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New Wheelie World Champ hits 197 mph

By - August 21, 2015 16 Pictures

Last weekend the Motorcycle Wheelie World Championship/Top Speed took over runway 26 of the Elvington Airfield in North Yorkshire, UK, for two days of high octane antics. Riders from several countries competed for the fastest wheelie over a distance of 1 kilometer, as well as a standing mile top speed contest. The new champ, Gary Rothwell from the UK, was clocked at 197.879 mph (318.455 km/h) on his turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa.

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Confederate unveils crazy second-generation P51 Combat Fighter

By - August 20, 2015 10 Pictures

The American rebellion in the form of a motorcycle is unfolding in Birmingham, Alabama. Confederate Motors set its sights on a 200-hp V-twin as the next evolution of the collectible Fighter series; and it has just delivered. Made exclusively from billet aluminum and featuring an advanced frame design that integrates both engine and transmission, the P51 Combat Fighter promises unheard-of performance from any motorcycle in its class.

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Ten motorcycles that remind us why we miss two-strokes

During the last 20 years two-stroke motorcycles have practically vanished from the streets, substituted by cleaner, safer and more reliable four-strokes. Their demise is unquestionably a good thing when it comes to air quality in big cities, but despite that many people still miss them, seeking solace in restorations and custom builds. For those who understand this nostalgia, here are ten modern motorcycles that keep the oil-burning spirit alive. Some are available to buy, although most of them can hardly be considered cheap, easy to find or environmentally-friendly. The dilemma, of course, is that they're all likely to deliver a delicious ride.

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e-raw electric moto pushes the boundaries of traditional motorcycle design

By - August 13, 2015 16 Pictures

The electric bike segment must be such an exciting opportunity for budding motorcycle designers. Instead of making window dressing for an increasingly complex combustion engine, you're dealing with an incredibly simple, compact motor and a flexibly shaped battery package. Plus, nobody has decided what an electric motorcycle should look like yet, so you're free to experiment with all sorts of funky ideas that would simply never fly in the gasoline-powered bike world. Case in point: the e-raw from France's Expemotion, which features a floating seat made from 80-odd layers of wood laminate, and uses an iPhone as a dash.

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Video Review: Ducati Scrambler is a real charmer with an attitude

By - August 11, 2015 27 Pictures

At US$8,600 in America, it's easy to see why the brand new Ducati Scrambler line has been a massive sales success. It's charming to look at, painfully retro-fashionable and totally approachable. It would also be incredibly easy to ride if it wasn't for the over-aggressive throttle mapping. It harks back to a time before motorcycles were separated into road, dirt and sports categories, when one bike had to do the lot, and Loz found it a lovely experience on our short road test.

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Review: Ducati gets back to basics with the charming Scrambler retro bike

By - August 3, 2015 27 Pictures

The Scrambler is a radical departure from the sleek, expensive high-performance machines Ducati is known for these days. It's a small, humble, retro dual-sport machine with an 800cc engine, a modest 75 horsepower and a look so American you'd hardly believe it was designed in Italy. But this bike has been Ducati's biggest success of the year, single-handedly boosting global sales by more than 20 percent, so we've been very keen to get our hands on one. Last week, the stars aligned, and we had a chance to ride it. And yes, the Scrambler is nothing like any other Ducati in the range.

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Daredevil Robbie Madison surfs a huge wave ... on a motorbike

By - August 2, 2015 14 Pictures

Red Bull and GoPro need to get their act together, because the #1 craziest extreme promo video on the internet today belongs to a shoe company. Representing DC Shoes, Australian motorcycle daredevil Robbie Madison has dropped into a massive Tahitian wave and surfed it – on a lightly modified KTM dirt bike. This is one of the most supremely ridiculous and jaw-dropping things we've ever seen.

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Victory introduces its first road-legal electric motorcycle, the Empulse TT

By - July 31, 2015 25 Pictures

Victory Motorcycles has turned a new page by unveiling its first fully electric motorcycle. The 2016 Empulse TT is a road-legal electric streetbike based on Brammo's Empulse R. The company's entry into the electric market follows its successful participation at the 2015 Isle of Man TT Zero race, where its Empulse-powered racebike emerged as the fastest US electric motorcycle.

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