News from Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha


News from Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha
Computer retouching: Guerin

News from Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha

Faster with ABS

A little more power and less weight? the new 1000s from Suzuki and Yamaha follow this old pattern. Honda, on the other hand, relies fully on advanced brake technology. And the 650 mid-range is even more diverse than before.

In autumn, Honda presents a new CBR 600 RR. A clear case: the two- or four-year cycle with the model updates of super sports cars is not in question; According to this rhythm, a mild revision is due for 2009, with design changes and fine-tuning of the technology.

But this careful revision is likely to be overshadowed by a real sensation: The new CBR 600 RR is getting an ABS-CBS that should be equally suitable for the road and the race track. It may also be offered for the Fireblade and homologated for Supersport and Superbike races. It is the first completely new development for super athletes, far superior to the BMW HP2 Sport system in terms of the variety of its functions. On June 10, European motorcycle journalists were able to produce a prototype of the "Combined ABS", built into three 2007 CBR 600 RRs, try it for the first time.

Scheme: mps graphics

ABS-CBS system: What the scheme hides: New types of pressure modulators ensure fast ABS control processes without pulsing in the brake levers.

Although the short drive does not allow us to speak of a test, some braking maneuvers, in which the tester tore through the handbrake lever at around 150 km / h, revealed an astonishing stability of the 600s. The usual rolling movements of the hindquarters in long phases of maximum deceleration could not be detected, not even when the ABS was controlling. One reason for this is the brief initial actuation of the rear brake, which is caused by the system alone, which pulls the motorcycle into the suspension and delays the relief of the rear wheel. A common procedure for brake measurements in the MOTORRAD top test, it is more or less automated in the new CBR.

Future visions

Computer retouching: Guerin

The front view of a MotoGP-M1 with narrow headlights would suit the new R1.

Like all CBS activities, this short-term combination brake function is initiated purely electronically. There is no longer any mechanical-hydraulic connection between the brake circuits. Sensors for the input brake pressure tell the control unit how hard the driver is pressing which lever. In conjunction with other factors such as wheel speeds and speed, it recognizes certain situations and activates the corresponding functions. For example, if the driver fully depresses the foot brake lever, the locking of the rear wheel signals an increased need for deceleration. So brake pressure builds up at the front, which increases steadily as long as the front wheel does not lock. Anyone who recognizes the adaptive brake force distribution of the often hostile Integral ABS from BMW is correct and will receive an indication of how advanced this system was.

The feedback and ease of use of the Honda prototype showed where its undisturbed further development could have lead. Everything feels like without ABS, there is no pulsation at the levers in the control range. However, the driver perceives the speed jumps of the front wheel precisely. When it comes to turning into a bend with decreasing brake pressure after hard straight braking on the race track, this unadulterated feeling is eminently important. Because cornering ABS for emergency braking in maximum banking is not even the new Honda system. But there is little doubt that it will bring more safety and faster lap times for most drivers.

Computer retouching: Guerin

This is what an inexpensive mid-range Yamaha could look like. It should cost less than 6000 euros.

Even less doubtful is the further expansion of the mid-range motorcycle between 60 and 78 hp, which has been enriched in many ways in recent years. Contrary to the alphabetical order, Yamaha should be mentioned first in this context. After the presentation of the Vmax, the price of which has meanwhile been set at 19,750 euros plus ancillary costs, the rumors about an inexpensive mid-range motorcycle that will be presented in autumn increased. It should cost just under 6000 euros, so to speak, form the antipode to Vmax. Whether the six to seven hundred will get a newly designed two-cylinder engine or a new edition of the XJ-600 four-cylinder seems less certain than the price at the moment. The informants of the French computer retoucher Jean-Marie Guerin as well as hints from the haze of the Yamaha European headquarters assume a two-cylinder.

New impulses

Computer retouching: Guerin

The silencers of this GSX-R 1000 are more pleasing than on the current model. They are based on those of the 750 series.

This is set in the renewal of the Suzuki SV-650 models as well as in the update of the Kawasaki ER-6. In both cases, new impulses in terms of design come first, and Suzuki will also try to bring the 650 V2 back up to the original level of performance before the changeover to the Euro 3 emissions standard. It was heard from Kawasaki that they had taken the criticism of the careless workmanship of the two ER-6s to heart and that they wanted to remedy the situation in diligent detailed work.

Computer retouching: Guerin

A little GSR 600, a headlight from the super athletes and a short exhaust give the SV 650 a look.

If a Japanese manufacturer questions the rule mentioned at the beginning, according to which super athletes receive a slight revision every two years and a more in-depth revision every four years, then it is Yamaha. The last five-valve R1 remained in the program for three years with minor changes, and there are contradicting statements about whether the current model will be replaced in 2009 or 2010. Apparently, Yamaha dealers in Germany are currently receiving information from the importer that the current R1 will have to sit down for another year. In France, but above all in Italy, it is assumed that a new motorcycle will be available for 2009. With electronic slip control, further increased performance and ?? as a reaction to criticism of the bulging eyes appearance of the headlights? a different design of the fairing dome. It should be clear that it is based on the YZF-R6.

Suzuki will pay attention to a more pleasing exhaust design for the next generation of the GSX-R 1000. Since the Japanese engineers were able to tickle an astonishing amount of power from the relatively long-stroke four-cylinder for the Superbike World Championship, there are no major changes in the design of the engine? rather one or the other secondary utilization from the racing engine development for the series. ABS is not expected from these two manufacturers in 2009.

Rumors Kitchen – Benelli, Ducati, Triumph

Benelli has secretly, quietly and quietly built a series of V-6 boat engines with a displacement of 2.2 liters based on the 1130 three-cylinder. Rumor has it that the active head of development Pierluigi Marconi is working on a giant tourer with this engine as a drive.

At Ducati, too, something huge seems to be happening. Nobody says anything specific, but the way in which the unspeakable is concealed suggests a project that has never been seen before. The expansion of the new Monster series with the air-cooled 1100 and the Testastretta-Evoluzione can hardly be meant by the secrecy, because this model-political step is obvious. MOTORRAD therefore suspects: Ducati is developing a naked bike with the V4 engine of the Desmosedici RR. British motorcycle journalist Alan Cathcart recently visited the MV factory in Schiranna to see the cast parts of a 675 three-cylinder engine that is to power a future MV Agusta F3 . The development budget for this project is just as unsecured as that for the F1, a Supermoto machine with a four-stroke single cylinder.

Speaking of the 675 three-cylinder: At Triumph, after the third season, the first revision of the groundbreaking Daytona 675 is due.
After the positive response to the in-house YZF-R 125 and the Kawasaki Ninja 250 R, Yamaha seems to be seriously considering a YZF-R 250. This was suggested on the sidelines of a visit by MOTORRAD to Yamaha Italy and was reported by a Japanese journalist colleague. The ultra-modern four-stroke single-cylinder of the WR 250 X is available as an engine. It has 30 hp and would fit nicely into the spacious and stable chassis of the 125 cc.

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