Suzuki SV650X unveiled

Suzuki appear to have taken the year off after their flurry of activity for 2017 new models. Heading into 2018 the only new model is this attractive, but hardly ground-breaking, new SV650X. Touted as a café racer, it’s fundamentally identical to the current SV650 roadster, with the exception of a couple of styling tweaks that see it receive a slotted headlamp cowl which flows in to the new side panels that in turn flow back to the tank carried over from the roadster. The tail unit remains unchanged, while the…

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Kawasaki announce Ninja 125 and Z125

Alongside the supercharged H2 SX and Z900RS Café Racer, Kawasaki also teased two upcoming model at their press conference in Milan today – the Ninja 125 and Z125.   Only the silhouettes of the bikes were revealed but Kawasaki expect the new bikes to been seen in the metal by the end of 2018. President of Kawasaki’s Motorcycle & Engine Company, Kazuo Ota said: “These two new models – and others under development – share unique Kawasaki styling, engineering and riding qualities that only we can deliver. Brand affinity is…

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Honda CB1000R – Blade undressed

The CB1000R has been reborn with a Fireblade derived engine with radically new styling (for Honda) along with the CB300R and CB125R. After teasing us with the Neo Sports Café concept, Honda have released the CB1000R – a sports derived naked that eschews its RR heritage. The styling is radical – dominated by modernist brushed steel rather than the hyper aggressive plastics of old – but there’s still a beast within. The CB1000R has a new Fireblade derived engine, which delivers 16% more power than the old model and 5%…

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Yamaha MT-07 and MT-09 SP double threat

Yamaha’s popular MT-07 gets an update and the MT-09 gets a flashier SP cousin. The MT range has been an enormous success for Yamaha thanks to a pair of great engines, fantastic styling and competitive pricing. For 2018 they’ve improved the range even further with an update on the MT-07 and the addition of the MT-09 SP. The MT-07 is one of Yamaha’s bestselling models due to its lively 698cc crossplane engine, so they’ve done the sensible thing and left it well alone. Instead they’ve refreshed the styling to make…

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Ducati Scrambler 1100 joins the retro party

Adding a top tier to the Scrambler family, the 800 and 400 are now joined by this brute – which uses an evolution of the lovely old Monster 1100 EVO engine – one of Ducati’s finest air-cooled V-twins. There are three flavours of 1100 at this first serving – while we expect there might be a Café Racer and a Desert Sled to come in the future – presented as a base model, a Special and a Sport.   There’s a good amount of steel and aluminium to give it…

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