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Ducati debut's the XDiavel and all-new draXter concept

Ducati debut's the XDiavel and all-new draXter concept bike at the Motor Bike Expo of Verona

At the Motor Bike Expo of Verona (22-24 January) Ducati exhibited a further addition to its XDiavel cruiser world, the all-new draXter. This “concept bike” interprets the XDiavel world from a Drag-racing viewpoint. The project was developed by the Ducati Design Center's Advanced Design area, a section dedicated to exploring the future style and design concepts of Ducati motorcycles.

Their ideas and sketches have allowed the Ducati prototype department to come up with the draXter, starting from a standard production XDiavel. The beating heart of the draXter is that of an extreme dragster with premium racing componentry. The suspension and brakes are taken directly from the Panigale Superbike. This styling exercise has accentuated the lines and proportions of the XDiavel making them more extreme than ever and turning the draXter into a unique, breath-taking "racer".

The number 90 on the side of the Ducati draXter recalls the racing world, yet also pays homage to Ducati's 90th anniversary, being celebrated this year.


BMW Concept Stunt G310

It’s loud in every sense of the word. The BMW Concept Stunt G310 is the latest from BMW Motorrad: a screaming one-cylinder stunt bike roadster cut from the same DNA as the S 1000 R.
Impossible to ignore in every way, it announces itself with a characteristic, short exhaust pipe and a vibrant color scheme combining the white, red and blue of BMW Motorsport with the neon yellow and green of Brazil’s national flag. Stunt mods take the place of unneeded mirrors, lights, passenger footrests or license plates. Developed with help from stunt riding icon Chris Pfeiffer, it’s designed to turn the laws of physics upside down.


2016 new Honda NeoWing Concept

Here's a YouTube clip of the 2016 Honda NeoWing Concept. Looks pretty cool. It features a 4 cylinder boxer engine coupled with electric motors and transmitting the output to the rear wheel via what appears to be a shaft.

It also features a leaning front suspension setup that is described as an "original Honda linkage mechanism."

Text from the YouTube video follows:

2016 new Honda NeoWing Concept first photo
Honda Concept at 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015

The NEOWING is an unprecedented three-wheeled vehicle that offers the cornering feel and sporty ride equivalent to a large-sized motorcycle while realizing excellent stability in low-speed ranges. This vehicle is equipped with a hybrid system that combines a horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder engine and electric motors to generate plentiful torque for powerful acceleration. With the adoption of an original Honda linkage mechanism on its front wheel, this concept model proposes new values with advanced styling that emphasizes the mechanical fascination of a two-wheeled motorcycle model.


Husqvarna Concept BAJA

Off-road fascination in seventies American style.

Exactly one year ago, Husqvarna presented the Husqvarna Concept MOAB at the EICMA in Milan ‑ a study designed as a modern interpretation of the scrambler theme. It is a motorcycle which embodies both the identity and the history of the Husqvarna Motorcycles brand.

Husqvarna Concept BAJA – seventies style and passion combined with the technology of today.

Husqvarna Motorcycles is now taking idea this one step further with the Concept BAJA. The motorcycle combines tradition and modern design and, in conjunction with cutting-edge technology, reflects the essence of what Husqvarna Motorcycles stood for in the sixties and seventies.

In over 100 years of company history, Husqvarna Motorcycles has been able to achieve outstanding success in international off-road racing, with 82 World Championship titles to its name to date. Ongoing success in racing in particular made Husqvarna Motorcycles a highly sought-after brand which became increasingly popular not just in Europe but also in the USA.

The widespread acclaim of Husqvarna Motorcycles was reinforced by famous riders of the times, but above all by one particular celebrity motorcycling fan: American actor Steve McQueen. McQueen was not just an enthusiastic motorcyclist and motor racing fan, he also achieved success himself on the race track on both two and four wheels. Among other things he entered the Six Days in 1964.

The cover photo of the US magazine “Sports Illustrated” dated August 23rd 1971 showing a bare-chested Steve McQueen doing a jump on a Husqvarna Cross 400 remains legendary to this day. The McQueen-Husqvarna combination eventually became the idol of a whole generation of off-road fans ‑ and the Husqvarna Cross 400 has been taken as the historical design role model for the Husqvarna Concept BAJA.

Using modern-day technologies, the Husqvarna Concept BAJA recalls this unique era in American motorcycle racing, featuring the purist, sporty and dynamic styling which is typical of Husqvarna.
The multi-section architecture of the body displays a very clear, purist style. The slim shape of the saddle instantly recalls the Husqvarna models of the 1970s. Meanwhile the concave surfaces of the front and rear mudguard feature certain stylistic elements which are to be found in the latest generation of the Husqvarna models.

