Posted on 20 Apr2012 under CBR, Honda, Sports Bike |
The new Fireblade bodywork as its seen here is much more aggressive in appearance with the dual reflector beam head lamps similar in shape but more sinister than the last generation. The cowling is also more wild with its lightning-bolt shaped air intakes the most conspicuous change. It seems Honda has made an effort to make the CBR frontal area less-stubby and more angular (Something that has worked well for Suzuki and now BMW) in recent years. After that the body kit appears to have received only slight modifications, including poweder coated black frame and swing-arm.
The huge fork caps visible at the top of the triple-clamp appear to be Showa Big Piston Fork technology. This makes sense as Kawasaki and Suzuki have gone this route on their sportbikes the last two years. Honda has used the Unit Pro-Link layout for the rear suspension and this appears to be a variation on that same design. Radial-mount 4-piston Tokico calipers and maybe larger rotors round out this area.
There’s big news when it comes to the new 2012 Honda CBR1000RR. The CBR1000RR is already the essential Superbike, offering a perfectly integrated combination of power, handling, and overall balance for both the street and the track. But this year we’ve taken this versatile machine and given it some major upgrades. New suspension, new bodywork, new instrumentation, new wheels—and that’s just the start. All that in addition to its famously powerful 999cc liquid-cooled inline-four-cylinder engine and all-aluminum twin-spar chassis.
The future’s looking bright indeed—at least if you’re looking at it from behind the bars of a new 2012 CBR1000RR.
Whenever motorcyclists gather for a session of bench-racing, comments aimed toward big-bore sportbikes often carry a bit of arm’s-length awe: these are potent, high-powered machines and not for the faint of heart. However, such tales have arguably helped build the reputation of Honda’s CBR1000RR, a full-on sporting literbike that shatters class stereotypes with its surprisingly accommodating manners. Thanks to its magnum-level performance along with a near-perfect blend of streetability, versatility, rider feel and balanced character, the CBR1000RR has for years held high the class standard for well-rounded capabilities. Of course, it helps greatly that the CBR1000RR is sized and weighs in alongside 600cc-class sportbikes, but that’s a longstanding family trait.
Posted on 20 Apr2012 under Cruisers, Kawasaki, MotorCycle |
It’s called classic for a reason: it draws on styling cues from days when everybody who was anybody had a muscle car, 8-tracks pumped out the tunes and a low-slung motorcycle turned heads. The Vulcan® 900 Classic is definitely the bike to get noticed on, with its spoke wheels, low-slung seat and chrome dual slash-cut mufflers.
It’s powered by a 903cc engine, just like its 900 Vulcan brethren. This powerplant offers excellent performance and smooth roll-on acceleration. Rider floorboards complete with a heel and toe shifter enhance rider comfort. The tank-mounted instrumentation includes a handy fuel gauge and an easy-to-read analog speedometer. And its 5.3-gallon fuel tank is the largest in its class.
The visual treats continue with curved cooling fins on the big, classic-looking V-twin, which bristles with modern touches inside including four-valve-per-cylinder performance and liquid-cooled reliability. An engine counterbalancer works with the single-pin crankshaft to produce that distinctive guttural V-twin sound and feel, but without the annoying V-twin vibration. Rugged and reliable belt final drive on the Vulcan 900 keeps the overall weight down, improves rear-end styling and provides the rider with additional customizing opportunities. Not to mention the largest rear tire in its class also contributes to the Vulcan 900’s big bike feel.
2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic Features and Benefits
• 903cc liquid-cooled V-twin offers an optimal balance of performance and maneuverability
• Digital fuel injection for precise throttle response and improved fuel economy
• Rider floorboards with heel and toe shifter enhance rider comfort
• 5.3-gallon fuel tank is largest in class
• Stylish tank-mounted instrumentation includes fuel gauge
• Fat 180-series rear tire is largest in class
• Efficient and stylish belt drive runs cleaner and requires less maintenance than a chain
903cc V-twin SOHC Engine
• Tuned to deliver a healthy dose of torque at low rpm
• Smooth and reliable
• Gear-driven balancer allows use of single pin crankshaft without excessive vibration
Posted on 20 Apr2012 under Cruisers, Kawasaki, MotorCycle, Touring |
The stunningly beautiful Vulcan® 1700 Classic cruiser evokes that certain feeling in riders: one that beckons you aboard with its gorgeous curves and drop-dead custom styling and says “let’s ride.” It’s beautiful from so many angles – from its raked front end to the fat rear fender complemented by a fat rear tire – exemplifying classic boulevard styling. And the deep paintwork, thick chrome and detail touches will rock your world the first time you lay eyeballs upon it.
Like its Vulcan 1700 brethren, the Classic’s V-twin dominates the proceedings with a thoroughly retro look as well as asphalt-wrinkling output. The heart of the matter is a pair of massive pistons moving within two liquid-cooled but beautifully finned cylinder blocks arrayed at 52 degrees for optimum balance and a distinct V-twin thump. Internal dimensions are thoroughly long-stroke – 102 x 104mm – for mammoth low- and mid-range power, exactly the sort of big-inch thrust and V-twin feel cruiser riders crave.
Working with a powerful ECU and a smart fuel injection system, the electronic throttle valve enhances response without detracting from the engine’s distinctive V-twin feel, delivering ultra-precise intake flow to the engine under nearly any conditions.
2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic Features and Benefits
• Liquid-cooled 1,700cc V-twin engine produces massive torque
• Fuel injection system optimized for power in the low
• to mid-rpm range
• Compact frame for easy maneuverability and handling
• Electronic throttle valve system helps produce smooth power
• Adjustable rear suspension
• 9-spoke cast wheels add to the classic V-twin look and feel
• Instrumentation includes digital LCD screen that displays a wealth of information
Posted on 9 Apr2012 under CBR, Honda, MotorCycle, Sports Bike |
Think of a fighter, standing in the ring. Boots, trunks, gloves—and plenty of muscle. That’s the Honda CB1000R, a machine that offers Superbike performance, a comfortable, do-it-all riding position, and sense of style that’s off the charts.
