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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.

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— Automotive

Jaguar joins the superwagon class with XFR-S Sportbrake

By - February 25, 2014 53 Pictures
The superwagon class gained an extra competitor overnight with the news that Jaguar will produce an R-S branded "estate car" with a 542 hp, 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine. The Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake will cost GBP82,495 (USD$137,700) and will become a direct competitor for the 560 hp Audi RS 6 Avant, 556 hp Cadillac CTS-V, and the 550 hp Mercedes Benz AMG E63 S Wagon. Read More
— Automotive

Yamaha MOTIV.e city car to use ultra-high-speed Zytek electric drive train

By - February 24, 2014 19 Pictures
More details have emerged on the development of the Yamaha MOTIV.e city car concept which was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show last November. The MOTIV.e will be offered with several drivetrains, including an electric version, and EV specialist Zytek will supply a purpose-built ultra-high-speed motor for the project. The 25 kW Zytek motor spins to 15,000 rpm and comes with advanced thermal management and control integration. The unit has been designed to cut cost, weight and size and this appears to have been achieved as the motor weighs just 13 kg, the gearbox just 11 kg and the inverter just 7.5 kg. Read More
— Motorcycles

180 kg Lotus C-01 motorcycle to use 200 hp 1200cc V-twin

By - February 21, 2014 30 Pictures
Lotus Motorcycles has released the first images of its new lightweight C-01 superbike, produced by a collaboration of motorsport veterans led by Dr Colin Kolles of Kodewa, with support from the Holzer Group, all under license from Group Lotus plc. The bodywork has been crafted by Daniel Simon while the bike's geometry and construction is the work of Holzer, a company that has had a hand in designing several Moto One and Moto Two world championship motorcycles, not to mention F1 and LMP2 cars. So apart from the name that carries so much gravitas, the team behind it comes with serious credibility too. The 180 kg Lotus C-01 is powered by a 200 hp, 75 degree v-twin Rotax motor similar to that used in the KTM RC8R superbike. Read More
— Bicycles

Flying Machine incorporates 3D titanium printing into US$3150 bicycle production process

By - February 19, 2014 39 Pictures
It’s only ten days since we wrote about the titanium 3D-printed Empire Cycles MX-6 Evo mountain bike, a one-off machine designed to show what can be done with additive manufacturing. This article however is not about a one-off bicycle, but a bespoke, made to measure titanium bicycle manufacturing process that’s getting underway at Flying Machines in Perth, Australia. Each customer is measured, and the dimensions are then used to calculate the exact geometry required and the titanium parts are printed. It is anticipated that the entire process will enable finished bikes to be delivered inside three weeks, at a cost of US$3150. Read More
— Motorcycles Feature

Hero vs. Honda: Battle of the Titans (starring Erik Buell)

Hero MotoCorp CEO Pawan Munjal called the slew of new motorcycles his company showed at the recent New Delhi Auto Expo "the dawn of a new era," and it wasn't just PR speak. Faced with continuing to sell 600,000 bikes a month while replacing Honda's technology by the end of the year, Hero unveiled an astonishing new range including a 620-cc street-fighter, a 250-cc sports bike, a 35 kg electric bicycle, a fuel-cell bike with maglev wheels and advanced telematics, a superscooter and a 240 mpg hybrid scooter. Read on for all the details. Read More
— Motorcycles

Brammo releases details and pricing for 2014 Empulse

By - February 17, 2014 24 Pictures
Brammo has updated its Empulse and Empulse R for 2014 with a 4.5 kg weight reduction, new instruments and a set of continuous-compound Continental SportAttack2 tires. In most other respects, the Empluse is identical to last year's model though it now meets EU regulations and distribution will begin in the UK and Europe soon. The 2014 Empulse runs to US$17,000 and the R model will cost an extra $2000. Read More
— Motorcycles Feature

Hero's 2WD diesel-electric RNT radically rethinks the motorcycle as an all-purpose utility vehicle

Hero Motocorp’s RNT hybrid turbo-diesel-electric motorcycle prototype might well begin a new phase in the development of the motorcycle as an all-purpose utility vehicle offering life solutions well beyond just mobility, particularly in rural areas and the developing world where the scooter is both the family car and an all-purpose haulage vehicle. Its 150 cc diesel engine produces 35 Nm of torque at just 1600 rpm, with an optional turbocharger which will double both those figures. A 1.3 hp electric front wheel motor gives the bike two-wheel drive. The RNT’s generator can output 1500 W of 230V electrical power continuously, making it ideal as a portable power source, and the LED headlight unclips to offer a portable and powerful light source. Large flat loading surfaces front and rear plus numerous mounting handles indicate a long overdue rethink of how the scooter is used in many parts of the world. Read More
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