This bike has been making circles around the interweb for a good number of years, but it always seems like nobody knows the details, and they were never published. What we know so far is that the engine is from the GSX1100 (looks like it, but the Suzuki experts need to approve this), the gas tank is GS1000 (maybe) and the swing arm is ???. The frame look like a Spondon unit, and the front fork is Ohlins (see the small blue sticker on the lower part). The brake calipers look like Yamaha stuff…but what is it exactly??? More pictures after the jump. Continue reading →
Apparently, the much-rumored version of the ‘naked’ BMW S1000RR is on its way to becoming a reality; a prototype reinterpreted in ‘Streetfighter’ guise was recently spotted testing in Italy, sporting the characteristic camo sticker job and a passenger on the back seat. The new model should be propelled by the same engine 1000 cc 4-cylinder in-line of the RR, though probably with revised power and torque numbers. From the few images currently available, it is pretty difficult to ascertain other aspects of the bike that are not of a purely aesthetic nature. We expect the bike, in final production trim, to make a bow at the EICMA 2013 in Milan as a 2014 model.
If you like your BMW the way God intended, well, good. But if you want something a little different, offbeat even, help comes in the guise of the guys at Team Metisse. Say hello to the R1200R cafe racer. Continue reading →
Some of you love the Ducati Monster for its mechanical beauty and performance, but there are some who see it as a blank canvas on which to paint their imagination, like Arrick Maurice for instance. He happens to be the brand manager of Ducati’s North American market. Continue reading →
We had already heard the rumours and seen the spy shots of the 2013 Triumph Street Triple, so the official launch at Intermot doesn’t really come as a shocker.
While the 105hp motor looks untouched, there are major revisions to the exhaust system, apparently to tone down noise and emissions. And there’s something that we hadn’t noticed earlier, the engineers have also slightly changed the front suspension geometry for both versions of the 2013 Street Triple. Continue reading →
This is the latest spy photo of the 2013 KTM Super Duke, the Austrian company’s main competitor to the likes of the Ducati StreetFighter and Aprilia Tuono V4R. In order to genuinely compete with such fierce opponents, KTM will likely have the detuned version of the RC8R engine, pushing 147hp via a twin-cylinder V configuration. In order to keep things in check, we can expect the Austrians to equip the Super Duke with traction control, ride modes and ABS. The R version of the Super Duke is in the pipeline as well, but that will likely have a higher spec suspension and free-flowing exhaust for that extra few horsepower. Continue reading →
If you want to build yourself a decent cafe racer, you should definitely stay away from Ducati’s 1098. The single-sided swingarm, the shape of the exhaust and that beautiful fairing – how can one possibly make it look better? Having said that, there are always exceptions to the rule – look at this Demonico Veloce (Speed Demon in Italian) for instance, we think it’s one of the most beautiful cafe racers in today’s custom market. Conceived by professional AMA racer Robert Matola, and built by i3 Design, the bike has lost around 13.5 kilos of excess weight, and even gets a custom exhaust, rear cowling and front fairing. Continue reading →
This is the new 2013 Kawasaki Z800, reaching the interwebs in Thailand first. Most of you would probably ask “Why Thailand?”, but a few would know that the old continent and the Americas are shrinking (as the main markets), with the Indo/Asian markets expanding like crazy in the past two years. So, yeah, the new model will have a larger displacement engine (800cc), but all in all will retain the flavour of the original Z750. Styling is aggressive and more modern, with a large exhaust muffler which, by the looks of things, will be the first thing future owners will customize. Continue reading →
Another great example illustrating the fact that you don’t always need a brand new motorcycle in order to ride, have fun, enjoy life and express yourself in a different way. BMW’s R100/7 never really got out of fashion; you can pick up a nice one and customize it for half of the monies needed for a brand new machine. Take a look at this beautiful, almost ratrod-esque “Green Hornet” by Blitz Motorcycles. Everything you need is right there, and you’ll get a ton of character with it and some props-up on the street as a bonus. Continue reading →
The JvB-Moto have one more bike for us to drool on. After the beautiful and stunning Triumph Tridays Rumbler, the Cologne based workshop prepared something a bit more “subtle”. Priced at a fair 15,000 euro (18,500) you get a lot of a motorcycle for the money. Coming with a nice selection of parts from LSL (headlights, fenders, seat, handlebar) Triumph Dirty Deeds can be any color and have two exhaust options: Zard or Arrow. Continue reading →