2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS
Suzuki is best known for two motorcycles: the Hyabusa, long known as the fastest production motorcycle in the world, and the GSX-R750, a bike that provides nearly suberbike performance at the weight of a 650cc supersport. But, alongside those two motorcycles is a third model that holds a special place in many people’s hearts: the V-Strom.
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Most people think of Lotus as the British manufacturer of light sports cars with great handling. But now, Lotus has announced they’re making motorcycles. Well, a single motorcycle. And Lotus isn’t actually making them. And they’re not making only 100 units. Huh. That could not be more confusing.
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Finally, a Buell motorcycle regular people can buy—though at $19,000, it’s still pretty pricey. But, maybe it’s worth it. Coming in at a claimed 419 lbs. the Buell guys have gotten a solid 185 HP and a monstrous 101.6 lb-ft of torque from the Rotax Helicon V-Twin motor. Other Buell-y things, like the fuel in frame design and perimeter front brake rotor are still there. All that power doesn’t seem to have made it very thirsty, though, as EBR is claiming an average 40 MPG. That’s 4 MPG better than I’m getting from my VFR1200F. It’s got a pretty cool instrument panel, too, that I really like, consisting of a color TFT display. It’s like riding a motorcycle from the future! Except that it uses gasoline, instead of fusion, or unicorn tears, or whatever power source they use in the Star Trek era.
It’s also the first EBR production bike to incorporate traction control—21 levels of it, in fact. The headlights are an LED setup that puts out the legally allowed maximum 2,000 lumens. EBR also says it’ll be competing in World Superbike racing in 2014.
There’s a clickable wallpaper gallery below. The full specs of the 1190RX can be found here.
So, the folks at KTM appear to have gone a bit loony. Today, they announced they will be producing a new naked bike, the 1290 SuperDuke R, which will have 180 HP. They call it “The Beast”. There will be no fairing. No wind protection. Nothing, in fact, to prevent the force of air from pushing you off the rear of the bike if you open the throttle all the way, other than the death-like grip you’ll need on the handlebars to stay seated.
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Erik Buell left—or, more properly—was kicked out of Harley-Davidson in 2009. A non-compete agreement kept out of making streetbikes for several months, but he came back with the 1190RS when he was able. But, since he only made 100 of them, and they cost forty grand, you didn’t get one and I didn’t either. But, based on an announcement today—and securing some financing from GE capital and a partnership with Indian motorcycle giant Hero MotoCorp, that may be changing.
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Can-Am gives the 2014 Spyder a triple
I have a soft spot for the Can-Am Spyder. Back when the original Spyder was announced, I was able to get a ride on one—even before they were publically available—after years of not having ridden a motorcycle. I didn’t even have a motorcycle license then, but, fortunately, California doesn’t require one to ride trikes. After my ride, I was so pleased with the experience, I got my motorcycle license back, and bought a motorcycle—though not a Spyder. But it was the vehicle that got me back into motorcycling, so I’ve always loved it.
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New bike. New Engine.
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