2019 KTM 690 SMC R
KTM souped up its SuperMoto-tastic 690 SMC R for an MY2019 return with more of everything that made its predecessor a success. That’s right; a new powerplant drives KTM’s newest version of its popular jackass bike, and it comes with backup from new control and ride-quality electronics that helps you safely get the most out of the machine. Whether you’re into drifting around turns or trick-riding shenanigans, this hooligan bike has something to offer.
2019 Zero FXS
Zero Motorcycles brushed up its supermoto-tastic FXS model ahead of MY2019 with a new look and improved electronics. That’s right, Zero’s trickster bike reprises its role in the lineup with a youthful exuberance that is impossible to ignore along with more power storage and performance, but don’t look to this machine to be your next commuter, not unless you have a very short commute. That’s OK, ’cause it is good for what it’s good for, so let’s get about the business of dissecting this fun little ride.
2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 / 950 SP
Ducati revamped its Hypermotard range ahead of MY2019 with the 950 and 950 SP to replace its outgoing Hypermotard 939 models. The new 950 borrows from the supermotard world for general design and rocks sharper angles for a more aggressive look. The 950 dropped some weight compared to its predecessor and replaced it with ponies for greater performance across the board, and the “SP” comes with top-shelf suspension and wheels, plus an expanded electronics suite and carbon fiber components to sweeten the deal. The hooligan-bike sector isn’t what you’d call the most populated by any means, but I’ve already got some potential competitors in mind so let’s go ahead and dive right into Ducati’s newest jackass bikes.
2017 - 2019 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900
Aprilia’s Dorsoduro line added to its stable for MY17 with the all-new Dorsoduro 900. This supermoto-inspired ride serves as the successor to the popular Dorsoduro 750. It brings over 95-horsepower to the table with a ride-by-wire throttle, variable power delivery, traction control and ABS to help riders cope with the extra power. Not only does this show a certain amount of model-maturity, but it promises some security and safety for those who would use it in their day-to-day riding. Officially billed as a sportbike-supermotard hybrid, the factory also refers to it as “the fun bike.”
2016 - 2018 Ducati Hypermotard 939
Ducati updated its Hypermotard for the 2016 model year and carried that forward to 2018. Fairly fresh off a revamp in ’13, the new Hypermotard variant brings Ducati’s EURO 4-emissions compliant Testastretta to the range along with its increased, 937 cc displacement and 113-pony output. The factory also padded the range with a MotoGP-liveried, 939 SP that sports top-shelf racing suspension and is generally skewed toward track work, or riders who wish they were doing track work. Both rides benefit from Ducati’s rider-safety technology with onboard traction control, ABS and the like. Good thing too, since this is exactly the kind of bike that will allow you to get in trouble all three ways: quick, fast, and in-a-hurry.
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Supercross still holds the number-one slot in my heart for “motorsports that are actually fun to watch,” but Supermoto is definitely my next favorite and closing fast. The unusual combination of dirtbike, flat track and pavement requires a very broad skillset, and necessarily, very specific bikes as well.
Aprilia’s Dorsoduro 750 is just such a bike, with elements from all three racing styles all mashed together for an entirely purpose-driven design.
Given my affinity for this style of racing, I decided it was time to take a good look at this ride and see what all the factory has done to accommodate the dizzying array of demands placed on the bike by Supermotard tracks.
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It takes a certain kind of chutzpah to call yourself a motard, let alone a hypermotard. But since 2007, that’s what Ducati has called this high-riding, lightweight, powerful, and dirtbike-like machine. It’s the Ducati Hypermotard, and yes, it still evokes the same childlike enthusiasm out of me now as it did eight years ago.
Since first breaking into the market in 2007, the Hypermotard has wrestled a specific niche motorcycle segment and has called it its own. It’s an impressive achievement for a bike considered to be young by Ducati standards, but the Hypermotard and its fellow offsprings - the Hypermotard SP and the Hyperstrada - have become fan favorites in their own right, thanks in large part to their seamless integration of a dirtbike’s elusive agility with the refined power and sporty characteristics of a sports bike.
It’s no wonder that the Hypermotard is still going strong to this day. Whether you’re a young rider looking to gain some experience on two wheels or you’re a grizzled vet looking for something fun and enjoyable, the Hypermotard has extended its reach far beyond Ducati’s original plans for the bike.
Then again, that’s what happens when you appeal across a broad spectrum of riders.
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Sometimes, bigger doesn’t always mean better. No more is that evident with supermoto bikes. They’re not the biggest ones out there, but they sure are fun to ride.
This video proves as much. Uploaded by YouTube user Supermofools, we have here a pair of the finest supermotos in the business - a Husaberg FE570 and a KTM 640 LC4 putting in some work around a race track. The video itself isn’t about the two bikes matching wits with another, but more about seeing them seamlessly navigate around the track with the ease and versatility reserved for bikes of hits status. There are no big air jumps, which is a little bit of a bummer, but hey, you get what you can get, right?
I’ve personally ridden a KTM 640 LC4 and I can attest to its impressive handling credentials, especially when it’s in its proper environment. Watching this video kind of makes me want to hop back on one right now.
