Vespa wins over China's heart

The new Vespa Primavera and Vespa Sprint are unveiled at a huge party in Shanghai

The new Vespa apparel collection is also presented to reinforce the positioning of the brand in the lifestyle world. Vespa is an ambassador of Italian style and design in the world and  China, which is one of the most fertile and promising markets in the premium segment.

Shanghai, 14 May 2024 – The new Vespa Primavera 150 and Vespa Sprint 150 made their début to the Chinese market with a great event held in Shanghai, at the Shangsheng-Xinsuo (the Columbia Circle), a new cultural point of reference for the Chinese city, which  fuses culture, design, Italian style and fashion.

Participating at this event were stars in the Asian world and institutions, including the General Consul of Italy in Shanghai, Tiziana D’Angelo.

The triumphant evening in Shanghai confirms how Vespa, an authentically global brand, is increasingly more beloved all over the world. Owning a Vespa has always been a choice of style, beyond fashions and trends, as well as an expression of the owner’s personality.

In addition to the new Vespa models, the brand new Vespa DEC apparel collection was presented. Inspired by the Piaggio factory and museum, this new collection is the expression of the Vespa brand in the lifestyle world, highlighting the finest details of Italian style.

Vespa has always been a global brand, bringing together generations of continents and different cultures, and today, with more than 19 million units sold all over the world from 1946 to the present, it is an extraordinary ambassador of Italian style, design, and technology. The new Vespa Primavera and Sprint represent Vespa’s youngest and most metropolitan soul.

The new Vespa models introduce new materials and painstaking craftsmanship with the  details further elevating the global quality of the product finish. The superstructures on the handlebar and leg shield back plate are all new and the seat has been improved thanks to the use of new coverings. The new instrument panel and the full LED lighting once again demonstrate Vespa’s undisputed technological leadership.

MOTO GUZZI DEMO TOUR

Meet likeminded motorcyclist to appreciate Moto Guzzi's breathtaking design whilst enjoying a dose of freedom and adventure. Ready to take the journey?

Choose a date to discover our events program, explore wonderful landscapes and escape the daily routine. 

PROGRAM

Moments of pure passion

Discover an exciting tour that brings riders and enthusiasts together from 27th to 30th June. Meet other Moto Guzzi fans, discover the latest news and dive into your passion like never before.

Ragley Hall, Warwickshire

ABR Festival

28th – 30th June

ABR Festival

Ragley Hall, Warwickshire | 28th – 30th June 2024

It’s where thousands of like-minded riders and the motorcycle industry come together to make new memories and friends, and experience three action-packed days of biking action and festival entertainment.

Notes for participants

Experience the events that bring enthusiasts together. Meet other Aprilia fans, discover the latest range and ride the newest machines. We remind you that in order to book a test ride you must:
-Be over 25 years of age

-Held a relevant UK valid driving licence for more than 2 years (other stipulations apply)

– Have 2 forms of ID, a DVLA check number

-Riders must have a helmet and other suitable clothing for the test ride

New Moto Guzzi V85 Range

Enduro travel for the Moto Guzzi brand gets a refresh with a range full of distinctive personalities. The streamlined V85 Strada, the original V85 TT “All-Terrain” and the V85 TT Travel, AKA the great explorer.

The same authenticity combined with greater comfort, enhanced technology and a new Euro 5+ engine, all designed to satisfy your adventurous side.

Prices, including VAT, are £11,200 for the Moto Guzzi V85 Strada, £12,000 for the Moto Guzzi V85 TT and £13,300 for the Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel.

The Moto Guzzi V85 is the leading iconic adventurer on the market. Its combination of evocative style and modern technology will get the emotions firing even before you jump on board. 

This is a complete V85 range, guaranteed to take riding experience to the next level of enjoyment. Fine-tuned with the introduction of improved torque at low speed and increased the maximum power of the new Euro 5+ twin-cylinder engine to 80 horsepower at 7750 rpm. 

The electronics have been improved, starting with the 6-axis inertial platform (accessory on the V85 Strada version) which enables the ABS Cornering function and makes handling the various controls even more precise. MGCT traction control, ABS and Ride-by-Wire electronic acceleration are managed via a selection of totally customisable riding modes, with Road, Sport and Rain being joined by Off-Road, developed expressly for the V85 TT and V85 TT Travel, and Custom, available as an accessory on the V85 Strada.

Another aspect that has undergone extensive work is aerodynamic protection, resulting in new handguards, a new fuel tank cover and a redesigned windshield with 5 adjustable positions.

Three new versions of the mighty V85, three distinct characters and three different expressions of the Enduro travel concept, but each has been designed to unleash your desire to get going, no matter what your destination.

V85 STRADA

Urban and Road-oriented, the original road bike

Agile, slimline and all about riding pleasure, the Moto Guzzi V85 Strada is the “practical machine” that takes the lightness, practicality and streamlined approach of the Eagle’s Enduro bikes to the ultimate level. Ideal for everyday use around town, it is also more than up to the challenge of winding, curvy itineraries further afield. Its minimalist, dynamic aesthetic is showcased by its Nero Isola black and Grigio Brera grey colour schemes. This is a bike that you’ll feel at ease with instantly, with its adventure bike riding position, reduced weight (4kg lighter than the V85 TT version) and outstanding handling courtesy of aluminium alloy rims and tyres with road tread.

V85 TT

“All-terrain” style and character

The V85 TT embodies the original spirit of the V85 and the Enduro bike that was up for every challenge. Spoked rims around sculpted tubeless tyres, an engine protected by an aluminium sump guard and more protective handguards ensure the journey continues even when you leave the asphalt behind and hit the dirt. There’s no lack of authenticity when it comes to style either, with the distinctive red frame of the V85 TT combining with a choice of two new twin-toned liveries called Rosso Fuji (red) and Grigio Tambori (grey). The rear shock absorber spring, now featuring a practical knob to adjust preload, is also in red.

V85 TT TRAVEL

Ready for adventure

The Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel is the great explorer of the family, with all you need to travel wherever and whenever throughout the seasons, complete with baggage and a passenger. Equipment includes a set of side bags with a burnished finish, heated, adjustable handles and rider seat; and a new artfully-shaped Touring windshield complete with side deflectors. With its exclusive new Bronzo Deserto colour scheme, the V85 TT Travel proclaims its vocation to transform every trip into an adventure.

The road bike, the all-rounder, the voyager. The Moto Guzzi V85 range introduces a trio of new models, each with a distinctive personality. Which one will join you on your next adventure?

