2018 Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black | First Ride Review

2018 Triumph Bobber Black
Our first ride on the new Bobber Black was cut short by heavy winds and rain, but eventually the sun returned and we took advantage, flogging the bikes up (and down) the famous Ronda Road in southern Spain. Photos by Kingdom Creative.

The 2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber was one of the most highly anticipated new models to be released last year, an instant hit that quickly became the fastest selling new model in the company’s 115-year history. True to its Bonneville roots, it’s a prototypical bobber, with a solo tractor seat floating above a rear shock hidden within its hardtail-look frame, a small gas tank best suited to bombing around town, a big 19-inch front wheel (wire spoked, of course) and “bobbed” fenders.

2018 Triumph Bobber Black
The Bobber Black looks good from just about any angle. Thoughtful touches like the central seam on the fenders and the “hoop” around the rear fender add to its authentic look.

Jenny’s Gear
Helmet: Bell Star MIPS-Equipped
Jacket: Furygan Legend Lady
Pants: Bolid’ster Jeny’ster
Boots: Rev’It Royale H20

It made a great first impression on me when I first rode it back in December 2016 (read the First Ride Review here), despite several weaknesses (wimpy brakes, a pogo stick fork and that small gas tank). It’s so smooth and powerful—a complete package—that I was forced into calling a draw when it came down to choosing between the Triumph and the Indian Scout Bobber in a recent bobber comparo. (Read the comparison test here.) If I’d had this new Bobber Black version, however…well, who knows.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black
The Bobber Black is a darker, more muscular version of the classically styled standard Bobber.

The Black is easily differentiated from its more gentlemanly twin by its smaller 16-inch front wheel (the standard Bobber’s is a 19-inch), fat front tire, dual front brake discs and black-on-black color scheme. A closer look will also reveal a chunkier 47mm (compared to 41mm) front fork, standard one-button cruise control and an LED headlight with daytime running light (DRL).

2018 Triumph Bobber Black
The instrument display tilts to adjust for different riding positions (the seat is movable fore and aft). LCD display includes info like fuel economy, traction control and riding mode settings, fuel level, gear indicator, time, and odometer and trip meters.

It shares everything else with its brother, including the hardtail-look frame hiding a KYB preload-adjustable shock with 3 inches of travel, a still too-small 2.4-gallon gas tank, a 59.4-inch wheelbase and a 27.2-inch seat height. There’s also the host of rider aids like two riding modes (Road and Rain, both with full power but different throttle maps), ABS, switchable traction control and an easy-pull assist clutch. These are complemented by a stylish single-dial analog speedometer and multifunction LCD display, and of course the smooth, powerful, liquid-cooled, 1,200cc high-output parallel twin that doled out 74.4 horsepower and 73.4 lb-ft of torque on the Jett Tuning dyno.

2018 Triumph Bobber Black
The trick new LED headlight includes an LED daytime running light (DRL).

With such an excellent engine and a 6-speed transmission that snicks positively into each gear, the Bobber would benefit from some performance enhancements, and that’s where the Black comes in. Replacing the Bobber’s 41mm KYB fork is a beefy 47mm Showa cartridge-style fork, and on our short test ride the difference was noticeable. While it has the same 3.5 inches of travel, its plush, responsive character is better suited to a sporty pace, especially when things get a bit bumpy.

2018 Triumph Bobber Black
The 16-inch front wheel makes the Bobber Black quicker to turn in than the original Bobber, despite its fat front tire.

Turn in is quicker too, thanks to the 16-inch front wheel. If you read my bobber comparison test review, you saw that one of my nitpicks on the Triumph is its slowish steering. While stable in smooth corners, the original Bobber takes a bit of effort to maneuver, especially at low speeds. I wasn’t sure if the fat 130/90 front tire (the original wears a skinny 100/90) would offset any gains, but it turns out I needn’t have worried; the Black is more flickable at higher speeds and easier to handle at low speeds, while seeming to sacrifice little in the way of stability. Plus it looks cool.

