After seeing first hand the lengths that KTM have gone to in order to make the dimensions of their new 75-degree offset crank-pin 790 cc parallel twin as minimalist as possible, and then sampling how strong and linear the performance of the 435-degree firing interval engine is myself over many kilometres of fanging the 790 Duke, I am dying to see just how well this engine will translate in to the 790 Adventure, but unfortunately we are going to have to wait until its June 2019 arrival to sample it!
KTM quote 95 horsepower at 8000 rpm and 88 Nm at 6600 rpm for both 790 Adventure models. This is 10 hp down on the 790 Duke, but the claimed 88 Nm torque is marginally higher while at 6600 rpm, that peak twist arrives 1400 rpm earlier than the 790 Duke.
The incredibly small engine packaging (only fractionally larger externally than the 375cc single in the 390 Duke), gives KTM the room to fit a long swingarm and more space for the fuel cell.
The small engine dimensions also allow for plenty of ground clearance while maintaining a reasonable seat height.
Clearance on the 790 Adventure is 233 mm while the 790 Adventure R has 263 mm of clearance.
Seat height on the Adventure is adjustable between 830 and 850 mm while the saddle on the 790 Adventure R is a taller 880 mm.
Both are also claimed to tip the scales at 189kg without their 20-litre fuel cells being topped up.
Thus we can extrapolate that the 790 Adventure weighs in at 204kg fully fuelled and ready to ride.
Again those slim and compact engine dimensions have played their part in keeping the fuel low with the tank extending down alongside the engine, similar to what we once saw in the 990 Adventure models some years ago.
KTM claim a fuel range as high as 450 km from the new bikes and while this might be possible when being nursed, realistically a rider will more likely able to count on a 350+ km range in most touring duties.
Predictably, KTM owned WP provides the suspension for both bikes.
Inverted 43 mm forks on the Adventure grow to more premium 48 mm XLPOR forks in the R.
Suspension travel at both ends is 200 mm for the Adventure and 240 mm on the R.
Both bikes roll on an 18-21 inch spoked rim combination.
Easily adjusted from the left bar-mounted menu switch, the KTM 790 Adventure has different ride modes to enable riders to explore the full potential of the bike.
Street, Offroad and Rain riding modes, along with the optional Rally mode (standard on the R), alter the behaviour and feeling of the engine.
Changing a ride mode changes the throttle response, the traction control level and, depending on the mode, the peak power.
The KTM 790 Adventure is also equipped with the state-of-the-art TFT display. Easily readable in all conditions, the full color, 5″ screen’s configuration is variable and automatically adapts to changes in environmental light.
The main information is arranged in a position where the rider can immediately see it, while additional displayed information can be chosen by the rider with the integrated KTM MY RIDE system is integrated. This allows pairing with a smartphone for receiving (or rejecting) phone calls, listening to music and, using the optional app, navigating with on screen turn-by-turn directions along with audio prompts.
For 2019 Triumph are boasting a better than ever Street Twin, with a significant improvement to power, higher spec’ equipment and a higher quality of finish, as well as improved rider comfort and technology.
First launched in 2016 the Street Twin has gone on to become of the brand’s strongest sellers in the Bonneville range, offering a modern affordable custom classic, blending technology with a retro theme and strong accessibility for a wide range of riders.
2019 Triumph Street Twin updates
Up 9.8hp to 64hp, 18% more peak power
Red line now 500rpm higher
80Nm of accessible torque
New Brembo four-piston front brake caliper
New higher-specification cartridge front forks
Improved rider ergonomics
New Road & Rain riding modes
New cast aluminium multi-spoke wheels with machined detailing
New contemporary logo
New premium instrument styling
Improved finish and detailing
2 new inspiration kits – Urban Ride and Café Custom
High Torque Bonneville
The 900cc High Torque Bonneville engine benefits from a significant upgrade in 2019, delivering 9.8hp more peak power, taking the total up to 64hp, 18% more than its predecessor.
This upgrade also brings a higher redline, up 500rpm to 7500rpm, with peak torque of 80Nm delivered low down in the rev range from just 3800rpm. Twin upswept silencers were also chosen to deliver an unmistakeable British Twin soundtrack.
To deliver the higher power and performance, the engine updates include a new magnesium cam cover, new lightweight crankshaft, dead shafts and balance shafts, new mass optimised clutch cover and new lighter clutch.
The standard ride-by-wire brings also offers optimised control from a single throttle body, while liquid-cooling delivers low emissions and fuel efficient riding. High service intervals of 10,000 miles (16,000km) also reduce the Street Twin’s cost of ownership.
Improved ergonomics & chassis
The new 2019 Street Twin also represents a step forward in handling and rider and pillion comfort, now including a new Brembo four-piston front brake caliper, for better bite and feel for greater control.
New higher spec cartridge front forks have also been added, with 120mm travel, aiming to deliver a more comfortable ride.
On top of the higher specification equipment, the Street Twin improves rider ergonomics with a more comfortable seat-to-peg riding position. A 10mm increase to the seat foam thickness also increases both rider and pillion comfort, improving longer distance rideability.
First class technology
The 2019 Street Twin boasts a host of advanced rider technology, including the new Road and Rain riding modes, which adjust the throttle map and traction control settings for the optimum riding experience in all conditions.
