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From Motorcyclist Online

  • Go-To Gear For Two-Wheel Travel
    Gear Prepping for that cross-country trip you’re always dreaming about A recommended packing list for that coast-to-coast motorcycle adventure you’ve been talking about for years. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-02-19
  • Vibrazioni Builds Beautiful Bikes From Old Oil Drums
    News Visiting the Italian design shop that turns scrap metal into art Vibrazioni's calling card is perfectly distressed, colorful sheetmetal plucked from old oil drums. We pay them a visit. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-02-16
  • Top Comfort Mods For The Triumph Street Twin
    Gear Basic tweaks for the baby Bonnie The Street Twin is a good entry into the world of British motorcycling. Grab your waxed cotton Belstaff, add a few basic parts, and reach British biking bliss. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-02-16
  • Top Performance Mods For The Suzuki Hayabusa
    Gear Achieving all-around performance gains for the hyperbike While we eagerly await an updated Busa, there are plenty of real-world performance mods to add horsepower, drop weight, and improve handling to be had right now. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-02-15
  • Top Performance Mods For The Honda Grom
    Gear Hot-rodding the mini Honda, because we can The Honda Grom has been a runaway success because of its unserious, all-about-fun attitude. It’s also pretty easy to transform into a mini performer. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-02-15
  • What’s Hot And What’s Not For Motorcyclists In 2018
    Gear Surveying the motorcycle landscape To go visorless, or to not go visorless? We address this and other timely questions of the new year. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-02-14
  • Ninja 400 Project Leader Kunihiro Tanaka Sounds Off About His Latest Lightweight
    News A peek inside the mind behind the new Ninja 400 Our questions about the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400, answered by the guy who designed the bike. What would you have asked Project Leader Kunihiro Tanaka? ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-02-13
  • Catching Up With Charley Boorman
    News The Long Way Round star on life, work, and a possible new adventure with Ewan McGregor Long Way Round may have changed the course of his career, but riding bikes has been a constant for Charley Boorman since his very first ride on a Maico 400. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-02-13
  • UglyBros Twiggy-K Ladies Motorcycle Jeans Reviewed
    Gear Protective women’s riding jeans with Mad Max style UglyBros makes a comfortable pair of women’s riding jeans that offer all the safety geek tech with decidedly un-geeky style. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-02-12
  • 55 Collection Made Me The Best Custom Jacket Ever
    Gear So much flash, so much function Morgan Gales designed a custom leather jacket from Spanish maker 55 Collection, receiving possibly the best jacket to hang on his lanky frame. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-02-07
  • We Ask Ducati’s Panigale V4 Designer About His Sketches
    News An interview with Julien Clement and his superbike design When the man who designed Ducati’s new Panigale V4 looks back on three years of superbike drawings, what does he see? We asked. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-02-06
  • 5 Tips To Stay Warm On A Cold Motorcycle Ride
    Remember what momma taught you! And more… Riding this winter? You could be! And when you do, keep these tips in mind to stay cozy and alert during the ride. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-02-05
  • Aerostich Elkskin Gauntlet Gloves Are Simple And Effective
    Gear A reliable glove with the best materials and simple, functional design Aerostich Elkskin Gauntlet Gloves are simple and efficient, with quality construction for versatility and durability. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-02-05
  • Groundhog Day Is The Motorcyclist’s Most Despised Holiday
    News Blame six more weeks of non-riding weather on a taunting marmot The groundhog saw his shadow. Regardless, it’s gray and freezing in the Northeast and riding season is a long way off. ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-02-02
  • Onboard The 2017 Kawasaki Z650
    Videos Ride from home to office on Kawasaki’s $7,000 middleweight naked The middleweight naked category is a tough place to be these days. Does Kawasaki’s Z650 stack up to the competition on the daily commute? ... read more
    Source: Motorcyclist onlinePublished on 2018-02-02
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From Motorcycle Writer

  • Touratech Travel Expo returns
    The Touratech Travel Event, Expo & Adventure Challenge returns in March 2018, this time being held at a new location in Myrtleford, Victoria. The expo is usually held at nearby Bright, but will now be held on March 16-18 in the Myrtleford Showgrounds, where an “Adventure Village” will be created under the shady elm trees with full camping facilities on offer. Motorcycle manufactures and suppliers of all things adventure will present their latest products, provide expert advice and the chance to check out the latest accessories for your bike. The event will again provide an opportunity for riders to test ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-02-19