2018 Triumph Bobber Black
Brakes received a much-needed upgrade, with dual discs now squeezed by Brembo calipers. I would upgrade to sintered brake pads if the Black was mine, as I prefer more bite, but the new stoppers work much better than before.

My biggest gripe on the original Bobber, however, is with its brakes. In short, they aren’t strong enough and they provide little feedback. So imagine my relief when we learned the new Bobber Black would be fitted with dual 310mm front discs instead of one, and the 2-piston calipers are up-spec Brembo units that replace the original’s Nissins. Riding hard on twisty mountain roads, braking response was markedly improved, the new dual discs hauling on the Black’s reins and making it easier to keep the chassis loaded through multiple S-curves. I would still prefer more bite and better feel, but after speaking with one of the Triumph employees who owns an original Bobber, he suggested simply upgrading to fully sintered pads.

2018 Triumph Bobber Black
The fork and brake upgrades are significant enough that, in my opinion, Triumph should put both on the original Bobber as well, making the Black essentially a cosmetic, blacked-out, fat tire version.

All of the Bobber Black’s other differences are mostly cosmetic, including a trick new LED headlight with DRL and the obvious blacked-out treatment (you can choose between two different versions of black: glossy Jet Black or Matte Jet Black). The exception is newly standard cruise control, which is easily operated by a single button on the left switchgear. Heated grips are still a dealer-installed option.

2018 Triumph Bobber Black
The Black’s looks will likely appeal more to Americans than the original, and its performance is sure to please.

I could still complain about the small, 2.4-gallon gas tank, which limits the fun to around 114 miles (as tested). But although soft saddlebags are available as Triumph genuine accessories, if you’re in the market for a touring or road trip machine it would be best to look elsewhere. The Bobber and its Black twin were built to cruise around town—and in the right hands the Black will surprise some sport riders in the canyons.

The heavier front tire and fork, plus enhancements like the second brake disc, have resulted in what Triumph says is a 21-pound weight gain, but I can honestly say I didn’t notice it. Perhaps that would change if I were to ride the original and the Black back-to-back, but it’s a testament to the Black’s upgrades that it feels lighter on its feet than the original Bobber.

Thanks to rain and heavy winds that surprised the Costa del Sol (“Sun Coast”) on our sole riding day at the launch in Marbella, Spain, my first ride was all too short—only about 4 hours including photo and coffee stops. Or maybe Triumph has somehow figured out how to bend the weather to its will, because after my brief taste I’m only left wanting more.

Triumph says we can expect to see the Bobber Black in dealerships starting in February 2018, with a base price of $13,150 (Jet Black; Matte Jet Black carries a $250 upcharge).

2018 Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black.
2018 Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black Specs

Base Price: $13,150 (Jet Black)
Price as Tested: $13,400 (Matte Jet Black)
Warranty: 2 yrs., unltd. miles
Website: triumphmotorcycles.com

Engine

Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse parallel twin
Displacement: 1,200cc
Bore x Stroke: 97.6 x 80.0mm
Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
Valve Train: OHV, 4 valves per cyl.
Valve Insp. Interval: 12,000 miles
Fuel Delivery: Multipoint sequential EFI w/ 44mm throttle bodies x 2
Lubrication System: Wet sump, 4.0-qt. cap.
Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated assist wet clutch
Final Drive: Chain

Electrical

Ignition: Electronic
Charging Output: 558 watts max.
Battery: 12V 10AH

Chassis

Frame: Tubular-steel cradle & tubular-steel swingarm
Wheelbase: 59.4 in.
Rake/Trail: 25.8 degrees/3.5 in.
Seat Height: 27.2 in.
Suspension, Front: 47mm cartridge-style Showa fork, no adj., 3.5-in. travel
Rear: Single shock, adj. for spring preload, 3.0-in. travel
Brakes, Front: Dual 310mm discs w/ 2-piston Brembo floating calipers & ABS
Rear: Single 255mm disc w/ 1-piston floating caliper & ABS
Wheels, Front: Spoked, 2.50 x 16 in.
Rear: Spoked, 3.50 x 16 in.
Tires, Front: 130/90-B16
Rear: 150/80-R16
Dry Weight (claimed): 524 lbs.

