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Marc Marquez Wins BMW M4 CS As MotoGP’s Best Qualifier 15
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW M4, celebrities, motorcycles, Motorsport, racing on 11 15th, 2017


For the fifth year in a row, MotoGP maestro Marc Marquez has walked away with the annual BMW M Award, this year taking the form of a limited-edition M4 CS.

The award is given to the sport’s best qualifier and Marquez first walked away with the award in 2013, receiving the keys of a satin black M6 Coupe. The following year, he was awarded a red M4, in 2015 the Spaniard was given an M6 Convertible, and last year he secured an M2.

In the recently-concluded 2017 season, Marquez claimed eight pole positions and is unquestionably the best qualifier in the field.

BMW first unveiled the potent M4 CS in April and confirmed that production will be capped at 3,000 units. Marquez’s example is painted in San Marino Blue metallic, and in our opinion, is the best-looking BMW in his burgeoning collection.

Changes made to the M4 CS compared to the ‘regular’ M4 include a tweaked 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six engine, now delivering 454 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, the car includes a range of weight saving and aerodynamic-focused parts, including a new carbon fiber rear diffuser, front splitter and trunklid spoiler. The car can lap the Nurburgring in 7 min and 36 seconds.

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Indian Scout FTR1200 Custom Was Possibly The Coolest Bike At EICMA 13
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in concepts, motorcycles, video on 11 13th, 2017


The two-wheel equivalent of the Geneva, Tokyo, and Detroit auto shows rolled all into one, the EICMA motorcycle show never fails to bring out the coolest bikes the world has ever seen.

This year’s has proven no exception to that rule. And this, to our eyes, looks like the coolest of them all. Shame you can’t have one.

It’s the Indian Scout FTR1200 Custom, a tribute on wheels to flat-track competition – specifically the Wrecking Crew, as Indian’s racing team is known.

The showpiece is built around the Scout’s 1133-cc V-twin (that’s a 1.1-liter two-cylinder engine, in automotive terms), kicking out over 100 horsepower. But everything else is, as the name suggests, custom.

Taking its inspiration from the championship-winning FTR750 (but with a much bigger engine), the FTR1200 Custom features a 4130 chromoly steel trellis frame and rear swingarm, with carbon-fiber bodywork, LED lighting, a fully adjustable Ohlins suspension, RSD Traction race wheels with Dunlop dirt track tires, and Brembo brakes.

And as you can tell, it looks serious. Dead serious. Shame it’s just a concept – albeit one that’s going on a world tour after EICMA.

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Honda’s Neo Sport Cafe Concept Yields Delicious New CB1000R 9
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in honda, motorcycles on 11 9th, 2017


We expect motorcycles – liter bikes especially – to be fast, but we didn’t expect this one to arrive quite so quickly.

Just a couple of weeks ago, as you may recall, Honda revealed the Neo Sports Café concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. Now it’s already out in production guise.

Unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Italy this week, the new CB1000R has been updated from a strictly retro model to one that blends more modern – even futuristic – styling touches with classic proportions.

The new CB1000R is the largest in a range of three new models that bridge the gap between naked bike and café racer, joined by the smaller CB300R and CB125R. The latter two are designed for newer riders, while the CB1000R is a “whole lot of” machine.

At its heart sits the 998cc inline four from the racier CBR1000RR, tuned to deliver 143 horsepower – 16 percent more peak power than the old-school model of the same name that it replaces, with 5-percent more mid-range torque. Combined with 26.5 pounds (20 kg) less mass to move, the new CB1000R offers a 20-percent improvement in the motorbike’s crucial power-to-weight ratio.

It also features ABS brakes, clutch assist, ride by wire controls, LED lighting, LCD instrument display… the works. But what really sets the new CB1000R apart from its predecessor is the styling, decidedly bereft of plastic and rendered almost entirely in metal.

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All-Electric Vespa Scooter Unveiled With 62-Mile Range 9
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, motorcycles, Piaggio, Reports on 11 9th, 2017


Exactly twelve months after Vespa announced its intent to unveil an all-electric scooter, the Italian company has done just that, unveiling the Vespa Elettrica at the Milan Motorcycle Show.

