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2022 Ducati Panigale V4 and V4 S | First Look Review

2022 Ducati Panigale V4 and V4 S
2022 Ducati Panigale V4 S

Ducati’s Panigale V4 platform has been pushing the superbike segment forward with cutting-edge tech since it debuted in 2018. The Bologna, Italy, marque hasn’t grown complacent during that time either, revising the flagship sportbike with minor adjustments over the years. The 2022 Ducati Panigale V4 and V4 S receive the most thorough update yet, with revisions to the engine, chassis, electronics, aero, and ergos.

2022 Ducati Panigale V4 and V4 S
2022 Ducati Panigale V4 S

The Panigale’s MotoGP-derived Desmosedici Stradale engine maintains it’s 1,103cc capacity in 2022, but a new torque management system and dedicated mapping bump the V4 to 210 horsepower at 12,500 rpm and 90.6 lb-ft of torque at 11,000 rpm. Ducati’s new SBK gearbox helps deliver that power to the back wheel thanks to the lengthened 1st, 2nd, and 6th gear. As a result, the Panigale V4 said to deliver slow-speed cornering, harder corner-exit acceleration, and a higher top speed.

The V4’s updated electronics put the Panigale’s power parameters at the user’s fingertips with new Power Modes. In Full Power Mode, riders can access the motorcycle’s full potential, with no electronic filters dulling the engine’s torque curves (except in 1st gear). High and Medium Modes gain a refined throttle-by-wire map management system, which optimizes thrust upon open throttle. Low Mode limits the Desmosedici Stradale to 150 horsepower while a more manageable throttle response maximizes road riding comfort and enjoyment.

2022 Ducati Panigale V4 and V4 S
2022 Ducati Panigale V4 S

In addition to the Panigale’s Power Modes, the four Riding Modes (Race A, Race B, Sport, Street) also change the superbike’s personality. The reworked dashboard communicates all those settings with new external lights and functions. At the suggestion of Ducati MotoGP riders, technicians developed a new Track Evo info mode. By shifting the tachometer bar to the top of the display, the gear indicator at center, and the rider aids along the right side, the new layout provides the ideal screen legibility for racers and track riders.

2022 Ducati Panigale V4 and V4 S
2022 Ducati Panigale V4 S

Ducati’s MotoGP team is known for its aerodynamic packages and the 2022 Panigale V4 lives up to that reputation. The new double-profile winglets are thinner, more compact, and more efficient, but still provide 81 pounds of downforce at 186 mph. Of course, V4 engines are known to generate heat, and additional air-extraction gills on the lower fairing enhance cooling. Rider comfort also improves due to a flatter seat. The grippy seat cover also helps lock the rider in place during hard braking while a reshaped fuel tank offers a better anchor point for the user’s legs.

2022 Ducati Panigale V4 and V4 S
2022 Ducati Panigale V4 S

While the Panigale V4 and V4 S share much of the same equipment, the up-spec S model features electronically controlled Öhlins suspension, with an NPX 25/30 fork, TTX36 rear shock, and steering damper. And it rolls on premium forged aluminum alloy wheels shod with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires. The standard V4, on the other hand, opts for a fully adjustable Showa Big Piston fork, Sachs rear shock, Sachs steering damper, and cast aluminum wheels.

2022 Ducati Panigale V4 and V4 S
2022 Ducati Panigale V4

While the two chassis may employ different suspensions and wheels, both boast premium Brembo braking systems. Each superbike now benefits from a higher swingarm pivot, which increases the Panigale’s anti-squat characteristics under acceleration. Ducati modestly updates the superbike’s cosmetics as well, with both variants featuring the brand’s signature red fairings and new black Ducati logos. However, the V4 S also gains a two-tone seat and red wheel tape.

Available in February, the 2022 Ducati Panigale V4 retails for $23,295 while the 2022 Ducati Panigale V4 S goes for $29,995.

For more information or to find a Ducati dealer near you, visit ducati.com.

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2022 Yamaha MT-10 and MT-10 SP | First Look Review

2022 Yamaha MT-10 and MT-10 SP
Offered in the U.S. for the first time, the up-spec 2022 Yamaha MT-10 SP receives the same updates as the MT-10 but also features Öhlins semi-active suspension, a color-matched lower fairing, and braided steel brake lines. It comes in YZF-R1M-inspired Liquid Metal/Raven.

Yamaha’s “Hyper Naked” lineup includes six MT models, with MT standing for “Master of Torque.” The range starts with the entry-level MT-03 and works its way up to the MT-07, MT-09, MT-09 SP, MT-10, and MT-10 SP. All have been updated recently, and the 2022 Yamaha MT-10 and MT-10 SP, the latter being offered in the U.S. for the first time, are the latest to get upgraded.

