If there’s one thing Ducati is good at, it’s putting a big price tag on a pretty engine – and they’ve started work on a new SP model.
According to a report from MCN, a set of American Emissions Documents has given away the fact that Ducati is in the works of making an SP version of their popular Streetfighter V4 S.
While this may not come as a complete surprise, the exact details on what is getting updated have yet to be released.
Despite this, we can still compare the information we have been given against the other SP Ducati models to guesstimate updates that will be installed under the proverbial hood.
We’ve been told the power and range of the hyper naked will be the same, which means the shiny bits of new technology that inevitably follow every Ducati release will be the buggers contributing to the steep price tag.
Suppose the updates are anything like the Panigale V4 SP model that Ducati released.
In that case, we’ll be getting a very lovely set of Stylema R calipers, an MCS master cylinder, carbon fiber wheels, and probably something like a dry clutch conversion to keep the traditional Ducati rumble and roar.
There’s also a couple of zero’s to chew on if we’re comparing the Panigale V4 S to the price tag of the V4 SP model. The Panigale V4 SP costs £32,295 in the UK – that’s a stiff £7000 more than the original V4 S model.
Expect the Streetfighter V4 SP to have a similar rise in price and for the release of the bike to hit later this year, given the EICMA tradeshow (the probable location of the new Streetfighter V4 SP reveal) has purportedly been delayed until November due to ongoing restrictions. We’ll keep you posted, so make sure to check back regularly!
According to a report from MCN, these bikes were two years in the making – and the actual creation of the motorbikes involved two stages.
The first stage is to completely dismantle the bike (bar the electronics and engine, which remain untouched). Then, the bike is rebuilt, using new parts machined in-house.
The subframe is aluminum – a single unit that features a pop-off seat, much like its retro ancestor.
The tank cover protects a fuel cell and is comprised completely of carbon fiber, joining the other 20 carbon fiber parts, 25 CNC’ed components, and 60 laser-cut metal pieces that go into the reordering of the bike’s anatomy to its former glory.
Tie it all together with Maxton suspension, Dymag wheels, and an SC-Project exhaust, and you’ve got yourself a retro-thriller that can eat up the pavement as smoothly as any new-fangled bike on the road.
Calum Pryce-Tidd, the founder of deBolex Engineering, admits the process hasn’t been easy:
“It’s been a big learning process for us. We make the molds in-house, lay the pre-preg carbon and then put it in our own autoclave. It fits the nose piece, which is the biggest single part.”
“Altogether, it takes just over a week to make a single set of bodywork and around eight weeks to build a complete bike.”
While the production run of these bikes is limited to 25 and is designed as a small project run (therefore not scalable), the exclusivity adds to the charm – and you can still pick out some parts and paint colors to make the machine your very own best friend.
Prices for these beauties start at £38,000, but don’t wait too long – 10 of the 25 bikes are already accounted for!
While this might seem quite the goal, the Japanese manufacturer has been backing up its commitment by giving us a round of statistics that show the percentage of phase-out for the company.
As surprising as it may seem, Yamaha has rejected the notion that electric superbikes will soon be the common norm.
According to a report from MCN, the Japanese manufacturer has guesstimated that 2.6% of riders will be converting to full electric machines in the next nine years (2030), with a scant 20% conforming to emission-free standards by 2035.
2035, coincidentally, is the UK Government’s current year set to go emission-free.
As much as the numbers may not add up with what’s in store for the Central Hemisphere’s clean energy consultations, Yamaha DOES still plan on phasing out so that 90% of their motorcycles will be using an alternative power source by the year 2050.
The majority of the motorcycles will purportedly be electric, with some of the last vestiges of the fossil-fueled tanks carrying synthetic and carbon-neutral fuels over the traditional gasoline.
Above all else, Yamaha will be leaning toward a more accessible future, with ‘an extra wheel up’ in the competition…literally.
Yoshihiro Hidaka, Yamaha Motor’s President, has released the following regarding future technologies for Yamaha:
“We will aim to create new and unprecedented forms of mobility by combining our mobility technologies based on small powertrains – a Company strength – with the robotics born of our production technologies.
“For example, our [three-wheeled] TRITOWN standing electric micromobility model with twin front wheels was developed, wondering what we could achieve if we targeted the last-mile mobility segment.”
“With our other pursuits, we are not restricting ourselves to existing forms of motorcycles and are moving forward with the development of a model taking our LMW platform and technologies, which we have been refining for many years, even further.”
