The 2017 Triumph Street Triple 765 and Moto2 Racing


Eighteen months after it was revealed that Triumph was planning to replace its Street Triple with a range of near-800cc machines, the British motorcycle manufacturer has done exactly that.

The new line-up sees the motorcycle upped from 675cc to 765cc thanks to a 1mm increase in stroke and a 4mm wider bore, with a new crankshaft and pistons. For 2017, the Triumph Street Triple R gets 86kW from its 765cc engine, up from 78kW last year. And above it in the range sits a new Street Triple RS with 90.5kW, again from a 765cc powerplant.

While the new motorcycles look familiar, and indeed have much the same chassis as before, there’s a new swingarm and reworked styling that includes new lights, side panels and a revised tail, as well as a new bellypan on the Triumph Street Triple RS model.

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Victory Motorcycles The End


Polaris Industries, the giant American company behind Victory Motorcycles and Indian Motorcycle, have announced that they will immediately wind down the Victory Motorcycles brand.

Victory Motorcycles, founded 18 years ago, the Victory brand has been a strong presence in the market, and was number four in the North American market on market share, but global sales were only running at just over 10,000 units per annum. The process of winding-down the company start immediately, and is expected to be complete in 18 months.

‘This was an incredibly difficult decision,’ said Polaris Industries Chairman and CEO Scott Wine. ‘We have invested not only resources, but our hearts and souls, into forging the Victory Motorcycles brand, and we are exceptionally proud of what our team has accomplished.’

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The New 2017 Honda CRF250L, CRF250L-Rally and Rebel 500


The popular Honda CRF250L dual-sport has been updated for 2017. Visually, new graphics match the Honda CRF450R motocross bike. Technically, the liquid-cooled, PGM-FI fuel-injected 249.6cc single-cylinder engine gets a larger 38mm throttle body (up 2mm) along with new version of the PGM-FI and a new ECU, redesigned airbox, reshaped air boot, new exhaust muffler and larger diameter exhaust header to provide improved response and power in the low and midranges.

The meter assembly, taillight and license plate holder have all been updated as well.

They also unveiled a new adventure-focused model, the 2017 Honda CRF250L Rally, which is inspired by the factory CRF450 Rally that’s raced in the Dakar by Team HRC.

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Three Spark Plugs is the Answer


Indian manufacturer Bajaj have pulled the covers off their new Bajaj Dominar 400, which features their DTS-1 triple spark technology. Yes, three spark plugs, on a single-cylinder engine.

Aside from their own motorcycles, Bajaj holds 48% stake in KTM Motorcycles and rumored around the same amount of share in Kawasaki Motorcycle company, they also manufactures the small capacity KTMs, the new Bajaj Dominar 400 shares most of the engine with the KTM 390 Duke engine.

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The 2017 KTM 250 Duke Unveiled


After taking the wraps off the 2017 KTM 390 Duke at the EICMA motor show, KTM has now officially unveiled the 2017 KTM 250 Duke as well. Just like its larger displacement sibling, the KTM 250 Duke retains the new design language that is seen on all the new KTM Duke offerings.

In fact, it even shares a lot of its panels with the 2017 KTM 390 Duke. Up front, the KTM 250 Duke misses out on the split LED headlights in place of which you get a halogen setup. The TFT digital instrumentation has also been given a miss as it continues to get the orange LCD screen from the previous model.

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The Kawasaki W800 - The 800cc Modern Retro from Kawasaki in Thailand


A few years ago we averred that the Thai retro motorcycle market deserved its fair share from the Japanese. Now it is possible for the enthusiastic Thai rider to make that a reality. Kawasaki now have the Kawasaki W800 on display at showrooms across the country.

The Kawasaki W800 is the company’s modern retro with a parallel twin, air-cooled, gear driven OHC, 773cc engine. The engine is fueled by a modern fuel-injection system and sadly the W800 is not equipped with a kickstart. The Kawasaki W800 is retro style model that emulates the W-Series, three models that were produced from 1967 to 1975, which in turn were based on the British BSA A7.

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The 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 - Yamaha 600cc Supersport


Yamaha’s popular 600cc supersport offering, the YZF-R6 has finally got an update for 2017. Yamaha claims the new fairing makes it 8 percent more efficient. The frame remains unchanged from the outgoing YZF-R6 right down to the steering geometry, but the new magnesium subframe is a bit slimmer and allows for a flatter seat.

The 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 also gets a new aluminum fuel tank that’s about 1.2 kilograms lighter. The Yamaha YZF-R6’s 599cc inline-four engine is essential unchanged and should make the same amount of horsepower and torque, though the company hasn’t revealed the figures.

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Honda and Yamaha Discuss Collaboration


Discussions have begun between Honda and Yamaha over a possible business alliance in the electric and small-engine scooter market. Initially this would commence in their home Japanese market, but could spread further afield.

A time target of 2018 has been set for this to happen with Honda supplying OEM machines based on their home market ‘TACT’ and ‘Giorno’ scooters, which Yamaha will sell as the ‘JOG’ and Vino.

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Honda - The name on the tank no longer means what it used to


Those of us who grew up in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s had a sense of the importance of Honda in the scheme of things. It changed motorcycling by making motorcycles that were reliable and oil-tight, and were a practical alternative to a car – a service life of over 100,000 kilometers was no longer a dream but a reality. You could do 160km/h on a single-cam Honda Inline-Four every day without the motorcycle complaining or you having to rebuild it every weekend.

Sure, some models in some categories lacked the sparkle of competitor motorcycles from Suzuki, Yamaha and Kawasaki, but that didn’t matter. If it said ‘Honda’ on the fuel tank, everyone knew you were on a winner for durability and reliability.

Not content with world domination on two wheels, Honda started making cars, the first few where powered by a 360cc twin-engine based on the engine from the CBR360. As far as I know, not much survived. Honda got distracted by its success, however, and lost the plot with motorcycles for a period while it concentrated more on cars.

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Peugeot Scooters Launched in Vietnam - Thailand Next?


Two French riders have ridden a pair of Peugeot Django scooters 12,070 kilometers from Paris to Ho-Chi-Minh City to celebrate the arrival of Peugeot scooters in Vietnam.

The Paris – Ho-Chi-Minh trip reversed the route two French soldiers did on a pair of Peugeot S57 scooters – from Saigon to Paris – in 1956.

According to a representative from Mahindra, the current owner of Peugeot Motorcycles, the Vietnam introduction is the stepping stone for more locations in Southeast Asia and ASEAN countries in special. We only got a smile when we asked if Thailand would be next...

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Rating: 5.00/5 (2 votes cast)
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