2006 was a great year for Aprilia in off-road racing, with the rider’s and manufacturer’s titles in the S2 class of the Supermotard World Championship as well as excellent results in the Enduro World Championship. From computer timings to dirt tracks, from the drawing board to the supermotard circuit, Aprilia’s off-road teams and their development staff have not only won races in the field, but have invented, developed and tested new solutions to further improve on a machine that was already acknowledged as the perfect ‘rider’s bike’.
Kawasaki’s 2008 KLX™450R will soon be making a name for itself amongst the growing legion of off-road racing fans. This purpose-built version of the brand’s World Supercross Championship winning four-stroke KX™450F motocrosser delivers the same high performance features as the KX model, yet modifies it for the improved durability, comfort, and range needed by off-road racers. Adapted to the rigors of grueling courses, this model’s lightweight engine has been tweaked for more low (...)
The involvement of BMW Motorrad in off-road sport has a long and successful tradition. BMW not only wants to perpetuate this success story with high-capacity machines such as the HP2 Enduro but also extend its activities into the attractive and hotly competed 450 cc capacity class. For test purposes only, a BMW team will take part in races of the World Enduro Championship in the E2 class on a new single cylinder sports enduro on April 28th and 29th. This high-prestige competition is to be (...)
Buell Motorcycle Company, the innovative sports motorcycle arm of Harley-Davidson Motor Company, announced to its dealers that it will produce and sell a liquid-cooled, 450cc four-stroke motocross motorcycle by 2009 – although an MXi source says that he would not be surprised if the motorcycle arrives sooner than that. “It will be a 450, and the engine is being made by Rotax,” the source said. “They showed an artist’s rendering of the bike, and I know they have been riding prototypes already, (...)