Weekly wind-on: your roundup of the stories that mattered in motorbikes this week
This week, we got our hands on the brand-new BMW M1000RR homologation special on circuit at its UK launch. BMW haven’t wasted time and money adding shiny bits that will end up in the bin when race teams get hold of the bike anyway. What they have done is made it lighter, given it more power and a stronger more tuneable engine, tweaked the geometry and added aero wings.
Images of the new Zongshen Cyclone RX6 have emerged showing what the Chinese manufacturer has planned for Norton’s 650cc parallel-twin engine. They bought the rights to the motor five years ago but this middleweight adventure sports model is the first we have seen to make use of it.
Aprilia have updated the smallest members of their RS and Tuono model ranges, the 125 versions. The bikes get new styling to match the new 660 versions and the already updated V4 flagship models as well as a new engine and all-digital dash.
We’ve also ridden the 2021 Honda CBR650R which has been slightly tweaked for Euro5. The biggest change is that the bike now uses Showa Big Piston Forks but there are also slight changes to the styling and a new stainless rear hanger.
And finally, we heard from London biker Mina Bloomfield who decided she wasn’t going to let bike thieves get away with her ex’s motorbike easily. She bravely headed the location indicated by the bike’s tracker to secretly take pictures of the vehicle it was carried away in and acted as a lookout until the police arrived to recover it. If only there were more people like Mina in the world...
Also hot this week:
- Yamaha tease MT-07-based sportsbike
- Motorbike engine valve overlap explained
- Safety fears over driverless cars in the UK
- MV Agusta plan an electric bike by 2027
- Motorcycle Man film gets special screening