Which motorcycles on sale today give the best mpg?
The beginning of this century saw the world views changing gradually towards climate change and the need to preserve the environment. This, along with stringent policies, has forced the manufacturers to develop motorcycles that can run cleaner fuel and extract the maximum economy from it, sometimes even at the cost of performance.
Bad news for people who seek the element of thrill, but a pretty good one for someone living in urban jungles where folks prefer commuting on a motorcycle rather thank a car for its practicality and frugal fuel-efficiency. Then there are us few who love the idea of putting serious miles on two-wheels and living the adventure.
We here have compiled a list to give you the best available tools for such situations and save some money on gas while at it.
2018 Cake Kalk
The brainchild of a Swedish Stefan Ytterborn, “Cake” is a new player in the electric transportation business that intends “to speed up the journey towards a zero-emission society, while enhancing excitement and fun.” And their very first step is this limited edition Kalk electric off-roader that blurs the line between mountain bikes and motorcycles.
Jumping into the category of light electric off-road motorbikes, the Kalk is the first one of a number of models to come and is walking the path that will change the future of riding. The focus here has been off-road performance and innovation in terms of weight and simplicity of riding on the Cake.
The Qatari desert has some of the world’s highest sand dunes where the adventure junkies meet up to run on Dune bashing sessions. You can find 4x4s, Quads, ATVs, and motorcycles pumping their adrenaline on the soft sands of the desert.
There are also freeride motocross sessions where riders hop onto their dirt trail bikes and race up a towering sand dune to jump almost up to 100ft in the air to finally land on the soft sand. One lad here was doing his usual runs where he built up speed and took the jump like business every day. But when he was about to land, his whole life must have flashed before his eyes.
Yamaha enters the electric world with the new TY-E trial motorcycle
Entering the electric bandwagon, the Japanese Blue team has officially announced its future plans with its new electric trials bike, the TY-E. This came just days after Yamaha filed a patent for TY-E name, which is now in its concept stage.
Setting sights on the 2018 FIM Trial-E Cup races in France and Belgium, the Yamaha Factory Racing chaps have worked out of Yamaha’s ‘Evolving R & D’ unit to get on with this rad looking concept. It is a 154 lbs lightweight, low-speed high torque machine built to take on any terrains.
Someone already sketched out a Harley-Alta motorcycle
Just days after Harley-Davidson and Alta Motors entered into a wedlock, creative heads from around the world have begun letting their imagination go wild. We have come across what we think is the first rendered image of the motorcycle that is touted to come out of this marriage.
The bike envisioned here is an electric street-tracker model that captures Harley’s values onto Alta’s Redshift platform. As a matter of fact, Alta has already showcased its street-tracker concept at last year’s One Moto Show, in Portland, Oregon. The Redshift ST concept was also built on the same platform.
CAKE is giving us the KALK. An electric dirt bike
I surprised myself there with the title. A ’LOL’ moment happened in my brain, all thanks to this new Swedish firm entering the two-wheeled world with their first product.
The brainchild of a Swedish Stefan Ytterborn, Cake intends “to speed up the journey towards a zero-emission society, while enhancing excitement and fun.” And their very first step is this Kalk electric off-roader that blurs the line between mountain bikes and motorcycles.
Jay Leno gets a taste of Travis Pastrana’s craziness
A professional motocross racer, 17-time X Games winner, world record distant jumper, and the list goes on. Having so many tags behind his name, Travis Pastrana is undoubtedly the crazies daredevil there is out there. He has already had 32 surgeries and is still earning to get onto his bike every single time.
Jay Leno, the host of "The Tonight Show" back in his days, had the 15-year-old Travis on his show just when the stuntman had turned Pro. Now, after a decade, both meet at Travis’s own show: The Nitro Circus.
Leno is going to participate in one of the crazy stunts happening at the Nitro Circus and it is a huge deal.
The 2018 Dakar is just a month away
With MotoGP ending its season last month along with the WSBK and drag races, there is only one race for us, enthusiasts, to look forward to. And it is the mothership.
The Dakar Rally (or simply "The Dakar"; formerly known as the "Paris–Dakar Rally") is the world’s most challenging cross-country rally event that judges the physical and mental aptitudes of the rider and the machine since its inception in 1978.
For the 40th edition of this grueling race, the world’s top off-roaders are revisiting the Pacific Ocean and the dunes of Peru on the, to travel on a gruesome track through Bolivia and finally culminating in Argentina. The 5,500-mile race will last 14 days (6th – 20th January 2018) and is split up into seven stages.
Revealed at the 2014 EICMA show in Milan, the Twenty family — named so to commemorate Scorpa’s 20-year anniversary — includes three models: the 125, 250 and 300. For 2016, we see major changes and new features — many of which are brought about through data gathered at the World Trials Championship — to launch the second generation of the Twenty line.
If you looked at Scorpa before, look again. The Twenty trials bikes are more competitive than before, even for such a young lineup. They’re not just a dressed up SR model.
