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MV Agusta Teases Retro-Inspired Brutale 921 S Concept Bike

Thu, 2022-11-10 00:27

The MV Agusta 921 S concept reinterprets past style and blends it with the technology of the future. It is not a refined exercise in style, but rather a conceptual foretaste of a new category of bike that will be developed and presented in the coming years.

MV Agusta heritage was the starting point for project development. Its roots lie in company history, specifically the 1970s, when MV Agusta developed many models that still now, half a century later, stand out as an example of style, personality, elegance and technology.

The 921 project was born last spring on the intuition of Brian Gillen and Stephen Zache, who looked to the 1973 MV Agusta 750S with the aim of using it as the base for a futuristic model, albeit one still firmly anchored to tradition and history.

 

A 1973 MV Agusta 750S – the inspiration for the Brutale 921 S concept bike. Photo courtesy MV Agusta.

 

The challenge with the 921 project was to break free of the traditional framework of the retro segment, which tends to propose a technically updated replica of a past model. In contrast, the MV Agusta project creates a new technological and design architecture, that pre-empts solutions and ideas that are truly forward-thinking. The 921 will not be a modern, or should we say contemporary, replica of the 750S, but a tribute to that beguiling bike.

The line is very horizontal, like the café racers of the 1960s and 70s. And the shapes also retrace the proportions of the past. The concept’s body is stripped right back to leave room for the brand-new in-line four engine. It is this piece of engineering that takes centre stage with mechanical details that become part of the aesthetic and define the character of the bike at first glance. This is also down to a combination of cutting-edge technology and research into the materials. Integration, another important aim of the project, materialises in the futuristic technology, which is nevertheless in keeping with the past.

 

A rendering of MV Agusta’s Brutale 921 S concept bike. Image courtesy MV Agusta.

 

The technical equipment is cutting-edge, from the chassis with oversized swingarm to the wheels, produced with a combination of carbon fibre cover, spokes and forged rim, and from the four exhausts exit

positioned under the engine, to the intriguing aluminium front brake cover, a styling solution that is also functional, they carry air to the callipers and allowing them to cool more rapidly. The frame retraces the celebrated MV Agusta new-generation configuration, with a welded steel tube trellis and aluminium alloy side plates.

 

A rendering of MV Agusta’s Brutale 921 S concept bike. Image courtesy MV Agusta.

 

The position of the instrument panel is original, with a circular section as in the past but with the addition of a touch screen. Resting on the tank, it ensures that the futuristic handlebar and beautiful machined from solid steering plate remain visible. The handlebar is inspired by solutions used in cycling time trials. Two short race-inspired semi-handlebars are secured to the aerodynamically-contoured central section created in forged aluminium in differentiated sections.

The entire tail section is created with the aim of facilitating the switch from an Alcantara-covered single seat to a two-seater saddle. It takes just a moment to go from one configuration to the other, and style coherence is guaranteed in what is a very appealing context, thanks also to the rear LED tail light assy. The round headlight gets an exciting style boost with a perimetral area of DRLs, a decorative metal ring and a powerful central light. The rear section of the light is in metal, with a winged design that recalls that used to dissipate heat in air-cooled engines.

 

A rendering of MV Agusta’s Brutale 921 S concept bike. Image courtesy MV Agusta.

 

As for the engine, the in-line four has been redesigned and delivers 115.5 hp at 7000 rpm, with 116.5 Nm of maximum torque. Many technical solutions add to the overall performance, from revised intake ducts to a more efficient liquid-cooling circuit, and even new camshaft profiles, designed to offer a particularly progressive throttle response, which amplifies the ease of use. A countershaft reduces second order vibration. The rods and pistons are specific to this four-cylinder unit, as is the entire intake system (throttle bodies and injectors).

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MV Agusta Superveloce 1000 Combines Technology, Style & Performance

Thu, 2022-11-10 00:18

THE NEW MV AGUSTA SUPERVELOCE 1000 SERIE ORO

A legend created by racing success. The magic of a truly unique history. Design excellence that has redefined contemporary motorcycle style. Today, all of this comes together in the new MV Agusta Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro.

 

MV Agusta’s Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro. Image courtesy MV Agusta.

 

An exclusive limited series, each hand assembled and numbered, supplied with a certificate of authenticity and comprehensive racing kit. The Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro stands alongside the hugely popular Superveloce 800, godfather of the MV Agusta neo-retro lines. This is a significant technical and stylistic evolution of the 800, driven by research and development employing CFD (computer fluid dynamics) and other cutting-edge technology, focused above all on important advances in aerodynamics. 

 

MV Agusta’s Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro. Image courtesy MV Agusta.

 

R&D Director, Brian Gillen: “With the Superveloce 800, we created the neo-retro supersport category. We have now gone even further, adding to the range and creating a neo-retro hypersport bike. We have drawn on our history as a technological pioneer, but the Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro goes far beyond a look back at the past. Application of technology has not been focused solely on the bike itself but on the entire manufacturing process: from design and development tools through to industrialisation. Technology features throughout the process, from start to finish: 3D scanning, computer fluid dynamics, 3D modelling and virtualisation. One example is our analysis of carbon-fibre production processes and choice of multiple build technologies, both manual laminate and forged, based on real usage requirements. They have specific characteristics that we can utilise, such as the reduced thickness and multi-directional resistance of forged carbon fibre. Technology, not only for the component itself but the entire process. We have been able to employ new technologies that until just few years ago would have been considered futuristic, and which we have used to explore the relationship between style and engineering.”

 

MV Agusta’s Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro. Image courtesy MV Agusta.

 

Based on the platform of the Brutale 1000 RR, the Superveloce borrows the frame, single-sided swingarm, and naturally the four-cylinder inline engine. The bike is proudly inspired by the legendary MV Agustas competing in the World Championship, particularly the MV 500 model, which 50 years ago, in 1972, debuted the first aerodynamic wings in Grand Prix Racing. In fact, MV Agusta has always been a pioneer in the use of aerodynamic elements on the front of the bike. 

 

An MV Agusta Grand Prix racebike from the 1970s that used aerodynamic winglets. Photo courtesy MV Agusta.

 

Today, this technical and stylistic choice is developed and consolidated with an almost futuristic design. At the same time, retro features make the Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro a conceptual successor of the ‘60s and ‘70s racing bikes, highlighting the Italian brand’s tradition of technological advancements. 

The Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro has many features that combine to celebrate complete integration of aerodynamics with style and design. One example is the carbon-fibre disc-brake covers on the front, which offer eye-catching aesthetics, evocative of the drum-brakes of old, but which also serve to cool the calipers. In addition, air flows around the brakes and is then guided towards the water and oil radiator, promoting cooling. Along the fairings, air vents positioned further out and lower feature additional elements in relation to the main unit: this generates downforce on the front wheel and creates a vacuum behind the oil radiator, speeding up output of warm air from the radiator. There is a clear dual aerodynamic and thermodynamic purpose: form and function. 39.2 kg of downforce is generated at 320 km/h through precise aerodynamic design. Development work on air flow has optimised the oil temperature, increasing engine efficiency.

 

MV Agusta’s Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro. Image courtesy MV Agusta.

 

Computational fluid dynamics development activity is even more evident in the design of the main wing surface, which spans the entire width of the front portion, with the exception of a small area under the front headlight assembly. The wing looks thoroughly integrated, unlike in many cases where it seems out of place. Here, it adds to the design and character of the motorcycle. In this sense the Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro stands out significantly from competitors, who adopt an approach essentially focused only on function, compromising stylistic development (form). 

Stephane Zache, head of design for the Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro with the CRC team: “As a designer, I can affirm that there are mechanical and aerodynamic parts that are extremely technically functional yet with very little style, such as many MotoGP components. On our Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro, the wings are effective but also have a strong stylistic value. Form follows function, and the result is extremely successful in design terms. We have revisited the concept of the wings, drawing inspiration from Formula One, particularly regarding the need to keep air flow as close as possible to the bike. Consequently, we have worked on the air flow to “clean it up” and achieve a better drag coefficient. In MotoGP, the only goal is to generate downforce. We wanted to also eliminate problems for the driver generated by airflow. And at the same time to achieve a stylistic result in line with MV Agusta excellence.”

 

MV Agusta’s Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro. Image courtesy MV Agusta.

 

All elements of the body are created in carbon fibre, with the exception of the fuel tank in thermoplastic resin. In all, there are 40 elements in carbon fibre that enable the Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro to hit the target both in terms of aesthetics and weight: another refinement for a truly unique model. 

Engine and electronics

The power and torque values are genuinely impressive: 208 hp at 13000 rpm (212 hp with racing kit) and 116.5 Nm at 11000 rpm. The most recent evolution of the inline four-cylinder 998 cc engine of the Brutale 1000 RR is equipped with a countershaft that rotates at twice the speed of the primary drive shaft. The goal? To eliminate high-frequency vibrations and enable easier and faster cornering. This technical solution has a significant impact on the handling and reactivity of the bike, and it increases at higher revs, reducing vibrations by 54% at 14,000 rpm.

For the Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro, MV Agusta has developed a package that covers all functionality of the feature-packed standard electronics set-up, starting with mapping of the ECU control unit, defined according to the specific characteristics of the model. Adjustment of the MV EAS 3.0 electronic gearbox (Electronically Assisted Shift Up & Down) has been customised on the Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro, just like adjustments of the ABS Cornering Continental MK100 system with RLM (Real Wheel Lift-up Mitigation). Switchable traction control has eight levels, while wheelie control utilises data gathered from the inertial platform.

Whilst adopting the high-performance engine, suspension and frame of the Brutale 1000 RR, weight distribution on the Superveloce 1000 is different. The suspension is of the highest quality, boasting a front-end Öhlins Nix EC fork with TiN coating, fully adjustable and with electronic compression and rebound management. Adjustment of the spring preload is manual. The single shock absorber is also an electronically controlled Öhlins model (EC TTX). Connected to the single-sided swingarm in aluminium alloy with height-adjustable pin (+/- 4 mm), this guarantees wheel travel of 120 mm. The Öhlins steering damper also features electronic adjustment, which can be integrated with manual control. The exceptional braking system features Brembo Stylema monobloc radial callipers and 320 mm discs at the front, with a 220 mm steel disc and two-piston calliper at the rear. 

The wheel rims, in forged aluminium alloy, have been exclusively designed by CRC for the Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro and stand out for their integration of various construction techniques, with a five-spoke design. Naturally, the whole exhaust system as unique, which features the iconic four-outlet set-up, originating from the first, unforgettable F4. The exhaust, included in the kit supplied with the bike, is built in titanium in collaboration with Arrow. It is certified and makes an impact with its particularly eye-catching colouration. 

Instrumentation is built around the large 5.5″ TFT colour display and all primary functionality has been updated for 2023, featuring dedicated graphics. The stunning back-lit multifunctional electronic controls remain, as does the MV Ride App, enabling smartphone management of electronics and engine. Connectivity, including mobile connection, navigation, recording of itineraries and transfer of journey data, is one of the real strengths of the motorcycle-rider interface: constantly evolving at the service of the user.

Ergonomics 

Development in the direction of hypersport design for the Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro has a highly original approach, going well beyond aerodynamic research. The driving position, in particular, is not extreme, but instead designed to guarantee the rider comfort equivalent to that of a motorcycle from a less sports-focused class. The semi-handlebars are located higher and further back compared to a standard supersport position. The footpegs are height adjustable for highly customisable triangulation with the handlebars and saddle. Suspension with dedicated calibration and electronic control is another feature making the bike design less extreme than the futuristic lines and undoubtedly hypersport design of the Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro would lead you to expect. 

Serie Oro, a success story

The first Serie Oro was naturally the F4 750, presented in 1997 and immediately one of the most desirable models for motorcycle collectors the world over. The Brutale 750 Serie Oro, instead, dates back to 2002 and like the F4, was immediately recognisable for the many gold components in magnesium alloy: frame plates, forks and star-design wheels. It was ten years before the next Serie Oro, the F3 675, which introduced the three-cylinder engine and launched a new, exciting direction for MV Agusta supersports bikes. 2019 saw two models: the Superveloce 800 Serie Oro, with its classic minimalist design, and the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro, packed with prestige technical components and an angular, muscular design.

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MV Agusta Updates 208-Horsepower Brutale 1000 Models

Wed, 2022-11-09 23:48

BRUTALE 1000 RR and BRUTALE 1000 RS MY23

The motorcycles in the MV Agusta range have explicit names that need no further explanation. And so, since 2001, simply uttering the word Brutale is enough to understand that you are talking about a model with very few filters that conveys exuberance from every angle, whether standing still or in action. A hyper-naked in constant evolution with the goal of meeting the needs of a public that will not settle simply for an item to put on display, but which is constantly in search of riding dynamics that leave the rider with memorable experiences and doing so in an increasingly more accurate way.

For 2023, the 1000 RR and RS in the Brutale family are getting upgrades, more in substance than in looks. While the style still maintains the tried and true balance between an aggressive front end and rear end, as well as unmistakable traits, 23 significant upgrades distributed among the engine, the chassis, and the electronics make the difference. The goal of these elements is to make the integration even clearer between the rider and a bike that has gained popularity from its very beginnings because of its easy and intuitive approach. This result is certainly not an easy one to achieve when we are talking about a bike that has 208 HP distributed in an extremely linear manner.

 

A 2023 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR. Photo courtesy MV Agusta.

 

On a mechanical level, the most significant element introduced to the crankcase of the inline-four cylinder engine is the balanceshaft, which will characterise both versions of the Brutale. Next year, the RR and RS will once again share engine and frame, with the RR characterised by racing-inspired carbon fibre technical and aesthetic details and high-end suspension components, which includes, among other things, TiN surface treatment of the Öhlins Nix 43 forks on the RR, Marzocchi with DLC surface treatment on the RS. The counter-rotating balanceshaft in the modified crankcase turns at twice the speed of the crankshaft with noticeable effects on high-frequency secondary vibrations, with values dropping 54%.

