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ADVrider was launched in 2001 to provide adventure motorcycle riders their own dedicated online community. The site was debuted as an adventure riding forum and has grown to become the most visited website in the world for motorcycle enthusiasts. ADVrider currently has over 350,000 registered members who have submitted 33 million original posts. Read more about the story of how ADVrider came to be from our fearless leader, Baldy.
 

We have now expanded beyond ADV’s roots to become an industry leading media network for the moto community. In addition to the forum, this new ADVrider site will act as an editorial voice for the community and provide users free information on ride reports, bike & gear reviews, first-person rider stories and a variety of other content. We have some big plans and hope you will join us on this ride.

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The 2019 running of the International Six Day Enduro wrapped up over the weekend, and the US men’s and women’s World Trophy teams won their respective categories.

This year’s edition of the ISDE ran in Portimao, Portugal, with enduro teams from around the world battling it out in tough terrain. The men’s US World Trophy team didn’t manage to get into the lead until the third day of competition; the Australian RecoveR8 team was the early front-runners. But after they got up front mid-way through the event, Ryan Sipes, Taylor Robert, Kailub Russell and Steward Baylor hung on for the win. It was the first FIM World Trophy win for the KTM-mounted men’s team since the 2016 competition, which had been their first-ever victory.

The Portuguese host team was fourth overall, and the Belgian team ended in fifth.

RecoverR8 actually won the sixth day’s racing, but couldn’t make up the points gap, and ended second overall, nine minutes and 13 seconds back. The Italian team was third.

In the women’s category, Rebecca Sheets, Brandy Richards (both on KTM) and Tarah Gieger (on a Honda) won the FIM Women’s World Trophy. The last time the women’s team won was 2007. The German team was second in this category, and then the British team. The Australian team had won here for the past six years, but was finally denied.

However, the Aussies weren’t totally shut out, as the RecoverR8 team won the FIM Junior World Trophy.

Next year, the 95th running of the ISDE will take place in Italy.


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One of the craziest moto-projects of the past few years appears ready to be real-world tested, with news that JetPack Aviation has enough funding to build a working prototype of its “flying motorcycle.”

Dubbed the Speeder, this airborne vehicle has the riding position of a motorcycle, but is equipped with a turbine propulsion system that also allows vertical take-off and landing. It can be controlled by the rider (pilot?) or can also work autonomously.

JetPack started promoting this design in the spring, looking to raise funding. It sounds like a sci-fi idea, but in the past few months, the company says it has raised $2 million, enough to build a working prototype.

Given the increasing number of crowd-funded vapourware scams, you’d think JetPack would have struggled to raise the money. However, it’s got the advantage of having built an actual FAA-approved jetpack (see it here), which shows it can follow through on projects that others may dismiss as silly.

It should come as no surprise that JetPack is aiming at military contracts for the Speeder, but it’s also working on a recreational version with impressive capability. JetPack says the Speeder’s stabilization systems mean pilots will need minimal training—but make no mistake, there will be training required. JetPack plans to sell an Ultralight Version which requires no pilot’s licence; JetPack will provide the training. This version of the craft will be limited to five gallons of fuel, and a 60 mph top speed. There will also be an Experimental Version which will require a private pilot’s licence (more details at the JetPack website). This version will travel as fast as 150 mph.

All very crazy stuff indeed! The next big question is: if the Speeder makes tire arguments irrelevant down the road, can we start arguing about rotors or turbines instead?


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Hints of new Triumph adventure bikes have been out there for a while, but the EICMA show has come and gone, with no sign of these machines. What’s up? Will the new machines be ready for 2020?

Judging from a few separate pieces on information, we’d say the answer is “Yes,” although we can’t say if you’ll be able to get the bike you want at the start of the season.

As the video above clearly shows, Triumph is indeed working at least two new machines, maybe more. The Tiger 900 Rally is almost surely a replacement for the current 800 line (which hasn’t appeared in 2020 pricing documents), most likely the offroad-oriented XCa model. The GT is probably a replacement for the street-oriented XCc model.

The video above doesn’t give us much to go on, but it does show Triumph isn’t just canning its adventure line. It also shows Triumph is feeling the pressure to keep up with ever-improving competition from the Euro competition, and it’s likely the jump in displacement also is partially caused by increasing pollution regs, which seem to result in engines growing in size to keep putting out decent power while being strangled by emissions-reducing design.

Why weren’t these bikes at EICMA? It’s likely they just weren’t ready, but it’s also true the show is losing some relevance, as social media and the Internet in general allows manufacturers to efficiently and cheaply share their message with the world.

The fact that they haven’t been fully revealed does cast some doubt on the probability the new models will be ready for early 2020 season, though. Not only is there manufacturing time to think about, but also DOT and environmental certification, and shipping times.


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If you like highly polished, powerful cruiser bikes, you will soon have a new choice.  Ariel plans to officially unveil the newest motorcycle of its ACE lineup at Motorcycle Live in Birmingham, England on November 16, 2019.

Polished Iron Horse

The Iron Horse arrives with a CNC polished aluminum frame with an exclusive polished girder front suspension and single-sided swingarm.  To keep both wheels firmly on the ground, the girder front features an Öhlins TTX damper.  It adjusts for compression, rebound, and spring preload.  At the rear, Öhlins components the same adjustments as the front.

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Ohlins suspension components reside at both ends of the Iron Horse.

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Honda power

The Iron Horse has a 1237cc 76-degree Honda sourced liquid-cooled V-4 engine.  Ariel claims that it provides 173 HP and 95 lb-ft (129Nm) of torque.  Ariel says that it goes from 0-60 MPH in three seconds and has a top speed of 170 MPH.

Nissin six-piston calipers grasping dual 320 mm discs provide the braking at the front.  At the rear, a two-piston caliper grabs a 276mm disc.  Both setups feature linked ABS.

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You can see the carbon fiber at the top of the tank.

Carbon fiber

Carbon fiber makes up the remainder of most of the parts.  Both the bodywork and fuel tank are made of the stuff.  In keeping with the carbon fiber weave theme, even the seat is hand-trimmed to ensure a matching directional weave that matches the directional weave of the tank.

Ariel hasn’t skimped on features so the bike also includes things like adjustable footrests, levers, LED lighting, LCD instrumentation and titanium heel guards and mounting bracketry.

