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2019 Zero Motorcycles S / SR

2019 Zero Motorcycles S / SR

More Range, More Torque, Faster Charging, More Fun

The electric-bike market becomes more viable almost daily it seems, and Zero is at the cutting edge with a number of improvements for its naked-sportbike series — the “S” and “SR” models – going into 2019. We’re talking about more power with a higher top-end kind of improvements, and that’s on top of faster recharge times and a lighter curb weight; in other words, just about every important metric was buffed for MY19. Even the electronics are smarter this year to complete the package. This might be the hottest thing going in the EV bike sector at this point, so today I want to see what’s under the hood and how it stacks up against some of the likely competition.

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2019 Harley-Davidson LiveWire

2019 Harley-Davidson LiveWire

The First In What Will Be A Portfolio Of Electric Bikes

Electric-powered bikes are at the cutting edge of technology as the world grapples with its fossil-fuel dependency and seeks viable alternatives, and the LiveWire represents the MoCo’s contribution to that effort. Harley-Davidson teased us back in ’14 with the Project Livewire prototype, but at the EICMA “Milan Show” this year the production version finally saw the light of day. This machine brings a slew of features to the table that shows that Milwaukee is not as mired in the past as its detractors would like to have you believe with safety and comfort amenities that qualify as top-shelf by anyone’s standards. This is a thoroughly modern ride with up-to-date equipment, and even though it’s operating within a still-niche genre, there’s no problem at all in finding a suitable competitor, so let’s get to it.

Continue reading for my look at the Harley-Davidson LiveWire.

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2017 - 2019 BMW S 1000 R

2017 - 2019 BMW S 1000 R

This Ain’t Your Granddad’s Roadster

The BMW S 1000 R was on the receiving end of a facelift ahead of the 2017 model year, and it carries that enhanced package right on into MY2019. BMW’s liter-sized naked roadster rolls with a new frame, increased engine output and Euro 4 emissions compliance. That comes on top of the already impressive electronics package that includes Beemer’s Automatic Stability Control, Ride Modes and a Race ABS feature.

Continue reading for my review of the BMW S 1000 R.

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2016 - 2019 Yamaha VMAX

2016 - 2019 Yamaha VMAX

Not For The Faint Of Heart

The 1,679 cc engine in the Yamaha VMAX houses mad performance with more than adequate power and torque to give the VMAX plenty of ’go’ and the big, dual six-piston calipers up front give it plenty of ’stop.’ The 2019 VMAX comes dressed to impress, so let’s take a look at what the Tuning-Fork company has in store for us this year.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha VMAX.

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2018 - 2019 Yamaha MT-09

2018 - 2019 Yamaha MT-09

It Gives You Everything It’s Got

A lot of words come to mind when someone mentions the Yamaha MT-09: powerful, sporty, agile, and aggressive are a few of them. Packed with the 847 cc CP3® engine, the MT-09 combines aggressive styling and impressive performance with a host of electronics – including traction control, ABS and improved throttle curves – to make it a contender in the naked sportbike field.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha MT-09.

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2018 - 2019 Yamaha MT-10

2018 - 2019 Yamaha MT-10

If Stupidfast Is Your Thing, You Gotta Check This Out

Yamaha’s Hyper-Naked literbike features a 998 cc plant that delivers 160 ponies for a brutally powerful ride. The factory tweaked its D-Mode engine mapping feature to help the rider manage said power and (hopefully) keep the power delivery synched with the rider’s skill level. Also new from 2018 is the Quick Shift System that helps you run through the gears even faster so you can get the most out of whichever mode you prefer. TC, RbW and ABS all make an appearance in the electronics suite, and the suspension comes with an array of adjustments to make this an all-around, top-shelf bike.

Continue reading for my look at the Yamaha MT-10.

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2018 - 2019 Yamaha MT-07

2018 - 2019 Yamaha MT-07

This Could Be Your "I Just Want To have Fun" Bike

Yamaha finally saw fit to drop its FZ family designator last year in favor of the MT brand seen by most other markets. The changes aren’t limited the moniker; the MT-07 came with a handful of tweaks to include better suspension and updated looks to reflect its aggressive nature. Fans of the”Fuzz” will rejoice to know that it retains its 689 cc, crossplane concept powerplant with its 50 pounds o’ grunt and steering geometry that makes the family so nimble.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha MT-07.

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2016 - 2019 Yamaha XSR900

2016 - 2019 Yamaha XSR900

A Mix Of Retro Looks and Modern Tech

Influenced by the classic “XS” series from the ’70s and ’80s, the XSR900 from Yamaha shows its roots with retro styling and stepped seating combined with just enough modern tech that you know you’re in the 21st century. At first glance, it looks like a nice little bike: compact and sporty. On second glance...and third...it looks like a whole lot of bike for an affordable price.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha XSR900.

