The 2011 Ducati Monster 796 Street Bike is slotted between the motorcycle-maker’s 696 and 1100. This is a street bike that can be used by riders of all sizes thanks to tapered aluminum handlebars and drop in seat height. This monster bike has all sorts of stopping power with its Brembo master cylinder and with its exhaust system changes; Ducati expects this street bike to crank out 87 horsepower and 58 pounds feet of torque. It’s a great addition to the line. (source: www.motorcycle-usa.com)
The 2011 Triumph Sprint GT 1050 is a sport/touring motorcycle that has more than enough power for anyone who wants to go offroad, but is also comfortable enough for the rider who wants to stay on the highway. Keys to the Sprint GT are the increase in storage, as well as an increase in rider comfort. Triumph puts its engine size at 1050 cc with horsepower at 130. Jim Collins, Triumph’s marketing guy, says the 1050 broadens its product lines, says www.motorcycle-usa.com.
Street bikes aren’t alone in changes for 2011, according to www.motorcycle-usa.com, a leading biker’s ezine. For example, Husqvarna is showing its Offroad WR150 is powered by a small-bore two-stroke engine and is aimed at endurance riders who are not only looking for an offroad bike that’s agile, like a smaller bike, but is full sized. The WR150 uses state-of-the-art chromalloy frame pieces for rigidity to handle the 144 cc engine. The slick-looking off-roader joins Husqvarna’s TEC630 and SMS650 in 2011. (source: www.motorcycle-usa.com)
Little-known outside the performance world, Australia’s KTM is a major offroad force in this market. For manufacturer adds the 2011 KTM 350SZX-P to its lineup. www.motorcycle-usa.com called it a new category offroad bike, offering something for the professional who needs the power of the 13.5:1 compression engine and the recreational rider who wants a taste of performance. (source: www.motorcycle-usa.com)
Not to be left behind, long-time manufacturer Kawasaki will continue to upgrade its KX450F offroad bike. Following major changes in 2009, the manufacturer has upgraded its electronic control unit. Among its other changes, the Kawasaki KX450F uses steel engine mounting brackets not only for chassis stiffness but also to handle stresses of the changes made. In addition, the slick-looking Kawasaki features new seating and shock valuing that will stand up to either professional offroad use or casual rides. The fork design works with the shocks to ensure control.