Updated CB500F revealed in Milan

Updated CB500F revealed in Milan

Honda CB500F

HONDA introduces its updated CB500F in Milan.

Thanks to some teaser images released last week, we’ve had a glimpse of this new model, but this is the first time we’ve seen the whole of it.

For 2016 Honda has made the CB500F a more tempting proposition for A2 licence holders by shapening it up and making it sleeker thanks to reduced side panels and a new tail unit. The 2016 models has also gets a new, larger fuel tank, LED lighting, spring preload adjustable forks, a new lightweight exhaust and adjustable brake lever. It will be available in six different colour options – Ross White and Millennium Red (Tricolour), Lemon Ice Yellow/Graphite Black, Candy Energy Orange/Macadam Grey Metallic, Millennium Red/Macadam Grey Metallic, Pearl Metalloid White/Macadam Grey Metallic, Matte Gunpowder Black/Matte Krypton Silver Metallic.

Here’s what Honda says about it:

‘The CB500F joined Honda’s mid-sized line-up in 2013. Compact in size but punching way above its weight, it injects the adrenaline and excitement of full-sized motorcycle ownership into every ride for A2 licence-holders moving up from a 125cc; at the same time, its all-round agility, punchy performance and sensible running costs make it a great motorcycle with which to commute through the week and ride for pleasure at the weekend, whatever the rider’s experience level.

‘The 2016 CB500F is a bold evolution that elevates the machine still further, with a shot of naked streetfight style and rider-focussed upgrades that add more fun, pride of ownership and desirability.

‘While its 471cc DOHC engine – producing 35kW and returning 83mpg – and steel diamond-tube frame remain unchanged, the CB500F emerges for 2016 with new aggressively-sculpted lines front to back. The styling shows off the machine’s mechanical forms; LED headlight and taillight are high quality finishing touches 

‘A larger 16.7 litre fuel tank extends range, and detail improvements such as hinged fuel cap, adjustable-reach brake lever and ‘wave’ style ignition key elevate the overall owning experience.

‘The riding experience is improved with the addition of adjustable spring preload in the front forks, redesigned shift drum for smoother gear changes and new short exhaust muffler, with tuned internals, that emits a crisp howl in keeping with the engine’s engaging power delivery.’

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Yamaha introduces the XSR900

Yamaha introduces the XSR900

Yamaha XSR900

Yamaha XSR900

YAMAHA has given its MT-09 the retro treatment with this, the new XSR900, unveiled at a press conference in Milan tonight.

Influenced by a recent Roland Sands custom build, it’s got the MT-09’s aluminium frame and 850cc three-cylinder engine with traction control, three riding modes and an a**ist and slipper clutch.

It’s got adjustable 41mm upside-down forks, an adjustable shock and radial-mounted front brake calipers with ABS.

It costs from £7,849.

It was ridden onto stage at the press conference by nine-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi, along with his team-mate and current world champion Jorge Lorenzo, who rode the new MT-10.

Yamaha also revealed at the press conference that all of its Sport Heritage range, including the XSR900, would be available in the firm’s classic yellow and black speed block livery next year.

It pushes the price of the XSR900 to £7,999. The only other colour option is ‘Garage Metal’. 

Yamaha said in a press release:

‘Building on the success of the XSR700, The all-new XSR900 steps up to join the Sport Heritage range, again paying tribute to the iconic motorcycles of Yamaha’s past, including the first 4-stroke model,

‘The simple, timeless styling of the XSR900 is perfectly blended with colour schemes and graphics to reflect Yamaha’s sporty DNA, its history and its iconic motorcycles of the past. Beneath the retro inspired exterior lies the latest and best of Yamaha’s technology, promising a true emotional riding experience.

‘The XSR900 delivers on its authentic feel with minimal use of plastic resin parts, instead offering high quality components to reward the senses. A 14-litre fuel tank with aluminium covers takes centre stage ahead of a split level stitched seat and is complimented by front and rear aluminium fenders, aluminium side covers and a sporty aluminium headlight stay. A matt black exhaust system with contrasting polished muffler end cap provides a throaty soundtrack to any riding adventure.’

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New Yamaha MT10 unveiled

New Yamaha MT10 unveiled

Yamaha MT-10

YAMAHA just joined the super-naked class with this YZF-R1-based MT-10, unveiled tonight in Milan.

It’s got a four-cylinder cross-plane engine derived from the 2015 R1’s, and Yamaha says it’s been tuned for more low and mid-range torque. Figures and price have yet to be announced.

The riding position is upright and the aluminium Deltabox main frame is also based on the R1’s, giving it the shortest wheel-base in the class according to Yamaha, at 1,400mm.

Electronics include switchable traction control with three levels, three riding modes, an a**ist and slipper clutch and cruise control.

