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We see several new motorcycles and technological advancements at EICMA every year. This year’s lineup included a revolutionary bike from MV Agusta, new accessories from GIVI, and multiple new projects from Brembo. In the midst of all this, a rather exciting piece of tech seems to have flown by under the radar.  An Italian firm …

‘Flying Motorcycles’ Now Have a Whole New Meaning Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) has been tinkering with the concept of an unmanned transport system that could potentially help in the daily lives of communities worldwide – and we’re told that the aircraft component houses a supercharged engine from the bonkers Ninja H2R. It makes sense, really.  With …

As if it weren’t enough that ARCH landed a partnership with Motul for high-tech solutions and lubrication, Keanu Reeve’s co-owned bike brand now has purportedly teamed up with J.W. Speaker for lighting technologies – and that includes future models still draped for the near future.  An example of this, BusinessWire tells us, is a revolutionary …

We’ve got bikes inspired by all kinds of things here at wBW.  From the tattoo-inspired bikes courtesy of Indian Motorcycles, to the new limited edition Brough Superior machine inspired by Lawrence of Arabia, to the unique BMW R 18 by Revival Cycles that recently created a bike with inspiration from a birdcage for the chassis, …

Introducing the 1.9lb ‘Brain Bucket of the Future’ World, meet Vata7’s new brainchild – a smart helmet bristling with technology and a taste of the future.  Our press release states that the X1 ‘Speed and Light’ LED Smart helmet – the only one in the world to feature ‘100% carbon fiber with aeronautical technology’ – …

When we think museum, we typically think of our past, generously sprinkled with a bit of the present; relics of our history, preserved for the education and wonderment of generations to come.  While this format has its place, there are some that also shift their focus forward the future – and there’s none that show …

NUUK Cargopro Electric Motorcycle Is The First Vehicle To Pass the EUROCYBCAR Test Amidst the plethora of new electric motorcycles popping into the Powersports industry proper (XP’s Zero motorcycle, Horwin’s SK3 Electric Scooter and KYMCO’s pending electric motorcycle brand, to name a few), comes the admittance that regulations need to adapt to these new machines. …

“The Same Torque as a Lotus Exige S, But…1,600lbs Lighter” If you are planning on attending the 2022 CES (running from January 5-8), you’d better make the time to check out the XP Zero electric motorcycle that will be on display.  Word is that this bike – created by Untitled Motorcycles, not Zero Motorycles – …

Amidst the gigantic leaps in improvement that we have seen for the electric mobility space comes a niche of advancement that we don’t often think of when it comes to motorcycles: Voice Assist technology.  Sure we don’t need it, but many manufacturers are already integrating voice assist into their own brand bikes – from Harley-Davidson’s …

BMW Motorrad has been enjoying a very nice creative phase lately.  Between the unique SoulFuel series the company has been using to collaborate with artists around the globe, to releasing their GS Pure Full Face Helmet coined by our main man Jimbo as ‘so pure it makes him swoon,’ the brand has continued to live …

The Beast, Evolved Well, we certainly didn’t have long to wait on this, did we?  A few days ago we covered the new WP Apex Semi-Active Suspension from KTM. Currently touted as the most sensitive and fast-responding suspension available for the German manufacturer’s fleet, KTM’s press release quoted the new suspension as bringing “sensitive real-time …

It’s been a while since we heard that motorcycle manufacturers were tinkering with the concept of radars for bikes – and motorcycle safety, in general, has been harder now that technology is ramping up to the point where we’ve got autonomous vehicles ready to share the road.  To that effect, CycleWorld tells us that Kawasaki has …

On September 10th, I covered a new tech prototype that was being tested for stab-proof vests. The material was a variable-rigidity chainmail-style of interlinked shapes that allowed the user full flexibility without compromising on protection.  Today, we’re talking about non-Newtonian materials (substances that absorb shock or stiffen on impact) in the business of protective gear …

Honda has filed multiple patents for front and rear radar systems, for the Gold Wing and Africa Twin, in particular. This isn’t a revolutionary leap by itself, considering that models are already out in the market, like the Ducati Multistrada V4, BMW’s R 1250 RT and R 1800 B, and KTM 1290 Adventure S, all …

Big Things on the Horizon for Damon Motorcycles Sitting at a table in the Damon Motorcycles lab and design center wearing a snug-fitting sweater Jay Giraud looked 100 percent the tech company CEO that he is. A clay model of the HyperSport sat in the background over his right shoulder and a prototype of the …

Two labs have created a new type of material originally meant for stab-proof and bullet-proof vests – and I want it in my motorcycle jacket. The motorcycle gear industry has seen a Renaissance of improvement on quality and range since the turn of the century. Textile fabrics such as the KLIM Marrakesh Textile Jacket are …

With the world slowly rolling over onto the belly of electric travel, it seems that moto companies worldwide are embracing technology that boasts newer, bigger, better perks for the masses.  One of the categories I will always cheer for is safety – specifically, anything that will improve the age-old tradition of bike-meets-road.  Ever the innovating …

Harley Davidson has given us a sportbike – and not just any sportbike.  World, meet the Sportster® S – a trick in HD’s hat that’s been blessed with the Revolution Max powertrain and, like the Pan America, boasts enough torque in the lower powerband to feed a small family for a week. The reveal came at 10am …

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 …

No, you’re not seeing the theoretical offspring from a union of Honda and Energizer battery logos in the photo above. The Enginehawk Hawkeye UV jacket. $499 US It’s the flashy new emblem we’ll soon see adorning the jackets of motorcycle riders all over the world. Enginehawk is the name given to a brand new line …

BMW is looking to bring a more innovative approach to making adjustments on the go. They patented gesture controls that will use sensors located on motorcycle handlebars per the drawings.  This new patented technology will get commands from the movements of the rider’s fingers while in the saddle. The drawing shows sensors located either on …

Sena has now launched the Sena 3S Plus Universal and 3S Plus Boom into the market. The upgrade comes to replace one of Sena’s original headset units, the Sena 3S.  Both new Sena units feature a sleek design, both are ideal for motorcycle and scooter helmet applications. The 3S Plus Boom features buttons on the …

HealTech Electronics has just launched the new HealTech AR Assistant. The advanced rider assistant utilizes modern performance technology paired with safety features making a complete rider-aid package. This cool piece of tech is useful for both road and racetrack.  HealTech has grown to become a household name in the motorcycle industry. They started out of …

Motorcycle riders will more often than not pay premiums for any products that may provide additional layers of safety to your trip. In a day and age where we have smart helmets, com systems, heated gear, lean angle identification devices; why not add another product of the list of “things to buy to keep me …

Staying Charged Charging your phone most of the time is probably a bit of an afterthought. You plug it in at night and unplug it in the morning, or maybe you plug it in more often. At any rate, you likely use the charger your phone came with and you don’t think twice about it. …

Motorcycle technology continues to change and innovate – and so does gear technology, specifically helmets. Modern helmets are safer, more comfortable, easier to use and enjoy, and more versatile than ever before, but there are more innovations coming. Enter the smart helmet. Okay, so the idea of a smart helmet has been around a while, …

2019’s New Motorcycle Helmets Finally Hit Store Shelves What do you do when you get torrential rain and can’t ride all weekend? You check out deals on the internet and spend way too much money. That’s what happened to yours truly this weekend.  While buying stuff I didn’t need for great prices I also stumbled …

Call This a Teaser Of Things To Come It’s still winter here in Alberta, Canada and it’s been a longer and colder one this year with more snow in March than usual. For us northern motorcyclists impatiently anticipating the arrival of our short riding season, it’s pure agony. The sensible thing to do while your …