The Yamaha XT660X puts versatility on the first place. It sports a powerful engine, an ergonomic construction and a modern design language, so what more could you want from a street bike?
The motorcycle was especially developed to be a capable city bike. At its core lies the tough DNA of the XT off roaders and due to its unstoppable character is able to tackle anything you’ll throw at it.
The Yamaha XT660X is equipped with a fuel-injected, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that delivers a maximum output of 35.0 kW (48PS) at 6,000 rpm and 60.0 Nm (6.4 kg-m) of torque at 5,250 rpm. The engine’s power is sent to the rear wheel by means of a constant mesh transmission. Talking about wheels, the 2013 Yamaha XT660X rides on 17 inch rims wrapped in 120/70R 17M/C front and 160/60R 17M/C rear tires.
The machine’s speed is kept in check by massive full-floating discs that measure 320 mm at the front and 245 mm out back.
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The Zero XU has received a pretty significant upgrade for 2013 as is fitted with an all new powertrain. The new Z-Force motor offers 91% more torque and twice the power. The motorcycle’s range has been also improved, with 81% to be more exact to a total of 76 miles.
Another important fact is that the Zero XU is now available with the world’s first modular power pack system. There are two configurations available namely the ZF2.8 (one module) and ZF5.7 (two modules). The Zero XU can be charged to 95% at CHAdeMO charging stations in an hour or less using an optional accessory. The electric motor can propel the motorcycle to a maximum speed of 77 mph.
Other notable features include Nissin brakes, a new swingarm and wider triple clamps, optimized fork and shock internals and a module locking system.
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The Suzuki DR-Z400SM is a rugged and versatile motorcycle designed for those who love adventures. The motorcycle is built around a 398 cc liquid cooled four stroke engine which delivers a generous low-rpm torque and plenty of power. The engine is brought to life by an electric starter and is mated on a 5-speed constant mesh transmission.
The motorcycle’s speed is kept in check by a set of capable brakes which include a large 300mm floating-type rotor and dual-piston caliper, plus a 240mm rear disc brake with single-piston caliper.
The rider is met by a modern digital instrument cluster with speedometer, odometer, twin-trip meters with addition/subtraction capability, clock, timer and stopwatch functions.
The front wheel is kept in check by a long travel, Showa-brand inverted front fork which features adjustable compression/rebound damping. Out back, you’ll find a fully adjustable rear shock absorber with high/low speed compression damping.
The Suzuki DR-Z400SM is offered with a starting price of $6,999 and comes with a 12 moth unlimited mileage warranty.
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The Bimota DB10 Bimotard offers a perfect mix between the versatility of a motorand and the superior performances offered by a sports bike.
The Bimota DB10 Bimotard is propelled by a 90°L twin cylider, 4 strokes engine with a capacity of 1078cc. The fuel injected engine offers an instant throttle response and rewards you with a maximum output of 98 hp @ 7500 rpm and 10,5 kgm of torque 5500 rpm. This is more than enough to deliver a maximum speed of 220 kmph.
As far as technology is concerned, the Bimota DB10 Bimotard features a 50mm fork 10mm raised-up and a rear preload-fully adjustable top and lower speed monoshock. You also get forward foot pegs, 2x320mm radial discs and Arrow exhausts. Other features include a generous and ergonomically designed 13.5 l. tank, a raised-up handlebar and a comfy seat which offers a pretty relaxed riding position.
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The Derbi Senda RDR X-Treme 50 was designed for those who love adrenaline. The motorcycle is powered by a 49.9 cc single cylinder 2 stroke engine which cranks out 11 kW @ 9750 rpm and 11.4 Nm of torque at 7500 rpm. The motorcycle also features a tough dual beam steel chassis. On top of that it weighs only 124 kg so you can expect to a crisp acceleration and maximum performances.
To be able to tackle any terrain without backing down, the Derbi Senda DRD X is equipped with a set of versatile suspensions which offer a generous wheel travel - 245 mm at the front and 225 at the back. They consist of a front 41 mm Paioli upside-down fork and a steel rear progressive Pro-Link link rod system to which an Ollé single shock absorber is fixed with separate gas tank and adjustable spring preloading.
