Yamaha Releases All-New R6 for 2005

Starting out to give the 2005 R6 more horsepower and a new fork, the R6 nearly became new motorcycle with new camshafts, bigger throttle bodies, improved fuel injection, revised intake funnels and more, resulting in a smoother, fatter powerband with three more horsepower at 13,000 rpm.

To channel that power, a new, fully-adjustable inverted fork with 41mm tubes was added for the most precise handling possible. It was too good a place to resist mounting powerful new 310mm front disc brakes, radial calipers and a radial master cylinder to even further exploit the R6's amazing front-end feel. The added rigidity of the new fork led to a redesign of the main frame to accommodate new rear suspension linkage.

Light weight, sharp handling, great overall balance ­ elevated to the next level. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price...$8,399 ~ $8,499

New for 2005
- Engine upgrades in the form of 40mm throttle bodies, revised fuel injection and ignition mapping, new camshafts and intake funnels, etc., all result in a 3-horsepower increase at the same rpm as before with more power across the board.
- New, fully adjustable inverted fork with 41mm tubes further reinforces R6's main strength: precise handling. New, cast top triple clamp and forged lower clamp also increase rigidity, and work with revised handlebar positioning.
- To complement the new fork, the rear section of the Deltabox III main frame was revised internally to work with revised swingarm linkage and mounts for improved handling.
- Lighter, 310mm front brake discs replace 298mm units. New radial-mount four-piston calipers and radial master cylinder provide greater braking power and feel.
- 120/70-ZR17 front tire replaces previous 120/60-ZR17 for improved handling.
- Twin, ring-type radiator fans are now used to ensure optimal engine cooling.
- Revised headlight lens and revised under-cowl for even better style.

- Ultra-compact, lightweight, 600cc DOHC 16-valve liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder puts out 123 horsepower.
- Competition-bred suction-piston-type fuel injection features short intake ports and a special vacuumcontrolled intake system to ensure instant throttle response all the way up to the 15,500-rpm redline.
- Compact slant-block engine design uses stacked gearbox shafts to create a low center of gravity and balanced weight distribution.
- Ram-Air Induction System delivers cool, high-pressure air for optimal combustion and greater horsepower at high speed.
- Lightweight forged pistons on carburized connecting rods for superb strength and reduced reciprocating mass.
- Linerless, ceramic-composite cylinder bores mean greater heat dissipation for consistent power delivery and reduced friction.
- Close-ratio 6-speed transmission delivers seamless power and maximum acceleration.
- Special three-axis gearbox design stacks input/output shafts to keep overall engine size to super-compact dimensions.
- Curved radiator follows the contour of the frame and bodywork for an ultra-sleek look and excellent cooling performance.
- Specially designed, one-piece cylinder and crankcase assembly provides superior engine rigidity and light weight.
- Engine is a fully stressed chassis member to allow for a super-light frame design.
- Compact, large-capacity clutch ensures consistent, fade-free performance.
- Rifle-bored camshafts with specially designed valve lifters and computer-perfected timing for reduced spinning mass and quicker acceleration.
- Large-capacity internal water pump and separate liquid-cooled oil cooler ensure optimal engine cooling efficiency.
- 4-into-2-into-1 aluminum exhaust optimizes engine performance, reduces overall weight and is tucked in high for maximum lean angle.
- Direct ignition coils, dual-electrode spark plugs and high-output magneto deliver extremely accurate, reliable firing.

- Radical Deltabox IlI aluminum chassis is light, stiff, and extremely compact for razor-sharp handling.
- Controlled Fill die casting produces an incredibly sleek swingarm that is remarkably strong and light by pinpointing exactly where material needs to be. Pivot position and swingarm length (576mm) are optimized for great traction feel.
- Fully adjustable (preload, compression and rebound damping) 41mm inverted telescopic front fork with 4.7" of travel offers race-bred suspension performance with ultra-precise rider feedback.
- Fully adjustable (preload, compression and rebound damping) piggyback rear shock with 4.7" of travel delivers exceptional rear wheel tracking and stability.
- Removable CF die cast rear subframe is light and strong.
- Super-light five-spoke 17" wheels reduce unsprung weight; the casting technique makes the rim section light, not to mention wickedly cool-looking.

Additional Features:
- Durable, lightweight, aluminum clip-on bars provide optimal vibration damping
- Narrow 4.5-gallon fuel tank provides excellent rider ergonomics and aggressive seating position.
- Multi-function digital and analog instrumentation features: digital speedometer, analog tachometer, dual tripmeters with odometer, upward-counting fuel reserve meter, water temp gauge and lights for neutral, high beam, low fuel and turn signals.
- Dual Gatling beam 60/55-watt multi-reflector headlight features a sleek profile for superb aerodynamics and visibility.
- Dual LED taillight design reduces both weight and size while providing excellent visibility and a sleek profile.
- Standard toolkit located in convenient storage compartment under passenger seat.

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MSRP: $8,399 (Blue; Red), $8,499 (Raven) All available from November 2004


Type: 600cc, Liquid cooled, 4-stroke, forward inclined inline 4 cylinder, DOHC, 16 valves
Bore x Stroke: 65.5 x 44.5m
Compression Ratio: 12.4 1
Carburetion:Fuel Injection
Ignition: Digital DC-CDI
Transmission: 6-speed w/multi-plate clutch
Final Drive: #530O-ring chain

Suspension/Front: 41mm inverted telescopic fork w/adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping; 4.7" travel
Suspension/Rear: Single shock w/piggyback reservoir and adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping; 4.7" travel
Brakes/Front: Dual 310mm floating discs w/radial mount, forged 4-piston calipers
Brakes/Rear: 220mm disc w/ single-piston caliper
Tires/Front: 120/70-ZR17
Tires/Rear: 180-55-ZR17

Length: 80.5"
Width: 27.1"
Height: 43.5"
Seat Height: 32.3"
Wheelbase: 54.3"
Rake (Caster Angle): 24.5°
Trail: 3.7"
Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gallons
Oil Capacity (with oil filter change): 2.85 Qt.
Dry Weight: 357 lbs.

Secondary Reduction Ratio: 48/16 (3.000)
Gear Ratio - 1st Gear: 37/13 (2.846)
Gear Ratio - 2nd Gear: 28/18 (1.556)
Gear Ratio - 3rd Gear: 28/18 (1.556)
Gear Ratio - 4th Gear:32/24 (1.333)
Gear Ratio - 5th Gear: 25/21 (1.190)
Gear Ratio - 6th Gear: 26/24 (1.083)

Team Yamaha Blue/White, Rapid Red, Raven

1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

Ducati Monster S2R

Ducati Monster

Great news for Monster fans! The Monster range for 2005 has doubled in size. The Monster S4R, a real naked superbike dedicated to the most demanding Ducati fans, will be joined by another just as mean, aggressive and exclusive Monster, the S2R. The arrival of the S2R heralds the birth of the SR family of Monsters, an innovative re-interpretation of the original Monster concept. And the S2R is not the only news in the Monster world. Fans of this unique motorcycle will be delighted to learn of the many developments that have taken place both in the 620 and 1000 models. The Monster Cromo is back, the bike made for riders who never want to go unnoticed. Great to look at, more than original, in fact quite unique, the Cromo will be available in a limited edition destined to command unlimited interest.

