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Sunday, December 21 2014 @ 04:13 PM ICT
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The MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 -Adventure Tourer

Motorcycle NewsMV Agusta's new Turismo Veloce 800, coming early next year, is the new MV Agusta lightweight 800cc triple-powered adventure tourer. It wears a 110 horsepower engine that gets a 15 percent mid-range boost compared to the MV Agusta Rivale and Brutale 800.

MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 will get a new electronic aid setup (called MVICS 2.0) as well as a 5 inch TFT screen to help manage the system, riding modes and more.
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Dainese Sold for 130 Million Euro

Motorcycle NewsMega-money deal sees Dainese brand sold. Aside from the massive sums of money involved in this deal, 130 million Euro as it was announced, the news seems to have caught the motorcycle world of guard. Dianese, the huge Italian company that's so closely associated with people such as Valentino Rossi, has sold its assets to the snappily named Investcorp group.

As with most things like this the details sound dull. Investcorp describes itself as a; 'Leading global provider and manager of alternative investment products.'

The deal was announced last month. Dainese's big boss, Lino Dainese agreed terms for the company at the 130 million Euro value and Lino will retain a minority stake in the business alongside Investcorp. The deal is also believed to include the AGV helmet brand.
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The Bridgestone S20 EVO Sportbike Tires

Motorcycle PartsBirdgestone has released information on its new-generation S20 sportbike tires, designated the Bridgestone S20 EVO. Intended to 'achieve more sport capability with improved performance on the track' according to Bridgestone, the S20 EVO tire is claimed to offer improved stability at track speeds along with lighter steering without sacrificing comfort and wear life.

The front Bridgestone S20 EVO tire now features a dual-compound tread with a circumferential mono-spiral belt with stiffer five-filament strands in its construction for better stability and wear. The rear Bridgestone S20 EVO tire now has three different compounds instead of two, with the wire strands going from five filaments to two and becoming less rigid for better compliance and more grip.
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The 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 - Completely New 197HP Sportsbike

Motorcycle ReviewsYamaha's 2015 YZF-R1 was introduced to the global motorcycle market not so long ago by none other than Valentino Rossi. The 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 weighing under 200kg fully-loaded, making 197 horsepower and loaded with a full array of MotoGP style electronics, the new Yamaha YZF-R1 is a completely new machine and shares extremely little with its predecessor beyond its name and the crossplane crank philosophy.

Yamaha are also upfront about its intended use, Hideki Fujiwara, Yamaha YZF-R1 Project Leader, told the press “The main aim was simply to build the fastest motorcycle on the track. Instead of thinking how to improve the old YZF-R1, we asked ourselves where we wanted to be, looked at the goal, and developed from there. So we effectively started from scratch/”

The 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 engine is lighter and more compact, with new bore and stroke, compression ratio, barrels, cylinder head, cases, crank, rods, pistons, valve-gear, fuel injection and airbox. Basically, everything is new.
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The Vee Rubber VRM-206 Dual-Sport / Adventure Tires

Motorcycle PartsThe Vee Rubber VRM-206 Adventure Bike Tires, probably the most important thing for a Adventure bike is the tire choice, which seems to be a hot topic in the adventure community. With a vast range of requirements,. It's impossible for any one type of tire to address the full range of needs for both on-road and off-road. That said, the ideal tire would perform great off-road and be made from a compound that's not too soft to wear off in nothing flat on either pavement or rocks.

I waited as long as I could to replace the tires on my adventure bike, after I started looking to replace the current tires I discovered the Vee Rubber VRM-206 tires. I wasn't sure if they would measure up on off-road terrain with a full load. Even with the heavy-duty sidewall construction, I was able to spoon them on myself with the aid of some tools.

