2012 Kawasaki Mule 600 Review

2012 Kawasaki Mule 600 Review The Mule 600 is a great tool for getting things done. Whether your day calls for hauling tools around a construction site, delivering needed supplies to far-flung parts of a farm, or just enjoying some time out in the woods, the Mule can help make every job just that much easier. The Mule 600 is powered by a strong and dependable single-cylinder engine. And the durable construction doesn’t stop there: it also features an easy-to-use continuously variable transmission, a spacious cab, dual-mode rear differential, comfy-riding independent front suspension, a strong, steel-tube frame and beefy hydraulic brakes.

That really is the essence of the Kawasaki Mule 600. Whether your day calls for hauling tools around a construction site, delivering needed supplies to far-flung parts of a farm, or just enjoying some time out in the woods with a cold one in hand, the Mule can provide the satisfaction towards the task.

The Mule 600’s air-cooled, 401cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine maintains ideal operating temperatures with help from an efficient cooling fan. An enrichener that partially opens the throttle during ignition allows easy engine starts. The Mule 600 can be started in forward or reverse gear, provided the brake is applied, and it incorporates mud flaps by the rear tires to minimize mud clogging the engine area.

Spesification 2012 Kawasaki Mule 600

Engine Type Four-stroke, air-cooled single
Displacement 401cc
Bore and Stroke 82 x 76mm
Cooling Single Air-Cooled
Compression Ratio 8.3:1
Fuel System Nikki 6C1026 Carburetor
Ignition Magneto and transistor

Front Suspension MacPherson strut
Front Brakes Four-wheel hydraulic drum
Front Tire 22x9-10 tubeless
Rear Suspension Unit swing axle, adjustable shocks
Rear Brakes Four-wheel hydraulic drum
Rear Tire 22x11-10 tubeless
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New 2012 KTM Cairoli SX-F 350, Roczen SX-F 250

New 2012 KTM Cairoli SX-F 350, Roczen SX-F 250 KTM has released details on two limited edition versions of its 2012 250 & 350 SX-F motocross machines in celebration of once again winning the MX1 and MX2 world championships with Antonio ‘Tony’ Cairoli and Ken Roczen.

With almost the performance of a 450 combined with the agility of a 250 – the 350’s winning formula for success at the MX1 World Championship – is now available as a limited replica in the official KTM dealer showrooms. Antonio Cairoli’s second season with KTM to again reclaim his MX1 World Championship has facilitated the release of the KTM 350 SX-F, the second consecutive replica bike that honors the superb riding skills 26-year-old Italian. In his two seasons on the revolutionary bike this exceptional rider has registered no less than 23 race wins. The replica of his World champion machine is not only a logical consequence for the brand that is always “Ready to Race” but also a tribute to the MX1 Champion.

Both four-stroke powerplants are protected by a high-tensile aluminium engine guard, feature a CNC-machined clutch cover, have a lightweight Factory start system and an Akrapovic titanium silencer. Increased performance for the Roczen 250 bike comes via the SXS Performance Kit.
KTM 250 SX-F and KTM 350 SX-F Factory Spesification
• Exclusive Red Bull Factory graphics of both World Champions
• Akrapovic Factory titanium exhaust manifold and silencer
• Motor 250 SX-F with performance kit
• Machined factory clutch cover
• Orange central double-cradle tubular frame from 25CrMo4-Steel
• Motor Protection from high-strength Aluminum
• Black EXCEL-Wheels front and back
• Front Brake Disc Protection
• Factory Triple Clamps, orange anodized
• Black Renthal handlebar 827 + Renthal Soft Grips
• KTM Design Hand Guards
• Factory Start System
• Hour counter
• SXS Seat
• Stickers individually numbered between 1 and 500
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2012 Victory Hard Ball Review

2012 Victory Hard Ball Review A new model has been announced by Victory with styling features including a helmet based on a scorched coconut, legs too stumpy to be able to retract the sidestand and a long and intensive burger-driven mass centralisation programme.

The core of the 2012 Hard-Ball mirrors the High-Ball same two-way adjustable factory Apehangers, spoked wheels wrapped in beefy tires, and Victory’s quick-revving Freedom 106 spooned tightly in the frame. And that’s a good thing. The 1731cc Freedom 106 provides a spirited ride with a wide spread of power on the High-Ball, and despite a little larger fender on the front end, steering should still be light with the absence of a fairing most baggers or tourers sport. Gauges are Spartan, consisting of a small round analog speedo with basic diagnostic symbols incorporated into the face like a Neutral indicator, ABS engagement indicator, low fuel warning, high beams, cruise control and an engine problem warning light.