The Monster Family

Only one year after the launch of the S4R, the most powerful and exclusive Monster ever made, built using a large number of superbike components, a sister has appeared in the form of the S2R. The idea behind the S2R remains that of an exclusive, high performance motorcycle capable of defining the very concept of a naked sport. Built around a less extreme engine, the S2R nevertheless shares the same uncompromising components as the S4R, and is equipped with everything you need for an amazingly exciting ride. With the addition of the S2R, Ducati has created the SR family within the Monster range. Ducati's naked range, loved by tuners everywhere, has therefore expanded to offer more choices than ever before and to satisfy an even larger number of fans and enthusiasts of this great motorcycle. The SR Monsters at the top of the 2005 range are accompanied by other more classic models, continuing the evolutionary cycle begun over ten years ago. The 2005 range includes Ducati's most advanced 620 and 1000 cc power units. Both the 1000 and the 620 ranges are made up of three models each. The 620 range in particular now includes the Dark Monodisco model that carries the lowest price tag of all Monsters.

Monster S2R, S2R Dark

The tremendous success that the S4R has demonstrated the need for a new family of more sports oriented nakeds, stylistically and technologically advanced Monsters capable of delivering competition level performance. This is the ethos of the new Monster S2R, less extreme in terms of power but just as able to deliver all the excitement and fascination of its bigger sister. The engine selected for the entry level to this new family of Monsters is Ducati's air-cooled twin valve 803 cc twin. The colour schemes of this new Monster are highly recognisable and mirror the eye-catching graphics of the S4R. The S2R is available in 5 new colours: black, black with tangerine red stripe, acid yellow with black stripe, Ducati red with white stripe and tangerine red with black stripe


New for 2005, the Monster S2R mirrors the overall design of the S4R. The only differences are those dictated by the presence of another kind of engine.

The choice of an air-cooled two-valve twin makes this latest Monster even more essential and sleek looking. Styling features the most exclusive solutions, like a twinned exhaust on the right side of the seat, and eye-catching colour schemes. The S2R comes in a choice of six different colours. Four of these reproduce the highly successful stripe down the mudguards and tank in different colour combinations. Classic Ducati red with white stripe is now backed up by black with tangerine red stripe, and acid yellow and tangerine red both with contrasting black stripes. Then there are two solid colours, black and matt black for the S 2R Dark. As with all Dark models the S2R Dark is the S2R with the lowest price tag and is also distinguishable by its level of equipment. The sports cockpit fairing and matching seat cover fitted to the other S2R models have been eliminated and the handlebars are conventional steel bars instead of variable section aluminium.


If you buy a naked like the Monster S2R you expect the sort of performance promised by its highly aggressive lines. And the latest addition to the Monster family will certainly not disappoint. Its chassis is designed to perform well in all conditions, especially on the mixed, fast roads that represent the S2R's ideal terrain.

The two 300 mm front discs and the 245 single rear disc deliver all the power needed to guarantee reduced stopping distances. You can place absolute faith in the suspension too. The fork is a Marzocchi 43 mm upside down unit and there is an adjustable Sachs monoshock at the rear. This damps a single-sided aluminium swing arm that represents one of the most exclusive components of the Monster SR family.


The engine is no newcomer. The air cooled 800 twin has already been acclaimed for its effectiveness on the Monster and for the ideal compromise it offers between power, torque and fuel consumption. Electronic fuel injection and an exhaust catalyser combine to deliver plenty of smooth power while keeping emissions low and ensuring miserly fuel consumption. The S2R's power unit has also been enhanced by a major new innovation. For 2005 the S2R incorporates the APTC clutch already tried and tested to great effect on other recent Monster models. The new clutch reduces the lever strenght, in order to benefit all riders, particularly in town traffic. The greatest benefit is nevertheless felt when the bike is ridden with verve and hard downshifting. These are the conditions under which the anti-skid "slipper" system of the APTC clutch really makes itself felt, eliminating the annoying effects of reverse-acting torque that causes the rear wheel to bounce on the asphalt. Compared to the clutches fitted to the 620 Monsters, that of the S2R also incorporates dampers for smoother gear changes.

Tech Specs:


Type: L twin cylinder, 2 valves per cylinder Desmodromic, air cooled
Displacement: 803 cc
Bore and stroke: 88 x 66 mm
Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
Power: 56,7 Kw - 77 HP @ 8.250 rpm
Torque: 72,6 Nw - 7.4 kgm @ 6.500 rpm
Fuel injection: Marelli electronic fuel injection, 45 mm throttle body
Exhaust: 2 aluminium mufflers
Emissions: Euro 2


Gearbox : 6-speed
Ratio: 1st 32/13, 2nd 30/18, 3rd 28/21, 4th 26/23, 5th 22/22, 6th 24/26
Primary Drive: Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.85
Final Drive: Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 41
Clutch: Wet multiplate with hydraulic control


Frame: Tubular steel trellis frame
Wheelbase: 56.7 in / 1440 mm
Rake: 24°
Front Suspension: 43 mm upside-down fork
Front Wheel travel: 5.1 in / 130 mm
Front Wheel: 5-spoke light alloy 3.50 x 17
Front Tire: 120/70 ZR 17
Rear Suspension: Progressive linkage with adjustable Sachs monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarm
Rear Wheel travel: 5.8 in / 148 mm
Rear Wheel: 5-spoke light alloy 5.50 x 17
Rear Tire: 180/55 ZR 17
Front Brake: 2 x 300 mm discs, 2-piston caliper
Rear Brake: 245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper


Fuel Capacity: 14 l (of which 3 l reserve) / 3.6 US gal (of which 0.8 US gal reserve)
Dry Weight: 381 Ibs / 173 kg
Seat height: 31.5 in / 800 mm
Max Height: 48.1 in / 1222 mm
Max Length: 83.5 in / 2105 mm


Electronic panel: speedometer, rev counter, warning light for low oil pressure, indicators for high beam, fuel reserve, turn signals, LCD clock, immobilizer


2 years unlimited mileage


Total enjoyment is the mission of the new Pegaso 650 Strada, the bike with a whole new attitude to riding. Lightweight, powerful and with spot-on handling, the Pegaso 650 Strada loves bends, but firmly believes in versatility. So, if you think that riding should be fun, then the Pegaso 650 Strada is for you.

Aprilia has always led the field in big singles. The PEGASO 650 was Aprilia's first ever big bike, and is still one of the best sellers in its class today. In fact the Pegaso has been the reference point for over-600 cc singles for many years.

But Aprilia's R&D department never rests on its laurels. Determined to stay at the top, Aprilia is proud to present yet another innovative, high-tech motorcycle. Just as the Pegaso set the standards for off-road singles when it was first introduced, the NEW PEGASO 650 STRADA is the highest expression of advanced single cylinder technology today. A modern, four-valve, dry sump engine with electronic fuel injection, ultra-light wheels and sports brakes are just some of its technical features. Small wonder then, that the new PEGASO 650 STRADA is the new pace-setter that all others will have to contend with.

Fashions change; technologies develop; performance improves; but Aprilia's panache for creativity remains constant. The NEW PEGASO 650 STRADA is the first of a new age of motorcycles in which technology and design have a single mission: to deliver maximum enjoyment. The PEGASO 650 STRADA is packed with innovations and can easily be defined as fun on two wheels. This urban supermotard is designed for riding satisfaction on all types of road. The PEGASO 650 STRADA is also beautifully light, with a dry weight of only 168 kg to maximise fun and performance.

