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New Kawasaki KX 100 2011

2011-01-11T04:39:48.452-08:00

2011 Kawasaki KX 100General review, specifications and features for the New Kawasaki KX 100 2011.2011 Kawasaki KX 100 SpecificationsEngine Type: Two-stroke single with KIPS®Color Choices: Lime GreenDisplacement: 99ccBore x Stroke: 52.5 x 45.8mmCooling System: LiquidCarburetion: Keihin PWK28Induction: Two-petal reed valveCompression ratio: 9.6 : 1 (low speed, 8.8 : 1 (high speed)Ignition: Digital CDITransmission: Six-speedFinal drive: ChainFrame Type: High-tensile steel perimeter design with subframe memberRake/Trail: 27 degrees/4.1 in.Front suspension/wheel travel: 36mm inverted telescopic cartridge fork with 18 position compression damping adjustment/10.8 in.Rear suspension/wheel travel: UNI-TRAK® single shock system with 4 position compression and 20 position rebound damping adjustment plus adjustable spring preload/10.8 in.Front Tire Size: 70/100x19Rear Tire Size: 90/100x16Front brakes/rear brakes: Hydraulic disc/DiscOverall length: 75.2 in.Overall width: 28.9 in.Overall height: 43.5 in.Ground clearance: 15.0 in.Seat height: 34.3 in.Curb weight: 156.5 lbs.Fuel capacity: 1.5 gal.Wheelbase: 50.8 in.2011 Kawasaki KX 100 FeaturesEngine Features - The New Kawasaki KX 100 2011 utilizes a separate clutch cover on the engine’s right side for quick servicing without removing the water pump cover. Liquid-cooling assures even-running temperatures, consistent power output and greater reliability. Bridges between intake and exhaust ports are machine-finished for increased durability. Rotor utilizes rare-earth magnets-the unitized piece is small, light and more efficient; low inertial moment improves low-rpm response. Connecting rod big-end bearing has a more rigid cage for improved durability. Intake port shape and cylinder skirt allow cooling air into the crankcase chamber. Primary gear is secured using a lock-nut to help reduce mechanical noise. Metafoam gaskets for the generator and water pump covers improve sealing. KIPS system varies exhaust port height for increased horsepower and torque at all rpm. Produces a broad powerband with more low-end torque while retaining excellent top-end power. Breather in KIPS cover improves high-rpm and overrun performance. Crescent slide carburetor puts the needle closer to the intake ports for optimum throttle response and adjustable for various conditions.Chassis Features - The New Kawasaki KX 100 2011 engine and chassis bolts feature rust-resistant coating. Wide, steel footpegs for better control and added strength. Thick footpeg brackets withstand today’s rigorous tracks. Aluminum upper tubes are 49.5mm in diameter for excellent control and steering response. Compression damping is 18-way adjustable.  Rear hub features two wheel bearings on the drive side for durability. Thick spokes are used in the front and rear for strength, and require less adjustment. Lightweight aluminum rims. The New Kawasaki KX 100 aggressive graphics compliment its black frame and wheels, just like the larger KX 2011 models.[...]



New Kawasaki KX 85 2011

2011-01-11T04:39:09.550-08:00

2011 Kawasaki KX 85General review, specifications and features for the New Kawasaki KX 85 2011.2011 Kawasaki KX 85 SpecificationsEngine Type: Two-stroke single with KIPS®Color Choices: Lime GreenDisplacement: 84ccBore x Stroke: 48.5 x 45.8mmCooling System: LiquidCarburetion: Keihin PWK28Induction: Crankcase reed valveCompression ratio: 10.0 : 1 (low speed) and 9.2 : 1 (high speed)Ignition: Digital CDITransmission: Six-speedFinal drive: ChainFrame Type: High-tensile steel perimeter design with subframe memberRake/Trail: 27 degrees/3.5 in.Front suspension/wheel travel: 36mm inverted telescopic cartridge fork with 18 position compression damping adjustment/10.8 in.Rear suspension/wheel travel: UNI-TRAK® single shock system with 4 position compression and 20 position damping adjustment plus adjustable spring preload/10.8 in.Front Tire Size: 70/100x17Rear Tire Size: 90/100x14Front brakes/rear brakes: Hydraulic disc/DiscOverall length: 71.7 in.Overall width: 28.9 in.Overall height: 41.5 in.Ground clearance: 13.4 in.Seat height: 33.1 in.Curb weight: 152.1 lbs.Fuel capacity: 1.5 gal.Wheelbase: 49.4 in.2011 Kawasaki KX 85 FeaturesEngine Features - The New Kawasaki KX 85 lightweight electrofusion-coated cylinder improves heat transfer while resisting abrasion and seizure. Intake and exhaust port bridges are machine-finished for reduced wear and improved reliability. Liquid-cooling means even-running temperatures and consistent power output. Rotor comes with rare-earth magnets, the unitized piece is small, light and more efficient and low inertial moment improves low-rpm response. Connecting rod big-end bearing has more rigid cage for improved durability. Intake port shape and cylinder skirt allow cooling air into the crankcase chamber. Primary gear is secured using a lock-nut to help reduce mechanical noise. Metafoam gaskets for the generator and water pump covers improve sealing. KIPS system varies exhaust-port height for increased horsepower and torque at all rpm. Produces a broad powerband with more low-end torque and mid-range, while retaining excellent top-end power. Breather in KIPS cover improves high-rpm and overrun performance. Large crescent slide positions the needle closer to intake ports for ideal fuel atomization, providing quicker throttle response and a smoother power delivery. Thick-base clutch hub rides on needle bearings for smooth action. Large, 119mm clutch plates add durability and control. Clutch-release lever ratio is designed for light clutch lever action. Clutch plate service cover simplifies maintenance and utilizes a metal-carbon composite gasket.Chassis Features - The New Kawasaki KX 85 is wide, steel footpegs offer added control and strength. Thick footpeg-mount brackets withstand today’s rigorous tracks. Engine and chassis bolts feature rust-resistant coating. Fuel tank design lowers center of gravity for improved handling. Inverted fork is rigid, providing better steering response and control. Compression damping is 18-way adjustable. Aluminum upper fork tubes measure 49.5mm in diameter for flex-free performance. Swingarm uses large cross-section beams for improved rigidity and control. Cast-aluminum drive chain adjuster sections allow easy chain adjustments. Shock is fully adjustable for compression and rebound damping and spring preload. Black-coated lightweight aluminum rims offer a factory look. Rear hub features two bearings on the drive side for added durability. Large rear-axle diameter for optimum rigidity. Aggressive 2011 Kawasaki KX 85 graphics complement the black frame and wheels.[...]



New Kawasaki KX 65 2011

2011-01-11T04:38:40.581-08:00

2011 Kawasaki KX 65General review, specifications and features for the New Kawasaki KX 65 2011.2011 Kawasaki KX 65 SpecificationsEngine Type: Two-stroke singleColor Choices: Lime GreenDisplacement: 64ccBore x Stroke: 44.5 x 41.6mmCooling System: LiquidCarburetion: Mikuni VM24SSInduction: Four-petal reed valveCompression ratio: 8.4 : 1Ignition: Digital CDITransmission: Six-speedFinal drive: ChainFrame Type: Semi-double-cradle, high-tensile steelRake/Trail: 27 degrees/2.4 in.Front suspension/wheel travel: 33mm leading axle conventional fork with four-position rebound damping adjustment/8.3 in.Rear suspension/wheel travel: UNI-TRAK® single shock system with 0-3 turn rebound damping adjustment and fully adjustable spring preload/9.4Front Tire Size: 60/100x14Rear Tire Size: 80/100x12Front brakes/rear brakes: Hydraulic disc/DiscOverall length: 62.6 in.Overall width: 29.9 in.Overall height: 37.6 in.Ground clearance: 12.0Seat height: 29.9 in.Curb weight: 132.2 lbs.Fuel capacity: 1.0 gal.Wheelbase: 44.1 in.2011 Kawasaki KX 65 FeaturesEngine Features - The New Kawasaki KX 65 2011 digital ignition offers ideal timing for optimal throttle response throughout the rev range. Ignition rotor features rare-earth magnets, making it smaller, lighter and more durable. Its low inertial moment improves low-rpm response. High capacity ignition coil delivers a higher secondary voltage for a hotter spark, and the punchier response improves acceleration. Connecting rod big-end bearing features a cage for added durability. Primary gear is secured using a lock-nut to help reduce mechanical noise. The oil seal of the left crankcase has a stopper for increased engine reliability. Metafoam gaskets are used for the generator cover, water pump cover and water pump elbow for improved sealing. Advanced exhaust and transfer ports increase power and performance at higher rpm. Bridge between exhaust ports is machined for increased reliability and resistance to wear and seizure. Lightweight cylinder liner transfers heat efficiently for cooler running. Hard chrome-finished shift-fork ends resist wear. Manual clutch mechanism mirrors larger KX models. Clutch cover gasket made of metal-carbon composite material.Chassis Features - The New Kawasaki KX 65 2011 is an exceptional torsional rigidity for excellent handling. Reinforced downtube adds strength and durability. Engine and chassis bolts feature rust-resistant coating. Four-position rebound-damping adjustment accommodates different riding styles and terrain. Four-way adjustable rebound damping offers a variety of settings for various track conditions. External reservoir helps maintain consistent damping and rebuildable aluminum body. Forged aluminum rocker arm reduces weight and improves durability. Black rims provide the same aggressive look as the rims on larger KX models. Reduce unsprung weight for improved suspension action. Silencer is removable, and packing is replaceable. Oval shape mimics the styling of larger-displacement KX models.[...]



