Two-wheelers: The model highlights of the new motorcycle season

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The model highlights of the new motorcycle season

Two-wheelers: The model highlights of the new motorcycle season-BMW

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Motorcycle innovations: Ducati is launching a smaller version of the Streetfighter, the 848.

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Two-wheelers: The model highlights of the new motorcycle season-BMW

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The Kawasaki Versys 1000 with a wide range of touring accessories for travel.

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Two-wheelers: The model highlights of the new motorcycle season-Germany

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The Ducati 1199 Paginale wants to stir up the league of super athletes with its 195 hp.

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Two-wheelers: The model highlights of the new motorcycle season-Kawasaki

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The Crosstourer travel enduro from Honda starts at 13,490 euros.

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Two-wheelers: The model highlights of the new motorcycle season-Honda Fireblade Horex

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From 5500 euros: The Honda NC 700S is a two-cylinder all-rounder with 48 hp.

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Two-wheelers: The model highlights of the new motorcycle season-ZZR

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Big bike bolide: The Kawasaki ZZR 1400 with a whopping 200 hp from 15,595 euros.

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Two-wheelers: The model highlights of the new motorcycle season-Munich

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The Triumph Speed ​​Triple gets an R version. The surcharge for this is 2500 euros.

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Two-wheelers: The model highlights of the new motorcycle season-Honda

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Triumph presents the Tiger 1200 Explorer. The travel enduro costs 13,790 euros.

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Two-wheelers: The model highlights of the new motorcycle season-Honda

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Husqvarna is launching its Nuda 900 with 105 hp under the umbrella of BMW.

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Two-wheelers: The model highlights of the new motorcycle season-Moto Guzzi

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The BMW C 600 Sport wants to reposition itself in the scooter segment. Prices are not yet known.

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In 2012 many new motorcycles are coming onto the market. Strong motors, electronic helpers and weight reduction are the trends. BMW surprises with a scooter.

D.he year 2011 was not bad for the motorcycle industry: on average, the bottom line was an increase of around 3.7 percent. But the sun was not smiling for all manufacturers: while BMW, Triumph and Harley-Davidson achieved significant increases in some cases, Yamaha, Suzuki and Honda recorded declines in sales. Of the Japanese brands, only Kawasaki could report a plus.

But that is the past; the 2012 model highlights should ensure that the good mood continues. First and foremost the new Ducati racer, the 1199 Panigale; In addition, the first model of the revived Horex brand, the VR6 Roadster, is in the starting blocks.

The first photos of the successor to the bestseller BMW R 1200 GS have also appeared. Accordingly, the travel enduro will soon be powered by a boxer engine with water cooling. However, it can be doubted that it will come this year.

The model highlights

But other brands also have attractive two-wheelers on offer. The overview in alphabetical order:

BMW now also in the scooter segment

Aprilia hasn’t announced any news yet, that’s why we’re starting with BMW. Before the Munich-based company put the aforementioned R 1250 GS on the market, they send a new variant of the R 1200 GS with the addition of a rally into the race. It comes as standard with the electronic chassis system ESA as well as an on-board computer and wire-spoke wheels. Their price is 13,300 euros.

The super sports car S 1000 RR has also undergone a revision, now with a shorter gear ratio, new colors and a slimmer rear end. BMW is completely repositioning itself in the scooter segment with the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT models. Despite the different names, the engines both have the same cubic capacity, namely 647 ccm, and produce 60 hp. The prices are not yet known.

Sport bike manufacturer Ducati

The sport bike manufacturer Ducati is delivering something remarkable this year. The Panigale 1199 has what it takes to stir up the league of super athletes. The newly designed two-cylinder V-engine develops 195 hp with a weight (with a full tank) of just 192 kilograms. To keep these forces under control, Ducati has given the bike many electronic aids such as integral ABS, traction control, automatic gearshift, various driving modes and an electronically adjustable chassis for the top model Tricolore.

The prices start at just over 19,000 euros, for the S version and the S Tricolore you have to pay five or nine thousand more.

In 2012 the Italians are also bringing a smaller version of the Streetfighter named 848 with 125 hp and an empty weight of 185 kilograms. Prices start at 12,190 euros. The 848 Evo sports car has been slightly revised for the model year, with its V2 engine now producing 140 hp.

Harley-Davidson in Germany too

Harley-Davidson is actually the opposite of Ducati. The Americans focus on relaxation and were thus among the winners in 2011, but they still haven’t been lazy and are now conjuring six new bikes out of their hats. In all Softails except for the new Blackline, the Big Twin now works with a displacement of 1690 cubic centimeters. The Dyna series is modernized to Can-Bus electronics and receives ABS.

After a short break, the Sportster 1200 Custom returns to the range with the front wheel shrunk to 16 inches. In addition, the Ultra Classic Elektra Glide is coming back to Germany.

The anniversary model V-Rod 10th Anniversary is worth mentioning, a color variant of the Night Rod Special with newly tuned spring struts at the rear, upside-down fork and lighter cast wheels.

