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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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KTM prepares a nice surprise for the fans of sport motorcycles, as according to Autocar India, the company will launch its new RC390 in the second half of 2014.

The new sport motorcycle is based on the 390 Duke but it comes with a comprehensive list of modifications that were specially made to make it better suited for the track.

Apart from the full fairing, the stiffer suspension, shorter wheelsbase and the revised rake, the new RC 390 will also come with a 178.5 mm ground clearance and an 820 mm seat height which is slightly taller than the one of the 390 Duke.

Even if both motorcycles share the same engine, the RC390’s unit will feature altered final drive ratios and ECU modifications which should translate directly into a more linear power delivery. Theoretically the power output should remain in the 43.5 hp range. As far as performances are concerned, the new RC 390’s maximum speed should be similar with the one offered by its sibling – 162 kpmh.

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There aren’t many motorcycles that can compete with success against the new KTM 1290 Super Duke R, as this bike has all it needs to deliver first class performances in terms of ride, handling and power. Needles to say, its brutal character helped it gain a fairly good reputation among the adrenaline-hungry riders.

KTM decided to release a short video to present the born of its new mechanical beast which was created by a very passionate team.

The idea behind the new KTM 1290 Super Duke R was to create the ultimate naked which will be the lighters and strongest model in its class.

To achieve this goal, KTM’s engineers decided to use their strongest engine namely the 1290cc version of the RC8 unit. The unit and the chassis were finally tuned to make to the motorcycle easy to ride and to help the rider keep all that power (up to 180 hp) under control in any situation.

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Lotus has just released the official images of its all-new motorcycle. The new bike needed two years to be developed, but we’ll have to admit that the end result looks quite stunning. The new Lotus C-01 represents the fruit of collaboration between Group Lotus, Kodewa (a racing team based in Greding, Germany) and the tuners from Holzer Group.

The body of the new Lotus C-01, was designed by Daniel Simon and was created using a lot of carbon fiber.

Designer Daniel Simon said: “The design process of the C-01 was a labour of love - there were many challenges - ensuring that the bike not only touches your visual senses with its timeless blend of classic appeal and modern execution, but that is safe and ergonomically sound was critical to me. We have worked hard to create a motorcycle with very distinctive features such as a clean main body, an extremely low side profile, a bold stance, a unique air intake, logical partline solutions and clean graphics.”

The motorcycle weighs only 189 kg and its frame was created using high tech materials such as aerospace quality steel and titanium.

Talking about the new Lotus C-01, Kodewa’s Dr Colin Kolles stated: “We set out to create a bike that isn’t just great to ride but also represents a piece of art in motion. Over the years I have seen my fair share of style over substance, what this bike brings to the market is a unique combination of both - state of the art technology with a truly jaw-dropping aesthetic.”

The company says that its new C-01 will be available in a limited run of only 100 units and the customers will have the possibility to choose from a wide range of liveries.

Stay tuned for more details on the new Lotus C-01.

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Many of us dream of owning a motorcycle some day. Some of us want it for the pure thrill of riding, others because they consider it cool and many because they see it as a form of rebellion. Unfortunately not many of us achieve their secret dream and with every year that passes we slightly forget about that intense desire that once dominated our thoughts.

Here is an interesting story about a cool son who wanted to bring to life his dad’s dream to own a motorcycle some day. Logan prepared for a long time for this Christmas surprise and has managed to capture the entire event with 4 cameras.
See how the 65 years old dad reacted after he found out that he is the proud owner of a brand new, top of the line BMW K1600GT motorcycle.

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The guys from Vardenchi released the first details about their upcoming project which is based on a Moto Morini model.

The new T5 Custom Roadster will be fully revealed at the Auto Expo in New Delhi, but for the moment, the custom workshop revealed only a sketch of their creation.

At the heart of the T5 motorcycle will sit Moto Morini’s 1,187cc unit which is mounted on a modern trellis frame that offers a perfect compromise between rigidity and lightness. We also know that the new T5 will use LED technology for the headlights and tail lights, Marzocchi USD forks, Brembo brakes and Ohlins shocks.

In terms of style, we especially like the fluid lines of the fuel tank which is a perfect match for the curvy fenders and the fat tires. The good part is that the new custom motorcycle will also be available in Europe through Moto Morini’s dealers. The expected price for the Indian market is rated at RS 16 lakh ($25,595).

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