New Ducati 848 EVO 2011

2011-01-10T05:06:57.901-08:00

2011 Ducati 848 EVOGeneral review, specifications and features for the New Ducati 848 EVO 2011.2011 Ducati Superbike 848 EVO SpecificationsEngine Type: L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, liquid cooledDisplacement: 849.4ccBore x Stroke: 94x61.2mmCompression ratio: 13.2 : 1Power: 140hp (103kw) @ 10,500rpmTorque: 72.3lb-ft (98Nm) @ 9,750rpmFuel injection: Marelli electronic fuel injection, elliptical throttle bodiesGearbox: 6 speed, ratio 1=37/15 2=30/17 3=28/20 4=26/22 5=24/23 6=23/24Primary drive: Straight cut gears, ratio 1.84 : 1Final drive: Chain, Front sprocket 15, Rear sprocket 39Clutch: Wet multiplate with hydraulic controlExhaust: Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes. Twin stainless steel mufflersFrame: Tubular steel Trellis frame in ALS 450Wheelbase: 1430mm (56.3in)Rake: 24.5°Front suspension: Showa 43mmfully adjustable usd forksFront wheel travel: 127mm (5in)Front wheel: 5-spoke in light alloy 3.50 x 17Front Tyre: Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP, 120/70 ZR17Rear suspension: Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Showa monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarmRear wheel travel: 120mm (4.7in)Rear wheel: 5-spoke light alloy 5.50 x 17Rear tyre:Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP, 180/55 ZR17Front brake: 2 x 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc 4-piston callipersRear brake: 245mm disc, 2-piston calliperFuel tank capacity: 15.5l - 4.1 gallon (US)Dry weight: 168kg (370lb)2011 Ducati Superbike 848 EVO FeaturesEngine Features - The New Ducati 848 “EVO” treatment applied to the 848 introduces a 6hp power boost to 140hp and a torque increase to 10kgm that results in a razor-sharp and easy-to-use power delivery. The 94mm x 61.2mm bore and stroke 848EVO  engine is a fitting reward to Ducati's ingenuity and a clear result of the continual attention to detail and development of their twin-cylinder technology. The new 848EVO is powered by a liquid cooled, L-Twin, Desmodromic engine that produces 140hp (103kW) @ 10,500 rpm and a high-accelerating 72.3lb-ft (10kgm) of torque @ 9,750 rpm. The Testastretta delivers a thrilling torque output at low-medium revs and an exciting power delivery at high rpm. The highly advanced Superbike 848EVO engine features vacuum die-cast crankcases, formed using Vacural® technology, a process that achieves a significant weight saving and ensures consistent wall thickness and increased strength.Chassis Features - The New Ducati 848 EVO 2011 was carefully designed for aerodynamic efficiency and to hug the sleek lines of the chassis, the Superbike bodywork enables the rider to blend effortlessly into the correct riding position. Front subframe in magnesium underlines the attention to weight-saving detail in the Ducati Superbike range. Its construction provides secure support for the headlamp, instruments and fairing, and the weight-saving around this high, forward position contributes considerably to overall feel and control of the machine. The dual construction technique used for the single-sided swingarm allows the main operational components to use individual aluminium castings so as to ensure strength around the pivot points, wheel hub and suspension links, while lightweight, fabricated aluminium sections are used to complete the construction into a single, beautifully engineered component. The 2011 Ducati 848EVO swingarm is colour finished in black anodized.[...]



New Yamaha WR250F 2011

2011-01-10T05:06:20.636-08:00

2011 Yamaha WR250FGeneral review, specifications and features for the New Yamaha WR250F 2011.2011 Yamaha WR250F SpecificationsEngine Type: 250cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-stroke, 5 titanium valvesBore x Stroke: 77.0mm x 53.6mmCompression Ratio: 12.5 : 1Fuel Delivery: Keihin® FCR 37Ignition: CDITransmission: Constant-mesh 5-speed, multiplate wet clutchFinal Drive: Chain DriveSuspension/Front: Inverted fork, fully adjustable, 11.8-in travelSuspension/Rear: Single shock, fully adjustable, 12.2-in travelBrakes/Front: Hydraulic single disc brake, 250mmBrakes/Rear: Hydraulic single disc brake, 245mmTires/Front: 80/100-21-51MTires/Rear: 100/100-18-59MLength: 85.2 inWidth: 32.5 inHeight: 51.1 inSeat Height: 38.6 inWheelbase: 58.3 inGround Clearance: 14.4 inFuel Capacity: 2.1 galWet Weight: 256 lb2011 Yamaha WR250F FeaturesEngine Features - The New Yamaha WR250F 250cc liquid-cooled, DOHC four-stroke with five titanium valves delivers excellent low- and midrange power, with high over-rev capacity and crisp, linear throttle response. Special WR camshafts, carburetion, and exhaust and ignition systems work together to produce a quick-revving engine with great low- and midrange power. 37mm Keihin® FCR flat-slide carburetor with Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) ensures ultra-precise fuel/air mixing and lightning-quick throttle response. Close-ratio five-speed gearbox tackles almost any terrain. No-tools airbox uses hinge-type quick-open lid. Battery rides low for excellent handling. Digital CDI ignition system delivers more precise spark and monitors engine speed to ensure optimal timing for fast, strong response during hard acceleration. Large-capacity radiators with reinforcements ensure maximum cooling efficiency with great strength. Lightweight exhaust system maximizes engine power and allows hassle-free replacement of oil filter. Aluminum muffler with USFS-approved spark arrestor looks trick and keeps things light. Works-style clutch lever features oversize barrel adjuster for easy, on-the-fly adjustability of lever/cable play. Electric start ensures easy restarts.Chassis Features - The Yamaha WR250F that YZ-inspired aluminum frame reduces weight while optimizing mass centralization. An extensively tested assembly of aluminum forgings, castings and extrusions, the WR frame retains legendary Yamaha handling and response. Removable aluminum rear subframe constructed of square-section tube for reduced weight. Fully adjustable air/oil-separate 48mm fork tubes deliver precise, fade-free handling, fork protectors provide excellent tube protection. Tapered swingarm uses YZ-style linkage for controlled, compliant rear suspension action. Axle and holders reduce weight in a critical area. The KYB® shock provides 12.2 inches of travel with adjusters for high- and low-speed compression damping, rebound and spring preload and features a larger piggyback reservoir for excellent damping and fade resistance. Wave-style disc brake rotors front and rear reduce unsprung weight and provide excellent performance. Front and rear calipers with aluminum pistons deliver strong stopping power with progressive feel. Lightweight 21-inch front and 18-inch rear rims provide exceptional durability and help reduce unsprung weight for optimal suspension performance. The New Yamaha WR250F equipped with premium Dunlop® knobbies offer unbeatable, competition-spec traction and excellent wear.[...]



New Yamaha TT-R230 2011

2011-01-10T05:05:34.437-08:00

2011 Yamaha TT-R230General review, specifications and features for the New Yamaha TT-R230 2011.2011 Yamaha TT-R230 SpecificationsEngine Type: 223cc air-cooled SOHC 4-stroke, 2 valvesBore x Stroke: 70.0mm x 58.0mmCompression Ratio: 9.5 : 1Fuel Delivery: Y26PIgnition: DC-CDITransmission: Constant-mesh 6-speed, multiplate wet clutchFinal Drive: ChainSuspension/Front: Telescopic fork, 9.5-in travelSuspension/Rear: Single shock, 8.7-in travelBrakes/Front: 220mm single discBrakes/Rear: 130mm drumTires/Front: 80/100-21 NHSTires/Rear: 100/100-18 NHSLength: 81.3 inWidth: 31.5 inHeight: 46.5 inSeat Height: 34.2 inWheelbase: 54.5 inGround Clearance: 11.6 inFuel Capacity: 2.1 galWet Weight: 251 lb2011 Yamaha TT-R230 FeaturesEngine Features - The New Yamaha TT-R230 is super-reliable, electric start, 223cc air-cooled, SOHC four-stroke puts out smooth, widespread power perfectly suited for all kinds of trails and riders. Smooth-shifting, six-speed transmission with heavy-duty clutch geared for maximum versatility and usable power delivery. CDI magneto ignition system is ultra-reliable and nearly maintenance-free. YZ-type air filter for easy maintenance and maximum airflow. Lightweight exhaust with muffler and quiet, USFS-approved spark arrestor. Automatic cam chain tensioner means minimal maintenance and longer engine life. YZ-inspired handling and looks, and a stout 223cc air-cooled, SOHC four-stroke producing predictable, broadband power, make the TT-R230 a great choice for beginner and intermediate riders.Chassis Features - The New Yamaha TT-R230's steel frame with compact wheelbase and low seat height combines accessibility to new or smaller riders with superb maneuverability and super-responsive handling. Linkage-mounted adjustable rear shock serves up 8.7 inches of smooth, progressive rear wheel travel for great bump absorption and handling. 36mm front fork with 9.5 inches of wheel travel provides plush, confidence-inspiring control over rough terrain. 11.6 inches of ground clearance should be enough to deal with almost any trail. Aluminum box-section swingarm features snail-type chain adjusters for quick and easy chain adjustments. Front 220mm disc and 130mm rear drum brakes for powerful, confident stops. Full-size 21-inch front and 18-inch rear aluminum wheels keep unsprung weight down, while knobby tires provide motocross-spec grip. The New Yamaha TT-R230 2011 has a low seat height on top of a long-travel suspension and 11.6 inches of ground clearance make this a serious trailbike that’s also accessible to a wide range of riders.[...]



New Sportster SuperLow XL883L 2011

2011-02-06T05:27:19.469-08:00

2011 Sportster SuperLow XL883LGeneral review, specifications and features for the New Sportster SuperLow XL883L 2011.2011 Sportster SuperLow XL883L SpecificationsColor Options: Vivid Black, Cool Blue Pearl, Merlot Sunglo/Vivid Black, Birch White/Sedona OrangeEngine: Air-cooled, Evolution®Displacement: 883 ccBore x Stroke: 76.2 mm x 96.8 mmEngine Torque: J1349Engine Torque: 55 ft. lbs. @ 3500 rpmFuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)Compression Ratio: 8.9 : 1Exhaust System: Chrome, staggered shorty exhaust with dual mufflersPrimary Drive: Chain, 57/34 ratioFuel Economy City: 45 mpgFuel Economy Highway: 60 mpgLength: 86.1 in.Seat Height Laden: 25.5 in. unladen: 26.8 in.Ground Clearance: 3.8 in.Rake Steering Head: 31°Trail: 5.7 in.Wheelbase: 59.3 in.Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gal.Oil Capacity: 2.8 qt.Dry Weight: 536 lbs.Running Order: 563 lbs.Wheels Front: Black, Split 5-Spoke with Machined RimWheel Rear: Black, Split 5-Spoke with Machined RimTire Front: 120/70 ZR-18Tire Rear: 150/60 ZR-17Brakes: Dual-piston front, single-piston rearLean Angle: 24.4/24.7°2011 Sportster SuperLow XL883L FeaturesEngine Features - Experience smooth handling at slow speed and easy acceleration off the line with the final drive ratio found on the Sportster SuperLow XL883L 2011 motorcycle. Electronic fuel injection coupled with trouble-free handling help create a confidence-inspiring ride that's perfect for anyone just beginning their journey on two wheels. Air-cooled and durable as hell, the 883cc Evolution® engine is yet another nod to the unwavering work ethic that drives advancements in motor technology at Harley-Davidson. Aluminum heads and cylinders lighten the load of the bike and improve air-cooling efficiency. Electronic fuel injection says goodbye to carburetors and boasts increased reliability and less routine maintenance. The rubber-mounted Evolution® engine runs hard and rides smooth for thousands of miles so you can just worry about taking in the freedom of the open road.Chassis Features - Low and ergonomic seat on the Sportster SuperLow™ model provides the ultimate in handling confidence. The combination of a low, 25.5 inch seat height plus a narrow frame makes it easy to maneuver your ride through turns and down straights at varying speeds. The 4.5-gallon walnut fuel tank offers spacious fuel capacity for a low-profile tank. It's tough, iconic and it leaves a good amount of room to show off more V-Twin. The tank graphic showcases the unique styling of the SuperLow™ motorcycle, as if the tank came right off the calligraphers brush. A combination of a low bucket seat, longer travel rear suspension and easy-grip handlebar creates a comfortable riding position for a wide range of riders. Ergonomically sound, this bike helps build confidence in all aspects of your journey, from lifting it off its side stand to handling and turning, and every bump, twisty and stop in between.[...]