The NEW PEGASO 650 STRADA shuns stylistic excess. Instead, it does everything possible to give its rider unrivalled handling. The PEGASO 650 STRADA also knows the importance of comfort and ergonomics. It knows that total ridability is essential for a bike to prove its worth under all conditions from city commuting to touring. That is why every mile ridden on a PEGASO 650 STRADA, in or out of town, is a concentration of riding pleasure.

The PEGASO 650 STRADA is unbelievably agile in traffic. A total steering angle of 76° (38°+38°) lets you nip through the rush-hour, so even going to work can be fun! The PEGASO 650 STRADA is exciting, agile, manoeuvrable, dynamic, fast and everything else with it! It is born to devour mountain bends, thanks to superb engine performance and the sort of handling you would only expect from a sports bike.

But the PEGASO 650 STRADA can become a totally different bike at the drop of a hat. The optional fairing screen turns it from an aggressive streetfighter into a road-hungry tourer.

The Aprilia PEGASO 650 STRADA is a truly multi-purpose motorcycle, easy to ride yet capable of guaranteeing exciting sports performance for leisure-time riders and convinced motorcyclists.


The PEGASO 650 STRADA's unmistakable personality, plus the sort of style that has always distinguished Aprilia motorcycles, make the bike instantly recognisable. Aggressive, eye-catching, and clearly Aprilia, the PEGASO 650 STRADA brings sporty elegance to every ride. The PEGASO 650 STRADA's good looks emphasise its light weight and dynamism from the first glance.

The bike's vocation for fun and enjoyment is clear even when it is on its side stand! The sleek, streamlined design of the Aprilia PEGASO 650 STRADA declares the bike's eagerness for sports riding even before the engine starts.

The PEGASO 650 STRADA sets new standards in motorcycle design. Every single part has been made for perfect functionality and ergonomics. The result is perfect integration between man an d machine, for unbeatable fun and universal ridability.
The PEGASO 650 STRADA boasts an extremely low seat, just 780 mm, for absolutely leisurely control. Riders of all statures, including lady riders, can get their feet firmly on the ground. The seat is specially shaped for effective sports riding too, while also affording rider and passenger great long distance comfort. An optional kit is available to increase seat height to 820 mm, making the riding position even more comfortable for taller riders.

Rarely has such performance been coupled with such great ergonomics and functionality. Two storage compartments, one in the top of the tank and a second under the seat, provide bags of room for items you need to get your hands on quickly. There is even provision for an elastic seat net to carry even more of your belongings with you on holiday.

For maximum convenience, the tank-top storage compartment can be opened by an electric push-button on the handlebars, so coins, mobile phones, toll tickets and the like can be reached without having to stop the engine. The under-seat compartment is more generous than any other in this class of motorcycle and quite big enough to stow rain-proofs and other such items.

Rational design has found its maximum expression on the NEW PEGASO 650 STRADA. Take the self-supporting cockpit fairing for example. This one part holds the headlights and the instruments. Fewer parts means fewer screws, greater strength and reduced weight.


The PEGASO 650 STRADA's engine is a liquid cooled, four valve, single cylinder four stroke, equipped with the most advanced electronic fuel injection system currently available. The engine is designed for brilliant performance, low fuel consumption and, of course, extremely low emissions. The result is a machine that is fantastic to ride under all conditions.

The engine maintains Aprilia's traditional dry sump design. What makes it so exceptional is its compact overall dimensions and advanced technology. The engine's high power output (50 HP) is perfect for the PEGASO 650 STRADA's design concept, a concept that prioritises riding enjoyment. This powerful but flexible engine has an exceptional torque curve and accounts for the dual personality of the Aprilia PEGASO 650 STRADA: docile and relaxed for daily commuting and touring but mean and aggressive for sports riding.

The NEW PEGASO 650 STRADA has a healthy respect for the environment. Like all Aprilia motorcycles it incorporates standard-setting engine technology because fun and enjoyment should not spoil the environment. A double exhaust catalyser keeps emissions within the latest Euro 2 standards.

Other features of the PEGASO 650 STRADA that deserve special mention are:
- Anti-vibration counter-shaft for smoother running and greater comfort.
- Single throttle body with a latest generation micro-spray injector.


Efficiency can go hand in hand with simplicity. A compact, single spar, steel frame is the perfect backbone for a thoroughbred supermotard like the NEW PEGASO 650 STRADA. Despite its extremely light weight, this frame delivers standard-setting rigidity as well as easy access for maintenance purposes.

Great care has been taken over suspension calibration to combine road holding and comfort. The NEW PEGASO 650 STRADA is equipped with a robust fork with the largest diameter stanchions in its class (45 mm). Wheel travel is 140 mm. This fork provides the best possible compromise between easy riding, braking control and comfort. A robust anti-twist bridge helps make the front end even more rigid and imparts a feeling of solid reliability unequalled by any other bike.

The gas-filled monoshock at the rear is adjustable in spring preload and rebound. It too is calibrated for maximum control under sports riding conditions without penalising versatility. Rear wheel travel is 130 mm.

The PEGASO 650 STRADA's elegant aluminium alloy wheels copy the wheel design of the RSV 1000 R Factory supersports for an even more aggressive look. Wide rimmed wheels and large, road-going tyres (110/70 at the front, 160/60 at the rear) provide plenty of support for the Pegaso's refined chassis. Great tyre grip and an extended area of ground contact guarantee a sensational ride in total safety.

The wheel spindles are 20 mm in diameter but hollow for greater strength and reduced weight.


Absolutely nothing has been overlooked, and only the best available components have been used. The Brembo front brake features a mighty 320 mm floating disk with a four-pot calliper, for the sort of braking power and control normally only found on supersport machines.

This powerful front brake is assisted by a 240 mm disk with a Brembo floating two-pot calliper at the rear.

The entire braking system has been calibrated for maximum efficiency, power, response, and feel.


Just like all Aprilias, the PEGASO 650 STRADA is equipped with top quality, prestige components. The following items deserve special mention:
- Complete, sports style, analog/digital instrumentation to provide the rider with all possible information. Alongside the analog rev counter, a large, multifunctional, digital display incorporates an on-board trip computer to display instantaneous and average fuel consumption, trip speeds and times, and a chronometer. Eight function and warning indicators monitor riding and engine parameters and the direction indicators feature a timed self-cancelling system.
- 2 storage compartments, including one on top of the tank and a second under the seat. An electric release control on the handlebars means that there is no need to remove the ignition key to open the tank-top compartment.
- Electronic immobilizer.
- Large twin headlights with simultaneously lit low and high beam units.
- Compact, streamlined direction indicators with monocoque body and integrated halogen bulb.


As can be expected from Aprilia, the NEW PEGASO 650 STRADA is complemented by a wide range of dedicated accessories, so you can customise your bike exactly as you want it.
- Hand guards
- Heated grips
- Fairing screen
- Luggage rack
- Top box
- Panniers
- High seat and footrest kit

Tech Specs are below

The Pegaso 650 Strada is beautifully light, with a dry weight of only 168 kg, and in every sector is the highest expression of advanced single cylinder technology: a modern, four-valve, dry sump engine with electronic fuel injection, ultra-light wheels and sports brakes.

