KTM is ready to unleash its ultimate supermoto weapon: the 1290 SuperDuke R. Introduced in concept form last year at the EICMA show in Milan, in terms of brute force and back-road potential, the SuperDuke R should be without peer. The already-mighty 75-degree V-twin has been enlarged to a new [...]
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HJC IS-17, CL-17 and FG-X Helmets – First Look Three new mid-priced helmets for street or off-road use.
Korean helmet-manufacturer HJC unveiled three new affordably priced designs—the full-face IS-17 and CL-17, plus the off-road-oriented FG-X—at its U.S. offices in La Habra, California. All three models are DOT-certified and retail for less than $200. The least-expensive helmet is the CL-17, which is an evolution of the HJC’s “bread-and-butter” model, [...]
The mini-moto segment is clearly on the rebound, led most recently by these two competition-oriented Kawasaki two-strokes: the KX85 and KX100. If you think two-stroke technology has peaked, think again. Kawasaki says it has squeezed 20 percent more power out of the $4349 KX85 and placed an emphasis on low-end [...]
The 1199 Panigale debut of two years ago was a revolution in the superbike class, but one limited by price. The real question is, how do you bring the revolution to the largest number of potential owners? Today Ducati revealed an 899 Panigale that expresses CEO Claudio Domenicali’s underlying aim—to [...]
2014 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS – First Look Real-world sportbike gets TC, power modes and accessory saddlebags.
Irvine, CA — When Kawasaki launched the updated naked Z1000 in 2010, we fell in love, naming it Best Standard that same year. But not everyone wants a naked-style sportbike, so, the following year, Kawasaki introduced the Ninja 1000. Although closely related to the Z1000, the Ninja offered full-wrap bodywork, [...]
Irvine, CA — After a long slumber, Yamaha and Star are finally waking up and delivering some very cool new motorcycles for 2014. And now–joining the much-anticipated FZ-09 Triple, hot-selling Star Bolt and updated four-stroke YZ MXers (YZ250F and YZ450F)–comes the FJR1300ES. Those letters at the end stand for Electronic [...]
Irvine, CA — Yamaha’s big sporty bike news for 2014 is, without a doubt, the announcement of the FZ-09 Triple. As a matter of fact, the response to this new, $7990 machine has been so strong that another color, Blazing Orange, joins the red and black models already in production [...]
Irvine, CA — The last pieces of Yamaha’s off-road-lineup puzzle have finally been confirmed. Joining the brand-new YZ250F and updated YZ450F motocross bikes and off-road cousins the WR450F, WR250R, XT250 and TW200, is a complete range of TT-Rs which all now feature electric starting. Models include the $3990 TT-R230, $3290 [...]
Horex has expanded its model line with the addition of the VR6 Classic, a variation of the current VR6 Roadster. The new machine features a number of styling and graphic touches intended to create a visual connection with the traditional image of the top-class bikes that Horex produced until the [...]
At a time when motorcycle sales have hit their lowest level in years, Piaggio is focusing on its traditional core business: scooters and mopeds. Piaggio has always been very good at that, starting in 1946 when it created the Vespa. In fact, the Italian outfit is the leading European group [...]