Tuesday, November 08, 2011

2012 BMW R1200GS Rallye, K1300S HP, K1300R revealed

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From left: The 2012 BMW R1200GS Rallye, K1300S HP Package and K1300R. New colours and some fancy bits keep things interesting for these Bimmers...

BMW have announced updated, special edition versions of the R1200GS, K1300S and K1300R for 2012. The R1200GS Rallye gets a special paintjob, including body parts in Alpine white and graphics in the legendary BMW Motorrad Motorsports colours. The 100-horsepower boxer twin engine remains unchanged, but the bike does get new cross-spoke wheels, heated grips, hand protectors in white, onboard computer and ‘Enduro ESA’ electronic suspension adjustment. The 2012 R1200GS Rallye will be priced at 14,950 euros and will go on sale in January 2012.

BMW F800R updated for 2012

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The BMW F800R gets new colours for 2012...

For 2012, BMW Motorrad have provided a ‘visual makeover’ for the F800R, which was launched back in 2009. ‘Technically, the new F800R will retain its well proven concept. The engine is still the liquid-cooled parallel twin with 4-valve technology and a capacity of 798cc. The highly distinctive engine provides impressive pulling power, a spontaneous response and a low level of fuel consumption. The engine output is 87bhp at 8000rpm and 86Nm of torque at 6000 revs,’ says a press note from BMW.

ABS is optional on the new F800R and the bike weighs 177kg dry. Available in Alpine white/Black satin gloss, Magma red/White aluminium metallic matt and Mineral silver metallic paint options, the 2012 BMW F800R is priced at 8,400 euros and will go on sale in December this year.

2012 BMW C600 Sport, BMW C650GT: First official pics, specs released


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The 2012 BMW C600 Sport and C650GT scooters look... cool!

BMW have released the first official pics and details of their new scooters, the C600 Sport and the C650GT, which according to the company are its new-age urban mobility solutions.

‘The differing characteristics of the concepts behind these two maxi scooters appeal to a wide target group: the C600 Sport for riders with sports ambitions and the C650GT for customers attaching greater importance to comfort and touring ability,’ says a press release from BMW.

Both the C600 Sport and C650GT are fitted with the same 647cc parallel-twin that produces 60 horsepower at 7500rpm and 66Nm of torque at 6000 revs. Both BMW scooters also get continuously variable transmission (CVT) as is the norm with almost all scooters these days.

2012 Honda Crosstourer: First official pics, specs


Big, heavy, complicated. The 2012 Honda Crosstourer seems a bit pointless...
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Honda have released the first official pics and details of the production-spec Crosstourer adventure tourer, which is fitted with a 1237cc V4 engine and features high-tech bits like traction control, dual clutch transmission and C-ABS.

The development team, led by Yosuke Hasegawa (Large Project Leader for the Crosstourer), wanted to create a machine that gave the rider a sense of challenge and adventure, a motorcycle that was fit for all purposes, a perfect travel companion. ‘The Crosstourer combines sports touring features, such as the powerful V4 engine (126 horsepower, 126Nm of torque) also found in the Honda VFR1200F, with features found on off-road motorcycles such as long travel suspension and an upright riding position for reassuring handling and grip. This crossover between two biking genres makes the Crosstourer a unique and versatile package,’ says a press note from Honda.

2012 Honda NC700S, NC700X: Motorcycling dullness redefined

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The 2012 Honda NC700S is just plain dull...  :-(

Honda have released the first official pics of the new NC700S and NC700X, which are due to be shown at the EICMA motorcycle show this week. Pitched as fun and affordable mid-sized machines, the NC700S and NC700X offer easy handling and are suitable for commuting and/or weekend use.

‘Right from the beginning, the NC700S had to be fun to ride. Handling is key to this and the NC700S offers a direct, intuitive, confidence-inspiring ride for all levels of experience. The low seat position adds to the accessibility of the machine, and the engine appeals to all kinds of rider, with its smooth, responsive power and a strong feeling of low-rpm torque,’ says a press note from Honda.

Husqvarna Concept MOAB pays tribute to Steve McQueen's H400


According to Husqvarna, the Concept MOAB's unique form and colours give it an exhilarating vintage look. The colour scheme is from Steve McQueen's immortal H400...
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Husqvarna are ready with an all-new concept bike for this year’s EICMA motorcycle show – the Concept MOAB – which they claim is a ‘modern re-interpretation of the scrambler, the bike that lies at the heart of the Husqvarna history and its unique style.’

Husqvarna say that tradition, style and performance are the features that captured the identity and shaped the history of the brand, which became the model and reference point for all off-road bikes in the 1960s and the 70s. ‘The Husqvarna MOAB can trace its origins to our models from that period, legendary bikes that are milestones in the history of off-road biking, especially in the US. This is one reason for the name MOAB, after the evocative desert in Utah, which every year draws huge numbers of off-road bikers and provides the eerie background for the sets of many cult movies,’ says a press release from the company.

Ducati 1199 Panigale: First official pics, specs

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The Ducati 1199 Panigale packs 195 horsepower and weighs 164kg. Oh, well...

Ducati have unveiled the all-new 1199 Panigale in a press conference at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan, Italy. The Panigale, along with Ducati’s entire 2012 range of motorcycles, will be displayed from 10-13 November at EICMA 2011, the 69th edition of the Milan International Motorcycle Show.

‘Thanks to our focus on product development, increased investment and our work to maintain the desirability of our brand around the world, I take great satisfaction in announcing that 2011 has been the most successful year in the history of Ducati,’ said Gabriele Del Torchio, President of Ducati Motor Holding. ‘Sales of approximately 42,000 motorcycles have generated revenues of €480 million, a 20% increase over the previous year. It gives us the confidence to believe in the pillars of our strategy and to continue on our mission to be specialist leaders of the sportbike segment by further developing innovative and class-leading motorcycles,’ he added.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Valentino Rossi pays final tribute to Marco Simoncelli


Goodbye, Super Sic. R.I.P.
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During yesterday’s final MotoGP race of the season, at Valencia, Valentino Rossi paid his final tribute to the late Marco Simoncelli. The Doctor’s helmet carried a special paintjob which was a combination of the designs used by Rossi and Simoncelli.

‘I really like the helmet a lot. I talked with Aldo Drudi and told him I wanted to make a really nice tribute to Sic. The most important thing of Marco’s helmet were the two red stripes. We didn’t really want to make an exact copy of his design – that’s one that only he could use. So we chose a way of combining the two helmets and it came out very nice. It has a very important meaning and it has a great emotion for me,’ said Rossi.