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A single side swingarm holds the Iron Horse’s large shiny rear wheel.

A single craftsman builds each Iron Horse.  So you know that the bike is not going to be cheap.  If you’d like one, it will set you back £29,686 (about $38,250).

 

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Like comic books? Like adventure riding? The people at ADVMoto are looking to bring those worlds together, with the new Far-Rider comic book.

At this point, ADVMoto is in the planning and fundraising stage for Far-Rider, which will tell the tales of fictional adventure rider Scott Parson. The planned format is a 30-page full-color book, released in pieces over a year (in digital format). At the end of the year, you can get your hands on a printed copy of the comic; it’s planned to be printed in published form by December 2020.

To raise money for the comic book’s production, ADVMoto has turned to Kickstarter. Currently, there’s a fundraising campaign looking to raise $9,000 US for the comic’s production. The campaign closes December 2; at this point, more than half the money has been pledged.

There are several well-known names involved with the project, including ADVMoto’s publisher Carl Parker, who’s not only rebuilt the former Dual Sport News into a strong publication again, but also has a history with graphic storytelling with his 2007 film titled The Return: Riding Western China. Deniz Gulmez is on board as illustrator. Well-known travel writer Sam Manicom and ADVrider contributor Egle Gerulaityte are slated as story consultants.

Although it’s initially planned as a one-off, ADVMoto says if Far-Rider is a success, they’d like to bring publication up to four issues a year, with possibility of a second title involving a female character. There would also be tie-ins in ADVMoto’s print magazine, which runs six issues a year.

For more details of storylines, or to make a pledge, check out Far-Rider’s Kickstarter page.


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Marc Marquez rode Honda’s  RCV213V-S to another MotoGP world championship this year.  Honda’s MotoGP racebikes have strangled the competition for several years.  The Japanese manufacturer has won every MotoGP world championship but one (in 2015) since 2011.

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Honda’s all-new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP is a track-oriented street-legal superbike.

So it’s not hard to believe that some of that MotoGP power and technology would trickle down to Honda’s street bikes.  And, with the unveiling of the 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, (CBR1000RR-R) it’s clear that it has.

MotoGP technology

Honda says its newest supersport machine has features found on its MotoGP machines.  The CBR1000RR-R (jeez, that’s a lot of Rs) shares the RC213V-S’s combustion efficiency ­and low-friction technologies and also features the same bore and stroke.  To keep weight down the engine uses titanium connecting rods and forged aluminum pistons.  In addition, the aluminum frame features a longer RCV213V-S-style swingarm.

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The bike uses LED lighting for both the headlights and taillights.

The end result of the new engine is a claimed 215 HP at 14,500 RPM and 83 lb-ft of torque at 12,500 RPM.  Very racy…  Fully fueled, Honda says the CBR1000RR-R weighs in at 201 KG (442 pounds).

Electronics

Electronics include a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), 3-level Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD) and second-generation Öhlins Smart Electronic Control (S-EC) suspension and user interface as standard.

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A full color TFT display is standard.

Other trickle-down features include an optimized Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), and a Start Mode added to Power, Engine Brake, and Wheelie Control.

New Brembo Stylema brake calipers grasp 330mm discs through a 2-level ABS system providing the stopping power.

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Honda uses Ohlins suspension components on both ends of the new machine.

Aerodynamics

Honda’s MotoGP experience has taught them that aerodynamics cannot be overlooked.  The bike’s bodywork and riding position focus on aerodynamic performance.  To that end, the machine’s fairing features MotoGP-derived winglets to generate downforce.  Even with the added downforce, the bike has a class-leading drag coefficient value of just 0.270.  Very slippery indeed.

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The 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R SP uses MotoGP inspired winglets to add downforce.

While the CBR1000RR-R is track biased, it is fully street legal including LED head and taillights, a full-color TFT display and an electronic Honda Smart Key.

Pricing is to be announced.

 

 

All photo credit: Honda


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Triumph came out strong at EICMA this year, with some new exciting revisions of its successful models There was a restyle for the fast street and Speed Triple and new headlights for the adventurous Tiger; but the show was certainly stolen by the Triumph Rocket 3 R and GT.

This hybrid custom/touring motorcycle aims to take market share from the big sport cruiser market but bringing to the table a classic and more custom look.

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The result is a thrilling inline three cylinder 2500cc engine with 167hp at a low 6000 rpm; these specs are what makes this motorcycle one of the most acclaimed of the show.

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Along with the new look also comes an improvement in terms of weight, resulting in a 20 kg less weight than its predecessor.  Weight is usually a weak point for this kind of motorcycle so the British brand decided then to install the now popular “hill hold” system, to avoid accidental rollback on inclined surfaces.

Triumph didn’t leave technology aside for this one, equipping the bike with both cornering ABS and traction control. USB charging and Bluetooth connections are also available, along with a Google Navigation system and GoPro compatibility. Configurations will be manageable with a MyTriumph app that allows riders to customize some of the functionalities of the bike.

Triumph managed to deliver an exciting bike capable of attracting the attention of both young and old customers; a perfect fusion between the old style of custom bikes with the technology of modern touring bikes.


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Sometimes less is more, and that appears to be the case with BST HyperTEK electric motorcycle.  To my eye, this machine is the most evocative and minimalist electric motorcycle I have ever seen.

HyperTEK artistry

This thing could be right out of Star Wars, Blade Runner, and Mad Max.  The big difference, the HyperTEK is a production motorcycle available to the public.  And it’s electric and beautiful.

The craftsmanship lavished on this machine is nothing short of impressive.  Each piece of the machine looks to be a work of art.  There aren’t many parts that you would think were designed solely for production efficiency.

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The HyperTEK’s battery pack and motor are prominently displayed.

BST – Terblanche Partnership

The bike is the result of a partnership between BST, a UK maker of carbon fiber components (notably carbon fiber wheels), and Pierre Terblanche (of Ducati fame/infamy).  Ultimately, what the two have come up with is an electric motorcycle that looks like no other.

By now, you may be saying to yourself, “yeah, it looks nice, but how does it perform?”  Based on its claimed stats, the bike performs; -very well.    BST says the Hypertek has a “high power density radial flux motor with 80kW (107 HP) and 120 Nm (89 lb-ft) of torque”.  In actuality, the motor is a DHX Hawk water-cooled PMS unit.

