Thursday, October 04, 2012
Horex have unveiled a new VR6 Roadster-based prototype model at the Intermot, which is a preview of the things to come from the German company. ‘As a premier trade event for motorcycles, our stand at the Intermot 2012 in Cologne is a perfect place to show Horex fans the latest highlights,’ says says Horex CEO, Clemens Neese. ‘This gives them a chance to discover production options offered by our factory along with the ideas we are pursuing when it comes to accessories,’ he adds.
The new prototype Horex machine is the VR6 Classic, with period styling cues. Peter Naumann, Professor of Design at the University of Munich and the man who’s played a key role in designing the first VR6 that was shown two years ago, has also worked on this new Classic interpretation of the original. ‘The Horex Classic pays tribute to the legendary bikes from Bad Homburg. The timeless Horex red with silver accent stripes is reminiscent of the manufacturer's popular road bikes and racing machines,’ says Naumann. ‘Fine details on the concept prototype, including leather seat, intricate wire wheels and distinctive color design reflect the elegance of the star motorcycles from the 1950s and 60s without compromising the modern Horex technology,’ he adds. The Classic model will ultimately be added to the Horex line-up as a second model alongside the VR6 Roadster, he confirms.
While the VR6 Classic is cool, we like the Horex VR6 Individual even more. ‘Horex customers decide what their bike will look like. Some possible options for them are shown on the Horex Individual,’ says Klaus-Peter Schäfer, the man in charge of sales and marketing at Horex. ‘The midnight-blue paint, black headers and elegant Alcantara seat show some ideas of how a Horex can be configured to customer specifications,’ he adds.
Horex are also ready with a touring-oriented version of the VR6, which is fitted with a complete set of travel accessories designed by SW-Motech. These accessories include a holder for navigation devices and smartphones, a secure, perfectly fitted tankbag and soft panniers. Based in Augsburg, Germany, Horex are now ISO 9001:2008 certified and already have more than 30 dealerships in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The VR6 range is powered by a unique 1218cc V6 that produces 161 horsepower and 137Nm of torque and the bike weighs 249kg without fuel. Top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h.
We don’t know if we’ll ever get to ride one but we sure do love the Horex VR6 Individual and we hope the born-again German company does well for itself in the months and years to come.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
The 2013 Ducati 848 Evo Corse Special Edition gets a lightweight aluminium fuel tank and new matt black/gray paintjob, along with a red-painted trellis frame
Ducati have unveiled the latest iteration of their entry-level superbike at the Intermot in Cologne, Germany. The 848 Evo Corse Special Edition gets a new, lightweight, aluminium fuel tank and a matt black/gray paintjob. With 140 horsepower and 98Nm of torque from its Testastretta Evoluzione L-twin, as well as a host of high-tech electronics (ABS, traction control…), the 848 remains an intensely thrilling ride and is still beautiful to look at.
The 848 Evo Corse SE also gets fully adjustable Öhlins rear suspension, 330mm front brake discs with radial-mount Brembo monobloc calipers, lightweight 17-inch alloy wheels shod with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres (120/70 at the front, 180/55 at the back) and weighs just 167kg dry. With a 2-year unlimited mileage warranty and a price tag that’s significantly lower than that of the Ducati Panigale, the 848 Evo Corse Special Edition is an attractive proposition.
Ducati have unveiled the 1199RS13 superbike at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany. The 1199 Panigale RS13 will make its debut in World Superbikes in 2013. ‘Ducatisti here in Cologne have the first chance to see the RS13 version of the 1199 Panigale, now available for teams to prepare their fight for the 2013 Superbike World Championship,’ said Claudio Domenicali, General Manager, Ducati Motor Holding.
‘Being part of such a prominent and significant group as Volkswagen makes us look to the future with confidence and optimism and we are very happy to be here at Intermot with so many new products to present. Despite today’s severely shrinking market, Ducati continues to show positive growth, and since 2007 has consistently increased its market share and further strengthened its financial position. 2011 was a record year in the history of Ducati and we expect to continue our growth in 2012,’ said Ducati CEO, Gabriele Del Torchio.