Traction control is also fitted and switchable via the instrument menu, optimising the delivery of the Street Twin’s torque when traction is compromised. ABS is likewise standard fitment for enhanced rider safety and control, with a torque-assist clutch bringing a lighter touch and feel to the clutch.
A longer LED rear light incorporated into the minimal tail set-up offers a distinctive rear light pattern, while an immobiliser is fitted as standard, with transponder incorporated into the key, for maximum security. A USB charging socket located under the seat also offers convenient charging of personal electronic devices.
A new optional Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) accessory is also now offered and ready for fitment.
Contemporary custom style
The Street Twin’s custom character has been enhanced with more contemporary details and touches, the most noticeable being new cast aluminium, multi-spoke wheels with machined detailing.
The new Street Twin logo, features on the new side panel and provides a more contemporary look compared to the previous model.
There is also an upgrade to the instrumentation with a new bezel complete with metallic Bonneville embellisher, plus a new dial face with a premium translucent silver finish and more integrated warning lights.
Several other enhanced details across the bike include new brushed aluminium headlight brackets, new premium foil decal tank badge, new seat materials, leather inspired dual-material construction with tactile feel and durable finish and new machined headlight detailing.
These new features join the Street Twin’s distinctive custom looks and features including contemporary black engine finish, signature ‘Bonneville’ finned head and header clamps, single throttle body with aluminium finisher, twin upswept brushed stainless-steel silencers, compact headlight with Triumph bulb cap badge, sculpted fuel tank, minimal mirrors and stylish indicators.
The new Street Twin will be available in three paint schemes: Matt Ironstone; Korosi Red; Jet Black.
Triumph’s Street Twin has become a popular starting point for custom builds around the world, with Triumph’s accessory range also offering 140 dealer-fit options for easy customisation. This range includes a range of custom inspired parts, including silencers from Vance and Hines, Fox rear shocks, bench seats, fly screens, rear mudguard removal kits, and compact bullet LED indicators.
Triumph have also announced a set of two inspiration kits for the Street Twin, which can be fitted as a complete set. The stripped-back Urban Ride kit and the contemporary urban custom style Café Custom kit.
Brushed 2 into 2 exhaust system with twin brushed silencers
O ring chain
Wet, multi-plate assist clutch, cable operated
Tubular steel cradle
Twin-sided, tubular steel
Cast aluminium alloy multi-spoke 18 x 2.75in
Cast aluminium alloy multi-spoke 17 x 4.25in
KYB 41mm cartridge forks with cartridge damping, 120mm travel
KYB twin shocks with adjustable preload, 120mm rear wheel travel
Single 310mm disc, Brembo 4-piston fixed caliper, ABS
Single 255mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS
Height Without Mirrors
LCD multi-functional instrument pack with analogue speedometer, engine rpm, odometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, range to empty indication, service indicator, clock, 2x trip, average & current fuel consumption display, traction control status display, TPMS ready & heated grip ready – controlled by a handlebar mounted scroll button.
Unlike most tangible concepts coming out of EICMA, Bosch is outlining its plans for the future of motorcycling with a comprehensive three-step safety concept, a vison, if you will. Firstly, by keeping the bike stable in braking situations and acceleration; secondly, by realizing predictive safety and comfort functions with innovative surround-sensing; and thirdly, by connecting the bike with its environment. Learn more about Bosch’s vision for the future of motorcycling from our visit to the Renningen Bosch facility.
EICMA 2018: Bosch’s Two-Wheeler & Powersports business continues to gain speed
Bosch’s Two-Wheeler & Powersports business is still on course for growth: sales are forecasted to rise more than 20 percent in 2018 compared to 2017
Dirk Hoheisel: “Bosch continues to invest in dedicated motorcycle and powersports technologies, aiming at becoming the market leader.”
Being shown to a wide audience for the first time – surround sensing technologies are making their way from car to motorcycle
Accident-free riding: Bosch tackles this challenge with a comprehensive three-step safety concept
More information about the solutions for motorcycles can be found here
Milan, Italy – Bosch’s Two-Wheeler & Powersports business unit continues to gain momentum in the global motorcycle and powersports market. Bosch’s motorcycle technology sales for 2018 are forecasted to rise more than 20 percent compared to 2017. According to Bosch’s estimate, the business unit´s sales will continue to grow twice as fast as the market, heading towards the target of one billion euros of sales in 2020, generated by assistance, powertrain, electrification, and connectivity systems. Major growth is forecasted in India where Bosch supplies market-specific motorcycle powertrain and safety solutions to comply with the ABS and Bharat Stage 6 emission regulation as well as local market trends. Bosch continues to invest in a constantly growing market. The global demand for two-wheelers is forecasted to grow annually by more than four percent from 2017 to 2022, reaching 122 million bikes by 2022 (source: Freedonia). In 2018, Bosch has set up a dedicated Two-Wheeler & Powersports team in ASEAN, one of the Top 3 motorcycle markets in the world besides China and India, to address the local market needs. “Bosch continues to invest in dedicated motorcycle and powersports technologies, aiming at becoming the market leader,” says Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, Executive Board Member at Robert Bosch GmbH.