An enhanced range of accessories, designed for new adventures

The updated Moto Guzzi V85 catalogue of original accessories is more comprehensive than ever, featuring new components including particular attention to providing a range of storage options. The Urban collection’s pair of side bags and top box are now available in new finishes, while the trio of aluminium cases has been enlarged and revamped in terms of style and accessibility. New accessories include the versatile Tank Bag and Roll Bag.

Like all authentic motor bike components, every accessory is designed and made by Moto Guzzi and thoroughly tested under rigorous conditions, to ensure you benefit from total quality and reliability when you set out on your adventures.

APRILIA DEMO TOUR

Get ready to enjoy a dose of design, performance and thrills. Experience the Fun!

Choose a date to discover our events program, explore wonderful landscapes and escape the daily routine. 

PROGRAM

Pure fun, in every way

Discover an exciting tour that brings riders and enthusiasts together from 27th to 30th June. Meet other Aprilia fans, discover the latest news and dive into your passion like never before.

Ragley Hall, Warwickshire

ABR Festival

28th – 30th June

ABR Festival

Ragley Hall, Warwickshire | 28th – 30th June 2024

It’s where thousands of like-minded riders and the motorcycle industry come together to make new memories and friends, and experience three action-packed days of biking action and festival entertainment.

Notes for participants

Experience the events that bring enthusiasts together. Meet other Aprilia fans, discover the latest range and ride the newest machines. We remind you that in order to book a test ride you must:
-Be over 25 years of age

-Held a relevant UK valid driving licence for more than 2 years (other stipulations apply)

– Have 2 forms of ID, a DVLA check number

-Riders must have a helmet and other suitable clothing for the test ride

QUARTER OF A CENTURY OF BUSA AND SV CELEBRATED AT SUZUKI LIVE

2024 marks the 25th anniversary of both the legendary Hayabusa and the cult classic SV650. Both launched in 1999 to do very different jobs, their birthdays will be celebrated at Suzuki Live, which takes place at Cadwell Park on 22-23 June.

Suzuki is inviting owners to bring their bikes along to the event, with dedicated parking and display areas in the paddock reserved for ‘Busas and SVs. 

The show-and-shine style display areas will be sponsored by Dunlop, with a free pair of tyres up for grabs for the owners of the best examples on display.

Over the two days there will be track sessions for Suzukis old and new, with sessions scheduled for everything from classic RGs and RGVs to modern GSX-Rs and GTs. There will also be a host of bikes available to test ride on the surrounding Lincolnshire roads, including the new GSX-S1000GX, the GSX-8R, and the V-Strom 800RE, as well as the third generation Hayabusa. Those interested in the latest V-Strom 800DE and V-Strom 1050DE can enjoy off-road test rides in the SR75 Suzuki V-Strom Experience Zone.

Suzuki GB marketing manager Jak Tyrrell commented, “We’re a little over a month away from Suzuki Live and it’s set to be the biggest one yet. While there will be plenty of track sessions for those taking part, there’s going to be even more to see and do away from the circuit action, starting with the two anniversary display areas.

“25 years is a huge milestone for two motorcycling stalwarts: the SV has provided fun, affordable motorcycling for the masses since 1999, has been the first ‘big bike’ of so many riders, and still fills racing grids at club level. And, still, a quarter of a century later, nothing comes close to a Hayabusa. It’s very easy to overuse words like ‘icon’ or ‘legend’, but that is what the Hayabusa is.”

Suzuki Live takes place on 22-23 June at Cadwell Park. Weekend tickets cost £15 and include access to the whole paddock area, plus free camping. 

Spectator tickets and track day spaces can be booked here

SUZUKI REVEALS TWO NEW COLOUR OPTIONS FOR GSX-R125

Two new colour options are now available for Suzuki’s GSX-R125, including a retro-inspired blue and white livery that pays homage to the GSX-R lineage and history.

A blue tank and nose sit above white side panels and belly pan, which are adorned with the familiar blue stripes running from the front up onto the seat unit. Lightweight blue wheels complete the look.

It is joined by a more subtle all-black version, which is is accented by red decals and red wheels.

The learner-friendly race replica boasts an incredible power-to-weight ratio in the class with a free-revving, DOHC single cylinder engine, plus keyless ignition and low-rpm assist.

BAG A BARGAIN WITH £500 OFF SUZUKI GSX-R AND GSX-S125

Suzuki has announced a new offer on its GSX-R and GSX-S125 machines, with customers able to save £500 off the learner-legal machines.

Launching this bank holiday weekend and running until 30 June, it makes it even easier for those looking to get onto two wheels this summer.

As a result, the GSX-S125 street bike costs £4,499, with its racier sibling costing £4,699 OTR.

Both bikes produce an L-plate-friendly 15PS to adhere to licence laws, with a single-cylinder engine that revs cleanly and freely to its top end thanks to its DOHC design.

Housed in a featherweight chassis – the GSX-S weighs just 135kg, wet – both bikes are sporty and agile, as well as being confidence-inspiring and easy to manage.

The GSX-R125 uses keyless ignition, both are equipped with Suzuki’s easy-start system, and come with a three-year manufacturer warranty. 

Terms & Conditions
£500 offer applies to the purchase of a new GSX-S125 and GSX-R125 from a participating Suzuki Dealership. The purchase and registration of the motorcycle must take place between 04/05/2024 and 30/06/2024. This offer includes a £500 saving off the OTR price. Offer is valid in the UK only and may be extended or withdrawn at any time. There is no cash offer, credit or other alternative offered. Promoter: Suzuki GB PLC, Steinbeck Crescent, Snelshall West, Milton Keynes, MK4 4AE.

Vespa World Days 2024: a record-setting edition

Over 20 thousand Vespas arrived in Pontedera from five continents and more thank 30 thousand Vespisti with them 

Pontedera, 21 April 2024 – Vespa World Days 2024: a record turnout and a special edition celebrating 140 years of Piaggio. For the first time, the annual rally of Vespa Clubs from all over the world took place in Pontedera, the town where Vespa was founded and where Vespas have been produced since 1946.
An estimated 30,000-plus Vespa lovers and around 20,000 Vespas flocked from far and wide. Attendees from all over Europe came, with the traditional lively presence of visitors from Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Austria and Switzerland turning out in particularly large numbers. Other continents were also well represented with Vespa fans coming from further afield, such as Australia, Hong Kong, Mexico, Argentina, the Philippines, the USA, Canada and Colombia. In total, Vespa Clubs from 55 nations were officially represented.