The destination of choice to give them a first test was a combination of unpaved country roads, muddy roads, and some semi-dry soft sand roads in Khon Kaen Province...
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The GoPro Hero4 Silver Action Camera

Motorcycle PartsThe big change with the new GoPro Hero4 Silver camera is a touchscreen display in the rear of the camera. The GoPro Hero4 Silver also uses a new sensor. This sensor was designed to perform better in low-light situations, and the GoPro Hero4 camera automatically adjusts the frame rate based on the lighting conditions. The GoPro Hero4 Silver also takes 12-megapixel photos at intervals of 5, 10 30, and 60 seconds.

The GoPro Hero4 Silver offers all the WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity to your Android or iOS device that the GoPro Hero3 did, along with an easy-to-use downloadable app to control the camera remotely.
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SWM Motorcycles Back in Business

Motorcycle NewsSWM motorcycles has returned with a range of motorcycles, including for the first time road models. The iconic brand made famous in the seventies and eighties has been resurrected by a partnership between Italy and China. One nation brings the passion the other the buiness drive – you can guess which one brings what.

It also appears to bring together a pile of stock from the the old Husqvarna factory in Italy. It doesn't take much motorcycle knowledge to work out the enduro models are revamped Husqvarnas from a couple of years ago, before KTM boss Stefan Pierer bought Husqvarna.

So in effect the new SWM RS300R and RS500R Enduro models are rebooted/re-branded Husqvarna's – which doesn't say much because the old TE models were getting a bit long in the tooth.
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New Triumph Street Triple RX and Bonneville's

Motorcycle NewsTriumph is pretty busy, and with the new Triumph Street Triple RX is a welcome addition to the Street Triple line by adding the sleeker subframes and plastics from the Triumph Daytona 675 to the Street Triple's frame – easily identified by the sharper tubes as well as the distinctive red paint.

The seat of the Triumph Street Triple RX is also sourced from the Daytona and the effect is extremely pronounced. It's such an effective modification that you can bet there will be more Triumphs like this one. Expect the Triumph Street Triple RS to go on sale in Thailand as well. It's just a matter of when.
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The 2015 Benelli BN302 - Highly Competitive 300cc

Motorcycle ReviewsThe Benelli BN302 designed by a Italian design team at the head office in Pesaro, Italy and manufactured in China. The Benelli BN302 is well-styled and nicely proportioned. The Benelli motorcycle's slim-spoke alloy rims match the overall design, as do smart linings that run around the wheel rims. It's a modern-day motorcycle, as can be spotted in its several cutting-edge specifications, that include twin front disc brakes, beefy looking upside-down forks, a liquid-cooled engine and steel tube trellis frame spine that holds it all together.

The Benelli BN302's fuel tank is muscular, attractive-looking and flows smoothly into the riding seat, tail panels and smart grab rails. A stubby exhaust canister sits low under the engine, guared by a smart, dark-colored belly pan. We've yet to test the motorcycle, following which we will be able to bring you a thorough report of quality and fit-finish being offered.

The Benelli BN302 derives power from a parallel twin, high-revving 300cc engine that's liquid-cooled and runs four valves per cylinder from its set of overhead camshafts. 36.2 horsepower of power is made at 11,500rpm, with maximum torque of 26.5Nm output high up in the powerband at 9,000rpm. It's liquid-cooled powerplant, with a twin, 38mm throttle body fuel-injection system in place. Compression ratio of 12:1, while the cylinders measure 65mm bore and 45.2mm stroke.
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New Ducati Testastretta DVT Engine with Variable Valve Timing

Motorcycle PartsDucati as announced a new Testastretta DVT engine, which utilizes variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts. The system continuously adjusts intake and exhaust valve timing independently of each other, optimizing engine power through the rev range while at the same time improving fuel efficiency.

Ducati claims that the new Testastretta DVT engine is the first variable valve timing for motorcycles that operates both camshafts; while the press material does not mention a specific motorcycle that the new Testastretta DVT engine will be fitted in, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 is likely the prime candidate. The bore and stroke measurements are identical to the Ducati Multistrada 1200's at 106 x 67.9mm.
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