For 2015, Suzuki’s GSX-R line remains pretty much unchanged, only seeing the addition of ABS on a few models, Suzuki of UK has just announced new accessory packs that enhance the look of the 2015 GSX-R line of motorcycles. Currently all the new GSX-Rs come company fitted with Yoshimura R11 exhausts as part of the package while the MotoGP replicas come with additional Yoshimura hard parts. In addition, Suzuki is now providing new accessory packs which are available for the GSX-R1000, GSX-R600 and the GSX-R750 motorcycles. These accessory packs include a carbon fibre pillion seat cowl, frame protectors, top yoke protector, tank protector and fuel cap trip. For the GSX-R1000 the pack is available for a price of £159 ($242) including fitting, which is a saving of £60 ($90) if the parts are purchased individually. Similarly for the GSX-R600 and 750 owners, the carbon accessory pack is available for an RRP of £199 ($300) including fitting, which is a saving of £65 ($100) over purchasing the parts individually. The new carbon accessory packs for all the motorcycles are available through Suzuki dealerships all across the country. More info available on the Suzuki GB website. Also see:  2015 Suzuki GSX-R1000 ABS Launches In America 2015 GSX-R1000 at EICMA 2014 – Image Gallery (Unrelated)

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Kawasaki has recently trademarked the ‘Ninja R2′ name at the European Trademark Office leading to a speculation that the manufacturer is planning on another supercharged machine as a followup to the Kawasaki Ninja H2 and H2R. While the ‘Ninja R2′ is one of the many new Ninja names that have been trademarked in Europe, there are several more filed in Japan as well. This suggests that the Japanese firm might have more than one supercharged model planned for the future. The new supercharged models would be developed based on the recent knowhow that the company has gained from the research and development of the Ninja H2 and H2R motorcycles. While the ‘Ninja’ name not only signifies supercharged motorcycles for the company and primarily consists of naturally aspirated models, ranging from 250 cc single-cylinder motorcycles all the way up to their flagships Ninja ZX-14R, the trademarks could also mean a mix of both new naturally aspirated as well as supercharged models for the future. The Ninja H2 and H2R both feature a 998 cc in-line, four cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that is mated with a supercharger in different states of tune. For the street-legal Ninja H2, the engine/supercharger is tuned to produce 200 bhp of power, while for the track-only Ninja H2R the engine and supercharger are tuned to produce 300 bhp, the highest power ever to be available on a production motorcycle. Source: Visordown 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2R – Image Gallery (Unrelated)

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Zero Motorcycles has filed for a number of new trademarks suggesting that new variants of the Zero DS and FX might be currently developed. According to the U.S Patent and Trademark Office, the electric motorcycle manufacturer has filed patents for the Zero DSR and Zero FSX. These new trademarks were  submitted on Feb 26, alongside other trademark filings for the company’s police and security models, the Zero DSP, Zero FXP and the Zero SP. If we follow the generic nomenclature of everything in the world of automobiles, the addition of an ‘R’ to the name generally denotes higher performance. The Zero DSR then, could might as well be a high performance version of the current DS. This means that the current DS could see a significant power bump, which is currently at 54 bhp. It would also mean that both the DS and the DSR would be available for sale with the later being the performance version of the standard DS. And the same ideology would go for the Zero’s supermoto, the FX, where the addition of ‘S’ would mean faster, and more aggressive performance. It goes without saying that the performance oriented versions would be significantly more expensive compared to their base variants. While the trademark filings are still being processed by the U.S Patent Office, it is too early to say if the performance versions will enter production. For new, we can hope for more new on this topic and maybe an official announcement from Zero Motorcycles by the end of the year. Source: Motorcycle.com 2015 Zero DS at the Thailand International Motor Expo – Image Gallery 2015 Zero FX at the Thailand International Motor Expo – Image Gallery