Less vibration means real benefits in terms of comfort in the saddle, handlebars, and footpeg areas, but also in the mirrors, which now ensure even clearer visibility. Significantly less vibration also provides indirect advantages in terms of riding dynamics in the form of more precise cornering and the reliability of the Brutale’s sophisticated electronics. In fact, more than 80 electronic components handle the various functions, and eliminating high-frequency vibrations decreases the risk of damaging the connections and components.

The engine, which maintains its status as the most powerful for a naked bike, still houses all of the technical details that make it unique, starting with the titanium radial valves, an MV Agusta exclusive, joined by other elements that make the difference, such as the forged titanium connecting rods and all the solutions that have evolved to the point of drastically reducing internal friction.

With the 2023 model year, a new saddle also makes its début, keeping its familiar shape but introducing dual- density padding, the purpose of which is to increase comfort aid in maintaining the ideal riding position.

The constant evolution of the Brutale family also includes an update in engine management and control features. The first innovation focuses on the incorporation of an advanced electronic throttle complete with a negative rotation. This provides more natural feeling and eliminates the on-off effect. This also has the advantage of making deceleration much more gradual when deactivating cruise control. In fact, the negative throttle rotation prevents the abrupt drop that occurs when engaging the brakes or the clutch to deactivate the set cruising speed.

When it comes to electronics, MV Agusta has continuously been an innovator introducing the latest control and safety technologies. This path has consistently set us apart from our competitors in terms of advanced dynamic controls. For 2023, the Brutale models have been upgraded in terms of torque, traction, and launch control management, with the goal of transmitting emotions to the rider unequalled by all our rivals.

The development of the Front Lift Control remains faithful to our philosophy of innovation. This feature fully controls wheelies with an advanced algorithm and inertia control platform. The algorithm is designed to maintain maximum acceleration without any abrupt power reduction to maintaining the wheelie. The inertial platform makes it possible to control the pitch angle to maximize acceleration, performance and safety. The FLC feature together with Launch Control (LC) are included the most advanced riders aids package in the hypernaked category.

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CVMA: Remainder Of 2022-2023 Winter Series Dates Announced

Wed, 2022-11-09 22:10

CVMA Racing 2022/2023 Winter Series 2023 Dates  

The Chuckwalla Valley Motorcycle Association (CVMA) is pleased to announce the dates for the final four rounds of the 2022/2023 Winter Series.

The dates for the remaining rounds of the 2022/2023 series are as follows:

Round 3 – Dec 3-4, 2022 [CCW]

Round 4 – Jan 21-22, 2023 [CW]

Round 5 – Feb 25-26, 2023 [CCW]

Round 6 – Mar 25-26, 2023 [CW]

Series Finale – Apr 15-16, 2023 [CCW] 2x Points

The CVMA Winter Series has seen some great racing during the first two rounds and we expect to see more of the same for the rest of the season.

The dates for the first three rounds of the CVMA 2023/2024 Winter Series have also been set. To avoid the heat that is often experienced during September, the first event of the 2023/2024 series will be held in October. The series will still offer seven rounds of racing action. The schedule for 2023/2024 is:

Round 1 – Oct 7-8, 2023 [CW] 2x Points

Round 2 – Nov 18-19, 2023 [CCW]

Round 3 – Dec 16-17, 2023 [CW]

Round 4 – TBD Jan, 2024 [CCW]

Round 5 – TBD Feb, 2024[CW]

Round 6 – TBD Mar, 2024 [CCW]

Series Finale – TBD Apr, 2024 [CW] 2x Points

Chuckwalla Valley Raceway (CVR) hosts all the CVMA events, and its location in the California desert near Joshua Tree National Park features great winter weather. While other parts of the country are snowed in, CVR is usually sunny and warm, making it a great place to race! As a result, many top riders from all over the country come out to race with CVMA in the winter, which makes for some of the most competitive racing in the country.

The next round will be the week after the Thanksgiving holidays, December 3rd and 4th, so come out and work off some of those calories racing!

CVMA offers free reciprocity as a means of encouraging racers from other clubs to come out and compete. CVMA also offers a New Racers School for those starting out in racing on the Friday prior to each race weekend. Log on to www.cvmaracing.com to sign up or for more information.

CVMA. Built for racers by racers and offering the best racing experience around!

Series Sponsors: SoCal Track Days, Apex Assassins, Ryder Gear, and CaliPhotography

NRS Sponsors: Alpinestars, 6D Helmets, Racer Gloves, and Racer’s Edge

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Royal Enfield Unveils Super Meteor 650 Cruiser

Wed, 2022-11-09 20:44

Royal Enfield Introduces All-New Super Meteor 650 at EICMA

The new Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 is cruising at its purest.

Milwaukee, WI (Wednesday, November 9, 2022) – Royal Enfield, the global leader in the midsize (250cc – 750cc) motorcycling segment, today unveiled the new Super Meteor 650, injecting a new level of character, style and accessibility into the mid-sized cruiser market.

The Super Meteor 650 continues Royal Enfield’s heritage of building superlative midsize motorcycles. It is centered around the acclaimed 648cc twin platform that’s been rigorously tested, and since 2018, enjoyed worldwide recognition within the award-winning INT650 and Continental GT 650. The Super Meteor 650 features an all-new chassis developed for comfort and a long, effortless glide down long highways.

Commenting on Royal Enfield’s cruiser lineage and approach to building motorcycles, Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director of Eicher Motors Ltd. said, “We have always had a differentiated approach to building motorcycles and our new cruiser, the Super Meteor 650, is the next evolution of this approach. Inspired by our own long-distance riding experiences and those of our customers, we have built the Super Meteor to be absolutely enjoyable to all senses. The engine is super refined and responsive and offers relaxed part-throttle experience at highway-plus speeds, the riding ergonomics are fine-tuned to offer a leisurely, yet in-control riding experience, and the overall premium fit and finish of parts and materials evoke visual and sensory delight. The gorgeous silhouette and contours of the Super Meteor have been inspired by generations of cruisers from Royal Enfield, and are at the same time, familiar, yet absolutely distinct.”

 

Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director of Eicher Motors Ltd., addressed global media at EICMA 2022. Photo courtesy Royal Enfield North America.

 

Created in conjunction with Harris Performance, the all-new chassis provides a low center of gravity for high-speed stability and easy maneuverability that is confidence inspiring for all levels of rider. USD forks, LED headlamps, a state-of-the-art TBT navigation system, redesigned engine covers and a premium fit and finish are just some of the many attention-grabbing features.

The Super Meteor 650 is the solo tourer variant and will be available in five colorways: Astral Black, Astral Blue, Astral Green, Interstellar Grey and Interstellar Green. The Super Meteor 650 Tourer is the grand tourer variant and will be available in two colorways: Celestial Red and Celestial Blue.

The Super Meteor 650 is supported by an extensive ecosystem of Genuine Motorcycle Accessories that accentuate its touring capabilities. Of the three motorcycles unveiled at EICMA, the Astral Black Super Meteor 650 is equipped with Solo Tourer Genuine Motorcycle Accessories kit, including bar-end mirrors, deluxe footpegs, solo finisher, LED indicators and machined wheels. The Celestial Red Super Meteor 650 Tourer is equipped with the Grand Tourer accessories kit including the deluxe touring dual-seat, touring windscreen, passenger backrest, deluxe footpegs, long-haul panniers, touring handlebar and LED indicators. The Interstellar Green Super Meteor 650 is displayed in the standard format.

The Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 will begin arriving in North America as early as summer 2023.

#SuperMeteor650 #PureCruising #PureMotorcycling #RoyalEnfield

 

Another Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 drawing attention at the EICMA show. Photo courtesy Royal Enfield North America.

 

Many hours of extensive research and development in conjunction with Harris Performance helped to create an exceptionally refined overall package in the Super Meteor 650. Photo courtesy Royal Enfield North America.

 

The Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 in Astral Black. Photo courtesy Royal Enfield North America.

About Royal Enfield

The oldest motorcycle company in continuous production in the world, Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield has created the midsize motorcycle segment in India with its unique and distinctive modern classic motorcycles. With its manufacturing base in Chennai, India, Royal Enfield has been able to grow its production rapidly against a surge in demand for its motorcycles.

A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield operates through more than 2100 stores across all major cities and towns in India and through nearly 850 stores in more than 60 countries around the globe. Royal Enfield also has two world-class technical centres, in Bruntingthorpe, UK, and in Chennai, India. The company’s two state-of-the-art production facilities are located at Oragadam and Vallam Vadagal, near Chennai. Across the world, Royal Enfield has three modern CKD assembly facilities in Thailand, Argentina and Colombia. With more than 37% CAGR for the last five years and sales in international markets up 108% in 2021-22, Royal Enfield is the leader in the global midsize motorcycle market.

Royal Enfield North America (RENA) is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is developing a growing network of more than 150 dealers in North America, including the contiguous U.S. and Canada. RENA currently offers the all-new Scram 411, Classic 350, Meteor 350, Himalayan and the 650 Twins (INT650 and Continental GT 650) motorcycles, along with a range of Genuine Motorcycle Accessories and apparel.

For more information on Royal Enfield North America, visit www.RoyalEnfield.com/us/en/www.Instagram.com/RoyalEnfield_NAwww.Facebook.com/RoyalEnfieldNorthAmerica.

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American Cody Kitchens Wins Again, Takes Title In Spain

Wed, 2022-11-09 20:22

CODY KITCHENS WINS AT ARAGON IN SPAIN, AND WINS 2022 YAMAHA R6 CUP CHAMPIONSHIP

Cody Kitchens, age 16, raced his Andifer Racing Team Yamaha R6 to another victory, this time at Motorland Aragon on November 6th at the sixth and final round of the 2022 Yamaha R6 Cup, in the Rookies division.

Cody led the points in the class coming into this round at Aragon, despite a mechanical DNF at the previous round at Jerez. The first two sessions on Friday were dedicated to breaking in the engine, and he was able to get down to good lap times in the final free practice session. The two qualifying sessions on Saturday saw Cody qualify 10th overall, placing him on the inside of the fourth row of the grid.

On Sunday, Cody’s good start had him into eighth place overall by the second lap, and he was able to make a pass stick on another rider ahead of him early in the race. He finished seventh overall, well ahead of the next Rookies division rider.

That race finish allowed Cody to capture the Yamaha R6 Cup Rookies Class Championship.

“The draft down the back straight was amazing. I learned that I didn’t want to be in the lead coming out, because everyone would get past me,” said Cody. “I’m happy how my first year of racing in Spain went, and all the work the Andifer team put in for me. We had a few communication issues sometimes, but we always figured things out.”

For the 2022 season, Cody Kitchens is proud to be sponsored by MT Helmets, Three Chihuahua Racing (www.threechihuahuaracing.com) and Pakosta37 Riders Factory.

Cody is headed back to the United States for a visit, then back to Spain to work on his plans for the 2023 race season. For those interested in supporting Cody’s efforts in the FIM Junior GP SS 600 and the ESBK SS 600 classes, please contact Cody on Facebook by PM at www.facebook.com/codykitchensracing and on Instagram at codykitchens25.

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Yamaha’s 2023 MT-07 Gets New TFT Display, Y-Connect Feature

Wed, 2022-11-09 20:02

Yamaha Introduces Remaining 2023 Motorcycle Lineup

Including New XMAX Scooter & Updated MT-07 

MARIETTA, Ga. – Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, is announcing the release of its remaining 2023 motorcycle lineup including the first extensive update to the acclaimed Yamaha XMAX Sport Scooter since its 2018 introduction, encompassing a more aggressive look, distinctive new X-shaped LED headlights and taillights, new high-tech 4.2-inch full-color TFT display, and newly introduced Yamaha Motorcycle Connect (Y-Connect) smartphone connectivity with Garmin navigation compatibility. Additionally, the 2023 Yamaha MT-07 receives a new high-tech 5-inch full-color TFT with selectable Street or Touring screen displays and Y-Connect smartphone connectivity featuring incoming call, email and message notifications, and extensive ride data collection enabled through the Y-Connect app.

NEW 2023 XMAX SPORT SCOOTER

 

A 2023-model Yamaha XMAX “sport scooter.” Photo courtesy Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.

 

With its outstanding performance, aggressive good looks, agile handling and easy-to-ride character, the Yamaha XMAX has established itself as the ultimate mid-sized Sport Scooter providing enthusiast with a fun, stylish and economical way to commute during the week or a dynamic, sporty leisure ride to enjoy on weekends. For 2023, the new Yamaha XMAX represents the biggest step forward in Yamaha scooter design in recent years with a striking, futuristic new look and innovative new Y-Connect smartphone connectivity, including Garmin navigation compatibility displayed in full, rich color on an all-new TFT display.

Updated Styling

While being careful to retain the XMAX’s distinctive styling character, Yamaha designers focused on creating a bold, modern new look. Virtually every part of the XMAX’s sleek and sporty exterior has been redesigned to create a more compact and visually impressive machine. Radical new X-shaped LED headlights and taillights complement the aggressive styling and instantly distinguish the new XMAX from anything else on the road. New high-mount LED front indicators add to the streamlined look, while a completely redesigned seat increases comfort and decreases leg reach to the ground for greater accessibility.

New Yamaha Motorcycle Connect

 

Yamaha’s new Y-Connect feature, as seen on the 2023 XMAX scooter. Photo courtesy Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.

 

New for 2023, Yamaha is introducing Y-Connect smartphone connectivity allowing riders to connect their smartphone directly to their scooter, enabling a wide-range of convenient new capabilities including phone and music control, as well as a newly available full Garmin turn-by-turn navigation system. The 2023 XMAX comes equipped with one of the most impressive dashboards to be found on any scooter. This comprehensive instrumentation features a 3.2-inch LCD speedometer located above the new high-tech 4.2-inch color TFT infotainment display, and combines with intuitive new handlebar-mounted switchgear to enable connectivity control. Y-Connect and the Y-Connect app (available for either iOS or Android operating systems beginning on November 8 at 10p.m. EST) are free-of-charge, and provide the following functionality for the new XMAX:

Onboard Navigation

Through the installation of the Garmin StreetCross navigation app on the user’s smartphone, the TFT display can be used as an onboard turn-by-turn navigation system. Garmin’s StreetCross app is available for either iOS or Android operating systems beginning on November 8 at 10p.m. EST and is also free-of-charge.

