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Harley-Davidson introduces Street Rod (with pictures)

Harley-Davidson has introduced an all-new motorcycle that is set to make its global public debut live in Montreal tonight: the Street Rod. Based on the existing Street series but borrowing from the successful V-Rod platform, the Street Rod is powered by a High Output Revolution X 750 cc engine making more torque through the mid-range and more top-end power, with a higher redline, than the Street 750 motor.

Thursday, 09 March 2017 10:08 Published in Feature Stories


Kawasaki announces 2017 H2R, H2 and H2 Carbon

The Kawasaki H2R and H2 are back for 2017, as is a new H2 Carbon model. Two years after the introduction of one of the most-talked-about motorcycles in modern history, Kawasaki has unveiled a slew of upgrades for all models in 2017.

This includes:
• NEW Bosch compact Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) allows for additional feedback and layer of precision for management control
• NEW Multi-mode traction control
• Launch control, engine braking control, ABS and a quick shifter
• NEW Instrument features include bank angle display and max bank angle recording function
• NEW Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-lock Brake System (KIBS) corner braking control, with feedback from IMU, increases cornering capabilities
• NEW Contactless-type quick shifter that now allows for quicker shifts for seamless acceleration and quick and easy deceleration (downshifting capability new for 2017) and enables rapid upshifts.
• NEW Öhlins® TTX fully adjustable, concentric twin tube design rear shock
• NEW Remote preload adjuster simplifies adjustment without tools for rider preference
• NEW Updated rear shock linkage ratios contribute to firmer, more stable feeling
• NEW Aerodynamic Brembo brake and clutch levers are shorter with rounded edges
• NEW High-quality emblem adds racy and edgy look to the upper cowl

The engine remains a supercharged 998 cc inline-four; the R model remains a track-only offering, while the H2 and H2 carbon are street legal. The limited-edition Carbon model, of which only 120 are being produced, features all-carbon-fibre reinforcement polymer upper cowl, special stamping and silver-mirror paint.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 13:53 Published in Industry News


Kawasaki announces new 2017 models destined for Canada including Z650, Z900, ZX-10RR and Versys X-300 ABS

Canadian Kawasaki Motors released information on its 2017 model range on October 14, including four all-new models destined for Canadian dealerships.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 13:39 Published in Industry News


KTM reveals revamped 390 Duke and 1290 Super Duke R

KTM introduced revised versions of its naked 390 Duke and 1290 Super Duke R at EICMA in Milan, Italy on November 8. Building off the success of the adventure range released in Cologne, Germany last month, KTM continues to increase the versatility and performance of each individual bike, ensuring that everybody is able to find just the right KTM for their specific requirements.
 
KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R – THE BEAST 2.0 – NOTHING BUT THE BEST
Every part was reconsidered to perform on and off the racetrack for a truly READY TO RACE motorcycle. The innovative construction of the new LED headlight ensures that no unnecessary additional parts or weight are added. The new multifunctional TFT-dashboard displays all important information in a clear and bright display. A tremendous power-to-weight ratio ensures a dominating performance in any situation. The 1290 SUPER DUKE R now bristles with more power thanks to reworked cylinder head and intake, while new electronic features allow for class-leading rideability and convenience.
 
KTM 390 DUKE – CORNER ROCKET
New, aggressive styling proclaims that the 390 DUKE is a READY TO RACE naked motorcycle with the performance and handling to back it up. The bodywork is sharp and modern with a slammed, predatory stance. Up front, a new LED headlight and bright, full-color TFT digital dash boast features not found in this class of motorcycle. At the rear, an exposed bolt-on subframe sits below the redesigned seat and pillion. A new form-fitting 3.5-gallon steel fuel tank increases the 390 DUKE’s range. Putting the power to the ground is now smoother and more controllable than ever before thanks to the new ride-by-wire throttle. That power, combined with a steel trellis frame, a new 43 mm WP upside-down fork and a larger, more powerful 320 mm front brake rotor take the ride to the next level.

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 17:19 Published in Industry News


Zero promises 200-mile range, announces 2017 lineup

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., (Nov 8, 2016) – Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in electric motorcycle sales and technology, today announced its 2017 model line featuring as much as 19% more torque, up to 11% more power and the world’s first production electric motorcycle to exceed 200 miles on a single charge. Advancements in Zero’s proprietary Z-Force® powertrain include interior permanent magnet (IPM) motors with increased temperature thresholds and higher amperage motor controllers. Combined, they produce greater acceleration throughout the rev range and up to 116 ft-lb of instant torque on Zero SR and Zero DSR models—more than any gasoline-burning production 1,000cc sport bike.