The Vespa Parade: A spectacle never before seen in 70 years of rallies

Saturday’s grand Vespa Parade broke all records with more than 15,000 Vespas starting off from Pontedera then snaking their way around the Valdera Hills. This extraordinary 16-km colourful serpentine also represented Vespa’s rich history. Leading the parade was a special Vespa GTS 300 in the colours and emblems of the Polizia di Stato (Italian State Police), donated by Piaggio at the opening of the Vespa World Days event. Also among the front pack was television personality, record producer and ardent Vespa fan Rudy Zerbi, astride a brilliant Vespa Gtv 300
All the models manufactured in seventy-eight years of Vespa history paraded through the streets of the Pisa province, from the first and extremely rare 98cc made in 1946 all the way to the latest versions of Vespa Primavera, Sprint and GTS, with legendary models in between such as the early ’50s era 125 “faro basso”, the widespread VBB ranges, the 1964 50cc units, the ET3 125 units, the ’70s era Rally machines, and a steadily growing number of Vespa PX units.

The Vespa Village, the historic Piaggio Museum and the centre of Pontedera star during Vespa World Days
Along with the grand parade, one of the other key events held at the Vespa Village was the Elegance Competition, an unforgettable procession of elegantly dressed riders and passengers on some of the rarest and most stunning Vespas ever produced.
The entire town took part, transforming locations with parties and Vespa-related events from photography and art exhibitions to a cinematic special which saw a continuous repeat of three of the numerous films featuring Vespas: Disney-Pixar’s Luca, the iconic Roman Holiday, and the television biopic Enrico Piaggio, an Italian Dream.
During the festivities, both the Piaggio Museum and Vespa factory were swamped with thousands of visitors every day. Various spaces of the museum became temporary offices of the Vespa Historic Register, an entity founded in 1980 with the aim of safeguarding and spreading Vespa’s heritage. The museum’s auditorium hosted meet&greet sessions which allowed fans to mingle with designers and engineers involved in producing Vespa vehicles, and to learn the secrets behind the world’ most famous and beloved two wheelers.

The exclusive Vespa 140th of Piaggio celebrates the company’s 140th anniversary.

Only 140 units of this numbered edition featuring a special celebratory plaque and a design that pairs the Piaggio colours with the iconic Vespa lines have been produced. Starting from a Vespa GTV base, the classic forms that evoke the Vespa heritage have been respected via a balance between myth and modernity, with the low headlight and exposed tubular handlebar combining with sports-style finishing touches and hi-tech bells and whistles. This very special version features blue graphics against a white body, along with the classic Vespa graphic, new monogram and 140th anniversary logo.

The event came to a close with the Vespa Trophy, the touring trophy where the Clubs are called on to demonstrate the stops along their journey to Pontedera with photos and special stamps in their Travel Books.

The Vespa World Club and National Vespa Clubs

The Vespa legend was created at the same time as the scooter burst onto the scene and even as far back as 1946, many were keen to be associated with the Vespa name. And so, the first Vespa Clubs were founded, originally in Italy then spreading abroad, sparking an enduring passion that led to the creation, in 2006, of the Vespa World Club, marking the 60th anniversary of Vespa.
Today, the Vespa World Club encompasses 66 countries.

Vespa World Days 2025 will be hosted by the city of Gijón, located in Spain, in Asturias, with the Atlantic Ocean providing the splendid backdrop.

PRACTICAL, DYNAMIC, LIGHTWEIGHT … AND STYLISH

The Piaggio Medley creates a new class of high-wheel scooters that combines the advantages of an agile and lightweight scooter with those of a larger and more powerful high-wheel bike.

New Piaggio i-get engine

The Piaggio Medley features the latest evolution of the Piaggio i-get 125 engine. iquid-cooled, with 4-valve distribution and electronic injection. This type of engine gives the Medley even more liveliness and agility in traffic, improving performance and making it among the most powerful in its class.

Comfort first

Not only agile, practical and dynamic, the Piaggio Medley is also comfortable and offers plenty of storage. The combination of lightness and functionality makes it ideal for everyday trips around town, while the seat opens up by an electric button handily positioned on the handlebar.

Underseat compartment

The rear of the bike is distinctly tapered, with surprisingly compact dimensions, given the spacious 36-litre underseat compartment that can hold two full-face helmets, something not often found in a high-wheeler. This is achieved by the smart design of the tail and repositioning the fuel tank in the centre of the footwell, a solution that not only increases storage capacity but also means you can refuel without leaving your seat. Another advantage is that the improved mass centralisation delivers a better road riding experience.

Medley and Medley S

Piaggio Medley prefers more classic and elegant colours combined with a brown seat, matt bronze finishes and  silver grey wheel rims. The 'wraparound' front end blends perfectly with the 'slim' rear, giving it an even more dynamic and functional look. The Piaggio Medley S is distinguished by its sporty matt black finishes; this sportiness is accentuated by the red shock absorber springs and a shade that also appears on the seat seams. To emphasise its sporty soul, the callipers are adorned in gold and the discs acquire a 'wave' profile. 

URBAN CROSSOVER

More than two decades on from the 2001 launch of the first generation Piaggio Beverly, the latest model gets a makeover but retains the sporty grittiness and elegant design that have shaped the history of urban mobility. In their 300-cc and 400-cc versions, both the stylish Beverly and its more sporting Beverly S counterpart combine the dynamic qualities and grip of a high-wheeler with the exuberance and long-distance comfort of a great Tourer.

DEEP BLACK SPECIAL EDITION

Discover the appeal of Piaggio Beverly and Piaggio MP3 in their new Deep Black livery.

Shake up your summer with two of Piaggio's most iconic scooters of all time, with a bold, seductive new livery.

ADVENTURE CALLS, ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE

Three new colour schemes, countless chances to explore

From road trips to extreme off-road adventures, give a free rein to your spirit of exploration with the new colour range. Canyon Sand represents Tuareg’s rally credentials with the warmth and energy of vast dunes, while Atreides Black is dark and understated, all the better for getting down and dirty on muddy off-road terrains. Rounding out the trio is Dakar Podium, a tribute to the legendary exploits of yesteryear and the upcoming challenges of the present and future.

London Calling As Kawasaki Set To Exhibit At Savile Row Concours Event!



Renowned the world over for its tailoring, Savile Row has been at the heart of London’s fashion industry for centuries. The Savile Row Concours event blends bespoke tailoring with luxury automotive, and Kawasaki UK is proud to be attending the 2024 display with its revolutionary Hybrid and EV motorcycles.  

