2009 YZF-R1 Yamaha’s 2009 offerings so far are strictly performance oriented, with news of an all new R1 (BTW, you can read about the new V-Max in Steve Bond’s feature story right here in CMG). Changes, say Yamaha, are in large part developed from the M1 Moto GP racing program. An "all-new" chassis and swingarm … Continue reading R1 gains from Moto GP
2009 CBR600RR As expected, Honda has released its new magic "Electronically-Controlled Combined ABS" system for 2009, although unexpectedly it’s available both on the CBR1000RR and CBR600RR. The system is seriously complex, to the extent that the Luddites among us are going to have problems with getting heads around it. Instead of using a solenoid-operated valve … Continue reading Not so simple ABS for CBR flagships
Harley-Davidson’s three-wheeled road bike, the 2009 Tri Glide Ultra Classic, will likely be the most expensive non-CVO* Harley offered in Canada. The Tri Glide is based on the Electra Glide touring motorcycle, but was built specifically to handle the loads of a three-wheeler. Longer forks (increased by 1.775 in), increased rake (32 degrees from 29.25) … Continue reading Harley's three-wheeler not cheap
Harley-Davidson has introduced a 2009 line-up with revisions to almost every model, including touring models with new chassis and other upgrades, a new V-Rod, a Dyna Street Bob with retro styling, an updated Heritage Softail Classic and a trike! Tourers like the Road King Classic get a new chassis. TOURING GETS NEW CHASSIS The seven … Continue reading New Harleys for 2009
Buell’s 1125CR cafe racer loses the fairing but still has issues with the air scoops. NEW 1125CR STREETFIGHTER The second new model using the new Helicon Rotax 1125 engine has arrived with the introduction of the 1125CR. The bike is "my vision of a 21st century café racer," said Erik Buell, chairman and chief technical … Continue reading New Buells revealed
New Triumph Thunderbird 1600 Triumph has shown its U.K. dealers several 2009 models, including a Thunderbird 1600 cruiser with a belt final drive and a six-speed gearbox. The Thunderbird’s 1594 cc liquid-cooled parallel twin will make about 100 hp. There are large twin discs up front, a big disc in back, twin shocks, standard forks, … Continue reading Triumph shows big cruiser
Yamaha seems to be on a roll with their new bike releases this week. Hot on the heels of the new 2008 V-Max are a couple of new scooters; a new maxi-scoot (and fellow Max) the T-Max and a big brother to Canada’s best selling 50cc scooter, the BWs 125. NEW T-MAX 500 Although the … Continue reading NEW YAMAHA SCOOTS
Yamaha have revealed their 2009 V-Max, the successor to the original iconic Max that made its debut way back in 1985. We’ve added a few bits of info since we first posted this, but we’ve bolded them for easy identification. New motor has a tighter V and is more compact. The new V-Max is an … Continue reading NEW 2009 V-MAX!!
We’ll fill in the details at 2:00! Yamaha’s new 2009 V-Max will be officially released at 2:00 pm EST today. CMG has signed up to an embargo agreement in order to receive the factory information in advance and will be posting the article on the dot.
Tick-tock to the 4th … Rumour has it that there are a couple of new Yamahas about to be unveiled at the beginning of June. Yamaha Canada reps were tight lipped when asked for more details, only confirming that the two new models will be officially released on the 4th and 6th of June. Indeed … Continue reading New Yamahas in the pipe?