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There is no secret that KTM has designed a completely new adventurer. However until now, we didn’t have many official details about the company’s upcoming model.

Luckily, the Austrian company has decided to release new details about its all-new 2015 1290 Super Adventure which will be the sport touring version of the KTM 1190 Adventure.

Rumors say that the new model will share the same engine with the 1290 Super Duke R, so power won’t be an issue. However, we don’t know if the unit will have the same power output or if it will come with a different state of tuning.

As far as electronics are concerned, the 2015 1290 Super Adventure will feature Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC), ABS, various riding modes and traction control. We also know that the motorcycle will be fitted with a relativelly large fuel tank which will translate in a better riding range.

2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure will be fully revealed on September 30 at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany.

Stay tuned for more details.

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When it comes to unique works of art on two wheels, Confederate Motorcycles is considered one of the most important “artists” from the streets and it is pretty safe to say that its creations are true masterpieces. And there is no wonder why, because the company’s motorcycles have always impressed us in terms of looks, performances and ride and handling abilities.

The latest model launched by the company is called the X132 Hellcat Speedster and was designed by Pierre Terblanche. The motorcycle is hand built, weighs only 500 lbs and is propelled by a potent 2,163 cc, 56° fuel injected V-Twin engine with 4.4” Bore x 4.4” Stroke. The engine puts out a maximum power of 121 hp and 140 foot pounds of torque. All this power is routed to the rear wheel by means of a five speed drag racing transmission.

The new model shares many elements with the initial Hellcat roadster, but it comes with a completely fresh design and plenty of other unique features.

The bike rides on a pair of tasty looking, 18 inch, carbon fiber wheels which are wrapped in front Metzeler ME 880 Marathon 120/70 ZR18 and rear Metzeler Marathon 240/40 VR18 tires.

You also get a stylish solo seat wrapped in leather, carbon fiber fenders and LED lights.

The stopping power is handled by front dual Beringer 4 piston machined monobloc Aerotec radial calipers and rear single Beringer 4 piston machined monobloc Aerotec radial calipers.

The Confederate X132 Hellcat Speedster can be yours for no less than 65,000 USD.

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The 2014 Suzuki V-Storm 1000 will be now offered with a new trim level. Named the V-Storm 1000 ABS BIG, the new package includes a series of new style and comfort features which further enhance the already attractive personality of the dual sport motorcycle.

The new trim comes with two side cases and a top case complete with the mounting bracket system, an engine guard, a plastic bash plate, a center stand and new graphics. All of these extra accessories are offered as standard for the V-Storm 1000 ABS BIG and worth €1,400. The offer is available until 30 September 2014.

Featuring a lightweight chassis, an ergonomic riding position and a bullet proof built quality, the Suzuki V-Storm 1000 ABS Tourer is built around a 1037 cc, 4 stroke, liquid cooled, DOHC, 90° V - twin engine which is paired with a six speed transmission.

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When everybody was almost convinced that Midual has became history, the company strikes back and has revealed the fist details about an all new model.

Keeping it up with the company’s tradition, the new motorcycle will be hand built and will feature impressive finishes and attractive lines.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any information about the price or technical specs. However, we do know that it is named the Type-1, and it will be promoted as a luxury product, so the we can expect to a pretty peppered price tag.

The first images show the Type-1 covered by a silky red wrap, which doesn’t leave much to show except for the bike’s sleek silhouette. There were also released a few pictures with some of the bike’s body parts including the dashboard which is finished in hand-polished and lacquered Australian, and hand-polished brake fluid reservoirs.

We will have the occasion to see the new motorcycle in its full glory next month.

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Indian has recently revamped its entire lineup, but the surprises didn’t stop here as the company prepares the comeback of one of its older models. Named the Roadmster, the new motorcycle is set for launch in 2015.

Judging by its name, the new Roadmaster will most likely be a tourer. The first Roadmaster was lunched in 1847 and since then it was constantly upgraded with the latest model being released in 2010.

The new generation Roadmaster will be equipped with the company’s fresh 1811 cc Thunder Stroke V-Twin engine which cranks out a maximum power of 91.5 bhp and around 102 lb.ft of torque. The same engine also powers the company’s new Chieftain, Chief Vintage and Chief Classic models.

The information has leaked out thanks to a series of new documents which prove that the new motorcycle has passed the emissions tests in USA.

Perhaps it goes without saying that the new generation will be equipped with all the expected features from a tourer of its class including saddlebags, a top box, a comfy seat an a modern audio system.

Stay tuned for more information!

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Yamaha prepared a big surprise for the fans of supersport bikes, as it will completely revamp its iconic YZF-R1 model. The new motorcycle will go head on with rivals such as the Aprilia RSV4, the Ducati 1199 Panigale S and the BMW HP4.

