2012 Kawasaki KX450F Feature

2012 Kawasaki KX450F Feature Kawasaki just wrapped up the 2011 Supercross title with Ryan Villopoto at the controls of a factory KX450F. For 2012, Kawasaki focused its KX450F efforts on centralizing mass, making usable power and offering increased setup options for suspension, engine and chassis.

First off, I have to give a shout out to the folks at Red Bud for having us because the track here is totally awesome. The first half of the track is kind of like Southern California’s Zaca Station. The dirt is loamy (and rocky) plus the layout is fairly high-speed—third, fourth-gear pinned type stuff. The back half of the circuit is more like Racetown 395 with the terrain here being soft sand with big jumps and high and low-speed corners. The track is situated right in the middle of a forest so obviously it’s a very majestic place to ride.

The 2012 can easily be altered to fit standard-size riders and tall or short riders via the 4-way adjustable bar mounts, the ability to lower the footpegs 5mm, and an optional lowering link (sold separate) that drops the rear 6mm. Then on the performance side, Kawasaki now has three different ignition/fuel maps pre-programmed into the ECU or what they call DFI or Digital Fuel Injection.
The new fuel tank, which now forms a straighter, smoother line with the seat, makes it even easier to move around on. Unfortunately, the KX still comes with overly hard grips that left blisters on our hands.

On a challenging RedBud track and in steamy conditions, our test riders still managed to put in a full two days worth of riding without collapsing, and we have to credit the new KX450F and all of its adjustability for that. When you can start off the day as comfortable as possible, on a bike totally dialed in to your liking, it simply makes your day at the track that much easier, not to mention fun.
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2012 Yamaha XT250 and TW200 Motorcycles Used

2012 Yamaha XT250 and TW200 Motorcycles UsedYamaha’s North American division, Star Motorcycles, has just introduced the 2012 XT250 and TW200 dual purpose motorcycles, with both models set to arrive at nationwide dealerships this July. The XT250 achieves fuel economy up to an estimated 73 mpg, while the TW200 returns an estimated 78 mpg.

Electric start and full street equipment mean it is super convenient to ride the TW200 just about wherever you need to go. The strong-pulling 196cc air-cooled, four-stroke single delivers torquey low and mid range power perfectly suited to off road exploring while the maintenance free CDI ensures precise, reliable spark for peak engine performance at all rpm

Yamaha says that the XT250 bike has suspension equipped for long traveling distances along with a ground clearance of 11.2 inches with a seat that is 31.9” above ground. The cradle semi-double steel chassis makes the bike more nimble and light because of more mass centralization, whereas greater torsional and lateral rigidity along with decreased weight of lower frame elements aid in providing stable and light handling.

One of the most eye-catching in Yamaha’s lineup is the Yamaha TW200. It returns in 2012 with its fat rear tire and low seat height, providing extreme stability as one of the most user-friendly bikes available. Like the XT250, the TW200 is equipped with an electric starter and utilizes a 196cc air-cooled four-stroke engine. The bike offers low to mid-range power while on road or off, and instrumentation includes speedometer, odometer and a resettable trip meter. Capable of 78 mpg, the TW200 will be available to the public beginning in July of 2012 with an MSRP of $4490.
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Yamaha Launching Zuma 50F - Majesty Scooters

Yamaha Launching Zuma 50F - Majesty Scooters Joining the V Star 950/Touring and the XT250 and TW200 dual purpose machines in the 2012 Star Motorcycles model range in the United States, are the all-new 2012 Zuma 50F and the 2012 Majesty Scooters. While the Zuma 50F is set to arrive at nationwide dealerships in Spetember, the Majesty will become available one month earlier, in August.

Leading the pack of 2012 Yamahas are two scooters aiming to punch high fuel prices in the face: the Majesty ($6,750) which achieves a respectable (but not mind-blowing) 50 mpg, and the all-new Zuma 50F ($2,490), a pipsqueak that ekes out an impressive 132 mpg-- though your grandma in a walker might have better off-the-line acceleration.