Performance

Fuel Capacity: 2.4 gals., last 0.5 gal. warning light on
MPG: 87 PON min. (avg) 47.5
Estimated Range: 114 miles
Indicated RPM at 60 MPH: 2,500

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2018 Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black | First Ride Review

2018 Triumph Bobber Black
Our first ride on the new Bobber Black was cut short by heavy winds and rain, but eventually the sun returned and we took advantage, flogging the bikes up (and down) the famous Ronda Road in southern Spain. Photos by Kingdom Creative.

The 2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber was one of the most highly anticipated new models to be released last year, an instant hit that quickly became the fastest selling new model in the company’s 115-year history. True to its Bonneville roots, it’s a prototypical bobber, with a solo tractor seat floating above a rear shock hidden within its hardtail-look frame, a small gas tank best suited to bombing around town, a big 19-inch front wheel (wire spoked, of course) and “bobbed” fenders.

2018 Triumph Bobber Black
The Bobber Black looks good from just about any angle. Thoughtful touches like the central seam on the fenders and the “hoop” around the rear fender add to its authentic look.

Jenny’s Gear
Helmet: Bell Star MIPS-Equipped
Jacket: Furygan Legend Lady
Pants: Bolid’ster Jeny’ster
Boots: Rev’It Royale H20

It made a great first impression on me when I first rode it back in December 2016 (read the First Ride Review here), despite several weaknesses (wimpy brakes, a pogo stick fork and that small gas tank). It’s so smooth and powerful—a complete package—that I was forced into calling a draw when it came down to choosing between the Triumph and the Indian Scout Bobber in a recent bobber comparo. (Read the comparison test here.) If I’d had this new Bobber Black version, however…well, who knows.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black
The Bobber Black is a darker, more muscular version of the classically styled standard Bobber.

The Black is easily differentiated from its more gentlemanly twin by its smaller 16-inch front wheel (the standard Bobber’s is a 19-inch), fat front tire, dual front brake discs and black-on-black color scheme. A closer look will also reveal a chunkier 47mm (compared to 41mm) front fork, standard one-button cruise control and an LED headlight with daytime running light (DRL).

2018 Triumph Bobber Black
The instrument display tilts to adjust for different riding positions (the seat is movable fore and aft). LCD display includes info like fuel economy, traction control and riding mode settings, fuel level, gear indicator, time, and odometer and trip meters.

It shares everything else with its brother, including the hardtail-look frame hiding a KYB preload-adjustable shock with 3 inches of travel, a still too-small 2.4-gallon gas tank, a 59.4-inch wheelbase and a 27.2-inch seat height. There’s also the host of rider aids like two riding modes (Road and Rain, both with full power but different throttle maps), ABS, switchable traction control and an easy-pull assist clutch. These are complemented by a stylish single-dial analog speedometer and multifunction LCD display, and of course the smooth, powerful, liquid-cooled, 1,200cc high-output parallel twin that doled out 74.4 horsepower and 73.4 lb-ft of torque on the Jett Tuning dyno.

2018 Triumph Bobber Black
The trick new LED headlight includes an LED daytime running light (DRL).

With such an excellent engine and a 6-speed transmission that snicks positively into each gear, the Bobber would benefit from some performance enhancements, and that’s where the Black comes in. Replacing the Bobber’s 41mm KYB fork is a beefy 47mm Showa cartridge-style fork, and on our short test ride the difference was noticeable. While it has the same 3.5 inches of travel, its plush, responsive character is better suited to a sporty pace, especially when things get a bit bumpy.

2018 Triumph Bobber Black
The 16-inch front wheel makes the Bobber Black quicker to turn in than the original Bobber, despite its fat front tire.

Turn in is quicker too, thanks to the 16-inch front wheel. If you read my bobber comparison test review, you saw that one of my nitpicks on the Triumph is its slowish steering. While stable in smooth corners, the original Bobber takes a bit of effort to maneuver, especially at low speeds. I wasn’t sure if the fat 130/90 front tire (the original wears a skinny 100/90) would offset any gains, but it turns out I needn’t have worried; the Black is more flickable at higher speeds and easier to handle at low speeds, while seeming to sacrifice little in the way of stability. Plus it looks cool.

