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.
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
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.
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.
California-based Zero Motorcycles has unveiled its 2016 model lineup in preparation for the American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, Florida. If you were hoping to see a long-range Zero electric motorcycle with an aerodynamic fairing, 2016 is not your year. Instead, there’s an all-new motor and increased battery efficiency to improve range, thermal performance and battery capacities across the board, triple-speed charging with the new Charge Tank accessory, and a couple of new models – the DSR and FXS – to add to the family.
As promised a month ago, Kawasaki has unveiled its new liter superbike. Developed with the input of Kawasaki Racing Team’s two World Superbike champions, the 2016 ZX-10R may look almost identical to its predecessor, but under those familiar fairings lies a brand new motorcycle packed with an impressive
arsenal of race-derived equipment.
Five separate auctions over the next week will see one of the greatest assortments of elite collectible motorcycles ever assembled go under the auctioneer's hammer, including a 1937 Brough Superior SS100 expected to fetch more than US$300,000 and a rare 1956 BMW Rennsport RS500 Type 256 expected to top US$250,000.
member of Yamaha’s famous superbike family has been officially unveiled for the USA
and Canada. The R1S features several changes specifically devised to enhance
road use, while retaining the same basic dynamics, engine tech and electronic
arsenal that make the R1M and R1 extremely competent sport bikes.
and Yamaha have joined forces in pursuit of the development and promotion of Cooperative-Intelligent
Transportation Systems (C-ITS) principally designed for powered two-wheelers. Aiming
at increasing safety for riders, this initiative will focus on developing ITS applications
tailored to the specific requirements of motorcycles and scooters.
BMW’s Concept Stunt G 310 is, in its own right, a pretty funky machine. But it’s also our first glance at the German brand’s new 300 cc, single cylinder entry-level bike platform. Beyond the crazy paint job and stunt god Chris Pfeiffer’s antics, it’s a handsome looking machine – and its vertically mounted exhaust is a very cool touch.