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The HyperTEK presents its minimalist back end.

The bike’s claimed range is quite substantial at 300 km (186 miles).  BST also says that the motorcycle will DC quick charge in only 30 minutes.  Unfortunately, they don’t provide the state of charge (80%, 100%, or something else?) at the end of those 30 minutes.

Lots of carbon fiber

The machine’s frame is a carbon fiber monocoque, while the front forks are a carbon fiber integrated one-piece structure, including the triple clamp.  Stopping power at the front is provided by a single 330 mm aluminum ceramic infused ventilated disc.  At the rear, a combination aluminum sprocket/disc handles the duties.  BST’s carbon fiber wheels grace the front and back of the machine as well.

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The HyperTEK is not one of those slab-sided blocky electric machines.

Did you notice anything missing in the cockpit of the bike?  If you look closely, there’s no display, so how do you know how you and the HyperTEK are doing?  Well, all those displays are inside a purpose-built Cross of Japan (perhaps a Cross X1) helmet, and its Heads Up Display.

With all that carbon fiber, you might think that the HyperTEK is a feather-light machine.  But it weighs in at a hefty 205 kg (~450 pounds).  Perhaps that’s the price you have to pay for that kind of battery, billet, and range.

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This is a close-up view of the HyperTEK’s electric motor.

Pricey

Speaking of price to pay, BST has not yet released pricing.  You can anticipate that it will not be insubstantial.  But if you want to ride electric and be the only kid on your block with that kind of look, expect to free a significant number of paper notes from your bank account.


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Welcome our 4 Sale series about interesting, unique or weird bikes for sale online. Note: This is NOT an advertisement. ADVrider is NOT affiliated in any way with either the seller or marketplace. Do you know of any unique bikes for sale? Let us know by filling in this form.


Do you want a bike that’s extremely unique, and also extremely competent? Not a one-off machine like a chopper, that only gets its individuality because of poor design choices, but a bike that’s purpose-built to be good at something? And wouldn’t it be really great if it was sold at a price that most people could afford?

If that all describes you, then maybe you should get in a bid on this 2004 Yamaha WR450 2-TRAC. Act quickly: the auction ends today.

What’s so cool about this bike? Let’s start with the fact that it’s one of Yamaha’s 2-TRAC models, with two-wheel drive. These had a production range that was reckoned to be a few hundred models (nobody seems to know for sure). The 2-TRAC models were a collaboration between Ohlins (who originally developed the front-wheel drive system) and Yamaha (who fitted it to the WR450). Or at least, that seems to be the prevailing story around the Internet.

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Additions include an electronic rally nav system. Photo: eBay
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A steering damper helps you keep everything in line. Photo: eBay
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Look ma! A hydraulic front wheel drive system! Photo: eBay

The idea of a motorcycle with two-wheel drive had been around since at least the 1960s, with Rokon’s Trail-Breaker using a chain-driven front wheel for the same purpose (that bike was developed in the ’50s, with Rokon buying the design). Rokon’s bikes were only used for utilitarian off-road purposes; Ohlins wanted to build street-legal two-wheel drive bikes, and started working on designs in the 1990s (some people say Yamaha’s experiments started even earlier, in the ’80s). There were skunk works bikes of all kinds—adventure bikes, sportbikes, and dirt bikes. But, it was only the dirt bikes that saw real market appearance, and only in limited numbers in the early 2000s.

The 2-TRAC motorcycles used a hydraulically-driven front wheel, instead of the chain-driven design; the gearbox drove a chain, which ran the hydraulic pump, which in turn drove the front wheel. In this application, the front wheel only used a small percentage of the engine’s power around 10-15 per cent maximum. It was designed to only engage when the rear wheel slipped; if you were running up a sand dune, and you started to lose traction in back, then the front wheel would kick in and magically pull you forward.

In many ways, it was a brilliant idea, and should have been a lot more successful. Just about every review of the 2-TRAC bike said it was a game-changer in low-traction situations. Even though it was a lot of extra complication, in certain applications it would provide a huge advantage—think desert racing. Of course, the ASO would have banned the technology eventually, ‘cuz that’s how they roll, but it would have been fun to watch the technology develop.

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At first glance, it’s obviously much-modified from the standard 2-TRAC model. Photo: eBay

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Is it a real ex-Dakar bike? Well, someone went to a lot of work to put those extra fuel tanks on it … Photo: eBay

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That seat is an add-on as well. Photo: eBay

Other than the unique two-wheel drive system, the bike was still a decent off-roader, basically a WR450 with good suspension (Ohlins forks and shock). It had Yamaha’s liquid-cooled 449 cc single-cylinder engine, with a five-valve head (titanium valves, too!). It was designed to be a race-competitive bike, and by the looks of this machine for sale in Blaine, Washington, it was improved even more towards that end.

All these improvements ramp the coolness up to another level. The seller claims this bike was built to race in the 2005 Dakar Rally. Is that the truth? Hard to say, but you could probably figure it out if you had a bit more information, and if you knew someone on the inside. Either way, look at the extra stuff bolted on here: four long-range fuel tanks, Excel rear hub, dual desert-style headlights, custom seat and airbox, electronic map chart and trip meter, rally-style bodywork, and plenty of other details if you look closely. The WR450 2-TRAC was a special bike, but this has been developed to the next level, it seems.

The seller says there is no paperwork with the bike due to its competition-only status, but that a registered WR450 comes with the machine. As per the ad, “The serial # on this bike is 000011111 I contacted Yamaha I wanted to make it street legal and they were very nice and helpful, but told me this # does not exist. So I bought a YZ450F Frame (included) here on ebay that had 400 miles on it and all the legal stuff to transfer it over. I haven’t done it yet because I hated the thought of tearing such a possibly important & Historical & maybe even significant bike.” So, if you wanted to get your hands dirty and start messing about with this machine, you could theoretically put a street plate on it, depending on your state DMV’s leniency.

And the price: At the time of writing, there no bids, with bidding starting at $6,500 US and a Buy It Now price of $8,000 US. That sounds like a lot of money for an old dirt bike, but if you could be reasonably sure this was an ex-Dakar machine that was in good running order, well—it’s not like there are many of these on the market. Christini’s two-wheel-drive machines are still in production, but they’re going to cost you more money, and they also don’t have the cool factor of this bike. You could spend your money worse ways! For more information, check out the eBay listing.