The bike will be available only in black with red pinstripes and is "hopefully" due to be publicly unveiled in the UK at the Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show at London’s ExCel from February 2-5 next year. It’s expected in dealers from late February/early March with the price confirmed at £15,995.

2012 Victory Hard Ball Spesifikasi
• Type: 4-stroke 50° V-Twin
• Cooling System: Air / oil
• Displacement: 106 ci / 1731 cc
• Bore X stroke: 101 x 108 mm
• Compression Ratio: 9.4 : 1
• Valve Train: Single overhead camshafts with 4 valves per cylinder, self-adjusting cam chains, hydraulic lifters
• Fuel System: Electronic Fuel Injection with dual 45mm throttle body
• Fuel Capacity: 5.8 gal / 22 ltr
• Exhaust: Split dual exhaust with crossover
• Oil Capacity: 5.0 qts / 4.75 ltr
• Charging System: 48 amps max output
• Battery: 12 volts / 18 amp hours
• Primary Drive: Gear drive with torque compensator
• Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
• Transmission: 6-speed overdrive constant mesh
• Final Drive: Carbon Fiber Reinforced Belt
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New 2012 Harley V-Rod Brithday 10th

New 2012 Harley V-Rod Brithday 10th Ten years already that Harley-Davidson launched the original liquid-cooled Revolution engine in a brand new styling called the V-Rod. The V-Rod 10th Anniversary Edition is a tribute to the original 2002 V-Rod, the motorcycle that introduced brilliant silver pearl bodywork with color-matched frame. The 2012 anniversary model retains the evocation of anodized aluminum bodywork featured on the original V-Rod. Extra chrome and polished surfaces dazzle on the engine, exhaust and speed screen.

It seems like only a couple years ago I first gazed upon this Harley, but folks, the reality is that 10 years have passed since the tradition-busting V-Rod first rolled into the Harley lineup. Ten years! To mark the ‘Rod’s notable birthday Harley has created a 10th Anniversary Edition V-Rod as part of the company’s 2012 model lineup. The 10th joins the Night Rod Special and Muscle, making the VRSC series a family of three for this year.

The Night Rod special updates for 2012 include ABS as standard, Brembo double disc brakes, upside forks with new hydraulic system, and a classic double rear shock. The look is dominated by the Michelin Scorcher tyres, and new alloy wheels save 1.4 kg - off the overall weight of 289 kg. A narrow rear light is part of the style and a new inclusion upfront is the smaller front mudguard, but otherwise it’s the same old Rod.

2012 Harley V-Rod 10th Anniversary Edition Spesification
• BORE x STROKE: 4.134" x 2.835"
• WHEELBASE: 67 inches
• RAKE: 34 degrees
• SEAT HEIGHT: 26.7 inches
• WET WEIGHT: 670 pounds
• PRICE: $15,999
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Akrapovic Morsus Frist Ride

Akrapovic Morsus Frist Ride has always been authority on exhaust systems, whether its with cars or motorcycles. Having crafted a reputation of being one of the best in the business, the Slovenian aftermarket company always gets the nod when brands are looking for top-of-the-line systems.

Built in collaboration with Dreamachine Motorcycles, the Akrapovič Morsus features an S&S 113 CI (that’s 1,852cc for the mertic-inclined) motor that pumps out 114hp through its modified Akrapovič exhaust pipe. The Morsus design appeases our modern-leaning design sensibilities, but true to its ethos, it’s the Akrapovič exhaust that really makes us drool over this bike. There’s something about an underslung side-venting pipe that makes us happy, and the Akrapovič Morsus is no exception to the rule. Photos and more after the jump.

The Morsus was victorious among 120 custom bikes and also won the Radical category. At Lake Faak Akrapovič successfully presented its aftermarket range of exhaust systems for the Harley Davidson.

Even more interesting than the Morsus, really, is the story of Akrapovic. Though Igor Akrapovic (pronounced a-CROP-o-vitch) only started bending pipes 20 years ago (under the name Scorpion until ’97), his exhausts have found their way onto a large percentage of influential motorcycles, including but not limited to Ben Spies’ R1, Jorge Lorenzo’s M1, Bubba Stewart’s YZ450F, Max Biaggi’s Aprilia the list goes on. The first championship was with Colin Edwards’ Honda SP-01 in 2000.
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New The 2011 Suzuki DR650SE

New The 2011 Suzuki DR650SE combines the capabilities of a street bike with the performance of exceptionally difficult collection and management of a dirt bike. Your responsiveness makes it ideal for light curves of two laners on their way to work, or just walking through the woods on the weekend.

