motoperture: Blog http://www.motoperture.com/blog en-us (C) motoperture.com chess@motoperture.com (motoperture) Mon, 03 Nov 2014 19:18:00 GMT Mon, 03 Nov 2014 19:18:00 GMT http://www.motoperture.com/img/s/v-5/u297460372-o137459670-50.jpg motoperture: Blog http://www.motoperture.com/blog 71 120 New 2015 Ducati Multistrada announced at EICMA http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2014/11/new-2015-ducati-multistrada-announced-at-eicma Ducati just announced their updated Multistrada 1200 for 2015.

As expected, it now uses variable valve timing to produce 10 more horses up top (160hp vs 150hp) and a staggering 100 lb-ft of torque (92 lb-ft on the previous model).  This towers over the class leading BMW R1200 GS's 92 lb-ft.   The Ducati has always had the horsepower lead in but taking the torque crown from BMW is a definite coup in the ADV bike category.

With new power comes new responsibility as the new motor returns 8% better fuel economy while still meeting stringent new EURO4 emissions standards.


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While basically a superbike on tall suspenders, Ducati has raised the engine height by 20+mm to help increase ride height and ground clearance.  While an update frame and subframe lowers the seat into one of two adjustable positions (825 or 845 mm).

Also similar to the Boesch ABS unit added to KTM 1190 Adventure, the new Multistrada now has cornering ABS.  This can prevent wheel lock up while braking during aggressive cornering. This helps to slow the 500+ lbs bike down in safely and in a hurry even when cranked over while riding in poor road conditions.

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The dash has been updated with a new full color 5" screen similar to the screens found in the Ducati Diavel and Ducati Panigale.

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Ducati has also released a video of the new bike in action.  Check it out here;


2015 Ducati Multistrada in actionVideo of the new 2015 Ducati Multistrada

 

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As announced before the the official unveiling, the new model is now using variable valve timing to allow for variable valve opening during various riding conditions, from idle to aggressive.  This helps to change the character of the motor by varying tuning and torque characteristics.

This was a very unpopular move when Honda did they same for their VFR series but we can only hope that Ducati has learned some lessons from Honda's experience.

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Thanks to Motociclismo for the photos and video.

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chess@motoperture.com (motoperture) 1200 2015 Ducati EICMA Multistrada new http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2014/11/new-2015-ducati-multistrada-announced-at-eicma Mon, 03 Nov 2014 19:06:43 GMT
Harley Davidson to come out with an Electric Bike http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2014/6/halrey-davidson-to-come-out-with-an-electric-bike Bucking all expectations, Harley Davidson is set to announce a new and unexpected motorcycle in their lineup.

The Milwaukee, Wisconsin based motorcycle manufacturing giant that prides itself in making bikes that are grounded in tradition is stepping out into a new motorcycling territory as they are going to be the first major motorcycle manufacturer to release an electric motorcycle.

 

The Harley Davidson Livewire
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Is this an answer to the non-stop criticism for designing bikes with antiquated technology even in the face of industry wide advancements?  Or is it an answer to the aging demographic of Harley Davidson motorcycle buyers?  Or is it an answer to both?


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Buell Motorcycles was once considered Harley's answers to those questions but since shutting down the doors of Buell Motorcycle back on 2009, it was thought that Harley Davidson had no interest in motorcycles with advanced technology or for building motorcycles for buyers outside of their average buyer's demographic.


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Whatever their reasons, it's definitely an interesting bike that has come out of left field.  At this time, no specs or further details have been released.   But I would not be surprised if this bike turns out to the the lightest, fastest and quickest bike in their line up.


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Pictures courtesy of Asphalt and Rubber

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chess@motoperture.com (motoperture) HD Harley bike davidson electric livewire motorcycle http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2014/6/halrey-davidson-to-come-out-with-an-electric-bike Thu, 19 Jun 2014 04:00:35 GMT
The Newest EBR Bike Unveiled - The EBR 1190SX http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2014/6/the-newet-ebr-bike-unveiled---the-ebr-1190sx Thanks to Motorcycle Magazine, the long awaited naked bike model from Erik Buell Racing (EBR) has been finally unveiled.

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Apart from the photos, there are still no specs or technical details released.  However, it is clearly based on the EBR 1190RX that was recently released.

The EBR 1190RX is the first mass produced bike from EBR. It produces 185 horsepower and a stout 101 ft-lbs of torque out of its 1190cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine.  Using EBR's past history, it would be safe to say that this bike will have the same state of tune as the fully faired 1190RX sportbike.

