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  • 2016 Suzuki Hayabusa to have supercharged 1.4 litre?

    2016 Suzuki Hayabusa concept rumour (3)

    Hot on the heels of the showing of the Suzuki GSX-R 1000 Concept at EICMA in November is a rumour that an all-new Hayabusa replacement is in the works, and will be in production as soon as mid-2016.

    According to Morebikes UK, Japanese motorcycle magazine “Young Machine” has published photos purportedly showing the engine and design concept for a supercharged 1,400 cc inline-four that is touted as the next-generation GSX-R1400.

    The Hayabusa – the Japanese name for the peregrine falcon – is Suzuki’s top-of-the-line bike, and designed for sheer top-end speed. It is reported the photos were taken during a presentation to Suzuki’s decision makers ahead of the Tokyo motor show in October, showing engine options and concept design for the bike.

    Rumour has it the new Hayabusa has been green-lighted and will undergo chassis and ride testing soon before a mid-2016 release. This is unusual since under normal circumstances, such a production decision would only be made six months after testing before being launched.

    Perhaps this is Suzuki’s late-to-the-party challenge to Kawasaki’s H2R, which has taken the motorcycle top-speed crown away from Suzuki. Kawasaki’s H2R has a top speed of 357 km/h, and is not road-legal. The road-going H2 is reported to be speed-limited to 300 km/h, as is the current-model Hayabusa.

  • Motoair Airbag One gives bikers more torso protection

    Motorcycling is an inherently dangerous activity, but riders accept and manage the risk. A new item for their safety arsenal is the Motoair Airbag One inflatable vest.

    Designed to be worn with normal riding gear, the Airbag One is activated when the rider comes off the motorcycle and disconnects a safety tether. This triggers the discharge of a 28-gramme CO2 cartridge that inflates an air bladder.

    The air bladder covers the neck, shoulders, torso and spine. MotoAir claims the bladder will inflate in 0.2 seconds. While this isn’t fast as airbag inflation speeds go – Alpinestars and Dainese have airbag jackets that inflate in milliseconds – at slower speeds it might be enough to save the rider from more serious injury.

    The Motoair Airbag One is available in Hi-vis, black or camo, and comes with YKK zippers for durability. Certain models have removable inner linings. It is ISO9001 certified, TUV, SGS and CE approved.

    At an online price of 220 pounds (RM1,400) the Airbag One isn’t cheap, but it isn’t expensive either, as far proper safety gear goes. The only drawback is if the rider forgets to disconnect the tether when dismounting the motorcycle, or stands up in the saddle while riding. Unintentional inflation can be dangerous, and could cause an accident.

  • VIDEO: Ride on the wild side with Ducati’s Multistrada

    Ducati has released a web series called “The wild side of Ducati”, featuring the new Multistrada 1200 Enduro. Covering six episodes, the series is available on Ducati’s website, and highlights the capabilities and features of the Multistrada.

    Each three-minute episode follows Multistrada 1200 Enduro riders across various types of terrain, showcasing the global touring capability of the bike. Released every two weeks, the videos also explains the rider aids and other electronics built into the bike that help it tackle rugged terrain.

    The first episode puts the Enduro on a motocross track in southern Italy, as well as riding across Tuscany, Sardinia and Spain. The bike features Ducati’s liquid-cooled Testastretta V-twin with variable valve timing. The Desmodromic cylinder heads have four-valves per cylinder and twin-spark ignition.

    Displacing 1198 cc, the engine’s power output is a claimed 160 hp with 136 Nm torque at 7,500 rpm. Bosch EFI takes care of fuelling with a fly-by-wire system linked to twin 56 mm throttle bodies.

    Final drive is chain, with power fed through a six-speed gearbox with a wet, multi-plate hydraulic clutch.

    The Sachs upside-down 48 mm diameter forks feature electronic compression and rebound adjustment, and Ducati’s Skyhook Suspension (DSS) system controls fork movement. The rear is suspended on a fully-adjustable Sachs unit, again with DSS, and full electronic control.

    Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro (13)

    Braking is with a pair of 320 mm floating discs in front, matched to Brembo Monobloc four-piston calipers, and the rear has a 265 mm disc and two-piston floating caliper. Cornering ABS is standard on the Multistrada 1200 Enduro.

