Friday, October 21, 2016

2017 MV Agusta F4 RC gets new racing kit, WSBK livery

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The MV Agusta F4 RC is still stunningly beautiful, and 212bhp (with the racing kit) should still be enough to blow the exhaust systems off most other bikes on the street

MV Agusta have unveiled the new, updated, 2017-spec F4 RC, which gets the ‘Reparto Corse’ livery taken from Leon Camier's WSBK racebike. The number '37' on the fairing is, according to MV, a reminder of the number of constructors World titles won by MV Agusta. Production is limited to 250 units only and each bike comes with a special racing kit that contains an SC-Project titanium single-exit exhaust system, dedicated racing ECU, single seat tail unit, removable mirrors (machined in exotic 7075 ergal aluminium), carbonfibre exhaust shroud, personalized bike cover and a certificate of authentication.

Of course, the MV Agusta F4 RC isn't about the fancy paintjob and loud exhaust - it has the muscle, the brute force to back up its good looks. Its inline-four produces 205 horsepower in street trim and 212bhp with the racing kit. The TIG-welded chrome-molybednum-steel tube trellis frame, with aluminum alloy side plates and single-side aluminium swingarm, is still a piece of art and is customisable for ride height. The suspension is top-notch as well, with a 43mm USD Ohlins NIX type 30 fork at front (with adjustable compression and rebound damping) and fully adjustable Ohlins TTX 36 monoshock at the rear. Brembo's twin 320mm brake discs at front, with radial-mount 4-piston calipers, and single 210mm steel disc at the back comprise the braking hardware, while Bosch ABS 9 Plus with Race Mode and rear wheel lift-up mitigation(RLM) is standard.

2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber unveiled

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We're not that crazy about bobbers, but the Triumph Bonneville Bobber is not too bad

Triumph have unveiled the new Bonneville Bobber, a stripped down factory custom with minimalist styling and authentic 'bobber' features like a low, single seat, wide flat bars and hardtail rear end. Interesting bits include a 'floating' aluminium seat pan with beautifully stitched deep foam pad,
hidden monoshock rear suspension, wire-spoked black-painted wheels (shod with Avon Cobra tyres) and a straightline exhaust system. Triumph claim that the bike has more torque and power from its 1200cc parallel-twin lower down in the rev range as compared to the Triumph Bonneville T120, while the Bobber's stainless steel exhaust, with slash cut, sawn-off peashooter silencers, emit a "rich unique bobber exhaust note."

Unlike most bobbers, this one comes with ride-by-wire throtle management, torque-assist clutch, switchable traction control and two riding modes. Available colours include red, green/silver, black and brown, while the list of official accessories includes ape hanger bars, ribbed and quilted comfort seat, heated grips, cruise control kit, Vance & Hines exhaust and adjustable rear suspension from Fox. The bike boasts 16,000km service intervals.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 unveiled

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The redesigned, thoroughly updated, 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 takes some styling cues and technologies from the mighty R1. But we wonder why Yamaha have not quoted any power and torque figures for this machine?

The 600cc supersports class seems to be witnessing more than its fair share of ups and downs this year. Whereas old-timers like the Honda CBR600RR seem to be on their way out, there's also machines like the MV Agusta F3 RC 675, which are keeping the excitement alive in the 600cc sportsbike segment. And to add more fuel to the fire, there's the all-new, 2017-spec Yamaha YZF-R6, which, according to Yamaha, gets new, cutting-edge electronics as well as a host of R1-derived tweaks to its aluminium twin-spar chassis. Notable new bits on the 2017 Yamaha R6 include an M1-type central forced air intake, twin LED headlights, sharper, redesigned bodywork, more efficient aerodynamics, new front cowl and windscreen and new 6-level traction control system that can also be switched off completely.

According to Yamaha, the new R6's TCS has been optimised for high-speed performance and its intelligent software is designed to work in a subtle manner that does not intrude upon the bike's performance intent. The system is even able to automatically compensate for rear tyre wear for more consistent performance, especially on the racetrack. Other notable bits include a new quick shift system, which allows full throttle clutchless upshifts for outstanding acceleration through the bike's close-ratio 6-speed transmission, fully adjustable 43mm KYB front forks, fully adjustable KYB rear monoshock, twin 320mm brake discs at front, with 4-piston radial-mount calipers, magnesium rear subframe, redesigned seat and a lightweight aluminium fuel tank.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Vision Next 100 showcases BMW’s plans for tomorrow’s motorcycle

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The Vision Next 100 is BMW's all-electric, always-connected, self-balancing motorcycle of the future. We expect its features to start trickling down to BMW production bikes within the next few years

BMW’s ‘Vision’ series of vehicles are aimed at fulfilling future mobility needs and may make it to production at some time over the next three decades. And after BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce Vision vehicles, there’s now also a Vision motorcycle – the BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100, which was unveiled yesterday at the ‘Iconic Impulses – the BMW Group Future Experience’ event in Los Angeles.

The motorcycle, which looks rather outlandish today (but may not be all that surreal in 10-20 years from now…?) represents BMW’s vision for motorcycling in an always connected, always online world. “Motorcycling is about escaping from the everyday. The moment you straddle your bike, you are absolutely free. Your bike is ‘The Great Escape,’” says Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad. And with the Vision Next 100, BMW’s aim is to free the rider from as many constraints as possible, even doing away with the need to wear a helmet and protective gear.

