▲ KTM has released details of its new "groundbreaking" 2-stroke fuel injection KTM 250 EXC TPI and KTM 300 EXC TPI machines. The bikes were officially launched in Eisenerz, Austria on 15th May 2017. Following in the wake of the EXC launched last year, these "ground up" redesigns feature a newly developed and patented TPI (Transfer Port Injection) system comprising two fuel-injectors squirting directly into the works. The idea is to eliminate the need for pre-mix fuel and obviate the problem of re-jetting between races at differing environments, etc. The firm tells us these engines are smoother, more refined, yet retain the "feel of a carburetted bike". Features include a KTM E-starter, an "extra-light lithium ion battery", Brembo brakes, a chrome moly frame, a hydraulic clutch, WP suspension, and a new engine management system. The machines will, say KTM, arrive next month (June 2017). Prices to follow.
Optimate 4 Dual Program
Optimate make some of the best battery chargers we've seen. In fact, we tested the Optimate 5 Voltmatic not so long ago, and we liked it plenty. The device now sits in the Sump garage for prolonged evaluation, and it gets used pretty much all the time. It's a simple, reliable and durable unit. Consequently, we've got few worries about introducing the Optimate 4 Dual Program 1A V3 charger. So what are the Dual Programs? Well, you can hook up the crocodile clips in the usual way and charge/top-up your battery as and when needed. Or if battery access is a problem, you can wire-in the included charging socket and locate that socket somewhere convenient. [More...]
Oxford Products has developed a new luggage system aimed squarely at the traditional, classic and retro motorcycle market. There are two roll bags in the kit (30-litre and 50-litre), plus a matching pannier set of 40-litres for each side. All items are manufactured from waxed cotton. Features of the roll bags include convenient grab handles, traditional buckles, internal and external pockets, a carrying strap and a water resistant top closure. The price for the 30-litre roll bag is £79.99. The 50-litre will cost you another tenner. And the panniers (which includes adjustable seat straps and is the main image on this news item), will set you back £119.99 for the pair. [More...]
Porsche 618 electric bike
Spanish designer Miguel Angel Bahri is the man responsible for this new Porsche concept bike. It's called the 618, and like most two-wheeled modern concepts, it's electric. And naturally, it draws inspiration from the established and classic Porsche 911 family of cars. Features include hub-centre steering, a luggage compartment where the petrol tank would normally be located, an onboard GPS device, and the usual bells and whistles intended to make this motorcycle internet ready, etc. Why the hell anyone wants to have the internet intruding into their, ahem, private riding moments we don't know. Neither do we know if this bike has actually been built, or if it exists only on a hard drive or inside someone's cranium. [More...]
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