The Husqvarna Concept BAJA is powered by a liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine. Power transmission is by means of a five-speed gearbox via roller chain to the rear wheel.

In terms of suspension, the Husqvarna Concept Baja features an agile chassis based on a steel tube frame. Front wheel suspension is taken care of by a torsionally stiff upside-down fork, while the rear wheel is controlled by a torsion-resistant dual swinging arm in conjunction with a central spring strut hinged on a lever system. Thanks to the bike's generous spring travel, the agile handling properties of the Husqvarna Concept BAJA go hand in hand with excellent qualities for light off-road riding. The Husqvarna study meets its aspiration to tackle light terrain by means of 19-inch and 17-inch wire spoke wheels at front and rear respectively, and solid stopping power is provided at both front and rear by a Brembo hydraulic disc brake system.

BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna Motorcycles – a powerful partnership.

Husqvarna Motorcycles has been part of the BMW Group since October 1st 2007 and is able to rely on BMW Motorrad as a powerful partner at its side in every respect. Today there are some 260 staff working at the company headquarters in Cassinetta di Biandronno and the model range currently includes 26 motorcycles in the enduro, motocross, 125 and road segments. What is more, Husqvarna offers an extensive range of accessories, rider equipment and merchandising.

The partnership between BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna Motorcycles with its selective clustering of the strengths of each brand promises interesting future developments and has meant that both brands are able to look back over a highly successful year in 2012.

Like the Husqvarna Concept MOAB before it, the Husqvarna Concept BAJA offers an insight into how the Husqvarna Motorcycles model range might be extended in the future.


Yamaha XTW250 Off-trail Camping Motorcycle Concept

Here's some video of the Yamaha XTW250 RYOKU Off-trail camping motorcycle concept that was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2011. Pretty cool!

It features a 250cc engine and some pretty custom features to make it 'the' perfect motorcycle for some off-road camping.

The folks at Yamaha describe it as “a reliable tool for people who love the outdoors.”

It's purely a concept so don't go looking for this one any time soon!

Some highlights:

- Small trail motorcycle with utilitarian character
- Big tires like a TW200
- Protective elements like crashbars and other heavy duty racks
- 100V accessory plugs to power campsite gear and act as a generator
- Cooling fans
- Removable engine guard that can be used as a shovel


BMW's electronic concept scooter

There's been a lot of news coming from BMW this week and here's a little more.  They're showing off their concept e-scooter; that's "e" for electric.  While an electric scooter may or may not be your thing a internal combustion engine scooter from BMW might be.  Imagine this with an ICE engine or maybe a combination electric/ICE.  Now that might be something!

Here's all the details:

Space is becoming increasingly scarce in the major conurbation centres and traffic density is growing continuously. Political and social conditions are changing. All these factors coalesce in increasing demands in terms of  private transportation. The concept vehicle BMW E-Scooter with electric drive provides an innovative look at changing urban mobility needs.

While the currently available, purely electrically-powered scooters have been almost exclusively used inside towns and cities to date due to their performance and range, which makes them suitable for short distances only, the concept vehicle BMW E-Scooter offers a much broader spectrum of use.

High range and excellent performance figures.

Since it was conceived as a future-oriented vehicle for commuting between urban areas and the city centre, therefore attracting funding from the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, there were two main requirements for its development: dynamic figures comparable to those of a maxi scooter with a combustion engine and a high range in realistic conditions of use.

The concept vehicle BMW E-Scooter provides the necessary sustained output and maximum speed for safe and reliable overtaking on urban motorways and also when carrying two people. It is also easily capable of managing hill starts on steep slopes with a pillion passenger.

The development study also has the necessary maximum output to be able to achieve acceleration figures within the important 0 - 60 km/h range, which are at the level of current maxi scooters powered by a 600 cc combustion engine.

The high storage capacity of the battery allows a daily driving range of over 100 kilometres. In this way, the BMW E-Scooter concept vehicle provides a long-term, zero-emissions urban and suburban travel option which is suitable for everyday use.

Fast charging at conventional power sockets.

The E-Scooter concept vehicle's battery is charged at regular household power sockets as found in Europe, the USA, Canada and Japan, so no special charging station is required. When the battery is completely flat, the charging period is less than three hours. However, practical experience has shown that the battery rarely runs out completely, so charging times are generally shorter.


Unlike existing maxi scooters with combustion engines, the concept vehicle does not have a main frame. Instead, the aluminium battery casing — which also contains the electronic system required for battery cell monitoring —takes over the function of the frame. The steering head support is connected to it, as is the rear frame and the left-hand mounted single swing arm with directly hinged, horizontally installed shock absorber.

Electric machine, power electronics and charging device.

