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Yamaha's 850cc sports three-wheeler MWT-9 concept

Tilting three-wheeled motorcycles look like going mainstream with the showing by Yamaha of a sporting MWT-9 concept at it's press conference at the opening of the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show today. The three-cylinder 850 cm3 MWT-9 concept is described as a "cornering master" and the indications are that it is likely to extend the existing three-wheeled 125 cm3 Tricity scooter into an entire family of three-wheelers.
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Yamaha shows Motobot motorcycle-riding humanoid robot

Yamaha surprised at the Tokyo Motor Show today when it showed a motorcycle-riding robot along with images showing the robot riding Yamaha's 1000cc R1M. The motorcycle-riding humanoid is part of an R&D effort aimed at creating advanced rider safety and rider-support systems. Read More

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Nine reasons why the Barber Vintage Festival is the one motorcycle event you cannot say 'no' to

Every October there’s a three day party in Birmingham, Alabama, for motorcyclists of all persuasions. Unlike most brand-specific get togethers, this event honors one and all, from the beginning of motorcycling history to the wonderous two-wheeled technology of today. The event is kid-friendly, exceptionally well organised, incredibly welcoming and spotlessly clean. Here are the nine reasons why the Barber Vintage Festival is the one motorcycle happening you cannot say "no" to.Read More

Honda updates its crossover motorcycle lineup

Along with several prototype motorcycles that were unveiled ahead of the Tokyo Moto Show, Honda also announced updates to its Crossover X-models – namely the VFR1200X Crosstourer, NC750X and CB500X. The latter two have undergone a major redesign that will be fully revealed in Tokyo, while its Adventure Touring flagship receives some practical updates.Read More

Bull-it Jeans' armored hoodie packs protection comparable to a set of leathers

Your standard hoodie couldn't really be classified as protective motorcycle gear, but the popularity of hoodies in general has led to manufacturers like Speed and Strength and Bilt making armored versions for motorcyclists. Bull-it Jeans can now be added to that list, but its armored hoodie uses a relatively new material called Covec, which was designed specifically for motorcycle apparel and has abrasion resistance that's better than Kevlar and as good as some leathers.Read More

Bonhams sells the two most valuable basketcases in history – US$400,000 and $365,000

The strength of the English motorcycle collecting world was on display this week in the United Kingdom, when Bonhams' Stafford Autumn Sale weekend realized GBP£3.6 million, becoming the biggest (highest grossing) motorcycle sale ever seen in Europe. The most discussion regarding the sale was not the beautifully restored top-selling motorcycles but three "basketcases" that sold in the top six lots for US$400,039, $365,454 and $144,113 respectively (a 1934 Brough Superior 1,096cc 11-50HP Project) – three of the four most valuable basketcases in history.Read More

Sena's intelligent motorcycle helmet keeps a lid on unwanted noise

Riding a motorcycle at highway speeds inevitably entails pressurized air forcing its way through the helmet’s ventilation channels. This generates a constant buzzing that can be at least irritating, if not a health risk. Earplugs offer a popular solution, although isolating the rider from his surroundings is seldom a good idea. Sena’s Intelligent Noise-Cancelling helmet for the first time offers a smart system that promises to filter out only the useless noise from the rider’s hearing spectrum.

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Yamaha unveils Tokyo-bound concept models

With the 44th Tokyo Motor Show coming in two weeks' time, Yamaha offers a glimpse of the world premieres that will be on display in its "Yamaha Motor Product Orchestra" booth. Headlining its line-up is a hybrid car/motorcycle concept, escorted by a leaning multi-wheeler concept.

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Honda sharpens CBR500R sports bike

Honda's second-generation CBR500R features a fresh, edgier design and several equipment upgrades that promise enhanced sporty performance while retaining all the practical benefits it inherits from the CB500 model family.

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