  • What riders need to know when moving abroad
    International relocations are more common than ever and they require wholesale changes. However, embracing certain factors from your old life can make the transition far smoother. As a motorbike rider, taking your wheels abroad with you can be one of the best solutions. Migrating with a bike is a lot easier than doing it with a car, especially when the new country drives on the other side of the road. Nevertheless, there are a number of factors that you must take into consideration for a less bumpy ride. Here’s what you need to know. (This guide is written specifically ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-02-19
  • Ducati Scrambler Hashtag 400 online now
    The Ducati Scrambler Hashtag 400 is now on sale as the world’s first motorcycle model only available online. As we predicted on February 8, it’s a version of the 399cc Sixty2. Price is €6990 plus on-road costs which is about $A10,990, although Ducati Australia has yet to confirm local pricing and arrival dates. However, at that price it would be $1000 less than the Sixty2, which is the most expensive 400cc bike on the market. What makes it different from the Sixty2, apart from price, are Midnight Black tank, mudguard and handlebar, a Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled-style seat and an ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-02-19
  • Sahara charity ride for African health
    Former Gold Coast rider Kenn Bannister is riding solo from London to Africa and back over almost 2000km of Sahara Desert to raise money to train African doctors and nurses. Kenn left last week and is headed through Europe to Africa, covering 7200km and nine countries in four weeks. He has been planning the ride for two years and has some support from the Royal Army. Kenn is a member of the King’s College London Alumni and is raising money for the college’s Sierra Leone Partnership in support of their vital work with Sierra Leonean medical schools to train urgently-needed doctors, ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-02-19
  • Vespa unveils Sei Giorni special edition
    Vespa has released a limited-edition Vespa 300 Sei Giorni to honour the model built for the 1951 Sei Giorni Internazionale di Varese regularity competition. It is based on the GTS 300 Super Sport, but adds black highlights, a special edition serial numbered plate, dual-coloured saddle with piping and contrast stitching, exposed metal pipe and a circular instrumentation with an analogue speedometer on a white background. However, the retro instruments also have a modern screen with a wealth of rider information. The Sei Gironi costs $10,290 (+ORC) which compares with the GTS 300 Super at $9290 and GTS 300 Super Sport ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-02-18
  • Put Sri Lanka on your motorcycle bucket list
    Sri Lanka may not feature on many riders’ bucket list for motorcycle travel, but after recently completing a 13-day ride with Extreme Bike Tours it comes highly recommend. There is so much diversity in terrain in an island nation the size of Tasmania. However, my report on the first half of the trip gave only one side of the country. Click here to read my report. Mopuntain roads in the first half of the tourI declared Sri Lanka a rider’s paradise with a wide variety of riding conditions and roads. “There are billiard-table smooth asphalt roads that wind through the hills, ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-02-18
  • Suzuki joins push toward automatics
    Suzuki Motorcycles seems to be joining the push toward automatics after filing multiple patent applications for a semi-automatic transmission. While most automatic two-wheelers are scooters with CVT, there is a growing list of motorcycles with auto or semi-auto clutchless transmissions. Honda leads the way with its dual-clutch transmission in the Africa Twin, NC700X, CTX700, VFR1200X and NM4 Vultus. Apilia also has the automatic Mana 850 GT. Africa Twin with DCTAnd many electric motorcycles are virtually automatic because the electric motor can be used as a direct-drive unit. It is similar to turning up the volume on an amplifier or turning ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-02-18
  • Kawasaki big Ninjas recalled over gears
    Kawasaki is about to issue a recall for the Ninja ZX-10 and Ninja ZX-10RR over issues with several gears during “high-impact” shifts. Although Australia has yet to issue an official recall, it is expected to affect 2016 to 2018 ZX-10 models.  The recall says the transmission gears for second to fourth could break under “high-impact caused by shifting”.  The material used to fabricate the gears is not reliable and is likely to break under high stress. If the gears break, they can cause loss of control through rear wheel lock-up which can lead to a crash. The free ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-02-17
  • The state of the electric motorbike in 2018
    There was supposed to have been an electric motorbike revolution by now, with every second rider on a green machine. Instead, what we’ve seen is a trickling in of technology from around the world, along with a gradual uptake. What we’re going to do in this article is take a fresh look at these kinds of bikes, and then discuss options that are available in 2018 and beyond. Why choose an electric motorbike? When we talk about an electric motorbike, we mean a bike with a rechargeable battery system that drives an electric motor. Sure, there are hybrids ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-02-17
