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New patents appear for the Honda six-cylinder retro café racer If the finished bike actuallyy looks like these designs, Honda will sell a shedload of them

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Words: Tony Carter It's been nearly two years since we first brought you the first information on a six-cylinder café racer-style motorcycle that was exposed when patents were filed by the factory. Whilst it may have been quiet with the plans for the multi-cylinder future model recently, the fire under the retro-rocket has now been re-ignited by the appearance of new patent designs showing not only how the bike is planned to look (at the moment), but also details of the engine. Size-wise, there’s no indication on the patents of how big the bike's motor would be, but given that Honda has its sohc 1,833 horizontallyopposed, liquid-cooled six-cylinder Gold Wing motor already out there, and it has been on sale for over a year, wouldn’t it make sense for this to at least leech some of the mechanicals from the proven powerplant to the upcoming model? Possibly, but in reality it’s very unlikely that this motor is going to end up being anywhere near the size of its behemoth touring sibling though, but there’s no denying that the café racer-styled bike looks more the part than anything we’ve seen so far in the modern retro class. If the bike ends up looking like the designs here then it’s going to be the coolest in the class by miles.

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Dunlop’s Peak Michael Dunlop is set to make his debut at the ‘Race to the Clouds’ Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this June – just three weeks after contesting the Isle of Man TT. The 18-time TT winner is going to be taking part in the Heavyweight category of the invitation-only event, riding a 2019 BMW S1000RR.

Kawasakki patentss radar safety

Thrash it out Kawasaki has filed designs for a new radar-assisted safety system with the Japanese Patent Office – and it confirms that the firm is joining the radar revolution alongside Ducati and KTM. The patents detail new front and rear radars, fitted to a Kawasaki Versys. In practice,

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if it starts catching up quickly, meaning riders will be able to react and move out of its path. At this stage, that’s about as much as we know, but considering Kawasaki’s relationship with Bosch, we reckon it’s likely the German brand will supply the radar tech. Commercial director Nigel Hole Customer services number 01507 529529 Telephone lines are open Monday-Friday 8.30am-6pm, Saturday 8.30am-12.30pm Call 01507 529529 or visit classicmagazines.co.uk/MCM or email help@classicmagazines.co.uk Motor Cycle Monthly is published monthly on the third Friday of the month by Mortons Media Group Ltd and printed by Mortons Print. Subscribe to MCM and just pay the postage!

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Catch the mobile phone drivers

New tech being tested by the Police is being used to target those that won’t abide by the law Words: Ross Mowbray Thames Valley and Hampshire Police are rolling out the use of mobile detection technology to find drivers using devices while behind the wheel. The technology works to show the Police when motorists are using their phones – and then flashes a warning at the driver telling them to stop using their phone and concentrate fully on driving. The forces in question say that the technology will not be used as an ‘enforcement tool’, but instead will be used to focus on educating motorists and identifying offending ‘hotspots’. That’s a shame, but these are baby steps with this identifying tech at the moment. Although not given as a reason for the hold-back on using the detectors to fine offending drivers, one element in that is surely that the detectors being field-tested can’t yet work out if it’s the driver or passenger using the phone, it can only tell officers if there’s a phone being used in a particular car that’s on the move. Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary have developed the new technology with Westcotec Ltd, and although the detectors are the first of their kind to be used by Police in the UK, similar systems have been tried by British councils previously. The two detectors will be located on the A34 in Oxfordshire, andwill be posted at different locations throughout the Thames Valley and Hampshire area over the coming months.

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How does the detector work? Essentially, the detector works by picking up 2G, 3G and 4G signals, before then flashing a warning message to alert people in cars who are using their phones. One area the detectors are finely tuned in, however, is the use of ‘hands-free’ systems, so if people are using a Bluetooth-enabled device, the detector will recognise the connection and not flash up the warning sign. At the minute, the technology

cannot tell if a passenger or a driver of a vehicle is using a phone, so the warning sign will be activated regardless of who’s using the mobile whilst the car being watched is moving. Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Matt Barber, said the system was “not fool-proof”, but added that the Police needed to “make it as socially unacceptable to use your mobile whilst driving as it is to drink and drive”.

