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 look like a dragster Looks like a dragster

BMW R18/2: BMW has followed up the retro-themed Concept R 18 motorcycle revealed earlier last year with another concept bike debuting at the 2019 EICMA show. Called the Concept R 18/2, the motorcycle is stylistically opposite from the Concept R 18, which featured historically-inspired aesthetics. 

The BMW Concept R 18/2 instead has more modern cruiser styling while retaining the same 1800cc air/oil-cooled boxer twin. The German manufacturer has not provided information yet on the performance number as before. 

BMW says the R18/2 concept showcases the versatility of the big boxer platform. While the Concept R 18 was far from being a production model, the second custom motorbike by BMW looks like it is ready to roll off the production line. The teardrop-shaped tank, narrow handlebar and the shortened wheel cover at the rear give it a dragster-inspired look. 

All body parts are finished in an eye-catching candy apple red paint. The concept bike is fitted with cast iron wheels with 19 inches at the front and 16 inches at the rear, along with high-performance Brembo brake callipers.

inspired by Japanese samurai Inspired by Japanese samurai

Kenzo — Death Machines of London: Custom motorcycle builder Death Machines of London showcased its latest build called the Kenzo. The radical, samurai-inspired motorcycle has been made out of a 1977 Honda Goldwing and combines exquisite craftsmanship and precision, modern technology. Kenzo was originally unveiled at Bike Shed London 2018, but the team wasn’t satisfied with the final result and stripped it down completely last winter to start afresh. The segmented bodywork is inspired by samurai body armour, while the fork and headlight replicate a katana sword. The intricate speedo was cast from an 18th-century jewel box before being layered with light-diffusing film and a precision-etched nickel lattice outer bezel. The motorcycle, created using the 3D printing, CNC machining, precision etching and holographic lighting, also uses a traditional tsukamaki sword-wrapping technique for the leather handlebar grips. The 1000cc flat-four engine of the 1977 Honda Goldwing was dismantled, inspected and refreshed for the build.

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2020 Triumph Tiger 900: Triumph has introduced the new 2020 Tiger 900 range of motorcycles. The new line includes a stripped-down base model along with five higher-spec versions — three road-biased GT models and two adventure/off-road models. The new line comes with aggressive styling, including the new LED lighting all around. The dash also gets a new, massive TFT display which can be paired with a smartphone to use GPS and operate calling feature. Powering this is a new 888cc three-cylinder engine that features a "T-plane" crank. While the real horsepower remains unchanged at 95hp, Triumph claims 10 per cent more peak torque. The GT Pro and Rally Pro also feature a bi-directional quickshifter along with heated seats and a tyre pressure monitoring system. The updated electronics package includes up to six riding modes, with the range-topping 900 Rally Pro offering Rain, Road, Sport, Off-road, Off-road Pro and a rider configurable mode. The Off-road and Off-road Pro modes also have an anti-stall feature that increases idle revs to prevent stalling.

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AMB 001 by Aston Martin: Aston Martin debuted the first motorcycle ever to wear the British automaker’s winged badge at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy. Called the AMB 001, the limited-edition, track only, hyperbike has been created in partnership with fellow British brand Brough Superior. Aston Martin says the design brief for the AMB 001 was to make an ultra-lightweight and high-performance machine. In terms of aesthetics, the limited-edition motorcycle looks as wild and wicked a concept bike, and has very little that suggests it’s a production model. The motorcycle gets a stylish hand-stitched Oxford Tan leather seat, while the ultra-lightweight carbon fibre body panels are all hand-painted. Powering the track-only motorcycle is a turbocharged 997cc V-twin engine, the first in Brough Superior’s history. 

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The engine is paired to a 6-speed sequential manual transmission with APTC clutch and churns out 180 horsepower. The AMB 001 by Aston Martin is limited to only 100 units for sale across the globe.

A rocket in aluminium frame A rocket in aluminium frame

2020 Triumph Rocket 3: Triumph has launched the latest-generation Triumph Rocket 3 in India priced at Rs 18 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The sports cruiser comes in two variants internationally — Rocket 3 R and Rocket 3 GT and for now, only the former has been launched in India. It is powered by a 2500cc, liquid-cooled engine, the largest unit to be fitted on a mass-produced motorcycle. In comparison, its predecessor had a 2300cc engine. The new engine produces 167hp and a whopping 221Nm. Despite being bigger in capacity, it is significantly lighter thanks to a new crankcase assembly, lubrication system and balancer shaft, which has resulted in a weight loss of 18 kilos. The new Rocket 3 also gets a new, all-aluminium frame, with the engine acting as a stressed member, which along with other lightweight components has led to an overall weight loss of 40kg. The new model gets Triumph’s latest-generation TFT display along with lean, sensitive traction control and cornering ABS as standard. There are four riding modes as well — Rain, Road, Sport and Rider that allow custom settings.

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