The latest from INTERMOT in Cologne, Germany.

Triumph has revealed a limited edition Daytona 675 based on the yellow and black paint scheme of the iconic Daytona Super III which was launched in 1994.

Only 75 of the limited edition bikes will be made. Each model will have its own hand-painted number on the tank, as well as additional parts such as a quick shifter, carbon cockpit in-fills, carbon front mudguard, carbon exhaust surround and adjustable alloy levers.

Bruno Tagliaferri, sales manager at Triumph UK, said: “The original Super IIIs have earned something of a cult status among riders, with any used originals flying out of dealers as soon as they hit the forecourt.

“That appetite for such a distinctive looking bike inspired us to join forces with the guys at 8 Ball Paintwork to create this new tribute edition. The new Daytona 675 Super IIIs look really stunning and are sure to be very popular, given the restricted production run.”

The Daytona 675 Super IIIs are expected in dealers this month, at a price of £8,999.

Kawasaki as expected has just unveiled its new Z 800 at the Cologne Show but the surprise is there is not one Z 800, but two.

The Z 800 itself is all new and boasts multi-adjustable suspension, an upgraded engine with 111 bhp and 61.25 ftlb of torque, it features flashier all new styling and is expected to retail for €9495 (apx £7585) when it goes on sale next year.

The surprise addition is the more base level Z800e which is a more basic version with more spindly non-adjustable suspension, no screen and a detuned engine which puts out 93.67bhp and 56ftlb of torque.

It will be available at a much cheaper €8595 (apx £6866).

Triumph has updated its popular Street Triple range with a new chassis, underbelly exhaust, switchable ABS and substantial weight loss.

The twin-spar aluminium frame has been designed and built with weight loss in mind, adding to the claimed 6 kg total weight loss for 2013.

As with all Triumph R versions the Street Triple R gets a series of visual changes which include a red subframe, red wheel pinstriping and a red radiator shroud. The standard bike is available in black, white and blue. The R version has black, white and graphite colour choices available.

Yamaha has unveiled its on-going commitment to motorcycle innovation this morning at the Cologne Show, by revealing its new three-cylinder P3 engine.

Along with the expected unveiling of an updated FJR 1300 and FZ 8, plus new Aerox scooters, Yamaha has provided one of the talking points of the cologne Show with the unveiling of this all new three cylinder engine, which will form the basis of at least one new bike in the very near future.

They acknowledged that although there had been seemingly little activity from them in recent years they are more committed to motorcycling than ever.

The new engine, dubbed P3, is the first three cylinder from Yamaha since the XS750 from the late 1970s, and is claimed to herald a new direction for the Japanese firm.

Andrew Smith, Vice-President Sales and Marketing Yamaha Motor Europe,  told show goers, “Here Yamaha’s commitment to motorcycling starts again.”

Honda launched it’s all-new CRF 450 Rally Paris-Dakar desert racer officially at the Cologne Show.

Based on Honda’s current CRF 450 X enduro and developed in conjunction with HRC, the Honda Racing Corporation, the bike will make it’s race debut in the Morocco Rally starting October 15.

Honda has signed an impressive five-strong rider line-up including Brit Sam Sunderland, who’ll shake-down the bike under race conditions in Morocco, before launching a full-on attack on the famous Paris-Dakar in January next year.

The other riders in the squad are 11-time US Baja 1000 champ Jonny Campbell, Helder Rodrigues (Portugal), Felipe Zanol (Brazil) and Javier Pizzolito (Argentina).

The new bike marks Honda’s first official works entry into the race since 1989. The factory first entered the legendary desert event in 1981 when Cyril Neveu won aboard the XR550.

Suzuki has unveiled the V-Strom 1000 concept today, the near production ready bike is still being called a concept but looks like it could go into production within a year.

Suzuki has officially confirmed the bike will be in production in 2014.

News articles are from http://www.motorcyclenews.com/

 

 

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