The new 2013 Triumph Boneville moves the Boneville heritage further, continuing a successful story that began 50 years ago in the 1960s. The modern Bonneville offers a perfect mix between the classic lines of its ancestors and a series of modern technologies designed to increase the bike’s performances and safety.
The 2013 Bonneville family includes two versions. The first features a late Seventies look (the Bonneville and Bonneville SE), while the second puts more accent on the pure 1960s style (the T100). All models are powered by the same 865cc fuel-injected parallel-twin unit that cranks out 67bhp @ 7500rpm and 68Nm of torque at 5800rpm. The fuel consumption is rated at 43 MPG city and 57 MPG highway.
The 2013 Triumph Bonneville SE sits on light, 17” five-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in front 110/70 R17 and rear 130/80 R17 tires.
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The new 2013 BMW F800R is one of the most appreciated naked models in its class. The bike is powered by a capable 798cc, liquid-cooled, four-valve parallel twin engine which cranks out 87 horsepower at 8,000 rpm, and 63 ft. lbs. of torque at 6,000 rpm. The motor features 12:1 compression ratio, and is mated on a six-speed transmission.
The engine is mounted on a strong yet light, aluminum frame which is combined with a dual swing arm and a 59.8-inch wheelbase. Thanks to the low weight and the firm, stable chassis the bike has a perfectly balanced geometry and rewards its rider with superior agility.
The motorcycle is kept in check by dual 320mm Brembo discs up front squeezed by four-piston calipers, and a single 265mm disc out back. Needless to say that you also get standard ABS.
Other upgrades for 2013 include a new radiator side trim, white turn indicators, a sports windshield and a wheel cover in the same color as the body. The bike is offered with starting price of $10.840.
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In case you didn’t know, the Triumph Bonneville, considered the most iconic Triumph motorcycle of all time, was named after the Bonneville Salt Flats, the site where Triumph broke numerous land speed records in the 1950s. As a tribute to their achievements, Triumph introduced the Bonneville back in 1959 and since then, the model has been considered one of the most famous and most popular bikes on the planet.
Today, the Bonneville is alive and well and it combines the style and spirit of those famous bikes of the 1970s with modern engineering to create a classic British twin for the 21st century rider.
The 2012 Bonneville comes with a low 29.1" seat height that makes it accessible to motorcyclists of all ages and experience. Short fenders and stylish chrome megaphone exhausts are also part of the old-school look, as are the lightweight 17" cast alloy wheels that make the bike agile and easy to ride. For the Bonneville SE model, riders will get an added tachometer, chromed tank badge, and brushed alloy engine cases for added practicality and an even more classic look. As far as color options are concerned, the standard model features metallic paint with Phantom Black and Aurum Gold options. The Bonneville SE is available in Phantom Black or two dual-color alternatives: Intense Orange with Phantom Black or Pacific Blue with Fusion White.
Beneath the retro looks lies a very current and usable motorcycle that features an 865cc air-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin, 360º firing interval engine that produces a healthy 67 brake horsepower and 50 lb/ft of torque, giving the modern-day Bonneville a peppy performance that is at home both in the city and on the open road.
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There once was a time when the Triumph Bonneville ruled the roads. Though those days have long passed, the tradition continues on with the newest member of the family, the 2012 Bonneville T100.
The design of the Bonneville T100 is as traditional and contemporary as it gets. With its wire wheels and traditionally coachlined two-tone paintwork, the Bonneville T100 looks like a bike that was transported straight from the 60’s with real detailing straight from the pipeline. The peashooter exhausts, the classic two-tone color options, and spoked steel wheels are all retro-styled. In particular are the two-tone color options, which have been touched of gold or silver coachlines and painted by hand just as they always have been. For the 2012 model, Triumph is offering three regular options: Cranberry Red with New England White and Graphite and Metallic Phantom Black are the two-tone options, while the popular single-color Jet Black option is also available and comes with matching black-finished engine cases.
Powering the Trumph Bonneville T100 is an 865cc parallel-twin engine that resembles the classic 650cc pushrod motors of its heyday, except that this modern-day maverick ride comes with a double overhead camshaft engine that’s fully up to date with modern fuel injection for clean running and modern levels of performance and reliability. Twist the throttle and that 67 brake horsepower engine delivers real world performance, with the 41mm front forks and traditional chromed rear shocks providing poised handling and a comfortable ride.
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The irony of a British bike manufacturer naming one of their bikes "America" isn’t lost on us, but what isn’t ironic is the fact that the Triumph America is one bad-ass machine.
As the bike that offers the most accessible entry point into Triumph’s cruiser range, the America delivers an authentic cruising experience with a distinctive Triumph twist attached. In terms of its design, the America’s was styled as a classic laid-back cruiser, with the 16" front and 15" rear cast alloy wheels sporting high-walled tires to complement the deeply valanced front fender, pulled-back handlebars, and feet-forward controls for a traditional low and laid-back cruiser look. The seat height is 27.1" and, together with a weight of just 550 pounds, the America is a fun ride wherever and whenever. With neat touches such as the easily accessible sidestand and friendly ergonomics, it’s no wonder the America attracts such a wide variety of riders searching for a cool-looking yet fun and easy-to-ride motorcycle.
As far as power is concerned, the Triumph America is powered by an 865cc air-cooled DOHC parallel-twin engine with a 270º firing interval and producing an output of 60 brake horsepower at 6,800 rpm and a maximum torque of 53 lb/ft of torque at 3,300 rpm.
