The Yamaha V-Max, (called VMAX after 2009), is a cruiser motorcycle made by Yamaha since 1985, known for its powerful V4 engine, shaft drive, and distinctive styling.
Upon its release in 1985, the V-Max garnered instant critical acclaim and earned the title “Bike of the Year” from Cycle Guide. Sold both in Japan and abroad, the V-Max was sold with only minor modifications from the 1985 model year until the 2007 model year. The V-Max was noted for its quick acceleration, but was also criticized for its poor cornering ability and soft suspension.
In 2005, at the 39th Tokyo Motor Show, Yamaha displayed an all-new V-Max concept bike. It featured a new chassis, upgraded components all around, and state-of-the-art braking components.
On 4 June 2008, Yamaha officially released a completely redesigned 2009 VMAX in North America and Europe. The features of the VMAX include an all-aluminium frame with its 1,679 cc (102 cu in) liquid-cooled V4 DOHC engine used as a stressed member of the chassis, an electroluminescent instrument readout, Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake (YCC-I), fully adjustable suspension, anti-lock brakes, slipper clutch, a fuel tank beneath the seat, and a distinctive key.
Roland Sands Design Yamaha VMAX October 2013 Motorcycle pin-up calendar
The Honda Africa Twin is a dual-sport motorcycle made by Honda in two versions, first from 1996 to 2003 as the 750 cc (46 cu in) V-twin XRV750T, then from 2016 as the 1,000 cc (61 cu in) parallel-twin CRF1000L.
The CRF1000L is a 998 cc (60.9 cu in) parallel-twin dual-sport that revived the Africa Twin name for the 2016 model year. It became available in the UK in late 2015 and early 2016 in the US. It was developed as a modern interpretation of its predecessors, the XRV 750 and XRV 650, based on the NXR-750 which won the Paris-Dakar rally four times in the late 1980s. The original V-twin Africa Twin was first sold in Europe from 1988 to the final production year of 2003 but was never brought to the United States.
The XRV750 Africa Twin was a 742 cc (45.3 cu in) dual-sport based on the Honda NXR-750, which won the Paris-Dakar rally four times in the late 1980s. The engine was a 742 cc, 6-valve, four spark plug, liquid-cooled V-twin. The long-travel suspension insulates the rider from uneven surfaces. The brakes are twin discs at the front and single disc at the rear.
The Aprilia RSV4 is a super bike manufactured by Aprilia, which offers two models of the bike: the RSV4 Factory and RSV4 R. Production of the motorcycle began in 2008: the motorcycle was unveiled on February 22, 2008, at the International Piaggio Group Convention in Milan, Italy. It is powered by a 65-degree 999.6 cc (61 cu in) V-4 engine, the company’s first production four-cylinder engine. Aprilia launched the bike to race in the 2009 Superbike World Championship season.
Marisa Miller (born August 6, 1978) is an American model and actress best known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and her work for Victoria’s Secret. After a stint shooting with photographer Mario Testino for fashion magazines such as Vogue, Miller began working for both companies in 2002. In 2007, she became a Victoria’s Secret Angel, and graced the cover of the 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue to record-setting numbers.
Olivia Munn (born July 3, 1980) is an American actress, model, television personality, and author. She was credited as Lisa Munn in her early career, but since 2006, she has used the name Olivia Munn personally and professionally. Munn began her professional career in television journalism before becoming an actress. In 2006, Munn starred as Mily Acuna in the series Beyond the Break. She co-hosted Attack of the Show! from 2006 to 2010 and was a correspondent on The Daily Show from 2010 to 2011. Munn has also had supporting roles in various films and television series, including the film Mortdecai in 2015.
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The Aprilia Shiver 750 is a naked bike manufactured by Italian motorcycle manufacturer Aprilia. The motorcycle incorporates Ride by Wire Technology and a 90° V-twin engine. The Shiver is also available as a partially faired option known as the Shiver 750 GT, which was launched in 2009. The instrument panel features comprehensive gauges including a gear indicator.
Nicole Scherzinger (born Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente; June 29, 1978) is an American recording artist, songwriter, actress, and television personality. She rose to fame as the lead singer of the burlesque troupe turned-recording act, the Pussycat Dolls becoming one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time.
Throughout a career spanning over 13 years, she has had 3 UK number one singles, sold over 16 million albums and over 37 million singles worldwide and 16 million records as a solo artist, and a further 54 million with Pussycat Dolls. Since her first chart entry in 2005, Scherzinger has also scored 20 top 20 hits on the UK Singles Chart. Outside her work in the entertainment industry, Scherzinger has many other ventures like Herbal Essences, Müller and more. She is also an Ambassador for UNICEF and a Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics and is involved in charitable activities.
