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GoPro and Forcite Helmets jointly disclosed a significant development in the form of a signed acquisition agreement, wherein GoPro is set to acquire Forcite Helmet Systems. While the completion of the deal is pending, it is anticipated to finalise in the first quarter of this year.

Both companies outlined their collaborative strategy, with immediate plans for their teams to continue working together seamlessly. GoPro expressed its intention to expedite Forcite’s vision of enhancing the safety and dynamism of motorcycle experiences through technologically advanced helmets, with a long-term objective of extending this technology to other helmet categories.

Aside from developing a GoPro-branded line of helmets, the company announced plans to collaborate with other leading helmet brands to integrate technology into their products.

Forcite Helmets, in a statement, shared the excitement about the acquisition and the prospect of joining forces with GoPro to scale their businesses and foster innovation. The Forcite team expressed their eagerness to contribute to the collaboration, citing GoPro’s global brand recognition and digital imaging expertise.

GoPro plans to reveal more details about the acquisition during its upcoming earnings call with investors scheduled for February, offering a comprehensive overview of the strategic move and its anticipated impact on the company’s future endeavours.

CFMoto is pushing the boundaries of motorcycle technology with its pursuit of an advanced electronically adjustable semi-active suspension system. This innovation, outlined in a recently disclosed patent application filed in 2022, envisions a cutting-edge setup that employs a front-facing camera to scan the road ahead. The captured images are then processed by a computer, which rapidly interprets the data and dynamically adjusts the suspension, pre-empting bumps and optimising the riding experience.

This concept mirrors advancements seen in the automotive industry, with Mercedes pioneering camera-based road-scanning systems like “Magic Body Control” and “Road Surface Scan” a decade ago. The idea of preemptive road-sensing technology dates back to the 1980s when Nissan introduced a sonar-based adaptive suspension utilising ultrasonic sensors.

In the realm of motorcycles, current semi-active suspension systems typically rely on stroke sensors within the suspension itself. These sensors monitor the suspension movements’ distance and speed, feeding data to a computer that adjusts damper settings in real-time. CFMoto’s patent marks a departure from this norm, introducing a camera-based approach to read the road surface.

The patent showcases this active suspension system in CFMoto’s 1250 TR-G, a flagship model primarily utilised by law enforcement in the British market. This motorcycle, with its BMW-inspired design, conceals a 1,279cc V-twin engine developed in collaboration with KTM. CFMoto and KTM have a joint venture, allowing CFMoto to incorporate KTM’s engine designs into various models, including the 1250 TR-G.

The current iteration of the 1250 TR-G, produced since 2020 and just recently introduced in the Malaysian market, boasts a host of technological features, including a substantial 12.3-inch TFT instrument panel, keyless start, tyre-pressure monitoring, built-in navigation, and a radar system. Despite initially being equipped with non-active Marzocchi parts, the latest patent indicates CFMoto’s inclination towards incorporating active suspension, potentially elevating the bike’s performance further.

The patent details a shock absorber control system incorporating a camera to capture road surface information, enabling adjustments to the front and rear shock absorbers’ damping based on the transmitted data. The document delves into the technical aspects of damping adjustment, featuring adjustable valves in the fork and an actuator in the rear shock that alters oil pressure and volume in response to road conditions.

While the patent showcases this technology on the 1250 TR-G, there’s potential for its integration into other CFMoto models, including those available in the UK, opening up new possibilities for enhanced riding experiences across the brand’s lineup.

After years of waiting and months of teasing, Triumph has finally unveiled the all-new Daytona 660.

The new Daytona is set to carry on the character of its predecessor and promises an exhilarating sports performance experience coupled with top-notch quality, capability, and specifications, the new Daytona 660 also showcases a significant evolution of Triumph’s distinctive 660cc triple engine.

 

The revamped engine now boasts 95PS peak power at 11,250rpm and 69Nm of peak torque at 12,650rpm, offering a seamless, responsive, and linear delivery of power across the entire spectrum.

With a 17% increase in power and a 9% boost in torque compared to its counterpart, the Trident (which also uses the same engine), the Daytona 660 comes equipped with a fresh exhaust system featuring 3 into 1 headers and a compact underslung exhaust, producing a distinctive and unmistakable sports soundtrack.

The new bike’s chassis is described as well-balanced, combined with agile sports handling, and is said to ensure an unmistakable riding experience. Showa upside-down big piston 41mm forks, Showa preload adjustable monoshock RSU, and radial four-piston brakes with twin 310mm discs and braided brake lines enhance the bike’s performance. Michelin’s new Power 6 tires further contribute to the exceptional ride quality.

Boasting a rider-friendly design, the Daytona 660 features a 810mm seat height, narrow stand-over, and optimized bar and footpeg positions. Rider-focused technology includes three riding modes (Sport, Road, and Rain) that optimize throttle response and traction control settings, along with an Emergency Deceleration Warning system that activates hazard lights during heavy braking.

