Euro Gossip December 2007 — Motorcycle USA

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Euro Gossip December

It is that time of year greetings and felicitations need to their way across the pond, so a good time, preferably on two and above all, stay

As we sit back and look back at has been a terrific year, not for new European machinery, but for motorcycling in we must remember that we what promises to be an even one to look forward to — given the official announcements ’08 models and beyond. But column is about digging the gloss and officialdom and looking for to whet your appetite and occasionally adding in a bit of I told you so! it does become a reality. So as you your celebrations, here is the news and gossip to ponder on as the New races towards us at a pace seems to put even a MotoGP to shame!


The public got a at Honda’s six-cylinder prototype, the at the Tokyo Motor Show. from KTM’s head of PR, Kuttruf, is that the Austrian has developed its own six-cylinder powerplant. over, Super Duke, might be a new KTM king of the horsepower soon.

We mentioned last that the KTM RC8 was now finally with us as a rather than concept Now it seems that this is to be next year by the Venom, is the … version first in 2004, a year after the

KTM’s head of PR, Thomas has publicly admitted that it be out for the ’08 Cologne Show in on October 8-12. The bike is aimed at going up against the Tuono. In addition, an RC8R (as suggested here before) be for World Superbike racing and be out by the end of next year, depending on the of development.

Kuttruf has also the speculatively named RC4 single-cylinder (again mentioned earlier year) is on something of a back until the larger bikes been sorted out. the factory sees a question over how many they sell versus the cost of which may not be that many Ducati’s experience with the some years ago.

He however, more buoyant the use of the six-cylinder engine that have now fully developed. the renewed Japanese interest in class and also BMW’s below), it may well see the light of day soon as part of a complete Watch this space for information.


The BMW K1200LT has avoided any revisions for years, but it looks the flagship of the German fleet has penciled in for a major makeover.

if you are not a particular fan of Bavarian bikes, you fail to have noticed BMW has changed or replaced just every model in its range the last three years. there is one model left has not been altered or updated, and is the gargantuan K1200LT.

Sources to the design team now suggest this is to be rectified soon and the most expensive bike in its model line-up is likely to be by a totally new flagship. Some believe that in keeping the current Japanese move to back six-cylinder bikes BMW will fit the new bike with a engine with a capacity of 1850cc to take on the Honda Given that they are a one-liter, In-line Four to go (see below), this to be a really good solid although such a bike is a long way off.

What is not is the racer mentioned previously in one of my on the German firm’s plans. in Yamaha R6 bodywork, the bike has been lapping over a faster than the likes of a R1, Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Honda’s ( CBR1000RR for us yanks — ed ) undergoing circuit tests

Given the size of the bodywork, is remarkable for a one-liter machine to be small. What is also is, despite the lack of visible on the spy shots, the bike is very with normal inverted forks and swingarm. The frame fairly conventional as well.

the codename for this bike is to indicate 190 hp and a ready-to-ride weight of 190 kgs lbs). (The WSB version have to get this down to and produce 210bhp.) This will apparently have a tag that puts it into competition with Japanese machines when it is debuted at the show next year, than being a high-priced, machine like the HP2.

Aprilia has been spotted its future World Superbike at Jerez. The Italian marque has the bike’s appearance under and has been running it shrouded in old RSV

Aprilia has spent the last 12 building a WSB contender, which also appear in dealers in when they start challenge. Nothing new here, as we mentioned this before, but now a that is not too far from being has been spotted testing at

Although the bike’s appearance is a closely-guarded secret by running it old RSV bodywork, top notch Ohlin’s can be seen along with OZ and Brembo brakes, although the of the bike looks pure Certainly the new 65-degree V4 engine is and insiders claim it is already 210 hp with at least another 10 hp to (The road version have 180 hp!). This is in a new frame which appears to a swingarm pivot that can be horizontally and vertically to allow for circuit requirements.

It appears the 750cc twin-cylinder mill in Benelli’s 2ue 756 … bike is to be used in a new model designed to heads with rival 750 Shiver.

While it is destined to in the 2009 race series, is some suggestion that the version is close enough for it to a guest appearance at selected in 2008. However, given the company Piaggio’s desire to it will not appear until are sure they can run at the front of the rather than drift at the rear of the pack!

Benelli to feature in these pages a lot since the Chinese takeover, a whole range of new bikes surfacing or being rumored. many that we have in the rumors category have to fruition at the recent Milan

Now it seems that its new ‘2ue’ bike is to donate its 750cc motor to a whole new range of Obviously this is aimed at rival Aprilia and their 750 but sources suggest that we see a bike aimed at BMW’s as well as a Supermoto and a retro racer-styled bike. Watch space for more information in

It was all smiles for the Ducati camp in last month as the Italian celebrated Casey Stoner’s championship with 30,000 of the faithful in a two-day party.

car maker Alpha Romeo, one of official sponsors in MotoGP, has a special version of their 147 that is supplied to the team for Strangely, the Ducati Corse complete with lowered only uses the 1.9-liter engine instead of one of their potent petrol engines. it is Italian!

Ducati themselves threw a two-day party in Bologna to its and Casey Stoner’s 2007 Championship in MotoGP. Over people converged on the historic over the weekend in late which saw many Italian from the world of show-business staff from the jubilant to party the days away.

MV scooped the prestigious ‘most bike in the show award at the Milan show. Visitors asked to vote on their and 26,000 bothered to do so, with the new 154 hp getting over 25% of the votes, ahead of any other machine.

of the components on the new bike have from the F4, which should the one make race series for the they announced at the show interesting. They hope to get female riders to have a class for them to run alongside the event.

