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Ariel's Ace platform, here shown as a black bobber-style cruiser with girder-style front s...

Ariel, maker of the wild Atom sportscar, has just announced the Ace, a fully configurable motorcycle system based around a gorgeous billet frame and the Honda VFR1200 engine. It looks absolutely stunning, and it can be specified as anything from a cruiser, to a nakedbike, to a fully faired supersports machine – and altered endlessly after purchase. A fascinating concept, and the execution looks peerless.  Read More

The Project LiveWire electric Harley Davidson

Harley-Davidson is a brand so iconic as to be known worldwide, and by people with little or no interest in motorbikes. For H-D to break with tradition in any major way, therefore, would be to make waves. Today, it has done just that by unveiling Project LiveWire, its first ever-electric motorbike.  Read More

Local Motors shows the Racer off at Overland Expo 2014

The lion's share of open field at last month's Overland Expo was dedicated to camping trucks, trailers and RVs, but there were also a few other interesting vehicles sprinkled throughout. Arizona-based crowd-source automotive firm Local Motors brought two Rally Fighter off-roaders, which we took a look at in our Overland Expo round-up, along with its new Racer motorcycle. The stylish motorcycle blends classic and custom design elements to "define a new class of cruiser."  Read More

With two previous IOM lap records  (1975 and 1976) eclipsed in the first two sessions of 2...

After six runnings of the Isle of Man TT electric motorcycle race, just short of five decades of progress had been achieved in five years. After dominating all three practice sessions for the sixth running of the TT ZERO event setting a new lap record with every session, the Mugen Shinden San electric racebike delivered a clear 1-2 victory. Across the three sessions and race, average speeds have increased 6 mph, surpassing Joey Dunlop's 115.2 mph lap record from 1981 set on a Yamaha TZ750. It is very exciting to watch such massive progress being made in seemingly real time.  Read More

Ducati's gorgeous Monster 821 looks set to displace the last of the air-cooled Monsters fr...

Ducati's iconic Monster nakedbikes are as popular as ever in 2014 – gorgeous looking Italian street bikes built for road-riding fun, comfort and simplicity. But it looks like the days of the air-cooled Monster might be numbered. Ducati today revealed photos and specs for its upcoming 821 middleweight, which seems ready to come in and replace the air-cooled 796. With 112 horses, 65.9 lb-ft and weighing just 395.7 lbs dry, the 821 looks like a great streetbike for those who believe maximum fun is found at the throttle stop.  Read More

BMW Concept Roadster: Another outstanding visual statement from Bavaria

BMW chose this year's Concours d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Italy for the unveiling of its latest boxer concept – and like the R Ninety before it, this one is a beauty. The R1200-based Concept Roadster is a hard-edged streetfighter with bloody knuckles, knee sliders on its valve covers and an eye-popping rear end. Will this one make it to production like the NineT?  Read More

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

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