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 Topic: YUASA BRAND NAME ACID & SHORAI LITHIUM BATTERIES - at Dynamic Cycle Parts
YUASA BRAND NAME ACID & SHORAI LITHIUM BATTERIES - at Dynamic Cycle Parts [message #6339] Tue, 30 September 2014 11:33
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 Topic: One Last Trackday! - October 2, 2014 - Shannonville
One Last Trackday! - October 2, 2014 - Shannonville [message #6261] Thu, 25 September 2014 11:31
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Riders Choice has one more track day for the season!

If you would like to sign up, please sign up with the registration form from our website here.

For those of you with track day credit from our rain day earlier this season, please make a note of it on your form if you have not already used it.


Track Day Fee: $150 flat
Non-Refundable/Non-Transferable

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 Topic: Versys v. Versys: New 650 and 1000 Coming to the USA (Bike Reports) (News)
Versys v. Versys: New 650 and 1000 Coming to the USA (Bike Reports) (News) [message #6338] Tue, 30 September 2014 20:17
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The perfect motorcycle? It has to be an intricate balance of performance, utility, comfort and value. And if you asked 100 experienced riders what gets closest, a surprising number will tell you the Kawasaki Versys. They aren’t crazy. It’s a righteous mix—good handling, decent wind protection, a surprisingly comfy saddle and riding position, class-leading fuel […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: Intermot 2014: 2015 Triumph Bonnevilles
Intermot 2014: 2015 Triumph Bonnevilles [message #6323] Tue, 30 September 2014 19:24
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Today at Intermot, Triumph unveiled not one, but three new Bonneville variants: the Bonneville Spirit, Bonneville T214, and the Bonneville Newchurch.

Bonneville Spirit

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The Bonneville Spirit pays homage to the 1950s Bonnevilles, but of course adds modern technology to the mix. The most striking feature is the unique Spirit Blue / New England White paint scheme which adorns the fuel tank and rear mudguard.  White stitching has been used  to decorate the part-textured seat cover, and contrasts with the Jet Black paint that has been applied to the side panel and front mudguard. Instead of the traditional chrome Triumph badge, the Spirit uses the latest Triumph script on the fuel tank.

Handlebars, mirror housings, engine covers, wheel rims and hubs all get the blacked-out look on the Bonnie Spirt. It also gets stubby silencers from the Bonneville that accent the custom look the bike is modeled after. A compact black headlight from the Scrambler and a rear mudguard from the Thruxton complete the look.

Bonneville T214

Pressekonferenz Triumph, Bonneville T214, Halle 9

The Limited Edition Bonneville T214 celebrates the achievements of Texas-born racer Johnny Allen, and his record-breaking Triumph-powered Cee-Gar streamliner which, in 1956, set the first of many land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats by recording a two-way average of 214.4mph. The now-classic 1959 Triumph Bonneville was named in tribute to the Texas Cee-Gar team’s record-setting efforts.

The new Bonneville T214 Limited Edition pays homage to Allen’s remarkable land speed record achievement. The hand painted Caspian Blue and Pure White color scheme complete with red and white checker detailing echoes that of the 1956 Texas Cee-Gar. The front fender shares the same white star motif from the nosecone of the streamliner.  The shortened rear mudguard combined with blacked out wheel rims, handlebars, and rear suspension springs add to the authentic look which is complimented with red seat stitching detail and a smaller front headlight.

Only 1000 T214 Bonnevilles will be available worldwide.

Bonneville Newchurch

Pressekonferenz Triumph, Bonneville, Newchurch, Halle 9

The Bonneville Newchurch Special Edition pays homage to a small town in Austria that hosts the largest Triumph party in the world. Here, thousands of Triumph fans descend to celebrate their love of the brand and the bikes they own. Featuring everything from outrageous customs to an off-road drag race known as “The Rumble,” the town of Neukirchen has its name changed to Newchurch for the weeklong Tridays party.

Each fuel tank is hand painted with a design that highlights the Bonnie’s iconic lines while also sporting the new Triumph logo. Available in a choice of Cranberry Red/Pure White or Sapphire Blue/Pure White, featuring hand painted black detailing, the Bonneville Newchurch wears blacked-out mudguards, headlamp bowl, handlebars, mirrors and springs which deliver a custom look. All black, seven-spoke cast wheels feature a hand painted pinstripe around the rims.

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 Topic: Intermot 2014: 2015 Triumph Street Triple RX
Intermot 2014: 2015 Triumph Street Triple RX [message #6322] Tue, 30 September 2014 18:30
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With the new Triumph Street Triple Rx, unveiled today at Intermot, Triumph has blurred the line even more between its Daytona 675 and the existing Street Triple. Short of completely revamping the S-T, Triumph instead transplanted parts from its full-fledged sportbike.

Sharp eyes will notice the rear profile is now sharper, thanks to the Daytona’s tail section being moved over to its sibling. The Rx sees a matte silver paint job accented with red components like the frame, subframe and wheels. The wheels, in particular, are light and inspired by racing wheels. Each wheel is also hand finished for that extra pop. Triumph’s seat cowl, belly pan and fly screen complete the Rx’s aesthetics package.

Apart from the styling changes, the rest of the Street Triple Rx hasn’t changed. The 675cc inline-Triple hasn’t gone anywhere, but pumps out a broader torque curve compared to the horsepower-focused Daytona. It’s among one of our favorite engines seen in motorcycling, and its delightful three-cylinder howl gives us a smile every time. It’s mated to the same, slick-shifting six-speed. A quickshifter is fitted standard for clutchless, full-throttle upshifts.

Brakes are Nissin radial-mount four-pots with switchable ABS. KYB provides suspension components, with both the fork and shock featuring full adjustability. Maybe best of all, the Street Triple comes with a two-year, unlimited mileage warranty.

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 Topic: Intermot 2014: Suzuki GSX-R1000 Gets ABS as Standard Equipment
Intermot 2014: Suzuki GSX-R1000 Gets ABS as Standard Equipment [message #6321] Tue, 30 September 2014 17:46
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With a brand new Inline-Four MotoGP race bike set to debut later this year, you’d think Suzuki would choose this moment to update its GSX-R1000 as well. You’d be thinking wrong however, as the GSX-R1000 returns for 2015 with just ABS as standard equipment and bold new graphics.

Of course, one of those new graphics sets is the spitting image of the graphics seen on the GSX-RR MotoGP prototype. With a deep, bold blue color accented with yellow stripes and Suzuki lettering across the fairings, it certainly is an attractive look. However, as much as some would like to believe, a cool paint scheme doesn’t add any more power.

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Just because a new GSX-R1000 announcement wasn’t made at Intermot, all is not lost. With Kawasaki stealing the show with its Ninja H2 unveiling and Ducati showing off its new Scrambler, Suzuki may not want to compete for the limelight. Instead, if Suzuki has a major GSX-R1000 announcement, it may choose to announce it the EICMA show coming up in Milan. Stay tuned.