New V Star 250 2011

2011-02-06T05:27:20.873-08:00

2011 V Star 250General review, specifications and features for the New V Star 250 2011.2011 V Star 250 SpecificationsEngine Type: 15-cubic-inch (249cc) air-cooled, SOHC 60-degree V-twin, 2 valves/cylinderBore x Stroke: 49 x 66mmCompression Ratio: 10.0 : 1Fuel Delivery: Mikuni® 26mmIgnition: TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)Transmission: 5-speed, multiplate wet clutchFinal Drive: ChainFrame: Steel tubeSuspension/Front: 33mm fork, 5.5-in travelSuspension/Rear: Dual shocks, adjustable preload, 3.9-in travelBrakes/Front: Hydraulic disc, 282mmBrakes/Rear: 130mm drumTires/Front: 3.00-18Tires/Rear: 130/90-15Wheels: SpokeLength: 86.2 inWidth: 32.1 inHeight: 44.9 inSeat Height: 27.0 inWheelbase: 58.7 inFuel Capacity: 2.5 galFuel Economy: 78 mpgWet Weight: 324 lb2011 V Star 250 FeaturesEngine Features - The New 2011 V Star 250 air-cooled, 249cc, 60-degree V-twin engine with a long, 66mm stroke produces plenty of bottom-end torque and smooth roll-on power. The only V-twin engine in its class. Single 26mm Mikuni® downdraft carburetor ensures optimal fuel/air mixing and delivery with superb throttle response. Widely geared five-speed transmission makes the most of V Star 250’s powerband. Easy, dependable electric starting. Beautiful dual chrome exhaust pipes let the engine breathe and put out that classic V-twin rumble. Automatic cam chain tensioner virtually eliminates maintenance and helps extend engine life. Dual exhausts, plenty of quality chrome and typical Star attention to detail, this is one sharp little cruiser.Chassis Features - The New 2011 V Star 250 extensive chrome details accent engine and side covers for incomparable 'big bike' fit and finish. Stylishly sculpted teardrop fuel tank features 2.5-gallon capacity for excellent cruising range. Chrome pullback handlebars are easy to reach and great looking. Forward-set footpegs enhance rider comfort by creating added legroom. Wide rear fender and front and rear wire-spoked wheels add the perfect classic, retro touch to this stylish package. 58.7-inch wheelbase creates a long, low package with great handling and maneuverability. 282mm single front disc brake and a rear drum brake provide plenty of stopping power. Plush and low-stepped saddle keeps the center of gravity low and lets almost everybody flatfoot the pavement. Telescopic front fork with 5.5 inches of travel provides a nice, smooth ride. Twin rear shocks feature 3.9 inches of travel and adjustable spring preload for versatility under various loads. Light weight and a seat just 27 inches from the pavement make the New 2011 V Star 250 a great trainer as well as a great choice for riders who appreciate the fun that comes in small packages.Related models: 2011 Star Raider, 2011 Star Raider S, 2011 Star Stryker, 2011 Road Star S, 2011 V Star 1300, 2011 V Star 950, 2011 V Star Custom[...]



New V Star Custom 2011

2011-02-06T05:27:20.882-08:00

2011 V Star CustomGeneral review, specifications and features for the New V Star Custom 2011.2011 V Star Custom SpecificationsEngine Type: 40-cubic-inch (649cc) air-cooled 70° V-twin, SOHC, 2 valves/cylinderBore x Stroke: 81 x 63mmCompression Ratio: 9.0 : 1Fuel Delivery: 2x 28mm Mikuni® CV carburetorsIgnition: TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)Transmission: 5-speed, multiplate wet clutchFinal Drive: ShaftFrame: Steel, hidden shockSuspension/Front: 41mm telescopic fork, 5.5" travelSuspension/Rear: Single shock, adjustable preload, 3.4-in travelBrakes/Front: Hydraulic disc, 298mmBrakes/Rear: 200mm drumTires/Front: 100/90-19Tires/Rear: 170/80-15Wheels: SpokeLength: 92.0 inWidth: 34.6 inHeight: 42.0 inSeat Height: 27.4 inWheelbase: 63.4 inGround Clearance: 5.5 inFuel Capacity: 4.2 galFuel Economy: 48.9 mpgWet Weight: 513 lb/California model: 517 lb2011 V Star Custom FeaturesEngine Features - The New 2011 V Star Custom beautifully chromed and polished 40-cubic-inch (649cc) air-cooled, SOHC 70-degree V-twin cranks out torquey low and mid-range power with minimal engine rpm, maximum torque is reached at only 3000 rpm for powerful, smooth cruising performance. Forged, lightweight pistons. Greater durability and reduced vibration and reciprocating mass. Efficient and quiet shaft drive. Requires almost no maintenance. Ceramic-composite, cylinder-bore plating ensures superior heat dissipation. Offers better cooling and longer engine life. Thick, cylnder cooling fins. Enhances the stylish look while increasing efficiency. Dual, heated Mikuni® 28mm carburetors with a throttle position sensor (TPS) features a progressive pulley, electronic fuel pump and handy side-mounted air filter. Provides a consistent fuel flow, great throttle response and optimum power throughout the rev-range. Wide-ratio five-speed transmission ensures extremely usable, cruiser-friendly power delivery to the asphalt. Efficient and quiet shaft drive requires almost no maintenance. Two-into-two chrome exhaust pipes create sleek styling and deliver maximum low- and mid-range engine output.Chassis Features - The New 2011 V Star Custom is stout, large-diameter steel frame is designed to provide low seat height with ample rider legroom. The bobbed fender evoke’s a look that’s both sporty and stylish. Extra long, 63.4-inch wheelbase adds to rider comfort, handling, and creates a long and low retro look. Large, low-profile seat provides exceptional rider comfort while low, 27.4-inch seat height allows rider to put feet down for extra confidence at stoplights. 41mm aluminum telescopic front fork with 5.5 inches of travel and tube protectors ensures a smooth ride with stylishly sporty durability. Link-type, preload-adjustable single rear shock with 3.4 inches of travel provides excellent handling and plusher ride quality. Rear shock is tucked out of sight under sporty bobtail fender for that classic, hardtail look. Single front disc and rear drum brakes deliver strong, confidence-inspiring stopping power. Narrow front tire on wire-spoked wheel completes the Custom’s design and delivers quick steering for sporty handling.Related models: 2011 V Star 950, 2011 V Star 1300, 2011 Road Star S, 2011 Star Stryker, 2011 Star Raider, 2011 Star Raider S, 2011 V Star 250[...]



New V Star 950 2011

2011-02-06T05:27:20.890-08:00

2011 V Star 950General review, specifications and features for the New V Star 950 2011.2011 V Star 950 SpecificationsEngine Type: 942cc air-cooled 4-stroke, V-twin, SOHC, 4-valveBore x Stroke: 85.0mm x 83.0mmCompression Ratio: 9.0 : 1Fuel Delivery: Fuel injectionIgnition: TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)Transmission: 5-speed, multiplate wet clutchFinal Drive: BeltSuspension/Front: Telescopic fork, 5.3-in travelSuspension/Rear: Single shock, 4.3-in travelBrakes/Front: Hydraulic disc, 320mmBrakes/Rear: Hydraulic disc, 298mmTires/Front: 130/70-18M/C 63HTires/Rear: 170/70-16 M/C 75HWheels: 8-spoke castLength: 95.9 inWidth: 39.4 inHeight: 42.5 inSeat Height: 26.5 inWheelbase: 66.3 inRake (Caster Angle): 32.0°Trail: 5.7 inFuel Capacity: 4.4 galFuel Economy: 47 mpgWet Weight: 613 lb2011 V Star 950 FeaturesEngine Features - The New 2011 V Star 950 57.5 cubic inch (942 cc) engine is an air-cooled SOHC 60° V twin. With four valves per cylinder, a pent-roof shaped combustion chamber, and 9.0 : 1 compression ratio, this engine has been carefully designed to produce excellent power characteristics and best-in-class acceleration. To keep friction loss to a minimum and help the engine achieve the ideal performance characteristics, special compact roller-type rocker arms with needle bearings are used. These also reduce top-end weight for excellent mass centralization. The combustion chamber shape was precisely engineered to direct the fuel air charge into the center of the piston for faster combustion and maximum power. Ceramic-compositeplated cylinders provide excellent heat dissipation and reduced oil consumption. High-quality forged aluminum pistons have a lightweight, high-strength compact design that contributes to reduce vibration. The designers realized that the engine’s V twin character was so pleasing on its own that a counterbalancer was unnecessary. This also contributes to simplicity and less operating noise. Sophisticated fuel injection is used on the V Star 950. The injectors are four-hole, two-directional types with spray aimed at the valve surfaces. That produces good fuel atomization for faster and more complete combustion which contributes to excellent drivability. The fuel injection system also adopts an ISC (Idling Speed Control) valve for outstanding idling stability. Lubrication is provided by a simple, reliable wet sump system. The 5-speed transmission is all new, with a smooth shifting feeling, and gear ratios spaced to let the rider take full advantage of the engine’s torque characteristics and enjoy comfortable cruising at highway speeds. Naturally, power is efficiently transferred to the rear wheel using simple, quiet belt drive. The engine’s look is highly detailed, with polished cylinder fins and beautifully chrome-plated cylinder head covers, for an exceptional appearance sure to be noticed. The New 2011 V Star 950 achieves fuel economy up to an estimated 47 mpg with a fuel tank that holds 4.4 gallons of gas.Chassis Features - The New 2011 V Star 950 steel double-cradle frame is long and low, contributing to the bike’s spacious 95.9-inch (2435mm) overall length and 66.3-inch wheelbase. That means a great ride to go along with the great looks. The seat height a mere 26.5 inches off the pavement, one of the lowest around, and a fuel tank that’s made as narrow as possible where it meets the seat, it is easy for most riders to put both feet firmly on the ground. Fenders are real steel, front and rear. That adds to the quality look and feel, and makes customization easier. The big 18-inch front wheel helps deliver this cruiser motorcycle’s sporty handling characteristics and 'Sport Classic' cruiser looks. The low-profile 130/70-18 tire is mounted on an 8-spoke lightweight aluminum wheel. The 170/70-16 bias ply rear tire adds a beefy look and helps trans[...]