    A new 19-inch front wheel with wire spokes, in keeping with the “Enduro” image, is unique to this bike, along with a 30-litre fuel tank. Seat height is 870 mm, and an optional seat is available which gives 890 to 850 mm of height adjustability.

    The Multistrada 1200 Enduro is expected to arrive in Malaysia in February or March 2016, and is estimated to retail between RM140,000 and RM150,000. The bike retails in the UK for £16,690 (RM107,000) for the base version in Ducati red, up to £19,220 (RM123,000) for the ‘Pikes Peak’ version with Ohlins suspension, Termignoni exhaust, carbon-fibre parts and three-spoke wheels.

  • First production Honda RC213V-S handed over in UK

    RC213V-S first customer handover (1)

    RC213V-S first customer handover (1)

    The first customer delivery of the Honda RC213V-S, the road-going version of the RC213V MotoGP bike, took place at Honda Racing’s UK headquarters in Milton Keynes on December 21. The first RC213V-S went to John Brown, owner of a Honda dealership in Manchester, and collector of performance motorcycles.

    Brown, who counts a brand-new RC30 in his collection, said, “when I first heard of this project I thought ‘when this happens I have to have one of these’. It is a truly amazing opportunity to own a piece of HRC racing history.”

    Purchase of the bike is via registration on the RC213-V-S website. “Throughout the development process we have kept the RC213V-S as similar to the MotoGP machine as possible, so that the customer gets the closest experience to riding the RC213V,” said Tetsuo Suzuki, Operating Officer for Honda Motorcycles.

    Honda RC213V-S (1)

    The RC213V-S is Honda’s interpretation of a MotoGP weapon for the road. Combining Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) know-how, and specially designed parts machined from exotic materials, the RC213V-S is equipped with head- and taillights, side mirrors, speedometer, muffler with catalytic converter, license plate holder and horn to make it road-legal.

    This very special motorcycle prepped for delivery in Honda’s UK racing shop where the bikes for its MotoGP, WSBK and Isle of Man TT racing efforts are prepared. The engine is a 1,000 cc, 90° V4 that has its roots in the VF750F Interceptor, which came out back in 1983.

    Other changes from the race-only RC213-V are coil springs instead of pneumatic actuators for the valves, and a gearbox lifted from the production-spec RCV1000R racebike instead of the seamless MotoGP unit. The changes were made in the interests of long-term reliability.

    Honda RC213V-S (3)

    The trickle-down technology continues with a Sport Kit that allows to owner to reconfigure the RC213V-S into race mode. Goodies include a titanium exhaust, Brembo carbon brakes and other race track mods that come packed in a MotoGP quality rolling case.

    The RC213V-S was three years in development and released for sale on July 13, 2015 at a price of €188,000 (RM890,000) in Europe. Every machine is hand-built in Honda’s Kumamoto factory.

  • 2016 CSC RX3 – 250cc copy of the BMW GS Adventure

    2016 Zongshen-CSC RX3 (6)

    What you are looking at is the 2016 RX3, made by Zongshen Motor of China, and marketed in the US by CSC Motorcycles. At first glance, it looks like a BMW GS Adventure, until you notice little details like the single-disc front wheel, lack of ABS sensors and cast steel frame.

    The engine is a liquid-cooled, overhead cam four-valve single cylinder that is rated at 25 hp and 23 Nm. Fuelling is taken care of by a Delphi EFI unit, and final drive is chain, going through a six-speed box.

    The 16 litre tank provides a useful range for the RX3, and the balance shaft cancels out vibration from the thumper. Braking is taken care of by front and rear single discs. No dinner plates here, just an appropriate 262 mm disc up front grabbed by a twin-piston caliper and a 258 mm unit out back.

    2016 Zongshen-CSC RX3 (5)

    The 37 mm inverted fork gives 130 mm of travel, and the rear has 140 mm of bouncy monoshock. Weight is claimed to be 165 kg, and the seat height is 795 mm.

    The front wheel uses a 100/90-18 tyre, which isn’t hard to find, but the rear 130/90-15 is going to limit tyre choices, somewhat. Most riders will find the RX3 unintimidating, compared to the nose-bleed seat height and elephantine weight of full-sized dual-purpose machines.

