2010 October - Motorcycle News

October 30, 2010

Mercedes AMG to sponsor Ducati in MotoGP?

Mercedes could be the second car company in the MotoGP after Fiat. The The German manufacturer and the Italian motorcycle company have already collaborated together this year’s World Ducati Week where lucky motorcycle fans could try out the brand new Mercedes SLS AMG GT3. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Mercedes could sponsor Ducati with their AMG logo. The Italian sports magazine says the two companies will sign a three-year agreement but there’s no official word from the manufacturers. Read the full article »

October 29, 2010

2011 BMW G 650 GS: updated looks, same tech

Along with the R 1200 R and the R 1200 R Classic, BMW revealed the 2011 G 650 GS enduro model. The body of the new G 650 GS was completely redesigned. In particular the front section makes the single-cylinder enduro light, sporty, and dynamic. The asymmetrical headlamp and the self steering front wheel cover give the G 650 GS its look of absolute independence. A clear design of lines, the targeted use of coloured areas and all black plastic parts uphold the visual impression of a robust enduro outfit. Read the full article »

October 29, 2010

Benelli celebrates 100th year anniversary with TnT 1130 Century Racer

2011 will be a very special year for Italian manufacturer Benelli. Founded in 1911, Benelli is celebrating its 100th year anniversary with special edition motorcycles. The first one is the Tornado Naked Tre (TnT) 1130 Century Racer which will be displayed in Milan next week. For 2011, the TnT features Marzocchi forks, Sachs shock and Brembo brakes. The Italian engineers reprogrammed the ECU but it’s still unknown if this will increase the bike’s performances. The Cafe Racer version gets new seat and color options for the 2011 model year. Read the full article »

October 29, 2010

2011 BMW R 1200 R gets new boxer engine

Ahead of EICMA, BMW released information on the 2011 R 1200 R and R 1200 R Classic naked machines. Generating perceptibly higher torques, the new boxer engine provides an extra boost to temperament. Derived from the BMW HP2 Sport, their new boxer with 1170 cc and DOHC valve gear corresponds to the engines already installed in the BMW R 1200 GS and BMW R 1200 RT. The basic R 1200 R has a sporty character with new cast light alloy wheels, the R 1200 R Classic presents wire spoke wheels for a deliberate touch of refined nostalgia. Read the full article »

October 28, 2010

KTM 990 Adventure Special Edition celebrates Dakar domination

Austrian off-road motorcycle specialist will present a 990 Adventure special edition next week at EICMA show in Milan. Mike Werner of Motorbiker.org got his hands on this photo of the motorcycle which seems to be a tweaked version of the 990 Adventure. The special edition version features new blue and orange livery, classic Dakar logo and the 30th edition wording to remind everyone of it’s rally origins. The motorcycle got anti-lock brakes and KTM aftermarket kit. The company didn’t release the technical data yet. Read the full article »

October 28, 2010

Yamaha auction collectables for Africa

Would you like to be the exclusive owner of a Valentino Rossi helmet signed by the Doctor himself? Ever dreamed of having James Toseland’s BKS race suit in your wardrobe? Fancy a unique Philippaerts race shirt? Yamaha Racing is giving you the chance right now to lay your hands on these unique racing items. From October 2010 to February 2011 a series of online (eBay) auctions of unique racing collectables will be offered through the official Yamaha Racing Facebook page, all proceeds going to the charity organisation Riders for Health. Read the full article »

October 28, 2010

Full details of the 2011 Honda CBR250R – with video

Honda will present the new CBR250R at the EICMA show in Milan next week, but the manufacturer already took the wraps off the model. The much anticipated bike got the design cues of the VFR1200F sports tourer and the CBR1000RR sports bike. The entry-leves CBR is powered by a 4-stroke, 4-valve single-cylinder DOHC engine which delivers 26 hp and 23 Nm of torque. The engine, which meets the Euro-3 emission standards, is a little less powerful than the two-cylinder Kawasaki Ninja 250, but the Honda has more torque. Read the full article »

October 27, 2010

New design sketch of Honda’s V4 crossover

The EICMA show starts on Monday in Milan, but the japanese manufacturer already released a full design sketch of its mid-range capacity crossover model. The bike combines the CB1000R’s design cues with a smaller version of Honda’s V4 engine. Rumours suggest the machine will use a 800cc engine, along with traction control and engine mapping. Honda says, "This mid-range machine is an exciting new approach – a crossover machine that represents the best aspects of two separate biking genres. Read the full article »

October 27, 2010

Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Competition launches in Dallas

A new elite-level custom motorcycle builder contest has been launched in the United States. The Ultimate Custom Bike Competition kicks off on November 12th, and will have 12 individual rounds of competition. The finale takes place during Daytona Progressive International Motorcycle Show, March 9-12, 2011. With more than 500 custom-built machines, the UBCSC is close to becoming tha largest cutom bike competition in North America. Read the full article »

October 27, 2010

Video: Jeremy Irons picks up his BMW R1200GS in Hungary

Oscar-winning English actor Jeremy Irons rides a BMW R1200GS enduro bike in Hungary. The popular actor, who usually rides a BMW R1200RT, is currently filming the television series „The Borgias” in the Central European country and wanted another bike to use during his stay in Budapest. “I like working in Hungary, but I haven’t had the chance yet to get to know the country by motorcycle. I have been to Esztergom by car and I will definitely go back on a bike because I really liked it. Read the full article »