TechDrive At London Motorcycle Show 2015
London had one of its busiest weekends of the year since the London Motorcycle Show roared into town. Thousands of enthusiasts turned out to get a glimpse of some of MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi’s most famous machines and check out some of the world’s newest bikes. Iconic bikes from the golden age of racing were also on display, as were the personal collections of Top Gear stars James May and Richard Hammond. The centre of the arena saw stunt displays in the live action show.
And here are great moments of London Motorcycle Show from TechDrive:
1299 Panigale S
The 1299 Panigale S stands apart with its full LED headlights and carbon fiber mudguard, excelling with auxiliary handlebar buttons and forged wheels. The bike features an unprecedented 116mm bore 205hp of pure adrenaline and 145 Nm of stunning torque together with the semi-active suspension and electronic steering damper governed by the Ohlins Smart EC system and technology takes a giant leap forward.
The revolutionary technology found in the Monoscocca frame and Superquadro engine, delivered 148hp with incredible lightness, unprecedented agility, the unmistakable design of Ducati Quick Shift, and ABS-fitted brakes as standard. This all ensures that the 899 Panigale is just the bike to give a Ducati Superbike adrenalin rush, both on the track and on the road.
At the 2015 London Motorcycle Show, Ducati displayed three different versions of the 899 Panigale, including the Race Spec 2015 Panigale R and the 899 Panigale with orange color.
The intoxicating design, with innovative LED headlight, and refined rider comfort of the new Diavel may imply “cruiser”, but the brute force of its 162hp Testastretta engine and its razor sharp handling prove otherwise. The Diavel Carbon exemplifies the distinctive style and sporty soul of the Diavel with high-quality, light-weight components. Clad with carbon fiber and Marchesini forged wheels, weight is reduced to just 451 lbs, only further enhancing the performance of this extraordinary motorcycle.
White Monster 1200 S
The “Performance package” boosts the Testastretta 110 DS engine to 145 CV and makes the power easy to handle thanks to race-derived Brembo brakes and the fundamental Ohlins suspension. The carbon front mudguard and the machine’s rims with their light, aggressive design are the signature of every “S” version.
BMW’s collection was filled with its well-known models such as R1200, R1200 R Sport, F800 R, F1300 R, S1000 RR, S1000 R, K1300 S, F700 GS, K1600 GT, K1600 GTL and R1200 RT.
F800 R 2015
BMW has released a new version of its F 800 R twin-cylinder roadster. The new bike has slightly more power, and changes to the chassis are intended to improve performance and comfort. The 798cc engine has been “retuned” to produce 90 horsepower at 8000 rpm, up from 87 horsepower; peak torque remains at 63 foot-pounds and internal ratios for first and second gears have been shortened to improve acceleration. The updated chassis now has an inverted fork with radial-mount front brakes, and revised ergos include a 10mm-lower seat, new handlebar and footpegs.
Rat Tracker R9T
BMW R NineT 2014
BMW British Superbike 2015
K 1300 S Motorsport 2014
For 2015, BMW have announced a new special edition K1300S: the K1300S Motorsport. The bike remains unchanged mechanically, but does get red and blue paint accents on its black and white bodywork, a tinted windshield, HP wheels and foot pegs and an Akrapovic exhaust system.
A shorter gear transmission ratio in the 75 bhp engine enhances agility while at the same time guaranteeing the bike’s familiar top-class handling. This makes the F 700 GS an ideal all-round machine within the GS family, suitable for every kind of rider.
The H2/H2R is hence a whopping technological statement from Kawasaki about its technological heritage and know-how with a raft of new technologies either purpose-created for motorcycles or adapted from other distant empires within Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ (KHI) vast industrial realm. It delivers 140.4 Nm at 10,000 rpm but with the supercharger kicking in early, that mid-range is going to be much stronger for much longer than its Japanese cousins from Yamaha and Honda, and broader than the Ducati 1299’s similar peak torque figure (the 1285 cc Panigale S shades it for maximum output with 144.6 Nm at 8,750 rpm).
Yamaha YFZ-R1 2015
With cast magnesium wheels, lightweight LED lights, and a titanium 4-2-1 exhaust, the new 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 tips the scales at a claimed 439 lbs, in fully wet, ready to ride form. Its wheelbase is down by almost 0.4 inches, and its swingarm has been reduced in length by 0.5 inches. Rake and fork offset are unchanged, and an inverted 43mm fork is complemented by a link-type single-shock rear.
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