Taking over the entire road, the two-day Concours event (May 22nd and 23rd) attracts thousands of fans eager to explore the array of spectacular machines, fascinating tailors’ displays and enjoy live talks and music on the central stage. First launched in 2022, the event has continued to grow each year, and 2024 looks set to be the biggest yet.
 
Kawasaki UK is proud to announce that it will showcase its innovative EV machines and the world’s first mass-produced hybrid motorcycles on both days. Located in the heart of London, the event is the ideal place to promote the advantages of green machines in urban environments.
 
Admission to the event is free, and more information can be found at https://concoursonsavilerow.com/.
 
Craig Watson, Sales and Marketing Manager at Kawasaki Motors UK:

This is a really exciting opportunity for Kawasaki, allowing us to showcase our latest generation of motorcycles to an audience who are not necessarily two-wheel focused. Savile Row needs no introduction, being at the cutting-edge of design since the 1800s, so it is fitting that we are bringing cutting-edge motorcycle design to the event, allowing visitors to see what the future of transport looks like.

SymCirrus Motorsport Team UpWith Kawasaki For All-New Pirelli National Sportbike Series!

The experienced SymCirrusMotorsport team has partnered with Kawasaki UK to lead the Ninja charge in theall-new Pirelli National Sportbike series. The three-rider team of LennonDoherty, Charlie Atkins, and Jack Kirsch will use the Ninja 650, while teammatesEd Best and Luca Hopkins strengthen the Ninja presence in the Pirelli NationalSuperstock and Tracker Kawasaki British Superteen series.

With testing underway today at Oulton Park ahead of the second round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship this weekend, the SymCirrus Motorsport Kawasaki squad is proud to confirm its five-rider team for 2024. The Market Harborough-based team have been working hard over the winter in partnership with Team Green Technical Partners, MSS Performance and Corby Kawasaki to turn the Ninja 650 into a competitive machine for the all-new British Sportbike series. 

With the bike already enjoying success over the years on the roads at the Isle of Man TT, the three-rider lineup of Doherty, Atkins, and Kirsch will be looking to replicate that when the new Championship begins in earnest this weekend.

Further strengthening the team’s connection with Kawasaki, Ed Best will compete in the Pirelli National Superstock Championship aboard the Ninja ZX-10RR, while Luca Hopkins will be racing under the SymCirrus Motorsport Kawasaki colours in the exciting new Tracker Kawasaki British Superteen series. 

Steve Holborough, SymCirrus Motorsport Kawasaki Team Owner:

“I am excited to be part of the new sportbike class and working with the series and Kawasaki we are looking forward to seeing what the Ninja 650 is capable of. It’s a learning process and we will judge the success on the results at the end of the season. Thank you to all of those involved to date, Corby Kawasaki, Steve Hill, EBC and R&G.”

Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department:

We are really excited by the new Championships in the BSB series as it allows us to showcase more of the Kawasaki range, and it’s fantastic to be partnering with SymCirrus Motorsport for the 2024 season. They have a long and successful pedigree in the paddock and they have been working hard to develop the Ninja 650 for the new Sportbike series, so we are really excited to see what they can do when the Championship gets underway this weekend.

Bimota returns to WorldSBK in 2025

The iconic Italian motorcycle manufacturer Bimota is set to return to the world racing stage in 2025 competing in the Motul FIM WorldSBK Championship.

Winners of the 1980 350cc World Championship fielding Jon Ekerold on a two-cylinder, two stroke Bimota YB3 machine, success was also achieved in TT Formula 1 with legend Virginio Ferrari aboard a YB4R taking the Championship honours in1987. No strangers to four stroke machinery, Bimota won no less than seven races in the very first World Superbike Championship year of 1988 thanks to Davide Tardozzi (5) and Stephane Mertens (2). Even as late as the year 2000, Bimota were still able to achieve a WorldSBK race win thanks to the late, great Anthony Gobert aboard an SB8R machine mounting the top step of the podium at a wet Phillip Island race weekend.

For the 2025 season, Bimota is partnering with Kawasaki in a joint venture which will result in a Bimota chassis with Kawasaki engine (plus allied technology), competing in WorldSBK. Not only will the donor Ninja ZX-10RR powerplant be familiar, but also many of the team staff as Kawasaki transfers its efforts into the Bimota racing program marking a landmark moment in the journey of the Kawasaki Racing Team after nearly four decades in the premier global racing series based on production machines that can be purchased at dealerships.

Recognising not just the legacy of Kawasaki in Superbike racing, but also the close cooperation and synergies between majority Bimota shareholder, Kawasaki, and the Rimini based Italian manufacturer, the new team will operate under the title of Bimota by Kawasaki Racing Team.

Fielding a machine jointly developed by Bimota and Kawasaki, the new team will play a pivotal role in the wider global recognition and market presence of the Bimota brand as well as being crucial in highlighting the hand built craftsmanship and care that goes into the creation of every Bimota product. This wider appreciation of the Bimota brand and its core racing DNA is also expected to create increased demand and sales of Bimota street motorcycles. 

Speaking about the new direction for Kawasaki in WorldSBK, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kawasaki Motors, Ltd. Hiroshi Ito, stated: “Bimota has an enviable reputation for excellence in motorcycle design and manufacture. As part of our vision for the evolution of this world famous brand we see racing as a logical next step in terms of both product development as well as brand exposure on the global stage. Our commitment to WorldSBK is as strong as ever and we hope that this new racing project will energise fans of both Bimota and Kawasaki. The passion for race success remains and we look forward to the presence of the Bimota by Kawasaki Racing Team on the 2025 WorldSBK grid”.  

On behalf of Bimota, COO, Pierluigi Marconi, commented:
“The engineering, technology and day to day business support already offered by Kawasaki has put Bimota firmly back into the consciousness of the media and potential customers, now it is time to take a next step in our evolution.Bimota has had racing as part of its DNA from day one and to compete in WorldSBK alongside developing our new product range, while expanding the European and global dealer network, has an undeniable logic to it.

With the unparalleled experience of the existing Kawasaki racing team experts plus the full support and cooperation of Kawasaki Motors, Ltd. in Japan fills us with pride and optimism. The Bimota by Kawasaki Racing Team will surely form the foundations of the next chapter in the Bimota story”.

KRT Team Manager, Guim Roda, concluded:
“In the past thirteen years, myself, and all of those at the KRT workshop in Granollers, have dedicated ourselves wholeheartedly to the Kawasaki Superbike project and garnered seven WorldSBK rider titles in that time plus numerous team and manufacturer awards. Now – after Kawasaki competing for nearly four decades in the Superbike championship – we are proud to be part of a new era forming the infrastructure of the new Bimota by Kawasaki Racing Team.

