Milan—By 1953, the motorcycle had reached the basic form it has today: telescopic fork, swingarm rear suspension, hydraulic damping and brakes on both wheels. True, things like water-cooling, disc brakes and six-speed gearboxes have been added since then, but the basics remain. Yet because we no longer need motorcycles as [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
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EICMA 2012 – Where Are The Cutaway Engines? Did anyone else miss seeing the cams, gears, pistons, rods and valves?
Milan—In the past, I have looked forward to the certain presence at motorcycle shows of many cutaway engines. I like engines, and I like to look at the details of their parts. Are there surprises in the way their connecting rods are proportioned? How do their intake ports bring the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
Milan—As part of BMW’s run-up to next year’s 90th anniversary of the company’s “boxer” engine concept, Stephan Schaller, president of BMW Motorrad, had one of the original 1923 R-32s, excellently restored, ridden onto the gleaming white pavilion from which he was speaking at EICMA. At the time of this engine’s [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
EICMA 2012 – Wrenchmonkees Monkeefist No, it’s not a big knot tied to the end of a heaving line, it’s an XJR1300 commissioned by Yamaha.
Why build a bike like Monkeefist from a bunch of tired old parts, when you can start with a brand-new Yamaha XJR1300? That’s the big naked bike Yamaha never imported to the U.S. According to the guys at Wrenchmonkees, in Copenhagen, Yamaha approached them to transform an XJR into something [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
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 [...]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 [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
2013 Triumph Daytona 675 and 675R – First Look Titanium valves and a 14,400-rpm Triple should wipe that stiff upper lip off your face.
In an effort to keep up with the middleweight Joneses or maybe stay a step ahead, Triumph has completely overhauled its Daytona 675 and 675R, with an all-new higher-revving engine in a new frame, and a raft of improvements. Triumph says power is up by just 2 horses, to 126, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
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 [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
At EICMA 2011, Bimota unveiled an impressive lineup of new models, including a two-stroke motocross bike that looked totally out of place. When asked about excessive fragmentation of his model line, owner Roberto Comini—a chemical industry tycoon with major business in Cuba and other Central and South America countries—said that [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
We like surprises, and KTM just teased us with images of a new 1290cc V-Twin naked that we predict will be the new Super Duke R, a bike that hasn’t been in KTM’s lineup since 2010. This prototype 1290, which will be unveiled at the EICMA show on Tuesday, November [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)