Top 5 motorcycles
Kawasaki Ninja H2R:
The 2014 INTERMOT show couldn’t have asked for a better start as Kawasaki stunned two-wheeler aficionados by unveiling the Kawasaki Ninja H2R hyperbike. The biggest talking point of the new motorcycle is its supercharged powerplant which looks like a technology that almost all major two-wheeler manufacturers will adopt in the near future in their pursuit of more power output for their bikes. Powering the Kawasaki Ninja H2R is a supercharged 998cc, in-line-four motor that churns out a mind boggling 300PS of peak power. This means the Kawasaki Ninja H2R is on its way of becoming the most powerful production motorcycle on planet Earth.
The Kawasaki Ninja H2R isn’t a street legal motorcycle and has been developed as a track-specific model by the Japanese two-wheeler giant. Kawasaki engineers say their primary focus on the H2R was brisk acceleration and for this purpose they employed a supercharger that was developed from Kawasaki’s extensive knowledge with turbines.
One of the interesting bits is the various winglets crafted from carbon fibre on the bike. Kawasaki claims the winglets aid in improving the stability of the bike at high speeds which allowed them to employ a shorter wheelbase. The Kawasaki Ninja H2R will employ a trellis frame and single-sided swingarm, features that are something normally not associated with the Japanese two-wheeler giant. The new bike employs Brembo sourced disc brakes at front and rear, a first for any Kawasaki motorcycle. TheKawasaki Ninja H2R is a technological marvel and showcases the capabilities of Kawasaki Heavy Industries in general. Production of the Kawasaki Ninja H2R will be restricted to maintain exclusivity with each unit carrying a sticker price of a decent luxury sedan.
KTM 1290 Super Adventure:
With every major two-wheeler manufacturer unveiling new motorcycles KTM couldn’t have been left behind. At the 2014 INTERMOT show it debuted the KTM 1290 Super Adventure. The new bike is based on the KTM 1190 Adventure but with a new heart. KTM boffins have plonked the 1301cc, 75-degree V-Twin motor from the Super Duke 1290 into the new adventure offering. But it has been detuned to better suit the new found dynamics of the motorcycle as it churns out 162PS of peak power and 140Nm of maximum torque.
KTM claims the new 1290 Super Adventure is the safest motorcycle in the world and it features the Bosch-developed MSC links ABS and traction control with lean-angle sensors, programmable semi-active WP suspension, cruise control and TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System). Another neat trick up its sleeve is the LED cornering light that shines to the inside of a corner to better illuminate where a rider is heading. The windshield is redesigned and can be adjusted manually according to the rider’s needs. Even footpegs, seat height and handlebar position can be adjusted manually according to individual requirements. 30 litres tank capacity promises long distance rides between refills and the bike comes kitted with heated comfort seats and heated grips.
The Ducati Scrambler made its world debut at the 2014 INTERMOT show in Cologne, Germany. What makes the Scrambler stand out in the Ducati portfolio is its simple and bare basic design. The front sports round headlamp with a ring of LED marker lights around it that sit nicely between the beefy upside down forks. While the stubby mudguard and black alloy wheels give the Ducati Scrambler an aggressive stance. The long seat, slightly rear biased footpegs and wide handlebar should result in a comfy and upright offers seating posture. The Scrambler will be made available in four versions – Icon, Urban Enduro, Full Throttle and Classic - each offering its own style and performance-related interpretation of the Scrambler spirit.
Mounted on a characteristic Ducati steel-tube trellis frame all the versions of the Scrambler will be powered by the same V-twin motor from the Monster 796 but displacement has been hiked to 803cc. The new mill churns out 76PS of peak power and 66Nm of peak torque. The powerplant is mated to a 6-speed transmission. Braking is done by disc brakes at front and rear while ABS is standard on all the four models. Suspension duties are handled by USD forks at front and a mono-shock setup at the rear. The bike tips the scale at 168 (dry weight) and it features a USB charger in a compartment under the seat.
2015 BMW S1000RR:
As expected, BMW Motorrad officially unveiled the 2015 BMW S1000RR at the 2014 INTERMOT motorcycle show. The styling of the new BMW S1000RR has been tweaked with respect to the older bike. The design highlights include the repositioned and restyled asymmetric headlight while the vents and the fairing have been reworked. The tail section also has been reworked and it sports a larger exhaust muffler than its predecessor.
Powering the 2015 BMW S1000RR is the same in-line-four cylinder, 998cc powerplant as seen on its predecessor. But BMW claims that it has re-engineered to increase the power output to 200PS which is a hike of 6PS over the older bike and peak torque stands at 113Nm. BMW engineers have also tweaked the chassis of the 2015 S1000RR as the bike has been equipped with a lighter frame structure. The new bike is also lighter by 4kg in comparison to its predecessor. The wheelbase, steering head angle and chassis geometry has been reworked to improve the handling dynamics of the new offering. The 2015BMW S1000RR can also be fitted with an improved version of the electronically controlled Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) suspension system as seen on the flagship HP4.
It will be also equipped with the riding modes like “Rain”, “Sport” and “Race” as standard plus the option of the Pro riding mode with two additional modes, “Slick” and “User” (configurable), for optimum adaptation to riding conditions. The 2015 BMW S1000RR also sports a DTC traction control with seven different settings. The optional extra electronics package also includes 'launch control' for 'flawless racing starts', plus a pit-lane speed limiter. The 2015 BMW S1000RR will be offered in the following colour options of Racing Red / Light White, Black Storm metallic and BMW Motorsport.
After lots of rumours and speculations Suzuki finally unveiled its new litre-class streetbike offering the GSX-S1000 at the 2014 INTERMOT motorcycle show. Powering the new bike is the same inline-four cylinder engine from the 2008 Suzuki GSX-R1000. Although Suzuki is yet to reveal the power and torque figures, it is almost certain that it has been retuned for a street credibility is certain. Suzuki claims that the GSX-S1000 isn’t a naked offering of its litre-class superbike but has been based on an entirely new platform making the machine more roadster than streetfighter. Further changes include the addition of a three-way selectable traction control system and ABS in the aptly christened Suzuki GSX-S1000. This new roadster gets KYB shocks that come with adjustable preload and rebound making it more fitting for street use. Braking duties are performed by Brembo monoblock callipers.