Call, Text & Email Notifications

Y-Connect can be paired with a Bluetooth headset to enable ability to receive or reject incoming calls, as well as display text and email notifications, weather forecasts, time, phone battery level and connection status information on the TFT display.

Music Capability 

Y-Connect can be paired with a Bluetooth headset to enable music selection and volume control.

Vehicle Running Information

Through the Y-Connect app, engine speed, average fuel consumption, coolant temperature, battery voltage and ambient temperature can be displayed on the TFT screen. Vehicle data can also be collected within the app for viewing information such as service interval recommendations or last known location of the vehicle on the user’s smartphone.

Riding Log & Ranking Function

Riders can also generate personal riding logs to track an array of specific ride information for reference or sharing with friends. Riders can even receive rider rankings comparing things like their mileage or fuel economy with other Yamaha riders within the U.S. or around the world.

Returning Features

In addition to a host of new features, the 2023 Yamaha XMAX retains the key attributes that make it a class leader in the Sport Scooter category. Its ultra-reliable single-cylinder 292cc Blue Core engine delivers thrilling acceleration along with eco-friendly performance. Motorcycle-type front forks, 15-inch front wheel, 14-inch rear wheel, Traction Control, and strong disk brakes both front and rear offer sure-footed control and capability in a sporty, agile package. Lastly, the two-position windscreen, adjustable handlebars, cavernous underseat storage with room for two full-face helmets, 12-volt accessory outlet and Smart Key keyless ignition serve up the type of comfort and practicality that make the Yamaha XMAX the ultimate urban commuter.

XMAX Colors, Availability & Price

The 2023 Yamaha XMAX will be offered in Granite Gray and will be available from dealers beginning January 2023 for an MSRP of $6,099.

 

A 2023-model Yamaha MT-07. Photo courtesy Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.

 

NEW 2023 MT-07

With its ultra-aggressive styling, agile chassis and thrilling torque-rich CP2 engine, it’s little surprise the MT-07 has become one of the most successful Yamaha models of all time. The 2023 MT-07 includes key upgrades that enhance the overall package while remaining true to the basic concept that’s loved by so many riders.

New TFT Display

One of the most significant additions for 2023 is the installation of a new 5-inch full-color TFT display that provides a choice of two different screen modes. The “Street” mode is a more modern layout with a bar-type tachometer, digital speedo and gear selection readouts. The “Touring” mode features a more conventional circular analog-style tachometer on the right of the screen and digital speedometer on the left.

 

The new TFT display on the 2023 MT-07. Photo courtesy Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.

 

Yamaha Motorcycle Connect

The new 2023 MT-07 now features Yamaha Motorcycle Connect smartphone connectivity which works in conjunction with the free-of-charge Y-Connect app (available for iOS and Android) to enable a direct connection between motorcycle and smartphone. New Y-Connect capability for the MT-07 includes the ability to view incoming call, email and message notifications, along with time, phone battery level and connection status on the new TFT display. Additional useful functions include the ability to track and record key motorcycle ride data within the app, including distance covered, acceleration, fuel economy and much more. Collected data such as fuel consumption can then be shared by the rider to receive rankings comparing themselves with other Yamaha riders both within the U.S. and around the world.

Pre-wired for Quick Shift

To facilitate the fitment of a quickshifter, the new MT-07 is pre-wired with the necessary electronics for installation, making it quick and easy to install Yamaha’s Quick Shift System available through the Yamaha Genuine Accessory catalog.

MT-07 Colors, Availability & Price

The 2023 Yamaha MT-07 will be offered in three color options: Cyan Storm, Team Yamaha Blue and Matte Raven Black. It will be available from dealers beginning April 2023 for an MSRP of $8,199.

 

A 2023-model Yamaha Ténéré 700. Photo courtesy Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.

 

The celebrated Yamaha Ténéré 700 returns for 2023 with two new color/graphic options: Team Yamaha Blue and Shadow Gray. Remaining 2023 models including the Yamaha MT-03, MT-09, MT-09 SP, MT-10, MT-10 SP, XSR700, XSR900, Bolt R-Spec, Super Ténéré ES, FJR1300ES and Zuma 125 all return unchanged. No model-year 2023 Tracer 9 GT will be announced for the U.S. market at this time. Please contact your local Yamaha dealer for availability and price on any of these models.

Learn more about the 2023 Yamaha Scooter model line at https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/scooter.

Learn more about the 2023 Yamaha Adventure Touring model line at https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/adventure-touring.

Learn more about the 2023 Yamaha Hyper Naked model line at https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/hyper-naked.

For more information related to all Yamaha products, visit https://www.yamahamotorsports.com.

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About Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (YMUS), is a recognized leader in the outdoor recreation industry. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings include Motorcycles and Scooters, ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles, Snowmobiles, WaveRunner Personal Watercraft, Boats, Outboard Motors, Outdoor Power Equipment, Power Assist Bicycles, Golf Cars, Power Assist Wheelchair Systems, Surface Mount Technology (SMT) and Robotic Machines, Unmanned Helicopters, Accessories, Apparel, Yamalube products, and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of distributors and dealers in the United States.

YMUS has a corporate office in California, two corporate offices in Georgia, facilities in Wisconsin and Alabama, and factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. Additional U.S.-based subsidiaries include Yamaha Marine Systems Company (YMSC) with divisions Bennett Marine (Florida) and Kracor Systems (Wisconsin), Skeeter Boats (Texas), with division G3 Boats (Missouri), and Yamaha Precision Propeller (Indiana).

 

 

 

More, from another press release issued by Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.:

Yamaha Announces Release of Y-Connect

The Future of Yamaha Smartphone Connectivity Starts Now 
 

MARIETTA, Ga. – Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, is excited to announce the introduction of Yamaha Motorcycle Connect (Y-Connect) smartphone connectivity. While many modern riders already incorporate smartphone technology into their daily riding whether through wireless calling, listening to music, navigation or data-sharing apps, Y-Connect opens a new world of interaction by establishing a direct link between the motorcycle and smartphone, enabling a wide variety of new functionality in a simple, intuitive platform focused on maximizing convenience for the rider.

Beginning with the new 2023 XMAX scooter and 2023 MT-07, Yamaha will start rolling out Y-Connect technology with varying levels of functionality depending on model and need—from phone, text and email notifications at the base level for the 2023 MT-07 without handlebar controls, up to a fully interactive turn-by-turn satellite navigation display with handlebar-mounted phone, music and navigation controls available exclusively on the 2023 XMAX’s more advanced version. Working in conjunction with the new Y-Connect smartphone app (available for either iOS or Android operating systems beginning on November 8 at 10p.m. EST), information can be shared via wireless Bluetooth connection both from the rider’s phone to the motorcycle’s TFT display and from the motorcycle’s Communication Control Unit (CCU) to the Y-Connect app, enabling a wide range of vehicle running information to be collected and displayed within the smartphone app. Best of all, both standard-equipment Y-Connect compatibility and the Yamaha Y-Connect app are free-of-charge.

“Like everyone else, motorcyclists are increasingly reliant on their smartphones for bringing a wider and wider range of information and modern conveniences to their fingertips,” said Derek Brooks, Yamaha Motorcycle Product Line Manager. “Our new Y-Connect technology is designed to move Yamaha to the forefront of motorcycle connectivity with an intuitive, rider-focused platform that will greatly improve the overall riding experience.”

While the level of Y-Connect functionality varies by model, some available features include:

Onboard Navigation

By installing the Garmin StreetCross navigation app on the user’s smartphone and pairing it to the bike’s CCU, the TFT display can be used as an onboard turn-by-turn navigation system enabled through the StreetCross app. Garmin’s StreetCross app will be available for either iOS or Android operating systems beginning on November 8 at 10p.m. EST and is free-of-charge.

Call, Text & Email Notifications

By installing the Y-Connect app on their smartphone and pairing it to the bike’s CCU, users can receive text, email and call notifications, as well as additional information like weather forecasts, time, phone battery level and connection status displayed on the bike’s TFT screen. On certain models equipped with handlebar controls, Y-CONNECT can be paired with a Bluetooth headset to enable ability to receive or reject incoming calls.

Music Capability 

On certain models equipped with handlebar controls, Y-Connect can be paired with a Bluetooth headset to enable music selection and volume control.

Vehicle Running Information

Through the Y-Connect app, information gleaned from the bike’s various sensors including engine speed, average fuel consumption, coolant temperature, battery voltage and ambient temperature can be displayed on the bike’s TFT screen. Vehicle data can also be collected within the app for viewing on the rider’s smartphone providing valuable information such as service interval recommendations or last known location of the vehicle.

Additional Features

The Y-Connect app also includes a range of additional features such as the RevsDashboard screen, which displays data including engine rpm, degree of throttle opening, acceleration, real-time fuel consumption and an eco-friendly riding indicator. Riders can also generate a personal riding log to track their rides, everything from date, time, route, weather and temperature to average speed, average fuel consumption, top speed, fuel volume consumed, average engine rpm, average throttle opening, eco-riding points, odometer record, elevation and air pressure can all be logged and shared. Owners can even choose to share their ride information to receive rankings comparing themselves with other Yamaha riders either within the U.S. or around the world.

For more information related to all Yamaha products, visit https://www.yamahamotorsports.com.

Follow Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, through your favorite social media sites at www.facebook.com/yamahamotorusa, www.instagram.com/yamahamotorusa, www.twitter.com/yamahamotorusa. #Yamaha #YamahaMotor #YamahaMotorUSA

About Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (YMUS), is a recognized leader in the outdoor recreation industry. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings include Motorcycles and Scooters, ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles, Snowmobiles, WaveRunner Personal Watercraft, Boats, Outboard Motors, Outdoor Power Equipment, Power Assist Bicycles, Golf Cars, Power Assist Wheelchair Systems, Surface Mount Technology (SMT) and Robotic Machines, Unmanned Helicopters, Accessories, Apparel, Yamalube products, and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of distributors and dealers in the United States.

YMUS has a corporate office in California, two corporate offices in Georgia, facilities in Wisconsin and Alabama, and factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. Additional U.S.-based subsidiaries include Yamaha Marine Systems Company (YMSC) with divisions Bennett Marine (Florida) and Kracor Systems (Wisconsin), Skeeter Boats (Texas), with division G3 Boats (Missouri), and Yamaha Precision Propeller (Indiana).

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NEMRR 100th Loudon Classic Purse Now $250,000 With $55,000 To Win

Wed, 2022-11-09 19:25

The purse for the 100th running of America’s oldest motorcycle road race just got $50K richer.  Now with a purse totaling $250,000 and a winner’s take of $55,000, the Loudon Classic now boasts the largest overall and winner’s purse for any single road race in U.S. history.  In addition to the 20% larger primary purse of $240,000, NEMRR is also offering an additional $10,000 bonus fund for the top-five finishing NEMRR regular riders.  In order to qualify for the bonus fund, riders simply need to have participated in three NEMRR events in 2022 and race in both of the 2023 events that precede the Loudon Classic.

John Grush, Executive Director of NEMRR noted, “The 100th running of the Loudon Classic is a landmark event that owns a deserving place in motorcycling history.  We’ve worked to be able to offer a purse that truly honors the previous 99 years of competitors, and this event will break U.S. records for both the winner’s share and total payout.  NEMRR also wants to honor our club racing heritage by offering a special bonus to those riders who have supported our series in recent years and will do that with the special $10,000 NEMRR rider payout.”

The Classic will be held on June 16th, 2023 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and now features the following purse:

2023 Loudon Classic Purse ($240,000) 1st $55,000 2nd $35,000 3rd $25,000 4th $17,000 5th $13,500 6th $11,000 7th $10,000 8th $9,000 9th $8,000 10th $7,500 11th $6,000 12th $5,000 13th $4,500 14th $4,000 15th $3,500 16th $3,200 17th $2,800 18th $2,500 19th $2,200 20th $2,000 21st $1,800 22nd $1,500 23rd $1,500 24th $1,500 25th $1,250 26th $1,250 27th $1,250 28th $1,250 29th $1000 30th $1000 NEMRR Rider Purse ($10,000) 1st $5,000 2nd $2,500 3rd $1,250 4th $1,000 5th $750

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Husqvarna’s 2023-Model 701 Enduro And 701 Supermoto Are Available Now

Wed, 2022-11-09 18:54

MASTER THE TERRAIN AND DISCOVER THE OPEN ROAD – 701 ENDURO AND 701 SUPERMOTO MODELS AVAILABLE NOW

DISTINCTIVE NEW STYLING ENHANCES HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES’ EXCEPTIONALLY VERSATILE 701 PAIRING FOR 2023

 

A 2023-model Husqvarna 701 Enduro in action. Photo courtesy Husqvarna.

 

Husqvarna Motorcycles is pleased to announce the availability of the innovative 2023 701 Enduro and 701 Supermoto machines, with each model upgraded with a striking new colour scheme. Continuing to set the benchmark for large-displacement single-cylinder motorcycles, these machines feature advanced technology and the latest electronic rider aids to create an unparalleled riding experience both on and offroad.

 

A 2023-model Husqvarna 701 Supermoto at rest. Photo courtesy Husqvarna.

 

The two models, each uniquely characterised by Husqvarna Motorcycles’ Swedish DNA, are equipped with an intelligently designed LCD dashboard. The USB port ensures a constant charge to navigational devices for uninterrupted riding while an RPM display and gear selection indicator are clearly visible at a glance. From the handlebars, riders can quickly personalise their machine by selecting from two ride modes and by activating, or deactivating, traction control. These options allow for a truly customised set-up to be created on both the 701 Enduro and 701 Supermoto.

On tarmac and beyond, the 701 Enduro is a highly proficient machine, and is finished with an understated, Swedish-inspired livery. With the ability to disengage the ABS function, riders can take full control of braking on loose terrain. For the 701 Supermoto, a commanding presence on the open road is achieved with its darker, distinctive black and grey colour scheme, while a Brembo Monoblock four-piston front brake caliper and 320 mm brake disc ensure superior stopping power.

 

A 2023-model Husqvarna 701 Enduro at rest. Photo courtesy Husqvarna.

