Motorcycle News

Akrapovic has always been authority on exhaust systems, whether its with cars or motorcycles. Having crafted a reputation of being one of the best in the business, the Slovenian aftermarket company always gets the nod when brands are looking for top-of-the-line systems.

The most recent company to bring in Akrapovic is Dreamachine Motorcycles and together with its Slovenian compatriot, developed the mega powerful Morsus Custom Chopper.

With an attention-grabbing design that features, among other things, teardrop mirrors, 3D triple trees, and 26" carbon wheels, the Morsus Custom Chopper is most definitely a sight that can cure sore eyes. Add that with a drivetrain that carries a 1,852 cc S&S motor with Akrapovic’s modified exhaust pipe and you have a beautiful chopper that boasts of 114 horsepower.

“This project was a big challenge for me, said Tomaz Capuder, the man heading the project for Dreamachine Motorcycles. "I admire the work of Igor Akrapovi very much and I wanted to put together two motorcycle worlds, racing and custom. I followed also an idea of special cycle chrono bike on 26 inch wheels, which was quite challenging, but I’m quite happy with the final result as the body of the bike from many angles looks like a Scorpion.”

With a bike like this, it should be a hot seller in the market, right? Unfortunately, despite its awesomeness, there’s still a catch - and a pretty big one at that: it’s not for sale.

Having said that, you can still keep tabs on this custom chopper as it participates in a variety of custom-oriented events for the year. It’s not as good as owning one, but hey, it’s still something to look forward to.

Japanese maker, Suzuki, has revealed the first teaser images of their new motorcycle that, according to the first details, is being referred to as the "Middle-class New Motorcycle." While most of the rumors suggest the new bike will be making its debut at the EICMA show in Milan this November, Suzuki has promised to offer more details on June 11.

This is all Suzuki is revealing at this point, but recent rumors have suggested that the teaser images actually preview the next generation V-Storm. The first teasers said it was "Time For Real Adventures", so this might suggest an off-road version of the V-Storm. However, no matter what are we looking at, the teaser images sure look promising with the motorcycle’s tall windscreen and cat-eye headlamp, as well as the tall handlebars, electronically adjustable windscreen, single rear exhaust, passenger grab-handles on the sides, and a shroud for the muffler.

Developing an ATV that is suitable for all season off-road mobility might be pretty challenging. However, Alexei Mikhailov - an industrial designer from Humber College in Canada - has overcome this feat with the TrakRok Concept, a hybrid ATV that was a snowmobile initially, but ended up turning into a pretty impressive off roader.

The TrakRok ATV features two wheels in the front that are direct driven individually by electric motors,a s well as a direct driven independent track system used for all season applications that is also powered by high powered electric motors. The entire system is runs on sustainable renewable energy using hydrogen fuel cell technology. The fuel cells are situated in the center belly of the vehicle lowering the center of gravity and the fuel cell cluster is liquid cooled by two large radiator intakes in the front of the vehicle. Aside from menacing aesthetics, the intakes provide adequate cooling and in casing protection for the fuel cells from harsh environment.

The design mimics a shell-like rib cage which looks really cool. The only problem with this design is that it has about zero chance of ever making it to production. It’s too bad because we think this would actually have a lot of appeal.

Source: Behance

Every once in awhile, it’s good to push all worries out of your head and do something you enjoy just for the sake of enjoying it. Too many times, many of us get wrapped up in the trials and tribulations of everyday life and we just forget to sit back and take in all of the good things around us.

That being said, we could learn a lot from the gentleman in this video. This guy loves his motorcycle and decided that he wanted to explore the world around him. Thankfully, he brought his video camera along with him to capture his journey through the beaches and mountains of Panama, even catching a glimpse of the bridge of the Americas which crosses the Panama Canal.

This unknown man says, "I love riding motorcycles, any kind of motorcycle. It just so happens that right now I have a KLR650 , and in my mind that means it must be the best motorcycle in the world. In time I will get a different motorcycle, and it will become the best motorcycle in the world. This film is about loving, and riding what you have now. Stop worrying about not being able to afford your dream bike, and just enjoy this moment with whatever motorcycle you may have."

Now it’s time to take his advice, sit back, and enjoy his journey. After that, go out and enjoy your won journey.

Do you remember the Pininfarina Coupe Concept we presented just a few days ago? Its designer, Peter Norris, has developed yet another amazing concept, but this time, it’s a motorcycle and not a car. His project is called the Honda Chopper and took its inspiration from a number of sources. It features clean functional lines of medical machinery, 70’s and 80’s marker drawings and design (such as Big Trak), and a bit of manga thrown in.

