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Video: Gizmag rides the terrifying KTM 1290 Super Duke R

Motorcycles can be a fun, cheap and easy way to get around. They can also be bowel-loosening widowmakers with absurd levels of performance for family-car dollars. The KTM 1290 Super Duke R falls into the second category. It's a road-focused hooligan machine with a giant 1301cc engine, 180-odd horsepower and 144 Newton-metres of torque. Twist the throttle in fourth gear and it will hoist you up to well over double the national speed limit on the back wheel. On paper, this thing is gut-shrinkingly scary, so, for your entertainment, we tasked Loz Blain with riding it for two weeks.

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Victory presents Project 156 racer for Pikes Peak

With the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb just around the bend, Victory Motorcycles has unveiled the final version of its hand-built prototype sportsbike that is set to debut at the infamous "Race to the Clouds." To be raced by Cycle World road test editor Don Canet, Project 156 is an all-American effort designed in co-operation with Roland Sands Design that could give US spectators something to cheer about.

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McGuinness and Mugen dominate 2015 SES TT Zero Challenge

Team Mugen reaffirmed its electric class authority at the 2015 Isle of Man TT Races with the same two-rider team that monopolized last year’s proceedings – John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey. McGuinness was the faster of the two with an average speed just shy of 120 mph – another record in the quickly evolving world of performance electric motorcycles. Despite Mugen's domination, the 2015 race also saw some serious competition arrive in the form of Victory Racing.

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Road legal turbine motorcycle breaks three world records

Imagine a Rolls Royce helicopter turbine that produces a scorching 542 hp and over 450 lb-ft of torque strapped to a bare naked motorcycle, a streetfighter. This is what Madmax Race Team brought to Elvington, UK for the Straightliners Speed Record event, leaving with three new official world records. And the best part is that it’s completely road legal – headlights, horn, indicators and all.

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BMW unveils Concept 101 bagger-style cruiser at Villa d'Este

BMW doesn't mess around with its concept bikes. If they make waves, the bikes tend to make it to production. People loved the Concept 90 in 2013, and it quickly became the very popular R NineT production bike. Likewise, the Concept Roadster provided a blueprint for the updated R 1200 R that was released this year. Both these concepts were debuted at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Como, Italy, and versions of both made it to production quick smart. So this year's effort, the Concept 101, should not be looked upon as a flight of fancy.

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KTM's 1290 Super Duke R falls mercifully short of expectations

KTM's marketing team scared us a bit with its buildup for the 1290 Super Duke R, nicknaming it "The Beast" and pointing at a truly frightening spec sheet: 1,301 cc, 180 raging horsepower, 144 throbbing Newton-meters of torque, in a low-geared streetbike with a nasty attitude. Everything about it screamed "widowmaker," the next in a long line of motorcycles that were too big, too bad and too damn much for a normal rider to handle. But a funny thing happened when I took it out to test it – it didn't kill me. In fact, despite its tarmac-ripping torque and insane power levels, it proved to be a friendly, even encouraging, bike to ride, even when you switch the traction control and ABS off. What kind of black magic is this?

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