“Zero’s 2017 lineup offers riders more power, versatility and options than ever before,” said Zero Motorcycles CTO Abe Askenazi. “For those interested in the most fun way of efficiently traversing their urban environment, we’ve released the new, lighter, Zero S and Zero DS ZF6.5 models. On the other end of the spectrum, our top of the line Zero SR and Zero DSR now deliver even more thrills with higher levels of asphalt-shredding torque, while still offering penny-per-mile fuel efficiency and no routine powertrain maintenance.”

The new Zero S ZF6.5 street bike and Zero DS ZF6.5 dual sport are ideal for navigating dense urban areas. These economical models feature a compact battery that sheds 95 pounds, offering more nimble handling and additional space for convenient, locking storage. For those seeking longer range, the Zero S and Zero SR ZF13.0 models equipped with the optional Power Tank accessory now exceed 100 miles on the highway and 200 miles in the city (based on standardized SAE J2982 riding range testing), the longest range of any production electric motorcycle.

Zero’s Z-Force® power packs are the most energy and power dense in the EV industry. For 2017, they feature more powerful processors and new engineering innovations in battery architecture that simplify cell interconnectivity, making the batteries even more robust and reliable. The advanced lithium-ion power packs are maintenance free, designed to exceed the life of the motorcycle, and are now backed by a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty.

“Zero is pushing electric motorcycle technology forward with longer range, higher performance and greater value,” said Todd Andersen, Zero’s VP of Marketing, Sales and Aftersales. “At a time when overall motorcycle industry sales are essentially flat, Zero’s growing network of incredible dealers are seeing significant volume growth and are bringing a wide range of new riders to the sport.”

Beyond their latest functional advantages, the Zero S, Zero SR, Zero DS, and Zero DSR models look better than ever. A new high-quality paint application process replaces the previous molded-in color body panels. The paint underwent extensive scratch and fade resistance testing to ensure exceptional durability. Complementing the painted “tank” area is a new locking, weather-resistant storage compartment. The result is added convenience and a premium look and feel.

Zero also announced an exciting new feature to its app for 2017 models. The free mobile app will enable owners to remotely update their motorcycle’s firmware, saving them a trip to the dealer. It can also be used to customize the motorcycle’s performance characteristics, allowing them to set preferences for maximum torque, top speed and regenerative braking.

From the streetfighter style of the Zero S, to the dual sport Zero DSR and the hooligan-friendly Zero FX and Zero FXS, Zero offers an electric motorcycle for every two-wheeled lifestyle. All 2017 Zeros come with a one-year membership in the American Motorcyclist Association, the world’s largest organization that advocates the rights of motorcyclists. Membership includes free roadside assistance.

2017 models arrive at authorized US Zero Motorcycles dealers in November 2016. Suggested retail prices range from $8,495 to $15,995. However, US buyers can take advantage of a 10% federal tax credit, making the effective price range from $7,645 to $14,395. Additional states offer incentives, such as California’s $900 rebate, that drop the effective prices even lower. The Charge Tank accessory has a suggested retail price of $1,995. The new, higher capacity ZF3.3 Power Tank lists for $2,695. Both options can now be factory-installed when the customer places an order.

Detailed specifications and prices are available at: www.zeromotorcycles.com

About Zero Motorcycles
Zero Motorcycles is committed to transforming the motorcycling experience by bringing innovative electric motorcycles to market with exceptional value and performance. Zero is powered by innovation, driven by passion, guided by integrity and measured by results. Through extensive research, insight and experience, Zero combines the art and science of motorcycle development in the design and execution of products that excite consumers and inspire brand loyalty. Zero is determined to remain the preeminent global electric motorcycle company.

Every Zero motorcycle is designed and built in California.

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 17:07 Published in Industry News


Triumph reveals new 2017 Street Scrambler

More Capability

- Dedicated new Scrambler chassis with commanding riding position, longer rear shocks,

wider handlebars, 19’’ front wheel, dual-purpose Metzler Tourance tires and uprated brakes.

- The critically acclaimed Street Twin 900cc Bonneville High Torque engine.

- Rider-focused technology for precision, control and safety, including ride-by-wire, switchable ABS (unique to the Street Scrambler), switchable traction control and a torque assist clutch.

- All new high level twin Scrambler exhaust in beautiful brushed stainless steel.

More Style

- The stripped back style, iconic silhouette, clean lines, and minimal bodywork of the Street Twin.

