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New bikes hit Motorcycle Live

Article posted: 27/11/2012 15:21:21
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A host of manufacturers will unveil new models at Motorcycle Live 2012A host of manufacturers will unveil new models at Motorcycle Live 2012

The Motorcycle Live event currently taking place in Birmingham has seen a host of the world's leading manufacturers give their latest creations their UK debut, with fans turning up in their droves to get up close and personal with the latest machines and motorcycle accessories off the production line.

KTM has been very active at the show, taking the wrapper off a number of its 2013 additions to its range. The three models that dominate the manufacturer's efforts for next year are the 1190 Adventure and the Duke 690R and 390.

The former is the Austrian manufacturer's answer to the launch of the BMW R1200GS and it is expected to be a highly-relieable addition to the range of KTM bikes due to its 148bhp powering its slight 212kg frame, which provides the best power-to-weight ratio in a very-competitive class.

KTM described the Adventure, a 1195cc V-twin featuring a multi-level combined Bosch ABS system and newly-developed motorcycle traction control, as "the most technologically advanced KTM street bike to date".

The Duke 690R and 390 were unveiled in Milan recently and are making their UK debut at Motorcycle Live. Engineers have been working hard on the higher spec 690R and have created an upgraded chassis.

KTM's single cylinder Duke 390 is A2 licence-friednly and uses a beefed up version of the Duke 125 and 200 chassis, which weighs in a around 150kg with fuel, making it a fun commuting bike.

Stefan Pierer, chief executive of KTM, said: "In 2012 the 200 Duke was launched and the 390 Duke is now filling the gap to the bigger models, namely 690 Duke and 990 Super Duke R. By doing so, within 20 business years, we managed to reach the top and we’re constantly developing even on the street: from 125cc to 1290cc!"

Ducati has been typically busy, with its engineers working away in Italy to bring its models up-to-date for 2013. Motorcycle Live will see a host of new model get their UK debut, with the Diavel Strada, the Hypermotard and the Panigale R all making an appearance.

The Diavel Strada is a touring version of the performance cruiser of the same name, although the new model for 2013 has higher handlebars, a touring screen and seat, as well as a dedicated luggage area, which provides somewhere to put your spare motorcycle clothing

Ducati has showcased a new 821cc version of the liquid-cooled Testastretta engine in the Hypermotard, which also boast ABS and traction control, while the high-spec SP version adds Öhlins and Marzocchi suspension, Marchesini wheels and a number of carbon-fibre panels, which helps reduce the weight.

Motorcycle fans heading to the Birmingham event will also be able to catch a glimpse of the Panigale R, which is one of the most innovative and interesting bikes out of the Italian factory in recent times. The homologation special features titanium conrods and a lightweight flywheel, which provides higher revs.

Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha will also be present at the industry show, but they aren't going armed with the number of new additions as their rivals. Kawasaki is showcasing the Z800, which is an upgraded version of the popular Z750 streetfighter. An overbore takes it to 800cc and a host of other engine adjustments will make it much more reliable and efficient. The chassis has been modernised to bring it up-to-date for 2013, but under the aesthetics it remains unchanged.

Yamaha looks set for another quiet year in Europe in the next 12 months, but the Japanese manufacturer has promised renewed activity in the years to come. For the time being, Yamaha fans will have to make do with the FJR1300A, which has been refreshed rather than overhauled.

Suzuki is not unveiling any new models at the show, but it has been revealed that a UK importer will be bringing the C1500T cruiser that was unveiled in Cologne last month into the country next year.