Highlights from Interbike 2014

Mike Hanlon

Mike Hanlon
Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
Top Articles by Mike Hanlon
New French company Midual joined the limited-edition hyper-priced motorcycle marketplace t...

French company Midual has joined the limited-edition hyper-priced motorcycle marketplace with an ingenious redesign of the century-old horizontally-opposed motor, an aerospace-quality, cast-aluminum monocoque frame, bespoke personalization, a we-come-to-you service model, a rare standard of detail and craftsmanship, and a €140,000 (US$185,400) price tag.  Read More

The DeepFLight Dragon eliminates the complex ballast and weight drop systems found in conv...

No one with red blood in their veins buys a sports car and hands the keys to a chauffeur, so one of the barriers to truly personal submarining has long been the need for a trained pilot, not to mention the massive logistics involved in transporting, garaging and launching the underwater craft ... until now. Pioneering underwater aviation company DeepFlight is set to show an entirely new type of personal submarine at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show next week, launching the personal submarine era with a submersible that's reportedly so easy to pilot that it's likely to create a new niche in the tourism and rental market.  Read More

Two years ago, a Ferrari 250 GTO sold privately for US$32 million becoming the most expens...

It was the 26th anniversary of the death of Enzo Ferrari on Thursday (August 14), and "Il Commendatore" continues to cast a shadow over the automotive industry that is perhaps now more influential than ever. On Thursday one of his creations recaptured Ferrari's "most valuable car sold at auction record" when a 250 GTO sold for US$38,115,000. Perhaps even more importantly, by Sunday evening (August 17), we expect Ferraris will populate more than half the top 100 most valuable cars ever sold at auction, confirming Maranello is more dominant than ever in the automotive investment marketplace.  Read More

Four of the hyper-rare cars likely to force their way into the top 10 most expensive cars ...

Once a year, the world's most monied automotive enthusiasts converge on California's Monterey Peninsula for a week-long festival of automotive celebration, culminating in the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. This year, the accompanying rare car auctions look set to provide some major entertainment. We look at the main cars slated to cross the auctioneers block and the state of the collectible car market with analysis of the top 100 most valuable cars sold at auction.  Read More

The Audi team proved that it knows how to win

For the last decade and a half, Audi has dominated the World Endurance Championship racing. It would be easy to dismiss yesterday's 13th Le Mans 24 Hour Race win for the company in 16 years as "same stuff, different year." In that time, it has significantly changed the world's perception of both diesel engines and hybrid power trains. Yet yesterday's win is probably its finest achievement.  Read More

With two previous IOM lap records  (1975 and 1976) eclipsed in the first two sessions of 2...

After six runnings of the Isle of Man TT electric motorcycle race, just short of five decades of progress had been achieved in five years. After dominating all three practice sessions for the sixth running of the TT ZERO event setting a new lap record with every session, the Mugen Shinden San electric racebike delivered a clear 1-2 victory. Across the three sessions and race, average speeds have increased 6 mph, surpassing Joey Dunlop's 115.2 mph lap record from 1981 set on a Yamaha TZ750. It is very exciting to watch such massive progress being made in seemingly real time.  Read More

From five races this season, Mercedes-Benz has scored five poles, four fastest laps, five ...

In a move which indicates that its technological dominance of F1 this year has caught even its own marketing folk by surprise, Mercedes-Benz has renamed its Formula One racing car mid-season, announcing the Silver Arrows will now carry the same hybrid branding as Mercedes-Benz road cars. With just five rounds of the 19-race championship run, so fast is the Silver Arrow that those bookies still accepting bets have a Mercedes-Benz championship at 100/1 on!  Read More

CAMI's new US$60,000 Hydra Gator is a diesel-electric hybrid amphibious vehicle

Amphibious Vehicle manufacturer CAMI has added yet another amphibious vehicle to its range: the hybrid-diesel-electric Hydra Gator. Unlike the existing amphibians already established in the range, the cheapest of which starts at US$275,000, the Gator will sell for just US$60,000 and though it cannot be used on-road, the tiny 4X4 can take four people just about anywhere else you wish – silently in electric mode, or for long distances using the diesel engine as a generator for the electric drives.  Read More

The marine chronometer heading for the auction block on July 9 has certainly witnessed its...

In an age where accurate time measurement is taken for granted, the upcoming auction of an 1825 marine chronometer highlights just how far science has advanced in the last 200 years. The marine chronometer was a critical technology enabling navigation at sea. This 190 year-old example, which is heading for the auction block on July 9, has certainly witnessed its fair share of history in fulfilling that critical scientific role, having accompanied Charles Darwin on his epic five-year second voyage (1831-1836) to South America and the Galapagos Islands, the North American Boundary Expedition (1843-1846) which established the border between the USA and Canada and the 1857 survey of the Australian coastline which saw the naming of Darwin and the Fitzroy River. Given its stellar provenance, the chronometer seems ridiculously cheap if it does fall within its expected price range of … £30,000-50,000.  Read More

In order to achieve significant improvements in thermal efficiency, the Atkinson Cycle eng...

Toyota has announced the development of two hyper-fuel-efficient small-displacement petrol Atkinson cycle engines: a three-cylinder 1.0-liter and four-cylinder 1.3-liter which will be introduced across the range from next year in 14 different variations. The smaller engine will deliver 78 mpg (US) in the Toyota Aygo, an improvement of 30 percent.  Read More

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