ORLANDO, FL (FNN News) – The American International Motorcycle Expo 2015 (AIMExpo 2015) kicked off on Thursday at the Orange County Convention Center with some significant global and North American debuts of new motorcycles from the industry’s premier manufacturers like Kawasaki, Yamaha, Honda, and Zero Motorcycles. AIMExpo 2015 continues throughout the weekend and will feature more new model introductions as well as debuts of the industry’s latest innovations from the most recognizable brands of protective wear.
Zero Motorcycles Adds Two New Models to All-Electric Lineup for 2016, Announces Gains in Battery Efficiency
Pioneering electric motorcycle manufacturer Zero Motorcycles globally unveiled its complete lineup of 2016 models at AIMExpo Thursday. Highlighting the introduction was the addition of two new motorcycles – the supermoto-inspired FXS and dual sport DSR – which gives Zero Motorcycles six distinct models for virtually any application. The FXS, based on the FX model, features massive 70 ft-lb of torque and weighs less than 300 pounds, with components tailored to provide exceptional control and responsiveness. The DSR, based on the DS model, is ideal for adventure riders, with 106 lb-ft of torque (56 percent more than the DS) that is quick on the street and even better off-road with 25 percent more power than the DS.
Zero’s signature Z-Force powertrain has pushed electric motorcycle technology even further for 2016 as the new Z-Force IPM (interior permanent magnet) motor produces power more efficiently, cools more rapidly, and has higher thermal capability. These advancements mean significantly improved performance and allows for higher sustained top speeds. Power comes from Z-Force power packs with optimized lithium-ion cell technology and the gains in both capacity and efficiency have pushed battery range up to 197 miles in the city and 98 miles on the highway (at 70 mph) with the optional Power Tank accessory. Additionally, a new Charge Tank accessory allows for three times faster charging, completely recharging in two to three hours.
Zero has also made purchasing an electric motorcycle more affordable than ever with price reductions on two high performance models – the S ZF9.8 streetfighter and DS ZF9.8 dual sport – with each starting at $10,995.
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Yamaha Surprises with Unveiling of DT-07 Flat Track Concept Bike
Yamaha made a surprise announcement on Thursday at AIMExpo 2015 with the global unveiling of the DT-07 Flat Track concept bike. The one-off creation was designed and built by Jeff Palhegyi Design in conjunction with Yamaha’s U.S. race shop and takes style cues from the FZ-07 naked bike. Its engine is a special race-tuned FZ-07 twin-cylinder engine, ideal for the low- to mid-range torque needed for flat track racing, outfitted with a Graves Motorsports exhaust system. The bike features one-piece bodywork with the iconic yellow livery commemorating Yamaha’s 60th anniversary.
New Honda CBR500R Headlines Manufacturer’s 2016 CBR Lineup
The stronger-than-ever CBR lineup from Honda was showcased on Thursday at AIMExpo 2015 and was highlighted by the global debut of the aggressively restyled 2016 CBR500R. The CBR500R has been a popular model for Honda thanks to its impressive performance for an entry-level bike, drawing from the successful racing DNA of the CBR600RR and the CBR1000RR. The new styling of the CBR500R features a sharper, more aggressive look with improved airflow for enhanced comfort and handling, in addition to a smoother power output that emphasizes low- to mid-range torque. Detailed refinements like LED headlights and taillights, new muffler design, adjustable brake lever, larger fuel tank, and wave ignition comprise an all-around package ideal for everyday use.
Honda’s $184,000 Street Legal MotoGP Bike
Since it was first introduced to the world as a production bike in June, the Honda RC213V-S has had the motorcycle world buzzing. The street-legal MotoGP replica is Honda’s ultimate showcase of performance and engineering and boasts a jaw-dropping price tag of $184,000. AIMExpo 2015 is just the third time the bike has been displayed in North America and with AIMExpo serving as the industry’s premier powersports trade show, the RC213V-S is being showcased to its largest audience to date.
This is the closest performance a road-going bike available to the public has ever been to a MotoGP machine and comes hand-built exclusively from a workshop at Honda’s Kumamoto Factory in Japan. It’s hefty price tag comes as a result of a compact 90-degree 999cc V-4 with titanium connecting rods and race-derived features that include an under-seat fuel tank and carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastic fairing, in addition to several parts directly from Honda’s MotoGP bike: swingarm, slipper clutch, magnesium Marchesini wheels, Öhlins forks, adjustable footrests and foot controls, and most of the Brembo brake components. It also features selectable power modes, engine-brake control, and traction control with position detection technology, making it one of the finest built street-legal bikes ever.
A maximum of 250 units will be produced globally and the US version of the bike will produce approximately 101 hp in order to pass US regulations.
Thursday’s showcases are but a taste of the innovations, industry insight, and product reveals to come during AIMExpo 2015.