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Suffice it to say, 2014 is the year of the naked bike and now America can lay claim to a real competitor into this hot market.

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chess@motoperture.com (motoperture) 1190SX Buell EBR Erik Racing bike naked newest super http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2014/6/the-newet-ebr-bike-unveiled---the-ebr-1190sx Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:57:35 GMT
MV Agusta Dragster Spy Video http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2014/1/mv-agusta-dragster-spy-video Thanks to insella.it, we have a new spy video of the new MV Agusta Dragster caught in the wild.  It looks like the test rider had stopped for gas (or petrol as some of you Triumph riders might say) when it was spotted by the camera man.

At this point, it's looking like the bike now has its final form, with an MV AGusta Brutale lights, fuel tank, radiator covers up front and a bobbed subframe and adventure bike style license plate holder/rear fender replacing the rear end.

Just another reason why 2014 is going to the the year of the Naked Bikes.

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chess@motoperture.com (motoperture) MV Agusta Dragster Spy Video dragster insella.it leak leaked video motorcycle motorcycle video mv agusta new bike new bike model new motorcycle model spy photo http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2014/1/mv-agusta-dragster-spy-video Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:52:15 GMT
MV Agusta Dragster - Teaser Video http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2014/1/mv-agusta-dragster---teaser-video Hot on the heels of the Rivale, MV Agusta is set to release their answer to the Ducati Diavel, the Italian version of a cruiser but made by sportbike fanatics.  Obviously, there will have very little actual 'cruiser' in the design brief.

Anyway, here's the video.  Stay tuned for more details when MV Agusta lets the cat of out of the bag.

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chess@motoperture.com (motoperture) Italian bike MV Agusta Dragster New motorycle model Teaser Video bike video burnout cruiser dragster mv agusta power cruiser http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2014/1/mv-agusta-dragster---teaser-video Mon, 20 Jan 2014 23:29:19 GMT
BARF the Movie http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2014/1/barf-the-movie BARF the Movie

This is a fake trailer for the upcoming motorcycle movie about BARF (Bay Area Riders Forum).

It's actually a mix of footage from various videos I've shot.  I mostly stuck to footage that I haven't used before in other videos but there may be an errant scene here and there.

It's also my first GoPro video where I used Protune.  I hope to play with that more in the future to see what it can do.


BARF The MovieMovie Trailer for the upcoming movie, BARF The Movie.

 

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Kawasaki Z1000 and KTM 950SM at Play http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2013/11/kawasaki-z1000-and-ktm-950sm-at-play This is my first real attempt at a a motorcycle video.   I wanted to make something different from the usual GoPro videos on the internet.  Most of the videos I've seen are made up of various shots of the Gopro mounted on different parts of the bike.

I decided to try and get shots from a moving vehicle so that the bikes will be more visible.

The green bike is  Kawasaki Z1000 and the KTM 950SM, piloted by some local volunteers.  They're obviously not stunters so you're not going to see block long wheelies or anything like that.  They're just regular riders out on a fun little ride.  I just tried my best to capture that spirit.

Enjoy!

Kawasaki Z1000 and KTM 950SM VideoTwo of my friends go for a little ride.

The green bike is a Kawasaki Z1000 and the black bikes is a KTM 950SM.

This is the video that I learned that a car with a stiff suspension and tiny windows does not make for a good shooting platform.

On this shoot I did learn that a car with tiny windows and a sport suspension does not make for a great shooting platform.  Suffice it to say that I now have a steadycam in my Christmas list.

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BMW S1000R breaks cover http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2013/11/bmw-s1000r-breaks-cover The naked version of the BMW S1000rr finally breaks cover.  BMW has dubbed it, the S1000R. Even though the moniker is now a lot less piratey, the bike will still shiver your timbers and drive your nuts.

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The bike is spec'd at 160Hp and 83lb-ft of torque.  The bike will retain all of the electronic trickery from its S1000RR brethren.  It's weight will be similar to the sportbike version at 456 lbs full of gas.

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2014 is going to be the year of the streetfighter!


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Source - http://www.bmwmotorcycles.com/us/en/bike/urban/s1000r/s1000r_overview.html

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chess@motoperture.com (motoperture) BMW BMW S1000r S1000r bike eicma model naked new streetfighter http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2013/11/bmw-s1000r-breaks-cover Wed, 06 Nov 2013 01:13:51 GMT
Kawasaki Z1000 Officially Official http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2013/11/kawasaki-z1000-officially-official We already have a good idea about what it looks like thanks to the leaked video from Mr. JP but the bikes has been officially unveiled at EICMA.

