Single-Cylinder BMW G 650 X Model Series

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Filed Under (BMW) by admin on 16-11-2010

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introducing the new range of single-cylinder models, BMW Motorrad is broadening its model line-up with a clear focus on additional target groups. Proceeding from the same technical foundation, the Company has created three new motorcycles absolutely different in their features and characteristics: the G 650 Xchallenge Hard Enduro, G 650 Xmoto Street Moto, and the G 650 Xcountry Scrambler. With their outstanding product substance, their purist looks, and their exceptionally sporting riding characteristics, these single-cylinder models are filling attractive niches in the market. And through their low unladen weight of less than 160 kg or 353 lb according to the DIN standard, they offer dynamic performance for both the connoisseur and the sports-minded rider. Market launch of the new G 650 X model series is planned in good time for the beginning of the season in spring 2007. These new machines with the smallest engines in the BMW model range offer particularly the young and young-at-heart motorcycle rider exactly the right entry into the world of BMW motorcycles, but are not entry-level bikes in the conventional sense of the word: On the contrary, the G 650 Xchallenge Hard Enduro will thrill the customer who wishes to really benefit from the enormous offroad potential of his machine. The G 650 Xmoto Street Moto, in turn, with its very impressive active riding qualities, offers the genuine enthusiast a new dimension in riding pleasure. The G 650 Xcountry Scrambler, finally, stands for carefree riding pleasure and nimble performance both on the road and off the beaten track. Indeed, this unique machine is able to meet all kinds of requirements and offer virtually all riding qualities ranging from city use via country roads and small, winding lanes, all the way to offroad tracks presenting the most challenging requirements. The G 650 Xcountry therefore conveys the classic but relaxed feeling of riding a genuine Scrambler as well as the concept of “wandering” on your motorcycle into today’s world in a most modern style. And last but certainly not least, riding pleasure is guaranteed under all conditions and in every situation, since the G 650 Xcountry offers the same outstanding engine and running gear qualities as its two very sporting “sister models

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KAWASAKI ZX-10R ROAD TEST And SPECIFICATIONS

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Filed Under (Kawasaki) by admin on 05-11-2010

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In the past the name Kawasaki, for me, always suggested legendary fast superbikes with brut power. Then later came the Ninja name tag and there was still a lot of speed there, but amongst the strength of some superb opposition the legend was waning. Well now the legend is back, the new 2008 Ninja ZX-10R brings back all that attitude, styling and raw power of a true superbike. As per my usual form [running a bit late] I picked up the ‘Kwacker’ from D ‘n’ D Motorcycles in Conlig all in a bit of rush. Fortunately for me, Davy the owner was as obliging as ever and kindly let me take the bike straight to the Cookstown 100 road race practice. On arrival, it was out of the van, a quick once over, tyre pressures checked and straight onto the grid to instruct the newcomers’ practice sessions. Luckily, with all the rush, I hadn’t time to dwell on the reputation of the previous models, but after one cautious lap in damp conditions the ZX-10R felt right at home among the racers. First thing I noticed, and appreciated in this situation, was that it steered really well. Turn-in and direction changes felt light and easy with no signs of the questionable high speed stability of previous ZX-10s. Suspension was slightly hard compared to some road bikes, but any softer and we would have been wallowing out of the dips. The front and rear suspension soaked up the bumpy country roads well, with the only adjustment made, being a click harder on the front rebound damping. After a few laps I really did forget I was on a road bike, such was my confidence in the big ‘Kwacker’. Talking high tech features, the ZX-10R apparently has some form of traction control system – (Kawasaki Ignition Management System) KIMS. Bit of a girly name eh! Now I’m not sure exactly how it works on this particular bike, but I can testify to an enormous amount of grip and only

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