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When Kawasaki launched its new Ninja 300 we were very curious to see who will be the first manufacturer that will launch a counter attack.

It seems like Honda is the first rival that managed to develop a weapon that can go against the Ninja as they’ve announced their all new CBR300R - a compact middleweight sport bike that should have the potential to compete with success against the Ninja 300.

For the moment we don’t have too many details about the new Honda CBR300R but we can expect it to deliver a maximum output of around 30 HP and 25 Nm (ft-lbs) of torque. It could also be a bit lighter than the actual CBR250R, so in terms of performances, we can expect to see clear differences between the two models.

The new Honda CBR300R was presented at the 12th China International Motorcycle Trade Exhibition and shows a completely fresh style that puts a lot of accent on aggressive lines.

At the press conference, Seiji Kuraishi, Chief Operating Officer for Honda’s regional operations in China, made the following announcement:

"The motorcycle market in China, which is the largest in the world, has been increasingly diversifying in recent years, and the number of customers who enjoy motorcycles for recreation also is increasing. Against this backdrop, Honda will begin full-fledged business in the area of large-sized motorcycles which provide the joy of riding.

To be more precise, in 2014, Honda will open stores which will specialize in large-sized motorcycles in Shanghai and Beijing. During this exhibition, Honda is exhibiting the CBR500R, which will be the first model to be sold at the specialized stores.

Moreover, Honda is exhibiting the world premiere of the CBR300R, a global motorcycle model for which Honda is planning to begin production in Thailand in the future. The market introduction of this model in China will be discussed in the future.

For the motorcycle market in China, Honda will continue proposing products that offer the highest level of environmental performance, convenience, the joy of mobility and fun of riding."

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Ducati has prepared a nice surprise for us. Its new project has been kept under an aura of secrecy for a while, but now the first details are starting to emerge.

The Italian company has prepared a very special version of its already special Ducati 1199 Panigale R. The new model is super light and super strong and will be offered in only 500 units. The motorcycle uses materials such as magnesium, carbon fiber and titanium, which help it loose around 40 lbs (18 kg).

It is called the Ducati 1199 Panigale R Superleggera (Italian for ultra-lighweight) and will be available for a group of Ducati fans that were especially selected by the company.

Ducati has also launched a special websitededicated to its new motorcycle that has received the codename “1201”.

For the moment, we don’t have any details about the Sperleggera’s price but you can expect it to be in the $6,000 – $70,000 range.

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The Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 has just received a set of special seats signed by Corbin. The new Corbin Canyon Dual Sport Saddle promises enhanced comfort and versatility. It features a special design that offers an increased area of body contact and minimizes the sensitive pressure points to keep your position as relaxed as possible. Moreover, Corbin’s seat also comes with a convenient lower back support for the passenger and is covered in natural leather.

The saddle is made of Corbin’s exclusive Comfort Cell foam that in time, provides a personalized fit for your body.

Needless to say that the seat can be installed in a matter of minutes, as it was designed as a direct replacement.

The Corbin Canyon Dual Sport Saddle is available in two versions namely the standard model and the headed model. The first can be yours for no less than $493, while the latter comes with a price tag of $637.

Hit the jump for the official details.

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The Ducati 1199 is one of the fastest motorcycles from the tracks. Its power and agility can’t be rivaled by many models in its class and for many riders it represents the ultimate sports machine.

But it seems like the guys from MotoCorsa weren’t satisfy with the racy character of the stock Ducati 1199 and decided to give it a touch of…dirt.

Their take on the Ducati 1199 Panigale bears the name Terracorsa and is basically an off-road super sport motorcycle equipped with rugged tires and covered with a desert-inspired paint scheme.

The idea behind this project started when Bossman Arun Sharma from MotoCorsa and Ducati North America’s Quentin Wilson were preparing for their trip to Eastern Oregon and they decided to let their creativity go crazy to make the trip more interesting.

You have all the rights to believe that a job like this is pure blasphemy, but at least the motorcycle used by MotoCorsa was already wracked, so we won’t judge them too harsh.

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Until now, Mitas was mostly known for its off road tires, but with their latest product the company is entering in the competition of sports tires.

Their new Sport Force Radial Tire was developed in 4 years and respects the highest standards of quality and reliability. Like any respectable sport tire, the Mitas Sport Force Radial tire promises to reward you with a sticky grip, resistance to deformation and even tire wear. It can be used for sport, naked, supermoto and sport touring motorcycles and is available in three front and five rear sizes.

The new tyres are manufactured in Slovenia by Savatech, the former Sava rubber manufacturing division acquired by Mitas’ parent company CGS Holdings in October 2012.

