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The Rebel has been a stalwart of Honda’s smaller-engined line-up for many years, since its birth in 1985. Starting as a 250cc bike, ideal for newer riders, it’s been massively popular. Now it gets a much-needed facelift, and a boost in power for 2017…

17YM Rebel

The new 500cc Rebel features a host of additions, guaranteed to make it a strong choice for any rider. A low seat and mid-mounted footpegs make for a relaxed riding position, while optional extras will include a pillion seat, luggage rack, screen, or a 12v socket. The parallel twin engine is A2-friendly, taken from the CBR500R and tweaked to give more low-end power, ideal for a relaxed cruiser. Honda has also designed the Rebel to be easy to customise – I’m sure we’ll see custom parts appearing soon!

17YM Rebel




EICMA (Esposizione Mondiale del Motociclismo) in Milan this week has been busy as ever! With lots of new bikes announced, we bring you a round-up of the new models and updates from the “big three” manufacturers.



Suzuki have introduced two new bikes based on their 250cc engine – a V-Strom and a GSX.


Both bikes will run an engine producing just under 25bhp horsepower, and share many component parts. ABS will also be standard, and both models are estimated to weigh in under 190kgs. The V-Strom joins a new line-up of smaller-cc adventure bikes coming out next year, while the GSX-250R joins the existing Inazuma line-up as a more stylish and enjoyable commuter.

Suzuki have also released an updated version of the Burgman 400, featuring an updated bodywork design (sleeker than the previous version, with foot cutouts for a more stable feel and a newer windshield design), and the usual creature comforts such as a comfy seat and 12v socket.

A naked version of their just-announced GSX-R125, the GSX125, has also been announced. At just 133kgs, it’s super-light and ideally placed as a rival to Yamaha’s YBR and Honda’s CB.





Honda have released quite a few new updates at EICMA, following on from a host at Intermot just a few weeks ago. The most noted being the street version of their Fireblade, the CBR1000RR.


The entry-level Fireblade sports 9-level traction control, non-semi active suspension, three rider modes and a full colour TFT dash. The CBR1000RR is slightly lighter, at 196kg. 90% of the new model is redesigned and improved for 2017 – we can’t wait to get one in the showroom!

The CBR650F and CB650F have received a handful of upgrades each, including a slight improvement to their power output, now at just under 90bhp each. A larger exhaust helps them both breathe a little easier, and the front fairings have been made more aerodynamic.


Honda have also released more details about the X-ADV off-road scooter – a fantastic mix of scooter convenience, now with the added capability of large spoked tyres, an upright riding position and large adjustable screen. 21L of space under the seat and enough power from the NC-derived 750cc engine make this a curious machine, but one that has a lot of potential!


For fans of off-road style while riding on tarmac, two new treats are in store: the CRF250L and CRF250 Rally. The L is a lightly-updated version of the current model, but the Rally is a new beast, inspired by Dakar machines and taking a few cues from the HRC CRF450, such as the screen and exhaust shield. Both bikes achieve just over 24bhp, and feature ABS and a digital dash, while coming in-line with Euro4 emissions standards.


Honda’s scooter range hasn’t been neglected either – the Forza 125 and SH 125 have both received upgrades. The SH 125 can now fit a full-face helmet under its seat, and Combined Braking has been added to its long list of features for the commuter. The Forza 125 benefits from a styling upgrade to its bodywork, as well as new LED running lights. New Idling Stop technology has been added, as well as Honda’s Smart Key features. The ever-popular and stylish MXS125 has also received minor upgrades, in the form of ABS and Euro4 compliance.





Yamaha have been busy this year already, releasing a variety of new machines into its stable at Intermot earlier in the year. At EICMA they have added to two favourites, at either end of the spectrum!


The XSR900 is already a favourite with the retro crowd, but a new Abarth edition is sure to get heads turning. This 113bhp beast features drop handlebars and a front half-cowl, making it a sure contender for one of this year’s best-looking models. A full Akrapovic exhaust system, in addition to a custom suede seat, ABS and an Assist & Slipper clutch tick all the boxes too.

Yamaha has lead the way in sports scooting for years with the T-Max, and now the 530 receives a few upgrades for 2017 to bring it up-to-date with the most advanced motorbikes too. Three models will be released, the SX and DX adding to the standard scoot. The bodywork is sharper, sleeker, and the T-Max’s technology has also been updated, with an inbuilt tracker and traction control being offered.






Triumph have released a custom version of their massively popular 1200cc T120 Bonneville – the Bobber. Stripping the Bonneville T120 back to basics, it delivers all the hallmarks of a real bobber:  clean lines and low stance, single seat, wide flat bars, minimal bodywork and headlight, sculpted tank, wire spoked wheels, with wide rear wheel and that all important hard tail look. The frame, chassis and suspension is all-new too – a custom bike without the custom headache!

Bonneville Bobber

The authentic battery box with stainless steel strap, drum brake-styled rear hub and rear fender loop add small touches of style that make up a whole Bobber.

Bobber details

The ignition barrel, located on the front right-hand panel, adds a touch of authenticity. Bar end mirrors and all-new risers complete the look – but there are over 150 accessories that can be added to make your Bobber truly yours.

Bobber details

Look out for the gorgeous Triumph Bonneville Bobber at Fowlers in 2017!




Yamaha have finally revealed the expected new YZF-R6 today, and isn’t it a beauty? With a redesigned front fairing, featuring slim, aggressive LED headlights and a sculpted tail reminiscent of the R1, Yamaha have finally updated the R6’s look in line with the rest of their Supersports line-up.

