Yamaha’s subtle R1M job

A host of small updates further enhance Yamaha’s flagship YZF-R1M. It might have been overlooked thanks to the introduction of the intriguing new Niken three-wheeler stealing the limelight at EICMA, but Yamaha’s blue missile, the R1M, is to get a number of subtle updates for 2018 to keep it at the sharp end of the sportsbike spectrum. The updates will be mostly hidden, with the exception of a new Silver Blu Carbon paint job that shows off more of the bike’s carbon bodywork. Accompanying this will be a number of…

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Official: Norton 650 Scrambler in development

Norton will reveal their intention to build a new family of 650cc parallel-twins at this weekend’s Motorcycle Live, showing renderings of a new scrambler model to canvass input from potential owners. The desire is to launch two scrambler-styled bikes, one more road focussed, the other a more serious dual-purpose option for riders who want to get their kicks in the dirt – and ride home afterwards. “It started off life as half of the V4,” says Norton head of design Simon Skinner. “We always knew we wanted to do a…

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2018 Mini Cooper S snapped during testing

The facelifted Mini Cooper S five-door has been caught testing in Germany, revealing minor tweaks ahead of its formal launch. As you can probably see, the life cycle impulse (LCI, or BMW speak for mid-life refresh) five-door hatch won’t run with any major sheetmetal changes over its predecessor. Instead, external updates are limited to new graphics for the head- and tail-lights, inspired by the Union Jack motif used in the JCW GP Concept, among other Mini concepts from the past few years. Sebastian Mackensen, senior vice president of Mini, has…

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Kymco unveil three wheel concept

Taiwanese manufacturer Kymco unveiled two concept scooters at this week’s Milan Show, one of which has three wheels. Kymco are classing both bikes as ‘adventure tourers’, although there doesn’t look to be that much potential for adventure with the small wheel size and road tyres. The CV3 is the three wheel version, and looks like a mashup between a Piaggio MP3 and the new Yamaha Niken. Kymco revealed a teaser video for the models last month, and we believe both models will be powered by the same 550cc parallel twin…

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Arch Motorcycles reveal two new models

Arch Motorcycles burst onto the scene in 2015 with the pretty bonkers KRGT-1, a proper American muscle machine powered by a 2032cc S&S engine that pumps out a tarmac-rippling 122ftlb of torque. But that’s not mad enough for the firm, created by Keanu Reeves and Gard Hollinger. This week the company unveiled one new model and one concept. The first bike is the Arch KRGT-1S, which is powered by the same 2032cc engine as the KRGT-1, but is a much more sporty package overall. The bike comes with optional ABS,…

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