Update for the Honda Fireblade

Really something is going on at Honda too. Not only did the super sports car Fireblade get an update with a modernized look, but also cast wheels and a lap timer. In the middle class, the Japanese are bringing three inexpensive bikes with the 700 series, all of which are based on the same engine-chassis combination.

The NC 700 S is an all-rounder with an in-line twin-cylinder engine and 48 hp, which will cost 5500 euros. The sister NC 700 X comes with longer suspension travel, 790 mm seat height and has an off-road appearance. It costs 5990 euros. The Integra scooter also emerges from the concept.

By the way, all Hondas over 125 cc will have ABS as standard from 2012. But that’s not all: The travel enduro Crosstourer with V4 engine based on the VFR 1200 F replaces the veteran Varadero. It should – how could it be otherwise – make life difficult for the BMW R 1200 GS and costs from 13,490 euros.

Horex with a new bike

Announced long ago, the resurgent Horex brand is sending its first bike onto the streets. Not with a supercharged VR6 engine as expected, but a sucking 160 hp from six cylinders are not bad either. The roadster comes with the finest finish, aluminum bridge frame, ABS and a price of 21,700 euros in spring.

Another traditional brand that is now under the BMW umbrella was a little faster: at the end of 2011, Husqvarna had already presented its Nuda 900 (also as an R version), a slim runabout for narrow and winding roads that is powered by a 105 hp in-line twin-cylinder whose basis comes from the F 800 R..

The R version also has an adjustable fork and an Ohlins shock absorber. Unfortunately, ABS does not yet exist.

Kawasaki upgrades the ZZR 1400

A fireworks display burns down Kawasaki in 2012. The crossover Versys 1000 was recently presented, a mixture of the four-cylinder of the Z 1000, a 17-inch chassis, the styling of the small Versys and a 17-liter tank. Thanks to a wide range of touring accessories, the trip should be a success and compete with strong competitors in terms of market share.

Kawasaki has improved the ZZR 1400 big bike bolide, which now activates 200 hp. These are slowed down by a traction control and adjustable power input (power mode). A new cockpit provides information about the systems, aisles and temperatures. The price: 15,595 euros.

The bestsellers ER 6n and f, which were given a more pleasing look and a new cockpit, were also made slimmer and stiffer. The naked one "n" costs 6995 that "f" 7495 euros.

KTM with a new R version

KTM mainly devoted itself to its smaller models. The 690 Duke was revised and equipped with the engine of the previous R version, supplemented by a double ignition. The single cylinder has 70 hp and in connection with the low weight of 160 kilograms, cornering should be a pleasure.

The Freeride 350 is ideal for moderate off-roaders, which has taken over the engine of the 350 EXC-F in its new bridge frame and combines it with an ultra-short gear ratio. The price: 6,995 euros.

If you need even less, you can take the 200 Duke with 26 hp and an empty weight of 127 kilograms. The 690 SMC R also comes across as crisp, combining 67 HP with a weight of only 140 kilograms and driving accordingly dynamically on winding roads. It costs 8495 euros.

Moto Guzzi is renovating the engines

Moto Guzzi has taken on the V7 engine and the bikes that roll with it. According to the company, the engine has been completely renovated. Equipped with 51 PS, it now drives the V7, which has also been renewed, as does the V7 Specialm, the V7 Racer and the Nevada 750.

Sporty drivers with exclusive taste look forward to the MV Agusta F3 / Oro. Fired by an in-line three-cylinder, the chic racer develops 126 hp, comes with a whole range of electronic helpers, weighs 185 kilograms and has a record-breaking wheelbase of 1380 millimeters.

The price for the two-wheeler has not yet been determined, but should be around 12,000 euros.

Suzuki is sliming down

Things are less spectacular at Suzuki. The facelifted V-Strom was presented in the summer of 2011, now the Japanese are pushing the revised GSX-R 1000. Above all, the racer has become lighter, now weighs just 205 kilos, and its brakes and optics have been redesigned.

Unfortunately, Suzuki donated its super sports car no electronic helpers, so that it should have a hard time against the upgraded competition.

Triumph with the new travel enduro

A GS competitor is also in the starting blocks for Triumph, the Tiger 1200 Explorer. The travel enduro costs 13,790 euros and is therefore cheaper than the Bavarian, comes with an independent and more powerful three-cylinder engine, but also weighs a few kilos more.

A traction control is on board, as is the electronic throttle response. An electronically adjustable chassis is missing, however.

The well-known Speed ​​Triple, which was revised last year, is now accompanied by the R version. Ohlins chassis and Brembo brakes, some carbon and a red rear frame characterize the R. The price surcharge is 2500 euros, the machine costs 14,990 euros.

The sharpened Daytona was presented in the middle of last year.

Yamaha overhauls athletes

Not much has happened at Yamaha. Only the super sports car YZF-R1 received a revision, is now drawn more aggressively, has a six-stage traction control, revised mapping, new footrests and new upper triple tree.

Conclusion: The new season should be interesting. Not just because of the many new models, but because it will be interesting to see whether the market will continue to develop positively. And which of the many new products will win the hearts of customers. If you want to take a look at the new products, you can do so at various spring trade fairs, such as the Imot in Munich from February 17th to 19th.

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