 


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It only in September this year that KTM bought a controlling interest in Spanish moto manufacturer GasGas.  The acquisition left some people scratching their heads as to why KTM would want the “struggling” brand.

GasGas goes racing in a big way

Now, it seems that one of the reasons for KTM’s joint venture/purchase deal is to bring GasGas back to racing in a big way.   GasGas announced yesterday that it is radically expanding its FIM World Championship competition participation in 2020.  The Spanish manufacturer best known for its trial bikes will now take part in MXGP and expand its presence in Rally, Enduro, and Extreme Enduro.

Sanz, Blazusiak, Coldenhoff, and Monticelli will ride GasGas bikes

GasGas has partnered with Standing Construct, who will field the GasGas team in MXGP as Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing.   This team marks GasGas’s first foray into MXGP. Riders Glenn Coldenhoff and Ivo Monticelli will be at the bars of GasGas’s MXGP machinery.

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Standing Construct GasGas rider Glenn Coldenhoff on the podium. Photo credit: Instagram

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Standing Construct GasGas rider Ivo Monticelli always smiling. Photo credit: Instagram

GasGas’s rally program will also be expanded.  GasGas has hired Laia Sanz to be at the helm of GasGas’s Dakar effort.  Sanz is a serial FIM Woman’s Trial World Champion as well as an enduro and rally record-breaker.   She is the highest ever woman finisher and finished 9th overall in 2015.

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Laia Sanz at the finish of the Dakar. Photo credit: LaiaSanz.com

GasGas’s upgraded Enduro effort sees Taddy Blazusiak competing in the full 2020 World Enduro Super Series (WESS).  Blazusiak is a perennial winner in X-Games Moto X Enduro, FIM Indoor Enduro World Cup, and AMA EnduroCross.

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Taddy after an X-Games win. Photo credit: Red Bull

Riders comments

Sanz is excited to be with GasGas and part of their future.

“When the announcement was made about GasGas’ future, things happened very fast and so we had the challenge to prepare very quickly for Dakar 2020. We are in a positive way; the bike looks great and we are in full preparation for the race in January. The other interesting thing with GasGas is the opportunities it might present me for the future – GasGas is known as a trials bike brand and this is also close to my heart and roots. The page turns for the brand from now, and my goal is to do the best job possible whilst bringing my passion and expertise to the company as we start on a new journey together.”

Blazusiak also chimed in about being a part of the GasGas brand.

I’m stoked to be part of this new adventure. I’d been with KTM forever and they are well known for their work and their competitiveness, so this is a fresh direction for me and it’s a privilege to be the first rider of the new GasGas era. I cannot wait to start working and racing with the new GasGas factory team.”

So it seems that KTM’s “Ready to Race” philosophy has trickled down to GasGas.  It will be interesting to see what the future holds for a manufacturer best known for its trial in a mix of FIM disciplines.


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Seeing an Aston Martin car at a motorcycle event is odd; but this Aston Martin superbike, made in partnership with the English manufacturer Brough Superior, is definitely something special.

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This is the Aston Martin AMB001 is extreme in many ways. Its cacophonic name, seems out of a science lab, and its price seems out of a mental institution. You need €108,000 to bring one of the only 100 models home.

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The look of this sinuous monster is deceiving; this motorcycle is equipped with a 180hp Turbocharged V-Twin engine, capable of who knows what speed.

Like a luxury car, the seat and handgrips are made of hand-stitched leather, the rims and chassis are apparently made of a special alloy. The body parts are mostly carbon fiber and titanium. The dry weight is only 180kg which, together with the engine, allows the bike to deliver an insane power to weight ratio.
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Looking and sounding more like a motorcycle suitable for James Bond, this machine will be produced in France, near Toulouse, at the Brough Superior facilities. It is definitely a very fast toy for the rich and famous.


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The British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF) is reporting that a study to ban motorcycles in Brussels has angered many motorists and motorcyclists.   The study is studying the effect of motorcycle emissions.

Brussels Environment is the official agency that is responsible for managing environmental and energy-related matters in Brussels.  The agency recently announced that it will study powered two-wheeler emissions through 2020.  Thereafter, it will issue a decision on whether to ban scooters and motorcycles in the city’s low emission zones.

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Belgian motorcyclists are angry about a possible ban in Brussels. Photo credit: lesoir.be

Many of Belgium’s motoring groups have expressed their displeasure with the study.  The Belgian Federation of Automobile and Cycle Industries (FEBIAC) called the ban “pure provocation”.

Phillipe Dehennin, Chairman of the FEBIAC says:

This kind of reasoning is simplistic because it targets a minority of the road users and because it has been proven that daily traffic jams could be reduced with [sic] 40% if only 10% of drivers would choose a motorcycle instead of a car. We invite the Region to look at mobility in a different way instead of announcing a ban.”

French newspaper La Dernière Heure added that motorcycles were responsible for just 6% of carbon dioxide emissions and 0.2% of nitrogen emissions.

At this point, Brussels will only study motorcycle emissions.  But depending on its conclusions, motorcyclists may be prohibited from entering Brussels’ low emission zones in the not too distant future.

 

Feature image credit: Low Emission Zone Brussels


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Chinese manufacturer CFMoto has introduced a new line of motorcycles, based around a 700-class parallel twin engine. For now, the 700CL-X line includes a neo-retro, a naked bike, and an adventure-styled bike.

CFMoto is better-known for quads than for motorcycles in North America; its attempts to enter the two-wheeled market in the US and in Canada have been mostly unsuccessful, despite some interesting, well-priced product. Previous CFMoto models included a series of motorcycles with parallel twin engines that appeared to be based very closely on Kawasaki’s utilitarian 650 twin.

The new 700CL-X series is supposed to be designed off KTM’s 790 motor, as used in the 790 Adventure line. CFMoto’s version is a smaller parallel twin, but is said to use similar internals to the KTM engine, which makes sense: CFMoto and KTM have been working together on R&D and manufacturing for years. KTM’s already built 125, 200 and 390 models in CFMoto’s manufacturing facilities for years.