2022 Yamaha MT-10

2022 Yamaha MT-10 and MT-10 SP
2022 Yamaha MT-10 in Cyan Storm

Our last test of the MT-10 was in 2017 (when it was known as the FZ-10), and it proved to be an exciting, versatile sit-up sportbike, even performing well as a sport-tourer when accessorized with a taller windscreen, a comfort seat, and luggage.

For 2022, the MT-10 gets a more stripped-down look, with unnecessary bodywork removed. Enlarged intake ducts mounted on either side of the fuel tank cover increase efficiency while enhancing the bike’s aggressive stance. New twin-eye mono-focus LED headlights and LED position lights above the headlights combine with a more compact nose assembly to minimize overhang. Separate high and low beam units are said to project a powerful, even beam with softer light at the edges.

Yamaha has also improved the MT-10’s ergonomics with a reshaped fuel tank, a revised rider triangle that enhances the feeling of sitting “in” the bike, and a more comfortable seat.

2022 Yamaha MT-10 and MT-10 SP

Also new is a 6-axis IMU and a full suite of electronic rider aids originally developed for the YZF-R1. The system includes lean-sensitive traction control, slide control, lift (wheelie) control, engine brake management, and ABS, all with multiple levels or modes. Each can be adjusted independently, or the Yamaha Ride Control system provides four ride modes with presets for each one. The MT-10 is also equipped with an up/down quickshifter.

Yamaha has refined the MT-10’s liquid-cooled, 998cc CP4 inline-Four with new fuel injection settings and revised intake and exhaust systems that are said to deliver a more torquey, street-focused engine character. A new airbox with three differing-length intake ducts tuned to resonate harmoniously at varying engine speeds creates a unique intake roar that enhances the overall riding experience. Sound is heightened further by new Acoustic Amplifier Grilles positioned on the front left and right of the fuel tank, transmitting the tuned induction sound directly to the rider.

2022 Yamaha MT-10 and MT-10 SP

Like the YZF-R1, the new MT-10 features a throttle-by-wire system with the Accelerator Position Sensor Grip (APSG), which uses a spring, slider, and gear mechanism to produce varying degrees of resistance to recreate a natural throttle feel during use. The rider can also change throttle response characteristics by adjusting the PWR (Power delivery mode) between four different power modes.

Originally developed to cope with the demands of high-horsepower superbikes under race conditions, the MT-10’s aluminum Deltabox frame uses the engine as a stressed member to minimize weight. Equipped with a long aluminum swingarm while still maintaining a compact 55.3-inch wheelbase, the chassis is designed to deliver agile yet stable handling in a wide variety of low- and high-speed riding conditions.

2022 Yamaha MT-10 and MT-10 SP
2022 Yamaha MT-10 in Matte Raven Black

Fully adjustable KYB suspension can be tailored to rider preferences. The triple-disc brakes, with dual 320mm floating discs with 4-piston radial calipers in front and a single 220mm disc with a 2-piston caliper out back, get upgraded for 2022 with the addition of a Brembo radial brake master cylinder. Also new is a 4.2-inch color TFT display.

The 2022 Yamaha MT-10 will be offered in two color options: Cyan Storm or Matte Raven Black. It will be available from dealers in March 2022 for an MSRP of $13,999.

2022 Yamaha MT-10 SP

2022 Yamaha MT-10 and MT-10 SP

Joining the MT-10 for 2022 is the up-spec MT-10 SP, which replaces the manually adjustable KYB suspension with Öhlins semi-active suspension and is offered in a YZF-R1M-inspired colorway with premium styling accents.

The new MT-10 SP is the first production motorcycle to be fitted with the Öhlins’ next-generation electronically controlled suspension employing the latest spool valve damping. This state-of-the-art technology provides an even greater range of damping adjustments and a higher degree of response.

Riders can choose between three semi-active damping modes (A-1 [Sport], A-2 [Intermediate], A-3 [Tour]), as well as three manual settings (M-1, M-2, M-3). When any of the automatic modes are selected the system adjusts rebound and compression damping continuously to match the current running conditions, ensuring the most appropriate settings are always in play.

2022 Yamaha MT-10 and MT-10 SP

Manual mode allows precise electronic adjustment of compression and rebound damping for both the front fork and rear shock. Managed through the YRC menu, the suspension can be tailored to suit the riding style or environment.

The MT-10 SP is also equipped with an exclusive color-matched lower fairing for a more aggressive race-bred look, while also directing more air to the oil cooler at speed. It’s also equipped with braided steel brake lines, providing a high level of feel at the lever and more resistance to fade.

The 2022 Yamaha MT-10 SP is available in Liquid Metal/Raven. It will be available from dealers in May 2022 for an MSRP of $16,899.