The suspension is YZF-derived and the brakes use four-pot radial-mounted calipers on 320mm front discs, with ABS.

It’s got five-spoke cast aluminium wheels,  a 17-litre tank and an LCD instrument panel. 

It was ridden on to the stage at a Yamaha press conference by MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo along with his team-mate Valentino Rossi, who rode the new XSR900.

Yamaha said in a press release:

‘Having already created some of the most innovative and successful models in the European market, Yamaha have developed an all-new one-litre motorcycle that has the potential to challenge all comers in the naked bike class. The radical new MT-10 is ready to exceed expectations and appeal to those riders who are looking for a new kind of connected riding experience that can be enjoyed on any road, any time and at any speed.

‘Its 998cc crossplane engine delivers massive levels of linear torque in the low to mid speed range for adrenaline-charged performance – and the aluminium Deltabox chassis features an ultra-short wheelbase of just 1400mm to give supremely light and agile handling performance. Aggressive mass forward styling with a natural riding position give the MT-10 a dominant presence that attracts attention and demands respect – and with its high-tech YZF-R1 based suspension systems and class-leading specification, this iconic new member of motorcycling’s most successful and influential family is the most remarkable naked bike to be developed by Yamaha so far.’

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Yamaha MT03 unveiled

Yamaha MT03 unveiled

Yamaha MT-03

HERE’S one that we’ve known was coming ever since it was launched as the MT-25 in Indonesia in June.

It’s Yamaha’s new MT-03, which uses the frame and 321cc parallel-twin engine from the YZF-R3 (just as the MT-25 is based on the Asian-market R25).

Like the rest of the MT range, it’s got an upright riding position, while the seat height is fairly low at 780mm.

It’s got an ABS-equipped 298mm floating front brake disc and 220mm rear.

The wheels are 10-spoke cast aluminium with a 140/70 rear tyre and 120/70 front. It’s got an LED tail light and a 14-lite tank with knee grips and air scoops.

It costs £4,4990

It was unveiled at Yamaha’s press conference ahead of this week’s Eicma motorcycle show, along with a new XSR700 and MT-10.

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New Yamaha WR 450F

New Yamaha WR 450F

Yamaha WR 450F

Yamaha WR 450F Rally
The WR 450F Rally

YAMAHA has just introduced its all new WR 450F – an enduro race bike based on the YZ450F race bike.It comes in two flavours – enduro and rally.

The engine’s power and torque can be adjusted to suit riders and riding styles – so it’s suitable for rallies, races and blasting around on off-road no matter what the rider’s experience.

The reverse-cylinder 450cc, four-stroke, fuel injected engine is fully adjustable. Yamaha says its light, agile and slim, which is a result of its mass centralised design.

Yamaha said in a press release:

‘Last year Yamaha made clear its intention to move back to the top table of the enduro world with the launch of the eagerly-awaited WR250F. Featuring a completely new engine and chassis, the WR250F achieved an impressive streak of top 5 results – including multiple podium finishes in the 2015 Enduro World Championship – underlining its competitiveness at the very highest level.

‘For the 2016 season Yamaha further reinforces its comprehensive off road line up with the arrival of the all-new WR450F, a sophisticated enduro racer that benefits from some of the most advanced engine and chassis technology to be seen in its category.

‘Based on the 2015 MXGP World Championship winning YZ450F – and developed alongside the latest 2016 YZ450F production model – the all-new WR450F utilises Yamaha’s innovative reverse cylinder head and rearwards slanting cylinder. Having convincingly demonstrated its winning performance at the highest level, this industry-leading engine design gives the WR450F rider high levels of controllable and linear torque, while this design’s greater mass centralisation contributes towards the bike’s agile handling character.

‘By adopting the latest YZ-F derived engine layout together with the compact and light-handling YZ-F based chassis, the all-new WR450F delivers major improvements in terms of weight, power characteristics, agility and rideability.

‘Aimed at enduro racers as well as long distance rally riders and recreational riders, the purpose-built WR450F benefits from a full enduro specification, and runs with specially developed engine and chassis settings that are designed to optimise its performance in a diverse selection of low and high speed off road situations.’

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New Ducati Hypermotard 939 939 SP and Hyperstrada 939

New Ducati Hypermotard 939 939 SP and Hyperstrada 939

Ducati Hypermotard 939 SP
The new Hypermotard 939 SP

DUCATI has just unveiled its renewed family of Hypers – the Hypermotard 939, Hypermotard 939 SP and Hyperstrada 939, ahead of Eicma.

We knew to expect a new Hypermotard because we recently saw some American emmissions documents that told us what was coming.