The staggeringly high 132 mpg claim is a dyslexic bettering of the 2-stroke Zuma’s 123 mpg fuel economy. That claimed efficiency nets a near 160-mile range from the 50F’s 1.2 gallon tank. Yamaha touts the new Zuma can be refueled without opening the seat, a convenient feature. Once opened, however, the 23-liter storage capacity is promised to be large enough to store an XL full-face helmet.

The 2012 Majesty is a high-tech transportation unit that blurs the boundaries between scooter and motorcycle – highly utilitarian performance. The rugged, reliable and powerful 395cc liquid-cooled four-stroke engine and fully automatic transmission mean there is more than enough power to run at highway speeds, with room for two and plenty of storage space. The electronic fuel injection delivers excellent throttle response and low-maintenance reliability, while the dual chamber air box, air injection system and exhaust catalyst technology reduce air pollution.

Meanwhile, the Majesty scooter is powered by a four stroke, liquid cooled 395cc engine that is paired with an automatic gear box, with a lot of power matching that of highway speeds, along with a lot of space for storage needs and seating for two.
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2012 Yamaha V Star 950 Review

The North American division of Yamaha, Star Motorcycles, has already started rolling out the first 2012 models, including the new V Star 950 and 950 Tourer entry-level cruisers. The two models will become available at nationwide dealership starting form July 2011.

The 2012 V Star 950 comes in Liquid Silver or Candy Red with an MSRP of $8,490. The V Star 950 Tourer comes in Raven or Impact Blue with an MSRP of $9,490.

The 2012 V Star 950 has a claimed weight of 613 pounds. Available in Liquid Silver and Candy Red, it retails at $8490. The V Star Tourer adds a windshield, leather-wrapped hard saddlebags and a passenger backrest. With a claimed weight of 657 pounds, the 2012 V Star Tourer is available for $9,490 in Raven and Impact Blue.
The 942cc 60° V-twin engine is both simple and sophisticated. Sure, there’s no-fuss air cooling for traditional looks. But inside you’ll find the reason for the surprisingly spirited performance: four-valve cylinder heads, ceramic-composite-lined cylinders, forged aluminum pistons and fuel injection. The meticulously tuned 2-into-1 exhaust system has a throaty exhaust note and also 3-way catalyst technology to reduce air pollution.

The carefully designed chassis contributes to an exceptionally light feeling riders are sure to appreciate. The double-cradle steel main frame offers an ideal rigidity balance in the longitudinal, lateral and tensional directions, using the engine as a stressed member. With the engine mounting position slightly forward for optimum front-rear weight distribution and its large, 18-inch front wheel, the V Star 950 has outstanding handling performance.
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GG Taurus Feature

Swiss company Grueter and Gut Technik (GG) is responsible with manufacturing the European-made Can-Am rival that conceals a noteworthy German powerplant This high dubbed Taurus and comes with a 1293cc BMW four-cylinder engine, which is enough to make its Canadian competitor tremble.

Three-wheelers have always been niche products, half-way houses between motorcycles and quads if you will, and although Can-Am has had some success with its Spyder models, the high price of admission has prevented them from becoming truly mainstream. Then again, that rarity could be seen as a plus point.
This trend of such trikes being rare, expensive power toys probably won't change with the advent of the GG Taurus, which is likely to be more expensive than the Can-Am Spyder.

Since the 175 hp, 6 speed Taurus would be the pricier trike, most casual riders looking for a reverse trike would most likely opt for the Can Am, but, for those who can't be seen on what anyone else is riding, who have to be a little bit faster and are willing and able to pay for the experience, the Taurus would be pretty sweet. There's no indication this is coming stateside but you never know.

Engine and transmission Displacement:1293.00 ccm (78.90 cubic inches)Engine type:In-line four, four-strokePower:172.99 HP (126.3 kW)) @ 9250 RPMTorque:140.00 Nm (14.3 kgf-m or 103.3 ft.lbs) @ 8250 RPMTop speed:220.0 km/h (136.7 mph)Valves per cylinder:4Cooling system:LiquidGearbox:6-speedTransmission type,
final drive:Shaft drive (cardan)Driveline:Differential with reverse gearExhaust system:Three-way catalic converter
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