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Ride:HUD brings head-up display tech to existing motorcycle helmets

By - November 29, 2013 3 Pictures
Head-up displays, or HUDs, are claimed to make driving much safer and easier – instead of looking away from the road and shifting their focus to the dashboard console, drivers just need to glance at an unobtrusive display projected onto their view of the road. NUVIZ now wants to bring HUD technology to motorcyclists, in the form of its Ride:HUD helmet system. Read More
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Suzuki's Recursion – a Buell by any other name

By - November 21, 2013 17 Pictures
Suzuki's Recursion concept shown at the Tokyo Motor Show yesterday looks very much like it has taken a leaf from the Erik Buell book of motorcycle design – light weight, mass centralization, broad usable power, and minimalism. While the underslung muffler is reminiscent, you might be excused in missing other similarities, as the forced induction 600cc parallel-twin engine is at first glance quite different to the big 1200cc V-twin of a Buell. In actual fact, it's not. Read the figures and you get a very similar powerband to the Buell of yore with its Harley Davidson motor. Read More
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Yamaha joins the three-wheel motorcycle trend with the Tricity

By - November 21, 2013 13 Pictures
If personal experience is anything to go by, Europeans love their scooters. One seems to zoom past every few seconds where I live, and a good many of those are three-wheelers from the likes of Peugeot and Piaggio. Yamaha is looking to grab a slice of the action with a Leaning Multi-Wheel concept named Tricity. Debuted earlier this month at EICMA in Milan, Italy, the company sees the three-wheel, tilting scooter becoming the standard city commuter when it's released next year. Gizmag caught up with the sporty little number at the Tokyo Motor Show. Read More
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Kawasaki shows variable-architecture three wheeler EV concept

By - November 19, 2013 15 Pictures
The once clear delineation between the car and motorcycle has become somewhat muddied in recent times with the emergence of an array of narrow tracked vehicle designs sporting two, three and four wheels. Kawasaki threw another fascinating oddity into the ring at the Tokyo Motor Show today with the unveiling of the outlandish, shape-shifting "J" 3-wheel electric vehicle concept. Read More
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Caterham charged to produce e-bikes and motorcycles

By - November 8, 2013 7 Pictures
For over fifty years Caterham has been known for its purpose-built sports cars and motorsports activities. This week, however, the company announced that it will be expanding its product offerings from four-wheeled machinery to that of the two-wheeled variety. Starting in 2014 Caterham Bikes will introduce three products: the Brutus 750, the Classic E-Bike and the Carbon E-Bike. Read More
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One-of-a-kind electric Batpod could be yours

By - October 22, 2013 12 Pictures
If you've ever fantasized about cruising the city streets on a motorcycle not unlike Batman's Batpod, this may be your chance to turn that fantasy into a reality. Reno, Nevada-based welder/machinist "Jeff T" recently took the frame of a 2002 Harley Davidson V-Rod, and built his own electric interpretation of the Batpod around it. He's now got it up for auction on eBay ... although you'll have to get him to send some of the parts for its flamethrower and cannons separately. Read More
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Castrol Rocket prepares for motorcycle land speed record bid

By - September 9, 2013 15 Pictures
All of the two-wheeled machines that have held the motorcycle land speed record over the past few decades have one thing in common – they don't look like motorcycles. The latest speedster to step up to the plate is no exception. The Castrol Rocket is a 1,000-hp jet without wings that's been undergoing testing at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in preparation for a shot at the title of world's fastest motorcycle. Read More
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Honda testing vehicle-to-vehicle communications to eliminate SMIDSY accidents

By - September 3, 2013 10 Pictures
Here's a term almost all motorcyclists run across in their first couple of years on the road: SMIDSY. It stands for "sorry mate, I didn't see you" and it's the standard apology we get when we're sprawled across the bonnet of a car after its driver has pulled out in front of us. Bikes are tougher to see on the road for a number of reasons, so Honda is looking into the idea of using Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) to give drivers advance warning when a SMIDSY situation could be coming up. Read More
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Designer creates a low-cost race bike look-alike for everyday use

By - August 15, 2013 40 Pictures
It comes as a bit of a surprise when you gaze at the sleek lines of the Maxx Speed 01 (MS 01), to discover that it was built by a 24 year-old designer for a total cost of US$3,000. Modeled on a racing motorcycle platform, Anoop Nishanth's concept bike is inspired by the contours of a jumping lion, The Transformers and Ironman. The bike can reach a top speed of 87 mph (140 km/h) without a pillion rider and 68 mph (110 km/h) with one. Marrying the classy looks of an elegant race bike with above-average performance compared to normal motorcycles, the MS 01 is in a group all by itself – a race bike look-alike that almost anyone can afford to buy. Read More
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