BMW and Baggers are two terms that don’t really go together, unless they are two separate motorcycle and one is a Harley. But since the past… Visit the link above to read the full story.

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Not so long ago, we delivered news regarding Suzuki’s latest patent drawings for the turbocharged recursion concept. Now, the Japanese company… Visit the link above to read the full story.

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By now all the European motorcycle enthusiasts are quite aware of the KTM 390 Duke and its potential while Americans on the other side of the pond… Visit the link above to read the full story.

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British Motorcycle marque Triumph has set a new record first quarter sale in North America, making it the highest selling European motorcycle… Visit the link above to read the full story.

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Sad news from across the Atlantic today as the long time struggling company Erik Buell Racing will finally shut it’s doors for business… Visit the link above to read the full story.

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In a conversation between Asphalt and Rubber’s Jensen Beeler, Mercedez-Benz AMG-owned Italian motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta hinted out possibility of a completely new 4-cylinder platform. While the event was for the newly-launched MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800, the motorcycle which the company confirmed would be the last of the three-cylinder models that would be seen on their Grand Tourer. The MV Agusta F4 would be the first machine to get the new generation four-cylinder engine With this, MV’s president and CEO, Giovanni Castiglioni also hinted as the launch strategy for the new engine, which would be quite similar to the way their three-cylinder engines were launched. The new 4-cylinder would most probably start it’s life with the MV Agusta F4, before moving to the rest of the company’s motorcycle segments like the Brutale and the Tourismo Veloce. Mr. Castiglioni also mentioned that the next generation touring machines would be completely different than their current models while also hinting that the company is still far away from even understanding how it would look like. The new MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 would be the last of it’s segment to carry the three-cylinder engine With MV Agusta competing in the World Superbike Championship which requires all companies to manufacture a series motorcycle that is as close in performance and specs to the WSBK machine for it’s official presence in the competition, there would most certainly be a rocket-ship machine that would be-heart the new 4-cylinder engine and have aggressive attention to it’s performance, making it the successor for the recently launched F4 RC.

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The 2015 Yamaha R1 has been throughly revised from ground up, featuring new internals and a completely revamped electronics package that features everything from lean sensing ABS, traction control, riding modes and electronically controlled suspensions. With a face thats directly lifted off the company’s MotoGP YZR-M1 machine, the new R1’s chassis and engine has been made lighter and there has been an addition of more power to make the whole package appeal on a ballistic level. With the new motorcycle soon to reach customers, its about time that we started seeing performance upgrades for the machine pop up at the aftermarket performance shops, and the first one is from the world’s largest exhaust maker – Akrapovic. The Slovenian exhaust maker has recently debuted a new line of GP Style Slip-on exhaust line with an optional link pipe. The Evolution Line exhaust claims to boost the R1’s power by 3.6 bhp Developed around the Akrapovic (r)evolutionary concept the exhausts for the 2015 YZF-R1 are created for riders who are looking to find some more juice from the already bonkers motorcycle. The slip-on exhaust promises to deliver an additional 3.6 bhp of power at 13,700 rpm and an additional 2.5 Nm of torque at 9,900 rpm, while further reducing the weight by 5.17 kg. The Evolution Line of Akrapovic exhausts take their design inspiration from top-level motorcycle racing. The muffler design has a high-tech outer carbon fibre sleeve and end can while the rest of the construction consists of lightweight titanium and matches beautifully with the overall character of the new R1. According to the company, the new exhaust systems are as easy as plug-and-play to install and start using out of the box without any re-mapping or tuning required on the motorcycle. The exhausts also feature noise reduction inserts with which the machine’s overall performance will be enhanced while keeping the noise levels well within the street legal limits. While Akraopvic’s official website does not list the price for the exhaust, Revzilla has the Evolution Line up for pre-order for a price of $2,524 with an expected shipping date of mid-May 2015. Source: Akrapovic

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The 2015 Yamaha Super Tenere Worldcrosser package is basically a set of goodies that would beef up and enhance the performance and appeal of the stock 2015 Super Tenere machine. For starters, the motorcycle now comes with carbon fibre side panels with aluminium mesh protector that give it a unique finish alongside carbon fork protectors that replace the standard plastic ones. A special sticker set lets everyone know about the special package that has been installed on the bike which makes the machine more capable, more durable and better in performance than that standard package. It is accompanied by tank protection pads that increase the grip while riding seated or standing. In terms of protection from rough and rocky terrain, the package also includes a drive shaft shield, stronger skid plate and rear brake protector, all of which are made out of anodised aluminium for enhanced durability. In addition to the above upgrades, there can be extra options that can be availed, such as an Akrapovic exhaust, fog lamp kits, luggage systems, engine guards, all the way to electronically adjustable suspensions, heated grips and a top case rack which are available with the top-of-the-line XT1200ZE version. The Worldcrosser package is available with Yamaha dealer across Europe and can be installed via the dealership or ex-works (ex-dealer) on the Super Tenere motorcycle. Source: Autoevolution 2015 Yamaha Super Tenere Worldcrosser Pack – Image Gallery

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Yamaha Motors of USA has recently announced a recall for their 2015 motorcycle lineup that includes the FJ-09, FZ-09, FZ-6R, Super Tenere, Super Tenere ES and YZF-R6 over a risk of transmission failure. According to the recall notice submitted by Yamaha to the NHTSA, the affected motorcycles might have an incorrectly manufactured shift cam stopper, which might have a sharp edge on the inside of the bend rather than having a smooth radius. As a result, the stopper could crack and fracture from the sharp edge resulting in increased difficulty in shifting or possibly mis-shifting. A diagram from Yamaha Japan shows the affected shift cam that might malfunction The models affected by the issue are manufactured between September 1, 2014 and November 17, 2014. The company has started to inform owners of the specific motorcycles as Yamaha starts a Factory Modification Campaign for the affected motorcycles. For the same, the motorcycles will have the shift shaft assembly replaced by the one that has been manufactured to proper specifications. The owners would be required to bring their motorcycles to a nearest motorcycle dealer for the repair, where examination and replacement would be carried out free of charge. According to Yamaha, nearly 4,900 units have been affected by the defect. Owners of the particular models can get in touch with Yamaha over their customer service at 1-800-962-7926 or can visit www.safercar.gov or call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 for more information.

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For those who wanted to purchase the supercharged Ninja H2 street legal motorcycle, but weren’t able to at the  first go, here’s your second chance. Kawasaki has recently announced that the company has started taking orders for some more of the limited production supercharged motorcycle. Since EICMA 2014, where the Kawasaki H2 was launched, customers are flocking in numbers to get themselves one of these prized possessions. While not cheap, the Ninja H2 costing €25,000 ($26,900), bookings filled in fast all around the world and within a matter of days the allotted number of motorcycle per country were booked, leaving many who desired the motorcycle high and dry. Now, Kawasaki after realising the huge potential of their new supercharged machine are opening bookings for the H2 one more time around the world. While the track-only H2R would maintain it’s ‘limited edition’ status for now, interested buyers can put their money down for the street legal Ninja H2. The latest bookings for the Ninja H2 have already started with the deliveries to commence late May or early June. Currently there is no mention as to how many motorcycles are available for sale in total or per country, but our guess is that there wont be many. Interested buyers who have their cash ready should hurry to their nearest Kawasaki dealership. 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2 showcased at the 2014 EICMA Motor Show – Image Gallery

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