The true Italian dream sequence is here. And this time, it is evil.
Till what limit can the art on two wheels be extended to? Ask MV Agusta. Having made some of the most exotic Italian masterpieces on two wheels, MV has a tremendous history in terms of making some of the most beautiful looking motorcycles on the planet. And thankfully their lust is still going strong.
Some time back, MV Agusta created a special division called the Reparto Veicoli Speciali, or Special Vehicles Department, and handed them the task of creating the best MV Agusta machines that beam in terms of quality, research, performance and emotions. This division was joined by the San Marino Research Center Castiglioni (originally born as CRC, Cagiva Research Center) to work on the brand’s Brutale Dragster 800 RR and come out with an evil looking motorcycle that will scare the daylights out of anything on the road.
Enter the RVS#1. Drumrolls please.
A 215 bhp Carbon fibre maniac straight from the heavens
You know that it is a big deal when BMW themselves call it ‘the most exclusive BMW motorcycle of all time’. At this year’s EICMA, BMW Motorrad revealed to the world an initial glimpse of the most exclusive model in its history to date: the sinister looking BMW HP4 RACE. The Germans have now showcased the production version of the same at the ongoing Shanghai Auto Expo 2017.
It will be a purposefully limited edition hand built motorcycle by the blokes at BMW, which will itself be a notch higher than the brand’s superstar, the S 1000RR-HP4. With a full carbon fibre twin-spar main frame and rims that are made in the same factory that makes carbon fibre components for BMW’s iconic ‘i-series’ and 7 series of cars.
Get something to drool at. It’s time to change your wallpaper.
BMW Motorrad recently launched a 215 bhp Carbon Fibre maniac from the heavens, the BMW HP4 Race. It is ‘the most exclusive BMW motorcycle of all time’ according to the German chaps and we have no doubt about it.
It will be a purposefully limited edition hand built motorcycle by the blokes at BMW who had showcased an initial glimpse of the most exclusive model in its history to date at the EICMA in 2016. Now, the production version gets its skin painted and is ready to be shipped to the lucky 750 customers having € 80000 (appx ₹ 56 lakh) to spare.
Here is our weekend treat for you. Our pick of the best snapshots for your eyes only. And of course, the wallpaper needs some changing.
The most exclusive BMW motorcycle of all time was launched at the Shanghai Auto Expo 2017.
You know that it is a big deal when BMW themselves call it ‘the most exclusive BMW motorcycle of all time’. At this year’s EICMA, BMW Motorrad revealed to the world an initial glimpse of the most exclusive model in its history to date: the sinister looking BMW HP4 RACE. The Germans have now showcased the production version of the same at the ongoing Shanghai Auto Expo 2017. They have released information, fresh new pictures and an official video of the hyperbike for us to drool at.
It will be a purposefully limited edition hand built motorcycle by the blokes at BMW, which will itself be a notch higher than the brand’s superstar, the S 1000RR-HP4; with full carbon fibre twin-spar main frame and rims that are made in the same factory that makes carbon fibre components for BMW’s iconic ‘i-series’ and 7 series of cars.
An Italian production butch cafe-racer. A match made in heaven.
When the best of two worlds meet, something spectacular is always bound to happen. And this is what the Yamaha XSR900 Abarth all about. The child of the Japanese Blue team and the Italian powerhouse has surfaced, and it looks absolutely stunning.
Abarth, an Italian tuning brand that turns normal family Fiat cars into their sporty mad-runner nemesis has for the first time tried their hand on motorbikes, thanks to the firm’s association with Yamaha’s MotoGP team. They have collaborated with Yamaha to produce for 2017 a limited-edition "Sport Heritage café racer special" based on Yamaha’s XSR900 847 cc inline-triple neo-retro motorcycle.
It is a lightweight, high-performance retro special whose authentic café racer design reflects the true spirit of the motorcycles in the 60’s era. But make no mistake, it is very much futuristic. This is the perfect blend of ultra-cool retro style with the grunt of a sports racer. And only a limited number of 695 will hit the streets.
