Aug. 9, 2010 – A sneak peak at 2011 models


Ducati has announced a new middleweight sport bike: the 2011 848EVO Superbike.

The new model, which weighs only 369 pounds and is propelled by 140 hp and 72 pounds feet of torque, is the most powerful motorcycle in its category, according to Ducati.

The 848EVO is based upon Ducati’s best-ever selling middleweight superbike, the 848.

The 848EVO is expected to be available in North American dealerships at the end of August. MSRP will remain unchanged from the 2010 848 it replaces: $12,995 for the “Dark” edition, and $13,995 for Ducati Red.

Along with the “EVO” designation comes a significant amount of upgrades based on AMA Pro Racing feedback and consumer demand.

At the heart of the 848EVO is the Testastretta Evoluzione engine, significantly redesigned for a higher power output. All new cylinder heads, pistons, throttle bodies and camshafts combine for a forceful output of 140 hp at 10,500 rpm and 72.3 pounds feet of torque at 9,750 rpm.

In addition to the more powerful engine, the 848EVO’s chassis and braking systems have been upgraded. A cross-mounted steering damper has been added for greater control of the steering system, and the addition of Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires will ensure maximum grip while delivering every last horsepower to the asphalt.


Harley-Davidson’s 2011 lineup will include at least three new models, the new SuperLow, XR1200X and the Road Glide Ultra.

The new SuperLow combines revised front-end geometry, new wheels and tires with a reshaped seat and handlebars to achieve well-balanced handling and comfort.

The new Road Glide Ultra features a frame-mounted fairing and luxury touring accommodations. Powered by a Twin Cam 103 engine, this bike comes equipped with a King Tour-Pak luggage carrier, vented fairing lowers, ABS, Harley-Davidson Smart Security System, cruise control, and a four-speaker, 80-watt Harman/Kardon Advanced Audio System.

The new XR1200X has adjustable front and rear suspension, floating front brake rotors and the 1200cc Evolution V-twin engine.

Select Touring models gain power and technology with the new Harley-Davidson PowerPak, which bundles the Twin Cam 103 engine with ABS and the H-D Smart Security System.


2011 Harley-Davidson Softail models, except Cross Bones, are now available with optional ABS.

The 2011 VRSC power-cruisers are available with a new Security Package option, which bundles ABS with a Smart Security System for greater value. Michelin Scorcher tires and new colors and graphics round out changes to the Night Rod Special and the V-Rod Muscle.

Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations offers four limited-production units for 2011:

  • The new CVO Road Glide Ultra features a Road Tech zumo 660 GPS navigation system, upgraded Harman/Kardon Advanced Audio system with BOOM! Bagger speakers and an 8GB iPod nano and dock, and a two-up suspended touring seat with dual heat controls.
  • The CVO Street Glide rolls on a new 19-inch Agitator front wheel, and new ventilated fairing lowers house two of the six speakers that are part of a 100-watt-per-channel audio system that incorporates an 8GB iPod nano with dock.
  • The CVO Softail Convertible has a new audio system that integrates 3.5-inch speakers and a 20-watt-per-channel amplifier into a redesigned inner fairing. Music is delivered by an 8GB iPod nano stored in a protective pouch. Also new is a 1.25-inch welded mini-ape handlebar, Electronic Throttle Control (ETC), cruise control, keyless ignition and ABS.
  • The CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide has a new suspended, heated, two-up seat with leather inserts. Dual mufflers feature new chrome billet end caps with black spears, and new mirrors are finished in mirror chrome.


    Honda Motor Co. recently provided dealers a glimpse of what’s to come for 2011 models.

    “Honda is ramping up its release of 2011 models,” said Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino. “We’re proud to unveil our newest race bikes, the CRF450R and CRF250R motocrossers, plus a wide assortment of Honda off-road machines that have remained extremely popular with recreational riders over the years.”

    Here are some of the 2011 models unveiled:

    CRF450R — Tweaks to the engine tuning broaden the powerband, providing more low-end pull and mid-range grunt, while also enhancing throttle response via a new throttle body.

    CRF250R — Changes to engine tuning give the bike a stronger bottom-end and mid-range hit. The 2011 model also features a new muffler that meets sound levels of 94 dB required by some racing organizations.

    CRF70F and CRF50F — Both models return to the lineup in 2011. Featuring an automatic clutch, low seat height and a three-speed transmission, the models are expected to be available in red beginning in October.


    At a recent dealer meeting held at Mid-Ohio in conjunction with AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, Husqvarna took the wraps off a couple more 2011 models.

    The new models — WR250 and WR300 — demonstrate Husqvarna’s ongoing commitment to two strokes.

    A series of subtle upgrades to the WR250 and WR300 learned from World Enduro racing have been incorporated. Compared on the 2010 models, readily visible changes include new graphics, new rear racing mudguard with an integrated LED tail light and a new reinforced mount for the headlight/front number plate.

    Less visible, but even more important from a technical point of view is the new Ducati Energia ignition. Borrowing from MotoGP championship-winning technology, this ignition allows for smoother power delivery and improved performance for both WR250 and WR300 displacements.

    In addition to the engine improvements, both bikes get revised rear suspension settings, as well as improved airboxes.


    American Suzuki released its first wave of motorcycle and ATV models for 2011.

    Suzuki will soon ship the 2011 V-Strom 650 ABS, DR650SE, DR-Z400S, Boulevard S40, RM-Z250, RM-Z450, TU250, Boulevard M109R, Boulevard M109R Limited and 2010 RM85 for up-and-coming motocross riders.

    The company will offer several cruisers for 2011, including the Boulevard M109R, entry-level Boulevard S40 as well as the retro-styled standard TU250. The S40 will be available in two new color schemes, orange and black, or white and silver. For the dual sport category, Suzuki will offer the DR650SE and the DR-Z400S for 2011.

    Suzuki is also celebrating its 50th anniversary of international racing this summer.


    Victory Motorcycles recently showed off a number of additions to its 2011 lineup to dealers in Orlando, Fla., including the Cross Roads Custom.

    The new touring bike will feature air-adjust rear suspension, dual disk front brakes and inverted forks.

    Victory also revealed it will provide its 106-cubic inch, 6-speed transmission Freedom V-Twin engine for each of its 2011 models. The company will provide two versions of the engine.

    There’s also a new custom program. The consumer can select bike color, saddlebag style, highway bar style and possibly a windshield. All totaled, there are 48 possible combinations. psb

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