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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2019 BMW S 1000 RR Smaller exhaust for BMW S 1000 RR

Smaller exhaust for BMW S 1000 RR

Despite tough new Euro 5 noise regulations coming in 2020, the 2019 S 1000 RR seems to have a much smaller exhaust system. Images of the motorcycle filed with China’s intellectual property office and published by American website motorcycle.com show a much smaller and neater exhaust system. Yet it is believed the bike will be …

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BMW 1250 boxer quieter

BMW R 1250 Boxer to be quieter

The upcoming 2019 BMW R 1250 Boxer models are expected to be quieter and more efficient to meet the tough Euro 5 regulations coming in 2020. BMW is expected to drop the noise levels from 92dB for the 1200s to 88dB for the 1250s. The Euro 5 noise requirements vary depending on power-to-weight ratios. According …

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