    For 2016, the RX3 comes in four colours – Sahara Orange, metallic Sierra Silver, metallic Garnet Red, and pearl Ice White – and US distributor CSC provides an option list that includes a lowering kit, gold-anodised forks and adjustable, Seat Concepts custom seat, satin finish handlebars and bar-end weights. The 2016 RX3 retails in the US for US$3,895 (RM16,772).

  • Alta Motors delivers the first Redshift electric bike


    San Francisco-based Alta Motors has delivered its first production electric motorcycle, the Redshift, to proud owners Eric Gauthier and Jeannine Smith, reported. Alma had its beginning back in 2007, the brainchild of Marc Fenigstein, Derek Dorresteyn and Jeff Sand.

    Dorrestyn and Sand were avid motorcylists who wanted a bike that would deliver a smooth, perfectly responsive torque curve. This resulted in the Redshift, a motocross-styled electric motorcycle.

    The core of the chassis is the Redshift Bulkhead, which functions as the outer motor casing, the cooling circuit for the motor and inverter, as well as the transmission case for the gear reduction while serving as a structural member. It also ties together the rear suspension, the airframe, the forged monocoque chassis and the trellis skidframe.

    The Redshift uses a high-speed permanent magnet brushless motor that provides direct response between the rider’s throttle hand and the rear tyre. The rotor, one of only two spinning parts in the drivetrain, is located at the bike’s precise roll centre, minimising the rotor’s gyroscopic effect on handling.

    Alta spent three years developing the APK5 battery battery pack, which it claim allows for extreme energy density. The pack is digitally self-monitoring and self-balancing, and built to handle shock up to 50 G. Power is rated at a continuous 25 hp with a 40 hp peak.

    The Redshift comes in two models, the Redshift MX, with a factory price of US$14,995 (RM64,000), and the SM, which goes for US$15,995 (RM66,000) and is road legal. Range is claimed to be two hours riding, and a top speed of 130 km/h, with both bikes weighing in at 118 kg.

  • Rumours flying fast about 2016 Honda CBR250RR


    Honda unveiled the “Light Weight Super Sports Concept” at the Tokyo Motor Show in October, and since then rumours have been flying fast and furious about whether this concept motorcycle is the pre-cursor to the CBR250RR, Honda’s small displacement replacement to the CBR250R.

    Reported to debut in the middle of 2016, little is known about the CBR250RR, aside from that it will have a parallel-twin engine displacing either 250 cc or 350 cc, depending on intended market. Indonesian site has reported that this pocket rocket will have a fly-by-wire throttle, making it a first from a major manufacturer for a small engine.

    While 250 cc motorcycles with EFI and electronic throttles are not new, especially in prototypes and racing, its installation into a small engine such as this is perhaps a harbinger of things to come. An electronic throttle will allow the integration of a whole slew of rider aids and controls, previously the provenance of superbikes, race track weapons and other high-end motorcycles.

    The redline is reported to be a stratospheric 14,000 rpm. High rev limits are not new to motorcycles, with the 1985 Yamaha FZ250 Phazer turning the dial all the way to 20,000 with its tiny inline-four.

    In this case, Honda are eschewing the the laid back nature of the twin in favour of squeezing as much performance as possible of the engine.

    Other features of note on the concept bike are a possible aluminium swingarm and trellis subframe. If released, the CBR250RR will be going head-to-head with the Yamaha YZF-R25/R3, Kawasaki Ninja 250R/300R and KTM RC250/RC390.

  • VIDEO: Two wheels for all – the 2016 BMW G310R

    BMW’s entry into the small displacement motorcycle market, the G310R, is its take on a capable city bike that will do anything for most riders. Light, easy to handle and sporty, the G310R sports a 313 cc single-cylinder engine that puts out a rider-friendly 34 hp.

    The cylinder orientation is reversed, putting the intake facing forward. This lets the engine be tilted a little further, while giving the exhaust a straight path to the rear. The bike weighs a manageable 158 kg, allowing riders to handle the bike regardless of their physical strength.