2018 Triumph Bobber Black
Brakes received a much-needed upgrade, with dual discs now squeezed by Brembo calipers. I would upgrade to sintered brake pads if the Black was mine, as I prefer more bite, but the new stoppers work much better than before.

My biggest gripe on the original Bobber, however, is with its brakes. In short, they aren’t strong enough and they provide little feedback. So imagine my relief when we learned the new Bobber Black would be fitted with dual 310mm front discs instead of one, and the 2-piston calipers are up-spec Brembo units that replace the original’s Nissins. Riding hard on twisty mountain roads, braking response was markedly improved, the new dual discs hauling on the Black’s reins and making it easier to keep the chassis loaded through multiple S-curves. I would still prefer more bite and better feel, but after speaking with one of the Triumph employees who owns an original Bobber, he suggested simply upgrading to fully sintered pads.

2018 Triumph Bobber Black
The fork and brake upgrades are significant enough that, in my opinion, Triumph should put both on the original Bobber as well, making the Black essentially a cosmetic, blacked-out, fat tire version.

All of the Bobber Black’s other differences are mostly cosmetic, including a trick new LED headlight with DRL and the obvious blacked-out treatment (you can choose between two different versions of black: glossy Jet Black or Matte Jet Black). The exception is newly standard cruise control, which is easily operated by a single button on the left switchgear. Heated grips are still a dealer-installed option.

2018 Triumph Bobber Black
The Black’s looks will likely appeal more to Americans than the original, and its performance is sure to please.

I could still complain about the small, 2.4-gallon gas tank, which limits the fun to around 114 miles (as tested). But although soft saddlebags are available as Triumph genuine accessories, if you’re in the market for a touring or road trip machine it would be best to look elsewhere. The Bobber and its Black twin were built to cruise around town—and in the right hands the Black will surprise some sport riders in the canyons.

The heavier front tire and fork, plus enhancements like the second brake disc, have resulted in what Triumph says is a 21-pound weight gain, but I can honestly say I didn’t notice it. Perhaps that would change if I were to ride the original and the Black back-to-back, but it’s a testament to the Black’s upgrades that it feels lighter on its feet than the original Bobber.

Thanks to rain and heavy winds that surprised the Costa del Sol (“Sun Coast”) on our sole riding day at the launch in Marbella, Spain, my first ride was all too short—only about 4 hours including photo and coffee stops. Or maybe Triumph has somehow figured out how to bend the weather to its will, because after my brief taste I’m only left wanting more.

Triumph says we can expect to see the Bobber Black in dealerships starting in February 2018, with a base price of $13,150 (Jet Black; Matte Jet Black carries a $250 upcharge).

2018 Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black.
2018 Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black.

2018 Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black Specs

Base Price: $13,150 (Jet Black)
Price as Tested: $13,400 (Matte Jet Black)
Warranty: 2 yrs., unltd. miles
Website: triumphmotorcycles.com

Engine

Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse parallel twin
Displacement: 1,200cc
Bore x Stroke: 97.6 x 80.0mm
Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
Valve Train: OHV, 4 valves per cyl.
Valve Insp. Interval: 12,000 miles
Fuel Delivery: Multipoint sequential EFI w/ 44mm throttle bodies x 2
Lubrication System: Wet sump, 4.0-qt. cap.
Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated assist wet clutch
Final Drive: Chain

Electrical

Ignition: Electronic
Charging Output: 558 watts max.
Battery: 12V 10AH

Chassis

Frame: Tubular-steel cradle & tubular-steel swingarm
Wheelbase: 59.4 in.
Rake/Trail: 25.8 degrees/3.5 in.
Seat Height: 27.2 in.
Suspension, Front: 47mm cartridge-style Showa fork, no adj., 3.5-in. travel
Rear: Single shock, adj. for spring preload, 3.0-in. travel
Brakes, Front: Dual 310mm discs w/ 2-piston Brembo floating calipers & ABS
Rear: Single 255mm disc w/ 1-piston floating caliper & ABS
Wheels, Front: Spoked, 2.50 x 16 in.
Rear: Spoked, 3.50 x 16 in.
Tires, Front: 130/90-B16
Rear: 150/80-R16
Dry Weight (claimed): 524 lbs.

