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BMW is planning to launch a new range of motorcycles. According to the latest rumors, the first model that is expected to be launched by the German manufacturer will be a 350 cc enduro bike.

The new motorcycle will be produced in collaboration with the Indian company TVS and will be available both on the Indian and European markets.

Apart from the new enduro motorcycle, BMW will also launch a fresh naked model which will share many style elements with the R1200R and will be powered by a 500 cc unit.

We also know that the companies have already finished the first test bikes. However, for the moment, we don’t have the exact date of the launch, but we can expect them to arrive by the end of next year. It is also worthy of being mentioned that the models sold in Europe will have a BMW badge and the ones sold in India will come with a TVS badge.

Stay tuned for more information.

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Here are the first photos of the all-new Lightning LS-218. The new model is currently the fastest production electric motorcycle from the streets and was revealed at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering in California.

Talking about their new creation, Richard Hatfield, Lightning’s CEO, stated: “Since 2006 the Lightning team has been dedicated to developing electric motorcycles that meet and exceed the performance of the best induction combustion engine alternatives. It is time for Lightning to take this race-proven technology to market and pursue our win in the market place. ‘This preview was to give the public an early view of LS-218 and its capabilities.”

Weighting only 495 lbs and equipped with the latest electric technologies in the business the new LS-218 is powered by a IPM liquid cooled 150kw+ 10,500 rpm electric motor that generates an equivalent of 200 hp and 168 ft/lbs of torque.

As far as batteries are concerned, the Lightning LS-218 is offered with a choice of three options including a 380V 12kwh, 380V 15kwh and 380V 20kwh units which offer a riding range of 100-180 miles per charge, depending on the model. The company claims that the batteries can charge in only an hour on a specialized charging point.

In terms of prices, the Lightning LS-218 is offered with a base price tag of $38,888.

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Every car enthusiast heard about the super fast Lightning GT which is one of the fastest electric cars from the streets, but not many know that the same company is also interested in building electric motorcycles.

Back in 2011, Lightning Motorcycle’s prototype has managed to hit an impressive maximum speed of 218 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats. To celebrate this achieving, the company decided to name its new electric bike the LS-218.

The model that waits to be revealed, is an evolved, road legal version of the company’s motorcycle that won the AMA and FIM races. Fitted with a comprehensive list of state of the art technologies such as the company’s Ultra High Power Density Drive system and powered by a liquid-cooled electric motor, the Lightning LS-218 rewards you with a maximum output of 200 horsepower and 168 lb-ft (228 Nm) of torque which should make it the fastest electric bike in its class.

The motor is propelled by a modern battery pack which delivers a riding range of up to 160 km at highway speeds. Like it was expected, the batteries can be fully charged at public charging station in less than 30 minutes, but they can be also connected to any standard house socket.

The new electric bike is already available for preorders and will make its public appearance at the Quail Motorsport Gathering in Carmel on 17 May. The base price starts at $38.888.

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Stefano Ceppi is a talented Italian designer who loves to create unique products and vehicles. Its latest creation is a redesigned Aprilia SXV supermoto which draws inspiration from the animal kingdom. Ceppi’s design approach is based on the animal anatomy and borrows many elements from the felines, especially the lion.

Mr. Stefano Ceppi choose the lion because it is Aprilia’s symbol and is also an historical symbol of the ancient and powerful Republic of Venice which is the company’s birthplace.

Featuring sleek lines and an agile stance, Ceppi’s Aprilia SXV Lionhead inspires agility, power and respect - three traits that are common among the feline species.

The front of the concept was designed using many elements borrowed from a lion head, while the fuel tank is inspired by the muscle fibres of the animal’s shoulders. The tank features carbon fibre inserts and a tasty mix of lines and colors which mirror the white and red muscle fibres.

While the front of the bike was completely modified, the rear received only minor adjustments remaining pretty similar with the original SXV style.

The riding position is slightly more aggressive than the original model. The seat is a bit longer to allow the rider to seat an aerodynamic racing position, but also shaped and canted forward just enough to give real control over the bike if seated in a traditional position.

This concept was highly appreciated by Mr. Marco Lambri, Senior Vice President of Vehicle Design Centre, Product Development and Strategies of Piaggio Group.

Stefano could’t bring the project to life without the help of "Hexagon Metrology - Cardiff Racing" for the basic Aprilia 3D engine point scanning and Camka for some 3d data for the front fork.

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Yamaha’s new electric bikes – the PES1 and PED1 - that were presented a while ago have managed to attract a lot of attention in a good way. After the company showcased its new creations everybody wondered what will be the next move and if Yamaha will truly enter in the race of electric bikes.

Luckily, we didn’t had to wait too long for the company’s official response, as now we gladly announce you that the Japanese manufacturer has decided to launch its two electric bikes in production and the first models will be ready to meet their fresh owners by 2016.

