One look at a stock Suzuki Inazuma 250 and its clear that the the design philosophy has tickled down from its bigger brother, the B-King. But in its stock form, the motorcycle looks a bit too bulky for the 250 cc parallel-twin that it houses. The engine isn’t an exciter either, producing quite an unimpressive 24 bhp, dragging around a motorcycle that weighs more than 180 kgs. These specs clearly prove that the motorcycle is in no way fast, or exciting to ride. Yes, its known for its smooth engine, and has qualifiable handling, but then the list of positives end there. The Inazuma has a chunky looking body but an underpowered engine So, under these circumstances, the guys at Motoblast cooked up a legitimate thought. If the Suzuki Inazuma doesn’t do much in terms of performance, why not break it down to transform it into a killer looking machine that turns heads when ridden around town. With that though, the renderings began to flow and this version recently posted by the site gives clarity on what the Inazuma could look like if convert into a retro futuristic cafe racer. The new creation looks stunning from every angle and in some ways carries innovative ideas behind the build. For example, the use of the taillight assembly from a retro motorcycle combined with the metallic front mud guard gives it a unique design element and the tubular fairing bracket that houses the headlight and the visor is also a genuine touch. The metal bodywork is completed with the addition of a shiny chrome tank while the rear subframe has been chopped off to create a stunning single seater piece of art. As delicious as this bike looks from all angles, we certainly hope that someone takes up the project and gets this design to the rear world. We for one would be very grateful. Source: Motoblast

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Previously with in the first video – Honda True Adventure Episode 1, Honda took us through a journey back into the glory days when they were the undisputed champions of the Dakar Rally back in the 80’s. In this next episode from a series of videos that would eventually lead to the unveiling of Honda’s True Adventure, currently in the prototype stage, Honda focuses on ordinary people who have been exploring the world using Honda motorcycles, giving an insight into their adventures, their lives and their experiences from traveling around the world. Honda True Adventure Episode 2 doccuments the experiences of people traveling on motorcycles like the Honda C90 and the new CRF250L around the world, venturing into roads that not many have seen or would see in their entire lifespans. The Honda True Adventure was teased back at the 2014 EICMA Motor Show previously this year. Its been a while that a hardcore world touring motorcycle has been missing from Honda’s lineup. With the global momentum on adventure touring building up day by day, this could present to be a key motorcycle for Honda in a segment that is currently dominated by machines like the BMW  R 1200 GS and the KTM 1290 Adventure. Hit the link below the watch the second episode from the Honda True Adventure series:

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The Kawasaki Z250 is an excellent bike for a novice rider with its upright seating position that helps understand a motorcycle’s steering geometry much better compared to low-crouched sport bike. The only gripe that many people had with the Z250 was its lack of safety features. Thankfully Kawasaki has their ears open and has updated the international version of the motorcycle with safety features like ABS and Assist Slipper Clutch. Till now Japan was the only market where the Kawasaki Z250 had ABS and Slipper Clutch, which was introduced to the motorcycle back in January 2014. Next year onwards, the Z250 would be available with both these features in all the markets where the motorcycle is being sold at. The Z250 is a motorcycle that has been developed by the Japanese manufacturer mainly for South Asian markets, while its slightly bigger variant, the Kawasaki Z300 represents the European and American markets. It has to be noted that even the Kawasaki Z300 doesnt come with ABS or a slipper clutch, which means that the manufacturer would very soon be incorporating these new features for the European machine too. Due to the implementation of ABS, the weight of the quarter-liter naked motorcycle will go up by just 2kgs, weighing in at a final 170 kg. For 2015, the engine would remain the same 250 cc parallel-twin that produces 32 bhp of power and 21 Nm of torque and is mated to a 6-speed gearbox (now with an Assisted Slipper Clutch) to transfer the power to the road.

