Thursday, October 29, 2015

2016 Triumph Thruxton R rocks our world

The 2016 Triumph Thruxton R. It's everything a proper British cafe racer should be, and we love it!

Triumph have unveiled a whole new family of Bonnevilles for 2016 and of the lot, we love the new Thruxton R the best. Powered by a new Thruxton-spec 8-valve 1200cc parallel-twin Bonneville engine, the Thruxton R also comes with with tasty bits like Brembo monobloc calipers for the front brake discs, Showa big piston forks, Öhlins rear suspension and Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres.

The Thruxton R's new 1200cc fuel-injected liquid-cooled twin features ride-by-wire throttle and produces 97bhp at 6750rpm and 112Nm of torque at 4950rpm. The bike's new exhaust system, with reverse-megaphone end cans "deliver a thunderous, rich bass exhaust note to match their powerful presence and performance," claim Triumph. Plus, there's ABS, traction control, three riding modes (road, rain and sport) and a slipper clutch, all of which make it amply clear that this Triumph is not just about show, it also packs oodles of go!

Other new bits on the 2016 Triumph Thruxton R include an LED taillamp, LED DRLs, USB charge socket, an engine immobiliser and revised instrumentation. Available colours for the new Thruxton R include red and silver, while the regular Thruxton is available in black, white and competition green. Available accessories include a sculpted cockpit fairing, Vance & Hines exhausts, rear mudguard removal kit, lower clip-on handlebars and beautiful compact 'bullet' indicators. Or, you can just choose from the three kits available - track racer kit, cafe racer kit and Thruxton R performance race kit, specifically developed for closed circuit competition. Oh yes, we like!

Vespa 946 Emporio Armani goes to New York

The Vespa 946 Emporio Armani is the world's coolest, most stylish scooter...

Following its launch in Europe in June this year, and in various Asian markets in September, the Vespa 946 Emporio Armani - perhaps the world's coolest, most stylish scooter - has now made its way to the United States. The 946 Emporio Armani was developed in a joint project between Giorgio Armani and the Piaggio Group, to celebrate two of the world’s most popular symbols of Italian style and panache. The Vespa 946 is signed by Giorgio Armani and comes in an exclusive shade of gray, with a hint of green that's only visible in certain lighting conditions.

The US launch of the Vespa 946 Emporio Armani, which was held at the Emporio Armani store in SoHo, on 410 West Broadway, New York, marks the 40th anniversary of the Giorgio Armani fashion house and the 130th anniversary of the Piaggio Group. In the US, this super-scooter will be available from Piaggio Group Americas dealers in major cities, including New York City, Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago.

For those who might be wondering where the Vespa 946 is headed next, the answer is Beijing, with the Chinese launch slated for tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

JvB-moto's Yamaha XSR700 Super 7 looks terrific

The XSR700 'Super 7' looks very cool and should be great fun to ride...

Yes, it's Yamaha’s Yard Built program again, with yet another custom-built machine joining the Sport Heritage range. Germany’s JvB-moto have taken a stock Yamaha XSR700 and created the ‘Super 7,’ which we think looks pretty cool. Yamaha Motor Europe's Product Manager, Shun Miyazawa says "A key factor in the design process was to create a neutral motorcycle that didn't belong too strongly to any category such as scrambler or flat tracker or café racer; it’s an open book for potential customization."

Jens vom Brauck of JvB-moto adds, "Our first project, the VMAX, was a huge success, we went through the wall with that! It was a very flashy big bang. This build is obviously very different. I wanted to create the essence of this kind of bike; it’s an all rounder. I wanted to strip it back and get to the feel of the XSR700, the feel of the superb chassis. Then I wanted to transform the look so it looks the way it feels, really agile, lightweight and powerful. That's what inspired me to make it look like this. One of the things I like about this bike a lot is that you can take off the rear sub-frame so you can have a shorter tail and a different look with the seat. Just a couple of screws and you can change it, that makes the life of customizers much easier. The most important thing about this build is that we are going to manufacture all the parts so customers can change their bike into the Super 7. Everything from the headlight, the front mudguard, side covers, rear seat, everything you need to build a Super 7 from JvB-moto."

Many of the parts on the ‘Super 7’ were made in-house by JvB-moto and will be available shortly for XSR700 owners. These include the headlight, LED indicators and speedometer mounting which holds the Daytona speedo. The side covers and seat unit that give the bike its distinctive shape were all made by JvB-moto as well as the mounting for the Arrows exhaust. At the rear of the bike, the mudguard, taillight and number plate mounting are all made in-house as well as the front mudguard.

Yamaha Motobot can ride an R1 at 200kph, could someday challenge Jorge Lorenzo for MotoGP supremacy

Even though it looks like it just escaped from a Transformers movie set, the Yamaha Motobot Ver.1 has actually been created by Yamaha as an R&D tool that will help them develop advanced rider safety systems

At the Tokyo Motor Show this year, Yamaha will unveil their first "Motobot," which they say is "an autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot built around a fusion of Yamaha’s motorcycle and robotics technology." Ah, brilliant. A robot that can ride motorcycles really fast, will not throw tantrums and will not demand a pay hike every year. Who knows, in another 10 years, Yamaha may not even need another Jorge Lorenzo...

