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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.

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Benelli will launch an all-new model in Milan at the EICMA motorcycle show. The motorcycle is called the BN600R and is a sporty naked propelled by an inline four-cylinder 4 stroke, liquid cooled engine with double overhead camshaft and 4 valves for each cylinder.

In terms of power, the engine cranks out a maximum output of 82 hp @ 11,500 rpm and a peak torque of 52 Nm @ 10,500 rpm. It also comes with electronic injection and four 38mm throttle bodies. Its power is sent to the ground through a six speed transmission with wet clutch.

The stopping power is handled by Brembo brakes that include a front 320mm twin floating disk with radial calipers and a rear 240mm single disk with double piston calipers.

The motorcycle rides on a pair of 17" aluminium aloy rims wrapped in 120/70 and 180/55 tyres.

As far as suspensions are concerned, the Benelli BN600R comes with an upside-down Marzocchi front fork and a rear aluminium alloy swingarm with Sachs shock absorber.

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MV Agusta will reveal an all-new model at the upcoming EICMA motor show. To spice things up before the launch, the Italian manufacturer has released a short video teaser which betrays the bike’s design language and a few other important details.

Most probably the new sport tourer will be powered by same unit as the F 800 namely a 798cc, three-cylinder unit that cranks out a maximum output of 148 bhp and 65 lb.-ft. of torque.

We can also expect to a comprehensive list of modern features such as MV Agusta’s Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System (MVICS) electronics with ride-by-wire throttle control, multiple mappings and an eight-level traction control system.

We’ll also get the modern Sachs adaptive suspension system, ABS, a stacked triple exhaust, LED lights and a high tech display which helps you keep in check the bike’s electronics as well as other vital stats.

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Together with the sporty Recursion concept, Suzuki will also present another new concept called the Extrigger at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show on November 23.

For the moment, we don’t know if the concept will be proposed for mass production, but judging by the initial specs we’ll have to admit that it has all it needs to be considered a fun bike.

The new motorcycle weighs 62 kg, is powered by electricity and features an electric motor paired with a 0.58kW battery borrowed from the Suzuki e-Let electric scooter.

One of the most interesting features offered by the Suzuki Extrigger is its innovative data transmission system which uses visible light communication (VLC) technology to exchange information between the rider and other sources.

The bike is built on an aluminium-trellis frame and is fitted with an upside-down fork and wavy disc brakes.

As far as dimensions are concerned, the Suzuki Extrigger has a seat height of 720mm, and a wheelbase of 960mm. and the weight 62kg.

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Suzuki is one of the best motorcycle manufacturers from the market and with every year that passes the Japanese company struggles to come up with new technologies and top notch motorcycles.

Its latest creation is called the Recursion and is a concept motorcycle that will made its official debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show on November 23.

The Recursion will be a compact roadster that promises to offer a perfect compromise between power, comfort, handling and efficiency.

At the heart of the motorcycle we’ll find a liquid-cooled 588cc, parallel-twin engine that puts out a maximum power of 100 hp at 8,000 rpm and a peak torque of 74 pound-feet at 4,500 rpm. The engine is paired with a light weight, a cast chassis and a single sided swingarm.

We also know that the stopping power will be handled by a front disc brake.

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According to Autocar, Triumph Motorcycles will officially enter on the Indian market on November 28th. Triumph plans for quite a while to hit the Indian market but only now we have the official confirmation of this big event.

The company’s plans to enter on this emerging market were betrayed back in 2012 when Triumph presented its motorcycles at the Auto Expo in New Delhi. Luckily Triumph’s models were received with enthusiasm by the Indian riders, therefore the British manufacturer decided that it could be a good idea to try its luck on this continuously growing market. Rumors say that Triumph’s lineup for the Indian market will include six models namely the Bonneville, Street Triple and Speed Triple, Daytona 675, Tiger 800 XC and the Rocket III.

For the moment, we don’t know what strategy will be used by Triumph but it is highly probable that the long term plan is to bring the motorcycles completely knocked down (CKD) and assemble them at a new plant located in Naraspura. From what we know, the Naraspura plant isn’t currently ready for production, but there is a small workshop in Manesar which will receive the task to assemble the first models.

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MV Agusta has prepared us a pretty big surprise as it secretly developed an all new motorcycle. The new model is called the Turismo Veloce 800 and will be revealed on November 4th in Milan, Italy at the EICMA show.

Unfortunately, we don’t have many details about the new MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 but we can expect it to be equipped with the company’s 800cc three cylinder engine, which currently powers the F3, B3 and Rivale models. Given the fact that we are obviously talking about a new touring motorcycle judging after its name, the new Turismo Velove 800 should also put more accent on comfort and practicality than its sporty siblings.

We can also expect it to come with a comprehensive list of touring accessories, such as spacious sidecases, saddle bags and a potent audio system. A generous fuel tank will certainly be thrown into the mix as well as high end brakes and suspensions.

Stay tuned for more details.

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Ducati launched a special edition of its sporty 1199 Panigale dedicated to the famous formula 1 rider Ayrton Senna. This special edition marks the 20th anniversary of the death of former Formula One G Brazilian rider.

The new 1199 Panigale S Senna made its debut at the Sao Paulo Motorcycle Show and it will be available in only 161 units. This number represents the total number of Formula One Grands Prix that Senna raced in. It is also worthy of being mentioned that this special edition will be available only on the Brazilian market.

The motorcycle features a grey and red color scheme which is the same color combination used for the motorcycles ridden by Ayrton Senna during its collaboration with the Italian company.

The motorcycle will be offered for sale from June 2014 and will be fitted with a racing exhaust system and serial number engraved on the top clamp. For the moment we don’t have any details about the price.


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