Suzuki are showing their new V-Strom 1000 concept at the Intermot and the adventure-touring bike is expected to go into production in 2013. The bike is fitted with a liquid-cooled 1000cc V-twin and a lightweight aluminium chassis, with comfortable ergonomics and an adjustable windscreen. There’s adjustable rear suspension, ABS, an integrated luggage system and even traction control. Nothing remarkable here, but for those who might be looking for a relaxed, comfortable long-distance tourer, the Strom 1000 might be surprisingly good.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Of course the Hayabusa needed ABS and it's finally got that bit of life-saving technology. Now how about some fresh styling and, say, another 50 horsepower...
More than 10 years old and despite stiff competition from a rejuvenated Kawasaki ZZR1400, the Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300R soldiers on. For 2013, the Hayabusa gets much-needed ABS and Brembo monobloc calipers at the front. The bike’s fans might remember that the Hayabusa got an upgraded ECU and revised fuel-injection settings in 2003, a major restyle and mechanical update in 2008 and the bike continues to evolve even now.
“Since the birth of the first Hayabusa in 1999 until 2003 I was involved in engine design. Then I was chief engineer for the overall project. First let me say that you cannot talk about this motorcycle without mentioning its aerodynamics. Even when we were refining the design for the second generation, the team placed top priority on improving its already legendary aerodynamic efficiency,” says Hiroshi Iio, who’s responsible for much of the current generation Hayabusa. “The Hayabusa really stands above and apart from other sportsbikes and we intend to evolve its performance to ensure it is loved by riders in the future,” he adds.
The 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure will soon be up against the BMW R1200GS and other adventure touring bikes. Should be interesting to see how it stacks up...
KTM are now showing their all-new adventure-touring bike, the 1190 Adventure and Adventure R, at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany. The bike is powered by KTM’s 1195cc V-twin which produces 150 horsepower. The trellis frame is a light and extremely strong unit made of chrome-molybdenum steel and, as you would expect, KTM have fitted high-end WP suspension components to the 1190 Adventure. The bike weighs 230kg and features the latest ABS from Bosch.
While the 1190 Adventure is well suited to a bit of off-road use, for really hard-core mud-bashing, KTM would suggest you get the 1190 Adventure R, which features bigger wheels (21-inch front, 18-inch rear), more suspension travel, off-road tyres, wider handlebars, higher seat, a crash bar for increased protection, a lower windshield and full adjustable suspension. The R also gets C-ABS and 4-stage traction control, both of which can be fully disengaged or used in off-road mode.
The 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure and 1190 Adventure R certainly looks quite brutishly capable but it remains to be seen if these bikes are as good as the 2013 BMW R1200GS.
With a million GSX-Rs sold since the bike was launched a quarter of a century ago, Suzuki have announced a 'Commemorative Edition' 2013 GSX-R1000 - the bike you see here - which features a special paint job, black Brembo monobloc calipers with gold lettering, wheel stripes, gold forks, numbered top yoke, red fork tops and a few other minor detail changes. Mechanically, the 2013 GSX-R1000 remains similar to the 2012 model.
Last year, Suzuki had given the GSX-R1000 a new single-side exhaust system, lighter and stronger pistons and other updated engine internals, big piston forks (BPF) and Brembo radial-mount monobloc calipers at the front. The 2013 GSX-R1000 still doesn’t get its rivals’ electro-trickery but remains a fast, capable sportsbike – one we love very, very much indeed.
With its 203kg kerb weight and about 170-180bhp power output, the Suzuki GSX-R1000 is no longer the lightest, quickest, fastest superbike out there, but it’s performance is still more than enough for the street and for us, the ‘GSX-R’ tag remains magical even today. Suzuki have sold a million GSX-Rs over the last 25 years, so they must be doing something right...?