Yamaha is offering motorcyclists the chance to test ride its Sport Touring range this month. Dealers across the country will be opening their doors across May 11-12, offering the chance to test ride Yamaha’s new-for-2019 Tracer 700 GT, its Tracer 900 and the super-practical FJR1300 tourer. That’s not all, because there will also be opportunities to swing your leg over the Japanese factory’s innovative three wheeler, the NIKEN. If you’re interested, get in touch with your local Yamaha dealer (or head over to the website) and book yourself in. Of course, availability will vary from dealer to dealer, so if there’s something specific you’re after, you’re best off giving your local dealer a shout.


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Suzuki’s next generation DR BIG caught testing

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The current V-Strom

It’s a grainy photo, but it shows a brace of new DR BIGs out in road testing camo paint. Here’s some great news for fans of modern retro Adventure bikes. Rumours have been swirling that Suzuki’s developing a new version of its iconic DR BIG – and a spy shot has appeared in Switzerland confirming it’s well on its way. First published on AcidMoto.ch, from what we can see in the grainy phone image, the new DR appears to be an evolution of the Japanese factory’s V-Strom 1000 rather than an entirely new machine. Considering the current V-Strom’s comparative lack of agility on the rough stuff, and

the motorcycle market’s widespread enthusiasm for off-road capable adventure machines, taking the current Strom down this route could be a clever move from Suzuki. The new DR comes with long-travel suspension, a decent amount of ground clearance, a new windscreen and an adventure-style front mudguard – reminiscent of the original DR BIG, which originally appeared in the late 1980s with a 727cc single cylinder motor and was then boosted to 779cc (making 54bhp) in 1990.

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Yoshi’s Scrambler

Yoshimura has recently unveiled a new race slip-on exhaust for the 2019 Ducati Scrambler. It’s claimed to boost max torque by 6.3%, and adds 3% extra horsepower. Price is £450.

Watch Keanu

Keanu Reeves has taken the chance to show off his prized motorcycle collection at his Arch Motorcycle HQ. From his green Ducati, which was used in The Matrix Reloaded, through to his custom-built Arch motorcycles, Keanu’s got some seriously cool kit. Watch the video interview at MoreBikes.co.uk and search ‘Keanu’.


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Energica has just launched a training academy for its range of electric motorcycles – and if you fancy riding the Italian brands MotoE racing machines on track at Modena in Italy, now’s your chance. Taking place on May 31st and June 23nd, the course will set punters back 990 euros (around £850).

Ducati tests NAKED Panigale V4 R on track ahead of Pikes Peak Following the news that Ducati’s dropping the Multistrada 1260 for this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and would instead be running in the exhibition class with rider Carlin Dunne at the helm, we reported that Ducati was working on

a new stripped-down Panigale V4 R for the iconic race. It looks like we were right, because Dunne has been caught track testing with a pair of naked Panigale V4 R superbikes in the States. Caught on camera at Chuckwalla

Valley Raceway in California by a reader of American motorcycle website Asphalt and Rubber, the snap all but confirms that Dunne will be racing a stripped-back Panigale V4. Quite how a 220+bhp, MotoGP-

derived superbike will cope with the tricky Pikes Peak mountainside course remains to be seen, but Dunne is pretty much guaranteed a lot of interest when he takes on the 12.42-mile-long course on the final Sunday in June.

