The Scooter Evolution

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The world of scooters have taken a surprising turn, for years they have remained the same formula, urban, with a hint of super sport (if in colour only). Over the years they have only changed in size, with some companies bringing out larger engines. Now Honda have broken all the rules and made a adventure style scooter, and it looks cool. It’s got adventure style trimmings, including an large 745cc engine, higher ride height and chunky multispoke wheels. I’m not sure it would be my first choice for the Paris to Dakar rally.

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RnineT Racer

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For a few years the car industry has been going back in time, bring out classic cars with a up-to-date twist. The same can be said for the motorbike industry. So no surprise that BMW have jumped onto the bandwagon. The RnineT has been out for a few years, but recently updated with this beautiful 70’s style look. The RnineT Racer, is straight out the years of classic sports bike, but with all the new tech that BMW put on their bikes these days, and probably some of the comfort too. 1170cc boxer engine, shaft drive and motorred ABS are just some of the standard kit this 2016-70’s icon comes with. Here

NEW Yamaha FJR1300

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Yamaha have upgraded their flagship sports tourer to make it an even more outstanding way to see the world. It still has the comfort of a sports tourer but is now rocking the looks of a sports bike, including lot’s of extra stuff, like a new 6-speed transmission, assist and slipper clutch, front and rear Led Headlights, Fully adjustable screen, cowl, seat and handlebars, yamaha D-MODE, cruise control, traction control, 25ltr Tank, electronic adjustable suspension, upside-down forks, heated grips and 12v socket, these are just some of the features. The new FJR looks super cool in black, not to sure about the silver version. It also looks nice without the side luggage, which is a good thing, as the entry level model doesn’t come with them.

FJR1300A Entry level £13,299

FJR1300AE adjustable suspension £14,799

FJR1300AS automatic £15,499

Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario

atdAlway at the front line of design, Ducati have brought out some stunning bikes over the years, the new Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario is no different. Every angle of this bike is exquisitely beautiful. This is the new anniversary edition of Ducati’s flagship super bike. weighing in at 162kg, this bike rocks 205 horsepower with Ducati’s Superquadro 1285 cc engine. They have put the latest technology thats on a bike with one of the best power to weight ratio in it’s class, make this a bike thats setting the benchmark for other super sports. This is the type of bike that makes you put a couch in your garage, so you can spend some time admiring the details.

Triumph Roadster Options

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Triumph are a unique motorcycle manufacturer, the British leaders make a full range of beautiful machines that have a cult following. The roadster range are one of the best looking of any manufacturer. They have 3 models to choose from.

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The entry level Street triple from £7,499. Has 675cc inline 3 cylinder engine, daytona sports chassis.

The Speed 94 MY16 from £8,999. A stripped back version of the Speed triple, with brembo breaks, ohlins suspension and the same great 1050cc Triple engine.

The Speed Triple from £10,200. Has 1050cc Triple engine and brembo breaks, the Speed triple is now 21 years old and is claimed to be the start of the “streetfight” category of bikes.

If you look at the reviews of triumphs, the owners are a loyal bunch, there are always more to them than just a bike, they have bags of character and plenty of passion for the brand.

Like most companies these days they have a massive range of extras for each bike, including clothing.

Harley Roadster

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Harley already have a cool custom line-up, but the introduction of the Roadster, really stamps their authority over the beautiful range, it’s built to attract the cafe racer (who don’t have time to build their own)  bike market. It has all the sportster looks, but beneath the surface, it has a race pedigree. 43mm Inverted forks, dual disc front brakes, premium rear suspension and a new digital gauge. It also has the iconic low handlebars and the superb 1200cc engine. This bike comes in at £9695 which is roughly the price for a new bike in the sportster range.

Vanity of the Flying Fortress

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Moto Guzzi are known to make nice bikes, the Flying Fortress MGX-21 is no exception. The first bagger to be produced by Moto Guzzi is a stunner, using the California 1400 engine and made of mostly carbon fibre, the MGX-21 also has 3 riding modes, two channel ABS, cruise control and ride-by-wire system as standard. But it’s styling is very Honda NM4 Vultus, but a more classic batman-edged style. The red tips and callipers are a nice feature.

The Miss Moneypenny of Bikes

The kind folks from Mototainment (New York) have grabbed one of their Triumph Bonneville off the show room floor and set about it with, what looks like, copper.

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Customised by a collaboration between Marcos Martines and Ducati Triumph NYC, the customer wanted a bike that looked unique and they could park outside and still look stunning parked in a living room (well, we all dream of that). All the panels were taken off and replaced with copper and they finished it off with a beautiful custom leather seat. Just add baking soda and lemon juice to your cleaning bag.

Crossover Overcross

New bikes are coming out all the time. Dealers are refining and tweeking the latest models, and adding in the latest tech, but that all gets a bit boring after a while, then someone goes mad and makes a whole new category of bike. The guys at Portland area Ducati dealer, MotoCorsa have acted like the mad scientists and created this bad boy. A 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale S with a set of Continental TKC80’s, A lovely “Desert Storm” coloured paint job, raised the ground clearance by adjusting the suspension and messing about electronics, we all love a bit of customisation. Just what would you call this crossover and what kind of sport could you use it for? I recommend “SuperOffSport” and make a few racetracks in the woods.

XSR900

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Yamaha have added to their amazing sports heritage range, which is one of the most exciting and diverse ranges of motorcycles to come out of Japan. The XSR is a retro looking naked bike with the latest in-line 3 cylinder 850cc Crossplane concept engine held in with an aluminium frame and swing arm. Despite the retro looks, the XSR has a new digital display, but it’s housed in a old round analog speedo case. It shares the same mean looks as the XJR1300 and comes in 3 colours, silver grey, navy blue and yamaha 60th anniversary yellow. They have also followed the likes of Ducati and Harley and have a lot of add-on-accessories that they can uniquely style your bike with, so you don’t ride out the showroom beside someone else on the exact same bike. Starts at £7,849 then add a few quid for extras.