Bosch’s vision is to make the mobility of the future accident-free, stress-free, and nearly emissions-free – and this goes for motorcycles as well. Safety is one of the most pressing challenges in the motorcycle market. The fact is, motorcyclists are still the most vulnerable road users. Their risk of dying in an accident is up to 20 times higher than for car drivers. Bosch is tackling this with a comprehensive three-step safety concept towards accident-free mobility. Firstly, by keeping the bike stable in braking situations and acceleration; secondly, by realizing predictive safety and comfort functions with innovative surround-sensing; and thirdly, by connecting the bike with its environment.
Comprehensive safety concept: three steps towards accident-free mobility
Bosch has made motorcycle riding safer with assistance systems such as ABS and MSC. According to Bosch accident research, around one-third of powered two-wheeler accidents with injuries could be avoided with MSC. Now Bosch goes one step further by building a virtual safety shield for motorcycles. A new safety package for motorcycles, comprising adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and blind-spot detection is being shown at EICMA to a wide audience for the first time. These electronic assistants are always vigilant and, in emergencies, they respond more quickly than people can. According to Bosch accident research estimates, these radar-based assistance systems could prevent one in seven motorcycle accidents. The technology underpinning these systems is a combination of radar sensor, brake system, engine management, and human machine interface. Giving motorcycles radar as a sensory organ enables these new motorcycle assistance and safety functions while providing an accurate picture of the vehicle’s surroundings. As a result, these assistance functions not only increase safety, they also enhance enjoyment and convenience by making life easier for riders. “The motorcycle of the future must be able to see and feel,” says Geoff Liersch, Head of the Bosch Two-Wheeler and Powersports business unit.
More safety, more enjoyment
Assistance systems alone are not enough to make roads safer. Bosch’s vision for the future is to prevent accidents happening in the first place. According to estimates by Bosch accident research, motorcycle-to-car communication could prevent nearly one-third of motorcycle accidents. Up to ten times a second, vehicles within a radius of several hundred meters exchange information about vehicle types, speed, position, and direction of travel. Long before drivers or their vehicles’ sensors catch sight of a motorcycle, this technology informs them that a motorcycle is approaching, allowing them to adopt a more defensive driving strategy. If a crash is unavoidable, the eCall system will trigger the rescue chain to support the rider as soon as possible. “We will continue to develop new technologies to make motorcycle riding safer without reducing enjoyment,” says Geoff Liersch, Head of Two-Wheeler & Powersports.
The evolution of electromobility for city riding
Another major challenge for the motorcycle market is urbanization. Today, 55 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase up to 70 percent by 2050 (source: UN). However, as populations grow, so too does the urban landscape with congested roads, higher noise levels, and poorer air quality. To cope with these challenges worldwide, Bosch offers electromobility solutions for nearly all vehicle segments – from eBike systems up to solutions for commercial vehicles. For the electrification of light vehicles on four, three, or two-wheels, for all performance classes between 0.25 and 20 kW, Bosch provides not only highly efficient mobility solutions for the urban environment but also a unique riding experience for the individual riders. As a part of Bosch’s integrated eScooter system, an app integrates vehicle information, connected functions, and social networking. Riders can easily manage trips with the app focusing on the riders’ needs for the specific situation. In addition, Bosch is not only electrifying personal vehicles, but also vehicles used in commercial applications. Electromobility is playing an increasingly important role in the fast and flexible delivery of goods within cities. The Bosch 48 V central drive system is also used to power the Ligier cargo three-wheeler, which delivery services use to carry letters and parcels the last mile to their destinations in urban areas.
The Cardo Freecom 4+ unveiled at EICMA 2018 features a host of premium features at a decent price. We hope to get some for testing as soon as possible.
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Cardo Systems Unveils All-New Freecom 4+ Setting Again New Standards for Bluetooth Communications Systems
The company continues its tradition of innovation, delivering the world’s 1st Bluetooth Communicator with JBL-Sound, Natural Voice-Command Operation, and a razor-thin Control Wheel
Plano, Texas (Nov. 6, 2018) – Cardo Systems, the global market leader in wireless communication systems for motorcyclists, today unveiled the Freecom 4+, an all-new scion of its immensely successful Freecom Bluetooth Communicators line – packing high-end technology, at a mid-range price point. Cardo’s Freecom 4+ is the first-ever Bluetooth system to deliver top-end Packtalk features such as JBL-sound, real natural voice-command operation, and a razor-thin analog wheel. Together with state-of-the-art four-way rider-to-rider, rider-to-passenger, and single-rider intercom, the Freecom 4+ is the best equipped and best performing Bluetooth communication system anywhere.
“We are excited to offer top-end technology at an affordable price point for the consumer,” said Dr. Abraham Glezerman, Cardo’s founder and CEO. “With its best-in-class sound, truly natural voice operation and the innovative razor-thin wheel, FREECOM 4+ underscores again our ongoing and firm commitment to developing the industry’s best solutions and providing consumers with communication systems that perform extremely well for virtually any riding style.”
The FREECOM 4+ sports a cutting-edge aerodynamic and ergonomic design, plus comes loaded with new technology including two features only available through Cardo: Sound by JBL and truly natural voice-command operation. Developed specifically for Cardo, Sound by JBL now also gives riders the highest standard of audio quality. Freecom 4+ single sound profile offers the purest sound designed and perfected in JBL’s Los Angeles audio labs. Natural voice-command operation allows riders to simply say, “Hey Cardo” without having to press any buttons, and the always-on device reacts instantaneously. The big safety benefit: hands always remain on the handlebar, including activation of Apple’s Siri and “OK Google” by voice-command.