The upgraded version of the Yamaha YZF-R1 will make its official debut at the EICMA 2014 in November and promises to set new standards in the world of superbikes being fitted with an upgraded engine and a comprehensive list of fresh technologies.

For the moment, the details about the new model remain limited to only a few spy shots and some rumors. Word on the street says that the new Yamaha YZF-R1 will be available in two versions namely an aggressive race oriented model which could boost up to 230 hp and a more serene version which is aimed for a more domestic ride.

As far as style is concerned, the new Yamaha YZF-R1 won’t benefit of any mind-blowing upgrades so its already cool body won’t suffer major makeovers.

Stay tuned for more details!

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Polaris will reveal soon its newest creation – the fresh Slingshot. The all-new trike will be a canvas for the latest technologies designed by the company and to spice things up before the launch, Polaris has released a short vide teaser which gives us a glimpse at the new model.

Judging by the first shots, the new Slingshot looks quite impressive inspiring a lot of confidence and agility. Its aggressive lines seem to cope well with the trike’s sporty character and set it apart from its other rivals which opted for a less intimidating style.

We also like the pattern used to arrange the front and rear lights and the entire front fascia which makes us think about the cool nose of the Ferrari FXX. The interior is pretty basic, but we’re glad to notice that the trike will be fitted with a manual shifter.

In terms of technologies, the new Polaris Slingshot is rumored to be equipped with features such as traction and stability control, power steering and ABS, but for the moment, there is no official info that can confirm these assumptions.

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BMW is without a doubt one of the top motorcycle manufacturers and has manage to keep its please on top at the food chain thanks to numerous technical innovations.

The latest product designed by the Bavarian manufacturer is the new premium ABS system. Dubbed the ABS Pro, the new system raises the bar even higher as far as safety is concerned improving the bike’s control in difficult situations and corners.

The new system is a road-oriented add-on and works by interpreting the information received from a sensor and afterwards combining it with the Dynamic Traction Control and Dynamic Damping system to prevent the rear wheel from locking during hard braking.

BMW explained “As the banking angle increases, the brake pressure gradient is limited more and more at the start of the brake maneuver. This means that the pressure build-up is slower. In addition to this, pressure modulation within the ABS control range is more even. The benefits of ABS Pro to the rider are a sensitive response and a high level of brake and ride stability together with the best possible deceleration on bends.“

Available from October 2014, the new ABS pro function is offered only for the S1000RR HP4 and will cost 380 EUR.

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Harley Davidson has taken the wraps off its all new project. Named the Livewire, the new project represents Harley’s entrance into the world of electric bikes.
While many purists may consider this approach a blasphemy for the company’s heritage, many others look at it like a welcomed step forward in terms off efficiency and innovation.

The company says that its all new electric motorcycle will be available for test to select customers across the US. The US tour will cover 30 dealerships and it will be followed by Canada and Europe.

Harley added that at the moment, the new model is still in the project faze and won’t go into production, as its only purpose is to test the reaction of Harley’s customers across the world and to experiment with the new technology.

Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company declared “America at its best has always been about reinvention. And, like America, Harley-Davidson has reinvented itself many times in our history, with customers leading us every step of the way. Project LiveWire is another exciting, customer-led moment in our history.”

Levatich added: “This builds on many recent reinvention successes for Harley-Davidson. In just the last few years, we’ve broadened our reach to serve an increasingly diverse society, as well as reinvented our approach to product development and manufacturing. This has resulted in cutting-edge products like the recently launched Project Rushmore touring bikes, Harley-Davidson Street 500 and 750 models and this reveal of Project LiveWire.”

You can learn more about the project by visiting the dedicated site released by the company - projectlivewire.com .

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Meet the all new Erick Buell 1190SX which represents the company’s weapon for attacking the naked sport segment.

Featuring a sleek, aerodynamic style, the new Erick Buell 1190SX was fully revealed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (check the video).

There is no secret that the new Erick Buell 1190SX is based on the 1190RX super sport, featuring a naked configuration and a slightly modified engine which is easier to be kept in leash.

Even if the company has taken the wraps off its new model, the technical details are still limited and we can only guess the output of the bike’s detuned engine which should be somewhere around 160-170 hp. The torque should be also less strong than the 138 Nm offered by the SX and should reach its peak lower than the 8200 rpm mark.

From what we can see in the video, the new 1190 RX will keep the same permiter brakes, aluminum trellis rear subframe and silencer as its sibling.

As far as differences are concerned, the RX comes without the front brake air intakes found at its brother and there are also new wheels, a new handlebar and a fresh headlight.

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