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KTM's 1290 Superduke R prototype – the best power-to-weight ratio ever?

By - November 15, 2012 9 Pictures
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

Moto2 racer to launch smartphone app for track days

To say that 31 year old Australian Moto2 racer Anthony West is resourceful would be a gross understatement. His latest exploit – apart from racing in what he describes as the hardest, most competitive and closest category in which he's ever competed – is to develop a smartphone app aimed at fellow motorcycle enthusiasts entitled AntWest Race Sense. Read More
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Hanebrink Hustler X5 electric bike has top speed of over 80 mph, 200+ mile range

By - October 29, 2012 8 Pictures
In addition to providing excellent traction on slippery slopes and sandy dunes, the chunky tires of Hanebrink pedal-electric bikes have also become something of a trademark look for the company. Change is in the air though, as signified by the launch of a new website and the addition of a new model to the family. The Hustler X5 electric street bike has the look of a small motorcycle and is capable of speeds in excess of 80 mph (128 km/h), yet also sports some pedals hidden behind the removable lower portion of the fairing. Read More
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Lorenzo walks home with a record second world title

By - October 28, 2012 8 Pictures
After his closest rival and fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa crashed in lap two of the Australian round of the MotoGP 2012 at Phillip Island it was automatic that Jorge Lorenzo on his Yamaha Factory Racing M1 would become world champion for the second time – unless of course he DNF’d, too, which he managed to avoid. In doing so he became the first Spaniard ever to win two premier class motorcycle world titles. Read More

Rossi gets a little too warm

Nine times world champion Valentino Rossi sent his motorcycle down the road during warm up practice on the morning of the Australian round of the 2012 MotoGP at Phillip Island. Fortunately Rossi walked away from the crash – as captured by Gizmag photographer Olivier Bochsler at the Phillip Island Circuit. Read More
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Zero Motorcycles announces 2013 line up

By - October 3, 2012 5 Pictures
With more of 2012 behind than in front of us, Zero Motorcycles has provided a look at what to expect of its model line up in 2013. Along with the traditional annual increase in performance, Zero has ditched the Zero X, which makes way for a new FX “Stealth Fighter” model. Current models also receive some cosmetic changes, while a new optional CHAdeMO charging accessory will charge all models up to 95 percent of battery capacity in under an hour. Read More
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KillaJoule electric sidecar motorcycle tops 216 mph

By - September 15, 2012 12 Pictures
University of Denver engineering graduate student Eva Håkansson pushed her home-built electric sidecar motorcycle "KillaJoule" to just over 216 mph (347 km/h) last week, while setting a new world record for electric sidecar bikes at the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials at Bonneville Salt Flats. The top speed comes achingly close to the fastest record ever set with an internal combustion engine for a bike of that type: 219 mph (352 km/h). Read More
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Students designing an omnidirectional sphere-wheeled electric motorcycle

By - September 14, 2012 30 Pictures
Thanks to gyros, accelerometers and sophisticated control mechanisms, remaining upright on a two-wheeled vehicle is no longer quite the balancing act it might once have been, even when at a standstill. Visions of future mobility like Honda's U3-X take such ideas in whole new directions, quite literally, by including multi-directional capabilities, and concepts such as Supple go even further still by ditching wheels altogether in favor of balls. It's this freedom of movement that inspired a group of students from the Charles W Davidson College Of Engineering at San Jose State University to begin work on the ambitious Spherical Drive System (SDS) electric motorcycle. Read More
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