• May 28, 2010
Germany's "new motorcycle" – Click above for high-res image gallery

Emerging from behind a veil of secrecy, we were recently introduced to a new motorcycle manufacturer based out of the über cool home of Oktoberfest. With the promise of German engineering galore, this little-known company seems to have an heir of legitimacy behind them thus far. After all, it would seem that the country largely believed responsible for the "birth of the motorcycle" would have more than a single marquee brand in cycles, adding diversity to the current state of Roundel dominance in Bavaria.

Das Neue Motorrad – meaning "the new motorcycle" – is the only name identifying the company at this time, embodying a statement while providing a title in one swoop. The road leading to the bike's official worldwide release has been marked out by breadcrumbs in the form of small bits of information being released in five stages... until finally, on June 15, it will be unleashed on the masses. What little bit we do know is that the project has been years in the making, and was birthed from an unlikely collaboration between riding enthusiasts with a vision for greatness.

The most recent tidbit of news centers on the bike's proposed powerplant. Addressing the speculation of electric motivation, the company says its design is based on "a very efficient combustion platform," even indicating multiple cylinders but leaving the exact number as a mystery for now. Added to this was the promise, "Our engine concept is based on one currently found nowhere in the motorcycle world." We cannot help but be left with an almost giddy anticipation, coupled with the potential to be thoroughly disappointed if this claim is not substantiated. Stay tuned for updates as the countdown progresses and "the new motorcycle" comes to life.



[Source: Das Neue Motorrad via news.motorbiker.org]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm still thinking they might use a VR engine outsourced from VW. The VR6 found in the Corrado, former Leon, Golf and other cars was a brilliant piece of engineering. However what seems to contradict this theory is "Erste Einzylinder-Versuchsmotoren liefen mehr als vielversprechend auf unserem Prüfstand." --> First tests with one-cylinder engines were very promising on our test rack.
      random231
      • 4 Years Ago
      diesel or DI with forced induction?
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Our engine concept is based on one currently found nowhere in the motorcycle world."

      I'm always interested in some wacky, out-of-the-box thinking, so interested in what they can come up with.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's about time Germany comes up with a second legit motorcylce company. I hope the VW empire owns a percentage of this company which will enable it to have unlimited funds for growth.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They are a win in my book just for the brown leather seat. Do you know how freaking hard it is to find brown leather motorcycle gear? Be it for the bike or for the rider.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oops, I believe it's the third pic I was referencing..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Will be interesting to see who is backing this. As shown by Henderson and Polaris (Victory), it takes about $200M to create a new motorcycle brand and keep it afloat for the formative years. Henderson fell short of that number and died, Victory got enough cash from the parent to become stable enough to live.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Me guess would be someone who uses a blue/white roundel for a logo- something they can play with to explore new directions w/o diluting their own brand image.