In The News - Ninja400 in Canada, Ducati cruiser spied and others

Kawasaki Ninja 650R too big? Ninja 250R too small? Then the 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 400R should be juuussst right. Mechanically identical to the 650R with the exception of a smaller 399cc engine, the second littlest Ninja brings a useful price and performance drop which combines with the slick styling and reasonably high mechanical spec to create exactly the sort of appealing, unintimidating, affordable, broadly capable bike. The Ninja 400R was released in Canada where it's priced at $7,499 (CAD). Looking at the numbers, it's the torque to weight ratio that most separates the 400 and Kawasaki Ninja 250R, the larger bike will be less work to ride and less high-strung as a result. It also comes with a higher level of mechanical specification, namely two petal front brake discs, nicer suspension and a GP-style underslung exhaust. Visit the official Canadian Kawasaki Ninja 400 website.

For those that think the standard P120 FIGHTER isn't quite macho enough, American motorcycle manufacturer Confederate has just released an all-black version of the muscle-bound 160bhp brute. Dubbed the 'Black Flag, Confederate's stealth-like machine is mechanically identical to the standard P120, using the same 160bhp engine and aircraft-grade aluminum monocoque backbone chassis.Other top-notch stuff includes carbon ceramic brakes, carbon wheels, fully adjustable suspension and a hand-built close-ratio five-speed gearbox. View the limited edition P120 Fighter in the Confederate website
News of the Vyper first emerged a year ago, with a clay styling model appearing in MCN. That model appeared to adopt styling cues straight from the Monster. Recently, a radical new Ducati has been spotted prowling the streets of Italy, complete with dual-stacked exhaust and super-fat rear tyre. Complete with trellis frame, chunky single-sided swingarm and upside down forks, the covert machine is decked out in Ducati's not-so-covert tiger-stripe 'undercover' paint scheme. Could this be Ducati's much-rumoured big bore cruiser, or possibly a Desmosedici-engined Monster? It's a pity the driver didn't have the nouse to get alongside for a better look.
THIS DUCATI Hypermono concept has been produced by Italian design house, Sak Art in the hope that it will gain popularity and Ducati will seriously consider a modern day Supermono.Inspired by the road-legal Supermono Strada by Alistair Wager and the original Supermono designed by Pierre Terblanche in 1993. This modern concept is based around the original Supermono engine with a desmodromic four-valve cylinder head with a 549cc capacity pushing out 80bhp in a 130kg package. Essentially the Hypermono is based on the chassis of a Monster. Sak Art say their mission: 'is to create a harsh, challenging, stimulating bike designed to give the rider the nearest thing possible to a genuine motorcycle racer.'Sak have created the Hypermono concept with five different paint-schemes.
Strange name, but this is the 165bhp Brutale Cannonball, from Italian motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta. The naked 1098cc, which is being touted by MV as 'exclusively for racing', produces 20bhp more wallop than the standard Brutale 1090RR, thanks to various engine mods (new ECU, cylinder heads, hotter cams) as well as the nifty handmade titanium exhaust. No word on price but expect the new naked to cost a healthy dose more than the standard £13,950 Brutale 1090RR.
More horses, and of course less weight with components specifically designed for this bike to create the kit Cannonball: magazine unit, as tested, valves, cams and exhaust, now completely titanium with low output. Dynamically can not only increase the already high sporting abilities of the model, note that the engine is derived from the sporty F4. The goal was t have a supernaked sport bike. Attention to detail is remarkable and the bike has a very high quality finish.


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