Intermot 2014 round-up

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The annual Intermot bike show in Cologne Germany did not disappoint. 2015 is going to be an amazing year for motorcycles. Every year I think that there aren’t more ways that manufacturers can improve on their design or engines, and every year they prove me wrong. I’ve compiled a list of my favourites for 2015.

2015 BMW S1000RR

P90161939_highResI’m actually not such a big fan of P90161958_highResthe styling of the new 2015 model S1000RR, but I know a lot of people would disagree with me. The exhaust is absolutely hideous and would be the first thing I get rid of if I were to buy one of these puppies. I also don’t like what they’ve done to the instrument cluster. The digital TFT display eats away part of the tachometer and in my opinion makes it look rather P90162178_highRescheap. BMW managed to squeeze out six more horses and 4kW from the engine. It now produces 146 kW (199 hp), and is 4kg lighter than the 2014 model. In addition to race spec ABS brakes, Automatic Stability Control now comes as standard. Other riding aids include Dynamic Traction Control, launch control, and a pit-lane speed limiter and a lean angle sensor. One of the new features added to next year’s bike is the cruise control. BMW refers to it as an electronic speed control.

 

2015 BMW R1200RS

P90163607_highRes P90163630_highRes P90163604_highResThis one was by far the biggest surprise to me, I absolutely love the new-look R1200RS. What an incredibly stunning piece of German engineering. At the heart of the bike is an engine that develops 92 kW (125 hp) at 7,750 rpm and develops its peak torque of 125 Nm at 6,500 rpm. The 2015 R1200RS comes with four riding modes, “Rain”, “Road”, “Dynamic”, “User”. Apart from standard ABS, you also have Automatic Stability Control, Dynamic Traction Control and a lean angle sensor to tell you if you’re pushing a little too hard. One of the biggest differences is the new upside-down telescopic fork at the front instead of classic BMW Telelever suspension. There is still a traditional analogue speedometer, but it is accompanied but a TFT display showing a wide array of information.

 

2015 Triumph Street Tripe RX Special Edition

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The bike will have a 675cc three-cylinder engine that will produce 105 hp and 68Nm or torque. You have fully adjustable suspension front and rear. Nissin brakes, with four piston radial-mount calipers with ABS. The bike comes equipped with a quick shifter to compliment the close-ratio six-speed gearbox.

2015 Ducati Scrambler

1__4_This is Ducati’s take on Triumph’s scrambler. The Ducati have an 803cc oil-and-air coold L-twin that makes 75 hp. No doubt that hipsters will queue to buy one of these as soon as they are released.

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2015 VFR800X Crosrunner

782cc V4 with 105 hp and 75Nm. Five stage heated grips, self-cancelling indicators, height-adjustable seat as well as ABS are standard on the Crossrunner. Available factory accessories include a quickshifter, integrated panniers, top box, rear carrier, front and side engine bars, fog lights and a few other bits and bobs.

2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure

1301cc 8-valve liquid-cooled V-twin with service intervals of 15 000km. The bike produces an impressive 160bhp and 140Nm of torque, with ride-by-wire throttle control the engine gives a smooth, linear power delivery.

2015 Suzuki GSX-S1000F

The S1000F is powered by a retuned detuned version of the GSX-R’s 999cc inline-four, which according to Suzuki provides “smooth throttle response and immediate, controlled acceleration.” No power figures are quoted as yet.

2015 Suzuki GSX-R1000

Besides ABS and a new paintjob, nothing much has changed.

About the author

Buks has had a passion for two-wheels since childhood. After his first motorcycle, a fire-breathing two-stroke Yamaha TZR250, he realized he was hooked. When Buks isn't writing for UltimateVelocity he enjoys practicing martial arts, gardening and spending time with his family.