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New Bikes for 2017


MOTO 650MT

The 650MT is the third bike from the manufacturers which is based on a 650-cc engine and is an adventure motorcycle. That engine is incredibly similar to the Kawasaki ER6 engine used in the firm’s Versys, sharing not only its layout and capacity but also a lot of smaller design details and architecture.

The 650MT is of course Euro4 compliant and has been constructed around the swing arm and tubular steel frame, with as mentioned before, a water-cooled 650-cc twin engine, producing 71 hp at 8,750 rpm. Unlike the 650NK naked bike, which has the same engine and frame, the 650MT appears to use an aluminium swing arm and clearly has upside down forks.

The motorcycle carries 18 litres which isn’t great for an adventure bike but should offer an appropriate range. Weight should be somewhere around 210-220kg fully fuelled, compared to 206kg in the same state for the 650NK.

MV Agusta presents the new Brutale 800 RR

The new MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR is said to deliver pure adrenaline and style. It has voted the most beautiful bike of the year (www.infomotori.com) and is both powerful and produces low emissions. Thanks to the"RR" equipment, the quality of the Euro IV updates and implemented electronics the experience of the MV Agusta Brutale RR is even more intense.

The engine provides great power with 140 hp and a maximum torque of 86 Nm at 10,100 rpm with a full torque curve, complemented with the best suspension and control package. The Brutale 800 RR has been completely redesigned since it was last introduced at EICMA in 2015 and now features new camshafts, counter shaft, and valve guides.

It benefits from a thrilling riding experience accompanied with an exceptional level of refinement. In addition, the rider can now benefit from a split seat and retractable passenger handles as well as many other additional accessories

The bike is priced at £13,100

Yamaha SCR 950

The new retro looking Yamaha SCR 950 hits all the right notes. Just check out the sweet vintage lace wheels and old school number plates. If are looking for a rugged vintage design but want the reliability of today's motorcycles, look no further than the all-new SCR950.

The new on-off road scrambler-style machine is based on the bones of the Yamaha Bolt cruiser, including its 942cc air-cooled Twin. Its air-cooled, 4-valves per cylinder, 60° V-twin engine produces excellent torque and power delivery across a wide RPM range. With an easy-riding personality, classic style, and an estimated 51 mpg, the SCR is a bike that looks like a weekend toy but makes for an excellent daily rider. The SCR950 comes fitted with a flangeless teardrop tank, vintage graphics with matching number plates, wide handlebars with crossbar, and block pattern tires mounted on lightweight aluminium spoke wheels to give that distinct scrambler character.

Triumph Street Cup

The Street Cup is inspired by the club racing scene, but has been designed to deliver attitude, personality, presence and style of a contemporary custom cafe racer. The new Street Cup, based on that Bonne, is like a smaller, cheaper, and friendlier Thruxton. The Cup uses the mildly-tuned 900cc version of the parallel twin engine but engineers included a throatier exhaust system.

Features include:

  • Bullet seat and removable cafe racer seat cowl
  • Racing inspired fly screen and bar end mirrors
  • Dropped Ace bars
  • Low seat height
  • Sporty fork protectors
  • 900cc high torque Bonneville engine
  • Twin satin black and stainless steel upswept silencers
  • Rider-focused technology for precision, control and safety, including ride-by-wire, switchable traction control, ABS and a torque assist clutch

Engine Liquid cooled, 8-valve, SOHC, 270í crank angle, 900cc parallel twin
Max power 54bhp @ 5900rpm
Max torque 80Nm @ 3230rpm
Clutch Torque assist. Wet, multi-plate clutch
Dry weight 200kg
Fuel capacity 12 litres
Front suspension KYB 41mm cartridge forks. 120mm travel
Rear suspension KYB twin shocks with adjustable preload. 120mm travel
Front brake Single 310mm floating disc, 2-piston Nissin axial floating caliper, ABS
Rear brake Single 255mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS

Honda CBR500R

Firstly it’s that little bit larger and closer to mid-range sportsbike (600cc) size, The 471cc parallel twin is smooth and torquey and happy to rev, and the suspension is very comfortable and compliant. The much sportier styling, plus 41mm forks with preload adjustability to match the rear Pro-Link shock’s nine-point preload adjustability, while levers are adjustable and the exhaust has been redesigned for better weight distribution and exhaust note. The CBR500R benefitted from some substantial changes last year including a revised suspension, new styling, and both a new exhaust and intake.

