The 2012 Suzuki Gladius ABS is arguably one of the best looking models in its class. The motorcycle features a pretty futuristic design language and we especially like the sharp fuel tank, imposing frame and the unique headlight. Not to mention about the sculpted seat and the dynamic exhaust pipes.
We don’t have any complains about the bike’s color combinations either, as the contrasts of the front fender, radiator covers, fuel tank covers, side covers, steel fuel tank and frame further enhance its tasty appearance.
Once you jump on the saddle you are greeted by a useful instrumentation that includes an analog tachometer and LCD speedometer, digital dual trip meters, odometer, LCD digital clock and gear-position indicator.
In terms of power, the Suzuki Gladius ABS is fitted with a 645cm3 fuel-injected DOHC 90-degree V-Twin engine that is based on the SV650 power plant.
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The mid-’70s were not kind to Ducati. The company discontinued the excellent 250/350/450 singles and 750 round-case GT, Sport and Super Sport and tinkered with clumsy parallel twins, as well as the valve-spring 860GT and 900GTS. This left die-hard customers to kick-start the brutal 900 Super Sport Desmo twin for the Ducati experience. Surely, there had to be some middle ground… That finally emerged in 1978 with the Darmah 900 Sport Desmo, designed by Tartarini, and it became the company’s mainstay for five years. It was a detuned 900 SS, with smaller carbs, an electric start, two-up seat, Bosch electronic ignition, Nippon Denso gauges, warning lights and Bosch headlight and indicators. Best of all, the price was very competitive with the Japanese bikes.
Another twist appeared in 1979 when the Darmah SS was introduced. With handsome two-tone paint, it was only made from 1979-81. The 900 SS Darmah is a collectible machine today and its estimated price is €8.000-€10.000.
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The mid-’70s were not kind to Ducati, which had discontinued its 250/350/450 singles and round-case 750 GT, Sport and Super Sport and had pinned its hopes on parallel twins, the non-Desmo 860 GT and 900 GTS. The 900 Super Sport had passionate adherents but needed to have broader appeal. That happened in 1977 with the Darmah 900 Sport Desmo, which was the company’s mainstay for five years. It was a detuned 900 SS, with smaller 32-mm carbs, an electric start, two-up seat, Bosch electronic ignition, Nippon Denso gauges, warning lights, headlights and indicators. Best of all, the price was competitive with Japanese bikes. People remember the 900 Super Sport fondly, but the Darmah is probably more historically important.
One of these original bikes was presented at an auction wearing an attractive black and gold paint job for the fairing and wheels. It is from the second production run, complete with luggage storage. Full story
Mike Haliwood is a pretty important figure in Ducati’s history as its name is strongly related to the Italian manufacturer.
When Mike Hailwood returned from New Zealand to ride the privateer Sports Motorcycles 900 SS in the Isle of Man TT F1 race in 1978, some say it was Ducati’s greatest victory ever. At 38, Hailwood had not raced at the Isle of Man for 11 years, but he beat Phil Read’s lap record by nine mph on his way to victory.
Ducati offered him a factory bike the next year, but it was unequal to the task: Hailwood finished 5th and did not ride it anywhere else. However the TT legend was alive and well, and Ducati marketed a Mike Hailwood Replica in 1979 in red, white and green. The MHR had Darmah Nippon Denso instruments and switch gear, Conti exhausts, Brembo brakes front and rear and 40-mm carburettors. The first MHRs had kick starts and one-piece fairings, and Motor Cycle Weekly tested one at 129 mph. Full story
Kawasaki is one of the oldest Japanese motorcycle manufacturers and most of the company’s models were received with great interest by the riders. And there is no wonder why as they had a bullet proof built quality and offered top notch performances as well.
From the original Z-1 to the ZZR1200, Kawasaki’s do-it-all motorcycles combined the power, handling, comfort and aesthetic appeal that repeatedly dominated their categories. The same facts are also true for the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS, which is one of the best models in its segment.
The 2012 version delivers a dominating mix of power, handling, looks, technology and rideability. The bike is powered by a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four, 1,043cc engine which is paired with a six speed gearbox.
For those who want a faultless stopping power, Kawasaki also offers an ABS version of the Ninja 1000 for 2012.
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The 2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS was built using the latest technologies developed by the Japanese manufacturer and is ready to hit both the race tracks and city streets.