All the bikes are based around a new 937cc twin-cylinder engine, which makes a claimed 113hp and 10% additional torque over the previous 821cc engine. All the new bikes get three stage ABS, eight level traction control and three riding modes.

Prices are as follows:

Hypermotard 939 – £9,995

Hypermotard 939 SP – £12,595

Hyperstrada 939 – £11,195

Here is some information from Ducati:

‘The Hypermotard range is renewed for 2016 with the arrival of the new EURO 4 certified 937 cm3 Ducati Testastretta 11° engine. This twin-cylinder is to be used for the whole range, from the sporty Hypermotard 939 to the extreme Hypermotard 939 SP as well as the Hyperstrada 939, the tourer that’s particularly suited for everyday use. From the moment it was first presented as a concept bike at the Milan show in late 2005, the Hypermotard prototype was an immediate success. Production began in 2007 with the 1100 and 1100 S models and in 2013 the Hypermotard underwent great changes. A whole family was born from the one bike, powered by the 821 cm3 Testastretta twin-cylinder which has now grown to 937 cm3.

‘The new 937 cm3 Ducati Testastretta 11° engine guarantees a maximum power of 113 hp and most of all a 10% increase in torque. This twin-cylinder, which has an oil-cooling radiator, is attached to the steel tube Trellis frame that made the Hypermotard famous. The whole range is equipped with the Ducati Safety Pack which includes a 3-level ABS, 8 levels of Ducati Traction Control and 3 Riding Modes. Each Riding Mode has different electronic settings in order to provide the Hypermotard with three different personalities.

‘The Hypermotard 939 is available in the typical Ducati Red colouring as well as the elegant “Star White Silk”, both paired with a red frame. The Hypermotard 939 suspensions have a 43 mm diameter upside-down Kayaba fork with 170 mm travel and a Sachs shock absorber with adjustable rebound damping, providing 150 mm wheel travel. The Hypermotard 939 has a dry weight of 181 kg and a ride height of 850 mm. A raised comfort saddle with 20 mm of extra padding is also available as a Ducati Performance accessory. The Hypermotard 939 uses Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres.

‘The Hypermotard 939 SP has a livery inspired by the MotoGP, a weight of 178 kg and at the front a fully adjustable 50 mm diameter upside-down Öhlins fork with 185 mm travel. The rear suspension uses a fully adjustable Öhlins shock absorber which allows for 175 mm rear wheel travel. The raised ride height of the SP version allows for a 47.5° lean angle, essential for extreme race-track riding. These specifications take the ride height of the Hypermotard 939 SP to 890 mm. A 20 mm lower saddle is available as a Ducati accessory on request. The Hypermotard 939 SP uses Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres.

‘The Hyperstrada 939 is sold only in the Ducati Red tone but with an elegant grey coloured frame. Designed for riding in non-urban contexts, it comes equipped with 50 litre semi-rigid removable bags and a centre stand. For increased comfort, the Hyperstrada 939 has handlebars raised by 20 mm and a touring windshield. There are also two 12 V power sockets, designed to power navigation instruments or thermal clothing. The Hyperstrada 939 is equipped with a wider saddle for increased comfort. In addition there are passenger grab handles designed for safe and comfortable use. The saddle, at a height of just 810 mm, allows for optimum footing even with a full load and a passenger. Another saddle that’s even more comfortable with 20 mm of extra foam can be ordered. The Hyperstrada 939 suspensions rely on a 43 mm upside-down Kayaba with 130 mm travel while at the rear there’s a Sachs shock absorber with easily adjustable rebound damping and remote spring pre-load which allows for 133 mm travel of the rear wheel. The Hyperstrada 939 has a dry weight of 187 kg and uses Pirelli Scorpion Trail tyres.’ 

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Ducati officially introduces the new Panigale 959

Ducati officially introduces the new Panigale 959

Ducati 959 Panigale
The Ducati 959 Panigale

Ducati 959 Panigale

Ducati 959 Panigale rear

HERE’S Ducati’s new 959 Panigale, which is essentially an updated version of the 899.

As well as the capacity hike (to 955cc), it’s been given bigger air intakes, a taller screen, longer mirror stalks and slight bodywork revisions to the tail unit and faring panels. 

It makes 157hp and 79.2lbft.

The engine features a longer stroke and complies with the latest Euro4 emission limits, which is possibly the explanation for the model.

It’s got a new, longer exhaust and new timing belt covers, and comes with an ‘anti-hop’ slipper clutch. There’s also a non-Euro4 compliant bike, which retains the low-slung exhaust.

It costs £13,095. 

The new 959 Panigale was unveiled this afternoon at a Ducati press conference in Milan ahead of this week’s Eicma motorcycle show.

We knew it was on the way after seeing it in spy shots.