I can’t exactly do that at this moment, but rest assured, the next opportunity that I can, I’m getting in one and finding the nearest track in my neighborhood.
The Zero DS is without a doubt one of the most practical electric motorcycles in its class. It combines high end technologies with agility, versatility and comfort, offering a smart solution for those who want to find a super efficient way of riding.
The motorcycle is built around a Z-force, 75-7 passively air-cooled, high efficiency, radial flux permanent magnet, brushless motor. The engine generates a maximum power of 54 hp at 4300 rpm and 68 Ft-Lb (92 Nm) of torque which is more than enough to propel you to a maximum speed of 98 mph. The sprint from 0 to 100 kmph is made in not less than 5.2 seconds.
The electric motor is mounted on an innovative twin-spar frame that is both rigid and lightweight.
The motorcycle is offered with a base price of $13,345.
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The Ducati Scrambler Urban Enduro is a modern motorcycle that deals great with the requirements of city riding, but also feels pretty comfortable on the open road.
As far as style is concerned, the Ducati Scrambler Urban Enduro features a classy brown seat with a ribbed design, lined with technical fabrics, a big, round headlight protected by an old school grill and aluminum 10 spoke wheels that measure 3’’ x 18’’ up front and 5.5” x 17” at the rear.
The motorcycle is also equipped with a high mudguard made of plastic fibre, LED lights, an LCD dashboard and an off road handlebar with cross bar.
The Ducati Scrambler Urban Enduro is propelled by an 803 cc, L-twin, Desmodromic distribution, 2 valves per cylinder, air cooled engine which generates a maximum output of 55 KW (75 Hp) at 8,250 rpm and 68 Nm (50 Lb-Ft) of torque at 5,750 Rpm.
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The 2015 KTM 690 SMC R ABS promises to deliver a lot of fun both on the track and on the street. Fitted with features such as twin plug ignition, ride-by-wire, new ABS and a revamped chassis, the KTM 690 SMC R ABS will impress even the most demanding supermoto enthusiasts.
The motorcycle weighs 144 kg (dry) and is powered by a 690 cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition, liquid-cooled engine which delivers a maximum output of 49 KW (66 Hp). The engine transfers its power to the rear wheel by means of a 6-speed, claw shifted transmission and is fueled by a 12 liter fuel tank.
The motorcycle’s speed is kept under control by modern Brembo brakes which include a front radially-mounted, four-piston, fixed brake caliper which bites onto a floating 320 mm brake disc and a rear 240 disc brake paired with a single-piston floating brake caliper.
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The Husqvarna FE 501 is fitted with a comprehensive list of off-road oriented features which help it deal great with anything you throw at it.
The motorcycle weighs only 110.5 kg and at its heart sits a 449,3 cc, 1 - cylinder, 4 - stroke, water - cooled engine which cranks out a maximum power of 60 hp. The engine’s power is transferred to the rear wheel by means of a 5 speed claw shifted transmission. You also get a 7.5 litre fuel tank which copes great with the tailor-made bodywork.
The Husqvarna FE 501 rides on a pairs of Black 16.5”/ 17” Behr spoked wheels which complemented by Metzeler Racetec SM 125/80 R420 and 165/55 R17 slick tyres.
As far as prices are concerned, the Husqvarna FE 501 can be yours for no less than $12,810.
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Versatile, reliable and comfortable, the Suzuki DR-Z400 SM is a practical motorcycle that can deal great both with the city streets and the dirt. Based on the DR-Z400S, the DR-Z400 SM combines Supermotard style with street-legal features.
It is built around a compact, 398 cc, 4 stroke, liquid cooled, single cylinder, DOHC engine which features 29 mm exhaust valves, narrow 28 degree included valve angle and shim-under-bucket valve adjustment system. The engine’s power is transferred to the ground by means of a five speed constant mesh transmission which utilizes a cable-operated clutch with separate outer cover.
The Suzuki DR-Z400 SM rides on RK Excel aluminum rims shod in 120/70-R17 front and 140/70- R17 rear tires.
The Suzuki DR-Z400 SM can be yours for no less than $ 7,189.
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The Yamaha TW200 delivers a perfect compromise between comfort, agility and off road performances. This tasty dual sport, comes with a potent 196 cc, air-cooled, SOHC, 4-Stroke; 2 Valves engine which transfers its power to the ground by means of a constant-mesh 5-speed transmission with multiplate wet clutch. In terms of efficiency, the engine delivers a fuel consumption of 78 mpg.
As far as ergonomics are concerned, the bike features an extra low seat height which is paired a perfectly angled handlebar and roomy footpegs.
The ride quality is assured by a 33 mm telescopic front fork (6.3-In Travel) and a rear single shock absorber (5.9-In Travel).
Other notable features include a 1.8 Gallons fuel tank, front disc brakes, Frame-mounted passenger foot pegs and flex-mounted turn indicators.
The Yamaha TW200 is offered with a base price of $4,590.
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The Beta RR 50 Motard Standard is a sleek and agile motorcycle that has all it needs to deliver first class ride and handling performances.