The Ducati Monster will complete 20 years of production in 2013 and to celebrate, the Italian company is showcasing special 20th Anniversary editions of the Monster 696, 796 and 1100 Evo at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany. The bikes get slightly revised paint schemes, new exhaust systems, revised graphics and the Ducati Safety Pack, which consists of ABS and, on the 1100 Evo, a 4-level traction control system.
The 20th Anniversary edition Ducati Monster bikes feature red bodywork, bronze painted frame, gold painted brake calipers, front disc carriers and brake and clutch master cylinders, ‘Champagne’ painted front fork bodies, gray swingarm, and 1990s style rear-view mirrors and seat fabric.
We like the 2013 KTM RC8 R and we think it still looks cool, but can it really survive in the face of newer, faster bikes like the Ducati Panigale and BMW HP4?
KTM have unveiled the latest iteration of their V-twin superbike, the 2013 RC8 R – at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany. The bike features some updates to its Keihin engine management system which results in improved power delivery, a new slipper clutch and retuned suspension for more precise, stable handling.
KTM have also unveiled the latest version of the RC8 R Track, which is of course for racetrack use only. The bike has done well for itself in the past, in the IDM German superbike series. With 180 horsepower on tap, it’s a serious track tool for professional racers and/or committed trackday enthusiasts. “Leave the shop and lay down the fastest lap of the trackday without any conversions, with the possible exception of a stop-over at the painter’s for your sponsor’s colour scheme,” claim KTM and that’s pretty much how it must have been, before machines like the Panigale and the HP4 came along...
Nobody really knows what kind of a bike Yamaha will build around their new 3-cylinder engine, but we hope it's a modern-day version of the FZR750R OW01...!
Somebody at Yamaha is, apparently, quite taken with the triples produced by MV Agusta and Triumph, so the Japanese company has gone right ahead and announced their own 3-cylinder engine which they say “has the potential to bring race-inspired performance to the street.” All right then!
According to Yamaha, their new 3-cylinder engine, unveiled at the Intermot by the current MotoGP world championship leader Jorge Lorenzo, will play an important role in Yamaha’s future. With its crossplane crankshaft that’s ‘inspired’ by the current R1 and M1 bikes, the new Yamaha triple will likely have a linear torque curve and should be a very refined, modern unit.
It’s actually quite intriguing that Yamaha are doing a triple and we really have no idea what they’ll use it for. We’d like to think the new engine would be used in a supersports 750 – a modern-day interpretation of the FZR750R OW01 perhaps, especially since Honda have recently announced they’d be doing a full-on V4-engined sportsbike in the not too distant future. A high-tech lightweight 750cc superbike powered by a 160-170bhp three-cylinder engine? Sounds good to us…
Aprilia have unveiled the new, 2013 RSV4 at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany. Alongside the 1199 Panigale S, the RSV4 Factory is currently the hottest European superbike in production and for 2013, it gets a boost in power – the V4 engine now produces 184bhp and 117Nm of torque – a new sports ABS that can be fully disengaged, a slightly bigger fuel tank and improvements to its highly sophisticated multi-level traction control system. Should be interesting to see how the new RSV4 stacks up against the BMW S1000RR HP4!
Husqvarna are ready with the Nuda 900 and 900R in time for the Intermot and the big new with these bikes is the addition of ABS. The German-owned Swedish company which is based in Italy (!!) is one of the world’s oldest motorcycle manufacturers and the Nuda, their first modern-day streetbike, is a pretty impressive machine.
Powered by a heavily modified version of the BMW F800R’s parallel-twin, the Nuda 900 packs 105bhp and 100Nm of torque, which makes for entertaining performance since the bike only weighs 195 kilos. The bike remains mechanically unchanged for 2013, except for the availability of the optional ABS, a new dual-channel Bosch 9MP system that’s supposed to be one of the best systems around. Since it’s switchable, the Nuda 900’s ABS can be completely disengaged for racetrack use and is said to be optimized for ‘sporty’ riding.