Piaggio, the parent company of Vespa, says the Elettrica has a range of roughly 62 miles (100 km) and that it will take four hours of charging from a normal wall outlet to completely recharge the battery.

Interestingly, Piaggio admits that future buyers should only expect 10 years of life out of the batteries. Additionally, 1,000 charge cycles will reduce the battery to 80 per cent of its original capacity.

In terms of the scooter’s design, the example pictured is immediately identifiable from other Vespa models with a silver paint job and bright blue accents. For customers looking to express their personality, six other colors will be available.

A prominent 4.3-inch TFT color display is also found between the handlebars and displays all important scooter information. The screen also includes Bluetooth, allowing owners to pair their phones and have the screen display text messages and incoming phone calls.

Soon after the Vespa Elettrica lands in showrooms, a hybrid version with a petrol-powered generator, dubbed the Elettrica X, will arrive with a 124-mile (200 km) range.

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BMW’s New C 400 X Has Only One Cylinder But Plenty Of Tech 8
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW Videos, motorcycles, video on 11 8th, 2017


BMW makes engines ranging from two cylinders all the way up to twelve. This latest addition to the lineup, however, has just one cylinder.

It’s the new C 400 X, which joins the BMW Motorrad lineup as the smaller counterpart to the larger C 600 Sport and C 650 GT.

Unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, the C 400 X is a mid-size urban commuter scooter. At its heart sits a 350cc single-cylinder engine good for 34 horsepower and mated to a continuously variable transmission.

Don’t let those humble specifications fool you, though: BMW has packed the C 400 X with modern technologies. It features electronic fuel injection, stability control, antilock brakes, and LED lighting.

Buyers will be able to specify fiber-optic daytime riding lights and a 6.5-inch color touchscreen display as well, and between Alpine White and metallic Zenith Blue paintjobs, with grey and black or red and black seats to give it a dynamic look.

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Honda Puts Its Retro-Futuristic Spin On Two Wheels 7
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in honda, Honda Concepts, motorcycles on 11 7th, 2017


You may have noticed that Honda is on a bit of a retro-futuristic kick of late. It showcased the Urban EV hatchback concept in Frankfurt, and the Sports EV coupe concept in Tokyo. And it’s been doing the same with its motorcycles, too.

Just take a look at the concept bike it’s brought to the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan this week. It’s called the CB4 Interceptor, and it blends classic cues with thoroughly modern ones.

The cowling looks like it was lifted straight off of a 1960s racing bike, but it hides a modern secret. In the middle of the LED headlight ring is a fan that generates electricity from the rushing wind to power the touchscreen display on the tank, capable of displaying navigation information, make emergency calls, and network with the rider’s mobile device for a less distracting (but no less connected) ride.

It’s all done up in black, and was designed at Honda’s R&D facility in Rome. It’s not the first such concept the Japanese manufacturer has done, though. Two years ago it displayed a similar (but different) CB4 concept at the same show, and recently showcased the Neo Sports Café concept in Tokyo alongside the Sports EV coupe. Something tells us we’ve yet to see the last of this particular trend coming from Honda, so keep this page bookmarked.

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Ducati’s Stunning New Panigale V4 Flagship Supersport Bike [w/Video] 6
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Ducati, motorcycles, video on 11 6th, 2017


As the official replacement of the iconic 1299, the all-new Panigale V4 is here to take its rightful place on top of Ducati’s supersport range, offering MotoGP-derived technology for the road.

The Panigale V4 was developed in close collaboration with Ducati Corse, which is how the bike received its racing pedigree. Powering it is a 4-cylinder engine with a 90° V cylinder layout, a first for mass-produced Ducati motorcycles.

Buyers can order one of three versions: the standard Panigale V4, the Panigale V4 S and the Panigale V4 Speciale, which packs a little more power, among other things.

In the Panigale V4, the 1,103 cc 4-cylinder engine produces 214 HP (157.5 kW) at 13,000 rpm, as well as 124 Nm (91.5 lb-ft) of torque at 10,000 rpm. The V4 S version is just as powerful, yet weighs less by 1kg (2.2 lbs). However, it also adds a refined Ohlins suspension with Smart EC 2.0 and components like the aluminum forged wheels and a lithium-ion battery.

