RideFast Magazine June 2019

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Limited Edition Super

Katana coming?

MV Agusta F3XX

An 800cc cousin to the machine that secured a podium fi nish in the

most recent World Supersport round, the MV Agusta F3XX sees its Imola

debut as good timing then.

Then when you consider the 160hp on tap, and 145kg sans fuel (156kg

all fueled up), the spec sheet for the F3XX is certainly impressive.

And honestly, the bike should be impressive. For those who don’t know,

Reparto Corse is a separate entity in the MV Agusta family – a completely

difference business unit from the bike-maker, in the same way that the

Castiglioni Research Center (CRC) is separate from the Varese factory.

For MV Agusta Reparto Corse, racing is their only business.

So, while it is strange to see the group build something for public

consumption, it is done not in a large manufacturing way, but instead in a

hand-built, small-volume manner. In other words, it isn’t going to be cheap.

In fact, Reparto Corse isn’t even willing to talk pricing, instead asking

those so inclined to reach out to them personally for a quote, as what

you see described here is only a starting point for what the race shop can

build…and they can build whatever you are willing to afford.

To get things started though, they have a motorcycle that drips in carbon

fi bre, including the fairings themselves.

Everything on the F3XX comes from a racing ethos. The wiring harness has

been rebuilt, shortened, and has an integrated datalogger. An AiM MXS1.2

TFT dash is used, instead of the stock LCD unit, and SC-Project has built a

3-1 full system exhaust. The list goes on, of course.

Our personal favourite touch is that the bike already has potentiometers

installed and wired up, so you can begin breaking down your lap times by

corner and study the performance of your suspension, throttle, braking

pressure, and so forth.

Of course the MV Agusta F3XX looks the business too, thanks to the

incredible design that the Italian brand has created with the MV Agusta

F3 street bike.

But, if you live on the track, and want the ultimate expression of that idea,

what Reparto Corse has built should be considered the only way forward.

It is mouth-watering. Source: A&R.

The rumour-mill in Japan is that Suzuki is planning a limited-edition

‘Super Katana’ that is effectively a ‘R’ version of the bike that was

launched by the Japanese factory earlier this year.

What’s being said in Japan and being shown here in this illustration

from top Japanese outlet YoungMachine is this: the supposed new

bike will appear sharing parts from the current GSX-R1000R at

the front end (high-end suspension and brakes) and GSX-R1000R

electronics (so, possibly more power than the current Katana’s

149bhp) the bike will still run with the standard Katana’s GSX-R K5-

derived motor and frame. The swingarm will be considerably different

on the 1135R though with a heavily-braced racing item.

The riding position will be different too with clip-on handlebars that will

sit lower than on the current bike and a lower front fairing to follow the

sweeping line from the bridge of the petrol tank forward and down in

an aggressive line. As for the small wings placed under the nosefairing?

Time will tell.

Motul SA announces new

distribution partnership

with Bikewise.

Motul SA has announced that as of June 1st, 2019, Motul motorcycle

products will be distributed throughout South Africa by Bikewise -

who are part of the KMSA Group and also do barnds such as Arai and

Pirelli. “We’re excited to have this opportunity to partner with Motul

SA and make their quality products more accessible to more South

African motorcycle owners,” commented Chris Speight – Managing

Director of KMSA, the holding company for Bikewise.

Mercia Jansen, Motul SA Area Manager for Southern and Eastern

Africa, echoed these sentiments, saying that “In Bikewise, Motul

has found a motorcycle distribution partner who shares our values

and commitment to quality in all areas. They have a 26-year legacy

of outstanding service in the market and we have no doubt they will

deliver the service and support our customers expect.”

Motorcycle accessory stores, workshops and dealers are encouraged

to contact Bikewise (using the details below) to find out more about

the Motul range they will be distributing.

For more information go to http://www.bikewise.co.za/ or call

Bikewise on: 011 566 0333

16 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE JUNE 2019

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