Intermot: Updates, New releases

Here's that crossplane crank triple from Yamaha.
A factory stunt bike? That’s what Yamaha’s Cage-Six concept machine looks like.

Here’s a round-up of what’s gone at Intermot so far.

Yamaha’s FJ1300R is updated a bit, but it looks mostly the same and makes the same power.

Yamaha showed their 2013 FJR1300 to the public for the first time. We’d already seen this when it showed up in Akrapovic’s catalogue. It’s very similar to the old FJR1300 visually, but for 2013 it gets traction control, cruise control, LED clocks and running lights, optional USD forks and electronically adjustable suspension.

It’s still got the 101lb/ft of torque and 144bhp, though.

More interestingly, Yamaha also unveiled a concept bike called the Moto Cage-Six, based on the XJ6.

It’s hard to say whether this will make it to production; it appears to be factory stunt bike.

It’s got an OEM roll cage protecting the engine, lots of yellow paint, and what appears to be a car tire on back. At least it’s different …

Here’s that crossplane crank triple from Yamaha.

Yamaha also unveiled a new engine at Intermot, the P3. This concept motor takes Yamaha’s crossplane crank technology and marries it to a three-cylinder motor, instead of the four-cylinder, as seen in the R1.

Kawasaki dropped some more details on the Z800 at Intermot.

Of course, Yamaha’s messed around with triples in the past – anyone remember the XS750 or XS850? – but Triumph has pretty much owned the triple market for the past few years. Maybe Triumph will give them some competition in this segment now.

Yamaha also announced some new Aerox scooters, but we haven’t seen much about that yet.

Kawasaki spilled the rest of the details on their Z800, after teasing us with it all summer. The upgraded Z750 now puts out 113 horsepower and 83Nm of torque. Curb weight is 229 kg. ABS is standard, with twin 310 mm discs and four-piston calipers up front. It has a six-speed transmission and 41mm adjustable KYB inverted fork and monoshock.

Honda’s new entry to the Dakar rally, based on the CRF450X.

Honda unveiled several new bikes at Intermot, including their new 450 cc entry to the Dakar Rally (based on the CRF450X). They also announced they’ll sell the air-cooled, DOHC, 87 hp CB1100 in Europe; that concept bike has been making the rounds at shows since 2007. No word yet on whether it will be sold here.

The new NSC50R scooter will be available in a Repsol paint job.

Honda also unveiled the new four-stroke NSC50R scooter, available in white, grey, or a very cool Repsol paint job. We doubt it features MotoGP performance, though. We have no idea if this will be imported into Canada.

They also announced new colour schemes for the CBR1000RR Fireblade, a Tricolore red/white/blue scheme and a Repsol replica paint scheme.

Ducati announced some colour changes to their lineup for 2013, but nothing major, at least for now.

On the electric bike front, Zero announced new batteries for their 2013 lineup, giving them an 8.5 kWh and 11.4 kWh option. They’re claiming city mileage ranges of 103 and 137 miles respectively. The S, DS, and MX models all put out 54 hp, thanks to an upgraded motor, and the XU model puts out 28 hp.

The Zero FX seems like it’s designed with shorter jaunts in mind, compared to the DS.

Zero also announced a new model in their lineup, the FX. This machine seems to combine the DS and the MX chassis, creating a dirt-friendly machine that might be a little more comfortable. It only has options for 2.8 kWh or 5.7 kWh batteries; it seems like it’s aimed at the enduro market.

Finally, here’s some video for you. We’ve got a clip of the KTM 1190 Adventure below.


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