Valentino Rossi's Yamaha XJR1300 big-bore tracker chop

Cleaner motorcycles or face the chop!

Euro 4 emissions laws have already hit most supersport models, many air-cooled bikes, single-cylinder adventurers and most Japanese cruisers and now more models either make significant updates or face the chop under Euro 5. The new laws come into effect for new models from 2020 and existing models from 2021. Already there is talk about …

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Shadows motorcycles axe

What motorcycle models face the axe?

Tough European emissions laws threatened to axe several much-loved models last year, but it seems many have had a stay of execution. The Euro 4 rules introduced in 2016 were almost 50% tougher to pass. For example, Euro 3 required a motorcycle to pass an emissions test when new, or after 1000km. Under Euro 4 …

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Why are motorcycles getting hotter?

Modern motorcycles are getting hotter and hotter which is not only an issue for rider comfort but also for reliability and performance. But there are things you can do to fix the problem. The reason modern motorcycles are getting hotter is the increasingly stringent emission rules. Most manufacturers are reaching emissions targets with water-cooled engines …

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Kawasaki W800 Finale Edition

Will Kawasaki replace W800 with W900?

Will Kawasaki introduce a water-cooled W900 now that tougher new European emissions laws have killed off the retro air-cooled W800? Kawasaki Motors Europe has announced that 2016 will be the final year for W800 and they are releasing a “Final Edition” model. The limited edition W800 will come in a Candy Brown/Sunset Orange paint scheme …

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