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 Topic: Intermot 2014: KTM Freeride E Supermoto
Intermot 2014: KTM Freeride E Supermoto [message #6320] Tue, 30 September 2014 17:32
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Today at Intermot 2014, KTM took the wraps off the latest in its electric Freeride lineup, the Freeride E Supermoto. The supermoto version of KTM’s Freeride E-SX and E-XC, the E-SM is designed to be an electric city slicker, able to dash through congested cities with ease, all on battery power.

All Freeride E models are powered by permanent magnet synchronous electric motors claiming a peak output of 21.5 hp and 31.0 ft-lb. of torque, which KTM says is on par with similar-sized gas-driven motorcycles. The engine and engine control unit are water-cooled to maintain optimal performance. KTM’s PowerPack houses 360 lithium-ion battery cells and the battery management system. According to KTM, about an hour of ride time is available, depending on conditions and riding habits. That kind of ride time is rather short for most enthusiasts, but PowerPacks are easily interchangeable by loosening four bolts under the seat and swapping out batteries. KTM says the powerpack can get a full charge in 80 minutes while a 50-minute charge will  suffice for an 80% charge.

Pressekonferenz KTM, Produktvorstellung der KTM Freeride E-SM, Halle 9

The chassis comprises a chrome-moly steel and aluminum frame and a fiber reinforced polyamide subframe. The lower section is braced by the motor while an aluminum base plate provides some protection.

KTM’s subsidiary WP was a clear choice for suspension duties, and the E-SM wears inverted front forks and PDS rear suspension, offering 9.8 inches of travel. A radial-mount caliper clamps a 260mm disc and should provide ample stopping power. 

U.S. availability has yet to be announced.

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 Topic: The Freeride lives
The Freeride lives [message #6331] Tue, 30 September 2014 16:51
Anonymous

KTM unveils supermoto version of battery bike.

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 Topic: Zero’s new lineup adds range
Zero’s new lineup adds range [message #6330] Tue, 30 September 2014 16:33
Anonymous

Battery bike maker adds suspension and brake upgrades, new tires.

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 Topic: Intermot 2014: 2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally
Intermot 2014: 2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally [message #6319] Tue, 30 September 2014 15:40
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Today at Intermot, Aprilia unveiled a new variant on the Caponord 1200 we first rode last year. Called the Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally, it takes the touring-oriented Capo and beefs it up for light off-roading/adventure riding.

The big change comes in the form of spoked wheels, with the front hoop measuring 19 inches, suitable for more off-road-worthy rubber. From there, the touring-oriented panniers seen on the standard Capo are replaced with hard, aluminum-covered saddlebags, better able to cope with the rigors of adventure riding. Crash bars minimizes damage in the inevitable tip-over, while a more robust bash plate helps protect the underside of the engine, too. The Rally model also sees a larger windscreen and supplementary LED lighting mounted on the crash bars, underneath the standard headlights.

The bones of the Caponord Rally remains unchanged from the standard Capo, which is to say it retains the 1197cc V-Twin with ride-by-wire throttle. Electronic throttle application allows for such niceties as cruise control and three power modes to help the rider select the right power application for the conditions. ABS and traction control remain as well (both of which can be turned off).

This accessorized Caponord Rally features an optional top case as well as more dirt-oriented knobby tires.

This accessorized Caponord Rally features an optional top case as well as more dirt-oriented knobby tires.

Lastly, Aprilia Dynamic Damping, which features a completely active rear shock and semi-active fork, first seen on the Caponord 1200 now carries over to the Rally model. With four patents under its belt, ADD is able to adjust the damping rates of both the fork and shock in realtime depending on the conditions. The only thing it can’t do automatically is adjust front preload. The Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally will be available in Giallo (Yellow) Dune, Verde (Green) Army and Grigio (Grey) Safari, all matte, and with a widevariety ofaccessories specifically designed and developed for the Capo Rally.

Pricing hasn’t been announced yet and neither has U.S. availability.

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 Topic: Yamaha shows three-wheeler at Intermot, hints at supersport model
Yamaha shows three-wheeler at Intermot, hints at supersport model [message #6329] Tue, 30 September 2014 15:39
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New sport bike will come on Nov. 3.

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 Topic: Intermot 2014: 2015 Suzuki Bandit 1250S ABS
Intermot 2014: 2015 Suzuki Bandit 1250S ABS [message #6318] Tue, 30 September 2014 15:10
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For 2015, Suzuki has updated the popular Bandit in the form of the Bandit 1250S ABS. Headlining the changes is a refined half-fairing that refines the Bandit’s aerodynamics while providing improved wind protection and rider comfort.

Wrapping around the radiator shrouds, the new fairing also features a vent just below the headlight, which should smooth the airflow past both the rider and passenger. Additionally, the fairing modernizes this venerable platform, giving a fresh impression to an old favorite. Meanwhile, a new seat is height-adjustable by 20mm, from 31.7 to 32.5 inches. A classic analog tachometer takes up its rightful place in a new instrument panel, with all other information displayed on a modern LCD panel. Other classic touches include a standard centerstand and big passenger grab handles.

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The broad powerband provided by the liquid-cooled 1255cc inline Four favors torque delivery from low down in the rpm range. The smooth acceleration provided by the DOHC four-valve per cylinder engine is enhanced by Suzuki’s Dual Throttle Valve system, now controlled by a 32-bit ECU drawing data from an O2 sensor and elsewhere. The new Bandit gets a 6-speed gearbox, which combined with its massive torque and engine counterbalancer, should make for supersmooth cruising.

The engine also benefits from a new chrome-nitride coating on the pistons’ upper compression and oil control rings. Applied using a physical vapor deposition (PVD) vacuum chamber system, the coating has a harder surface for reduced friction and tighter cylinder sealing, for higher performance. Suzuki’s SCEM (Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material) which is composed of nickel-phosphorous-silicon-carbide plating makes for tighter piston/cylinder tolerances, resulting in less mechanical loss and more power.

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Stopping won’t be a problem either, thanks to a pair of 310mm discs up front, clamped by four-piston calipers, and a 240mm disc at the rear – both with standard ABS. Suzuki says the whole package weighs 560 pounds, filled with 5 gallons of fuel. Welcome back, Bandit.

 

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 Topic: Intermot 2014: Moto Guzzi V7 II
Intermot 2014: Moto Guzzi V7 II [message #6317] Tue, 30 September 2014 15:04
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Today at Intermot, Moto Guzzi unveiled a revised V7 lineup with a host of new features. Despite its vintage heritage, the V7 II lineup will receive ABS and “Moto Guzzi Controllo Trazione,” better known as traction control. While the addition of ABS is no surprise considering all motorcycles sold in Europe are required to have the feature starting in 2015, traction control was slightly unsuspected. It makes sense, however, since much of the ABS hardware can perform double duty.

