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Loz Blain

The EBR 1190SX is not as urban a bike as it might seem (Photo: Loz Blain)

The 1190SX streetfighter has landed, and we were fortunate enough to join the local importer at an abandoned warehouse to photograph and play with the very first SX out of the crate in Australia. Unlike most super-nakeds, the SX retains the full 180-odd horsepower of its superbike stablemate, the 1190RX, which we reviewed last month. Here’s a few first impressions, and a bunch of highly irresponsible photographs to tide you over until we get a chance to do a full road review.  Read More

Boeing plans to harness South African farmers' knowledge of tobacco growing to produce sus...

As part of the aviation industry’s efforts to use biofuels to drive down its carbon footprint, Boeing has announced a collaboration with South African Airways and SkyNRG to produce aviation fuel from a new, virtually nicotine-free tobacco plant. Test farms are already up and running, with Boeing hoping to use local tobacco growing lands and expertise to produce sustainable biofuel without impacting food-bearing crops or encouraging smoking.  Read More

The Fresh Air Plus toilet seat sucks unseemly odors directly from the toilet bowl

When our editorial team first assigned me this story about a toilet seat with a fan built in, I thought two things. First, why just the one fan? My efforts in the office bathroom are worthy of a whole fan club. After reading a little further, I then started thinking our editorial team are simply cowards, lacking the courage to bring up their grievances in a face to face setting. Either way, here ’tis – the Fresh Air Plus toilet seat with a built-in fan.  Read More

The Super Yacht Sub 3 is a compact submersible tailored to fit into a standard superyacht ...

Tired of being told that the recreational submersible you want is too tall to fit into your superyacht? Dutch submersible manufacturer U-Boat Worx knows how you feel and is launching the Super Yacht Sub 3, a vehicle specifically tailored to fit into a standard superyacht garage area, if indeed there is such a thing.  Read More

New Holland Agriculture's CR10.90 - the new horsepower heavyweight champion of the combine...

Is there a horsepower war in the combine harvester segment? Probably not, but it's more fun if we pretend there is. New Holland Agriculture has thrown down a grainy gauntlet to Claas, John Deere and the rest of the harvesting industry by releasing the CR10.90 – the world's most powerful combine harvester with a chaff-smoking 652 horsepower (486 kW) fit to thresh the plants off the competition.  Read More

We put Erik Buell's latest American sportsbike through its paces in our latest video motor...

After yesterday's relatively sober and serious look at Erik Buell's next Great American Sportsbike, it's time to have a little fun. Here's our video review of the EBR 1190RX.  Read More

The 2014 EBR 1190RX is the first mass-production sportsbike out of the new Erik Buell Raci...

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

Razor's Crazy Cart: available August 1 in the UK

When the Crazy Cart first launched in the USA, Canada and Australia last year, it made a huge splash. Not just for its awesome sideways drifting action, but because it featured quite frankly the best promotional video we've ever seen. Now, Razor has announced that its "ultimate drift machine" is available in the UK from August 1.  Read More

Sena's 20S - with dual Bluetooth chips, audio multitasking is now on the menu.

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

BMW's HP4 is the first supersports bike to feature cornering ABS

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

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