KTM 125 Duke review – first thoughts

KTM 125 Duke review – first thoughts
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VISORDOWN’S Simon Greenacre’s just spent a morning riding KTM’s updated 2017 125 Duke at the launch in Italy. Here are hist first thoughts: ‘This is a 125 that feels truly premium, desirable, competent and exciting. ‘It looks gorgeous, has a nice ride quality from its new WP suspension and an engine that’s sure to have any youth pretending they’re on a 1290 SDR. ‘It needs to be revved hard, and although that’s sometimes a pain, it also gives the 125 a character that draws you in. ‘The TFT colour screen is…

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New Honda CBR600RR image appears in Japan

New Honda CBR600RR image appears in Japan
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THERE’S nothing like a bit of wild speculation to start the week, so here’s the front cover of the latest issue of Japanese magazine Young Machine, which shows a new Honda CBR600RR. We can’t say for sure what’s going on here, but we’ll hazard a guess and say that it looks like Young Machine is claiming some inside knowledge about the future of Honda’s middleweight sports bike. It’s even created an image suggesting what the new CBR600RR might look like and as you can see, it’s heavily based on the…

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French company developing rotary-engined hybrid motorcycle

French company developing rotary-engined hybrid motorcycle
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Furion M1 will use rotary and electric power for up to 180hp FRENCH company Furion Motorcycles wants to make the bike of the future and is currently developing a hybrid motorcycle that it’s working to bring to market. Called the Furion M1, the naked machine will be powered by ‘the exotic interbreeding’ of a 654cc two-rotor rotary engine offering about 125hp and 40kw electric engine powered by lithium batteries, offering around 55hp. The M1’s two power sources are housed in a steel trellis frame. Power and consumption will depend on what mode…

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Yamaha ‘Tracer GT’ Coming to soon!

Yamaha ‘Tracer GT’ Coming to soon!
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YAMAHA has filed a trademarked application for the name ‘Tracer GT’, raising the prospect of a touring edition of the MT-10. The firm already produces the Tracer 700 and Tracer 900, touring spec versions of the MT-07 and MT-09, but has yet to give the MT-10 the same treatment. As the MT-10 uses the frame and engine from the current YZF-R1, a Tracer version would mean a tourer based on the same superbike platform. Yamaha currently offers a touring edition of the MT-10 (pictured above) using parts from the accessories range including…

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New KTM adventure bikes arriving in May

New KTM adventure bikes arriving in May
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The R versions of the 1090 and 1290 first, followed by the 1290 S KTM’s updated adventure fare will start going on sale locally in May 2017, with the 1090 R and 1290 R the first two slated to hit dealer floors, followed by the street-focussed 1290 S – in very limited numbers – a few weeks later. Prices are still to be announced, while KTM says the base model 1090 won’t be sold , nor will the 1290 Adventure T (as in touring). KTM unveiled its updated 1090 and…

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