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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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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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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