The Energica Ego is the electric bike like no other electric bike. The motor in the bike pushes out a monsterous 195 Nm of torque, you can imagine what happens next. Its not only that though… The machine is Italian made, so there is surety of certain flair, sharp throttle response in the way it would react to every command. While its considerably an new entry in the market, the brand is backed by CRB Group from Modena, Italy, the guys who have all the right ties, with aerospace projects and Formula 1 on their side. So you can imagine the seriousness of the technology that the Energica Ego packs within. With a new year ahead, 2015  already seems to bring bright luck towards the company as it recently has found another dealer, its first in Canada, going by the name of W.C. Distributing, located in Heisler, Alberta. “Developing a sales network adds value to the project”, says Livia Cevolini, CEO of Energica Motor Company. “it shows how dealers believe in our business. First of all Energica dealers are our partners: we are going to build a successful global brand with them”. The owners of W.C. Distributing are also the passionate ones for motorcycles and firm believers in building a sustainable green future. “We believe in the future of the electric motorcycle and have a real passion for them,” says Sven Bernard, the owner of W.C. Distributing. Energica Ego – Image Gallery (Unrelated)

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Yamaha motors is getting ready to launch another new scooter to its already extensive range. The new scooter is called the Yamaha NMAX and is powered by a 155 cc Blue Core engine. The Yamaha range already consists of the 530 cc TMAX, 125,250 and 400 cc XMAX scooters and this new scooter would address to the rather empty lower range of sport scooters for the company. The 155 cc single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine in the NMAX is the same that is found on Yamaha’s other bikes such as the Yamaha FZ 2.0 FI that is sold in countries such as India. The NMAX rides on special 13” alloy wheels specially designed for the scooter and features ABS as standard, a first for the ASEAN scooter market.  The engine produces 15 PS of power and 14.4 Nm of torque that would make it one of the quickest scooters in its segment. The NMAX also features 110/70-13 front and 130/70-13 rear tyres and a single disc front and back for efficient braking performance.  The NMAX would go for sale in Jakarta from next month for a price of 27.4 million Indonesian Rupiah ($2195).

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The Kawasaki Ninja H2 and the H2R are by far one of the most highlighted motorcycle launches for 2015. Unfortunately, as it goes with any new technology, these bikes are quite expensive to own compared to the rest of the motorcycles and also involve quite an exclusive booking process to secure one too.  While the purchased motorcycles would soon start deliveries in the coming months all across the globe, there are already some crazy design concepts floating out in the market ready to induce wild ideas to those who have purchased these machines. One such concept is from AD Koncept, who have created a streetfighter iteration of the supersport machine.  AD Koncept’s rendered design looses all the plastic bodywork of the ninja at the front, while it retains most of the tail section from the stock bike. The front gets a new dual projector headlight that looks frighteningly mean with the help of two massive air scoops on both sides that snake up from the engine bay.  If you are one of those lucky few who is reading this and has purchased the Ninja H2/R, we promise you that if you plan to go ahead with this sort of modification on your machine, sometime in the future of course, there is going to be nothing that looks as beastey as what you would have in your hands. 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2R – Image Gallery (Unrelated)

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The International rumour mill has yet again churned out another interesting one. According to some sources, a new Suzuki GSX-R1000 is slated to debut sometime later this year.  While more details are yet to emerge for this news, there are some source who are reporting that some major dealers are ‘changing the dynamic of their showrooms’ to accommodate the new motorcycle. This would mean that the launch of the new model could not be very far, with a launch planned sometime during the second quarter of 2015. The new GSX-R1000 would be launched as a 2016 model. For 2015, most of the motorcycle manufacturers have upgraded their flagship litre class motorcycles to produce upwards of 200 bhp power, while the GSX-R1000 has not seen any major update since 2005. Thus, the new model talked about here could be a drastic update from the 2015 GSX-R1000 just to keep itself relevant to the highly aggressive competition. The launch of the 2016 model would be quite a welcome one by the company, as it would allow Suzuki to align their marketing and promotional efforts as it returns to MotoGP this year. The 2016 GSX-R1000 is also believed to be launched alongside a smaller capacity motorcycle, probably a new version of the GSX-R600. It would be interesting to see how Suzuki positions it’s machines in comparison to the 200 bhp machines launched with massive engine, electronics and dynamic upgrades for 2015.

