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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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The BMW S1000XR - All Good Things Come in Fours

Motorcycle NewsBuilding on the tantalising and unique mix of innovative technology, performance and safety already inherent to the existing models in this series, BMW Motorrad has taken the next step by bringing out the BMW S1000XR, which offers this repertoire of core characteristics in a brand-new blend dubbed 'adventure sport'. This encompasses dynamic touring qualities, sporty performance and high levels of comfort as well as outstanding everyday usability. In short, the new BMW S1000XR serves up its own individual mix of sporting and touring flair at the same time as injecting a generous dose of emotion.

The straight-four-cylinder engine on the new BMW S1000XR is basically derived from the BMW S1000R roadster. It has an output of 118 kW (160 hp) at 11,000 rpm and generates maximum torque of 112 Nm (83 lb-ft) at 9,250 rpm. This power unit produces torque in abundance, making it ideal for providing the punchy response at low and medium revs that riders seek when powering along country roads or carrying a passenger. The straight-four cylinder unit combines tremendous pulling power and exhilarating acceleration with a high peak output, while offering the rider a usable rev range that spans over 10,000 rpm. This makes it just as adept at highly pleasurable touring as it is at sporty rides down winding country roads or holiday trips complete with passenger and luggage.
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Rossi Scores Superb Second Place at Valencia Season Finale

Motorcycle RacingMovistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi secured a superb second place under difficult conditions during the 2014 season finale, the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit.

Starting from pole in what began as a dry race, Rossi took off as soon as the lights dimmed and arrived at the first corner in second place behind compatriot Andrea Iannone. Followed closely by Marc Marquez, the nine-time World Champion was quick to find a strong pace, but as soon as the first lap was finished white flags were waving, signaling rain and allowing riders to come into the pits to change bikes.

Rossi didn’t let the changeable conditions slow him down and set a fastest lap of 1’32.437 on lap five. As things closed up at the front, fans were thoroughly entertained with a heated battle between Rossi, Marquez and Iannone. Sparks were flying from Rossi’s bike on lap 12 as Dani Pedrosa started to get into the mix. Six laps later rain threatened again, allowing the Doctor to reel in Marquez. Rossi kept his head down, but as the track dried again he came just short and finished in a deserved second place, 3.516 seconds behind the front man.
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The 2015 Ducati Scrambler - Exquisite Motorcycle

Motorcycle NewsJust a few months ago Ducati teased the world with a few images of a motorcycle that evoked nostalgia. Some time later a yellow crate carrying the motorcycle was displayed before Ducati employees just before the World Ducati Week and now the crate has been opened and the motorcycle unveiled to the world. This latest nostalgic wonder from Ducati is the re-incarnation of their famous Scrambler model and comes across as a perfect tribute to the fun machine of the '70s.

Design0wise the Ducati Scrabler is spot on. It features the classic tear-drop tank with high and wide handlebars, a flat seat, a short rear end and a round headlamp to remind one of the bygone golden ara. The Ducati Scrambler also features a beautiful mix of modern and retro bits. Take a look at the upside down (USD) front forks, the modern Ducati L-twin engine, disc-brakes with ABS and a set of wicked-looking sculpted exhaust pipes that give the Ducati Scrambler a modern look which still retains hints of its glorious past.
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The 2015 Benelli BN251 - sporty 250cc naked-bike

Motorcycle NewsThe new Benelli BN251 which will be launched at the EICMA motorcycle show, plays tribute to the same motorcycles customers enjoyed in the past, by offering a lightweight sporty 250cc naked motorcycle at great value. Styled like its big brother range, it is the perfect entry level motorcycle, delivering excellent fuel economy, agile performance and easy to ride character.

Powering the Benelli BN251 is a liquid cooled single cylinder, 4-stroke DOHC Benelli engine developing 24.5 hp (18 kW) at 9000 rpm and 21 Nm (2,14 kgm) @ 7000 rpm.
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High-Visibility for Your Safety

Motorcycle PartsMost motorcycle garments have at least reflective piping, or thin strips of reflective material along seams. These light up and shine very brightly when light falls on them. The thing about reflection is to remember that most will shine in the direction the light is falling on them. So they must be positioned where a car/truck driver or other road user can see them, else they will not be as bright as you think. Similarly, keep an eye out for where the reflectives are.

I have a motorcycle jacket that has a reflective logo right at the base of the back where my trouser belt usually goes. On most sportsbikes, this logo is not visible at all and hence is useless. If the motorcycle jacket doesn't have reflective patches, you can do something about it.
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Buy a Motorcycle Jacket - How To

Motorcycle PartsMotorcycle jackets are a critical part of your riding gear. Boots are usually even more expensive, but most people buy the jacket right after they have purchased their helmet and gloves. We made a few points on how you buy a motorcycle jacket that will look good, be comfortable enough to use all the time and protect your skin when you unlucky enough to meet the tarmac...

Safety is the primary reason to wear a motorcycle jacket. It is meant to keep the blood and flesh inside the skin more than it is meant to protect you from the heat, cold or rain. So ideally, you want as much protection as possible. Think Iron Man. But the more bulky a jacket gets, the harder it becomes to live with because at some point you're going to have to take it off and cart it around or try to shove it into a bag.

So at it like this. Ninety nine percent of you are not going to use the jacket at outrageous speeds because you're riding on the street or the highway and not the racetrack. So you need a blend of reasonable protection and portability, in that order.
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The 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS and Versys 650 ABS

Motorcycle ReviewsThe Kawasaki Versys 1000 with its 1043cc inline-four engine which is based off the Z1000 powers the new Versys 1000 ABS, featuring intake updates, new injectors and ignition coils plus new ignition timing. New rubber mounts quell vibration and a new slipper clutch reduce clutch effort.

The 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS also gets 20mm longer, separate function forks. The subframe is stronger build for pillions and luggage and the latter is one of the focus areas for the updated Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS. A center stand – this is a touring bike after all – is standard. And as you can see, the oddball look is gone and in its place, comes a strong sporty look that we cannot wait to see on the roads in Thailand.
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