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Every once in a while, I stumble across an article on my early morning perusal of news that highlights something so outlandishly stupid, I can’t help but bring it to the table as-is, in full light and with an apple in its ugly little mouth. Today appears to be a ‘once in a while’ kind …

We have all heard the phrase “better safe than sorry.” But is that phrase really true for the moto world? Honda thinks so – and they’ve logged quite a few hours in the lab.  According to a report from AutoCarIndia, the Japanese manufacturer has filed a patent for a new clutch-by-wire system for motorcycles.  The …

Kawasaki Heavy Industries is planning a squeaky entry when it comes to future plans – and they don’t like to put all their eggs in one basket.  According to a report from RideApart, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, the parent company of Kawasaki Motorcycles, has just laid out a plan on how to tackle the next handful …

According to a report from MCN, Aprilia has just opened the sale of the RS 660 Trofeo to the masses – and we’re tickled pink at the opportunity to take such a pretty beastie to track days. Previously an exclusive track bike obtained by competitive consumers connected to the racing world – and a bike …

I don’t know about you, but there’s something so delicious about old-world motors. And when it comes to quality made at mass-production rates, BSA had the cat in the proverbial bag. Now, after nearly 50 years of waiting, they are ready to break the silence – and it’s going to be a big bang, from …

What does a high-profile team do when unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures? They get busy.  And judging by the beauty of a bike that’s just been revealed, Team Classic Suzuki had their hands in multiple baskets.  The newly revealed chimera-style superbike has the winning features of a Katana with the engine and chassis of …

On a crisp September morning in Norway, Tom Cruise walked up to a Honda CRF 450, mounted, and rode a ramp off a cliff. When it comes to making a bike look good, world-renowned actor Tom Cruise has the cat in the proverbial bag. His stunts are a thing of legend – and one of …

Among the millions of motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world, there are always a few die-hards that help the growth of the moto community. These individuals do so by hosting track days, opening up motorcycle shops, teaching new riders, and hosting events for anybody interested in becoming a better rider – or racer, as is …

One That Got Away in 2020 In 2020, the new Spartan GT sport helmet was presented to us, the motorcycling masses by French manufacturer Shark Helmets proclaiming it would better protect our heads than the previous Spartan model did. The differences between the older and newer models of Spartan when it comes to protection consist …

Zero Motorcycles has just reported that their highly successful ‘Cash For Carbon’ incentive program is back at participating dealerships – and the timing is impeccable. The clever trade-in incentive began as a method for gas-powered motorcyclists to upgrade their rides for a more energy-efficient and low-carbon experience. Today, unprecedented times have created a wealth of …

Remy Gardner, current Moto2 Championship Leader and son of 1987 500cc world champion Wayne Gardner, has just signed a contract with Tech3 KTM for the MotoGP 2022 season. This has come hot on the heels of his successes last season, having won himself five podiums and one victory in the last six rounds of the …

When Harley Davidson’s Pan America was first previewed (if you’re going to do an advert properly, you hire Aquaman/Jason Momoa to do the job), the bike’s unique aesthetic and left-field attendance to the adventure bike community and left many with raised eyebrows. It revealed an entirely new side to Harley Davidson, and the versatile capability …

I like a couple of ponies under the hood as much as the next moto lover, so when I heard news that Suzuki Motorcycle India was expected to release a second batch of 2021 Hayabusas this year, I got a little excited.  According to a report from TimesNowNews, the new 2021 Suzuki Hayabusa sales hit …

Pramac Racing has just signed a new deal extension with Ducati, creating a continued factory-supported sponsorship and giving riders Johann Zarco and rookie Jorge Martin access to two Ducati Desmocedici bikes until the end of the 2024 season.  According to a report from MotoGP‘s website, The partnership between Pramac and Ducati originally began in 2005 and …

A report from MCN has stated that world-renowned MotoGP rider, Jason Dupasquier, has passed away at a hospital in Florence after succumbing to injuries following a multi-rider incident at the Q2 session at Mugello’s Moto3 Race. The accident involved Jason falling off his bike, creating a red-flagged incident involving Ayumu Sasaki and Jeremy Alcoba at …

With motorcycle accidents on the rise and vehicle-related accidents at an all-time low (head over to WebBikeWorld for a recent report on road safety statistics), an Italian company has just patented what they believe to be the answer to road safety for riders.  Italdesign, a company providing development services for the automotive industry, is the inventor …

With industries leading the way into a newer, brighter, cleaner future for transport, it is time to take stock of the statistics surrounding sustainability, particularly when saving lives. A report from Forbes has released a series of studies carried out by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA keeps track of accident patterns …

A report from RideApart has shone a bit of light on the mechanics behind the UK’s target of reducing emissions by 2035 – and the results are rather impressive. Europe has taken some pretty extreme measures over the years to cut down on pollution – and with low-emission rates gaining in popularity, they are keen …

The title of this article has been changed to better suit Klim and In&Motion’s airbag payment methods. Despite the diversity of the moto industry, the one thing that unities the industry is a unified concern for road safety. Klim, a motorcycle gear and apparel company, struck gold when they partnered with In&Motion – a company …

Introduction My first introduction to HJC helmets was not for use on a motorcycle. I purchased my first HJC helmet almost twenty years ago for snowmobiling. It was a modular helmet with dedicated features for snowmobiling, including additional wind protection and a double lens electric visor to eliminate frosting and fogging. Since that time I …

