Brand New 2016 Triumph Bonneville On The Way

For those of you wondering what Triumph’s next move was, here’s your answer – a completely reworked Triumph Bonneville is nearing release. Everything on the Bonneville has been reworked. This is a completely new motorcycle and one that Triumph will be relying on for the next decade.

Updated: Triumph officially confirms all new Bonneville for 2016

Our sources indicate that the new Triumph Bonneville will pay even more homage to the original machine – no doubt spurred on by the early success of the Ducati Scrambler’s ‘retro’ styling. Triumph’s timing is almost perfect – not only will they ride the coattails of Ducati, but the engine in the new Bonneville will lure many Scrambler riders across to the British marque.

The Bonneville will feature an brand new 1,100cc parallel twin that utilizes partial water cooling. Before all the purists go off to cry into their milk, water cooling has been kept to a minimum and follows the trend set by BMW Motorrad’s current generation of boxers where it’s kept to a minimum and employed purely to assist emissions regulations. Those cooling fins won’t be for show and will actually serve a purpose.

We’ve been told the capacity boost to 1,100cc sees power increase from the Bonneville’s current 67 hp to about 91 hp with a similar percentage increase in torque. Yet, despite the big increase in engine capacity, weight for the new Bonneville will actually decrease slightly. Winners all around.

Though there will also be an entirely new transmission for the updated Bonneville, it will remain a 5-speed gearbox to keep it ‘traditional’. The frame, suspension and brakes are also all completely new – in fact there will be nothing carried over from the current model onto the new Bonneville. ABS, though most certainly not traditional will be standard due to European Union regulations.

As far as announcements go, Triumph probably won’t make a move until late this year with sales beginning in early to mid 2016. While that’s a while away, prepare to get excited that Triumph will probably be using this new engine in a host of updated models, including a heavily updated Scrambler. Which means for those that are enticed by Ducati’s offering, there will be a genuine (and quicker) alternative in the near future.

Brand New 2016 Triumph Bonneville On The Way


Honda True Adventure Teasers Continue

Just last week we showed the latest lot of patents relating to Honda’s ‘True Adventure’ concept, now better known as the returning Honda Africa Twin. Today, Honda keeps the slow marketing campaign rolling along with episode three of their True Adventure video series.

The latest episode takes us to the recently run Dakar rally and is titled ‘The Return to Dakar’. There’s no greater giveaway what this is all leading to than quotes from Taichi Honda (real name), the technical director of the HRC rally team. He states that:

We returned after 24 years because Dakar is the toughest off-road race in the world. We develop technologies here that can lead to mass production.

Having begun to yet again dominate in MotoGP, Honda not only wants to do the same off-road but also take a slice of the every growing ‘adventure bike’ pie. Honda are currently noticeably absent from the segment which is heavily led at the moment by BMW Motorrad, KTM and Triumph.

Technologies that will trickle down from Dakar and events like it will mainly focus around bike geometry and durability, as the engine for the new Africa Twin doesn’t actually comply with Dakar regulations.

As previously reported, we know that the new Africa Twin will feature a 1,000cc parallel twin, a unique split airbox design and controversially for some may also come with Honda’s dual-clutch transmission


SHOEI Transitions Face Shields Coming

Coming just a week after AGV announced their battery operated solution to sunlight, SHOEI has released details of their visors incorporating photochromic technology from Transitions Optical which will create an adaptive face shield that adjusts to outdoor light and weather conditions – changing from clear to very dark and everything in-between.

At this stage, the visor which will be called the CWR-1 adaptive face shield will fit only the full-face RF-1200 helmet. “Our retail customers as well as our dealer-distribution network have been asking us for a top-of-the-line adaptive shield for years,” said Moichi Tsuzuki, SHOEI Safety Helmet Corp, president. “We are excited for the added value the Transitions shield will bring to our customers and for the enhanced visual experience they will now have while riding. Being able to see perfectly in all lighting conditions is optimal for both safety and for a more fun, enjoyable ride.”

The shields, developed using Transitions’ state-of-the-art photochromic technology, automatically self-adjust from clear at night and in low light conditions to dark gray in bright sunlight. They eliminate the need for motorcycle riders to carry and switch out multiple shields. The shields also protect against wind and debris, and like all Transitions® technology, block 100% of harmful UV rays.

This isn’t the first time SHOEI has announced this product – in fact it was announced over a year ago that these were ‘coming soon’. Let’s hope this time they aren’t vaporware and that the visors will be made for other SHOEI helmets as well.

RRP will be $169.99.

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Aprilia Debuts 2015 MotoGP Bike

It’s a big year for MotoGP in 2015, with both Aprilia and Suzuki back to compete full-time ahead of the major rule changes for the 2016 year. The Aprilia RS-GP MotoGP bike will used to test and develop their program before it becomes a ‘full factory’ prototype machine for the following year.

“We chose to move up our start date, getting into the mix in the 2015 MotoGP World Championship because we believe that this is the solution which is certainly the most risky but also the best one to become competitive as quickly as possible” said Romano Albesiano, Aprilia racing manager. “We certainly could have avoided the pressure and waited until next year, but that’s not what Aprilia wanted. For us this will be a year of testing, development and in some ways even sacrifice, to be taken full advantage of as we look toward 2016 when we will be able to ride a real Aprilia prototype bike onto the track.”

It’s certainly a gorgeous looking machine with a striking silver, red and black scheme. The bike will be piloted by Marco Melandri and Alvaro Bautista whose feedback will be absolutely necessary in ensuring the 2016 machine is as competitive as possible next year.

