Revised for 2012, the ridiculously powerful S1000RR gets a slightly modified suspension setup, new paint combos, and some new accessory choices. Why is it ridiculously powerful? Because BMW is claiming a maximum engine output of over 190 horsepower for the S1000RR. Factor in the fact that the bike has an unladen weight of some 200 kilograms, and you have a power-to-weight ratio worthy of a Formula One racer. Fortunately, it has several performance modes, so you can tone things down a little.
This Italian manufacturer recently got together with German skunkworks customizer AMG to produce the exclusive Diavel AMG Special Edition. As well as things like special carbon fibre body work, a one-off exhaust system, and special ribbed seating, the Diavel Special Edition will have the name of the technician who assembled it engraved on the engine casing, and each model will have its own limited production serial number. For the rest of us, Ducati is also bringing its Panigale to Vancouver, featuring superbike-calibre handling and braking, an 1199cc engine, and what Ducati describes as “the most extreme benchmark” the company has ever produced.
Speaking of engines, Harley’s new 103-cubic inch, twin camshaft V-twin will now be standard equipment on all Softail and Touring bikes, as well as some Dyna models. With some 100 foot-pounds of torque on tap, it will have sequential fuel injection and be mated to a six-speed transmission. Other changes for 2012 include the usual tweaks and refinements to models such as the Fat Boy Lo and Heritage Softail, and a new model in the form of the Switchback. This is essentially a Dyna with an Electra Glide front end, hard bags, and a windshield. Tagged as the FLD, it gets the aforementioned new engine.
Available right about now, the Stateline ABS cruiser, in Honda’s words,“blends two worlds of motorcycling style: traditional looks plus progressive elements.” The Stateline joins the Interstate cruiser, the Crossrunner sport tourer, and a slightly revamped CBR 1000RR—among others.