For sure we will spare some time to reflect on and celebrate the heritage of Kawasaki in Superbike racing, but we are also extremely excited to be a core component of this new Bimota and Kawasaki joint venture. This is an evolution for Kawasaki’s approach to the top level of production racing and we are honoured to play our role in this new project. I am confident we have the technology and human resources necessary to succeed and it will be a fresh, energising experience fielding an impressive two rider team in the 2025 Motul FIM WorldSBK Championship.”   

V-STROM 800RE TOUR JOINS SUZUKI LINEUP

Suzuki has added a V-Strom 800RE Tour to its lineup, which comes with 112 litres of aluminium luggage and a saving of £706.94.

Buyers can choose from either silver or black three-piece luggage, comprising a top box and panniers, and with an OTR price of £11,199, customers will save £706.94 over equipping the standard V-Strom 800RE with the individual accessories.

Available in blue, matt steel green, or black, the V-Strom 800RE Tour expands Suzuki’s V-Strom 800 range to four models, all of which use the firm’s new 776cc parallel twin engine with its 270-degree crankshaft design, delivering an abundance of smooth low-down drive and midrange thrust.

The 800RE models come with 19” and 17” cast aluminium wheels and Nissin radial calipers. Aluminium, rubber-covered footpegs are set 14mm further rearward and 7mm higher than the V-Strom 800DE, and aluminium tapered handlebars are 13mm lower and 23mm further forwards. They’re also 15mm narrower. A taller and wider screen offers more weather and wind protection on longer rides. Like the DE, suspension comes courtesy of Showa, but with a focus on superior on-road performance there is 150mm of travel front and rear.

A bi-directional quickshifter comes as standard, and there are three selectable power modes and three choices of traction control settings, which can also be switched off. All the information is displayed via a colour TFT dash, nestled behind a large, wind-cheating screen.

SUZUKI BRINGING NEW V-STROM RANGE TO 2024 ABR FESTIVAL

Suzuki is bringing its new V-Strom range to this year’s ABR Festival, which takes place at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire on 27-30 June, with a comprehensive display of bikes plus on and off-road demo rides available.

On display at the UK’s premier adventure bike show for the first time will be the new V-Strom 800RE. Using Suzuki’s new 776cc parallel twin engine, it follows hot on the heels of the V-Strom 800DE, and comes equipped with three engine modes and three traction control settings, a colour TFT screen, and a bi-directional quickshifter as standard.

While the 800DE comes with an additional off-road traction control mode and ABS that can be disengaged at the rear, plus 21 and 17” spoked wheels, 220mm of suspension travel, and 220mm ground clearance, the 800RE is tailored to adventure on-road. 150mm suspension travel, a wider, 19” front wheel, radial brakes, and revised ergonomics provide superior road holding and a plush ride for long distances in the saddle. There’s also a taller screen and lower seat height.

Visitors can test ride the new 800RE over the course of the show, as it forms part of Suzuki’s on road test ride fleet, alongside the 800DE, which can also be taken around the event’s off-road loop.

Both the V-Strom 1050 and V-Strom 1050DE will also be on display and available to test ride over the duration of the festival.

In addition to the firm’s V-Strom range, show-goers can also test ride the new GSX-S1000GX sports crossover, which comes with a comprehensive suite of electronics, topped by semi-active suspension from Showa, the GSX-S1000GT sports tourer, and both the GSX-8S and GSX-8R machines.

Displayed on the Suzuki stand in the exhibitors’ area will be various V-Strom models, including Tour variants that are equipped with three-piece aluminium luggage as standard. Also shown will be the V-Strom 650XT, and the GSX-S1000GX+ and GSX-S1000GT+, which come fitted with two 36-litre panniers.

Supercross team and off-road bike building specialists, SR75 Suzuki, will display an RM-Z450 race bike, and a project V-Strom 650XT and V-Strom 800DE. Team owner and former racer Geoff Walker will also be hand to talk all things Suzuki and off-road for the full four days.

Representing Suzuki’s off-road heritage will be a DR800S.

Test rides can be booked from the Suzuki display on a first come, first served basis. Those wishing to take part will need to provide their driving licence and national insurance number. 

For more information and tickets, click here.

SUZUKI OFFERS 4.9% FINANCE AND £0 DEPOSIT ACROSS THE RANGE

Suzuki has announced an attractive low rate finance offer across a selection of models from its sport, street, and adventure bike classes, with no fewer than 18 models available with 4.9% APR finance over three years, with no deposit required. Running until 30 June 2024, customers can also choose between PCP or HP.

Available with the new low rate of finance are the newly-launched GSX-S1000GX and the pannier-equipped GSX-S1000GX+ – with their semi-active suspension from Showa and comprehensive suite of electronics that includes lean angle-sensitive ABS, multiple engine and traction control modes, cruise control, and a colour TFT screen with smartphone connectivity – and the new-for-2024 GSX-8R and V-Strom 800RE, both of which use Suzuki’s new 776cc parallel twin engine and also benefit from engine and traction control modes, a bi-directional quickshifter as standard, and a colour TFT display.

Also included is the iconic flagship hyperbike, the Hayabusa, along with the 25th anniversary special edition model, as well as the GSX-S1000GT and GSX-S1000GT+, which match superbike performance with all-day comfort. 

 Street bike customers can choose from four models: the Katana, GSX-S1000, GSX-S950, and the award-winning GSX-8S.

 Alongside the V-Strom 800RE from the adventure bike stable, customers can also choose from the V-Strom 800DE and V-Strom 800DE Tour, the latter equipped with full aluminium luggage as standard. The DE models use the same new 776cc parallel twin engine, but add off-road ability courtesy of long-travel Showa suspension, a 21” front wheel and spokes all round, plus an off-road electronics package that includes a gravel traction control mode and the ability to disengage the rear ABS.

In addition, adventure bike seekers can choose from the V-Strom 1050 and V-Strom 1050 Tour, as well as the V-Strom 1050DE and V-Strom 1050DE Tour.

 For more information on Suzuki’s offers and to use the finance calculator, click here.

