Sports Bike 

Are Triumph targeting a 2020 return for the Daytona with a Moto2 developed 765 engine?

Triumph’s headlong entrance into the biggest motorcycle racing spotlight on Earth in 2019, as the Hinckley firm become the official engine supplier for Moto2, poses an immediate and obvious question: Where’s the Daytona 765? With their superb Daytona 675 unable to meet Euro4 compliance, the model will vanish from UK dealer showrooms during 2018 as customers desperate for the bike’s sublime marriage of inline triple engine, taut chassis, attractive aesthetics and addictive soundtrack rush to grab the last available new bikes. In any other year since the birth of the supersport sector back…

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MV Agusta reveal new F4 RC

Hot on the heels of the Lewis Hamilton-designed F4 LH44, MV Agusta have now revealed the latest WSB replica F4 RC. The new bike gets a few cosmetic tweaks to keep it consistent with the race bike of Leon Camier, and once again is emblazoned with the number 37 to mark MV Agusta’s 37 manufacturer titles. The F4 RC produces a claimed 205bhp in standard trim and that’s all kept in check by a completely customisable electronic system. The rider can edit anything from throttle sensitivity to rev limiter. Suspension is…

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BSB: Dixon ‘sore but OK’ after fast Brands off

Jake Dixon has said he is ‘sore but OK’ after a fast crash in this afternoon’s second free practice session at Brands Hatch. The RAF Regular and Reserves rider crashed after tucking the front at Hawthorns, the fast right hander onto the back of the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit. The red flag came out while Dixon was tended to by medics, and while he was up on his feet he was taken to the medical centre for precautionary checks. With his ZX-10RR taking significant damage, Dixon himself is also…

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MotoGP: Dovizioso makes the most of the rain in Motegi

Andrea Dovizioso has made the most of wet conditions at the first day of practice for the Japanese Grand Prix in Motegi to gain a slender advantage over championship rival Marc Marquez, taking the top spot from him by less than a tenth of a second. Marquez was lucky to escape the day uninjured, however, after a high speed spill in the closing stages of free practice two left him sitting out the remaining minutes of the session – but retained second at the flag despite the best efforts of…

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Kawasaki poised to reveal Ninja H2-powered super-tourer

Kawasaki will unveil a Ninja H2 derived super-tourer at this year’s Milan show, completely transforming the premium fast-touring market overnight. The new continent-shrinker will be the first production tourer to use supercharger technology to deliver the ultimate blend of explosive torque and power, while also returning impressive fuel economy and Bentley GT levels of smooth refinement. 200bhp of touring punch Don’t be confused by the name – which we believe will be Ninja H2 SX – this is a touring bike first and foremost, not a biposto version of the formidable Ninja H2R. While…

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A German bike company could turn the entire industry on its head

No industry has been entirely immune from the disruption brought on by online shopping. But so far, the high-end bicycle business has mostly remained in brick-and-mortar bike shops. This week, however, an anticipated direct-to-consumer bike brand from Germany called Canyon comes to the U.S., a move that may have a marked effect on the industry. The main players in the bike world are Specialized, Trek, Cannondale, and Giant. And the way those companies and most others offer bicycles has been the same for years: through a bike shop. Founded in Germany…

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Entry-Level Sportbike Shootout

long ago the entry-level sportbike market was almost entirely dominated by just one machine – Kawasaki’s Ninja 250R. In 2011 Honda stepped up to take a swipe at Kawi’s preeminence in the segment, debuting its CBR250R. Four years later there are more players than ever and some real differences between entry-level sportbikes on the market. MotoUSA got five of these entry-level mounts for a head-to-head competition on the street to see which bike reigns supreme. Technically, only four of the bikes in this shootout fit the strict parameters of our…

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2016 Aprilia RSV4 RF First Ride

No other brand has had more World Superbike racing success in recent memory than Aprilia with its V-Four-powered RSV4. Since its release six years ago, this Italian-built Superbike has been one of the most coveted rides for SBK’s top competitors, netting three championships in the hotly contested globe-trotting series. For 2016, Aprilia fine-tunes its Superbike flagship via internal engine updates,  revised chassis and updated electronic strategies with its limited-edition and Ohlins suspension-equipped 2016 RSV4 RF ($21,999) (for tech info check out the 2015 Aprilia RSV4 RR First Look). ENGINE Whether on the…

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2015 Superbike Smackdown X on the Street

Whether you’re a thrill seeker, techno buff, or a motorcyclist seeking a ride you can make a fast getaway on, you should keep tabs on the Superbikes. Here, 400-pound curb weights and 150-plus horsepower are the norm, with a couple models flirting with the 200-horsepower threshold. This class of motorcycle boasts exceptional power-to-weight ratios, unlike any other production two-wheeler in existence. And after a three-year break due to an abnormally stagnant literbike class, Superbike Smackdown X on the Street returns. The Superbike class of 2015 has been invigorated with fresh…

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2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000F vs Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Comparison

Kawasaki’s Ninja 1000, winner of our 2014 Middleweight Sport-Touring Shootout, faces a direct challenge in 2016 from Suzuki’s all-new GSX-S1000F. These two Inline-Four powered literbikes both deliver sporty performance but in a more street-friendly package than their track-focused Superbike siblings. They represent an enticing option for sportbike riders willing to trade top-end horsepower for a broader more usable powerband, as well as ditch cramped track-biased riding positions for more relaxed upright ergonomics. These bikes are versatile too, capable of carving up canyons, tackling commutes and running up the odometer during an…

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