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Like any respectable dirt bike, the Derbi DRD 125 SM features an unstoppable character and is able to deal with any type of terrain without too much fuss.
The motorcycle is powered by a 124 cc, 4 Stroke, 4V Euro 3 engine which is paired with a six speeds gearbox. The engine rewards you with a peak power of 11 kw achieved at 9750 rpm and 11.4 Nm of torque available at 7500 rpm.
In terms of design, the Derbi DRD 125 SM features a pretty modern style and we especially like the aggressive graphics and the sharp lines.
The motorcycle rides on a front inverted fork with a 41 mm Ø bar and a rear adjustable shock absorber. This sporty suspension configuration allows it to tackle any track with poise.
The stopping power is assured by 260 mm front and 220 mm rear disc brakes with radial mount calipers.
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The KTM 990 SM R is a stunning motorcycle which rewards you with a thrilling ride every time you jump on its saddle. At the heart of the bike lies a water-cooled V-engine with 85 kW (114 hp) on tap. The engine is among the lightest units in its class and cranks out an impressive amount of torque. A modern electronic Keihin engine management system regulates the modern fuel injection system to improve the behavior under partial load.
But power without control is useless, thereby the KTM 990 is also able to deal great with twisty roads thanks to its multi-adjustable high-spec WP suspension. The sporty mix also contains a set of front twin-disc brakes with radially mounted four-piston brake calipers and rear single-disc brakes with two-piston brake calipers. For increased performances the disc brakes are combined with an ABS (antilock brake system).
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Designed with practicality and agility in mind, the KTM 690 SMC R is able to deal with any type of tracks with poise.
The motorcycle rewards you with first class ergonomics and you’ll especially like the self-supporting rear end/fuel tank unit and the low seat. Not to mention about the sporty stance and the perfectly angled, wide aluminum handlebar.
The bike is equipped with a lightweight tubular space frame made from chrome-molybdenum steel. The frame is combined with a high-quality die-cast swingarm which is ultra resistant to torsion.
The ride quality is assured by the KTM 690 SMC R’s WP upside-down fork, which offers a whole 250 mm of suspension travel and 48 mm outer tubes. Out back, you’ll find a pivot-arm articulated WP pressurised-gas monoshock which offers 250 mm of wheel travel. If you want to bring the bike to halt, you can rely with confidence on a set of capable Brembo brakes.
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The KTM 450 SMR offers first class performances and is packed with many modern technologies which help it remain among the top dogs in its segment. Moreover, the motorcycle has received a series of upgrades for 2012, hence it just became better.
At the heart of the motorcycle lies a new single-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine. The unit is liquid-cooled and has a 449.3 cc displacement. The engine is brought to life with a compact electric starter and is paired with a 5-speed transmission.
The 2012 KTM 459 SMR rides on new, front 48mm upside-down forks from WP, featuring closed-cartridge technology. On the other hand, the rear wheel is kept in check by a WP monoshock which has been specially tuned for Supermoto racing. Needless to say, that a wide setup range for rebound and compression damping allows individual adjustment of the chassis for the most diverse tracks.
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The dual sport bikes are starting to conquer more and more terrain with every year that passes, as their versatile character attracts many fans.
One of the latest dual purpose motorcycle launched by Honda is the 2012 CRF250L. The bike is powered by a liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve, 249cc single engine that features Honda’s proprietary Programmable Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), a gear-driven counter-balancer and a very compact cylinder head. Honda claims that its engine is able to offer 77-mpg fuel economy while giving the bike a range of around 154 miles from its 2.0-gallon tank.
The engine is mounted on a steel twin-spar frame which is light yet rigid. As far as suspensions go, the Honda CRF250L sports a front 43mm inverted fork which offers 8.7 inches of travel up and a preload-adjustable Pro-Link rear shock with 9.4 in. of travel.
The stopping power is assured by a single twin-piston caliper/256mm disc combo up front and a single-piston caliper and 220mm disc at the rear.
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