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Road Legal KTM RC 8C Spied Testing

Earlier this year, KTM unveiled the track-only RC 8C. Limited to 100 units, the supersport was jointly developed by the KTM Factory Racing Team and US-based Kramer Motorcycles. While this was exciting news from the manufacturer, it left many of us craving for a more accessible, road-going iteration.

KTM seems to have noticed because what appears to be a street-legal RC 8C has been spotted testing. The images of a test mule were first shared by German publication Motorrad and show a bike in the latter stages of the development process. 

The RC 8C is powered by the same 889cc, parallel-twin engine from the 890 Duke R, and the same engine is likely at the heart of this upcoming motorcycle. Meanwhile, the radiator seems larger, possibly compensating for the restricted cooling that the fairing will result in. 

Components like the frame and swingarm have been based on the ones on the 890 Duke R, as well. VisorDown reports that the swingarm and frame use beefier frame tubes and a more robust-looking strut linkage, respectively. 

In comparison, the track-only RC 8C has an entirely different frame that’s similar to the ones seen on Moto2 and Moto3 machines — a design that wouldn’t be feasible on a production bike.

As we mentioned earlier, the test mule looks like it’s pretty close to production. That said, it was seen sporting a blacked-out color scheme, so it’s hard to say what it’ll look like. If the RC 8C is anything to go by, this will be one good-looking motorcycle. 

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KTM 1290 Super Duke GT Updated for 2022

The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT is one of the most capable sport touring motorcycles that money can buy right now. For 2022, the Austrian manufacturer has given it several minor yet notable updates, making it even better than it already was.

For starters, KTM has updated the engine to comply with Euro5 norms; it’s managed to do so without compromising performance and peak power remains the same at 173hp. The more significant updates are to the chassis.

For 2022, the Super Duke GT will feature APEX semi-active suspension from WP, and a revised chassis, from the mental KTM 1290 Super Duke R EVO. It’s also been equipped with the lighter wheels from the Duke R EVO, resulting in a 1kg drop in weight. The new wheels wear Continental SportAttack 4 tires, and KTM claims these deliver a sportier riding experience.

Asphalt and Rubber report that the bike has also been equipped with a new 7-inch TFT display, along with updated switchgear. The new dash is capable of ‘Turn by Turn PLS’ navigation, which is said to be a significant improvement over their current system. You’ll still need to pair your smartphone to the dash, but the update allows you to control navigation directly. 

MCN has mentioned in its report that KTM has not equipped the new Super Duke GT with radar-equipped cruise control, and this is definitely a feature we’d have liked to see on the motorcycle — especially since the 1290 Super Adventure S was recently equipped with the tech. That said, there’s no saying that KTM won’t offer this as an accessory or an update in the future. 

The 2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT is set to reach dealerships in Europe by January 2022.

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EICMA 2021: Suzuki Katana Gets More Power and Updated Electronics for 2022

The big news from Suzuki at EICMA 2021 was that the Katana would be receiving some minor updates for next year. 

For starters, there’s an increase in peak power from 147hp to 150hp. This has come about thanks to a new intake and exhaust camshaft, valve springs, and a revised airbox and exhaust. Suzuki has also added a new slipper clutch, ride-by-wire throttle, and a bidirectional quick-shifter. 

Updates have also been made to the three modes on offer with the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector system. There is no difference in output power across all three modes; however, the way power is delivered changes, and the manufacturer has refined this system for 2022. The five-level traction control system has also been tweaked. 

The other updates are minor in comparison; Autocar India reports that the handlebar now sits on rubber mounts — which should reduce vibrations — and an updated LCD instrumentation cluster has been added. 

The rest of the bike remains unchanged. It continues to use the same twin-spar aluminum frame, fully adjustable KYB front forks, and a rear shock with preload and rebound adjustability. The Brembo calipers and discs have been carried over as well. 

