Mash Motors reveals X-Ride 650 Trail off-road motorcycle

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Mash Motors has launched a new trail version of its X-Ride 650, complete with a larger front wheel.

The standard X-Ride 650 is based on classic dirt track motorcycles from the 1970s, and features 17-inch wheels front and rear. The new Trail variant, though, is fitted with a 21-inch front and an 18-inch rear, to better handle uneven terrain. As for the tires, the Trail comes with a 90/90-21 front, and 130/80-18 rear.

Other than the new front wheel, the X-Ride 650 Trail shares many similarities with the standard X-Ride 650. They both feature a 644cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine producing 39.3 horsepower at 6,000rpm and a five-speed gearbox.

They both also feature 43mm front forks, and ABS which can be disabled. But while the rear disc on both bikes is 240mm, the front disc on the Trail is 280mm, compared to the standard’s 320mm.

The dimensions also differ. The Trail

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Scott A. Williams, Rider contributor, smiles with his BMW on a dirt path.

Back when BMW’s R nineT motorcycle had just been released in the US, I got to take one for a test ride. The iconic Boxer motor, nicely sorted chassis, and fabulous brakes impressed me through some sweet curves along Scantic Road and Crystal Lake Road in north-central Connecticut. The bike’s crisp neo-retro style caught the attention of pedestrians when I stopped to take pictures. But two guys in a highly modded Honda Civic were most impressed.

Waiting on their left at a traffic light, I noticed they were laughing quite hysterically. The driver pointed at the bike and called over to me. “Where’d you get the BMW logos?” His question was punctuated by more laughter.

“They must have put them on at the factory in Germany,” I said.

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Police chase involving motorcycle begins in Campbell County, ends with deadly crash | Local News

DANVILLE — A police chase involving a motorcycle, in a fatality Tuesday night in Pittsylvania County.

It all started sometime after 11 pm when a trooper with the Virginia State Police tried to stop the driver of a Suzuki GSXR 600 — identified as James Lee Holley, 37, of Graham, North Carolina — for reckless driving on US 29 in Campbell County, authorities reported.

“The trooper activated his emergency equipment and the motorcycle refused to stop and speeded away,” Sgt. Richard Garletts, a spokesperson for the state police, wrote in a Thursday morning news release.

The chase continued into Pittsylvania County.

“The motorcycle was traveling south in the northbound lanes at a high rate of speed, when it struck a 2018 International tractor-trailer, head-on,” Garletts said.

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Holley, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene.

It wasn’t immediately clear in what area of ​​US 29

Swappable motorcycle battery standard grows to 21 members

Swappable batteries are the key to making light electric motorcycles and electric scooters practical for city residents and apartment dwellers who lack a private charging spot at hom, and now a promising battery standard known as the Swappable Battery Motorcycle Consortium (SBMC) has grown from just four to a total of 21 members, hoping to make that dream closer to reality.

The idea started when the Japanese Big Four — Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki — announced they were joining forces into a swappable battery consortium back in 2019.

Nothing much came out of that agreement, and then a second consortium was announced in 2021, consisting of Honda, Yamaha, KTM and Piaggio.

That group became the SBMC and rolled out their first demonstration of a co-designed battery standard, which was basically just everyone agreeing to use the battery that Honda developed for its PCX Electric scooter.

Now the SBMC is