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Suzuki UK has recently announced the prices for its Bandit 1250. The streetbike would cost £7,299 ($11,200) excluding the on-the-road charges. The motorcycle would be available at dealerships from March 16 onwards. For 2015, the Suzuki Bandit gets minor updates that include a re-designed fairing, claiming to offer better wind protection. The engine is a 1255 cc, four-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled unit that is known for its low-down torque and smooth power delivery. It’s versatile riding stance suits touring, commuting while having decent canyon carving dynamics. The bandit features standard telescopic forks upfront and a link type mono suspension at the rear. For braking, the motorcycle employs twin 310 mm discs upfront while having a singe 240 mm disc at the rear and comes with ABS as standard. The new Bandit 1250 also offers 20 mm of seat adjustability and features a centre stand as a part of the standard equipment. Suzuki GB Marketing Manager Rob Cooper said: “Since the original 600 arrived in the UK, the Bandit name is one of the most recognisable in motorcycling, rivalling even our own GSX-R range for popularity. We’re delighted to be bringing it back for 2015 and to be doing so at an incredibly competitive price. We know what Bandit means to our customers, and are very confident owners will enjoy the updated one as much as they have the previous versions.” 2015 Suzuki Bandit 1250 at EICMA 2015 – Image Gallery

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Harley-Davidson in Canada till now has been selling through their distributor Deeley under the name Deeley Harley-Davidson. Now, the Milwaukee based motorcycle manufacturer is planning to enter the Canadian market directly and appoint its own dealerships. Deeley has been the exclusive distributor for Harley-Davidson in Canada since 1973 and their current partnership agreement comes to an end by July 31, 2017. Both the sides are currently negotiating on a shorter transition period so that the change can take place as yearly as this year. This has been a move that Harley-Davidson has been following recently in other countries such as Brazil, Australia, Italy and some Scandinavian nations as well. By doing so, the company gets direct control over it’s dealership network and controls every aspect such as dealer recruitment, sales, marketing and retail capabilities, while also taking care of consumer events and other promotional activities. In 2014, Harley-Davidson sold 9,871 motorcycle in Canada, and with this move, hopes to steamline their efforts and increase sales in the coming years. While Deeley will not be running Harley-Davidson’s Canadian operations for a long time, the relationship between both the companies will continue as Don James, Co-founder of Deeley is also on the board of directors of Harley-Davidson. Source:  Motorcycle.com

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Triumph and Ace Cafe are names synonymous since the early days of motorcycling. Their journey through almost a century of war, economic downturn and cultural diversity is nothing short of legendary, and each of their stories have something common with each other. Recently, both these brands have come together to celebrate that commonness in their past decades of history. Ace Cafe started back in 1938 was one of the all-time favourite motorcycle hangouts of the Brylcream generation of motorcyclists and was also the home ground to the ‘ton-up boys’ and was the birth place of the cafe racers and the jukebox racers. The Cafe had then become a defacto location for music, motorcycles and good times that rolled. But like every good thing, it too came to an end during the financial turmoil of 1969. It wasn’t till 2001 when Mark and Linda Wilsmore re-opened the Ace Cafe London on it’s original site and since then the brand has once again gained popularity, and is now serving motorcycles with good food, music and a good time at six locations around the world. The Triumph Story is somewhat similar, although dates even further back, starting in 1901 when the company was formed. The motorcycle manufacturer thrived through the sixties but production ceased in 1983 at the Meriden Plant. To the British motorcycle manufacturer’s good fate, construction magnate, John Bloor acquired rights to the Triumph brand and by 1988 his construction company had set up a completely new manufacturing unit in Hinckley, which rolled out the first motorcycle in 1990. Since then, the iconic brand has never looked back and has been achieving new records in sales ever since with new-age motorcycles that are favourites all around the world. To celebrate their rejuvenation, both the brands have launched a new apparel collection that consists of men’s and women’s leather riding jackets, a fleece hoodie zip-through and distinctive tee-shirts with Ace Cafe branding that celebrates the 2015 Ace Cafe Limited Edition Triumph Thruxton 900.

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Yamaha Motors of America has announced #MyYamaha contest which would allow winners to receive two 2015 MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas three-day general admission tickets for the race weekend scheduled on April 10,11 and 12 in Austin, Texas. Plus winners would get a chance to meet the Yamaha MotoGP stars Valentino Ross and Jorge Lorenzo while enjoying a pit/garage tour of the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team. But that’s not all, as the winners would also be attending a group dinner with the Yamaha Factory Racing Team. “We have over a million loyal fans who have ‘liked’ us on Facebook,” commented Bob Starr, General Manager of Communications for Yamaha’s Motorsports Group. “And, we know they also love Yamaha racing. This “#MyYamahaStory” Contest gives them the perfect opportunity to express their Yamaha love, and they might even win a dream weekend at the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin.” To enter the contest, fans have to just post a striking photo of themselves with a Yamaha Motorsports product and explain in no more than 250 words why they love Yamaha, and include the hashtag #MyYamahaStory and submit their entries to the YamahaMotorUSA Facebook page or via Instagram, also at YamahaMotorUSA. For more information on the contest, visit the Yamaha Motorsport page .

