Vertigo Ursus is an Trials Slash Scooter, Maybe?

There were many new bikes shown of at EICMA in Milan last month, but perhaps none was stranger than the Vertigo Ursus – a combination of trials, dual sport and scooter. Yes, that’s definitely a new category in the motorcycle world and it’s a welcome change from all the cafe racers and scramblers that have been coming out.

The Vertigo Ursus uses a canted-forward four stroke engine, trellis steel frame, single sided swing arm and definitely most unexpectedly, an automatic gearbox. There’s even two sets of footpegs – feet-forward pegs that one would find on some scooters and ones that are set back for heading onto the dirt.

They might be seriously looking at putting into production as they’ve just filed a number of design trademarks with the European Trade Mark and Design Commission. Vertigo is a very new company and has the backing of Manel Jane – a man who loves trials bikes but made a small fortune as one of the world’s largest producers of child car seats and prams.

Their first bikes to go into production are trials machines and feature some decent tech for the category, including the first electric starter on a trials bike. If it does go into production, Vertigo plans to make it in several flavors, including capacities of 150, 350, 450 and 600c, an electric/petrol hybrid version and even offer it with two wheel drive. Oh, and it weighs only 118kg (with what engine configuration we’re not sure, however).


Gas Gas Motorcycles To Be Liquidated

It sadly looks like the end of the road for Spanish trials and enduro manufacturer Gas Gas. Those following the story will probably be aware that the company entered into bankruptcy proceedings last month due to being unable to service its debts. It was hoped that this would buy the company time to enter further negotiations with creditors or find a wealthy suitor to take the company over.

That appears to have failed and now the assets will be sold off in an attempt to repay creditors what they’re owed. It would therefore appear that Gas Gas will not be thrown any lifelines and it’s the end of another niche motorcycle manufacturer.

The following is a statement from Gas Gas:

Dear customers, partners and friends,


We will contact you to give you news about the current situation of the company.


As you know, in recent months the company of renegotiating its debt several times in order to continue production. Unfortunately, despite the efforts made ​​to achieve this goal, it was impossible to find an agreement and finally the decision was made ​​to put the company Gas Gas Motos SA in bankruptcy.


In this process, management, accounts receivable and trade unions working together to get all the necessary information to proceed as soon as the sale of the factory and quickly reach agreement with potential buyers.

The purpose of the sale of the plant is to revive the brand in a way that will allow us to continue to produce our enduro and trial in the future, but also to ensure stability and sustainability.


During the sales process, we will join our efforts to ensure the services in spare parts and after-sales department in order to avoid penalizing our customers.

Gas Gas sincerely thank you for your support during these difficult months and hope you share his total conviction of a positive outcome in the process of selling the plant.

Gas Gas Motos Files for Bankruptcy

2016 Montesa Cota 300RR Trials Motorcycle Announced by Honda

How does a 288cc, 162lb (73kg) fully fueled off road machine sounds? Yes, it sounds like the 2016 Montesa Cota 300RR Trials bike. This made-for-competition machine is built in the Honda-owned Montesa factory in Barcelona, Spain and will join the Cota 4RT260 in Honda’s expanded 2016 lineup of Montesa trials models.

Currently being campaigned by Cody Webb in the AMA NATC MotoTrials USA National Trials Championship, the brand-new Cota 300RR is a unique, competition-focused motorcycle developed for the most demanding trials riders. Compared to the Cota 4RT260, the Cota 300RR’s redesigned 288cc engine has a longer stroke and larger bore, resulting in increased power and torque across the range, and it has a programmable ECU that allows fine-tuning for varying weather and terrain conditions.

“We’re excited to expand our trials lineup by bringing the brand-new Montesa Cota 300RR to American customers,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. “Montesa’s Honda-powered four-stroke Cota models have long ruled both the outdoor and indoor World Trials Championships, and this light, powerful, agile new motorcycle is already enjoying success in international competition. With the Cota 300RR, riders will be ready to tackle the most challenging sections.”

Given the very specific nature of this machine, both the new Montesa Cota 300RR and Cota 4RT are limited-edition models and are only available via a special ordering process which can be accessed here. The price for the Montesa Cota 300RR Trials is $9,999.


Yamaha Update 2016 Off-Road Range, Including New Two-Stroke Trail Bike

Did somebody say two-stroke? Yes, we did as Yamaha has taken the wraps of an all new machine, the YZ250X. Okay, it’s is based off the existing YZ250 motocross bike, but it does get a lot of GNCC-specific features (Yamaha’s words, not ours) such as an 18-inch rear wheel, sealed O-ring chain, off-road focused tires a standard side stand and fuel tank petcock with reserve position.

Other variations include narrow dimensions on the expansion chamber (vertically and horizontally), minor changes to the compression ratio, exhaust port tuning, ignition timing and the inclusion of a wide-ratio 5 speed gearbox to bring more versatility and flexibility to trails riders. It’s nice to see a two-stroke trails focused bike that’s not from Europe for a change.

The 2016 Yamaha YZ250X will be available in August, priced at $7,390 which is only $100 more than the YZ250 – a very small premium considering all the changes it receives.

Most of Yamaha’s existing lineup gets minor tweaks and refinements, while the YZ450F gets probably the most attention. Biggest upgrade is that it now comes with launch control. Additionally, Yamaha has modified the cam profiles for what they describe as improved low and mid range response. Also refined are the both the clutch and gearbox, the suspension gets revised settings and the front brake is now 270mm in diameter. It’ll be available later this month for $8,590.