New V Star 950 Tourer 2011

2011-02-06T05:27:20.900-08:00

2011 V Star 950 TourerGeneral review, specifications and features for the New V Star 950 Tourer 2011.2011 V Star 950 Tourer SpecificationsEngine Type: 942cc air-cooled 4-stroke, V-twin, SOHC, 4-valveBore x Stroke: 85.0mm x 83.0mmCompression Ratio: 9.0 : 1Fuel Delivery: Fuel injectionIgnition: TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)Transmission: 5-speed, multiplate wet clutchFinal Drive: BeltSuspension/Front: Telescopic fork, 5.3-in travelSuspension/Rear: Single shock, 4.3-in travelBrakes/Front: Hydraulic disc, 320mmBrakes/Rear: Hydraulic disc, 298mmTires/Front: 130/70-18M/C 63HTires/Rear: 170/70-16 M/C 75HWheels: 8-spoke castLength: 95.9 inWidth: 39.4 inHeight: 42.5 inSeat Height: 26.5 inWheelbase: 66.3 inRake (Caster Angle): 32.0°Trail: 5.7 inFuel Capacity: 4.4 galFuel Economy: 47 mpgWet Weight: 657 lb2011 V Star 950 Tourer FeaturesEngine Features - The New 2011 V Star 950 Tourer 57.5-cubic inch (942cc) engine is an air-cooled SOHC 60° V twin. With four valves per cylinder, a pent-roof shaped combustion chamber, and 9.0 : 1 compression ratio, this engine has been carefully designed to produce excellent power characteristics and best-in-class acceleration. To keep friction loss to a minimum and help the engine achieve the ideal performance characteristics, special compact roller-type rocker arms with needle bearings are used. These also reduce top-end weight for excellent mass centralization. The combustion chamber shape was precisely engineered to direct the fuel air charge into the center of the piston for faster combustion and maximum power. Ceramic-composite-plated cylinders provide excellent heat dissipation and reduced oil consumption. High-quality forged aluminum pistons have a lightweight, high-strength compact design that contributes to reduce vibration. The designers realized that the engine’s V twin character was so pleasing on its own that a counterbalancer was unnecessary. This also contributes to simplicity and less operating noise. Sophisticated fuel injection is used on the V Star 950 Tourer. The injectors are four-hole, two-directional types with spray aimed at the valve surfaces. That produces good fuel atomization for faster and more complete combustion which contributes to excellent drivability. The fuel injection system also adopts an ISC (Idling Speed Control) valve for outstanding idling stability. Lubrication is provided by a simple, reliable wet sump system. The 5-speed transmission is all new, with a smooth shifting feeling, and gear ratios spaced to let the rider take full advantage of the engine’s torque characteristics and enjoy comfortable cruising at highway speeds. Naturally, power is efficiently transferred to the rear wheel using simple, quiet belt drive. The engine’s look is highly detailed, with polished cylinder fins and beautifully chrome-plated cylinder head covers, for an exceptional appearance sure to be noticed. The New 2011 V Star 950 Tourer achieves fuel economy up to an estimated 47 mpg with a fuel tank that holds 4.4 gallons of gas.Chassis Features - The New 2011 V Star 950 Tourer steel double-cradle frame is long and low, contributing to the bike’s spacious 95.9-inch (2435mm) overall length and 66.3-inch wheelbase. That means a great ride to go along with the great looks. The seat height is a mere 26.5 inches off the pavement, one of the lowest around, and a fuel tank that’s made as narrow as possible where it meets the seat, it is easy for most riders to put both feet firmly on the ground. Fenders are real steel, front and rear. That adds to the quality look and feel, and makes customization easier. The big 18-inch front wheel helps deliver this cruiser motorcycle’s sporty handling characteristics and 'Sport Classic' cruiser looks. The low-profile 130/70-18 tire is mounted on an 8-spoke lightwe[...]



New V Star 1300 2011

2011-02-06T05:27:20.904-08:00

2011 V Star 1300General review, specifications and features for the New V Star 1300 2011.2011 V Star 1300 SpecificationsEngine Type: 80-cubic-inch (1304cc) liquid-cooled V-twin, SOHC, 4 valves/cylinderBore x Stroke: 100.0 mm x 83.0 mmCompression Ratio: 9.5 : 1Fuel Delivery: Fuel injectionIgnition: TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)Transmission: 5-speed, multiplate wet clutchFinal Drive: BeltFrame: Double CradleSuspension/Front: Telescopic fork, 5.3-in travelSuspension/Rear: Single shock, 4.3-in travelBrakes/Front: Dual hydraulic disc, 298mmBrakes/Rear: Hydraulic disc, 298mmTires/Front: 130/90-16M/C 67HTires/Rear: 170/70B-16M/C 75HWheels: 7-spoke aluminumLength: 98.0 inWidth: 38.6 inHeight: 43.9 inSeat Height: 28.1 inWheelbase: 66.5 inFuel Capacity: 4.9 galFuel Economy: 42 mpgWet Weight: 668 lb2011 V Star 1300 FeaturesEngine Features - The New 2011 V Star 1300 80-cubic-inch (1304cc) liquid-cooled, single overhead cam 60-degree V-twin with dual counterbalancers offers plenty of smooth performance. Computer-controlled twin-barrel fuel injection provides optimal mixture whatever the temperature or altitude. Four valves per cylinder (36mm intake, 32mm exhaust) provide optimum combustion efficiency, roller rocker arms reduce friction for better performance and reduced wear. Ceramic composite cylinder sleeves contain 100mm forged pistons for excellent durability and longevity. 9.5 : 1 compression ratio and aggressive cam timing produce plenty of power across the board and a distinctive exhaust note. Forged connecting rods ride a single crankpin for true V-twin sound and power. Smooth-shifting five-speed transmission feeds power to an efficient, low-maintenance belt drive. Sly cooling system routes liquid through hidden hoses and internal engine passages for air-cooled looks and liquid-cooled performance. Oil filter is easy to get to but also tucked nearly out of sight for clean, pure looks. Hydraulic cam chain tensioner reduces noise and maintenance.Chassis Features - The New 2011 V Star 1300 steel cradle frame has four solid engine mounts, including one atop the front cylinder head for maximum rigidity and excellent handling. Stylish, braced steel swingarm and rear wheel are controlled by a single linkage-mounted shock absorber, adjustable for spring preload. 41mm fork tubes with stainless covers look great and serve up a smooth, controlled ride. Flangeless fuel tank carries 4.9 gallons of fuel. Mounting the fuel pump in a separate, tucked-away sub-tank allows the thin tank design. Seven-spoke cast wheels and matching rear pulley mount fat, 16-inch tires for a cool period look albeit with big contact patches on the road. A pair of 298mm front brake discs provide excellent power and feel. Strong, light and low maintenance belt final drive routes power smoothly and efficiently to the rear wheel. The handlebar bend is changed, bringing the bars closer to the rider for a more relaxed riding position. The shape of the seat has been redesigned with a 'dish' shape for improved comfort, and it allows riders to touch the ground easily. A new 3D tank emblem design adorns the V Star 1300 and evokes a modern-classic look. The V Star 1300 2011 gets even more chrome: a new chrome headlight housing and chrome belt guard. Plus, there’s a new gloss black finish on the frame that adds a high-quality look.Related models: 2010 Ducati Diavel, 2011 Star Raider, 2011 Star Raider S, 2011 Star Stryker, 2011 Road Star S, 2011 V Star 250[...]



New V Star 1300 Tourer 2011

2011-02-06T05:27:20.908-08:00

2011 V Star 1300 TourerGeneral review, specifications and features for the New V Star 1300 Tourer 2011.2011 V Star 1300 Tourer SpecificationsEngine Type: 80-cubic-inch (1304cc) liquid-cooled V-twin, SOHC, 4 valves/cylinderBore x Stroke: 100.0 mm x 83.0 mmCompression Ratio: 9.5 : 1Fuel Delivery: Fuel injectionIgnition: TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)Transmission: 5-speed, multiplate wet clutchFinal Drive: BeltFrame: Double CradleSuspension/Front: Telescopic fork, 5.3-in travelSuspension/Rear: Single shock, 4.3-in travelBrakes/Front: Dual hydraulic disc, 298mmBrakes/Rear: Hydraulic disc, 298mmTires/Front: 130/90-16M/C 67HTires/Rear: 170/70B-16M/C 75HWheels: 7-spoke aluminumLength: 98.0 inWidth: 38.6 inHeight: 43.9 inSeat Height: 28.1 inWheelbase: 66.5 inFuel Capacity: 4.9 galFuel Economy: 42 mpgWet Weight: 712 lb2011 V Star 1300 Tourer FeaturesEngine Features - The New 2011 V Star 1300 Tourer 1304cc (80 cubic inches), 60-degree, SOHC, V-twin engine delivers smooth power to the ground, while maintaining the classic big cruiser sound and pulse characteristics. Fuel injected, each cylinder is fed by its own injector spraying into twin 36mm intake valves, while the twin bore design allows the computer-controlled system to feed a precise amount of fuel/air mixture to the engine. The result is strong, smooth and seamless performance across the full range of engine rpm. Four valves per cylinder (36mm intake, 32mm exhaust) provide optimum combustion efficiency, roller rocker arms reduce friction for better performance and reduced wear. Ceramic composite cylinder sleeves contain 100mm forged pistons for excellent durability and longevity. 9.5 : 1 compression ratio and aggressive cam timing produce plenty of power across the board and a distinctive exhaust note. Forged connecting rods ride a single crankpin for true V-twin sound and power. Sly cooling system routes liquid through hidden hoses and internal engine passages for air-cooled looks and liquid-cooled performance. Oil filter is easy to get to but also tucked nearly out of sight for clean, pure looks. The belt drive transfers power from the transmission to the wheel with authority. The belt system is virtually maintenance-free and delivers a quicker, more impressive throttle response feeling than a shaft drive. The classic cylinder fin styling of an air-cooled engine with the consistent potency of a liquid-cooled power plant. With the radiator set back between the down tubes discretely routed plumbing, the V Star 1300 Tourer’s classic beauty shines through. Hydraulic cam chain tensioner reduces noise and maintenance.Chassis Features - The New 2011 V Star 1300 Tourer comes standard with hard leather-wrapped sidebags, passenger backrest and windshield. The touring package is designed from the factory so it’s styled consistently with the bike’s fluid lines.  Built on a double cradle steel frame, giving the bike a rigid base for nimble handling, while allowing enough frame flex to be comfortable on the open road. The swingarm looks sweet and gives the bike its great handling character. Mated with belt guards, the swingarm’s sleek design is intergrated into the overall styling of the whole bike. This allows excellent road bump absorption for all-day comfort on the great wide open. 41mm fork tubes with stainless covers look great and serve up a smooth, controlled ride. The fuel tank is sculpted low and sleek for style and comfort, with a flush-fitting, aeronautical-style gas cap incorporated into the tank’s sleek, flangeless-type design. The tank holds a generous 4.9 gallons of fuel, thanks to a remotely located sub tank that also houses the fuel pump, for plenty of traveling range on the open road. Seven-spoke cast wheels and matching rear[...]