Other changes include the addition of a sixth gear, meaning the engine won’t be taxed as heavily during cruising speeds. Clutch improvements mean lever effort is reduced. Speaking of the transverse, 90-degree V-Twin, it’s now tilted 4-degrees forward and lowered 10mm compared to last year. By doing so, 3mm of leg room is now freed to better accommodate taller riders. Footpegs located 25mm lower than before also provide the taller rider with a more accommodating knee bend.

A reshaped seat is now a half-inch shorter, at 31.1 inches, which M-G says gives the rider the feeling as if they are sitting in the bike rather than on top of it. The V7 II will again come in Stone, Special and Racer variants. The V7 II Stone will come in four new colors: black, red, grey and yellow. All are satin finishes inspired by ‘70s color schemes. The V7 II Special now has three glossy color bases: classic black with orange stripes to faithfully revisit the colors of its famous ancestor, the famous 1975 V750 S3, and two brand new schemes: metallic red and light blue with a silver stripe. Lastly, the V7 II Racer keeps its distinct look, with its “total black look” and chrome fuel tank.

See the massive gallery below for photos of all three V7 II models.

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 Topic: Versys lineup updated
Versys lineup updated [message #6328] Tue, 30 September 2014 14:59
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Kawasaki's asphalt-loving ADV bikes get new bodywork, other tweaks.

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 Topic: 2015 Ducati Scrambler Unveiled! + Video
2015 Ducati Scrambler Unveiled! + Video [message #6316] Tue, 30 September 2014 14:22
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The new Scrambler is the first new-model announcement from Ducati this year, a stripped-down, retro-hued roadster that will cut a broad swathe of demographics, from hipster 20-somethings to nostalgic Baby Boomers. It’s also the platform that will ensure Ducati’s air-cooled V-Twin powerplant a life beyond 2015.

ED- The video seen below was shot when Ducati reps told us the Scrambler would be produced in only one color and one version. Keep reading the text below to learn about the four versions of the Scrambler.

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The Scrambler is an homage to Ducati’s single-cylinder Scrambler line that debuted in 1962, with several variants continuing in production until 1975. This new edition ups the engine ante to an 803cc V-Twin, the sweet air-cooled lump last seen in the Monster and Hypermotard 796s, which uses an 88 x 66mm bore and stroke. Ducati reps weren’t forthcoming about the changes to the motor but did allow the crankshaft and pistons are identical.

Power at the crankshaft is purported to be 75 hp at 7000 rpm, with 50 lb-ft of peak torque. That’s down slightly from the Hypermotard 796’s claims of 81 hp and 56 lb-ft. Our independent dyno testing of the Hyper revealed 76.1 hp produced at the rear wheel at 8400 rpm.

The air-cooled, two-valve-per-cylinder lives on in the Scrambler. Note the aluminum cam-belt covers and and the attractive (and, hopefully,effective) heat shielding for the rear cylinder’s header pipe.

The air-cooled, two-valve-per-cylinder lives on in the Scrambler. Note the aluminum cam-belt covers and and the attractive (and, hopefully,effective) heat shielding for the rear cylinder’s header pipe.

It’s the stance and profile of the new Scrambler that will draw the most attention. Its tank is low, like vintage-era dirtbikes, and its handlebar has an unexpectedly tall rise, putting a rider in an upright position. Its seat is placed at a modest 30.3 inches despite what feels like thick padding. Ducati claims the Scrambler weighs 410-lbs with its 3.57-gallon steel tank filled.

As typical for Ducati, a steel-tube trellis frame underpins the chassis, but it’s a more simplified arrangement of tubes than previous Monsters and Hypers. A cast-aluminum swingarm acts on a monoshock adjustable only for preload. The 41mm fork is sourced from Kayaba, as is the shock, but it has no provisions for adjustment.

The Scrambler’s aluminum swingarm acts directly on a preload-adjustable shock. Interestingly, a gray shock spring is used rather than Ducati’s traditional yellow springs.

The Scrambler’s aluminum swingarm acts directly on a preload-adjustable shock. Interestingly, a gray shock spring is used rather than Ducati’s traditional yellow springs.

The Scrambler’s finish detailing is excellent, highlighted by the aluminum panels that adorn both sides of the fuel tank. Also noteworthy are the engine covers (cam belts, clutch and alternator) being fashioned from aluminum rather than nylon or steel.

The Scrambler also boasts LED lighting all around, including the round headlight which adds LED lamps running around the ring. The LCD gauges might also be cool, but we were unable to see them switched on. We’ll take Ducati’s word for it that it’s a grayscale display, not a color TFT as used on more expensive Ducs.

The Scrambler almost looks ready for dirt-track racing. Note the trellis frame’s new arrangement of tubes distinct to the Scrambler.

The Scrambler almost looks ready for dirt-track racing. Note the trellis frame’s new arrangement of tubes distinct to the Scrambler.

The Scrambler has an unique wheel/tire combo, using a dirt-track-like 18-inch front instead of a 17-incher as preferred on sportbikes. In addition to the Scrambler “Icon” seen in our photos (in yellow or red), the new Duc is also available in Urban Enduro (green), Full Throttle (black) and Classic (orange) versions. Both the 120/70-18 front and 180/55-17 rear are specially designed by Pirelli for the Scrambler. The MT60RS rubber features a blocky tread pattern that looks ready to throw roost, but the bike’s low-mounted, two-into-one exhaust underlines the Scrambler’s intent to prowl paved surfaces rather than the Erzberg Rodeo.

Braking components eschew the traditional dual-disc front setup in favor of a single caliper and rotor, the latter going to an oversized 330mm diameter. Brembo supplies the 4-piston radial-mount caliper. The rear brake consists of a single-piston caliper biting on a 245mm disc, and both ends are governed by a standard antilock system.

A single front disc brake shows off the right side of wheels unique to the Scrambler.

A single front disc brake shows off the right side of wheels unique to the Scrambler.

The Scrambler, of course, was designed and engineered in Italy, but final assembly in Thailand helps bring down production costs and allows the MSRP to be a fairly palatable $8,495 for the red Icon version; $8,595 for yellow.

The three other versions retail for $9,995. The Classic features spoked aluminum wheels, steel fenders, a striped fuel tank and a brown seat The Scrambler Full Throttle distinguishes itself with lower handlebars, a “flat-track-style seat” with yellow accents, and a Termignoni slip-on muffler. The Urban Enduro features wire-spoke wheels, an engine sump guard, headlight grille, high-mount front fender and fork protectors.

