The onslaught of new motorcycles debuting at EICMA is beginning, and one of the early arrivals is the new 2023 Vent X-Rude. This blend of the Vent Supermotard and Enduro models originates from the Vent Design Laboratory in Valsassina, near Italy’s famed Lake Como.The X-Rude is powered by a 125cc four-stroke Minarelli motor, which usually means it is aimed at teenagers getting started on motorcycles for the first time. However, Vent has given the X-Rude a larger frame than is typical of 125s, making it more appealing to adult riders.
The motor is more sophisticated than we expect from 125s. In addition to being fuel-injected, the engine has variable valve timing to make it Euro5 compliant. The Minarelli motor gets a new cylinder head this year that produces more power while reducing fuel consumption and lowering the output of emissions. According to Vent, the X-Rude gets 118 mpg. The clutch has a slipper function, so aggressive downshifts are welcome.In addition to the roomy chassis, the 2023 Vent X-Rude has RSV16 suspension, including a 41mm inverted fork. That’s a 290mm front disc and a 220mm disc in the rear, and they are linked.Styling on the Vent X-Rude draws from various sources. Many aspects are contemporary—the plastic, suspension, discs, and swingarm-mounted rear fender. However, the round headlight and dual round clocks provide a retro look, along with the brown quilted suede seat and grips. The fat Mitas Enduro knobby tires bring to mind many current custom motorcycles that appear prepared for a zombie apocalypse. With the dual-exhaust up-pipes featuring carbon-fiber tipped mufflers, crossbar pad, extensive skidplate, and suspension setting aimed to please both on- and off-road, we’ll call it a modern scrambler. A Vent insider tells us the company thinks the X-Rude “winks at multiple segments, from café racers to scramblers.”There’s no mention of bringing the 2023 Vent X-Rude into the United States, even as it joins nine existing Vent modes. The X-Rude is due to be available in Europe in Spring 2023 with a target list price of €5000.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
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In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the much anticipated Yamaha MT-10 SP. That’s the model with the Ohlins semi-active suspension. It’s only been available in Europe for the last couple of years, but finally the good news is, that it’s coming to America. The big question is, whether the extra 3k you’re going to have to pony up for the Ohlins is actually worth it, or perhaps there’s just not that much improvement over the stock KYB suspension that has suited the Yamaha MT-10 so well until now?
In the second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with Val Collins. Val grew up on motorcycles and learned to love speed, however her real love is Formula 1 tunnel-boat racing. These are the guys and gals that are strapped into a tiny cockpit and then hurtle down the straights at 120 mile per hour and pull 5G in the corners. We attended the recent season finale in Lake Havasu and watched our friend Mike Quindazzi try to take the win. Val chats with Teejay about her love for two-wheels and tunnel-boats. Yeah, it’s crazy stuff.
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