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New Ténéré 700: The Next Horizon is Yours

11The Ténéré story: where it all began

The Ténéré can trace its roots back to the launch of XT500 enduro-adventure bike in 1976. With its strong torque and compact chassis, this versatile single cylinder 4-stroke became an instant success. In many countries throughout Europe the XT500 was Yamaha's best-selling model during the late 1970s - with over 60,000 sold in France alone during its 14-year production run. 

Its go-anywhere ability, rugged design and outstanding reliability opened a new world of adventure to many motorcycle riders - and these same qualities made it the ideal choice for competitors in the first Paris-Dakar Rally that was won by Frenchman Cyril Neveu on a Yamaha XT500. 

Quickly establishing a reputation as the toughest desert rally bike, the XT500 became the default model for adventure seeking riders and rally racers alike, and today it is considered to be one of the most significant and iconic motorcycles of the late 20th century, with active owner’s clubs throughout the world. 001By the end of the 1970s the XT had achieved legendary status amongst Europe's riders, and in 1983 Yamaha introduced the XT600Z that became the company's first Adventure bike to carry the Ténéré name - a Tuareg word meaning 'desert' or 'wilderness'. 

At this time the Ténéré line-up was constantly evolving and growing, and the end of the 1980s saw the introduction of the 2-cylinder XTZ750 Super Ténéré, followed in the early 1990s by the single cylinder XTZ660 Ténéré. During this period the Yamaha Adventure range went on to win many more Dakar Rally events - with Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel claiming 6 victories on his XTZ750-based factory Yamaha in the 1990s. 002Today's Yamaha Adventure range features the sophisticated XT1200Z and XT1200ZE Super Ténéré models that were introduced in 2010, as well as the exclusive high specification XT1200ZE Raid Edition. 03

Ténéré 700 World Raid: Tested to the extreme 

The first sign that Yamaha was developing a new Adventure bike came with the launch of the T7 concept in 2016. Displayed at motorcycle shows all over the world, it created immense interest and gave riders a taste of what was to come - and in 2017 Yamaha introduced the Ténéré 700 World Raid prototype that was one step closer to the final production specification. 

Since 2017 the Ténéré 700 World Raid prototype has undergone an intensive world tour in various key locations all over the globe, and during this development phase the bike has been subjected to the most extreme testing in hostile terrain and severe climatic conditions. 

Piloted by a team of professional riders including multi Dakar winner Stéphane Peterhansel and Official Yamalube Yamaha Rally Team riders such as Adrien van Beveren and Rodney Faggoter, the World Raid prototype has been pushed to its limits across the globe, from Australia's unforgiving outback through to the brutal South American deserts. 

At the same time as putting thousands of hours on the development bikes, the Ténéré 700 World Raid programme has also showcased the design to many hundreds of local riders who have been invited to give Yamaha their valuable input and help shape the final production model. 02

All-new Ténéré 700: The lightweight go-anywhere Adventure bike 

With a spirit of adventure embedded within its DNA, every Yamaha Adventure bike is rugged, tough and reliable. Each Ténéré model in the Adventure segment will open up the possibilities of endless travel, and enable its rider to discover a feeling of utter freedom. The only limit is within rider's imagination. The Next Horizon is Yours. 

Yamaha's in-depth off-road expertise and outstanding track record are beyond doubt.  Now the time has come to re-establish Yamaha as a leading force in the Adventure segment with the introduction of the all-new Ténéré 700 - a lightweight no compromise Adventure model with one of the highest specifications in its class, and one of the most exciting and significant new Adventure models to be launched for many years. 

Equipped with the successful CP2 689cc parallel-twin engine and a completely new chassis, the Ténéré 700 is designed to deliver class-leading handling and agility in the dirt - combined with high speed long distance performance on the road - making it an extremely capable and versatile Adventure bike. 04 Ténéré 700 model overview
•    Rally-bred T7-inspired dual sport design with pure Ténéré DNA 
•    Light, compact, nimble 
•    Outstanding off road performance 
•    Year-round on road capabilities 
•    Go-anywhere long distance potential, 350km+ fuel range 
•    Powerful, smooth and economical high-torque engine 
•    Switchable ABS option for off road riding 
•    Effective screen and hand guards for excellent weather protection 
•    State of the art long-travel suspension 
•    Available in 3 colour variations 

689cc 4-stroke CP2 engine with Adventure settings 

Yamaha has revolutionized the motorcycle world with the development of the crossplane philosophy engines that power a range of the company's best-selling models, and the new Ténéré 700 is equipped with the highly respected 689cc parallel-twin engine. 06The key characteristic of this compact CP2 engine is its strong and linear torque output that gives instant throttle response together with outstanding acceleration - attributes that make it a capable and versatile performer on and off the road. Producing maximum torque at 6,500rpm, this engine offers the ideal balance of performance and controllability - and with its excellent fuel economy, it contributes towards the Ténéré 700's ability to cover long distances between fuel stops. 

