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Motorcycles

Ducati's 2016 XDiavel: Lean, mean, stroked-out cruiser targets the American market

Ducati's original Diavel was a successful oddity – a future-cruiser body with the heart of a superbike. It handled well and went fast, even if it made my butt go to sleep. But it didn't quite nail that relaxed cruiser feel, because it always, always wanted to go faster. This year, Ducati is kicking back a gear with the XDiavel, unveiled today at EICMA Milan, which uses a stroked-out engine to put the torque lower in the rev range, and gives a true feet-forward cruiser riding position, while pulling all the silly plastic off the sides for a much cleaner, sweeter look.
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Motorcycles

MT-10: Yamaha gets delightfully ugly with its new naked R1

Shots fired: Yamaha has come gunning for super-nakeds like the BMW S1000R and the Aprilia Tuono with a new naked R1 that's a far cry from the tasty-looking FZ1 or years past. The MT-10 is ugly, squat and nasty, as reflected by the fact it's going to roll into the MT model line. With a retuned version of the crossplane-crankshaft R1 superbike engine providing the boogie, the focus will be on fun, but Yamaha has also chosen to throw in a cruise control system.Read More

Automotive

Pininfarina gives a tractor the supercar treatment

Concept cars and motorcycles are a dime a dozen. Concept tractors? They're about as rare as hen's teeth. That hasn't stopped Czech tractor company Zetor hitting the Agritechnica fair in Hannover with a pimpin' concept that looks more Concorso D'Eleganza than field d'asparaguza, thanks to the help of storied Italian design house Pininfarina.Read More

Aircraft Feature

JB-9 jetpack makes spectacular debut flying around Statue of Liberty

The dream of personal flight took a great leap forward last week as Jetpack Aviation unveiled its JB-9 jetpack in spectacular fashion. Lifting off from a boat, inventor and aviator David Mayman flew the powerful, agile JB-9 around the Statue of Liberty, pausing to salute and pirouette before touching back down. Running on kerosene and using two vectored jet engines, the JB-9 can reach high speeds and altitudes and offers a flight time over 10 minutes, depending on pilot weight. We spoke at length with Mayman to discover how the JB-9 works and how long it'll be before we can buy one.Read More

Motorcycles Review

Video review: BMW S1000XR is sportier and tourier than most sports tourers

The BMW S1000R super-naked is an absolute monster, but now it's got a much more respectably dressed older brother in the S1000XR adventure sports machine. Sharing the same 999cc, 160-horsepower, extreme performance engine, the XR adds luggage, centrestands, a more comfortable touring rider position, and pretty much every practicality you can think of. Don't let the beak fool you, this is no adventure bike – it's a next-gen sports tourer that's both sportier and tourier than any sports tourer I can think of. We spent 10 days with the S1000XR for the latest in our motorcycle review videos, enjoy!Read More

Automotive

Local Motors' LM3D Swim set to be the world's first 3D-printed electric production car

Arizona-based Local Motors is aiming to become the first to bring a 3D-printed electric car to market. The LM3D Swim is a demonstration of the speed at which additive manufacture can bring ideas into reality, as well as showing off Local Motors' production ethos of "form over function." The functional chassis of the car is able to be "skinned" with any number of body concepts to give it all sorts of visual character – and since the car is 3D-printed, one-off body shapes are not a problem. Read More

Digital Cameras Review

Review: DJI's Osmo brings stabilized video to the rest of us

The DJI Osmo looks like a weird little eyeball on the end of a stick, but it's effectively a motion-stabilized action camera that can smooth out rough, bumpy and wobbly footage for a clean, cinematic look. Easy and intuitive to use, the Osmo brings smooth handheld video into the price range of the average filmmaker, the same way DJI's all-in-one drone packages have opened up aerial shooting for the average Joe. We took one out for a weekend to see how it performs.Read More

Automotive

Mercedes-Benz unveils autonomous social commuting concept for "Generation Z"

Mercedes-Benz is clearly putting its resources toward a self-driving future. After showing the bizarre F 015 at CES earlier this year, it’s now pulled the covers off another autonomous concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. Targeted at "Generation Z," the Vision Tokyo is a youthful and funky take on social commuting, a kind of high-tech karaoke booth on wheels with some very out-there features that give an insight into what the company feels personal transport will be like in the next couple of decades.Read More

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