New Road Star S 2011

2011-02-06T05:27:20.913-08:00

2011 Road Star SGeneral review, specifications and features for the New Road Star S 2011.2011 Road Star S SpecificationsEngine Type: 102-cubic-inch (1670cc) air-cooled 48° V-twin, pushrod OHV, 4 valves/cylinderBore x Stroke: 97mm x 113mmCompression Ratio: 8.3 : 1Fuel Delivery: Fuel injectionIgnition: TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)Transmission: 5-speed, wide-ratio, multiplate wet clutchFinal Drive: BeltFrame: Steel, hidden shockSuspension/Front: 43mm fork, 5.5-in travelSuspension/Rear: Single shock, 4.3-in travelBrakes/Front: Dual hydraulic disc, 298mmBrakes/Rear: Hydraulic disc, 320mmTires/Front: 130/90-16Tires/Rear: 150/80-16Wheels: 9-spoke castLength: 98.4 inWidth: 38.6 inHeight: 44.9 inSeat Height: 27.9 inWheelbase: 66.5 inGround Clearance: 5.7 inFuel Capacity: 4.8 galFuel Economy: 36 mpgWet Weight: 743 lb2011 Road Star S FeaturesEngine Features - The New 2011 Road Star S computer-controlled fuel injection monitors multiple engine parameters to calculate perfect mixture under nearly all conditions. 102-cubic-inch (1670cc) air-cooled, pushrod OHV 48-degree V-twin pumps out huge amounts of torque barely off idle for brisk acceleration and fantastic overall cruising performance. Air cooling, hydraulic valve lifters and belt final drive. Reduces maintenance requirements to a minimum. Smooth-shifting five-speed transmission delivers outstanding cruising performance with low rpm at highway speeds. Dry sump lubrication system uses a handy spin-on filter and creates lower center of gravity by helping keep overall engine height to a minimum. Electric starting system features solenoid-activated auto-decompressor for easy, dependable starting. Two-into-two exhaust system features beefy, staggered shotgun dual pipes putting out a soulful V-twin exhaust tune. 2011 Road Star S 102-cubic-inch (1670cc) V-twin powered beauty in a long and low hardtail-look frame, with plenty of customization potential built in. Modern engineering and materials, including ceramic-composite cylinder liners for superior heat dissipation.Chassis Features - The New 2011 Road Star S solid-mounted engine housed in specially designed rigid-look, double-cradle frame features a stylish 32-degree rake. Extra-long 66.5-inch wheelbase creates long and low retro profile, added rider comfort for a great ride. Telescopic 43mm front forks with stainless-steel covers and 5.5 inches of travel stylishly smooth out the bumps. Out-of-sight link-type, preload-adjustable rear shock provides 4.3 inches of wheel travel for great handling and a plush ride. 16-inch cast wheels shod with tubeless tires for a classic look while providing confidence-inspiring handling and excellent grip. Dual 298mm front disc brakes feature four-piston calipers with aluminum pistons and sintered brake pads for strong, linear stopping power, backed up by a 320mm single rear disc. Lightweight and high-strength final drive belt provides long life and quiet operation. The Road Star S 2011 gets chrome accents to the front end including: chrome switchgear, front brake master cylinder, front fork and levers.Related models: 2011 V-Max, 2011 Boulevard S40, 2011 Star Raider S, 2011 Star Raider, 2011 Star Stryker, 2011 V Star 250[...]



New Road Star Silverado S 2011

2011-02-06T05:27:20.917-08:00

2011 Road Star Silverado SGeneral review, specifications and features for the New Road Star Silverado S 2011.2011 Road Star Silverado S SpecificationsEngine Type: 102-cubic-inch (1670cc) air-cooled 48° V-twin, pushrod OHV, 4 valves/cylinderBore x Stroke: 97mm x 113mmCompression Ratio: 8.3 : 1Fuel Delivery: Fuel injectionIgnition: TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)Transmission: 5-speed, wide-ratio, multiplate wet clutchFinal Drive: BeltFrame: Steel, hidden shockSuspension/Front: 43mm fork, 5.5-in travelSuspension/Rear: Single shock, 4.3-in travelBrakes/Front: Dual hydraulic disc, 298mmDual hydraulic disc, 298mm, Hydraulic disc, 320mmTires/Front: 130/90-16Tires/Rear: 150/80-16Wheels: 9-spoke castLength: 98.4 inWidth: 38.6 inHeight: 59.1 inSeat Height: 27.9 inGround Clearance: 5.7 inWheelbase: 66.5 inFuel Capacity: 4.8 galFuel Economy: 36 mpgWet Weight: 773 lb2011 Road Star Silverado S FeaturesEngine Features - The New 2011 Road Star Silverado S computer-controlled fuel injection monitors multiple engine parameters to calculate perfect mixture under nearly all conditions. 102-cubic-inch (1670cc) air-cooled, pushrod OHV 48-degree V-twin pumps out huge amounts of torque barely off idle for brisk acceleration and fantastic overall cruising performance. Hydraulic valve lifters driven by twin camshafts deliver exceptional performance and less maintenance. Ceramic composite cylinder bore plating ensures greater durability and optimal heat dissipation. Smooth-shifting five-speed transmission with 5th-gear overdrive delivers outstanding cruising performance with low rpm at highway speeds. Dry sump lubrication system uses a handy spin-on filter and creates lower center of gravity by helping keep overall engine height to a minimum. Electric starting system features solenoid-activated auto-decompressor for easy, dependable starting. Two-into-two exhaust system features beefy, staggered shotgun dual pipes putting out a soulful V-twin exhaust tune.Chassis Features - The New 2011 Road Star Silverado S solid-mounted engine housed in specially designed rigid-look, double-cradle frame features a stylish 32-degree rake. Extra-long 66.5-inch wheelbase creates long and low retro profile, added rider comfort and well-balanced handling. Telescopic 43mm front forks with stainless-steel covers and 5.5 inches of travel stylishly smooth out the bumps. Out-of-sight link-type, preload-adjustable rear shock provides 4.3 inches of wheel travel for great handling and a plush ride. The Silverado S comes equipped with 16-inch cast wheels and the Silverado is shod with 16-inch spoke wheels. Tubeless tires are used for a classic, yet sporty look while providing confidence-inspired handling and excellent grip. Dual 298mm front disc brakes feature four-piston calipers with aluminum pistons and sintered brake pads for strong, linear stopping power, backed up by a 320mm single rear disc. Lightweight and high-strength final drive belt provides long life and quiet operation.Related models: 2011 Stratoliner Deluxe, 2011 Royal Venture S, 2011 Vulcan Voyager, 2011 FJR1300A, 2010 Honda Goldwing, 2011 V Star 950 Tourer[...]



New Star Stryker 2011

2011-02-06T05:27:20.923-08:00

2011 Star StrykerGeneral review, specifications and features for the New Star Stryker 2011.2011 Star Stryker SpecificationsEngine Type: 80-cubic-inch (1304cc) liquid-cooled V-twin, SOHC, 4 valves/cylinderBore x Stroke: 100.0 x 83.0mmCompression Ratio: 9.5 : 1Fuel Delivery: Fuel injectionIgnition: TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)Transmission: 5-speed, multiplate wet clutchFinal Drive: BeltFrame: Steel double cradleSuspension/Front: Telescopic fork, 5.3-in travelSuspension/Rear: Single shock, 3.9-in travelBrakes/Front: Hydraulic disc, 320mmBrakes/Rear: Hydraulic disc, 310mmTires/Front: 120/70-21M/CTires/Rear: 210/40R18M/CWheels: 5-spoke cast aluminumLength: 99.6 inWidth: 33.9 inHeight: 44.5 inSeat Height: 26.4 inWheelbase: 68.9 inFuel Capacity: 4.0 galFuel Economy: 40.9 mpgWet Weight: 646 lb2011 Star Stryker FeaturesEngine Features - The New 2011 Star Stryker equipped with 80-cubic-inch (1304cc) liquid-cooled, single overhead cam 60-degree V-twin with dual counterbalancers offers plenty of smooth performance. Computer-controlled twin-barrel fuel injection provides optimal mixture whatever the temperature or altitude. Ignition and fuel injection maps are optimized for Stryker’s performance character. Four valves per cylinder (36mm intake, 32mm exhaust) provide optimum combustion efficiency, roller rocker arms reduce friction for better performance and reduced wear. Ceramic-composite cylinder sleeves contain 100mm forged pistons for excellent durability and longevity. 9.5 : 1 compression ratio and aggressive cam timing produce plenty of power across the board and a distinctive exhaust note. Forged connecting rods ride a single crankpin for true V-twin sound and power. Smooth-shifting five-speed transmission feeds power to an efficient, low-maintenance belt drive. Sly cooling system routes liquid through hidden hoses and internal engine passages for air-cooled looks and liquid-cooled performance. Oil filter is easy to get to but also tucked nearly out of sight for clean, pure looks. New exhaust system, designed specifically for Stryker, adds to the awesome look of this bike while also optimizing its engine performance and it has a magnificent exhaust note.Chassis Features - The New 2011 Star Stryker delivers handling unmatched in this mid-size custom cruiser segment. And the steering head that is visible on this double-cradle steel frame helps give the bike its lean, lightweight image. The 6° yoke and raked triple clamps combine to provide a total of 40° of fork rake. This achieves the aggressive raked out styling image and solid straight-line performance you’d expect, while at the same time providing light, nimble handling characteristics, even at low speeds. Seat height is low, just 26.4 inches, letting the rider feel in rather than on the bike when riding, and enjoy having both feet planted firmly on the ground when stopped. Steel fenders, rather than cheap plastic fenders found on some competitors, are one of this bike’s authentic cruiser features. Steel fenders are ideal for customizers who want to cut, chop or modify their bikes. Cast wheels have low profile tires. A wide 210-series rear tire and 21-inch front wheel add to the aggressive attitude of the bike. The relaxed riding position is complemented by the carefully chosen handlebar position, which puts the rider’s arms comfortably level with the horizon, with a 'fists-punching-the-wind' attitude. When Stryker is parked, it’s sure to draw attention. Precision machined details abound, like the slit pattern in the headlight and meter. The rear fender over the wide rear tire is richly sculpted. It’s clear that this is no run-of-the-mill cruiser. Larg[...]



