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We have good news for Yamaha’s fans, because it appears that the YZF-R3 and R3 names have been registered as a trademark on Jan. 6.

Given the fact that both Kawasaki and Honda designed 300cc sport bikes the bar has been already raised, so Yamaha has to come with a matching new model that has what it needs to fight against these new rivals.

So, even if we don’t have many details about the upcoming YZF-R3, most of the cues left behind by the Japanese manufacturer indicate that it will be a 300cc sport motorcycle that will go head to head with the new 300 cc motorcycles presented by Kawasaki and Honda. It is also highly probable that the new YZF-R3 will be basically the production version of the YZF-R25 prototype shown last year at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Another important detail is that the trademark application was made for both the US and the European Union. This could mean only one thing, that Yamaha’s newcomer will aim both of these two markets.

Stay tuned for more details!

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Polaris has always managed to impress us with its bold creations, but this time they really took everybody by surprise as they are planning to extend their current lineup of vehicles with the addition of a completely new model.

Their new creation is called the Slingshot and it is technically a trike with two wheels up front and one at the rear. The company talked about its new product in a press release.

From what we know, the new Polaris Slingshot will be propelled by a GM 2.4-liter, Ecotech, 4-cyclinder which will crank out an estimated power of 200 hp.

The vehicle will feature a side by side configuration and will be fitted with a comprehensive list of car-inspired technologies such as ABS, traction and stability control and power steering.

For the moment, we don’t know the exact launching date but we can expect it to be released by the end of 2014.

Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming Polaris Slingshot.

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MV Agusta is determined o keep its place among the world’s top motorcycle manufacturers. Therefore besides the fact that it constantly upgrades its motorcycles, the Italian manufacturer is also planning to expand its lineup.

The news came from MV Agusta’s CEO who revealed that they are working on a new motorcycle named the Dragster.

For the moment we don’t have too many details about the upcoming model, but according to some rumors, it could be packed with the same unit found in the Brutale, Rivale and Turismo Veloce models. We also know that the new Dragster will share the same platform with the Rival but it still features a sportier stance and a more aggressive riding position.

Therefore, we will have a lightweight sport bike propelled by at least 125 hp and packed with the latest technologies developed by Agusta.

The expected price shouldn’t go above the $19.000 mark.

Stay tuned for more details on the new MV Agusta Dragster.

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BMW R nineT is one of the newest motorcycles built by the German manufacturer and the guys from Urban Motor are the first tuners who had the occasion to modify it.

Their creation is called the Track Grinder and shows what potential for customization has the new BMW R nineT.

Like the stock model the Track Grinder is powered by the air- and oil-cooled version of BMW’s 1170cc boxer engine which delivers a claimed 110 horsepower and 88 pound-feet of torque. The unit didn’t receive any modifications but almost everything else has been completely modified.

One of the most obvious upgrades is the new design of the fuel tank which is complemented by the fresh alloy tail and the new custom seat wrapped in black leather.

The Track Grinder has also received a new Mottogadget Motoscope Pro digital LED dash which looks far better than the stock unit.

Up front you get a circular number holder with a small 50 headlight “hidden” underneath it. Other modifications include a Supertrapp exhaust system, Tarozzi pegs and blacked-out wheels paired with Golden Tyre dual-sport rubbers.

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Confederate is known for the radical design of its bikes and every product that rolled out from the company’s garage looks drop dead gorgeous.

Recently, the Confederate team has gained an important new member namely the famous designer Pierre Terblanche. Shortly after has joined the team, Mr. Terblanche has started to work on a pretty awesome project. The new motorcycle bears the name C2 P-51 Fighter and features an outrageous design language that will certainly break a lot of hearts.

The C2 P-51 Fighter is technically the second generation of Confederate Fighters and received a series of important modifications which not only make it look a lot cooler, but also boost its performances to a higher level.

At the heart of this metallic piece of art sits a much lighter engine which features a completely new architecture that helps it deliver more power and torque. The new generation also gets a lighter crankcase and a downstream fuel injection.

The new Confederate C2 P-51 Fighter will cost around $100,000 and will be available in only 31 units from June or July 2014.

Stay tuned for more details.

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Everybody knows that if you want to mix the adrenaline of a high speed race with the experience of normal traffic, then you should visit Germany’s famous Autobahn – a speed-lover’s paradise where there aren’t any speed limits imposed by the law.

