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Loz Blain

Loz Blain

Loz has been one of Gizmag's most versatile contributors since 2007. Joining the team as a motorcycle specialist, he has since covered everything from medical and military technology to aeronautics, music gear and historical artefacts. Since 2010 he's branched out into photography, video and audio production, and he remains the only Gizmag contributor willing to put his name to a sex toy review. A singer by night, he's often on the road with his a cappella band Suade.

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— Motorcycles Review

Motorcycle Road Test: 2014 EBR 1190RX

By - July 31, 2014 24 Pictures
The all-American sportsbike is back, and this time Erik Buell doesn't have a heritage cruiser company looking over his shoulder telling him how to build it. The 1190RX is the first mass-production sportsbike out of the new EBR factory in Wisconsin, a 185-horsepower, torque-stompin', slightly quirky racer with its eyes firmly focused on World Superbike contention. But does that equate to a good road bike? We spent a couple of weeks with the RX to find out. Read More
— Motorcycles Review

Video Review: Sena 20S Bluetooth motorcycle headset

By - July 23, 2014 1 Picture
The Sena 20S sets a new standard in motorcycle Bluetooth communications with its giant 2-kilometre range, dual Bluetooth chips for true audio multitasking and strong voice control features. Here's our video review, as well as a demonstration of this jigger's outstanding wind noise reduction ability – it can clearly relay a softly spoken voice even in an open helmet at freeway speeds. Read More
— Motorcycles

Braking hard in a corner: BMW's lean angle-sensitive ABS Pro

By - July 20, 2014 7 Pictures
When motorcycle ABS first came out, many riders (including myself) took a dim view of it - until we tried it, and realised just how incredible it was to be able to jam on the brakes fearlessly in the wet and on imperfect surfaces. But you still had to be careful putting the brakes on in a corner. Now, BMW has announced ABS Pro - the first lean angle-sensitive ABS system for a supersports bike, so road riders can brake safely, effectively and extremely quickly while the bike's leaned over. Read More
— Motorcycles Review

Review: Sena 20S Bluetooth headset – now with 2 km range and audio multitasking

By - July 17, 2014 25 Pictures
Sena's outstanding Bluetooth headset range has a new flagship – the 20S. Now touting a giant 2-kilometre (1.25 mile) intercom range, the 20S also features voice control, 8-way conferencing and dual Bluetooth chips for audio multitasking, so you can keep your music playing and just duck the volume when your riding partner talks to you. We were big fans of the previous model, the SMH10, and the 20S is an incremental improvement in just about every way. Read More
— Urban Transport

One woman's design challenge: Build a better parking sign

By - July 16, 2014 10 Pictures
Like many design projects, this one starts with the simple question "how can we fix this?" Parking regulations in big cities are complex and confusing, and public parking signage can take so long to decipher that you have to wonder if revenue raising is the goal behind it all. Nikki Sylianteng, living in New York City, is on a one-woman crusade to make parking signs more human-friendly, using a visual design approach and some late-night guerrilla tactics to help improve usability in her neighborhood. Read More
— Automotive

The ultimate test drive: BMW Korea opens Driving Center in Incheon

By - July 14, 2014 15 Pictures
BMW has invested some US$75.5 million building the ultimate test drive center in Incheon, near Seoul, South Korea. Customers can stretch the legs of BMW's range of performance cars and motorcycles on a 2.6-kilometer (1.6-mile) closed circuit racetrack, or put an SUV through its paces on an off road area. The 240,000-square meter (almost 60 acre) site will also house a service center, bars and restaurants, training academy, historical exhibits, kids' area – and of course, a giant BMW and MINI showroom. Read More
— Motorcycles

Is it possible to make a good-looking Ducati Panigale streetfighter?

By - July 11, 2014 16 Pictures
The Ducati 1199 Panigale is one of the hottest superbikes on the planet. It's also the first to come out with a gutsy, "frameless" design that, frankly, looks very odd when you pull its fairings off. But an engine like that deserves the love and attention of custom bike builders. So we ask the question: is it possible to make the Panigale look good as a naked streetfighter? Here's eight different attempts from designers around the world. Read More
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