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Off-road riders and race fans will be please to know that World Cup cross country rallying returns to the UAE next month with the Dubai International Baja. The race, which will take place in the Al Qudra desert from 7thto 9th March, has been organised under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, and will feature a mix of cars, buggies and bikes across the gruelling terrain. A number of riders and drivers are flying in from overseas to compete in the race , which forms the opening round of this year’s FIM Bajas World Cup for bikes and quads,and the second round of the 2019 FIA World Cup for Cross Country Bajas for cars and buggies. Last year’s event brought a breakthrough for top Emirati rider Mohammed Al Balooshi who captured his first World Cup bikes title to add to a string of Arab motocross championship…

Indian Motorcycle clearly knows its customer’s like their bikes loud and with the right bits of kit, as the brand has announced the range-topping 2019 FTR 1200 S Race Replica will be launched exclusively with an Akrapovič exhaust as standard. Limited to the first year’s production of the FTR 1200 S in Race Replica paint, the offer includes the Akrapovič low-mount exhaust in titanium and stainless construction with a protective black matte carbon fibre heat shield. The slip-on pipe adds to the flat track styling of the FTR delivering a soundtrack to match the looks. The exhaust was revealed during the FTR 1200 launch party at INTERMOT back in October last year, with the part forming one of the many items listed in the sprawling customization catalogue. Owners can mix and match from the many options to create their own, truly unique FTR 1200. But for the first year at…

If you have a budding young Marquez or Rossi riding around your back garden take note. Yamaha has launched the R3 bLU cRU European Cup as it aims to find motorcycle racing’s future world champions.The Yamaha R3 bLU cRU European Cup will be a series of seven races that include the major grand prix and world superbike circuits, such as Jerez and Portimao with rounds in the Czech Republic, Italy, Sweden, France and Hungary. All riders will use the Yamaha YZF-R3 equipped with a race kit.There will be an entry level class for riders from 13 to 19 years-old called the bLU cRU category, while an open class will give access to older riders. An all-inclusive package has been priced at €22,000 per rider, which includes registration, the motorcycle itself and assistance. For the inaugural season the first 25 finishers in the overall standings will take home the YZF-R3. The…

If you have a fondness for the ultra-rare or the risk of meeting someone else who has the same special edition superbike as you is too much to bear, then you’re in luck. Silverstone Auctions will be offering the first ever public auction of a Foggy Petronas FP1 road bike on February 23, at the Race Retro Classic Car Sale. However, you’ll need deep pockets as the bike is expected to reach £30-35,000. In case you don’t know what a Foggy Petronas is, let’s give you some background. The bike came about as a result of an ambitious plan between Petronas and four-time World Superbike champion, Carl Fogarty. In order to abide by homologation rules and be eligible to race the partnership had to manufacture 150 road-going versions of its three-cylinder, fire-spitting FP1 racer. The bikes were manufactured by Essex-based engineering firm, MSX International, around a Suter Racing 899.5cc four-stroke, triple…

Ducati’s Borgo Panigale plant has started production of the new Diavel 1260. The first bike, which was unveiled at the EICMA show in 2018, rolled off the line on 21st January. As is the tradition, the first bike was greeted by the entire factory with a toast and an official speech by CEO Claudio Domenicali and Production Manager Silvano Fini. The Diavel 1260 is the second generation of the unusual bike, which has a new design and higher performance. Equipped with the Testastretta DVT 1262 engine, it also has an upgraded chassis set-up, including Bosch Cornering ABS. The Diavel 1260 is also available as a sportier S version featuring Öhlins suspension, dedicated wheels, an even higher-performing braking system and Ducati Quick Shift.The Diavel 1260 is available in Sandstone Grey, while the Diavel 1260 S goes on sale in Sandstone Grey or Thrilling Black & Dark Stealth. The new bike will be at dealerships…