FREECOM 4+ ($249.00 MSRP)
The FREECOM 4+ represents all of PACKTALK’s premium features in a Bluetooth system to create the best Bluetooth communication device in the world. Connect one to four riders with up to 3/4 mile range, experience Sound by JBL and easy-to-use natural voice-command operation, Bluetooth 4.1, and universal connectivity.
Freecom 4+, like all Cardo units, is IP-67 waterproof, not simply water-resistant, and feature a two-year warranty and a U.S.-based customer-support system.
A decade after BMW’s S 1000 RR first debuted and shocked all of us with its next level engine performance as we tasted its power for the first time at Portimao, BMW have re-imagined their flagship sportsbike for model year 2019.
The headline figures for this new third-generation S 1000 RR are 207 horsepower at 13,500 rpm and a wet weight (with 16.5 litres of fuel) listed as 197 kg in base form, and as low as 193.5 kg with the M package option.
In base form the 2019 S 1000 RR is 11 kilograms lighter than its predecessor.
Claimed torque is 113 Nm at 10,500 rpm and the engine itself is 4 kg lighter than the previous donk. Maximum engine speed is rated at 14,600 rpm and BMW claim that the new engine has more grunt across the entire rev range.
Combined with a new suspension package and even more comprehensive suite of electronics BMW claim the new bike is ‘at least one-second faster than its predecessor’.
• 4 kg lighter, newly developed 4-cylinder in-line engine with BMW ShiftCam Technology for variation of valve timings and valve strokes on the intake side. • Increased output and torque: 152 kW (207 hp) (in the USA: 151 kW (205 hp)) at 13 500 rpm and 113 Nm at 11 000 rpm. • At least 100 Nm of torque from 5,500 to 14,500 rpm. • Effort-saving, linear torque curve: further improved ridability and controllability due to increased torque in the lower and medium engine speed range. • Newly developed suspension featuring Flex Frame, with the engine taking on more of a load-bearing function. • Significantly improved ergonomics due to Flex Frame. • Refined suspension geometry for further improved handling, increased traction and crystal-clear feedback in the threshold range. • Further developed electronic damping adaptation Dynamic Damping Control DDC with new valve generation as an optional equipment item. • New rear wheel suspension weighing 300 g less than before with Full Floater Pro kinematics. • Weight reduction of 11 – 14.5 kg to 197 kg when fully fuelled (DIN unladen) and 193.5 kg with M Package. • New exhaust system weighing some 1.3 kg less, with front silencer. • New 6-axis sensor cluster. • Further developed Dynamic Traction Control DTC as standard • DTC Wheelie Function as standard. • Adjustable (+/- shift) DTC Wheelie Function as an optional equipment item. • Engine brake function, adjustable. • ABS Pro for increased safety when braking, also in banking position, as standard. • New riding modes “Rain”, “Road”, “Dynamic” and “Race” as standard and “Pro Modes” option with three additional configurable modes “Race Pro 1-3” for optimum individual adaptation to conditions. • Launch Control for perfect starts comes with “Pro Modes” option. • Pit Lane Limiter for precise pit lane speeds also included with the “Pro Modes” option. • Shift Assistant Pro for fast up and down shifting without clutch, standard. • Shift pattern can easily be reversed. Electronic cruise control as an ex works option. • New instrument panel with 6.5-inch screen offering excellent readability and featuring a Pure Ride screen as well as three Core screens. • LED light units all round. • Turn indicators with new “Comfort Indicator” function. • Completely newly designed body elements for even more dynamic styling and optimum aerodynamics. • Two colour schemes for the market launch: Racing Red and Motorsport paint finish. • Extended range of special accessories and ex-work options.
BMW ShiftCam Technology
Not only is the geometry of the intake and exhaust ports further optimised, the 2019 BMW S 1000 RR now also comes with BMW ShiftCam Technology.
This system varies the valve timings and valve strokes on the intake side via a two sets of lobes on the camshafts.
The valves themselves are made of light titanium with the intake items featuring a hollow bore.
A revised intake passage and a new exhaust system that is 1.3 kg lighter likewise contribute to increased overall performance. Ridability and sprint capability benefit from a substantially increased torque across a wide engine speed range.
With the aim of achieving a significant weight reduction, the engine in the new RR now has more of a load-bearing function than was previously the case.
The requirement in designing the new main frame, in addition to improving ergonomics, was to have the force applied directly to the engine structure via the shortest possible paths.
BMW claim that a significant increase in riding dynamics was achieved in the new RR based on the combination of the new riding geometry, optimised wheel load distribution and a substantial weight optimisation.
The steering head angle has now been set 0.4° steeper at 66.9°, with the offset of the fork bridges adjusted as necessary. The castor is reduced to 93.9 mm (previously 96.5 mm).
At the same time, the wheelbase was extended by 9 mm to 1,441 mm. The length of the new single-section rear wheel swinging arm with underslung sections is 606.6 mm.
