Just the Facts for January 2020 starts off with …not a correction, but a clarification related to last month’s piece about the brewhaha between Motorcycle Consumer News and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. I managed to find the obituary of the person who died during a BRC in Ashland, Virginia, in June 2019.
The news stays kind of grim from there, discussing the deaths of Paulo Goncalves and Edwin Straver during this year’s Dakar Rally. A lot of race fans are wondering if Dakar organizers will follow the example set by Pikes Peak race officials and ban motorcycles in the next race.
The partnership between Triumph and Bajaj is expected to start producing actual motorcycles some time in 2020.
In electric news, Harley’s next electric bike should be out in 2022, while a real electric motorcycle from BMW isn’t likely until at least 2025 or ’26. Maybe the new (and still mysterious) Zero SR/S will fill in that gap.
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Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you out there somewhere on the road – or off it! Ride safe.
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