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Lightning's LS-218 at the 2014 Quail Motorsport Gathering

No road vehicle needs a 218 mph (350 km/h) top speed. No motorcycle needs to make 200 horsepower, with as much torque as a Hyundai iMax people mover. These are figures of absolute excess – and that's the point. The Lightning LS-218 will be a truly, horrifyingly fast motorcycle, the fastest on the planet, at least straight out of the crate. And it's set for release this summer in America. Hold onto your hat and invest in some brown leathers.  Read More

Bultaco's all-electric Rapitan, featuring a Hossack-inspired front suspension setup

It’s been 13 years since a bike came out with the famous Bultaco thumbs-up logo on its side. By 2001 the once-glorious road racing days of this Spanish motorcycle company had ground to a halt, and only retro off-road two stroke enthusiasts and trials riders really heard the name. But that’s set to change, as the brand is about to resurrect itself as an electric motorcycle manufacturer, starting in 2015. Bultaco today revealed two prototypes that point the way forward – the Rapitan and Rapitan Sport. Both feature 53 horsepower, 92 lb.ft electric motors, Hossack-style front end suspension and enough battery storage to get over 200 km in town.  Read More

2014 Zero SR: review video still

Last week, we rode the 2014 Zero SR, and its awesome electric performance made us question everything we thought we knew about motorcycling. Here's our road test video.  Read More

Yamaha's PED1 and PES1 at the Tokyo Motor Show

Yamaha has announced a revision to a key line in its annual report from 2013, flagging that it will launch electric motorcycles "in the near future" instead of "in the next two years." It's the clearest sign yet that a major manufacturer is ready to jump in to the electric motorcycle market, which is developing at an absolutely crazy rate as battery technology makes power packs smaller, cheaper and higher in capacity. So let's take a closer look at the two electric concepts Yamaha has shown to date – the PES-1 naked sportsbike and the PED-1 motocrosser – to see what the company might bring to the table.  Read More

The 2014 Zero SR (Photo: Dave Abbott/Gizmag.com)

It's been about three years since we last tested one of Zero Motorcycles' electric bikes, and in that time, the company has been very busy. Compared to the 2011 Zero S, the 2014 Zero SR has between 200-400 percent more everything – riding this bike was an absolutely shocking progress report on the state of the art. The SR represents a liminal moment in motorcycling. We may look back in years to come and see this as the first time an electric motorcycle stood shoulder to shoulder with petrol powered bikes, and made them feel like yesterday's heroes.  Read More

Sarole's gorgeous SP7 electric superbike, featuring enough carbon to raise the temperature...

Resurrecting the name of Belgium's first home-grown motorcycle company, Saroléa racing is gearing up for this year's TT Zero electric motorcycle race at the Isle of Man. And the bike is an absolute beauty: 180 horsepower, 200 kilograms, 400 Nm of torque (!). The Saroléa racing bike features carbon fiber just about everywhere, including the frame, subframe, swingarm and even cable guides – and it sports an old-school Norton factory racer kind of look with its vintage bikini fairing, tank and seat designs.  Read More

Icon's Airframe Statistic - a motorcycle helmet with a message

The numbers you see on each section of this helmet represent the likelihood of that section taking an impact in a crash ... and they tell a very powerful story that's guaranteed to create arguments with other riders.  Read More

The Benelli BN302 (Photo: Loz Blain)

Benelli has rolled out the welcome mat to new riders with the release of its BN302 twin cylinder, 300cc nakedbike. Affordable, good looking and unmistakably Italian, the BN302 is one of a host of new models set to debut in the coming 24 months (including a 1200cc TnT, a fully faired sportsbike and an 1800cc cruiser) as Benelli’s new owner Qianjiang seeks to re-establish the historic brand.  Read More

The Kawasaki 650 Ninja and the Ninja

Held at the end of March each year, the annual Tokyo Motorcycle show is a "hands on handlebars and bums on saddles" kind of event which, as well as being a world showcase for the latest innovations from local manufacturers, aims to function as a shop window and proving ground for the millions of motorcyclists in Japan. So while Honda's 750cc NM4 Vultus was the star of the show, there were plenty of other new and interesting machines for crowds to get astride and even ride. Here's a look at some of the highlights.  Read More

Johammer's unique looking electro-cruiser motorcycle

The Johammer is one of the first production electric motorcycles to break the 200 km (124 mi) range mark. It's also pretty much the strangest looking two-wheeler we've ever come across. With hub-center steering and the dash built into its bug-eyed mirrors, it's an absolute rolling oddity. All hail the snail!  Read More

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