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Meet the BMW Motorrad Concept 101, a six-cylinder bagger aimed squarely at the American market.
Officially unveiled last week at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como, Italy, the bike is based on the K1600 platform – the name “Concept 101″ comes from the 1,649cc displacement, which clocks in at 101 cubic inches.
BMW has enlisted the help of Roland Sands to build a concept again, this time one that was suitable for touring on America’s highways, and the bike boasts wood veneer side panels, fuel tank, and bags. The sweeping dual three-tip exhaust is equally striking.
The concept is expected to enter production later in the year.
Following yesterday's bombshell that KTM would no longer be building superbikes once the RC8R comes to the end of its life, we thought we'd better ride one while we still could.
KTM’s eye-catching flagship RC8R certainly stands out from the crowd – its angular bodywork looking as crisp and fresh as it did when the original bike was launched to a stunned public in 2007. It’s aged well, and still looks futuristic in this its sixth year of production.
Yet underneath the aggressively sculpted plastics, stacked headlights and bright orange trellis frame lies a dying breed – a litre bike with no sophisticated electronics or riders aids. This is very much an analogue bike in a digital age and it’s all the better for it.
Swing a leg over the bike and the first things that strikes me is just...
So the news coming from Austria, is KTM, who's motto is 'ready to race', will not build another superbike once they've killed off their brilliant RC8R. For the full story click here...
Which brings us to the question as to whether KTM's head Stefan Pierer has a point when he says today's superbikes are just too potent for the roads. Does he have a point? What do you think?
The 2015 Yamaha XJR1300 and XJR1300 Racer have drawn considerable attention in standard form already, with design updates inspired heavily by the custom world. A shortened and cleaned frame, narrower fuel tank and smaller headlight pay homage to recent custom creations and also show the potential for further customisation.
Throughout 2015 a series of Yard Built projects by select custom builders will focus on the new XJR1300 will demonstrate what is possible through creative use of ‘bolt-on’ parts, reinforcing the real ‘Yard Built’ concept instead of dramatic cutting and welding. First up to take on the challenge are two legendary Copenhagen based builders.
“The Wrenchmonkees provided valuable insight into this latest model of XJR with their earlier collaborations”, says Yamaha...
I recently spent the day mud plugging with the i2i Motorcycle Academy at Thirsk, and it’s right up there with the best things I’ve done on two wheels – I’m still laughing now. Here’s what I learnt:
1) KTM’s 250cc machine is good
2) The 350’s better
3) The 450’s a vicious bastard that will spit you off
4) Off road boots suck
5) But they work
6) Drifting rocks
7) Rooster tails are cool
8) The clown costumes aren’t
9) There’s a lot more grip than you think
10) But you will fall off…again, and again and again
11) At the end of the day you’ll wonder why you’ve never tried it sooner
12) There’s still no substitute for genuine Jaffa Cakes
13) It’s not as grim ooooop t’north as they say
This is my fourth RX-7GP and I have nothing but praise for it. It’s essentially the same lid as used by racers such as Cal Crutchlow, Dani Pedrosa, Jonny Rea, Leon Haslam and it shows – the attention to detail is exquisite and it oozes quality.
This my everyday lid, and it’s performed faultlessly on numerous bike tests, trackdays, European tours and the daily commute to work.
It’s truly all-day comfortable, and the powerful venting and the non-itch lining do a good job of keeping my scalp dry and sweat free. The brilliant combination of visor vents and Pinlock means you’ll never suffer with misting and the visor change mechanism is easy to master once you’ve got the knack – but you will have a few nervous moments getting used to the sound of plastic scraping...
The news coming from Ducati is that one of their most capable road bikes is living on borrowed time.
The Streetfighter 848 has never been a massive seller and Ducati sources have indicated that it won’t be getting the 899cc Superquadro engine found on the baby Panigale – which means that this year is likely to be its last in the Ducati line-up.
And that’s a shame, as the Streetfighter’s combination of high-performance 849cc V-twin and sportsbike chassis make this a real weapon on everyday roads.
The Testastretta engine feels punchy – it punts out 132bhp and 69 lb.ft of torque, and uses an 11-degree camshaft, the same as used on the Diavel, to help the engine make plenty of accessible torque in the lower rev range, thus making the bike easier to ride,...
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