Ironically, Thailand is also the source for the Scrambler’s most obvious competitor, Triumph’s Bonneville platform. The base Bonnie retails for $7,899, undercutting the Scrambler’s price, while the T100 version retails for $9,199. However, the Trumpet’s 865cc parallel-Twin motor is relatively wheezy, factory-rated at 67 hp and 50 lb-ft of torque, and it’s saddled with pulling around an extra 85-plus pounds. Also of note are lower-spec brakes, skinny tires (100/70-17; 130/80-17) and the absence of a sixth cog in its 5-speed tranny.

Is the Scrambler the retro-inspired machine that can bring the fight to Triumph’s Bonneville?

Is the Scrambler the retro-inspired machine that can bring the fight to Triumph’s Bonneville?

Overall, the Scrambler looks capable of stealing a big chunk of Bonneville pie. We expect to be able to bring you a ride review before 2014 has run out. Dealers are scheduled to receive Scramblers early in the New Year.

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Ducati Scrambler Urban Enduro

Ducati Scrambler Urban Enduro

Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle

Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle

Ducati Scrambler Classic

Ducati Scrambler Classic

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 Topic: Ducati Scrambler Ready for Anything (Bike Reports) (News)
Ducati Scrambler Ready for Anything (Bike Reports) (News) [message #6337] Tue, 30 September 2014 14:08
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The Ducati Scrambler is finally here with its 803 cc, air-cooled, 75 hp twin pulling the lightweight (375 pounds dry; 410 pounds wet) machine in four available versions, including the Classic, the Icon, the Full Throttle and the Urban Enduro. U.S. pricing starts at just $8,495 for the Icon Red. Here are all the details […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: All hail the 1290 Adventure
All hail the 1290 Adventure [message #6327] Tue, 30 September 2014 14:07
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KTM unveils the "safest motorcycle in the world."

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 Topic: Intermot 2014: 2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R
Intermot 2014: 2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R [message #6315] Tue, 30 September 2014 13:57
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KTM’s 1290 Super Duke R blew us away this year, beating all rivals in an exhaustive bout of Streetfighter competition because of its blend of incredible power and accommodating ergonomics. Its exceptional performance and versatility earned it our Motorcycle of the Year award.

2014 Motorcycle of the Year

Now KTM has transplanted the SDR’s supernaturally strong 1301cc V-Twin into its Adventure series to create the 1290 Super Adventure R. The engine’s transition from SDR to SAR includes new cylinder heads, revised camshafts and a crankshaft that adds some flywheel mass to create a more tractable motor. But don’t get the wrong impression the 75° V-Twin has been neutered. KTM claims a maximum of 160 hp and 110.6 lb-ft of torque.

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A wealth of electronic rider aids produce what KTM says is “the world’s safest motorcycle.” The Bosch-developed MSC links ABS and traction control with lean-angle sensors to ensure the grip from the tires remains within limits even when cornering and braking. Standard equipment also includes programmable semi-active WP suspension, cruise control and TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System).

KTM’s 1290 SAR also includes some technology recently seen on a few BMW models. Helping see around turns in the dark is an LED cornering light that shines to the inside of a corner to better illuminate where a rider is heading. Optional is KTM’s HHC (HillHoldControl) which prevents the bike from rolling on a hill when stopped, similar to BMW’s Hill Start Control that earned our Best Technology award this year.

The 1290 Super Adventure R boasts other notable upgrades. Long-distance travelers will appreciate the SAR’s massive gas tank, able to hold 7.9 gallons of premium (required) fuel. A larger windshield delivers additional protection from the elements and is hand-adjustable to different heights. A customized fit is enabled by adjustable footpegs, handlebars and seat, the latter residing at 33.9 or 34.4 inches.

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A chromoly steel frame continues KTM’s tradition, with wheels set 61.4 inches apart. KTM’s subsidiary, WP, supplies the semi-active suspension that boasts 7.9 inches of travel at both ends. Standard equipment includes luggage racks and a centerstand. KTM claims the SAR scales in at 505 lbs with its tank empty.

KTM’s American rep tells us the Super Adventure will be brought to our shores, with delivery to U.S. dealers next Spring. Full details, including its MSRP, will be announced November 14 at this year’s International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, California.

KTM says the 1290 Super Adventure R will be “the new benchmark in the travel enduro segment.” From what we can tell, even at this early stage, that could very well be true.

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 Topic: Update: Scrambler pricing
Update: Scrambler pricing [message #6326] Tue, 30 September 2014 13:34
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Expect Scrambler to arrive in Canada in winter.

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 Topic: Intermot 2014: Suzuki V-Strom 650XT
Intermot 2014: Suzuki V-Strom 650XT [message #6314] Tue, 30 September 2014 13:20
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Suzuki puts a little more adventure into its very popular mid-sizeadventure bike, with the V-Strom 650XT, adding wire-spoke wheels sourced from DID (in the same 19- and 17-inch sizes as before), mounting tubeless Bridgestone Trail Wing radial tires. The V-Strom 650XT‘s Spoke wheels are less likely to get bent when rolling over BFRs and other off-road obstacles, and tubeless tires are of course much easier to patch and less prone to sudden blow-outs. Win win.

New cam profiles, single valve springs and iridium spark plugs are all supposed to boost low- and mid-range power, while Suzuki’s Dual Throttle Valve system keeps delivery smooth. Ten-hole injectors and an O2 sensor make it Euro 3 compliant.

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093014-2015-suzuki-v-strom-650xt-DL650XAL5_action_14Revised bodywork directs more cooling air at the radiator and away from the rider, while a new three-position adjustable windscreen is claimed to increase your long-distance cruising pleasure. It’s all about comfort on long rides, Suzuki says, and the bike is slimmer between the knees. A new seat is supposed to offer more mobility, and shaped to make it easier to reach the ground, 32.9 inches away. The passenger seat is shaped to prevent slipping forward for two-up adventuring, and designed also to be able to have large items strapped on instead of your S.O. if desired. Red stitching identifies the XT model.

Suzuki reiterates it was first to use the beak, on the DR-Z of 1987, and the new bike retains a suprised look that it now houses a pair of 60/55-watt halogen headlights.

ABS is standard equipment on the new bike. There is no mention of traction control. The jaunty side cases and top box you see in the photos are extra-cost accessories, as are plenty of other items, including a centerstand, aluminum skid plate, 12V outlet, crash bars, etc …

No word yet on U.S. availability but we expect to hear more information on that front soon.

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 Topic: Ducati takes wraps off Scrambler – with video, photo gallery
Ducati takes wraps off Scrambler – with video, photo gallery [message #6325] Tue, 30 September 2014 13:09
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Summer-long promo campaign ends in Intermot.

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 Topic: Intermot 2014: Yamaha 01GEN Multi-Wheel Crossover Concept
Intermot 2014: Yamaha 01GEN Multi-Wheel Crossover Concept [message #6313] Tue, 30 September 2014 12:12
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Yamaha revealed a new three-wheeled dual-sport motorcycle concept model called the 01GEN at the 2014 Intermot show in Germany.