- Distinctive new Scrambler features, including an interchangeable pillion seat and aluminum rear rack, removable pillion pegs, ‘Bear Trap’ adventure style front pegs and bash plate.

- Premium finishes, including graphite engine badging and rugged aluminum headlight mount.

- Three exciting paint schemes and unique real brushed aluminum tank logo decals.

Fun, Accessible and Ready to Personalize

- With an accessible low seat height, great stand over and dynamic upright riding position

for sure handling and enhanced rider confidence and control.

- Built to personalize with over 150 accessories for even more rugged off road style

Get a First Look during Triumph’s Brutal Beauty Tour

- Brutal Beauty Tour to stop at over 50 cities across the U.S. and Canada, giving consumers a first look of the new Street Scrambler, as well as the entire new Bonneville family.

- Visit www.ForTheAdventure.com to find and register for each stop, ensuring a spot for the exclusive preview.

Joining the new Street Cup in the Street Twin line up for 2017 – the all-new Street Scrambler builds on the Street Twin’s position as the fun and accessible contemporary Bonneville and brings a significant update in capability and style to the iconic Triumph Scrambler.

Purposeful Scrambler Style

The all-new Street Scrambler has been developed to deliver more purposeful and beautiful Scrambler style with unique features and detailing.

Sharing the same contemporary custom styling principles as the Street Twin, the new Street Scrambler has the iconic Bonneville silhouette combined with clean lines, minimal bodywork and modern finishes such as the elegant fuel tank with locking cap, black sculpted engine covers with the Triumph makers mark and engine badge, single throttle body with aluminum finisher and distinctive fined head and header clamps.

In-keeping with the name and heritage, the Street Scrambler is packed with distinctive and beautiful scrambler finishes including;

-              Interchangeable pillion seat and aluminum rear rack as standard

-              Removable pillion pegs and hangers

-              Steel high grip ‘Bear Trap’ adventure style front foot pegs

-              All terrain style bash plate

-              Ribbed Alcantara-style twin seat with contrast stitching and Triumph embossed logo

-              Aluminum headlight bracket and black headlight bezel

-              Distinctive competition inspired number-board side panel

-              New front mudguard mounts to suit the larger wheel

-              Unique detailed dual compound rubber knee pads for enhanced grip

-              New contemporary mirrors

The premium touch of the entire Bonneville range is present in the details, including unique gun-metal finish engine badges, real brushed aluminum tank logo decals, black headlight bezel and machined metal instrument dial face detailing.

The all-new Street Scrambler is available in three exciting paint schemes;

-              Jet Black

-              Matt Khaki Green

-              Korosi Red and Frozen Silver with jet black hand painted coach lining and unique tank decals

More Performance

There’s been a major step forward from the previous generation Scrambler in regards to engine, exhaust and rider focused technology - all combining to give more performance and a better riding experience from the new Street Scrambler.

Fitted with the critically acclaimed 900cc Bonneville high torque engine, the Street Scrambler delivers much more torque and power low down and in the mid-range, perfect for around town and light off-roading. A key update to the original Bonneville engine platform, the 900cc engine features a charismatic 270° firing interval for smooth, linear power delivery from the slick five-speed gearbox.

Enhanced throttle response from Triumph’s ride-by-wire fuel injection and cutting-edge liquid cooling system have been carefully integrated into the unique style of the Street Scrambler. This reduces fuel emissions and significantly improves fuel efficiency whilst providing smooth and precise drive for a higher level of control and rideability. This, combined with a new extended service interval of 10,000 miles (16,000km) dramatically reduces the overall cost of ownership.

The all new, more compact, high level twin Scrambler exhaust in beautiful stainless steel delivers a unique scrambler soundtrack, authentic scrambler style and features an intricate header run that cleverly integrates the cat box and is finished off with brushed stainless steel silencers with stylish contrasting black heat shields.

Enhanced Capability

The stunning authentic Scrambler look comes complete with contemporary capability for maximum precision, control and safety and a wealth of advanced rider focused technology including:

Ride-by-wire     

Enhanced rideability, safety and control, from a single throttle body.

Switchable ABS

A unique feature on the Street Scrambler that reinforces its capability is switchable ABS, accessed via the instrument menu.

This is the latest generation anti-lock braking system – introducing a new level of safety and control yet remaining unobtrusive and with minimal visual impact.

Switchable Traction Control        

Switchable traction control, accessed via the instrument menu,

helps to maximize rider safety and control.

