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xx 2010 Honda VFR1200F Road Impression [Visor Down] | 27 Nov 09
17:51:14 by UFO | Views: 24054 | Comments: 82

Honda
Visordown.com has some quick impression up of their 200 mile road jaunt (as opposed to the recent Sugo track sessions) on the new VFR1200F.  Their impressions are again positive, but they are questioning the rumored high price.



But, and there are quite a few of them, has Honda overpriced the new V4? The company are remaining tight-lipped about the bike's official retail price, but a source told me last night the standard version will cost around £12,000. That's an awful lot of wedge for a bike with no panniers, no electronic suspension, no traction control and a 150-mile tank range - yes, one rider managed just 150 miles to bone dry on yesterday's 200-m...


xx 2010 Yamaha Star VMAX Quick Ride [MotorcycleUSA.com] | 25 Nov 09
00:54:55 by UFO | Views: 5952 | Comments: 11

Yamaha
So you want a new Vmax...or are even thinking about it?  Remember the FJR1300 PDP (priority delivery program)?  It's baaaaaack!  For 2010 you can only get a Star Vmax as a special order model, and you only have until the end of November (this month!) to order one.  Is this another case of the public clamoring for a manufacturer to build a bike then turning their backs on it?  Perhaps.  With an MSRP of $19,500 they better deliver it to your door, fully fueled with 3 rear tire replacements for good order.



Let’s get straight to the point. This bike is fast, brutally fast. The 1679cc V-Four mill pumps out a rear tire destroying 197 horsepower and 122 l...


xx 2010 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO and EVO SP [Raptors & Rockets] | 25 Nov 09
00:44:18 by UFO | Views: 2653 | Comments: 2

Ducati
Raptors & Rockets has posted a Youtube video from their attendance of the Hypermotard 1100 launch in Sardinia recently.  Plenty of cool off and onboard footage of the new Hypermotards.



Raptors & Rockets


xx 2010 Kawasaki Z1000 First Ride Video [MCN] | 25 Nov 09
00:33:38 by UFO | Views: 13422 | Comments: 31

Kawasaki
Yes, the new Z1000 is a "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" type of bike, but MCN seems to like it a lot "for the road."  Pshhhhhhh...who buys bikes for "the road" anymore?  MCN claims it's better than the FZ1 and the CB1000 (which we can't get here).

Check out the video below:

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xx 2010 Bimota DB7R Diavolo Rosso [Visor Down] | 25 Nov 09
00:20:41 by UFO | Views: 5062 | Comments: 8

Ride Reports
Oh my...what's this?  It's the new 164 hp, 362 lb (dry) Bimota DB7R that's encased in never ending bits of exotica and enough structural carbon fiber to choke a horse.  What's the catch you ask?  It'll only run you $59,950.

Get out your checkbooks!



Weighing in at a hefty $59,950 (£36,500) the Diavolo gets a load-bearing carbon-fibre frame, swingarm, and matching carbon-fibre fuel tank, a GPS dash from GET Electronic Systems that provides all the usual data, plus lap times. There's also a GPS-driven 2-D track map with enough storage for up to 100 of your fave racing circuits

See more images over at...


xx 2010 Yamaha FZ8? | 23 Nov 09
08:58:55 by Schneegz | Views: 59651 | Comments: 88

Yamaha
From MCN: The rumors were true!

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2010 Yamaha FZ8: official first picture

By Chris Newbigging -

Yamaha has unveiled this first official picture of the new FZ8 middleweight naked – but nothing else.

There’s no information or pictures beyond this headlight shot – Yamaha UK wasn’t even aware of the picture’s release!

It is believed the FZ8 will replace Yamaha’s current FZ6 models as a sporty middleweight naked, leaving the XJ6, XJ6 Diversion and the new-for-2010 XJ6 Diversion F to cater for the novice and all-rounder markets.

It’s
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xx 2010 BMW S1000RR First Ride [motorcycle-usa.com] | 22 Nov 09
01:39:32 by UFO | Views: 6298 | Comments: 10

BMW
motorcycle-usa.com has put up their 2010 BMW S1000RR impressions from the recent press junket in Portugal.  Does the new hyper-Beemer live up to the hype and expectations, and can it compete with the Japanese and Italian manufacturers in the hearts of performance freaks everywhere?  Read on...



Without shooting myself in the foot before we get the BMW back to the U.S. for a proper shootout, I can tell you this bike impressed more than any production motorcycle in recent memory. Utterly amazing power harnessed by a communicative chassis and very adjustable suspension, plus high-tech electronics, make for a bike that should no doubt push the envelope o...


xx Rumor: Suzuki Not Releasing 2010 Line in America | 19 Nov 09
23:01:57 by UFO | Views: 28616 | Comments: 50

Suzuki
Hell For Leather (hellforleathermagazine.com) is reporting that there will be no streetbikes imported in to the American market for 2010 until 2009 inventory is bought down, and then probably as 2011 models.  I've also heard this rumor from other sources.  Hey, there's always Canada...



According to an internal source, Suzuki will import no GSX-Rs or other streetbikes into the American market for 2010 as the unsold 2009 models on dealer floors are expected to satisfy demand. Overall, US motorcycle sales through the first three quarters of this year total just 434,370 compared to 771,950 during the same period last year, a drop of 44 percent. Suzuki has announced no ne...


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