Overall, the 2022 Suzuki Katana is not drastically different from its predecessor, but the changes make it a better motorcycle. Pricing information is still unavailable, but the manufacturer has mentioned that the bike will go on sale in Europe in Spring 2022.

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EICMA 2021: Yamaha Ténéré 700 Raid Prototype Unveiled

The middle-weight adventure bike segment is arguably one of the most populated and thus exciting ones at the moment. The Yamaha Tenere 700 has grown to be one of the best options in the segment, showing the world what a hardcore twin-cylinder adventure bike is truly capable of. Now, Yamaha has gone and made it even sweeter by announcing the arrival of a higher-spec, more capable iteration — the 2022 Yamaha Ténéré 700 Raid Prototype.

One of the few complaints with the standard Ténéré 700 was that its suspension was a little too soft for more demanding off-road use. Yamaha has been listening to its customers and has addressed this with the new model. The Yamaha Ténéré 700 Raid digs deep into the GYTR (Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing) parts bin and features a host of components from Yamaha’s rally bikes. 

ADV Pulse reports that the Raid uses “larger 48mm forks with 10.6 inches of suspension travel and mounts them with CNC Machined aluminum triple clamps for extra rigidity. The rear shock has also been upgraded with 10.2 inches of suspension travel and also gets a revised suspension linkage.”

It’s also worth mentioning that the bike has been developed with input from off-road riders Alessandro Botturi and Pol Tarrés. If these names don’t sound familiar, you should definitely check out the ‘Seeker’ series on YouTube; what Pol Tarrés can do with the Ténéré is phenomenal.

There are also some performance updates on the Raid. A new airbox and filter, along with the addition of an oil cooler for the radiator, should improve performance. Then there’s a custom ECU and full titanium Akrapovic exhaust that provide a bump in power. Other changes include better protection for aggressive off-road riding and better braking hardware. 

Considering that the Dakar rally is still restricted to the 450cc class, we won’t be seeing the Rallye spec iteration participating in the world’s most challenging race anytime soon. However, there are still numerous other competitors that the Yamaha Ténéré 700 Raid can join in, and it looks like an excellent motorcycle for us common folk as well.

There’s no word on when the Ténéré 700 Raid will go into production or if the GYTR catalog will be available to existing owners of the standard bike. We’ll post an update when Yamaha releases more information.

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EICMA 2021: Bimota KB4, KB4 RC Revealed

We’ve known that the Bimota KB4 has been in development for a while now. The Italian firm first showcased the motorcycle at EICMA 2019, and two years later, the production-ready iteration has made its debut at EICMA 2021. 

Powering the KB4 is the same 1,043cc inline-four engine as the one on the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 SX. Peak output figures are similar at 142hp and 81.9lb-ft of torque, but Bimota has equipped the bike with its exhaust system that features a single end can. 

What makes this Bimota special is that its radiator has been placed under the seat, unlike on most other motorcycles that have it in front of the engine. The bike features substantial air intakes on either side that carry air via a carbon-fiber tunnel to the radiator.

Engine aside, the Bimota KB4 is entirely different from the Ninja 1000 SX. Autocar India reports that Its chassis has a unique tubular front frame and that at 187kg (dry), the bike is also significantly lighter than its Japanese counterpart. Suspension hardware is from Öhlins — FG R&T 43mm NIX30 forks at the front and a TTX36 rear shock. The KB4 uses OZ forged aluminum wheels that wear Pirelli rubber. 

Bryan Staring with the Ducati Panigale V4R

Braking, meanwhile, is handled by Brembo Stylema calipers that bite down on dual 320mm discs at the front.

The manufacturer also revealed a KB4 RC, a naked iteration near-identical to the KB4, that will go on sale next year.

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EICMA 2021: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE, Versys 650 Upgraded for 2022

Kawasaki showcased multiple models from its 2022 lineup at the recently concluded EICMA show in Milan. Of the lot, the Versys 650 and H2 SX SE have received the most notable updates, including styling tweaks and updated tech.

