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Honda Thailand's Mo'cye Design Challenge (Photo: Husna Namirembe/Gizmag)

The Bangkok Motorbike Festival is quite unlike any other motorcycle show on Earth. Held within one of the world's largest shopping centers, the festival spreads a motorcycle show among the upmarket boutiques and cafes. This year, Honda Thailand put the country's burgeoning customization services on display. If you're a motorcycle enthusiast, it's worth a look.  Read More

Currently in development in Spain, the Xkuty is a remarkably lightweight electric scooter ...

Weighing in as it does at a mere 45 kg (99 lb), it's tempting to categorize the Xkuty as an electric bicycle. There's a small problem with doing so, though. It doesn't have any pedals. Needless to say, its designers from Spain bill this as a feature (thanks to the lack of chain), though it does leave little room for debate: the Xkuty is a scooter, albeit a remarkably lightweight one.  Read More

A close look at the business end of Glenn Brittian's rocket motorcycle (Photo: Glenn Britt...

A state-of-the-art rocket-powered motorcycle that was recently advertised for sale on eBay has been sold to Gerd Habermann Racing. Engineered to hit speeds in excess of 400 mph (640 km/h) during the quarter-mile, the bike was designed and built by Glenn Brittian, one of the few drivers licensed by the National Hot Rod Association to drive a rocket dragster. The asking price was US$27,000, but the actual selling price has not been made public.  Read More

Philippe Aresten's Electric Motion 5.7 trials bike has been designed for both competition ...

A couple of years ago, I joined the call to bring back cult 80s British TV series Kick Start to our screens. Hosted by ex-children's television presenter Peter Purves, the popular show tested the skill of accomplished trials bike riders on obstacles ranging from a VW Beetle to slippery logs to near-vertical walls of rock. Such a return today, however, may not necessarily mean the once-familiar sound of the two-stroke engine clattering through the home theater system. After seven years at the helm of French trials bike manufacturer Scorpa, Philippe Aresten has broken loose to market his own Electric Motion trials bike.  Read More

Over 35 heavy machines and 70 contractors were involved in a massive logistical operation

Australia’s motorsport mecca is in the midst of its first major facelift in 14 years, with the Island’s hallowed race circuit being treated this week to a $3 million resurface to create the smoothest, fastest race track in the world. The huge undertaking will see 5,000 tonnes of specially blended asphalt mix laid at a temperature of ~160ºF in a process that shows it's not just high-tech bikes that make the world of international motorcycle racing tick.  Read More

The SMH10, mounted on an Arai XD3 helmet

I'll admit I wasn't looking forward to testing another Bluetooth helmet system. In the past they've proven clunky, unintuitive and annoying. But the Sena SMH10, which clips on to most helmets in a minute or two, has changed my view on these devices. The SMH10 is simple to use, relatively cheap and it adds a whole new dimension to the otherwise antisocial sport of motorcycling.  Read More

Triumph's Speed Triple R

There's nothing exceptional to point out on the Triumph Speed Triple R's spec sheet. Its power figures are quite modest compared to the big guns in this day and age, it doesn't look particularly special, and it doesn't come loaded with sophisticated rider aid technology like a lot of the bikes we've reviewed lately. And yet, I've never had so much fun on two wheels, or fallen so hard for a bike so fast. So what is it about this snub-nosed British bad boy that makes it such a compelling ride?  Read More

Alessandro Tartarini, son of Italjet founder Leopoldo Tartarini, has designed what is bein...

Now here's a motorcycle with a difference. Alessandro Tartarini, son of Italjet founder Leopoldo, this week used the EICMA motorcycle show to present a new motorcycle concept. The aptly named Brutus (not to be confused with the existing Brutus electric motorcycle), is billed as "the SUV of motorcycles," runs a fuel-injected, 45 bhp, 750cc, single-cylinder engine with a CVT and optional reverse gear and weighs in at just under 220 kg (485 lbs) – about the same weight as a BMW 1200 GS or Ducati Multistrada. So does this genuinely represent a new genre of motorcycle?  Read More

The Plug & Play Screamer is a more compact, easier-to-install version of the extremely lou...

Motorcyclists are already at risk when they’re traveling amongst cars, so it certainly doesn’t help that their bikes’ horns tend not to be very loud. That’s why biker and electrical engineer Peter Olt created the ear-splitting Screaming Banshee supplementary motorcycle horn. Now, he’s offering a smaller, easier-to-install model, known as the Plug & Play Screamer.  Read More

1290 Super Duke R prototype

The most exciting exhibit at either of the recent major international motorcycle shows (Intermot in Germany or EICMA in Italy) was the first showing of the KTM 1290 Superduke R prototype – a super-lightweight, trellis-framed, naked bike powered by a 1290cc version of the RC8R V-twin, complete with drive-by-wire, lots of (disengageable) electronic rider assistance, lashings of carbon fiber, new prototype WP suspension at both ends and the promise of a production version within 12 months. That is, a production bike with potentially the best power-to-weight ratio ever!  Read More

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