Bud Ekins ISDT-winning TRIUMPH TR6SS sells for £97,750! At the April Stafford Show, the annual Bonhams Spring Sale was held, and the hugely popular event smashed the record books with a bevvy of rare machines going under the hammer. Top of the bill was a 1962 Triumph 649cc TR6SS ridden by Bud Ekins, which sold for a world-record auction price of £97,750 – over three times its top estimate. The original Trophy model helped Ekins win a gold medal in the 1962 International Six Days Trial. The American bike racer's machine (Ekins performed the famous jump as stunt-double for Steve McQueen in The

Great Escape), was just one of the star lots of the Spring Stafford Sale. Another record-breaker weekend was a 1925 Coventry Eagle 981cc Flying-8, which sold for a massive £218,500, whilst a third world record was also set for a 1935 Vincent-HRD 498cc Series-A Comet, which went at the bang of the gavel for £97,750. The rare Series-A, one of only a few ‘intermediate sump’ types, was totally restored in 2015 by famed VincentHRD restorer Glyn Johnson and has been on display ever since. The performance of this top-selling

trio went towards an auction total of £3,892,397, which is an all-time record sale for Bonhams Collectors’ Motorcycle Department. “What an incredible weekend!,” said James Stensel, Head of Bonhams Collectors’ Motorcycles. “We are thrilled with the results of this sale, not only for breaking our own auction record, but also for achieving three world auction records for individual marques and models.”

Invest in ARC

British electric motorcycle startup Arc is gearing up to launch a crowdfunding campaign to get its Vector motorcycle into production. The funding, set up on Crowdcube, will help ARC with development of its new limited edition £90,000 Vector electric motorcycle – which was shown to widespread acclaim at the big bike shows towards the end of 2018.

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Ducati has joined forces with Spin Master Corp, creating a remotecontrolled Panigale V4 S that’s easy to wheelie and drift! It gets to 20kph and will cost just under £150.

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Honda’s MOVING wings-for-themirrors plan for the 2020 Fireblade Aero details on the next generation Fireblade clearly on the way, according to the company’s design department

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These are the latest drawings showing just how seriously Honda is taking it’s development of the Fireblade for next year. The designs, unearthed by Motorrad magazine in Germany, show the new mirrors fitted with wings to smooth airflow around the extremities of the road-going bike. The designs appear to show the bike’s most outer wings able to be turned up or down for differing aero effects.

Indicators are built into the mirrors in the drawings, showing that this development for the next gen bike really is set to debut on the roadster. Expect the ‘wing-mirrors’ to appear on the Honda Fireblade at the end of this year at the big bike shows and be part of an updated Fireblade which will go on sale early 2020.

Want to customise your BMW R Nine T? Then how about playing Hookie? Hookie has made a name for itself over the last few years with its eclectic mix of custom bike builds – but it’s the Dresdenbased custom house’s bolt-on kit for BMW’s R Nine T that really catching the bike world’s attention. Halfway between a tracker and scrambler, the stylish DIY kit allows you to change the design of your bike – without the need to weld or grind. You can use the original screws and holders from the base bike, while its handmade carbon fibre fuel tank cover is fixed with a quick release, allowing you to change the tank’s appearance in a matter of minutes. It’s not cheap with the price starting from €4,900 (approximately £4,250), but for more information, visit www.hookie.co/moto-kit/

If you want to see a pretty cool video of the Hookie stuff in action, go to: MoreBikes.co.uk and search ‘Hookie’.

Valentino Rossi wants Yamaha to “develop the deflector” Valentino Rossi has spoken out about the need for Yamaha to further develop the M1 MotoGP bike and improve rear grip. Ducati, Honda and Aprilia have been hard at work developing aerodynamics, and Valentino Rossi reckons that Yamaha need to do the same. Here’s what the nine-times world champion said: “I’m putting pressure on Yamaha to get something similar to what Ducati used from an aerodynamic point of view and I hope I can try it soon. It’s a small component, it doesn’t upset the bike, but it can help. “We want to develop the M1 more and more. We need to think of everything and continue with the work we are already doing. The deflector, for us in particular, could be a keystone. We have had problems with heating the rear tyre for a long time and as demonstrated by this point Yamaha has been the first to use a similar solution, but has not explored the possibility of obtaining advantages even on dry surfaces.”

