February 29, 2012
February 28, 2012
Piaggio Vehicles Pvt. Ltd, the Italian motorcycle maker, unveiled the Vespa scooter at the 2012 Auto Expo. Piaggio started manufacture of the Vespa in 1946 and since then more than 17 million units have been sold worldwide.
The Vespa will hit Indian roads in April 2012 and will initially be available in 35 main cities. By bringing Vespa to India, Piaggio aims to make a premium segment for its brand.
To further spruce up things, Vespa will introduce its Vespa club, an elite group of enthusiasts who own Vespa scooters in India. Piaggio have set up a new facility at Baramati for Vespa's production. The plant has an initial capacity of 150,000.
It may looks impressive! But the world’s most expensive quad bike can’t even be driven on the road.
Manufacturers Lazareth say that the Wazuma V8 is so powerful it is purely a track-only vehicle. It features a 250bhp 30L V8 Ferrari engine and BMW M3 handlebars with the "6 speed sequential gearbox controlled from the handlebars".
The Wazuma V8 has a top speed of 241km/h. The red hued 2011 dated off-roading bike can be yours for a staggering €200,000 ($265,000).
February 27, 2012
KTM reported a 22.4% increase in worldwide motorcycle sales in 2011, raking in a net profit of 20.7 million euros.
According to its year-end fiscal report, the Austrian company sold 81,200 units in 2011, compared to 66,327 units in 2010. KTM attributes the gains to the launch of its latest EXC off-road competition lineup and the entry-level 125 Duke. These models helped KTM increase its market share in Europe despite the economic struggles on the continent.“The successful launch of the 125 Duke and the new Enduro Competition generation were crucial for these increases. KTM’s market share in Europe increased by 30% from 4.9% to 6.3% compared to previous year. Hence, KTM is the most successful brand and outpaced its competitors clearly,” says Stefan Pierer, chairman of the executive board of KTM Power Sports
Currently, the future of Suzuki appears far from rosy. Both in racing and its production bikes, the Japanese company is far from enjoying a heyday, especially on the European motorcycle market, with buyers looking elsewhere. In fact, the Suzuki GSX-R sport bikes - 600, 750 and 1,000 - can be looked at, and even ridden, but not adored.
All that might or might not change with the new 2012 Suzuki GSX-R 1000, as the Hamamatsu sportbikes look to get back to their bygone glory. These renderings of the new GSX-R 1000cc are how Moto Revue sees the new bike, with a forward stance, aerodyanmic front fairings and a high-end design. Whether it would be a practical solution or not, the exhaust pipes are housed in an exposed section of the rear, in an exaggerated, aggressive design.
We get the feeling in looking at these renderings that Suzuki might be faced with a dilemma whether to produce an extreme sportsbike, or a friendlier, roadgoing 1000cc. It’s not a question that can be easily answered for the engineers and designers working on the new GSX-R project. The market would suggest that supersports bikes are no longer the choice for everyday riding, and although Suzuki is very good at producing all-rounders, would its range be missing something without a race-ready production motorcycle?
February 26, 2012
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For 2012, Kawasaki recreates the Vulcan 1700 Voyager - a machine ready to go for a long ride.
With this touring-savvy package arrives enough luggage space for a week's worth of gear, frame-mounted fairing, electronic cruise control and a high-fidelity sound system.
Like previous models, the Vulcan 1700 Voyager retains that 1960s muscle-car styling and powerful 1700cc V-Twin, but arrives in 2012 with a few upgrades, most notably the innovative Kawasaki Air Management System (KAMS).
Paired with KAMS is yet another innovative slice of engineering - the second-generation Kawasaki Advanced Coactive Braking Technology (K-ACT), which is available on ABS models only. This K-ACT provides smooth and balanced braking by linking both the front and rear brakes.
The other electronic highlight of the 2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager arrives in the fully electronic throttle valve system that works with the V-Twin's EFI. These two systems utilize an Accelerator Position Sensor (APS) and Throttle Position Sensor (TPS), both which help the ECU deliver accurate and precise air-fuel mixture.
The 2012 Vulcan 1700 features a six-speed transmission and electronic cruise control activated on the right handlebar; cruise will work in any of the top four gears between 30 and 85 mph.
While the body is protected from wind, Kawasaki also designed the seat that features a passenger luxury backrest for all-day touring, and floorboards for both rider and passenger.
As for luggage, the Vulcan 1700 Voyager has enough space to more than cater to the long-distance traveler.
It has an intercom headset-compatible, 40-watt, twin-speaker audio system features navigation audio prompts, a three-band (FM/AM/WX) radio that is also compatible with iPods, an XM radio tuner, or a CB radio unit. The audio system (and iPod) can be operated by an integrated controller on the left handlebar.
