A couple of exhibition model 400 cc Hondas revealed at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show combine old styling influences with new-tech functionality. The CB400SF and CB400SB use a fuel-injected, liquid-cooled four-cylinder motor with “Hyper V-TEC” for variable valve timing. They’re both fitted with ABS brakes and twin rear shocks. A retro-style fairing is fitted to the … Continue reading A brace of 400 Hondas
Suzuki will unveil two leading-edge concept motorcycles at the Tokyo Motor Show on Oct. 29. Biplane – No wings, but a nice open-air feeling. The Biplane is a V4-powered motorcycle with styling they say is taken from the ancient winged machines—“no canopy”—and looks something like an egg with wheels attached. Motor, tank-area, and frontal area … Continue reading Biplane, Crosscage concepts at Tokyo Show
Ducati’s MotoGP bike for the street, the Desmosedici RR, is proving so popular the company has decided not to make enough of them to meet the demand. Unless demand stops at 1,500, that is. Since the RR’s June 2006 launch at the Italian GP a flood of requests for the bike has made it a … Continue reading Ducati Desmosedici won?t meet demand
Okay, it’s not a parallel twin and it’s not even a 650, but the new XS-V1 Sakura is a new prototype from Yamaha unveiled at the Tokyo motorcycle show. It’s purely a styling homage (and why not – despite Editor ‘arris’s love for the things – the XS650 was wobbly and vibratory … a bit … Continue reading Yamaha homage to the XS650
At the recent Honda Canada press gathering to discus the new 2008 models, we were given an update on how their CBR125R bike and starter package was doing. According to Honda Canada’s Warren Milner (the driving force behind getting the bike into Canada), sales have been better than expected with the initial load of 1,500 … Continue reading CBR125R "a great success"
For 2008 the Rocket III will now also be available in touring format with such touring necessities as detachable hard bags, quick disconnect screen slimmer tank, twin exhausts and a large, single headlight. But that’s not all that’s been changes, there’s a new frame, wheels (narrower) and suspension (std instead of USD forks and revised … Continue reading Triumph Rocket III goes touring
VARADERO XL1000V Veradero is Honda’s V-Strom. The Varadero is an “adventure-touring” styled bike in the mode of a V-Strom, BMW GS, etc., and although it has been a runaway hit in Europe for years, this will be its first appearance in North America. Power is via a fuel-injected 998 cc V-twin – a variant of … Continue reading Varadero and CBF1000 for 2008