The motorcycle is powered by a compact, narrow and lightweight engine which comes with large intakes valves, chromoly camshafts and strong connecting rods. Moreover, the Intake and exhaust valves are titanium to reduce reciprocating weight and stress at high rpm. The engine has a displacement of 998 cc and is paired with a six speed transmission.
Needless to say that the ride is kept in check by a set of sporty suspensions. The Shock and linkage are positioned above the swingarm, a layout that offers excellent road-holding, smooth suspension action, and stability and feedback when cornering.
The Ninja ZX-10R is equipped with Kawasaki’s Intelligent anti-lock Braking (KIBS), which is combined with front dual semi-floating 310mm petal discs with dual four-piston radial-mount calipers and a rear single 220mm petal disc paired with an aluminum single-piston caliper.
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Aprilia launched the 2012 Tuono V4 R APRC, a bike that’s able to deal effortless with the demands of the most hardcore enthusiasts.
The motorcycle features a dynamic body that cuts through the air with ease and is powered by Aprilia’s longitudinal 65° V-4 cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid cooled engine with double overhead camshafts (DOHC) and four valves per cylinder. The modern engine rewards you with a maximum output of 167.3 CV (123 kW) at 11.500 rpm and 111.5 Nm of torque at 9.500 rpm.
The engine is mounted on a strong yet light aluminum frame. The company says that the Tuono’s frame “ exploits the strength and flexibility of cast and pressed elements in a structure that sets new benchmarks in terms of balance and dynamic efficiency.” Shortly, that is translated into maximum torsional stiffness and flexional stiffness.
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The Cagiva Mito SP525 has a lot to love. For the starters it features a pretty sporty design language which inspires dynamism and confidence. The trim aerodynamics design was developed to get maximum penetration with the rider on the saddle and even the rear view mirrors were carefully designed to maximize the bike’s aerodynamics.
The ride is kept in check by a front 40 mm inverted fork which is combined with a rear Sachs shock absorber with adjustable pre-load.
The motorcycle is propelled by a 124.60 cc, single cylinder, two stroke engine which delivers a peak power of 12.07 HP (8.8 kW) at 9000 RPM and 11.00 Nm (1.1 kgf-m or 8.1 ft.lbs) of torque at 7500 RPM. The speed is kept under control by the Brembo Serie Oro braking system which consists of a 2-piston caliper that works on a 320mm front disc and a 230mm rear disc with tangential slots.
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The Aprilia RSV4 makes no compromise when it comes to agility. The motorcycle was designed to reward you with first class performance on the track but also on the road. It comes with a sporty style, modern technologies and a strong engine.
Talking about the engine, the RSV4 Factory APRC SE is equipped with a 65° V-4 unit which is combined Ride By Wire and multimap engine management. You also get adjustable traction control which is capable of self-adjusting to suit different types of tyres, wheelie control, launch control and quick shift.
The motorcycle is equipped with multi-adjustable suspensions, which consist of a front Öhlins Racing upside-down fork and a Öhlins Racing rear shock absorber developed from experience learned directly on the track. The rear shock features a piggy back nitrogen canister and adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping and length, allowing the height of the rear end of the bike to be altered to modify the set-up to suit different riding styles and tracks.
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There is no other bike like a Ninja. This model has become an icon of sportiness and adrenaline from the instant it was launched for the first time on the market.
When it arrived on the big-bore sportbike stage in 2006, the big Ninja blew everyone’s minds with its power, sport-tourer comfort, agile handling and aerodynamic full-coverage bodywork. Since then, the motorcycle received a lot of upgrades and the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R raised the bar even higher.
The R-designated 2012 Ninja ZX-14R is stronger, better looking and smoother than ever, thanks to the numerous upgrades received from Kawasaki’s technicians.
Big power delivered smoothly has always been a big Ninja hallmark, so the changes for 2012 begin in the new ZX-14R’s engine bay. First off, there’s more displacement via a 4mm stroke increase; to 65mm (up from 61mm), with displacement now registering 1441cc (up from 1352cc). Combustion chamber shapes are newly optimized for 2012, and they’re surface-milled now, not cast. Moreover, intake ports are reshaped and polished for maximum flow while working in concert with longer and more durable intake valves.
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