Single-cylinder four-stroke with light alloy cylinder. Liquid cooling with three way pressurised circuit. Single overhead cam with chain timing drive; four valves. Anti-vibration counter-shaft.

Unleaded fuel

Bore and stroke
100 x 84 mm.

Total displacement
659 cc.

Compression ratio

Max. power at crankshaft
50 HP (37 kW) at 6,250 rpm.

Max. torque at crankshaft
6.25 kgm ( 61.31 Nm) at 5,200 rpm.

Fuel system
Integrated electronic engine management system. Electronic fuel injection. 44 mm throttle body.


Electric starter

200 W

Dry sump with oil pump

5 speed. Transmission ratios:
1st 12/30
2nd 16/26
3rd 20/23
4th 22/20
5th 26/20

Multiple disk in oil bath. Cable control

Primary drive
Spur gears. Transmission ratio: 36/75.

Final drive
Chain. Transmission ratio: 15/44.

Steel, open cradle, single spar frame.

Front suspension
45 mm fork. Wheel travel 140 mm.

Rear suspension
High strength steel swingarm. Aprilia Progressive System (APS) rising rate linkages.
Sachs hydraulic monoshock with adjustable rebound and preload.
Wheel travel 130 mm.

Front: stainless steel floating disk, "w 320 mm. Brembo four-pot calliper.
Rear: stainless steel disk, "w 240 mm. Brembo two-pot calliper.

Alloy wheels with split spokes.
Front: 3.50 x 17".
Rear: 4.50 x 17".

Front: 110/70-17.
Rear: 160/60-17.

Max. length: 2,160 mm
Max. width: 810 mm
Ground clearance: 250 mm
Seat height: 780 mm
Wheelbase: 1,479 mm

Dry weight
168 Kg

Capacity 16 litres, 3.5 litre reserve

Hand guards, heated grips, fairing screen, ABS, luggage rack, top box, panniers, high seat and footrest kit.

Feature: Yamaha's MT-1 for real

Yamaha presents their latest monster creation - the MT-1 - at the Intermot in Munich no longer as a concept like in Tokyo but as a fully grown production motorcycle. While the bike will be available on the European market in 2005, we over here in the USA will have to wait another year befor we can get our hands on the brand new machine. We stopped by at Yamaha's Design Cafe to have a closer look at the development of the MT-1 and bring you the technical specs of the European version. (Tech is as ususal on the bottom of the page)

Maximum taste instead of maximum power

"I came to work for Yamaha because they always do things differently" tells Tsuyoshi, product planning manager for the European market. In today's hectic world, for many people it is more and more difficult to find the time to ride their motorcycle.

"My dream was to create a sportsbike for a kind of full time enjoyment, right out of your garage." he continues, "the development of higher power and less weight on the latest supersport machines is fine, however more people find it increasingly difficult to find suitable traffic conditions for these bikes.

As an alternative, we wanted to create a kind of 'maximum-taste' sportsbike.

We headed off with creating and testing a riding proto type to check all the functional options of our idea. With the task team being quite positve the second step was to test the market response to our new concept: the Tokyo Show model amazed and we got very inspiring feedback from all sides. This marked the start of the production model development.

Full time enjoyment

Best engine for this type of bike: big, long-stroke V-twin (click to enlarge)"A long-stroke engine is best for such a concept because it offers a lot of torque at very low rpm, a pulsating engine feeling and a very strong, instant throttle response in all riding conditions. That is something you can enjoy both for relaxed and for aggressive riding, and in this way your whole ride will be full time enjoyment, from the moment you leave your garage to the moment maybe 3 hours later when you put it back inside: you will have had 3 hours of full time enjoyment."

"Only, the difficulty with a long-stroke engine design is the engine height. But by utilising a pushrod valve operation system we could solve this problem." Indeed, the cylinder heads are very low and compact: there are no overhead camshafts to take space above the cylinders. In this way it is possible to fit the engine into the aluminium frame.

Third generation big twin

Purpose-built new engine: Yamaha spares no effort

This basic engine design made its debut in the Wild Star and was modified for Yamaha's flagship power cruiser, the Warrior 1700, where it got rave reviews for its performance and character. But to function in MT-01's sportier concept, Yamaha overhauled it completely with 3 main goals:

- Performance increase
- Significantly lighter weight
- Increased rigidity for sports riding.

The engineers made such a thorough job of this, that 90% of the major components of the MT-01 engine are new as compared to Warrior! "We can say that it's a new engine almost."


To create this new 'high output' engine, the engineers made the following essential developments:

1. Cam profile
The camshaft profile has been redesigned for strong torque and a very wide powerband

2. Fuel injec tion system with special injectors
The fuel injectors are equipped with a 12-hole system (instead of the common 4 holes) for a very fine fuel spray and optimised combustion

3. EXUP system

- The engine is equipped with Yamaha's patented EXUP system to further increase the torque. EXUP is a system that operates a valve in the exhaust collector in relation to the engine rpm-range. For optimal exhaust efficiency you need a wider exhaust diameter at higher rpm as compared to lower rpm and that is exactly what the EXUP system does: it reduces the diameter at lower rpm
- The whole system is made out of titanium to keep the weight as low as possible

4. Variable air intake system
A similar optimization as the EXUP is used on the intake side, where a valve system regulates the air intake diameter of the airbox just before the air filter. This keeps the airflow and air intake speed always at an optimum level, for the best throttle response

5. Lighter Crank weight
- The crank weight is reduced by 2 kilograms to create an instant engine response and a very direct feeling

6. Increased conrod bearing size
- To withstand the engine's higher performance level, the big-end bearing size was increased from 53 to 57 mm diameter

7. Oil tank
- The oil tank is styled as a part of the engine and to keep oil temperatures lower it is mounted at the front side, where it is exposed to the cool airstream when riding


The incredible effort Yamaha's engineers made is shown by the fact that total engine weight was reduced by an amazing 20 kilograms! All parts have been scrutinized for weight-optimization and the whole transmission system got a new layout with the drive axle moved to the other side of the engine. Also items around the engine have a high tech lightweight construction: for example the EXUP system and the mufflers are made out of titanium.

Engine-Chassis mounting

It has been deeply analysed how to perfectly integrate the engine and the frame to achieve the best pulse feeling and the best chassis feedback. Yamaha testriders tried many different prototypes to find the optimum rigidity!
Their expertise showed in the comments from Yamaha own staff who rode the bike for the first time:

"The handling is amazing, you can change side exactly like you want, it's not too sharp, not too heavy, you don't feel like you need an effort. The brakes are amazing too. Without any effort the response is so quick that the bike feels like a light weight."

Additional mountings have been added at the cylinder heads, for a stronger connection to the frame. And a specially designed subframe reinforces the engine's structural rigidity for stronger feedback to the rider.


Top spec chassis.

Compact, strong and tightly fitted frame due to Yamaha's CF technology

Latest R1-technology adjusted to fit to the specific structure of the MT-01 frame

"The chassis of this machine had to perform like a top sport bike", states Tsuyoshi. "So all components are based on latest supersport technologies: upside-down front fork, fully adjustable suspensions, Brembo radial brake pump, radial brake calipers, R1-type swingarm, everything."

Especially the construction of the frame was a key issue.

"We had to create a very rigid and lightweight frame. However, from styling point of view we wanted to keep the engine as the dominant part, so the frame should not become too big. That's why we used Yamaha's latest 'Controlled-Filling die cast' technology of Yamaha, to be completely free to shape the frame in the way we wanted it."

