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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Vezi sursa
  2. 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. Vezi sursa
  3. 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. Image for reference only. 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. Image for reference only. 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? Image for reference only. 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 Vezi sursa
  4. 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. 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. 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. All photo/image credit: Indian Motorcycle Vezi sursa
  5. 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. 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: Husqvarna 701 LR 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) All photo credit: Husqvarna Vezi sursa
  6. 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. 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: Husqvarna 701 LR 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) All photo credit: Husqvarna Vezi sursa
  7. 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… 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. 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 adjectives. Such is life with Aston Martin. Aston Martin AMB 001 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Vezi sursa
  8. 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… 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. 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. Aston Martin AMB 001 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Vezi sursa
  9. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Vezi sursa
  10. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Vezi sursa
  11. Harley-Davidson didn’t just roll out its Pan America adventure bike at EICMA. It had another new machine ready to show off. This time its a streetfighter called the Bronx. Harley’s website has this to say about the Bronx. “Introducing the Harley-Davidson® Bronx™. Unapologetic attitude with the performance necessary to back it up. Torque, handling, and technology in a modern package. Middleweight has a new meaning.” Well OK then. So other than that, what has Harley revealed about the Bronx? Harley-Davidson’s streetfighter, the Bronx should be available in late 2020. Harley’s new streetfighter uses Harley’s new Revolution® Max engine similar to the one found in the Pan America. However, the Bronx’s powerplant is a smaller 975 cc (60 ci) version. That means that the engine is a liquid-cooled, 60 degree V-twin. Harley-Davidson’s Revolution Max engine comes in two displacements. A 1250 cc version and a 975 cc version. The Bronx features the 975 cc version. Having an engine with a V-angle of 60 degrees is a departure from most Harley machines. But the MoCo says that using the 60-degree angle provides space for dual downdraft throttle bodies that maximize airflow and increase performance. Harley says that the Revolution Max 975 engine is good for more than 115 horsepower and more than 70 ft. lbs. peak torque. Not much more is known about the Bronx, so if you are interested in Harley’s new streetfighter, you’re going to have to wait. But as more info becomes available, we’ll make sure that you know about it. Until then, here’s a brief Harley video of the Bronx in action. [embedded content] You can expect to see the Bronx available in dealers in late 2020. All photo/video credit: Harley-Davidson Vezi sursa
  12. Harley-Davidson didn’t just roll out its Pan America adventure bike at EICMA. It had another new machine ready to show off. This time its a streetfighter called the Bronx. Harley’s website has this to say about the Bronx. “Introducing the Harley-Davidson® Bronx™. Unapologetic attitude with the performance necessary to back it up. Torque, handling, and technology in a modern package. Middleweight has a new meaning.” Well OK then. So other than that, what has Harley revealed about the Bronx? Harley-Davidson’s streetfighter, the Bronx should be available in late 2020. Harley’s new streetfighter uses Harley’s new Revolution® Max engine similar to the one found in the Pan America. However, the Bronx’s powerplant is a smaller 975 cc (60 ci) version. That means that the engine is a liquid-cooled, 60 degree V-twin. Harley-Davidson’s Revolution Max engine comes in two displacements. A 1250 cc version and a 975 cc version. The Bronx features the 975 cc version. Having an engine with a V-angle of 60 degrees is a departure from most Harley machines. But the MoCo says that using the 60-degree angle provides space for dual downdraft throttle bodies that maximize airflow and increase performance. Harley says that the Revolution Max 975 engine is good for more than 115 horsepower and more than 70 ft. lbs. peak torque. Not much more is known about the Bronx, so if you are interested in Harley’s new streetfighter, you’re going to have to wait. But as more info becomes available, we’ll make sure that you know about it. Until then, here’s a brief Harley video of the Bronx in action. [embedded content] You can expect to see the Bronx available in dealers in late 2020. All photo/video credit: Harley-Davidson Vezi sursa
  13. Harley-Davidson used EICMA to show off their first attempt at building an adventure machine; the Pan America. It’s a part of their “More Roads To Harley-Davidson” initiative. The new bike is the MoCo’s move to attract riders from other segments of the motorcycle market. The Pan America has been seen in various stages of production readiness, but this time, it’s we get a few looks at the advanced prototype machine. Pan America Revolution Max engine The Pan America uses Harley’s new Revolution Max engine. The engine in the Pan America is a 1,250 cc (~76 ci) 60 degree V-twin. Not a lot of specifics have been released about the engine, but Harley says the powerplant is good for 145 HP and about 90 lb-ft of torque. Those power figures are comparable to BMW’s R 1250 GS with 136 HP and 105 lb-ft of torque. But until we know more about the Pan America, it’s difficult to draw real any conclusions about this machine. Harley’s Pan America as shown at EICMA. Photo credit: EICMA Pictures/videos from EICMA shows the machine outfitted with Adventure accessories such as a bash plate, bark busters, metal panniers, and spoked wheels. Wheel spokes are laced into the side of rim so perhaps Harley has decided to go tubeless. Collaborations One outlet quotes Harley as saying that they have: “tapped into the expertise of world class component manufacturers to deliver bespoke solutions for braking and tyre performance.” That outlet also says that the brakes have been developed in collaboration with Brembo. The collaboration has reportedly created