While the sudden disappearance of Skully helmets broke many hearts, Honda’s CBR250RR put many in an exciting mood that Honda might be finally heading towards making sharp and focussed machines. Here’s a complete rundown of everything that happened this week.
Moto Guzzi V7 possibly heading for an update
Italian motorcycle maker Moto Guzzi updated their classic V7 motorcycles in 2014. While there were no major changes that happened to the design of the motorcycle, the company lowered the position of its V-twin while leaning it 4 degrees towards the front axle to provide better rider comfort. The updated motorcycle dubbed V7II has been selling in four variants that include a classic styled Stone, scrambler themed Stornello, a café-style Racer and the retro-inspired Special.
While so, the 2014 motorcycle was not made to comply with the Euro 4 emission norms that are supposed to be put in place come 2017. This could be one of the reason that rideapart.com reports that an upgrade that could be logically dubbed the Moto Guzzi V7III is on its way. We could the new V7 mostly make its debut at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy later in November.
BMW’s new concept motorcycle is fit for gotham’s superhero
Its called the BMW Titan, sadly not the BMW Gotham, but its built just to fight crime… maybe. This angular, futuristic looking motorcycle is the creation of Turkish designer Mehmet Erdem, a man responsible for the creation of many BMW motorcycles in the past. To him, the inspiration came from the body shape of a shark- massive at the front while sharply tapering down as it reaches the rear tyre. While no one in their sane mind expects this machine to go into production, it’s a visionary concept that pushes the boundaries of possibilities one way or the other.
BMW readies the F range for 2017
With 2017, stricter Euro4 emission norms are also on their way. BMW Motorrad has already started preparing for this change as they updated their F range to meet the requirements. The F range that consists of – F800GS, F800GS Adventure and the F700GS. Along with the engines now meeting the Euro4 standard, BMW has also added a ride-by-wire electronic throttle control to all the models. This allows the new motorcycles to now have a option to select between riding modes. The F700GS would now have 2 riding modes – Road and Rain, while the F800GS and the Adventure could feature four modes – Road, Rain, Enduro and Enduro Pro. Each of these modes would be combinations between varied power delivery, ABS and ASC (stability and traction control) settings as per the road conditions.
BMW has ensured that the motorcycles retain their power outputs while adhering to the new Euro4 standards. This means that the 2017 F700GS would deliver 75 bhp @ 7,000 rpm and 56.8 lbs. ft of torque at 5,000 rpm. The F800GS and F800GS Adventure would keep its 85 bhp @7,500 rpm and 61.2 lbs. ft at 5,750 rpm.
Skully Helmets are gone. Without saying goodbye.
Sad news for motorcycle gear-lovers across the world as the once famed startup Skully is no more. The company which had plans to launch their (and the world’s first) augmented reality helmet has rather swiftly shut shop. Even after raising $15 million in seed funding, the company was not able to put their Skully AR-1 helmet into mass production. The Skully AR-1 that once seemed to be the future of helmets with its augmented reality technology that allowed riders a full 180 degree view of whats behind them, offering a new dimension of road safety.
Sadly for the investors and those 1500 people who had pre-ordered the helmet from the company’s Indiegogo page are now left with nothing more than bleak hopes of ever getting their dream gadget realised.
Honda launches the CBR250RR
If you thought that only the flagship motorcycles dictate the design of a brand, you would be terribly wrong. Earlier this week, Honda officially launched their latest quarter-litre superbike, which is a far cry from the company’s flagship CBR1000RR. Despite that, the new CBR250RR is the sharpest and arguably the meanest looking motorcycle Honda would have ever brought to the market.
The CBR250RR features a 250cc parallel twin engine that delivers its power through a fly-by-wire throttle, a first for it’s segment. Along the stunning good looks, the motorcycle also gets neat upside down forks and petal discs as standard. We are yet to hear more about the engine specifications from Honda.