After a lot of teasing and closed-door reveals at events, MV Agusta has finally made the homologation special, the F4 RC (Reparto Corse) official. But before you jump in the through of breaking your bank for it, be warned, F4 RC is quite an expensive toy and quite rare too. According to MV Agusta, the RC will be hand-assembled, like every other Agusta and features magnesium engine covers and titanium bolts to save weight. Tweaks to the exhaust and intake take the total power output of the F4 RC to 205 bhp in road form and 212 bhp once the race kit exhaust is fitted and the ECU settings are matched to it. The F4 RC would come with a slew of engine and throttle mapping permutation and combinations, as well as 8-levels of traction control and electronic gear shift assistance. For suspension tuning there is an adjustable swingarm pivot position for the guys who take their setup with anorak’ish levels of seriousness. And of course, the suspensions on the RC are the top-of-the-line Ohlins NIX 30 forks and TTX36 shocks that allow more tweaking than what’s available on a ballistic missile. To keep the lightweight theme going on, the RC comes with forged wheels, an extremely light Li-Po battery and full carbon fibre bodywork that makes the bike a full 7 kg lighter than the F4RR. Overall, adding up all the lightweight bits and pieces, including the titanium Termignoni exhaust, the F4 RC is a full 13 kg lighter than the RR. Only 250 examples of the MV Agusta F4 RC would be ever made, with each of them costing a cool €36,900 ($40,200). So, if you currently don’t have the money and are thinking of saving up for one, don’t bother, by the time you are done, they would be all gone. Hit the link below to watch the official MV Agusta F4 RC launch video: 2015 MV Agusta F4 RC – Image Gallery

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KTM currently is riding high with its Duke and RC duo of 125 cc and 390 cc machines in European markets, while the 200 cc Duke and RC motorcycles are doing pretty well in the international markets like India. According to rumours, KTM is planning to launch a single cylinder 250 cc motorcycle this weekend at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show to add to it’s single-cylinder entry-level motorcycle lineup. The KTM 250 cc motorcycle would be offered in both RC as well as Duke flavours (street naked and fully-faired supersport) and would hone a sleeved-down version of KTM’s 390 cc single-cylinder mill, rather than a bored up version of the 125 cc or the 200 cc engine. Apart from the engine, the RC and Duke 250 will supposedly carry the same chassis and other cycle parts as the 125, 200 and 390 machines with minor differences such as brakes and tyres. Currently, the RC and Duke 125, 200 and 390 are all made in India by Bajaj Auto in Pune and the new 250 cc KTMs might also be produced at the same facility, from where they would be exported worldwide. Currently, it is not know as to which markets the new 250 cc KTMs would be launched in or what the power specifications of the motorcycles are. But if the motorcycles make it to Europe, they would be going head on against machines like the Kawasaki Z250SL, Ninja 250SL and Yamaha’s upcoming MT-03. Also, it is safe to believe that the machines would produce power in the range of 28-34 bhp. Keep watching this space as we bring you more updates on KTM’s new machine as the Tokyo Motorcycle Show commences this weekend. Source: Visordown

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A recent patent design has revealed Suzuki’s turbocharger technology that the company plans to use for it’s Recursion Concept turbocharged motorcycle. Revealed for the first time at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the Recursion Concept uses a 588 cc parallel-twin engine coupled with a turbocharger and Intercooler to produce power that is similar to a 1,000 cc motorcycle. While the patent drawing doesn’t indicate that the Recursion Concept motorcycle is heading to production, but rather that it is a step forward in the development of such a motorcycle towards reality. The patent includes some alternative designs too, that might indicate that Suzuki might approach the Recursion in a few different design angles. Unlike the Kawasaki H2 and H2R, where the supercharger is placed behind the engine cylinders, the Suzuki concept puts the turbocharger in front of the cylinders, right below the radiator. The turbo is further connected to the intercooler which is located under the seat. The patent drawings reveal different intercooler designs that can be implemented. The intercooler, shaped like a hollow rectangular box with a dividing wall runs across most of the length of the bike forcing air through a U-shaped path. Heat radiates from the bottom of the intercooler, exiting out towards the rear wheels. In another design, there is an additional gap added in the intercooler for cooling. The design adds a cooling duct that draws air from between the headlights, that is further channeled through the gap in the intercooler to eventually flow out of the rear. While the patent shows almost no plastics or bodywork around the engine bay area, which is reminiscent of the old Suzuki Katana motorcycle. With Suzuki recently re-filing a patent for the Katana name, it’s quite likely that the company might revive the brand name in this very form. Suzuki Recursion Concept Patent Drawings – Image Gallery Suzuki Recursion Concept Showcased at the 2014 EICMA Motor Show – Image Gallery