For more information or to find a Yamaha dealer near you, visit yamahamotorsports.com.

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2022 Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory | First Look Review

2022 Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory review

When Aprilia introduced the Tuono 660 in 2021, the new naked bike owed much of its form to the RS 660 sportbike. However, the Noale, Italy, factory replaced the yoke-mounted clip-ons with handlebars, shaved down the front fairing and bodywork, and retuned the 659cc parallel-Twin for street duty. For the riders that enjoy riding the canyons as much as they like the track, the 2022 Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory pairs naked bike comfort with sportbike-worthy performance.

The base-model Tuono 660 features a KYB 41mm inverted fork and KYB shock with rebound damping and preload adjustment. The new Factory variant ups the ante with a full adjustability for the KYB fork and an oil reservoir-equipped Sachs shock. Both offer compression adjustments in addition to the rebound damping and preload settings, allowing users to adapt the Tuono 660 Factory to their riding style and current conditions.

2022 Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory review

Along with the new suspenders, Aprilia upgraded the liquid-cooled, 659cc parallel-Twin with a 16-tooth pinion gear. The shorter final drive results in a 5-horsepower boost. The Tuono 660 Factory now peaks at 100 horsepower (at 10,500 rpm). Despite the gearing change, Aprilia preserved the maximum torque of 49.4 lb-ft at 8,500 rpm. Of course, the 270-degree firing order and strong mid-range retain the parallel-Twin’s character, but the updates make the mill more versatile than ever.

The Factory trim’s revised engine also benefits from Aprilia’s weight-saving efforts. Touting a new lithium battery, the Tuono 660 Factory weighs in at just 399 pounds. The new battery saves 4.4 pounds on the standard model and further improves the naked bike’s impressive power-to-weight ratio.

2022 Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory review

Like the standard Tuono 660, the Factory is equipped with Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC) suite of electronic rider aids. The packed electronics suite boasts adjustable traction control, engine brake, and engine maps. Five customizable ride modes, a quickshifter, and cruise control optimize performance and efficiency while multi-map cornering ABS and Aprilia’s cornering lights enhance safety.

The 2022 Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory will be available in a single-seat configuration with Factory Dark graphics. Aprilia hasn’t announced the its availability or pricing, but we expect the MSRP to be a stone’s throw away from the standard variant’s $10,499 list price.

2022 Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory review

For more information or to find an Aprilia dealer near you, visit aprilia.com.

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2022 Yamaha XSR900 | First Look Review

2022 Yamaha XSR900 review
The 2022 Yamaha XSR900 gets a new engine and chassis, a full suite of electronic rider aids, and fresh styling.

Yamaha knows that motorcyclists are not all the same, and one of the major dividing lines when it comes to choosing a motorcycle is styling. Some riders get excited by modern bodywork with sharp, aggressive lines, while others prefer more of a retro look, which the 2022 Yamaha XSR900 has in spades.

A couple of years after Yamaha introduced the 2014 MT-09 (originally called the FZ-09) naked sportbike, it released the XSR900. They shared an engine and chassis, but the XSR900 had throwback styling inspired by Yamaha’s ’70s-era XS750 Triple, with a round headlight, a traditional-looking fuel tank with knee cutouts, and hand-finished aluminum covers.

2022 Yamaha XSR900 review
2022 Yamaha XSR900 in Legend Blue

The 2022 Yamaha XSR900 gets the updated 890cc inline-Triple that powers the latest MT-09 and Tracer 9 GT, as well as an all-new chassis, a more advanced electronics package, and a refreshed look drawn from Yamaha’s classic 1980s-era Grand Prix racing machines.

“The new generation XSR900 borrows its high performance CP3 engine, chassis, and electronics directly from Yamaha’s extensively updated 2021 MT-09 Hyper Naked to create the lightest, most agile, most performance-driven motorcycle in its class,” said Derek Brooks, Yamaha Motorcycle Product Line Manager. “But it’s the styling that really sets this new bike apart. As someone who’s very familiar with Yamaha’s racing history, it’s exciting to see the design team’s clear nod to the iconic race designs of our past, while incorporating so much tech and premium detailing. This new XSR really cuts to the heart of why we are passionate about motorcycles.”

2022 Yamaha XSR900 review

Motorcycles in Yamaha’s Sport Heritage lineup, which includes the V Star 250 and Bolt R-spec cruisers as well as the XSR700 (based on the MT-07 platform) and XSR900, are the models that pay homage to the tuning fork company’s seven decades of motorcycle design and engineering history. What Yamaha calls its “Faster Sons” design philosophy blends classic style with modern technology, resulting in neo-retro models that visually embrace elements of the past while delivering today’s performance and reliability.

