The 2019 Ducati Panigale V4 Confirmed

Ducati CEO, Claudio Domenicali last week revealed that Ducati is working on a four-cylinder engine for a road legal motorcycle that we should be seeing in two to three years. Claudio Domenicali was speaking at the firm’s race team press conference, confirming that technology from the new generation of MotoGP machines will be trickling down to their road legal superbikes. There are also huge ramifications for the World Superbike team, which will also get the new four-cylinder motorcycle for 2019.

When Claudio Domenicali says ‘four-cylinder’, he means a V4, and it seems probable that the capacity will be different for road and track, as it is now within the Ducati Panigale range.

While he wouldn’t put a finite time-frame on the project, WSB racing boss Paolo Ciabatti confirmed that the V-twin Ducati Panigale would continue to be developed for the next two years before being replaced. ‘We will race with the Ducati Panigale for 2017 and 2018, so obviously we will keep developing the engine to be competitive,’ Paolo Ciabatti said.

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Triumph for 2017 Strong on Retro Models

For 2017 no manufacturer is hitting the retro trail harder than Triumph, and with the timeless, classic appeal of the chrome clad Triumph Bonneville, why not?

The Triumph Bonneville, which is approaching the 60th anniversary of the celebrated ‘59 classic, is back as the Triumph T100, its gleaming blue-over-white fuel tank at the center of all of that chrome. There is also the Triumph T120 family, with Bonneville styling, whose models come in red and gray or blacked-out, each powered by Triumph’s new ‘high torque’ 8-valve, 1200cc engine.

More nostalgic yet might be the new Triumph Bonneville Bobber, which could just as well have been called the ‘Brando,’ for its 50’s lines. It is aimed squarely at the Gen Y crowd.

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The Ducati SuperSport and SuperSport S

Ducati unveiled a pair of new sportbikes in October last year, the Ducati SuperSport and SuperSport S. Both very well received the Ducati SuperSport has an excellent performance and ideal for everyday use, while the Ducati SuperSport S has other higher specification components.

Both models have identical spec engines and transmissions. Engine is a 937cc (94 x 67.5), 12.6 to 1 compression ratio. Testastretta L twin with 4 valves per cylinder, Desmodromic and liquid cooled. Output is 113 horsepower with 967Nm of torque.

The Continental EFI has 53mm Mikuni throttle bodies with full Ride-by-Wire while the exhaust system is lightweight 2-1-2 with catalytic converter and twin Lambda probes and twin silencers to pass the latest exhaust emission standards. Transmission is comprised of a 6-speed gearbox with straight cut gears, wet multiplate clutch mechanically operated with self-servo action on drive and slipper action on over-run.

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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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