Technical highlights:

Striking new colours and graphics create a distinctive and progressive look

Brembo Monoblock front brake caliper on the 701 Supermoto for exceptional braking performance

Advanced Ride Mode functionality includes Supermoto/Offroad ABS modes

ABS functionality can be fully disengaged on 701 Enduro for exceptional offroad performance

LCD dashboard with integrated gear indicator and RPM display

USB port for charging navigational devices

Cornering ABS

Lean-angle-sensitive traction control

Easy shift

Chromium-molybdenum steel trellis frame

Aluminium swingarm

Polyamide rear subframe with integrated fuel tank

74 hp single-cylinder engine

Ride-by-wire throttle

Power assist slipper clutch
To be fully prepared for all conditions and to dress for each ride, the Functional Apparel collection is a comprehensive range of items that deliver the highest levels of protection, functionality, and comfort. In addition, further customisation of the 701 Enduro and 701 Supermoto machines can be achieved with the extensive line-up of Technical Accessories designed to add protection, durability, and to enhance the styling of both motorcycles.

The 2023 701 Enduro and 701 Supermoto are available now at authorised Husqvarna Motorcycles dealers. Availability may differ from country to country. For all details on pricing and availability please refer to your national Husqvarna Motorcycles subsidiary or importer.

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WorldSBK: One Round TBA On Provisional 2023 Schedule

Wed, 2022-11-09 18:16

MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship

2023 Provisional Calendar (as of Nov. 8, 2022)

2/24-26           Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Phillip Island, Australia

3/3-5               Mandalika International Street Circuit, Kuta, Indonesia

4/21-23           TT Circuit Assen, Assen, Netherlands

5/5-7              Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

6/2-4              Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Misano, San Marino

6/30-7/2          Donington Park, Donington, England

7/28-30           Autodrom Most, Most Czech Republic

9/8-10            Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours, France

9/22-24           MotorLand Aragon, Alcaniz, Spain

9/29-10/1        Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, Portimao, Portugal

10/13-15         Circuito San Juan Villicum, San Juan, Argentina

TBA                TBA

TBA =To Be Announced

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More On Suzuki’s New 776cc Parallel Twin Engine

Wed, 2022-11-09 17:59

Suzuki’s New 776cc Parallel-Twin Engine

Brea, CA – For several decades Suzuki has produced innovative, well-performing, and reliable engines for a variety of motorcycles, and the fully new 776cc DOHC parallel-twin engine in the 2023 GSX-8S and V-STROM 800DE models continue this stellar reputation.

Choosing a parallel-twin configuration led to the creation of a new compact powerplant that permits design flexibility so Suzuki’s designers can create ideal chassis geometry for a variety of motorcycle types. These goals were met with a narrow width, short length, and lightweight engine that can be positioned in the chassis for optimal handling and an ergonomically sound and comfortable riding position.

Suzuki’s new parallel twin provides plenty of torque and peak power with smooth throttle response throughout its broad powerband. To avoid the deficiencies of other parallel-twin configurations this engine employs 270-degree crankshaft timing with the Suzuki patented, industry-exclusive Suzuki Cross Balancer to deliver a smooth, torque-rich experience. This innovative balancer design not only smooths operation but is key to each motorcycles’ light weight and compact size, resulting in stable and nimble handling.

Suzuki’s electronic throttle system helps the rider precisely control engine power that flows through the Suzuki Clutch Assist System (SCAS) and into the six-speed transmission fitted with a standard Bi-directional Quick Shifter. Riders may further tailor the engine’s response using the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) which includes the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (SDMS) and Suzuki Advanced Traction Control (SATC) systems.

 

Key Stats:

Engine – 776cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC parallel-twin

Bore x Stroke – 84.0 mm x 70 mm (3.3 in. x 2.8 in.)

Compression Ratio – 12.8:1

Fuel System – Fuel injection, 42mm throttle bodies x 2

Starter – Electric, Easy Start System-equipped

Lubrication – Force-fed circulation, wet sump

Cooling – Radiator, thermostatically control inlet valve, thermostatically controlled cooling fan. Liquid-cooled oil cooler

Note: Actual fuel economy may differ with weather, road, conditions, rider behavior, and maintenance.

 

Suzuki’s new DOHC 776cc parallel twin engine features a 270-degree crankshaft configuration. Image courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

 

270-Degree Crankshaft Design

The 270-degree crankshaft configuration provides a similar power delivery as the 90-degree V-twins used in other Suzuki’s, while producing a unique and exciting exhaust note. The spaced nature of the engine’s power pulses enhances traction and makes for strong power output at low speeds, making the motorcycle easier to maneuver in slow traffic or through tight corners.

In addition, the 450 degrees of crank revolution between cylinder firings, (between 270° and 720° in the chart below), extends the time between power pulses, and provides the rear wheel the opportunity to regain traction. This is particularly beneficial when riding on a variety of road surfaces and conditions, making for a confidence-inspiring ride on a wide variety of motorcycles.

 

Suzuki’s new 776cc parallel twin engine has dual counter-balancers to provide smooth engine operation. Image courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

 

 

Each of the balance shafts in Suzuki’s new 776cc parallel twin engine are located an equal distance from the crankshaft center and 90 degrees from each other. Image courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

 

Suzuki Cross Balancer

Suzuki Cross Balancer technology, patented by Suzuki and used here for the first time on a production motorcycle, helps create a compact, lightweight design that delivers smooth operation. This proprietary system positions its two balancers at 90° to the crankshaft, a first among production motorcycles.

This patented mechanism suppresses engine vibration making for smoother engine performance than parallel twins of the past were known for. This primary balancer design also helps realize a lightweight powerplant more compact from front to rear and reduces the need to heavy and complex engine mounting hardware.

Balancer No.1 cancels the primary vibration generated by the piston (reciprocating weight) of the first cylinder, while balancer No.2 cancels the primary vibration of the second cylinder. Adopting a 270-degree crankshaft angle cancels secondary vibration, contributing to even smoother engine operation. Furthermore, placing the two balancers at 90° to the crankshaft with each positioned equidistant from the crankshaft cancels primary couple vibration, further smoothing power delivery.

Pistons and Connecting Rods 

The engine’s 84mm forged pistons were engineered using FEM (Finite Element Method) analysis to maximize strength and minimize weight. Conical machining inside the wrist pin holes transfers load and mitigates stress transferred to the crowns, enhancing engine durability.

The connecting rods also received thorough analysis to ensure a balance of weight and rigidity, to ensure stable connecting rod behavior during each power stroke.

Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) Process 

The engine’s cylinder bores are plated using Suzuki’s Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) process. Originally developed for racing and proven on racetracks around the world, the SCEM-plated cylinders provide better heat dissipation, reduced friction, and reduce piston ring wear, providing greater overall durability.

Ride-by-Wire Electronic Throttle Bodies 

Dual, linked 42mm electronic throttle bodies provide an authentic response and feel to the rider’s throttle operation. The throttle bodies’ Accelerator Position Sensor (APS) design is optimized, delivering the best balance of performance for both daily use and more aggressive riding.

High-Pressure Fuel Injectors 

The engine employs two ten-hole, long-nose, 49 PSI (343kpa) high-pressure-feed fuel injectors that maximize fuel atomization for better combustion efficiency and lower fuel consumption

 

The external view of the air box for Suzuki’s new 776cc parallel twin engine. Image courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

 

 

Using different-length tubes within the air box allows for optimized airflow and helps maximize the engine’s power delivery. Image courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

 

Air Cleaner Box

The 6.0L air cleaner box shape and intake pipe lengths were created using computer-aided design to help maximize peak power output plus strong torque production at low engine speed. Positioned under the seat, the air box size and shape contribute to the motorcycle’s slim and compact chassis.

Highly Efficient Cooling

A large capacity radiator effectively cools this new parallel twin engine. A thermostatically controlled cooling fan helps stabilize coolant temperatures at low speed and stops.

Suzuki’s unique Cooling System Inlet Control Thermostat Valve helps maintain consistent engine temperature and smooths the idle speed during warm-up. This helps stabilize combustion and contributes to reduced exhaust emissions.

 

A view of the compact cooling system on Suzuki’s new 776cc parallel twin engine. Image courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

 

Cooling System Inlet Control

The engine is also equipped with a lightweight, compact liquid-cooled oil cooler helping keep lubrication temperatures cooler for even smoother performance, and reliability.

Exhaust System

The 2-into-1 exhaust system is designed to produce a pleasing exhaust note befitting this new parallel-twin engine, whether enjoying a long touring run at highway speeds or running errands in town.

The two-stage catalytic converter inside the exhaust’s collector helps limit emissions thus complying with world-wide standard, while helping maximize power output and overall performance.

Six Speed Transmission & Bi-directional Quick Shift System

The six-speed transmission features gear ratios that deliver exciting acceleration, whether shifting normally or when using the standard-equipment Bi-directional Quick Shift system to shift without clutch operation.

The V-STROM 800DE’s precise shift linkage helps the rider easily and quickly select the ideal gear for the riding conditions. A sensor on the shift rod sends shifter movement data to the ECM, so the Bi-directional Quick Shift system precisely responds to the rider’s actions.

Suzuki Clutch Assist System (SCAS)

 

A view of the Suzuki Clutch Assist System in the assist position. Image courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

 

A view of the Suzuki Clutch Assist System in the “slipper” position. Image courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

 

The transmission’s output is managed by the Suzuki Clutch Assist System (SCAS). This system works like a slipper clutch by allowing a small amount of clutch slip to enable smooth downshifts. It also works as an assist clutch, increasing plate pressure under acceleration, but always keeps the clutch lever pull light and precise. This large-diameter, wet, multi-plate clutch uses a precise cable-activated release, providing the rider with a light pull that also has superb friction-point feel.

Suzuki Clutch Assist System Cam Operation 

This exciting new Suzuki parallel-twin powerplant is a modern, highly engineered take on a classic motorcycle engine configuration. What sets this powerplant apart is how effectively it has reached its objectives- power and torque for a range of spirited and entertaining middleweight motorcycles while helping provide a slim and optimal riding position. Delivering the thrilling performance, durability and terrific value Suzuki is known for, while meeting new emission standards. It truly is a new engine resulting from a new way of thinking for a new era.

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MotoGP: New Riders & Rides Debut In Testing At Valencia

Tue, 2022-11-08 22:46

By Michael Gougis

Four World Champions took to the track Tuesday at Circuit Ricardo Tormo for the first test of the 2023 season. And several riders were on new machines for the first time in their careers, some switching brands, one moving up to the big bikes.

At the end of the day, the Ducati riders were still fastest. Luca Marini topped the day with a 1:30.032, quicker than Maverick Vinales on the factory Aprilia by 0.225-second.

When it came to top speed, Ducatis ruled as well. MotoGP World Champion Francesco Bagnaia was fastest, clocking 335.4 kph (208.4 mph). The next five riders, all Ducati mounted, each tripped the speed trap at 332.1 kph (206.4 mph), matched only by Marc Marquez on the Honda. Marquez said the machine he rode had a slightly revised engine for more torque, but added that it was not a major upgrade.

The most poignant moment of the afternoon came when members of the departing Suzuki MotoGP team came through the Media Center, handing out hats that were no longer needed for promotional purposes.

Enea Bastianini (23) moved up to the factory Ducati squad, now partnering MotoGP World Champion and fierce rival Francesco Bagnaia in 2023. Photo by Michael Gougis. The 2020 MotoGP World Champion Joan Mir (36) leads 2022 Moto2 World Champion and MotoGP rookie Augusto Fernandez (37) in testing at Valencia. Photo by Michael Gougis. Alex Marquez (73) switched from Honda to Ducati for the 2023 MotoGP season. Photo by Michael Gougis. Pol Espargaro (44) moves from Honda to GASGAS for 2023. It is essentially a move back home for Espargaro – his best results came on the KTM, and the GASGAS is a re-badged KTM RC16. Photo by Michael Gougis. Luca Marini (10) was on top of the time sheets at the end of the day on the Mooney VR46 Racing Team Desmosedici. Photo by Michael Gougis Raul Fernandez (25) turned nearly 80 laps in his first outing on the RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia. Photo by Michael Gougis.

 

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MotoGP: More New Technology From Valencia Test As Aero Wars Continue

Tue, 2022-11-08 22:44

By Michael Gougis

The traditional post-Valencia MotoGP test typically sees new technology and developments on display, and there were plenty to see emerging from the garages on Tuesday morning and throughout the rest of the day.

It is highly unlikely that any of these machines are the final versions of what will be raced in 2023.

Six-time MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez said the chassis he is trying is Honda’s first step in a new direction to solve the machine’s braking issues. And KTM said it used this test to introduce a “modular” concept of testing that allowed the team to change one area of the bike without requiring the rest of the machine to be modified as well.

 

LCR Honda’s Alex Rins (42) with tail stabilization fins, new triple-element front wing and no ground effects ducting at bottom of fairing. Photo by Michael Gougis.

 

 

The RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia ridden by new recruit Miguel Oliveira. The bulged fairing lower is thicker in cross-section (as seen from the top) at the front and narrower at the rear. When the bike is at full lean, it is essentially an inverted wing form, creating downforce. Photo by Michael Gougis.

 

Ducati tried this unique fairing lower on the Prima Pramac machines ridden by Johann Zarco and Jorge Martin. Heavily camouflaged, the lower has no ventilation and no ducting. It appears to be a copy of the Aprilia fairing design. Apparently, Ducati wants to get experience with the concept first hand. Photo by Michael Gougis.

 

Marc Marquez tested a refined version of Honda’s ducting designed to remove high-pressure air from the fairing lower at maximum lean angle. Photo by Michael Gougis.

 

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MotoGP: Seen During The 2023 Pre-Season Test At Valencia

Tue, 2022-11-08 21:00

By Michael Gougis

MotoGP teams opened the 2023 pre-season at Valencia with new equipment, new riders, and new team members. The traditional post-race test in Spain is the last chance for the factory engineers to test their concepts before starting to produce machines during the winter break. It is also typically the first chance for rookies to come to terms with the power of a MotoGP machine, as well as the first chance for riders swapping manufacturers to come to grips with their new mounts.