From the reshaped fuel tank to the boxy tail section, the new XSR900’s styling leaps forward a decade from its predecessor. Premium touches include drilled fork caps, machined headlight stays, a forged brake pedal, hidden passenger pegs, blacked-out levers, darkened brake reservoirs, bar-end mirrors, an embossed aluminum rear underplate, and an aluminum XSR logo. And modern touches include full LED lighting and a new full-color 3.5-inch TFT display.

2022 Yamaha XSR900 review
2022 Yamaha XSR900 in Raven

The Legend Blue colorway is a modern take on the classic French Sonauto Yamaha race colors – the striking blue, cyan, and yellow livery campaigned by legendary French Grand Prix champion Christian Sarron, an important page from Yamaha’s rich racing history.

Revised ergonomics give the new XSR900 a more aggressive profile. A lowered head pipe position, a unique subframe with lower seat height, and a lengthened swingarm are said to improve handling and give the rider a greater sense of control.

2022 Yamaha XSR900 review

The updated 890cc CP3 engine delivers more power and torque, reduces weight, and revs more freely. The slip/assist clutch has new friction plates and a modified cam angle to reduce load on the clutch springs for a lighter feel at the lever, and an up/down quickshifter is now standard. The Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) now uses a YZF-R1-type Accelerator Position Sensor Grip (APSG), which replicates varying degrees of resistance for a traditional throttle feel.

A new compact, lightweight aluminum frame is made using Yamaha’s Controlled Filling (CF) die-cast technology. Featuring ultra-thin 1.7mm sections, the frame is lighter and its balance of longitudinal, lateral, and torsional rigidity is improved. The lower head pipe position also helps load the front for increased feel when cornering.

2022 Yamaha XSR900 review

The chassis features a new Brembo radial front master cylinder for better feel at the lever and a new front brake lever eases adjustability and improves style. New adjustable suspension is made by KYB, with a fully adjustable 41mm inverted fork and a preload- and rebound-adjustable rear shock. Like the Tracer 9 GT (which won Rider’s 2021 Motorcycle of the Year award), the XSR900 rolls on 17-inch aluminum wheels made using Yamaha’s exclusive new spinforging process, which reduces unsprung weight, and they’re shod with Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 rubber.

A new 6-axis IMU enables an expanded suite of electronic rider aids, including a lean-sensitive Traction Control System, Slide Control System, front wheel Lift Control System, and Brake Control System (aka ABS). Each can be adjusted for different levels of intervention or turned off completely depending on rider preference. Cruise control is also standard.

2022 Yamaha XSR900 review

Yamaha engineers carefully considered both intake and exhaust sound in developing the new XSR900, seeking to emphasize and enhance the unique soundtrack of the crossplane Triple. The all-new airbox incorporates differing cross-section and length air ducts tuned so induction noises resonate harmoniously at varying wavelengths. Two functional air intake vents located on either side of the fuel tank further boost the mid- and high-rpm induction sound traveling to the rider for a greater sense of acceleration. Likewise, a new 1.5-chambered exhaust features a left-right symmetrical tailpipe arrangement that directs sound pressure to both sides of the machine, adding to the feel of torque when opening the throttle. The low-slung exhaust design also centralizes mass and is significantly lighter than the previous generation.

2022 Yamaha XSR900 review

The 2022 Yamaha XSR900 will be available in Legend Blue with gold wheels and gold fork tubes or Raven with black wheels and black fork tubes. It arrives in dealerships in April 2022 with an MSRP of $9,999.

2022 Yamaha XSR900 Specs

Base Price: $9,999
Website: yamahamotorsports.com
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse inline-Triple, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
Bore x Stroke: 78.0 x 62.1mm
Displacement: 890cc
Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated slip/assist wet clutch
Final Drive: Chain
Wheelbase: 58.9 in.
Rake/Trail: 25 degrees/4.3 in.
Seat Height: 31.9 in.
Wet Weight: 425 lbs. (claimed)
Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gals.

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2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo | First Look Review

2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo review

Since it first emerged from the dark corners of northern Austria, “The Beast” has steadily grown stronger and more fierce. From its humble origins in 2007 as the 990 Super Duke to the 180-horsepower 1290 Super Duke R that stomped onto the scene for 2015, KTM’s mighty streetfighter commands respect.

Read our comparison review of the 2021 KTM Duke lineup:
200 Duke, 390 Duke, 890 Duke, and 1290 Super Duke R

2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo review

For 2022, “The Beast” has evolved into the 1290 Super Duke R Evo. It features new WP Semi-Active Technology (SAT) suspension, with damping adjusted in real-time based on conditions in three preset modes: Sport, Street, and Comfort. Rear spring preload can be set via the TFT display’s menu over a 20mm range in 2mm increments.

An optional Suspension Pro package adds three additional modes (Track, Advanced, and Auto) as well as automatic preload adjustment with three levels (Low, Standard, and High).