    Coming with ABS, this small BMW is targetted at the new rider, or the rider who simply wants a simple, easy-to-use daily rider, who wants a high quality, reliable motorcycle. Seat height is a less than intimidating 785 mm, allowing for riders to plant their feet with confidence. So, fancy an affordable entry-level BMW bike, anyone?

  • New 2016 KTM Super Duke GT, 690 Duke and Duke R

    Austrian firm KTM has always been known for balls-out crazy motorcycles. Choosing to take the road less travelled, KTM unveiled two new bikes for 2016 at the EICMA show in Milan, the Super Duke GT and the 690 Duke and Duke R.

    The Super Duke GT is KTM’s take on a fast sports tourer, with the emphasis on the ‘sports’. Taking a de-tuned version of the 1290 Super Duke engine, the 1301 cc engine pups out 173 hp.

    To make the ‘tourer’ part a little more realistic, the fairing and windshield have been redesigned to direct wind blast away from the rider. The rear sub-frame has also been designed to accept a pair of custom designed KTM panniers that give large carry capacity without affecting ground clearance.


    The Super Duke GT meets Euro Four emissions standards, and comes with a full complement of aids for fast and comfortable riding. These rider aids wouldn’t be out of place on a track oriented sportsbike, and include cornering ABS, semi-active WP suspension, Brembo radially-mounted calipers, and Motor Slip Regulation (MSR) which allows the rider to adjust engine braking.

    More touring-friendly features are cruise control, heated grips, tyre pressure monitoring system and optional Hill Hold Control which electronically holds the bike stationary when starting on an incline. KTM says a full range of accessories will be made available to enhance both touring capability and engine performance.


    Meanwhile, the 690 Duke, long beloved of hooligans and wheelie merchants over the past decade, comes back badder and more anti-social for 2016. Revisions have been made to the big thumper, which now puts out 73 hp. The addition of an extra balancer shaft dampens out the vibration from the single piston.

    The 690 Duke and Duke R also come with cornering ABS, apparently the smallest capacity motorycle to be thus equipped. The Duke R sports an Akropovic exhaust and two additional hp over its plain-jane sibling, along with frame and wheels painted in KTM’s trademark shade of orange.

  • MV Agusta records 30% increase in sales for 2015


    Italian motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta has shown marked improvement in sales, with an increase of 30% worldwide. This is in keeping with Agusta’s year-on-year growth, and its partnership with Mercedes-AMG looks to be bearing fruit.

    With 9,000 motorcycles sold around the world, international sales for MV Agusta has shown the most improvement. While sales in its home country remained stagnant, the firm’s increase in sales over 2014 was pushed by the UK, recording a 140% jump. Spain clocked in with a 54% rise, followed by Germany and France with a 20% increase each.

    The US saw sales rise by half, while Asia added another 12% to MV Agusta’s units sold worldwide. Agusta’s revenues also took a jump, with a 30% increase in turnover. Profits were up as well, with margins coming in at 40%, driven in part by top-end models such as the Turismo Veloce and Dragster. The best selling model for 2015 was the Brutale RR, making up more than a third of all MV Agusta bikes sold.

    President and CEO Giovanni Castiglioni said, “2015 has been a very important year for MV Agusta. With the launch of the Turismo Veloce we have created the first Touring MV Agusta, a motorcycle that differentiates itself from its competitors by introducing a whole new dimension and experience to traveling, touring that excites your emotions. This aspect is what sets MV apart from other manufacturers.”

    MV Agusta F4

    However, Agusta admitted falling short of its 2015 sales target. For 2016, MV Agusta hopes its partnership with Mercedes-AMG, and the expected January launch of the all-new Brutale 800, will further push sales.

    Previously owned by Proton Holdings at a price of RM500 million, the company was controversially sold for RM4 to Gevi SpA in 2006, which also assumed the brand’s debt. Harley-Davidson then bought the company for RM429 million in 2008. The stake was then sold to Claudio Castiglioni in 2009, who then reported an increase in sales by 50% in 2010.

    Since then MV Agusta expanded its range to capture the middle-weight market with the F3 675, and the Brutale 675. In 2013, the model range was improved with the upgraded F4 1000 and Brutale 1090, which also saw the launching of the Turismo Veloce.


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Last Updated 16 Nov 2017