Victory Octane

At first glance, it looks more than similar to the Indian, and that’s not an entirely inaccurate estimate. Although not an all-new motorcycle—it shares quite a bit of its mechanical makeup with the Indian Scout 60. The 60-degree, short-stroke water-cooled V-twin (bore and stroke are 101 x 73.6mm) in the Octane has an electronic 60mm throttle body. The 1200 liquid-cooled V-Twin is a modified version of what powers the Scout. It's also where it delivers 104 hp and 76 lb-ft of torque. The suspension has been calibrated for a sportier feel.

The Octane powers through the gears, but even in top gear at a ridiculously low rpm, it pulls and doesn't groan as it gets back up to speed.

DUCATI SUPER SPORT

With air-cooled engines all but extinct from its line-up, Ducati based the new model on the 937 cc version of the Testastretta V-twin as used in the Hypermotard 939. Its 937cc liquid-cooled L-Twin that puts down 113 hp way up at 9,000 rpm. Built around a new chassis that effectively consists of two sub-frames and a single-sided aluminium swingarm bolted on both ends of the engine, the Super Sport weighs 210 kg (463 lb) with a full 16-liter fuel tank. With air-cooled engines all but extinct from its line-up, Ducati based the new model on the 937 cc version of the Testastretta V-twin as used in the Hypermotard 939.

The new Ducati SuperSport is scheduled to hit the market around March or April 2017 and its UK price will be around £12 -14000 depending on model.

Moto Guzzi V7 Stone II

V7 II is now safer thanks to the standard dual channel Continental ABS system and traction control (Moto Guzzi Controllo Trazione) and more enjoyable to ride thanks to a new 6 speed gearbox. The revised engine position and improved ergonomics have greatly enhanced riding comfort. Seat is now lower at 31.1 inches - 790 mm as opposed to the previous 31.6 in - 805mm, also the footpegs have been lowered to make room for taller riders. The new riding position lets the rider enjoy the full benefits of the changes that have been made to the chassis which have made the front end more precise and efficient. All these improvements contribute to fully meet expectations in terms of aesthetics and riding pleasure.

Eclectic and essential, the V7 II Stone comes in three bold new color schemes, Nero Ruvido and Grigio Intenso and Rosso Impetuoso. Satin finished shades, inspired by ‘70s color schemes are complemented by the contrast with new V7 II frame welding where brighter and deeper paint has been applied to enhance the ingenious architecture.

The rest of the bike is dominated by blacked out parts, now also extended to the tail light assembly and the new brake and clutch levers. This look prominently presents the chrome on the silencers, instrument cluster profile, shocks and even the fins of the engine's aluminum cylinders, providing a stark but sophisticated contrast. The lightweight alloy wheel rims differentiate V7 II Stone ABS from the rest of the V7 II lineup, a unique modern concept on a decidedly vintage design.

V7 – History of Evolution

This new model in the historic V7 range is trendy, agile, easy to customize with an array of accessories and features including the new 750cc, 90° V-twin engine that is more powerful and stays true to the characteristics of the Moto Guzzi tradition, that touring on a motorcycle at its most pure should be nothing but enjoyable.

The completely re-engineered engine still relies on the engineering that made the Moto Guzzi V750 a success among riders in 1977. Since then the engine has been continuously updated yet stays faithful to the original genial layout introduced by Italian engineer Lino Tonti in the 70s. While maintaining the classic transversal 90° V-twin configuration, the engine is now comprised of more than 70% new components. Cutting-edge technological solutions improve functionality, provide greater torque and power even at low rpms, and make the V7 more efficient, with higher fuel economy and reduced emissions.

The fuel tank brings with it a superior metal construction is light and allows a record fuel capacity for a bike of this size with 5.8 gallons which, together with reduced consumption, ensures a range of up to 310 miles. This is further proof of the design philosophy that has guided the entire V7 family: engineering innovation is always intended to restore pleasure to the rider of gripping a real, resounding metal tank in true Moto Guzzi tradition.

The rest of the V7 design confirms the alchemy of tradition and modernism that was introduced in 2008 with the V7 Classic. New lightweight, alloy wheels allow for a reduction in weight at the front and rear, translating to greater agility on the road and cruising through turns.

The Moto Guzzi V7 II Stone ABS, prestigiously manufactured in the iconic Mandello Del Lario (Italy) factory, is now available in U.S. dealerships.