The bike’s multi-functional instruments include a color TFT screen integrated into a white-on-black LCD display, compatible with the My Triumph Connectivity System. This system enables turn-by-turn navigation, phone interaction, and music control, all easily accessible through the switchgear for added convenience while riding.

The Daytona’s iconic design DNA receives a fresh interpretation with a bold and aggressive stance, highlighted by distinctive twin LED headlights and minimal bodywork. The three available color options feature a striking ‘660’ race-inspired graphic, adding to the bike’s allure.

As expected from Triumph, the Daytona 660 offers more than 30 Genuine Triumph Accessories, allowing riders to tailor their bike for enhanced performance, comfort, style, and practicality.

With a 16,000-km service interval, a two-year unlimited mileage warranty, and strong residual values, Triumph ensures a competitive cost of ownership.

Speaking of cost, there is no word on pricing as yet.

Honda has recently unveiled significant technical updates for its 2024 CBR1000RR-R SP Fireblade, enhancing its performance capabilities. However, a new patent application suggests that the company is also working on visual revisions aimed at increasing downforce while minimizing drag.

One noticeable change to the 2024 CBR1000RR-R SP is the adoption of MotoGP-inspired hoop-style winglets on the front, replacing the previous side-mounted versions. While these winglets contribute to increased front-end downforce, they also introduce additional drag compared to a cleaner fairing design.


The patent application reveals a redesigned shape that aims to strike a balance between reducing drag and maintaining downforce. The innovative design relocates the winglets closer together in the bike’s nose, utilizing a system of intakes and vents to direct air over internal surfaces within the nose.

Honda’s patent explains that by incorporating inverted wing shapes into the front cowl, downforce can be increased without the need for additional wings, ultimately reducing aerodynamic drag. The result is improved motion performance, including maximum speed and acceleration, leading to enhanced fuel consumption performance.

Key visible components of the new design include prominent intakes on each side of the screen near the handlebars and a secondary set of intakes lower down inside the concave section just below the nose’s leading edge. The internal bodywork’s shape, revealed in one drawing in the patent application, showcases an aggressively angled wing profile.

Apart from creating downforce and reducing frontal area, the design claims to offer additional aerodynamic benefits by directing airflow more efficiently over and around the rider. The patent suggests that the discharged air serves as an air curtain, reducing wind protection for the rider and minimizing the bike’s frontal size when viewed head-on, resulting in further drag reduction.

While the patent drawings feature the CBR1000RR-R SP, Honda emphasizes the adaptability of this design for various supersport-style bikes. By securing a patent for this innovative approach, Honda aims to prevent competitors from replicating the same advancements in their designs.

While GPX may not have gained widespread popularity in Malaysia, its bikes have garnered quite a bit of attention for their retro styling, decent technology, and budget-friendly prices.

Established in 2007 in Thailand and assembled in Malaysia by Mofaz Group, GPX offers a diverse range of retro-inspired motorcycles marketed under various brand names. The latest addition to their lineup is the GTM250R, a model specifically designed for the Japanese market.

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For adventure bike buyers, the scene is about to get even more exciting than it already is. The segment was once dominated by the likes of the BMW GS and the Ducati Multistrada, but the industry is changing thanks to a surge of options for budget-conscious riders.

The Japanese brands have their own fair share of pocket friendly machines, but when it comes to offering feature packed models at a budget, it is difficult to beat the Chinese with the likes of Benelli, CFMoto and now Kove (pronounced as Ko-Vey).

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Pierer Mobility Group, now the leading European two-wheel manufacturer after acquiring KTM, achieved notable success in the first half of 2023 with 190,293 bikes sold — a 16.5 percent increase from 2022.

Looking ahead to 2024 and according to reports circulating the web, the group aims to strengthen its position by selling the R Raymon and Felt bicycle brands and focusing on Husqvarna and GasGas e-bicycle production.

This strategic decision concentrates efforts on the core motorcycle brands: KTM, GasGas, Husqvarna, and MV Agusta. Simultaneously, the group plans to cut 300 jobs in Austrian plants and shift production to partnerships in India (with Bajaj) and China (with CFMoto), along with relocating some R&D activities.

This move is prompted by an analysis of Europe’s economic situation, anticipating a 2024 contraction, particularly with the European Central Bank maintaining current interest rates. Despite economic challenges, the group’s solid liquidity enables support for dealers and suppliers, making 2024 a consolidation year.

The decision to relocate production to China is justified by a positive collaboration with CFMoto. The 790 Duke and 790 Adventure mid-displacement models have already been moved to China, capitalizing on lower production costs and enhancing KTM’s presence in Far East markets.

