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Suzuki announces all-new GSX-R1000 superbike at EICMA 2015

Devastated by the financial crisis of 2008, Suzuki has been forced to sit by and watch as its rivals dominate the superbike class. But now the plucky Japanese company is ready to step back on the dance floor and boogie with a brand new GSX-R1000, built from the ground up to put the Big Gixxer back in contention at the pointy end of the sportsbike market. Featuring a mechanical variable valve timing system, Suzuki is aiming to engineer the L7 GSX-R so well it doesn't need top-shelf electronics like an Inertial Measurement Unit to compete.

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Ducati's 2016 XDiavel: Lean, mean, stroked-out cruiser targets the American market

Ducati's original Diavel was a successful oddity – a future-cruiser body with the heart of a superbike. It handled well and went fast, even if it made my butt go to sleep. But it didn't quite nail that relaxed cruiser feel, because it always, always wanted to go faster. This year, Ducati is kicking back a gear with the XDiavel, unveiled today at EICMA Milan, which uses a stroked-out engine to put the torque lower in the rev range, and gives a true feet-forward cruiser riding position, while pulling all the silly plastic off the sides for a much cleaner, sweeter look.

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MT-10: Yamaha gets delightfully ugly with its new naked R1

Shots fired: Yamaha has come gunning for super-nakeds like the BMW S1000R and the Aprilia Tuono with a new naked R1 that's a far cry from the tasty-looking FZ1 or years past. The MT-10 is ugly, squat and nasty, as reflected by the fact it's going to roll into the MT model line. With a retuned version of the crossplane-crankshaft R1 superbike engine providing the boogie, the focus will be on fun, but Yamaha has also chosen to throw in a cruise control system.

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Wheelrider motorcycle top case doubles as carry-on luggage, includes solar panel

One thing motorcycles are not known for is ample storage space. A top case at the rear is a simple and affordable solution for extra storage space, but its practicality expires the moment it has to be carried by hand. The Wheelrider rethinks the top case with this in mind – it's sized according to airline carry-on luggage standards, equipped with wheels, extendable handle and a solar panel to charge devices.

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