Friday, September 21, 2012

Honda confirms all-new V4-engined super sports motorcycle for 2013-14

Honda's new MotoGP-inspired super sports streetbike will, according to the company, revive the kind of excitement which the RC30 brought to the party in the late-1980s...

Talking about the products and technologies that Honda will develop in the near future, the company’s CEO, Takanobu Ito, recently said that Honda is now working on a new super sports motorcycle which will feature technologies derived from Honda’s MotoGP machines. “This bike will seek to deliver the same passion and excitement that the RC30 VFR750R created when first introduced in 1987,” he said.

So the RC30 is all set to return in its modern-day avatar? Cool! Our wish list for this new bike? Here’s what we hope it has – a 1000cc V4 that produces 200 horsepower, ABS, fully adjustable traction control, electronically adjustable suspension, LED headlamps, fully digital instrumentation with LED colour display, single-sided swingarm and a kerb weight of not more than 160 kilos.

Ito has not specified a time frame for the new super sports V4, but we expect Honda to be ready with the bike by the end of 2013 or perhaps by early 2014. Build it, Honda. And we’ll do our best to scrape together enough money to buy one.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

2013 KTM 1190 Adventure R: First official pic, specs released

Thw 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure, in all its orange-hued glory...

Going by the number of ‘adventure’ motorcycles that are being launched by various European manufacturers, an awful lot of people must be chucking up their jobs, packing it all in and riding such bikes into the sunset. Or not. In any case, KTM have announced that they will unveil the all-new 1190 Adventure and Adventure R at the Intermot this year and in doing so, they will go up against similar machines from BMW, Moto Guzzi, Triumph, Ducati and others.

The 1190 Adventure will be more street-oriented though it’ll still ride on 19-inch (front) and 17-inch (rear) wheels. The R model will be more off-road specific. Both bikes get KTM’s LC8 V-twin that produces an impressive 150bhp and 125Nm of torque. And, as you might expect, the bikes will get a full host of electronics, including Keihin motor management, electronic fuel injection with drive-by-wire, adjustable ABS, adjustable traction control, electronically adjustable suspension and anti-hop clutch.

The 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure and Adventure R will have 15,000km inspection intervals, and will weigh 230 kilos with a full tank of fuel. The bikes’ lattice frame is made of tubular chrome-molybdenum-steel and along with the rugged suspension components from WP, is likely to be very capable of taking serious levels of punishment off-road. The bike(s) look interesting, we must say. More information and high-res pics when the 1190 Adventure is officially unveiled at the Intermot this year…

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo, Pikes Peak editions announced

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The 2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo and the very cool 1200 S Pikes Peak will be available in showrooms from January next year

Ducati have announced their new, 2013 Multistrada 1200 models and the line-up now includes Granturismo and Pikes Peak versions. Changes include mods to the second-generation Testastretta engine, improved ABS and, on S versions, semi-active ‘Skyhook’ suspension.

The Ducati Multistrada 1200 is already a very high-tech motorcycle, with ABS, ride-by-wire throttle and an advanced traction control system. The 2013 Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo gets increased luggage capacity, additional LED illumination, enhanced wind protection and sport-touring tyres, while the Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak gets a race-winning replica paintjob. The bikes all have sport, touring, urban and enduro riding modes and suspension settings, traction control, ABS and the Skyhook suspension are all electronically adjustable.

The new Multistrada 1200 models will be available via the official Ducati dealer network from January 2013.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Long Live the Kings

Shot exclusively on Super 16mm film, Long Live the Kings is a short documentary that tries to chronicle the hopes and desires of a bunch of motorcycle road trippers.
Visit their website for more information