Although Max Biaggi won the 2012 World Superbike title on his RSV 4 Factory, Aprilia hasn’t had much time to rest on its laurels. For 2013, improvements to the 65-degree, V-Four engine result in an additional 4 horsepower (a claimed 184 at 12,500 rpm) and a slight bump in torque (86.3 foot-pounds at 10,000 rpm). [...]Read Full Post | Comments(7)
BMW Against The World Superbike World Championship team with riders Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies introduced in Germany.
This will be BMW’s year in World Superbike. Stephan Schaller, CEO of BMW Motorrad, was adamant about this at the official presentation of the GoldBet-sponsored BMW Motorrad Team in Munich, Germany. Indeed, chances are high that the 2013 SBK title will go to BMW. The S1000RR has reached a superb level of competitiveness, nothing like [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Walking the Ducati 1199 Panigale Line We visit the Bologna factory to watch an 1199 Power Twin come to life!
Photographer : Bruno dePrato
Ducati allowed me to walk the production line of the 1199 Panigale, arguably the most advanced V-Twin in production today. The assembly line is that of the Desmosedici V-Four, completely refurbished and retooled. If it weren’t for the scent of special sealants and lubricants, the place would pass for a surgical operating theater. When I [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)
At the recent EICMA show in Milan, Italy, Tenneco-Marzocchi kicked off a revolution in motorcycle suspension by unveiling the first aftermarket electronic active fork and shock. Company officials humbly referred to these components as “semi-active” because all parameters are not adjusted automatically. In fact, spring preload can only be altered manually; on-the-run electronic changes would [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
To face the challenge posed by the current worldwide economic crisis, Honda has developed a flexible design plan that creates two families of models: the NC700S/NC700X duo and new Integra maxi-scooter. In our November issue, we tested the urban/touring-crossover NC700X, the most-spirited and better-selling of the two bikes in Europe. More recently, I spent extensive [...]Read Full Post | Comments(9)
The California is back, and Moto Guzzi with it. When I first saw the new California 1400 in photos, I thought the bike was competently styled. When I saw it in person at the Milan motorcycle show, I found that Miguel Galluzzi’s styling is absolutely beautiful. Riding the California in the Cote d’Azur of southern France only [...]Read Full Post | Comments(9)
KTM has pleasantly surprised fans of lightweight streetbikes with its announcement of the 390 Duke, a bike that promises to be the meanest little beast one can buy for less than 5000 euros ($6400 U.S. at presstime). KTM’s engineers have shoehorned a 390cc, 44-horsepower Single into the compact but strong frame of the 125/200 Duke [...]Read Full Post | Comments(8)
Photographer : Jeff Allen
Milan—The dramatic evolution of the immortal boxer-Twin wasn’t the only novelty BMW had up its sleeve this year. At EICMA, BMW unveiled a full-dress version of the F series parallel-Twin that will replace the F800ST. A sporty yet protective fairing is the major styling addition to the F800GT, which retains the ST’s other body components, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(10)
Milan—The new California 1400 represents a significant effort from Moto Guzzi to restore its fading image. The cam-in-head, four-valve V-Twin has been enlarged to 1380cc by pushing the bore to 104mm, while keeping the same 81.2mm stroke of the present 1200cc engine. Compression ratio is 10.5:1, a good value for an air/oil-cooled engine. The induction [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
EICMA 2012 – The New 2013 Ducatis Second-generation Hypermotard 821, Panigale R and Diavel Strada kick off the Milan show.
Milan—As per tradition, Ducati kicked off the events at EICMA. It’s a pivotal year for Italy’s most successful motorcycle maker, and although the acquisition by Audi was on people’s minds, Ducati CEO Gabriele Del Torchio didn’t elaborate on the point. Rather, Del Torchio cited the positive results Ducati has achieved during 2012, a year that [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)