2017 Yamaha YZF-R6

Available in Race Blu and Tech Black, the bike’s electronics and engine have also received an upgrade, with adjustable 6-position traction control, YCC-T, YCC-I, ABS and Drive Mode all as standard. The chassis now has a lighter magnesium rear subframe, and the front forks are 43mm instead of the 41mm of the 2016 model. The 599cc parallel-4 engine seems to be the same as the 2016 R6, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

This upgrade certainly looks the part – will we see a similar upgrade to the YZF-R125 in future? Only time will tell!




The 2017 Fireblade was eagerly-awaited this year, and Honda have definitely not disappointed. Not just an upgrade to the existing models, we get three new CBR1000RR machines – a base model, SP and SP2.

New CBR1000RR SP

The CBR1000 SP brings together Honda’s Fireblade knowledge, honed since the first model in 1992, with their racing know-how from the RC213V-S, to bring us an outstanding new machine. Honda’s new 5-axis Inertial Measurement Unit measures everything the Fireblade is doing and assists electronically – along with the Suspension Control Unit which receives roll rate, yaw rate and lean angle information. All this information feeds back into the FI-ECU to create the optimal ride. Rear Lift Control and Cornering ABS make each curve more manageable at speed, especially when paired with new, lighter alloys and Bridgestone rubber.

Like the RC213V-S, the 2017 Fireblade features a new full-colour TFT liquid crystal dash, where riders can select from riding modes, lap timers or a mechanic setup display.

cbr1000rr SP

CBR1000RR SP2 Homologation Special


This road-legal homologation special uses the SP as a base, then adds a boost of power and styling to kick the Fireblade up a notch. Five hundred bikes will be made for race use, with race and sport kits from HRC available to further boost performance. Cosmetically, gold and carbon pattern inserts mingle with the classic tricolour design, while lighter gold Marchesini alloys reduce weight. The engine itself benefits from various upgrades, all derived from the RC213V-S.


New CB1100RS

cb1100 RS

The retro-inspired CB1100RS has received an upgrade, with more of a cafe racer flavour than its sibling the EX. A lower, more sporty riding position along with new alloys, upgraded suspension and front forks all aid this refresh of the CB1100 line. Mechanically, the engine benefits from a lighter, shorter exhaust and breathing system, as well as a shorter rake and wheelbase and a slipper clutch.




The standard CB1100EX has benefited from a few of the upgrades to the RS – the improved air intakes and slipper clutch developments to the engine, as well as a more relaxed riding position.




KTM have their sights firmly set on the adventure market, with five new models released at Intermot today, based on the 1090 and 1290 machines.


1090 Adventure and Adventure R


The 1090 Adventure R is the ultimate go-anywhere, do-anything machine for riders who don’t want or need the extra weight and power of the 1290. With large rugged Continental tyres, spoked rims and fully adjustable suspension, the 1090 Adventure R will ensure you’re as comfortable off-road as you are on-road.


The 1090 Adventure is aimed at riders who will be doing most of their adventuring on tarmac. To this end, smaller road tyres are fitted, as well as a stylish black paint job. The smaller wheels mean a lower seat height too, just 850mm against the R’s 890mm.


1290 Super Adventure R, S and T


The 1290 is going to be KTM’s biggest, baddest adventure bike yet. With the same engine as the Super Duke, in an offroad chassis with 160bhp on offer, it’s available in three distinct flavours.


The R is the all-singing, all-dancing dual purpose on and off-road model, featuring LED cornering lights (controlled by the MSC lean angle sensor), tubeless spoked 21″ front and 18″ rear rims (featuring KTM’s Tyre Pressure Monitoring System to warn of pressure loss) and fully-adjustable suspension. In off-road mode, the front and rear ABS sytems can be turned off independently of each other. There’s also keyless ignition and cruise control, changeable on the new 6.5in TFT colour display.


The 1290 Super Adventure S is more aimed towards on-road riders, reflected in the smaller road tyres, lower seat height and the lack of orange crash bars. It retains the electronically-adjustable suspension, Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC), multi-mode and lean-angle sensitive combined ABS though, making it a smart choice for KTM followers everywhere.



Finally, the 1290 Super Adventure T is aimed at the touring market, with all the luggage options of the other models, and a nice mix of the styling of the R and road-going capability of the S.




Yamaha have joined other manufacturers today in updating their model range at Intermot, as well as releasing a new model to the UK market.


New MT-10 SP

MT-10 SP

Yamaha’s MT-10 has received an upgrade at Intermot, incorporating features from the YZF-R1M to create the new SP. Featuring Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS), Thin Film Transistor (TFT) instrumentation and a paintjob unique to the SP, a striking silver/blue/carbon, it’s a strong contender for the most-wanted super-naked of 2017.




The MT-09 was introduced in 2013 and was a massive hit – 2017’s update is more than just cosmetic. While the headlights mirror those of the popular MT-10, the updated rear end also sets the newer model apart. The floating rear hugger adds a distinctive look, in addition to new running lights in the sharp new headlight unit.

Yamaha’s Assist & Slip (A&S) clutch and Quick Shift System (QSS) are also fitted on the new MT-09 as standard.


New SCR950


Based heavily on the XV950, the SCR950 was released across the pond earlier this year, and Intermot sees it coming to the UK market too. Scrambler-inspired, with wide handlebars, spoked aluminium rims and a colour scheme reminiscent of the sports trackers of the 1980s, it’s a gorgeous new addition to the Yamaha stable. This V-twin also features a belt-drive, borrowed from the larger cruiser-style XV. Available in red and black, keep an eye out for it at Fowlers in 2017!