Due to its high output, the BMW Motorrad development study has no hub motor with direct drive or planetary gearbox. Instead, the high-performance electric machine is mounted behind the battery casing. The secondary drive consists of a toothed belt from the electric machine to the belt pulley mounted coaxially on the swinging fork pivot with drive pinion. From here, power transmission occurs via roller chain to the rear wheel. When the E-Scooter is decelerated in trailing throttle or when braking, the energy released is recuperated, thereby increasing the vehicle's range by between 10 and 20 per cent depending on driving profile.

The electrical components required for the electric drive are installed on the top of the battery casing. The external battery electronics system permanently collects and monitors data such as the temperature and voltage of the battery cells, both during travel and while charging. The power electronics acts as a control system and controls the electric machine. The charging device includes a charge cable which allows the battery to be recharged at a conventional household power socket. In addition to the other components like an ISO insulation monitor, high-voltage indicator and a high-voltage distributor, a DC-DC converter is included. It is required to change high voltage to low voltage power to supply the 12 volt vehicle supply and especially for the control units.

Cooling system.

During travel, the electric machine and power electronics are liquid-cooled, as is the charging device during charging. An electric coolant pump ensures coolant circulation through the radiator. While a coolant is commonly used for the battery in electrically powered cars, the E-Scooter concept vehicle uses an air cooling system in order to save space.


BMW Motorrad is one of the very few motorcycle manufacturers to be able to draw on its own experience and expertise in the automobile field in the development of electrically powered vehicles. Synergies are derived from the development of the BMW E-Scooter concept vehicle not just in the ready availability of technical components but also in the area of high voltage engineering and the associated safety requirements. Here for the first time, standards established by the leading automobile manufacturers relating to high voltage safety (> 60 volt) and functional reliability are being applied to a two-wheel vehicle with electric drive.


2009 Tokyo Motor Show opens Friday October 23rd

Organized by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc.(JAMA), the 2009 Tokyo Motor show opens its doors to the public on Friday, October 23rd. There's going to be plenty to see there but perhaps most interesting will be the motorcycles of course!

Yamaha is going to be showing some interesting electric scooters dubbed the EC-F and EC-Fs:

The EC-F is an electric-powered vehicle designed to serve as a commuter bike for city dwellers. Constructed using lightweight aluminum, the scooter runs on a lithium-ion battery and can easily be plugged into a normal electrical socket for recharging. Strictly a concept at this point.

Honda will have some interesting bikes too; like the CB1100 Customize Concept, CB1300 Super Four, and CB1300 Super BOL D'OR.

The CB1100 Customize Concept is aimed at providing new value for the CB1100. Its specially striped Italian red tank coloring, compact bikini cowl solo seat all combine to project a more vivid race-winning image reminiscent of Honda's 1960s World Grand Prix Champion RC racers.

The CB1300 SUPER FOUR is Honda's flagship Naked road sports model. It debuted in 1988 based on the "Project Big-1" concept that set out to embody dramatic riding pleasure coupled with exhilarating riding performance. For 2010, the big CB features a more upright riding position and a newly redesigned rear cowl adorned with new left and right side split grab rails. A Combined-ABS version is also available.

Based on the CB1300 SUPER FOUR, the CB1300 SUPER BOL D'OR was released in 2005 with an attractive half cowl that offered excellent wind protection, improved comfort at highway speeds and convenient storage spaces. For 2010, the CB1300 BOL D'OR features a more upright riding position and a newly redesigned rear cowl adorned with new left and right side split grab rails. A Combined-ABS version is also available.

And a company I haven't heard of before, Adiva, is showing a scooter that looks to be very BMW C1 like. It's got a roof and a windshield wiper. In the picture, the white scooter looks to have two wheels in the rear, while the black unit behind it seems to be a standard two-wheeled version.


BMW SIMPLE concept - blending motorcycles with cars

BMW has a new concept vehicle dubbed "SIMPLE" that combines some of the attributes of a motorcycle with some of the creature comforts of a car. Yet it is incredibly fuel efficient and judging from the video seems like it would be a lot of fun too.

There's no chance this vehicle will make it to production any time soon but it's an interesting concept nevertheless.

SIMPLE – light in weight, low on energy

Simple combines features and advantages from both automobiles and motorcycles. The concept owes its passenger cell to the car, providing protection from wind and weather as well as shielding the driver from exterior noise and offering occupants a high degree of safety in the event of an accident. The motorcycle inspired the slim design of the Simple (at just 110 centimetres wide) and its configuration for two people sitting one behind the other. Plus it boasts the dynamic driving style typical of a two-wheeler, allowing you to lean right into corners as desired. The designation “simple” is an acronym of the project name “A sustainable and innovative mobility product for low energy consumption”.

