Today's Top Motorcycle News
The main 1%-er biker gangs in Norway called for a truce in order to organize a massive motorcycle parade to pay tribute to the young kids killed in the Norway massacre of last week.
Organized via Facebook, even the motorcycle police took part.
Two very classy, and old fashion print advertisements for Ellesse Italia casual and sportswear.
One way of showing them in ads is the old fashion way. Nice artwork, young folks sitting on scooters. How more Italian can you get?
It’s a given: motorcycles and explosions do not mix. Gruesome!
Poor people, poor motorcycles.
Hatari helmets are motorcycle helmets with a twist, literally….
The back of the helmet is decorated with moving & twisting graphics, and apart from abstract art, can be something like a butterfly flying around your motorcycle.
The have released a helmet that shows your brake lights and indicators.
One of the worst nightmare, being stuck in a traffic jam inside an ambulance with precious minutes draining away your life, just got solved.
A designer has created a trailer for a motorcycle that is a fully functional ambulance. With space for emergency medial equipment, a medic and the patient, the motorcycle ambulance could get through traffic faster than an normal car ambulance.
Lambretta, the iconic Italian scooter manufacturer, has taken the fight against their former dealers and fake sites to the web.
Just head for the web site, and see their lawyers at work.
But is this the way?
An excellent safety advertisement that appeared in TopGear Magazine. It’s all about texting and more importantly, social media (like FaceBook and FourSquare) while driving a car. … something us motorcycle riders know all about.
A new company was launched after Honda pulled out of Hero Honda in India.
Now called Hero MotoCorp (not exactly a creative name, but it builds on name recognition), the company starts life as an elephant, with a projected sales of $10 BILLION in the next 5 years, and 12 million motorcycles to be manufactured per year.
Well, what do you know? One government is playing an honest “game”. NSW in Australia is removing speed cameras that have not shown that they save lives, but instead generate revenue.
25% of the speed cameras are being removed.
What do you do if you want to advertize your services, and you can’t really show the service itself.? You use a motorcycle, and make it “funny”. That’s what Anchorage based Pyramid Computer Services did, using a motorcycle and a trailer full of computers. …
– An unrestored 1937 Brough Superior SS80 is estimated to reach between £32,000 – 38,000 when it goes for auction next month. The 980cc V-twin, similar to the one famously ridden by TE Lawrence (‘of Arabia’) is one of the stars…
– ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Excitement reaches a new height when sat astride the ZX-10R in rank with fellow trackday riders queuing to be noise tested. Rising engine revs and general trackday banter cause butterflies to backflip deep inside your stomach. Although nervous…
– These WW2 military spec BSA M 20, Matchless G3L and Norton 16 Hs are rotting off the coast of Egypt near the popular resort of Sharm El Sheikh. They form part of the cargo of SS Thistlegorm, along with British…
– New American V4 sports-tourer the Motus MST-01 has completed the first leg of a multi-thousand-mile public development ride. The joyously coarse-sounding pushrod-actuated, direct-injected engine is the star of the soundtrack in this newly released video recap, which also features soundbites…
– Suzuki’s 195bhp Hayabusa has never been a wallflower. But compared to this latest supercharged example, which has been built by tuning experts TTS of Silverstone and puts out a massive 283bhp with no loss of usability, it certainly feels like…
– An exact replica of an ultra-rare 1969 Villa V4 GP bike is one of the stars of a forthcoming classic bike auction. The original Moto Villa 250cc V4 was built in 1968 by Francesco Villa. Unfortunately the FIM changed the…
– Comedian, bike enthusiast and enduro racer Ross Noble took the 500,000th Triumph built at the Hinckley factory on a tour of the UK in May to commemorate half a million bikes being produced at the Leicestershire factory. Noble rode the…
– The Motorcycle News YouTube channel is fast approaching it’s thousandth video – and we’re letting you decide on what we film for it. Over the years we’ve filmed the fastest and most exotic bikes, tuned specials, group tests, ‘how to’ guides,…
– Kawasaki is working on a supercharged four-cylinder bike as a replacement for the mighty ZZR1400. A flurry of new patent documents from the company show enough detail to suggest the idea of supercharging a new high-performance machine is far more…
– Track days today are more like race paddocks from a few years ago. Find a KTM RC8R for sale. With club racing turning increasingly professional, brand new race bikes are becoming common. Enter the KTM RC8R Track… the Austrian firm…
–Honda CBR250R vs. Hyosung GT250R vs. Kawasaki Ninja 250R | MC Comparison
On-the-job training for future supersport pilots
The 250cc sportbike segment has never exactly teemed with choices. For years there was just one: Kawasaki’s ubiquitous Ninja 250. Then, in 2005, the class size doubled when Hyosung entered the American market with its GT250R. Now, with the introduction of Honda’s new CBR250R, the options list is at an all-time high of three, confronting neophytes and other would-be buyers with a multiple-choice challenge they’ve never faced before.
