Yamaha begins online booking of 2018 YZF-R1M
Yamaha has updated their mad YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M superbikes with recalibrated equipment and a couple of new features keeping the competition alive and well. It was launched at the 2017 EICMA along with a host of new concepts and products from the Japanese Blue Team.
It will hit showroom floors in March 2018, Yamaha has opened up their online booking portal where enthusiasts and motorsport teams can book one for themselves that includes the limited edition R1M.
Is KTM developing more products with its 390 platform?
We know, for one, that manufacturers develop low capacity motorcycles to get new riders into their strides from the very beginning. With manufacturers showing so much love to the adventure category, it’s high time that we get out and do a little exploring for ourselves.
It looks like KTM is busy preparing the right tools for this job and are onto adding more iterations to the 390cc and spinning new genres of motorcycles.
Spied by our friends at motorradonline somewhere in Europe, these images have surfaced proving the Austrian’s intent of adding an adventure model as well as a scrambler to their 390cc platform.
2017 - 2018 Kawasaki Versys-X 300
Kawasaki entered the 2017 model year with an eye toward the small-displacement adventure-bike market, and the all-new Versys-X 300 was its weapon of choice for this new front. The “X” joined the rest of the Versys adventure-bike lineup with the characteristic family flylines atop unique features all its own. Most apparent was the 296 cc engine attractive to riders looking to enter the adventure world as well as the young adults emerging as the new generation of pragmatic buyers.
Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Versys X-300.
BMW invests €200 million on its “Battery Cell Competence Centre”
You know things are actually getting serious when stalwarts like the BMW are putting their money and testing out electricity to power their future machines.
The new “Battery Cell Competence Centre” coming up in Munich, the brand’s headquarters, is BMW’s vision and commitment to developing the next generation of energy systems that will be powered by advanced battery cell technology.
"The Doctor" gets himself a flashy new helmet for Winter Test
By the time you are reading this, Rossi and Vinales are putting the 2018 season MotoGP bike through its paces and testing their readiness at Sepang, Malaysia at the Winter Test.
And as tradition goes, AGV has designed special Pista GP R helmets for “The Doctor” just for the Winter Tests, and it’s called “Huichol’’, from the Mexican art form it’s been inspired from. The bright colors and snazzy decals are typical Rossi style and it looks spectacular.
2016 - 2018 Moto Guzzi MGX-21
Moto Guzzi fans with tour-bike tastes looking for a ride to take them hither and yon on the open roads were more or less limited to the California 1400 — until 2016. After much buildup and fanfare, the Moto Guzzi MGX-21 “Flying Fortress” (FF) was finally released, and it brought long-distance touring capacity and comfort to the table with a decidedly dated look that targets fans of classic American car design from the ’60s. A big, 1,380 cc V-twin pushes the FF with torque to spare, and a highly stylized front fairing, windshield and saddlebags completes the tour-tastic package. Here in the U.S. of A., we have different ideas than the rest of the world about what makes a proper tour bike. I had to admit that I was looking forward to the release, and couldn’t wait to see how well ’Guzzi interpreted the classic American touring bagger. I wasn’t disappointed.
Continue reading for my review of the Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Flying Fortress.
Yamaha Corporation is selling a part of its motorcycle division
Yamaha Corporation today announced that it will be selling 8 million shares of its holdings at Yamaha Motor Co., of which it is the largest shareholder and will remain as the largest shareholder even after this transaction goes through.
This deal will make the mother company richer by ¥26 billion ($3.9 billion) and the shares will be sold to various unnamed securities companies which will then sell them out on the open market.
Bandit 9 Eve Classic
“Once again, the Earth is under attack. An alien species is poised for a final assault. The survival of humanity depends on a military genius who can defeat the aliens. But who? Or what?”
That ‘what’ is a curious looking piece of weapon made in Vietnam. Easily mistakable to some sci-fi Terminator blockbuster prop, this bullet looking steel is a brainchild of Daryl Villanueva, the military genius born to defeat the extraterrestrial.
And its called the "Bandit 9 Eve Classic".
2016 - 2018 KYMCO Super 8
The Super 8 in both the 50 cc and 150 cc models have been around for a bit, and while some folks discount KYMCO as a serious manufacturer, it’s worth a look. KYMCO maintains a prominent presence in the Grand National Cross Country Series, a grueling off-road racing circuit that hosts long courses over a variety of rugged terrains, and serves as a sort of trial-by-fire for both rider and machine. If that isn’t a testament to quality, I don’t know what is. We lost the Super 8 "R" siblings going into last year, but let’s take a look and see how well KYMCO’s race prowess transitions to the scooter sector with its 2018 Super 8 “X” model duo.
Continue reading for more information on the KYMCO Super 8.
2013 - 2018 Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 GT 8V
Moto Guzzi came up with its latest version of the 1200 GT back in ’11, and that design has withstood the test of time as it looks to be a direct carryover into at least the 2018 model year. The factory retains the service of the “four-valve” engine with its 100-plus horsepower and transverse V-twin layout. In keeping with its heritage, the latest Norge falls well within the sport-tour bracket with the protective features and cargo capacity the U.S. market expects of its long-distance bikes. How will it stack up against the American V-twins and the new Gold Wing? We’re going to find out, but first let’s take a deeper look at the current Norge GT.
Continue reading for my review of the Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 GT.
A Ducati Theme Park is in the works
If you’ve ever been to the Middle East, especially Dubai or Abu Dhabi, the Ferrari World at Yas Marina would have been the highlight of your trip. Getting on the fastest roller coaster in the world "Formula Rossa" and being surrounded by all that Red of Italy’s finest automobile maker can make you a kid all over again.
Now, Ducati is giving the world a theme park dedicated to all the motorcyclists, young or old, that will include a showroom, children’s attraction, roller coaster, virtual reality and many more indulging experiences fully showcasing the Ducati brand in a larger than life format.
Honda India made a new record by selling 2 million Activas’ in just 7 months!
In 2001, Honda launched the Activa in India which became the country’s first ever four-stroke automatic scooter. Its simplistic design and engine reliability made it an overnight success, which it reaps even today, 17 years after its first launch.
Today, the brand has already rolled out its 17,000,000’th Activa from its plant in Gujarat, making it the first scooter in the country to reach such a milestone. Out of which, a whopping 2 million of them came in the last seven months alone.
Now that is some mind-boggling sales figures that are making Honda the most loved brand when it comes to automatic scooters.