The 2017 BMW Adventurer Tourering Motorcycles

For 2017 the 125 horsepower and 125Nm torque, 1170cc engine powers both the BMW R1200GS Exclusive and Rallye models. BMW states that its adventure tourer gets an altered catalytic converter to meet the Euro-4 emissions requirements. BMW has also updated the electronics with the new Riding Modes Pro function that offers Dynamic Pro, Enduro and Enduro Pro riding modes.

In addition to the automatic damping adjustment, the BMW R1200GS now gets self-leveling function that automatically adjusts spring preload settings. The off-road focused Rallye comes equipped with a radiator and frame guard and wide enduro-style footrests. It also features stiffer springs, larger spring struts aw well as additional suspension travel.

Both the BMW R1200GS Exclusive and BMW R1200GS Rallye get new paint schemes with an option of the brand’s motorsport livery.

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The 2017 Ducati Supersport - Legendary Bike is Back

Ducati is bringing back the legendary Supersport. The 1974 Ducati 750 Supersport Desmo was Ducati’s first production motorcycle to be powered by an L-twin with the desmodromic valve system, and Supersports were in Ducati’s lineup off and on through 2007.

With styling strongly influenced by the Panigale series, the new Ducati Supersport is powered by the same liquid-cooled, 937cc Testastretta 11º L-twin found in the Ducati Hypermotard 939, which makes a claimed 113 horsepower and 96.7Nm of torque. It has riding modes (Sport, Touring and Urban), Brembo M4.32 Monobloc radial front calipers and three-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels fitted with the new Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tires.

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The 2017 Honda CRF250 Rally Launched in Thailand

Today Tuesday morning and Honda Thailand has decided to launch the Honda CRF250 Rally in Thailand. Of course they have not much to loose as the Honda CRF250 Rally is made in Thailand and if the sales numbers are disappointing they can always move the domestic production to export side.

We are one of the first who have seen the Honda CRF250 Rally, the engine is retuned and the exhaust system has been reworked, not that you see much of that from the outside. The good part is that the CRF250-Rally is pumping 2 horsepower that the 2016 Honda CRF250L.

For the regular 2017 Honda CRF250L, the engineers and marketing people were reluctant to tell us if the engine of the 2017 Honda CRF250L also got the engine upgrade.

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The Honda CRF250 Rally maybe not for Thailand

With the start of the week, we are currently less convinced that the Honda CRF250 Rally will be introduced in Thailand. Apparently the people at Honda Thailand who figure out what would sell and what would not figured out that the seat height of the Honda CRF250 Rally would be to high and therefore it would be difficult to sell.

I have to agree that the seat height is huge, I measured 900mm, of course I’m not an measuring expert – also I used a tape measure what is probably not that accurate. But I have experience with the new Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin and the seat of the Honda CRF250 Rally is seriously higher…

You probably can get some foam out of the seat to lower it, but that would make it also less comfortable.

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The KTM 790 Duke and the Duke Family

The KTM 790 might be just a concept motorcycle at the moment, but it’s clearly a preview of the all-new parallel twin model that the Austrian manufacturer will introduce in 2018.

The KTM 790 Duke currently features rather extreme styling from KTM’s favored Kiska studio, but the engine, chassis and swingarm are all basically production-spec parts that will appear on future showroom models. The neat underseat exhaust system is set to be lost and the skimpy bodywork will become bulkier on the production model,m expected to be revealed in around 12 months.

KTM has also revealed updates to its Duke range for 2017. The crazy KTM 1290 Duke R has been hiked to 132kW (around 177 horsepower) thanks to reworked cylinder heads, a higher compression and new combustion chamber shapes.

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2017 Suzuki GSX-R150 and GSX-S150 Unveiled

Suzuki has unveiled two new small capacity motorcycles, the fully faired Suzuki GSX-R150 and the naked-bike GSX-S150. The pair gets a liquid-cooled and electric fuel-injected 150cc single-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed gearbox.

The all-new 150cc, DOHC 4-valve, engine puts out 19.17 horsepower and 14Nm of torque. That makes these motorcycles more powerful than the Thai Suzuki Raider 150.

The dimensions of the motorcycles are 1975mm length and 670mm wide and 1070mm high, with a wheelbase of 1300mm. The seat height is relative low at 785mm. It’s claimed that the fully faired GSX-R150 weighs only 126 kilograms, which is 12 kilograms lighter than the Honda CBR150R.

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The 2017 Royal Enfield Himalayan - Ready for Thailand

Royal Enfield has announced that the Himalayan, which is Royal Enfields entrance into the Adventure Bike market will get it’s first upgrade.

With the upgrade, the Royal Enfield Himalayan gets ABS, electronic fuel-injection, auto-headlights, new tires and a few more small tweaks and changes.

With the upgrade Royal-Enfield Himalayan adventure bike will be able to become road legal in countries with more restricted exhaust emission figures also in Europe and a few other countries ABS on motorcycles with an engine over 125cc is currently mandatory. The 2017 Royal Enfield Himalayan will be compliant with the tough Euro-4 environmental and safety regulations.

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Carbon-Fiber Production Motorcycles from BMW and Ducati

For the past 30 years there’s been a love-hate relationship between motorcycle designers and carbon fiber, but the latest pearls from BMW and Ducati show the prejudices preventing its structural use in road going motorcycles are finally breaking down.

While carbon has long since been accepted as the ‘price is no object’ material of choice when it comes to cosmetic parts – fairings, exhausts, etc. - it’s had a troubled history when it comes to its use for structural elements like frames and swingarms. Despite attempts being made at carbon-framed racebikes dating back to the ‘80s – Honda made a prototype NR500 racer with a carbon chassis as early as 1983, and Armstrong had a carbon 250 GP bike in 1984 – they’ve never enjoyed the success of bikes made with more traditional materials.

So we won’t see carbon-framed MotoGP bikes in 2017, but there will be two new production models from leading manufacturers using carbon-fiber frames: Ducati’s 1299 Superleggera and BMW’s HP4 Race. And both motorcycles mark a big leap forward for carbon fiber.

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The New Jawa Motorcycles from Mahindra

Indian Mahindra Group, especially the motorcycle division has struggled to make its presence felt in the domestic Indian commuter motorcycle segment. It has been around for eight long years, and in that period, it has come out with some decent offerings and some forgettable ones too. It clearly wasn’t working, and so, Mahindra Two-Wheelers has binned that strategy and is now going down the path less chosen – the premium retro motorcycle market, in which one of its newly obtained weapons is the Jawa brand.

To make a long story short. None of the products sold under the Jawa brand till the start of this decade will be brought back, and instead, Mahindra will develop an all-new range. The Jawa motorcycles of the past were beautifully simple, rorty little things. The new ones cannot be the same, of course, because the two-stroke engine is well and truly a thing from the past. But Mahindra says it’s keen on recreating the sound of the older motorcycles.

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The 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 300 - Small Adventure Bike

What would happen if you let the design team of the Versys 650 play around with a Ninja 300 engine? Kawasaki gave us the answer to that with the Kawasaki Versys-X 300 in Milan.

This entry-level Versys in the Kawasaki line-up exhibits the styling of a proper mini adventure bike paired with long travel suspension and spoked 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel, while the 296cc parallel-twin engine is carried over from the Kawasaki Ninja 300. Though power figures haven’t been revealed, it is expected to lean more toward fuel efficiency and torque production than the current 300cc sportbike’s 39 horsepower and 27Nm torque output.

The chassis and bodywork are all new and designed to provide a comfortable ride over tricky terrain.

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