New Star Raider 2011

2011-02-06T05:27:20.927-08:00

2011 Star RaiderGeneral review, specifications and features for the New Star Raider 2011.2011 Star Raider SpecificationsEngine Type: 113-cubic-inch (1854cc) air-cooled V-twin OHV, 4 valves/cylinderBore x Stroke: 100.0 x 118.0mmCompression Ratio: 9.48 : 1Fuel Delivery: Twin-Bore electronic fuel injection, throttle position sensorIgnition: TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)Transmission: 5-speed, multiplate wet clutchFinal Drive: BeltFrame: Double cradleSuspension/Front: Telescopic fork, 5.1-in travelSuspension/Rear: Swingarm, 3.5-in travelBrakes/Front: Dual hydraulic disc, 298mmBrakes/Rear: Hydraulic disc, 310mmTires/Front: 120/70-21Tires/Rear: 210/40-18Wheels: 5-spoke castLength: 101.2 inWidth: 36.4 inHeight: 45.9 inSeat Height: 27.4 inGround Clearance: 5.8 inWheelbase: 70.9 inFuel Capacity: 4.2 galFuel Economy: 42 mpgWet Weight: 729.9 lb2011 Star Raider FeaturesEngine Features - The New 2011 Star Raider equipped 113-cubic-inch (1854cc) air-cooled, OHV with 4 valves per cylinder, pushrod 48-degree V-twin pumps out max torque at just 2500 rpm and max power at 4500 rpm for powerful, relaxed cruising. Four pushrod-activated valves and two spark plugs per cylinder provide optimum combustion efficiency along with classically beautiful engine architecture. Ceramic-composite plated cylinders for superior heat dissipation with forged pistons cooled by oil jets. Provides outstanding reliability and longer engine life. 9.48 : 1 compression ratio and aggressive cam timing increase power output across the board. Computer-controlled, twin-bore, fuel injection monitors multiple engine parameters to calculate perfect mixture under all conditions, wide-angle 12-hole fuel injectors provide excellent atomization. A 3.5-liter airbox is hidden in the area below the fuel tank for great performance and clean styling. Two-into-one-into-two exhaust with Exhaust Ultimate Power valve (EXUP®) inside boosts torque in the 2500-3500-rpm range. Special custom-machining of the cooling fin edges gives a jewel-like appearance to the engine as light hits it from different angles.Chassis Features - The New 2011 Star Raider all-aluminum cast frame is light, rigid and tuned for light, athletic handling. A light, Controlled-Fill, aluminum swingarm casting complements the bike’s lithe style. Low, sculpted seat holds the rider in place, and pullback bars reach back to enforce a casual, urban cruising style. A 6-degree yoke angle, the first ever on a street-legal Star Motorcycle, makes it possible to achieve that custom look as well as neutral handling and straight-line cruisability: 33-degree rake plus 6 degrees yoke angle gives total rake of 39 degrees and 102mm of trail. Custom 5-spoke wheels carry a 120/70-21-inch bias tire up front, and a wide, 210/40-18 radial out back, the tallest and widest ever on a Star. 46mm fork tubes serve a sweet appearance and an excellent ride through 5.1 inches of wheel travel. A tucked-out-of-sight single shock out back provides a smooth ride under varying loads. Flangeless fuel tank carries a full 4.2 gallons of fuel. Front brake master cylinder with integrated lever operates a pair of 298mm front discs squeezed by strong monoblock calipers for excellent power and feel, with a 310mm disc out back. Strong, light and narrow belt final drive contains embedded carbon fiber for even greater strength. Wiring harness uses super-slim wires for compactness and lighter weight, and switchgear wiring is routed inside the handlebar for a clean appearance.Related models: 2011 Raider S, 2011 V-Max, 2011 Boulevard S40, 2011 Boulevard C50T, 2011 Boulevard M109R LE, 2011 V Star 250[...]



New Star Raider S 2011

2011-02-06T05:27:20.933-08:00

2011 Star Raider SGeneral review, specifications and features for the New Star Raider S 2011.2011 Star Raider S SpecificationsEngine Type: 113-cubic-inch (1854cc) air-cooled V-twin OHV, 4 valves/cylinderBore x Stroke: 100.0 x 118.0mmCompression Ratio: 9.48 : 1Fuel Delivery: Twin-Bore electronic fuel injection, throttle position sensorIgnition: TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)Transmission: 5-speed, multiplate wet clutchFinal Drive: BeltFrame: Double cradleSuspension/Front: Telescopic fork, 5.1-in travelSuspension/Rear: Swingarm, 3.5-in travelBrakes/Front: Dual hydraulic disc, 298mmBrakes/Rear: Hydraulic disc, 310mmTires/Front: 120/70-21Tires/Rear: 210/40-18Wheels: 5-spoke castLength: 101.2 inWidth: 36.4 inHeight: 45.9 inSeat Height: 27.4 inWheelbase: 70.9 inFuel Capacity: 4.2 galFuel Economy: 42 mpgWet Weight: 730 lb2011 Star Raider S FeaturesEngine Features - The New Star Raider S 2011 equipped with 113-cubic-inch (1854cc) air-cooled, OHV with 4 valves per cylinder, pushrod 48-degree V-twin pumps out max torque at just 2500 rpm and max power at 4500 rpm for powerful, relaxed cruising. Four pushrod-activated valves and two spark plugs per cylinder provide optimum combustion efficiency along with classically beautiful engine architecture. Ceramic-composite plated cylinders for superior heat dissipation with forged pistons cooled by oil jets. Provides outstanding reliability and longer engine life. 9.48 : 1 compression ratio and aggressive cam timing increase power output across the board. Computer-controlled, twin-bore, fuel injection monitors multiple engine parameters to calculate perfect mixture under all conditions, wide-angle 12-hole fuel injectors provide excellent atomization. A 3.5-liter airbox is hidden in the area below the fuel tank for great performance and clean styling. Two-into-one-into-two exhaust with Exhaust Ultimate Power valve (EXUP®) inside boosts torque in the 2500-3500-rpm range. Special custom-machining of the cooling fin edges gives a jewel-like appearance to the engine as light hits it from different angles.Chassis Features - The New Star Raider S 2011 all-aluminum cast frame is lightweight, rigid and tuned for light, athletic handling. A light, Controlled-Fill, aluminum swingarm casting complements the bike’s lithe style. Low, sculpted seat holds the rider in place, and pullback bars reach back to enforce a casual, urban cruising style. A 6-degree yoke angle, the first ever on a street-legal Star Motorcycle, makes it possible to achieve that custom look as well as neutral handling and straight-line cruisability: 33-degree rake plus 6 degrees yoke angle gives total rake of 39 degrees and 102mm of trail. Custom 5-spoke wheels carry a 120/70-21-inch bias tire up front, and a wide, 210/40-18 radial out back the tallest and widest ever on a Star. 46mm fork tubes serve a sweet appearance and an excellent ride through 5.1 inches of wheel travel. A tucked-out-of-sight single shock with adjustable spring preload out back provides a smooth ride under varying loads. Flangeless fuel tank carries a full 4.2 gallons of fuel. Front brake master cylinder with integrated lever operates a pair of 298mm front discs squeezed by strong monoblock calipers for excellent power and feel, with a 310mm disc out back. Strong, light and narrow belt final drive contains embedded carbon fiber for even greater strength. Wiring harness uses super-slim wires for compactness, are lighter weight and switchgear wiring is routed inside the handlebar for a clean appearance.Related models: 2011 V-Max, 2011 Boulevard M109R, 2011 Boulevard M109R LE, 2011 Boulevard C50T, 2011[...]



New Stratoliner Deluxe 2011

2011-02-06T05:27:21.536-08:00

2011 Stratoliner DeluxeGeneral review, specifications and features for the New Stratoliner Deluxe 2011.2011 Stratoliner Deluxe SpecificationsEngine Type: 113-cubic-inch (1854cc) air-cooled 48° V-twin, pushrod OHV, 4 valves/cylinderBore x Stroke: 100mm x 118mmCompression Ratio: 9.48 : 1Fuel Delivery: Twin-Bore electronic fuel injection, throttle position sensorIgnition: TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)Transmission: 5-speed, multiplate wet clutchFinal Drive: BeltFrame: AluminumSuspension/Front: 46mm telescopic fork, adjustable preload, 5.1-in travelSuspension/Rear: Single shock, 4.3-in travelBrakes/Front: Dual hydraulic disc, 298mmBrakes/Rear: Hydraulic disc, 320mmTires/Front: 130/70-18Tires/Rear: 190/60-17Wheels: 12-spoke castLength: 101.6 inWidth: 43.3 inHeight: 59.6 inSeat Height: 27.8 inWheelbase: 67.5 inGround Clearance: 6.1 inFuel Capacity: 4.5 galFuel Economy: N/AWet Weight: 794 lb2011 Stratoliner Deluxe FeaturesEngine Features - The New 2011 Stratoliner Deluxe equipped with 113-cubic-inch (1854cc) air-cooled, pushrod 48-degree V-twin has massive looks and performance. Four pushrod-activated valves and two spark plugs per cylinder provides optimum combustion efficiency. Ceramic-composite plated cylinders for superior heat dissipation with forged pistons cooled by oil jets. Provides outstanding reliability and longer engine life. 9.48 : 1 compression ratio and aggressive cam timing increase power output across the board. Computer-controlled, twin-bore, fuel injection monitors multiple engine parameters to calculate perfect mixture under all conditions; wide-angle 12-hole fuel injectors provide excellent atomization. Exhaust Ultimate Power valve (EXUP®) inside the two-into-one exhaust system boosts torque. Special custom-machining of the cooling fin edges gives a jewel-like appearance to the engine as light hits it from different angles. 3300 rpm at 75 mph gives some idea of the Stratoliner Deluxe’s power and cruisability. Maximum torque is reached at only 2500 rpm. Powerful and beautiful 113-cubic-inch (1854cc) air-cooled, pushrod V-twin produces great thrust at any speed. Twin-bore downdraft electronic fuel injection ensures optimum engine efficiency and throttle response in the widest possible range of conditions.Chassis Features - The New Stratoliner Deluxe 2011 comes standard with a fairing that includes integrated speakers and connectors for iPod® players, plus a convenient, handlebar-mounted audio control system. Aluminum frame is light, rigid, and requires few welds for a smooth, clean look. A light, Controlled-Fill die-cast swingarm complements the bike’s streamline style and reduces unsprung weight for great handling. 46mm fork tubes serve up an excellent ride and a sweet appearance. A tucked-out-of-sight single shock with adjustable spring preload out back provides a smooth ride under varying loads. A thick, richly chromed 1.25-inch handlebar in chrome clamps carries the Stratoliner Deluxe’s switchgear wiring on the inside. Flangeless, teardrop fuel tank carries a full 4.5 gallons of fuel. 12-spoke wheels evoke a thick spoke look, but carry modern tubeless radial tires, a 130/70-18 front and a fat, 190/60-17 rear for excellent grip. Front brake master cylinder with integrated lever operates a pair of 298mm front discs squeezed by strong monoblock calipers for excellent power, feel, and great style. Strong-and-light belt final drive routes power smoothly and efficiently to the rear wheel. Floating floorboards and an adjustable heel/toe shifter help provide a comfortable, low-effort ride.Related models: 2011 Royal[...]



