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Norway: Biker Gangs Call Truce, Pay Tribute To Massacre Dead

Norway Biker Gang Tribute

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.

Ads: Ellesse Italia – Classy Ads

Ellesse Italia Spring Portofino UK
Ellesse Italia Autumn Rome UK

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?

Nice…

Motorcycles And Explosions Do Not Mix

Mumbia motorcycle explosion 201107

It’s a given: motorcycles and explosions do not mix. Gruesome!

Poor people, poor motorcycles.

Hatari Helmets – Poetry In Motion

Hatari Helmets
Hatari Helmets Turn Signal

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.

Emergency Motorcycle Ambulance

Motorcycle Ambulance R Aid

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.

Great idea…

The Problem With Being Popular – Lambretta Case

Lambretta logo

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?

Ad: Driving And Social Media Just Do Not Mix – Funny

Texting Driving Thames

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.

New Old Motorcycle Manufacturer, Or An Old New One?

Hero MotoCorp logo

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.

An Honest Government?

Greed Camera

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.

Video: Pyramid Computer Services

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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. …

 

Unrestored Brough predicted to hit £38,000

– 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…

Video: Kawasaki ZX-10R is ideal for trackdays

– 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…

Classics lost at sea

– 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…

First verdicts on 161bhp Motus V4 sports-tourer

– 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…

Blown away: TTS supercharged Suzuki Hayabusa

– 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…

Rare 1969 GP replica up for auction

– 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…

Ross Noble’s Sit Down Tour: Thruxton and Welsh dragons

– 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…

MCN’s thousandth YouTube video – you decide!

– 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’s supercharged ZZR1400 plans

– 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…

Video: KTM RC8R Track at Donington Park

– 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

Honda CBR250R vs. Hyosung GT250R vs. Kawasaki Ninja 250R | MC Comparison
Honda CBR250R vs. Hyosung GT250R vs. Kawasaki Ninja 250R | MC Comparison - Motorcyclist Magazine
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.

Photo Gallery: Honda CBR250R vs. Hyosung GT250R vs. Kawasaki Ninja 250R | MC Comparison – Motorcyclist Magazine

Photo Gallery: Honda CBR250R vs. Hyosung GT250R vs. Kawasaki Ninja 250R | MC Comparison – Motorcyclist Magazine

Get out there and ride! | Megaphone

Get out there and ride! | Megaphone
Get out there and ride! | Megaphone - Motorcyclist Magazine
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

2011 Motorcyclist of the Year | Erik Buell
2011 Motorcyclist of the Year | Erik Buell - Motorcyclist Magazine
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.

Photo Gallery: 2011 Motorcyclist of the Year | Erik Buell – Motorcyclist Magazine

The Grand Prix des Frontiers | Beyond Borders

The Grand Prix des Frontiers | Beyond Borders
The Grand Prix des Frontiers - Motorcyclist Magazine
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

Bad Motor Scooters | Behind Bars
Bad Motor Scooters | Behind Bars - Motorcyclist Magazine
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 | Code Break
Launching Preemptive Strikes | Code Break - Motorcyclist Magazine
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

Gender-Bending Three-Wheelers | Cranked
Gender-Bending Three-Wheelers | Cranked - Motorcyclist Magazine
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

1988 Honda Hawk GT | The Bike That Changed My Life
1988 Honda Hawk GT - Motorcyclist Magazine
“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

Kawasaki’s Ninja 250 Gives Aspiring Racers a Head Start
Kawasaki's Ninja 250 Gives Aspiring Racers a Head Start - Motorcyclist Magazine
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.

Photo Gallery: Kawasaki’s Ninja 250 Gives Aspiring Racers a Head Start – Motorcyclist Magazine

MotoGP is set to replace the 125cc two-strokes | Drawing the Line

MotoGP is set to replace the 125cc two-strokes | Drawing the Line
MotoGP is set to replace the 125cc two-strokes | Drawing the Line - Motorcyclist Magazine
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.

Photo Gallery: MotoGP is set to replace the 125cc two-strokes | Drawing the Line – Motorcyclist Magazine