Continue reading for my review of the Scorpa Twenty 125, 250 and 300.
New Minitrial-E, extends the wide range of the Beta trial models!
Now available, the first youth electric trial bike designed and manufactured by a leading manufacturer of off road motorcycles.
The proper riding position, weight, braking, throttle control, and suspension are very important for the young rider. The new Beta Minitrial-E has been designed to provide the new rider with confidence during their new trial riding experience. 2015 Beta Minitrial Electric 16” Key Features: (...)
Ever had a dream where you’re all suited up in full supermoto gear and you’re sliding along a track with MotoGP’s very own Dani Pedrosa? Seems like a good place to be in, right? Well, the European Luc1 supermoto team had such a moment even though the whole thing was nothing more than a pre-arranged production content.
The team nicknamed the Sultans of Slide has released a new video that proves that its more than just one of the best trials squads in the world. In it, Luc1 was able to feature none other than Pedrosa in full trials action, far from the Spanish rider’s fast-paced, full-throttle day job in MotoGP. Perhaps the current summer break in MotoGP gave Pedrosa enough time to participate in the video?
Whatever the case may be, we got the treat of seeing Pedrosa slide his way into hearts, proving how versatile he is as a motorcycle racer. Put him in a superbike and he’s going to get you results. Put him in a trials bike and he feels just as at home as he does in his trusty RC213V. That’s called all-world talent, ladies and gentlemen.
As for Luc1, the team does what it always does best: provide us with incredible joy just by watching them. As it turns out, the team also has quite the production prowess, too. Just goes to show that when you’re surrounded by talented people with a passion for what they do, you can make magic happen.
It’s not what we’re used to from Luc1 and Pedrosa for that matter - the acting needs some work, Dani - but hey, at the end of the day, it’s entertainment for us, from the people we love to root for.
Can’t get any better than that.
Honda has a well-established and hard-earned reputation among riders in a variety of motorsports, and the “observed trial” riders are no exception. Introducing the 2015 Montesa Cota 4RT260 and Montesa Cota 4RT Race Replica; two variations of a bike that honors its heritage that goes all the way back to the Honda-Montesa merger of the mid-1980’s. While this tribute is mainly cosmetic, consisting of the name and race-replica trim package, the competitive nature of this bike is hard to ignore, and it combines two of the best-known names in this relatively niche market.
Take one of the greatest names ever in the sport of trials riding - the Montesa Cota 4RT—and add the technology, engineering, and reliability of the greatest name in motorcycling—Honda. Then point it at your favorite trials section and get ready for a perfect score. And for 2015 you can pick from two versions: the Montesa Cota 4RT260 and Montesa Cota 4RT Race Replica.
The 2015 Montesa Cota 4RT260 is ready for competition with its reliable 260cc Honda engine and new suspension components. Or choose the Montesa Cota 4RT Race Replica with premium Showa suspension, race replica trim and specialty carbon parts. Either one is a great choice for serious weekend trials competitors.
Continue reading for more information on the Honda Montesa Cota 4RT260.
Meet the first electric trial motorcycle designed by Beta. The all new model is fitted with the latest technologies developed by the manufacturer and despite its unique propulsion system its overall performances are matching those of its gas powered brothers.
Like it was expected, the motorcycle was designed with perfect ergonomics in mind, so the handlebar, footpegs, suspensions and weight are all working together to keep the rider in full control and as comfortable as possible.
The motorcycle is propelled by an Elettric 750W - 36V motor which is powered by 3 Lead Acid Batteries 12V (Serial). The batteries store enough energy for 2 hours of riding at constant velocity.
The all new Beta Minitrial Electric 20” can be yours for no less than $2,299.
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The Beta EVO 80 Junior was especially developed for the young riders who wish to learn the secretes of trials. Therefore, the motorcycle was designed with maximum safety min mind as well as easy handling and reliability.
It is based on the EVO 80 but It is aimed for kids who are between 9-11 years old. At its heart sits a 79.6 cc, single cylinder, 2 stroke, liquid cooled engine with lamellar induction in the crankcase which is fueled by a 2.5 liters tank.
As far as wheels are concerned, the bike rides on 19 X 1,4 (36 Holes) front and 17 X 1,6 (36 Holes) rear rims wrapped in 2,50 – 19 and 3,50 – 17 tires, respectively.
The stopping power is assured by a front Inox disc Ø175 mm with 2 opposed pistons and rear Inox disc ø150 mm with 2 opposed pistons.
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The 2015 Beta EVO 80 is a light, compact and lively trial bike that won’t disappoint you when it comes to agility.
The 2015 Beta EVO 80 is propelled by a 79,6 cc, single cylinder, 2 stroke, liquid cooled engine with lamellar induction in the crankcase. The engine is mated on a six speed transmission and is mounted on a light but rigid steel frame.
As far as suspensions are concerned, the Beta EVO 80 rides on a front hydraulic fork with Ø38 mm shaft (165 Mm wheel travel) and a rear Monoshock with adjustable spring preload (150 mm wheel travel).
