MSF Updates Its Basic RiderCourse Curriculum

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Yamaha Trademarks “R1S” & “R1M” at USPTO – “YZF-R1M” Trademarked Abroad – But Why?

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Bell & COTA Create Texas-Themed Limited-Edition Helmet

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Aprilia Mounting a Return to MotoGP in 2016

Towards the end of the 800cc era, MotoGP looked to be in dire condition. Grids were dwindling, factories were reducing their participation, and teams were in difficult financial straits indeed. By the end of 2011, there were just 17 full time entries, Suzuki was down to a single rider, and were about to pull out entirely for 2012. How different the situation looks today. In a recent interview with the official MotoGP.com website, Aprilia Corse’s new boss Romano Albesiano gave a brief outline of their plans. The Italian factory will continue to work with the IODA Racing team for 2014 to collect data on the electronics and tires, which they will use as input on an entirely new project being worked on for 2016.

This Is Pretty Much What the Monster 800 Will Look Like

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Photos of the Mugen Shinden Ni sans Fairings

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Mugen Shinden San (神電 参) Electric Superbike Revealed

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Living the Dream – A Photographer’s Story: Qatar

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Fuel or Electronics? Where Are Nicky Hayden & Scott Redding Losing Out on the Honda RCV1000R?

The news that Honda would be building a production racer to compete in MotoGP aroused much excitement among fans. There was much speculation over just how quick it would be, and whether it would be possible for a talented rider to beat the satellite bikes on some tracks. In the hands of active MotoGP riders, the gap was around 2 seconds at the Sepang tests. Nicky Hayden – of whom much had been expected, not least by himself – had made significant improvements, especially on corner entry. The difference in performance and the big gap to the front has been cause for much speculation. Where are the Honda production racers losing out to the Factory Option bikes?

2013 KTM 1190 Adventure Breaks Cover

09/18/2012 @ 1:34 pm, by Jensen Beeler16 COMMENTS

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The folks at KTM briefly let leak a brochure photo of the 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure today, giving us our first good look at the completed machine. A prototype of the bike was recently reviewed by Motorrad, this new photo confirms many of the details that the Germans dropped in that article.

Based on the KTM RC8 R’s 1195cc LC8 v-twin motor, the KTM 1190 Adventure sees the superbike lump re-tuned for its adventure-touring duties, and in that capacity it makes 147hp. Meanwhile at 518 lbs with a full tank of gas, the 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure is a touch heavier than its 990cc predecessor, though we don’t think you will mind.

We have to say, the styling seen here is a marked improvement over what we saw in Motorrad’s preview article. The seat has a stark resemblance to the Ducati Multistrada 1200, but the overall design seems very compact and streamlined. Said to be purpose-built with off-roading in mind, the KTM 1190 Adventure has all the extra goodies you would expected: ABS, traction control, and even a slipper clutch.

Expected to debut at INTERMOT in a few weeks’ time, the 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure already has some stout competition, as Ducati has unveiled its revised Ducati Multistrada 1200 line, which includes semi-active suspension for the “S” models. Seen by many as a more on-road adventure bike, perhaps KTM hopes its off-road pedigree will be valuable differentiator (we think so).

Source: Moto-Station & Motorcycle.com

Comment:

  1. Westward says:

    Now I know why the Multistrada has a beak, cause this thing needs one…

    This must be the Ducati’s less attractive friend…

  2. MikeD says:

    Clear bold signs you(me) are getting old:

    I find this more interesting than the new Ninjas 300 & 636.

    I would love to ride this “Orange Elephant” to work everyday.

    I hope those wheels are Alpina STS System equipped like the ones on the Stelvio, for it’s own good. I still haven’t figured out how to fix a flat on this kind of bike anywhere both at home with both front and rear stands.

    NO, SAY NO TO BEAKS. Break the stinking stereo-type. Beaks are nothing but “a stupid sore fashion statement” with no real world use but to add weigth…specially when u have real mud-guard already.

  3. MikeD says:

    On a second thought, screw the Alpinas, give me regular cast or forged aluminium wheels any day.
    I never liked spokes to begin with. LOL.