Performance on the 700CL-X line is obviously toned down from the 790’s numbers. CFMoto says the engine makes 74 horsepower, and 49 lb-ft of torque—certainly adequate for real-world use on public roads. Although they’re going to be less technologically-advanced than Euro bikes, the CFMoto machines get a Bluetooth-integrated display and cruise control as standard.

Breaking the line down, there are three separate models at this point: The CL-X Adventure, the CL-X Sport and the CL-X Heritage. The Adventure gets spoked wheels, at least, but the main difference between the models appears to be bodywork, handlebar positioning, and general aesthetics. Much of the spec sheet remains unknown, otherwise—not that it matters in North America, where we likely won’t get to see them in showrooms anyway.


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For years, TKC70 has been one of the best big adventure moto tyre on the market; some people though, pushed by the great looks and their off road capabilities, were more oriented on the TKC80.

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Continental TKC70

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Continental TKC80

So, what did Continental do? The most logical thing, probably. Blended the two together and renamed it with the coolest name ever: TKC 70 Rocks. Obviously the new tyre is still considered a 70/30, but with its new and improved rear thread, surely most people won’t struggle anymore to say that this is their new favorite.

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The front tyre hasn’t changed much but the rear has a new design and compound, that certainly provides a “grippier” experience on rough terrains, at the expenses of the incredible smoothness that the old TKC70 was able to deliver. It seems that Continental wanted to reach, with this new tyre, a broader market range. The TKC models now cover the whole spectrum of terrains that the big adventure bikes may encounter.
It would be interesting now to test the durability of this new Conti tyre, since clearly the TKC80 wasn’t meant for long travels and the TKC70 was good, in this realm, but not the best. I am looking forward to try one of these myself soon!


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Suzuki unveiled its new V-strom at this year’s EICMA. Just by looking at It, you can tell that the designers at Suzuki had a clear idea in mind: make the old-school Dakar fans happy. They wen as far as displaying the old Dakar DR-Z at their EICMA booth and the resemblance is pretty spot on. Like Ducati did with its Desert X, Suzuki wanted to pay an homage to its history.

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With a dry weight of 216 kg and 107 hp delivered at 8500 rpm , this new does not have a “dakar”-style engine. They certainly want to keep their old customers happy, maintaining the same vibe of a comfortable motorcycle with decent engine, designed for long and short distance trips.

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I personally believe that the old V-Strom was a great bike, with modern feel. I was very excited to see what kind of modern and cutting edge design Suzuki would come up with, to captivate the interest of its own customers and steal some thunder from its competitors.

The LCD Screen is small and monochromatic, a poor choice for its category, but everything seems well balanced overall in terms of controls. Riding position is optimal and very comfortable; seat stance is in the high range, being 85cm from the ground.

Suzuki introduced the Ride-by-wire system to this Storm and the new ESS (Easy Start System), starts the engine with one single press of the button, no need to hold it down, is a nice touch.

Radiator is 15% bigger, to accommodate the bigger engine cooling needs, and there is also some additional sensors, one that regulates airflow called PAIR (Pulse Secondary Air Injection) and another one that regulates the idle ISC (Idle Speed Control) and automatically manages the perfect idle engine speed, for a smoother riding experience The fuel tank is 20 liters, allowing the new Suzuki to reach the 300+ km range.

The 1050 series will come in 3 versions, the 1050, the 1050 XT and the 1050 XT Adventure, which will differ mostly by only few optionals, like crash bars, heated grips and luggage system.


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This year KTM comes at EICMA bringing something exciting as usual although not revolutionary.  The new 390 Adventure brings the Austrian brand to this segment of light adventure bikes, much in the same way BMW did with its 310cc, a couple of years ago.

This new model allows shorter and less experienced riders to embrace the “ready to race” movement. The new 390 Adventure comes with a very comfy seat, standing only at 85cm from the ground and weighing a mere 158 kg, with no fuel.

The fuel tank is 14.5 liters, which I would guess will provide roughly a 300+ km range. The engine reaches a reasonable 44hp at 9000rpm. The performance of this machine is more proportionate than the usual “wild beast” feeling that the orange brand usually delivers.

An interesting new short and low aluminum muffler, along with the absence of spoked rims, gives this bike a more street look than some of the bigger adventure sisters.

This is a model that KTM, I believe, designed for “learners” who want to use the motorcycle to commute, have fun on and off-road, but that do not intend to push to its limits (even though they probably can). In a sense, this machine sits in the same category of the Duke 390.

 


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If there was ever a perfect name for a certain kind of motorcycles, well, this is probably it. The Italian brand MV Agusta released a new “monster” of its own: a 1000cc naked bike able to blow minds.

The base engine is the same 4 cylinders inline engine of the Brutale 1000RR, but it has been tweaked to deliver an outstanding 212 hp at 13600rpm, with an SC-Project exhaust kit installed. The torque of this machine is something out of racing bikes, reaching an incredible 116.5 Nm force, partly because of its Formula 1 inspired combustion chamber.

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To say that this motorcycle will give you an adrenaline rush is an understatement then, considering the specs just listed.

It is purely a machine that makes sense only if you use it on a track, but nowadays we have seen more and more of these wild beasts tamed by all sorts of technology on regular roads.

Boosted by radial valves and titanium connecting rods, the motorcycle is designed to give you drag racing sensations; the rear wheel is completely covered, a design commonly used on dragster bikes.

There are some details though that transcend the pure racing spirit of this machine, such as the cornering lights, embedded in the fully LED powered headlight. There are also 4 riding modes, Sport, Race, Rain and Comfort, suggesting again the possibility to use this motorcycle on your daily commute to work (maybe).

Rush comes with 8 levels of traction control along with an inertia control system, in case you really want to perfect your wheeling and drifting technique.

These features can be tweaked by owners using a smartphone app called MV Ride, which allows riders to customize the bike to their experience level and the type of riding they are doing.


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Morini stepped into the adventure riding game with its new model the X-Cape; It certainly wanted to “play dirty” against its competitors, showcasing one of the dirtiest motorcycles at the show. Literally there’s mud and dirt everywhere on this poor bike.