Sporting two wheels at the front and a single wheel at the rear, the 01GEN is described as an “on & off crossover”, referring both to its on- and off-road capability but also the juxtoposition of aggressive and demanding riding with liberated, relax riding.

The 01GEN uses a similar front suspension setup to the Tricity scooter, with either front wheel supported by its own fork, allowing the bike to lean into corners. Seen from the side, you’d think the 01GEN sports the stereotypical ADV-style beak. Take a closer look from the front and you’ll see there are actually two separate fenders, one for each wheel, resembling an insect’s pincers.

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As a conceptual model, Yamaha has not provided any technical specs. Will we ever see this concept enter production? We know Yamaha is keen on developing leaning multi-wheelers, and at the very least the 01GEN concept tells us the technology may not just be limited to scooters like the Tricity.

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 Topic: Suzuki announces its participation in the world’s top motorcycle racing series Road Racing Grand Prix (MotoGP) from 2015 (Industry Press Releases)
Suzuki announces its participation in the world’s top motorcycle racing series Road Racing Grand Prix (MotoGP) from 2015 (Industry Press Releases) [message #6336] Tue, 30 September 2014 12:09
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Team Suzuki Press Office – September 30.  Suzuki Motor Corporation has announced that it will participate in the MotoGP class of the world’s top motorcycle racing series, the FIM*1 Road Racing Grand Prix (MotoGP), from 2015, at the press conference of the INTERMOT International Motorcycle, Scooter and Bicycle Fair held in Cologne, Germany from 30 […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: New adventure-ready V-Strom 650 confirmed
New adventure-ready V-Strom 650 confirmed [message #6324] Tue, 30 September 2014 11:35
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V-Strom 650XT comes with wire wheels, revised bodywork.

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 Topic: Intermot 2014: Kawasaki Versys 1000
Intermot 2014: Kawasaki Versys 1000 [message #6312] Tue, 30 September 2014 11:04
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Along with the updated Kawasaki Versys 650 comes a similar update for its larger sibling, the Versys 1000. First introduced in 2012, the original Versys 1000 never made it to the U.S.,  but Kawasaki USA confirmed this afternoon that both Verses will be sold in North America. Full details will be revealed at the AIMExpo in Orlando, Florida, October 16-19, where the bikes will be on display.

The Versys is powered by the same 1043cc Inline-Four engine as the Ninja 1000 and Z1000, claiming 118 hp at 9000 rpm and 75 ft-lb. at 7500 rpm. Those numbers, by the way, are listed in the official press kit as being for several markets including the U.S., making a strong indication that Kawasaki will import it here.

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The Versys 1000 comes with two ride modes, Full Power and Low Power which reduces output to 75% of maximum while offering a milder throttle response and flatter torque curve. The Versys 1000 also comes with Kawasaki’s three-mode traction control system. Traction control can be turned off, but is automatically enabled whenever the engien is started.

The original Versys 1000 had a very … shall we say, unusual look with a stubby face and stacked headlight similar to the previous Versys 650. Like the new 650, the 2015 Versys 1000 receives a sportier twin-headlight design that fits better with the rest of Kawasaki’s streetbikes. Below the horizontally-arranaged twin headlights is a chin spoiler that Kawasaki claims improves rider comfort and stability at highway speeds. The windscreen is adjustable over a 75mm range, more than twice the range on the old Versys 1000 screen. As with the Versys 650, the 1000′s windscreen can be adjusted without tools.

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The redesigned handlebar has a fatter middle section and a shorter rise, increasing rigidity and strength. To compensate, the handlebar mount was raised 20mm to maintain the same handgrip position as the previous model. Addressing concerns about vibrations, the handlebar clamps are now rubber-mounted.

The long-travel suspension is made up of a 43mm inverted fork and horizontal back-link shock, both with adjustable rebound damping and spring preload and 150 mm of travel. The fork springs have a softer spring rate and longer length than on the 2014 model while the rear shock spring is stiffer.

The braking system consists of four-piston calipers gripping 310mm discs up front an a single-piston caliper with a 250mm disc at the rear. ABS is offered as standard equipment.

As with the 650, the Versys 1000 uses Kawasaki’s new clean-mount pannier system that positions the saddlebags closer together while also allowing for quicker attachment and removal. Kawasaki offers a set of color-matched 28-liter panniers and a 47-liter top case. Each pannier can fit a full-faced helmet and can carry up to 11 pounds of luggage. The top case also holds up to 11 pounds while having enough space for two full-faced helmets. The luggage cases can all be opened using the same key.

Other updates include a lower seat height reduced 0.2 inches to 33.1 inches, adjustable clutch and brake levers, and 17-inch wheels. The curb weight is listed at 549 pounds.

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 Topic: Suzuki Announces Superbike-Engined GSX-S1000 Naked and GSX-S1000F Sport Tourer (Bike Reports) (News)
Suzuki Announces Superbike-Engined GSX-S1000 Naked and GSX-S1000F Sport Tourer (Bike Reports) (News) [message #6335] Tue, 30 September 2014 09:44
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Perhaps taking a page from Kawasaki’s Ninja 1000 playbook, Suzuki trotted out two new models at Intermot featuring comfortable, upright ergonomics, a modern chassis and superbike power. With the engine from the prior generation GSX-R1000 superbike, these new models will have plenty of engine performance, and the chassis specs aren’t bad, either. Here is the […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: Intermot 2014: Suzuki GSX-S1000F
Intermot 2014: Suzuki GSX-S1000F [message #6311] Tue, 30 September 2014 09:34
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While we’ve known for months that Suzuki was working on the GSX-S1000 naked streetfighter, the Japanese manufacturer still managed to surprise us with a faired version called the GSX-S1000F.

Unveiled at Intermot, the GSX-S1000F shares the same engine as the naked bike, a refreshed version of the 2005-2008 GSX-1000R powerplant. The newly-developed frame, KYB fork and Brembo brakes are also the same as on the GSX-S1000, as well as the three-mode traction control system.

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The F sports a somewhat avian-looking fairing, with forward-leaning side panels and a sharp nose. We look forward to seeing how the GSX-S1000F fares against competitors such as the Kawasaki Ninja 1000.

Suzuki will produce the GSX-S1000F in three color options: Metallic Triton Blue, Glass Sparkle Black/Candy Daring Red, and Metallic Mat Fibroin Gray.

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 Topic: Intermot 2014: Suzuki GSX-S1000
Intermot 2014: Suzuki GSX-S1000 [message #6310] Tue, 30 September 2014 09:15
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Suzuki is jumping into the hyper-competitive naked literbike fight with its new GSX-S1000.