The new Full Floater Pro kinematics in the rear suspension also contributes significantly to the perceptible increase in suspension performance.
All in all, riders of the new RR will benefit from further improved handling, increased traction and even more transparent feedback in all riding states up to the threshold range.
The next generation of the electronic suspension DDC is available for the new RR as an optional equipment item. Specially developed for the RR, Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) requires no compromises in terms of suspension set-up.
This is made by possible among other things by new valve and control technology. What is more, a shim package is available for selective adaptation when required for ambitious race track riding.
Four riding modes as standard and three more as part of the “Pro Modes” option for optimum adaptation. For ideal adaptation to varied conditions of use, the new RR is fitted with the four modes “Rain”, “Road”, “Dynamic” and “Race” as standard.
For those who wish to delve deeper into the world of race tracks and motor racing, the “Pro Modes” option offers an additional three riding modes (Race Pro 1-3) that are freely programmable. These enable individual adaptation of the most diverse control functions such as Dynamic Traction Control DTC, ABS and wheelie detection as well as the throttle curve (torque adjustment) and Engine Brake to suit the rider’s own skill level and riding style.
Other features that come with the “Pro Modes” option are Launch Control for perfect race starts and the configurable Pit Lane Limiter for exact adherence to speeds in the pit lane. Ultra-fast shifting up and down without the clutch is enabled by HP Shift Assistant Pro, which comes as a standard feature.
New Six-Axis IMU
New 6-axis sensor cluster for an unprecedented level of electronic control quality.
The new RR is fitted with ABS Pro and Dynamic Traction Control DTC as standard. In addition to traction control, DTC also includes the DTC Wheelie Function as standard – available as an ex works option and now individually adjustable for the first time.
All control systems have been readjusted for regulation quality and characteristics. While the part integral BMW Motorrad ABS systems already provide a very high degree of performance and safety when braking in a straight line, ABS Pro now takes this a step further to offer increased safety when braking in banking position as well.
New 6.5-inch colour TFT screen
The instrument panel of the new RR has also been completely newly developed and is now designed even more consistently for use in supersports racing. In addition to a maximum range of information, the BMW Motorrad developers paid particular attention to ensuring that the 6.5-inch TFT screen provides excellent readability – even in difficult light conditions.
The aim was to offer the rider individually tailored screen displays for different uses. The Pure Ride screen shows all the information required for regular road use while the three Core screens are designed for use on the race track, with the rev counter displayed in analogue form (Core 1 and 2) or else as a bar chart (Core 3), for example.
Alongside the digital display of speed, revolutions per minute, selected mode, settings for ABS Pro, DTC and DDC and the menus, it is also possible to access the following wide range of information on the screen (depending on the options fitted), for example
• Current banking position, left/right. • Maximum banking position achieved, left/right. • Current deceleration in m/s2 . • Maximum deceleration achieved in m/s2 . • Engine speed reduction by DTC. • Speed warning (“SPEED” appears when a previously defined speed is exceeded). • Average speed. • Average fuel consumption. • Trip 1 and 2. • Remaining range. • Total kilometres. • Fuel tank fill level.
For riders using the new RR on the race track, the new instrument cluster offers additional and highly interesting data which can be accessed in a variety of screen display formats:
• Lap time and lap distance. • Lap-specific speeds (min, max, average). • Active mode per lap. • DTC adjustment value per lap. • Banking angle, left/right. • Maximum banking positions, left/right per lap. • Maximum DTC torque reduction per lap. • Maximum deceleration per lap. • Number of shifts per lap. • Average throttle grip position per lap. • Total laps, total riding time and total distance. • Best ever lap.
Ergonomics and Styling
The new layout of the main frame – as a Flex Frame – has made it possible to create a much leaner fuel tank and seating area trim sections for further improved support and knee grip.
What is more, optimised contact surfaces and a newly defined ergonomic triangle between the handlebar ends, seat surface and footrests makes for optimum ergonomics.
Meanwhile, completely newly developed bodywork features ensure the new RR is instantly recognisable as a new model. This is supported by the dynamic design featuring a colour scheme with two individual characters: Racing Red and Motorsport paint finish.
• M Package: Pro Mode, Motorsport paint finish, M carbon fibre wheels, M light weight battery, M sport seat, M chassis kit with rear ride height adjustment and swingarm pivot.
• Dynamic Package: Next generation Dynamic Damping Control DDC, heated grips, cruise control.
• Race Package: Pro Mode, M forged wheel, M light weight battery, M chassis kit with rear ride height adjustment and swingarm pivot.
BMW aiming for WorldSBK Title
A new BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team will enter WorldSBK in collaboration with Shaun Muir Racing and with a well-known rider pairing: 2013 Superbike World Championship winner Tom Sykes (GBR) together with reigning Superstock 1000 European champion and three-times IDM champion Markus Reiterberger (GER).
With the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team and the cooperation with Shaun Muir Racing, BMW Motorrad is significantly expanding its engagement in the WorldSBK. At the same time, BMW Motorrad will continue its successful customer racing program in numerous other national and international racing series.
What do you think of BMW’s effort? Please comment below.