Former Suzuki riders Alex Rins and Joan Mir rode a Honda RC213V for the first time today, while 2022 Moto2 World Champion Augusto Fernandez moved up to the Gas-Gas Tech3 RC16 to partner with Pol Espargaro, formerly of Repsol Honda.

Raul Fernandez moved from a KTM to an Aprilia in the new RNF MotoGP Team, alongside fellow KTM expatriate Miguel Oliveira. Former factory Ducati rider Jack Miller moved to the factory KTM squad, while Alex Marquez left the LCR Honda team for the Gresini Ducati seat vacated by Enea Bastianini, who moved to the factory Ducati team.

 

 

Honda mixed and matched aerodynamic devices. New Repsol Honda rider Joan Mir rode bikes with two different types of front wings, with and without the lower fairing ducts, and had two different chassis to test. One appeared identical to the chassis used by Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro in Sunday’s race, while another appeared similar to the chassis used by Takaaki Nakagami in Sunday’s race. HRC had the new wing on the fairing without the lower ducting, as used by Marquez in Sunday’s race. The wing used by Espargaro was not seen on the test bikes on Tuesday. Note the wing in the foreground, with a split upper element and a loop down to a lower element. Note also that the device looks like it was hastily 3-D printed. Photo by Michael Gougis. Close-up of a new wing on Alex Rins’ LCR Honda RC213V. Photo by Michael Gougis. KTM tested with multiple bodywork configurations. Note the different tail sections. Photo by Michael Gougis. Ducati has been using Johann Zarco as an in-race tester for its Desmosedici, and the Frenchman reportedly has been using a different chassis than the other Ducati riders since mid-season. Note how thin the cross-section of the lower part of the main frame spar is on Zarco’s Pramac machine. Photo by Michael Gougis.

 

 

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Indian Revises FTR Lineup For 2023 (Includes Video)

Tue, 2022-11-08 20:01

INDIAN MOTORCYCLE ANNOUNCES 2023 MODEL YEAR LINEUP; REVISES FTR LINEUP & DEBUTS INDIAN CHALLENGER ELITE

FTR Lineup Adds Fresh, Vibrant Colors, While New FTR Sport & FTR R Carbon Upgrade to Four-Inch Round Touchscreen Display with Navigation

Indian Challenger Elite Delivers the Ultimate in Style & Exclusivity; New Sapphire Blue Smoke Paint with Black Smoke & Titanium Metallic Smoke Combine Premium Quality with Head-Turning Style

From Scout to Indian Pursuit, the 2023 Lineup Offers Models & Styles for Any Rider; New Indian Motorcycle Accessories Further Expand Personalization Options

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – November 8, 2022 – Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, today announced its 2023 model year lineup, featuring the new FTR Sport and Indian Challenger Elite, along with various model updates and new accessories across the line. In addition, the 2023 lineup features a variety of new color options, highlighted by vibrant color schemes for FTR and FTR Sport on newly designed tank covers.

“Fully loaded with models and styles for the widest range of riders, the 2023 lineup is a powerful testament to our team’s relentless effort to build and refine a truly comprehensive product offering over the past nine years,” said Mike Dougherty, President for Indian Motorcycle. “This effort has been focused across the line and within each model lineup, as evidenced by the introduction of the FTR Sport – the addition of which creates four unique FTR offerings, each with its own style and personality.”

FTR: An American Original

Headlining the 2023 model year news is the introduction of a new FTR mid-range trim, the FTR Sport. Replacing FTR S, the FTR Sport sits just below the premium FTR R Carbon, but above of the FTR and FTR Rally – creating four distinct trim models for riders to choose from.

 

A 2023-model Indian FTR. Photo courtesy Indian Motorcycle.

 

Designed for riders to cut loose and enjoy the pure sport of motorcycling, the FTR Sport’s bold aesthetics and sporty componentry, including a number plate, chin fairing and seat cowl, take the FTR’s energetic attitude to another level. A totally unique take on American V-twin performance with an unmistakable, muscular style, the FTR truly is an American original.

 

A 2023-model Indian FTR Sport. Photo courtesy Indian Motorcycle.

 

New for 2023, the FTR Sport and FTR R Carbon are upgraded with a four-inch round touchscreen display powered by RIDE COMMAND, featuring navigation. Three ride modes (Sport, Standard, Rain) provide unique performance experiences for varying preferences and riding conditions, while Lean Angle Sensitive Stability Control and ABS provide confident, predictable handling in all conditions. The FTR R Carbon separates itself as the premium offering with carbon fiber components, premium seat, fully adjustable Öhlins gold front forks and a gold piggyback shock. The FTR Sport touts a new tank panel design and is available in Black Metallic with Indy Red accents and White Lightning with Indy Red and Black Metallic accents. The iconic Indian Script logo tank panels are exclusive to the FTR R Carbon, which is finished with a classy Cloud Silver and Championship Gold pinstriping.

 

A 2023-model Indian FTR R Carbon. Photo courtesy Indian Motorcycle.

 

While primary componentry carry-over for FTR and FTR Rally models, all four FTR models now offer a new sport exhaust muffler, and a retuned front braking system, which provides a firmer feel. Indian Motorcycle also moved the speedometer up for easier viewing and added a new clutch for improved feel and performance. With the new tank panel design, as seen on FTR Sport, and the addition of bold, vibrant colors, the refreshed FTR further broadens the appeal of the FTR lineup to more riders. The FTR is available in Metallic Black, contrasted by Lifted Lime branding with matching rear shock, and Stealth Gray, featuring Orange Burst branding, rear shock and wheels. Finally, the FTR Rally features 19- and 18-inch cast wheels wrapped with knobby tires. The FTR Rally is available in new Black Smoke paint, Desert Earth frame, and the iconic Indian Motorcycle Headdress logo emblazed across the tank. Pricing for the FTR lineup begins at $13,499.

 

A 2023-model Indian FTR Rally. Photo courtesy Indian Motorcycle.

 

For added personalization, Indian Motorcycle is launching nine new FTR accessories. Through a brand partnership with Gilles Tooling, Indian Motorcycle is offering co-branded pieces, including Performance Adjustable Rearsets, and three Billet components: Bar End Weights, an Oil Cap and a Radiator Cap. Performance Adjustable Levers will also be available in spring 2023. In addition, Indian Motorcycle has expanded its carbon fiber offering with three new pieces, including an Exhaust Heat Shield, Frame Guard and a Sprocket Cover. To enhance comfort, Indian Motorcycle has introduced a durable and weather-resistant Comfort+ Seat, which combines comfortable ergonomics with additional padding where needed most.

 

 

Indian Challenger Elite: Ultimate in Style & Exclusivity

For riders looking for something more exclusive and elevated from the rest, Indian Motorcycle is offering the 2023 Indian Challenger Elite. With only 150 available around the world, the limited-edition bagger makes a bold statement with its premium Sapphire Blue Smoke Paint with Black Smoke and Titanium Metallic Smoke Accents.

The perfect blend of style, performance and comfort, the Indian Challenger Elite is sure to turn heads on streets and crush miles on open highways. The PowerPlus engine touts a best-in-class 122 horsepower and 128 ft-lbs of torque, and its premium amenities and advanced ride-enhancing technology deliver a ride experience that’s second-to-none. Indian Challenger Elite’s long list of premium features include the following: three selectable ride modes, electronically adjustable rear suspension preload from Fox®, Smart Lean Technology, an adaptive LED Headlight, LED driving lights, an adjustable flare windscreen, Select floorboards, heated grips, 6.5” Powerband Audio with Saddlebag Speakers, and a new Precision Cut five-spoke wheel. All-in, whether riding two-up for a weekend adventure or commuting solo, the Indian Challenger Elite delivers the ultimate in style and exclusivity.

 

A 2023-model Indian Challenger Elite. Photo courtesy Indian Motorcycle.

 

2023 LINEUP: A Diverse Range for Any Rider

Touting a wider range of models and options than ever before, the 2023 Indian Motorcycle line offers a model suited for any rider and a host of new upgrades, including:

·       All Thunderstroke and PowerPlus models receive a new clutch – improving the overall feel and forgiveness. This new slipper clutch reduces engine drag which provides a smoother down shifting experience and comfortable ride while improving your ability to maintain traction when facing poor road conditions. Lastly, the larger friction zone and decreased lever effort reduces your clutch fatigue, which can be beneficial in urban areas or when riding in traffic.

·       Indian Springfield, Chieftain, Indian Challenger, Roadmaster and Indian Pursuit models feature a redesigned LED headlight, which improves reach and spread of light — helping the rider see what lies ahead, while also improving their visibility to other motorists on the road.

·       Integrated buttons on the Heated Seats and Heated and Cooled Seats for PowerPlus and heavyweight Thunderstroke models now feature haptics, which allow riders to feel the button’s responsive when wearing gloves.

Indian Pursuit with Premium Package models now offer Lower Fairing Storage compartments as standard.

·       Models with the four-inch round touchscreen display can now tie their RIDE COMMAND account from the Indian Motorcycle app or website to their bike, allowing app and web-accessible features like vehicle health, vehicle locator and ride tracking.

Across the line, Indian Motorcycle has introduced an array of new paint colors, including Sagebrush Smoke on Chief Dark Horse and Stryker Red Metallic on Scout Bobber Sixty, Chief Bobber and Roadmaster Limited models. Spirit Blue Metallic is a new color option on Chieftain Limited and Indian Pursuit models, while Titanium Smoke is introduced to Indian Challenger Dark Horse models. For a comprehensive view of the lineup’s new paint colors, please visit IndianMotorcycle.com.

For 2023, Indian Motorcycle is introducing an array of functional accessories. First, in partnership with CruzTOOLS®, Indian Motorcycle is launching three accessories, including two tool kits compatible with all models and an axle adapter for FTR models. To add storage to most models, a new All-Weather Vinyl Tailbag attaches to select passenger seats or luggage racks. In addition, a new Syndicate Heated Seat is available for Indian Challenger models, while a Reduced Reach Kickstand is now available for all Indian Challenger and Indian Pursuit models.

For the Chief line, Indian Motorcycle is launching two new bag options. The Chief Fork Bag attaches securely to the front of the handlebars and is perfect for storing smaller items like gloves, glasses, cell phones or water bottles. The new Chief Bobber Saddlebags are water-resistant and add convenient storage without sacrificing style.

For added comfort, Indian Motorcycle is offering Chief riders an upgraded Comfort+ Solo Seat and a two-up Syndicate Seat. The Comfort+ Solo Seat pulls design inspiration from old-school muscle car interiors. The top is more plush than the stock seat and contours to hold the rider securely and comfortably. The new Chief Syndicate Seat complements the bike’s distinct design, while adding comfort and support for both rider and passenger. The Syndicate Seat is made with a durable, weather-resistant black vinyl that won’t fade.

For Chief passengers, Indian Motorcycle is introducing the Low Profile Passenger Backrest, which complements the bike’s style and adds cushioned support to the passenger’s posterior.

Lastly, the new Quick Release Low Profile Trunk for bagger and touring models is expanding its colorway options. The streamlined Low Profile Trunk will now be available in 58 factory colors.

Initial model year 2023 shipping will vary by model. In the coming weeks, new 2023 bagger and touring models will begin shipping to dealers. New 2023 Scout models will start shipping in December. Riders can learn more or test ride by visiting a local Indian Motorcycle dealership. For more information on Indian Motorcycle, or to find a dealer, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

 

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE®

Indian Motorcycle is America’s First Motorcycle Company®. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

CRUZTOOLS® is a registered trademark of CYCOACTIVE, INC; FOX® is a registered trademark of Fox Factory Inc.; Unless noted, trademarks are the property of Indian Motorcycle International, LLC.

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New Quirónprevención MotoGP Health Center Coming In 2023

Tue, 2022-11-08 14:18

The Quirónprevención MotoGP Health Center lands in the paddock from 2023 

An all-new facility will launch next season, giving the MotoGP paddock access to incredible physiotherapy and medical services

Dorna Sports is delighted to announce the Quirónprevención MotoGP Health Center, a new service coming to the FIM MotoGP World Championship paddock from 2023. Thanks to a new agreement with Quirónprevención, the paddock will count on world-leading physiotherapy and medical services as the new facility opens its doors in 2023.

Headed by Dr. Angel Charte, MotoGP Medical Director, the Quirónprevención MotoGP Health Center will provide a range of preventative care and treatment, including new physiotherapy methods to help riders recover from and prepare for their time on track.

The full Quirónprevención MotoGP Health Center world-leading facility will be on the ground at every Grand Prix in Europe, and the same roster of incredible treatments, staff and services will be available throughout the bumper 21-Grand Prix 2023 season.

Fernando Camino, Director General of Quirónprevención: “For us it’s an honour to form part of the MotoGP family and look after the health of all the riders, enabling them to be in the best possible condition and helping them to give their maximum at each moment throughout the Championship.”

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports: “The agreement we have reached with Quirónprevención is great news for MotoGP. I am very happy because it is a clear and important improvement for the future. It will not only improve the medical services available to our riders, but for the whole paddock – especially given this agreement is with a world-leading company in the sector such as Quirónprevención.”

About Quirónprevención

Quirónprevención is the leading company in preventative healthcare, being the number one international operator in the occupational risk prevention sector. It has more than 7,000 employees, 170,000 client companies and over 4.5 million protected workers. Based in Spain with a network that exceeds 240 centres. It is also present in 6 other countries with its own subsidiaries and carries out consultancy work in more than 25 countries. Our guiding purpose is to build a sustainable future for the wellbeing and people’s health.

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Suzuki’s All-New V-STROM 800DE Features New Parallel Twin Engine

Tue, 2022-11-08 14:01

Suzuki Launches the All-New 2023 V-STROM 800DE

Brea, CA (November 8, 2022) – The resounding success of the V-Strom product line has opened a new chapter with the all-new 2023 V-STROM 800DE line. A new product destined to advance a rider’s adventure. The growth and evolution of the V-STROM series has continued since the line’s introduction twenty years ago. The new 800 V-STROMs feature the same all-around capabilities as Suzuki’s recently launched V-STROM 1050DE, but in a smaller displacement bike, offering middleweight performance, precise handling, and a wide set of features.