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BRP has just issued a recall for all of it’s 5,165 units of the 2013 Can-Am Spyder RT in USA over problems with the engine compartment temperature while idling. Due to the enclosed bodywork of the 2013 Can-Am Spyder RT, the engine compartment can retain excess of heat, which could heat body panels and parts of the vehicle, burning the rider  or cause the trike to catch fire. Currently BRP has no remedy for the recall since it is an issue with the way the body design has been done, but would be sending an interim notification to the owner sometime this month advising precaution while using their trikes and would issue a second notice as soon as the company has a remedy for the issue. Owners could also get directly in touch with BRP’s customer service at 1-888-272-922 or the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 to know more about the issue and other details. The Can-Am Spyder RT uses a Rotax 1330 ACE 3-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine with electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control that produces 115 bhp of power at 7,250 rpm and 130 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. The trike comes with a six speed manual with reverse or a six-speed semi-automatic with reverse as transmission options. Source: NHTSA

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The Ducati Multistrada is ADV at its highest order. The 1200 was first introduced in 2010 as a successor for the Multistrada 1100 and has been constantly gone under the microscope of the Italians to undergo technical upgrades. Over the years, the motorcycle has gained everything from ABS to traction control, and from multi-engine modes to electronically adjustable damping, moving the machine closer and closer to perfection. For 2015, the Multistrada 1200 gets a revised 1190 cc Testastretta 11-degree engine that improves on power delivery and smoothness. The riding modes selection gives an additional boon to riders while the uprated 160 bhp engine makes sure that there is always a constant surge of power. In the aesthetic department, the new 2015 model new runs a full LED front end that includes LED parking lights, low and high beams. The machine also gets an updated 5-inch TFT colour instrument display panel with heaps of new information available to the rider at any given time. But above all, where the Multistrada 1200 shines most is the technology it carries under all the bodywork. The adventure machine comes fitted with cruise control, electronically adjustable suspensions, keyless ignition, cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Wheelie Control and cornering lights. For European buyers, the Multistrada 1200 also comes pre-equipped with the Dainese D-Air airbag system that combined with the Dainese D-Air riding gear would deploy the airbags when detecting a collision. With such high levels of work and efforts gone into creating the Multistrada 1200, every bit and piece has to be carefully fitted on the machine, and perfection has to be achieved to make sure that everything works in sync with each other. And for Ducati, there is no machine to achieve such feat, as everything has to be hand fitted, hand tested, cause that, off course, is the best standard of practice. So, sit back and enjoy the next one minute or so to see the beautiful timelapse where the engineers work hard to put together the beautiful Italian machine. Hit the link below to watch – The Birth of The Multistrada 1200: 2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 – Image Gallery (Unrelated)

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Irish e-bike maker Volt Motorcycles Unveiled their latest creation, the Volt 220 at The Carol Nash Irish Motorobike and Scooter Show (RDS) which took place between February 27 and March 1, 2015. The Volt 220 is the company’s fully-faired sportbike. The headlight features twin projectors and LED DRL strips for illumination. The front forks are upside down units to give better handling and dynamics, while the overall weight has been kept as low as possible, at just 115 kg. This also means that the motor and batteries are not exactly the largest that can be found on an electric motorcycle. The Volt 220 comes with a top speed of 100 kmph and a range of 120 km. This means that the bike is good for a regular city run, making it quite effortless to commute to and fro between work and home. Volt Motorcycles will also make upgrading the 220 a possibility. There is a larger battery pack that can be purchased separately and would increase the total range of the motorcycle to 200 km, while the top speed sadly remains the same. “Most interest we have had so far is from the urban rider who wants a low running cost solution for their commute. When you consider that the average commute is around 20 kilometers a day and that an electric alternative that will cost less than €200 ($225) to run a year, it makes great financial sense. We are not looking to replace but to supplement riders’ experiences and save them money in the long run. Of course, we want to do all of this while keeping the motorcyclist experience exciting and fun as well,” Volt CEO Colin Darby says. The prices of the Volt 220 are yet to be announced, but with the specs we are quite sure that it would be pretty affordable. Alongside the Volt 220, the company also showcased the Volt 70, 80 scooters and the Volt 90 maxi scooter, and also a City 60 fun scoot.

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