Wednesday, September 23, 2015

2016 Ducati Diavel Carbon is ready to rumble

2016 Ducati Diavel Carbon

The 2016 Ducati Diavel Carbon may not really be all-new, but there's still nothing like it in the world of motorcycling...

Another year, another "new" Ducati Diavel. This time, it's the 2016-spec Diavel Carbon, which according to Ducati is "a unique, different, innovative and brave bike." Ahem. "Strengthened by a style that has literally won over the world’s motorcycle community, it has opened new horizons for the Ducati brand. Muscular and with a strong presence, the Diavel dominates the road while remaining as lightweight and agile as other Ducati models," says the press release from Bologna.

PR-speak aside, the Diavel Carbon remains impressive as ever, with a dry weight figure of 205 kilos and 162 horsepower from its Testastretta 11° V-twin. There's the usual full complement of electronics, including ABS, multi-stage traction control and various riding modes that tailor power delivery to your needs. This 2016 Diavel Carbon gets a rather fetching "Asphalt Grey" colour, with some visible carbonfibre weave, red stripes and dark chrome finish on the chassis. The 17-inch Marchesini forged alloy wheels are new, as is the Zircotec ceramic-coated exhaust system. The seat is redesigned for improved ergonomics, and the 2016 Ducati Diavel is also available in "Dark Stealth" black, with matt black tank and black frame and wheels. Business as usual for the boys in Bologna.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

2016 MV Agusta F3 RC 800 and F3 RC 675: Official high-res pics, tech specs and details

The 2016 F3 RC 800 and F3 RC 675, delectable little pocket rockets from MV Agusta

MV Agusta have released the first official pics and specs of the new F3 RC 800 and F3 RC 675, both limited edition machines, with production limited to just 250 units and 100 units respectively. The bikes are replicas of the machines raced by Jules Cluzel and Lorenzo Zanetti in the World Supersports (WSS) championship series.

Both the F3 RCs are powered by MV’s DOHC, 4-valves-per-cylinder, inline-three engines, which feature titanium valves, a counter-rotating crankshaft, slipper clutch and MVICS. The 675 triple produces 128 horsepower at 14,500rpm, while the 800 triple pumps out a bigger 148bhp at 13,000 revs. Top speeds, at 260kph for the F3 RC 675 and at 270kph for the F3 RC 800, are impressive.

Electronics on both the F3 RC bikes are top-notch, with MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) once again taking centre stage. MVICS controls the F3 RC’s ride-by-wire throttle management system, ABS and 8-stage traction control system. The chassis, with its mix of trellis-type steel-tube construction, combined with aluminium side plates and single-side aluminium swingarm remains unchanged, and provides optimum rigidity for the street as well as for track use. Suspension duties are handled by a 43mm Marzocchi fork at the front and Sachs monoshock at the rear, both ends being fully adjustable.

With twin 320mm brake discs at the front, gripped by radial-mount Brembo monobloc calipers, the F3 RC has immense stopping power. The factory-fitted Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres (120/70-ZR17 at the front, 180/55-ZR17 at the rear) provide massive amount of grip, and expert riders could be elbow-dragging around corners (only on the track, of course...) in no time.

Monday, September 21, 2015

2016 BMW C650 Sport, C650 GT unveiled

2016 BMW C650 Sport and C650 GT

The BMW C650 Sport and C650 GT are big, comfortable, (reasonably) fast and not too bad looking. They even have ABS, stability control and side-view assist. These are scooters, so what more could you ask for?

BMW have unveiled their new, 2016-spec scooters – the C650 Sport, for riders who want to go fast in the twisty bits, and the C650 GT, for those who want to tour in peace and comfort. Both are powered by a 647cc parallel-twin, which pumps out 60bhp, meets EU4 emissions norms and adheres to the new European ECE R41-04 noise test regulations.

The new BMW scooters get a new CVT set-up with optimized clutch engagement, for improved acceleration and throttle response. Both, the C650 Sport and the C650 GT, continue to use a torsionally stiff hybrid-composite chassis structure, consisting of a tubular steel bridge frame and a die-cast aluminium unit in the area of the swingingarm bearing. With this, according to BMW, they’ve created a more comfortable suspension set-up, which offers the perfect balance between sport riding dynamics and ride comfort.

Both scooters get Bosch ABS and automatic stability control (ASC), while side view assist (SVA, which helps the rider by monitoring the blind spot during lane change maneuvers) is an optional extra, available only on C650 GT. Styling on both the scoots is has been updated, with new rear/side trim panels, new rear taillamp, new handlebar trim, revised instrumentation and a new automatic daytime riding light function.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

60th Anniversary Yamaha YZF-R1 looks stunning, R1M also back for 2016

With its iconic white-black-yellow paintjob, the 2016-spec 60th Anniversary Yamaha R1 looks awesome. We love it!

Unveiled last week, the 60th Anniversary Yamaha YZF-R1 gets the Japanese company's iconic white-black-yellow paintjob and here, it looks positively stunning. We have to admit, we're no big fans of the current R1's styling, but the 60th Anniversary special edition R1, with the paintjob and Akrapovic exhaust you see here, is just so very, very good looking. Brilliant job!