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Top 10 Street Motorcycles of 2018

Top 10 Street Motorcycles of 2018

Naked, lightweight and narrow. The perfect combination for the urban jungle

Although not an official segment of motorcycles, our lifestyle for daily transportation in urban communities have given rise to street motorcycles that are lightweight and nimble for the concrete jungle. Being an agile handler while looking the part is how we need our commute through the asphalt.

This is our list of the machines we think can handle those demands better than any other. A motorcycle with an upright riding position, lacking plastic fairings for that narrow lane splitting ability and a lightweight construction for the ease of flickability is what we are looking for, and here are our top ten:

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MV Agusta is making a limited run Dragster 800 RR PIRELLI

MV Agusta is making a limited run Dragster 800 RR PIRELLI

Celebrating their second year of collaboration with Pirelli as their sole tire supplier

Two Italian brands, MV Agusta and Pirelli have become permanent partners where the latter was selected as the sole tire supplier for the Schiranna brand a year ago, and to celebrate this agreement, MV Agusta had made a limited edition version of the Brutale 800 RR called the “Brutale 800 RR PIRELLI”.

Now, the same two companies have released another limited edition collaboration, but this time, it will be the newly updated Dragster 800 RR that will receive the Pirelli touch. In a pure exclusive visual treat by the folks who make “Motorcycle Art”, the Dragster 800 RR PIRELLI gets new paint schemes that showcase the partnership with the decals and new wheels that stick to new tires.

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Kawasaki is out with its new 125cc Ninja and Z babies

Kawasaki is out with its new 125cc Ninja and Z babies

Final showcase to happen at the upcoming EICMA show

The Japanese Green Team have officially released images and introductory videos of their new babies of both their sports and naked categories, finally after a couple of years of speculation ever since the 2017 EICMA. It is the Ninja 125 and Z125 that will be revealed at the upcoming EICMA in Milan.

Although we already have the naked Z125 in our markets, it will be replaced with a newer, more advanced update along with its sportier Ninja sibling. While doing so, Kawasaki will finally have a product to cater to the basic A1 license that has so far limited them to the use of mopeds.

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Kawasaki to add a Z125 and a Ninja125 to their 2019 lineup

Kawasaki to add a Z125 and a Ninja125 to their 2019 lineup

To finally cater the A licence millennial riders

For 2019, the Japanese green team is bringing in smaller babies of both their sports and naked categories to our markets finally after a couple of years of speculation ever since the 2017 EICMA. It is the Ninja 125 and Z125 that will be revealed at the upcoming EICMA in Milan.

Although we already have the naked Z125 in our markets, it will be replaced with a newer, more advanced update along with its sportier Ninja sibling. While doing so, Kawasaki will finally have a product to cater to the basic A1 license that has so far limited them to the use of mopeds.

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Kawasaki to introduce the naked Z400 as the 2019 model

Kawasaki to introduce the naked Z400 as the 2019 model

CARB documents brings out confirmation for the same

The Kawasaki Z400 is not a badge you’ll see for the first time on a Kawasaki machine. The Japanese used to make the ‘KZ400/Z400’ between 1974 and 1984 for Asian and American markets. The KZ400 even outsold Honda in the 400 cc twins market through the 1970s. But was culled from the showroom floors after a decade from its launch.

Now though, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) documents published indicate that the 399cc Kawasaki naked motorcycle will be coming back to the US shores after the launch of the full faired Ninja 400 last year and will look much similar to the Z300 it will replace but run on a brand new engine borrowed from the Ninja.

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2018 Moto Guzzi V7 III Limited

2018 Moto Guzzi V7 III Limited

500 units of Chrome, aluminum and Carbon-fiber

The V7 is the first model created by Moto Guzzi, and celebrating the 50th year of the first, the brand launched the V7 III with four editions in 2017: Stone, Special, Racer and a celebratory entrant Anniversario. Expanding this footprint for 2018, MG launched the ‘Rough’, ‘Milano’, ‘Stornello’, ‘Carbon Dark’ and finally this ‘Limited’ edition.

The Limited is what ’bringing of two worlds’ mean. Blending classic, elegant chrome with futuristic carbon-fiber and aluminum materials, this V7 is an eclectic and modern look that reiterates how well the V7 III lends itself to customization. It is an exclusive limited edition version in just 500 numbered units.

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Harley Davidson is making this 975cc Streetfighter

Harley Davidson is making this 975cc Streetfighter

in a hope to attract new riders from new markets across the globe

There is a saying that goes - “There’s only one way to really understand Harley Davidson. Ride one.” All this while, this statement made complete sense of a brute machine that lets you cruise around in the brawniest fashion. But now, Harley is taking a whole new approach with the LiveWire electric motorcycles and a brand new segment – the naked streetfighter.