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And we now have more details, like tuning tweaks to bump the power to 140HP with 82lb-ft of torque for the same ZX9 derived 1043cc mill.

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Also new for 2014 is the Showa Big Piston fork and new LED headlights, a first from a major Japanese bike manufacturer.

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More details here - http://blog.motorcycle.com/2013/11/05/motorcycle-news/eicma-2013-2014-kawasaki-z1000/

 

 

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chess@motoperture.com (motoperture) 2014 bike eicma kawasaki model motorcycle new official spyshots unveiling video z1000 http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2013/11/kawasaki-z1000-officially-official Tue, 05 Nov 2013 15:00:29 GMT
Naked BMW S1000RR http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2013/11/naked-bmw-s1000rr Another leaked video from EICMA!

This time it's the long awaited naked version of the top dog of the liter sportbike pile, the BMW S1000RR.

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No details have been revealed yet but we can see that the bike received a similar treatment to the way Aprilia 'nudified' their liter sportbike, the RSV4.  As with the Aprilia Tuono V4, the naked S1000RR has an expansive radiator cover that is reminiscent of the it's full fairing breathren.  The similarities carry over to the headlight and front cowling.

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So as with the Tuono, the bike looks like the sportbike version with the fairing shrunk down and handlebars installed.

So here is another bad ass naked bike to add to the list of new models for 2014.

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chess@motoperture.com (motoperture) EICMA 2013 Leaked Video Naked Version of the BMW S1000RR bmw bmw s1000rr eicma naked s1000rr s1000rr http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2013/11/naked-bmw-s1000rr Tue, 05 Nov 2013 03:38:25 GMT
EICMA 2013 new bike round up http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2013/11/eicma-2013-new-bike-round-up The 2013 EICMA moto show in Milan is turning into new bike paradise with new bikes being announced and paraded on each day of the show.

Here are some highlights:

The VFR 800, once Honda's flagship platform for showing off new technology, is finally getting an update.

New VFR800F from Honda:

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More details on the new VFR here - http://www.moto.it/news/eicma-2013-honda-vfr800f-2014.html

A new uprated Honda CBR1000RR, called the Honda CBR1000RR SP.  New updates include Ohlins suspenders and less weight and more power (Honda is being shy about releasing the actual figures)
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More details on the new CBR here - http://www.moto.it/news/eicma-2013-honda-cbr1000rr-fireblade-sp.html

Also two new low budget bikes...the Honda CBR650F...

and the Honda CB650F...

More details on the new 650cc Hondas here - http://www.motoblog.it/post/266389/honda-cb650f-2014

 

Not to be outdone, Yamaha also announced the MT-07, a Parallel twin version of its upcoming MT-09

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More details on the Yamaha MT-07 here - http://www.yamaha-motor.eu/eu/products/motorcycles/mt/mt-07.aspx

Also hot on the heels of the official unveiling of the MV Agusta RIvale comes the new sport touring bike by MV Agusta based on the Rivale and the Burtale 800, the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800...


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More details on MV Agusta's latest here - http://www.mvagusta.it/en/turismo-veloce/turismo-veloce-800

 

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chess@motoperture.com (motoperture) 2013 EICMA CBR1000RR SP Honda MT-07 MV Agusta MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 New motorcycle model announcements Turismo Veloce 800 VFR800F Yamaha http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2013/11/eicma-2013-new-bike-round-up Mon, 04 Nov 2013 23:56:00 GMT
2014 Ducati Monster 1200 Announced http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2013/11/2014-ducati-monster-1200-announced The Monster line is going back to liquid cooling.  Not since 2008 when Ducati was still making the 999 powered Monster S4RS has the Monster line been powered by a liquid cooled motor.  And as potent as the S4RS was in it's day, it's 130 horses on tap won't hold a candle to the KTM 1290 Super Dukes and Aprilia Tuono V4s of today.

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While the new Monster 1200 will only provide a 5 horsepower increase from the S4RS, it still makes for a 30 HP bump from the aircooled Monster 1100.

That's still a far cry from the 180HP available from the upcoming KTM 1290 Super Duke and even the 170HP from the Aprilia Tuono V4.  And while the new Super Duke will feature an astounding 106 lb-ft of torque, the new Monster 1200 will 'only' have 86.8 ft-lbs of torque on tap.

Specs- wise, what it does have going for it against KTM and Aprilia's new naked bike offerings is a much lighter weight.  With the KTM coming in with a dry weight of 417 lbs and the Aprilia with it's 408 pounds of dry weight, the Ducati Monster should undercut them at 401 lbs.