Indeed, this technology does not need to use the big aluminium plates or beams that are common on traditional aluminium frames. Instead, it uses high vacuum levels to allow the casting of large, complex and lightweight structures with thin walls. This will make the frame very compact besides being rigid.

"To achieve the design of the concept model, the chassis had to have a very 'tight fit' around the engine and without the CF technology, that could not have been achieved" Tsuyoshi is convinced.
The second advantage of this technology is: there is no welding on the frame, which makes the looks very clean. This top spec frame is complemented by the beautiful R1-style aluminium swing arm for top level road holding.

"For this feature we deliberately chose a different approach than for the Tokyo show model, which used a beautifully designed, but in function compromised swingarm. For MT-01 the target was uncompromised function. Thus, the whole swingarm and suspension combination is based on the latest supersports technology!"


Yamaha knows how attention to details can enhance your enjoyment.

1. The mufflers under the seat enhance the riding experience:
- "I was surprised by the sound of this bike. It overpasses the current twins. Also when you are riding you can hear the sound made by the mufflers behind you."

2. Tapered handlebar
Adjusted for a very active riding position, a tapered handlebar keeps you 'in control'. Of course it is rigid-mounted (no rubber mountings) to give you the most direct feedback

3. Hydraulic clutch operation
- Always very smooth control of this torque monster...

4. Complete dashboard equipments
- Multi-functional dashboard with hazard lights and anti-theft immobilizer key
- The meter itself has beautiful backlight illumination

Pictures of 2005 Colours : 'Silver Tech' ...

...and 'Deep Armour'

Tech Specs


Type: 4-stroke, V-Twin engine, air-cooled, OHV, 4 valves per cylinder
Displacement: 1,670 cc
Bore and Stroke: 97 x 113 mm
Compression ratio: 8.36
Max. Power: 66.3 kW (90 HP) @ 4,750 rpm
Max. Torque: 150.1 Nm (15.3 kg-m) @ 3,750 rpm
Lubrication: Dry sump
Fuel supply: Fuel injection
Clutch type: Wet, multiple disc
Ignition: TCI
Starti ng system: Electric
Transmission: Constant mesh, 5 speed
Final transmission: Chain
Primary reduction ratio: 71/48 (1.479)
Secondary reduction ratio: 39/17 (2.294)

Gear ratio

- 38/16 (2.375)
2 - 30/19 (1.579)
3 - 29/25 (1.160)
4 - 24/25 (0.960)
5 - 24/30 (0.800)


Frame: Aluminium CF die-cast
Front suspension: Telescopic fork
Front wheel travel: 120 mm
Rear suspension: Swingarm (Link suspension)
Rear wheel travel: 117 mm
Caster angle: 25°
Trail: 103 mm
Front brake: Double floating discs, Ø 320 mm
Rear brake: Single floating disc, Ø 267 mm
Front wheel: 4 spokes, 17 x MT3.50
Rear wheel: 4 spokes, 17 x MT6.00
Front tire: 120/70 ZR 17 M/C (58W)
Rear tire: 190/50 ZR 17 M/C (73W)


Overall length: 2,185 mm
Overall width: 790 mm
Overall height: 1,160 mm
Seat height: 825 mm
Wheelbase: 1,525 mm
Min. ground clearance: 140 mm
Dry weight: 240 kg
Fuel tank capacity (reserve): 15 litres (3 litres)
Oil capacity: 5 litres

Aprilia RSV 1000 R

With unbeatable performance on the track ensured by a perfect mix of power, handling and efficiency, the Aprilia RSV 1000 R is the pace-setter for all other sports twins. Already the top production twin, the 2005 RSV 1000 R adds eye-catching new graphics and Brembo gold radial calliper front barkes.

Very few road bikes can boast as many official awards from specialist magazines as the Aprilia RSV 1000. This year too the RSV 1000 R leads the field for performance, ridability and effectiveness on the track. Thanks to first-rate technology and the best quality/price ratio on the market this pedigree supersport has won the hearts of riders and experts all over the world.

With its advanced technology and extraordinary performance, the superb RSV 1000 R is the benchmark for all other road-going sports motorcycles. But what counts most is that despite its fantastic performance, the RSV 1000 R has not betrayed the total ridability that has always characterized it and has been one of the main reasons for its success. Almost maniacal attention to ergonomics plus great handling make riders feel instantly at home on the bike, enabling them to explore their performance limits quickly and with minimal effort. Easier control means less physical and mental fatigue, faster and safer riding, and longer lasting concentration. These are determining factors for success on the track and just as important on the road.

Here are the design features that set Aprilia's benchmark RSV 1000 R apart from the competition:

- Refined sports styling
- New V 60 Magnesium engine
- Air Runner ram air scoop
- Close ratio gearbox
- Electronic injection system with 57 mm throttle bodies
- 16-bit electronic engine management unit
- Twin silencer exhaust with three way catalytic converter and Lambda probe oxygen sensor
- Aluminium alloy perimeter frame
- Double member aluminium swingarm
- Lighter, less loaded steering yoke

Loving care has been lavished on even the tiniest detail of this exclusive, refined and aggressively styled motorcycle. The RSV 1000 R is the perfect balance between quality, technology, high-tech components and finish.

Everything has been designed, tested and perfected to enhance the already acclaimed performance and handling of this exceptional bike. The new V60 Magnesium engine is motorcycling's undisputed reference point, delivering 138.72 hp (102 kW) at the crank for a maximum speed of over 170 mph (280 km/h). These figures place the RSV 1000 R well ahead of other production supersport twins. The chassis, designed using Aprilia's prodigious know-how, ensures perfect dynamics in every situation plus unbeatable performance on the track. All this, of course, goes hand in hand with top-quality components, selected to make the RSV 1000 R the number one supersport for motorcycling enthusiasts.


Performance and beauty go hand in hand on the revolutionary RSV 1000 R. Lower and more compact than ever, the bike's aggressive look tells it as it is. This is no stylistic exercise. On the RSV 1000 R design is at the service of technology and performance. Everything about the bike is not just pretty, but pretty effective too! The entire bike has been designed to ensure that the V60 Magnesium engine can breath correctly. The ram air scoop has been placed right in the middle of the cockpit fairing where dynamic pressure is greatest and represents a perfect example of how stylish design can serve the purposes of performance. Likewise, the headlight cluster comprises four separate lights that work in pairs, eliminating the lopsided 'Cyclops' look of so many modern sports bikes and providing excellent lighting at the same time.

The RSV 1000 R is incredibly compact, but still boasts the top level ergonomics that have always characterised the RSV range. Its slender tail is extremely compact and one of the most striking design features of the bike. It also quickly converts from a solo to a dual seat (optional). Despite its compact size, the red LED, white-lens tail light is extremely bright so the RSV 1000 R is immediately recognisable even from behind. The quest for perfect aerodynamics has led to the elimination of conventional direction indicators. The front indicators are now incorporated in the rear view mirrors while the rear indicators are built into the tail. For 2005, the direction indicator lenses are white in colour (except USA models).

The new-design indicators leave nothing to stick out and spoil the RSV 1000 R's clinically clean lines. The bike therefore cuts through the air like nothing else. Extensive wind tunnel testing has shown that the RSV 1000 R has a CX of only 0.3. Ride it to believe it!

