The 2010 Honda Gold Wing comes more like a disappointment rather than the interesting new entry that the public had been expecting simply because the world’s ultimate touring motorcycle features no new technical innovation or design change that is characteristic to the class it proudly dominates and to it only. While remaining as reliable, comfortable and powerful as the previous generation model, the 2010 model year is a bit safer and the new color schemes still manage to make the bike stand out despite its old-fashioned look.
Honda has taken the 2010 Honda VFR1200 to the alps for some nice action pics ahead of next month’s official unveiling and this is where it was spotted by a very dedicated MotoBlog reader, who got the chance to take a few pictures with the bike before it blasted down the tight mountain roads.
Although it was initially thought that the new VFR will have generous dimensions, it hasn’t, so that the innovative technologies such as the dual clutch transmission and variable cylinder management can make a strong point in this industry. Also, we reckon it doesn’t weigh much either.
Click here for the VFR1200 engine sound.
Although Honda has been gradually releasing information about the new VFR1200 engine and dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission, we never got the change to actually hear that V4 running until now, when we’ve come across this video.
The engine has a healthy idle grunt and, although revved probably not higher than 3000-3500 rpm, it sounds insane. The fact is that no exhaust will ever replace a potent engine of large displacement.
Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) and Graceland Harley-Davidson have teamed up to offer a special edition Street Glide and so commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Elvis Presley’s Las Vegas comeback in 1969.
Featuring a unique paint scheme created by O’s Custom Paint in Memphis, the Vegas Elvis Harley-Davidson Street Glide shows images from the 57 live performances that took place in only four weeks, while the billet alloy wheels, custom seat and LED lighting are meant to stay in tone with this bike’s touch of exclusivity. And with only five such machines built and a $50,731.69 price, every single bike is as exclusive as it could get.
Also, each one comes with a painted and numbered (like the bike) St Blues Bluesmaster guitar, so there will be five more kings of rock ‘n” roll out there.
With each year in which Victory comes up with new models, Arlen Ness and his son Cory Ness put their minds to work and create each one’s limited edition models, which are supposed to enhance the visual of the bikes as well as show their customization potential. While Cory Ness designed his own approach towards the Jackpot, his father saw the 2010 Victory Vision as a challenge and gave a try with this bike. The result: an eye-catching touring motorcycle.
Honda designers and engineers are busy working on the all-new VFR1200 sport-touring motorcycle, as the bike will be unveiled next month, and they’re no cheapskates when it comes to revealing technical information along the way. Last week, we found about the development of a dual clutch transmission that they’re preparing for this all-new model and now the Japanese company has released a video in which Honda senior engine manager Tsutomu Ishii takes us through the details of the 1200cc V4 engine.
The mastermind behind this motorcycle engine explains how they managed to achieve the width of a v-twin and the length of an inline-four, while the freshly created unit has a unicam head design, phase-pin crankshaft, 28° firing order and no balancer. Watch Honda’s official video after the jump.
Buell’s 2010 lineup wouldn’t have been complete without the notorious Ulysses models, the XB12X sportbike and XB12XT sport-touring one. Both motorcycles are powered by the smooth, reliable 1203 cc air-cooled engine and feature the appropriate wheelbase and ground clearance in order to prove efficient both on paved roads and unpaved roads. At a first glance, the Ulysses XB12XT model stands out thanks to the standard side and top cases, but it also comes with heated grips and tall windscreen, like any touring motorcycle should.
Basing on the same single-spar, rigid backbone frame and stout swingarm developed to withstand the demands of long-haul touring riders and today’s more-powerful engines, Harley-Davidson manages to deliver yet another veritable touring motorcycle in the form of the 2010 Ultra Classic Electra Glide. Built with long-haul touring comfort, convenience, and cargo capacity in mind, without drifting away from the unique American style, this model is sure to become an icon of the open road.
When it comes to European tourers, there’s really no point in trying to look for a four-cylinder motorcycle because all manufacturers there are, in a way or another, keen on twin-cylinder engines. After all, torque is what touring is all about and having a sporty engine that is almost naturally configured to produce torque, does precisely the trick that manufacturers such as BMW and Moto Guzzi are trying to achieve with their R 1200 RT and Norge 1200. We put this last model to the test and came to find that simplicity and refinement stand a better chance on today’s market than mountains of horsepower and numerous gadgets. At least in Europe…
These latest spy shots of the Ducati Strada Aperta come to reveal the fact that the Italian motorcycle manufacturer has entered in a straight line with the development of its new bike in expectancy of the 2009 Milan Show.
The future Multistrada won’t be a veritable street enduro model, but more of a sport-touring motorcycle offering the ability to hit the off-road once in a while. We look at it as to a taller, comfier and possibly more often dirtier Yamaha FZ1 , but it is a totally different thing when it comes to the engine. Unlike the Fazer’s in-line four-cylinder engine, the spied bike will be powered by a 4-valve, liquid-cooled Testastretta Evoluzione engine displacing, most likely, 1200cc.