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BMW's crazy S1000R streetbike serves as the starting point for the latest in a string of Californian celebrity custom motorcycles. Following the release of Keanu Reeves' KRGT-1, meet Orlando Bloom's "4CYL." Designed in conjunction with Deus Ex Machina's Michael "Woolie" Woolaway, it's a retro-tracker take on a super high-tech nakedbike, but does this one hit the mark?

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BMW doesn't mess around with its concept bikes. If they make waves, the bikes tend to make it to production. People loved the Concept 90 in 2013, and it quickly became the very popular R NineT production bike. Likewise, the Concept Roadster provided a blueprint for the updated R 1200 R that was released this year. Both these concepts were debuted at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Como, Italy, and versions of both made it to production quick smart. So this year's effort, the Concept 101, should not be looked upon as a flight of fancy.

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The third model of the Freeride E family is KTM’s first street-legal electric bike. After the Motocross and Enduro versions, the Supermoto is a battery-powered playbike that can also double as one of the coolest commuters out there.

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KTM's marketing team scared us a bit with its buildup for the 1290 Super Duke R, nicknaming it "The Beast" and pointing at a truly frightening spec sheet: 1,301 cc, 180 raging horsepower, 144 throbbing Newton-meters of torque, in a low-geared streetbike with a nasty attitude. Everything about it screamed "widowmaker," the next in a long line of motorcycles that were too big, too bad and too damn much for a normal rider to handle. But a funny thing happened when I took it out to test it – it didn't kill me. In fact, despite its tarmac-ripping torque and insane power levels, it proved to be a friendly, even encouraging, bike to ride, even when you switch the traction control and ABS off. What kind of black magic is this?

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Dutch company Revit describes itself as "being on a never-ending quest to develop motorcycle gear that can be taken as far as you want to travel". Within this scope, the promotion of its Spring/Summer 2015 collection in the USA centers around an AWD custom build based on KTM’s 950 Super Enduro.

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Victory Racing will make its professional debut in European motorcycle racing at the 2015 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. A newly formed two-rider team on prototype electric race motorcycles will take on the infamous mountain course on June 10.

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Aussie petrolheads love their V8 engines. And with production winding down on the last of the great V8 Commodores and Falcons that have been a staple of Australian roads since the late 1960s, one small team has decided to keep the tradition alive by creating the PGM V8 motorcycle that is fit to tear up tarmac like the best of Brocky's supercars.

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The legendary Africa Twin is back. Honda has announced that the new adventure model based on the True Adventure prototype shown at EICMA last November will be called CRF1000L Africa Twin, and will be available in dealerships across Europe in late 2015.

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Royal Enfield is going from strength to strength in 2015, overtaking Harley-Davidson in sales and growing at a remarkable rate both in India, where the brand is a revered and well-loved icon, and abroad, where Enfield's classic looks and simple, rootsy approach to motorcycling is finding favour with old-school riders and younger fashionistas alike. The Continental GT cafe racer is the fastest, lightest and most powerful Royal Enfield ever built, but it's definitely not fast, light or powerful. What it's got in spades is character. Enjoy our full review and a very tongue-in-cheek video below.

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A working replica of the famous Lightcycle form the movie TRON: Legacy has smashed expectations by selling for US$77,000 as part of the record-breaking Andrews Collection auction.

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