2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager Specs:
Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valves per cylinder, 52-degree V-twin
Displacement: 1,700cc / 103.7 cu. in.
Bore x stroke: 102 x 104mm
Compression ratio: 9.5:1
Maximum torque: 108 lb-ft @ 2,750 rpm
Cooling: Liquid, plus cooling fins
Induction: Digital fuel injection, dual 42mm throttle bodies
Ignition: TCBI with Digital Advance
Transmission: Six-speed with overdrive
Final drive: Belt
Frame: Steel, double-cradle with box-section single-tube backbone
Rake / trail: 30 degrees / 7.0 in.
Front suspension / wheel travel: 45mm hydraulic fork / 5.5 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Swingarm with twin air-assisted shocks, with 4-way rebound damping / 3.1 in.
Front tire: 130/90x16
Rear tire: 170/70x16
Front brakes: Dual 300 mm discs, dual four-piston calipers, K-ACT II (ABS model)
Rear brake: Single 300mm disc, twin-piston caliper, K-ACT II (ABS model)
Overall length: 100.8 in.
Overall width: 39.2 in.
Overall height: 61.0 in.
Ground clearance: 5.3 in.
Seat height: 28.7 in.
Wheelbase: 65.6 in.
Curb weight standard / ABS: 886 / 895 lbs (with fluids)
Fuel capacity: 5.3 gal.
Warranty: 36 Months
2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager Color Options/MSRP:
Metallic Graystone / Metallic Spark Black / $17,899 / $18,999
Pearl Alpine White / Pearl Luster Beige / $17,899 / $18,999
The 2012 Special Edition of the popular Kawasaki W800 is better than ever and for us the Kawasaki created an instant classic! All metal with the vertical air-cooled twin-cylinder engine, this time travel machine will take you down the vintage road in a heart beat.
The special edition W800 is the latest model from the brand that covers 45 years with Kawasaki W1 original debut in 1966. It was the model with the largest displacement in Japan at that time.
Specification Kawasaki W800 Special Edition – 2012
General Information Kawasaki W800 Special Edition – 2012
Brand : Kawasaki
Model : W800 Special Edition
Year : 2012
Category : Classic
Engine Kawasaki W800 Special Edition – 2012
Engine type : 2 cylinder, 4 stroke
Displacement : 773 cc
Bore Stroke: 77.0 x 83.0 mm
Compression ratio : 8.4:1
Valve : 4
Fuel System : Fuel Injection
Cooling System : Air
Starter : Electric
Power : 48 hp (35kw) at 6500 rpm.
Torque : 60 Nm at 2500 rpm.
Tranmission Kawasaki W800 Special Edition – 2012
Gearbox : 5-speed
Final drive : Chain
Chassis Kawasaki W800 Special Edition – 2012
Frame type : Double cradle tubular steel
Fork rake angle : 27 °
Front suspension : telescopic fork with 39 mm stanchions
Rear suspension : Swingarm with 2 shock absorbers
Front brakes : 300 mm disc
Rear brakes : Drum 160 mm
Tires Front : 100/90-19
Rear Tires : 130/80-18
Dimention and Weight Kawasaki W800 Special Edition – 2012
Overall Length : 2180 mm
Overall Width : 790 mm
Overall Height : 1075 mm
Seat Height : 790 mm
Wheelbase : 125 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity : 14 liters
February 14, 2012
February 13, 2012
Review: 2012 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle XR1200
The Harley-Davidson Sportster(r) XR1200X(tm) is a Standard style motorcycle with an MSRP of $11,799 and is a Carryover for 2012. Power is provided by a 4-Stroke, 1201.2cc, Air cooled, OHV – Pushrod, V Twin engine with Electric starter.
In 2009, Harley-Davidson introduced a limited number of XR1200 motorcycles (750) to the USA, the roadster based upon the legendary dirt-track bike, the XR750.
The following year, the XR1200 was released in full production in America, but Harley took it one step further in 2011, offering the XR1200 X; the new XR1200 X featured upgrades to suspensions, such as Showa fully adjustable rear shock absorbers.
For 2012, Harley continues to offer the XR1200X roadster with the 1200cc Evolution engine and fully-adjustable Showa suspension. With an already respected platform, Harley's only upgrade for 2012 are the Michelin Scorcher "11" front and rear tires designed specifically for the XR1200X.
Harley-Davidson says: "The XR1200XTM is a meticulously honed machine with premium handling and a commanding riding position that leaves the rider with a feeling that can only be described as aggressive fun. Bold, racing heritage, perfectly tuned for road performance, the XR1200X stands out like no other Harley model to date."