Here’s some information from Ducati:

‘In 2016, Ducati’s 959 Panigale is to become a larger capacity, even more versatile “Supermid” model. The Ducati 959 Panigale shares the same innovative stylistic features that characterise its ‘bigger brother’, the 1299 Panigale – but with an engine designed for a more enjoyable everyday riding experience and more thrills on the race track. The new 955 cm3 twin-cylinder power unit, the first Superquadro to have obtained Euro 4* type-approval, comes with a new stroke length and other innovations that have given rise to an even more impressive torque curve and increased maximum power, now 157 hp at 10.500 rpm. The increased torque and maximum power values do not imply shorter service intervals, therefore, valve clearance inspections are still only required every 24,000 kilometres (15,000 miles).

‘The super-smooth engine continues to be a fully stressed member of the innovative monocoque frame, achieving both an outstanding power-to-weight ratio and ride-enhancing response and agility with a dry weight of only 176 kg* – while still ensuring full compliance with the structural limitations required by Euro 4* standards. The unmistakable 1299 Panigale-derived silhouette of this bike, even with a redesigned nose fairing, headlight and tailpiece, underlines the family DNA: the Ducati Quick Shift (DQS), Riding Mode technology including Ride-by-Wire, triple-stage Bosch ABS, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Engine Brake Control (EBC) featured by the Panigale are in line with Ducati’s very own standards of technological excellence.

‘Every last detail of the 959 Panigale pays tribute to Ducati’s legendary racing heritage. The wider nose fairing and screen improve aerodynamic performance and add to the aggressive look of the new front end, also enhanced by larger-section front air intakes. The split tailpiece design is the final touch to a real work of art: the 959 Panigale fairing, now including redesigned lateral air intakes and new rear view mirrors. The new bike is also equipped with aluminium billet-machined footrests for enhanced boot grip while riding.

‘The 959 Panigale is available in traditional Ducati red with black wheels or a stunning Arctic White Silk with contrasting red wheels.’

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New Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak unveiled

New Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak unveiled

Ducati Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak

Ducati Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak

The new Ducati Multistrada Pikes Peak has just debuted in Milan.

Here’s what Ducat said in a press release about the new model:

‘The Pikes Peak version really brings out the sports character of the Multistrada 1200 S. New from Ducati for 2016, the Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak draws its inspiration from the legendary uphill American race.

‘The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as the “The Race to the Clouds”, is held in an area of the Rocky Mountains some 16 km west of Colorado Springs. A distance of 20 kilometres separates the starting line, at an altitude of 2,862 metres, from the finishing line at 4,300 m. It’s an incredibly tough competition: Ducati has already won it four times.

‘Developed on the technical foundations of the Multistrada 1200 S, the Pikes Peak version has a new race-inspired colour scheme, just the first of several new features on this Ducati. The Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak is in dedicated white red and black livery with Ducati red chassis, while the 3-spoke black wheels have a racing-inspired red trim.

‘In addition to the as-standard silencer and nose fairing, a carbon Ducati Performance silencer by Termignoni (EU type-approved) and a low racing-type carbon screen are also available for the Pikes Peak version. Further carbon fibre components include the front mudguard, front tank cover and lateral front partitions, while the red-stitched seat has been specially designed to bring out this Multistrada’s racing spirit.

‘Underscoring the sporting character of the Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak are the Öhlins fork and Öhlins TTX36 shock absorber, both mechanically adjustable.

‘The Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak is powered by the Ducati Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) twin-cylinder engine with cutting-edge technology that makes it the segment benchmark. On the timing front, double variable cam phasing acts independently on both the intake and exhaust camshafts. This optimises engine performance throughout the rev range, whatever the riding conditions. It also simultaneously ensures maximum power at high revs, smooth power delivery, good torque at low RPM and contained fuel consumption, all in full compliance with new Euro 4 standards.

‘The Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak is equipped as standard with the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), developed by Bosch, which dynamically measures pitch and roll angles and acceleration along the 3 axes, raising performance and safety standards even further. Equipped with Cornering ABS, Cornering Lights (DCL) on the full-LED headlight, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Cruise Control, the Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak is a concentrate of technology that also features, as standard, a Bluetooth module; the latter, via the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), lets riders connect the bike to a smartphone and manage key multimedia functions (incoming calls, text messaging, music) via the switchgears and display information on the TFT dashboard.

‘Like other bikes in the family, the Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak can mount one or more Ducati Performance accessory packages. Also available – in addition to individual items – are the Touring Pack (which includes heated grips, panniers and centre stand), the Urban Pack (with top case, tank bag with tank lock and USB hub to charge electronic devices), the Enduro Pack (consisting of supplementary LED lights and Ducati Performance components by Touratech: engine crash bars, radiator crash bars, sump guard, a broader kickstand base and off-road footpegs).’

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