Heres the new Triumph Speed Triple in action

Heres the new Triumph Speed Triple in action

TRIUMPH has just released this promotional video for its new Speed Triple, which it announced this morning.

It comes with the tagline ‘Unleash the thrill’ and the bike action is cut with extreme sports footage, which gives a good indication of what the new Speed Triple is all about.

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How Yamaha nearly produced the Tesseract

How Yamaha nearly produced the Tesseract

Yamaha Tesseract
The Yamaha Tesseract

Yamaha ORT2 prototype
The ORT2 prototype

YAMAHA has revealed that its 2007 Tesseract concept bike came far closer to production than any of us might have guessed.

The firm has unveiled video of a working prototype derived from the Tesseract concept, dubbed OR2T, which was under development until the firm reined in its R&D spending in 2008 when the financial crisis hit.

After the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, where the V-twin-engined Tesseract concept was shown, Yamaha polled potential customers about the bike and got what it describes as an ‘extremely positive response’  leading to the development of the OR2T to help prove the concept’s viability.

The working model’s suspension differed from the Tesseract, having its front and rear suspension components mounted outside the wheels rather than between them, making the track narrower and giving a more conventional motorcycle-style appearance. It also lost the concept’s dummy V-twin engine in favour of what appears to be the parallel twin from a TDM900, reworked to fit two shaft drives – one for each rear wheel.

As a proof-of-concept, styling clearly wasn’t a high priority, but the bike is reported to have worked well. Since the worldwide economy has started to improve, Yamaha has returned to the same idea with the Tricity three-wheeler and is now lining up to launch a large, MT-09-based leaning trike – previewed in this year’s MWT-9 concept and likely to reach production soon.

You can see video of the OR2T prototype in action here.

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New Triumph Speed Triple revealed

New Triumph Speed Triple revealed

Triumph Speed Triple R 2016
The 2016 Triumph Speed Triple R

Triumph Speed Triple S 2016
This is the S version.

Triumph Speed Triple R 2016

THERE’S a whole class of ludicrously fast bikes today that might not even exist if it wasn’t for the Triumph Speed Triple, arguably the original, seminal super-naked.

For 2016, Triumph is taking a swipe back at new competition from the BMW S1000R, Aprilia Tuono V4 and KTM 1290 Super Duke R with a heavily updated Speed Triple – and this is it.

We’d already seen it in spy shots but now it’s official: it’s had significant revisions including a new engine and a full compliment of electronics, along with changes to its styling and bodywork, Triumph has confirmed. 

The firm says the new 1050cc three-cylinder engine features 104 new developments to give it more power and torque across the whole rev range, while delivering up to 10% improved fuel efficiency. It’s got a new combustion chamber and cylinder head, a new machined crank, new piston design and new ride-by-wire throttle bodies.  The engine and radiator are also ‘significantly narrower’, which Triumph says results in 20mm narrower standover.

The new Speed Triple has also been given a slipper clutch, a new smaller radiator (which Triumph says is more efficient), plus an exhaust system with a claimed 70% improved flow rate. There are no power or torque figures available yet, but Triumph sent a poll to Speed Triple owners earlier this year which suggested it would make 140hp.

That same poll also suggested the new bike would have more technology, and sure enough the 2016 Speed Triple has been treated to a host of tech updates including a new ECU and an adjustable ride-by-wire throttle with changeable throttle maps. The new bike also has five riding modes: road, rain, sport, track and a rider programmable mode. ABS is rider selectable, as is the level of traction control, which is linked to the riding modes. Brembo monobloc calipers take care of braking at the front.

Styling changes include new headlamps, the addition of daytime running lights, more sleek bodywork and an all-new seat, which Triumph says is inspired by the Daytona 675R.

The new Speed Triple R has all of the above, plus some additional trick bits over the S model, including a carbon-fibre front mudguard, carbon tank inserts and a bellypan. The R also gets a full compliment of Ohlins suspension with NIX30 front forks and a TTX36 rear shock. On top of that, it also has billet-machined bar clamps and risers, swingarm pivot covers and rear wheel finisher, plus a red radiator cowls and a red subframe.

Available colours for the Speed Triple S are ‘Diablo Red’ and ‘Phantom Black’, while the Speed Triple R will be available in ‘Crystal White’ and ‘Matt Graphite’.

There is no word on price yet.

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Yamaha XSR900 confirmed

Yamaha XSR900 confirmed

Yamaha XSR900

YAMAHA has effectively confirmed it is set to launch an MT-09-based retro-style machine in the mould of the XSR700.

It hinted at the bike a week ago when it teased a new ‘Faster Sons’ one-off, in Kenny Roberts colours and designed by Roland Sands. The XSR700 was also previewed with a special one-off that was revealed under the Faster Sons tag line.

However, the final confirmation that the XSR900 is real comes in the fact that Yamaha has now applied for trademarks on the name and registered a whole crop of web domains including yamaha-xsr900.com, yamahaxsr900.com and xsr900.com, as well as their .net, .us and .org derivatives.

What will it be like? Well, if you put the tank, seat and headlight from the XSR700 on the chassis and engine of an MT-09, you’re unlikely to be far from the mark.

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Another mystery Yamaha the Elude

Another mystery Yamaha the Elude

Yamaha Elude
This isn’t the Yamaha Elude. Or maybe it is.