In August, we revealed spy photos of the new Suzuki GSX-S1000 riding around in what appeared to be a brochure shoot. From those spy shots, we gathered the latest entry in the naked streetfighter wars checks many of the boxes required for the category: minimal bodywork, handlebars instead of clip-ons, upright seating position, and what appears to be the GSX-R1000 engine from circa 2005-2008. The GSX-S1000 has now officially been unveiled at Intermot, and we can say the engine is, in fact, a refreshed K5 Gixxer power plant.

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Tuned for the street, the engine has new lightweight pistons and revised cam profiles, with Suzuki promising power characteristics suited to city streets. Suzuki developed a new engine control module controling the fuel atomized by the 10-hole injectors.

To compete against the likes of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R and BMW S1000R, the GSX-S1000 is equipped with a three-mode traction control system. Mode 1 offers the least intervention for sportier riding. Mode 2 provides a balanced amount of traction control for most street usage while Mode 3 provides maximum intervention for wet riding conditions.

Suzuki designed a new frame for the GSX-S1000 promising high rigidity while weighing less than the GSX-R1000′s frame. The rear wheel is attached to an aluminum alloy swingarm inherited from the GSX-R1000.

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The suspension system comprises of a fully-adjustable 43mm KYB upside-down fork and link-type rear shock. Brembo supplies the radial-mount four-piston front brake calipers. The GSX-S1000 is also available with ABS.

Other features include an LCD display, LED turn signals and taillight, Renthal fatbar and a 4.5-gallon fuel tank. The 2015 Suzuki GSX-S1000 is available in three color options: Metallic Triton Blue, Glass Sparkle Black/Candy Daring Red, and Metallic Mat Fibroin Gray.

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 Topic: Intermot 2014: Suzuki GSX-RR MotoGP Prototype
Intermot 2014: Suzuki GSX-RR MotoGP Prototype [message #6309] Tue, 30 September 2014 08:41
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Suzuki announced its return to MotoGP racing with the new GSX-RR prototype and riders Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales. The Japanese manufacturer last participated in the world championship in 2011 but stated it would eventually return, starting with a wildcard entry at the 2014 season finale at Valencia before joining the series full time in the 2015 season.

Bucking the trend of most of its competitors, the GSX-RR will not use a V-4 configuration. Instead, it is powered by a 1000cc Inline-Four engine like the also-new 2015 Suzuki GSX-R1000. Like other MotoGP participants, Suzuki is vague on the engine’s specs, saying only that it has a maximum power output of more than 227 hp.

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Espargaro is one of the most promising young riders currently in the premiere class, recently recording the first ever podium result by an open class racer on the Forward Racing Yamaha. He currently sits sixth in the MotoGP championship. His future teammate Vinales won the Moto3 World Championship in 2013 and currently races in the Moto2 series, sitting third overall with two wins.

Basic specification of the GSX-RR

Overall length x width x height: 2,096mm x 720mm x 1,140mm.
Wheelbase: 1,457mm.
Body weight: 160kg (based on FIM regulation).
Engine type: Water-cooled, four-stroke in-line four-cylinder, DOHC four-valve.
Displacement: 1,000cc.
Maximum output: Over 169kw (230PS).
Frame type: Twin-spar aluminum.
Tires (front/rear): 16.5in/16.5in.
Front suspension: Ohlins, inverted fork.
Rear suspension: Ohlins.
Brakes (front/rear): Carbon disk/steel disk, Brembo.

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 Topic: BMW Introduces New R 1200 R Naked and R 1200 RS Sport Tourer (Bike Reports) (News)
BMW Introduces New R 1200 R Naked and R 1200 RS Sport Tourer (Bike Reports) (News) [message #6334] Tue, 30 September 2014 08:35
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BMW has introduced two new attractive models at Intermot, including the naked R 1200 R and the R 1200 RS sport tourer. Both bikes get the liquid cooled, 125 hp boxer twin, as well as conventional upside-down forks (no Telelever). Simple and attractive, in our opinion, the RS also features more comfortable, upright ergonomics than […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: BMW Unveils New S 1000 RR (Bike Reports) (News)
BMW Unveils New S 1000 RR (Bike Reports) (News) [message #6333] Tue, 30 September 2014 08:10
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If you thought the BMW S 1000 RR needed more horsepower, and less weight, BMW has answered your prayers with the 2015 model. Now delivering a claimed 199 horsepower in a package weighing roughly 9 pounds less than last year, the S 1000 RR has a host of changes designed to improve an already incredible […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: Intermot 2014: Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS
Intermot 2014: Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS [message #6308] Tue, 30 September 2014 07:50
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Dirty Sean’s favorite motorcycle of them all was introduced to Europe in 2007 and made its way to the U.S. in 2008 by popular demand. It was upgraded in 2010, and now the Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS gets a major makeover.  Pricing and full details will be released at the AIMExpo in Orlando, Florida,  in mid-October, where the new Versys and  its big bro Versys 1000 will be on display.

The most noticeble change is the horizontal dual headlights replacing the previous model’s stacked lights. Kawasaki reshaped the upper and side bodywork and added a chin spoiler below the twin headlights to reduce air resistance while improving wind protection and comfort. The new fuel tank now holds 5.5 gallons, a half gallon larger than on the previous model.

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The 649cc parallel Twin engine has been retuned for improved low- and mid-range torque and better fuel efficiency. The new exhaust header pipes and under-engine silencer also contribute to improved high-rpm performance. Kawasaki claims an output of 68.4 hp at 8500 rpm and 47.2 ft-lb. at 7000 rpm.

The Versys 650 maintains its tall, upright riding position. The wide handlebars are complemented by repositioned footpegs mounted 15mm lower and 20mm forward from their previous position for a more relaxed posture. The new windscreen is 1.7 times larger than the previous screen, improving wind protection. The screen can be adjusted within a 60mm range by simply loosening two knobs.

A new rear frame increases the Versys 650′s maximum payload to 462 pounds, up 66 pounds from the 2014 model. Kawasaki is offering a new color-matched 47-liter top case and 28-liter panniers with a new clean-mount system that holds the bags closer to the centerline.

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New twin-piston calipers grip the 300mm dual front brake discs while the new rear caliper now grips a 250mm disc (compared to the 220mm disc on the old model). The Versys 650 is available in some markets with anti-lock brakes, which uses a new, lighter and more compact ABS module.

The Versys 650′s long-travel suspension has been updated with a new 41mm separate function front fork. Rebound damping can be adjusted on the right fork cap while the left fork cap adjuster tunes the preload. Kawasaki also updated the offset laydown rear shock with a remote preload adjuster making it easier to change the setup when carrying a passenger or luggage.

Other updates include a new instrument cluster, large passenger grab handles and stronger 17-inch wheels.