To cater for the unique requirements of Adventure riders, the final transmission is optimised, and together with a range of model-specific fuel injection settings, these features contribute towards the bike's outstanding versatility and remarkable performance in different riding environments. 

New lightweight double cradle tubular steel frame 

During the development of the Ténéré 700 one of the key goals was to achieve a slim, agile and light feeling chassis that would be equally suited to both road and off-road riding. To satisfy these requirements Yamaha's designers have developed an all-new lightweight double cradle tubular steel frame that combines a low weight with immense strength, making it ideally suited a variety of riding conditions. 

Featuring a compact 1,590mm wheelbase and a slim body, this rugged chassis delivers responsive handling characteristics, and with 240mm of ground clearance the Ténéré 700 is designed to keep its rider out of trouble over the roughest terrain. 05

Slim, compact and ergonomic body and seat 

The ability to shift your body weight forwards and rearwards to suit the terrain ahead is crucial when you want to maintain full control in off road riding situations, and so the Ténéré 700 is equipped with a flat 880mm high seat and slim body that allows maximum rider agility. The compact bodywork and narrow fuel tank also enable you to grip the tank with the knees whether sitting or standing, giving added confidence and control in every situation, whether you're riding on dirt or asphalt. 09

Aggressive rally-bred face with four LED headlights 

The new Ténéré 700 is equipped with a distinctive looking headlight assembly that is a direct spin off from Yamaha's latest factory Rally bikes and the T7 concept machine. A total of four LED headlights project powerful beams of light that can light up the darkest wilderness. Stacked in a 2 + 2 layout and protected by a clear nacelle - and with two LED position lights at the base - this strong face gives a purposeful look that matches this new Adventure bike's imposing character. 

Adjustable long-travel 43mm upside down forks 

When you're riding in the dirt you need the best possible suspension systems, and the Ténéré 700's long travel forks are undeniable evidence that this is a serious Adventure bike with class-leading off-road capabilities. The flex resistant 43mm forks stay in shape over the most extreme terrain to give precision steering and smooth suspension action - and with 210mm of suspension travel, this high specification front end enables you to attack the most challenging off-road terrain with confidence. 

Offering full damping adjustment, these rally-specification front forks ensure high levels of comfort with lightweight handling performance when you're on the road, making the Ténéré 700 one of the most capable and enjoyable long-distance tourers. 

Remotely adjustable rear shock absorber 

The Ténéré 700 is equipped with a rally-bred link-type rear suspension system that gives smooth and progressive action for maximum riding comfort and enhanced levels of control. 

Featuring a lightweight aluminium swingarm for low unsprung weight, this high specification rear end offers 200mm of travel which, like the front suspension system, is designed to be able to handle the most severe off-road riding conditions as well as giving a comfortable ride on the road. Another significant feature is the remote adjuster that lets you fine tune the preload settings while you're on the go, making it quick and easy to dial in the shock to suit the riding conditions. 08

Rally style cockpit with tapered handlebars 

Sitting on the new Ténéré 700 with the rally-bred cockpit in front of you, you'll absorb the pure Dakar character of this new generation Adventure bike and be inspired to get out there and explore. The compact rally screen and nose fairing give you excellent protection from the wind while maintaining the slim and lightweight character of the bike, and the competition type tapered handlebars give a relaxed riding position whether you're seated or standing. 

21-inch front & 18-inch rear spoked wheels

Just like the high specification front and rear suspension, the spoked wheels clearly demonstrate that this bike is built for serious off-road riding. With their ability to efficiently absorb the continuous impacts experienced when riding in rough terrain, these lightweight wheels work with the long travel suspension to give you optimum handling performance and control. 

Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres are fitted as original equipment, and because the Ténéré 700 features a competition type 21-inch front wheel/18-inch rear wheel combination, you have the possibility to fit a wide choice of tyres to suit your own requirements - ranging from a pure enduro pattern for predominantly off road use, through to dual sport pattern tyres for year round on/off road versatility. 07

Slim long-range fuel tank with 16-litre capacity 

Throughout the development of this new generation Adventure bike, Yamaha's key goal was to ensure that the Ténéré 700 would deliver class leading off road performance together with outstanding on-road abilities and offer a genuine long-range potential. 

The slim design of the fuel tank belies its 16-litre capacity, and its narrow rear section offers plenty of rider mobility and excellent knee grip. Whether you're sitting down or standing up, the compact dimensions of this long-range fuel tank enable you to shift your weight around effortlessly - and thanks to the excellent economy of the 2-cylinder engine, 16-litres of fuel will give a potential riding range of over 350km which gives the new Ténéré 700 a high level of year-round all-terrain versatility. 