The V-STROM’s enduring popularity since 2002 has resulted in strong global sales results. To date, worldwide sales have totaled more than 440,000 units. And now the all-new V-STROM 800DE is ready to break new ground once again.

With the all-new V-STROM 800DE, Suzuki focused on advancing a rider’s adventure, while delivering on the needs of a broader V-STROM customer base. In response to these demands, Suzuki engineers’ objective was to design the ideal adventure  package, with engine and frame size optimized for spirited adventure riding. Offering features that advance pure riding excitement no matter the adventure. A new level of versatility and performance was the goal.

To realize these diverse needs, multiple optimization tests were fielded, and consumer feedback was analyzed and implemented to achieve a balance between several factors. The new V-STROM 800DE’s design and specs were finalized through this strategic and constructive process. Resulting in an ideal package for riders.

With the ideal package realized, the V-STROM 800DE features Suzuki’s brand-new parallel twin 776cc DOHC, 4-valve-per-cylinder engine, a rugged new steel frame, the longest amount of suspension travel, and the tallest ground clearance of any V-STROM model ever.

Every aspect of the design is geared to satisfy riders demanding more power than a 650cc class bike may deliver, with the ability to tour comfortably, and confidently explore riding adventures no matter the road.

Key Features

• New, compact 776cc parallel-twin engine uses a 270-degree firing order for strong torque delivery and is equipped with Suzuki’s exclusive Cross Balancer system for smooth operation.

• Equipped with the longest suspension and highest ground clearance of any V-Strom model, the V-STROM 800DE has a 21-inch front wheel for true off-road capability.

• The Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) includes Traction Control* with a trail-oriented GRAVEL mode plus rider-adjustable ABS** with two levels of sensitivity plus the ability to switch off the rear wheel ABS when riding off-road.

• New technology, Mono-focus LED headlights are vertically stacked with a position light below a trim, height-adjustable windscreen, while a multifunction full-color TFT instrument panel delivers a wealth of information.

• Visually stunning, the all-new angular bodywork retains Suzuki’s distinctive Adventure “beak” and is available in Champion Yellow No. 2 or Glass Matte Mechanical Gray topped with new, subtle graphics. The V-STROM 800DE Adventure is available in the popular Glass Sparkle Black color scheme.

2023 V-STROM 800DE / Adventure Models

The V-STROM 800DE’s is designed to “Advance Your Adventure.” This conveys the V-STROM 800DE makes every ride feel like an interesting adventure, the type of adventure riders find inspiring and fun, whether that ride is a simple commute, conquering a scenic fire road, or experiencing an epic cross-country tour.

The V-STROM 800DE builds on the solid legacy earned by other models in the V-STROM family yet offers something different for riders seeking more power and advanced features than on the V-STROM 650.

Highlighted V-STROM 800DE features include increased suspension travel and taller ground clearance, wide tapered aluminum handlebars, a uniquely shaped aluminum swingarm, a 21-inch front wheel, inverted front forks, and a color TFT LCD multifunction instrument panel. All advancing adventure seamlessly.

The V-STROM 800DE also features advanced electronic control systems such as Suzuki Drive Mode Selector, the Suzuki Traction Control System* with G (Gravel) mode, Rear ABS** OFF mode, and Suzuki’s Bi-directional Quick Shift system.

The concept is also clearly reflected in the V- STROM 800DE’s thoroughly modern and aggressive adventure styling.

 

The V-STROM 800DE’s 270-degree crankshaft configuration helps deliver torquey performance while the Suzuki Cross Balancer, the first of its type on a production motorcycle, contributes to smooth operation and a compact, lightweight engine design. Image courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

 

New Parallel-Twin Engine:

• The new design 776cc parallel-twin DOHC engine delivers a superb balance of smooth controllable torque-rich power from low RPM and freely revs up to its peak power output.

• The 270-degree crankshaft configuration provides similar power delivery characteristics as the 90-degree V-twins used in other V-Strom models, while producing a unique and exciting exhaust note.

• The spaced nature of the engine’s power pulses enhances traction and contributes to strong power output at low speeds, making the V-STROM 800DE easier to control on forest roads and trails.

• Suzuki Cross Balancer technology, used for the first time on a production motorcycle, helps create a compact, lightweight design delivering smoother operation.

• The pistons were developed using FEM (Infinite Element Method) analysis to maximize strength and minimize weight.

• The 83mm cylinder bores inside the aluminum die-cast cylinders are plated using Suzuki’s Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) process. Originally developed for racing and proven on the track, the SCEM cylinder promotes better heat dissipation, reduces friction, and provides a wear-resistant seal to the pistons’ rings.

• Dual, linked 42mm electronic throttle bodies provide an authentic response and feel to the rider’s throttle operation further advancing the adventure experience.

• The V-STROM 800DE employs two ten-hole, long-nose, 49 PSI (343kpa) high-pressure-feed fuel injectors maximizing fuel atomization for better combustion efficiency and lower fuel use.

• The 6.0L air cleaner box shape and intake pipe lengths were created using computer-aided design to help maximize peak power output plus stronger torque production at low engine speed. Positioned under the seat, the air box size and shape contribute to the V-STROM 800DE’s slim and compact chassis.

• The stainless-steel 2-into-1 exhaust system uses a high-flow, dual-stage catalytic converter inside the mid-pipe that helps satisfy worldwide emissions standards. A long, upswept muffler is attractive, provides a throaty exhaust note, and is well-positioned for accessory mounting.

• A large-capacity radiator effectively cools the V-STROM 800DE’s parallel twin. A thermostatically controlled cooling fan helps stabilize coolant temperatures at low speed and stops.

• The unique cooling system inlet control thermostat valve helps maintain consistent engine temperature and smooths the idle speed during warm-up. This helps stabilize combustion and contributes to reduced exhaust emissions.

• The V-STROM 800DE is also equipped with a lightweight, compact liquid-cooled oil cooler to help reduce oil temperatures for smooth and reliable engine operation. The Suzuki Clutch Assist System (SCAS) helps reduce fatigue on long rides and increases smoother shifting.

SUZUKI Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) Features:

• A Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) that supports the rider in matching performance to the riding and road conditions, or the rider’s preferred riding style.

• In addition to its 3 standard mode settings (+ OFF), Suzuki Traction Control System (STCS) for the V-STROM 800DE introduces G (Gravel) mode as a fourth setting, designed to help riders better negotiate gravel roads and flat trails.

• Suzuki’s ride-by-wire electronic throttle control system offers throttle action that responds faithfully to the rider’s every input.

• Suzuki’s legendary and precise Bi-directional Quick Shift System (with ON/OFF settings) provides quicker, smoother, more assured shifting, without operating the clutch while in motion.

• The ABS system features a choice of two mode settings for differing road conditions, as well as a Rear ABS OFF mode, helping offer more rider control over braking on gravel.

• The Suzuki Easy Start System starts the engine with one quick press of the starter button.

• Suzuki’s Low RPM Assist function helps maintain engine idle speed for smoother and easier starts.

V-STROM 800DE Chassis:

• Designed around the new, compact parallel twin engine and constructed with rugged steel pipe, the V-STROM 800DE’s backbone style frame is engineered to provide the strength needed for excellent straight-line stability and nimble handling when negotiating rugged trails or touring at highway speeds.

• The engine is precisely fit into the frame to create a rigid chassis that also provides the compliance required for a variety of riding adventures.

• The removable steel sub-frame has a narrow seat rail width that results in a slim seat profile that helps riders control the motorcycle with their legs.

• The frame and engine package helps create an off-road friendly chassis geometry with a long wheelbase and rake, tall ground clearance, and a wide handlebar grip.

• The engine’s short length permits an ergonomic design that places the rider’s hip point further forward than it would be on a V-twin powered motorcycle. This enables riders to shift their weight forward to enhance control over rough terrain and when negotiating tight corners.

• Matched to the V-STROM 800DE’s chassis geometry and long suspension is a new, uniquely shaped aluminum swingarm that enhances vertical, lateral, and torsional rigidity to aid straight-line stability and controlled cornering.

• Developed exclusively for the V-STROM 800DE, the front fork and single-shock rear suspensions’ spring rate, valve, and piston settings tuned to maximize performance and comfort when riding on all surfaces, on- or off-road.

• With a long 8.7-inch (220mm) front fork suspension stroke and 8.7-inch (220mm) of rear wheel travel, this chassis has the most suspension travel ever available on a V-Strom model.

• The long travel suspension and the compact chassis net 8.75-inches (220mm) of ground clearance, the most of any V-Strom model.

• The side stand and optional center stand are both designed to match the motorcycle’s tall ground clearance.

• The SHOWA-supplied inverted style fork has adjustable spring preload plus both compression and rebound damping force adjustment so the suspension may be fine-tuned to match the rider’s preference or the riding conditions.

• Also supplied by SHOWA, the shock absorber in the link-type rear suspension has a remote gas reservoir to stabilize operation on rigorous or long rides.

• The shock absorber has a remote hydraulic preload adjuster so the spring rate may be adjusted quickly by hand when adding a passenger or cargo.

• In addition to the spring preload adjuster, the shock absorber also features adjustable compression and rebound damping force that may be tuned to match the conditions or rider preference.

• The V-STROM 800DE rides on sturdy spoke-style wheels and is equipped with a 21-inch front wheel for greater stability and better control off pavement. The rear 17-inch wheel accepts larger tires for better grip and ride compliance. Both wheels feature aluminum rims laced with stainless steel spokes that better absorb shock from irregular road surfaces.

• The new 90/90-21 front and 150/70R17 rear Dunlop TRAILMAX MIXTOUR tires feature a new semi-block tread pattern with long, straight diagonal grooves to provide traction off-road while reducing sound on paved roads.

• The aggressive-looking tread features wider, deeper grooves exclusive to the V-STROM 800DE that help achieve an optimal balance between on-road handling and longevity, and nimble handling on unpaved trails.

• The wheels are tube-type to provide the tires ample support for aggressive riding on paved and unpaved surfaces.

• Suzuki selected brake components best suited to the V-STROM 800DE’s suspension and spoke-style wheels to provide controlled stopping power whether on the road or out on the trail

• The front brakes use a pair of strong, but lightweight dual-piston NISSIN-supplied front brake calipers grasping 310mm floating-mount discs.

• The front calipers are axial mounted to provide ample clearance to the front wheel’s spokes while allowing for strong and light axle holders at the bottom of each fork leg.

• The rear brake combines a single-piston, slide-pin style NISSIN caliper with a 260mm disc, providing the rider with precise braking control and aiding low-speed maneuvering.

• Compact Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)** monitors wheel speed to match braking to available traction.

• The rider can select from two levels of ABS sensitivity and can elect to switch off the rear wheel’s ABS function for off-road use (see the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) section for more information).

• The V-STROM 800DE has a wide tapered handlebar cast in strong yet flexible aluminum that allows it to flex and absorb shock when riding on unpaved surfaces. In addition, the wider grip position helps provide enhanced control, particularly when standing on the foot pegs to negotiate rough terrain.

• In addition to the practical purpose of helping shield the rider’s hands from the elements as well as flying stones, the standard equipment hand guards signal the V-STROM 800DE’s adventure capability.

• Both the clutch and front brake levers have adjustment knobs so the rider may quickly set them to a comfortable reach. The shifter and rear brake pedal may also be adjusted to the rider’s preference.

• The mirrors’ design complements the V-STROM 800DE’s styling while proving an excellent view of objects behind the rider.

• Wide, steel footrests help the rider comfortably maneuver the V-STROM 800DE on diverse types of roads. Rubber inserts damp vibration but may be removed, providing the rider’s boots with even more grip on the pegs.

• Designed for performance and comfort, the one-piece seat is built upon a strong, but lightweight base that helps keep seat height reasonable. The seat bottom, dense foam, and slip-resistant cover stand up to rigorous use while still providing all-day touring comfort for the rider and passenger.

• The fuel tank has a generous 5.3-gallon (20L) capacity but is shaped to be thin at the rear to flow into the slim seat, which aids the rider in touching the ground at stops.

• The internal construction and cap of the fuel tank were engineered so the gasoline capacity is the same for both the 49-state and California versions.

• The modest windscreen is designed to maximize the rider’s visibility when riding on roads or trails. Developed through wind tunnel testing, the windscreen deflects wind blast and sounds away from the rider.

• The windscreen’s mount provides for 3-step height adjustment that may be set in 0.6-inch (15mm) increments (using a hex-type tool).

• The lightweight resin luggage rack incorporates easy-to-grasp grab bars and aligns with the passenger section of the seat, offering a larger surface for carrying cargo or luggage.

• The cargo section of the rack was designed to make the installation of a Suzuki Genuine Accessory top case simple and secure.

• A new, standard item is a mesh guard to protect the radiator from flying stones and other debris when riding on the trail.

• The V-STROM 800DE features a plastic undercover. This polyethylene skid plate provides engine and exhaust protection with minimal resistance when riding over rocks and rough terrain.

 

The V-STROM 800DE features a 5-inch color TFT LCD multi-function instrument panel with a clearly legible display offering a wide array of information to the rider in either day or night mode. Photo of European model courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

 

V-STROM 800DE Electric Equipment:

• A custom 5-inch color TFT LCD multi-function instrument panel features a clearly legible display offering a wide array of information including:

Speedometer

Instant fuel consumption

Tachometer

SDMS mode

Riding range

ABS mode

Odometer

ABS rear OFF mode

Dual trip meter

Traction control mode

Gear position

Quick Shift (ON/OFF)

Water temperature

Fuel gauge

Ambient temperature

12-hour clock

Freeze indicator

Voltmeter

Engine rpm indicator

Service reminder via a Pop-Up Display

Average fuel consumption (1&2)

• Vertically stacked LED headlights in hexagonal housings help provide a clear view of the road ahead and are topped by an LED position light helping to create a bold presence.

• Compact LED position lights, turn signals and a LED taillight help ensure clear visibility and practical durability.

• A convenient USB port is built into the left side of the instrument panel to power a rider’s additional electronic accessories or smartphones.