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Helping with to keep the weight down is the frame configuration which borrows from the Ducati 1199 Pingale's 'frameless' design.  Instead of the combined airbox/frame the Monster retains its iconic trellis frame and bolts it directly to the motor's front cylinder head with the subframe Eiffel Towering the rear of the bike and bolting directly to the rear cylinder head.

So far, 2014 is looking like an awesome year for fans of powerful naked bikes.

From http://www.ducati.com/bikes/monster/index.do

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2014 Kawasaki Z1000 Video Leaked http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2013/11/2014-kawasaki-z1000-video-leaked Kawasaki is set to unveil their redesigned Z1000 at the 2013 EICMA Show but a video has surfaced revealing the bike for the first time.

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You can very clearly see in the video that the bike retains much of the parts and elements of the Z1000 before it with most of the visual changes around the headlight area and the now Honda-like radiator covers.

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No details have been released yet so we still don't know if it will finally have the Ninja ZX10 motor or if it will still have the long stroke ZX9 derived motor.  With the new KTM 1290 Super Duke coming to compete, this Z1000 is going to need a lot more power just to stay in the running.

 

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chess@motoperture.com (motoperture) 2014 kawasaki z1000 2014 motorcycle model 2014 new bike eicma kawasaki kawasaki z1000 leaked motorcycle new motorcycle model spyshots video z1000 http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2013/11/2014-kawasaki-z1000-video-leaked Sun, 03 Nov 2013 05:31:55 GMT
Google Glass in a helmet? http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2013/10/google-glass-in-a-helmet Google Glass in a Helmet?


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Not exactly but there is a new helmet announces yesterday that so far comes closest to being Google Glass in a helmet.

The Skully P-1 helmet features a 180 degree rear facing camera with a heads up display (HUD) in the helmet that you can use to see what's behind you.  The display is built in to the visor so it appears to float about 20 feet ahead of the rider.

It's similar in concept to the Reevu helmet that have been out for a while now except the Reevu's used mirrors to give you a view behind you. The Reevu was neat but it doesn't run on Android like this helmet does. 

It's also packing built in GPS, Bluetooth, an accelerometer, gyro, compass and, of course, a rechargeable battery.

It's voice activated so you can control the functions of the helmet without the need to pull over.  it displays a map of where you're going and can use the built in GPS to provide real time directions.

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And as it is an Android device, developers will be able to create apps for it when the SDK is released later this year.  How about a real time lap timer that shows you your speed, line, acceleration and braking on every turn.  That or watch porn on boring freeway stretches.   You laugh but I'm sure someone will do it.

Check them out - http://www.skullyhelmets.com/

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chess@motoperture.com (motoperture) Bluetooth GPS HUD Skully Skully P-1 Helmet helmet p-1 http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2013/10/google-glass-in-a-helmet Sun, 20 Oct 2013 01:35:53 GMT
EBR 1190RX is Officially Official http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2013/10/ebr-1190rx-is-official It's official!

The EBR 1190RX has been officially revealed (unlike the official one from yesterday) at the AIMExpo.

It's basically the low production run 1190RS without all of the carbon fiber goodies and making a little bit less power.  I don't have the dry weight figures to compare side by side with the 1190RS but the wet weight minus gas is published.   It's looking like a sport bike with roughly the same amount of power as the new KTM Super Duke 1290 but with less weight.

The important figures are:

185hp @ 10,600RPM
101.6ft-lbs @ 8200RPM
419LBs Wet Weight Minus Fuel

The bike holds 4.5 Gallons of gas so that means the bike should be 446Lbs full of fuel. Putting in the average for other liter sportbikes.  For comparison the BMW S100044 weighs around 458lbs full of fuel.  Both bikes are a lot more than the class leading (weight wise) Ducati 1199 Panigale.

The last important figure is the MSRP of $18,995.  The price isn't too bad but the lack of electronic aids like traction control and ABS is going to hurt at that price range.

EDIT: Some new info came out of the show and the bike will have 21 level setting traction control.  Still no ABS but the traction control will help a lot.  At least it will marketing-wise.

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Source - http://www.erikbuellracing.com/motorcycles/ebr1190rx/

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chess@motoperture.com (motoperture) 1190RX Buell EBR Erik Racing barracuda first look sportbike http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2013/10/ebr-1190rx-is-official Wed, 16 Oct 2013 19:52:53 GMT
First Shot EBR 1190RX http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2013/10/first-shot-ebr-1190rx EBR is scheduled to be at the AIMExpo for the official unveiling of a new model.  It's basically going to be their fist streetbike as the 1190RS was of such a limited run with an unobtainable price. 