Compact rally style multi-function instruments 

Another example of how the new Ténéré 700 has been developed using rally-bred technology can be seen with the compact rally style instruments. Located centrally behind the screen for great visibility, this lightweight instrument panel displays a wide range of information that can be absorbed without having to take your eyes off the road or track. The multi-function LCD display features comprehensive information including gear position, fuel level, two trip meters and estimated fuel range, as well as average and instant fuel consumption and more. 10The cockpit is designed to accommodate the fitment of aftermarket navigation devices, enabling you to add extra equipment to suit your own requirements, including GPS, road book readers and smart phones.     

Switchable ABS for easy adjustment

The braking system consists of dual 282mm wave front discs and a 245mm wave rear disc that gives high levels of stopping power with plenty of feel at all speeds on the highway or in the dirt. 

When you're riding off road you have the option to temporarily disable the ABS whenever required by activating the kill switch while stationary. With the ABS turned off you can take full manual control, and you can choose to lock the rear wheel deliberately in certain situations - such as very tight turns or on steep descents.     

Good rider protection 

On long journeys the screen and front cowl give good protection from the wind and weather, and because of the bike's slim and compact body you are able to tuck in tightly to the chassis and keep out of the main airflow. As well deflecting wind and rain, the tough plastic handguards also help to prevent damage from rocks and stones kicked up by vehicles in front of you, and they offer added protection from branches and foliage when you're in the wilderness. And if you do take a tumble in the dirt, they help to protect the levers and throttle from accidental damage. 

Key Technical Features
•    High-torque 689cc 4-stroke CP2 parallel-twin engine 
•    New lightweight double cradle tubular steel frame 
•    Slim, compact and ergonomic body and seat 
•    Aggressive rally-bred face with four LED headlights and two LED position lights 
•    Adjustable long-travel 43mm upside down forks with 210mm travel 
•    Remotely adjustable link-type rear suspension with 200mm travel 
•    Compact rally style cockpit with tapered handlebars 
•    21-inch/18-inch lightweight spoked wheels with adventure tyres 
•    Slim long-range fuel tank with 16-litre capacity for 350km+ range 
•    Compact rally-style multi-function instruments 
•    Switchable ABS for on the fly adjustment 
•    Screen and handguards give good rider protection 

The new Ténéré 700 will be available in the second half of 2019 at Yamaha dealers across Europe. 

Colours        Ceramic Ice, Competition White, Power Black 

Yamaha Genuine Accessories: Make it yours 01

Yamaha has developed a full range of Genuine Accessories that enable customers to build their very own Ténéré 700 with a look, feel and specification that matches their unique character and the way they use your bike. Full details will be released at the world press launch. 

Build a dream collection with the free MyGarage app 

The MyGarage app is the best way for customers to build their dream collection of Yamaha motorcycles - and it's totally free! By downloading the free app anyone can start creating their very own personalized Yamaha. 

MyGarage enables customers to add or remove a wide range of Genuine Options accessories and view the bike from any angle. Once a dream bike has been created it can be saved and shared with friends - and once a final decision is made on the ideal specification, it can be sent to the local Yamaha dealer who will turn it into reality. 

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First across the line!

00In the world of motorcycle drag racing nothing is bigger than the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) Pro Stock motorcycle class. I say that because it’s the only two-wheeled class that runs in conjunction with Top fuel, Funny car and Pro Stock car in the premier league of National USA drag racing; three to four days of qualifying and often 100,000 plus crowds, not to mention huge TV audiences, attract massive sponsorship deals, and so it should. Just look at these intimidating monsters that cover the quarter mile in a few seconds. Well actually USA pinnacle drag racing is now shorter after a fatal crash in 2008 when Scott Kalitta crashed his Funny car, which can be found on YouTube if you want to be shocked. So, to try to reduce speeds, NHRA brought the distance down from 1,320 feet (402m), to 1,000 feet (305m). But, as usual, in racing the top speeds have caught up.001

If you’re wondering how fast, as you should, a top-end Pro Stock motorcycle will cover the 1,000 feet in around, or below, 6.8 seconds with terminal speeds of 200mph (320km/h). Also they reach 200km/h in less than four seconds, and a 0-100km/h time of less than one second, with all bikes using only a 10-inch wide rear drag slick tyre! Let’s not forget that a Pro Stock motorcycle has no forced induction (turbo or supercharged) and no nitrous oxide injection is allowed either, they’re all normally aspirated engines in different forms, well only two to be precise.03a

This class is so tight that well over 40 entries will compete for only16 places in the elimination sages, bit like a world cup with eliminations leading to semi-finals leading to a big finale. I said ‘tight’ because in the last event 6.83 seconds qualified first and 6.94 was 14th, which all leads to the reaction times off the lights to win, where these guys are the best. And ladies too as they can compete on equal terms with the men and indeed Angelle Sampay has won the world tile before. World title, huh…only in America, where every sport has its ‘own’ world title, if you know what I mean?04a