2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo review

The 1290 Super Duke R Evo is powered by the same liquid-cooled, 1,301cc V-Twin with titanium inlet valves and resonator chambers on the cylinder heads that makes a claimed 180 horsepower and 103 lb-ft of torque. When we tested a 2021 1290 Super Duke R, it sent 166 horsepower at 10,100 rpm 94 lb-ft of torque at 8,300 rpm to the rear wheel on Jett Tuning’s dyno.

A ram air intake positioned in the headlight mask maximizes air flow to the combustion chambers, and top-feeder injectors and 56 mm throttle bodies provide optimal air to fuel mixture at high rpm. A PANKL 6-speed gearbox provides quick shift times and light lever modulation. An optional dealer-installed Performance Pack combines Motor Slip Regulation (MSR) and Quickshifter+.

2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo review

For 2022, the throttle-by-wire system features a new 65-degree quick-turn throttle (reduced by 7 degrees) for a faster and more responsive throttle while also reducing rider wrist angle as well as elbow drop at full throttle. Ride modes include Sport, Street, Rain, and optional Track mode, which adds launch control, 9-level spin adjuster, an aggressive engine map, and anti-wheelie off function.

Optional Performance mode takes the Track mode concept and but adapts it for the street. Riders are still able to adjust throttle response, wheel slip, and anti-wheelie functions, but retain typical street functions such as cruise control and KTM MY RIDE.

2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo review

Equipped with a 6-axis IMU, the 1290 Super Duke R Evo’s standard electronic rider aids include MSC (Motorcycle Stability Control) with cornering ABS by Bosch (including Supermoto mode) and multi-stage, lean-angle sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC).

As before, The Beast’s skeleton is an ultra-lightweight chrome-molybdenum steel frame that uses the engine as a stressed member. It has a light composite subframe and a single-sided swingarm positioned close to the output sprocket for more control and less squat under acceleration. Cast 17-inch wheels are shod with Bridgestone Battlax HyperSport S22 tires developed with a specific carcass on the rear that’s said to offer a more stable ride in corners, improving grip and performance.

2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo review

A color TFT display provides pertinent info and easy menu navigation, and standard KTM MY RIDE allows smartphone pairing via Bluetooth to control audio playback and to accept phone calls.

The 2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo has more aggressive bodywork and two new colorways. Pricing and availability are TBD.

For more information or to find a KTM dealer near you, visit ktm.com.

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2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2 and V4 SP | First Look Review

2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2 V4 SP review
For 2022, the Ducati Streetfighter V2 (left) and Streetfighter V4 SP (middle) join the Streetfighter V4 (right).

Joining the Streetfighter V4 and Streetfighter V4 S in Ducati‘s lineup are two new models for 2022. The 2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2, powered by a 153-horsepower 955cc L-Twin (MSRP $16,995), and the 2022 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP, powered by a 208-horsepower 1,103cc V-4 (MSRP $35,500). Both will be available in February 2022.

2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2

2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2 V4 SP review
2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2

Take a Panigale V2, strip the fairings, swap the low clip-ons with a tall, wide handlebar and shorten the gearing with a larger rear sprocket, and you’ve got yourself a Panigale streetfighter. Or you could just walk into your local Ducati dealer and pick one up off the showroom floor, in the form of the new 2022 Streetfighter V2.

2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2 V4 SP review

Ducati says it focused on ergonomics with the Streetfighter V2, giving it a wider, better cushioned saddle and repositioning the footpegs for a more street-friendly riding position. Not to say this new Streetfighter is a slouch; this First Look Review is blissfully free of the word “detuned.” At the Streetfighter V2’s heart is the Panigale V2’s 955cc Superquadro twin, which Ducati says is good for 153 horsepower at 10,750 rpm and 75 lb-ft of torque at 9.000 rpm.

2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2 V4 SP review

Brakes are nearly identical to the Panigale V2: Brembo M4-32 monoblock radial calipers with 320mm front discs. Only the brake pads are different; Ducati says they offer a less aggressive bite and are ideal for street use. Suspension is a 43mm Showa Big Piston Fork up front and a Sachs shock in the back, both of which are adjustable.

The Streetfighter V2 also inherits the Panigale V2’s electronics, which includes a 6-axis IMU with ABS Cornering EVO with “slide by brake,” Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO 2, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Ducati Quick Shift up/down (DQS) EVO 2, and Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO. There are three ride modes (Sport, Road, and Wet), and the Streetfighter V2 is compatible with the Ducati Data Analyzer (DDA + GPS) and Ducati Multimedia System.

The 2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2 will be available in Ducati Red starting in February 2022, for $16,995.