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Ducati recently showcase three custom version of its new Scrambler at the 2015 Verona Motor Bike Expo. These sweet looking custom machines were designed by the individual tastes of bike builders Deus Ex Machina, Mr.Martini and Officine Mermaid and are one-off specials that the builders have made to show the world the awesome potential the Scrambler holds to a variety of customisation options. Deus Ex Machina Hondo Grattan Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle:  The Hondo Graton is based on the Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle while the bodywork has taken inspiration from the speedway race bikes. Filippo Bassoli, MD of Deus was very happy to deliver his promise of making such a bike after his incredible experience drift riding at Harold Park, Sidney in 2010. He also mentioned that there wouldn’t have been a more apt bike to get the job done than the Ducati Scrambler, as it offers the vintage inspiration but with all technicalities and features of a modern motorcycle. Deus Ex Machina Hondo Grattan Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle – Image Gallery Mr.Martini Cafe Racer Ducati Scrambler Classic:  Verona’s own builder Mr.Martini took the cafe racer route with the Ducati Scrambler Classic as their base bike. Their design is a showcase of the Scrambler’s potential to be turned into any sort of custom motorcycle that can be possibly thought of. The builder’s design takes hints from the scrambler ideology and carefully blends them with touches of cafe racer themes. There is a high exhaust and knobby tyres that address to the scrambler bloodline while the faired headlight, flat body style and lowered handle bar take the overall shape towards a cafe racer. Mr.Martini Cafe Racer Ducati Scrambler Classic – Image Gallery  Officine Mermaid Scratch Ducati Scrambler Urban Enduro:  The ‘Scratch’ by Officine Mermaid uses the Ducati Scrambler Urban Enduro as its base machine, a move which allows the builders to build upon the rugged character of the original motorcycle. The name came as an idea of a motorcycle thats been damaged or scrapped, and it certainly goes with the extra rugged looks that make the machine feel like it’s been resurrected from a pile of metal. The tank for instance, has been relieved of its immaculate paint finish and has been hand-treated to give a rustic look. Most of the body panels that are deemed “not-for-function” have been removed giving it a very bare to the bones look. To be honest, it does work on making the bike look totally bad ass. Officine Mermaid Scratch Ducati Scrambler Urban Enduro – Image Gallery

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In a set of recent certification files from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reveal that the Indian Dark Horse might be making its return after a brief disappearance from the company’s lineup for a few years. According to the documents, the returning Indian motorcycle would be powered by a 1,811 cc V-twin that is capable of producing 138.8 Nm torque, basically the same engine that is found in the Indian Chief Classic, Chief Vintage, Chieftain and Roadmaster. The Dark Horse was built between 2010 to 2013, during which period it used to come painted in black with matte black accents. Indian, apparently is gradually bringing its old models back from the resent and the distant past. The recent introduction by the Polaris Industries owned company was the Indian Scout, a brand revived by the company after a period of more than 50-years. The Scout was one of the most popular motorcycles the company had back in the days, scoring high praise for its time. The recent documents found at CARB also suggest that the upcoming 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse would weigh about 469 kg, about 10 kg lighter than the current Chief Classic. With the Sturgis rally coming up next during the summers, there is a high probability that Indian might have the Chief Dark Horse readied for display at the rally, and eventually go on sale by late 2015. Also read:  2015 Indian Scout To Reach Dealerships By Weekend

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Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM recently disclosed their greatest sales record ever. For 2014, the company sold 158,760 motorcycles, the fourth consecutive record-setting year for KTM. The company registered a 28.2% increase over its 2013 sales.With this, KTM now claims that it is the world’s fastest-growing motorcycle brand. The record number of sales includes its subsidiary Husqvarna motorcycles that the company acquired in 2013, but still the bulk of the sales come from the parent brand KTM. While KTM has not specified the divide in sales between itself and the Husqvarna brand, its has by far outstretched its lead over the second-highest selling European motorcycle brand BMW Motorrad, which sold 123,495 motorcycles in 2014. In general, 2014 has been a great year for motorcycle sales, with KTM, BMW Motorrad, Triumph and Ducati, all registering record growth in their sales figures. Triumph recently reported their highest sales ever since the company got revived. While these top players have registered incredible growth in 2014, other European brands like MV Agusta and Piaggio group (Vespa, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio) are yet to disclose their sales numbers. Seeing the generic trend we would hope that sales have been good for them too. KTM’s new sales record for 2014 has generated €864.6 million ($973.9 million) in revenue for the company which is a 20.7% increase over the 2013’s sales revenue. The company’s earnings pre- taxation and interests are expected to be in the ballpark of €75 million ($84.4 million). Also read: BMW Motorrad Cherishes Another Year Of Brilliant Sales