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Yamaha Europe’s initiative of building Yard Built specials in collaboration with the best designers in Europe has enabled the  company to showcase some amazing designs and creativity. Previously, the company indulged itself in creating the Yard-built versions of the VMAX, XJR1300 and the SR400 and many more, and now Yamaha has put the special edition XV950 Racer into series production which is inspired from some of the Yard Built specials. The Yamaha XV950 Racer takes it’s inspiration from the XV950 Yard Built specials created by Marcus Walz called the ‘El Raton Asesino’ and the ‘Boltage’ by Christian and Raphael Bender. The motorcycle is equipped with clip-on handlebars and rear set footrests giving it a subtle blend between a cafe racer and a low rider. With low clip-on bars and a flat seat the XV950 racer poses itself as a blend between a low rider and a cafe racer At the engine, the XV950’s 942 cc air-cooled, 60-degree V-twin produces 52.1 PS power and 79.4 Nm of torque that is mated to a five-speed gearbox. The XV950 Racer is garnished with lots of custom goodies that makes the bike look bespoke from every angle. It gets forged aluminium clip-on handlebars that are positioned 78 mm lower and 156 mm forward than the standard XV950/R models. The switchgear has also been made compact to be accommodated on the new clip-on bars and a new single instrument pod has been positioned centrally above the headlamp. The XV950 Racer gets a single cafe racer styled seat and a mini cafe racer cowl with colour matched with the body panels. To add to it’s cafe racer looks, aluminium side number plates with drilled holes have been added. The side mounted number plats enhances the classic look of the motorcycle The ride quality and handling is enhanced by new suspensions, with 41 mm forks that offer 144 mm travel, which is 9 mm more than the standard forks. The rear too gets new gas shocks that enable 116 mm of rear wheel travel, 6 mm greater than the standard XV950/R models. Accessory list on the new XV950 Racer: Handlebar end mirror by Rizoma Billet footpegs by Rizoma Front pulley cover by Rizoma Billet clutch and brake levers Licence plate holder Front fork brace Akrapovic exhaust system Sports air filter The Yamaha XV950 Racer would be available in Glacier Blue and Matt Grey colour options and would be available in Europe starting May 2015. 2015 Yamaha XV950 Racer Special Edition – Image Gallery

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Out of the big-four Japanese motorcycle manufacturers, Kawasaki was the one never to tread into offering scooters. But in 2013, Kawasaki introduced their first scooter offering, the J300 to the European markets. And now, Kawasaki might have a couple of new scooters planned for launch, as the company recently trademarked the J125 and J500 names. The trademark filings were submitted to Europe’s Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM), where the names would be used for: “Vehicles; apparatus for locomotion by land, air or water; in particular motorcycles; Engines for the aforesaid goods; engines for all aforesaid goods; Detachable panniers for motorcycles; bags for attachment to the petrol tanks of motorcycles for transporting goods; Parts and fittings for the aforesaid goods not included in other classes.” While the Kawasaki J300 is not the company’s own produce and is basically a rebranded Kymco Downtown 300i, there are chances that the J125 and the J500 would follow the same strategy. They too could be rebranded Kymco scooters based on the Kymco Downtown 125i or the G-Dink 125i. Kymco also produces the Xciting 500 Ri, which could be used as the base for the Kawasaki J500. While Kawasaki used the Kymco scooter platform for their initial J300 offering for the European market, the company might also begin developing their own scooter technology instead of relying on the Kymco platforms.

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A recent spyshot clicked by Iwanbanaran.com disclosed the naked version of YZF-R25 riding on the roads of Indonesia. The Yamaha YZF-R25 is Yamaha’s small displacement sport bike that gets a slight engine upgrade for Europe and is sold as the YZF-R3. According to sources, the naked bike would be carrying a 321 cc parallel twin engine, similar to the YZF-R3 that is soon to be launched in Europe and would be called the Yamaha MT-03. The MT-03 would be Yamaha’s answer to the growing small displacement naked motorcycle market, competing against the likes of the Kawasaki Z300, which is based on the fully faired Ninja 300. The Yamaha MT-03 would be an extension of the already existing MT-125 that use the Yamaha YZF-R125 engine and complete Yamaha’s low displacement lineup. Another website, Motoblast.org has worked on a few renders of how the Yamaha MT-03 would look like once launched. The motorcycle be seen with a 249 cc engine that gets the MT-25 name in Indonesia (based on the YZF-R25), while it would be sold as the MT-03 for European markets (based on the YZF-R3). The Yamaha YZF-R3 features a 321 cc, liquid-cooled, parallel twin engine that produces 42 PS of power at 10,750 rpm and 29.6 Nm of torque at 9,000 rpm and is mated to a six speed transmission. For braking, the YZF-R3 features 298 mm single disc at the front and a 220 mm disc at the rear.

