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Clockwise from top left: The featherweight Hastur 620cc Streetfighter; lightweight 250cc H...

Hero MotoCorp CEO Pawan Munjal called the slew of new motorcycles his company showed at the recent New Delhi Auto Expo "the dawn of a new era," and it wasn't just PR speak. Faced with continuing to sell 600,000 bikes a month while replacing Honda's technology by the end of the year, Hero unveiled an astonishing new range including a 620-cc street-fighter, a 250-cc sports bike, a 35 kg electric bicycle, a fuel-cell bike with maglev wheels and advanced telematics, a superscooter and a 240 mpg hybrid scooter. Read on for all the details.  Read More

Brammo is scaling up its global dealer network and by the end of 2014 the Empulse and Empu...

Brammo has updated its Empulse and Empulse R for 2014 with a 4.5 kg weight reduction, new instruments and a set of continuous-compound Continental SportAttack2 tires. In most other respects, the Empluse is identical to last year's model though it now meets EU regulations and distribution will begin in the UK and Europe soon. The 2014 Empulse runs to US$17,000 and the R model will cost an extra $2000.  Read More

The Sora has a top speed of 190 km/h (118 mph) and produces 90 Nm (66.37 ft-lb) from the g...

"By Odin we'd love to ride it." That's what we said when we first came across the outrageous Sora electric motorcycle, and it looks like that wish could now come true. Lito Green Motion, the Canadian company behind the Sora, has announced the official start of production for the battery powered streetfighter.  Read More

A Kawasaki KXF450 with the Mountain Horse Short Track kit

Do you hate not being able to use your dirt bike, all winter long? Well, it turns out that there's a way of pressing it into service, even once the snow has fallen – aside from swapping in studded tires, that is. Timbersled's Mountain Horse kit replaces a motorbike's front wheel with a ski, and its rear wheel with a snowmobile-like track.  Read More

Hero Motocorp suddenly seems more than capable of replacing Honda's technology, it also se...

Hero Motocorp’s RNT hybrid turbo-diesel-electric motorcycle prototype might well begin a new phase in the development of the motorcycle as an all-purpose utility vehicle offering life solutions well beyond just mobility, particularly in rural areas and the developing world where the scooter is both the family car and an all-purpose haulage vehicle. Its 150 cc diesel engine produces 35 Nm of torque at just 1600 rpm, with an optional turbocharger which will double both those figures. A 1.3 hp electric front wheel motor gives the bike two-wheel drive. The RNT’s generator can output 1500 W of 230V electrical power continuously, making it ideal as a portable power source, and the LED headlight unclips to offer a portable and powerful light source. Large flat loading surfaces front and rear plus numerous mounting handles indicate a long overdue rethink of how the scooter is used in many parts of the world.  Read More

Road testing the EntroSys BikeAir motorcycle A/C system

As someone who likes to have my skin wrapped around my body rather than smeared up and down the highway, I cringe every time I see a motorcyclist cruise past without suitable protective gear on. There is an (albeit still completely flawed) rationale behind this, though – leather jackets, boots, gloves and scrape-resistant pants are hot, heavy and uncomfortable. All of this leaves motorcyclists in an unfortunate predicament because when the weather is at its best, the inclination to pull on protective gear is at its lowest. The EntroSys BikeAir motorcycle A/C system is a product designed to let you enjoy the best of both worlds by providing portable cooling (and heating) for the rider. It sounds great in theory, but does it work? We ventured out under the burning Australian sun to answer that question.  Read More

Vespa's 150 TAP (Troupes Aéro Portées) was designed to be dropped into battle by parachute...

For motorcyclists wishing to balance the inequities of the road-going pecking order, this could be the perfect mount. Vespa's 150 TAP might only be good for 40 mph, but the integrated M20 light anti-armor cannon shoots 75 mm rounds capable of penetrating 100 mm of armor from four miles.  Read More

Panigale batch hits the chassis assembly area.

For motorcycle lovers, this is where dreams are made. Ducati's resident historian Livio Lodi takes us on a tour of the Ducati Factory near Bologna, Italy, talking us through the production of the 1199 Panigale superbike from start to finish, and showing us the techniques Ducati has used to vastly improve its efficiency, output and reliability.  Read More

The Skully AR-1 helmet give the rider a heads-up display of real-time information and a vi...

Distraction, disruption, destruction. While enjoying a ride, you glance down at the gas gauge, or check your six, and just at that moment an oncoming car decides to make a quick turn right in your path, or a car comes at speed out of a side road. Proper gear is important to survive in such situations, but avoiding them is even better. Enter the Skully AR-1 augmented reality helmet, with a voice-controlled heads-up display (HUD) that provides rear and side view video, bike data, GPS instructions, and phone and music utilities.  Read More

The svelte Mountain Moto FX5

Three years ago we reported on the FX Mountain Moto, which was claimed to be the world’s lightest adult-sized dirt bike. Incorporating both motorcycle and mountain bike parts, it tipped the scales at just 57 kg (125 lb). This week, FX Bikes unveiled its burlier but still-lightweight descendant, the Mountain Moto FX5.  Read More

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