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New bikes galore as electronics and 200-plus horsepower superbikes take centre stage at EI...

It's silly season in Milan, with manufacturers jostling for the spotlight with a cavalcade of new bikes, model updates and wacky prototype concepts at the 2014 EICMA motorcycle expo. While the stars of the show were probably the Japanese, with the release of the new MotoGP-inspired Yamaha R1 and the supercharged Kawasaki H2 road bike, there's a bunch of other new bikes that deserve a look too. So here's our favorite highlights in our EICMA 2014 roundup!  Read More

The most obvious difference between the H2 and anything we've seen before is the preposter...

It's a bit hard to predict the star of the show, but EICMA's "most intriguing" crown already belongs to Kawasaki's H2 – the road-going version of the 300 horsepower H2R unveiled at Intermot. It will "only" have 200 horsepower, but thanks to a brutal mid-range, it can be expected to be the fastest accelerating motorcycle on the road.  Read More

Ducati wrings a ludicrous 205 horsepower out of its V-twin Panigale 1299 superbike

Aaaaaand ... as soon as Yamaha caught up to Ducati’s Panigale with the release of its new 2015 R1, the Italians announced they’d shifted the goalposts again on their home turf at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan. The new Panigale 1299 is a fairly major makeover for the flagship Italian superbike, with a power boost up to 205 horses due to a bored-out, larger engine. It’s also about the smartest superbike we’ve ever seen, with an electronics suite that outguns both the R1 and BMW’s 2015 S1000RR by including lean angle-sensitive Cornering ABS, among other things. Interestingly, the frameless design stays the same, and visually you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between the 2015 bike and the previous generation. But then, there was never anything wrong with the Panigale’s looks.  Read More

The 100 most expensive motorcycles ever to sell at auction, in order, with the links to of...

UPDATED: November 30, 2014 Our list of the top 100 highest priced motorcycles ever sold at auction offers unprecedented perspective on the rare motorcycle marketplace. It includes full details and images of each bike, plus links to the official auction page and catalog descriptions.  Read More

The VW XL Sport's aerodynamics help it achieve a high top speed from a relatively small en...

Volkswagen's XL1 is a fascinating study in fuel economy. The combination of its low-drag shape, light weight and plug-in hybrid system allow it to sip fuel at just 0.9 l/100km (261 mpg), but a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 11.9 seconds isn't what you'd call lightning quick. To rectify this VW has given the XL1 a sports makeover, with the help of a Ducati engine.  Read More

Ducati Scrambler goes great in and around hay

Ducati's "not a retro bike" retro bike has been unveiled at Intermot Cologne. The 2015 Ducati Scrambler is a flat-track inspired all rounder with a high handlebar, a bench seat, a bucket headlight and the 75-horsepower (56 kW), 803cc L-twin engine tweaked from the one in the excellent Monster 796. Its unforgivably flowery press release seems custom designed to win the hearts of the hipster crowd, but it looks like a fun and flexible bike even if you're not a barista.  Read More

New French company Midual joined the limited-edition hyper-priced motorcycle marketplace t...

French company Midual has joined the limited-edition hyper-priced motorcycle marketplace with an ingenious redesign of the century-old horizontally-opposed motor, an aerospace-quality, cast-aluminum monocoque frame, bespoke personalization, a we-come-to-you service model, a rare standard of detail and craftsmanship, and a €140,000 (US$185,400) price tag.  Read More

The Ducati 1199 Panigale looks like a bucket of slop with its clothes off

The Ducati 1199 Panigale is one of the hottest superbikes on the planet. It's also the first to come out with a gutsy, "frameless" design that, frankly, looks very odd when you pull its fairings off. But an engine like that deserves the love and attention of custom bike builders. So we ask the question: is it possible to make the Panigale look good as a naked streetfighter? Here's eight different attempts from designers around the world.  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

Ducati's Multistrada D-Air, with wireless airbag jackets.

Ducati has announced a new version of its stunning Multistrada 1200 sports-tourer (check out our video review) that wirelessly inflates airbag jackets for both rider and passenger in the event of a crash. A step forward from the motorcycle airbag Honda showcased in its Goldwing series, the Ducati system can protect the rider and passenger even once they’ve separated from the bike.  Read More

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