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–Get out there and ride! | Megaphone
Don’t let the world pass you by; get out there and ride!
We have to be legion. I know I can’t be alone in letting the urge to ride remain dormant for so many years. Some of us just have motorcycle ownership interrupted by life for a while. Certainly the reasons behind these pauses span the normal human experiences: timing, family, shifting economics.
Photo Gallery: Get out there and ride! | Megaphone – Motorcyclist Magazine
–2011 Motorcyclist of the Year | Erik Buell
The American innovator, unleashed
When last we met with Erik Buell on the day of the Buell Motorcycles factory liquidation in January 2010, he was visibly distraught: The Barracuda prototype he considered his finest creation would never see production. This past June, we rode the breathtaking new Erik Buell Racing 1190RS an evolution of the Barracuda concept during one of its first public appearances at Road America (see First Ride, page 40). After what must have been the 10th person approached Erik to sputter something to the effect of, Holy sh*t, that bike is fast and it looks fantastic, too, he was again moved almost to tears this time tears of joy. Buell has been working toward this moment for almost 40 years. That the 1190RS was ever built at all, never mind so quickly, makes this the most incredible, improbable comeback of the 21st Century and perhaps of motorcycling’s modern era.
–The Grand Prix des Frontiers | Beyond Borders
Trials and tribulations at the Grand Prix des Frontiers
I nurse the bike off the track for what must be the fifth time. In two days of practice every session has been cut short due to mechanical troubles, and this time it’s terminal. Lionel and Patrick run up, exasperated, and ask what’s gone wrong this time. I hang my head in despair and point a gloved finger at the belly pan, where the bike’s muffler disgorged a smoldering pumice of expensive alloys. After 6000 miles of travel and the efforts of a half-dozen people, this is how it’s going to end?
Photo Gallery: The Grand Prix des Frontiers – Motorcyclist Magazine
Photo Gallery: The Grand Prix des Frontiers – Motorcyclist Magazine
–Bad Motor Scooters | Behind Bars
You really want to know why all current bikes seem to make motorcycle journos grin?
Those of you age 62 and up have probably forgotten which bikes suck. (Hell, you probably can’t remember what you had for lunch). But if you’re 22, I’ll bet you know precisely what sucks. Having ridden none of them but possessing a steel-trap memory for geekin’ on bike stats, you can cite chapter and verse on whichever sporty 600 was slowest through the quarter-mile this year by an eighth of a second.
Photo Gallery: Bad Motor Scooters | Behind Bars – Motorcyclist Magazine
–Launching Preemptive Strikes | Code Break
Launching preemptive strikes on a problem that doesn’t exist while racing could result in that problem materializing
Many years ago at Daytona, I was talking to Wayne Rainey after an AMA Superbike practice session. Another rider had gone down in front of him, a fairly uneventful low-side, which he commented on: I have no idea how that guy managed to crash going so slow.
–Gender-Bending Three-Wheelers | Cranked
The Undecided Ride
The 2011 Campagna V13R joins the 1769 Cugnot Steam Trolley in a long line of gender-bending three-wheelers that confound motor vehicle departments the world over.
–1988 Honda Hawk GT | The Bike That Changed My Life
“I needed the money for racing, so I sold the Hawk. I wish I still had it today, though. I’d like to have another.
Rider: Geoff May
Then: 17-year-old high-school senior
Now: Erik Buell Racing/AMSOIL Superbike racer
Photo Gallery: 1988 Honda Hawk GT – Motorcyclist Magazine
–Kawasaki’s Ninja 250 Gives Aspiring Racers a Head Start
Little Green Stepping Stones
From grassroots cheapionships to a new World Superbike support class, Kawasaki Ninja 250s have infiltrated every echelon of motorcycle racing. The same qualities that make the diminutive sportbike a popular choice for commuters affordability, efficiency and fun make the Ninja a great selection for racers on a budget.
–MotoGP is set to replace the 125cc two-strokes | Drawing the Line
Claiming a Place
When MotoGP replaced the 250cc two-strokes with the new 600cc four-stroke Moto2 class in 2010, the response almost overwhelmed the organizers. From the very first race the grids were full, with more than 40 bikes lining up. There were several chassis choices, good racing, good sponsorship response and good entertainment value.