Meanwhile standard features on all versions include Ducati Power Launch, Ducati Quick Shift, full-LED headlight with Daytime Running Light, Sachs steering damper, quick control selection and automatic switch-off for turn signals.

As for the limited edition V4 Speciale (1,500 units), it weighs 173 kg (381 lbs), slightly less than the other two, while putting down 226 HP for a little extra punch. It also has a special three-color livery, a titanium exhaust system and an Ultrasuede seat.

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MV Agusta Brutale Pirelli Edition Is The Most Italian Bike Ever 6
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in motorcycles, MV Agusta, Pirelli on 11 6th, 2017


When we think of Italian motorcycles, we tend to imagine Ducatis. But those aren’t the only Italian motorcycles. Not by a long shot.

There’s Aprilia, of course, but also marques like Bimota, Moto Guzzi, and MV Agusta – which has come out with what could very well be the most Italian motorcycle we’ve seen yet.

Celebrating their name tire-supply deal, MV Agusta teamed up with Pirelli Design to create the Brutale 800 RR Pirelli edition. It’s based on Agusta’s naked street-fighter bike, wearing Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP rubber on 17-inch wheels – the one at the back measuring half a foot wide.

The bike’s done up in matte black with either red or blue trim, extending not only to the motorcycle’s body graphics but also to the sidewalls of the tires, just like Pirelli does for Formula One.

This version of the Brutale packs an 800-cc three-cylinder engine with counter-rotating crankshaft to produce 116 horsepower. It’s slated to be revealed at the upcoming EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, where it’s bound to emerge as the most Italian collaboration put on wheels since Lamborghini crafted a similar special edition out of its Aventador.

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Valentino Rossi Thrashes Yamaha’s Motobot On Track 2
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, motorcycles, Tech, video, yamaha on 11 2nd, 2017


A couple of years ago, Yamaha made the bold proclamation that it would create an autonomous Yamaha R1M that could beat Valentino Rossi around a racetrack.
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BMW Unveils M5 Safety Car For MotoGP 30
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW M5, motorcycles, Motorsport, new cars, racing on 10 30th, 2017


Following the recent launch of the BMW M5, the German automaker has unveiled the MotoGP Safety Car version, set to premiere at the championship’s final round in Valencia, Spain.
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BMW Unveils M5 Safety Car For MotoGP 30
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW M5, motorcycles, Motorsport, new cars, racing on 10 30th, 2017


Following the recent launch of the BMW M5, the German automaker has unveiled the MotoGP Safety Car version, set to premiere at the championship’s final round in Valencia, Spain.
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Yamaha Motoroid Concept Is A Semi-Autonomous Bike That’ll Take You For A Ride 25
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Autonomous, concepts, motorcycles, Tokyo Motor Show, video, yamaha on 10 25th, 2017


Yamaha has brought an array of vehicles to the Tokyo Motor Show this year, with a varying wheel-count – but this may be the most impressive of them all.
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Honda Neo Sports Café Concept Bike Modernizes A Classic 25
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in concepts, honda, Honda Concepts, motorcycles, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 25th, 2017


Like BMW and Peugeot, Honda is one of those rare manufacturers that makes both cars and motorcycles. Lucky us, it brought plenty of both to the Tokyo Motor Show this year, including this here concept bike.
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Yamaha MWC-4 Concept Briges The Gap Between Car And Bike 25
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in concepts, motorcycles, Tokyo Motor Show, video, yamaha on 10 25th, 2017


Yamaha makes motorcycles. It may make cars at some point, if recent concepts lead anywhere in the near future. But this one bridges the gap between the two.
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Yamaha MWC-4 Concept Briges The Gap Between Car And Bike 25
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in concepts, motorcycles, Tokyo Motor Show, video, yamaha on 10 25th, 2017


Yamaha makes motorcycles. It may make cars at some point, if recent concepts lead anywhere in the near future. But this one bridges the gap between the two.
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