2018 Honda CB1000R Neo-Sports Café
Honda revamped its naked CB1000R for the 2018 model year, but rather than dressing it up, the Red Riders actually dressed it down even further with a retro cafe’-racer kick. The CB1000R replaced the CB600F Hornet back in ’08 and its naked streetfighter presentation and performance envelope was an instant hit all across Europe. Fast forward to ’18 and we find it still going strong with the same 998 cc mill and a brand new handle as the Neo-Sports Café’. Subtle refinements give the NSC a new look that takes inspiration from the past without becoming enslaved to it, and the result is fresh, modern and appropriately aggressive. Today I’m going to take a look at this decade old model to see what else Honda has done to keep it relevant and competitive in today’s market.
Continue reading for my review of the Honda CB1000R.
The Emflux One is here and talks with tons of promises for all under $10K
This is the Indian startup eco-system’s gift to the world. A motorcycle in the newfound electric business that has being brimmed with bells and whistles not found on any other production bike. Emflux Motors is entering with tall claims of having a 125 mph superbike that runs on electricity for up to 100 miles at full range. And if you go full-blown-track-mode, expect a range of around 50 miles.
Called the "Emflux One", it was unveiled at a recently concluded Indian Auto Expo and is aiming at the premium market that caters to the mid-weight motorcycle segment. The company has been working on their superbike for just over a couple of years, unlike other startups that have taken more than half a decade to develop their products.
2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400
Kawasaki takes the next step in the struggle to find that perfect balance between displacement, performance and affordability with the new-for-2018 Ninja 400. This all-new ride delivers the aggressive styling that one expects from the Ninja family with a host of improvements over the previous generation. More power, less weight and a mature presentation should hold the new Ninja in good stead in the highly-competitive small-displacement sportbike market that serves as the main battlefield in the contest to instill some brand loyalty in the increasingly important Millennial buyer base. It appears that the Ninja 300 is going by the wayside as the factory tries to unload the 2017 300s with a discounted price tag, so it’s probably safe to say the 400 is the replacement ride; at least in the U.S. market. After a race to the bottom, it looks like Kawi has decided the sweet spot lies somewhere uphill for American riders.
Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Ninja 400.
2015 - 2018 BMW S 1000 RR
BMW has always had a presence in the motorcycle racing world, in fact the word “Beemer” was coined specifically for BMW’s race bikes of old, and the factory continues its blitz into the 21st century. The S 1000 RR is already part of that history, and it is marketed as a race bike, though truth to tell, the official factory race bike gets some features you won’t see on the street, but that isn’t unusual. Moved by a 999 cc engine that delivers nearly 200 hp, the S 1000 RR is nothing to take lightly. Salient point is; this bike is very close to the official race bike, which makes sense considering that it started life as a race bike in ’09 that spilled over into production for the general public the following year.
Continue reading for my review of the BMW S 1000 RR.
The Energica EgoGP bike breaks cover
Last year, Dorna Sports, S.L., the commercial entity that holds the rights to conduct all MotoGP Championships and all forms of supersport and superbike racing held around the world, announced that it would be conducting races that will consist of electrically powered Energica Ego superbikes running the circuits.
In a launch event held yesterday at Officine Farneto in Rome, Dorna announced more details about the electric racing with showcasing of the race-spec Energica EgoGP along with naming the series the “FIM Enel MotoE World Cup” from its inception in 2019.
2016 - 2018 Suzuki Hayabusa
It’s a Hayabusa. Is there really anything more to be said? It’s Suzuki’s Gixxer 1,340 cc monster speed machine back again for 2018. The ’Busa is one of the biggest sportbikes out there, so yeah, big and heavy; you don’t want to go slow very long. Once at speed, the bike is in its element. Stupidfast. Look it up in the dictionary and you’ll find a picture of a Hayabusa.
(Continue reading for my review of the Suzuki Hayabusa.}
The ‘TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge’ is available for pre-order
The era of gamers is at its peak and tech companies are launching challenging new games for the millennials to keep themselves busy. Not exactly healthy but at the end of the day, it is business as usual for guys like this French gaming company called ’Kylotonn Games’ who have created a brand new game for us to get the closest feel of the mad race that is the Isle of Man TT.
At the end of last year, the company released a teaser of their new game called ‘TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge’. Today, the folks have released the full trailer of the game and also have made it available for pre-order for PC, PS4 or Xbox One. If you have access to any one of these, consider yourself lucky.
If Vespa made more than just scooters, this is how they might look
The Vespa today takes the best of fine Italian dressing and packs it in a niche retro silhouette. It became a cornucopia of sorts for people wanting a machine that could take them back in time and re-live the classic age. People love Vespa or simply hate their classic vintage looks.
How would you react seeing a Vespa chopper? Or a Vespa Enduro motorcycle? It is tough to imagine one right? Thanks to the chaps at Jennings Harley-Davidson, a dealership with shops in both Leeds and Gateshead in the UK, you don’t have to break your head much for it.