But a BuellXB.com member at the expo has already leaked the first photo of the 1190RX.

'EBR 1190RX' EBR 1190RX 'Erik Buell Racing' 'Erik Buell' Buell sportbike 'spy shot' 'first look' barracudaEBR 1190RX, first spy shotFirst shot of the EBR (Erik Buell Racing) 1190R from the AIM Expo

As was pointed out at BuellXB.com, it's looking a lot like the Buell Barracude 2, the bike Buell was about to release before Harley Davidson shut its doors.


'EBR 1190RX' EBR 1190RX 'Erik Buell Racing' 'Erik Buell' Buell sportbike 'spy shot' 'first look' barracudaThe Buell B2 BarracudaThe Buell B2 Barracuda. This was the model the Buell was about to release when Harley Davidson shut down their operations. It would have basically been the first bike made by Buell that would have been designed almost completely outside of Harley Davidson's influence.

Also here is a shot of the headlights as twitted by EBR a few days ago.

'EBR 1190RX' EBR 1190RX 'Erik Buell Racing' 'Erik Buell' Buell sportbike 'spy shot' 'first look' barracudaThe headlight from the EBR 1190RX as twitted by Erik Buell RacingThe headlight from the EBR 1190RX as twitted by Erik Buell Racing

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chess@motoperture.com (motoperture) 1190RX Buell EBR EBR 1190RX Erik Buell Erik Buell Racing barracuda first look sportbike spy shot http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2013/10/first-shot-ebr-1190rx Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:02:24 GMT
KTM 1290 Super Duke is official http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2013/10/ktm-1290-super-duke-is-official The Super Duke has been officially unveiled!

It's actually got more CC's that expected topping out just over 1.3 liters of displacement.  Not that long ago the vaunted Suzuki Hayabusa had less displacement that this bike.

It will also have more power than the first generation Hayabusa as it will have 180HP on tap.  Even more mind boggling is the 106 lb-ft of torque, with 74 lb-ft available at just 2500 RPM!  Those are some ridiculous numbers, especially when you consider that is isn't a liter inline four but a big bore V-Twin.

With Kawasaki getting set to unveil it's new Z100 at the EICMA show in November, next year is going to be an outstanding year for powerful naked bikes.


KTM 1290 'Super Duke' super duke 'motorcycle photography' motorcycle photography bikes news v-twinKTM 1290 Super DukeKTM 1290 Super Duke Unveiled. Downloadable wallpaper courtesy of KTM.com

 

KTM 1290 'Super Duke' super duke 'motorcycle photography' motorcycle photography bikes news v-twinKTM 1290 Super DukeKTM 1290 Super Duke Unveiled. Downloadable wallpaper courtesy of KTM.com

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chess@motoperture.com (motoperture) 1290 KTM Super Duke bikes duke motorcycle motorcycle photography news photography super v-twin http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2013/10/ktm-1290-super-duke-is-official Wed, 02 Oct 2013 20:06:31 GMT
KTM SuperDuke 1290 http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2013/9/ktm-superduke-1290 One of my favorite bike's of all time is the KTM Super Duke.  It's an awesome liquid cooled standard bike similar to my Buell 1125CR.  Unfortunately, it 'only' has 999cc motor giving you access to 'only' 112 horses.

The new model that KTM has been teasing should remedy that.  It's expected to have a motor displacing just under 1300ccs.  Estimated power figures puts the horsepower range to something in between 160 to 200HP.

KTM has been teasing the concept versions of the bike all year with a few spy shots thrown in for good measure.

But thanks to motociclismo.it, we now have a 'leaked' photo of the bike in it's full production trim, ahead of it's official unveiling on October 1st.

KTM "Super Duke" duke 1290KTM Superduke 1290Spy Photo of KTM Super Duke 1290

 

KTM "Super Duke" duke 1290KTM Super Duke 1290Spy Photo of KTM Super Duke 1290

 

It's lost the GP style underslung exhaust but I'm sure that is something the aftermarket will have an answer for.

In any case, I am super excited about another monster standard coming on to the market.  I think this bike is probably going to be a serious contender for my next bike.

If you're not swayed, here's KTM's teaser video showing the bike in action.


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chess@motoperture.com (motoperture) 1290 KTM SuperDuke bike duke motorcycle standards http://www.motoperture.com/blog/2013/9/ktm-superduke-1290 Fri, 27 Sep 2013 00:36:09 GMT