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Honda Unveils the VFR Transmission

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Honda Motorcycles gave us a much more detailed look at the multi-function transmission that they’ll be putting into the the new VFR1200 today.  As mentioned previously, the new transmission will operate in three modes: a 6-speed manual mode, which works like a standard motorcyle transmission, and two Continue reading

Yamaha Announces 2010 Model Lineup

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Yamaha has announced the remainder of their 2010 motorcycle lineup, and all the models for 2010 are now up on their web site.  There are several changes for the new model year, of course, although few big ones.

One of the biggest changes appears to be Continue reading

Buell’s Future Uncertain?

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Since Kieth Wandell took over from Jim Ziemer as the CEO of Harley-Davidson, analyst expectections have been that Wandell, an outsider bought in as CEO from Milwaukee-based automotive supplier Johnson Controls, would be a strong, take-charge leader who is well-suited to address the MoCo’s current challenges. One of Continue reading

New 2010 Hondas

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Honda has announced four motorcycles–two of them completely new for the US market–for the 2010 model year.  The other two are the 2010 updates for the Fireblade and CBR600.  But it’s the new bikes that should grab some attention.

First up is the Shadow Phantom. Continue reading

2010 Ducati Multistrada 1098

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Over the past month or so, some spy shots of the 2010 Ducati Multistrada, equipped with a 140HP version of the 1098 engine, have been popping up.  The trouble is that all of the bike’s body panels have been covered with electrical tape and wrapped with padding Continue reading

Norton NRV588 at Bonneville: Faster!

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It’s day 6 for Stuart Garner’s attempt to set a speed record for the Norton rotary engined NRV588 racing bike at the Bonneville Salt Flats.  And on day six, Garner broke through 170MPH on the salt.

The power is fed in crisply but not over-enthusiastically, no wheel-spin, Continue reading

R1300RT Rumors

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When people find this blog through web searches, the absolute number one search that brings traffic here is a search for the notional BMW R1300RT.  Now, this may be because I’m nearly the only-English-language web site to pull a story from the French Motosports web site MotoRevu Continue reading

New 2010 Suzukis

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We’ve gotten the first look at two new Suzuki’s for 2010, both of which are new entry-level bikes that take their styling cues from the big boys.

First up is an entry-level Gixxer, the 15-horsepower GSX-R125. The chassis is steel, rather than aluminum, but it does have the Continue reading

2010 Can-Am Spyder RT

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It was a test ride of the original, pre-production Can-Am Spyder that got me back into motorcycling a few years ago, after a long hiatus.  So, it’s nice to see Can-Am isn’t just standing still when it comes to updating the trike.  Indeed, for 2010, they’ve Continue reading

Norton NRV588 at Bonneville

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Norton motorcycles has finally gotten an update online about their attempt at a land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats.  Actually, it’s more than one update.  They did a data dump of the last four days, pretty much all at once.  So far, it Continue reading

More V-4 Goodness?

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Honda seems to have more in mind from its new V-4 V-Tec engine than just a new version of the VFR/Interceptor, or ST1300 replacement.  Word from BMW Motorrad is that Honda is also working on a new motorcycle, using that engine to power an adventure bike aimed Continue reading