 

Vertically stacked LED headlights in hexagonal housings are topped by a distinctive LED position light continuing Suzuki’s bold new styling direction while updating the V-STROM 800DE’s iconic adventure motorcycle styling. Photo courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

 

V-STROM 800DE / Adventure Styling:

• V-STROM 800DE styling aims to set a new Suzuki styling trend and usher in a new era of functional beauty symbolizing the future of Suzuki design while paying full respect to the distinctive style of its V-STROM heritage.

• The distinctive V-STROM “beak” is positioned higher to convey the extended suspension stroke and the model’s ability to handle off-road terrain like flat gravel roads and trails.

• The headlight, rear combination light, and distinctive V-Strom exhaust system accentuate the image of readiness to excel off-road.

• Dynamic body graphics and colors that create an iconic, distinctive V-STROM presence

 

 

New 2023 Suzuki V-STROM 800DE Adventure

MSRP TBA

 

 

New 2023 Suzuki V-STROM 800DE

MSRP TBA

The Champion Yellow No. 2 color scheme on the V-STROM 800DE and the Glass Sparkle Black paint on the V-STROM 800DE Adventure model have gold-anodized aluminum rims while the Glass Matte Mechanical Gray color on the V-STROM 800DE has black-anodized rims.

Suzuki Genuine Accessories Available for the 2023 V-STROM 800DE / Adventure:

Suzuki has a wide range of Genuine Suzuki Accessories specially developed so riders may personalize their V-STROM 800DE to their personal style and advance their riding by enhancing comfort, utility, protection, and appearance. This  comprehensive list of Genuine Suzuki Accessories for the all-new V-STROM 800DE include:

Aluminum Top Case: Aluminum top case embossed with SUZUKI logo. Available in Silver (anodized) and Black (powder coated). Maximum load 3kg and case capacity 38L. Requires Top Case Carrier set for installation.

LED Fog Lamps: Bright, durable LED fog lamps mount firmly to the accessory bar, helping improve visibility and enhancing the off-road appearance.

High Screen: This optional high screen is designed to offer a significantly higher level of wind protection enhancing rider comfort on long rides. (80mm taller than the standard screen).

Center Stand: Helps bring the V-STROM 800DE to a safe and stable standing position when parked or for bike maintenance.

Aluminum Side Case Set: Aluminum side case set embossed with the SUZUKI logo. Available in Silver (anodized) and Black (powder coated). Maximum load 3kg and case capacity 37L each.

Accessory Bar: Fits the stylish V-STROM 800DE body colors providing a unique touring look. Required for installing optional LED fog lamps.

Aluminum Skid Plate: A tough-looking skid plate to enhance both off-road readiness and styling.

Grip Heaters: Heats the entire grip surface while offering three different heat level settings to help keep riders’ hands warm on chilly weather rides.

Low Seat: For riders wanting a lower seat, this low seat provides a 20 mm lower seat height than the standard V-STROM 800DE seat.

High Seat: For riders seeking a higher seat, the optional high seat provides a 30 mm higher seat height than the standard V-STROM 800DE seat.

Plastic Top Case: Gives V-STROMs road touring look and 35L of capacity, using a one-key system using the ignition key. Required Plastic Top Case Carrier Set for installation.

Passenger Cushion For Plastic Top Case: Helps improve riding comfort for the V-Strom 800DE passenger.

Plastic Side Case Set: Using a one-key system with the ignition and offering up to 26L (right) and 29L (left) of capacity. Requires optional upper and lower side case bracket and lock set.

Large Plastic Top Case: Embossed with the iconic S logo. Lock and key included. Cannot be used with a side case set. Maximum case capacity 56L. Requires Large Plastic Top Case Carrier set for installation.

Height Adjustable Brake Pedal: Provides adjustable brake pedal height, adjustment,10 mm higher versus the standard pedal

Mirror Extensions: Helps optimize rear visibility for certain riders, raises mirrors 50 mm compared to standard. Extensions are also adjustable to provide up to 40mm horizontal adjustment. Spacer set is required for installation.

Fuel Cap Protection Decal: Protects fuel caps from scratches. Black or carbon-fiber look decals are available.

Fuel Tank Protection Decals: Helps protect against fuel tank scratches in high-wear areas.

Fuel Tank Pad: Enhances fuel tank scratch protection, featuring the distinctive V-STROM logo.

Navigation Bracket: Navigation bracket with damping system for installing accessory GPS systems on the center of the handlebar.

Under Seat DC Socket: Provides a convenient power source for a variety of 12V powered gear like heated apparel, etc.

Each 2023 V-STROM 800DE model is ready for the adventure ride almost any rider seeks. With a rare combination of off-road performance, riding versatility, and value, the V-STROM 800DE sets a new standard for a mid-sized adventure bike. After all, with the V-STROM 800DE Adventure is its Purpose.

Note: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION reserves the right to add any improvement to change the design or to discontinue any Suzuki Genuine Accessories at any time without notice. Some Suzuki Genuine Accessories might not be compatible with local standards or statutory requirements. Please check with your local AUTHORIZED SUZUKI DEALER for details at the time of ordering.

*The Traction Control System is not a substitute for the rider’s throttle control. It cannot prevent loss of traction due to excessive speed when the rider enters a turn and/or applies the brakes. Neither can it prevent the front wheel from losing grip

**Depending on road surface conditions, such as wet, loose, or uneven roads, braking distance for an ABS-equipped vehicle may be longer than for a vehicle not equipped with ABS. ABS cannot prevent wheel skidding caused by braking while cornering. Please drive carefully and do not overly rely on ABS.

 

 

 

 

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Suzuki Introduces All-New 776cc Parallel Twin GSX-8S Naked Sportbike

Tue, 2022-11-08 14:00

Suzuki Launches the All-New 2023 GSX-8S

 

Suzuki’s all-new 776cc Parallel Twin 2023 GSX-8S naked sportbike should be legal for MotoAmerica RSD Super Hooligan racing. Photo courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

 

Brea, CA (November 8, 2022) – The 2023 GSX-8S is brand-new, engineered from the ground up to deliver streetfighter performance for a new generation that’s sure to turn heads and Make a Statement. Powerful, agile, and ready to go, the 8S offers a strong appeal to a broad range of riders, regardless of their age or riding experience.

The GSX-8S joins the Suzuki line featuring trendsetting naked sportbike styling combined with real-world performance, user-friendly electronic rider aids, confident handling, and optimized comfort.

During the development of the new GSX-8S, Suzuki followed a strategic process aimed at creating superior performance and value by focusing on rider needs. Suzuki engineers aimed for the ideal combination of engine and suspension performance, ergonomics, and features. To reach this ideal combination in one bike, multiple optimization tests were conducted, with consumer feedback given to achieve an ideal balance. The new GSX-8S was refined through a strategic and constructive process, resulting in what we believe is the ideal middleweight street bike.

The new GSX-8S features Suzuki’s brand-new parallel-twin 776cc DOHC engine mounted in a new frame design. Marking a new innovative path for future Suzuki products, the GSX-8S is a brand-new naked middleweight streetfighter with a robust engine, an agile chassis, a suite of electronic rider aids, plus stunning looks, and a smart price that’s in line with the demands of a new generation of riders. Every aspect of the motorcycle is geared to deliver a satisfying experience to riders who desire more power than a 650-class motorcycle may deliver, and who desire a satisfying ride that is exciting and dependable.

Wrapped in Suzuki’s new generation styling for the GSX line, the GSX-8S features an aggressive, mass-forward look that is slim, compact, well-balanced, and ready for action.

Key Features

• The fully new GSX-8S is a thoroughly modern street fighter design that sets a trend for an exciting new generation of Suzuki motorcycles ready to carry the brand into the future.

• New, compact 776cc parallel-twin engine uses a 270-degree firing order for strong torque production and uses Suzuki’s exclusive Cross Balancer system for smoother operation.

• The Suzuki Clutch Assist System (SCAS) smooths shifting and engine braking, while shifting has never been easier with the Bi-directional Quick Shift system.

• High-quality KYB suspension delivers controlled handling while ABS-equipped** NISSIN radial-mounted 4-piston brake calipers with dual, floating brake rotors provide controlled stopping power.

• The GSX-8S uses the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) with a three-mode Suzuki Drive Mode Selector and the four-mode Advanced Traction Control System* plus Suzuki’s popular Easy Start & Low RPM Assist systems.

• Select from Suzuki’s Pearl Cosmic Blue, Pearl Tech White, or Metallic Matte Black No. 2 / Glass Sparkle Black paint scheme – each featuring unique logos and graphics that help identify the sport’s newest performance motorcycle.

 

The 776cc shared GSX-8S and V-STROM 800DE engine’s 270-degree crankshaft configuration helps deliver torquey performance while the Suzuki Cross Balancer, the first of its type on a production motorcycle, contributes to smooth operation and a compact, lightweight engine design. Image courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

 

GSX-8S New Parallel-Twin Engine:

• The 270-degree crankshaft configuration provides a comparable, but more powerful experience as provided by the 90-degree V-twin engine used in the SV650 models.

• The spaced nature of the engine’s power pulses enhances traction and contributes to ample power output at extremely low speeds, making the GSX-8S easy to maneuver in slow traffic or through tight corners.

• Suzuki Cross Balancer technology, used for the first time on a production motorcycle, helps create a compact, lightweight design that delivers smooth operation.

• The pistons were developed using FEM (Infinite Element Method) analysis to maximize strength and minimize weight.

• The 83mm cylinder bores inside the aluminum die-cast cylinders are plated using Suzuki’s SCEM process. Originally developed for racing and proven on the track, the SCEM cylinder promotes better heat dissipation, reduces friction, and provides a consistent wear-resistant seal to the pistons’ rings.

• Dual, linked 42mm electronic throttle bodies use a newly configured Accelerator Position Sensor (APS) to provide an authentic response and feel to the rider’s throttle operation.

• The GSX-S8 has two ten-hole, long-nose, 49 PSI (343kpa) high-pressure-feed fuel injectors that maximize fuel atomization for better combustion efficiency and lower fuel consumption.

• The 6.0L air cleaner box shape and intake pipe lengths were created using computer-aided design to help maximize peak power output plus strong torque production at low engine speed. Positioned under the seat, the air box size and shape contribute to the GSX-S8’s slim chassis.

• The GSX-8S has a new, distinctive short muffler design that produces an exciting and unique exhaust note. Most of the exhaust system is located under the chassis in an optimal, centralized location that benefits handling.

• The stainless-steel 2-into-1 exhaust system uses a high-flow, dual-stage catalytic converter inside the mid-pipe that helps satisfy worldwide emissions standards.

• From the mid-pipe, the exhaust flows into an under-chassis chamber that has a short new muffler design with an upswept end cap that slightly protrudes from the right side of the chassis.

• The digital ignition fires iridium-type spark plugs that increase spark strength and combustion efficiency, contributing to higher power, more linear throttle response, easier engine start-up, and a more stable idle. These quality components also last longer than conventional spark plugs.

• A large-capacity radiator effectively cools the parallel twin’s power output. A thermostatically controlled cooling fan helps stabilize coolant temperatures when riding at low speed and constant stops.

• The unique cooling system inlet control thermostat valve helps maintain consistent engine temperature and smooths the idle speed during warm-up. This helps stabilize combustion and contributes to reduced exhaust emissions.

• Additional heat is removed from the engine via the use of a lightweight and compact liquid-cooled oil cooler (like those used on certain GSX-R models).

SUZUKI Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) Features:

• A Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) supports the rider in matching performance to the riding and road conditions, or the rider’s preferred riding style.

• There are three standard mode settings in the Suzuki Traction Control System (STCS) for the GSX-8S. The settings for each mode were custom-tuned and thoroughly evaluated to maximize the GSX-8S’s capabilities as a top-performing streetfighter, with the flexibility to adapt well to changing weather, road, and riding conditions, and to make the overall riding experience exciting and enjoyable in these conditions.

• Suzuki’s ride-by-wire electronic throttle control system offers throttle action that responds faithfully to the rider’s every input.

• Suzuki’s legendary Bi-directional Quick Shift System (with ON/OFF settings) provides quicker, smoother, more assured shifting, without operating the clutch while in motion.

• The ABS system contributes to more stable braking by helping prevent the wheels from locking up, even under hard braking. The system is programmed to monitor wheel speed and match stopping power to the available traction. The ABS control unit features a compact, lightweight design that contributes to making the bike nimbler.

• The Suzuki Easy Start System starts the engine with one quick press of the starter button.

• Suzuki’s Low RPM Assist function helps maintain engine idle speed for smoother and easier starts.

GSX-8S Chassis:

• A rugged new steel frame developed for the GSX-8S contributes to comfort, straight-line stability, and nimble handling.

• The new exposed seat rails are engineered to support the rider well and contribute to the GSX-8S’ slim appearance and stripped-down look of functional beauty.

• KYB inverted front forks with a 130mm stroke deliver a plush, controllable ride and feature stable damping characteristics that make them suitable for both sports riding and long-distance rides.

• The dedicated link-type mono-shock KYB rear suspension is set up to contribute to straight-line stability and agility, even when carrying a passenger. The mechanical preload adjuster is particularly useful when heading out to ride tandem.

• Radial mount front brake calipers mated with 310mm outer diameter floating-mount dual discs provide sure stopping power and controllable braking performance. The rear brake has a 240mm outer diameter disc and uses a single-piston pin-slide caliper.

• The cast-aluminum wheels feature a unique new lightweight design that looks great and contributes to nimble handling and sporty performance.

• The GSX-8S is shod with a new generation of Dunlop RoadSport 2 radial tires (120/70ZR17 at the front; 180/55ZR17 at the rear) designed to perform optimally and provide consistent grip in a variety of street riding conditions.

• The GSX-8S uses a uniquely shaped, lightweight aluminum swingarm offering enhanced torsional rigidity to better support the increased suspension travel and contribute to straight-line riding stability.

• The fuel tank features a 14L (3.69 gals) capacity that helps deliver the right balance between riding range and slim, compact looks that heighten the appeal of the GSX-8S’ sporty styling.

• The tapered aluminum handlebars provide a sporty yet comfortable upright riding position and feature a wide enough grip to contribute to positive control when steering the GSX-8S.

