Saturday, June 28, 2014

KTM Freeride 350 vs KTM 250R: Does James Whitham still have what it takes?


Sam Lowes and James Whitham get out into the British wilderness on the KTM Freeride 350 and KTM 250R. It's the duel from hell. Oh, well, not really. But it's still fun to watch...




Saturday, June 21, 2014

2014 Vespa World Days: Official high-res pics

Earlier this month, Mantua, Italy, hosted the 2014 Vespa World Days, with more than 10,000 particpants from 32 countries turning up to show their love and enthusiasm for the iconic Vespa scooter. Aprilia WSBK riders Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli were also present for the festivities. Here are some official high-res pics from the event.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Honda UK bring back the 1990s ‘Urban Tiger’ paint scheme for the new Honda Fireblade

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Honda UK are bringing back the 1990s 'Urban Tiger' paintjob on the current-model Fireblade. At least it won't be as common as the Repsol-replica 'Blades!

Remember the 1990s? The Suzuki SRAD GSX-R750s, Yamaha FZR1000 EXUPs, the mighty Honda RVF750R (RC45), the Ducati 916, the Kawasaki ZXR750, the first of the Kawasaki ZX-9Rs and, perhaps most of all, Tadao Baba's first Honda CBR900RR FireBlade, which pretty much redefined the world of superbikes. Fans of the 'Blade might well remember the 'Urban Tiger' paint scheme on the 1994 FireBlade, which has now been brought back to life by Honda UK, on the current model CBR1000RR Fireblade.

Available at selected Honda UK dealerships, the Urban Tiger Fireblade gets an upgraded cylinder head, revised PGM-DSFI fuel-injection settings for increased top-end power and mid-range torque, and an Akrapovic exhaust system. "We saw this as the perfect opportunity to celebrate the colourful history of the Fireblade, and decided to take that one step further by offering customers the chance to own a modern version of this retro livery. The Urban Tiger is one of the most loved Fireblade paint schemes in the model’s 22-year history and it’s still as popular today as it was back in 90s. Now, Fireblade fans can have the best of both worlds – the iconic design, on the latest evolution of the machine," says Honda UK’s Nick Campolucci.

You can gets your hands on the 2014 Urban Tiger Honda Fireblade for a mere £13,299 OTR, though we'd much rather have a Martini Racing Fireblade or one that's painted in the 1980s Rothmans Honda colours!




Harley-Davidson's Project LiveWire gets underway, first Harley electric motorcycle coming soon

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According to Harley, their first electric bike will offer a "visceral riding experience, with tyre-shredding acceleration." Hmmm...

Harley-Davidson have kicked off with their new Project LiveWire, under which they are developing their first electric motorcycle with inputs from selected customers across the US. The project has been undertaken to understand what riders would expect from a battery-powered Harley, and based on insights gathered from this project, H-D will soon build their first electric motorcycle. "Harley-Davidson has reinvented itself many times in our history, with customers leading us every step of the way. Project LiveWire is another exciting, customer-led moment in our history," says Matt Levatich, President and CEO, Harley-Davidson.

While the LiveWire project will first start in the US, it will soon expand to include Canada and parts of Europe as well. "Project LiveWire is more like the first electric guitar – not an electric car. It’s an expression of individuality and iconic style that just happens to be electric. Project LiveWire is a bold statement for us as a company and a brand," says Mark-Hans Richer, Senior Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, Harley-Davidson. "The sound is a distinct part of the thrill. Think fighter jet on an aircraft carrier. Project LiveWire’s unique sound was designed to differentiate it from internal combustion and other electric motorcycles on the market," he adds, claiming that the Harley electric bike offers a "visceral riding experience, with tyre-shredding acceleration!"

Well, while we're not too excited about electric motorcycles in general, we do suppose they are the inevitable future. And if nothing else, we admire Harley for taking the initiative to start development of their first electric bike in earnest, before the Japanese and Europeans have started work on theirs. Not bad at all.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Suzuki UK announces Special Edition GSR750Z


The special edition Suzuki GSR750Z looks good!

Suzuki UK has announced details of a new, special edition GSR750Z, which gets a unique blue-and-white paint scheme that’s reminiscent of Suzuki's traditional racing colours, a Yoshimura R11 end can, a belly pan as standard, gold-anodised front fork and red adjusters, blue drive-chain, matt-finished handlebars, and red rear suspension spring. The special edition GSR750Z, with ABS, is priced at £7,799 and is available in Suzuki’s UK dealerships now.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Yamaha MT-09 Street Tracker unveiled

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The 2015 Yamaha MT-09 Street Tracker is here...
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Yamaha have announced a new version of the MT-09 - the scrambler-inspired MT-09 Street Tracker, which comes with matt-finished frame and bodywork and a host of aluminium and carbonfibre components, including front and side number plates. The bike is also fitted with a new two-tone seat, wider footpegs, and an optional Akrapovic exhaust system. The MT-09 Street Tracker's 847cc three-cylinder remains unchanged and still pumps out an adequate 114 horsepower and 87Nm of torque.

The MT-09 Street Tracker will be in Yamaha showrooms from August this year.

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