Marking the second anniversary of the joining forces of two American stalwarts
In 2016, Indian Motorcycles and Jack Daniels, two legendary American brands joined forces to commemorate JD’s 150th anniversary of the Jack Daniel Distillery, which was registered in 1866. This occasion led to Indian Motorcycles building a very limited number (150 units) of the Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield and Indian Chief Vintage motorcycle models, all of which were sold barely under 8 hours within the launch.
For 2017, the same stalwarts came together again to produce yet another iconic spin-off of the sumptuousness Indian Chieftain and christened it as the Jack Daniel’s Chieftain. This time the limited number is only a 100 units which are all designed in conjunction with Klock Werks Kustom Cycles.
God’s shiny toy of joy
It is not every day that you come across something that makes you pause what you are doing and just look at it in all astonishment. One bloke called Maxwell Hazan has made it his life’s prophecy to give the world some of the most beautiful drug, of which people can only sit and fathom of how such a notion was even hypothesised. The drug we are talking about here is, but of course, a motorcycle.
Doesn’t get AHO or BS-IV but gets three new shades.
DSK Hyosung might not be the favourite brand in town, but they have some serious potential machines that could give a stiff stare to the competition. One of them is the Hyosung Aquila 250 that was launched in 2014. Doing so, it officially became the most affordable V-twin cruiser available in India today.
For 2107, the bike received an update with three new colour options and this updated version is set to be a limited run of only 100 units. There are however no mechanical changes on this and also seems to miss out on the Automatic Headlamp On feature that seems to come on all the updates by other manufacturers. Neither is the engine BS-IV compliant.
Feel the WSBK on the streets
Towards the end of 2015, Kawasaki surprised everyone with the much-awaited upgrade to its litre class supersport, the Ninja ZX-10R. The motorcycle, which has always remained as one of the one of the most user-friendly and equally precise-to-use supersport in the world, received a thorough upgrade in each aspect, be its design, performance, mechanicals and set of electronics.
Within a year of its official launch, Kawasaki has mildly updated the motorcycle by giving in a few more equipment and mild changes to its powertrain. But instead of launching it as the ‘all new Ninja ZX-10R’, Kawasaki is terming this new version of the motorcycle as an additional variant of the same. Say hello to the new Ninja ZX-10RR then, which promises to be sportier and more eager to roar than the standard ZX-10R. Here’s a quick look at what all changes do the new Ninja ZX-10RR is adorned with, over the standard ZX-10R:-
An Italian Mad Max War Rig
You are allowed to think that Ducati has mastered the dark arts and cooked up this mad looking Diavel from a parallel universe with help of another Italian madhouse Haute couture production, Diesel.
Together they have couped up a radical looking post-apocalyptic machine that will tear apart any other cruiser down to its soul.
This motorcycle was announced as part of Milan Men’s Fashion Week 2017 and is going to be showcased at the upcoming Motor Bike Expo Italy from 20 to 22 January 2017.
In the words of Ducati Motor Holding CEO Claudio Domenicali - “The collaboration with Diesel enabled us to explore original stylistic and technical aspects whilst staying within the Ducati brand and fully respecting its values. In this case we worked with Diesel on an already uniquely original bike like the Diavel and the result was surprising to put it mildly. The details characterizing the Diavel Diesel cannot fail to captivate connoisseurs of special bikes but also people from different walks of life, such as fashion. It’s always stimulating for us to move outside the world of motorcycling and widen our brand’s areas of interest”.
A factory tuned F4 with added power and hardware
If there is one manufacturer which has the ability to meticulous art when it comes to sportbikes, there is no other name which comes close to MV Agusta. Having made some of the most exotic Italian masterpieces on two wheels, the MV Agusta has a tremendous history in terms of making some of the most beautiful looking and aerodynamic motorcycles on the planet.
