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)
Photographer : Bruno dePrato
When you start counting who is not at a show that used to be packed with new motorcycles and media people, you know the industry is going through a real tough moment. INTERMOT—the international motorcycle, scooter and bicycle fair held in Cologne, Germany, every two years—has challenged Milan’s EICMA in attendance and new-model unveilings since [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
2013 Yamaha FJR1300 and FZ8 – First Look Major makeover for the 2013 FJR, Slicker suspension for the FZ8.
2013 FJR1300A Yes, it really has been ten years since Yamaha’s big sporty-tourer came to America, and Yamaha has seriously upgraded it for 2013. Number one in the minds of many long-distance riders will surely be the addition (at last) of electronic cruise control. And while the engineers were adding that function to the Yamaha [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)
2013 Triumph Street Triple/Street Triple R – First Look Big changes for our favorite little Triumph Triple.
Triumph pulled the wrapper off a redesigned Street Triple at the big Intermot Show in Germany and displayed a significant upgrade to one of our favorite middleweight projectiles. Highlights: an all-new aluminum frame, 13 pounds less weight, standard ABS and a 105-horsepower 675cc Triple with 50 foot-pounds of torque. Street Triple We here at CW [...]Read Full Post | Comments(8)