This mid-size engine powered machine seems to have all the characteristics that people approaching the adventure segment, would want on a bike. It has a decent size LCD color display, simple controls, nice modern lines, light in weight, a low seat position (83 cm from the ground) and adjustable pre-load on the rear suspension.

This is a 649cc parallel Chinese built engine (not officially declared yet by Morini) capable to excite even the more experienced riders apparently, for its maneuverability.

Equipped with bluetooth connectivity and a “BMWesque” look, this motorcycle stands dangerously next to its competitors, the Suzuki Vstrom 650 and the Kawasaki Versys 650. In the front, there is a short inverted 50mm fork, two nice looking floating braking rotors, with double pistons system (but no floating disk at the back).
We also have a 19″ Spoked rim in front and 17″ at the back, typical of the more street-oriented adventure bikes.

The captivating look, of this new Morini motorcycle, left many people at EICMA surprised and definitely stole the show, especially to the neighboring Sukuzi stand, where instead the new V-strom left the new look for the old.

We now have to wait now for the first release of this new exciting model from the historic Italian brand.


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As promised, during the 2019 World Ducati Premier, Ducati rolled out its Desert X concept machine at EICMA.  And it is a sexy beast.  Looking more like Husqvarna’s Norden 901 concept bike than KTM’s 790, the Desert X screams retro rally with modern appointments.

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The Desert X pays homage to Cagiva’s Elefant rally machine. Photo credit: Cagivaelefant

Specifically, the Desert X harkens back to Cagiva’s Elefant piloted by Edi Auriol during the Dakar Rally.  There’s more than a subtle resemblance.

Ducati has said little about the specifications of the concept bike.  But they have said that it is powered by Ducati’s 1079 cc, 2-valve air-cooled, L-twin engine.  It’s the same engine that powers its current 1,100 Scrambler.

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The Ducati Desert X is an impressive concept machine.

As a Dakar style bike, the Desert X carries lots of fuel and uses numerous tanks to hold it.  The front tank looks similar to the tanks on the KTM 950/990.  It appears to feature split tanks with a gas cap on either side.  The rear end of the bike gets the same treatment with tanks on both the left and right sides of the machine.

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The front end of the concept bike features two round angel eye headlights that mix retro with contemporary styling.

Two round “angel eye” looking headlights grace the front of the machine giving it both a retro and modern look at the same time.  Those headlights are part of the rally-style tower that could provide decent wind and weather protection.

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A rally like tower holds a TFT display.

Ducati uses off-road-oriented spoked wheels with a 21-inch front, and 18-inch rear.  With that wheelset, there are plenty of knobby tire options.

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The Desert X has two tanks at the rear of the bike. A small but hefty rear rack could be helpful.

Other features found on the bike include a toolkit packed into the trellis frame, handguards, and a TFT dash that looks like a rally tower holding a roadbook.

Whether Ducati will bring the bike to production isn’t known.  But with the segment apparently heating up, and Husqvarna already showing off a “rally clone” looking bike, could the pressure could be on Ducati to bring a bike like the Desert X to market?

 

All photo credit: Asphalt & Rubber unless otherwise indicated.


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Husqvarna’s big news at EICMA was the Norden 901 concept bike, but it had some other interesting news for adventure riders, including updates to the 701 Enduro and the new 701 Enduro LR.

The 701 Enduro LR is probably the most exciting bit of news for Husqvarna fans who wanted just a little more from their 701—specifically, just a little more range. While some riders are buying the 701 Enduro to do “enduro” things, others are buying it because it’s the most powerful thumper on the market, and they want an up-to-date replacement for their old big-bore dual sport, to convert it into a full-blown adventure bike.

Trouble is, the 701 doesn’t have the fuel capacity of the gold standard of 650 duallies, the KLR. And, because the fuel tank is hidden in the rear subframe, you can’t easily put a larger tank on the 701, like you could with the DR650 and XR650L and other similar models. There is an auxiliary tank system available from IMS, but this involves modifying your stock bike, something some owners won’t want to do. And there’s always the option of bringing along extra gas in a Rotopax-style container, but that’s a clumsy solution.

Husqvarna has gotten around to tackling the problem by creating the 701 Enduro LR. Along with the standard 13-liter fuel tank, the LR stores another 12 liters of fuel in a forward-mounted auxiliary tank, same as the IMS setup (it could very well be an IMS system installed, by the look of it), and similar to the placement of the gas tank on a conventional motorcycle. You must switch between the two tanks manually, but it’s still an easier system than pulling over and emptying jerry cans into your tank.

Husqvarna says the LR can go as far as 500 km on its dual-tank setup. It’s otherwise basically the same as the standard 701 model, which got some choice upgrades for 2020. The 701 Enduro, and the closely-related 701 Supermoto, get cornering ABS, lean-sensitive traction control and separate ride modes for next year. The Enduro and Supermoto models also get separate graphics packages for the first time.


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Web outlet Overdrive says they are hearing KTM will soon release a 250 Adventure model in India.  They go as far as to say that the 250 Adventure could be launched alongside the 390 Adventure in a bid to be a more accessible option from the KTM motorcycle family.  And, they claim that the two machines will be launched sometime in December 2019.

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Lots of details

Interestingly, their report is not short on details.  According to Overdrive, since the machine is to be a budget alternative, it will miss out on some of the bells and whistles that the 390 Adventure has.

The 250 Adventure will get a halogen headlight in lieu of the 390 Adventure’s all LED unit.  The 250 Adventure will come equipped with an upside-down non-adjustable front fork and a preload and rebound adjustable rear shock.  The smaller Adventure model will not have the 390 Adventure’s ride by wire control but will get switchable dual-channel ABS.

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Styling is supposed to be nearly identical to the 390 Adventure.  If you look through KTM’s entire product line the similarities between models are substantial.  The 250 Adventure’s 855 mm (33.6 inches) seat height is supposed to be the same as that found on the 390 Adventure.  Fuel capacity is supposed to be the same as well, coming in at 14.5 liters (about 3.8 gallons).  Overdrive even claims a price of between 2 lakh and 2.1 lakh which is about $3,000.

KTM hasn’t said anything about this bike so it’s possible that the KTM 250 Adventure is vaporware.  But with so many specifics, could it be true?

