Honda updates CRF450R

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HONDA HAS just announced its upgraded CRF450R motocross bike, which now comes with an electric starter for the first time. The electric starter is powered by a light lithium ion battery and has benefitted from a weight saving due to the removal of the kickstart. Honda has also toyed with front a rear suspension settings, ‘for more agile handling’, it says. The changes are incremental, but build on the 2017 version of the CRF450R, which was the first significant redesign of the CRF450R for eight years thanks with new chassis…

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KTM reveals world’s first two-stroke fuel-injected enduro bikes

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TWO-strokes are dead, right? Apparently not. KTM has this morning revealed the world’s first fuel-injected two-stroke enduro bikes, the 300 EXC TPI and 250 EXC TPI. The Austrian firm says the 2018 competition machines use two injectors into cylinder ports to reduce fuel consumption, make the engine smoother and eliminate the need for pre-mix fuel or jet changes for different environments. KTM off-road marketing head Joachim Sauer said: “It is a very proud moment for us to unveil the world’s first serial electronic fuel injection two-stroke off-road competition bikes. “We at…

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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

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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

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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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