The CB1000R is built around a superbike-strong 998cc DOHC inline-four engine that’s perfect for street riding, with plenty of torque and power on tap. Since it’s a four cylinder, it’s plenty smooth for longer rides too. When you’re as muscular as the CB1000R you want to show the world. It’d be a shame to cover up that awesome engine, so we’ve put it out front and center so you and everyone else can enjoy it. Then our designers gave the CB1000R just enough styling touches (side radiator shrouds, fork-mounted cowl fairing, cast aluminum four-spoke wheels) to really set it apart. Get used to everyone else checking it out.
The bike that ruled the hearts of million with it’s unbeatable style, speed, power and performance coming again new Avatar and the name is none other 2012 Honda CB1000R, which expected to arrive in American dealers in spring 2012 at $10,999 MSRP. The new 2012 Honda CB1000R is powered by a 998cc, Liquid-Cooled, Inline four-cylinder DOHC; four valves per cylinder engine producing 123 crankshaft horsepower at 10,000 rpm mated with a six-speed transmission fitted with 4.5 gallons, including 1.0-gallon reserve fuel tank. It can give you the top speed of 150 mph .
- Engine Type Inline four-cylinder DOHC; four valves per cylinder
- Engine Displacement 998cc
- Bore & Stroke 75 mm x 56.5 mm
- Compression Ratio 11.2:1
- Cooling Liquid-Cooled
- Fuel System PGM-FI Fuel injection with automatic enrichment circuit and 36 mm throttle bodies
- Ignition Computer-controlled digital transistorized with 3-D mapping
- Starting System Electric
- Transmission Close-ratio six-speed
- Final Drive #530 0-ring chain
- Rake and Trail 25.0° / 3.9 in.
- Wheel Base 56.9 in.
- Seat Height 32.1 in.
- Front Suspension 43 mm inverted HMAS cartridge fork w/spring preload, rebound compression damping
- Rear Suspension Single gas-charged HMAS shock w/spring preload and rebound damping adjustability
- Front Brake Dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers with 310 mm discs
- Rear Brake Single 256 mm disc
- Front Tire 120/70ZR-17 radial
- Rear Tire 180/55ZR-17 radial
- Fuel Capacity 4.5 gallons, including 1.0-gallon reserve
- Top speed 150 mph
- Dry Weight 485 lbs. (Wet)
- Price $10,999 MSRP
Posted on 9 Apr2012 under Kawasaki, MotorCycle, Touring, Vulcan |
Embodying classic American style, the Vulcan® 1700 Nomad™ can be the perfect companion for touring or just cruising down the boulevard. This flexibility means it can be many things to different riders. For some it’s a full-blown touring bike, its windshield, hard saddlebags, floorboards, backrest and standard cruise control taking the sting out of long days in the saddle. Strap a sleeping bag to the pillion, jump aboard and let the Nomad’s V-twin eat up the miles effortlessly while you soak in the sights and decompress. And with its mix of the latest technology and luxurious two-tone paint adding to its classic style, it’s a one-two punch of thrill.
More useful technology is found in the Nomad’s fully Electronic Throttle Valve system. Working with the rest of the advanced fuel injection system, the electronic throttle valve enhances engine response without detracting from its distinctive V-twin feel. The system utilizes an Accelerator Position Sensor (APS) and a Throttle Position Sensor (TPS). Both units feed data to the ECU, which adjusts the throttle plates to tailor intake airflow accordingly. The system offers a natural throttle feel, because the APS is activated by a throttle body pulley connected by cables to the throttle grip. Besides the obvious FI advantages such as improved fuel economy and automatic adjustment for altitude changes, the system also permits easy hands-off warm-up and idle speed control. The Nomad also features a water-cooled alternator that produces a staggering 46.8 amps of electrical output – plenty to power a selection of electronic accessories to enrich motorcycle travel.
The Nomad’s electronic cruise control system is conveniently operated from the right handlebar, and can be engaged at any speed between 30 and 85 mph in any of the top four gears. The cruise system can be disengaged in any of the following ways: brake lever, clutch lever, rear brake pedal, or manually turning the throttle grip past the “closed” position. Its six-speed transmission offers positive shifting action and features overdriven 5th and 6th gears, which contribute greatly to a relaxed ride and excellent fuel economy at highway speeds. Power is routed to the rear wheel via a carbon fiber drive belt that has a 40-percent higher tensile strength than current Kevlar belts.
2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager Features and Benefits
• Powerful 1,700cc liquid-cooled V-twin delivers high levels of torque
• Six-speed transmission for relaxed cruising
• Electronic cruise control maintains speed for more comfort on long trips
• Frame-mounted fairing provides stylish wind protection to the rider and passenger
• Lower color-matched fairings increase wind protection for legs
• Color matched trunk is big enough to hold two full-face helmets
• Lockable, color matched, top-opening hard saddlebags are capacious and easy to pack from the top
• Feature-rich audio system comes standard, has AM/FM/WB, and is compatible with iPods and XM radio
• New for 2012, Navigation Audio Prompt Capability can play navigation voice prompts from Garmin Zumo 600 or 665 series GPS devices through the motorcycle’s audio system or Kawasaki Genuine Accessory helmet headsets
• New for 2012, Kawasaki Air Management System (KAMS) maximizes rider and passenger comfort when stopped or at very low speeds in warm weather
• Low 28.7-inch seat height enhances the comfortable riding position
• Compact and upright ergonomics for all-day rider comfort