Other features that are worthy of being mentioned include a swing-arm mounted on roller bearings for increased smoothness, improved brakes and new wheel-rims in aluminium.
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The Beta EVO 125 2T has already proven its value on the track and needs no presentation. It is agile, light and easy to handle, featuring a sturdy white single wave aluminium beam frame inherited from the 2014 Factory model.
The 2015 model year features new graphics and a series of innovations and important updates that help it deliver even better ride and handling performances.
Among them you will find a fresh rear single shock, a new low-friction gas/oil separator and new interior body finish. Moreover, the oil tank has a bigger capacity, a new fuel tap has been introduced and the 38 cc Sachs fork features new white covers.
Power comes from a 124cc, single-cylinder, 2-stroke, liquid cooled engine with lamellar induction in the crankcase.
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The 2015 Beta EVO 200 2T comes with a wide range of improvements which make it faster, more reliable, better looking and more agile. The modifications made for the 2015 model year include a lighter rear single shock, a new low-friction gas/oil separator, a fresh oil tank with a bigger capacity and a revised 38 mm Sachs fork, with new white covers.
At the heart of the motorcycle sits a 194,6 cc, single cylinder, 2 stroke, liquid cooled engine with lamellar induction in the crankcase. The engine is fueled by a 2.8 liter fuel tank and is mated on a six speed transmission.
The 2 stoke unit is housed by a single wave aluminium beam frame which sits on 21 X 1,6 front and 18 X 2,15 - 32 rear rims.
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The Beta EVO 250 2T mixes lightness with power and agility to reward its rider with first class ride and handling performances.
The 2015 model year comes with a set of new graphics and a few innovations and important updates that help it raise the bar even higher in terms of performance.
Among them you’ll find a lighter rear single shock, a new low-friction gas/oil separator a revised oil tank, a new 38 mm Sachs fork, a new fuel tap and many others.
The bike is built around a 249 cc, single - cylinder, 2-stroke, liquid cooled engine with lamellar induction in the crankcase. The engine’s power is kept in check by a six speed transmission and you also get a 2.8 liter fuel tank.
The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by a single wave aluminium beam frame.
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Compact, light and sleek, the Beta EVO 3002T is capable to reward you with superior handling performances and has all it needs to help you do the craziest tricks.
Moreover, the 2015 EVO 300 2T comes with a long list of new features which help it deliver even better all-round performances. Among them you will find a lighter rear single shock, a new low-friction gas/oil separator, a bigger oil tank, as well as a new shock. The 38 mm Sachs fork features new white covers and there is also offered a new fuel tap.
At the heart of the motorcycle sits a 296,4 cc, single - cylinder, 2 - stroke, liquid cooled engine with lamellar induction in the crankcase. The engine’s speed is kept under control by a six speed transmission with wet multi-disc clutch.
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The Honda Montesa Cota 4RT sets new standards in the world of trials. Equipped with a revolutionary and compact 4 stroke and 4 valve engine with a PGM-FI electronic fuel injection, the Honda Montesa Cota 4RT delivers a high efficiency and low emissions without compromising performance.
The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by a light aluminum frame which sits on SHOWA suspensions.
The bike also features a newly designed fuel tank, which is more slender than the previous generations allowing you better control. Apart from that you also get a new rear mud guard, Dunlop tires, a special paint job that goes back to the original red color of Montesas emblematic classic Cota models, and a Pro Link, R16V rear suspension.
The Honda Montesa Cota 4RT is offered with a starting price of €7.180.
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The Beta Evo 2T 250 Factory was designed with sportiness and agility in mind, hence it has all it needs to deal great with anything you ask of it. The bike’s engine and chassis were developed with smooth, responsive riding in mind and promise to deliver superior performances.
Talking about the engine, the Beta EVO 2T 250 Factory is propelled by a single-cylinder, 2-stroke, liquid cooled engine with a displacement of 249,7cc.
As far as suspensions are concerned, the Beta Evo 2T 250 Factory rides on new and lighter front fork tubes and a rear monoshock equipped with a new yellow spring, made lighter and preloaded by a new ring assembly with a plastic containment spacer.
Apart from the revised suspensions, the bike has also received upgraded brakes which now feature a new Braktec master cylinder with reduced weight.
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The Beta Evo 2T 300 Factory promises to reward you with first class performances each time you fire up its engine. The motorcycle was created using the company’s experience in the national and international competitions, so it has all it needs to deal great with anything you ask of it.
The Beta EVO 2T 300 Factory is powered by a 296,4 cc, single-cylinder, 2-stroke, liquid cooled engine which is mated to a six speed transmission with wet multi-disc clutch.
The Beta EVO 2T 300 FACTORY also features an entirely white frame which sits on front fork tubes and a rear monoshock absorber that comes with a new yellow spring.
The motorcycle’s speed is kept under control by a front 185 mm disc grabbed by a 4 piston caliper and a rear 160 Mm disc paired with a 2 piston caliper.
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