Now on to the bikes. Apparently they have to resemble a ‘street bike’ from a distance, hence the bodywork but the two engines are either a massive V-twin or not so massive in-line four cylinder. Class rules state the V-twin can be 160 cubic-inch (2.6 litres), but it has to have only two-valve cylinder heads and push rod camshaft activation, also with fuel injection allowed. On the other side is the Suzuki based engine (what else?), which can go to 107 cubic-inch (1,750cc), with a two-valve GS based head and use of carbs only. To also level the field the V-twin can weight no more than 620 pounds (282kg), and the four-cylinder 515 pounds (234kg). Obviously to try to offset the ridiculous torque the big twin makes off the line, but it does make for the closest racing you’ve ever come across. Sometimes lead weights are added to the bike to keep these parameters equal on all counts.07

Interestingly the Suzuki based engine still uses modified GS1150 EF crankcases from the eighties but with a hyper expensive CNC billet two- valve cylinder head and predictably hefty clutch and gearbox. Still a testament to how strong those Suzuki engines were and still are. I’ve seen claimed horsepower from a 1640cc engine at 320hp, so being racing figures it will probably be more.


However in the Harley-Davidson and Buell camp it’s a different story and then some. In fact the only connection with the two names mentioned are the brand name stickers on the bikes bodywork, and they’re, err…V-twins.  S&S racing division makes the huge engines for the Buell bikes, all 2.6 litres of them. Entirely made from billet components and claiming 360hp plus, who knows what the torque figures must be, and you can even buy just the S&S engine for $42,500 if you fancy transplanting one into your scooter but just listen to these figures folks. 5 –inch piston size or 130mm across, no compression figures but think of at least 18:1, billet rocker arms and push rods made from Superman’s legs that allow this ridiculous engine to rev to 10,500rpm! The camshafts have at least a one-inch lift (26mm) and the valve springs are rated with a return pressure of over 1,400kg, or the same weight as a small family car, amazing components or what? Obviously many ‘secrets’ are hidden in those billet barrels as well, which have cast iron liners.08

As you can see from the images here ‘Harley-Davidson’, built by Vance & Hines, are the team to beat with three riders, Andrew Hines, Chip Ellis and Eddie Krawiec who is last year’s Championship holder, leading the way. Steve Tonglet is close behind on the Suzuki machine and many more are close as well.09

With one round to go, of 16, at Pomona in California, it’s going to be close and, by the time you read this, it will all have been decided and the NHRA 2018 Pro Stock motorcycle Champion named. So please visit for all the final class results and even more information, well worth a look. Also check out the many videos of these bikes on YouTube, you’ll be highly impressed believe me!11

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002Francesco Bagnaia closes this incredible season with the title in Moto2. Party completed by Luca Marini at his first victory.

Sepang (Malaysia), November 4th 2018 - Francesco Bagnaia, third at the finishing line of the Malaysian GP, is the 2018 Moto2 World Champion with the Sky Racing Team VR46. After an incredible season with 8 victories and 12 podiums, Pecco won the title in the intermediate class. A special day completed by the first victory of Luca Marini, who has dominated the GP.001Pecco, a talent raised in the Sky project and the VR46 Riders Academy since 2014, rookie of the Year in Moto2 in 2017, is the true protagonist of the 2018 season. After winning the inaugural race in Qatar, he has successed in Texas, France, Holland, Austria, San Marino, Thailand and Japan and he has reached 304 points in the standings. With 16 podiums in the 2017/2018 biennium, all with the Sky Racing Team VR46, is one of the most successful Italians in the Moto2 category.005Historic day for the Team also crowned by Luca's first victory, second in qualifying yesterday, impressive in the warm up and able to impose his pace in the race dominating from the first to the last corner.end bike test

The New Scrambler 1200 XE

001Introducing the Scrambler 1200 XE, all-new benchmark-setting motorcycle that represents a first for dual-purpose capability and modern custom style. This beautiful new 1200 Scrambler delivers a category redefining level of performance, specification and finish, fused with Triumph’s iconic Scrambler DNA and all the capability of a genuine adventure motorcycle.

Built to deliver a sublime riding experience on every road, packed with class-leading specification and state-of-the-art technology, this new modern classic takes the
legend that Triumph started to a whole new level. The first of a new generation, and the best in every dimension. The real deal is here.

