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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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Erick Buell Racing (EBR) is back on track and after they revealed their stunning 1190 RX sport bike, the company has come back with a second model.

Unfortunately, for the moment, EBR didn’t reveal any specification for its new bike and all we have is a high resolution photo and a name.

Named the 1190 SX, the newcomer seems to be the naked version of the RX. Featuring an aggressive style, with sharp lines, edgy fenders and a modern headlight, the new 1190 SX seems to have all it needs to be a success.

Most likely, the SX will be propelled by the same engine as the RX, namely a 1190 cc, 72° V-twin, liquid cooled, four-stroke unit that puts out up to 101.6 ft-lbs. (137.8 Nm) of torque at 8200 rpm and 185 hp at 10,600 rpm.

Among the features offered by the new SX we could expect to find an aluminum frame with integral fuel reservoir, an aluminum swingarm, front and rear disc brakes and Showa suspensions.

We don’t have any info about the price either, but don’t expect to be a huge difference compared to the 1190 RX which at the moment is priced at $18,995.

More details including official prices, specification and when it will be available in dealers will be provided in the coming weeks.

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Ducati has finally released a series of official details regarding its all new Scrambler which will combine the retro style of the 60’s with the latest technologies developed by the Italian manufacturer.

The new motorcycle will arrive in 2015 and like it was expected, the details continue to be limited.

We do know however, that the bike has already taken shape because a prototype was presented to a few members of the Ducati “family” at a special event this week. The new motorcycle has been presented in a yellow container, but naturally there weren’t allowed any photos to be taken. Luckily, a short video presentation has been released which shows a few images of the upcoming model.

The new Ducati Scrambler will debut at the 2014 EICMA in early November in Milan, but if you want to keep a close eye on the bike you can follow the dedicated website that has been especially created for this model.

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Ariel Motor has prepared a big surprise for its fans. The company has revealed that they developed an all-new model which will make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 26-29 June.

For the moment we don’t have many details about Ariel’s upcoming motorcycle, but we certainly now that it will be a performance cruiser.

Keeping it up with Ariel’s tradition, the new cruiser will be built after the individual requirements of its future owners, so there will be a wide range of accessories and tasty features to choose from.

Rumors say that the new model will borrow the Honda VFR1200’s engine, namely a liquid-cooled 1237 cc V4 which cranks out 170 horsepower at 10,000 rpm and a 129 Nm (95 lb-ft) of torque at 8.750 rpm. The engine will be paired with the same Dual Clutch transmission found in the VFR1200. Unfortunately we don’t know if the new model will borrow more parts from its donor, but we do hope that Ariel will come up with its own chassis and frame.

Stay tuned for more details.

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BMW is planning to launch a new range of motorcycles. According to the latest rumors, the first model that is expected to be launched by the German manufacturer will be a 350 cc enduro bike.

The new motorcycle will be produced in collaboration with the Indian company TVS and will be available both on the Indian and European markets.

Apart from the new enduro motorcycle, BMW will also launch a fresh naked model which will share many style elements with the R1200R and will be powered by a 500 cc unit.

We also know that the companies have already finished the first test bikes. However, for the moment, we don’t have the exact date of the launch, but we can expect them to arrive by the end of next year. It is also worthy of being mentioned that the models sold in Europe will have a BMW badge and the ones sold in India will come with a TVS badge.

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Here are the first photos of the all-new Lightning LS-218. The new model is currently the fastest production electric motorcycle from the streets and was revealed at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering in California.

Talking about their new creation, Richard Hatfield, Lightning’s CEO, stated: “Since 2006 the Lightning team has been dedicated to developing electric motorcycles that meet and exceed the performance of the best induction combustion engine alternatives. It is time for Lightning to take this race-proven technology to market and pursue our win in the market place. ‘This preview was to give the public an early view of LS-218 and its capabilities.”

Weighting only 495 lbs and equipped with the latest electric technologies in the business the new LS-218 is powered by a IPM liquid cooled 150kw+ 10,500 rpm electric motor that generates an equivalent of 200 hp and 168 ft/lbs of torque.

As far as batteries are concerned, the Lightning LS-218 is offered with a choice of three options including a 380V 12kwh, 380V 15kwh and 380V 20kwh units which offer a riding range of 100-180 miles per charge, depending on the model. The company claims that the batteries can charge in only an hour on a specialized charging point.

In terms of prices, the Lightning LS-218 is offered with a base price tag of $38,888.


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