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In a meeting held in Madrid, Spain, the Grand Prix Commission has made a number of minor changes to the rules for all the three Grand Prix classes for the coming year while also revising some of the rules. The biggest changes include a new maximum fuel allocation for 2016, to 22 liters for the entire duration of the race and an adoption of the SCAT3 concussion test for riders after a crash. There have been some minor rule changes regarding the engine allocations. From 2015, riders who uses an extra engine would start the race from the pit lane, 5 seconds after the green light has been displayed showing that all the riders have passed the pit lane exit. This new rule reduces the previous penalty time of 10 seconds. For the Moto2 class, tyre pressure sensors have now been made mandatory to ensure that the tyre pressures are kept within the tyre suppliers specified range. This new rule has been incorporated due to circumstances last year where teams were running dangerously low tyre pressures to improve the rear edge grip from the tyre. New rules imply a maximum of 22 liters of fuel to be used per race. For MotoGP, a maximum price has been allotted for the brake package, which would be capped at €70,000 for a full season of dry weather racing. While there are not the final set of rules that would be published since the minimum weight of the bikes as well as number of engines per season is still under discussion and should be out by end of February 2015, there are quite a bit of complaints among the rider regarding the SCAT3 Concussion testing. Some type of injuries that are particularly prevalent in motorcycle racing can create problems in assessing the rider’s concussion via SCAT testing. As the tests would be carried out between the rider’s crash and the next race, making the assessments quite irrelevant of the rider’s actual condition right before the next race. This in some cases could deem riders unfit and force them to sit out of upcoming events.

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Feeling under the weather, distant or just plain lazy to go out shopping? Yamaha has the solution for you. The Japanese company recently launched www.Shopyamaha.com, an e-commerce website that features accessories, parts and apparel from Yamaha and its partner brands. The website is a one stop solution to shop ones hearts out from the wishlist of things, or for that perfect gift that you would want to give to someone you care. The e-store has a huge selection of parts, accessories, apparels and lubricants The website covers a huge list of categories to shop from, including inventory of parts and apparels related to motorcycles, golf carts, snow mobiles, outdoor equipment, watercraft and even go-kart engine parts. For reference, the website also has detailed product and part diagrams to make choosing the right option easy. Launched perfectly in sync with the holiday season, the e-commerce shop has a massive catalogue of products. Throughout the year, we seriously doubt that such an inventory would be available with any offline shop anywhere in the country, making the e-shop a perfect destination to weigh in your options, compare products and shop exactly what you want. Unfortunately for International customers, the website is only for customers residing in the USA. Although, we think that the thought behind this site has some really good potential and Yamaha Global should get their thoughts behind the same to make such an e-commerce website into an international platform.

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While EICMA is the place where motorcycle manufacturers are found unveiling their latest offerings for the year to come, the Italy Motor Bike Expo is a gentle reminder of whats available in the market to buy right away. It is also a huge display of everything else happening in the motorcycling world. 2014’s expo saw 560 exhibitors put up there products attracting more than 140,000 visitors from all across Europe and overseas with some of the best custom builders from around the world showcasing their creations. Lorenzo’s Yamaha M1 on display at the 2014 Expo For 2015, the Italy Motor Bike Expo would take place between January 23 to January 25 at its usual yearly grounds in Verona, Northern Italy. This year there would be four special display areas which would each be devoted to Cafe Racers, E-Bikes, MotoCircus and Motorsport & Touring. While the first two would concentrate on the latest and greatest in the uprising of the retro style cafe racers and the E-Bikes, the MotoCircus area would be a mix of exhibitions, presentations, awards and roundtables, while the Motorsport & Touring section as the name suggests would be dedicated to the world of racing, travel and adventure. The Motosport and Touring area would be visited by a star studded lineup from the likes of the 2014 WSBK Champion Sylvain Guintoli, Isle of Man TT star Guy Martin, Michael Van Der mark and Aykut Tataroglu from AT American Cycle. The custom bike builders John Shope, Chris Richardson, Winston Yeh, Mike Rabideau, Fred Kodlin and Davis Borras would grace the Cafe Racer area with their presence. Visitors crowd the Honda stall to see the manufacturer’s latest bikes Internationally renowned motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter would be there to present the “World Custom Conference” while Jody Perwitz – eight time land speed record holder and the fastest woman on an American V0twin would be present at the MotoCircus area. The cafe racer area would also see a special attendance from The Ace Cafe London who would debut the factory special edition Triumph Thruxton Ace 900.

