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Erik Buell Racing Resumes Production Under New Name

Erik Buell Racing Resumes Production Under New Name

The long fight back is under way for what was Erik Buell Racing. Now under the control of a new owner and with a new name, EBR Motorcycles resumed production this week at its Wisconsin factory. Two models are being produced – the 1190RX and 1190SX – and EBR Motorcycles says the first bikes will roll off the production line on the 17th March. A relaunch party is scheduled for the day after. On the same day machinery, equipment, tools and race equipment that is now deemed unnecessary for the current level of production will be put up for sale. The sale will continue for approximately 30 – 45 days, and more information about those assets is available at www.LiquidAP.com. The future of EBR has been unclear since it was purchased in January by Liquid Asset Partners, but now seems a little more promising. Bill Melvin Jr, CEO of Liquid Asset Partners, says that “Now the clouds have cleared, EBR is able to shift into gear knowing that it has financial stability, a profitable multi-year plan, and a 5-10 year vision.” “We feel there is still room for new partnerships or investment, but it is not critical. EBR is on solid ground and moving forward.” Mr Melvin is also part of the new management team, taking on the role of Chief Financial Officer. Liquid Asset Partners has appointed former automotive industry engineer Steve Smith to the role of Chief Executive Officer, and Erik Buell remains in a senior role as Chief Technical Officer. The company has retained about a dozen employees from around 130 it had when it ceased operations 11 months ago. EBR Motorcycles is expected to release more information soon about the company’s plans for pricing and warranties.

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KTM Launches Much Anticipated 1290 Super Duke GT

KTM Launches Much Anticipated 1290 Super Duke GT

KTM’s new 1290 Super Duke GT was only launched in Spain last weekend, but already it’s winning praise from the world’s motorcycle writers. The GT is based on the 1290 Super Duke R and is officially billed as KTM’s sports tourer, but don’t for a second think it’s dulled down and boring. KTM has kept the performance and excitement of the 1290 Super Duke R, and just made it into a bike that’s comfortable to ride for longer distances. For the most part, the dimensions and many of the specifications of the GT are the same as it’s Super Duke R sibling. It uses the same 75° V-Twin 1,301cc LC8 engine that we’ve also seen in the RC8R racer and the 1290 Super Adventure. The engine performance figures are unchanged from the R which means the GT has 127kW and 144Nm to play with. The difference between the two engines is that maximum torque is generated a little lower in the rev range on the GT, and peak power kicks in a little higher. The braking package is the same as the R with Brembo calipers front and rear. The GT has WP’s semi-active suspension with three damping profiles (Comfort, Street and Sport) that fine tunes damping values in real time. To make the bike more comfortable, KTM has changed the design of the fuel tank to give the rider more leg room. The bars are wide and adjustable over 22 mm and four positions, there are three positions for the brake and shift levers and the hand levers are infinitely adjustable to help fine tune the riding position. The seat has been changed and is far more comfortable, especially for a passenger, and there is a much improved grab handle for the pillion as well. And a nice touch is that the GT has an adjustable screen to deflect wind and rain from the rider. The subframe has been strengthened to take the weight of a passenger and luggage, and there are integrated mounting points for genuine KTM panniers. All of these updates have made the GT 16kg heavier, and it weighs in at 228kg fully fuelled and ready to ride. As well as multiple engine modes, the KTM 1290 Super Duke GT uses the Bosch Motorcycle Stability Control system with lean-angle sensitive cornering ABS and traction control. There’s also heated grips, cruise control, a quick shifter for up-changes and tyre pressure sensors. The KTM Super Duke GT is due in Australian dealerships in May, priced at $26,995 plus on road costs.

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2016 Kawasaki Ninja H2 Now Available In Selected Dealerships

2016 Kawasaki Ninja H2 Now Available In Selected Dealerships

Kawasaki’s supercharged Ninja H2 has received a couple of updates for 2016 and is now available through selected dealers. The 2016 model has an upgraded clutch, revised ECU settings and a new colour scheme. When it was launched last year the Ninja H2 already had a slipper clutch to help prevent the rear wheel from locking up during aggressive downshifts. Kawasaki has now upgraded the clutch to what it calls an “assist and slipper clutch”. The clutch assembly is 1kg lighter and Kawasaki is claiming it requires 40% less effort to operate. The engine settings have been tweaked, in particular the rain mode which now gives a more natural power delivery. Kawasaki has added a CAN coupler that allows aftermarket data loggers to be used with the H2. The new colour scheme is called “Mirror Coated Spark Black”, and at first glance doesn’t appear all that different to last year’s model. The biggest distinguishing feature is that the frame is now grey rather than the green, and a closer look reveals a glitter effect in the paint. Kawasaki has also added $1,000 to the price, taking it to $34,000 plus on-road costs. Sales of the H2 have been steady but not spectacular, and the company revealed last year that both the standard model and the track specification H2R will remain in limited production for at least 2016. In Australia, the Ninja H2 is only available through H2 authorised dealers.

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Honda Recalls NSS300 FORZA Scooter

Honda Recalls NSS300 FORZA Scooter

Honda Australia has issued a recall notice through the ACCC for the Thai made Honda NSS300 FORZA Scooter.
Owners of the 300cc scooter are being asked to contact their nearest Honda Dealer and arrange to have their scooter inspected for a possible brake…

Suzuki GSX-S1000 Available In New Colour Scheme

Suzuki GSX-S1000 Available In New Colour Scheme

The Suzuki GSX-S1000F will be available in a new Candy Red/Sparkle Black colour scheme from later this month. The colour scheme is in addition to the existing Metallic Triton Blue and Metallic Matte Grey variants. The GSX-S1000F has become popular since its launch in Australia last August because of its combination of supersport performance and street riding comfort. The bike is based around the Suzuki GSX-R1000 “K5” model from 2005 which was well regarded as having one of the best engines in its class at the time. The engine of the K5 utilized a long-stroke design that provided quick-revving midrange torque, which made it a good choice as the starting point for the GSX-S1000 range. Suzuki revised the engine with lighter pistons, a drop in the compression ratio, a new cylinder head with revised intake and exhaust ports, and milder cams to give the engine better mid range power. It also dropped the expensive titanium valves from the GSX-R in favour of steel valves to reduce costs. The end result is an engine that still gives the excitement that comes with a performance sport bike but is far better suited to real world riding. Suzuki wrapped the engine in a compact and lightweight frame, and designed the suspension to be direct but plush. The GSX-S1000F has a three-mode traction control system and uses the same Brembo brake calipers with ABS as the GSX-R1000. The Suzuki GSX-S1000F is a good choice for someone looking for a bike that is comfortable and practical yet still has plenty of performance and sports bike good looks. Limited quantities of the new GSX-S1000F will be available, and Suzuki Australia is advising interested customers to pre-order via their local Suzuki dealer. Recommended retail price remains unchanged at just $17,290 ride away.

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