The high-performance, hybrid-powered, MW-Vision concept trike was purportedly revealed at the 2019 Tokyo Show in anticipation of Yamaha’s further steps towards increasing mobility and accessibility.
“Our mobility,” the report goes on, “proposes an aim to improve on the shortcomings of motorcycles while leveraging their advantages of small size, minimal road and parking space requirements, a small environmental footprint, and their ability to navigate urban areas quickly… our next-generation mobility vehicles are equipped with a simple cabin, are self-standing thanks to automatic control technology, and can lean through turns like a motorcycle.“
I have much to say on the matter of the ‘cool’ factor, as well as the ‘speed’ factor…but one thing is for certain: Yamaha is going to do a very good job of filling in the niche that demands an accessible, easy-to-ride, potentially battery-swapping vehicle for a sustainable future.
Stay tuned for updates on MotorBikeWriter, and if you’re interested in three-wheeled beasties, check out this beauty we found the other day from a Lithuanian company called AKO.
Ultraviolette has been a wee bit mean with their teasing of the F77 over the years. Now, the company is finally preparing to launch its brainchild to the masses.
According to a report from Rideapart, the India-based company revealed the elusive F77 electric motorcycle back in 2018.
Of course, since the production and release of the electric motorcycle was delayed until this year (we still don’t quite know why), the company has needed to prioritize keeping the F77 up to spec with the other modern machines tootling about.
Here’s what we know about the updates included in F77’s ‘facelift’:
There’s nothing that screams “Look at me!” then a good set of electronic perks in an electric motorbike – and the F77 is no exception.
Ultraviolette decided it would be a wee bit dangerous to include a touch screen in the display (thank heavens), so the F77 has been gifted with 5-way switchgear set up – the same as what you’d find bolted to a KTM 390 Duke.
The company has claimed that riders will find the F77’s 27kW electric motor within the same range and power as your standard 300cc combustion engine.
While we’re slightly dubious, the numbers line up: The F77 will be capable of punching out 36 pretty little ponies, getting the beastie from zero to 60 km/h (0-37mph) in 7.7 seconds, getting the F77 90Nm of torque at the motor.
This is where Ultreviolette spent a decent amount of time last year.
Not only did the F77 get the chassis tuned to accommodate the different center of gravity of the new battery packs; it also received a tweaked trellis frame, and the geometry of the chassis was adjusted to improve agility and stability.
The motor mount is a bit stiffer, with the suspension adjusted to improve the handling of the bike…and the general happiness of the bum. We approve.
Improved Charging system
If you thought the F77 still had a range of 130-150km, look again – Ultraviolette has just confirmed 150km to be the max range of the machine. The F77’s new battery packs are purported to hold torque longer, with a different series of batteries made available later to sustain a higher range.
The F77 will be manufactured with a starting range of 10,000 units at Ultraviolette’s Bengaluru production facility.
All told, we can’t wait to see when the F77 is released.
Well, we can…it gives us more time over here to start placing bets on the release date.
Honda had a bit of fun a few weekends back – and since we love all things two-wheeled here at MotorBikeWriter, let’s take a look at the stats.
The July 17-18 weekend showcased Honda racing teams speeding to success, thanks to a long-standing collaboration with French oil manufacturer Motul.
Here’s a breakdown of how everyone is doing so far:
FCC (Fuji Clutch Co.) TSR (Technical Sports Racing) Honda France snagged a win at the Cicuito do Estoril on the Portuguese Riviera. This was the team’s first victory for the FIM Endurance World Championship 2021 and one that showcased their partnership with Motul to a tee.
Team HRC also beat the heat and took advantage of the partnership with Motul by prettying up their CRF450RW with the Motul 300V Factory Line Off Road 5W-40 4T. Results were a success, with team HRC taking first place at MXGP of The Netherlands.
Honda’s National Motos (also supported by Motul) burned up the superstock class with a podium finish, awarding the team with the Dunlop Independent Trophy (Twice the charm!)
Thanks to Motul’s joint partnership with Honda, the Motul 300V Factory Line Racing Kit Oil 2376H 0W-30 ESTER Core® was created with the FCC TSR Honda France racing team in mind, with the oil engineered specifically for their CBR1000RR engine.
The results are nothing short of fantastic, providing the CBR1000RR with superior power output yet maintaining the full reliability of the machine.
Because of this excellent compatibility between bike and oil, Honda’s CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP remained reliable for over 400 laps.