Yes, the Milwaukee brand is expanding its line of middleweight models with its first-ever streetfighter motorcycle that is planned for the 2020 year. This news comes along with the showcasing of its first-ever adventure bike, Pan-America, in a bid to bring new people to the brand from new markets across the world.

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This Finnish company is making the 'Tron' hubless electric motorcycle

This Finnish company is making the ’Tron’ hubless electric motorcycle

Called the E2, it is RMK’s first production model

Joining the new electric trend, a new Finnish company called RMK Vehicle Corporation will launch its first futuristic electric motorcycle – the E2 – at the MP 19 Motorcycle Show in Helsinki, Finland. Why futuristic? Have you had a look at its rear wheel? Yes, that’s a hubless unit with the electric motor in it.

Designing out of the traditional book norms, the Tron-style rear wheel happens to be lighter than a standard wheel and houses a 67 hp motor. It can source power from a choice of two battery options offering either 120 miles or 180 miles of range, with a top speed of around 100 mph.

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2017 - 2018 CCM Spitfire

2017 - 2018 CCM Spitfire

A limited edition work of art by the “SkunkwerX” division

Reminiscence of the Supermarine Spitfire, a British fighter aircraft from the times of World War II, the CCM Spitfire is the brainchild of a specialist division within the shackles of CCM called ‘the SkunkwerX team’. Launched first in 2017, all 150 of them were sold in the first week itself.

The bike gets a custom hand built chassis setup and a bespoke tank that defined all the models that came later from CCM’s “SkunkwerX” division including the Scrambler, Café Racer, Bobber and the Flat Tracker. They all use the same 600cc single pot mill borrowed from Husqvarna.

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Honda has two new 650cc machines in the pipeline

Honda has two new 650cc machines in the pipeline

One will be an exclusively new model, while one will be catering mainstream

The Honda CB600F (known as the Hornet in Europe and Brazil) was undoubtedly one of the most influential middleweight naked motorcycles. Originally launched in 1998, it had close ties to the race-winning CBR600RR but had always presented its own unique package of sporty performance and light, user-friendly handling.

In 2014 the model received a major update and got a displacement increase of 49 cc, the new model is called CB650F, which is currently sold in the US for $ 8,249. And according to Fabrice Recoque, director of the motorcycle division of Honda France, the world is getting TWO new 650cc naked motorcycles.

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KTM busy testing the sportier '790 Duke R'

KTM busy testing the sportier ’790 Duke R’

Will come equipped with Brembo calipers, re-tuned mill, and many more bits as standard

Nicknamed ’The Scalpel’, the 790cc brutal twin-cylinder was KTM’s entry to the hot naked middleweight market. With a quirky 105 hp on tap, this 370 lb orange streetfighter is the sharpest tool under the KTM roof all out to dominate streets.

Now, our friends at MoreBikes have stumbled upon the Austrian manufacturer testing the production version of the sportier ‘790 Duke R’ in action. The snaps showcase the bike sans any graphics and orange wheels instead of the black ones that come on the standard 790 Duke.

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2016 - 2018 Benelli Leoncino Lion Cub

2016 - 2018 Benelli Leoncino Lion Cub

This Italian tribute to motorcycling may not make it here though

Ever since Benelli started showcasing us products designed by CentroStile Benelli, slowly their reputation seems to have gotten back to its original charm albeit owned by a Chinese firm. The same design house has once again wowed us by showcasing the Leoncino (pronounced Leon-cheeno), meaning the Lion Cub.

This street motorcycle was first showcased at the 2015 EICMA as a concept and people had then put a lot of money on these bikes because of the potential shown. Then the very next year, the production model came out for the European and a few Asian markets, and it had maintained the rugged and beautiful lines.

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2017 - 2018 Kawasaki Z 250

2017 - 2018 Kawasaki Z 250

A quarter-liter naked with Sugomi-inspired styling

After making a sweet spot in the hearts of enthusiasts with its Ninja 300, Kawasaki had struck again with its yet another onslaught in the entry-level performance motoring, Z250. It was first launched in 2013 for the Asian markets post which the Japanese Green team gave the Z300 for Australia and Europe.

Designed and engineered on the lines of the bigger Z’s, the Z250 also promises to give the thrills of the Ninja in a more affordable package. After the Ninja 300, we were speculating that Kawasaki might launch its Z300 on our shores, but that seems out of the question at the moment. Nonetheless, we stay optimistic with this Z250 making rounds of eastern roads. It gets Euro IV compliant engine, new color schemes, and the much needed ABS. Good news is never too late.

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