BMW has launched a website and a YouTube video to promote the new S1000RR superbike and the street-going version of the bike. The music’s a bit unweildy, but the motorcycle sounds good when you can hear it. See more at www.s1000rr.com, or visit YouTube.
MP3 Hybrid with a plug Piaggio is getting set to introduce an MP3 Hybrid three-wheeler, based on a 125 cc motor and electric motor combination. The MP3 Hybrid, unveiled at the Milan Motorcycle Show, should achieve a fuel efficiency of about 60 km per litre and will be able to use both powerplants at the … Continue reading Hybrid MP3 announced
A Honda Hornet 600 for 2009 was shown at the Milan motorcycle show this week. Built in Italy, the Hornet is a general purpose middleweight that for ’09 sports new instruments and lights, and a restyled fuel tank. Suspension is adjustable front and rear, and a combined ABS system is available as an option. The … Continue reading Hornet 600 restyled
Chained up and naked: F800R BMW has expanded its F800 line with a naked R model. The F800R is powered by the same 798 cc vertical twin as its stablemates, a new throttle valve system has improved response, and smaller ratios in fourth through sixth gears improve acceleration. The standard single-side swingarm and belt feed … Continue reading A naked F800R
Suzuki’s venerable Bandit has a new look in the 650 size. The GSF650 street bike has been given a facelift, with headlight, mirrors, and instrumentation revised. No other information on changes to this model is available yet.
990 Adventure R KTM has introduced an "R" variant to the 990 Adventure that’s lighter than the base model and more powerful, too. The R model makes 115 hp, up nine hp from the standard Adventure 990, and is two kg lighter, at 207 kg. Suspension movement has been increased to 265 mm front and … Continue reading Adventure R
KTM 1190 RC8R KTM’s 1190 RC8R is a slightly improved version of last year’s RC8, with a bit more power and a chassis adjustment for improved handling. The 1195 cc twin produces 162 hp and 123 Nm (91 lb-ft) of torque. Dry weight is 196 kg (432 lb). Wheelbase, at 1425 mm, has been slightly … Continue reading RC8 tweaked
KTM has shown a 990 at Milan that softens the supermoto look. The T in SMT is four Travel, and the bike blends supermoto and dual purpose with touring styles, comes with the 999 cc twin that’s good for 114 hp, and weighs 196 kg (432 lb) dry. There is also an SMR for harder … Continue reading KTM 990 SMT
U-Design-It Lo Rider BMW revealed an odd-looking, customizable concept bike at the Milan show that they’re calling the Lo Rider. The bike would be powered by the 1200 cc Boxer twin and would mate USD forks, wave discs, spoked wheels, and a bunch of customer-selectable features for a look that hasn’t been seen in the … Continue reading BMW Lo-Rider at show
Ducati’s much-rumoured entry into the "street fighter" market (think Triumph Speed Triple, Aprilia Tuono, etc. — basically naked sport bikes) was proven to be much more than a rumour today at the big Milan bike show. The bike is based closely on the outgoing 1098 (more on that below), and unlike many other slightly homogenized … Continue reading Ducati Streetfighter revealed