The covers have finally been pulled off the Panigale V4R. The V4R is the 1000cc version of the Panigale V4 and Panigale V4S (which are both 1100cc). The V4R is the racing steed of the Panigale range and will be taking on the competition in WorkdSBK and BSB from 2019. Engine 221 HP @ 15,250 RPM (16,500 RPM limiter)81×48.4mm bore and strokeTitanium conrods (-100g each)New crank, 1.1kg lighterForged pistonsNew camshaftBigger inlet valves and ductsBigger throttle boddies (+4mm) and dedicated trumpetsNew oil pump & lighter rotorValve service @ 15,000 miles What’s really rude though is that if you whip the Euro4 compliant exhaust off, replace it with a full system and remove some road-going bits like mirrors and numberplate hangers, it’ll make 234 HP and weigh just 165KG. Chassis and frame Full aero package for stability, front-end feeling, anti-wheelie and better wind protection3 positions for the adjustable swingarmOhlins TTX36 shockOhlin NPX…

Harley-Davidson’s CVO range is well known for causing a stir amongst brand fans, but 2019 looks like being a vintage year with three new stunning models being released. All the new 2019 models come with the Milwaukee-Eight 117 engine, which is exclusive to CVO models and features 117 cubic inch displacement, a high-performance camshaft and intake, an elevated 10.2:1 compression ratio and produces up to 125 ft. lbs. of torque. The bikes also get the new Boom! Box GTS infotainment system as standard. This system features a wireless headset with Bluetooth interface, eliminating any cables and enabling the same functions as a wired headset with premium sound quality. The headset has a range of up to one mile and can communicate with up to eight other compatible headsets. The new 2019 CVO Limited now comes with a blaze red band on engine rocker boxes, Tomahawk 19-inch front and 18-inch rear…

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company founded in 1901, has announced its 2019 Scout lineup with new paint options on Scout Sixty, Scout and Scout Bobber. Also new for 2019, The Scout and Scout Bobber will receive a USB charging port located near the speedometer, a convenient and easy access feature that allows owners to charge a personal device while riding. “The iconic Indian Scout family is a favourite amongst riders across the globe,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director for Indian Motorcycle. “Since the addition of the Scout Bobber in July 2017, we’ve continued to evolve our Scout offering to meet the tastes of various riders, whether they prefer the heritage-inspired look of Scout Sixty and Scout or the stripped-down, blacked-out attitude of Scout Bobber. The refinements we’ve made for 2019 and the new paint options accentuate the wide appeal of the Scout line.” Colour options for the Scout Sixty,…

Harley-Davidson has taken inspiration from the drag strip for its latest offering, the all-new FXDR 114. The new power cruiser combines the unrelenting torque of the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine with a bunch of weight-saving applications, including the use of aluminium and composite components. The FXDR 114 is the tenth Harley-Davidson based on the Softail platform introduced in 2018 and the latest in a line of 100 high-impact motorcycles the company plans to introduce by 2027. “The look of the FXDR 114 expresses its performance potential and highlights the technical features that set it apart from the rest of the Softail line-up,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice President of Styling and Design. “The drag-bike influence is strong with the raked and inverted front end, massive intake and exhaust, proportional contrast between the wheels and the clipped tail section. But we made sure that purely technical elements like the aluminium swingarm, fully…

As part of the 47thUAE National Day celebrations, record breaking rider Lotfi Hamrouni broke his own world record for “The Greatest Distance on Motorcycle in 24 hours” as an individual on public roads. He also set a new world record for “The Greatest Distance in 47 Hours” as an individual in a single country. Lotfi had embarked on his epic ride on Thursday 6thDecember at 5pm. He then rode a KTM 1290 Super Adventure S right through, first breaking his own 24 hours record by 375 kms. He then pressed on to set his second World Record for “The Greatest Distance in 47 Hours” in a single country, covering a total distance of 5,325 kms. On finally returning to the Festival, Lotfi was welcomed by officials from the Emirates Touring Club (ETC), Emirates Motor Sports Federation (EMSF), and KTM UAE. “My advice to everyone is to dream big, believe in…