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 Topic: Kawasaki Debuts 300 HP Closed-Course H2R; Street Legal Model Debuts Soon (Bike Reports) (News)
Kawasaki Debuts 300 HP Closed-Course H2R; Street Legal Model Debuts Soon (Bike Reports) (News) [message #6332] Tue, 30 September 2014 07:47
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Perhaps the most anticipated new model this year is the supercharged Kawasaki H2, which has finally been unveiled with the closed-course H2R. The street legal model will debut in a few days time. With roughly 300 hp, the H2R, despite all its cutting edge technology, is encased by a beautiful steel trellis frame. The supercharger […]... Click Here for Article
 Topic: Intermot 2014: Honda VFR800X Crossrunner
Intermot 2014: Honda VFR800X Crossrunner [message #6307] Tue, 30 September 2014 06:55
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The Honda VFR800X Crossrunner features prominently in almost any discussion of cool bikes that don’t make it to the U.S. For those not already in the know, the original Crossrunner has been sold overseas since 2011. We noted its EICMA debut in 2010 and silently crossed our fingers in hope that this VFR800 framed but converted to a more upright, utilitarian positioned Naked bike would see time in our garages – to no avail.

When we first heard rumors of an updated Crossrunner for 2015, we contacted our sources inside American Honda and were told roughly, “Yeah, we heard about it, too, and no, we don’t know if it’s coming stateside.” Now, Honda Europe has made that market’s update official.

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Reading through the list of improvements only furthers our desire to throw a leg over the stylish adventuresque naked bike. For 2015, the VTEC-equipped 90° V4 DOHC 16 valve engine gets a bump in torque where it matters – in the low- to mid-range. Apparently, this didn’t come at the expense of the top end with is claimed to be 105bhp at 10,250rpm.

The engine isn’t expected to be the only change. The aluminum twin-beam frame will get a revised subframe. The suspension travel will be bumped a bit: 25mm up front and 28mm in the rear. ABS will be standard on 17-inch hollow-cast aluminum wheels. Wrapped around the wheels are a 120 front tire and 180 rear. The 310mm discs will be embraced by radial-mount, four-piston calipers.

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Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) will perform traction control duties by reducing torque to the rear wheel in the event that loss of rear wheel grip is sensed. The system has two settings in addition to off to allow riders to tune the HSTC to their tastes. Prior to moving to the Crossrunner, the system has been part of the Crosstourer for 2014 model year.

Other changes are the more aggressive riding position and the sporty new LED headlight (in fact, all lights are LED items). Comfort features include two-position height adjustments for the seat and five levels of heating for the grips.

Other features include Honda’s Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system, ABS, LED lights, self-cancelling indicators and heated grips as standard.

Will the Crossrunner make it Stateside? We can always dream.

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 Topic: Intermot 2014: Zero Reveals 2015 Lineup
Intermot 2014: Zero Reveals 2015 Lineup [message #6306] Tue, 30 September 2014 06:18
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Zero made a splash last year with the introduction of the Zero SR, the hot-rodded version of its flagship S model. This year’s news is a little more subdued, but is still highly relevant all the same. Three big improvements will be seen across the entire Zero line for 2015: Showa suspension will now become standard, as will Bosch switchable ABS and Pirelli tires.

The 41mm Showa fork comes in 2mm smaller diameter than the unit it replaces, but otherwise it and the rear shock will feature the same full adjustability and suspension travel as before (6.25in. front/6.35in. rear for the S and SR, 7.0in. front/7.3in. rear on the DS). Front brake rotors on the S, SR and DS increase to 320mm (from 313mm), but interestingly Zero chose to ditch the Nissin twin-piston calipers in favor of J-Juan units. Other than the addition of ABS, the rear 240mm disc and J-Juan single piston caliper remain the same.

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On the tire front, the IRC rubber is gone from both the S and SR, replaced with Pirelli Sport Demons on the S and Diablo Rosso IIs on the SR. Sizes remain the same 110/70-17 front, 140/70-17 as before. The DS and FX receive Pirelli MT-60 rubber, with the former retaining the same 110/90-19 front, 130/80-17 as last year. For the latter, slightly wider wheels means slightly wider tires. The FX now wears 90/90-21 front and 120/80-18 rear.

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In addition, improved battery cells in the S, SR and DS models provide 10% more capacity than before. Zero says that, combined with the optional Battery Tank accessory, which is essentially an additional 2.8 kWh battery used in the FX model, the S and SR are capable of up to 184 miles in the city and 94 on the highway at 70 mph.

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That’s not all from Zero, however. Apart from new suspension and the addition of ABS and Pirelli tires, the S, SR and DS models receive new cast alloy wheels with a carrier-less front rotor and hollow front axle to reduce unsprung weight. Other revamps include new mirrors, a reshaped seat and a new “more robust” throttle. These upgrades aren’t free, however, especially considering the 2014 Zero SR was already a lofty $16,995. Then again, if you were already looking at buying a Zero, the $400 increase in price (across the entire model range) seems more than reasonable for the improvements.

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2014 Zero SR Review
2014 Zero FX Dirt Review
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 Topic: Intermot 2014: BMW R12000RS
Intermot 2014: BMW R12000RS [message #6305] Tue, 30 September 2014 06:11
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The 1976 R 100 RS was the first mass-produced motorcycle in the world to come with a full frame-mounted fairing, a bike that immediately put BMW on the map as a maker of truly sporty tourers, and reinforced its boxer twin as the company’s signature motor. The all-new R1200RS is a continuation of that tradition, powered by the same DOHC boxer that powers the R1200GS, R1200RT and the new R1200R.

BMW claims 125 horsepower at 7750 rpm and 92 lb‑ft. of torque at 6500 rpm. Compared to the GS and RT engines, torque has increased slightly at low revs. The exhaust gases are routed through a two-into-one exhaust system. A modified airbox, newly shaped air intake snorkels and a centrally positioned radiator are designed to produce a slender, sporty and dynamic-looking front silhouette.

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A new steel-tube frame developed for the RS incorporates the boxer-twin engine as a stressed element. Instead of BMW’s Telelever up front, the RS gets an inverted fork, and EVO Paralever suspends the rear wheel. “The overriding objective for the new R1200RS,” says BMW, was “creating an exceptionally dynamic RS model for the keen rider, whose design language has been derived from the S1000RR superbike.”

It wouldn’t be a BMW without cutting-edge electronics. Standard equipment includes two riding modes, Rain and Road, ABS braking and ASC (Automatic Stability Control). With the optional Riding mode Pro feature, the R 1200 RS adds Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) with banking detection, as well as two extra riding modes – “Dynamic” and “User”. The latest generation of BMW’s electronically controlled suspension, Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment), is also standard: Two damping settings, “Road” and “Dynamic”, enable the rider to adjust damping for conditions with the push of a button.

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The instrumentation of the new R1200RS takes a leap forward, too. Speed is displayed in traditional fashion by an analog speedometer, but a cool new TFT display shows a wide array of other information.