 Terms & Conditions

Suzuki GB PLC is a credit broker and not a lender. Suzuki GB PLC introduces you to Suzuki Financial Services Ltd as lender. Suzuki GB PLC will be paid a share of any profits made by Suzuki Financial Services Ltd as result of this introduction. The share of the profits will be the same, no matter what interest rate that you pay. PCP Finance offer applies to the purchase of a new GSX-8S, GSX-8R, V-Strom 800DE, V-Strom 800DE Tour, V-Strom 1050, V-Strom 1050 Tour, V-Strom 1050DE, V-Strom 1050DE Tour, Katana, GSX-S1000, GSX-S950, Hayabusa 25th Anniversary, Hayabusa, GSX-S1000GT+, GSX-S1000GT, V-Strom 800RE, V-Strom 800RE Tour, GSX-S1000GX and GSX-S1000GX+ only from a participating Suzuki Dealership. The motorcycle must be purchased and registered between 02/04/2024 and 30/06/2024 to qualify for the offer. £0 minimum deposit required. Credit subject to status, UK residents aged 18+. Suzuki Financial Services Ltd, St.William House, Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff, CF10 5BH. Finance figures applicable at time of print and are subject to change. Representative Example is based upon an annual mileage of 4,000 miles per annum. With PCP, once you have paid all of the regular monthly repayments you have the option to: 1. Return the motorcycle and not pay the Optional Final Repayment. In this example if the vehicle has exceeded 16,333 miles, a charge per excess mile will apply of 6p plus VAT will apply per excess mile. If the motorcycle is in good condition (fair wear and tear accepted) and has not exceeded the maximum agreed mileage, you will have nothing further to pay, 2. Pay the Optional Final Repayment to own the motorcycle, or 3. Part exchange the motorcycle subject to settlement of your existing credit agreement; new credit agreements are subject to status.

SUZUKI LIVE 2024

22.06.2024 — 23.06.2024

Following a successful Suzuki Live weekender at Cadwell Park last summer, Suzuki has announced dates for the 2024 event. This year, Cadwell Park will again play host, with the Lincolnshire circuit set to be turned blue on 22-23 June. 

Over the course of the two days there will be track sessions for Suzukis old and new, plus parades of very special race and road machinery. Suzuki will bring along a fleet of demo machines as well as a comprehensive display including vintage race bikes such as RGs, RGVs, and GSX-Rs, and classic road bikes ranging from TLs to GTs and Bandits. 

There will be test ride opportunities across many bikes in the current range, including the new GSX-8R and GSX-S1000GX. There will also be an off-road loop for test rides on the V-Strom 800DE and V-Strom 1050DE.

The likes of Steve Parrish, John Reynolds, and Taylor Mackenzie joined the lineup of famous faces at this last year’s event, with a roster of celebrities set to join in again in 2024. 

For those wandering the paddock, there will be displays from an array of clubs and organisations. 

Evening entertainment will again be provided, with talk shows, live music, plus food and beverages available, with all track day spaces and weekend tickets including camping. 

Suzuki GB’s Tim Davies said, “We’ve been hosting our events at Cadwell Park for several years now and we cannot wait to get back there again for Suzuki Live 2024. To ride, it’s one of the most iconic circuits in Britain, and is great fun regardless of what you’re riding. For those not riding, there are plenty of excellent vantage points to watch the variety of machinery in action. The paddock, too, turns into a Suzuki village for two days, with all manner of bikes on display from every decade. 

“With this last year’s event providing an excellent weekend of entertainment, we’re excited that booking is open now for this year’s event. We’ll be announcing more information in due course, including special guests and attractions.” 

Full weekend track day sessions for Suzuki Live 2024 cost £279 and can be booked here

Single day track sessions are also available costing £159 for Saturday only and £149 for Sunday only, book now.

Weekend visitor passes are £15 if booked in advance, while day tickets are £10, or £12 on the gate. Advanced tickets can be purchased here

Keep up to date with all Suzuki Live announcements by following Suzuki Bikes UK across social media, including on Facebook and Instagram

Field of view Tuareg 660: a lens on the alpine pastures

He’s a photographer who specialised in fashion and has always been passionate about motorcycling.

Adriano Cisani, astride his Tuareg 660, rode from Milan to the mountains for the first meeting with “his” cow amidst the high mountain pastures. This is his story, with a video produced for the occasion, a story of personal points of view and individual growth, with a love for two-wheelers.
Photographer Adriano Cisani specialises in fashion and art photography. For his passion and work, he has to constantly challenge himself in search of new stimuli, new stories and new emotions to capture with his camera. He owes much to the city where he works, Milan, a city that, as he says, gives you energy but at the same time takes it away. And this is why every now and then it is necessary for him to escape the traffic of Milan on his Tuareg 660.
The occasion to set off on this new adventure is one of those special ones that take you back in time, far from the hustle and bustle of the city, putting you in contact with the simple and genuine nature of the high mountain pastures. As a birthday present,  Adriano was given the certificate of adoption of Rata, a dairy cow! What better excuse than this to get on his motorbike and ride up to the alpine pastures, among the breath-taking views and magnificent roads around the Maniva pass?

Adriano and the cows: symbolism and inspiration.

“I’ve always been fascinated by this animal that is so powerful and yet at the same time so friendly and tame. I consider a cow to be the perfect synthesis of contrasts, a bit like the fusion of yin and yang. My very first stuffed animal was a little cow, and even though my first encounter as a child with a real cow was traumatic – I got gored – this connection remained over the years, until my uncle gave me this adoption certificate for Rata. It’s a start-up project that supports young alpine breeders and every month gets me some cheese – delicious! – made from the milk of the adopted cows.”

The meaning of being a biker.

“Travelling by motorbike allows you to get into direct contact with what is around you. A motorbike is the perfect vehicle for reaching the places I’m looking for – the most isolated ones – to find the best stimuli and inspirations for my shots. Unlike a car, a motorbike facilitates more direct communication, and in a way it generates a more immediate empathy with the people you meet. It may sound  trivial, but seeing someone approach you on a motorbike – hearing them from a distance – helps to break down communication barriers. What’s more, riding a motorbike for me is an educational activity in so many ways. It can help you face life’s problems from a different perspective, with greater awareness of your own resources; it’s something that makes you grow, the moment you realise you’re capable of overcoming the challenges that the road presents.”

Educational experiences on two wheels.

