In a surprise move that caught everyone off guard (including Piaggio/Aprilia management), Max Biaggi has retired from racing, his “Roman Emperor” crown adorned with the laurels of his 2012 World Superbike title. How surprised was Aprilia? A contract for 2013 was prepped and ready, only needing Biaggi’s signature. He did not sign. At the age [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Less than a week before the start of EICMA 2012, Cycle World has obtained photos and information regarding the Piaggio Group’s four scheduled introductions: the Moto Guzzi California 1400, the Vespa 946, the Aprilia Caponord and a refreshed Aprilia RSV4, in R ABS and Factory ABS forms. Moto Guzzi California 1400 Judging by this picture [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
EICMA: Here Come The Italians! Aprilia, Ducati, Moto Guzzi, MV Agusta and Vespa set the stage for next week’s big motorcycle show in Milan.
Do you remember the gorgeous Vespa Quarantasei concept that Piaggio unveiled last year at EICMA? Well, this year, Piaggio will reveal the fully homologated production model. This machine alone will make the show worth attending for many scooter fans because the Quarantasei may well be one of the most alluring small-wheelers ever designed, no matter [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2013 MV Agusta Brutale 800 – First Look This three-cylinder Italian naked middleweight brings more torque to the backroad party.
MV Agusta’s 800cc Brutale promises to extract the best from both the three-cylinder engine and the chassis to which it’s harnessed. Extra displacement came by increasing stroke from the original 45.9 to 54.3mm; the 79mm bore is unaltered. The super-compact result delivers a claimed 125 horsepower at 11,600 rpm and 60 foot-pounds of torque at [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
2013 MV Agusta Brutale 1090 – First Look Why wait for EICMA? MV Agusta unveils its updated “big” Brutales.
Over the past few years, MV Agusta’s big-bore Brutale has lived a controversial life, with the size of its four-cylinder engine going up from its original 990cc to 1090 then down to an unusual 920 and up once again to the current 1090cc. Along with the engine displacement went the Brutale’s positioning in the market. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Special – First Ride Big improvements come to the V7 Stone, V7 Special and V7 Racer.
The Moto Guzzi “small block” 90-degree V-Twin, a.k.a. the V7, has a long story behind it. The engine started life in 1977 in the V35 and V50, with 350 and 500cc displacements. Plagued by a number of basic faults forced into the project by then-Moto Guzzi and Benelli chieftain Alejandro DeTomaso, the compact Twin reached [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
During his presentation about the new Brutale 675 middleweight naked bike, MV Agusta CEO Massimo Bordi laid down a sequence of charts in an attempt to prove that these tough economic times offer a great opportunity for a competitively priced, three-cylinder roadster to be successful. Charts? Statistics? Can any of this really have any role [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
At Intermot, the big news about the Italian manufacturers was that they reserved their biggest news for the coming Milan EICMA show in November. Nevertheless, five companies showed hardware in Cologne: Ducati and four marques in the Piaggio Group (Moto Guzzi, Aprilia, Piaggio Scooter and Vespa). Aprilia’s RSV4 Factory ABS, a major update of the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Some may call the KTM 1190 Adventure an evolution of the species, but I would rather think of it as the Austrian bike maker’s response to BMW’s new R1200GS with an eye toward the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak. This all-new, purposeful-looking machine packs a 150-horsepower edition of KTM’s compact, lightweight 75-degree V-Twin. Styling [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
BMW has revolutionized its sacred boxer-Twin. It is not the first time, but switching from traditional air cooling (air/oil cooling, lately) to liquid cooling symbolizes the most radical departure from the reasons that, in 1923, led BMW technician Max Friz to turn 90 degrees an already-existing longitudinal boxer-Twin to create the R32 model. This was [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)