Other options include Keyless Ride and BMW’s Gear Shift Assistant Pro. The aerodynamic half-fairing with twin headlights only slightly recalls the original RS. Two colors will be available: Lupin blue metallic / Light grey metallic, and the sporty and a “Style 2” variant in Granite grey metallic matt.

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 Topic: Intermot 2014: 2015 BMW S1000RR
Intermot 2014: 2015 BMW S1000RR [message #6304] Tue, 30 September 2014 05:51
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BMW revealed an updated S1000RR with restyled bodywork, reduced weight and increased power.

The S1000RR made a big splash when it was first introduced in 2009, impressing with its power numbers and winning our 2010 Motorcycle of the Year award. The new S1000RR promises even better performance figures, claiming a peak output of 199 hp, (6hp more than the previous model). Torque still tops out at 83 ft-lb but BMW says the torque curve is more linear with a wider plateau beatween 9500 rpm and 12000 rpm. BMW says it also trimmed 8.8 pounds off the S1000RR, claiming a weight – with fuel – of 449.7 pounds, for an improved power-to-weight ratio.

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The performance upgrade stems from a redesigned cylinder head with new duct geometry, intake camshaft and lighter intake valves. The airbox and intake were modified with a shorter intake length. The new exhaust system also contributes to the power and torque characteristics while weighing 6.6 pounds lighter than the previous exhaust.

The chassis incorporates a new, lighter frame with updated steering head angle, wheel castor, wheelbase and swingarm pivot point. BMW claims the updates increase traction and feedback.

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The suspension system is fully-adjustable with updated negative spring travel for more banking clearance. The S1000RR is also available with the optional Dyanmic Damping Control electronic suspension system introduced on the HP4.

The S1000RR comes standard with Rain, Sport and Race ride modes, but adding the Pro option adds Slick and User modes as well as launch control. Other optional electronic features include gear shift assist, dynamic traction control and, for the first time in a superbike, cruise control. ABS and automatic stability control are available as standard.

The 2015 BMW S1000RR will be offered in three color schemes: Racing Red/Light White, Black Storm Metallic and BMW Motorsport.

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 Topic: Intermot 2014: Kawasaki Ninja H2R + Video
Intermot 2014: Kawasaki Ninja H2R + Video [message #6303] Tue, 30 September 2014 05:23
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The dance of the Seven Videos (okay, nine) is over at last, as Kawasaki releases its jaw-dropping new H2R.

Calling upon its decades of experience force-feeding air into everything from WW2 bombers to 310-horsepower Jet Skis, the new ZX-10R-derived H2R uses a centrifugal supercharger to extract “in the region of 300 horsepower” from the 998cc 16-valve four cylinder.

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There was a bit of an embarrassing discrepancy between the horsepower claim for its last new ZX-10R, in 2011, so you can reasonably bet Kawasaki won’t be making any claims the H2R can’t live up to. The last 10R we dynoed made 162.8 hp at 11,900 rpm. A sealed ram-air duct leads to the supercharger inlet, which then shoves pressurized air into a big airbox. One fuel injector per cylinder is located below the butterfly in each throttle body. The supercharger, specific for the H2R application, was designed completely in-house, Kawasaki says.

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Instead of the typical beam frame everyone expected, the H2R gets a steel trellis complete with single-sided swingarm. The trellis “provided both the strength to harness the incredible power of the supercharged engine, and balanced flex to help stability for high-speed competition riding.” The single seater is cloaked in what appears to be carbon-fiber bodywork adorned with various aerodynamic aids designed by Kawasaki Aerospace Company to keep the H2R land-bound and tracking straight with minimal drag. Mirror-finish black chrome paint was specially developed for this model.

And now for the big let-down you knew had to be coming: “The H2R is only available as a closed-course model. Fitted with slick racing tires, it may not be ridden on public roads and should only be ridden by experienced riders.” That would explain the lack of lights, then. And who knows what results when Kawasaki drops the “R” from H2? Even a considerably tamer beast would still be a wild streetbike indeed.

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 Topic: Rain Forces Triumph Castrol Rocket Team To Look To Bonneville 2015
Rain Forces Triumph Castrol Rocket Team To Look To Bonneville 2015 [message #6302] Tue, 30 September 2014 05:20
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The past two weekends have produced more than three inches of rain and sad news for Bonneville land speed racing fans.Triumph has released it official statement regarding the announcement by Mike Cook’s Bonneville Shootout that the course will not be ready for its Triumph Castrol Rocket streamliner and others to make a 2014 FIM legal attempt at 400mph.

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This is not what you want to see the week before racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Photo courtesy Mike Cook’s Bonneville Shootout (landspeedevents.com)

Mike Cook’s Bonneville Shootout streamliner runs were rescheduled for this weekend, October 4–5, after wet conditions earlier in the month prevented the runs on the long course required to run at these speeds.

“Of course we are disappointed, but the weather pattern and the track conditions are obviously beyond our control,” said Matt SheahanChief Operating Officer for Triumph Motorcycles America. “Our team has made great progress in the past 13 months since first taking the Triumph Castrol Rocket to the Salt last August. We now turn our efforts to making further refinements to the machine, and hope to get back on the Bonneville International Speedway in 2015.”

For more information on Triumph’s land speed effort and locations to see the Triumph Castrol Rocket in person, visit the team’s website.

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 Topic: Intermot 2014: 2015 BMW R1200R Gets Liquid-Cooled Boxer Engine
Intermot 2014: 2015 BMW R1200R Gets Liquid-Cooled Boxer Engine [message #6301] Tue, 30 September 2014 05:11
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BMW pulled the covers off a new R1200R featuring the liquid-cooled boxer engine first introduced on the R1200GS and also equipped on the R1200RT and the newly revealed R1200RS.

According to BMW, the engine produces 125 hp at 7750 rpm and 92 ft-lb. at 6500 rpm, with increased and more uniform torque across the rev range. Along with the new engine comes a 2-in-1 exhaust system, a modified airbox and reshaped air intakes and a centrally-positioned radiator. The R1200R comes with two ride modes, “Rain” and “Road”, and with the Riding mode Pro option, adds dynamic traction control and the “Dynamic” and “User” modes.

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The boxer engine is mounted in a new tubular steel bridge frame developed for the R1200R and the new R1200RS. BMW did away with the telelever front suspension, equipping the 2015 model with a telescopic fork. At the rear, the R1200R uses the brand’s signature EVO Paralever. Suspension damping can be electronically controlled with BMW’s optional Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment to adapt to changing road conditions.

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Braking duties are covered by radial-mounted four-piston calipers and like all BMW streetbikes, the 2015 R1200R comes standard with anti-lock brakes.

Other features include automatic stability control, 10-spoke cast wheels, an updated instrument cluster and a number of options including keyless ride and gear shift assist.

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