New benchmark setting Scrambler

1200 Scrambler XE – built to be just as great on the road but with even more extreme off-road capability002

Thrilling performance

High Power 1200cc Bonneville twin engine, with dedicated Scrambler tune, delivering 90 PS @ 7,400 rpm

Incredible torque output of 110 Nm @ 3,950rpm

Sculpted high level exhaust and a signature twin Scrambler soundtrack

Category dominating capability

Class leading state-of-the-art technology including;

2nd generation TFT instruments

6 riding modes, including Off-Road Pro on the XE

Optimised cornering ABS and cornering traction control on the XE

IMU and fully integrated technology system

All LED lighting, including signature DRL headlight

Intuitive switch cubes & 5-way joystick

Illuminated backlit switches

Torque-assist clutch

Keyless ignition

Cruise control

USB charging socket

Heated grips as standard on the XE

Read more: The New Scrambler 1200 XE 

Viñales Banks Brilliant Victory in Australia

004The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team are celebrating at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit today, as they have returned to the top step of the podium with Maverick Viñales taking a stunning win. Valentino Rossi was also a strong contender in today's Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. He crossed the line in sixth place.

VIñales didn't have the start he had hoped for from second on the front row and slotted into tenth position after the first corners. At the end of the first lap he started to climb his way back up the ranking order, and on lap 3 he moved into eighth position. He remained there for a while, but was looking comfortable.005

Drama happened with 21 laps to go, when Johann Zarco and Marc Márquez collided. Unaffected by the incident, the Factory Yamaha rider used the moment to launch his attack. He smoothly fought his way through the rider field to take the lead on lap 8. From that moment on he did exactly as he predicted yesterday: he put his head down, lapping 1'29s laps, to break away at the front.

Towards the end of the race the Spaniard had a comfortable advantage of over 4s, allowing him to have a bit of a breather over the last five laps. He didn't put a foot wrong and secured a fantastic victory, with a 1.543s margin over his closest rival.

Rossi had a good start from seventh on the grid, gaining a spot on the first lap. He continued to fight in the bunched-up leading group and soon found a way past Álex Rins to take fifth. He was looking to hit the front of the pack early but got involved in a scrap with Zarco and Jack Miller, which moved him back to sixth.006

As Zarco and Márquez touched going into turn 1 on lap 6, the fight for the lead heated up. Viñales took the number one spot on lap 8 and the Doctor was keen on following him. He wrestled for a bit with Andrea Dovizioso and initially came out victorious, so he could attempt to follow his teammate in first place, but he couldn't quite keep up the challenge.

A fight with Andrea Iannone cost him some valuable time, and with 12 laps to go he got swept up again in a battle consisting of five riders fighting for second place. Rossi was pushed back to fifth but wasn't about to give up. With 8 laps to go he made another charge, briefly reclaiming second place, only to find himself in sixth again shortly after. The Italian pushed hard and had another try in the final three laps, but still finished the race in sixth place, 5.132s from his teammate.007

Today's results see Rossi hold third position in the championship standings with a 15-point gap to second. Viñales remains in fourth place, and thanks to his splendid win he currently has a 15-point gap to his teammate.

Yamaha holds third place in the Constructor Championship after the race in Australia, with a 44-point margin to second, while the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team remain in second position in the team standings, with now a 16-point gap to first.

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team will be back in action at the Sepang International Circuit next weekend for the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, held from November 2nd - 4th.end bike test


001This weekend marked a significant moment for Jonathan Mlimi, South Africa’s rising motocross star. After a stand-out year of racing in his still young motocross career, he stormed to his second national title and was crowned Pro Mini Champion at Johannesburg’s Dirt Bronco track.

As the son of motocross legend Eury Mlimi, the youngster is running fast on a path his father fought hard to pioneer in the 80’s. Eury turned the sport on its head when he became South Africa’s first black professional motocross rider.002

Firstly it was hard to get anything done as a black person in South Africa during the Apartheid era. So my dad had one goal and that was to change his story and his life in general. He wanted to move away from the homelands and pursue his racing career, and he was welcomed with open arms in the motocross community,” explained Jonathan.

While he was still too young to witness his father race, Jonathan describes growing up watching his older brother Joshua compete, who is equally as passionate about the sport and rides on the same Red Bull KTM team as him.

My dad started taking me with to watch my brother race - it was always so much fun because he would let me dress up in my brother’s kit and ride around on my push bike,” he said.

Winning the Pro Mini Championship has only pushed Jonathan deeper into his motocross dream of becoming “one of the best riders in the world”, and he has already set his sights on repeating the victory in the High School Class next year.003

A parting shot from nine-time National Champion and fellow Red Bull KTM rider Kerim Fitz-Gerald:

Jono is a very composed athlete and comes across very calculated when he rides - he doesn't often make silly mistakes or ride out of his comfort zone. With Eury as his father he has a really good backing and the right people behind him to go far in this sport.”end bike test

WorldSBK Race 2 in Qatar Cancelled Due to Adverse Track Conditions

008The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team's 2018 FIM World Superbike Championship campaign came to a premature conclusion in Qatar this evening, when WorldSBK Race 2 was cancelled on safety grounds shortly before the scheduled start. The news brought the curtain down on the team's most successful WorldSBK season to date, during which Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes racked up three race wins and a total of 14 podium finishes between them.

