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XSR700: Yamaha embraces the neo-retro craze with “modern classic” MT-07 makeover

By - July 23, 2015 31 Pictures

As Yamaha embraces the neo-retro frenzy that has taken over the motorcycle industry, its XSR700 is the first model inspired by the Yard Built custom series to go into mass production. The brand new vintage-styled MT-07 (FZ-07) variant draws influence from the Faster Sons concept motorcycle, with its name paying homage to the iconic XS650 twin from the 1970s.

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Honda files patents for brand new, fuel injected two-stroke engine

By - July 19, 2015 6 Pictures

Two-strokes are far simpler machines than four-stroke engines. They’re also lighter, easier to work on, and downright angrier, pumping out a lot more power per cubic centimeter of displacement, which has won them a lot of fans. But they’ve had a reputation for belching out a fair bit of smoke and unburned fuel, a situation that just couldn’t fly alongside tightening emissions regulations around the world, so they’ve fallen out of favour. But now there’s a glimmer of hope. Earlier this month, Honda submitted a patent application for a brand new two stroke motor that uses direct fuel injection for a cleaner burn and better piston cooling. We may yet see a resurrection of the ring-dingers.

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KTM and Piaggio receive EU funding to develop electric four-wheelers

By - July 19, 2015 3 Pictures

The European Union is encouraging the development of modular electric vehicles that car drivers will find attractive for urban commuting under an initiative called Range of Electric Solution L-category Vehicles (Resolve). The public release of this project’s funding has seen KTM and Piaggio emerge as the prime movers in a project that aims to make efficient three- and four-wheel tilting narrow track vehicles a common sight on European roads by the end of the decade.

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