In brutal contrast to the wave of round & retro-revival bikes being released at the EICMA show this week, Yamaha has just unveiled a futuristic 1-liter cruiser called the MT-10. Its 998cc four-cylinder cross-plane engine delivers massive low-to-mid-range torque. It features re-designed intake, exhaust and fueling systems as well as 3-mode traction control.
Unchanged since 2001, The Triumph Bonneville was long overdue for an update. What it got was an overhaul. The upright British classic now sports a water-cooled engine, plus a full ground-up rebuild of the frame and body. The new Bonny will be available in several variants: the Street Twin, T120, Thruxton, and power-packed Thruxton R, a range offering 900cc & 1200cc motor options.
Just unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show, Ducati’s new Monster 1200R is the meanest monster ever made, featuring the 160-horsepower Twin Spark 1198 Testastretta 11° V-Twin found in the Diavel & Multistrada. The 1200R also packs 15 more horses than the outgoing 1200S and it’s a bit lighter, too.
The 2016 Softail Slim S brings a factory-built 110 c.i. Screaming Eagle motor & a range of Harley’s CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations) upgrades to a Dyna you can buy right off the showroom floor. The Slim S features a blacked-out motor & drivetrain, slash cut over/under exhaust, and a custom military-style paint scheme.
This is a motorized 2-wheeled vehicle but that’s where the traditional definition of “motorcycle” ends for the Confederate P51 Combat Fighter; which is not a combat fighter at all but a handmade and aggressively futuristic looking cruiser. Its drag racing derived, aerospace inspired chassis is built-out with a proprietary suspension system & wheels. Powered by a 200 horsepower 100% CNC machined aerospace grade 6061-T6 billet aluminum motor.
San Francisco-based Bolt has created a new eco-friendly motorcycle with the light, nimble look of a moped. The M-1 is 100% electric & drives in 2 modes: In Sport mode, it reaches up to 40mph across a 30 mile range. In Economy mode, it’ll go 20 mph across 50 miles. It’s also fully connected to your smartphone.
After acquiring Brammo Motorcycles, Victory has just unveiled the Empulse TT, an updated & re-badged version of the Brammo Empulse. This new 54-horsepower electric bike can hit over 100 MPH and goes 140 miles on a charge.
12 years after retiring the iconic XRV750 Africa Twin, the bike that basically created the “adventure bike” category, Honda is finally bringing it back for 2016 as the CRF1000L. Proven to be one of the most reliable off-road machines ever made, the new Africa Twin features a 6-speed 998cc parallel twin & is outfitted with a full array of updated performance features. via
The new XSR700 is Yamaha’s answer to the Ducati Scrambler; a versatile, parallel-twin roadster that blends old school styling, like the single round head & tail lamps, with modern tech & performance.
What started life as an old Yamaha XS650 was transformed by Italy’s Auto Fabrica into a low, sleek, minimalist machine featuring a swooping, hand-shaped exhaust and custom gas tank along with a totally rebuilt, raked, and lowered frame.