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The in-line three cylinder diesel offers approximately 50 bhp and is both turbocharged and intercooled. What it lacks in horsepower it makes up for in brute torque, a whopping 130Nm of torque from 1800 rpm upwards.
Many motorcyclists may not appreciate not being able to work through the gears because it comes with a CVT (Constantly Variable Transmission). What they may appreciate is that the CVT keeps the bike at at optimal RPM range which improves the fuel economy even further. It's said the machine sips fuel at 2.1 l/100km at 90 km/hr. If you're in a real hurry and pick up the pace to at 175 kmh, it’ll reportedly still get 4.2 l/100 km.
The bike is reportedly going to be shown at the Utrecht Dutch motorcycle trade fair in February.
What does all this cost? Well - that's the kicker! The bike will have an initial price tag of EUR 17,500, which if you did a direct conversion to Canadian dollars would be just shy of $30,000. Ouch! I wouldn't be looking for this bike to show up in Canada any time soon or even in the distant future. If you're interested in diesel motorcycles a little closer to home you may want to check out the HDT Diesel MD670F “Bulldog” that's built in the US.
It's a cool looking machine though, and for those whom money is no object it may be a great adventure touring tool.
Harley Davidson Sportster XR1200 coming to Canada.
Vivid black will set you back $13,079 while a color model is $13,419. Available colors will be Vivid Black, Pewter Denim, and Mirage Orange Pearl.
All the specs are up on the Harley Davidson's Canadian website here.
Some of the key features are:
- Silver powder-coated, 1200cc Evolution engine
- 2-1-2 Straight-shot exhaust
- sport front fender
- sport tail section with separate inner fender
- 180mm wide rear tire
- black trim ring with black body headlamp
- two-piece seat
- mid-mounted footpegs
- narrow, nimble frame
- 13.3 liter fuel tank
Photo courtesy of Harley Davidson.
Kawasaki shows off some new models in US
The KLX250SF comes with road-worthy 17-inch radial tires and lowered suspension than it's dualsport relative. Along with the lowered suspension comes reduced wheel-travel in both the front and rear. This lowers the centre of gravity for improved on-road handling and stability.
The 249 cc liquid-cooled four-stroke single uses a gear-driven counter balancer to reduce vibration and features a six speed transmission.
Suspension will be fully adjustable front and rear, and the 43 mm USD fork offers 231 mm (9.1 in) of travel. Dry weight is a claimed 137 kg (302 lb). The bulk of the stopping power comes by way of a single sided large petal-type disc fitted up front.
Kawasaki's Canadian website offers no word on whether the little super moto will make its way to Canada - we'll have to keep an eye on this one.
The 2009 Ninja 650R will come with several new refinements designed to make it sportier and even easier to ride. The fuel injection has been revised for the liquid-cooled DOHC, 8-valve 649 cc parallel twin to increase bottom-end torque and improve the smoothness of the low-to-mid rpm response. Some rubber engine mounts help reduce vibration through the seat.
A less rigid and lighter steel trellis frame also reduces width at the knees and footpegs; the swingarm has been stiffened.
There has been some bodywork updates, you get a new dual headlight, and a taller fuel tank gives the bike a more aggressive look.
Kawasaki indicates that the instrumentation is MotoGP-inspired, and include a new fuel gauge, digital speedo, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, and a digital tach. This should help keep people from calling the Ninja by one of it's old nicknames - the Ninjette!
The 2009 ZX6R is said to draw on the looks of the larger ZX10R which should be a winning look. They've added a proper MotoGP-style stubby exhaust and improved the suspension. Most importantly though they've trimmed the weight down to make it more competitive. We've scrounged up a photo but it's not clear whether this is the real thing or not.
Honda Canada Motorycle Deals
According to Honda the offer valid at participating Honda Motorcycle and ATV dealers in Canada only.
"This Offer is valid on selected new and not previously registered 2008 Honda motorcycles and ATVs. Manufacturer’s discounts off MSRP reductions are available only at participating dealers and vary from $140 to $3,000 for motorcycles.