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=+alpina+sts+wheels&view=detail&id=914DDD009407C1D6FD00AE25EA1FE9701A14EB8E&first=1

  4. MikeD says:

    P.S: Scroll down on the link.

    Jensen: When is that edit button or function coming up ? I hate to “spam” you like this.
    I know, i should pay more attention to what im doing but my AADD does not help. (^_^)

  5. I’m working on it…

  6. @MikeD: “On a second thought, screw the Alpinas, give me regular cast or forged aluminium wheels any day.”

    Just watch out for the rocks. Forged aluminum wheels are the wrong wheels when the going gets rough. Fine for 90:10 pavement-biased riding, but even 50:50 benefits from spokes when you’re on 2-track or trails.

  7. Damo says:

    Holy sh*t that thing looks beastly….and orange, like really orange.

  8. Singletrack says:

    Ewww.
    Love child of Multistrada and V-strom and/or Tenere?
    @Westward – you’re right, without the beak, it looks odd. Like a parrot.
    The old 990 looked odd too, but in a more unique, aggressive way.

  9. Starmag says:

    To each their own I suppose. I ‘d say the exact opposite, that is, while I’m sure underneath it’s a great bike, the Ducati is truly insect/eagle fugly, this less so. Another thing I’ve noticed is many supersport riders refer to a comfortable riding position like this has as”sit up and beg” implying that riders that don’t feel the need to atone for some past sin with a masochistic riding position are to be referred to with a phrase usually reserved for dogs. The thing is , I dont hear this term when ADV bikes are reviewed even though the bar to seat distance is greater than on my favorite roadster. Odd.

  10. MikeD says:

    @Trane:

    Indeed my good Sr., Rocks and cast/mag wheels are not the best of buddies.

    But…since this is the more road oriented version (what seems like a 19″ front vs a 21″ on the R) i really don’t see much of a case for spokes. Not to mention not checking spokes for proper tensioning and maybe ruining the wheel’s trueness not even trying. I have bad xperiences with spoked wheels. Let’s just say that.
    I think they should have pulled a Triumph here.
    Xplorer(mags) and then Xplorer XC(spoked tubeless).
    JMPO.

  11. paulus says:

    I like it… it is infinitely better than the ‘adventure’ it supercedes.

    The KTM is dirt based – with a few sacrifices for the road
    Multistrada (and most others) are road based with a few sacrifices for the dirt.
    Being a ‘dirt monkey’ I prefer spoked wheels and high mudguards.
    Road going items will just get destroyed off-road…. and yes, there are people that take these bikes properly off-road.

    I look forward to seeing it at Intermot

  12. Joey Wilson says:

    I’m very glad to see a large KTM that DOESN’T have a straight, dirtbike seat. I know KTM has a very deserved rep for serious off-raod hardware, but I could never see myself spending long rides on those dirtbike-style seats on the Adventures, etc.

  13. Steve says:

    And I thought they were going to make a 450 Adventure! Bigger is better… I guess… for some… maybe…

  14. Singletrack says:

    “but I could never see myself spending long rides on those dirtbike-style seats on the Adventures,”

    My 950 Adventure was just fine on long rides. (and I have no extra padding on my bones) The long, flat seat allows the rider to adjust pressure points, leg angles, etc. to the millimeter. The new style sculpted seats tend to lock the rider into one place. If it works for you, great. If not….

  15. Rob Alexander says:

    You guys that want 17″ alloy wheels would be happier with an SM-T.

    Hopefully they’ll upgrade that to the bigger engine too, and go straight after Ducati. The current 990 SM-T has already beaten the Multistrada in a few comparison tests I’ve seen, it would be nice if it could go head to head in power without losing the fun-to-ride factor it seems to have over the competition.

  16. MikeD says:

    @Rob Alex:

    Nah. The SM-T doesn’t look like this, not on it’s sweetest dream…call me a Poser. I like the way this thing looks, MEATY. The SM-T looks like a Anorexic Pro Ballerina next to Sara Jay or Gianna, a good or a bad thing depending on your taste…I would love to have a piece of Sara or Gianna anyday, nuff said, LMAO.