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xx MCN Video: 1st Ride of S1000RR | 19 Nov 09
11:13:23 by Schneegz | Views: 1623 | Comments: 4

The reporter is exceedingly boring, but MCN has this to say about the bike:

"the handling will make other manufacturers wince with embarrassment."

Head over to MCN for more.


xx Grace: An Electric Motorcycle Disguised as a Bike | 19 Nov 09
00:12:48 by UFO | Views: 6842 | Comments: 30

General News
I thought this was pretty cool.  Not really motorcycle or sport-touring related but it does have an engine and two wheels.  What is cool is having an oversized mountain bike capable of 40 mph, going 25 miles before recharge, and only costing $1.40 per 100 miles to operate.  What's not cool?  The $8800 price tag!!

The Li-ion battery powered bike can hit 45km/h (28mph), powered by a 1.3KW motor (this is actually limited by law some hacking will get you up to 65km/h, or 40mph), and it will run for an average of 25 miles before needing a recharge. To stop you again, the stiff aluminum bike is equipped with disk brakes front and rear.

Read the full article...

xx Riding Ducati's to the Black Hills | 18 Nov 09
10:20:05 by canyonchaser | Views: 17977 | Comments: 44

Ride Reports

Way back when, when Kris and I rode chrome laden bikes with lots of rake, fancy paint and raucous exhaust systems, we took a ride to Sturgis South Dakota for the annual Bike Rally.  Don't believe that we had our humble roots in cruiser-dom, well, ha! Look at these old photos, taken exactly 10 years prior.

As with many of the most memorable CanyonChasers adventures, this one started out with virtually no planning, and what's more, we didn't even plan...

xx First Ride: 2010 KTM 990 SM T and 990 SM R | 16 Nov 09
23:08:04 by UFO | Views: 15260 | Comments: 19

2010 looks to be a very good year for European bike choices.  The folk over at have put up their first impressions of the new KTM 990 SMT and SMR.  Look for part two of their write up later.

Americans get two versions of the big supermoto, the sporty R and a more practical tourer. Both bikes share a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, four-valve 75-degree 115-hp motor and basic chrome-moly trellis chassis. From that common ancestor, KTM's engineers started adding go-fast bits to make the R. Wheels are forged Marchesinis, saving 4.4 pounds of rotating mass, and it gets those delicious four-piston Brembo monobloc racing calipers. A supermoto needs a powerful, sensit...

xx New Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V Announced | 14 Nov 09
16:12:48 by UFO | Views: 25507 | Comments: 37

Moto Guzzi
Moto Guzzi has announced an updated Norge sporting a new 8 valve 1200cc 90 degree v-twin.  Styling cues from the previous Norge remain basically unchanged, but the bike has more get up and go compared to the previous engine.

Here's a shot of the new Norge GT 8V:

And here are the details from the press release:

The new 8V version of the 1200 cc twin-cylinder Moto Guzzi Norge has been updated to consolidate its vocation of being an indefatigable GT.

A tireless traveller, the acknowledged champion of reliability and the bike chosen by many law enforcement agencies including that of the city of Berlin, today the Norge has been updated and is entrenching its long-

xx 2011 Buell 1125RR? | 14 Nov 09
07:03:37 by whodom | Views: 47458 | Comments: 113

Photo from RoadracerX:

Brad, is THAT good looking enough for you?  

Several hints have been posted at Badweb (based on info gleaned at the "last ride to the factory" last month) about a new model to be introduced next year which would have shed significant weight and added power compared to the existing 1125R.  Two features that appear to match up with the photo are an ultra-light tail section and chain drive.  The bike looks too complete to be a home built.  

Original page here:
Photo is at the bottom.

xx 2010 KTM RC8R First Ride | 13 Nov 09
13:26:13 by Schneegz | Views: 3918 | Comments: 2

Motorcycle USA samples the new KTM RC8R.

For 2010 KTM imports the RC8R into the United States. This hopped-up version of its base model Superbike is said to be better in every way. MotoUSA jets up to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to find out.

"Throw a leg over, thumb the starter button and the R barks to life with a surprisingly loud rasp. Ducati-like in some ways, but also with a hint Japanese ting; almost a hybrid of the two though the KTM is still more pasta than sushi. Also instantly apparent right from the get-go is a reduced amount of vibration. The base model and the R may feature the same counter-balancing system, but the lighter pistons and upd...

xx BMW Concept 6 Unveiled | 10 Nov 09
06:31:03 by X1rider | Views: 9448 | Comments: 29

BMW has unveiled their new Concept 6 design that utilizes a 1600cc inline 6 configuration.  The press release hints that the engine will see production in the form of a new luxury touring model sometime in the near future.  Peak horsepower will be close to what is offered in the current 1300cc inline 4 configuration, but torque will be copious and arrive much earlier...96 ft-lbs at 2000 RPM.

Here's a shot of the concept bike:

Here's the press release:

Munich. Six-cylinder power units have always had particular appeal, offering not only supreme smoothness and refinement, but also superior power and performance as well as a truly emotional driving or, in this case, riding...

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