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Other reports

It’s worth noting that other outlets are saying that the KTM 250 is a done deal as well.  Carandbike has even gone so far as to say:

“However, KTM has also silently unveiled the 250 Adventure and while it wasn’t showcased at EICMA, it is a model that will come to India as the brand’s entry-level ADV offering. In fact, the KTM 250 Adventure was spotted on test a number of times and will be made in India as well, much like the 390 Adventure. Unlike the latter, the 250 ADV will be more bare-bones in terms of equipment and that should make for attractive pricing on the upcoming motorcycle.”

So do you think that KTM will roll out an even smaller KTM Adventure sibling?  Tell us what you think in the comments below.

 

All photo credit: carandbike

 


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On the heels of a class-action lawsuit against BMW Motorrad for faulty gear indicators, American motorcycle manufacturer Indian Motorcycle has recalled various models of its motorcycles for a similar issue.  Twenty four models of Indian vehicles covering several years and totaling 52,745 bikes have been recalled.  The problem cited is an issue with the machines’ gear indicator.

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The Indian Chief is one of the motorcycles affected by this recall.

Indian says that a gear indicator switch connected to the gear selector could possibly oxidize and incorrectly report the gear selected. Notably, the gear indicator could indicate neutral when the bike is actually in gear.

The concern arises if the gear indicator shows neutral, and the machine is in another gear, specifically first gear.  If the clutch is released under this condition, the motorcycle could unexpectedly move forward.  The problem could cause damage to the bike or potentially result in a crash if the motorcycle lurches forward into another vehicle.

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The Indian Chieftain is also part of Indian’s recall.

Lots of models and years

The complete list of recalled Indian motorcycles is below:

MAKE MODEL YEAR
INDIAN CHIEF 2014-2019
INDIAN CHIEFTAIN 2014-2019
INDIAN ROADMASTER 2014-2019
INDIAN SPRINGFIELD 2014-2019

Dealers are being notified now.  But unfortunately, replacement parts will not be available until early 2020.  In the interim, owners can bring their bikes to a dealer, and they will clean the switch to ensure proper operation.

Once parts are available, owners should bring the affected machines to an Indian dealer who will replace the switch free of charge.

Indian will start notifying owners of the problem on November 19, 2019.  Dealer notifications have already begun.

Any way you cut it, a lot of motorcycles are affected.  You have to give Indian credit of voluntarily implementing the recall and reducing any risks to riders and themselves.

 

 

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Husqvarna had more than the Norden 901 as a surprise at EICMA.  Husky also rolled out the revised Husqvarna 701 LR.  That LR moniker stands for long-range.  And with 25 liters of fuel capacity, the LR has the claimed capability to cover more than 300 miles between fillups.

The 25 liters of fuel capacity is reached through the use of the bike’s standard 13-liter fuel tank in the rear tank/subframe and a new 12-liter tank in the traditional fuel tank location.  Two separate fuel pumps are used to pump the fuel to the bike’s engine.  To get maximum range, the rider selects between either fuel tank using a switch located on the handlebars.

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The Husky 701 LR has a 25-liter fuel capacity and a claimed range of over 300 miles.

The LR’s longer-range comes at the expense of weight.  It weighs in at 155 KG dry which is about 10 KG more than the standard 701.  But for many, that extra range is worth the weight difference.

But the longer-range is not the only change for the 701 LR. Both the 701 LR and get new switchable ride modes, Bosch cornering ABS, lean-angle sensitive traction control, and a new shifting feature that shortens gear changes and supposedly increases rear-wheel traction.  The bike also gets narrower bodywork which should help improve ergonomics.

The engine is unchanged but still provides plenty of grunt.  The 692cc engine provides a claimed 74 horsepower via its throttle by wire system.

Released specs:

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DISPLACEMENT 692.7 cc
POWER 55 kW (73.8 hp)
DESIGN 1-cylinder, 4 stroke engine
BORE 105 mm
STROKE 80 mm
STARTER Electric
TRANSMISSION 6-speed
COOLING liquid cooled
CLUTCH APTC (TM) slipper clutch
REAR SUSPENSION WP shock absorber Pro-Lever linkage
SUSPENSION TRAVEL (FRONT) 250 mm
SUSPENSION TRAVEL (REAR) 250 mm
FRONT BRAKE Brembo twin-piston floating caliper, brake disc
REAR BRAKE Brembo single-piston floating caliper, brake disc
FRONT BRAKE DISC DIAMETER 300 mm
REAR BRAKE DISC DIAMETER 240 mm
ABS Bosch 9ME combined ABS
CHAIN X-Ring 5/8 x 1/4″
WHEEL FRONT/REAR 21″/18″
GROUND CLEARANCE 270 mm
SEAT HEIGHT 925 mm (36.4 in)
TANK CAPACITY (APPROX.) 25 L (6.6 gallons)
WEIGHT WITHOUT FUEL 155 kg (341.7 lbs)

 

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My, my, my…  Not too long ago we let you know about Aston Martin’s planned motorcycle reveal at EICMA.  The bike was created and built in a partnership with Brough-Superior.  All we had at the time was a picture of Brough’s current machine…

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A picture of a current Brough Superior Anniversary machine hinted at what Aston Martin and Brough might do.  Photo credit: Brough Superior

and a very simple silhouette outline of what the Aston Martin Brough Superior would look like.

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The only clue we had about Aston Martin’s AMB 001 prior to its EICMA reveal.

The end result of the EICMA reveal is an impressively designed bike, and something almost completely different.  To put it succinctly, the bike is swoopy, powerful, exotic, and expensive.   I like three out of those four terms.  Such is life with Aston Martin.

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The new bike is named the AMB 001 and there’s not much like it out there.  Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but this thing just sizzles for me.  It doesn’t look very practical but at the €108,000 ($119,000+) asking price, it’s probably more of a showpiece than a “get on it and ride it” bike.  If you’ve got and can spend that much money, you’re probably not planning on using it as a daily ride.  Production is limited to only 100 machines so that probably also adds to the price tag.

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The Aston Martin AMB 001 can swoop in and take you and your wallet away.

Aston Martin says they have created a unique, modern, lightweight and powerful sports bike boasting exclusive technical features, including a chassis configuration with a double-wishbone front fork and structural carbon fiber body.  It is a beautiful machine, but that’s only part of the formula.  The AMB 001 is not short on power.