“I will certainly never forget my first time solo in the Agriates desert in Corsica, where it was just me, my bike, and a tent. Spending nights in the cold under the starry sky was an incredible experience. Being isolated for days in the ‘wild’ environment of a relatively remote area like that really made me re-evaluate so many aspects of life. When you set off on a journey like that, you have a heightened sense of how vulnerable and ‘small’ we are compared to the nature surrounding us. On a motorbike, the constant presence of risk, even if it’s only marginal, forces you to sharpen your senses, to stay focused on everything around you. Then if the unexpected does happen, that’s when you feel most alive. When it happened to me, I skid out and my bike went flying into the current of a river, my instinctive response, after the first moment of panic, was to retrieve the bike as quick as possible, fix what could be fixed and try to start again. It’s from overcoming challenges like this that you learn how every obstacle, big and small – in motorcycling as in life – has to be faced head-on.”

Thanks to the ability to reach even the most inaccessible places and the freedom to stop anywhere, to capture and immortalize the perfect moment, the Tuareg 660 is Adriano’s ideal work companion. With the fusion of two of his passions, photography and motorcycling, the Tuareg 660 has become the ultimate means of transforming every ride into an adventure and every trip into a mission, always in search of the best shot, the right atmosphere, and the most powerful stories to be told, with the camera lens as a filter, guided by his instinct and creativity.

James Hillier and Bournemouth Kawasaki reunite for TT 2024!

Kawasaki UK is excited to announce that James Hillier will be returning to Team Green for the 2024 Isle of Man TT, reuniting with long-time partner Bournemouth Kawasaki Racing to compete in the Supersport class aboard a 40th anniversary-liveried Ninja ZX-6R! 

The pairing have enjoyed a rich history at the iconic event, securing multiple podium finishes together across multiple classes. However, it’s been the Supersport class where they have enjoyed the most success, scoring five podiums with the Ninja ZX-6R. 

After several years away, the Bournemouth Kawasaki team is returning to the Isle of Man TT and will be partnering with Hillier once again. With 2024 marking the 40th anniversary of the iconic Kawasaki Ninja brand, the team will be running the latest ZX-6R in the highly popular green, white and blue anniversary colours. 

James Hillier:
“I’m excited to be back with Pete and the team at Bournemouth Kawasaki once again for the Supersport races. We collectively have a lot of knowledge and data after many years racing together and at the TT that’s a crucial element to being competitive.” 

Pete Extance, Bournemouth Kawasaki Team Owner:
“We are really looking forward to our return to the Isle of Man TT as Bournemouth Kawasaki Racing, which we are proud to say is an in-house dealer effort. The TT is, without doubt, the best road race in the world, and we are over the moon to be back involved in 2024. It’s a great honour to be running James again, and even more so with the 40th Anniversary liveried Ninja machine. Big thanks to Kawasaki UK for the support.” 

Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department:
“We are really happy to welcome James back into the Kawasaki fold for the Supersport races this year. Together with Pete and the Bournemouth Kawasaki team we have collectively enjoyed a great deal of success over the years, so we are really hopeful of more trophies in 2024! We’d like to thank both Pete and James for pulling this together, and we can’t wait to see him head off down Bray Hill on what will be a stunning retro-themed Ninja ZX-6R!”

The popular Kawasaki Dealer Demo Days return for 2024!

This summer, riders across the UK will once again be able to enjoy the latest models in the 2024 Kawasaki range when the brand’s popular Dealer Demo Days roadshow returns. Kicking off in April, the event will visit dealers the length and breadth of the country.

With summer just around the corner, the Kawasaki Dealer Demo Days is the perfect opportunity for riders to get out on the road and try the latest 2024 Kawasaki range. This year’s event will run between April and September and will see the roadshow visit dozens of dealers across the UK, so customers should keep an eye on their local dealers for their closest event.
 
Each event will see a huge array of machines for riders to book test rides on, including the exciting new Ninja 7 Hybrid and Z 7 Hybrid machines, Ninja ZX-4RR, Z500 and Ninja 500. Alongside these new models, attendees will also be able to try the ever-popular Ninja 1000SX and Versys range.  
 
Craig Watson, Sales and Marketing Manager at Kawasaki Motors UK:

With the better weather just around the corner, the excitement to get out riding again is definitely building! Our Dealer Demo Days have been a huge success in recent years, so we’re pleased to be bringing them back again for 2024, offering bikers a chance to experience some of the latest and exciting machines in our range.”

 
Full line-up of models available to test ride:

Z500 SE
Ninja 500 SE
Eliminator SE
Ninja 650
Ninja ZX-4RR
Ninja ZX-6R
Z 7 Hybrid*
Z900
Z900RS
Ninja 1000SX
Versys 1000 SE
Ninja ZX-10R
Ninja H2 SX SE
Z H2 SE
Ninja 7 Hybrid*

 
*Hybrid machines are subject to availability

Fowlers Kawasaki – Saturday 06th July 2024
Address: 2 – 12 Bath Road, Bristol, BS4 3DR
Tel: 01179 772272

Shirlaws Motorcycles – Saturday 20th July 2024
Address: Wellington, Circle, Altens, Aberdeenshire, AB12 3JG
Tel: 01224 584855

Bolton Kawasaki – Saturday 27th July 2024
Address: Ivy Road Garage, Ivy Road, Bolton, BL1 6DJ
Tel: 01204 491511

MOTO GUZZI V7 STONE TEN

This new look for the king of motorbikes is a homage to the tenth anniversary of Moto Guzzi’s The Clan, the official community of owners and fans of Mandello machines.

DESIGN INSPIRED BY PASSION

This special livery is based on the logo of The Clan.  Featuring a black-and-white-checkered strip with a red border along the top of the fuel tank. Red details such as the shock absorbers and seat stitching add a touch of aggression, which is followed through onto the unmistakable eagle on the sides of the fuel tank and the words Moto Guzzi on the wheel rim channels. Last but not least, the badge on the handlebar riser marks this version as a special edition.

CELEBRATING IN STYLE

Features include bar end mirrors which have the effect of elongating the Stone Ten’s profile, making it appear even more dynamic than ever, along with a solid black anodised aluminium fuel tank cap. Other noteworthy touches include the Moto Guzzi 850 twin engine with head covers in an elegant graphite grey and throttle body guards also in black anodised aluminium.

SPORTY IN LOOKS AND PERFORMANCE

The Arrow exhaust takes the Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Ten’s performance up a notch, increasing power from 48 to 49 kW (66.5 horsepower) at 6700 rpm and maximum torque, which improves from 73 to 75 Nm at 4900 rpm. The Ten version’s Arrow exhaust is also available as an optional for all bikes in the Moto Guzzi V7 family.

The new Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Ten will be available from Moto Guzzi dealerships from May at the price of £9,300 OTR.
 