BMW S 1000 RR
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Water-cooled in-line 4-cylinder engine
Premium (super plus) unleaded petrol, octane number 95- 98 (RON) (knock control; rated output with 98 RON)
DOHC (double overhead camshaft) Valve activation via individual rocker arms and variable intake camshaft control system BMW ShiftCam
Valves Per Cylinder
Throttle Valve Diameter
Closed-loop three-way catalytic converter
12 / 8, maintenance-free
LED low beam twin headlamp in free-form technology
Recently announced motorcycle maker Arc has launched its first model, the Vector, at Milan’s EICMA Motorcycle show today with the company claiming that the Arc Vector is the most advanced electric motorcycle ever brought to market. With a price-tag starting at £90,000, that is about $165,000 AUD, it bloody well should be too!
The hand-built Vector has a lightweight carbon-composite structure and battery-module monocoque. Its lighter weight solves one of the headaches normally attributed to brick battery EVs, and ARC are claiming MotoGP levels of chassis stiffness.
The Samsung battery cells are cutting-edge and Arc claim to be the first motorcycle manufacturer with access to this technology. The battery packaging has been developed to be completely modular, flexible, and legacy-free, maximised for simplicity, space and mass-reduction. Arc’s batteries are the only motorcycle batteries tested to Reg100 standards – a test normally only undertaken by automotive OEMs.
The powercell produces 399 units of voltage, giving a realistic range of around 320 kilometres in urban use and 200 kilometres on the highway. The NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) showed a 600+ kilometre urban range, which is the drive-cycle often quoted by companies
Vector utilises carbon-fibre swingarms front and rear with suspension via custom-made Ohlins dampers. Brembo supply the brakes while the wheels are from BST.
The entire package tips the scales at 220kg, which is almost 60kg lighter than comparable machines. Vector has the best power-to-weight ratio of any electric motorcycle of its class by a considerable margin.
In raw pace, Vector rivals regular sporting motorcycles, sprinting from standstill to 60mph in 3.1 seconds and carrying on to 120mph.
Human Machine Interface (HMI) has been taken to a new level, comprising an intelligent rider jacket packed with haptic sensory technology and a Heads-Up Display (HUD) helmet inspired by those of fighter pilots, giving the user important information and enhancing the freedom and wellbeing of their riding experience.
The key to the bike is the Zenith helmet, which has been designed in collaboration with Hedon. Its connected HUD projects speedo, sat-nav and ancillary graphics onto the rider’s visor so they can keep their eyes affixed to the road, Iron Man-style. A live rear-view camera is encased in the calfskin-trimmed helmet, giving the user the ability to see what’s behind them.
The bespoke jacket, Origin, represents a game-changing advance in intelligent technology, making motorcycling even more immersive. HMI has been applied to the armoured ride-wear by packing the jacket with audio-type haptic amplifiers – like a smart phone’s vibration notifications, but a lot more advanced. These may vibrate to alert of a potential hazard, provide dynamic performance-based feedback, or enhance the senses when on a stimulating ride.
The Origin jacket, which is tailored in collaboration with style gurus Knox, has three settings. Urban Mode focuses on safety, alerting the rider to dangers such as vehicles in their blind spot with a polite tap on the shoulder. Sports Mode gives the rider feedback on the bike’s dynamic position and parameters by taking G-Force related data from the Vector’s carefully nuanced sensors and providing a graduated level of feedback. This tells the rider how close to the limit of the motorcycle’s capabilities the rider is. For example, the harder you brake the more feedback you receive.
Euphoric Mode lets you play music through the haptics as you ride and simulates the bass through the jacket’s amplifiers, making your hairs stand on end. It communicates with the Vector bike and the Zenith helmet wirelessly, emboldening freedom by enhancing the senses.
Financial backing has been obtained from a number of blue-chip beneficiaries, including Jaguar Land Rover’s venture capital fund InMotion Ventures, Mercia Fund Managers and the Midlands Engine Investment Fund.
Mark Truman, Founder and CEO, Arc Vehicle Ltd
“We felt that there was more one could get out of motorcycling which no one was tapping into. This is about using technology to strip back the experience of riding a bike, through the use of haptics and HUD. The helmet and jacket work in tandem with the Vector to remove distractions and emphasise the joy of riding.
“With Vector, we’ve set out to build the best performance electric motorcycle. With electric vehicles in general, the powertrain weighs a lot. This really can’t be avoided if you want capacity, distance and performance. So, it was about stripping everything back and using a lot of exotic, lightweight materials, such as carbon-fibre. The chassis and battery module had to be one, and because of this approach we’ve been able to reduce the weight as much as possible to achieve the performance we wanted. The design brief was; if the term ‘cafe racer’ was going to be coined in ten years’ time, what would that look like?
“Arc Vector satisfies those of us who are rarely satisfied, who are always looking for a different road, a different view. We understand the need to be different, to be better, and challenge the norm.”
Arc Vector Specifications
Build Volume – 399 in first year
Maximum Power 103 kW
Maximum Torque 85 Nm at Motor, 397 Nm at Gearbox Output Sprocket
MV Agusta are the masters of special editions, some are simply a bit of a bling and some new colour treatments, but every now and then they come up with something a bit more special. I think it is fair to say the MV Agusta Superveloce 800 might indeed be a bit special.
The legend of “Meccanica Verghera” and MV’s incredible record on the racetracks of the world in the 1960s and 1970s is celebrated in the MV Agusta Superveloce 800.
