Archive for the ‘New Bikes’ Category

24

Feb

2017

Triumph announced their ground-breaking new Bobber in October 2016, using the massively popular T120 engine, but with a retro look and quality of styling rarely seen in a stock bike. The Bobber was an immediate hit with fans all over the world, and the launch was highly anticipated in 2017. As the day came around to unveil both the Bobber and the new Street Scrambler, Fowlers and Spoke & Stringer, a stylish surf and bike cafe in the Bristol harbour, got together to plan a launch event of a suitably cool calibre.

The entire Bonneville range was present on the night, showing off Triumph’s current range to its best – in addition to a handpicked selection of Triumph-branded clothing and accessories. Spoke & Stringer provided a delicious buffet – moroccan street food, rich coffees and a great selection of artisan beers and ales. Around 140 guests attended, and quickly packed out the small cafe.

The unveiling was preceded by a short video, showing the Bobber and Street Scrambler gliding through sun-kissed gorges – a bit of a contrast to the cold and darkness falling outside! The finale was heralded by the roaring of both bikes’ engines, and the Street Scrambler and iconic Bobber came thundering into the crowd, through the front doors, to take pride of place in the lobby.

Seats were sat on, details admired and lots of selfies taken – cementing the Bobber and the Street Scrambler as another two fantastic additions to the Triumph Bonneville stable.

Photos from the event are below – if you’re interested in any of the Triumph Bonneville range, including the new Bobber and Street Scrambler, please get in touch with Fowlers Triumph on 0117 977 0466.

 

24

Feb

2017

The Yamaha YBR125 has been the gold standard in commuter motorbikes since its introduction in 2005. Reliable, economical to run, with a low seat height to accommodate all riders – a success around the world. Today Yamaha have announced its successor, to bring the trusty machine into 2017 – the YS125.

The front cowl has been redesigned, as has the seat, and the half-fairings given a facelift too. The instrument cluster has been brought up-to-date, with a digital LCD display now showing the rider all they need to know. A new Unified Braking System (UBS) means braking is smooth and controlled, and the engine has been refined to Euro 4 emissions standards too. Available in red, black and white, there’s a YS125 for every taste!

For more information, see Yamaha’s website, or give our Scooter and Commuter Department a call on 0117 977 0466.

18

Nov

2016

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…

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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

11

Nov

2016

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

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

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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.

 

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Honda

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Yamaha

 

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!

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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.

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20

Oct

2016

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!

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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.

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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!

13

Oct

2016

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!

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Oct

2016

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.

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CBR1000RR SP2 Homologation Special

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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

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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.

 

CB1100EX

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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.