Performance

Fuel Capacity: 2.4 gals., last 0.5 gal. warning light on
MPG: 87 PON min. (avg) 47.5
Estimated Range: 114 miles
Indicated RPM at 60 MPH: 2,500

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Superprestigio Flat Track To Stream On FansChoice.TV

This Saturday, December 16, U.S. fans who want to watch the Superprestigio flat track race in Barcelona, Spain, can stream it live via FansChoice.tv.

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – December 13, 2017 – MotoAmerica fans wanting to see how MotoAmerica Motul Superbike Champion Toni Elias and 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport Champion JD Beach fare against the best international flat trackers in the Superprestigio flat track in Barcelona, Spain, on December 16, can watch the event via live streaming on FansChoice.tv.

The racing begins with a riders’ presentation at 12 p.m. ET (9 a.m. PT), with heat races beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET (9:30 a.m. PT), last chance qualifiers beginning at 1:20 p.m. ET (10:20 a.m. PT), and the first of three final events (in three different classes) beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT). Please note that the Superprestigio live stream is only available to viewers in the U.S.

Coverage can be seen Here, and more information about the 2017 Superprestigio is available at http://ift.tt/1yMx2DP.

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Smart Vehicle Diagnostics OBD Wireless Tool for Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

Using the Smart Vehicle Diagnostics’ Motorscan smartphone On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) wireless tool for Harley-Davidson , a bike owner can read trouble codes and conditions with detailed descriptions, clear the check engine light, access various bike systems, from the electronic control unit (ECU) to the dashboard, see live data parameters, look up the VIN number, view virtual gauges, and more.

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LINDENHURST, NY – December 14, 2017 – Smart Vehicle Diagnostics LLC, a creator of unique diagnostic tools for automobiles, trucks and powersports vehicles, today announced its product’s selection for the 2017 Hot 100 Parts and Accessories list by American Motorcycle Dealer (AMD) magazine. AMD magazine is one of the leading trade journals in the motorcycle industry that addresses Harley-Davidson dealers and professionals in North America and Europe. Every year, it selects the most innovative and outstanding products for inclusion in its “AMD HOT 100 Parts & Accessories” list. Smart Vehicle Diagnostics’ Motorscan® smartphone On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) wireless tool for Harley-Davidson motorcycles has entered this prestigious list in 2017.

“Every year AMD Magazine features hundreds of product news items, from vendors all around the world,” according to Robin Bradley, editor-in-chief at AMD. “Most of them newly available to the V-twin market, or updates of existing designs. Our ‘AMD Hot 100’ program is designed to recognize and highlight selected items – those that we think are likely to be among the best, most interesting and most innovative of the year.”

“We are honored that our new product was named to the ‘Hot 100’ list by one of the industry’s most authoritative publications,” said Alex Leonov, Managing Partner at Smart Vehicle Diagnostics LLC. “We created the world’s first compact OBD diagnostic tool for motorcycles, so that bike riders could take advantage of OBD diagnostic technology and monitor their bike’s health on demand. Car drivers have been enjoying this technology for years, so why not have a similar device for motorcycles? The challenge is that, unlike cars, almost every motorcycle manufacturer uses a different OBD connector and has its own proprietary data protocol. We started with the most popular brand in the US, Harley-Davidson, and invented a tiny OBD device with a patent-pending design guaranteed to fit. It can be left on a bike while riding, and all real-time data is accessible via a smartphone app.”