Up to $3,000 available on Gold Wing GL1800 models. Financing is available on approved credit through Honda Financial Services. 3.9% APR available only on all 2008 Gold Wing GL1800, VT750, CBR600RR, CBR1000RR and VFR800A motorcycles."
Here's a link to the advertisement for the event that you can check out for more details:
Ipod's and motorcycles?
A particularly interesting piece of this news is one of sources of the funding - that would be Best Buy; the electronics store. So maybe there will be a day when you can buy yourself a motorcycle to go along with that newest iPhone you've had your eye on!
The Enertia is capable of reaching a top speed of over 50 miles per hour (or about 80 km/hr) and can accelerate from 0 to 40 mph (just under 65 km/hr) in under 6 seconds. It has a recharge time of roughly 3 hours, weighs 280 pounds and uses valence lithium iron phosphate batteries.
The first set of bikes will cost around $15,000 each when they become available later this year, with subsequent production runs to be priced at a slightly more affordable $12,000. About 100,000 people have already expressed interest in purchasing the bike through Brammo’s website.
The company claims to have intentionally remained “capital frugal,” and expects to raise its next round of funding next year. CEO Craig Bramscher wouldn’t say whether Best Buy’s investment meant we could expect to see Enertias appearing at a local Best Buy store.
Brammo is a US company so products will likely be in the US initially. Hopefully they'll make their way to Canada as well!
For more information on the Enertia check out their website here: http://www.enertiabike.com/
More photo's of the 2009 Vmax
A few more photo's of the 2009 Vmax has made their way to the Internet. Some numbers being thrown around for specs are that it'll have a 1800 cc v4 with 210 horsepower. They're not official specs from Yamaha which won't be released until June 4th.
Here's a shot from the side.
Here's a shot of from the rear end of the bike:
More accolades for Ducati Desmosedici RR
Ducati's trophy showcase just got a little more cramped with the announcement of two more awards to add to the heap.
Ducati North America is proud to announce that it has won the prestigious Robb Report "Best of the Best—Sport Bike" award for the second year in a row and has been awarded "Best Superbike" for 2008 by Cycle World Magazine—both for the Desmosedici RR.
The Robb Report "Best of the Best" awards are given to objects of desire on an annual basis; with the Sport Bike category highlighting the pinnacle of performance motorcycle technology. Ducati has been the proud recipient of this honor for two years running; with the award going to the ground breaking 1098 S Superbike in 2007, and now to the Desmosedici RR—the world’s first Moto GP derived production bike.
To top off an already exciting week, Cycle World, the world's largest motorcycle magazine, released its annual "10 Best" list with the Desmosedici RR sitting atop the Superbike category. The Superbike category honors the top echelon of Sport Bike technology, a niche in which Ducati specializes. Ducati has now been the fortunate recipient of this award for the past two years—winning it for the breathtaking 1098 Superbike in 2007, and now, again for the Desmosedici RR.
Unveiled at the Italian Grand Prix in 2006; the Desmosedici RR can be considered the most exotic performance motorcycle on the planet. With 200 horsepower on tap and such precious materials as magnesium, titanium and stainless steel encased in carbon fiber bodywork; it represents the epitome of what a sport bike should be: fast, lightweight and aerodynamic. As June issue of Robb Report reports: "As a complete package of desirability, the Desmosedici RR is without peer."
"Simply outrageous best describes Ducati's Desmosedici RR, a modern marvel of moto tech that defies all rules of logic. Sure, this Moto GP refugee represents complete and total overkill for the street, but even more astounding is the fact this bike need not even exist. With no homologation rule within the sport's premier class, the D16RR provides 200 horses of heart-pounding proof that the storied Italian manufacturer truly is fuelled by passion in its pursuit of performance excellence. We called it "magic in the streets" and "a masterpiece with a warranty." How could we not consider the world's first street-legal MotoGP replica to be anything less than the years best Superbike?" said Cycle World.