  • TVS suggests hybrid motorcycle future
    Indian motorcycle company TVS Motor Company, which makes the G 310 R and G 310 GS for BMW, seems to be planning on a hybrid future for motorcycles. Hybrid cars such as the Toyota Prius have around for a long time. While there have been hints from motorcycle companies about hybrid models and Honda’s PCX hybrid scooter, we are yet to see anything substantial other than concepts like the TVS Zeppelin. Honda PCX petrol-electric scooterThat’s because fitting one engine in a motorcycle is difficult enough, let alone two. However, that hasn’t stopped the American Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-02-16
  • Thieves torched vintage Triumph Thunderbird
    Brazen British thieves have torched a vintage Triumph Thunderbird in an Instagram video because the owner wouldn’t pay a £1000 ($A1765) ransom. The video was posted on the closed-group Instagram account “biketakerrr”, sparking calls for the social media network to prevent criminal acts being posted and to help police find the thieves. We can’t show you the video because we have been rejected from following their account. The good news is that while police are yet to make any arrests, the bike was recovered from a Bristol field. It is reported that it was not totally destroyed and could be ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-02-15
  • Win passes to Winton historic races
    Historic races are very becoming popular so we are giving away five double passes to the  42nd Historic Winton in May to lucky readers. To win, simply CLICK HERE and send us an email with “Winton” in the subject field. Historic Winton is Australia’s longest running, all-historic motor race meeting and includes more than 400 historic racing motorcycles and cars form the 1920s to 1980s. The long weekend of historic motoring starts on Friday May 25 with the Benalla & District Classic Car and Motorbike Tour. It is followed by two full days of racing on Saturday and Sunday May ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-02-14
  • Chain Monkey wins Dragon’s Den
    The Chain Monkey invention which is claimed to increase motorcycle chain life has won the British Dragon’s Den competition and is now keen to expand in Australia. Chain Monkey, made by Tru-Tension, is currently sold and distributed by Andy Strapz. However managing director Chris Frappell from Bristol says he is keen to exploit the promotional potential of winning the English equivalent of the Australian Shark Tank TV show. “We are also looking for other potential distributors in Australia,” he says. “We want to bring the whole brand, including all of our cleaning and lubricating products to the Australian market, especially ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-02-13
  • Protest ride over wire rope barriers
    All riders concerned about the proliferation of wire rope barriers are invited to join a protest ride in Victoria on May 8, 2018. Independent Riders Group (IRG) spokesman Damien Codognotto has been vocal about his rejection of the wire rope barriers and has organised the ride. However, he says it is open to everyone, not just members of IRG. “This wire rope barrier protest/rally is for all road users, but especially the riding public and emergency service workers,” he says. “This one is for the victims of bad roads and wire rope barriers and for their loved ones. It will ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-02-13
  • KTM recalls 690 Duke over fuel leak
    KTM has issued a global recall of 690 Duke and 690 Duke R models made since 2016 over a potential fuel leak. There is no word yet from KTM Australia about whether it affects Australian bikes or whether they will do an official recall notice or an in-service fix when owners bring them in for routine maintenance. KTM says the fault is a possible leak in the gasket in the filler neck. If fuel leaks, it could lead to a fire. It is expected owners will be contacted by the company to bring in their bike for an inspection and free ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle WriterPublished on 2018-02-13
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 From Motorcycle USA

  • Victory’s Project 156 Prototype Engine in Video
    Victory Motorcycles continues to trickle out information about its Project 156, this time with a video about the prototype race engine it will use to race up Pikes Peak. The Project 156 team gets a peak at initial performance numbers after firing it up at its Minnesota R&D facility. Victory’s Darby Fowler, one of the project leaders, talks about needing a broad map to deal with barometer drops and the changing atmospheric conditions they’ll encounter from the continuous climb in elevation.Project 156 will make its dash up the mountain Sunday, June 28th, with Don Canet aboard. Good luck to everyone ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-21
  • Honda Roads Racing Season Preview 2015
    With the 2015 Northwest 200 already underway and the Isle of Man TT races scheduled for the end of the month, Honda Racing has released a 2015 roads racing season preview featuring riders John McGuinness and Conor Cummins. Filmed during testing at Castle Combe, there’s on-track footage along with interviews from both riders and principal team members. Check out the video below to see both men in action as they prepare for some of the most intense races in the world.The post Honda Roads Racing Season Preview 2015 appeared first on Motorcycle USA. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-14