The machine you see here is dubbed a ‘concept’ but MV Agusta have stated that the bike will be produced in the second half of 2019.
Timeless classic lines pay homage to MV Agusta’s history but in the Superveloce 800 also sees plenty of modern styling cues successfully married in a tasteful nod to the heritage of iconic Italian brand.
A carbon-fibre fairing envelopes the engine and frame while the upper fairing pays tribute to design ethos of the nineteen-seventies.
The yellow colour of the plexiglass windscreen and the headlight unit in particular is certainly a nod to the psychadelic 70s. The latter is a technologically advanced twin-function full LED poly-ellipsoidal unit complete with LED daylight running light built into the cover of the new instrument cluster.
The sub-frame allows the owner to transform the bike from single-seat to pillion ready depending on their mood at the time.
A new circular LED tail light unit is distinctive.
The engine and braking system are directly derived from the MV Agusta F3 800, with some key adaptations that enhance the performance on the new Superveloce 800. The engine is entirely remapped to enhance the excellent power characteristics, without excluding an eventual increase in maximum power.
The entire exhaust system was redesigned based on the classic 3 in 1 in 3 layout, with the silencers placed asymmetrically: two are on the right side and one on the left, reminiscent of a prominent technical and aesthetic solution employed in MV Agusta’s racing history.
The riding position has been adapted directly from the F3 800 supersport bike, including the seat height, handlebars and footpegs, with the sole purpose of generating maximum riding efficiency.
Adjustable footpegs allow the rider to customize their position, guaranteeing a perfect rider-vehicle fit. The user-friendly handlebar and foot controls integrate perfectly with the clarity of the new TFT dashboard with dedicated graphics and a host of new features.
The fuel tank cap was specifically designed to integrate a characteristic leather strap that secures the fuel tank to the frame at the front and back.
The new MV Agusta Superveloce 800, in its final technical definition and stylistic form, will go into production in the second half of 2019.
Ducati’s Diavel launched at EICMA in 2010 to a great reception. Ducati took low slung, almost cruiser like styling and ergonomics, into a chassis with big power, great suspension and pretty good handling. For 2019 Ducati fits its up-spec Testastretta DVT 1262 engine to both the standard and new S editions.
The Testastretta DVT 1262 engine combines strong acceleration with smooth low-rev power delivery. This engine has already made a previous appearance on the Diavel platform in the XDiavel but now boasts more grunt for 2019.
An upgraded chassis set-up aims to make the Diavel 1260 more responsive on mixed-road routes – ideal for many Australian roads – while performance, braking and electronics provide performance akin to something much more sporting, including Bosch Cornering ABS.
Naturally comfort levels for rider and passenger remain a strong focus with an upright riding position and a large, generously padded seat.
1260 Ducati Testastretta DVT
The heart of the new Diavel 1260 is the 1262cc Ducati Testastretta DVT engine with variable cam timing. Already featured in the XDiavel, it has now been upgraded to output 159 hp (117 kW) at 9500rpm and 129 Nm (13.1 kgm) at 7500 rpm, providing good pulling power right from the low-medium rev range.
The variable timing system acts continuously on the intake and exhaust camshafts, meaning the engine adjusts power delivery to suit riding conditions, with smooth delivery at low revs, and sporty performance at high revs.
Power cruiser ergonomics & style
The riding position and ‘power cruiser’ ergonomics so popular with first-generation Diavelisti remain unchanged, however the new Diavel sports a prominent new tubular steel Trellis frame.
Anchored to the frame is an aluminium swingarm, designed to give cornering agility, feel and easy riding, while the rear wheel is shod in a wide 240 mm hoop – a Diavel hallmark.
Sophisticated electronics include the 6-axis Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU) which instantaneously detects bike speed and acceleration and is crucial to the many electronics systems on the Diavel 1260. These systems includes Bosch Cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Traction Control EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control EVO, Ducati Power Launch EVO and Cruise Control.
The Diavel 1260 will be available in Sandstone Grey with a black frame.
Diavel 1260 S
A sportier S version of the Diavel 1260 will also available, featuring fully adjustable Öhlins suspension at both ends, dedicated wheels and an up-spec braking system.
Compared to the standard Diavel the 1260 S boasts radially mounted Brembo monobloc four-piston M50 callipers and a PR16/19 radial master-cylinder. The upspec suspension is a 48mm Öhlins adjustable USD fork with TiN treatment, while the rear is a Öhlins fully adjustable monoshock. The custom wheels are machined but share the same dimensions as those found on the standard.
The S version also mounts the Ducati Quick Shift up & down EVO system as standard to allow clutchless shifting.
The Diavel S offers two livery options: Thrilling Black & Dark Stealth (motorcycle surfaces feature two contrasting blacks with different finishes, with red frame) and Sandstone Grey (with black frame).
This new Diavel 1260 is also compatible with the Ducati Link App: this lets riders set ‘journey mode’ (a combination of Load Mode and Riding Mode) and personalise the parameters of each individual Riding Mode (ABS, Ducati Traction Control, etc.) in a user-friendly manner via their smartphones. This App also provides comprehensive maintenance deadline info, a user manual and a Ducati Store locator.
Furthermore, the Ducati Link App lets riders record performance and routes so they can share their new Diavel experiences with the Ducatisti community.
