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Yamaha Tricity 125 gains updates for 2022

Yamaha’s three-wheeled Tricity scooter has gained a range of revisions, bringing more tech and improved efficiency over the previous model.

The 125cc-powered scooter aims to be a choice for urban riders, as well as those who only have an A1 motorcycle licence. It’s equipped with a new Euro5 compliant engine, with a durable forged piston and a newly designed cylinder head. It also features Yamaha’s Variable Valve Actuation which brings nippy acceleration but with reduced fuel consumption.

The Tricity’s eco credentials are further boosted by a 32-bit starter-generator control unit that controls the engine’s electrical functions. A new Smart Motor Generator system combines the previous model’s separate generator and starter motor into one unit, giving very quiet starts and restarts as a result. A new stop-start system is also included to aid efficiency further.

Yamaha has also tweaked the Tricity’s steering system, allowing the front wheels to always carve a steady arc, even when leaning. This makes the whole bike feel more intuitive and easy to ride. The wheelbase is 60mm longer than before, while the engine mounts have been revised to give better comfort levels as well as improved refinement.

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The twin rear shock system has also been refined, with the length of the shocks themselves giving 90mm of travel.

New LCD instruments are also included and can be paired to a rider’s smartphone via Yamaha’s MyRide app. In doing so, the rider can view notifications for incoming calls, email, text messages and more all via the bike’s LCD instruments. The app can also be used to see key information such as fuel consumption.

Two new colour schemes are also available with the new Tricity – Petrol Blue and Sand Grey.

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Yamaha’s XSR125 Legacy brings retro looks to learner segment

Yamaha has brought a slice of retro style to the 125cc segment with its new XSR125 Legacy.

It uses the same chassis and architecture as the regular XSR125, but has been ‘influenced by some of Yamaha’s most iconic designs from the 60s, 70s and 80s’. Styling touches include lightweight spoked wheels finished in gold, which contrast the all-black bodywork. These wheels are also shod in Metzeler Karoo tyres, which have a block pattern with a more heritage-inspired look.

But there are also new graphics that use gold and silver pinstripes applied across the fuel tank. There are extra gold-coloured graphics on the side panels, too. Elsewhere, the Legacy benefits from a two-piece aluminium muffler cover, while a range of aluminium brackets and fittings are used across the bike.

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The 125cc four-valve liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine produces 11kW – the maximum allowed for bikes in the A1 class – while Yamaha’s Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) system allows it to deliver strong levels of torque and gives the bike the ability to perform in a variety of situations, from country driving to faster motorway riding.

All bikes get 37mm upside-down forks for good handling, while LED lighting gives great visibility – the main LED headlamp is housed within a classic circular outer shell, maintaining that retro look. There’s also a LED light at the rear.

The XSR125 Legacy will only come in its black and gold colour combination.

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Ducati launches custom motorcycle creation service

Ducati has launched a new service that allows its customers to create unique motorcycle specifications.

Called Ducati Unica, it allows buyers to join the firm’s design teams at the Ducati Centro Stile and explain what they want from their new product, collaborating directly with the designers and technicians.

Through periodical visits throughout the build process, these one-of-a-kind creations can be followed in-person to experience ‘first-hand the level of dedication and attention to detail that Ducati reserves for each customisation project’.

By working with the Ducati Unica team, customers can define details such as precious materials, dedicated finishes, special colours and Ducati Performance accessories, which are fitted on top of a base bike from the Ducati line-up.

The Italian firm will document the whole process, from early sketches to the delivery ceremony.

Andrea Ferraresi, Centro Stile Ducati Director: “Design is a distinctive element of our creations. We wanted to give Ducatisti the chance to identify themselves even more with their own bike, making it a direct expression of each person’s individual style.

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“Therefore, we created Ducati Unica, an exclusive programme that testifies to the excellence of Made in Italy of which Ducati is a representative in the world. An exciting and unforgettable experience of customisation to be experienced directly within our Centro Stile.

“The moment in which Ducatisti finally see their bike is very exciting for us at the Centro Stile and a source of great pride.”

Each Ducati Unica creation will be delivered with a certificate of authenticity to its uniqueness, which also guarantees that it will not be replicated.

To gain access to the service, prospective customers must contact their local Ducati dealer. It is available worldwide, but the company says it can only accept ‘an extremely limited number of requests each year’.

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Ducati unveils new adventure-ready DesertX

Ducati has revealed its new DesertX, bringing plenty of performance as well as a variety of off-road-focused touches.