Van der Mark and Lowes were met by high winds, a sandstorm and then torrential rain as they arrived at the Losail International Circuit for the final race day of the 2018 season. The adverse weather saw a delay to the race program, with the WorldSBK riders taking to the track for 15 minutes of warm-up more than 90 minutes later than scheduled.009

Following the session concerns were raised by the riders about the track conditions, which resulted in a further delay to the program as circuit staff worked to disperse the water running across the track in several areas.

Following the WorldSSP race, which was shortened from 15 to 12 laps, the safety commission made the decision to cancel WorldSBK Race 2, due to standing water on the track and after taking into account the differences in power and tyres of WorldSBK and WorldSSP machines. 010

The cancellation of the final race of the 2018 season meant van der Mark missed the chance, albeit an outside one, to challenge for second place in the championship standings, but the Pata Yamaha rider was happy to finish third, which exceeded the expectations he had at the start of the year.011

For Lowes, whose speed and consistency in Qatar was impressive throughout the weekend, the cancellation of Race 2 meant he lost the opportunity to add another podium finish to the one he secured yesterday in Race 1 when he took a hard fought third place. The Pata Yamaha rider ended the season sixth in the championship standings with 248 points.

While Qatar marks the end of the 2018 FIM World Superbike season the work doesn't stop for the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team. The team head to Spain next month, where van der Mark and Lowes will commence their build up to the 2019 season.012end bike test

New 2019 YZF-R3

0102018 marks the 20th anniversary of the YZF-R1, surely one of the most influential motorcycles ever to be launched by Yamaha. Designed without compromise, the original R1 brought race bike engine performance and new levels of handling agility to the road rider and introduced a new era in supersport motorcycle design.

Yamaha's R-series supersport line has grown to include four class-leading motorcycles that have been developed using the same no-compromise philosophy that has made the YZF-R1 such an enduring success.001

For 2019 Yamaha will introduce the new YZF-R3that features a radical YZR-M1 inspired look together with a range of new performance-enhancing technology and refined ergonomics. Together with the recent announcement of the new YZF-R125 - as well as the latest YZF-R6, YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M - the R-series range is the most comprehensive line up of premium supersport models. 

R World is calling002

Yamaha has a rich heritage of building the most sought after Supersport motorcycles designed to deliver the pinnacle of performance on and off the track. From the rider-friendly YZF-R3 to the competition-focused YZF-R1M, the Yamaha R-series model line-up provides options for riders of all skill levels to experience the pure exhilaration of R World.003

New 2019 YZF-R3

Powered by a 321cc twin-cylinder engine that delivers excellent power for navigating cross-town traffic, carving twisty roads, or participating in a track day, the new 2019 YZF-R3 is a user-friendly lightweight supersport featuring Yamaha's race-inspired R-series styling. With its accessible seat height and ergonomic riding position, the new YZF-R3 is the perfect bike for first-time riders or experienced sport bike pilots who prefer a compact, nimble and agile machine.006

Renowned engine and chassis

A reliable 321cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke, in-line twin-cylinder, dual overhead cam (DOHC), 4-valve, fuel-injected engine is at the heart of the YZF-R3. Featuring the latest combustion technology together with lightweight forged aluminium pistons and all-aluminium DiASil cylinders with an offset design, the smooth-running and quick-revving YZF-R3 engine produces easy-to-manage power.

A lightweight high tensile steel tubular frame with a simple design incorporates the engine's crankcase as a stressed structural member of the chassis, resulting in the perfect balance of rigidity and weight. The long asymmetrical swingarm design ensures the efficient transmission of engine power to the rear wheel and delivers excellent straight-line stability, while the Monocross rear suspension system features a preload-adjustable KYB rear shock that gives stable damping and contributes to a mass centralization of weight.005

Combined with the all-new inverted front forks, an all-new triple clamp, 10-spoke cast aluminium wheels, a 298mm front brake disc with a floating twin-piston brake caliper, 32 degrees of handlebar steering range, a 780mm seat height and approximately 50/50 front-rear weight distribution, the YZF-R3 chassis delivers agile and responsive handling.

All-new Inverted front forks and R-series type aluminium handlebar crown2019-YZF-R3-Yamaha-Blue 1

To help achieve the right balance of comfort and sport riding performance for both street and track, the 2019 YZF-R3 features all-new KYB 37mm inverted front forks. Featuring a larger surface area between the outer and inner tubes than on conventional forks, the inverted design significantly improves fork rigidity, giving a sporty front-end feel and precise levels of surface feedback - while maintaining high levels of riding comfort.