The new concept is a purpose-built chopper featuring a long front suspension, feet forward seating position, and a large footprint. Powering this chopper - like most of the other concepts revealed recently - are two small electric motors, one built into each wheel hub helping lower the center of gravity, improve efficiency, and lower emissions.

The bottom line is that this is a pretty impressive concept and since the inspiration behind the design is Star Wars, we expect many people to be able to appreciate its look.

Canada is famous for a lot of things, including ice hockey, health care, and Tim Horton’s doughnuts. Producing top-of-the-line motorcycles, on the other hand, isn’t one of them.

In an attempt to change that perception, Quebec-based company, Amarok Consultants, has introduced a new electric motorcycle prototype called the ’P1’.

The P1 comes was designed with the intent of making it as light as possible by putting in a 7.5-kilowatt-hour battery to go with two Agni 95 electric motors on a body that tips the scales at just 325 pounds. The powertrain is capable of producing 75 horsepower and combined with the lightweight body, could pose as a serious threat in the TTXGP , an international racing series made up of electric motorcycles.

No word yet on when the bike is going to go to production, but Amarok is optimistic that it should go over well with the public. So optimistic, in fact, that the company is already hard at work in developing an electric motorcycle that shaves off 50 pounds from the P1 prototype.

In a world increasingly infiltrated by electric vehicles, the Amarok P1 should be a fresh alternative for riders who prefer a greener way in getting around and about in their two-wheeled machines.

Here’s a video that shows all you Jackass wannabes things you should never do at home. Yes, they look cool, but they are being performed by a professional - stunt riding world champion Chris Pfeiffer to be exact - and should not be attempted unless you share the same title.

This video titled "Wheelie" is part one of a short series on motorbike stunt tricks. In it, Pfeiffer explains that a tremendous amount of practice goes into successfully performing these tricks, and watching a one and a half minute video doesn’t cover that kind of practice time.

Enjoy yourselves, but remember, this series is for informational purposes only and the tricks should not be attempted by amateurs. Yes, this means you.

Stay tuned! We’ll bring you part two of this series as soon as it is released.

The Saline Bird Concept is a concept bike designed by five design students - Charles-Edouard Berche, Ugo Spagnolo, Adrien Fuinel, Frederic Dobbelstein and Jean-Philippe Paries - at the ISD of Valenciennes (France) as a design exercise for their 2010-2011 final project. The bike has been designed as a race bike for the "Les Triplettes de Bonneville" and get sits inspiration from the shape of a skier as he flies down the slope.

The Saline Bird Concept is powered by a compressed air engine fed by three air tanks with a total capacity of 27 liters. It sits on a carbon fiber frame with leather skin parts in place of the conventional body panels. This leather skin can be slipped on and off "like a sock" in order to switch between body panels or no body panels. The bike can be turned into a road model by replacing the handlebar.

Technical partners of the project include MDI (engine), LUXFER (air tank), and BRM.

Chanel’s new marketing campaign for the Coco Mademoiselle perfume just got that much hotter with the addition of a suited up Keira Knightley mounted atop a Ducati 750 Sport. This video is just a ’teaser’ of the new Coco Mademoiselle film ’Gabrielle’ directed by Joe Wright. The full length version will debut on March 21st, 2011 on the Chanel website.

TheDucati 750 Sport is powered by a V2, four-stroke engine that delivers a total of 72 HP and sprints the bike all the way to 128.6 mph. Typically, we like our Ducati bikes in red, but the model used in this commercial is covered in a drab beige, no doubt to promote Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle perfume. Keira Knightley is even wearing a smoking hot beige leather catsuit to match. All we can say is that we can’t wait for the full video to be released!

The Motus MST Series was presented at the Daytona Bike Week on March 13, 2011. The bike will go into production in late 2011 in two different versions: a standard MST and a more powerful MST-R.

Motus MST is powered by a liquid cooled, 1650cc V4 engine light weight nimble chassis and massive brakes. Before the bike actually makes it to production, Motus will send two MST prototypes on an "American Sport Tour" to ensure the pre-production machines are durable: "There is just no better way to make sure the MST’s meet our standards of durability, comfort, and performance than to personally ride the machines and iterate them as we identify issues. Along the way, we are meeting with friends, supporters and high quality dealers that have inquired about carrying Motus in their area."

More details will be revealed on March 13, 2011.

Hit the jump to see the Motus MST V4 in action.


Back to top