As with all of Moto Guzzi’s on-road motorcycles, the V7 II Stone ABS comes with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty and roadside assistance for one year.

Harley-Davidson Road Glide

Base Price: $19,000

Weighing in at 762 pounds, the Harley Road Glide is a middleweight monster with a 1450cc, air-cooled, 45-degree V-twin engine. the new Glide is the least expensive bike Harley-Davidson offers with its massive, all-new 107 cubic-inch (1753cc) Milwaukie Eight V-Twin. It also comes high flow airbox and Engine Idle Temperature Management Strategy (EITMS) but it also comes equipped with a hydraulic clutch and air adjustable low profile air ride rear suspension.

Harley says the new motor delivers more torque (10 percent) thanks to the four valve heads and a bump in compression. The 5-gallon tank typically provides fuel economy in excess of 50mpg, perfect for long hauls. The ride is smooth and comfortable, with an effortless clutch, air shocks, and a cushy saddle. For the longer rides, you can find the AM/FM/WB receiver handy along with the Jukebox media compartment and six gallon fuel tank.

Harley also worked to reduce vibration and heat while also improving fuel economy. Add to that frame-mounted fairing, roomy saddlebags, and the overall responsiveness and you’ve got a great tour bike that doesn’t feel anywhere near its actual weight at speed.

2017 Honda Rebel 300 and Rebel 500

$4,399 - $5,999

Like the original 250 and 450 Rebels, the 2017 iterations come is two sizes, 500 and 300. Both next-gen Rebels share the same chassis components, from their crosshatch handgrips right down to the fat 130/90-16 front and 150/80-16 rear Dunlop tires. The Rebel 300 is powered by the same 286cc thumper found in the CBR300R and CB300F, while the Rebel 500 gets the 471cc parallel-twin found in the CBR500R, CB500F, and CB500x.

The new Rebel 300 makes use of the 286cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke single found in the CBR300R. Likewise, the Rebel 500 is powered by the same basic 471cc liquid-cooled, parallel-twin. The only difference between the two except for tentative pricing: $5,999 and $4,399 for the 500 and 300, respectively. The primary differences are going to be power, weight (a sprightly 364 lb. wet for the 300 and just 408 lb. for the 500, both their identical 3-gallon tanks full), and price.

With modern liquid cooling, fuel injection, and disc brakes (with optional ABS), these updated Rebels are poised to carry on the tradition of their predecessors in providing a small, stylish, and affordable motorcycle.

Kawasaki Z650

The 2017 Z650 ABS will be available in Pearl Flat Stardust White/Metallic Spark Black or Metallic Flat Spark Black/Metallic Spark Black, for $7,399. A non-ABS version is available for $6,999.

Kawasaki is bringing in an all-new naked 650 based on the revamped Ninja 650. It’s badged as the Z650. Moving from a double-pipe perimeter frame to a full high-tensile steel trellis frame was a big one. Not only does that trellis frame add something to the looks and handle stress well, but it also keeps weight down. It also uses the same reworked 649cc parallel twin, featuring a slimmer intake and throttle body ports for finer atomization of fuel and improved airflow, and camshafts with reduced overlap and less duration.

The shape of the tank was specifically redesigned to be more comfortable for the rider to lay his or her torso on while tucking in out of the wind. New angles in the tank look much like a muscular back with shoulder blades protruding. Rake and trail are a little more aggressive than they were on previous-generation Ninja 650s, the new chassis configuration contributing to a 24° rake and 3.9 in. trail (versus 25° and 4.3 in.). The 5-spoke wheels are shod with Dunlop Sportmax D214 tires that provide a balance of sporty grip and good wet weather performance.

Throwing a leg over the Z650 reveals the new lower seat height (30.9 inches compared to 31.1 for the Ninja) and narrower seat, making the saddle more accommodating to riders with shorter legs. There’s a non-adjustable 41mm KYB fork, preload-adjustable shock, and four-piston Nissin callipers clamping on 300mm petal-type rotors up front. A fully LCD display includes a hybrid analog/digital tachometer, a large speedometer and a gear position indicator, a new programmable shift light flashes when the rider reaches a specific rpm and the instrument cluster housing has a sporty, carbon fibre look. The panel features a customisable digital tachometer, with three different pattern settings for shift indication. Riders can also adjust the shift indicator in increments of 500 rpm.