Off-road, the DR650SE shines. Its technologically advanced chassis and suspension provide you with precise control on tight trails or open fire roads. For a real thrill, tap into the big single's awesome torque. It lets you accelerate hard out of corners and power your way across wide-open terrain.

Gear-driven single counter balancer system minimizes engine vibration for comfortable ride.A Mikuni 40mm carburetor enhances throttle response and overall engine performance. Chassis Features Large diameter, thin-walled tubes reduce unsprung weight while maintaining high rigidity.

The DR's powerplant has many technical features, also, such as Suzuki Advanced Cooling System (SACS), piston-jet cooling, an engine oil cooler further enhance consistent performance in a variety of conditions and Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) coated aluminum cylinder that is used for "durability, weight reduction and superior heat transfer."The DR 650 SE's engine breaths through a simple but effective Mikuni 40mm carburetor, and a painted stainless-steel exhaust system designed to be light and corrosion-resistant.

Spesification 2011 Suzuki DR650SE

Engine 4-stroke, 1-cylinder, OHC
Displacement 39.3 ci (644 cc)
Fuel System Mikuni BST40, single
Fuel Capacity 3.4 gal. (13 l)
CA Capacity: 3.2 gal. (12 l)
MPG Rating 56
Ignition Electronic (CDI)
Starting Electric
Cooling Air
Drive Train
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2012 Harley Street Bob Spesification

2012 Harley Street Bob Spesification The 2012 Harley-Davidson Street Bob is priced at $12,999 in Vivid Black, and now offers an available security package with ABS, and a new paint color option. Power comes from a Twin-Cam 96 engine that produces 92 ft-lbs of torque.

Completely redesigned in 2009, the Street Bob® goes straight back to the minimalist roots of the bobber scene. Stripped down to the bare essentials, and as “naked” as the law allows, the Street Bob goes right to the heart of riding with no distractions along the way.Since its introduction, this attitude-laden motorcycle has taken the custom world by storm with mini ape-hanger handlebar, Fat Bob® fuel tank, solo seat, mid-mounted foot controls and a big, black Twin Cam 96™ engine.

Another equalizer is how quickly the 9-plate, wet clutch of the Street Bob engages. Barely unleash the clutch cable and the Street Bob’s gears grab-and-go as it catches much earlier in the release. This caught me by surprise on occasion during slow speed maneuvering when the bike lunged forward, but the majority of the time it is a boon. And while the clutch action is lively, the 6-speed Cruise Drive Transmission still engages with a familiar ‘click,’ but every year Harley seems to dial it in a little bit better as the 2010 version is a touch quieter and better-sorted than before. Even though you feel every shift, the tranny at least hit each gear without a miss and the new helical-cut fifth gear offers a broad range of power, from loping along in low revs at 55 to winding it out up to 90 mph. Frequently I believed I was in the top gear before realizing I had one more click to go.

2012 Harley-Davidson Street Bob Spesification
• ENGINE TYPE: Pushrod V-twin
• BORE x STROKE: 3.75" x 4.38"
• WHEELBASE: 64.2 inches
• RAKE: 29 degrees
• SEAT HEIGHT: 26.7 inches
• CURB WEIGHT: 670 pounds
• PRICE: $12,999
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2012 New Concept Husqvarna Strada

2012 New Concept Husqvarna Strada Husqvarna is unveiling their latest concept bike at the Salon de la Moto show in Paris today. The Concept Strada, like the new Nuda 900 before it, is a Husky street bike built with the help of BMW engineering and parts this time, an adapted 650cc single cylinder engine from BMW’s G650GS is used. Unlike some concept bikes, however, this bike is production ready and will be in showrooms in 2012.

The Husqvarna Concept Strada is fitted with BMW’s single-cylinder 650cc engine the same unit that’s fitted to the BMW G650GS. However, it’s been tuned for improved power delivery and, accordingly to Husqvarna, the upgrade has resulted in an extremely lively machine which, at less than 170kg dry, will put a smile back on the face of even the weariest commuter.’

Power is supplied from BMW’s G 650 GS single-cylinder powerplant, but it has been "breathed on" by Husqvarna engineers for even more clout a similar exercise to the Nuda, which used BMWs 800cc parallel twin as the donor powerplant before adding some more pepper.

BMW-powered, but Husqvarna-driven, the Concept Strada will be the perfect machine for taking on the urban jungle. Its combination of easy handling, punchy engine and user-friendly ergonomics will make it appeal to both young and ‘young at heart’ male and female riders looking for an extra special motorcycle for everyday use. A wide range of accessories to cater for a variety of requirements will also be available when the Concept Strada goes on sale in 2012.
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