Here are the more detailed specs on all of Honda’s racing team results:
FIM EWC QUALIFYING RESULTS
#5 F.C.C TSR Honda France CBR1000RR
The Team:Josh Hook | Yuki Takahashi | Mike Di Meglio
The Results: P3 in EWC class, P3 Overall (1:39.309)
#55 National Motos CBR1000RR
The Team: Stéphane Egea | Guillaume Antiga | Enzo Boulom
The Results: P4 in Superstock class, P13 Overall (1:41.233)
FIM EWC RACE RESULTS
#5 F.C.C TSR Honda France CBR1000RR
The Team: Josh Hook | Yuki Takahashi | Mike Di Megli
The Results: P1 in EWC class, P1 Overall (417 laps completed, Fastest Lap – 1:39.801)
#55 National Motos CBR1000RR
The Team: Stéphane Egea | Guillaume Antiga | Enzo Boulom
The Results: P2 in Superstock class, P9 Overall (407 laps completed, Fastest Lap – 1:41.171)
FIM MXGP RACE RESULTS
#243 Team HRC CRF450RW
The Team: Tim Gajser | Mitch Evans
The Results: P3 in Grand Prix Race 1 (20 Points), P2 in Grand Prix Race 2 (22 Points), P1 Overall (42 Points)
Our hats off to the young racers – looking forward to seeing what Motul and Honda give us next!
Check out our newest find – a suit hailing from Andromeda Moto that not only calls for fewer cows, but also manages to maintain all of the protective properties you’d want an armored motorcycle suit to have when turning into the twisties.
The brainchild in question has been christened the ‘NearX’ (catchy). It is made of a material called High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) – the same stuff burrito’ed around our country’s astronauts when suited up at the International Space Station.
Rated on the Spanish company’s website as “specially designed for riders with great challenges…AAA certified (the highest level of protection) and…100% vegan”, the NearX motorcycle suit is paired with a Kevlar lining, Superfabric ceramic plates, and the obligatory top-grade body armor.
Each motorcycle suit is customized to the rider, features a lighter and more comfortable fit while maintaining complete rider protection…heck, they’ve even tossed in titanium for the elbows.
This baby is world-certified on any track, anywhere, anytime – and it’s a tad more friendly on the environment to boot.
Andromeda advertises that the suit uses 90 liters of water in the whole production process. The life of a cow destined for the track (ha, could you imagine) consumes as much as 51,000 liters of water by comparison.
Andromeda’s next goal is to get this suit onto the MotoGP track while also providing a top-level, environmentally choice for the masses. And at €1220/$1810.14 USD a pop, I think they’re going a decent job of things.
For more information on everything to do with motorcycle safety (such as what it takes to price top-rated motorcycle gear), make sure to head over to MotorBikeWriter’s article database – we promise you’ll find a series of topics to pique your interest.
Revolt Motors is releasing their third motorcycle to the showroom – and it’ll be a tad more budget-friendly than its two siblings.
The India-based company made headlines back in 2019 when they released two electric motorcycles – the RV300 and the RV400 – and succeeded in selling more than Rs 50 million ($67,1303.10 USD) worth of the models within a span of two hours.
With 2020 restrictions came several delays in the bikes’ international supply chains, harming the overall sales rates of the RV300 particularly.
Now, they’re looking to find similar successes with the more affordable Revolt RV1, which will replace the less-popular RV300 in both efficiency and power.
The Revolt RV1 will also be the first motorbike to have all components produced in India, cutting down on the production costs. Here is a statement from the company, pulled from DriveSpark:
“By December this year, our product will become completely make-in-India. We have been importing parts from China, but we are now focusing on every single supply from India. The manufacturing of the new bike will start from January.”
A report from Electrek estimates that the price of the RV1 will be around ₹75,000 INR, or $1,008 USD – an amazing price and one that was made possible by government incentives in the form of the ‘FAME II program.’
What’s in store for the rest of the inventory of the RV300?
The Dominos fast-food chain has laid a claim on the remainder of the models. It will apparently be purchasing the remainder of the RV300 inventory, repurposing them into company machines, and discarding their current gas-powered vehicles in favor of electric-run bikes.
Manufacturing of the Revolt RV1 will start January 2022, so stay tuned for the full spec updates.
Benelli has just announced that they will be releasing three bikes to the Indian populace by the end of 2021 – and one of them is set to grace the showroom stage tomorrow, July 29.
The Italian company hasn’t confirmed the other two bike models. However, a report from BikeWhale speculates that the manufacturer already anticipates a release of a motorcycle called the TNT 302S – a bike capable of punching out a bit more power than the Imperiale 400, Benelli’s entry-level motorcycle, and boasting the same powertrain as the Leoncino 500 and TRK 502.