New Royal Star Venture S 2011

2011-02-06T05:27:21.540-08:00

2011 Royal Star Venture SGeneral review, specifications and features for the New Royal Star Venture S 2011.2011 Royal Star Venture S SpecificationsEngine Type: 79-cubic-inch (1294cc) liquid-cooled 70° V-four, DOHC, 4 valves/cylinderBore x Stroke: 79mm x 66mmCompression Ratio: 10.0 : 1Fuel Delivery: (4) 32mm Mikuni CVIgnition: TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)Transmission: 5-speed, wide-ratio w/5th-gear overdrive, hydraulic clutchFinal Drive: ShaftSuspension/Front: Telescopic fork, air-assist, 5.5-in travelSuspension/Rear: Single shock, air-assist, 4.1-in travelBrakes/Front: Dual hydraulic disc, 298mmBrakes/Rear: Hydraulic disc, 320mmTires/Front: 150/80-16Tires/Rear: 150/90-15Wheels: 7-spoke castLength: 104.5 inWidth: 35.4 inHeight: 61.6 inSeat Height: 29.5 inWheelbase: 67.1 inFuel Capacity: 6.0 galFuel Economy: 42 mpgWet Weight: 869 lb2011 Royal Star Venture S FeaturesEngine Features - The New 2011 Royal Star Venture S 79 cubic-inch liquid-cooled, V-four tuned to put out class-leading power 97hp @ 6000 rpm and maximum torque at 89 ft.-lb. @ 4750 rpm for incomparable touring performance. Four heated 32mm Mikuni carburetors with TPS deliver seamless throttle response and greater power across the entire rev range. Compact design, dual-intake system enhances performance without sacrificing fuel tank capacity. Large-capacity radiator ensures superior engine cooling for maximum efficiency. Single-axis internal counterbalancer reduces engine vibration. Wide-ratio, five-speed transmission with 5th-gear overdrive geared for both highway passing power and lower-rev cruising speeds. Low-maintenance hydralic clutch actuation and strong, low-maintenance shaft drive for touring convenience. Four-into-two exhaust system puts out a throaty exhaust note and creates a long, low profile that’s easily customizable. This fully loaded luxury touring machine comes with everything serious riders need, including a four speaker sound system/CB radio/CD/intercom sound system and a powerful and smooth V-four engine, with chrome accents to the front end.Chassis Features - The New 2011 Royal Star Venture S high-integrity, single-backbone frame with solid engine mounting and 29-degree caster angle delivers quick, responsive steering and excellent handling. Class-leading long wheelbase (67.1-inches) provides exceptional roomy ergonomics for great rider control and comfort. Air-adjustable telescopic front fork designed with 29-degree caster angle and 5.5 inches of travel smoothes out the bumps and adjusts for varying load capacities. Air-adjustable link-type rear suspension features a vertically mounted single shock with 4.1 inches of travel for outstanding long-distance ride quality. Large-diameter front and rear disc brakes with sintered pads provide strong, linear stopping power. Wide, fork-mounted fairing, windshield, wind deflectors and frame-mounted lower cowlings offer outstanding weather protection. Full-sized floating-type rider and passenger floorboards reduce vibration and are positioned for optimal long-distance comfort. There’s plenty of lockable storage in the form of a 15-gallon trunk and a pair of color-matched 9.3-gallon sidebags, that’s 33.6 gallons total. Ergonomically designed bucket-type seats with plush, wraparound passenger backrest for unbeatable long-range comfort.Related models: 2011 Vulcan 1700 Nomad, 2010 Goldwing, 2011 Concours 14, 2011 Vulcan 1700 Voyager, 2011 FJR1300A, 2011 V Star 950 Tourer[...]



New Ducati Multistrada 1200

2011-02-06T05:27:21.549-08:00

Ducati Multistrada 1200General review, specifications and features for the New Ducati Multistrada 1200.Ducati Multistrada 1200 SpecificationsEngine Type: L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooledDisplacement: 1198.4ccBore x Stroke: 106x67.9mmCompression ratio: 11.5 : 1Power: 150hp - 110.3kW @ 9250rpmTorque: 87.5lb-ft 118.7Nm @7500rpmFuel injection: Mitsubishi electronic fuel injection system, Mikuni elliptical throttle bodiesGearbox: 6 speed, ratio 1=37/15 2=30/17 3=27/20 4=24/22 5=23/24 6=22/25Primary drive: Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.84:1Final drive: Chain 5.30", Front sprocket 15, Rear sprocket 40Clutch: Light action, wet, multiplate clutch with hydraulic control. Self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run.Exhaust: Stainless steel muffler with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes, alluminium tail pipesFrame: Tubular steel Trellis frameWheelbase: 1530mm (60.2in)Rake: 25°Front suspension: Marzocchi 50mm fully adjustable usd forksFront wheel travel: 170mm (6.7in)Front wheel: 10-spoke in light alloy 3.50 x 17Front Tyre: Pirelli Scorpion Trail 120/70 17''Rear suspension: Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Sachs monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarmRear wheel travel: 170mm (6.7in)Rear wheel: 10-spoke light alloy 6.00 x 17Rear tyre: Pirelli Scorpion Trail 190/55 17''Front brake: 2 x 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo callipers, 4-piston, 2-pad. ABS optionalRear brake: 245mm disc, 2-piston caliperFuel tank capacity: 20l - 5.3 gallon (US)Dry weight: 189kg (417lb)Ducati Multistrada 1200 FeaturesEngine Features - The New Ducati Multistrada 1200's incredible valve performances of engines are only possible because of Ducati's unique Desmodromic system, where valve closure is activated mechanically. The gearbox and final drive ratios have also been optimised to enable reduced fuel consumption and achieve increased riding comfort by reducing vibration. The Multistrada 1200 features an oil bath clutch with slipper function and super-light feel at the lever. Its design uses a progressive self-servo mechanism that presses the plates together when under drive from the engine, enabling the reduction of the clutch spring rates. The Testastretta 11° features vacuum die-cast crankcases, formed using Vacural® technology, a process that achieves a significant weight saving and ensures consistent wall thickness and increased strength. The Testastretta 11° is an engine for all environments and the perfect 'game-changer' for the four-bikes-in-one concept.Chassis Features - The New Ducati Multistrada 1200 signature Trellis frame uses large diameter, light gauge tubing with two central cast aluminium sections and a Trellis rear subframe. The high pressure, die-cast, magnesium front subframe reduces the high, frontal weight and contributes to chassis feel and control. Every single component of the Multistrada 1200, therefore, has been designed to achieve weight reduction without compromising its load-bearing capacity. The ‘ergonomics triangle’ of handlebar, seat and footpegs has been designed for both the rider and passenger, optimizing comfort while providing a commanding and upright riding position. The single-sided rear swingarm is made using a single piece casting, with fabricated and welded sections creating a strong, hollow and lightweight component that contributes considerably to the 1200 Multistrada’s sure-footed handling.Related models: New Ducati Diavel, 2011 Ducati Streetfighter, Ducati Hypermotard 796, Ducati Mon[...]



New Kawasaki KX 250F 2011

2011-02-06T05:27:21.556-08:00

2011 Kawasaki KX250FGeneral review, specifications and features for the New Kawasaki KX250F 2011.2011 Kawasaki KX250F SpecificationsEngine Type: Four-stroke single with DOHC and four valvesColor Choices: Lime GreenDisplacement: 249ccBore x stroke: 77.0 x 53.6mmCooling System: LiquidFuel injection: 43mm Keihin throttle bodyCompression ratio: 13.5 : 1Ignition: Digital DC-CDITransmission: Five-speed with wet multi-disc manual clutchFinal drive: ChainFrame Type: Aluminum perimeterRake/Trail: 28.2 degrees/4.7 in.Front suspension/wheel travel: 47mm inverted Showa SFF telescopic fork with spring preload adjustability and 22 position compression and 20 position rebound damping adjustability/12.4 in.Rear suspension/wheel travel: Uni-Trak® linkage system and Showa shock with 19 position low-speed and stepless high-speed compression damping, 22 position rebound damping and fully adjustable spring preload/12.2 in.Front Tire Size: 80/100-21Rear Tire Size: 100/90-19Front brakes: Single semi-floating 250mm petal disc with dual piston caliperRear Brakes: Single 240mm petal disc with single-piston caliperOverall length: 85.4 in.Overall width: 32.3 in.Overall height: 50.0 in.Wheelbase: 58.1 in.Ground Clearance: 13.0 in.Seat height: 37.2 in.Curb weight: 232.7 lbs.Fuel capacity: 1.9 gal.2011 Kawasaki KX250F FeaturesEngine Features - The New Kawasaki KX250F 2011 249cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, four-valve, single-cylinder DOHC engine delivers hard-hitting power across the rpm range. Modified intake valve timing and cam profile for increased valve lift improves high-rpm power production. Intake valve spring tension increased to control more radical cam timing. Digital Fuel Injection (DFI) system allows consistent fuel delivery, quick starts and easy adjustability. Engine tuned to achieve the widest possible torque band to maximize traction through a greater percentage of the rev range. Race-experienced riders able to harness high-rpm performance that extends way into the over-rev. Sprocket-style chain drive roller helps reduce the effect of driveline lash and engine braking for smoother and faster corner entries. Crank web design features a balance factor on par with the factory racers for reduced engine vibration, smoother power delivery and increased performance in the mid-high rpm range. New Digital Fuel Injection (DFI) system. Increased engine performance via higher compression and exhaust/intake changes High-performance piston featuring Bridged Box-bottom design. Light and strong piston shares same design as the factory racers, with a revised crown for higher compression. Also features fully flush internal bracing and short piston pin reduces reciprocating weight.Chassis Features - The New Kawasaki KX250F 2011 utilizes a low-rigidity steering stem for lighter handling. The KX250F’s slim and lightweight aluminum perimeter frame is composed of forged, extruded and cast parts. Center of gravity and key dimensions such as swingarm pivot, output sprocket and rear axle locations designed to increase forward drive with minimal rear-end squat. Upper engine mounts on head cover sides increase overall rigidity. Revised race-oriented suspension damping settings optimize front/rear balance. New Separate Function Fork (SFF) separates springing and damping functions for less weight, better performance, less friction and easier adjustability. Fork now allows external spring preload adjustability. Super-hard titanium coating on the outer surface of the inner fork tubes reduces friction[...]