a new radial four-piston caliper that “complements the personality of the bike.” Umm, OK. In addition, Harley has also reportedly worked with Michelin to develop co-branded tires. Walk around view Multiple outlets report that the bike will likely have a full-color TFT screen with smartphone connectivity, a height-adjustable windshield, adjustable riding modes, and a complete electronics suite. The video below appears to confirm most of this; at least on this prototype. The video also shows the bike’s right side handgrip cluster with music/media control buttons. [embedded content] Looking at the released prototype pictures, the bike does not look like a lightweight machine. It’s big, chunky and unlike anything else out there, so it appears that Harley is setting its own course. You have to give them credit for that. To let you see the bike in action, we’ve provided Harley-Davidson’s latest video on the machine. [embedded content] Rumors have the bike available in late 2020 as a 2021 model. Interesting times these. Vezi sursa
  14. Harley-Davidson used EICMA to show off their first attempt at building an adventure machine; the Pan America. It’s a part of their “More Roads To Harley-Davidson” initiative. The new bike is the MoCo’s move to attract riders from other segments of the motorcycle market. The Pan America has been seen in various stages of production readiness, but this time, it’s we get a few looks at the advanced prototype machine. Pan America Revolution Max engine The Pan America uses Harley’s new Revolution Max engine. The engine in the Pan America is a 1,250 cc (~76 ci) 60 degree V-twin. Not a lot of specifics have been released about the engine, but Harley says the powerplant is good for 145 HP and about 90 lb-ft of torque. Those power figures are comparable to BMW’s R 1250 GS with 136 HP and 105 lb-ft of torque. But until we know more about the Pan America, it’s difficult to draw real any conclusions about this machine. Harley’s Pan America as shown at EICMA. Photo credit: EICMA Pictures/videos from EICMA shows the machine outfitted with Adventure accessories such as a bash plate, bark busters, metal panniers, and spoked wheels. Wheel spokes are laced into the side of rim so perhaps Harley has decided to go tubeless. Collaborations One outlet quotes Harley as saying that they have: “tapped into the expertise of world class component manufacturers to deliver bespoke solutions for braking and tyre performance.” That outlet also says that the brakes have been developed in collaboration with Brembo. The collaboration has reportedly created a new radial four-piston caliper that “complements the personality of the bike.” Umm, OK. In addition, Harley has also reportedly worked with Michelin to develop co-branded tires. Walk around view Multiple outlets report that the bike will likely have a full-color TFT screen with smartphone connectivity, a height-adjustable windshield, adjustable riding modes, and a complete electronics suite. The video below appears to confirm most of this; at least on this prototype. The video also shows the bike’s right side handgrip cluster with music/media control buttons. [embedded content] Looking at the released prototype pictures, the bike does not look like a lightweight machine. It’s big, chunky and unlike anything else out there, so it appears that Harley is setting its own course. You have to give them credit for that. To let you see the bike in action, we’ve provided Harley-Davidson’s latest video on the machine. [embedded content] Rumors have the bike available in late 2020 as a 2021 model. Interesting times these. Vezi sursa
  15. Touratech has announced its newest modular helmet named the Aventuro Traveller. The adventure riding gear company says that the new helmet offers “huge” airflow while remaining quiet for the rider. In addition, as a modular helmet, it offers flip-up convenience while remaining lightweight for all-day riding comfort. Aventuro ventilation Full face helmet with their fully enclosed environment can be hot and stuffy in hot weather. Touratech says that the Aventuro Traveller solves this problem with a special peak design. The peak directs cooling air into an oversized vent located near the forehead of the helmet. When open, the vent distributes air through the helmet liner to help keep a rider’s head cool. Touratech claims that the flow is so impressive that the Aventuro Traveller comes with a “low-flow” flap that can be closed to reduce airflow when riding in cooler weather. A large chin vent provides even more venting if desired. Both vents are glove-friendly and are easy to open and close while riding. A Lighter Aventuro The new Aventuro Traveller is lighter than its predecessor and many other modular helmets in the market. The Aventuro Traveller Carbon weighs a claimed half-pound lighter than the previous model. If you opt for the multi-fiber model, it is a third of a pound lighter than the model it replaces. Paul Guillien, the CEO of Touratech-USA had this to say about the new helmet: “We expect this helmet to hit the sweet spot for many travelers and adventure riders because it has the flip-up feature we love for interacting with people at the gas station or communicating with our riding buddies, but it’s lightweight and has lots of airflow like a good off-road helmet should. It’s the best of both worlds.” Sealed and quiet With a double seal on the shield and chin bar, rain and dust are held at bay and noise levels are reduced. The helmet’s large front opening accommodates goggles and glasses if you are so inclined. But if you prefer to use the helmet’s shield, it is easy to open with either hand using specially provided grip tabs on both sides. The shield has four detent positions and comes with a Pinlock® insert to prevent fogging. Sunglasses are not necessary thanks to an integrated sun visor that flips down with a glove-friendly control. Communications The Aventuro Traveller is prepped for most communication systems including SENA, Scala Rider and others. To make installation easier, the are cavities for speakers and a microphone as well as an easy path for routing wires. Finally, as with modular helmets, voice communication is as simple as opening the chin bar and lifting the helmet off. If you enjoy taking pictures, there’s no need to remove your helmet. Just flip up the chin bar and you are ready to take photos. Even better once you are done, all you need to is close the chin bar and you can be on your way. Styles and pricing The Aventuro Traveller carbon version is available in 3 graphics styles and retails for $749. The Multi-fiber version is available in two solid colors and retails for $649. If the Aventuro Traveller is for you, they are available for pre-order now with deliveries commencing in early 2020. Vezi sursa
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