But seriously, the Yamaha Motobot is an R&D tool - something that can ride an unmodified motorcycle on a racetrack at more than 200kph. No, not to go racing in MotoGP, but to help Yamaha develop advanced rider safety and rider support systems that are actually usable in the real world. "The task of controlling the complex motions of a motorcycle at high speeds requires a variety of control systems that must function with a high degree of accuracy. We want to apply the fundamental technology and know-how gained in the process of this challenge to the creation of advanced rider safety and rider-support systems and put them to use in our current businesses, as well as using them to pioneer new lines of business," say Yamaha. Damn cool...!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Yard Built Yamaha XJR1300 Big Bad Wolf unleashed

With 148 horsepower at its rear wheel, you've got to be wary of the Yard Built Yamaha XJR1300 'Big Bad Wolf,' or it might just huff and puff and blow your bike in!

Yamaha are on to a good thing with their ‘Yard Built’ XJRs. Big, brutal engines, retro styling, capable chassis/suspension and no going overboard with technology – just the way we like it! The newest bike to join the YB line-up is Spanish custom builders, El Solitario’s Big Bad Wolf.

“El Solitario is not familiar with 4-cylinder bikes so at first we couldn’t understand the challenge. For months we tried to answer the same question – how could we take it further? Asking what scared us the most, the answer was performance and technology. Both were unknown and expensive paths for us. Suddenly, aversion turned into curiosity and we had our challenge,” says El Solitario’s David Loner. “We are motorcycle poets not engineers, so countless hours of research, and the love of our friends, made it possible to find the best partners in the world of fast bikes, and with their help, we developed one of the gnarliest muscle bikes ever to be seen in recent years,” he adds.

“We wanted to challenge El Solitario with the Yard Built project to show a different side to them and push them to see what they are capable of. The result is impressive! With no cutting or welding to the frame of the XJR they have proved that the bike continues to be an excellent base for customization, no matter what direction you choose to build in. We’ve seen a number of amazing builds this year, taking different looks on the XJR and this is again a new approach. The level of detail is fantastic, and we are proud of the collaboration, showing not just a new face for the XJR but also new ground for El Solitario,” says Yamaha Motor Europe Product Manager Shun Miyazawa.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R KRT Edition launched

The lime-green-and-black 2016 Kawasaki ZX-6R KRT Edition looks good and is priced well at US$13K

Here's one for the race-replica fans - Kawasaki have unveiled the 2016 Ninja ZX-6R, which is available in lime-green and black Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) colours. While Kawasaki's supersports racing bikes are restricted to 599cc, the streetbike is powered by a 636cc inline-four, and according to Kawasaki, the extra 36cc gives the ZX-6R a small but significant advantage over its 600cc competition.

The latest ZX-6R KRT Edition's 16-valve, long-stroke, DOHC 636cc four-cylinder mill is, according to Kwacker, "a torque-rich, rev-happy, and supremely powerful engine that easily makes the transition from city street commuting to the wide-open racetrack, making its broad performance available to every rider. The increased performance developed by this larger capacity engine can be felt throughout the rev range, which is always appreciated for racing, but also provides a significantboost for everyday use. The larger engine means that low- to mid-range torque is significantly stronger compared to traditional 600cc bikes." Well, who would've thought that an extra 36cc would accomplish all that, eh?!

Other notable bits on the 2016 Ninja ZX-6R KRT include a cassette-type six-speed gearbox, slipper clutch, 3-mode traction control, 2 power modes, ABS, Nissin monobloc radial-mount brake calipers and 310mm petal-type brake discs at the front, Showa big-piston fork, bottom-link Uni-Trak suspension at the rear and LCD instrument panel. The bike costs US$12,999 and if you buy one, we believe you'd be a very happy man (or woman...) indeed.

Friday, October 16, 2015

2016 Honda CBR500R unveiled, gets minor cosmetic updates

The 2016 Honda CBR500R. Nice, but we don't know if anyone's been waiting for this with bated breath... Yawn...

Honda unveiled the 2016 CBR500R today at the AIMExpo show in Orlando, Florida. 'Since its introduction, the fun, affordable CBR500R model has been very popular with a wide variety of customers. For 2016, the CBR500R receives striking updates, and we’re happy to unveil it here at AIMExpo,' said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda.

The "striking updates" on the 2016 Honda CBR500R which Edmunds mentions includes slightly revised bodywork, LED headlamp and taillamp, a new exhaust system that's lighter and offers improved mass centralization, an adjustable front brake lever, a larger fuel tank and new front fork with adjustable preload. Available colours include red, matte black and white, and the bike will be available in Honda showrooms early next year.



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