The BMW F series is a family of parallel-twin engine dual-sport motorcycles manufactured in Berlin, Germany by BMW Motorrad. This series includes the large range of GS models and several other types: the sport bike F800S (produced by BMW Motorrad from 2006 to 2010.), the sport touring F800ST and its sucessor F800GT, and the naked F800R.
The BMW F800GT is a sport touring motorcycle manufactured by BMW Motorrad since 2013. It is the successor to the F800ST, and joins the F-series range which includes the dual-sport F800GS and F700GS, and the naked F800R.
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The BMW F800ST is a sport touring motorcycle, made by BMW Motorrad from 2006 to 2013. Along with the closely related BMW F800S, other bikes in the F-bike range are the dual-sport F800GS, and the naked F800R. It has the same frame, engine, and suspension as the F800S, but differs primarily in fairing design and handlebar type. In 2013 it was replaced by the F800GT.
Launched in 2008, the GS range comprises the F650GS, F700GS, F800GS, and F800GSA. In 2012 the F700GS replaced the discontinued F650GS, and in 2013 the F800GSA was introduced with a 24-litre (5.3 imp gal; 6.3 US gal) fuel tank and a larger front fairing and screen. The F800GT, and F800S both have belt drive.
Confusingly, and contrary to industry convention, each model’s “number” does not refer to the engine capacity. Instead, each bike in the F-series range uses essentially the same 798 cc (48.7 cu in) engine, but with different power outputs and equipment levels. The parallel-twin engine was first used in the F800S, and is also used in the F800GT, F800R and F800ST, although these bikes are tuned to deliver peak power at a different RPM from the GS models. The GS models have longer suspension travel, needed for offroad use.
The F650GS name causes further confusion as it was previously used for a 652 cc (39.8 cu in) BMW bike fitted with a single-cylinder Rotax engine. It was produced from 2000–2007, then relaunched in 2009 as the G650GS, fitted with a Chinese-assembled engine of the same 652 cc capacity.
Emma Farquharson rides the F800GS around downtown Toronto
The BMW F700 GS is a motorcycle produced by German motorcycle manufacturer BMW from 2012, replacing the F650 GS. Presented at the BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (6 to 8 July 2012), this motorcycle is made for road use but that does not mind wheeling. BMW F700 GS is versatile and easy to handle, with a comfortable driving position.
Suzuki GSX-R750 is a family of 750 cc sports motorcycles from Suzuki’s GSX-R series of motorcycles. Looking like a Suzuki Endurance racer, it can be considered to be the first affordable, modern racer-replica suitable for road use. It was introduced at the Cologne Motorcycle Show in October 1984.
The air and oil cooled models can be divided into the first generation and second generation, colloquially referred to as ‘slabbies’ and ‘slingshots’ respectively. The 1985-1987 models featured very flat bodies compared to modern sport-bikes, hence the term ‘slab-sided’. The 1988-1991 (1992 USA) models are sometimes referred to as slingshots because the carburetors introduced in 1988 were marketed as slingshot carburetors (slingshot describes the cross section of the semi-flat slide carbs).
All models as of 1996 have employed Suzuki Ram Air Direct, meaning there are air intakes at the front that force air directly into the airbox.
The GSX-R750 (L1-L6) is the currently longest ever produced GSX-R 750 series without any major changes. New model, clean and sleek body style, new headlight, addition of Italian made Brembo brake calipers (front) and Nissin (back). The 2011 model is about 9 kilograms (20 lb) lighter than the previous year’s model. It has a “back torque limiting” clutch that allows for slicker downshifting. A lightweight Showa Big Piston Fork (BPF) comes standard along with a Showa rear shock. Features a more compacted instrument panel which was inspired by the GSX-R1000 instrument panel.
The Ducati Diavel is the second cruiser motorcycle from Ducati, after the Indiana of 1986–1990. The 2011 model year Diavel debuted in November 2010 at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan.
The engine is a retuned version of the 1,198.4 cc (73.13 cu in) Testastretta from the 1198 superbike, now called the Testastretta 11° for its 11° valve overlap (reduced from 41°).
Styling for the Diavel was developed in-house, although the project began under the leadership of Ducati’s previous design chief, Pierre Terblanche, who commissioned Glynn Kerr, freelance designer and design columnist for Motorcycle Consumer News, to produce the initial concept sketches. In the US, most Diavel buyers appear to be existing riders age 50 and over, with more women than usual attracted to the bike, and some Harley-Davidson owners, especially V-Rod riders, trading for the new Ducati power cruiser.
Ducati Diavel Cromo
Ducati Diavel Stripe (red) and Diavel Strada GP Edition (black)