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Well, when we say ‘mean’, we actually mean radical. Its hard to imagine a ‘mean’ machine without its machine bits in place. Rumbling pistons, throttle bodies, gearshifters, and multiple cylinders with multiple exhausts chucking out unburnt fuel is a more apt definition of ‘mean’. So when going electric, there is no ‘mean’, at least till internal combustion engines are totally obsolete. They can be radical though, and equally awesome to their petrol guzzling siblings. Zero Motorcycles today is one of the most successful commercial electric motorcycle. Its got decent amount of power and is backed up with a solid battery range. As a motorcycle, it has been admired world over, to such extent that the aftermarket tuner culture is embracing their bikes to make custom machines of their own. Now thats always a good thing for the popularity of a manufacturer. There is a certain cyberpunk’ish feel to the whole design, and that’s a good thing The custom motorcycle in question is designed by “Bruno” Bruce Gallardo of Gallardo Designs, who has brought this amazing looking concept motorcycle from sketches to a real life working model. We admire his efforts, and are in some ways, awestruck at the awesome futurism the model exhibits. The absence of moving parts in an EV can result in some spectacularly amazing designs The machine here is a complete departure from Zero’s design language. The body work is angular and ‘skeletal’ from all angles, and has a floating effect to the entire bodywork. The seat specially, feels like its been suspended on thin air, since the suspension has been moved from its stock position and placed horizontally above the batteries. The batteries are exposed and the fairings are see through. Its certainly a machine inspired from the sci-fi movie world. But where the movie gadgetry is generally irrelevant in the real world, this awesome looking cyberpunk motorcycle actually works, and just like a stock Zero Motorcycle. We aren’t very sure how waterproof things are anymore though…

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While most custom builders don’t really have a line drawn between form and function, Michael Woolaway has always been firmly inclined towards the later. This is one of the reasons that his custom machines come out to have a pure mechanical look, while maintaining or improving the dynamics of the original, and we have no reason to complain. For this machine, Woolie wanted to go deep with this passion for retro and mechanical looks, he wanted the machine to look and feel like an old Ferrari or a 60s Chevy, he wanted every bit of the working parts to be visible, and so here it is – The Deus Ex ‘Dreamliner’. While the engine that has been borrowed from a Ducati, is a 750 cc 90-degree V-twin, everything else is almost built ground-up. The air-cooled engine has modified intake maifolds and is now mounted by a pair of larger Keihin FCR flatslide carbs, instead of the 38 mm Mikunis it came stock with. The exhaust headers are custom made and are inspired by a 1970 Desmo racebike, connected at the other end to a pair of Cone Engineering mufflers. The lightweight custom frame is connected to a pair of telescopic Ohlin units which have been re-valved to suit the customer’s weight. This is the incredible level of personalisation that Woolie believes in. The rear shock is a custom build one, by none other than the ex- flat track racer Jimmy Wood at his company Race Tech. To keep the overall weight light, the bodywork, including the tank has been made of out 1100 aluminium alloy while high-grade Kushitani waterproof leather has been used for the seats, with a double tuck stitching. Everything that has been done on this machine looks, feels and sounds exotic, because it is. While everything mentioned above sounds fantastic and looks fantastic, the most intriguing part of the whole machine is its exposed timing belts that stick to the outside of the engine. Just imagining them spring into action instantly at the thumb of the starter would in itself be a make-my-day moment. Custom Ducati-Powered ‘Dreamliner’ by Deus Ex – Image Gallery

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Unveiled at EICMA 2014, the Suzuki V-Strom XT is Suzuki’s sensible middleweight adventure tourer segment. Here the XT badge stands as a statement of its extreme rugged nature.  As opposed to the regular 650 ABS, the XT features extra engine guards, tougher bash plates and completely ditches the weak-for-rugger-terrain cast alloy wheels for more reliable spoke ones. The XT ditches the cast alloy wheels of the regular 650 ABS which are weak for off-road purposes The prices for US were unveiled long time back, where the base version of the 650 XT would be sold for $10,399. However, for the European market, the prices have just been unveiled, where the base variant of the 650 XT would be similarly priced at €8,990 ($10,200) The V-Strom 650 XT will be offered with ABS as standard with various trim options, such as the Adventure, which introduces an under-engine protector, a central stand, hand guards, vario windscreen and a 42-liter plastic top case with a passenger backrest. For an extra €900, optional extras such as the aluminium panniers, aluminium bash plate, engine guard, a 12 volt socket and heated grips could be available. The side aluminium panniers, aluminium bash plate, heated grips and other goodies would be available for an extra €900 The 2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT offers an excellent choice for those who commute mostly on urban tarmac roads, but don’t mind hitting light patches of dirt roads to reach out destinations. While the stock tyres that are provided might not be the best choice for all terrain use, Suzuki’s new middle weight could prove to be quite a handy as an overall machine.

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