Torque Assist Clutch      

Designed to reduce clutch lever effort for the rider, bringing a lighter touch and feel to the clutch and making it easier to ride, and for longer

Liquid Cooling   

For cleaner and more fuel-efficient riding (up to 36% better fuel economy).

LED Rear Light   

Incorporated into the classic design, it creates a distinctive light pattern with enhanced power efficiency.

Engine Immobilizer        

Thatcham approved immobilizer with a transponder incorporated into new key.

USB Charging Socket     

Mounted underneath the seat for convenient charging of essential devices.

Stylish Twin Clocks          

Feature packed clock cleverly incorporating a digital menu system for fingertip control while riding.

With:

-              Rev counter

-              Gear position indicator

-              Odometer

-              Two trip settings

-              Service indicator

-              Range to empty

-              Fuel level

-              Average and current fuel consumption

-              Clock

-              Traction control settings

With a dedicated new Scrambler chassis and suspension the Street Scrambler has had a major upgrade to its capability and has been given more dynamic Scrambler poise.

Just like the Street Twin, the new Street Scrambler chassis set-up is tuned to deliver a neutral and predictable ride. This, combined with the same confidence inspiring evolution to “stand-over” ergonomics for maneuverability and seat height considerably lower than the previous model, makes it a really accessible and fun bike for every type of rider.

Contributing to the commanding riding position and signature silhouette are the new model specific front forks and rear suspension units, which raise the back end for additional ride height, wider tapered aluminum handlebars and classic larger sized wire spoke wheels. The new Street Scrambler comes with a large 19’’ wheel on the front and 17’’ wheel on the rear both of which have stylish steel blacked out hubs and rims.

A further increase in specification comes from the new high value 2-piston sliding axial Nissin calliper with machined branding.

Add Even More Scrambler Style and Capability

Just like the Street Twin, the new Street Scrambler has been designed with personalization at its heart and has more than 150 accessories to deliver more rugged off road focus, more style and more everyday usability.

The off-road accessories include, adjustable rear piggy back FOX shocks with threaded preload adjustment and 24 position compression damping, black glass-filled nylon headlight grill with a pressed steel matt black finish bezel, and a forged and machined aluminum handlebar brace in a black anodized finish (fitted with a stylish black or brown vinyl bar pad embroidered with the Triumph logo).

For even more style the accessories range include slip on Vance and Hines single exit silencers, a traditional scrambler twin bench seat and 70mm diameter bar end peep mirrors in anodized black or clear aluminum with a laser etched Triumph logo.

For everyday usability there are internally wired heated grips available along with a steel fabricated center stand kit, an auxiliary power socket and cockpit mounting kit and highly durable engine bars.

* Please note that availability of the Vance & Hines silencers are governed by local market legislation

About Triumph

Triumph Motorcycles is the British premium, lifestyle motorcycle brand, which produces a wide range of distinctive, cool, and authentic Modern Classic, Adventure, Sport, Cruiser and Touring motorcycles. Also the oldest continually produced motorcycle brand, the first Triumph was manufactured in 1902. The company's global headquarters are located in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England, solely owned by Bloor Holdings Ltd. Triumph Motorcycles America Ltd., its North American subsidiary, is based in Atlanta, Ga., and is home to the motorcycle industry’s first 24/7 Customer Support team. To see the full range of Triumph motorcycles, visit www.Triumph-Motorycles.ca

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Tuesday, 08 November 2016 16:50 Published in Industry News


Husqvarna introduces production Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 models

Husqvarna Motorcycles took the covers off its production VITPILEN 401 and SVARTPILEN 401 machines, while also introducing the all-new concept VITPILEN 401 AERO at the 2016 EICMA show held in Milan, Italy. These three new models form part of Husqvarna’s exciting new range of ‘Real Street’ motorcycles.

With the introduction of these three pure state-of-the-art models, Husqvarna Motorcycles takes an important step towards fulfilling its progressive vision of street motorcycling.

The first two models of the ‘Real Street’ range will be the VITPILEN 401 and SVARTPILEN 401, with Husqvarna Motorcycles fully focused on rolling them out at authorized dealers by late autumn 2017. True to the brand’s high quality, performance and design standards, these two models pave the way for an astounding future in the on-road segment.

Also launched at EICMA 2016 is the VITPILEN 401 AERO concept, a single-cylinder machine that is the perfect interpretation of what a 21st century faired motorcycle should look like, according to Husqvarna.