Sneak peak of 2009 Vmax
Image courtesy of motoryclenews.com
Motorcycle news has released a sneak peak photo of the new 2009 Yamaha Vmax. Said to offer approximately 200hp. It is expected that the bike will be unvelieved on either June 4th or June 6th if we're to believe the countdown clock on Yamaha's website.
Buell 1125R on the podium at Calabogie
Steve Crevier took his week old Buell 1125R to the 2008 season opener of the Canadian Superbike event to race against a whole lineup of Japanese inline fours. He didn't quite come out on top but finished a very respectable 3rd. Steve is up against GSX-R1000s, ZX10Rs and Yamaha R1's and beating them despite a weight and horsepower disadvantage.
If the win itself wasn’t enough, listen to what Steve had to say:
“It’s quite amazing,” said Crevier, a six-time Canadian Superbike champion. “We only got the bikes last Friday, and the crew has been slaving for a week solid. We even had to use a DOT rear tire because our rim was too narrow for the slick. It got a little mushy at the end but it felt OK.”
The first place Kawasaki had 173 horsepower at 378 pounds, 2nd place Yamaha, 176 hp at 400 pounds and the 3rd place Buell had 134 hp at 409 pounds.
The Buell is at a 40+ hp disadvantage and is also heavier than its competitors by some 5 kg! A testament to both rider and and the new Buell 1125R.
Oh, and incidentally - Canadian Kawasaki Motors Jordan Szoke won both the premier Superbike and Pro 600 Sport Bike races at the 2008 Calabogie opener.
For full details check out this press release.
Boss Hoss Set To Debut Wheelchair Friendly Trike
It'll be the industry's first production model for the disabled rider. It'll feature a wheelchair lift built into the chassis and disguised by a fiberglass truck-style trike body. The controls will be hand-operable to accommodate riders who may either not have legs or have the use of them.
World's Biggest Bike
It was designed with its weight down low, to make it a little more challenging to tip over. Baumann indicates it's still a very dangerous ride, "It could roll if we ran over a car the wrong way, so we still have to be very careful."
I guess the kids may enjoy it.
Honda Varadero Coming End of April
In talking to several Powerhouse dealerships across Canada we're told they've been taking deposits on Varadero's already. Available colors will be silver and black and availability may be limited. Pricing will be in the C$12,000 to C$15,000 range. We're hoping to get more detailed pricing information soon and will update you as soon as we have it.
- A listing of Honda Powerhouse Dealership across Canada can be found here on the last page.
- Link to a more detailed review of the Varadero on our site.
Ducati Receives Takeover Bid
The offer is reportedly worth as much as $576 million.
The equity firms already own a controlling interest of almost 30% of Ducati will offer 1.70 euros a share for the remaining shares, the investors said in a statement today.
Ducati has targeted annual sales growth of 10% by adding more profitable models and boosting revenue via merchandising. They posted their first full-year profit in 2007 after three years of losses.
New Short Version of Buell Ulysses
The engine is the Thunderstorm 1203 air/oil/fan-cooled, 4-stroke, 45° V-Twin (not the new 1125 liquid cooled engine). This engine is good for a little over 100 hp and 84ft/lbs of torque at 6400 rpm. New for 2008 the Thunderstorm engine redline is increased to 7100 rpm from 6800 rpm. It's got a 5-speed final drive and is belt driven.
Two new colors are available too: Racing Red and Thrust Blue. Comes with a 24 month warranty.
Canadian price is $13,999 (US price is $12,995 so just a $1,004 difference).
Harley's Got an Old-Fashioned New Ride.
It will be available in some interesting colors like; Dark Denim Blue, Pewter Denim, Black Denim, Dark Blue Pearl, Olive Pearl, and of course... Vivid Black.
MSRP in the US is $16,795 for Vivid Black, $17,140 if you want color. We'll update with Canadian pricing once it's available.