New Ducati Monster 696

2011-02-06T05:27:21.560-08:00

Ducati Monster 696General review, specifications and features for the New Ducati Monster 696.Ducati Monster 696 SpecificationsEngine Type: L-Twin cylinder, 2 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, air cooledDisplacement: 696ccBore x Stroke: 88 x 57.2mmCompression ratio: 10.7 : 1Power: 58.8kW - 80hp @ 9000rpmTorque: 7.0kgm - 50.6lb-ft @ 7750rpmFuel injection: Siemens electronic fuel injection, 45mm throttle bodyExhaust: 2 aluminum mufflersTransmission: Gearbox, 6 speed, ratio 1st 32/13, 2nd 30/18, 3rd 28/21, 4th 26/23, 5th 22/22, 6th 24/26Primary drive: Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.85:1Final drive: Chain, Front sprocket 15, Rear sprocket 45Clutch: APTC wet multiplate with hydraulic controlEmissions Standard: Euro 3 (Europe), follows the US Federal Regulation (USA)Frame: Tubular steel Trellis frameWheelbase: 1450mm (57.1in)Rake: 24°Front suspension: Marzocchi 43mm upside-down forksFront wheel travel: 120mm (4.7in)Front wheel: 3-spoke light alloy 3.50 x 17Front Tyre: Pirelli Angel ST 120/60 17”Rear suspension: Progressive linkage with preload and rebound Sachs adjustable monoshockRear wheel travel: 148mm (5.8in)Rear wheel: 3-spoke light alloy 4.50 x 17Rear tyre: Pirelli Angel ST 160/60 17”Front brake: 2 x 320mm discs, 4-piston radial caliperRear brake: 245mm disc, 2-piston caliperFuel tank capacity: 15l - 3.8 gallon (US)/13.5l - 3.6 gallon (US) ABS versionDry weight: 161kg (355lb)/163kg (359lb) ABS versionBody Colour (frame/wheel): Red (red/back) - Dark stealth (matt black/black) - Stone white (matt black/black) - Monster Art colours (matt black/black)Ducati Monster 696 FeaturesEngine Features - The New Ducati Monster 696 produces 80hp (58,8kW) @ 9,000rpm and 50,6lb-ft (7,0kgm) of torque @ 7,750rpm. The new crankcases hug the gearbox internals much closer to create a smaller and more compact outer profile and achieve considerable weight savings over previous cases. Providing a deep and rich exhaust tone within current noise and emissions regulations is no mean feat, but the Monster 696 definitely provides the L-Twin sound famous of Ducati. Its bold, high-level twin mufflers also make a striking style statement. The exhaust system on the 696 has one Lambda probe dedicated to each cylinder, enabling precise fuelling for a smoother power delivery as well as complying with current emission regulations. At high rpm it would be almost impossible for the valve to follow the steep closure profile of the cam lobe if it were relying upon a normal valve spring. With the Desmo system, the valve is closed mechanically with the same accuracy as it is opened, enabling steep cam profiles and radical cam timings.Chassis Features - The New Ducati Monster 696 heavily tapered and deeply sculpted fuel tank cover allows maximum comfort and control. Light tubular steel Trellis frame with aluminium rear sub-frame is the visual and structural backbone of the Monster. Delivering unparalleled rigidity with minimal mass, the chassis design is pure Ducati in its ingenuity and simplicity. The Monster 696 has a net benefit to the overall light weight of the machine. The dry weight of 161kgs (355lb) has dramatic effects on not just manoeuvrability and ease of use, but also by contributing directly to increased performance, braking and acceleration. Outstanding grip and unbeatable riding comfort are ensured by a 43 mm Marzocchi upside down stanchion fork, which provides 120 mm of suspension travel. A Sachs monoshock unit with progressive linkage provide a wide spectrum [...]



New Ducati Hypermotard 796

2011-02-06T05:27:21.569-08:00

Ducati Hypermotard 796General review, specifications and features for the New Ducati Hypermotard 796.Ducati Hypermotard 796 SpecificationsEngine Type: L-Twin cylinder, 2 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, air cooledDisplacement: 803ccBore x Stroke: 88x66mmCompression ratio: 11 : 1Power: 81hp (59.6kW) @ 8000rpmTorque: 55.7lb-ft 7.7kgm @ 6250rpmFuel injection: Siemens electronic fuel injection, 45mm throttle bodyExhaust: Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter with twin lambda probesTransmission: Gearbox, 6 speed, Ratio 1=32/13 2=30/18 3=28/21 4=26/23 5=22/22 6=24/26Primary drive: Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.85:1Final drive: Chain, Front sprocket 15, Rear sprocket 41Clutch: APTC wet multiplate with hydraulic controlEmissions Standard: Euro 3 (Europe) - USA: follows the US Federal RegulationFrame: Tubular steel Trellis frameWheelbase: 1455mm (57.3in)Rake: 24°Front suspension: Marzocchi 43mm usd forksFront wheel travel: 165mm (6.5in)Front wheel: 5-spoke in light alloy 3.50x17Front Tyre: Pirelli Diablo Rosso 120/70 ZR17Rear suspension: Progressive linkage with adjustable Sachs monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarmRear wheel travel: 141mm (5.6in)Rear wheel: 5-spoke light alloy 5.50x17Rear tyre: Pirelli Diablo Rosso 180/55 ZR17Front brake: 2 x 305mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo callipers 4-piston, 2-padRear brake: 245mm disc, 2-piston calliperFuel tank capacity: 12.4l - 3.3 gallon (US)Dry weight: 167kg (366lb)Body Colour (frame/wheel): Red (red/black) - Matt white (racing black/black) - Matt black (racing black/black)Seat height: 825mm (32.5in)Ducati Hypermotard 796 FeaturesEngine Features - The New Ducati Hypermotard 796 engine is a completely brand new, lightweight Desmodue power unit designed to provide the torquey, smooth and enjoyable character famous of all Desmodromic L-Twins. The APTC wet clutch gives a slipper type action that prevents destabilizing of the rear-end under aggressive down-shifting and also gives the extra benefit of a super-light feel at the lever, a great benefit in stop-start city traffic or during longer journeys. The new engine produces an impressive 81hp (59.6kW) @ 8,000rpm and 55.7lb-ft (75.5Nm) of torque @ 6,250rpm. The 2-1-2 catalytic exhaust system uses an efficient pre-silencer configuration with twin lambda probes providing finer fuel mapping and Euro3 conformity. The new crankcases hug the gearbox internals much closer to create a smaller and more compact outer profile and achieve considerable weight savings over previous cases.Chassis Features - The New Ducati Hypermotard 796 has an improved frame layout eliminates almost all of the forged elements used on previous Hypermotards, replacing them with precision machined components. The lightened frame retains its torsional strength to become even more agile and easier to handle than before. The rear suspension of the Hypermotard uses Ducati's signature Hypermotard single-sided swingarm. The robust solution contributes considerable engineering style and, on this type of motorcycle, is a feature unique to Ducati. 17” 5-spoke wheels by Enkei are produced in lightweight aluminium to keep the unsprung weight low and handling, braking and acceleration performances high. Suspension duties up front are taken care of by very capable 43mm Marzocchi forks, which are gripped by completely redesigned top and bottom fork clamps. The rear suspension is managed by a Sachs suspension unit featuring adjustable spri[...]



New Yamaha WR450F 2011

2011-02-06T05:27:21.575-08:00

2011 Yamaha WR450FGeneral review, specifications and features for the New Yamaha WR450F 2011.2011 Yamaha WR450F SpecificationsEngine Type: 449cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-stroke, 5 titanium valvesBore x Stroke: 95.0mm x 63.4mmCompression Ratio: 12.3 : 1Fuel Delivery: Keihin® FCR 39Ignition: CDITransmission: Constant-mesh 5-speed, multiplate wet clutchFinal Drive: Chain DriveSuspension/Front: Inverted fork, fully adjustable, 11.8-in travelSuspension/Rear: Single shock, fully adjustable, 12-in travelBrakes/Front: Hydraulic single disc brake, 250mmBrakes/Rear: Hydraulic single disc brake, 245mmTires/Front: 80/100-21 51MTires/Rear: 110/100-18 64MLength: 85.6 inWidth: 32.5 inHeight: 51.2 inSeat Height: 38.6 inWheelbase: 58.5 inGround Clearance: 14.4 inFuel Capacity: 2.1 galWet Weight: 267 lb2011 Yamaha WR450F FeaturesEngine Features - The New Yamaha WR450F 449cc liquid-cooled DOHC four-stroke with five titanium valves delivers more broad power than ever, with high over-rev capacity and crisp, linear throttle response. Special WR camshafts, carburetion, intake ports, exhaust, etc., all work together to produce an engine with mind-boggling low- and midrange power. Special crank balance factor and AC generator provide super-smooth running. A piston oil-jet provides increased cooling for long life. Dry-sump lubrication system carries the oil reservoir inside the engine cases, for excellent mass centralization and simplified plumbing. 39mm Keihin® FCR flat-slide carburetor with Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) produces ultra-precise fuel/air mixing and lightning-quick throttle response. No-tools airbox uses hinge-type quick-open lid. Battery rides low for excellent handling. Digital CDI ignition system delivers more precise spark and monitors engine speed to ensure optimal timing for fast, strong response during hard acceleration. Large-capacity radiators with reinforcements ensure maximum cooling efficiency with great strength. Wide-ratio five-speed transmission uses strengthened gears and YZ450F-spec multiplate clutch, good for quick-hitting power in the woods, as well as eye-opening top-end power. Lightweight exhaust system maximizes engine power and allows hassle-free replacement of oil filter. Aluminum muffler with USFS-approved spark arrestor looks trick and keeps things light. Works-style clutch lever features oversize barrel adjuster for easy, on-the-fly adjustability of lever/cable play. The New Yamaha WR450F equipped with an electric start ensures easy restarts.Chassis Features - The New Yamaha WR450F's cool YZ-derived bodywork and a thick seat look great and feel excellent on long rides. ProTaper® aluminum handlebar in forged triple clamp for light weight and great comfort. YZ-inspired aluminum frame helps reduce weight while optimizing mass centralization. An extensively tested assembly of aluminum forgings, castings and extrusions, the WR frame retains legendary Yamaha handling and response. Removable aluminum rear subframe is constructed of square-section tube for reduced weight. Fully adjustable air/oil-separate 48mm cartridge-type fork delivers precise, fade-free handling, fork protectors provide excellent tube protection. Tapered swingarm adopts YZ-style linkage for controlled, compliant rear suspension action. Lightweight axle and holders reduce weight in a critical area. The KYB® shock provides 12.0 inches of travel with adjusters for high and low speed compression dampin[...]