Whether the TNT 302S’s release date has been moved up from December 2022 to be included in the pair of mystery bikes is yet to be seen, although the choice would contribute to the mid-power range of Benelli’s showroom and fit in line with Benelli’s other comment, that they would be ‘focusing on the 250cc-500cc segment in the near future’.
Other reports suggest the eligible Benelli TNT 600i to be in line for a bit of an update as well. It was such a massive hit in India at the time of its release, especially given that the TNT 600i presented a reasonable price and provided the covetous ‘big bike’ aesthetic.
Benelli will be releasing updates on the other two bikes shortly; until then, the company plans to expand its dealership network across India to support the growth of its 250cc-500cc bike segment.
According to a report from PRNewswire, the Beijing-based company revealed the DC100 and the exclusive DC Classic on July 17. The bikes’ creations were seven years in the making, with Davinci Tech’s R&D team hailing from 11 different faculties of Tsinghua University.
The journey for the team involved industrial graphic and mechanical structure design, 3D engineering modeling, vehicle control system research, testing, and development – all to make an electric bike that could outperform a standard combustion-powered 1000cc motorcycle.
We are here to say they succeeded in spades.
Here are the general specs of the beasties (the DC 100 in particular, since she’s so pretty).
Both bikes’ batteries come with the option of either a 400.75km range pack (according to the NEDC metric) or a 357.51km pack (according to WLTP).
Both electric bikes can also be charged by any level 3 DC fast-charging station, with a full charge taking no longer than 30 minutes to complete.
If you don’t have one of those handy, simply plug the bike into a normal outlet at home.
These charging successes are apparently due to the motorcycle’s high energy density ternary lithium battery pack, boasting a hefty 17.7kWh of energy.
A self-balancing motorcycle is the big fish of the pond, and Davinci has written that the company’s engineers used electronic power steering – and a six-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) to pull this off for each machine.
With the company promising remote-controlled potential as well as self-riding and target recognition, it’s no wonder that Davinci Tech brags that you can “Imagine your motorcycle as your jogging companion.”
Not sure how useful this would be, though the concept of a remotely controlled and target-following module in everyday life could be quite functional from the groceries’ standpoint.
The DC100 shows off a single brake lever linked to a system that merges ABS, CBS, and TCS for braking systems.
Both bikes also have a Hill-start Assist Control (HAC). When the brake is released, the HAC moves the bike forward and engages high torque at a low speed to guarantee a smooth start to any ride.
Apply this concept to a bike riding in reverse, and you’ve got the Reverse Assist.
The best part about the bikes for me: besides a keyless start, the DC100 features kinetic energy recovery, as well as a battery management system that real-time monitors the battery’s safety.
Both of Davinci’s creations come with a companion SmartPhone app and will eventually boast remote control, as well as open-source software access.
Until then, here’s the rest of the bragging rights, in no particular order:
Top Speed: 200km/h
Peak Power: 135 hp (100.75kW)
Acceleration: 0-100km/h in ‘3.x seconds’
Peak Torque: 627 ft/lb (850Nm)
Tires: Pirelli Diablo Rosso III R17 (120/240)
Ride Modes: Relax, Sports, Race (Official riding training is required to unlock Race mode)
All hail the Electric Bike Era! Stay safe out there, folks – and head over to Davinci’s website for more information on these new models.
According to a report from TimesNowNews, the two-wheeled manufacturer managed to increase its customer base twofold, with the past six years bringing in over 25 lakh (2,5000,000) customers.
While this may not seem like a large number, keep in mind – this is coming from a company that took 15 years before that to reel in its first 25 lakh (2,5000,000) customers.
With the total number of sales adding up to over 5 million, Honda’s Activa 6G and the Shine (HMSI’s best-selling 125cc motorbike) are on the pedestal as the main breadwinners.
Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Sales and Marketing Director of Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd., has made a statement on the sales and successes of the plant in Gujarat.
“We are delighted to be the first choice of two-wheeler customers in Gujarat,” says Guleria. “Serving our customers better by manufacturing closer to the markets, we started our fourth factory in Vithalapur (in Ahmedabad district) in 2015.”
“Besides fulfilling their need for personal mobility, Honda 2Wheelers India remains committed towards societal development through its focussed initiatives in the areas of rural education, skill enhancement, and road safety.”
“We are thankful for the love and trust bestowed on us by the people of Gujarat and will continue to delight them with more excitement in the times to come.”
Good on Honda, and excited to see what the flux of the moto industry will do for the Gujarat plant.