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The 2015 Yamaha R1 is a trending topic no matter how you take it. While some may hate its looks for apparently being a mating between Admiral Akbar and a Star Trooper (nerdy Star Wars Stuff), others love it for its resemblance to the Moto GP YZR-M1 machine. In anyways, once the deliveries commence, like it or not, we are expecting to see a whole bunch of them all over the roads. While the responses might have gotten Yamaha confused where to retain the same face for the R1 for the years to come, they have no doubts about the technologies that are going into the manufacturing of parts. Recently Nippon Steel and Sumikin announced that the company has used a new titanium alloy for the connecting rods on the YZF-R1 and the YZF-M1. The new R1 adopts the worlds first fracture-split (FS) connecting rod Nippon Steel and Sumikin have adopted a new alloy dubbed “Super-TIX 51AF” which is made by an addition of upto 5% aluminium and 1% iron to the titanium. The new alloy provides equal strength as compared to the conventional general-purpose titanium alloys while being better under high temperature conditions. Additionally ‘Super-TIX 51AF’ due to its aluminium and minimal iron content is lighter than the conventional alloys resulting in lighter connecting rods resulting in less horsepower reduction due to rotary motion. This kind of titanium alloy is cost effective too, since it doesn’t require the need of any sort of rare earth metals, keeping costs in check.

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When Roland Sands Designs first got their hands on the BMW R 90 S, it was a time of anticipation for both the companies on how the end product of the relation is going to look. Months later, when BMW and the California based designer finally showcased the BMW Concept 90 at the Concorse d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como, Italy, people couldn’t get their eyes off it. Its minimal body design with  embodied the classic racer look of the 70’s while carry some very modern touches such as BMW LEDS and glittered with the bespoke Roland Sands Design parts. Roland Sand’s BMW Concept 90 was on of the best motorcycles at the Concorse Its since then that BMW and Roland Sands Design have been working closely on whats developed today to be a official partnership for custom parts. BMW Motorrad recently announced that the custom parts made by Roland Sands Design for the R Nine T would be available officially through BMW and Roland Sands Designs dealerships worldwide. These high-quality custom parts include engine breast plate, valve cover, oil filter caps, a custom seat called the “flat out ENZO seat”, gauge housing, a headlight bezel, rear axle plugs and more. The parts would be available for delivery end of February 2015. Roland Sands Design Exclusive Parts for the BMW R Nine T – Image Gallery  

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Honda launched the update version of CB unicorn today in India. The new version termed as CB Unicorn as the name implies comes with an  163cc  engine producing 14.5bhp of maximum power and 14.89kgm of peak torque. It comes with 5-speed transmission and Honda claims cb unicorn is capable of reaching 106kmph and average mileage under standard conditions is 62kmpl. CB Unicorn 160 standard comes with a front disc brake and rear drum setup is priced at Rs 69,350 and the CB Unicorn 160 equipped with a Combi-Brake system costs Rs 74,414. Both the prices are ex-showroom, Delhi. CB Unicorn 160 will take on suzuki gixxer, yamaha fz v2.0, Bajaj Pulsar and TVS Apache 160. Related Posts Honda launches new Stunner and new Dio Honda launches CB Unicorn Dazzler Honda launches CB Unicorn and CB Shine Honda plans new Unicorn variant @Vicky.in forums – Pulsor (Vs) Unicorn, Yamaha Gladiator vs Honda CBF Stunner Vs Discover 135 sport and much more (Visited 4 times, 4 visits today) The post Honda launches CB Unicorn 160 at Rs69,350 appeared first on .

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The UK market is good news for Kawasaki. The country’s customers seem to like the idea of a supercharged motorcycle as the company is seeing huge demands for the bikes. While the numbers are still limited, the allocation for the Ninja H2 and H2R has been increased for UK after seeing high demands. With the allocation numbers increased, the ordering window for the bikes has been extended too. The demand surge is partly due to the recent ‘Rolling Road’ campaign feature that Kawasaki showcased at the Motorcycle Live Show in UK recently. At the show, the machines were strapped on to a dyno for the visitors to have a ‘full throtte’ experience onboard the 300 bhp H2R while onlookers would enjoy the screaming engine note of the supercharged engines as they spit flames on every gearshift. The display was impressive getting Kawasaki the attention they needed. The H2R is the post powerful production motorcycle till date The Kawasaki Ninja H2 and H2R bookings are currently ongoing till the stocks last, which by judging the response isn’t going to be a long time. Buyers have been told to register with their local dealer at the soonest as they would be served on a first come – first serve basis. The street-legal H2 retails for £22,000 while the track-only H2R retails for £41,000 in the UK. Both the bikes go on sale from March 2015 in the UK. Hit the link below to see the Ninja H2R Spit out flames at the ‘Rolling Road’ feature at Motorcycle Live, Birmingham, UK:

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