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The 2012 Triumph Scrambler harkens back to the days when stripped-down desert sleds of the 1960s were in vogue. Fast forward to today and you have an off-road traveler that likewise boasts of a modern road-based package.
The Scrambler takes its inspiration from those old Triumph ISDT machines that were once famously ridden by Steve McQueen with its classic styling dominated by twin high-level exhausts, designed to provide maximum ground clearance on rough terrain.
The design of the bike is pretty old school, only adding to its modern-day appeal. The utilitarian style is highlighted by the two simple single-color options, with a new Matte Black option joining the popular military-style Matte Khaki Green. Likewise, the spoked wheels with lightly knobbed tires, high footrests, rugged fork gaiters and wide, off-road style handlebars give a further nod to the Scrambler’s off-road heritage. Then there are items such as headlight grills, skid plate, and number boards, all of which adds even further resemblance to the ISDT models of the 60’s.
Powering the Scrambler is a unique version of Triumph’s 865cc parallel-twin engine. Designed outwardly to look like a classic 1960s twin, this DOHC eight-valve unit is a low-maintenance modern engine developed to meet the most stringent emissions regulations.
The fuel-injected twin delivers a laid-back output of 58 brake horsepower and 50 lb/ft of torque at just 4,750 rpm, making the Scrambler a versatile ride that can tackle a number of riding conditions. With its 270-degree crankshaft, the Scrambler takes on a totally different character to the other models in Triumph’s classic range, producing a totally addictive off-beat soundtrack which can be cranked up a notch and enjoyed just like those old mavens that used to run wild on the roads and highways of the world.
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There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that the Triumph Thruxton is a true connoisseur’s bike, having been inspired by the Bonneville-based café racers of the 1960s and named after the Hampshire race track where the bike maker enjoyed so much success.
In terms of design, the Thruxton is about as classically designed as the word can get. The low slung handlebars exude an old-school attitude that belies its all-world, new-school performance. The central racing stripes are also a picture of design genius, as does the classic spoked, alloy-rimmed wheels and the overall cafe racer-inspired styling of the bike.
At the heart of the Thruxton is an 865cc eight-valve DOHC parallel-twin engine that has been tuned for peak performance, delivering an impressive 68bhp, thanks in large part to a revised camshaft profile and high-compression pistons. Make no mistake, motorcycles are designed to evoke emotions, and no motorcycle creates a bigger emotion than the Triumph Thruxton.
Then there’s its handling capabilities, to which the Thruxton holds a back seat to no one. 41mm forks and chromed twin shock absorbers adjustable for preload, all deliver a tailored, sporting ride to match the looks. A fully floating 320mm front disc brake equips the Thruxton with far more stopping power and assurance than the 1960s bikes it pays homage to.
All told, you won’t find a more evocative, retro-styled bike than the Triumph Thuxton.
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Deus Customs is a motorcycle tuning company based in Australia that specializes in building custom bikes for custom people. One of their recent creations is the French Connection, a custom-made bike that was built and designed specifically for Moto GP1 star, Randy De Puniet.
For this bike, De Puniet wanted something that could pass as a middleweight, 2-up, twin-type that is versatile enough to hit the city streets while having enough durability to last during those out-of-town trips.
To get the bike up-to-character, Deus painted the Kawasaki W650-based French Connection bike with an orange, white, and black paint finish. The tuning firm also dressed up the rims and hubs in a black satin film while fitting in a vintage style headlight that supports the tachometer.
Deus also tweaked the bike’s performance set-up, working around its 649cc engine and putting new K&N filters and a custom 2-into-2 system. The company also modified the forks before dressing up the front and rear guards in a pair of Firestone tires.
All in all, we think that Randy De Puniet enjoyed his new custom bike. As far as we’re concerned, the name by itself - the French Connection - is enough for us to notice it.
It might seem a little presumptuous to heap praise on a bike that was only redesigned a year ago, but in the case of the Kawasaki Z1000, all the early praise seems justified. It’s not the most powerful or the most visually stimulating bike on the market, but the Z1000 touches on all the bases to make it a crowd favorite.
The bike’s rakishly stunning lines and contoured shape makes for an aesthetically pleasant vibe. Performance capabilities are also impressive, thanks to a 1043cc liquid-cooled 16-valve dual cam engine that provides just enough horsepower and torque to keep it from lagging behind the rest of the lot.
The Z1000 is the perfect epitome of a ’happy motorcycle’, one that’s often described as giving customers the feeling that their money spent on the bike was worth every last penny. All that considering the fact that this Kawasaki bike is relatively young by motorcycle standards, making it even more impressive any which way you look at it.
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The second model to be displayed by BMW Motorrad at EICMA Show is R1200 R, in both standard and Classic versions. Both combine a modern sporty and accentuated classical motorcycle design, once again with considerably greater quality and driving dynamics for even more riding fun.
The new R 1200 R is powered by a 1170 cc engine that delivers 110 HP at 7750 rpm and a peak torque of 119 NM at 6000 rpm. The new bike will be offered in three exterior colors: mat metallic smoky gray, metallic light gray, or metallic red apple.
Both the R 1200 R and the R 1200 R Classic can be fitted optionally with electronic suspension adjustment ESA. This serves to vary the spring base and the suspension’s pressure and rebound stages at the rear wheel, and the suspension’s rebound stage at the front wheel – a system that has established itself as the solution for optimized road handling and comfort.
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