Supercharged BMW S 1000 RR patent drawing

Is BMW chasing a supercharged future?

BMW Motorrad has filed a patent for a supercharger with a drawing of an S 1000 RR (above) which could challenge the supercharged Kawasaki H2R as the fastest and most powerful motorcycle in the world. Bimota and Hesketh have also launched supercharged models in recent years and Honda is rumoured to be working on a …

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Yamaha turbo blown

Yamaha’s future might be blown!

Yamaha might be going down the blown track like Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Ducati with a patent filing for a turbocharged parallel twin. It follows Kawasaki’s H2 supercharged bike and patent filings by Suzuki and Honda for turbocharged engines, while Ducati applied for a patent for an exhaust system turbine. So it seems the future …

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Suzuki Katana logo

Suzuki registers Katana name and logo

Suzuki has registered the Katana name and logo in the USA in its latest hint that it is bringing back the 1980s model. Late last year Suzuki registered the name, trademarked the Samurai sword symbol and unveiled the Katana 3.0 concept by Italian designer Rodolfo Frascoli. It’s actually the third time Suzuki has re-registered the Katana …

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Suzuki Recursion with turbocharging

Suzuki moves closer to turbocharging

Suzuki is moving closer to turbocharging with new patent drawings emerging. The Japanese manufacturer unveiled its Recursion turbo concept (pictured above) in 2013 with a single-overhead-cam parallel twin engine with turbocharging. In 2015, Suzuki unveiled a new turbo “XE7” engine with twin overhead cams and registered the Katana name and trademark Samurai sword. Now there are …

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Suzuki Hayabusa busa

Is this the next Suzuki Hayabusa?

If this is a photo of the next-generation Suzuki Hayabusa there is no indication of an expected turbocharger or supercharger. The photo comes from a Japanese magazine and reveals a host of styling changes: LED daytime running lights around the headlight; reshaped nose with two big air vents; indicators moved from the nose to the …

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Honda turbo engine drawings turbine

Honda and Ducati plan turbine futures

Honda looks like following Kawasaki and Suzuki into a forced-induction future with turbocharged motorcycles while Ducati is also using turbine technology. Patent drawings have surfaced on the internet which show a Honda (pictured above) with a supercharged engine and a Ducati with a turbine in its exhaust system. However, it should be noted that the …

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2017 Suzuki Hayabusa in new colours

2017 Suzuki Hayabusa in new colours

New colours are the only change to the 2017 Suzuki Hayabusa, although it will have its second major update some time in the future. The 2017 models have arrived in Australian dealerships in Glass Sparkle Black and Pearl Blue/Glass Sparkle Black colour schemes at the same recommended retail price as last year’s model at $20,790 …

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Suzuki Hayabusa sportsbike fuel economy busa

New Suzuki Hayabusa confirmed

The ageing Suzuki Hayabusa is finally up for its second major upgrade in its 17-year history as the world’s fastest production motorcycles of the last century. Suzuki president Toshihiro Suzuki recently confirmed that Suzuki engineers are working on the new bike, but didn’t say when it would be due. He says it will follow the …

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Honda and Suzuki preview show concepts

Hybrid motorcycles, smaller capacity engines and possibly turbocharging could be the future as Japanese manufacturers reveal their concepts for the Tokyo Motor Show from October 30. While Honda has filed patents for a two-stroke engine, it looks like they are either going hybrid or sticking with four-stroke for now with the unveiling of three motorcycle concepts …

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Suzuki Recursion - Katana turbo blown

Suzuki to revive turbos and Katana?

Rumours of a Suzuki turbo bike, possibly called a Katana, have revved up after the Japanese company recently filed more patents for a turbo engine. Suzuki unveiled its turbo-charged 588cc parallel twin “Recursion” concept sportsbike at the Tokyo show in October. The company then registered the Katana name and trademark Samurai sword. And now they …

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