Latest motorcycles, dancing girls and loud music can make quite an enticing concoction. Before your imagination runs wild though, we’d like to tell you that we’re talking about this year’s Intermot two-wheeler show at Cologne, Germany. Here’s the list of the showstoppers...
The new BMW R nineT Racer and R nineT Pure portray the age old saying of “less is more”, and for a lot of motorcycle fans, less is very often more. BMW Motorrad responded to this trend with the R nineT in 2013, and now at Intermot, with these two new motorcycles, they have added two exciting new facets to the BMW Motorrad Heritage world of experience. Both the new BMW Heritage models feature the potent, air/oil-cooled boxer engine with a capacity of 1,170cc and an output of 110bhp, combined with a 6-speed transmission. They are both designed to meet the requirements of the Euro4 pollution norms. The design of the bikes truly shows BMW heritage and the classic styling with new-age technology is sure to be a hit amongst many motorcycle enthusiasts.
Equipped with a carbon fibre upper cowl and boasting Ohlins rear suspension, an up and down quick-shifter and bank angle display, the Ninja H2 Carbon is limited to just 120 units worldwide. Constructed in highly rigid, lightweight carbon-fibre reinforced polymer, the upper cowl instantly distinguishes the Ninja H2 Carbon from the standard Ninja H2. As one of only 120 units, each Ninja H2 Carbon model is individually numbered and features a serial number stamped into the supercharger plate on the right side of the engine. The engine remains unfettled for its second year of production, but the exhaust has had a few changes to get the H2 through Euro4 emission norms. The Carbon also gets the same paint finish as the H2R, but with a matt finish.
Twenty-five years since the launch of the original CBR900RR Fireblade, the 25th anniversary of the ground-breaking machine sees the introduction of two new versions – the upgraded CBR1000RR Fireblade SP and the new CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2. For 2017, the Fireblade SP and SP2 move into ‘Next Stage Total Control’ with a comprehensive electronic control package, developed with reference to the RC213V-S street legal version of Honda’s MotoGP machine that supports the rider in all situations. Multiple power modes, engine braking settings and Honda Selectable Torque Control are available, plus Quickshifter, Downshift Assist and new ABS. The Öhlins Electronic Control Suspension can be programmed to unrivalled levels of precision. The SP2 features lightweight Marchesini wheels and redesigned valves, combustion chamber and pistons, and a kit will be available to make it ready for circuit use for racing and leisure.
KTM unveiled a new lineup of adventure touring and upright sport touring bikes at Intermot in the form of the new KTM Super Adventure R, S, and T. The Super Adventure S will replace the current 1190 Adventure, the Super Adventure R replaces the 1190 Adventure R, and likewise, the Super Adventure T replaces the 1290 Super Adventure. The new bikes will be powered by the same 1,301cc LC8 V-twin engine as the existing 1290 Super Adventure, but it receives a new intake to help make it more refined and smoother, and now pumps out 160bhp. The new bikes will all feature Bosch’s Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) system, complete with cornering ABS and cornering traction control. Additionally, all the models will come with different riding modes – Sport, Street, and Rain – but the R also gets an Off-Road mode. Other features found on these bikes include an all-new 6.5-inch TFT display, tyre pressure monitoring system, incredible looking new front headlight, and LED cornering lights. Cruise control comes standard, as does a waterproof phone compartment, keyless ignition system, and new and better padded seat. In terms of braking power, there are Brembo brakes with dual 320mm discs up front and a single 267mm one at the rear and four-piston, radially mounted calipers abound. The 1290 Super Adventure S is the most road biased bike of the bunch, while the Super Adventure R is the most off-road biased. The R gets an orange frame, orange crash bars, and laced 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels wrapped in Continental TKC80s. Suspension comes in the form of a fully adjustable WP setup. The KTM 1290 Super Adventure T, with the T standing for “touring”, gets a combination of things from the S and the R, with some additional crash protection and fancy wheels.
Suzuki debuted two versions of its all-new GSX-R1000 at Intermot, with the GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R machines headlining the Cologne show. Designed and built from the ground up, both models feature a new frame and swingarm, wrapped around an engine that uses technology developed from the manufacturer’s race-winning GSX-RR MotoGP machine. Both the GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R utilise an all-new, 999.8cc inline four-cylinder engine, which uses Suzuki Racing Variable Valve Timing (SR-VVT), and a new finger-follower valve train as part of Suzuki’s Broad Power System. Developed for use on the firm’s GSX-RR MotoGP racer, the system allows the new engine to produce strong low-midrange power, before the variable valve timing system boosts top-end output.
For 2017, Yamaha have combined the MT-10 and YZF-R1M, to create an SP version of the hyper-naked. Featuring Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension, Thin Film Transistor instrumentation and a paintjob unique to the SP, this new bike is pretty stunning. The SP’s semi-active electronic suspension is controlled by a Suspension Control Unit – just like the R1 – which analyses data from a series of sensors that monitor suspension action and rider inputs. The settings are accessed via the switchgear and new TFT dash, which hosts all of the SP’s systems information, in glorious full colour, high definition. The rider can also select dark or light backgrounds to suit day/night riding – or personal preference. The SP only comes in one colour option, which understandably gives yet another nod to the YZF-R1M from which it borrows so much of its hardware and software. The bike will be launched sometime early next year.
Ducati unveiled the first of a series of new bikes for 2017 at the Cologne motorcycle fair – the SuperSport, the company’s latest sport road bike. The Ducati SuperSport is designed for those who want a sport-inspired bike that still provides comfort and easy handling on everyday roads. A fun bike that’s versatile and accessible, with the style and soul of a true Ducati thoroughbred. Powering the SuperSport is a twin-cylinder 937cc Testastretta 11° engine, delivering 113bhp. Thanks to the three Riding Modes (Sport, Touring and Urban), the SuperSport’s temperament can be adapted to maximise enjoyment whatever the riding conditions. Agile on city streets, comfortable on the motorway and superlative on twisting country roads, the SuperSport is super-versatile. Relaxed rider and passenger positions, good airflow deflection from the height-adjustable screen and the range provided by the 16-litre fuel tank will also make the new Ducati SuperSport a cool companion on longer rides.