2022 Kawasaki Versys 650

The Versys 650 finally gets a much overdue update. Autocar India reports that the popular middle-weight sports tourer now features the 5-inch TFT display that made its way onto most of Kawasaki’s model range earlier this year. This introduces Bluetooth connectivity via the Kawasaki Rideology app. 

The update also sees the addition of traction control — two levels that you can toggle via the new display. Mode 1 offers the least intervention, while Mode 2 is for early intervention in low-grip surfaces. You can also turn the system off.

A visual change comes in the form of a new front end that resembles the range-topping Versys 1000. This includes a redesigned front fairing with sharper lines, a new twin LED headlight, and an adjustable windscreen. 

The rest of the Versys 650 remains unchanged, and the bike will continue to be powered by the same 649cc parallel-twin motor with no change in performance. While Kawasaki hasn’t revealed pricing for the updated model, we expect it to cost slightly more than its predecessor, considering the added tech on offer.

2022 Kawasaki H2 SX SE

The Kawasaki H2 SX SE has received more comprehensive changes for 2022. While the 999cc, supercharged, inline-four engine continues to produce an identical peak power of 200hp, Kawasaki has made some notable changes to the engine. It now gets revised cam timing, a new exhaust, and other refinements to the engine and gearbox.

The flagship tourer has also been updated with the Bosch radar system we’ve seen on the Ducati Multistrada V4. This enables adaptive cruise control, blindspot monitoring, and forward-collision warning. It also features the new Bosch 10.3ME IMU, allowing vehicle hold assist, keyless unlock, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Other tech additions come in the form of a ‘SPIN’ infotainment system that allows you to control your smartphone screen via the bike’s 6.5-inch TFT dash.

Some cosmetic updates for 2022 include a sharper, more aggressive face, redesigned side, and upper fairing cowls. 

For 2022, the H2 SX SE features larger seats and an updated iteration of Showa’s electronically-controlled Skyhook suspension. 

Like with the Versys 650, Kawasaki is yet to announce pricing details for the H2 SX SE, and we shall update this space when more information is available.

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EICMA 2021: The MV Agusta Lucky Explorer 5.5 And 9.5 ADVs Are Here

Last week we reported that two all-new adventure-touring motorcycles from the house of MV Agusta were set to debut at EICMA 2021. Dubbed the Lucky Explorer 5.5 and 9.5, the two models trace their heritage to the Cagiva Elefant — winner of the Dakar Rally in 1990 and 1994.

MV Agusta Lucky Explorer 5.5

MV Agusta has revealed that the smaller 5.5 has been developed closely with Chinese firm QJ Motor — the same company that owns Benelli. As its name suggests, the 5.5 will be powered by a 554cc twin-cylinder engine. This is a larger-capacity derivative of the parallel-twin from the Benelli TRK 502 — bore and stroke figures have gone up from 69mm and 66.8mm, respectively, to 70.5mm and 71mm. 

The frame, too, has been borrowed from the Benelli but considering this is an MV Agusta, other hardware components appear to be higher-spec. Meanwhile, the alloy swingarm looks to be the same as the one from the QJMotor SRT 500.

The Italian firm has shared a few other details at the moment. Autocar India reports that the 5.5 will feature the same 20-liter fuel tank capacity, 1,505mm wheelbase, and 19-inch/17-inch front and rear wheel set-up. We also know that, like the Benelli, this is a very heavy motorcycle with a dry weight of 220kg. 

MV Agusta Lucky Explorer 9.5

Unlike the 5.5, the Lucky Explorer 9.5 is an MV Agusta from the ground up. Both motorcycles get a modern take of the iconic Lucky Explorer color scheme used on the Cagiva Elefant 900 Dakar race bike. 

While both motorcycles share a similar design language, the 9.5 uses more premium hardware and components, like forged carbon fiber in the section that links the radiator area to the bash plate. Autocar India mentions that the 9.9 features a 7-inch TFT display that includes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, cruise control, launch control, 8-level traction control, a GPS sensor, and LED cornering headlights. 