VITPILEN 401
Launching Husqvarna’s new ‘Real Street’ range, the VITPILEN 401 is a refreshingly simple and progressive urban street motorcycle that provides a new gateway into the motorcycling culture for a wider range of riders. Recognized and globally awarded for its unique design, the VITPILEN 401 presented at EICMA 2016 is set to hit the showrooms by late autumn 2017.

Devoid of any excess and focused on providing a pure riding experience, the VITPILEN 401 features a technologically advanced single-cylinder 375 cc engine that is housed in a stripped-down but progressive layout. Offering excellent performance, the bike appeals to an entirely new generation of riders looking for an honest and highly accessible machine.

VITPILEN 401 HIGHLIGHTS:
=>Pure & progressive design
=>Sleek bodywork forming clean lines
=>Accessible riding position
=>Modern fuel-injected 44 hp engine
=>Lightweight steel-trellis frame
=>Unique steel-aluminium exhaust
=>9.5 litre fuel tank
=>Long single seat
=>Premium LED lights
=>WP suspension
=>Slipper clutch
=>Bosch 9.11MB two channel ABS system
=>Sporty clip-on handlebars
=>Street-focused Metzeler M5 tyres

SVARTPILEN 401
Forming part of Husqvarna’s ‘Real Street’ bike range, the SVARTPILEN 401 is a modern day interpretation of a street explorer. Featuring a bold and rugged appearance it offers a progressive new way for potential riders to experience motorcycling.

Beyond its unique styling the SVARTPILEN 401 has a high focus on everyday functionality thus featuring rugged knobbly tyres, a practical tank rack and more robust protection all-over.

Built around a similar chassis and engine philosophy to its VITPILEN 401 sibling, the SVARTPILEN 401 offers a more upright riding position thanks to its wider motocross-styled bars. The finished version of the SVARTPILEN 401 presented at EICMA 2016 is also expected to hit the showrooms by late autumn 2017.

SVARTPILEN 401 HIGHLIGHTS:
=>Rugged street explorer
=>High focus on functionality
=>Standard skid plate & tank rack
=>Two single seats with high-quality fabric
=>Modern fuel-injected 44 hp engine
=>Lightweight steel-trellis frame
=>Unique exhaust with robust protector
=>9.5 litre fuel tank
=>Premium LED lights
=>WP suspension
=>Slipper clutch
=>Bosch 9.11MB two channels ABS system
=>Wide offroad style handlebars
=>Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres

VITPILEN 401 AERO
Drawing inspiration from the brand’s iconic past the VITPILEN 401 AERO is a compact single-cylinder ‘Real Street’ concept motorcycle that ideally depicts Husqvarna’s interpretation of how a faired bike should look like.

Offering an innovative design approach, the VITPILEN 401 AERO concept features an aerodynamic fairing that seems to have been moulded by the wind itself. With every part of its windshield being purely technical, increased amounts of air are now channelled through to the engine to regulate cooling.

Compared to its VITPILEN 401 sibling, the all-new windshield gives the AERO a fuller appearance while allowing the front and the rear ends of the bike to perfectly match each other. With the design of the windshield now encouraging a more locked-in position, the rider’s helmet becomes part of the airflow in what is a fully immersive riding position.

The VITPILEN 401 and SVARTPILEN 401 production models, as well as the new VITPILEN 401 AERO concept motorcycle will be on show for the duration of the 74th EICMA in Milan on the Husqvarna Motorcycles booth, Hall 18 booth M60.

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 16:22 Published in Industry News


BMW introduces 2017 F700GS, F800GS and F800GS Adventure

The new BMW F 700 GS, F 800 GS and F 800 GS Adventure – authentic characters featuring optimized functionality. For years the GS models of the F series have embodied carefree motorcycling pleasure and sporty dynamics on the road, combined with a high level of travel suitability and robust off-road competence. For the model year 2017, BMW Motorrad has now taken the quality of this successful mid-range enduro motorbike a stage further.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 12:59 Published in Industry News


Kawasaki Z125 Pro coming to Canada in 2016!

According to the Canadian Kawasaki Motors website (www.kawasaki.ca), the diminutive Z125 Pro will make its way to Canada in 2016.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 14:00 Published in Industry News


Indian Motorcycle announces new 2016 Springfield touring bike

MINNEAPOLIS (March 3, 2016) — Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced the new 2016 Indian Springfield. Named after the birthplace of Indian Motorcycle and designed for a pure riding experience, the Indian Springfield is a soulful and versatile new addition to the 2016 lineup.

Thursday, 03 March 2016 10:35 Published in Industry News


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