Following on from a concept motorcycle released in 2019, the DesertX takes inspiration from Enduro motorcycles of the 1980s. Powered by a 937cc v-twin engine – the same as you’ll find in Ducati’s Multistrada V2 – the DesertX’s gear ratios have been specially tuned.

For example, first and second gears are shorter – making them better for low-speed, off-road riding – while sixth gear is purposefully long to help make longer rides more comfortable and efficient.

Though able to tackle seriously tricky terrain, Ducati has fitted a variety of features to ensure that the DesertX can handle longer journeys too. There’s a 21-litre fuel tank, while 120 litres of load capacity means there’s plenty of space for luggage and equipment. The padding and shape of the seat have been designed to make it comfortable for both rider and passenger, too.

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With long-travel suspension, the DesertX should be able to handle big compressions, with a 46mm upside-down Kayaba fork and a Kayaba monoshock combined on the bike. There’s also 250mm of ground clearance.

The DesertX sits on 21-inch front and 18-inch rear Pirelli Scorpion tyres, while an ABS cornering function is fitted too. When it comes to brakes, there are Brembo M50 monobloc radial calipers with four 30mm pistons and at the rear there’s a single 256mm disc with a Brembo twin-piston caliper.

The DesertX is also equipped with six riding modes, including a new Rally Riding Mode that gives full engine power and reduced electronic controls, making it the go-to setting for more experienced off-road riders. All key information is accessed via a five-inch TFT colour display.

Up front, there’s a full LED double headlight with integrated daytime running lights, while the rear light can automatically flash in the event of sudden braking.

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Suzuki reveals Katana updates for 2022

The Suzuki Katana has been given an update for 2022, gaining more power, improved electronics and other new feature upgrades.

It’s based on the new GSX-S1000 platform that was introduced earlier this year and uses a 999cc four-cylinder engine that makes 150bhp at 11,000rpm.

That’s a couple of horsepower up on before with a broader spread of torque across the rev range thanks to a new intake and exhaust camshaft, new valve springs, new exhaust, and a new airbox.

A new ride-by-wire throttle has also been introduced to deliver power more smoothly. Further control over the power delivery comes from the Drive Mode Selector system. There are three settings available, each having the same peak power but with differing levels of throttle response that vary from sharp and sporty to a softer setting ideal for wet conditions.

The Katana has a bi-directional quickshifter and five traction control modes to keep wheel slip in check – including a fully off setting.

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Completing the electronics package is a new clutch assist system that mitigates the effect of engine braking when downshifting from higher rpm, as well as an easy start system and low revs assist that improves low speed control and avoids stalling.

The new Katana has the same lightweight aluminium frame and GSX-R-derived swingarm, with fully adjustable KYB front forks and rear shock. There are Brembo monobloc callipers up front biting 310mm discs, with six-spoke, cast aluminium wheels wearing Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport2, custom-made for the GSX-S platform.

The sharply styled bodywork takes cues from the original machine from the 1980s and now wears new colours including a dark matte blue, complemented by gold forks and wheels. The dark grey version gets red wheels, while all Katanas come with a new red night mode from the dash.

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Updated Yamaha TMAX brings new look and tech upgrades

Yamaha has introduced an updated version of its TMAX scooter, bringing a more compact body as well as a great level of technology.

Available in TMAX and flagship TMAX Tech Max guises, the scooter has been slimmed down to make getting on and off even easier, though the seating position is somewhat sportier than before.

Designed with Yamaha’s supersport motorcycles as inspiration, the TMAX’s exterior design has been completely remodelled for a sharper look. At the rear is a new T-shaped light, too. The TMAX will also be available in ‘Extreme Yellow’ for the first time, alongside Icon Blue and Sword Grey shades.

A newly designed adjustable screen has also been included. It’s kitted out with a central air intake which, according to Yamaha, reduces wind pressure on the rider’s body when travelling at greater speeds, making the experience more comfortable. It also helps to reduce wind noise. This screen is electrically adjustable on the TMAX Tech Max.

A new seven-inch colour TFT display has been fitted too and it can be configured to show one of three display styles. All three display a large central digital speedometer, though ‘Sporty’ mode features a radial block-type tachometer.

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Riders can also connect their smartphone to the system via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or USB connection, enabling them to play music, receive notifications and respond to calls in conjunction with a headset which will need to be purchased separately.