The year 2016 proved to be a landmark one for India, for the year witnessed the advent of MV Agusta in India. Though the manufacturer may not have entered the Indian market in a full-fledged manner with its entire global line-up, the motorcycles with which it has made its way in India surely have raised the bars and expectations of enthusiasts and supersport fans.
Among all the motorcycles with which MV Agusta made its debut in India, the range-topping F4 supersport happens to be the flagship motorcycle for the Italian bike maker for the time being in India. The wet dream of all those enthusiasts who love to have a perfect equilibrium of design and performance, the MV Agusta F4 looks equally when on the go as well as while being on the still as well. But that’s not enough, besides the regular F4, MV Agusta has also brought in the most aggressive version of the same to India, the mighty F4 RR, which happens to be the biggest and baddest MV Agusta to ever appear on the block. Here’s our quick review on the MV Agusta F4 RR:-
Three new Colours and special edition Monogram is what makes this motorcycle unique
This was actually a surprising move from Royal Enfield; the popular Cruiser manufacturer introduced special edition models for their Classic series towards the beginning of the New Year. The Classic 350 is the best selling motorcycles from Royal Enfield lineup and is the only motorcycle which has helped RE gain those amazing sales numbers.
The Classic is popular amongst the crowd for its old school styling and the new Redditch Edition will further give its sales figure a further boost. Redditch is a small town in UK which is located about 15 miles away South of Birmingham. This is the same town where the Royal Enfield Motorcycles were made.
The history says it all the Royal Enfield Redditch monogram first was used on the tank of prototype 125cc ’Royal Baby’ 2-stroke motorcycle in 1939. While due to World War 2 the plan of its production for the general public was put on hold but the motorcycle was adopted by the British armed forces. In 2008 the RE monogram, still encapsulated within a winged emblem was used on the Classic 350 when it was launched. The Classic monogram is still used in the Classic motorcycles engines of the present Classic, Desert Storm, Battle Green and Squadron Blue motorcycles, the Bullet 350 and 500, the Thunderbird cruisers and obviously the Thunderbird Cruisers as well and lastly on the Continental GT cafe racer.
The most exotic Superbike you can never have, even if you had money.
Ducati always have had this insanity in them to time and again bring up machines that push the boundaries of two-wheeled glory, a boundary that will make every other manufacturer look like a speck of dust. For this alone, we must hand it to the Italian with all pomp and flair that they can literally pull off a true bloody special edition.
And this time we are talking about a 215 bhp of carbon fibre, the Ducati 1299 Superleggera. Which by the name itself means “simply light”. This is, ladies and gentlemen, the world’s first factory built superbike that is equipped with frame, swingarm, subframe, bodywork and the wheels built out of carbon fibre.
Ducati tells the world that ‘The 1299 Superleggera is the greatest expression of engineering, technology and performance ever put into mass production by a motorcycle manufacturer‘. It is a reminiscence of the legendary 1199 Superleggera.
Under all this is what I call a ‘Brobdingnagian’ twin Superquadro power house that can scare the daylights out of most seasoned riders. If that still does not fit your bill, the electronics package on this, one would need a Master’s degree and a PhD to understand the concepts of it, and by the time you do understand, you would stop caring about it because your brain is gizzing already.
sleek, dynamic, powerful and much more
Surpassing the fables of its famous FZ range, Yamaha has refurbished its naked streetfighter lineup with the MT range across the globe. Compared to the bulky and muscular looking motorcycles of FZ range, the entire roadster portfolio has been revised by the manufacturer with the new MT portfolio, which features new edgy and futuristic styling, new powertrains and new mechanicals, which have given an importance to Yamaha in the segment of naked streetfighters – a category in which Yamaha hasn’t been able to replicate as much tremendous recognition as it has achieved in the segment of faired supersports.