At its heart sits a 49.7 cc, single cylinder, 2 stroke, liquid cooled engine with lamellar induction in the crankcase. The engine’s power is kept in leash by a six speed transmission with wet multi-disc clutch. The engine is mounted on a red, steel double cradle frame and is fueled by a 6.5 liters fuel tank.
Among the features offered by the 2014 Beta RR 50 Motard Standard you’ll find a new decal in new graphic design, a more resistant front mudguard, new microfused footpegs, a modern exhaust with nickel coating and a silencer in red alloy.
You also get a rear swingarm in black steel and a conical 28, 5 mm handlebar.
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Being 2000 mm long, 805 mm wide and 1155 mm tall, the Beta RR 50 Motarad Track is a pretty compact motorcycle that thanks to its small stature can be fairly easy to handle on various types of terrains.
At the heart of the motorcycle sits a 49,7 cc, single cylinder, 2 stroke, liquid cooled engine with lamellar induction in the crankcase. The engine is linked to a six speed transmission with wet, multi-disc clutch and is fueled by a 6.5 liters fuel tank.
The Beta RR 50 Motard Track rides on a front R16V USD fork (41 mm) and a rear swingarm made of black steel.
As far as wheels are concerned, the Beta RR 50 Motard Track sits on 17 inch rims shod in 100/80 – 17 front and 130/70 – 17 rear tyres.
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Fitted with a sturdy frame, grippy tires and a lively engine, the Beta RR 50 Motard combines agility with stability and power delivering superior ride and handling performances on a wide range of terrains.
The motorcycle is propelled by a 49.7 cc, single-cylinder, 2 stroke, liquid cooled engine with lamellar induction in the crankcase. The unit is linked to a six speed transmission with wet multi-disc clutch and is fueled by a 6.5 liters fuel tank.
The motorcycle rides on 17 inch aluminum alloy rims wrapped in 100/80 – 17 front and 130/70 – 17 rear tyres.
As far as suspensions are concerned, the Beta RR 50 Motard is equipped with a front hydraulic fork with 37 Mm Shaft and a rear monoshock absorber.
The stopping power is assured by 260 mm front and 220 mm rear disc brakes.
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The MV Agusta Rivale 800 sets new standards it the industry thanks to its state of the art technologies, revolutionary style and superior ride and handling abilities.
The MV Agusta Rivale 800’s frame is made of ALS tubing and aluminum alloy plates while the swingarm is pretty long compared to the compact wheelbase, thus enhancing the motorcycle’s handling performances.
The motorcycle is propelled by a 798 cc, three cylinder, 4 stroke, 12 valve, D.O.H.C engine which puts out a maximum power of 92 KW (125 Hp) at 12.000 rpm and 84 Nm of torque at 8.600 rpm.
Apart from the strong engine, the motorcycle is also backed up by a range of modern electronics which form the company’s MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System).
The MV Agusta Rivale 800 is offered with a base price of €12.690.
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The Bimota BD10 inspires confidence and power and promises to deliver first class performances in terms of ride and handling.
The motorcycle weighs only 168 Kg and is powered by a Ducati 1100DS, L-twin, Desmodromic 4 stroke engine which puts out a maximum output of 98 HP at 7750 rpm and 105 Nm of torque at 6250 rpm. Fire it up and it will reward you with a maximum power of 98 hp at 7750 rpm and 105 Nm at 6250 rpm. All this power is kept in leash by a six speed transmission with dry multi disc clutch.
The motorcycle’s speed is kept in leash by front 320 mm and rear 220 mm Brembo brakes.
As far as the ride quality is concerned, the Bimota BD10 sits on front 50 mm Marzocchi forks and a rear fully adjustable monoshock absorber.
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Sleek, agile and powerful, the Yamaha XT660R is an unstoppable motorcycle built with practicality in mind.
As far as power is concerned, the Yamaha XT660R comes with a single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valves engine with a displacement of 660 cc. The engine is fueled by a 15 liters fuel tank and generates a maximum power of 35.0 KW (47.6PS) at 6,000 rpm and 60.0 Nm (6.4 Kg-M) of torque at 5,250 rpm. All its power is transferred to the ground by means of a constant mesh, five-speed transmission with wet, multiple-disc clutch.
The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by a steel tube, diamond-shaped frame which rides on sturdy 43 mm forks and a linked monoshock with spring preload adjustment.
The Yamaha XT660R is offered with a base price of €7.888 and is available in Yamaha Black and Sports White coulours.
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The Honda CRF250M is a versatile motorcycle that has all it needs to feel similarly comfortable both in the city and on the savage terrains. Thanks to its tough construction, agile chassis and low weight, the motorcycle offers superior levels of maneuverability on any type of road.
At its heart sits a 250 cc, liquid cooled, 4 stroke DOHC engine with a displacement of 250 cc. The unit generates a maximum output of 17.0kw at 8,500 rpm and 22.0 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm and is paired with a six speed transmission with wet multiplate clutch.
The bike’s engine is housed by a semi-double cradle frame which is sits on a pair of 17 inch wheels wrapped in 110/70-17M/C 54S front and 130/70-17M/C 62S rear tires.
The Honda CRF250M can be yours for no less than €5.205.
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