Bojan Rupar, head of the motorcycle R&D department, said: “The Sport Force radial tire is the result of an intensive four years of complete in-house development work. It is based on our long-term experience in…motorcycle tire development, which together with the most modern materials and some innovative technical solutions has resulted in a very competitive product.”

The new sport tires were developed using modern technologies such as OGT 3D (3-D Optimum Groove Technology), SCT (Strong Carcass Technology) and FEA Finite Element Analyses / Optimized Footprint).

Hit the jump to see the dimensions available fro the new Mitas Sport Force radial tires.

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Kawasaki has developed a new version of its already impressive Z100 which will certainly attract a lot of discussions. To draw the public’s attention to its new project even more, the Japanese manufacturer has launched a special website (click here) dedicated to its all new Z1000.

This is the first time when Kawasaki makes any official announcement regarding its new motorcycle which is expected to be equipped with a new 998 cc, 200 hp engine that.

On the website is posted a teaser video of the upcoming motorcycle that doesn’t show too many details except for a few elements like the front headlight with quad lamps, the Z1000-signature quad exhaust pipes and wheels.

The new motorcycle will certainly have all it needs to make us fall in love with it and will have the necessary pedigree to compete with models like the Aprilia V4 Tuono, BMW S1000 or the fresh KTM Super Duke 1290 (which will be released in 6 days).

The 2014 Kawasaki Z100 will be fully revealed on 5th of November.

Hit the jump to see the video teaser!

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Yesterday we showed you a small teaser of Ural’s upcoming side car and today we gladly announce that some official photos of the motorcycle were somehow released on the internet.

The leaked pictures have arrived two weeks sooner than the company announced the bike’s big reveal and like we expected, the new Gaucho Ram Ram bler is the most refined Ural we’ve seen so far. It is packed with the newest technologies developed by the company including the practical two wheel drive mode which helps it tackle any terrain with poise. It is also worthy of being mentioned that the new Limited Edition Gaucho Rambler will be equipped with dual drilled rotors squeezed by Brembo calipers that come as a replacement for the old drum brakes.

The new Ural Gaucho Rambler was designed together with Pendleton Woolen Mills as a tribute for the so called “Gauchos” cowboys from South America.

Stay tuned for more details.

Hit the jump for more pictures of the Ural Gaucho Rambler.

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Ural has a long history behind it and somehow it managed to stay alive since the World War era. However, despite the serious number of ears that have passed since then, the style of its motorcycle’s didn’t changed much.

Therefore, after 100 years Ural’s bikes look pretty close to the bikes ridden by our grandpas. Luckily despite their vintage appearance, the new Ural motorcycles are fitted with contemporary engines and technologies, so their performances are at least on the decent side of things.

Keeping up with its tradition, the company has recently announced that they will reveal a new sidecar that will share Ural’s core values, but will be a completely different concept then the rest of its models.

The 2014 model is called the Gaucho Rambler and was born from Ural’s collaboration with Pendleton Woolen Mills.

For the moment we don’t have many details about the new Ural motorcycle, but the company was kind enough to show us a teaser.

Stay tuned for more details.

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KTM is working hard on its new 1290 Super Duke R and the motorcycle is very close to its big debut. However, the company is still keeping its project under the code of silence and for the moment we don’t have many official details about the new motorcycle.

The good part is that the guys from KTM were kind enough to show us a small teaser of their upcoming motorcycle that was placed on a special website dedicated to the new 1290 Super Duke R (click here).

Together with the image, KTM has also released a short video with their 1290 Super Duke R which shows a rider shoot from the back while riding their new creation.

According to the counter placed on the bike’s miniwebsite there are only 11 days left until the big reveal, so stay tuned for more details.

Hit the jump to see 1290 Super Duke R’s video teaser!

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In Marvel’s last Captain America movie we had the occasion to see a modern Harley metamorphosed into a 1940 style motorcycle ridden the by the famous hero. In the upcoming part (2014’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’), the producers remain loyal to the American brand, so we’ll have the occasion to see Steve Rogers’ character riding another Harley bike. Fortunately, this time the motrocycle will look like a contemporary model, as the action will take place in the modern era.

The new Captain America motorcycle was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con and is basically a Harley Davidson Softail Breakout.

Talking about their motorcycle, Dino Bernacchi, Harley-Davidson Marketing Communication Director, declared: “Captain America and Harley-Davidson have had a long and glorious association dating back to the introduction of the character in 1939. He’s ridden different Harleys throughout the history of the character, and his bike for ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ needed to fit the modern day setting of this story. Our newest model, the Softail Breakout, with custom touches that personalize the bike for his character was the perfect choice for this film.”

“Captain America makes the perfect marketing partner for Harley-Davidson as he truly embodies the iconic, heroic, and American aspects of our brand. Both Captain America and our motorcycles are great symbols of freedom.”

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