The BMW designers initially planned a small vehicle with low weight and minimal aerodynamic drag properties. Following a concept phase of several months, the pooled requirements and ideas gave rise in 2005 to a vehicle based on tilting technology. In contrast to other vehicle concepts in which only the passenger cell tilts during cornering, here all the driver has to do is determine a change in direction for the appropriate tilt to follow automatically. The stand-out feature of the Simple concept is that it activates the hydraulics only in exceptional situations, for example if the vehicle threatens to become unstable during extremely slow driving, when righting the vehicle during standstill or in extreme situations such as drifting. Otherwise, Simple rides like a motorcycle and, beyond natural gravity and gyroscopic forces, requires no energy whatsoever to lean into a corner. The passenger also benefits from this tilting technology as he feels no transverse forces and, particularly during rapid changes of direction, need not compensate for any lateral movements.

All that is needed to power this lightweight vehicle with a kerb weight of approx. 450 kg is a 36 kW combustion engine. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is estimated at under ten seconds and the vehicle has an excellent drag coefficient of 0.18. Using the electric motor and the combustion engine, the Simple would need just 6 kWh (equivalent to 0.7 litres of petrol) or two litres over 100 km.


Aprilia Mana X concept gets captured in the studio

Aprilia's Mana X was unveiled a little while back at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. The photo's that came out of the show didn't really do it justice though and Aprilia have finally released some new photo's with a higher level of detail that help you see all the interesting elements of the bike.

The Mana X is Aprilia's take on a stylish, fun, urban bike. It's based on the Mana 850 and seems to use most of the 850's frame, engine, and the CVT transmission. It adds some flat track-inspired styling which is so "Harley XR-1200" right now.

The styling is bold and sits much lower than the standard Mana. The seat is extended and covers most of the airbox (the fuel is under the seat), it gets large 17" wheels fitted with dirt-style tires and heat wrapped exhaust. The projector style headlights are reminiscent of high end camera lenses.

Don't look for gear and brake levers down at the footpegs either; you won't find them there. The Mana X uses a CVT transmission and so the shifting is performed automatically via buttons mounted on the handlebars. So, the rear brake to be moved up to the left handlebar position. This should appeal to riders transitioning from scooters to motorcycle.

Sales have been reportedly slow for the Mana 850 and Aprilia could be looking to breath new life into interest for the Mana engine and CVT technology. This is a concept bike but it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to move it into production. Some changes would obviously have to be made, such as extending the seat and rear fender.


Peugeot HYmotion3 Compressor Concept

First up - this is a concept vehicle so the likelihood of it coming to Canada in the near future is very, very small. But, this concept is so interesting and a sign of where some alternative transportation is heading we just had to tell you about it.

Those who recall the BMW C1; a scooter with a roll cage and seat belts that didn't require it's occupants to wear a helmet. Well cross that (with an extra margin of cool), with a three wheeled scooter, with a hybrid and you might have something resembling the Peugeot HYmotion 3.

Just unveiled at the 2008 Paris Motor Show the HYmotion3 is really something! It's a two seater scooter with two wheels up front and a glass bubble roof. It's powered by a 3Kw electric motor located in each of the two front wheels with a 125cc gasoline engine in the rear (yes - it's a three wheel drive!).

The HYmotion3 has the option of being ridden in an electric-only mode, a gasoline engine only mode, or hybrid three-wheel-drive mode. It is able to hit 100km/h from a standstill in 11.2 seconds, with a maximum speed of 110km/h.

The engine itself isn't used to power the batteries; regenerative braking does that. It can run in electric mode only at low speeds and the electric motors themselves are in the front wheels.

The in-wheel electric motors are capable of producing 4bhp, and they power the front wheels independently of each other and the gasoline engine. The ride-by-wire system keeps everything in sync.

While the Peugeot MP3 has two front wheels in a similar manner, they aren't powered, still they reduce the possibility of front-end washout drastically improve braking distances. However the powered front wheels of the HYmotion3 increase performance, allowing more power to be delivered to the road earlier in corners through all three wheels being driven at the same time.

The primary source of "go" is the supercharged four stroke 125cc engine that produces 20 bhp. Combine that with the electric motors and you have performance that's on par with 400cc scooters.

The engine will stop/start that turns itself off when you're stationary (like the Toyota Prius car) and fires up instantly when it's time to get moving. All this technology produces a scooter that is capable of delivering 118 mpg while carrying two people with far more weather protection and stability than any other 2 wheel scooter on the market right now.

Peugeot is one of "the" largest scooter makers in the world so if anybody would produce this thing it's likely to be Peugeot. They sell the majority of their machines in the European where there is a high demand for large, practical scooters. So in that market, a vehicle like this makes a lot of sense.

Maybe the BMW was just a little ahead of it's time with the C1.