In an ironic twist of fate, Philip A. Contos, 55, has tragically died after being involved in a motorcycle accident while not wearing a helmet. The ironic part is that Contos was actually participating in a ride hosted by ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Towards Education) that protested the helmet law. During the ride, Contos lost control of his cycle and hit his head on the pavement. He was taken to a local hospital before being pronounced dead. Police said that if he was wearing a helmet, the incident wouldn’t have been fatal.
Every year around 50,000 people are injured in motorcycle collisions and accidents in the United States. The most deadly injuries are head and chest injuries. These staggering statistics may persuade some to want to wear a helmet, but others feel it should be the biker’s decision whether or not to wear protective gear. The law disagrees. Bottomline: It’s better to be safe than sorry.
What do you guys think? Is Big Brother trying to control our freedom of choice or are they just looking out for the general population? Hit us up in the comments section below.
The bike uses the most sophisticated set of performance-enhancing electronics ever fitted to a road legal motorcycle. The Nissan GT-R similarly relies on revolutionary electronic driver aids to set lap records the world over.
Both vehicles in this race are completely stock down to the tires and piloted by professional racers. The question is who do you think will win in the end? Make a guess and then watch the video to see if you were right. We only have to tell you that the lap times in this video are for real. Enjoy!
Whether its by design or just a case of trivial coincidence, there seems to be a growing trend towards the development of new and powerful trikes these days. Sure, this is how the auto industry works; concepts come and go frequently. But in the case of trikes, there appears to be renewed interest in the segment, one that has spurned manufacturers to come out with their new models.
We already saw what Scorpion Motorsport did with the P6 , and now we have a concept trike model coming straight from the Land Down Under.
This is the Trike Strike by Design+Industry, a concept design that illustrates just how much potential there is in the trike segment. It’s far from being green-lighted into production, but it does give us an idea of the future that lies in front of us, one that could very well be defined by a multitude of high-powered trikes running around our streets in the future.
Ducati has managed to set an all time motorcycle record at the historic Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this past weekend, making it the second consecutive victory in the historic race.
The man behind this impressive result is Dunne, owner of Ducati Santa Barbara in California, along with his Multistrada 1200. Dunne started the record breaking weekend during the qualification days when he managed to qualify on pole for the race. When it came to the actual race, Dunne got the holeshot at the start and never looked back. The time across the finish line was 11:11.32; a new course record for motorcycles.
"We were definitely anxious to get out and race today;" said Dunne about his race. "When the flag dropped I got the holeshot and went for it. The whole week’s worth of setup work with my technician Sam Swain came together and the Multistrada 1200 worked flawlessly to give us the win. With the help of Spider Grips, Dumontec, BrakeTech and Burley Motorsports we can go home with an all time record!"
Jeep isn’t exactly famous for building motorcycles. In fact, we don’t think we have ever heard of a Jeep motorcycle, but what if the rugged off-road SUV maker decided to go against the grain? Kyle Robie tried to answer this question with the Jeep Cross Bike - a motorcycle designed for both on and off-road use in 2025.
The Jeep Cross Bike features a hydroelectric powertrain, with the electric motor acting like a compressor for the accompanying hydraulic pump. This system will inject enough fluid to both the wheels, delivering the rider more of an adrenaline rush. The battery pack is easily accessible in the storage compartment under the seat and features 7 bars placed on the side: three on the side of the battery and four on the seat. Its location makes for a quick exchange when a new, fully charged battery is needed.
The headlights feature indicator lights on the front, while turn signals come embedded in the front mirrors. The swing arms were designed to bump out just a bit to maintain a good balance. The design of the motorcycle is a little unorthodox, but just adds to the splendor of the bike, making it a real head turner.
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.
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.