New model - Suzuki B-King

The B-King is really, really here; after six years of waiting, the faithful have been rewarded.

First impressions are all positive and while not having had a chance to actually ride one yet, we predict it will be an extremely livable "first cousin" and (probably) a rowdy alter ego to the legendary and newly re-engineered Hayabusa.
It's hard to miss the 2008 Suzuki B-King sitting on the showroom floor. Visually it is a big motorcycle and that impression remains as one walks around it in silent contemplation and admiration of what has been wrought since its original concept showing at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2001.

Model Number GSX1300BKK8
Type Standard
Warranty 12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty.
Suggested Retail $14,999.99 CDN; $12,899.00 USD
Engine 1340cc, 4-stroke, four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve, TSCC*
Bore & Stroke 81.0 x 65.0mm*
Compression Ratio 12.5:1*
Fuel System Fuel Injection
Lubrication Wet sump
Ignition Digital/Transistorized
Starter Electric
Transmission 6-speed, constant mesh
Final Drive #530 chain
Overall Length 2220mm (87.4 in.)*
Overall Width 800mm (31.5 in.)*
Overall Height 1085mm (42.7 in.)*
Seat Height 805mm (31.7 in.)*
Ground Clearance 120mm (4.7 in.)*
Wheelbase 1525mm (60.0 in.)*
Dry Weight 235 kg (518 lbs.)* CA Model: 236 kg (520 lbs.)*
Suspension Front Inverted telescopic, coil spring, fully adjustable spring preload, adjustable rebound damping and adjustable compression damping
Suspension Rear Link-type, gas/oil damped, fully adjustable spring preload, adjustable compression & rebound damping
Brakes Front Dual hydraulic disc
Brakes Rear Single hydraulic disc
Tires Front 120/70-ZR-17*
Tires Rear 200/50-ZR-17*
Fuel Tank Capacity 16.5 liter (4.2 gal)* CA Model: 16.0 liter*
Color Gray/Silver, Black/Matte Black

Source: webbikeworld.com

Daytona 675 - Three cylinder !

As the first three-cylinder super sports middleweight the Daytona 675 stands alone in the most hotly contested arena in motorcycling. Of course it can be compared to many motorcycles – and on such occasions invariably comes out on top, but in one single stroke it’s redefined just how a middleweight sports bike should look and feel. If the Daytona 675’s unique DNA is a large part of its appeal, its stunning performance is the winning flourish.

Its 675cc, water-cooled three-cylinder 12-valve power unit is extremely compact and features Keihin closed-loop fuel injection and stacked six-speed close ratio gearbox. Pe
ak power of 125PS (123bhp) is delivered at 12500rpm, with 72Nm (53ft.lbf) torque at 11750rpm. The standard exhaust features an efficient underseat end-can and also utilises a secondary valve to boost torque low down. While the Daytona 675’s engine is refined, the triple’s innate character remains with typical Triumph toughness engineered into every part.

The Daytona 675 sits firmly within a class of one and delivers incredible performance with its exciting, powerful engine and intuitive, razor-sharp chassis. It looks, sounds and feels like nothing else. It has redrawn the super sports middleweight map and truly earned the praise heaped upon it by some of the toughest critics in the motorcycle press.


BMW HP2 Sport in 2008

This is the BMW HP2 Sport . . . the most powerful Boxer twin, yet. Expected to go into production soon, this bike has been extensively tested as an endurance racer.

With over 130 horsepower, the 1170cc twin should be able to run with some of the quickest Japanese machines, and have a huge torque advantage.

Ohlins suspension and other top shelf components mean the HP2 Sport will be pricey, but very exclusive.
This is just more evidence BMW is serious about high performance motorcycles, and you can expect more HP-branded machines in the near future.



New Honda CB1000R

Think Honda is too conservative for you? Think they won't put a modern sportbike engine in a naked? Think again. The new CB1000R has radical styling and radical performance for the naked market.

Chassis features found on modern sportbikes include radial mount brake calipers, adjustable suspension and state-of-the-art inline 998cc engine bring the new Honda CB1000R front and center in the naked bike wars.
For now, it appears the CB1000R is a Europe-only model, not available in the U.S.