The PES1 is destined for the road and the PED1 has the pedigree of a true off roader. Both models have been showcase at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show and represent a very bold step forward in an uncharted territory for Yamaha.

Both bikes are built on the same platform and are equipped with brushless DC engines powered by a pack of lithium-ion batteries.

Stay tuned for more details.

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Yamaha continues to expand its range of sport bikes and the main proof for this statement is the fact that the company has trademarked 4 new names – two for the US and Australia, and two for Europe. Judging by all the cues that where leaked until now by the Japanese manufacturer we can expect to all-new, higher-spec models based on the Yamaha’s sporty R1 motorcycle.

Even if the company registered four names, we can expect to only two new models which will have different names for each of the markets mentioned above. The new US trademarks registered by Yamaha are the R1S and R1M, while their European counterparts are the YZF-R1S and YZF-R1M.

For the moment, we don’t have any other details about the upcoming models, but we can expect them to be absolutely mind-blowing, at least as far as high-speed performances and technologies are concerned.

Stay tuned for more details on Yamaha’s upcoming superbikes.

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The riding gear with integrated airbags is starting to become more popular with every year that passes. So now, this type of protection doesn’t sound as Sci-Fi as it did a few years back.

Ducati has been deeply involved into this type of technology and now has announce that its engineers have manage to develop the world’s first production motorcycle wirelessly integrated with airbag riding jackets. Ducati has always been interested to offer first class safety features for its riders, so its new innovation comes as no surprise for us.

Until now, the suits fitted with airbags relied only on sensor mounted inside them to detect the perfect time for deployment, so Ducati’s idea is welcomed because it should significantly enhance the efficiency of airbags.

The first Ducati motorcycle that is fitted with this safety feature is the D-Air Multistrada. The bike uses a series of special sensors integrated into the stock electronics which are keeping an eye on the motorcycle’s dynamics to detect a crash. After the sensors indicate that a crash is imminent then the system automatically deploys the airbag in only 45 milliseconds, thus enhancing the rider’s safety.

For the moment, the new system is available only with the D-Air Multistrada and only on the European market.

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If you love the new Yamaha MT-07, but you consider it a bit too strong for your riding skills or you are too young for its power output, than we have a great news for you.

The Japanese manufacturer decided to offer a free 48hp restrictor kit for its model which makes it eligible for A2 motorcycle licences.

Yamaha’s decision comes as a response to the new 2013 EU regulations which forbid to riders aged 19 or 20 to ride motorcycles that are stronger than 48 hp, so they get only an A2 licence. The A2-compliant motorcycles must have a power output of 48 hp and a power-to-weight ratio of 0.27 hp per kg.

Without the restrictor kit, the Yamaha MT-07’s 689cc, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves engine generates a maximum output of 55.0 kW (74.8PS) at 9,000 rpm and 68.0 Nm (6.9 kg-m) of torque at 6,500 rpm.

As we’ve mentioned above, the restrictor kit is offered for free for all new MT-07s but if you want to install it on a used model then you will have to pay £124.99 (€149).

The motorcycle has a base price of r £5,199 (€6,200) and if you want the ABS version you will have to pay £400 (€477) more.

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Next week, Yamaha will reveal its new Tricity three wheeler which will be powered by a 125 cc engine. The new scooter will be based on the three wheeled concept presented by the company in 2013.

Yamaha’s new three wheeler will be lighter than the other models in its class and will also feature a more ergonomic design.

Compared to a conventional scooter, a three wheeler is easier to handle and offers a better stability. Moreover it should also deliver pretty similar levels of efficiency, so the new model has the potential to become a success for the Japanese manufacturer.

The new model will go on sale at the end of 2014, but for the moment, we don’t have any details about the price.

To spice things up before the launch, Yamaha released a teaser video of its upcoming model in which we can also see a pretty detailed look at the company’s second world premiere, namely the all-new 300 cc sport motorcycle which replaces the old 250 cc model.

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The new 2015 Yamaha SR400 will be available on the US market from May and will be priced at $5,990. The new model features a retro style and is powered by a modern 339cc, single cylinder, 4-stroke, engine with electronic fuel injection. The engine is combined with a kick starter and a five speed transmission with multiplate clutch and delivers a fuel consumption of 66 mpg (3.55 l/100km). Unfortunately, for the moment we don’t have any official information about power and torque, but you can expect to an output of 35-40 hp.

The new 2015 Yamaha SR400 weighs 384 lbs and rides on big 18 inch wheels which are kept in check by a front single 268 mm rotor and rear 150 mm drum brakes.

Other features offered by the new 2015 Yamaha SR400 include a one-piece two-up seat, a megaphone silencer, two analog gauges and chrome mirrors.

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