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Loz Blain

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

Gizmag's resident supermodel Noel McKeegan rides with BikeHUD (Photo: Loz Blain)

Drivers on phones, diesel on corners, changing road surfaces and that ever-present threat of dopey oncoming traffic – motorcyclists have quite enough to worry about without having to stare constantly down at their speedometers. But with speed enforcement cranking up in many areas worldwide, there has never been a greater calling for a motorcycle heads-up display that can keep information in view without being a distraction. There are a bunch of different companies racing to get an integrated HUD helmet to the market, but there's only one company that has a working HUD solution out there, for sale, right now. Loz Blain spends some time with Britain's BikeHUD.  Read More

BMW's R nineT is the best looking bike in the BMW catalog, and a fine thing to ride as wel...

BMW's R nineT is a refreshing bit of reminiscence from a brand in transition. It resonates with BMW designs of decades past, with a retro-cool roadster design and a big fat 1200cc boxer engine, even as the company establishes itself as a force in the razor sharp end of the superbike and super-naked field. It's the kind of bike people want to pose for photos with; it oozes class and quality from every pore – and it's on 12-month waiting lists in many countries as a result. It rides well, but it makes some sacrifices at the altar of beauty. Enjoy the latest of our video road tests as Loz Blain spends a couple of weeks with the nineT.  Read More

Panasonic's HC-X1000 is the first camcorder capable of recording 4K ultra HD video at 60 f...

Panasonic has announced the HC-X1000, the first camcorder capable of recording 4K ultra HD video at 60 frames per second onto an SD card. Intended as a bridging camera for 1080p shooters looking to take the step into 4K production, the X1000 brings a host of pro features to the table, including twin XLR audio inputs, built in ND filters, a 20x zoom, high speed autofocus Leica lens and a pop-out protected touch screen. With dual SD card slots, it also introduces a new "background recording" mode that constantly lays down footage on the secondary card so you never miss anything.  Read More

The Duke Axial Engine is lighter, more compact and already slightly more powerful than a t...

New Zealand's Duke Engines has been busy developing and demonstrating excellent results with a bizarre prototype axial engine that completely does away with valves, while delivering excellent power and torque from an engine much smaller, lighter and simpler than the existing technology. We spoke with Duke co-founder John Garvey to find out how the Duke Axial Engine project is going.  Read More

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