2018 saw the 20th anniversary of one the most iconic designs in motorcycle history, the Yamaha YZF-R1.
The first 1998 model revolutionised superbike engineering and Yamaha have continued to use their industry defining superbike as a platform for innovation for two decades now.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their ground-breaking machine, three Yamaha Racing Teams entered the legendary Suzuka 8 Hours on YZF-R1’s sporting the vintage red and white livery of the original 1998 YZF-R1.
On-board their special edition machines and wearing matching leathers, the Yamaha Factory Racing Team of Alex Lowes, Michael van der Mark and Katsuyuki Nakasuga delivered a heroic effort to secure a historic consecutive 4th victory in this prestigious endurance race.
Marking this momentous occasion and two decades of leading the way in superbike technology, Yamaha Motor Europe will released a limited edition, track ready 2019 YZF-R1 GYTR.
Featuring the winning 20th Anniversary Suzuka 8 Hours livery including a wide range of GYTR Performance Products – Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing – and other performance parts as standard. The YZF-R1 GYTR is for track use only.
The key GYTR equipment on YZF-R1 GYTR includes a race wire harness set, ECU, CCU and quick throttle.
This exclusive racer also comes with a high performance Öhlins FGRT 219 front fork package.
Ohlins TTX36 GP rear shock and fully adjustable steering damper as well as a full titanium Akrapovič Evolution 2 exhaust system.
And to shield the bike, there are protectors for crankcase and wheel axles by Gilles Tooling.
There will also be an optional addition of non-Yamaha racing parts, specially selected and installed by racing engineers of a partnering Official Yamaha Racing Team. They ensure each bike will be adorned with a full carbon race fairing in iconic Suzuka 8 Hours livery and after their assembly a dyno engine break-in and tailored chassis set-up is performed, so each individual will be fully ready to conquer the track. This is a machine for true racing fans.
Yamaha Motor Europe will be releasing twenty units of this exclusive machine, one for each year the YZF-R1 has been setting pace in the superbike world.
The model shown at EICMA is a prototype and customers will have access to the final and full specifications as well as pricing in mid-December when customers will also be able to reserve their bike online before purchasing their 2019 YZF-R1 GYTR at an Official Yamaha Dealer.
Anyone lucky enough to get their hands on this unique piece of motorcycle history will also automatically receive admission to the 2019 Yamaha Racing Experience (YRE) where they will be taught by the specialists how to get the most out of their track ready racing machine.
The wait for Yamaha’s Tenere 700 to go on sale, or even for its final specifications to be released, has been an excruciating one for adventure enthusiasts, particularly those with a tuning fork bent.
At EICMA overnight Yamaha have released images of a production ready Tenere 700, and also detailed most of the technical specifications. However, the one spec’ that most people are hanging for, wet weight, is still missing from the documentation.
We do know that the engine will be a 689cc version of Yamaha’s now well established and popular parallel twin CP2 engine as seen in the MT-07 and XSR700.
An 11.5:1 compression ratio suggests that the engine is tuned for a broad spread of torque rather than an all-out hunt for maximum performance, as you would expect with this style of machine. Yamaha have stated that maximum torque is produced at 6500rpm, which is where the MT-07 also makes its peak twist of 68 Nm.
The MT-07 also runs 11.5:1 compression, thus while Yamaha are yet to state the power output of the Tenere 700 it is logical to deduce that it will be almost identical to the 74 horsepower at 9000 rpm power peak of the MT-07.
Yamaha Tenere 700 Video
That’s not a bad thing, why mess with what works, and we know the MT-07 engine works well.
The frame is all-new for Tenere 700. A lightweight double-cradle tubular steel frame forms the backbone of the new machine which rolls on a 1590 mm wheelbase and offers a generous 240 mm of ground clearance.
Of course lots of ground clearance generally also means a relatively tall perch, and the Tenere 700 has aimed to strike a balance with a seat height of 880 mm.
Fully-adjustable 43 mm upside down forks control a spoked 21-inch front rim and offer 210 mm of suspension travel.
The shock absorber appears to have a large reservoir, to help resist fade and maintain consistent damping control, and operates through a 200 mm stroke to the linkage. Preload is adjusted by convenient hand-wheel.
Tyres are 90/90-21 and 150/70-18 Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR.
A pair of 282 mm front discs and a 245 mm rear include a switchable ABS system. Calipers are Brembo.
We know that the MT-7 engine is relatively frugal which means that the 16-litre fuel tank of the Tenere 700 should be good for ranges of between 230 and 300 kilometres, depending on the terrain and your right wrist. Yamaha are claiming a range of 350 km+ from the 16-litre fuel cell.
The tank appears to be slim between the knees and the seat designed to cater for animated riding.
A rally style cockpit, complete with comprehensive LCD screen, promises ergonomics suitable for both sitting and standing riding positions.
Yamaha have also made provisions for the fitment of aftermarket navigation devices or smart-phones.
The stark brace of four LED lights first seen on the prototype seem to be making it across to the production machiine.
The lights are protected by a clear nacelle which then seems to blend in the with a tall, but narrow, windscreen.
The Tenere 700 is expected to arrive in Australian and NZ showrooms late in 2019. The price is yet to be set.