Pierer Mobility Group and CFMoto plan to double joint production from 50,000 to 100,000 units. The board remains optimistic about maintaining 2023 sales levels in 2024, targeting an EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes) margin of 5 to 7 percent. To ensure profitability, the management plans double-digit million cost-cutting measures in 2024.

Expressing confidence in MV Agusta’s legacy, Pierer Mobility Group highlights the success of the new MV Agusta LXP Orioli adventure model with a 900cc three-cylinder engine. To boost MV Agusta’s global presence, models will be distributed through the Pierer Mobility Group dealer network.

Finally, the call option for KTM AG to acquire a majority stake in MV Agusta, based on the annual financial statements as of December 31, 2025, will be exercised in spring 2026—a significant turning point for the Italian legend, ending years of financial uncertainty.

An upcoming Kawasaki hybrid motorcycle has been uncovered through new patent illustrations. The images, disclosed by the Italian publication Motociclismo, depict a bike based on the Kawasaki Versys touring model, yet distinguished by the integration of a hybrid power unit, departing from the conventional internal combustion engine.

This development aligns with Kawasaki’s existing hybrid offerings, namely the faired Ninja 7 Hybrid and the naked Z 7 Hybrid. The hybrid system comprises a 9kW electric motor working in tandem with a 451cc parallel twin-cylinder combustion engine.

The prospective ‘Versys Hybrid’ signifies a departure from Kawasaki’s current partially electric models, the Ninja 7 Hybrid and Z 7 Hybrid, which cater to the sports and naked categories, respectively. These categories prioritize performance over extended journeys, unlike the touring segment.

The significance of a hybrid in the touring context goes beyond mere range considerations. While a hybrid ensures continued operation once the battery is depleted, its advantage lies in maintaining robust performance during lengthy rides—an assurance that traditional power units, relying on a single power source for the rear wheel, offer.

Despite the seemingly modest 1.4kWh battery employed in the Ninja 7 Hybrid and Z 7 Hybrid, Kawasaki couples it with the 451cc parallel twin, delivering 69bhp to the rear wheel in both models. This output, slightly surpassing the Versys 650’s 66bhp, emphasizes the potential for sustained performance over extended distances.

While Kawasaki has yet to commit to a complete transition from combustion models to hybrids with comparable performance, the efficacy of a hybrid Versys over extended distances, coupled with Kawasaki’s assertion of 250cc-like fuel consumption from its existing hybrid bikes, suggests the possibility of the Versys 650 being considered for such an innovative transformation.

In the wake of a recent announcement detailing an upcoming project featuring a lineup of off-road models set to debut in the near future, Ducati has positioned itself to harness the competitive spirit of national motocross competitions as a pivotal component of its product development strategy.

With plans to enter the fray as early as 2024, the initiative includes fielding a 450 prototype entrusted to Alessandro Lupino, with the expertise of Antonio Cairoli contributing as the high-performance test rider.

Responding to this dynamic venture, Ducati has officially established the Off-Road Division within Ducati Corse. This newly formed division will be responsible for the orchestration and oversight of the comprehensive sporting program, encompassing participation in the MXGP World Championship and the AMA Supercross Championship in the forthcoming years.

Paolo Ciabatti, who served as the Sporting Director of Ducati Corse from 2013 to 2023, has been appointed as the General Manager of the newly minted Ducati Corse Off-Road. Tasked with propelling the Borgo Panigale company to triumph in the realm of off-road racing, Ciabatti will report directly to the CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, Claudio Domenicali.

In addition to his new role, Ciabatti will retain responsibilities for coordinating Ducati’s sporting endeavors in prominent national SBK and SSP championships, including MotoAmerica, British Superbike, All Japan Superbike, Australian Superbike, and CIV throughout 2024.

Meanwhile, Mauro Grassilli, currently the Head of Marketing and Sponsorships at Ducati Corse, is set to assume the multifaceted role of Sporting, Marketing, and Communications Director within Ducati Corse. Reporting directly to Ducati Corse General Manager Luigi Dall’Igna, Grassilli will play a pivotal role in steering the strategic direction of Ducati’s involvement in off-road racing.

Ducati Corse says that it remains unwavering in its commitment to managing the MotoGP and WorldSBK championships concurrently. The overarching objective is to build upon the remarkable string of successes that has become synonymous with the Borgo Panigale company.

Have you wanted to learn how to ride on track or simply polish your track riding skills? While there are many riding schools around the world that say they can make you a better rider (and some that truly can), you rarely get to learn from a former MotoGP rider.

But that is what you can do with KTM’s upcoming ‘Academy of Speed’ set to debut in the summer of 2024.

Taking place at the Salzburgring, Red Bull Ring, and the Slovakiaring, the Academy of Speed is open to riders of all levels, from novices to seasoned racers, and provides a unique opportunity for enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the world of high-performance riding.