Dainese has been on an air bag system for the everyday rider. The attaches to a rider’s shoulders and in a claimed 40 milliseconds.

Leather Dainese has now launched its ‘D-Air system for competition riders, the news that they are a system for the road rider. The new is attached to the rider’s shoulders and in just 40 milliseconds. A 37-liter air bag wraps around back, and neck to prevent injury.

deployed, it can be quickly removed to the rider to get back on the track. other systems, it does not the rider to be connected to the bike, relying on electronics powered by lithium polymer batteries.


I never know to mention Royal Enfield the UK sub-heading or India where it is Still, I suppose it started as British and most of the various in the UK are adaptations actually made and occasionally then taken on by the parent factory.

A brand new model has appeared for 2008 by the classic street scramblers of the and not surprisingly is based on their Bullet model. Despite now electric start and for 2009, injection, the Bullet has been in production since 1949, is something of a record to say the least. latest variant has a single and high-level exhaust and costs in the UK.

A new variation of the Royal Enfield called the Woodsman is said to be in the The Bullet (above) has been in production since 1949.

Triumph. as you know, is still a company and at times are cagy its figures. However, they just released figures for showing a 10% rise on sales of £20 giving them a total of million, despite some of the control problems that been highlighted here. of actual bikes also by the same percentage to a total of units, with the Tiger, 675 and Speed Triple being the reasons for the increase.

However, from the factory suggest work is already well on a new version of the Daytona that changes to the chassis and suspension. By the of things, the bike could be a new model as opposed to a second-generation in keeping with Triumph’s new of short model life-spans!

though they are a victim of own success in that they are to meet the demand for the new Street Potential purchasers, in the UK at least, are told by dealers that may have to wait until 2008 for a bike! Although the has yet to release an official response to rumors, insiders suggest the production lines of some models may be turned over to the Triple to try and cure the backlog.

Motor Company, known for its open-air Atom sports car might be throwing its hat back the two-wheeled ring with edition, specialized motorcycles.

It that another great bike name is set to once be seen on England’s roads. who currently builds the bespoke, Atom sports car, is now to move back to single-track although no plans have yet drawn up as yet to suggest what it be like.

Like their car built to date), it would be low and specialist and they would not (at present) to consider becoming producers like Triumph. their success in getting to accept an open and exposed car, we could see something innovative when they do the plunge!

A new scheme has been by the UK government to test crash Called SHARP (Safety Assessment and Rating Programme). it is set to the toughest standard in the world. on from concerns that aired in this column year about cheap flooding the UK market and being to pass the ECE 22.05 tests, new testing system will inconsistencies in the test procedure.

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Benelli 2ue 756

Helmets will then be a rating between one and five will enable purchasers to compare one manufacturer’s product another in terms of the protection afforded.

It is hoped that by this, manufacturers will be to further improve safety ratings given to existing So far the scheme, which will go with its results early year, has received favorable from the well known manufacturers.

For its planned 70th celebration, London’s Ace Cafe has up with SS Cycles to produce a new racer in honor of the milestone. The Ace has long been a favorite for bikers.

The Ace Cafe was in its day one of the most biker hangouts and even up with something of a notorious Nowadays it has once again one of the major biking haunts in the area thanks to Mark who brought it back to life years ago.

With year being the 70th of the cafe, he has teamed up with SS in the U.S. to produce a new cafe which will be marketed the ‘Stonebridge’ brand name. is the geographical location of the Ace cafe) In its the cafe was host to many hybrids with clip-on and polished aluminum petrol with rear-sets. Legend has it riders would feed the and race down the road to a some two miles away and prior to the end of the record on these tuned machines.

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The tank name may currently be unfamiliar, although the Subaru on the engine cases not be, but this could all change in the Although currently a prototype, the water-cooled Single has been by Japanese designer Kazuo for full mass production in the future.

A former Honda who was responsible for the RCB484 racer and the Silver Wing to name a few, Sasaki is having the built in China to keep down, although the engine, with other components, is being shipped from The bike uses an engine built for Polaris Quads in a cast-aluminum chassis clothed in a full fairing. The bike over-engineered for the 50 hp Single, meaning a more powerful engine could be fitted after begins.

Certainly initial suggest a level of fit and finish way current Chinese machines. No for release has yet been set or any price


We reported previously Bajaj. India’s second bike manufacturer, was looking to buy a of Triumph after losing out in Last month we reported its figures were not looking good.

However, they have sufficient reserves as have just bought of KTM. As a result, they now sell the Austrian machines in


Hyosung recently its latest bike at the UK motorcycle The RX450SM is a 450cc four-valve, supermoto, a first for the Korean

Hyosung once again a mention thanks to its latest the RX450SM, which they at the recent UK motorcycle show. is a Supermoto that uses a 450 liquid Single designed and in-house.

The 50 hp unit has a balancer to damp out vibrations and is the first in the to feature an aluminum silicon which they claim better power and durability conventional cylinder linings. A piston, which is less to thermal expansion, is used as The engine unit is bolted a steel frame that acts as the oil tank for the dry sump

Inverted forks, wavy gripped by Brembo calipers, dash and modern ‘Italian’ should see the bike do well in the markets.


An 80-year-old in Taiwan finally kept his to his wife made over 25 ago. Basically, Ho Ching-Tung had her he would take her for a tour Taiwan on the back of his motorbike.

the trip, finally made for was actually taken with her picture as she died five ago. Still, the thought was and he raised money for an old person’s before he celebrated the feat the oldest motorcyclist in the country, who is 90!

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