A full Garmin navigation system is included too, offering live traffic updates and spoken turn-by-turn instructions, while PhotoReal Junction View gives a realistic depiction of junctions and road turns ahead.

Tech MAX versions also benefit from a heated seat and grips, as well as cruise control.

The TMAX is powered by a 560cc twin-cylinder engine – the same as that fitted to the previous version – though the scooter also benefits from lighter spin-forged wheels and revised suspension.

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New Yamaha XSR900 arrives with retro look and lighter frame

Yamaha has unveiled the new XSR900, a retro-inspired motorcycle with more power and lower overall weight than before.

The XSR900 was first introduced in 2016, but given the expansion of the Sports Heritage segment it sits within, Yamaha has decided to give the bike an overhaul in order for it to stay current.

It boasts a lighter ‘Deltabox’ frame than before, with a lower head position and longer swingarm to help with straight-line stability. It’s powered by an 889cc transverse triple engine, boasting 119bhp and a specially-tuned exhaust.

The XSR900’s fuel tank takes inspiration from Grand Prix road racers from the 1980s and incorporates air intakes at the front which aid engine efficiency. Not only that, but Yamaha claims that these vents help to transmit intake sound to the rider when travelling at higher speeds.

At the front of bike sits the XSR900’s trademark round headlight, but it has been upgraded with the help of LED technology. It’s housed within a brushed aluminium surround, enhancing the heritage feel further. The XSR900’s LED taillight is ‘hidden’ too, fitted beneath the seat hump.

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Fitted with a new Brembo radial front master cylinder, the XSR900’s braking system is comprehensive. There are also gold-finished and inverted KYB forks, coupled with spin-forged cast wheels which Yamaha says offer a 700g weight saving compared with those fitted to the previous model.

The older bike’s circular LCD screen has been replaced by a 3.5-inch TFT display which can be configured to show a variety of secondary information, as well as key readouts such as speed and RPM.

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Ducati reveals the new Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak

Ducati has revealed the new Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak, which it is calling the sportiest version of the model yet.

The Multistrada is designed to offer a compromise between touring and performance, with this new Pikes Peak model aimed at those who want to lean towards sportiness without going for a full sports bike.

Updates that differentiate this from the rest of the range include a 17-inch front wheel and single-sided swingarm. To further hint at its sporting prowess, the Pikes Peak model gets a Moto GP-inspired racing livery.

The chassis itself has also evolved, while that new wheel uses forged aluminium rims that are 2.7kg lighter than those fitted to the V4 S, and they’re wrapped in new sports tyres. The suspension has also been upgraded to Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 units, which can automatically adjust their settings based on the rider’s behaviour on the bike.

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The braking system has been derived directly from the Panigale V4, with Brembo calipers and larger discs.

Riding geometry has been completely refreshed, with the pegs moved back to increase the maximum lean angle, while the handlebar is lower, narrower and curved, which Ducati says improves the sporty feeling.

Power comes from the 1,160cc V4 Granturismo engine making 168bhp and 125Nm of torque. A new Race Riding Mode is a first for the Multistrada range, which raises the rev limiter, while downshifts can be more aggressive.

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Triumph reveals limited-run Bonneville Gold Line editions

Triumph has revealed a series of special edition motorcycles that will only go on sale for one year.

Called the Gold Line Editions, they’ve been designed to celebrate the hand-painted gold lining skills of the firm’s paint shop.

The eight custom-inspired designs have a unique style from the rest of the range.

The limited-run designs will be available on the Bonneville T100, Speedmaster, Bobber and T120, as well as the Street Scrambler and Scrambler 1200 XC and XE.

Each version has a slightly different specification, for example, the Bonneville T100 has a Silver Ice fuel tank with a Competition Green infell edged with hand-painted gold lining, with colour-coordinated mudguards, side panels and stripes.

The Street Scrambler has a blue tank with a graphite stripe and black mudguards, while the Bonneville Bobber has a red fuel tank with a black twin strip design and features a new gold and silver logo.

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The gold lining is applied by hand in the Triumph paint shop, requiring ‘incredible patience, years of experience and the steadiest of hands’.

Most of the editions above have a two-tone paint job with the gold lining applied in one single stroke, usually in the space where the two base colours meet.

The gold lining paint is specially formulated by mixing a powdered colour with a cellulose lacquer to get the correct consistency. Automotive paint is usually too thin for brush work.

Once completed, the paint artist signs their initials by hand on the vehicle’s bodywork.

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