2022 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP

2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2 V4 SP review
2022 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP

If only the very best will do, for 2022 Ducati is also introducing the top-of-the-line, individually numbered Streetfighter V4 SP, which it calls “the most adrenaline-pumping sports-naked bike to ever roll…off the production line in Borno Panigale.” The Streetfighter V4 SP, dressed in an understated “Winter Test” livery inspired by Ducati Corse pre-season MotoGP and SBK test bikes, features premium equipment derived from the even more superlative Superleggera V4.

2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2 V4 SP review

Carbon rims are 3 pounds lighter than the forged aluminum rims on the Streetfighter V4 S, reducing inertia by a claimed 26% at the front and 46% at the rear and resulting in a quicker, more agile ride. Brakes are Brembo, with the exclusive Stylema R front calipers, and suspension is the Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 with event-based variable damping.

The beating heart of the Streetfighter V4 SP, of course, is the 208 (claimed) horsepower 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale, fitted with the STM-EVO SBK dry clutch for the best performance when pushing to its limits on-track. In fact, Ducati makes it clear this Streetfighter belongs on the track, with features like an open carbon clutch cover and an easily removed and capped license plate holder.

The 2022 Streetfighter V4 SP will be available in single-seat configuration only in the “Winter Test” livery in February 2022, for a starting price of $35,500.

For more information or to find your nearest Ducati dealer, visit ducati.com.

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Triumph Announces Four New Special Editions

2022 Triumph Thruxton RS Ton Up Special Edition review
2022 Triumph Thruxton RS Ton Up Special Edition

Triumph has an early holiday present for fans of Britain’s custom-classic and road racing culture, in the form of four limited-release Special Edition models, each available for one year only: the Street Twin EC1, Thruxton RS Ton Up, Rocket 3 GT 221, and Rocket 3 R 221.

2022 Triumph Street Twin EC1 Special Edition

2022 Triumph Street Twin EC1 Special Edition review
2022 Triumph Street Twin EC1 Special Edition

Triumph’s best-selling modern classic model, the Street Twin, gets a makeover inspired by the vibrant custom scene of London’s East End – particularly the historic streets of the EC1 district that gives the Street Twin EC1 Special Edition its name. The EC1 is set apart as a Special Edition with a unique Matte Aluminum Silver and Matte Silver Ice paint scheme with special EC1 graphics on the tank and side panels, as well as a matching fly screen.

The spunky Street Twin is unchanged otherwise, with its liquid-cooled 900cc parallel-Twin engine, Brembo 4-piston front brake caliper, ABS, Road and Rain ride modes, traction control, torque-assist clutch, and USB charging socket, all standard. The Street Twin EC1 Special Edition will be available starting in January 2022, for an MSRP of $10,350.

2022 Triumph Thruxton RS Ton Up Special Edition

2022 Triumph Thruxton RS Ton Up Special Edition review
2022 Triumph Thruxton RS Ton Up Special Edition

The legendary Ton Up boys of the 1950s and ‘60s – the original café racers – and the first ever production 100mph lap of the Isle of Man TT, achieved by Malcolm Uphill in 1969, are celebrated by the new Thruxton RS Ton Up Special Edition. With its Aegean Blue gas tank, Fusion White seat cowl and front fender, and Carnival Red accents and graphics, the Ton Up will stand out in a crowd. Also included are unique “100” and “Ton Up” graphics and an accessory Aegean Blue fairing to complete the café racer look.

Otherwise the Thruxton RS retains all of its standard features, including a character-filled liquid-cooled  1,200cc parallel-Twin, twin 310mm Brembo floating front brake discs squeezed by Brembo M50 radial monoblock calipers; fully adjustable Öhlins shocks and Showa 43mm fork; Metzeler Racetec RR tires; throttle-by-wire with Road, Rain, and Sport ride modes; ABS; traction control; torque-assist clutch; and a USB charging socket. The Thruxton RS Ton Up Special Edition will be available starting in January 2022, for an MSRP of $17,300.

2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT and Rocket 3 R 221 Special Editions

2022 Triumph Rocket 3 R 221 Special Edition review
2022 Triumph Rocket 3 R 221 Special Edition

The Rocket 3 GT and Rocket 3 R 221 Special Editions seek to remind the world of one thing: their superlative 221 Newton meters of torque (or 163 lb-ft for us Yanks), the highest claimed torque of any production motorcycle in the world. The 221s get their message across with a rich Red Hopper paint scheme incorporating the Rocket 3’s performance numbers emblazed on the tank: horsepower, torque, engine size, bore, and stroke.

2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT 221 Special Edition review
2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT 221 Special Edition

Backing it up, of course, is the massive 2,458cc inline-Triple producing all that torque and a claimed 167 horsepower, along with a fully adjustable Showa shock, adjustable 47mm Showa fork, Brembo Stylema 4-piston radial monoblock calipers, TFT instrumentation, IMU-based ABS and traction control, four ride modes (Road, Rain, Sport and Rider-configurable), hill hold control, cruise control, keyless ignition, heated grips (GT only), and a USB charging socket.