Alex Leonov added: “The tool is a real win-win for both Harley owners and dealers. If I’m on the road, far from the dealership I usually go to, and the Check Engine light comes on, I’ll get the diagnostic report and email it to my mechanic at the dealership. If the issue is serious, I may have to go to a place nearby to take care of it, but with this tool I will avoid being taken advantage of and upsold on repairs I don’t need. Motorscan not only saves money for bike owners, it’s a great tool for dealers to stay connected to their customers and build long-term relationships.”

The Motorscan Bluetooth® adapter plugs into a motorcycle’s diagnostic port and can remain attached indefinitely. Using the Motorscan app, a bike owner can read trouble codes and conditions with detailed descriptions, clear the check engine light, access various bike systems, from the electronic control unit (ECU) to the dashboard, see live data parameters, look up the VIN number, view virtual gauges, and more. Bike owners can easily save diagnostic reports and email them to any mechanic with a touch of a button. Motorscan doesn’t interfere with system performance and can be used on multiple motorcycles.

There are two types of adapters available. The MSDKHD4 4-pin adapter is compatible with older models with Delphi engine control units and 4-pin J1850 OBD connectors. The MSDKHD6 6-pin adapter works with most of the newer CAN-Bus Harley-Davidson bikes with 6-pin OBD connectors. The tool covers most Harley-Davidson models from 2001 and up. You can check a motorcycle’s compatibility at http://ift.tt/2nbZi7u. The Motorscan smartphone app is available for Android or iOS devices. Motorscan smartphone diagnostics adapters for Harley-Davidson motorcycles are available at http://ift.tt/2nbZi7u for $199.99 each with free shipping.

NOTE: The trademarks used herein are the registered trademarks of their respective owners.

About Smart Vehicle Diagnostics LLC

Smart Vehicle Diagnostics LLC is a creator, developer and distributor of unique diagnostic tools and equipment for automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs and other powersports vehicles, adding value for bike owners and service providers with innovative hardware and software. Our cutting edge tools help end-users gain a competitive advantage with faster, more cost effective and enhanced diagnostic abilities, while servicing a greater range of vehicles.

About American Motorcycle Dealer Magazine

AMD Magazine is produced by a small, specialist and highly experienced team – it is a classic B2B trade journal, but with all of the modern service enhancements that contemporary technology permits. Founded in 1993, AMD is still the leading (indeed only!) industry magazine dedicated to the international Harley-Davidson® aftermarket and custom v-twin parts, accessory and performance industry.

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Smart Vehicle Diagnostics OBD Wireless Tool for Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

Using the Smart Vehicle Diagnostics’ Motorscan smartphone On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) wireless tool for Harley-Davidson , a bike owner can read trouble codes and conditions with detailed descriptions, clear the check engine light, access various bike systems, from the electronic control unit (ECU) to the dashboard, see live data parameters, look up the VIN number, view virtual gauges, and more.

Begin Press Release:


LINDENHURST, NY – December 14, 2017 – Smart Vehicle Diagnostics LLC, a creator of unique diagnostic tools for automobiles, trucks and powersports vehicles, today announced its product’s selection for the 2017 Hot 100 Parts and Accessories list by American Motorcycle Dealer (AMD) magazine. AMD magazine is one of the leading trade journals in the motorcycle industry that addresses Harley-Davidson dealers and professionals in North America and Europe. Every year, it selects the most innovative and outstanding products for inclusion in its “AMD HOT 100 Parts & Accessories” list. Smart Vehicle Diagnostics’ Motorscan® smartphone On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) wireless tool for Harley-Davidson motorcycles has entered this prestigious list in 2017.

“Every year AMD Magazine features hundreds of product news items, from vendors all around the world,” according to Robin Bradley, editor-in-chief at AMD. “Most of them newly available to the V-twin market, or updates of existing designs. Our ‘AMD Hot 100’ program is designed to recognize and highlight selected items – those that we think are likely to be among the best, most interesting and most innovative of the year.”

