2014 BMW S1000R VideoSome people call them naked sportbikes, but we like to refer to the ones featuring liter engines as Hooligans.Most manufacturers have one – Ducati has its Streetfighter, Aprilia its Tuono V4R, KTM its 1290 Super Duke R, and Triumph its Street Triple, to name a few non-Japanese models.
Though late on the scene, BMW has joined this rank of Hooligans with its S 1000 R, which is a stripped-down version of its S 1000 RR Superbike.The Bavarian manufacture detuned the 999cc inline four a bit, though it still offers a wheelie-friendly 160 horsepower (down 33 from the superbike).Typical of BMW, the S 1000 R also arrives with all the snazzy electronics, including two riding modes, Race ABS, and ASC (Automatic Stability Control) traction control.BMW recently released the attached video, “Conquer the Stage,” which shows the S 1000 R in its most Hooligan state…For a preview of the 2014 BMW S 1000 R, click here.
KTM RC 390 and Gordon McCall of Quail Motorcycle Gathering
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Hello and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
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This week features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the new KTM RC 390. The entry-level KTM has always been an impressive motorcycle that has sold extremely well, however the factory has now taken the bike to another level, with top-spec features that are typically found on flagship machines. Clearly KTM has realized that even smaller engined machines should have high spec suspension, brakes and electronics packages. Nic tells us how well the new RC 390 is equipped, and what he thought of riding the smaller displacement rocket.
In the second segment I chat with automotive and motorcycle industry icon, Gordon McCall. Gordon is the Director of Motorsports at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California.
This weekend of Saturday May 14th sees the annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering re-start after its Covid-forced hiatus, and having attended every one of the previous Motorcycle Gatherings, personally I’m very happy that the event is back on the schedule. Gordon chats about the event and a little of what’s happening this year. It’s a great event and if you feel like a trip to the gorgeous Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, you’ll get to meet Gordon, Roland Sands, and of course a large number of stunning motorcycles too.
From all of us at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!