V60 Magnesium Engine

The 1000 cc 'V 60 Magnesium' engine marks a turning point in the history of Aprilia twin-cylinder engines. It is based on the acclaimed V990, but has been so completely revised that even its name has changed. Its design features have already established it as the benchmark for production twins. It performs exceptionally, responds in every situation and has proverbial Aprilia reliability. The cylinder heads have been designed using Aprilia's race know-how to improve fluid dynamics and combustion efficiency. Optimised ignition and injection mapping has also led to increased torque in the 4,000 to 6,000 rpm rev range. The valve gear has been designed and tuned for the maximum performance.

The V60 Magnesium breathes through the exclusive 'Air Runner' ram air scoop. As mentioned above, this is located right in the middle of the cockpit fairing, exactly on the motorcycle's centreline where dynamic pressure is the highest. From the scoop, an air duct passes through the steering head to take ram air to the generous 10.3 litre airbox. A choke inside the duct, controlled by the engine ECU, regulates flow to provide the engine with air at exactly the right volume and pressure for all engine speeds. The engine therefore packs incredible punch right through its extended speed range, enabling the rev limiter to be set at 11,000 rpm.

The mighty roar of the V60 Magnesium is muffled by two differential volume Helmotz resonators to reduce intake noise at the most critical engine speeds. The airbox also houses an idling motor. This operates an electronically controlled valve that deviates air downstream of the butterfly valve to make it easier to start the engine from cold and to stabilise engine idling.

The Air Runner also performs a structural function. It incorporates two lightweight aluminium arms to hold the cockpit fairing and headlight so that there is no need for ugly brackets. A new panel type air filter reduces pressure drop and improves engine efficiency. The engine's fuel injection system features 57 mm throttle bodies and one injector per cylinder. Thank to the Air Runner ram air scoop pressure in the airbox increases as the bike accelerates, leading to a 3% gain in power at maximum speed.

An engine management unit made in conjunction with Siemens VDO controls all engine parameters. The ECU receives real time signals from 15 parameter sensors and processes these to control the actuators in real time too. (Parameters include air and coolant temperature; atmospheric, airbox and oil pressure; Lambda sensor oxygen level; crankshaft, camshaft, and rear wheel speed; throttle, side stand, clutch and neutral position; and battery voltage.) To ensure high precision engine management, the phonic wheel on the crankshaft is a 36-minus-2-tooth wheel that generates signals every 10° instead of every 60°.

The flash EPROM already contains racing mapping for unrestricted exhausts. Aprilia service engineers can easily change mapping on request from the customer.

All engine data passes through a CAN (Controlled Area Network) line to the instrument panel, which acts as a diagnostic terminal. In the event of a malfunction, it is a simple job for service engineers to identify problems. The CAN line uses only two wires to transmit all data. This simplifies the electrical system enormously as well as reducing the total weight of the bike.

The V60 Magnesium engine sets new standards for production twins, delivering a maximum power of 138.72 hp (102 kW) at 9,500 rpm with a maximum torque of 107 Nm at 7,500 rpm. Despite this massive power the engine is extremely clean running and complies with the EC's Euro2 emission control legislation thanks to a three way catalytic converter with lambda probe oxygen sensor. The engine is extremely light too thanks to the use of high-tech materials like magnesium in the cylinder head covers and the clutch cover.

For Aprilia, advanced technology means long lasting performance as well as high performance. As the RSV 1000 R has grown in power, so it has also improved in reliability. Special high strength con rods have now been added to make the engine more robust than ever. Aprilia was the first manufacturer to use a close ratio gearbox on a production bike. The RSV 1000 R's new close ratio box allows you to make full use of the V60 Magnesium engine's fantastic power more easily than ever before. The result is even more aggressive acceleration and exhilarating gear changes coming out of bends. This enhanced performance is perfect for road and track because the engine responds brilliantly even in the high gears, making the bike sportier and more fun to ride than ever.

Despite so much technical evolution, the characteristics that made the original RSV stand out are still there.

- Longitudinal 60° V twin engine with 4 valves per cylinder and double overhead camshaft, driven by a mixed chain and gear system.
- Electronic fuel injection with 57 mm throttle bodies, one injector per cylinder, and an 'Air Runner' ram air scoop.
- CDI ignition with one plug per cylinder. Ignition is controlled by the same integrated engine management system that also controls fuel injection.
- Dry sump lubrication with double trochoidal pump, separate oil tank and oil cooler.
- Mixed gear/chain valve timing drive with the two gears (one per timing chain) located in the crankcase to reduce cylinder head dimensions.

The RSV 1000 R's sophisticated twin cylinder engine also incorporates the following exclusive Aprilia patents:

- AVDC (Anti Vibration Double Countershaft).
- Hydraulic action clutch with radial master cylinder assisted by the patented PPC (Pneumatic Power Clutch) system to control rear wheel bounce during fierce braking.

Exhaust System

The exhaust system is designed using all of Aprilia's Superbike championship experience. The system is a 2 into 1 into 2 exhaust made entirely in stainless steel, with 10/10 mm thick collectors and oval section cylinder head flanges in precision cast stainless steel. The silencer skins are in electroplated 8/10 mm stainless steel, and are assembled with straps and rivets in line with the latest racing practice. Even the location of the silencers has been specially calculated to minimize aerodynamic resistance and improve weight distribution. For 2005, the RSV 1000 R also features improved joints between the collector pipes and the silencers and shot-peened, satin-effect silencer ends.


Years of high level racing have allowed Aprilia's R&D section to design a frame that is acknowledged as the best production bike frame around. One of Aprilia's fixed objectives when designing the new RSV 1000 R frame was to achieve perfectly centralised mass. In line with Aprilia practice, the frame incorporates aluminium-silicon castings and Peraluman 450 pressings. The frame has been optimised by extensive finite element analysis and boasts excellent torsional rigidity though it weighs only 9,650 grams, a figure matched only by specialist racing frames.

Times change; riding styles change; and bikes must change too. For this reason, the frame and swingarm have been specifically designed for maximum efficiency and to enable riders to achieve perfect control over power slides into and out of bends. The new RSV 1000 R swingarm has been designed using the know how acquired in motorcycle GPs. Like the frame, it is made from extruded Peraluman and Al Si 7 castings. Its double member design provides a clear passage for the new twin silencer exhaust system. Here too, cross-sections and wall thicknesses have been optimised using finite element analysis. The RSV 1000 R swingarm weighs only 4,860 grams, well under the swingarm weight benchmark of 5 kg.


The Showa 43 mm upside down fork is a perfect compromise between sports performance and road-going comfort. It is derived from racing forks and provides continuous adjustment for preload as well as hydraulic adjustments for compression and rebound damping (2.25 turns for the former and 2.5 for the latter).

The Sachs rear monoshock incorporates a separate piggy back nitrogen cylinder and is adjustable in preload, compression, rebound and even length so that the rear end of the bike can be raised or lowered to achieve whatever setup may be required and to match rider preferences and other suspension adjustments.


Top supersports demand top quality brakes. The RSV 1000 R is at the cutting edge of technology, with radial calliper front brakes developed by Aprilia in conjunction with Brembo. Aprilia is no newcomer to sophisticated radial calliper technology. In fact Aprilia was the first manufacturer to use it, on a 250 GP racer.

