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.
The Ubco two-wheel drive electric motorbike boasts quite a skill set. Designed to handle difficult terrain, it provides ample carrying capacity, doubles as a portable power source and offers very low running costs, easy maintenance, and lots of practical customization options.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Part electric bicycle, part motorcycle and part moped, the Bolt M-1 is a
capable, two-wheeled machine engineered for urban commuting. The fully
electric bike wears light motorcycle styling and can put out up to 5,500
watts for speeds up to 40 mph (64 km/h). It can also be dialed back to
1,000 watts and ridden like an e-bike.