Starting off from the entry level MT-125 and extending all the way up to MT-10, Yamaha now has a comprehensive lineup of roadsters with the MT nameplate with a prominent presence in each and every segment. Speaking off the flagship, the MT-10, recently at the 2016 EICMA, Yamaha unveiled what can be its most outrageous looking motorcycle in its entire history till date, a performance specific variant of the MT-10, the new MT-10 SP. In simple words, the MT-10 SP is to MT-10 what the YZF R1M is to YZF R1. Here’s a quick outlook on what all revisions and additions does the new MT-10 SP gets over the regular MT-10:-
The madhouse also gives us three other mods to give you wet dreams.
Recently, we had featured a piece where the Austrian Orange is readying its production motorcycle of the MotoGP-spec KTM RC16 for 2018. It boasted a massive 240 bhp power mill and all of us blew the trumpets with joy.
With regards to what is coming up, that RC16 might feel a little soft and supple.
A couple of years ago Aprilia Racing christened its ‘Factory Works’ project which allowed customers to get access to their special, high-performance machines. It is the most advanced development, innovation and experimentation platform that began life as the extraordinary RSV4. It was the single most exciting thing to come out of the 2015 EICMA convention which got every moto aphrodisiac’s blood racing.
The first iteration from the Noale-based manufacturer was the Aprilia RSV4 R-FW ‘Misano’ which was showcased at the 2015 EICMA. It demonstrated the level of possibility that the Factory Works machine can dispatch. A monstrous performance motorbike while maintaining elevated overall balance and reliability.
From then on, Aprilia has been evolving and getting in the best of technology into their superbike and superstock machines. And for 2017, they have updated their ultimate offering with a 250 bhp Aprilia RSV4 R FW-GP. The nearest one can get to the MotoGP experience.
Along with this, customers can also get their hands on three different mods that suit their expectations and are compliant with Superstock and Superbike Championship regulations in each country it will be put to test. And each of them will carry various levels of chassis, engine and electronic preparations with a maximum configuration that exceeds 200 bhp.
Joining Ducati and Honda in giving us a taste of the MotoGP.
KTM is the brand new entry to the MotoGP championships and are touted to participate from the 2017-18 season. The Austrian company started developing their MotoGP spec motorcycle, the RC16, more than a year back and the company successfully conducted the tests by participating at this year’s Valencia GP in Spain.
From the very first day, KTM never made it a secret that the literal "Ready to Race" motto machine KTM RC16 will also be offered to the ’admiring the sport’ customers too.
A limited edition DNA festival
The same Italian madhouse production that gave us the F3 800 RC, the hottest performing middleweight sportbike in production, upgraded their Reparto Corse line-up with this condescending streetfighter born out of the experience gained by MV Agusta with their rich participation in World Superbike and Supersport arenas. The limited edition MV Agusta Dragster 800 RC.
Based on the original Dragster 800 and the RR, this stunning piece of entry by the house of Varese is for an audience who desire the best of both worlds. Beauty and performance. Wearing jazzier clothes, this RC can let you taste the spirit of racing and technology that thrives on pure emotions and a rich heritage. It was unveiled at EICMA in Milan, Italy.
Versatility is in the blood of this Agusta
The hottest performing middleweight sportbike in production wearing civilian clothing is the F3 800. The blend of performance similar to a litre class and handling prowess of a 600cc track machine is the DNA of every F3 800. And this limited-production RC (Reparto Corse) edition is a legitimate celebration of this MV Agusta’s superior qualities created by the honchos at the racing department, Jules Cluzel and Lorenzo Zanetti.
There aren’t many quintessential motorcycle manufacturer like this Italian. They have had their own share of trumps and falls throughout their history but now it seems like MV is enjoying a rare period of sustained growth. Turning motorcycles into a work of art has become a trait at MV and this RC edition of the F3 is a graphically accurate duplicate of the factory racers including the AMG logo and the signatures of the company’s racing World SuperSport Title riders.