Following the news that the Dakar Rally will be taking place in Saudi Arabia, more details have emerged about the route for 2020. The course is now set to depart from Jeddah on January 5, before arriving in Al Qiddiya on January 17 after 12 stages and over 9,000km (5592.34 miles) of racing.

New GSX-R colours

Suzuki Japan has announced a range of new colours for its GSX-R1000R for 2019. There’s MotoGP blue, a red and black, and white and blue options. At this stage, there’s been no news if the new colour schemes will make it over to the UK and Europe, but they’re available in Japan now.


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Kawasaki plans a MotoGPderived WSB super racer Race boss admits that it might just be the only way the Japanese factory can catch up with the Ducatis In an extremely frank interview with racing outlet Speedweek.com, Kawasaki’s Race Director Ichiro Yoda admitted that the green team was chasing its tail in WSB, trying to peg back the all-conquering Ducati of Alvaro Bautista. For the past four years WSB has been the dominant shooting ground of Kawasaki with Jonathan Rea crowned as World Champion from 2015 to 2018. So far this season however, it’s been Bautista and the red bike that has won all 11 races (a new record in the championship). With it’s 16,350rpm rev limit and MotoGP-derived tech, the Ducati V4 R has smashed its way to the top of the timesheets. Kawasaki has found itself very much a runner-up to the Panigale, and Yoda is clearly smarting at the experience. The Kawasaki race boss admits that if Ducati are still able to run with the bike next year (if WSB bosses don’t put restrictions on Ducati for 2020 to level the playing field, from a performance point of view) then Kawasaki will have to take matters into its own hands – and that will mean making something very special to take on the Panigale on its own MotoGPtype terms. The FIM has already reduced the rev-limit of the Ducati by 250revs, whilst giving the Honda in the

competition an extra 500revs to try and make things a bit more competitive, so it’s not a done deal that the Ducati will be able to stay in the incredibly fast trim that it has been so far in 2019. “Getting near to Ducati this season is difficult. Their engine comes from the MotoGP world championship; the whole package is from MotoGP,” Yoda told Speedweek. “The V4 R is a MotoGP bike with Pirelli tyres. Even if we were authorised to use the parts under concession, we would be limited. We would still not be able to achieve the performance of Ducati. “The only solution is to build a bike similar to MotoGP. An extreme bike to be produced in limited numbers. For Kawasaki it is easy to build 500 of these bikes. “WSB’s philosophy has always been to use production bikes to try to lower costs, but with the arrival of the V4 R, everything has changed. “Now is the time for us to dedicate ourselves to designing an extreme WSB machine! “We have a lot of experience in MotoGP and with powerful four-cylinder engines, it shouldn’t be complicated for us to do it. If Ducati continues with this bike next season, we need a bike like this to beat them. We are not in WSB just to be here!”

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This is the Ducati Panigale V4R that’s prompted Yoda’s outburst.

Unique Monkey

It’s Japan-only, but this is what you can turn a new Honda Monkey into. Made by Japanese firm Kitaco Engineering, the bike gets a 10-inch front wheel (instead of 12), a 181cc kit, bigger throttle and cosmetics. Nice.

“The only solution is to build a bike similar to MotoGP. An extreme bike to be produced in limited numbers. For Kawasaki it is easy to build 500 of these bikes.”

Ichiro Yoda, Kawasaki Race Director

Short Ducati story

Ducati has released a short film, which details the Italian factory’s path to glory, from postwar engine production through to top-level racing success. It’s a fine few minutes of your time. Check it out at MoreBikes.co.uk and search ‘Ducati’.


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Behold the Kawasaki's Versys 1000 SE is flippin' marvellous WORDS: Mikko Nieminen, Editor of Motorcycle Sport & Leisure PHOTOGRAPHY: Kawasaki


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