AT the same time as it applied for the SCR950 trademark that we’ve already revealed Yamaha also applied for rights to the name ‘Elude’ specifically for use on a two or three-wheeled motorcycle.

While the name has scooterish overtones, it’s worth mentioning that the trademark rights have been applied for in America, which isn’t a big market for little twist-and-goes. The firm’s US arm also registered web domains including yamahaelude.com and yamaha-elude.com at the end of October.

Other recent Yamaha trademarks, like SCR950 and XSR900, have given clear clues to the bikes that will carry them, not least by revealing their engine capacity, but the Elude name has no such implications. Yamaha usually reserves real names for its scooters while giving its full-size bikes alpha-numeric designations, so the strongest money is still on the Elude being a twist-and-go, but there’s a chance it could be something bigger.

The fact that the websites are registered by Yamaha USA and contain the name ‘Yamaha’ means that it won’t be a cruiser, since in the States the firm uses the ‘Star’ sub-brand instead of Yamaha on its cruiser models.

Let us know your guesses as to what the bike might be. With Yamaha due to unveil its full 2016 range next Monday night, we should know soon enough.

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Roland Sands Yamaha MT09 properly revealed

Roland Sands Yamaha MT09 properly revealed

Yamaha MT-09 'Faster Wasp' by Roland Sands

HERE’S Yamaha’s latest ‘Yard Built’ concept, an MT-09-based special by Roland Sands which the firm says points to a forthcoming production model.

Earlier this year Yamaha showed us a one-off MT-07 by legendary custom builder Shinya Kimura which heralded the XSR700 – so it makes sense that this time it will be an XSR900, especially since Yamaha has just applied to trademark the name

Yamaha has billed it as ‘Faster Sons Chapter Two’ while Shinya Kimura’s MT-07 was chapter one, so there’s a clue. 

Confusingly, Yamaha’s latest press release also calls this one the ‘Faster Wasp’, a reference to its ‘bumblebee colour scheme’ which pays tribute to Kenny Roberts’ TZ750 of the ’70s.   

Yamaha Motor Europe Product Manager Shun Miyazawa confirmed it would influence a future product.

He said: ‘Roland did a fantastic job with this build, respecting this philosophy in great detail. This has given us a huge confidence and, as with Shinya Kimura’s concept, has again confirmed our direction and bike building philosophy. We are working on future Faster Sons products and this concept is going to help us to accelerate bringing future products to the market.’

There’s also a new video of the concept.

The concept features a hand-fabricated aluminum fuel tank, tail section, intake scoops, radiator covers, front number plate and mudguard. 

Yamaha’s release said: ‘The ‘Faster Wasp’ rolls on RSD Morris forged aluminium wheels (17×3.5” front & 17×6.0” rear) wrapped in Dunlop Q3 tyres. The screaming triple sound track comes courtesy of Two Bros Racing stainless steel headers with an RSD Slant muffler. The power is transferred to the back wheel with Renthal sprockets and stopping power comes from RSD custom superbike front brake rotors, Performance Machine radial brake calipers, an RSD Radial brake master cylinder and Spiegler brake lines.

‘An RSD cable clutch perch and Barnett custom clutch cable keep the gears in check and RSD Nostalgia handlebar risers, Renthal FATbar handlebars and RSD Traction grips give the rider total control. An Öhlins front fork cartridge kit and Öhlins rear shock keep the ride tight and Samco cooling lines adds a race level touch of detail.’

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Whats a Yamaha SCR950

Whats a Yamaha SCR950

Yamaha XV950
The SCR950 could have an engine derived from the 950cc motor in the XV950.

TECHNOLOGY keeps betraying Yamaha’s attempts to keep new models secret and as a result we now know the firm is developing a new model under the name SCR950.

The firm has trademarked the name in America and Europe as well as buying several related website domain names including www.yamaha-scr950.com. Don’t go looking there yet – it’s a dead link – but the firm owns the rights to the site along with various permutations of the name and the .org, .net and .us versions of each of them.

So, what could an SCR950 be? Well, the only 950cc engine in the firm’s current a***nal is the XV950’s air-cooled V-twin, so the likely implication is that the SCR will be derived from that. And is it a coincidence that ‘SCR’ is the first three letters of the word ‘scrambler’?

In Europe, the firm has also registered the trademark XCR950 at the same time, hinting at a second derivative of the same new bike. However, at the moment there’s no website activity or US trademark under that t**le.

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Ducatis teaser video for its new cruiser

Ducatis teaser video for its new cruiser

HERE’S the latest teaser video from Ducati – entitled ‘This is sophistication’.

It’s our first official look at Ducati’s new cruiser, although we’ve seen it in spy shots during testing. 

As with the rest of Ducati’s recent teaser videos, it ends with next Monday’s date which is when its pre-Eicma press conference is taking place, and when we can expect to see all these new bikes officially unveiled for the first time.

Ducati said in a press release:

“This is Sophistication” is the last chapter of the new Ducati story.

Prior to the long-awaited Ducati World Première 2016, to be held in Milan on 16 November, with “This is Sophistication” the mysterious tale of unprecedented shapes, the colour black and suspended enigma moves toward its final pages.

In the last chapter of this Ducati tale the centre stage is taken by elegant shapes, which come to light from high quality materials.

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