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First ride: Erik Buell’s EBR 1190SX streetfighter

By - August 11, 2014 18 Pictures
The 1190SX streetfighter has landed, and we were fortunate enough to join the local importer at an abandoned warehouse to photograph and play with the very first SX out of the crate in Australia. Unlike most super-nakeds, the SX retains the full 180-odd horsepower of its superbike stablemate, the 1190RX, which we reviewed last month. Here’s a few first impressions, and a bunch of highly irresponsible photographs to tide you over until we get a chance to do a full road review. Read More
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Motorcycle Road Test: 2014 EBR 1190RX

By - July 31, 2014 24 Pictures
The all-American sportsbike is back, and this time Erik Buell doesn't have a heritage cruiser company looking over his shoulder telling him how to build it. The 1190RX is the first mass-production sportsbike out of the new EBR factory in Wisconsin, a 185-horsepower, torque-stompin', slightly quirky racer with its eyes firmly focused on World Superbike contention. But does that equate to a good road bike? We spent a couple of weeks with the RX to find out. Read More
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CycleAT transmits real-time pressure readings from bike tires

By - July 24, 2014 5 Pictures
Although tire pressure monitoring systems are becoming increasingly common on four-wheeled vehicles, they're still quite the rarity on two-wheelers. RDV Labs, however, wants to change that. The San Francisco-based startup's CycleAT system is designed to continuously monitor the air pressure in motorcycle and bicycle tires, relaying that information to the rider's smartphone in real time. Read More
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Video Review: Sena 20S Bluetooth motorcycle headset

By - July 23, 2014 1 Picture
The Sena 20S sets a new standard in motorcycle Bluetooth communications with its giant 2-kilometre range, dual Bluetooth chips for true audio multitasking and strong voice control features. Here's our video review, as well as a demonstration of this jigger's outstanding wind noise reduction ability – it can clearly relay a softly spoken voice even in an open helmet at freeway speeds. Read More
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Braking hard in a corner: BMW's lean angle-sensitive ABS Pro

By - July 20, 2014 7 Pictures
When motorcycle ABS first came out, many riders (including myself) took a dim view of it - until we tried it, and realised just how incredible it was to be able to jam on the brakes fearlessly in the wet and on imperfect surfaces. But you still had to be careful putting the brakes on in a corner. Now, BMW has announced ABS Pro - the first lean angle-sensitive ABS system for a supersports bike, so road riders can brake safely, effectively and extremely quickly while the bike's leaned over. Read More
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Review: Sena 20S Bluetooth headset – now with 2 km range and audio multitasking

By - July 17, 2014 25 Pictures
Sena's outstanding Bluetooth headset range has a new flagship – the 20S. Now touting a giant 2-kilometre (1.25 mile) intercom range, the 20S also features voice control, 8-way conferencing and dual Bluetooth chips for audio multitasking, so you can keep your music playing and just duck the volume when your riding partner talks to you. We were big fans of the previous model, the SMH10, and the 20S is an incremental improvement in just about every way. Read More
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Is it possible to make a good-looking Ducati Panigale streetfighter?

By - July 11, 2014 16 Pictures
The Ducati 1199 Panigale is one of the hottest superbikes on the planet. It's also the first to come out with a gutsy, "frameless" design that, frankly, looks very odd when you pull its fairings off. But an engine like that deserves the love and attention of custom bike builders. So we ask the question: is it possible to make the Panigale look good as a naked streetfighter? Here's eight different attempts from designers around the world. Read More
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Exotic, Italian, Electric: The Energica Ego electric street superbike

By - July 10, 2014 13 Pictures
With major manufacturers still dragging their feet on electric performance bikes, it's up to smaller, independent factories to forge the future of battery-powered motorcycles. Italy's Energica has just announced the 2015 revision of its Ego street superbike. At 100 kW (134 horsepower), 195 Nm (143.8 lb.ft) and 11.7 kWh of battery on board, it'll be a road rocketship capable of an emission-free 240 km/h (149 mph) top speed ... and it looks the part of an exotic Italian sportsbike, too. Read More
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