At the heart of the motorcycle is a new 930cc inline-triple, which finds its roots in the 800cc triple seen on some of MV’s other models like the Brutale 800. However, the new engine employs a different head, valves, a new counter-rotating crankshaft, and new forged pistons. CycleWorld mentions in its reports that a 12.5:1 compression ratio, down from 13.3:1 on the 800, implies that this engine has been tuned for better torque delivery — as one would expect from an adventure motorcycle. Peak output figures are rated at 123 hp at 10,000 rpm and 75lb-ft of torque at 7,000rpm. The 9.9 will be available with a standard 6-speed manual or the automatic Rekluse clutch system already seen in the Turismo Veloce.

Suspension hardware comprises electronically controlled Sachs units with 220mm of travel at the front and 210mm at the rear wheel. Interestingly, the Lucky Explorer 9.5 weighs the same as the 5.5 at 220kg (dry). 

Launch dates and pricing for both motorcycles are yet to be determined. However, the 9.5 will likely make its debut before the 5.5. 

What do you think about MV Agusta’s foray into the adventure segment? Let us know in the comments below.

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EICMA 2021: Benelli TRK 800 ADV Unveiled

The Benelli TRK 502 is quite a popular model in Europe. The Chinese-owned Italian manufacturer has introduced a bigger iteration of that motorcycle at EICMA 2021 — the Benelli TRK 800.

The TRK 800 features a design that draws a lot of inspiration from its smaller sibling. In comparison, it features slightly more rounded surfaces and smoother lines. Autocar India mentions in its report that the shape of the 22-liter fuel tank is less abruptly vertical than its smaller sibling. However, this doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a beautiful motorcycle that will carry a lot of presence on the road.

Unlike the TRK 502, the LED headlamp and 7-inch TFT instrument console are now separated from the steering headstock. Visually, the TRK 800’s seat appears to be spacious, with ample room for luggage or a pillion to sit comfortably.

Powering the motorcycle is a 754cc inline-twin engine. We’ve already seen this powertrain on the Leoncino 800, and peak output figures are similar at 76.2hp at 8,500rpm and 48lb-ft at 6,500rpm. These are reasonably decent numbers for a middle-weight ADV. However, with a dry weight of 221kg, this is a heavy motorcycle. On the flipside, Benelli has managed to keep its weight in check compared to the TRK 502, which weighs around 235kg fully fuelled.

The TRK 800 uses a new trellis frame and the swingarm, with suspension handled by a 50mm USD fork at the front and a monoshock at the rear; suspension travel is 170mm and 171mm, respectively. While the front fork is fully adjustable, the monoshock offers preload and rebound damping adjustability.

Like most ADVs in the segment, the TRK 800 features a 19-inch front wheel and a 17-inch rear wheel. Braking hardware comprises twin 320mm front discs and a single 260mm rear disc.

Benelli has mentioned that the TRK 800 will go on sale in the second half of 2022, and we expect details on pricing as we get closer to that date. The TRK 800 will join a somewhat competitive segment that currently houses the likes of the Triumph Tiger 850 Sport, the Kawasaki Versys 650, and the Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT.

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EICMA 2021: The Honda Hornet Is Set to Return

Honda was one of the first manufacturers to showcase what it has in store for 2022 at EICMA 2021. Apart from the updated CBR1000RR-R and the new ADV350 scooter, the Japanese manufacturer also showcased a concept that we will see a production iteration of very soon. What makes this an exciting story is that Honda has confirmed the upcoming bike will mark the resurrection of the Hornet moniker. 

The manufacturer said, “Honda is also pleased to confirm that the illustrious Hornet name will return to its lineup soon. The Hornet has been renowned for delivering exhilarating engine performance, and agility matched to cutting edge street-fighter styling since the model was first introduced in Europe in 1998.”