THE CLAN

Created in 2014, Moto Guzzi The Clan is the official community that has connected thousands of bikers, who are united by their passion for Mandello’s two-wheeled beasts. With over 50,000 current members from all over the world, it is a unique forum for sharing experiences, forging bonds, taking part in rallies and getting to know riders who often end up being future travel companions.

APRILIA ALL STARS 2024 – 8 JUNE IN MISANO

THE BIG APRILIA FESTIVAL IS BACK ALONG WITH THE FABULOUS RS-GP MACHINES OF THE MOTOGP CHAMPIONSHIP AND THE APRILIA RACING RIDERS: VIÑALES, ESPARGARÓ, SAVADORI, OLIVEIRA, AND FERNA´NDEZ

JACOPO CERUTTI AND FRANCESCO MONTANARI WILL BE WITH THEM, DOMINATORS WITH THE APRILIA TUAREG IN THE AFRICA ECO RACE

MAX BIAGGI WILL LEAD THE TEAM OF GREAT CHAMPIONS, TO CELEBRATE THE ITALIAN BRAND WITH THE MOST VICTORIES IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GP MOTORCYCLE RACING, ALONG WITH THOUSANDS OF FANS AND THE EXTRAORDINARY ATMOSPHERE OF APRILIA ALL STARS

THERE WILL BE LOTS OF BIKES, TEST RIDES, EVENTS, ENTERTAINMENT AND THE MUSIC OF RADIO DEEJAY FOR A FESTIVAL UNDER THE BANNER OF PASSION AND LOVE FOR MOTORSPORT

Noale, 19 February 2024 – The Aprilia All Stars event is back, the huge Aprilia festival that gives motorsport fans a unique day of incredible bikes and legendary champions.
Misano World Circuit, Saturday, 8 June is the date and place that fans will want to add to their calendar and not miss. A unique opportunity – entirely free – to see and enjoy firsthand the on-track performance of the magnificent Aprilia RS-GP machines that are participating in the MotoGP championship and meet the riders.

As always, the brightest stars will be the Aprilia Racing riders, Aleix Espargaró, Maverick Viñales, Lorenzo Savadori, Miguel Oliveira, and Rau´l Ferna´ndez. Champions not only on the track but, in true Aprilia All Stars tradition, they will also be among the fans in the paddock to celebrate Aprilia, the European brand with 297 GP triumphs in World Championship GP Motorcycle Racing. All the greats of Aprilia history will be with them, led by six-time world champion Max Biaggi.

Something new for this edition will be the participation of Jacopo Cerutti and Francesco Montanari, fresh from the triumphant début astride the Aprilia Tuareg in the Africa Eco Race. Cerutti, dominator of the African race, and Montanari will also meet their fans in the festive and informal atmosphere of Aprilia All Stars and they will be showing off the fabulous Aprilia Tuareg, dominator of the desert.

As always, Aprilia All Stars will be an all-around festival for our entire family of fans. The paddock will be constantly buzzing with fabulous test rides where enthusiasts will be able to put the bikes from the Aprilia range through their paces on the Romagna roads, all free of charge, as well as the Racing Museum, with the racing bikes that built the legend of the Italian brand, a must-see for any enthusiast.

The music of Radio DeeJay will provide the soundtrack of an event which will be rich with initiatives, such as the “Aprilia vista dall’Oriente” exhibit, with the spectacular photos of Japanese photographer Aki Kusudo, a total immersion in the racing world that tells the story of Aprilia’s commitment in the MotoGP championship.

There will also be spaces for eSport, shopping dedicated to Aprilia Racing brand apparel and merchandising, food areas, and much more.

Tuareg Experience Baja: off-roading in Baja California!

At the end of October last year, the Tuareg 660 was the star of the exclusive Experience organised by Aprilia US, which allowed a diverse group of bikers to embark on an unforgettable motorbike expedition through star-spangled California and the Mexican state of Baja California. A tour that we at #bearacer club will try to sum up for you, accompanied by spectacular images and video captured along the American West Coast:  this is the Baja Tuareg Experience!

Striking landscapes, at times arid and wild, that fuel the adventurous spirit in all of us, but at the same time hospitable and reassuring; just like the unmistakable Aprilia riding experience on the Tuareg.

The overall route clocked up an impressive 1,300 miles (more than 2000 km) in 6 days from San Diego to Bahía de los Ángeles and back, through dramatic coastal sections and challenging detours into the dusty hinterland of Mexican dirt roads, passing through desert landscapes and mountain chains with breathtaking colours. Settings in which the Tuareg 660 bikes performed exceptionally well, proving to be the perfect tool to transform the adventurous ambitions of every participant into a real-life experience.

IMPRESSIONS FROM THOSE WHO WERE THERE

Nothing brings together a group of individuals like sharing the search for and discovery of such powerful emotions. And so, 11 bikers, who came with different expectations, riding styles and experiences, found themselves in just a few hours clocking up the miles with a unity of purpose and the high spirits of a truly exploratory expedition.

From the off-road enthusiast to the avid track racer, all the Baja Tuareg Experience participants went away thrilled with the surroundings as well as the Tuareg 660 riding experience. In a landscape seemingly tailor-made for the two sides of the Tuareg, the multiple transitions between asphalt and off-road brought out the best in the qualities of this bike, developed to fuel the desire to explore the world in all conditions. A bike with performance, style and above all a true Aprilia feeling.

Having set out as individuals, the 11 motorbike travellers returned home as friends, united by the sharing of stories and experiences from these 6 intense days that they couldn’t wait to repeat as soon as they could.

Needless to say, some of them have already decided to “extend the Experience” by adding a new Tuareg 660 to their garages: perhaps this is the most tangible proof of how, deep down, we are all thrill-seekers. When we find what’s right for us, we can’t let it go… but first we have to try it!

The Tuono V4 Factory fears nobody!

Aprilia's star motorcycle scoops top marks in the Streetfighter category at Motociclismo magazine's Tester Day 2023 event.

Tester Day, organised by the Motociclismo magazine, is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year for two-wheel fans. Its brilliant and unique formula offers bikers the chance to take part in a “mini comparison”, by trying out a selection of bikes in the same category from different brands across a single day, making it easy to appreciate their advantages and differences. Then, at the end of the day, all participants are given a detailed questionnaire and asked to rate their experiences.

Over 1000 scorecards were submitted by riders at Tester Day 2023 in Sestriere, Northern Italy, and the honours in the Streetfighter category went to the Tuono V4 Factory, racking up an impressive average score of 9.3/10. The Tuono 660 Factory also scored respectably in the same category, with 8.12 points.