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2017 BMW HP4 Race

2017 BMW HP4 Race

How Fast Is Fast Enough?

Public demand for race-ready road bikes has never been higher, and the folks down at the Bayerische Motoren Werke are trying to take that momentum to the bank with its HP4 Race. Like many of its track-day competitors have recently done, BMW set about the business of mini-mass producing a bike that carries as much of its factory-team race gear as they are comfortable sharing with the world. However, the factory isn’t risking much in this bid for a slice of the hardcore race-fan market with a limited-edition run of 750 hand-built units, so in addition to the obvious attraction of the technology and power we can add rarity to the curb appeal. Here we have a 215 horsepower engine pushing the world’s first all carbon-fiber frame with a veritable alphabet soup of features that are surely indispensable for racers looking for an edge.

Continue reading for my review of the BMW HP4 Race.

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2016 Honda RC213V-S

2016 Honda RC213V-S

Interest in race-replica models is beginning to wane in favor of the more public road-oriented naked bikes and streetfighters, but you’d never know it looking at the work Honda put into the RC213V-S.

The “S” is based on Honda’s RC213V factory racebike currently competing in the MotoGP circuit, and it is important to mention here that this is the bike that carried Honda to the Riders’, Constructors’ and Team Championships in both ’13 and ’14.

While this isn’t quite a straight-up racebike with turn signals, it’s a fairly faithful reproduction and is as close as you will find among the production bikes on the road today. Let’s face it — to unleash a 100-percent genuine racebike on the public would be irresponsible at best, and criminal at worst, so the factory had to nerf it just a little bit. These bikes are hand built by specially trained mechanics using model-specific tools at a rate of one unit per day, part of the reason for the limited-edition run. Join me while I see how close to that line the Red Riders dance with this awe-inspiring machine.

Continue reading for my review of the Honda RC213V-S.

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2016 Motorcycle Week In Review, June 17

2016 Motorcycle Week In Review, June 17

This week saw the 93rd annual Motorcycle Week in Laconia, New Hampshire kick off with the usual pomp and circumstance. The world’s oldest bike rally runs from the 11th of June through Father’s Day this year, nice timing for dad/kid activities even if it does fall on the last day of the rally. As with all such events, lodging can be a real pain to secure, so if you missed it this year you’d best go ahead and make your reservations now for next year’s event that will run from June 10th through the 18th, 2017. To all of you heading home from the event, be ye careful on the road.

Continue reading for my look at the week ending June 17, 2016.

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2015 MV Agusta F4 RC

2015 MV Agusta F4 RC

MV Agusta may be in financial distress but you wouldn’t be able to tell that after the company finally pulled the covers off of the new F4 RC. You know how you build certain expectations in your head and then reality ends up being way cooler than what you anticipated? In a nutshell, that’s the first impression I had on the F4 RC when I first saw it in full detail.

There are a lot of things about the F4 RC that can be considered as special. Oh, it’s special enough on its own, but given that rumors of the F4’s axing have picked up steam in the past few months, if this ends up becoming one of MV Agusta’s last F4 bikes, then we consider ourselves lucky. The superbike is a wallop-and-a-half, well and truly regarded as a more powerful version of the F4 RR, which is a blitzing ride in it of its own.

Basically, the F4 RC is the closest thing to the actual bike Leon Camier will ride in the 2015 World Superbike Championships. You wanna talk about setting extremely high expectations and then living up to those promises?

MV Agusta nailed the F4 RC right out of the park.

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2014 KTM RC390 Cup

2014 KTM RC390 Cup

KTM has revealed its all new 2014 RC390. The motorcycle is taking design cues straight from the RC8 and was developed as a GP racing model for the Moto3 World Championship.

The bike weighs only 130 kg and is built around a 373.2 cc, 4-stroke, EFI, DOHC engine which cranks out a maximum power of 38 hp. It is fed by a 9.5 liters fuel tank and is mounted on a powder coated, tubular steel trellis frame.

The motorcycle is fitted with a set of high quality suspensions signed by WP Suspension. They include a front WP-USD Ø 43 mm fork and a rear WP-Monoshock.

The motorcycle’s speed is kept in check by a performance-oriented four piston caliper braking system which uses 300 mm discs up front and 230 discs out back.

For the moment KTM didn’t reveal the price of its new RC390, but given the excellent pricing of the new D390 we can expect to a decent number.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 KTM RC390.

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2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Race Bike

2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Race Bike

The all-new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R race bike has been unveiled to international press at the Nürburgring race track, and at the same time the riders for the 2011 World Superbike Championship season were introduced.

The presentation of the new bike and riders comes just before the German round of The World Superbike Championship, which will take place at the Nürburgring race track this weekend.

The new Ninja ZX-10R race bike has been eagerly anticipated by everyone involved in the Superbike racing project for a while now and therefore the Kawasaki Superbike Racing Team are extremely keen to get started with the new Ninja ZX-10R. The team unveiled the first edition of the race bike during a press conference that marked the start of the Nürburgring WSBK round, which will be held this weekend.

The unveiling of the new Ninja ZX-10R will mark a new start for Kawasaki in the World Superbike Championship. From 2011, the Kawasaki World Superbike Racing Team will receive more means and more support from the mother company in Japan.

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2009 Norton NRV588 Race

2009 Norton NRV588 Race

It’s always nice to see comebacks in the motorcycle industry, especially for fans of the different brands. In what Norton is concerned, although they’ll most likely never reach their former glory, the modern interpretation of their mid 1990s racer is enough to provide the industry with an accurate impression of how advanced the technology implemented in this model was for its time. And with performance data comparable to that of modern supersport models, we reckon the Brits have little catching up to do.

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