Harley already have a cool custom line-up, but the introduction of the Roadster, really stamps their authority over the beautiful range, it’s built to attract the cafe racer (who don’t have time to build their own) bike market. It has all the sportster looks, but beneath the surface, it has a race pedigree. 43mm Inverted forks, dual disc front brakes, premium rear suspension and a new digital gauge. It also has the iconic low handlebars and the superb 1200cc engine. This bike comes in at £9695 which is roughly the price for a new bike in the sportster range.
Yamaha have a big birthday bash for the v-max, which is 30 years old this year. Yamaha have already released the carbon updated version of the new v-max, now, a german design team called JvB-moto have brought out the “Infared”, this is the original v-max, tweaked to make a “cafe racer meets dragster” style. It’s got a custom-made aluminium mudguard, a carbon-fibre headlight unit integrated into the forks and carbon wheel covers. It’s also been given clip-on bars, a carbon tank cover, and aluminium air intake scoops ‘crafted’ from those of a 1985 v-max. At the unveiling, the spokesman for yamaha said: “With the 30th Anniversary of the VMAX and the launch of the Infrared we would like to pay tribute to Kenji Ekuan for his contribution to the VMAX legend.”