The ‘Pro’ level package, priced at €3490, spans two days on the track and includes exclusive access to MotoGP-inspired pit boxes. Participants at this level can also benefit from valuable insights provided by KTM’s factory MotoGP test riders, Mika Kallio and Dani Pedrosa.

The Academy of Speed offers three distinct levels tailored to riders’ experience levels, each package ensuring a comprehensive and enriching experience. The ‘Rookies’ level, priced at €450, is designed for individuals with minimal or no track experience, providing a one-day event featuring off-track technical skills and safety training, culminating in a thrilling 20-minute on-track session.

For ‘Ambitious Amateurs’ seeking to elevate their riding prowess, the €890 one-day event is the perfect fit. Geared towards riders beyond the beginner stage, this package includes technical skill training and three on-track sessions in the afternoon to refine and enhance techniques and racing skills.

At the core of the Academy of Speed is the commitment to cater to riders at every level. Instructors and KTM ambassadors will be on hand to provide guidance, while MotoGP stars and former GP racer and team manager, Mike Leitner, will offer coaching both on and off the track.

The event is scheduled to take place at the three iconic locations: Salzburgring, Austria, on June 20-21; Red Bull Ring, Austria, on July 17-18; and Slovakia Ring, Slovakia, on September 4-5.

Additionally, each package includes an evening dinner and entertainment to complement the thrilling on-track action, ensuring an unforgettable and holistic motorcycling experience. Find out more about KTM’s Academy of Speed here.

Following the emergence of spyshots in August 2023, Triumph is said to be prepared to unveil the Daytona 660 sportsbike on Tuesday, January 9th.

The revelation came through a teaser image on social media, featuring a sleek sportsbike silhouette with dual LED headlights.

Although there’s no official confirmation regarding the new model, previous photographs circulating online seemed to depict a faired Daytona model based on the existing Trident 660 and Tiger Sport 660 platform, utilizing the same three-cylinder 660cc engine. This assumption is further supported by a Triumph website landing page prominently displaying ‘660’ in large font in the background.

Unlike its predecessors, this Daytona is expected to offer a more comfortable approach to the sportsbike scene, designed for everyday riding and likely to compete with machines such as Honda’s CBR650R, Yamaha’s R7, and Suzuki’s latest GSX-8R parallel twin.

The spyshots from August are said to have revealed the prototype with identical left-hand engine cover, along with a matching exhaust collector box, swingarm, and front end. It is also anticipated to house a 660cc triple engine, generating approximately 80bhp.

The design is likely to feature new bodywork, including full sports fairing reminiscent of the now-defunct Daytona 675. Additionally, expect new side panels and a seat unit, as well as a redesigned tank to accommodate the sportsbike’s steering lock, avoiding interference with the Trident’s more bulbous design.

Given its Trident 660 underpinnings, the new Daytona is expected to share some of its basic electronics, such as two rider modes and switchable traction control. The suspension setup is likely to include non-adjustable Showa 41mm inverted forks and a preload-adjustable rear monoshock, coupled with dual Nissin twin-piston brakes.

Triumph has remained tight-lipped about the details during the time the spy images were captured, heightening anticipation for the January reveal.

Fantic’s Caballero bikes are getting a makeover for 2024, bringing in some cool new features while keeping their classic look. These bikes, the Caballero 125 and 500, are known for their rugged, retro style and powerful single-cylinder engines.

Even though the outside looks the same with that cool, vintage design – there are some awesome changes inside. One big update is the super-bright LED headlight with 24 LEDs, making it easy to see on even the darkest roads. The turn signals and tail light also use LED technology, making it more visible when it’s not so bright out.

Inside the cockpit, where you control everything, there’s a new 4-inch LCD display. This display shows you important things like what gear you’re in, how fast you’re going, and the temperature. Plus, you can connect your smartphone to it through Bluetooth, so you won’t miss any calls or notifications while you’re cruising.

In terms of power, the engine got a bit of a tune-up to make it run even smoother. The Caballero 500 got a new map to make the throttle response better. The 125 still has the Minarelli engine with variable valve timing.

But it’s not just about looking good and going fast. They’ve made the Caballero lighter and more agile. The 2024 models have a new aluminum swingarm, which is both stronger and lighter than the old steel one. The Caballero 500 now weighs just 149 kilograms without fuel, making it one of the lighter bikes in its class.

The bikes come with dual-channel ABS, which you can turn off if you want to go off-road. There’s also a new app called Fantic Garage, where you can control and monitor your bike’s features and maintenance using your smartphone.

Both bikes will be launched in 2024. As for when they will be introduced in Malaysia, there really is no telling. We first reported about the setting up of the company back in 2022, and a quick check online has shown that the company has been registered. But there has been no news since then, so it is unclear if the bikes will be made available in Malaysia. 

 

 

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