There’s nothing that piques my interest quite like a vehicle that sits itself in the far extreme of a category – any category, really.  And with the pedigree of a motorcycle, bloodlines rooted firmly in Russia, and the general appearance of a tank, the Hamyak fits that description to a tee. According to a report …

A French manufacturer has just launched the new lineup of off-road electric bikes for kids, and they’re the smartest gadgets I’ve seen today.  Founded in Vitoria by Don Luis Iriondo in 1948, Torrot started as a company by manufacturing sturdy touring and road bicycles. This lineup eventually expanded to more cc-hefty staples (such as the …

What would you do if your company found over 34 faults in your supersport bike? Better yet, what would you do if the faults happened before you took over? You heard right. Norton has just recalled all the V4 SS bikes sold in 2019 and early 2020 – and for a supersport bike with a big …

Harley-Davidson has just avoided a crushing 56% tariff on importing bikes into the EU – and to say they’re relieved is an understatement.  The Milwaukee-based company has operated for a while with BOI-regulatory credentials, supplying EU markets at 6% tariff rates. They experienced a slight (understatement) bump during the Trump presidency, during which the EU …

As spring blossoms into summer, buyers around the globe flock to the markets to purchase, sell, and trade their shiny toys for something different. Older toys tend to come with a couple of surprises under the proverbial hood, and in a world where vehicle misuse is prevalent, a transparent registry is invaluable to the modern …

Introduction Ah, my first helmet review for 2021 and the timing is perfect, with the up and down spring weather seemingly morphing into a more stable warmer environment; next thing you know we’ll all be complaining about the heat and humidity. One thing that hasn’t yet disappeared of course is our COVID-19 pandemic environment, although …

Background Not that many years ago we were getting ready to go on our first extended motorcycle trip and I decided I needed to buy myself some dedicated motorcycle pants. Up to that point, I had been riding in heavy jeans, mostly because that’s all they had for women riders. I went down to my …

Introduction It seems such a long time ago, June 2020 to be exact, when SENA Technologies, Inc. announced the (pending) launch of the premium HD Speaker Kits for the 5S, 10C Pro and 10C EVO, 20S and 20S EVO, and 30K, providing users with the same HD audio experience provided with the 50-series systems. And …

Ducati has just pulled the covers off of the 2022 Hypermotard 950 SP – the third rendition in the Hypermotard collection.  The Ducati Hypermotard family caters to a very special group of sport riders. Those who crave to ride for hours on end, follow any urban path their heart desires, and if they choose, put …

Ducati is taking advertising to the next level by creating a mobile-friendly augmented reality simulator that runs tech used in popular games like Pokemon-Go and Jurassic Park. This simulator – similar to the schematics required in their recent Monster Contest – will give clients the ability to place a digital Ducati Monster anywhere in their living …

There’s something so stylish about the future meeting the past – and nobody takes an electric aesthetic to town quite like Curtiss Motors. If you’ve never heard of them, Curtiss Motors is an electric brand previously affiliated with Confederate Motors. The company pulled away and established itself as a separate electric motorcycle brand upon the …

Until now, most of the moto-industry has stayed away from using too much carbon fiber in motorcycle frames. Carbon fiber is a solid material, but the g-forces needed for sound structural chassis components in motorcycles make the creation of a reliable, durable light frame extremely expensive – and not a few chassis have been tossed …

On May 21st, The Ducati Museum will be reopening to the general public of Bologna, Italy – and the nostalgia is hitting people in all the right places. It’s been a rough time for institutions that rely on in-person pedestrian traffic to spread wonder, knowledge, and intrigue. And while virtual tours are still available to …

This morning featured one of the most anticipated unveilings from Yamaha Motor Company – the silk sheet has officially been pulled off of the 2022 Yamaha YZF-R7. The new supersport comes packing Yamaha’s 689cc, inline twin, CP2 engine. This is the same engine featured in the Yamaha MT-07. The engine has been tried and tested …

Introduction Having a 2020 BMW F 850 GS Adventure, aka the ‘tanker’ as the primary multi-purpose ride tends to spoil one regarding the requirement to carry additional fuel on an ongoing basis, especially in our current restricted travel environment. Although, as experienced during past travels, one never knows when one will need a bit of …

Introduction As long time advocate of and for tank bags, well before ‘tank bags’ were typically available or marketed as such (yes, that long ago) some form of small usable container, preferably soft or semi-rigid that could be securely and even safely strapped to or around the tank was used; some of my earlier experiments …

*Photos in this review are courtesy of Brian Buchsdruecker. See more of his work here: Instagram / Bookstrucker Photography Unboxing the Simpson Speed Bandit had me feeling like a kid on Christmas morning, giddy with excitement. Simpson Performance Products dates back to the late 1950s as a safety products company for the racing world. Legends …

Anyone that’s been around to do with motorcycles has heard the name Forma. Purveyors of fine touring and ADV boots, the sole focus of the company lies below the knee. As such, when I was looking for a suitable boot for this season of riding, the name Forma was on the tip of my tongue …

Scientists at Harvard have just made a breakthrough for the EV industry by creating an optimized, high-capacity, energy-dense battery that promises stable enhancement to electric vehicles worldwide. To put it bluntly, it’s hard to be energy efficient when fuel-driven engines have been top of the list for distance and price per mile. And it’s been …

A recent post from TMCblog revealed photos of the brand spanking new Yamaha YZF-R7, leaked from a North American source. The photos came just days before the official release date of May 18th.  Regardless of how it’s happened, the cat’s out of the bag. And man, what a cat.  A report from Asphaltandrubber on the …