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Daytona Bike Week 2015 saw manufacturers of every order showcasing their pristine new machinery, including Italians like Moto Guzzi and Aprilia, who unveiled their 2016 lineup to the American motorcyclists. Moto Guzzi unveiled their V-twin machines, the California Eldorado and California Audace at the event while showcasing their V7 and California lineup. Alongside unveiling the California Audace and Eldorado, the Italian manufacturer also offered demo rides of its California 1400 Custom and Touring, V7 Stone and V7 Special models at the 74th edition of Daytona Bike Week. Also, the company revealed the prices for these 2016 models for USA. 2016 Moto Guzzi Eldorado 1400 : The company showcased a pre-production version of the 2016 Eldorado which would be priced in the US at $15,790. The Eldorado 1400 would be available in Nero Classico colour, and would be arriving at US dealerships by May 2015. 2016 Moto Guzzi Audace 1400 : A pre-production version of the Audace 1400 was showcased at the Daytona Bike Week. The motorcycle would be available in Nero Travelgento colour and would be priced at $15,590, and would arrive at US dealerships by July. Along side the new motorcycle unveils and the product demos for the California and V7 lineup, the Moto Guzzi display area also featured the V7 Racer Verde Legnano Special Edition, Griso 8V SE, Stelvio 1200 NTX and the Norge GT 8V. Source: UltimateMotorcycling

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Things are very lively at the Honda stall at the Osaka Motorcycle Show, littered with concepts from the Japanese manufacturer. First showcased were the Honda SFA Streetfighter concept and the Honda CRF250 Rally , alongside the Honda RC213V-S and the True Adventure Concept. And now adding more to the concept motorcycle lineup, Honda unveiled the Bulldog. The Honda Bulldog concept leans towards the utilitarian motorcycle design, sporting a 399 cc, liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine and is created around the “Loveable Touring Partner” theme. The motorcycle features 15-inch knobby tyres, bars and cargo mounting points. According to the company, the Honda Bulldog would be a camping-touring motorcycle capable of carrying lots of cargo to travel to rural destinations. As one can imagine, the motorcycle would be specially handy over loose terrains like sandy beaches and remote places where one’s standard motorcycles fitted with standard tyres have a hard time reaching. The Bulldog concept can load cargo on the blue bars behind the seat and above the headlight at the front. If additional storage is required, the fuel tank actually opens up revealing more storage space (detailed in the video below). The motorcycle features a low 27.7-inch seat hight, six-speed transmission, dual headlights and an upward right side mounted exhaust can. Honda Bulldog concept – Image Gallery Hit the link below to see the Honda Bulldog concept at the Osaka Motorcycle Show:

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Honda CRF250 Rally is a re-bodied concept based on the CRF250L and would be showcased at the Osaka Motorcycle Show between March 20 – March 22 as well as the Tokyo Motorcycle Show to be held on March 27 – March 29. Essentially the CRF250 Rally takes inspiration from the CRF450 Rally, the Dakar Rally racer which was ridden by Team HRC riders Joan Barreda Bort, Paolo Goncalves and Laia Sanz. The Honda CRF250 embodies the design from the Dakar CRF450 Rally motorcycle   The CRF250 gets power from a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 250 cc engine from the CRF250L which produces 23 PS of power at 8,500 rpm and 22 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm. The machine is targeted towards the entry-level adventure rider who looks to challenge any kind of terrain in front. The Honda CRF250 Rally would be an ideal bike to take for a long distance journey, specially through the harsh terrains of the African landmass, deserts of Central Asia, South America or Siberia. With it’s biggest advantage being a lightweight motorcycle with a small engine that proves to be very economical over long distances. While the CRF250 Rally is currently in concept stage, if Honda plans to put the motorcycle into production, it would be a welcome move by all the hardcore adventurists who don’t want large, bulky adventure motorcycles that are usually at their disposal. Honda CRF250 Rally Concept – Image Gallery

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Suzuki of UK has just announced prices for the 2015 GSX-S1000 and GSX-S1000F motorcycles. Both the machines are essentially the same with the later ‘F’ model denoting a faired version of the motorcycle. The naked GSX-S1000 costs £8,999 ($13,300) for the standard model and £9,499 ($14,000) for the ABS version. The fully-faired GSX-S1000F  will be priced at £9,999 ($14,750). Both the prices are showrooms prices and would added with on-the-road charges. Both the machines use an GSX-R1000 engine from 2005 housed in a new aluminium frame. Both these machine use similar Brembo monobloc brake calipers, also from the GSX-R1000 and feature a three-mode traction control system. As we had reported earlier , the Suzuki GSX-S1000 and GSX-S1000F would be producing power in the range of 145 bhp at 9,500 rpm, lesser than the current generation GSX-R1000 engine, which, in it’s 2015 state of tune produces close to 185 bhp of power. Official figures for the naked and faired twins are yet to be announced. The Suzuki GSX-S1000 and the GSX-S1000F would be available in three colour options, namely, Metalic Mat Fibroin Grey, Candy Daring Red and Metallic Triton Blue. While the GSX-S1000 would come in ABS and non-ABS variants, the GSX-S1000F would be offered with ABS as standard. The new models are expected to hit UK dealerships by June 2014. 2015 Suzuki GSX-S1000F at the 2014 EICMA Motor Show – Image Gallery

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