With the Vision Next 100, BMW want to produce a machine that’s still recognizably a BMW motorcycle, hence the black frame (a reference to the first ever BMW R32 motorcycle, which was made in 1923) and the Boxer opposed-twin design cues. But, of course, there will be no actual Boxer-twin internal combustion engine here – that will be replaced with a zero-emissions electric motor, fed by lithium-ion batteries. The absence of a full fairing is explained by BMW, who claim that “clever arrangement of surfaces protects the rider from wind and weather as effectively as a full fairing. The surface of the frame is covered in matt black textile, its silky sheen and fine lines highlighting the characteristic forms and representing a contemporary reinterpretation of this classic BMW detail.”

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

2017 MV Agusta F3 RC 800, F3 RC 675 unveiled

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The new MV Agusta F3 RC 800 and F3 RC 675 are quite possibly the lightest, most powerful, most race-focused and fastest middleweights that you can buy right now. They're intense...!

MV Agusta have unveiled the new, 2017-spec F3 RC, a 'Reparto Corse' World Supersport-replica that will be produced in limited numbers - just 350 units will be made available worldwide. The bike has been thoroughly updated and is now more intensely performance-focused than ever before. The F3 RC 675's three-cylinder engine now produces 128bhp at 14,400rpm and 71Nm of torque at 10,900rpm, while the F3 RC 800 boasts 148bhp at 13,000rpm and 88Nm of torque at 10,600 rpm from its screaming, howling, high-revving inline-three. Both variants get MV's new, updated MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System), with ride-by-wire throttle management, 8-level traction control and multiple riding modes.

The F3 RC's composite chassis, with a lightweight steel tube trellis section mated to aluminum alloy side plates and single-sided swingarm, remains unchanged, while the bike's Sachs monoshock and Marzocchi front forks have been further tuned and optimised for high-speed stability. According to MV, the RC's high ratio of swingarm length to wheelbase (576.5/1380mm) ensures maximum traction and perfect weight distribution.

In deference to its racing DNA, the new MV Agusta F3 RC bikes carry race-replica graphics that come straight from the racebikes ridden by Jules Cluzel and Lorenzo Zanetti in WSS. Each bike is also personally signed by the the riders on the side panels. Official accessories that come with the bike include single seat cover, a paddock stand and a bike cover. Not too bad, though we'd still rather wait for the all-new F4, which we hope MV will unveil at the EICMA, in Milan, next month! ;-)

2017 BMW K1600B unveiled, is a stunning piece of work

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With its 6-cylinder, 160bhp engine, pared down styling and all-black colour scheme, the 2017 BMW K1600B is quite the business. We think it's super cool!

BMW have unveiled their all-new K1600B Bagger, which is based on the K1600GT touring bike and is powered by the same 160-horsepower 1600cc inline-six engine. In fact, the K1600B is the production-spec version of the Concept 101 which BMW had shown at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este last year. “In design terms, the new all-black K1600B takes the form of a bagger, an exclusive custom bike type that is particularly popular in the USA. The characteristic properties of the bagger are its drop-shaped silhouette, whose highest point is the front fairing, the stretched drop-like silhouette in a 'streamlining' style and the deep-set side cases with integrated American-style rear lights. New fully chrome-plated silencers run parallel to the road and are an organic fit for the visual appeal of the bagger," says a press release from BMW.

While the K1600B is largely based on the same mechanical package as the K1600GT, the former uses a new sub-frame at the back for its completely redesigned, backwards-sloping rear end. The slim sidecases are all new, while the rear mudguard has also been designed to fold upwards, which makes it easier to remove the rear wheel. The K1600B's compact new windscreen looks good and gets redesigned wind deflectors, which have been stretched further back, for more effective wind protection.

Friday, October 07, 2016

2017 Moto Guzzi Audace Carbon, California Touring unveiled at the Intermot

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The Audace Carbon is Moto Guzzi's take on doing a Diavel / VMAX-type muscle bike. The 200-section rear tyre looks the part, too, though 96bhp may not be nearly enough

According to Moto Guzzi, the new Audace Carbon - freshly unveiled at the Intermot in Cologne, Germany - is the one bike in their line-up that has the strongest and most rebellious character. It expresses 'dark soul,' they claim, and emphasies the sheer performance of its made-in-Mandello 1380cc transverse V-twin. Indeed, the Audace Carbon has no shiny bits of chrome anywhere - it's all dark black, with matt-red for the engine's cylinder heads and front brake caliers. And bits like the front mudguard and the sides of its fuel tank are actually made of carbonfibre.

'I believe that this bike, today, speaks louder than any words about the more modern soul and future of the brand from Mandello. Sitting astride this imposing bike, starting the powerful V twin and riding down the road is all you need to understand what Moto Guzzi represents today. Audace is a perfect interpretation of the most genuine Moto Guzzi spirit,' says Miguel Galluzzi, who heads the Piaggio Group's Advanced Design Center in Pasadena, California.

Changes on the new Audace Carbon, as compared to the older, regular Audace, include a Euro 4-compliant engine, platform footboards replaced with sportier footpegs, rocker gearshift control replaced with a classic gear shifter pedal, a lower, sportier seat unit upholstered in eco-leather, with exposed red stitching, reshaped handlebar (lowered and extended towards the rider), a new cruise control system and improved ergonomics overall.

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