▲ For 2018, Yamaha has upgraded its X-Max 125 with this latest incarnation of the successful 4-stroke, liquid-cooled urban scootabout which further reinforces the established X-Max 300 and 400 range. Features include a 120/70-15 tyre at the front (for "improved stability"), with a 140/70-14 at the rear. Traction control and ABS are standard. The engine's Euro4 compliant. The screen and 'bars are adjustable. There's underseat storage for two fat lids. Max power is 14hp (10.5kW) @ 8,750 rpm. Transmission is auto via V-belt. Colours are Radical Red, Sonic Grey, Phantom Blue and Blazing Grey. And what has Yamaha done to prevent anti-jacking/anti-mugging? Sweet eff-ay. No prices yet. Expect around £4,000.
Distinguished Gents T100
Yes, it's all in a worthy cause. Actually two worthy causes. We know that. We're totally convinced. However, we ride our bikes to get away from these kind of social issues, and the Distinguished Gentlemen and their established international charity rides just brings it right back to where we don't want it. However, we're no doubt way out of step with most of the rest of the biking planet, so we're giving you the story anyway—or as much of it as we can stand (there are other misgivings here that we ain't gonna get into here). The long and short of it is that Triumph has created a "one off" T100 Bonneville for an Accident & Emergency Nurse named Phil Green (see main image above). For the best part of a decade, Phil's been struggling with health issues; specifically cancer. So he partnered up with the Distinguished Gents and is hoping to raise the issue of men's health (as if we can get away with these issues in this health-obsessed modern world). Triumph Motorcycles has pitched in with this specially built bike. [More...]
New 2018 Yamaha colours
Yamaha has been at the paint pot again and has mixed up some new hues for 2018. If you were hoping for something more radical with which to see-in the new year, keep those fingers crossed. For now, you'll mostly be seeing red.
The "red" refers to "Brilliant Red" for the XSR700, supposedly as a nod towards the classic XS650 which was introduced in 1968 and stayed in production until 1979. Alternately, you can opt for the XSR900 which will be available next year (2018) in "Racing Red". Both colours are no doubt being introduced simply to help keep the Yamaha balance sheet out of the red and into the black—when what the market really wants is something more than a paint job to keep these very worthy (but over-designed) motorcycles on the boil. [More...]
2018 Suzuki SV650X
Suzuki is calling the proposed SV650X a "neo retro" design—which is coy marketing-speak for "let's-warm-over-this-ageing-retro-stuff-and-see-if-we-can-squeeze-a-little-more-juice-from-it". Based upon the established 645cc liquid-cooled four-stroke, 8-valve DOHC 90° V-twin (featuring a bore of 81mm and a stroke of 62.6mm), this "X" model is an "evolution of the SV650 Rally concept" as revealed at the 2016 Tokyo Motorcycle Show. Suzuki will be parading this toned-down middleweight at this year's Tokyo Motorcycle Show (Friday 27th October 2017) and is looking for more market reaction before committing itself to full scale production—which, of course, confirms that the company still isn't sure which way the wind is blowing and is hedging its bets. The 2017 EICMA Show in Milan will take place on 7th - 12 November 2017, but it's not clear if the bike is headed there too. [More...]
2018 Softail "revolution"
Harley-Davidson is calling it a "custom revolution". But the truth is that the firm has long since worn out the words "custom" and "revolution" to the point where the terms are almost meaningless. However, there are eight new Softail models on the hoof for 2018, and it looks like H-D has made some pretty significant upgrades. Here are the new Softails:
Heritage Classic (image below)
All the bikes are running either a Milwaukee-Eight™ 45-degree 107-inch or a 114-inch, dual counter-balanced V-twin engine (read: 1,745cc or 1,868cc). [More...]
Nuviz HUD claims a first
The device (above) is claimed to be the world's first Head-Up Display (HUD) designed "specifically for the needs of motorcycle riders". The manufacturer tells us that the gizmo will fit into any full-face crash helmet and provide "customisable information" on the move such as ... well, such as a rolling road map, actually. As you ride along, the optical thingy projects an image or series of images 13-feet (4 metres) in your line-of-sight. An onboard GPS chip tells you where you are, how fast you're travelling, and when you need to turn right or left, etc. You can "intuitively" access the functions via a wireless controller that can be mounted somewhere convenient on the bike, or possibly on the person. Additionally, you can receive messages, indulge in phone calls, "enjoy" constantly updated info on driving conditions, play music, video your journey—and add voice annotation—thereby enhancing your riding experience.
Red Z900 for 2018
Kawasaki has released details of a new paint scheme for the Z900 roadster which was first shown to the world in late 2016. Boasting "strong sales and high praise", this motorcycle—with its "Sugomi engineering and design philosophy"—picked up where the Z800 left off. The Z-Eight was a good motorcycle and sold well, but it was a heavy beast at around 229kg (504lbs). Part of that weighty problem was the heavy-duty steel frame that was, okay, mitigated by the wrap-around aluminium cradle sections. Nevertheless, 229kg (504lbs) is a lot more mass than you'd want to haul around on a bike in this sector. Where Kawasaki (arguably) made the mistake was in boosting the power of the 748cc Z750 (77.7kW/106bhp @10,500rpm) to the 803cc Z800 (82.5 kW/113.00bhp @ 10200 RPM) and simply throwing more steel at the old frame—as opposed to completely rethinking the chassis. [More...]
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