Aprilia has come a long way with the Pegaso 650 and we’re now witnessing the presence of more than one such model in their lineup. The Factory and Trail are two similar and yet very different models. Although featuring the same engine and chassis, one fits in the supermotard category and the other in the enduro one. This really shows the Italian manufacturer’s talent in transforming a bike depending on the requests of riders, but also how versatile the Pegaso 650 actually is.
In 2010, the Aprilia Dorsoduro family got bigger with the introduction of the all-new Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 Factory. Derived from the standard model , the Factory gets all the premium components that Aprilia could think of – meaning fully-adjustable Sachs suspension, Brembo brakes, a gel seat and carbon fiber fairings, just to mention a few.
There’s no word on US availability yet, but considering its €9,990 tag price in Europe as well as the standard model’s $9,599 MSRP in the US, don’t expect it to be cheap.
Italian manufacturers are great when it comes to supermoto rides and Aprilia is definitely an uncontestable competitor for the best possible place on the podium and on the market.
Using the same successful recipe used when creating the SXVs , they went ahead of the competition and built the Dorsoduro 750, a middleweight that is claimed to bring a new kind of excitement on the streets and on the track.
Watch this guy and learn from his mistakes. He’s trying to jump his two-stroke supermoto using a BMX ramp, but neglects the fact that BMX ramps are for…well, BMX bikes. He approaches fast, just like a real daredevil, and achieves what’s probably the funniest faceplant on the internet.
Following an earlier leak concerning their 2011 Freeride bikes, KTM releases the first images and press release for their all-new EVs that are scheduled for production a year and a half from now.
As initially seen, the two bikes share the same platform – delta box frame with self-supporting subframe – and lithium ion battery, all while weighing in at 198.4lbs. The Austrian firm claims performances similar to those of a 125cc supermoto/motocross internal combustion bike.
From the two, the supermoto bike will be street legal, while the MX one will keep all the fun on the track. The Freeride bikes will make their debut in Europe for the equivalent of $14,585, while riders in the US should “comply” with the much more competitive Zero Motorcycles . Read the full press release after the jump.
Although the Austrians from KTM have tried to keep a low profile in what their all-new Freeride electric motorcycles are concerned, German magazine Das Motorrad published the first leaked pictures of the much-awaited KTMs. Damn, why can’t we feel sorry about this?
Expected to retail for approximately $13,500 (or just under €10,000), both bikes rely on 30bhp and 33lb/ft of torque while weighing in at 198.4lbs. Hmm, that cannot be impressive. At least the 2.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack is capable to keep the good stuff coming for around 1.5-hours.
One a supermoto and the other an enduro, both bikes feature what appears to be a tubular steel frame.
This pretty much blows KTM’s element of surprise, but at least we can see the Austrian company entering confidently into a totally new segment mainly dominated by Zero Motorcycles in the United States.
Hypermotards are all about combining the right amount of power with perfect balance and chassis geometry for excellent feedback. It all resumes to upgrading those aggressive riding skills and obtaining better and better lap times. That’s what Ducati concentrates on with their 2010 Hypermotard 1100 EVO and EVO SP models, ensuring that every single owner brags about its ride each time it takes it closer to its limits.
After being launched last autumn at the EICMA Show in Milan as a middleweight super motard, Ducati’s all-new Hypermotard 796 turns out being, as expected, a smaller and much more versatile twin-cylinder Italian motorcycle with sportbike credentials and very aggressive looks. Let’s see what more.
Kawasaki presents their 2010 entry-level supermoto model, the KLX250SF, a motorcycle derived from the dual sport one with almost the same name. The engine and frame are those of the KLX250S , while the wheels are now suitable mostly for street exploitation and the suspensions position the bike as low as possible. That means a big “Aim here!!!” for beginners attracted by supermoto bikes, but also for those in search of a fun and versatile motorcycle capable of much more than what this category stands for.
The Honda NX 650 Dominator is a budget dual-sport motorcycle powered by a 644cc single-cylinder engine, produced by the Japanese manufacturer between 1988 and 2003.
Italy’s motorcycle design guru Oberdan Bezzi has come up with a rendering for a new Honda Dominator. Nowadays, such a bike would have to compete with models such as the Yamaha XT 660Z Tenere, BMW F 650 GS and Kawasaki KLX 650, but if the previous Dominator’s reliability and great mileage were also taken in consideration, we reckon the middleweight dual-sport segment will soon have a new leader. Still, that is only and only if Honda ever decides to revive the Dominator.
Looks like even a supermoto version isn’t to be neglected either.