The Rocket 3 GT 221 Special Edition will be available starting in January 2022, for an MSRP of $24,600. The Rocket 3 R 221 Special Edition will be available starting in January 2022, for an MSRP of $23,900.

For more information or to find a Triumph dealer near you, visit triumphmotorcycles.com.

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2022 Kawasaki Z900 SE | First Look Review

2022 Kawasaki Z900 SE | First Look Review
The 2022 Kawasaki Z900 SE naked sportbike receives upgraded brakes and suspension.

Kawasaki has spiced up the Z900 mix with a new SE model, which adds upgraded brakes and suspension.

The Z900 SE’s styling draws from Kawasaki’s “Sugomi” design concept, which makes the bike look in motion even when standing still. It has aggressive angular detailing, an exposed subframe, and a sharply contoured belly pan. For those who prefer more classic styling, check out the 2022 Kawasaki Z900RS SE.

At the heart of the Z900 SE is the liquid-cooled 948cc inline-Four, which made 113 horsepower at 9,800 rpm and 66 lb-ft of torque at 8,100 rpm at the rear wheel in our 2020 test. As we reported at the time, this lightweight and compact engine spools up quickly and delivers solid and smooth performance when pushed but is versatile enough to be ridden in traffic with ease. Standard electronics include power modes, traction control, and integrated riding modes (Sport, Road, Rain, and Rider [manual]).

2022 Kawasaki Z900 SE | First Look Review
Aggressive contemporary styling gives the the Z900 SE an imposing character.

The Z900 SE’s upgraded suspension includes a fully adjustable 41mm inverted fork and a fully adjustable Öhlins S46 rear shock with a remote preload adjuster. The new setup promises improved customization and handling.

The SE version also benefits from a new radial monoblock Brembo M4.32 4-piston front calipers squeezing 300mm petal discs and Nissin radial-pump master cylinder. At the rear, there is a 250mm petal disc with 2-piston caliper. ABS and steel-braided brake lines are standard.

2022 Kawasaki Z900 SE | First Look Review
At the front: a new fully adjustable, 41mm inverted fork and Brembo 4-piston M4.32 calipers
2022 Kawasaki Z900 SE | First Look Review
At the rear: an Öhlins S46 rear shock and a 250mm petal disc and a 2-piston caliper.

The Z900 SE’s cast aluminum, five-spoke wheels are fitted with Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires. Although the turnsignals are still the old bulb type, all the other lights on the Z900 SE are LEDs. A large 4.3-inch color TFT dash with a selectable background color (black or white) and screen brightness automatically switches between three rider-set levels to suit available light. Bluetooth connectivity is compatible with smartphone devices and Kawasaki’s Rideology App.

A full range of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories are available and options for the Z900 SE include crankcase protectors, a meter cover, and an Akrapovic slip-on exhaust. The 2022 Kawasaki Z900 SE is available in Metallic Spark Black/Candy Lime Green with an MSRP of $10,699.

2022 Kawasaki Z900 SE Specs

Base Price: $10,699
Website: kawasaki.com
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse inline-Four, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
Displacement: 948cc
Bore x Stroke: 73.4 x 56.0 mm
Horsepower: 113 @ 8,500 rpm (2020 Z900, rear-wheel dyno)
Torque: 66 lb-ft @ 6,700 rpm (2020 Z900, rear-wheel dyno)
Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated slip/assist wet clutch
Final Drive: Chain
Wheelbase: 57.3 in.
Rake/Trail: 25 degrees/4.3 in.
Seat Height: 31.5 in.
Wet Weight: 470 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gals.

2022 Kawasaki Z900 SE | First Look Review

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Buell Hammerhead 1190 to Start Production, Reservations Open Nov. 1

2022 Buell Hammerhead 1190 review
Production of the 2022 Buell Hammerhead 1190 begins on Nov. 1, 2021. Pricing starts at $18,995.

Buell Motorcycle Co. has announced that the Hammerhead 1190 sportbike will soon go into production. The company will begin reservations on November 1, 2021, on its Buellvana online system.

“When we said Buell is Back, we meant it,” said Bill Melvin, CEO of Buell Motorcycle Co. “We have former executives from Buell, General Motors, Lotus Engineering, Toyota, and Bombardier Recreational Products ensuring we are manufacturing and developing the highest quality products. Now we are putting the finishing touches on our factory and kicking off production of the best American superbike on November 1, the Buell Hammerhead 1190.”

2022 Buell Hammerhead 1190 review

Although the company still bears his name, Erik Buell is not involved.