The benefits of radial callipers for the rider are:

- More effective braking.
- More precise response to rider input. Wasted lever movement due to calliper 'elasticity' is almost completely eliminated because radial mounting prevents any movement of the calliper itself.
- Longer pad life. Radial callipers ensure better pad to disk alignment because the calliper remains rigidly aligned with its theoretical working position even under extreme stress. Better pad alignment means more even surface wear and therefore longer pad life.
- More consistent braking with less variation in performance between hot and cold.

The 320 mm floating steel disks on the front wheel feature narrower braking surfaces. This means reduced wheel weight and inertia and therefore more agile handling. The 2005 RSV 1000 R's radial callipers are combined with a radial master cylinder to form the most sophisticated braking system fitted to any current production bike. The front and rear braking circuits both use aeronautical metal braid hoses to eliminate the pressure variations associated with conventional rubber brake lines, guaranteeing maximum braking precision.


What places the Aprilia RSV 1000 R in a class of its own is the care taken in its design and manufacture and the attention paid to every single component on the bike. The result is increased performance and functionality, with reduced weight and a quality and finish that no other bike can equal.

Particular care has been taken to rationalise the RSV 1000 R's design. Fewer parts means fewer screws and less weight. The new RSV 1000 R has only 14 fairing and body parts. Even the fastenings have been designed in a wind tunnel to optimise air flow over the bike and improve CX and cooling.

The following components deserve a special mention:

- Radial calliper front brakes.

- Cast-formed calliper mounting for improved rigidity and braking consitency.

- The combined digital and analog dashboard receives data on all engine control parameters over a CAN line and incorporates memory to allow it to act as an integral part of the self-diagnostics system. The dashboard provides the same readouts as the previous model (including a self timer with a 40 lap memory). The dashboard is extremely modern and compact in design and weighs only 220 grams. All functions are controlled by three conveniently located keys. The LED backlighting may be set to three levels and is white for the analog instruments and red for the digital display.

- The headlight cluster incorporates four lights for perfect night riding vision. The great care taken over the design and finish of the RSV 1000 R also transpires from little but important details like bulb holders made from blue anodised aluminium.

- The white lens direction indicators are fully integrated in the bike's body. The front indicators are moulded into the rear view mirrors while the rear indicators are built into the tail. This means that there is no need to remove them for track use. The rear number plate holder can also be removed quickly and easily to comply with competition regulations.

- Even the ignition key is specially made for the RSV 1000 R and carries an internal identification code. The ignition block has an immobilizer fitted as standard.


The RSV 1000 R features eye-catching new graphics in Aprilia Black, Fluo Red and Mirror Silver. The real news, however, is the brand new graphic on the fairing. A stylised lion symbolises Aprilia's origins, the history of Venice and the history of Aprilia itself. (The lion was one of Aprilia's first logos.) The lion represents exotic places, fearless character, and sporting courage. More than just a graphic, the lion is part of art itself and a universally recognised symbol.

New For 2005

- New fuel injection mapping
- Radial calliper front brakes
- Photo-engraved front mudguard
- White lens direction indicators
- White lens tail light
- New rear seat cover
- Rear seat cover (optional)
- New seat upholstery

Tech Specs


Type: V60 Magnesium four stroke longitudinal 60° V twin. Liquid cooling with three way pressurized circuit. Double overhead camshaft operated by a mixed gear/chain system; four valves per cylinder. Patented AVDC (Anti Vibration Double Countershaft).
Fuel: 95 RON unleaded petrol.
Bore and stroke: 97 x 67.5 mm
Displacement: 997.62 cc.
Compression ratio: 11.8 : 1.
Maximum power at the crank: 102 kW (138.72 HP) at 9,500 rpm.
Maximum torque at the crank : 10.9 kgm (107 Nm) at 7,500 rpm.
Fuel system: Integrated electronic engine management system. Indirect multipoint electronic injection. 57 mm throttle bodies.
Air: 10.3 litre airbox with Air Runner air scoop.
Ignition: Digital electronic ignition, with one spark plug per cylinder, integrated with fuel injection system.
Starting: Electric.
Exhaust: Double silencer with three way catalytic converter and lambda probe oxygen sensor (Euro 2).
Alternator: 12 V - 500 W.
Lubrication: Dry sump with separate steel oil tank. Double trochoidal pump with oil cooler.


Gearbox: Six speed. Transmission ratios:
1st 34/15 (2.27)
2nd 31/19 (1.63)
3rd 26/20 (1.3)
4th 24/22 (1.091)
5th 24/25 (0.96)
6th 23/26 (0.88)
Clutch: Multiple disk in oil bath with patented PPC power-assisted hydraulic control. Metal braided clutch line. Radial master cylinder with 15 mm piston.
Primary drive : Spur gears. Transmission ratio: 60/31 (1.935).
Final drive : Chain.
Transmission ratio: 40/16 (2.5).


Frame: Box section sloping twin-spar frame in aluminium alloy.
Front suspension: 43 mm Showa upside-down fork, with adjustable compression, rebound and preload. 120 mm wheel travel.
Rear suspension: Aluminium alloy double member swingarm. Aprilia Progressive System (APS) linkages. Sachs monoshock with adjustable compression, rebound, preload and length. 133 mm wheel travel.


Front: Brembo double stainless steel floating disk, Æ 320 mm. Radial callipers with four 34 mm pistons and four sintered pads. Metal braided brake line.
Rear: Brembo stainless steel disk, Ø 220 mm. Twin 32 mm piston calliper. Sintered pads. Metal braided brake line.


Type: Aluminium alloy.
Front: 3.50 x 17".
Rear: 6.00 x 17".


Type: Radial tubeless.;
Front: 120/70 ZR 17.
Rear: 190/50 ZR 17 (alternative: 180/55 ZR 17).


Max. length: 2,035 mm
Max. width: 730 mm (at handlebars)
Max. height: 1,145 mm (at windshield)
Seat height: 810 mm
Handlebar height: 830 mm (at bar ends)
Wheelbase: 1,418 mm
Trail: 101.7 mm
Steering angle: 24.80°
Dry weight: 189 Kg
Tank Capacity :18 litres, 4 litre reserve.


Aprilia Black
Fluo Red
Mirror Silver


Aprilia Racing Akrapovic 2004 exhaust kit
Aprilia Racing Titanium exhaust kit
Ergal reverse shifter
Adjustable aluminium footrests
Tank bag
Paddock stand
Carbon parts kit
Forged aluminium wheels

HUSQVARNA SM 450R Supermoto

To celebrate 100 years of success, Husqvarna brought a new sense of style to track bikes unveiling a masterpiece, the TE 510 Centennial. The new SM 450-510 R are direct descendants of the Centennial and have that same unmistakeable style but now emphasised by new bodywork and colour-coded fittings.

The fuel tank, saddle, side panels, number holders, headlamp grille and mudguards are the same style as the TE 510 and give these new 4-stroke DOHC bikes an exciting new appeal. There are three colour schemes: The classic Husqvarna yellow/blue race colours, red/white like the Centennial model and black.

The work by the Husqvarna team however was not just a re-styling makeover. The SM version 4- stroke engines were significantly modified to increase both power output and reliability. The new engines have larger stem titanium valves to increase durability even under the hardest use.

The leading edge technology used to make these valves came from a supplier that is one of the leaders in the world of car racing.

The new profile SM 450/510 inlet camshaft optimises performance working in conjunction with new valve seating arrangements.