“We are honored that our new product was named to the ‘Hot 100’ list by one of the industry’s most authoritative publications,” said Alex Leonov, Managing Partner at Smart Vehicle Diagnostics LLC. “We created the world’s first compact OBD diagnostic tool for motorcycles, so that bike riders could take advantage of OBD diagnostic technology and monitor their bike’s health on demand. Car drivers have been enjoying this technology for years, so why not have a similar device for motorcycles? The challenge is that, unlike cars, almost every motorcycle manufacturer uses a different OBD connector and has its own proprietary data protocol. We started with the most popular brand in the US, Harley-Davidson, and invented a tiny OBD device with a patent-pending design guaranteed to fit. It can be left on a bike while riding, and all real-time data is accessible via a smartphone app.”

Alex Leonov added: “The tool is a real win-win for both Harley owners and dealers. If I’m on the road, far from the dealership I usually go to, and the Check Engine light comes on, I’ll get the diagnostic report and email it to my mechanic at the dealership. If the issue is serious, I may have to go to a place nearby to take care of it, but with this tool I will avoid being taken advantage of and upsold on repairs I don’t need. Motorscan not only saves money for bike owners, it’s a great tool for dealers to stay connected to their customers and build long-term relationships.”

The Motorscan Bluetooth® adapter plugs into a motorcycle’s diagnostic port and can remain attached indefinitely. Using the Motorscan app, a bike owner can read trouble codes and conditions with detailed descriptions, clear the check engine light, access various bike systems, from the electronic control unit (ECU) to the dashboard, see live data parameters, look up the VIN number, view virtual gauges, and more. Bike owners can easily save diagnostic reports and email them to any mechanic with a touch of a button. Motorscan doesn’t interfere with system performance and can be used on multiple motorcycles.

There are two types of adapters available. The MSDKHD4 4-pin adapter is compatible with older models with Delphi engine control units and 4-pin J1850 OBD connectors. The MSDKHD6 6-pin adapter works with most of the newer CAN-Bus Harley-Davidson bikes with 6-pin OBD connectors. The tool covers most Harley-Davidson models from 2001 and up. You can check a motorcycle’s compatibility at http://ift.tt/2nbZi7u. The Motorscan smartphone app is available for Android or iOS devices. Motorscan smartphone diagnostics adapters for Harley-Davidson motorcycles are available at http://ift.tt/2nbZi7u for $199.99 each with free shipping.

NOTE: The trademarks used herein are the registered trademarks of their respective owners.

About Smart Vehicle Diagnostics LLC

Smart Vehicle Diagnostics LLC is a creator, developer and distributor of unique diagnostic tools and equipment for automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs and other powersports vehicles, adding value for bike owners and service providers with innovative hardware and software. Our cutting edge tools help end-users gain a competitive advantage with faster, more cost effective and enhanced diagnostic abilities, while servicing a greater range of vehicles.

About American Motorcycle Dealer Magazine

AMD Magazine is produced by a small, specialist and highly experienced team – it is a classic B2B trade journal, but with all of the modern service enhancements that contemporary technology permits. Founded in 1993, AMD is still the leading (indeed only!) industry magazine dedicated to the international Harley-Davidson® aftermarket and custom v-twin parts, accessory and performance industry.

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Yamaha bLU cRU Step into the VictorYZone

The Yamaha bLU cRU program is a platform to support the next generation of young riding talent in both road and off-road racing. The platform creates a professional environment that is used to encourage, nurture and build tomorrow’s racing stars through the guidance and unparalleled experience of the Yamaha Racing world.

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December 14, 2017 – Now everyone can join the bLUcRU, with Yamaha’s strong history of superior performance and durability that rewards your hard work and dedication—helping you become one with your machine and putting you on top of the podium. Step into the victorYZone this coming February.

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Yamaha bLU cRU Step into the VictorYZone

The Yamaha bLU cRU program is a platform to support the next generation of young riding talent in both road and off-road racing. The platform creates a professional environment that is used to encourage, nurture and build tomorrow’s racing stars through the guidance and unparalleled experience of the Yamaha Racing world.

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December 14, 2017 – Now everyone can join the bLUcRU, with Yamaha’s strong history of superior performance and durability that rewards your hard work and dedication—helping you become one with your machine and putting you on top of the podium. Step into the victorYZone this coming February.

