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Shoei Introduces The J-Cruise II Helmet

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The J-Cruise II will be available in dealers starting early December 2019. Solid and metallic colorways will start price at $549.
The J-Cruise II will be available in dealers starting early December 2019. Solid and metallic colorways will start price at $549. (Shoei/)

Shoei left no stone unturned in its revamp of the J-Cruise open-face helmet. The new J-Cruise II is significantly improved in a number of areas, with a revised shape and enhanced creature comforts. It will be available through Shoei dealers starting early December 2019 and carry a $549 price tag for solid and metallic colorways.

An integrated drop-down sun shield improves the functionality of the J-Cruise II.
An integrated drop-down sun shield improves the functionality of the J-Cruise II. (Shoei/)

To start, the proprietary Multi-Ply Matrix AIM shell was revised to accommodate an updated internal sun shield without affecting the design of the multi-piece, multi-density EPS impact liner inside. The shell will be available in four different shell sizes for an accurate fit across its XS–2XL size range. The shape of the shell was revised too, in order to provide better aerodynamic performance. It’s more compact than its predecessor, has a rear spoiler and redesigned intake and exhaust vents, all to make it more effective when air flows over the lid. According to Shoei’s reported wind tunnel testing results, upward lift force was reduced by 7 percent, drag was reduced by 1 percent, and horizontal pull at high speed was reduced by a remarkable 43 percent.

The redesigned exterior shell is claimed to be have a much lower profile than the original J-Cruise.
The redesigned exterior shell is claimed to be have a much lower profile than the original J-Cruise. (Shoei/)

The redesigned exterior is complemented by new beading around the shield seam and an air dam built into the shield that contributes to less wind turbulence coming up from below.

These changes help to reduce wind and road noise inside the helmet. The 3D Max-Dry interior lining also contributes to a quiet, comfortable ride. It’s removable, washable, and has a blend of fabrics that wick moisture and are quick drying.

The J-Cruise II will feature a micro ratchet retention strap.
The J-Cruise II will feature a micro ratchet retention strap. (Shoei/)

A micro ratchet chinstrap is utilized to keep the helmet safe and snug, a feature that’s been popular on Shoei lids in Europe and around the world. It’s 100 percent stainless steel and intended to be easy to use while wearing gloves.

The J-Cruise II comes with improved ventilation for maximum airflow.
The J-Cruise II comes with improved ventilation for maximum airflow. (Shoei/)

Designers also revamped the ventilation design

Metzeler Reveals 4 Motorcycle Tires For 2020 Photo Gallery

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Metzeler has unveiled four new tires for 2020, the Sportec M9 RR, Roadtec 01 SE, Racetec TD Slick, and Roadtec Scooter.
Metzeler has unveiled four new tires for 2020, the Sportec M9 RR, Roadtec 01 SE, Racetec TD Slick, and Roadtec Scooter. (Metzeler/)The Racetec TD Slick will be ideal for trackday riders on a budget.
The Racetec TD Slick will be ideal for trackday riders on a budget. (Metzeler/)The Racetec TD Slick won’t require any tire warmers for track use.
The Racetec TD Slick won’t require any tire warmers for track use. (Metzeler/)The new Sportec M9 RR aims to provide dramatic performance improvements to supersport and naked-bike riders.
The new Sportec M9 RR aims to provide dramatic performance improvements to supersport and naked-bike riders. (Metzeler/)The Sportec M9 RR has an updated compound, tread design, and construction.
The Sportec M9 RR has an updated compound, tread design, and construction. (Metzeler/)The Roadtec 01 SE has a 100 percent silica compound.
The Roadtec 01 SE has a 100 percent silica compound. (Metzeler/)A dual-compound design gives the Roadtec 01 SE better performance and durability.
A dual-compound design gives the Roadtec 01 SE better performance and durability. (Metzeler/)The Roadtec Scooter will eventually be Metzeler’s single scooter tire offering.
The Roadtec Scooter will eventually be Metzeler’s single scooter tire offering. (Metzeler/)The Roadtec Scooter borrows design elements from the Roadtec 01.
The Roadtec Scooter borrows design elements from the Roadtec 01. (Metzeler/)

Metzeler Reveals 4 Motorcycle Tires For 2020

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Metzeler has announced big plans for 2020, introducing four new tire models for a range of riding segments. For trackday riders, there’s the Racetec TD Slick. The Sportec M9 RR is aimed at supersport riders, and is an update to Metzeler’s Sportec M7 RR. Naked, sportbike, and sport-touring riders will have the Roadtec 01 SE to consider, an update to the Roadtec 01. And scooter riders get a new Roadtec Scooter tire.

Racetec TD Slick

Left to Right: The Racetec TD Slick will be ideal for trackday riders on a budget; The Racetec TD Slick won’t require any tire warmers for track use.
Left to Right: The Racetec TD Slick will be ideal for trackday riders on a budget; The Racetec TD Slick won’t require any tire warmers for track use. (Metzeler/)

Metzeler crafted the Racetec TD Slick to provide optimal performance without the need for equipment like tire warmers, stands, or finely tuned suspension. A more egalitarian approach to trackday slicks, in other words. The compound is designed for optimal grip on a variety of track surfaces and operating temperatures, with a high level of durability and the ability to swap the rotation direction of the rear tire if wear is heavier on one side. They will come in four sizes to start, all 17 inches. There will be one 120/70 front option along with 180/55, 190/55, and 200/55 rear options.