Source: www.motorcycledaily.com

Kawasaki Z1000 Model 2007

Team Green had some serious objectives for the '07 Z1000. They wanted to bulk-up performance, refine the chassis, revise the riding position and give it a make-over. So where did they start?
Though the engine didn't receive a major overhaul, a few key items were altered internally on the ZX-9R-derived 9
53cc DOHC inline-Four.Down in the basement, flywheel mass was increased 7% from '06 and the final-drive gearing has been lowered ever so slightly. Work continued in the tranny package by reshaping the shift cam and adding ball bearings to the shift lever. Reduced clutch effort is provided by lower-rate clutch springs. Finally, the radiator was lightened and its cooling capacity increased by 18%.
According to MO's dyno last year the '06 Z wicked up 127 hp at a smidgen over 10,000 rpm with 69 ft-lbs. of torque almost dead on 8,000 rpm. Kawasaki didn't provide claimed horsepower figures for '07, but the provided spec chart
boasts a torque figure of 73.1 ft-lbs at 8,200 rpm, up slightly from the crankshaft claim of 70.5 at 8000 rpm for the old model. Kawi product manager Karl Edmondson estimates that the new Z is probably down a top-end pony or two from last year due to the new focus on low-end grunt.

Source: www.motorcycle.com

2007 KTM Street Bike

KTM. If you haven't heard the name, you've still probably seen the bright-orange blur of one of their products anywhere there's an off-road motorcycling event in the world. KTM has grown from an obscure maker of 100cc tiddlers to a dominant force in off-road competition, offering a wide array of enduro, moto-cross, Supermoto and other machines of all different displacements, from 65cc junior bikes to hulking 999cc adventure-enduros.

The big news is KTM's all-new 990 Superduke. KTM's designers wanted KTM's entry into the naked roadster market to have a "special, unique appearance," and their insectoid***-inspired vision has that, in spades. With sharp creases, bold colors, minimal bodywork and cool touches like the truncated exhausts and tiny "wind spoiler" mounted above the tiny instrument display, this KTM will get plenty of attention, even parked next to a wild custom chopper.

Also a big deal was the all-new 690 Supermoto. The media people didn't know if the bike would arrive in time, as they were held up in customs, but at the last minute a truck arrived at the track with a small fleet of the new thumpers for us to sample.

Plastic shrouds that look like they came off a giant motocrosser cover a 999.9cc liquid-cooled, DOHC four-valve V-twin motor that is extremely compact and lightweight thanks to its 75-degree V-angle and dry-sump design. A counterbalancer keeps things smooth. Fueling is by Kehin EFI, and the twin exhausts are catalyzed and have integrated heat shields, all neatly tucked up into the bike's abbreviated tailsection. Power output is around 120hp at the crank.

This bike is a purpose-built streetbike, not a dirtbike with a wheel kit like many Supermotos. The frame is a trellis unit, with a huge space for an airbox and a distinctive cast-aluminum ribbed swingarm. Front suspension is the same fully-adjustable 48mm upside-down unit on the 990 Superduke, but with more travel. Wheels are spoked jobs, with Behr aluminum rims and Bridgestone BT-090 European-market street Supermoto tires, a 120/70-17 in front and a 160/60-17 in the back. Rear suspension is a fully-adjustable monoshock with a KTM "Pro-Lever" linkage.

Source: www.motorcycle.com

Ducati Monster 696

The new Ducati Monster 696 represents the next generation and what Ducati calls "the final word in urban excitement". The Monster 696 looks like it would be fun either on your favorite downtown routes or unleashed, where it should deliver more performance than ever before.

Maintaining its traditional Monster silhouette, the 696 now looks more muscular. Its wide tank tapers to a thin waistline of what Ducati says is a comfortable narrow seat, which should ensure sure-footed confidence when at the traffic lights.
The Monster is the original "naked" motorcycle. Launched to rave reviews in the early ‘90s, it immediately created a devoted following and became a cult motorcycle. With its fully exposed engine and "less is more" minimalist attitude, the Monster delivers style and real sport bike performance.
The 696 ergonomics have been improved with subtle but effective changes to the riding position. A shorter reach to the bars and a slightly lower, more forward foot peg position, together with the lowest seat height of any Ducati and a reduction in weight, empowers any rider to become the master of this Monster.
Power output gets a 9% boost to 80 hp (59 kW) and an 11% increase in torque to 50.6 lb-ft. This new engine continues to have the best horsepower per liter ratio of all Ducati’s air-cooled units, and it ensures a smooth and powerful delivery for a relaxed but thrilling ride in all conditions.

Source: www.webbikeworld.com