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Yamaha bLU cRU Step into the VictorYZone

The Yamaha bLU cRU program is a platform to support the next generation of young riding talent in both road and off-road racing. The platform creates a professional environment that is used to encourage, nurture and build tomorrow’s racing stars through the guidance and unparalleled experience of the Yamaha Racing world.

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December 14, 2017 – Now everyone can join the bLUcRU, with Yamaha’s strong history of superior performance and durability that rewards your hard work and dedication—helping you become one with your machine and putting you on top of the podium. Step into the victorYZone this coming February.

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Outsiders Motorcycles T100 ‘All Oud’

We met Bert Jan Blok & Jene Bons, founders of Outsiders Motorcycle, a couple of years ago at our first Paris show and were impressed with not just their skills but unrelenting passion for doing what they love. They’ve been quietly plugging away since, building bikes for friends and customers mostly without the fanfare that some workshops garner. In a break from Outsiders’ specialty, 1970s  Hondas, this Triumph was a chance to dabble with a newer motorcycle.

Bert Jan picks up the story “We met now longterm friend Floris Oud, the owner of this bonnie, years ago on Ameland during MadNes, a surf/skate/music festival where we’re part of the small crew and he is one of the organisers. Through the years we became good friends and talked bikes a lot. Last year, after the festival, we decided it was time for a proper build.”

“Floris lives on Ameland, and there is the annual ‘Triumph Treffen’. It’s a big meet with lots of Triumph riders from all over Europe. Floris really likes the brand and the engine characteristics of the big twin, so choosing a donor was easy, as was the theme. Ameland [a giant sandbar island off the coast of The Netherlands] makes for a great MX-playground which Floris enjoys on his WR450, so, we decided this build had to be a vintage MX tribute.”




After a long wait a decent donor was spotted, a 2008 Bonneville that’d covered just 8000kms. Despite Bert Jan and Jene’s lack of modern (ish) bike experience they got stuck in and removed as much wiring as they deemed necessary, splicing-in a Motogadget Motoscope speedo, m.blaze pin indicators and an M-unit. Bert found that despite the EFi system being more complicated than bikes he’d previously worked on, the methodical process was enjoyable.

The subframe of the stock Bonnie didn’t suit the retro MX vibe so the rails were completely chopped out and replaced with new tubes, mounted 30mm higher with an extended loop – inspired by 70s Montessas. Threaded bosses in the new frame allow the luggage rack to be removed. Slightly longer YSS shocks jack-up the rear and a KTM 690SM front end was purchased from a breakers yard. The fork was rebuilt and the Triumph’s stem pressed into the KTM lower yoke. The large diameter disc and radially mounted Brembo caliper should make for one finger operation and give the Bonnie a stopper that many owners feel it should have had in the first place.

Wider Excel rims and stainless spokes on original hubs (KTM front and Triumph rear) allow for the chunky rubber, Michelin’s new Anakee Wild – 130 front and 150 rear. Renthal Fat Bars on RSD risers and a PIAA headlight were the last of the bolt-on parts, pretty much every other bracket, the battery tray, indicator mounts and bosses were fabricated in-house. The exhaust too, stainless bends welded together to form a traditional scrambler style pipe, with left hand exit, capped by a Spark muffler.

Friend and upholsterer Rachel Sarah diamond stitched a cover for the stubby saddle while the tank, side panels and fenders were painted with a matt finish. When Bert Jan & Jene were happy that they’d achieved the vintage MX look they were after “All Oud” was sent to the Dyno to be tuned for the open pipe and air filters.

Still hot from the dyno run the bike was delivered to an eagerly awaiting Floris, who promptly ripped the Bonnie along the virgin sands of Ameland (Bert Jan & Jene pictured). Sure, this is perhaps not the natural home for a 200+ kg road bike but they had fun playing and most importantly the customer rode off into the sunset, happy.

Pretty as this trumpet is, if Hondas are your thing, especially CB750s then checkout the Outsiders’ side project, Sumpthing. A really nicely engineered wet sump conversion that does away with the need for a big ol’ oil tank – check out www.sumpthing.net

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