News Round-Up: 2015 MotoGP Safety Bike Unveiled, Triumph Tiger Explorer XC Special Edition Unveiled, Yamaha TMAX Coming to America

2015 MotoGP Safety Bike Unveiled

BMW Motorrad’s S1000RR isn’t a classically beautiful motorcycle, but it’s hard to argue that their tricked out bike that will act as the official safety bike for this years MotoGP season is anything but downright gorgeous.

There’s not a huge amount of modifications from a performance point of view on the bike and really, most of the safety operations are handled by a car (being a BMW M4 Coupe) so this is more a marketing exercise than a practical machine. But it’s a brilliant looking paint scheme and one that we’d love to see actually made available for sale.

2015 MotoGP Safety BIke


Triumph Tiger Explorer XC Special Edition Unveiled

For the United Kingdom only, Triumph Motorcycles has announced they will be releasing a limited run (50) of special edition versions of the Tiger Explorer XC at £13,999 which will be available at a limited number of from this April.

Additions over the normal Explorer include a taller screen, radiator guards, headlight protectors, CNC machined front foot rests and color schemes of either matte ‘blazing’ orange or matte black. Also included as standard will be satellite navigation, tank pads, panniers, roll bags and an free set of TKC 80 dual-purpose tires.

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Yamaha TMAX Coming to America

Yamaha has announced that the TMAX, which is hugely popular in both Japan and Europe will be coming to the United States this year for the first time ever. This isn’t your mother’s scooter though – it packs a 530cc twin-cylinder engine mated to a CVT gearbox.

Huge with the modding scene in the aforementioned regions, the TMAX is marketed by Yamaha as the ‘sports-bike’ of scooters. In addition to the powerful engine (for a scooter) it also features front twin discs with radially mounted four piston calipers, 41mm upside down forks and twin LED headlights.

Unfortunately, the Yamaha TMAX doesn’t come with ABS (even as an option) in America and will retail for $10,490. Expect them in showrooms sometime this month.


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