"With its Yamaha M1 MotoGP-derived engine and chassis design, together with game changing electronics, the new R1 makes for the most exhilarating and rewarding supersport riding experience," claim Yamaha, and we agree. The new R1 will be available at Yamaha dealers from December 2015 onwards. For 2016, other colours available include Race Blu and Racing Red. The Yamaha YZF-R1M, a special edition race and track bike aimed at professional teams and experienced riders, will also be back for 2016. Featuring a range of sophisticated equipment - including Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS), carbonfibre bodywork, and a communication control unit (CCU) - the YZF-R1M enables riders to have access to the most advanced M1-developed MotoGP technology.

Available exclusively via online application, the first production run of the 2015 R1M was sold out shortly after the system went live. In response to the continued strong demand for this high-specification M1-inspired model, Yamaha confirm that the R1M will once again be produced in strictly limited quantities for the 2016 season. Online customer registration opens on October 1st, so get your orders in now!

2016 Ducati Monster 1200R: Official high-res pics, specs, details, video

We think the new Ducati Monster 1200R looks absolutely fabulous. Every little bit, every detail is just spot on. And the 160bhp engine / 180kg dry weight combo should make the bike a blast to ride!

Ducati have completely revamped the top-of-the-line Monster, and the new Monster 1200R is a proper beast, with 160 horsepower and 131Nm from its 1200cc Testastretta 11° V-twin. According to Ducati, this is a machine that is "able to show its true colours on a race track while making the rider feel perfectly comfortable during daily commutes, thanks to a full-bodied, smooth delivery at low and medium RPM."

The 2016 Monster 1200R comes with a completely redesigned, compact, lightweight and high-slung tailpiece, seat and high-mounted plate holder. The bike features a higher stance than the Monster 1200S, for more extreme lean angles and to make the most of its Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres. As is only right, the Monster R gets a truly monstrous 200/55 x ZR17 rear tyre, new exhaust system, wet-type slipper clutch, an Öhlins steering damper, forged alloy wheels and a smattering of carbonfibre bits, bringing the total dry weight down to 180kg. The new nose fairing, radiator trim with engraved “R” logo, and the two available colour schemes - Red and Black – make sure that your neighbour know you've got the all-new Monster 1200R.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Robbie Maddison takes on the Pacific Ocean on his dirtbike

Can a dirtbike be ridden across the Pacific Ocean in French Polynesia? Yes, if you're Robbie Maddison. For two years, Robbie had been working on making ocean surfing on his motorcycle a reality. Here, he shows his stuff in Tahiti, where he rides the waves at Teahupoo and Papara. Unbelievable stuff. Phenomenal.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin: Official high-res pic, specs and details

The 2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin is a proper litre-class adventure-touring bike, with genuine off-road capability. Dual-clutch automatic transmission is optional. It's light, slim and fast. We like it!

Honda have released technical details and a full set of official high-res pics of their new adventure-touring motorcycle, the CRF1000L Africa Twin, which is powered by an all-new parallel-twin that produces 94bhp and 98Nm of torque. For a litre-class dual-purpose bike, the new Africa Twin looks impressively slim and compact, so those power and torque figures should be quite adequate on the street and for off-road use. There is, of course, a full set of electronics, including ABS, traction-control and optional DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission. In their press release, Honda claim that the new CRF1000L is, "like its celebrated forerunners, ready to cover continents on or off-road."

The 2016 Africa Twin's twin-cylinder engine draws on Honda’s experience with off-road bikes like the CRF250R and CRF450R, using the same four-valve Unicam head design for compact overall dimensions. "A 270° phased crankshaft gives the power delivery a distinct character as well delivering excellent feel for rear wheel traction," claim Honda. "Strong and linear power and torque deliver instant response anywhere in the rev-range – accompanied by a satisfying, characterful deep growl as rpm rises," adds the press release. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox that is equipped with an assist slipper clutch. (A DCT automatic is optional.)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

2016 Yamaha XSR700 unveiled

The all-new Yamaha XSR700, a sporty retro-yet-modern streebike aimed at bearded young gentlemen and stylish young women. Hipsters everywhere should love this one...

Yamaha are taking their "Sport Heritage" bike building philosophy, which they've latched on to in a big way over the last few months, pretty seriously. According to Yamaha, this is all about "respecting the iconic styles and designs of Yamaha motorcycles of the past, whilst intending to push the boundaries of motorcycle technology to create amazing bikes with real character that never compromise on riding ability." In keeping with this philosophy, Yamaha have now unveiled the new XSR700, which is supposedly a "faster son" of the erstwhile Yamaha XS650. Faster son? Yeah, well, the term "shows respect to the bikes that came before, whilst also showing pride in the faster sons of today and tomorrow, because above all, we love to ride."

For the new XSR700, Yamaha worked closely with the Los Angeles-based bike builder Shinya Kimura. The brief was to build a casual, retro styled streetbike that pays tribute to the iconic Yamaha XS650 - simple, 1970s/1980s inspired styling, with a modern engine, suspension and brakes etc. The XSR700 is powered by a 700cc parallel twin that, according to Yamaha, "kicks out a linear, deep torque for not just outstanding acceleration, but smiles in every gear. The uneven firing interval and 270-degree crank ensures a strong sensation of acceleration and outstanding traction, while maintaining continuous smooth and exciting power delivery till high rpm." However, no actual power or torque figures are quoted.