They’ve designed six absolutely bonkers Vespa concepts that distill visual cues and character of what the Italian retro maker could actually push outside their factories down the lane. Or probably not. But why not have some fun imagining yeah?
Arch Motorcycle’s future gets rendered by OBIBOI
With what started out as a custom weekend project for Hollywood’s Keanu Reeves, Arch Motorcycles has come a long way ever since it set up shop back in 2007. Joined by a self-taught engineer Gard Hollinger, the company started making production models soon and has to date made three models.
The bikes are yet to reach stardom and people have already started imagining them in a different genre. An Italian artist who goes by the name Oberdan Bezzi, also famously called as OBIBOI has sketched an impressive looking concept which might be expected from the Arch stable in the future.
What if these car companies made motorcycles?
I know what you are thinking. Companies like Honda, BMW, Suzuki, and Peugeot are already making both cars and motorcycles. They have successfully managed both the shows and show no signs of aging or trouble to either one because of the other. Yamaha is also trying to get a piece of the four-wheeled world with ‘The Sports Ride’ concept.
But what if exotic car makers like McLaren, Mustang, Porsche, and Rolls-Royce made motorcycles? It would be awesome, of course, but how would they look like? Well, we might have an answer to that. Thanks to the chaps at Jennings Harley-Davidson, a dealership with shops in both Leeds and Gateshead in the UK.
They’ve designed six absolutely bonkers motorcycle concepts that distill visual cues and character of what the company actually makes.
KTM unveils a limited edition RC 390 and a race-spec SSP300 kit
It’s been five years since KTM introduced the Duke and RC series and since their launch, they’ve sold like hotcakes. It inevitably attracted all the attention because of its aggressive new sharper styling and plenty of exciting features. There is hardly any fault regarding the overall packaging of KTM with their RC and its approach towards performance-oriented segments of motorcycles. But, KTM believes in remaining at the top of the podium.
Which is why KTM has given their RC series yet another update that sharpens its racing DNA. Hence it also gets the “R” at the end. It is a standard RC 390 that gets upgraded with top-spec equipment ready for the Supersport 300 competition and we can also avail the optional and dedicated SSP300 Race Kit which aligns with the international SSP 300 FIM regulations.
The Panigale V4 has finally taken the first step of fulfilling its purpose
The preliminary two-day WorldSBK test at the world famous circuit of Jerez, Spain has been completed and the World SuperBike Championship teams have just begun getting grips of their new machines and expectations. But there was an air of desperation and anticipation when the sight of a new bike and the roar of a new engine was present at Jerez.
It was Ducati’s new fanboy, the Panigale V4. Wrapped in black, without many liveries, the V4 took 64 laps and six hours of testing at Jerez along with Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri testing out their Panigale Rs’ for the 2018 season. After seeing the performance and Ducati test rider, Lorenzo Zanetti’s lap-times, the Italians will probably enter the halo machine into the WSBK sooner than expected.
Yamaha has been busy shaking things up as of late. The FJ sport-tourer family went the way of the FZ lineup with a brand-new name and refurbished looks, and it will hit U.S. showrooms sometime in November as the Tracer 900 along with a slightly more tour-tastic version, the Tracer 900 GT. Fans of the FJ models — and indeed the FZ/MT-09 range — will recognize the 115-horsepower, 847 cc triple and adventuresome flavor of this new sport-touring lineup that will be replacing the FJs. The base model lands somewhere near the “sport” end of the sport-tour spectrum, but the GT model is a bit more balanced with a set of hard-side panniers that provides some secure dry storage and a host of features that long-distance riders will certainly appreciate. Join me while I take a first look at this new pair that gives us a glimpse into Yamaha’s 2019 lineup.
See my first look at the Yamaha Tracer 900 and the Tracer 900 GT.
2017 - 2018 SYM T2 250i
SYM brings affordability and practicality together in its streetbike trainer, the T2 250i. This ride represents the largest non-scooter-type model the factory makes, and the 250 cc mill is its second-largest engine currently in production thus raising the ceiling a bit for the company in the two-wheel vehicle department. Built to take on the “Big Four” for a slice of the low-displacement crotch rocket market, this ambitious little ride carries features and aesthetic touches that most riders will find familiar, but looks ain’t everything at the end of the day.
Continue reading for my review of the SYM T2 250i.
2018 Yamaha MT-10
After a fairly major update for the 2017 model year, the popular FZ-10 drops its American name and runs with the same MT-10 moniker as the rest of the world for 2018. Yamaha’s Hyper-Naked literbike sports a 998 cc plant that delivers 160.4 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 for 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. New name, ’almost’ new bike; I give you the ’18 MT-10.
Continue reading for my look at the Yamaha MT-10.
Kawasaki is planning to get back the four cylinder quarter-liter
TMC blog, an Indonesian automotive portal has published excerpts from an interview with Mr. Michael Tanadhi, Deputy Head of Sales and Promotion PT Kawasaki Motor Indonesia. There he confirmed that the Japanese brand is currently scouring for opportunities to develop a new four-cylinder quarter-liter, and we believe it will be a fully faired sportbike category.