Coupled with an all-new triple clamp that incorporates an aluminium handlebar crown with R-series styling, the new front suspension assembly works to provide the rider with outstanding handling during cornering and braking. The new inverted forks also enhance the overall specification of the 2019 YZF-R3 so that it more closely matches the premium appearance of the larger R-series models, giving a heightened pride of ownership and true feeling of belonging to the R family.004

New fuel tank design and lower handlebar position

The easy-to-ride character of the YZF-R3 is further enhanced for 2019 thanks to a new fuel tank and fuel tank cover design, along with a handlebar position that is 22mm lower. Fuel tank capacity remains at 14 litres, but the redesigned shape of the tank and cover (31.4mm wider above the knee area and 20mm lower at the fuel cap) helps to achieve a feeling of unity between the rider and machine.

From riding around town to being tucked in on a straight or banking over while apexing track corners, the ability to easily grip the YZF-R3 from multiple body positions allows the rider to take advantage of its full performance potential.009

Aerodynamic new front fairing and windscreen design

The new YZF-R3 features a front fairing and windscreen design that pays homage to Yamaha's flagship MotoGP®race bike, the YZR-M1, with an aggressive look that also achieves outstanding aerodynamic performance.

Developed in conjunction with wind tunnel and track tests, the new fairing and windscreen combination reduces aerodynamic drag by seven percent, enabling a decrease in air turbulence around the rider's helmet when in a tucked position, and giving an increase of up to 8 km/h in top speed. The YZR-M1 style central duct in the fairing also functions to direct airflow to the radiator, contributing to engine cooling performance.008

Additional new features

New YZF-R1 inspired dual LED headlights and position lights add to the aggressive look of the redesigned front fairing, and a new LCD instrument panel displays essential information that is easy to read at a glance.

The lightweight 10-spoke wheels are shod with radial tyres, providing the YZF-R3 rider with the best possible grip in all riding conditions.011

Key features

Ultimate Yamaha lightweight supersport

High-revving 321cc inline 2-cylinder liquid cooled DOHC 4-valve engine

Compact and lightweight high tensile tubular steel chassis

Radical new YZR-M1 MotoGP® inspired styling

New front fairing and screen gives up to 8 km/h top speed increase

YZF-R1 style dual LED headlamps and position lamps

Reshaped fuel tank and lower handlebars for improved sports ergonomics

New 37mm inverted front forks and Monocross rear shock

New multi-function LCD instruments with easy to read displays

Refined performance with outstanding reliability and excellent economy

Idealized 50/50 weight distribution for agile handling

R-series DNA

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005In the normal mode of celebrating a heritage of motorcycle racing, the Goodwood Revival now in its twentieth year of running, features some of the worlds superstar champions who were invited by Lord Marsh to contest the two-leg race on machines that pre-dated the 1954 cut off for these antique grand prix racers this year.

The race consists of some two legs run over the weekends packed race schedule. Each leg is contested by two riders who get around fifteen minutes of track time to strut their stuff before a crowd of over 50 000 race watchers all seemingly dressed up to the nines in 1950 period party type clothing. All this for the seasonal sporting occasion and a theatre for some of the most amazing cut and thrust racing to be seen in the UK on the a track with flowing layout and brisk corners. That always seems to provide dices in many of the races all day long from the first running of the track with its main focus on cars.

The Barry Sheen races are a highly prized event for two-wheel petrol heads. The addition to the mix of Freddie Spencer, John McGuiness, Jeremy McWilliams and Troy Corser, soon showed who was up for it. With Glen English and riding partner, John McGuinness setting pole position time. Second place went to an 85-year-old supercharged BMW with Troy Bayliss and this rigid framed machine, owned by Herbert Schibe was packing an extra 30 horse power over the rest of the fields Manx Norton’s, Matchless and Velocette racers. In fact, Corser set a speed trap time of over 130mph, while the machine handled like a pogo stick in the corners where the wheel jumped around like crazy, said Corser.001

Race 1

The 1929 BMW Compressor of Bayliss refused to start at the Le Mans race and he got away last, way behind Glen English who opened up a huge lead advantage over James Hillier and Ian Bain’s other Manx Norton. At the time, Jeremey McWilliams was out in front in the early laps but sadly the previous winning combination of himself and Duncan Fitchett were side lined as the long stroke Manx expired with a puff of blue smoke to end their charge. Meanwhile, Corser was turbocharged as he and Schwab sliced through the field to claim the third place behind Hillier and a steady riding John McGuiness who was fresh from his win at the Isle of Man Classic race.002

Race 2

The 500cc racers were all lined up for the second day’s events in stunning weather but this day was to belong to Troy Corser who was due to ride the second-leg of the race at the rider change, after which the fast riding of multiple classic racing world champion, Glen English and McGuiness held over 16 seconds advantage on the Manx Norton at the rider change.