“We are well aware that we have a lot of work to do and we are also aware that this will be a season marked by development, so we aren’t setting any goals for ourselves except to improve race by race, working hard” said Bautista. “I was very pleased with the first two test sessions in Malaysia.”

Large rule changes planned for 2016 have not only attracted Suzuki and Aprilia back to the sport, but KTM is planning to join MotoGP next year as well.


Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Verde Legnano Special Edition

For the North American market only, Moto Guzzi are producing a limited run of 50 examples of the Verde Legnano Special Edition which pays tribute to the 1971 Telaio Rosso Moto Guzzi V7 Sport. That machine was nicknamed the Verde Legnano due to its green paint scheme and is regarded by many as the most beautiful Moto Guzzi ever made.

The 1971 V7 Sport was the first five-speed production motorcycle that weighed 200kg, was powered by a 748cc V-Twin which powered the bike to a top speed of 120 mph. The initial run of 150 motorcycles were given special status with a red frame.

Hence, the Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Verde Legnano Special Edition gets the colorful treatment by way of a lime green tank and painted red frame. Unlike European buyers, the North American market still retains a five-speed transmission but it does now have a new wet flywheel which has replaced the previous dry alternator. The 744cc V-Twin remains unchanged, making 50hp @ 6,200 rpm and 58Nm @ 2,800 rpm. Wet weight is 198 kg (436 pounds)

The 2015 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Verde Legnano Special Edition will arrive in the U.S. in March and will cost $10,999.

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Verde Legnano Special Edition

More Supercharged Kawasaki’s On The Way?

The Ninja H2 and H2R will start arriving at dealer showrooms in just a few weeks and already Kawasaki is planning for more supercharged machines in the future. Trademark applications in Europe, Japan and America show that Kawasaki has registered the name Ninja R2.

But in Japan, Kawasaki has gone even further with trademark applications for the following names:

  • Ninja R2-R
  • Ninja E2
  • Ninja E2-R
  • Ninja S2
  • Ninja S2-R

At this point, it’s pure conjecture as to what models those names will apply to but they obviously follow the naming convention of the street legal H2 and track only H2R. With the amount of money spent by Kawasaki, not to mention the years of development on the technology, it shouldn’t come as a suprise that Kawasaki intends to use supercharging on a whole new range of models

For our vote, we’d love to see a supercharger applied to a smaller capacity bike like a 600cc supersports or even smaller. No doubt given the amount of trademark applications, Kawasaki probably has the same ideas in mind, too. But only time will tell what they bring.


More Honda Africa Twin Patents Discovered

News on the second coming of the Honda Africa Twin is coming at a slow burn, but the latest patent image discovered shows that what we saw at last years EICMA of the ‘True Adventure’ concept was pretty much the finished product. While there’s no update yet on when the bike will be officially announced, we’re definitely getting a clearer picture of the final product.

The biggest talking point of the machine is its split airbox design. The airbox is split in two parts with one mounted either side of the headstock. What this means is that the fuel tank can sit directly behind the engine which then in turn not only lowers the overall center of mass of the Africa Twin, but keeps things narrow up front as well. This will provide it with far more off road cred than say KTM’s 1190 Adventure bike (or dare we say, BMW Motorrad’s R1200GS).

Another benefit of this split airbox design it that the bike’s twin radiators sit just below each of the airboxes which provides the front suspension and wheels with more travel while keeping the radiator further out of harms way of being damaged on rough terrain.

The new patents further reveal some clever tricks surrounding the Africa Twin’s seat. Unlike as was shown at EICMA, the production version will feature a split rider/pillion seat with an inbuilt height adjustment mechanism. The seat can be moved up and down with ease and as it does so, the front of the rider’s pew slides up the tank.

The front fairing/cowling is a one piece unit according to the patents. While it may reduce production costs for Honda, it probably isn’t the best for owners when they take a spill who then have to look at paying for replacing the entire front fairing of the bike for what may well only be damage to a small part of it.

While off road purists may suggest that the 1000cc engine is too big for true off road riding, it seems Honda is doing as much as it can to make the reborn Africa Twin light, narrow and with as low as center of gravity as possible.

More Honda Africa Twin Patents Discovered


Honda Looking To Change CBR300R to a Parrallel-Twin

You never would have guessed that five years ago there would be so much competition at the smaller capacity end of the motorcycle spectrum, but the latest news we’ve discovered shows that if anything, things are heating up even more. There are strong indications that Honda is looking at replacing the current single cylinder engine in the CBR300R and replacing it with an all new parallel-twin power plant.

Honda has continually been playing catch-up with Kawasaki when it comes to the performance of their entry level bike and has also been leapfrogged by both Yamaha and KTM with their R3 and RC390 respectively.

The new engine is being developed first and foremost for markets like Indonesia where there’s heavy taxes to be paid on motorcycles with capacities of greater than 250cc. But like before, don’t expect such a bike to be kept away from the west for too long. It’s very likely that Honda will release a 300cc powered CBR as soon as possible which would take the Ninja 300 head on.

This information appears to be very credible as even last year it was known that Honda was looking at ways to catch up to its competitors in the entry level market in South East Asia. Previous reports were that Honda was looking at modifying the existing v-twin from the VTR250, but the performance characteristics of that engine probably weren’t up to scratch.

It’s understood that Honda is quite far along in the development of this new engine, so much so that an announcement could come from Honda later this year. Production will likely occur either in Indonesia or Thailand.