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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

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

Some of the hundreds of behind-the-scenes faces that contribute to a successful World Supe...

Round One of the World Superbike Championship, like all major sporting events, is a giant production. There might be a few dozen top level competitors getting all the media attention, but the event couldn't happen at all without the expertise and energy of hundreds and hundreds of support staff, volunteers and of course, the fans that are the lifeblood of any sport. So with Mike Hanlon and Fabian Fitzgerald busy checking out the latest in motorcycle technology, I thought I'd turn my back to the track and speak to a few of the lesser known characters that add life to the World Superbike paddock – and as it turned out, I met a few doozies. Here's their WSBK experiences in their own words.  Read More

PICTORIAL: Round 1 World Superbike Championships - Phillip Island

The first round of the World Superbike Championships was held at Phillip Island on the weekend with strong indications that the 2014 championship will be won on one of five bikes: an Aprilia RSV4 1000, a Kawasaki ZX-10R, a Ducati Panigale, a Suzuki GSX-R1000 or a Honda CBR1000RR.  Read More

Wearing one of the most revered names in motorsport, the Lotus C-01 certainly looks the pa...

Lotus Motorcycles has released the first images of its new lightweight C-01 superbike, produced by a collaboration of motorsport veterans led by Dr Colin Kolles of Kodewa, with support from the Holzer Group, all under license from Group Lotus plc. The bodywork has been crafted by Daniel Simon while the bike's geometry and construction is the work of Holzer, a company that has had a hand in designing several Moto One and Moto Two world championship motorcycles, not to mention F1 and LMP2 cars. So apart from the name that carries so much gravitas, the team behind it comes with serious credibility too. The 180 kg Lotus C-01 is powered by a 200 hp, 75 degree v-twin Rotax motor similar to that used in the KTM RC8R superbike.  Read More

Voxan Wattman being charged from a standard European wall outlet, a process that takes onl...

A new claimant for the title of "most powerful electric motorcycle in the world" was presented to admirers at the Paris Motor Show on Monday. The Voxan Wattman electric motorcycle, with 150 kW (200 hp) of power at full tilt, can pull the 350 kg (770 lb) bike from 0 to 160 km/h (0-100 mph) in 5.9 seconds, and has a top speed of 170 km/h (106 mph). With styling based on a scorpion's exoskeleton, this dramatic new entry is searching for its place in the sun.  Read More

Carlin Dunne takes his Lightning Electric Superbike up Pikes Peak (Photo: Lightning Motorc...

A production version of Lightning Motorcycle Corp's Electric Superbike has won this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb among two wheelers (both gas and electric) with a time of 10 minutes and 0.964 seconds. The nearest competitor, racing a Ducati Multistrada, finished with a time nearly 20 seconds slower.  Read More

In racing conditions that rely on tenths of seconds per lap to be the difference between w...

Tire technology plays a critical role in motor racing. It seems an obvious point to make, but events at this weekend's opening round of the 2013 Supersport season hammer home just how important – and how challenging – it is to get the rubber right.  Read More

Over 35 heavy machines and 70 contractors were involved in a massive logistical operation

Australia’s motorsport mecca is in the midst of its first major facelift in 14 years, with the Island’s hallowed race circuit being treated this week to a $3 million resurface to create the smoothest, fastest race track in the world. The huge undertaking will see 5,000 tonnes of specially blended asphalt mix laid at a temperature of ~160ºF in a process that shows it's not just high-tech bikes that make the world of international motorcycle racing tick.  Read More

1290 Super Duke R prototype

The most exciting exhibit at either of the recent major international motorcycle shows (Intermot in Germany or EICMA in Italy) was the first showing of the KTM 1290 Superduke R prototype – a super-lightweight, trellis-framed, naked bike powered by a 1290cc version of the RC8R V-twin, complete with drive-by-wire, lots of (disengageable) electronic rider assistance, lashings of carbon fiber, new prototype WP suspension at both ends and the promise of a production version within 12 months. That is, a production bike with potentially the best power-to-weight ratio ever!  Read More

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