Motorcycle.com reports that the upcoming concept has been showcased in a special area within the Honda stand, in a vivid 3D display of light and sound. The article also mentions that the concept draws inspiration from design house KISKA, with sharp lines akin to what we’ve seen on the KTM Duke lineup. This is still a concept early in the design process, and elements like the raked fork won’t likely make it to the final product.

While Honda released no official information on the upcoming motorcycle, there is speculation that it will feature an iteration of the engine from the Africa Twin. This is mainly because the engine appears to feature a similar layout and a Unicam valve cover.

The 1,084cc engine from the Rebel 1100

That said, the engine looks shorter than the 1,084cc unit that powers the Africa Twin and the Rebel 1100, so this may be a downsized version with a smaller displacement. This is very likely the case considering that Honda released a video on YouTube mentioning that it is “bringing back the illustrious Hornet name, with a middle class naked of ultra-modern design and high-revving engine character, through the new Hornet Concept.”

An image of the engine from the new Hornet concept

CycleWorld has mentioned in its report that Japanese sources have referred to the new model as the CB750S and that a 755cc parallel-twin engine will power it. These rumors also suggest that this engine will eventually move onto the highly anticipated mid-sized ADV, the Transalp. 

Only time will tell what Honda has in store for us, and we might just have to wait until EICMA or Intermot next year for more details. 

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The 2022 Ducati Panigale V4 Is Faster and Better than Ever Before

Over the last few weeks, Ducati has revealed what’s in store for 2022 in different’ episodes.’ Today, the Italian manufacturer took the wraps off one of its most exciting models for next year, its flagship supersport, the Panigale V4.

Ducati mentioned in a press release that the new Panigale V4 “has been improved in all areas, including aerodynamics, ergonomics, engine, chassis, and electronics”. How has it managed to do so, you ask?

For starters, there’s the addition of a new winglet design. This is also the differentiating visual factor when compared to last year’s model. The new winglets are smaller but produce just as much downforce as before — 81lbs at 186mph (37kg at 300km/h). 

This bike gets a flatter seat with a grippier surface to enable the rider with better control while braking hard for better ergonomics on track. The rear of the tank (that’s close to the rider) has also been tweaked for better grip.  

While the 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale engine remains essentially unchanged for 2022, the new Panigale V4 features an updated gearbox. The first, second, and sixth gear is now taller, and the ECU has been updated. Peak output figures from the engine are 210hp at 12,500rpm and 90.6lb-ft of torque at 11,000rpm.

Owners will also have the option to opt for an Akrapovic exhaust from the Ducati performance catalog. Making the switch bumps peak horsepower to 225hp while reducing the motorcycle’s weight by 11lbs (5kg). For reference, the stock 2022 Panigale V4 weighs 431lbs (195.5kg).

The updates don’t stop there. There’s also a new suspension setup with an Öhlins NPX 25/30 electronically controlled pressurized fork at the front. The new fork offers 125mm of travel — 5mm more than the 2021 Panigale V4. The rear shock, meanwhile, continues to be an Öhlins TTX36. 

A lady riding down the street on a Honda Rebel 500

The single-sided swingarm pivot has also been raised by 4mm to “increase anti-squat action” under acceleration. While the standard Panigale V4 gets Pirelli SC1 tires, the 2022 Panigale V4S S is equipped with 3-spoke forged aluminum-alloy wheels shod in Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires. Braking hardware comprises Brembo Stylema monobloc calipers at the front and a 2-piston caliper at the rear.

Lastly, substantial additions have been made to the electronics package. The 5-inch TFT dash has been restyled, so information is easier to read. Then, there’s the addition of a new ‘Track Evo’ mode. Other rider aids include a cornering ABS, traction control, slide control, wheelie control, engine brake control, and a bi-directional quick-shifter that works alongside a six-axis IMU.

Ducati has mentioned that the 2022 Ducati Panigale V4 will be available in North America from February 2022. The base model is priced at $23,295, while the Panigale V4 S will set you back $29,995.

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