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The Ungoverned powerboard tackles the sand dunes

Dan Baldwin, original inventor of the Scarpar, is continuing to build prototypes of his odd brainchild – the powerboard. Featuring two grippy, articulated tracks, both powered by an onboard motor and controlled through a hand-held throttle, powerboards give users the ability to traverse rough terrain - sand, creeks, rocks and even fallen logs - with a good degree of agility and speed. Baldwin has just released a series of videos showing his Ungoverned board in action.  Read More

The gorgeous, imposing Ronin - one of 47 custom bikes to be built from the Buell 1125 plat...

Here's a gorgeous project of passion worthy of ten minutes of your time. Colorado's Magpul is a company best known for its firearm magazines and accessories. But when unique American sportsbike brand Buell was closed down by Harley-Davidson in 2009, a team of Magpul designers and engineers snapped up 47 of Buell's finest creations – the 1125 series sportsbikes – at runout prices, and set about production of a very limited run of extremely sexy custom bikes. Keeping the 1125's excellent engine, frame and wheels, which the Ronin team considered to be the chief technical standouts of the Buell bikes, they created a girder-forked, naked beast with a wicked-looking front radiator, some 54 lbs lighter than the originals.  Read More

The FPS1000 captures slow motion video at up to 18,500 frames per second for the price of ...

Slow motion video is undeniably cool. It's not only visually intoxicating, it gives you a mind-bending perspective on the most fleeting of life's moments. Slow something down enough, and your brain can begin to catch up on the physics, dynamics and emotional content of events that transpire in the blink of an eye. The FPS1000 is a small, hand-held camera designed to capture slow motion video at up to 18,500 frames per second for the price of a decent compact instead of your typical US$100,000 slow-mo rig.  Read More

Here's our pick of the new models from an action-packed Intermot 2014 in Cologne

Intermot Cologne is going full steam, with a raft of new bikes, concepts and upgraded models from just about every manufacturer. Here's our roundup of the significant models, and a giant photo gallery to enjoy for those who can't get there!  Read More

Ducati Scrambler goes great in and around hay

Ducati's "not a retro bike" retro bike has been unveiled at Intermot Cologne. The 2015 Ducati Scrambler is a flat-track inspired all rounder with a high handlebar, a bench seat, a bucket headlight and the 75-horsepower (56 kW), 803cc L-twin engine tweaked from the one in the excellent Monster 796. Its unforgivably flowery press release seems custom designed to win the hearts of the hipster crowd, but it looks like a fun and flexible bike even if you're not a barista.  Read More

The 2015 BMW S1000RR just revealed at Intermot Cologne

BMW has re-worked its class-leading S1000RR superbike in two directions – more performance and more rider-friendly usability. With a 6-horsepower increase to 199 peak ponies (148 kW), and a 4 kg (8.8 lb) weight reduction, performance seems taken care of. Likewise, the road rider has been looked after with speed limiters, lean angle readouts, and the first cruise control system ever fitted to a superbike. It appears we'll need to get another choir in to celebrate.  Read More

Kawasaki Ninja H2R: Team Green retakes the mantle of 'wildest bike on two wheels'

Hype is so common these days, and the more something is hyped, the more we tend to expect to be disappointed. Not in this case. Kawasaki has been teasing its supercharged Ninja H2R for months now, and still, when the covers came off at Intermot Cologne today, every mind in the room exploded into tiny pieces. In a market where manufacturers are creeping towards 200-horsepower sport bikes, the track-only H2R will make a tendon-ripping 300 horsepower – considerably more than a MotoGP bike and enough to put the fear of God into just about any rider.  Read More

Thanko's thumb extender - 15 valuable millimetres of extra reach. Got a new iPhone 6 Plus or Galaxy Note phablet? You're probably loving the extra screen real estate. Phones may have become bigger, but the human body hasn't got the memo yet – our fingers and thumbs are the same stubby, inconvenient length as ever. But fear not! The Thanko thumb extender gives you a whopping 15 mm (0.59 in) of extra reach.  Read More

The portfolio screen of Robinhood's zero-commission trading app indicates markets are open

Stock trading has never looked particularly inviting to young, first time investors. Minimum balances and US$8 per trade fees make it hard to dip your toe in the water. Startup brokerage Robinhood, which has just raised some $13 million in venture capital, is aiming to change the game and invite a new generation of mobile investors onto the trading floor with a beautiful, simple trading app for iPhone, and zero-commission, zero minimum balance stock trading.  Read More

Ford Immersive Vehicle Environment: hand held torch lets users light up different areas

At Ford’s Innovation for Millions day, we had a rare opportunity to take a look into a few areas of Ford’s design center that are normally off limits, including the Ford Immersive Vehicle Environment. This virtual reality prototyping lab lets Ford designers walk around, sit in and interact with 3D models of their vehicles before a physical prototype has ever been made.  Read More

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