A New Video of the KTM 125 Duke

Obviously trying, a bit desperately, to appeal to the ‘yoof” generation KTM has a new video up of its soon to be released 125cc bike, The KTM 125 Duke.

Despite the video’s apparent target market this looks to be an efficient sporty looking machine, and hopefully will encourage more young people to take up riding in the face of drastically falling numbers of new bikers.


Tron Legacy Lightcycle Concept Art

Disney has released concept art for some of cinema’s most famous motorcycles, the Lightcycles from TRON.  These images are from the sequel TRON : LEGACY due to be released in December 2010 in 3D.  One of the earliest stories featured on Ride The Wild Wind was the unveiling of full size mock ups of the bikes at Comic-Con last year, see here.

The Lightcycle has been an inspiration for custom bike builders since it first appeared in the original 1982 movie with designs such as the iCare shown below.

Looking forward to seeing Lightcycles in action again this Xmas.. click for bigger images..

TRON for those who don’t know is a 1982 science fiction action film by Walt Disney Pictures.  It starred Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn (and his program counterpart inside the electronic world, Clu), Bruce Boxleitner as Tron and his User Alan Bradley, Cindy Morgan as Yori and Dr. Lora Baines, and Dan Shor as Ram. David Warner plays all three main antagonists: the program Sark, his User Ed Dillinger, and the voice of the Master Control Program. It was written and directed by Steven Lisberger.  Back in 1982 TRON was the film to see with the most startling special effects showing the early computer graphics that would become the biggest thing in movies.

In the sequel TRON : LEGACY Sam Flynn (Garret Hedlund), a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Bridges), a man once known as the world’s leading video-game developer. When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the old Flynn’s Arcade — a signal that could only come from his father– he finds himself pulled into a digital world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years. With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra (Wilde), father and son embark on a life-or-death journey across a cyber universe — a universe created by Kevin himself that has become far more advanced with vehicles, weapons, landscapes and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape.

New 2011 Triumph Speed Triple Appears (Briefly) On-line

Sharp sighted web surfers caught photos of the new 2011 Triumph Speed Triple in the accessories section of the company’s web site, for the brief amount of time they appeared.  The bike is due to be revealed next week but web site preparations have blown that carefully set up PR exercise.

Earlier reports of technical tweaks and little else weren’t totally accurate as it’s clear there’s new lights and styling cues to the highly successful naked.  Head over to MCN for a couple of more shots.

Somebody in Triumph’s IT department will be hiding under their desk..

Official Accessories for Triumph’s New Tiger Adventure Bike

Triumph has revealed some new accessories for its new Tiger adventure bikes.  A set of rugged looking panniers for touring, and a high touring screen are set to grace the bike as optional add-ons when they launch.

Triumph obviously realize that one of the great things about class leading adventure bikes, like the BMW GS range, is the vast array of bolt on bits and pieces, and are going for broke with their entry to the market.

With a 1200 GS killer spotted testing recently, Triumph intend an unprecedented assault for the hearts and minds of adventurers everywhere.

MCN has more pictures in it’s September 29th issue.

Suzuki’s New GSR750 for 2011

Suzuki has released a sketch of its on the horizon GSR750, due in 2011.

The middle weight naked should have a competitive price around the £6500 mark and feature a detuned GSX750 engine.  RTWW can’t help but feel though that a lot of these bikes are starting to look very similar, nice and all, but there are definately signs of a potential homogenized blandness creeping in around sharp plastic and angular headlights.  Have a look at the bikes below and see if you agree;

The Yamaha FZ8

The Kawasaki Z750R

The Aprilla Shiver

Ducati stands out with curvier styling however…

BMW 6 Cylinder Tourer Web Site

BMW has added more content about its upcoming 6-cylinder touring machines, The K1600 GT and K1600 GTL, to it’s Motorad website.  As usual BMW impresses with a dazzling array of technology features on these bikes and they should make a big splash when they debut, hopefully at the Milan show in November.

Check out the web site here – The BMW 6-Cylinder Legend

It’s Friday! Be Happy and Dance!

Editor Nick here.  Had to post this, I’m sorry but I just had to.  It’s a querk of mine to post a Friday Happy Dance on Twitter and Facebook every week and my good friends over at @ottawagoodtime sent me a Biker Friday Happy Dance.

On looking on YouTube it would appear there’s a whole subculture of dancing bikers posting videos of them suited and booted busting some moves.  Have you done this?  Send us a link in the comments below.  One of the videos you’ll have to watch on YouTube as embedding has been disabled but it’s worth it. Enjoy and Happy Friday! 🙂