• The rider’s seat is built for comfortable sport riding. Delivering solid support for the rider toward its rear edge, the seat is shaped to offer freedom of movement and is covered in durable materials that offers a positive grip.

 

The GSX-8S features a 5-inch color TFT LCD multi-function instrument panel with a legible display offering a wide array of information to the rider in either day or night mode. Photo of European model courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

 

GSX-8S Electric Equipment:

• A custom 5-inch color TFT LCD multi-function instrument panel features a legible display offering a wide array of information including:

Speedometer

Average fuel consumption (1&2)

Tachometer

SDMS mode

Riding range

Instant fuel consumption

Odometer

Traction control mode

Dual trip meter

Quick Shift (ON/OFF)

Gear position

Fuel gauge

Water temperature

12-hour clock

Ambient temperature

Voltmeter

Freeze indicator

Service reminder via a Pop-Up Display

Engine rpm indicator

• Vertically stacked LED headlights in hexagonal housings provide a clear view of the road ahead and are topped by an LED position light helping to create a bold presence.

• Compact LED position lights flank the headlights as they trace forward and down along the front cowl. The angled design of these narrow slits adds to the unique “mask” of the front face.

• Compact LED position lights, turn signals and a LED taillight help ensure clear visibility and practical durability.

 

Vertically stacked LED headlights in hexagonal housings are joined by a distinct LED position light continuing Suzuki’s bold new styling direction. Photo courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

 

GSX-8S Styling:

• In developing the styling for the new GSX-8S, Suzuki’s design team set a goal based on the three keywords, “New Era”, “Visual Structure”, and “Icon”.

• “New Era” reflects the goal of creating a thoroughly modern design that sets a direction for an exciting new generation of motorcycles ready to carry Suzuki into the future. The 2022 model GSX-S1000 established the beginnings of a modern design language featuring sharp lines and an edgy futuristic look.

• “Visual Structure” reflects the goal of exposing the bike’s functional parts, painting them in the new body colors, and simplifying the bodywork and graphics to put a spotlight on the visceral appeal of its structural elements.

• “Icon” seeks to create a unique silhouette with an iconic presence, instantly recognizable from a distance, and symbolizing the future of Suzuki design.

• All combined, the styling creates an appealing new mass-forward, aggressive look that is slim, compact, well-balanced, and ready for action. The new GSX-8S is set to become the naked street fighter of choice for riders of all experience levels.

 

The 2023 Suzuki GSX-8S in Pearl Tech White. Photo courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, LLC.

New 2023 Suzuki GSX-8S

MSRP TBA

The GSX-8S comes in three striking colors and introduces two brand-new body colors for Suzuki. Each are created to coordinate well with the styling concept. Suzuki set the color concept as “New Impact of Blue” and is an evolution of the blue color theme long used on Suzuki’s street and sport bikes, but evolved for a new appeal to a new generation. The two new unique colors of Pearl Cosmic Blue (QU1) and Pearl Tech White (QU2) are introduced on the GSX-8S and rounded out with stealthy Metallic Matte Black No.2 with Glass Sparkle Black (KGL).

Genuine Suzuki GSX-8S Accessories:

Suzuki has a wide range of Genuine Suzuki Accessories specially developed so riders may personalize their GSX-8S to their style and riding needs by enhancing riding comfort, utility, protection, and appearance. This comprehensive list of Genuine Accessories includes:

Soft Side Case Set: Expandable side cases from 15L up to 20L per case, with the SUZUKI logo. A side case bracket set is required for installation. Maximum load per case: 3kg

Meter Visor: Provide a sporty look to the gauge panel and features the SUZUKI logo.

Single Seat Cowl: Made exclusively for the GSX-8S. It provides a unique, sporty look.

Grip Heaters: Heats the entire grip surface while offering three different heat level settings to help keep riders’ hands warm on chilly weather rides.

Handlebar Balancer: Bar Ends: Made of iron and aluminum with the Suzuki “S” logo. May not be used with brake and clutch lever guards

Billet Brake and Clutch Levers: Machined from high-end billet aluminum and decorated with the SUZUKI logo. These black anodized levers provide a sportier look to the motorcycle.

Brake and Clutch Lever Guard: Made of high-end billet aluminum and resistant plastic, help provide extra security around these levers. May not be used with Handlebar Balancer Bar Ends.

Frame Sliders: Helps reduce damage and provide an attractive look. Featuring a stylish design with the SUZUKI logo.

Under Cowl: Cowling for the underside of the motorcycle. It will give a unique, racier look to the GSX-8S.

Mirror Extensions: Aiding rear visibility, mirrors may be raised by 50 mm compared to stock, and adjustable up to 40 mm laterally.

Navigation Bracket: With a damping system installed at the center of the handlebar for installing additional electronics like GPS units.

USB Socket: To help charge electronic devices through a USB connection. With a cover to protect the socket from dust, sand, etc. USB Type-A with an output of 5V/2A.

Fuel Tank Bag (Large and Small): Durable nylon material with reflective piping, eleven liters expandable to fifteen liters (Large.) Volume 5 liters expandable to nine liters (Small.) Rain cover and shoulder belt included. Requires the mounting ring for installation.

Fuel Cap Protection Decal: Protects fuel caps from scratches. Black or carbon-fiber look decals are available.

Fuel Tank Protection Decals: Helps protect against fuel tank scratches in high-wear areas.

Fuel Tank Pad: Enhances fuel tank scratch protection, featuring the distinctive GSX logo.

Its trendsetting styling fully exposes a new era of functional streetfighter beauty. The controllability, satisfying performance, and optimized comfort let you ride with confidence. The GSX-8S is ready to change your world. Unlock its potential and enjoy the ride.

Note: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION reserves the right to add any improvement to change the design or to discontinue any Suzuki Genuine Accessories at any time without notice. Some Suzuki Genuine Accessories might not be compatible with local standards or statutory requirements. Please check with your local  UTHORIZED SUZUKI DEALER for details at the time of ordering.

*The Traction Control System is not a substitute for the rider’s throttle control. It cannot prevent loss of traction due to excessive speed when the rider enters a turn and/or applies the brakes. Neither can it prevent the front wheel from losing grip

**Depending on road surface conditions, such as wet, loose, or uneven roads, braking distance for an ABS-equipped vehicle may be longer than for a vehicle not equipped with ABS. ABS cannot prevent wheel skidding caused by braking while cornering. Please drive carefully and do not overly rely on ABS

 

 

 

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Moto Guzzi Launches V9 Bobber Special Edition

Tue, 2022-11-08 11:42

MOTO GUZZI V9 BOBBER SPECIAL EDITION

THE NEW SPECIAL SERIES OF THE SPORTY CUSTOM FROM THE EAGLE BRAND FLAUNTS ITS DUAL BOLD AND ELEGANT SOUL WITH TRULY UNIQUE DETAILS

ALUMINIUM COMPONENTS, SLIP-ON EXHAUST AND A BRAND-NEW DARK LOOK ENHANCE THE CHARACTER OF A UNIQUE MOTORCYCLE

V9 Bobber is the sporty custom from Moto Guzzi that introduced the medium engine size bobber category. It’s a bike with a huge and authentic personality and a minimalistic style, characterized by the almost entirely total black look of every component and by large, oversize tires that ensure abundant contact on the ground, just like the ones mounted on the motorcycles in the second post-war American era that raced on fast dirt tracks, leading to the bobber phenomenon.

And it is precisely this authentic sporty heritage that characterizes the V9 Bobber Special Edition, the new special series from Moto Guzzi with a nocturnal look that stands out with its truly unique equipment package.

First and foremost, the new Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Special Edition boasts a special Workshop twin-tone black and grey color scheme that enhances the metal teardrop fuel tank (which has a billet aluminum cap) and it also extends to the aluminum side panels. The bar-end mirrors mounted at the ends of the handlebar, along with the fork seals and the short front mudguard complete the equipment.

These elements amplify the sensation of perceived quality which is already high on the V9 models. The welds of the new frame and the quality of its paintwork are immaculately finished, as are the meticulous details of the 90° transverse V-twin engine, not only in terms of the casting but also the matt black that brings out the Moto Guzzi branding milled on the aluminum cylinder head covers.

It pays to look at the intimate details of this motorcycle, its touch conveying the construction tradition and culture so typical of the best Moto Guzzi models.

The unmistakable sound of the Moto Guzzi 850 twin cylinder is highlighted by the street-legal slip-on exhaust painted matte black, with the bottom in aluminum and characterized in the terminal part by a sleek, oblique shape.

Elegance and sportiness blend together in this special V9 Bobber version, characterized, as always, by a sporty, active, and extended riding position that is never sacrificed thanks to the on-board space, ideal even for the tallest riders. These qualities, along with the overall curb weight limited to just 210 kg and its seat height of just 785 mm, brilliantly emphasize the high level of comfort, control, and riding pleasure of a truly unique and unmistakable bike.

Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Special Edition: technical specifications

 

 

ENGINE   Type 90° V-twin, 4-stroke,

2 valves per cylinder Cooling air and oil Engine capacity 853 cc Bore and stroke 84 x 77 mm Compression ratio 10.5: 1     Maximum power 47.8 kW (65 HP) at 6,800 rpm (available in 35 kW version) Torque 73 Nm at 5,000 rpm Fuel system Marelli MIU single-body electronic injection, integrated management of traction control on 2 levels Ignition electric Exhaust system stainless steel, 2-in-2 type, three-way catalytic converter with double lambda probe Emissions compliance Euro 5     TRANSMISSION   Transmission 6 speeds (with overdrive top gear) Gear ratio values 1st 16/39 = 1: 2.437   2nd 18/32 = 1: 1.777   3rd 21/28 = 1: 1.333   4th 24/26 = 1: 1.083   5th 25/24 = 1: 0.96   6th 28/24 = 1: 0.857     Primary drive with helical teeth, ratio 21/25 = 1: 1.190) Final drive double universal joint and double bevel gear units (8/33 ratio = 1: 4.125) Clutch Ø 170 mm single disc with integrated flexible couplings

 

 

    CHASSIS ARCHITECTURE   Chassis ALS steel twin tube cradle frame Wheelbase 1465 mm Trail 117 mm Headstock angle 26.4° Steering angle 38° Front suspension standard fork, Ø 40 mm Rear suspension swingarm with two shock absorbers, with adjustable spring preload Front brake stainless steel floating disc, Ø 320 mm Brembo opposed four-piston calipers Rear brake stainless steel floating disc, Ø 260 mm Brembo opposed two-piston calipers Wheels Aluminum alloy Front wheel rim 3.50” x 16” Rear wheel rim 4.00” x 16” Front tyre 130/90 – 16” Rear tyre 150/80 B 16”     ELECTRICAL SYSTEM   System voltage 12 V Battery 12 V – 18 Ah     DIMENSIONS   Length 2185 mm Width 840 mm Height 1120 mm Seat height 785 mm Dry weight 194 kg Kerb weight*

  210 kg

 

* Weight of bike ready to ride, will all fluids and no fuel

  Fuel tank capacity 15 liters (including 4-liter reserve)

  Consumption (WMTC cycle) 5.0 l/100 km     CO2 Emissions (WMTC cycle) 114 g/km

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Aprilia Announces Lighter RS 660 Extrema

Tue, 2022-11-08 11:40

APRILIA RS 660 EXTREMA

A SPECIAL VERSION OF THE BEST-SELLING SPORT BIKE IN EUROPE MAKES ITS DÉBUT AT EICMA 2022: IT IS CHARACTERIZED BY AN EXCLUSIVE EQUIPMENT PACKAGE AND BEARS A NAME SYNONYMOUS WITH SPORTINESS

THE SC PROJECT EXHAUST SYSTEM, THE CARBON COMPONENTS, THE SINGLE-SEATER TAIL FAIRING, AND THE SOFTWARE FOR THE UPSIDE-DOWN GEARBOX MAKE RS 660 EXTREMA THE SPORTIEST AND LIGHTEST IN THE RANGE

Credit for the great success achieved by the RS 660, sold in 72 countries and currently the best-selling sport bike in Europe, goes to Aprilia’s fortunate 660 project, which skillfully interprets sportiness in an innovative and modern way through a range of lightweight and high performance bikes, as well as technical and electronic features usually reserved for models in higher categories to give expert riders a thrilling ride but at the same time accessible and fun even for everyday use by new riders.

 

A 2023-model Aprilia RS 660 Extrema. Photo courtesy Aprilia.

 

Aprilia presents Extrema, the sportiest version of the current RS 660 model range. The name is reminiscent of that of the Aprilia 125 Extrema, one of the highest performances and fastest eighth-liter ever, manufactured from 1992 to 1994.

Thanks to its refined and new standard equipment, RS 660 Extrema tips the scale with an amazing curb weight of 166 kg and sets a new bar in terms of weight to power ratio (which comes in at 100 HP, a record in its class) which, as we all know, is fundamental for fun on the road and effective riding on the track.

 

The 2023 Aprilia RS 660 Extrema comes with a SC-Project exhaust system and other special parts. Photo courtesy Aprilia.

 

This milestone is achieved by the special standard equipment which includes, first and foremost, a new and lighter street-legal exhaust system by SC Project with carbon silencer positioned on the right side (and no longer beneath the engine). It also comes with the black anodized aluminum silencer bracket which allows you to remove the passenger foot pegs, leading to even lighter weight. Also contributing to the overall reduction in weight are the front mudguard and the new belly pan with a brand-new design, both made of high-quality carbon.

The sporty nature of RS 660 Extrema is also emphasized by the single-seat tail fairing, which replaces the passenger seat to enhance the sleek design of the rear area. The passenger seat comes with the bike, which maintains its two-up riding approval. In addition to the standard electronics on the RS 660 (which include traction control, cornering ABS, engine brake, engine map, and wheelie control – all adjustable) RS 660 Extrema also has software that allows you to set up quick shift in upside-down configuration. This means that the gearbox can be configured completely autonomously, without replacing any bike component, in street or race version – ideal for track days. The new dedicated white and red livery is clearly sport-inspired and contributes to making it recognizable at a glance.

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