The enduro riding style of Corser cut the advantage down by 12 seconds on the first lap and he was soon among the top riders like Charlie Williams, Adam Child and Ian Bain, gobbling them up at an alarming rate.003

With the favourites of McWilliams and Fitchett once again side-lined with mechanical gremlins on their weekend to forget, Troy gave a brilliant riding display when passing the Norton, he gave a pat on the back to John McGuiness as he shot by on the main straight with three laps to go. In a demonstration of sheer brilliance to give BMW their first win in the Memorial Race in the 20 year drought of competing in the slipstream of the 20th year of the event which can only be described as thrilling to behold for any spectator parked on the embankments at this star studded event.004end bike test

Suzuki KATANA launch

001The original Suzuki GSX1100S KATANA caused a sensation when it launched in 1981. It won the hearts of riders around the world and forever changed street motorcycle trends. The impact was so great, the KATANA continues to influence motorcycle designs even today.

Having poured its heart and soul into forging the original KATANA, Suzuki never lost its passion for the model. The legend of the KATANA lived on within the company as successive generations of designers and engineers anticipated the day they might get to work on new version.002

Fast forward to the fall of 2017 when the KATANA 3.0 CONCEPT model was introduced at EICMA in Milan. Designed by famed motorcycle designer Rodolfo Frascoli and built by Engines Engineering, this new vision of a thoroughly modern KATANA sparked a fire in the hearts of all.

Listening keenly to the feedback from EICMA and excited about the potential demonstrated by the KATANA 3.0 CONCEPT, Suzuki felt this was the right time to introduce a thoroughly modern version of the legendary KATANA. Development began soon after, with a team of designers and engineers burning the midnight oil in Hamamatsu until satisfied they had brought together all the elements necessary to create a new legend with the 2020 KATANA.003

Each of the styling features and performance components that distinguish the KATANA underwent many iterations to achieve the desired level of refinement and functional beauty. Overall, the development process came to closely resemble the arduous process of creating the Japanese sword from which the model’s name is derived.005

The KATANA product concept is;

“Forging a New Street Legend”

The KATANA was developed to be a sporty-looking standard street motorcycle that takes lean, mean retro flair and evolves it to offer thoroughly modern styling and performance. Built to deliver the exciting ride one would desire in a current 1000cm3 class motorcycle, the KATANA is also designed to provide easy control over that power and a comfortable riding position.

In paying due tribute to Suzuki’s legendary KATANA while updating both the looks and level of performance to a leading standard for today’s street scene, the KATANA reflects Suzuki’s ongoing commitment to fine craftsmanship and its willingness to sweat every detail to get them right.006

Major features of the KATANA

Design features:

Sleek, sporty profile with sharp, sweeping lines

Gives the distinctive design of the legendary KATANA a totally modern look

Sharp front end and clean, taut-looking rear end

Distinctive new LED headlight and LED front position lights design

Unique satellite rear fender extending from the swingarm

Red logo decal inherited from the legendary 1980s KATANA

Two-tone seat designed for comfort and good looks

Custom black upswept muffler


Performance features:

High-performance 999cm3 liquid-cooled inline-four engine

Inherited from the GSX-R1000 and custom-tuned for the street

Precision fuel injection system

Advanced engine control management

Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) system

Suzuki Exhaust Tuning (SET) system

Custom 4-2-1 exhaust system

Lightweight, compact and highly rigid aluminum frame

Lightweight, ruggedly braced aluminum swingarm

Fully adjustable Ø43mm KYB inverted front forks

Radial mount 4-piston Brembo front brake calipers


Controllability features:

3-mode traction control system

Low RPM Assist

Suzuki Easy Start System

Back-torque limiting clutch

Tubeless Dunlop tires with custom-designed pattern

Antilock Braking System (ABS)

Comfortable upright riding position

Informative full-LCD instrumentation



The 110kW (150PS) inline-four engine that powers the KATANA is directly inherited from the one that has long earned popularity and a solid reputation on the GSX-R1000.

However, a few minor modifications were implemented to realize even smoother throttle response and a wider torque band, as well as to optimize the induction roar and exhaust note.

Engine design - outline

Power is supplied by a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 999cm3 inline-four engine. It is a street-tuned version of the legendary 2005-2008 GSX-R1000 engine designed to provide smooth throttle response and immediate, controlled acceleration. The result is exciting and thoroughly satisfying performance with characteristics that make it easy to control.010

The reasons Suzuki chose to use the GSX-R1000 engine (from 2005-2008) are as follows:

Its long stroke design delivers broad low-to-mid range power and torque that is well suited for street riding.

Its crankshaft/gearbox layout allows the use of a frame design that runs straight from the steering head to swing-arm pivot. This results in realizing a lighter weight main frame design.

The 2005-2008 generation GSX-R1000 won a number of racing championships around the world. The engine has great reputation in the market, it is reliable, and it delivers plenty of power.

The engine features a long-stroke design with a 73.4mm bore and 59.0mm stroke.

The long-stroke design allows the combustion chamber to be compact. This makes it possible to regulate the compression ratio while maintaining a flat-top piston shape. The result is a broad power range delivered smoothly across the entire rev range.end bike test







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