A new multi layered steel (MLS) head gasket minimises deformation caused by tightening and provides even heat distribution throughout the engine.

The latest generation 41 mm Keihin MX carburettors have been fitted to all 4-stroke models.

These new carburettors have been specially calibrated for Husqvarna to provide improved fuel flow under all types of use. Cold starting and hot engine re-starting problems are now a thing of the past thanks to the double action COLD/HOT starter button.

The engines all have electric starters. The electrics system is fitted with a safety device to prevent accidental starting whether the bike is in neutral or in gear.

Primary transmission on the 450 engine is now the same as on the 510 with a very strong aluminium (Ergal) machined clutch basket with hard anodic oxidation coating to improve clutch plate slide and reduce wear on the contact surfaces.

New features are a new crankshaft on the 450 with con-rod pin diameter increased from 30 to 34 mm, a new roller bearing with increased load capacity and silvered bearing shells, a redesigned con rod and different crankshaft balancing to reduce vibration.

Significant reworking to the electrical system was also carried out.

The digital CPU is programmable and recognizes both throttle position (TPS) and individual gear selection (GPS).

Ignition timing was modified to make starting easier and a new alternator has an improved battery re-charging that allows improved charging even from low revs.

The high-resistance rivet less flywheel on the TC 450/510 models is perfectly suited to the very abrupt torque changes required by motocross use.

Further work was carried out with the intention of reducing overall weight and improving manoeuvrability, as these elements are especially important on a motocross machine. Particular attention was paid to the suspension and brakes and many new improvements were incorporated. It was for this reason that all the new models were fitted with Sachs shock absorbers with a topout spring that improves suspension function mainly during rebound, and especially whilst under hard braking by minimising the bouncing often found in deceleration.

The shock absorber seals and chamber were also re-designed to improve cooling.

The lower shock absorber hinge featuring a roller bearing is also new.

All the rear suspension link needle bearings are now longer to reduce friction and improve durability.

Suspension settings have been modified as a result of tests by Husqvarna motocross team riders.

The new Brembo brake system features a floating 4-caliper 320 mm front disc.

Modifications to the new Husqvarna '05 Supermoto models SM 450/510 Models


· Increased valve stems
· Metallic head gasket
· Modified starter
· Aluminium clutch basket on 450
· New conrod with pivot increased from 30 to 34 on 450 engine crankshaft
· Keihin carburettor with redesigned ducts
· New inlet camshaft on SM450/510 (more low end torque)


· Suspension calibration re-set
· New seals on shock absorbers to improve efficiency, lighter chambers
· Lower shock absorber joint on rollers bearings
· Shock absorbers with top-out spring, new seals and new chamber (as for the TC MY '04)
· Radiator expansion tank.
· New Brembo front calipers


· Improved alternator
· Timing advanced at 0 rpm to facilitate starting
· Modified flywheel
· New CPU with gear selection recognition and anti-kick back software
· Switch on clutch to prevent accidental engine starting


· New fuel tank, side panels and mudguards from the TE 510 Centennial
· New headlight grille
· Reinforced front mudguard

Tech Specs


Wheelbase ..................................... mm/in. 1495 / 58.86
Overall lenght ................................. mm/in. 2190 / 86.22
Overall width ................................... mm/in. 845 / 33.27
Overall height .................................. mm/in. 1250 / 49.21
Saddle height ........................... ........mm/in. 910 / 35.83
Min. ground clearance ........................mm/in. 270 / 10.63
Trail ............................................... mm/in. 97 / 3.82
Kerb weight, without fuel ....................Kg/lb. 240
Fuel tank capacity ........................... l 9,2
Transmission oil ...............................l 1,4
U.S. Quarts ....................................1.48


Type..........................Single cylinder, four stroke
Bore ............................................mm/in. 97 / 3.81
Stroke .........................................mm/in. 60,76 / 2.39
Displacement ...............................cm3/cu.in. 449 / 27.39
Compression ratio........................ 12:1
Starting ......................Electric (with automatic decompressor)
Cooling ....................... liquid
Water radiator .............. N°/No 2
Timing system............."DOHC", 4 valve
Lubrication.........Dry sump with two oil pump rotor and cartridge filter
Ignition..............C.D.I. electronic, with adjustable advance (digital control)
Spark plug type ........................... "NGK" CR 8EB
Spark plug gap ..............................mm/in 0,7 / 0.0275
Fuelsystem..................................."KEIHIN" MX 41
Diameter ..................................... mm/in. 41 / 1.6


Type....................Wet, multiplate type; hydraulic control
Driving disc no .......................................8
Driven disc no ........................................7

Primary drive

Engine sprocket ........... Z/Teeth 21
Clutch gear ................. .Z/Teeth 66
Transmission ratio ..........3.143


Type..................................Constant mesh gear type
Speed gears no ...................6
Internal ratios
........................................................1ª/1st 2,000 (28/14)
........................................................2ª/2nd 1,611 (29/18)
........................................................3ª/3rd 1,333 (24/18)
........................................................4ª/4th 1,086 (25/23)
........................................................5ª/5th 0,920 (23/25)
........................................................6ª/6th 0,814 (22/27)

Secondary drive

Transmission sprocket ...................Z/Teeth 15
Rear wheel sprocket ......................Z/Teeth 42
Transmission ratio .........................2,800
Driving chain.................................."D.I.D." 520 V6/ "REGINA" 135 ORN (5/8"x1/4")
Overall ratios
.......................................................1ª/1st 17,600
.......................................................2ª/2nd 14,178
.......................................................3ª/3rd 11,733
.......................................................4ª/4th 9,565
.......................................................5ª/5th 8,096
.......................................................6ª/6th 7,170


Type....................Steel single tube cradle (round tubes); rear frame in light alloy

Front Suspension

Type................."Upside-Down" telescopic hydraulic fork with advanced axle; compression and rebound stroke adjustment
Fork legs dia. .......................................... mm/in. 45 /1.77
Travel on legs axis ...................................mm/in. 250 / 9.84
Front fork manufacturer .............................. "MARZOCCHI"

Rear suspension

Type.................Progressive "Soft Damp" type with single hydraulic shock absorber; spring preload adjustment, compression and rebound adjustment (compression stroke: double adjustment)
Wheel travel ..................................................... mm/in. 290 / 11.42
Shock absorber manufacturer ................................ "SACHS"

Front brake

Type........................................disc type with fixed caliper
Disc dia. ............................................... mm/in 320 / 12.6

Rear brake

Type.......................................fixed disc type with floating caliper
Disc dia. ................................................ mm/in 220 / 8.66

Front rim

Material............................... Light alloy
Size .................................... 3,50"x17"

Rear rim

Material............................... Light alloy
Size .................................... 4,25"x17"

Front Tire

Type ............................................ "PIRELLI" MTR 21 Dragon-EVO
Size .............................................................120/70-17"

Rear tire

Type ............................................ "PIRELLI" MTR 22 Dragon-EVO
Size ............................................................150/60-17"

Electrical equipment

Voltage ........................................................12 V
Battery ....................................................... 12 V-6Ah

Lamps wattage

Head light ....................................................35 / 35 W
Pilot light .....................................................3 W
Tail light ......................................................5 W
Stop light ....................................................21 W
Turn signals ................................................10 W
Instruments light ......................................... 2 W
Warning lights ............................................ 1,2 W