Naturally, in a place like this happen a lot of interesting things, as regardless how fast you drive or ride, you have to keep in mind that there is always someone faster than you… even when you ride with 300 kmph on a motorcycle.

It may be hard to believe, but the whole action was caught on camera so the video bellow could make you change your perspective about what “fast” truly means.

The video shows a very skilled Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R rider that rolls on the Autobahn with 300 kmph when it is passed effortless by what seems to be an Audi RS6.

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Yamaha has taken the wraps off it new green concept at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show. The new concept represents a small step into the future of motorcycles and features a compact design which makes it perfectly suited for riding through the city.

The new sport motorcycle is built on a monocoque frame and is packed with an electric brushless DC smart Power Module motor powered by a set of removable Lithium-ion batteries. The electric motor is paired with an automatic transmission which can be also used as a manual gearbox.

The motorcycle was built with lightness in mind and it weighs less than 100 kg.

Talking about its new concept Yamaha said: “The PES1 electric motorcycle offers both environmental friendliness and sporty performance that conveys Yamaha’s passion for riding. It off ers great drivability and maneuverability sure to please any motorcycle fan thanks to its lightweight design and motor torque control. Slip out on weekend mornings, without waking the family, for a private hour of communion with your electric ride. Eminently quiet motor is guaranteed to deliver you from the din of your everyday life. Future of electric sports bikes is fast approaching.”

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Among the motorcycles displayed by Yamaha at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show you’ll find a unique version the Bolt. This version won’t be launched into production as its only purpose is to show how customizable is Yamaha’s iconic cruiser.

Most of the modifications aimed the style department so you get a blue fuel tank, lower handlebars and a brown seat. The front fork has been also been modified, as well as the rear fender which is now replaced by a sporty tail.

The custom looking Yamaha Bolt is powered by the same air-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valve, fuel injected, V-twin engine with a displacement of 942 cm3. The engine is fed by a 12 liters fuel tank and is mated to a constant mesh, five speed transmission.

Talking about its project Yamaha said: “With the "BOLT’s" slim and compact chassis and 950cc air-cooled V-twin engine as a base, the "BOLT Café" is a prototype showing an example of how owners can customize the bike to their own tastes. The BOLT’s simplicity and high degree of freedom for many different styles of customization expands the boundaries of enjoyment to be found in garage modification.”

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Kawasaki revealed a completely new concept at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Perhaps it goes without saying, that the new concept looks absolutely fabulous. However, apart from its unique design language the new concept also hosts a series of eco-friendly technologies, namely an electric motor powered by a nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery pack.

The most intriguing part of the concept is the fact that is fitted with three wheels which makes it blur the line between motorcycles and four wheelers. Its three wheels configuration give it unique riding abilities and the technology used by Kawasaki to make all wheels work in tandem is pretty similar with the one found at Yamaha’s Tesseract - a hybrid concept presented back in 2007.

Apart from the three wheel configuration the concept is also able to transform according to the rider’s needs. And by “transform” we mean that it can become either short and wide in Comfort Mode or long and narrow in Sport Mode. In this way, you can get maximum performances both in the city and on the open road.

We also get a pretty strange handlebar with separate handles for each hand… so you’ll have to be a pretty good rider to be able to ride one of these.

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Bimota came at the EICMA motorcycle show with a completely new super sport model that proves us once more that the company is determined to regain its place among the top dogs in this class.

Its new model is called the BB3 and is a super sport motorcycle powered by the same unit as the BMW S1000RR. The new bike was built with weight saving in mind, therefore the 193 hp developed by the engine need to deal with an ultra light weight rated at only 179 kg. Needles to say that the end result should be pretty impressive.

But power without control is useless; therefore the Bimota BB3 is also fitted with state of the art suspensions signed by Öhlins. You also get a modern composite trellis frame and a carbon fiber body.

As far as safety is concerned, the motorcycle comes with a set of capable Brembo brakes, ABS and traction and wheelie control.

Throw into the mix a pair o Oz rims and an Arrow racing exhaust and you’ll get a fairly unique Bimota that has all it needs be one of the most respected bikes from the streets.

According to some rumors the new Bimota BB3 will be available in a limited run of only 40 units.

Stay tuned for more details!


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