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The Buell Hammerhead 1190 will be built in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and it will be powered by a 72-degree V-Twin engine that makes a claimed 185 horsepower and 102 lb-ft of torque. As with previous Buells and EBR models, the Hammerhead will feature an aluminum fuel-in-frame chassis and the unique single perimeter front braking system. Buell claims the Hammerhead weighs 419 pounds without fuel.

Buell’s new online reservation and delivery system, Buellvana, allows customers to reserve a production slot for $25. Reservations will begin online on Monday, November 1, 2021.

2022 Buell Hammerhead 1190 review

“When we announced that our future models will include variants for dirt, touring, and cruisers, while expanding our engine lineup, we were blown away at the rider response,” said Steve Laham, Chief Products, Development & Strategy Officer at Buell Motorcycle Co. “I knew Buell was a beloved brand, and now riders are pulling for us! With the Hammerhead going into production, innovative technology and products in our pipeline, and our online reservation system changing the industry, we’re lean, mean and on the move!”

Available specs are provided below; anticipated delivery date of production bikes has not been announced.

2022 Buell Hammerhead 1190 Specs

Base Price: $18,995
Website: buellmotorcycle.com
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse 72-degree V-Twin
Displacement: 1,190cc
Bore x Stroke: 106 x 67.5mm
Compression Ratio: 13.4:1
Fuel Delivery: EFI w/ 2 port injectors & 2 showerhead injectors
Horsepower: 185 hp @ 10,600 rpm (claimed, at the crank)
Torque: 101.6 lb-ft @ 8,200 rpm (claimed, at the crank)
Final Drive: Chain
Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated slipper wet clutch
Frame: Cast aluminum perimeter, fuel-in-frame w/ cast aluminum swingarm
Suspension, Front: Showa inverted Big Piston Fork
Rear: Showa shock, no linkage
Brakes, Front: Single 386mm perimeter disc, 8-piston inside-out caliper
Rear: Single 220mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Wheels, Front: Cast aluminum, 3.5 x 17 in.
Rear: Cast aluminum, 6.0 x 17 in.
Seat Height: 32.5 in.
Weight: 419 lbs. (claimed, wet w/o fuel)
Load Capacity: 375 lbs.

2022 Buell Hammerhead 1190 review
2022 Buell Hammerhead 1190 review

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2022 Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard | First Look Review

2022 Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard review
The Scrambler Urban Motard joins Ducati’s lineup for 2022.

Ducati’s 800cc Scrambler lineup for 2022 includes the classic Scrambler Icon, the dark Scrambler Nightshift, the off-road-ready Scrambler Desert Sled, and the all-new Scrambler Urban Motard.

Inspired by the concrete jungle, the Urban Motard two-tone Star White Silk and Ducati GP ’19 Red livery with street-art style tank graphics.

2022 Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard review
2022 Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard

As the “Motard” part of its name implies, the Urban Motard rolls on 17-inch spoked wheels shod with sticky Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tires, and it has a high front fender, a flat seat, and side number plates.

As with other Ducati Scrambler models, the Urban Motard has a front LED DRL headlight and an LED taillight. The entire Scrambler 800 range comes standard with cornering ABS, a USB socket under the seat, and the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), which enables a smartphone to be connected to the bike via Bluetooth.

2022 Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard review
2022 Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard

The Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard has a claimed wet weight of 432 pounds, and it’s powered by an air-cooled 803cc L-Twin with a desmodromic valve system. The engine delivers 73 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and 48.5 lb-ft of torque at 5,750 rpm (claimed, at the crank).

The engine is carried in a black tubular-steel trellis frame, and the suspension is by Kayaba suspension, with a non-adjustable 41mm inverted fork and a preload-adjustable rear shock. Triple-disc brakes include 4-piston radial front calipers with 330mm discs and a 1-piston caliper with a 245mm disc. Seat height is 31.7 inches. LCD instrumentation includes gear and fuel level indicators and an interchangeable aluminum frame.

2022 Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard review
2022 Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard

2022 Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard Specs

Base Price: $11,695
Website: ducati.com
Engine Type: Air-cooled, transverse L-Twin, desmodromic SOHC w/ 2 valves per cyl.
Displacement: 803cc
Bore x Stroke: 88.0 x 66.0mm
Horsepower: 73 @ 8,250 rpm (claimed, at the crank)
Torque: 48.5 lb-ft @ 5,750 rpm (claimed, at the crank)
Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated slip/assist wet clutch
Final Drive: Chain
Wheelbase: 56.5 in.
Rake/Trail: 24 degrees/3.7 in.
Seat Height: 31.7 in.
Wet Weight: 432 lbs. (claimed)
Fuel Capacity: 3.6 gals.

2022 Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard review
2022 Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard

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