end of an iconic era. Rossi competed with Factory Yamaha Team for fifteen seasons, with his career sustaining twenty-five seasons. 2021 will celebrate his 26th & likely final. It’ll mark the longest MotoGP driver in history.

Statements from Lin Jarvis clarified that they’d guaranteed Valentino Rossi a Factory YZR-M1 if he’d move to the satellite team. It was also promised that he’d be given full support & always remain part of the Factory Yamaha Team.

Moto2 Rider Contracts COVID-19

International sports were gridlocked for months when the COVID-19 epidemic was declared a pandemic, affecting all nations worldwide. After numerous delegations with world government & sporting organizers, international sports have resumed their standard operations. This applies towards Formula One, MotoGP, Moto2, and Moto3. Few drivers in these respective motorsports have been infected with the coronavirus.

Formula One has experienced one infection with Sergio Perez from Racing Point. For a prolonged period, none of the Moto Series had seen positive COVID-19 tests. That was until September 16th. It’s been revealed that Jorge Martin from the Red Bull KTM Moto2 Team has contracted the coronavirus. Receiving the positive test has placed Jorge Martin into immediate isolation for two-weeks, with all KTM teammates that had contact with the Moto2 driver being tested.

It’s suspected that Jorge Martin contracted COVID-19 from a cameraman at the Czech Grand Prix. Medical experts interviewed the cameraman, who’d reveal that he’d been filming inside the Red Bull KTM garage before learning of his infection. This cameraman proved that he was wearing the required gear and that Jorge Martin had walked closer than two metres in his vicinity. It’s an incident that requires no punishment to either Jorge Martin or the unnamed cameraman. Merely a series of unfortunate events.

It should be mentioned that a multitude of COVID-19 Safety Measures is engaged with MotoGP, Moto2, and Moto3. Medical experts have guaranteed that in-place protocols can’t guarantee the protection of employed personnel & athletes. Investigations into Jorge Martins contraction revealed that the cameraman obeyed his restricted access, wore the required protective gear, and didn’t break his social bubble.

Championship Loss for Martin

Jorge Martin wasn’t the exclusive individual to contract COVID-19 at the Czech Grand Prix. An engineer mechanic working for an unnamed team tested positive for the coronavirus. Jorge Martin and the unknown mechanic, both Asymptomatic. This means that Jorge will make a full recovery without two weeks but will lose an influx of championship points. It isn’t very reassuring for the KTM Moto2 Driver, who is a notable contender to win the 2020 championship. He’s eight points behind Luca Marini, the championship leader. That’s expected to jump by twenty to thirty points.

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