Related: The Best Long-Distance Motorcycle Touring Tires

Sportec M9 RR

Left to Right: The new Sportec M9 RR aims to provide dramatic performance improvements to supersport and naked-bike riders; The Sportec M9 RR has an updated compound, tread design, and construction.
Left to Right: The new Sportec M9 RR aims to provide dramatic performance improvements to supersport and naked-bike riders; The Sportec M9 RR has an updated compound, tread design, and construction. (Metzeler/)

The Sportec M9 RR has some big boots to fill, taking the place of the popular Sportec M7 RR. Metzeler states that much of its development focus for the M9 was placed on optimizing tire performance for the variety of electronic rider aids now standard on supersport and higher-performance naked bikes. It’s meant to be an everyday-use tire with performance capabilities to hold steady when riders up the pace in the hills.

To start, the M9 is made from a 100 percent silica compound, helping to ensure fast warm-up and to improve overall lifespan. Front and rear tires have high-grip slick shoulders and a narrow slick stripe in the center for optimal grip, along with a tread pattern designed to provide high levels of water drainage in a straight line or in a lean. Overall performance is promised to be noticeably higher in both wet and dry conditions compared to the M7. The new M9 RR will be available in three front sizes and nine rear sizes.

Roadtec 01 SE

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2021 Husqvarna 901 Norden Spied Testing

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It has a retro vibe to it, but it’s not antiquated. In fact, this purported 901 Adventure looks balanced and thoughtful.
It has a retro vibe to it, but it’s not antiquated. In fact, this purported 901 Adventure looks balanced and thoughtful. (Husqvarna/)

Recent spy shots reveal Husqvarna has some pretty interesting road bikes up its sleeve. Chief among them is a purported 901 Adventure, carrying what would be a new engine configuration for the brand.

I make that assumption because the 901 Adventure was flanked by a new Svartpilen that’s powered by a clearly visible twin-cylinder mill. And because it indicates further utilization of the new 890 parallel twin Husqvarna’s parent company, KTM, is currently developing. The brands make good use of engine platforms. If you zoom in close on the covers in the Adventure, you can clearly see KTM badging.

Where this 901 diverges from the previously spied 890 GT from KTM is in the looks department. The Husqvarna version has a more retro vibe when looking at its bodywork and cowl, which isn’t a bad thing at all. In fact, even at such an early stage the body panels appear pleasing. By the looks of things, it is designed to house some auxiliary lights on either side of the main round headlight. This will keep the motorcycle’s internals and rider protected, while exuding a utilitarian stance that will likely be appreciated by adventure riders.

Related: Husqvarna Shows Us Its Adventure Machine

Other elements like a decent-sized fuel tank, luggage racks, skid plate, hand guards, spoked wheels, and what looks to be a really neutral, comfortable ride position further the appeal of the design at this stage.

If this is indeed to be a Husqvarna 901 Adventure, I have to say I like where the company’s head is at. Rather than being pigeonholed into the futuristic minimalism embodied by its Svartpilen and VItpilen streetbikes, Husqvarna appears to be designing with the segment rider first and foremost in mind. This bike will no doubt have a high level of fit and finish, and in final trim will likely be a head-turner, but it will also be useful for those looking to venture far and wide.

Will we see a more developed version during next year’s EICMA show? Stay tuned.






2020 Kawasaki Z650 ABS First Look Preview Photo Gallery

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Read about Kawasaki’s mid-sized 2020 Z650 ABS naked sportbike in this first look.
Read about Kawasaki’s mid-sized 2020 Z650 ABS naked sportbike in this first look.The 2020 Kawasaki Z650 bodywork looks and feels more compact, with a new chin spoiler, new instrument cover, and forward-slanting lines of the cowling contributing to the Sugomi styling.
The 2020 Kawasaki Z650 bodywork looks and feels more compact, with a new chin spoiler, new instrument cover, and forward-slanting lines of the cowling contributing to the Sugomi styling. (Kawasaki/)The 2020 Kawasaki Z650 engine and chassis were developed in an effort to create a motorcycle that is well-balanced and a lot of fun to ride on either your daily commute or a weekend blast on your favorite roads.
The 2020 Kawasaki Z650 engine and chassis were developed in an effort to create a motorcycle that is well-balanced and a lot of fun to ride on either your daily commute or a weekend blast on your favorite roads. (Kawasaki/)Kawasaki included an assist slipper clutch on the Z650 which makes it very easy to get the bike rolling from a stop, and smooths out the downshifts when you don’t get your clutch work just perfect.
Kawasaki included an assist slipper clutch on the Z650 which makes it very easy to get the bike rolling from a stop, and smooths out the downshifts when you don’t get your clutch work just perfect. (Kawasaki/)The 2020 Kawasaki Z650 comes with Dunlop Sportmax 2 tires. This new rubber is lighter and more sticky which helps the Z handle better on the twisty canyon roads.
The 2020 Kawasaki Z650 comes with Dunlop Sportmax 2 tires. This new rubber is lighter and more sticky which helps the Z handle better on the twisty canyon roads. (Kawasaki/)This is the first time that Kawasaki has offered the Middleweight Hypernaked line of motorcycles with Smartphone Connectivity. When used along with the Rideology App you can monitor and change the functions on your motorcycle, share trips and analyze your ride data.
This is the first time that Kawasaki has offered the Middleweight Hypernaked line of motorcycles with Smartphone Connectivity. When used along with the Rideology App you can monitor and change the functions on your motorcycle, share trips and analyze your ride data. (Kawasaki/)Kawasaki has embraced its Sugomi styling across the board. With the new Z650 it provides a bold new appearance thanks to the bright LED headlight, front cowl, and bodywork components that help the bike look great from all angles.Read more
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