Powertrain

The AMB 001 sports a dual overhead cam 997cc, 8-Valve, 88-degree V-twin.  It’s water and oil-cooled with a short stroke.  A semi-dry crankcase lubrication system improves efficiency by reducing mechanical losses.

If that’s not enough power, the AMB 001 adds “Turbo Supercharging” and Aston says its an exclusive feature on a serial production motorcycle.  A variable geometry turbo boosts pressure through an intercooler for more efficiency.  Aston says its low inertia turbine avoids turbo lag that was an issue with motorcycles of the 1980s.  Because of this setup, Aston claims fast throttle response and high torque in a wide range of RPM.

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According to Aston, the AMB 001 boasts 134 kW (180 hp) and weighs in at 180 kilos dry.  Those are some pretty potent numbers.  Not unbeatable, but pretty potent.

Changing gears is accomplished with a removable 6-speed gearbox, an APTC Clutch, and a final drive chain.

Chassis

The AMB 001’s chassis is CNC machined from a solid billet.  It is bolted to the engine which is a fully load-bearing chassis component to combine lightness stiffness with a light weight.  A structural carbon fiber rear subframe and titanium interfaces complete the high-tech chassis.  Wheels are machined from aluminum forgings.

Aston says the brake system is developed by an unnamed racing brake specialist.  All components are machined from solid billet.

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Front fork

The double-wishbone Fior fork is machined from billet aluminum.  It disassociates the steering and braking functions, resulting in precise steering and stability that gives a more secure feeling.  With this setup, the motorcycle does not dive while braking and remains very stable while cornering.  The rear swingarm is CNC machined as well and includes a progressive damping system.

Body

The bike’s body parts are all carbon fiber, even when not visible on the painted parts.  Some of the body parts are structural and provide strength with a weight reduction.

The leather seat is handcrafted equally the same as Aston’s luxury car interior.  High-quality leather and stitching match the handcrafted handlebars grips.  Derived from the AMR supercars, the Aston Martin Wings logos are made from thin laser-cut sheet metal and included in the paint’s lacquer layers.

 

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Suave

The AMB 001 comes in the traditional Aston Martin Racing colors of Stirling Green and Lime Essence.  The wheels, forks and brake assemblies are Matte Black.   Aston claims that:

“…the AMB 001 features a sublime combination of paint and bare carbon fiber that accentuates the lines of this collectors’ item.  As befits the Aston Martin and Brough Superior brands, all of the components have been specially designed using the best processes and materials, including carbon fibre, titanium and billet aluminium.”

The bike boasts a strong, sculptural body form, beautifully accented by a carbon fibre fin – the design of which is derived from the side strake on Aston Martin cars – that runs along the full length of the Stirling Green tank, passing under the saddle and out onto the rear, creating a flowing form along the top of the bike.  As the fin passes under the saddle it can be seen through breaks in the Oxford Tan leather pads of the hand-stitched saddle, which combines old techniques and modern technology in one swooping area that is a perfect fit for the human form.

AMB 001 has been designed to display a level of elegance that isn’t normally found on racing bikes. Beauty and power is the order of the day for this track-only racer. Aerodynamic wings attached to the cowl on the front of the bike take their direction from the S-Curve on the front of an Aston Martin, providing Aerodynamic downforce.

Well, that’s a mouthful, but it is in keeping with descriptions befitting an Aston Martin and the people who can afford to buy them.

Would you own one?

Some may find that the  Aston Martin AMB 001 is an over-complicated and overpriced machine that can be bested by other machines currently in production for a lot less money.   While that may be true, it’s that point that may attract wealthy buyers.  Because if you hop on an AMB 001 and ride it down the street, chances are you’ll be the only one in a large area to own one.

Would I buy an AMB 001?  No, I wouldn’t.  I don’t have the money or inclination.  What I do have, however, is an appreciation for (in my opinion) an artfully designed and rare motorcycle.

What do you think?  If you had the money readily available, would you own one?  Let us know in the comments below.

 

Photo credit: Aston Martin unless otherwise noted.

 

 

 


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The scrambler motorcycle market is pretty hot right now, and Benelli wants a piece of the action.  They rolled out two new versions of its Leoncino model at EICMA.  But this time, the machines up the ante and displace 800 ccs.

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Benelli upped the ante’ on its Leoncino model bumping engine displacement to 800 cc from 500 cc.

The Leoncino is available in both street and trail versions.  Benelli’s 754 cc parallel-twin engine powers both bikes.  Benelli says that it produces around 82 HP at 9,000 RPM and about 50 ft.-lb of torque at 6,500 RPM.

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A steel trellis frame holds the new engine.

Both bikes have a steel trellis frame with a 50 mm Marzocchi upside-down fork.  It is adjustable for rebound and preload.  At the rear, the shock is adjustable for rebound and preload as well.

Brembo brakes are used both front and rear.  Up front, monoblock radial calipers grasp a pair of 320 discs.  At the back, the Leoncino uses a single two-piston caliper mated to a 260 disc.  Dual-channel ABS is standard on both models.

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Twin Brembo radial calipers grasp dual 320 mm discs.

So we’ve talked about what’s the same, let’s talk about what’s different.  One of those differences is weight.  The street version of the Leocino weighs in at 220 KG (~485 pounds), meaning the street version weighs a little more than 4 KG (9 pounds) less than the trail version.   That means that the trail version tips the scales at 224 KG (494 pounds).  That’s quite a bit of weight.

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The street version of the Benelli Leoncino looks similar to the trail version.

By means of comparison, the Ducati Icon Dark weighs in at 189 KG (417 pounds) wet.  That makes the Ducati Icon about 68 pounds lighter than the Leoncino street version.  If we examine the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled (the closest to the Benelli Trail version), it comes in at 209 KG wet (~460 pounds).  That makes the Sled about 34 pounds lighter than the Benelli.  Those differences are not insignificant.

If the Leoncino Trail has an advantage over the Ducati Scrambler, perhaps Benelli wins in the looks department?  But that undersling exhaust and oil filter may need to be addressed further; at least for the trail version.  That’s a subjective call, so what do you think?

Availability and pricing have not yet been announced.  But since Benelli does not intend to bring the Leoncino to the US (at least as far as we know), the question of how the bikes stack up price-wise is moot.

 


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