  • Aprilia HSBK MotoAmerica Debut Video
    The Aprilia HSBK team debuted its 2015 MotoAmerica racing squad at the season opener at Circuit of the Americas, with riders Devon McDonough and Dustin Dominguez battling in the Superstock 1000 class. Aprilia compiled footage of the first event to highlight the team’s efforts, which saw Dominguez finish second in his class in Race 1 and 2, and McDonough take a pair of fifth-place results. According to the riders, the RSV4 is a potent weapon and with time, will be a threat for Superstock 1000 wins.The post Aprilia HSBK MotoAmerica Debut Video appeared first on Motorcycle USA. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-13
  • Drifting Baggers, Victory Style
    When thinking of drifting motorcycles, 800-pound baggers are one of the last things that come to mind. But take a couple of professional stunt riders, throw them on a closed course, and cut them loose on Lloydz Motorworkz supercharged, 200 horsepower Victory baggers and anything is possible.In this case, it’s Tony Carbajal and Joe Vertical of the Victory Stunt Team who are backin’ baggers in at JenningsGP. I’ve tested the capable chassis of the Victory Cross Country myself on trips to Sturgis before, but this is above and beyond. Way beyond. The video is testament to both man and machine. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-12
  • Why We Ride Quail Riders’ Dinner for PBTF
    Why We Ride producers Bryan Carroll and James Walker are hosting a fundraising dinner at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey this Friday night, May 15, to raise money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The menu will be Cali-Mexi style, there’s sure to be a few surprise guests, and sponsor Bell Helmets will be demonstrating its Custom Fit technology where they scan heads to ensure the best fit possible. A long list of others are also sponsoring the event. The dinner party starts at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.There’s two tiers of tickets. A $125 donation includes ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-12
  • 2015 Las Vegas EnduroCross Recap Video
    The 2015 Las Vegas EnduroCross round kicked off a huge weekend for off-road motorsport in the Nevada desert this year as Arenacross and Supercross finals were held in the town the same weekend. EnduroCross provides a different kind of spectacle than the other two series’ though, with lots of technical, close quarter, slow speed battles that push riders to the limits of two-wheeled control. The best, riders like Colton Haaker (eventual winner of the round) and Cody Webb (defending EnduroCross champion), make navigating through craggy boulder patches and loose log traps look smooth and effortless. Beau Cottington was on hand during Las Vegas ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-06
  • Vance & Hines Quest for 4 Drag Race Video
    Vance & Hines recently dropped a stylish video recap of Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec’s 2014 season chasing the NHRA Pro Stock Championship title. Check out the video below for a look inside the shop and plenty of on track action.The post Vance & Hines Quest for 4 Drag Race Video appeared first on Motorcycle USA. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-05
  • Josh Sheehan Pulls a Triple Backflip
    Nitro Circus is known for some pretty crazy stunts, and one of the latest is really incredible. Josh Sheehan, the Australian freestyle MXer that took home the 2014 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour title, goes for a mind-blowing triple backflip in the video below. You’ve got to check it out. The post Josh Sheehan Pulls a Triple Backflip appeared first on Motorcycle USA. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-05-01
  • Rainey & Dunlop Talk MotoAmerica at CoTA
    MotoAmerica riders took part in a two-day preseason Dunlop Tire test at Circuit of the Americas in mid March, 2015. Dunlop had cameras rolling during the event, taking time to sit down with MotoAmerica president Wayne Rainey about his outlook for the series before turning the cameras on Tony Romo, a Dunlop Motorsports Technician, to learn more about tire development. Check out what both men have to say in the video below.The post Rainey & Dunlop Talk MotoAmerica at CoTA appeared first on Motorcycle USA. ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-04-29
  • Mayor To Announce Ace Cafe Orlando
    The world famous Ace Café is coming to Orlando, Florida. A press conference is being held tomorrow to announce the newest addition to the Ace Café family. The café is part of Orlando’s downtown restoration project. Orlando Mayer Buddy Dyer will be making the announcement at 3 p.m. at 100 West Livingston Street. Special guests will be Mark Wilsmore and George Tsuchnikas, Co-Owners of the Ace Café London, and Steve Glum and Mark McKee of Ace Café North America. Hundreds of bikers and other special guests are said to be attending also “for a “Start Your Engines” British-style “Roar Up” ... read more
    Source: Motorcycle USAPublished on 2015-04-29

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