Bandit 9 L.Concept
Started as an advertising art director in Los Angeles when he was 19, Daryl Villanueva attained massive valuable skill sets, and a decade later, in 2011, he got this idea of starting a motorcycle company in China before he moved to Vietnam. He noticed that motorcycles had the same design, tanks, seats, and everything; and he wanted to change that very notion and create some exquisite looking ‘products’ that can gouge your eye out and scratch your brain to believe that it is indeed a motorcycle.
Taking the red pill, he started Bandit 9 and took stuff out of the motorcycle graveyard and started building one product after the other. Easily mistakable to some sci-fi Terminator blockbuster prop, this cannon gun looking steel is one of the most challenging builds of Daryl’s. It’s called as the “L Concept”.
A cheaper Royal Enfield Continental GT from Thailand
The Continental GT 650 is Royal Enfield‘s way of making the most powerful and the lightest modern day cafe racer which blends retro style with modern appeal perfectly. Powered by a 650cc, parallel-twin, air-oil-cooled engine which generates more power than any other Royal Enfield motorcycle till date. Since its launch in 2010, the Continental looks and feel very much in the 60s’ and 70’s and is unique. Not anymore though.
A Thailand based motorcycle manufacturer called Centaur recently launched a Continental GT lookalike and named it as the Stallion Centaur Siam 150cc. When I say lookalike, I mean a carbon copy. They have basically taken all the retro elements including the body panels off the GT and fixed on a smaller chassis and a smaller 150cc engine.
2013 - 2018 KYMCO K-PIPE 125
The mini-streetbike market heats up with new competition to go head-to-head with the long-standing K-Pipe 125 from Kwang Yang Motor Co, Ltd — better known to us as the Taiwanese manufacturer, KYMCO — introduced not long ago to the U.S. market. Intended to be lightweight and fuel-efficient, the K-Pipe gives the pocket bike class — long dominated by Honda with the Grom and now with the Z125 PRO from Kawasaki — a viable, less expensive option. Entry level? Yes. Commuter? Sure. Fun? Definitely.
Continue reading for my review of the KYMCO K-Pipe 125.
Richard Hammond goes 200 miles on a TVS commuter to end world hunger
Commuter motorcycles are...well…used to commute basically. But for many folks in Africa and India, carry anything and everything under the sun on these puny little machines. Free from stuff like a roof, windows or doors, you can carry some surprisingly tall, long or wide objects on a motorcycle.
How about long poles for drying fish?? Weird right? Not according to Richard Hammond.
For the season finale, the chaps of the motoring show Grand Tour have embarked on a journey to end world hunger (Just the small village of Bingo in Mozambique they mean). And Richard Hammond has opted to travel 200 miles transporting fish on a 99cc TVS Star HLX across Mozambique.
Check the video to see how much fun they both had.
2017 - 2018 SSR Motorsports Razkull 125
“Pit bike,” “monkey bike,” and even “ankle-biter” has been used to describe the Razkull 125 from SSR Motorsports. I suppose arguments could be made for and against any and all of these monikers, but no matter what you call it, the Razkull is a fun little ride that is inexpensive, and easy to own and operate. Compact and powered by a 125 cc thumper, the Razkull demonstrates why going fast on a slow bike is a whole lot more fun than going slow on a fast bike.
Continue reading for my review of the SSR Motorsports Razkull 125.
Cleveland CycleWerks to setup shop in India
Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland CycleWerks began business not very long ago. Still new to the industry, the company builds small displacement retro style café racers and bobbers known for their distinctive retro-chic styling, ride quality and above all value for money. There have been issues with their fit and finish, but are ever improving.
This American manufacturer is going to set up shop in India this year to taste how it is to run in the biggest market for two-wheelers. It will go in the Indian bike market to challenge Royal Enfield’s small bike supremacy in its own backyard. They will bring three models out of their six to the Indian market, all ranging from 110cc to 230cc catering to the commuter segment (the biggest motorcycle segment of the country).
2014 - 2018 Piaggio Fly 50 / Fly 150
On the campus, in the gated community or in an urban area, it’s hard to go wrong with a small-displacement scooter for running errands or generally getting around. Piaggio is happy to accommodate you with its Fly duo. On 12-inch wheels with all the usual storage a scooter can boast, the Fly 50 and Fly 150 carry a petite 1.8-ish gallon fuel tank; but with 100+ mpg in fuel economy, that little tank takes you far.
Continue reading for my review of the Piaggio Fly 50 and Fly 150.
2017 - 2018 Lance Havana Classic
When it comes to building a retro-looking scooter, it’s hard to beat the classic Italian design, a fact not lost on Lance evidenced by its Havana Classic scooter family. The range covers the 50 cc, 125 cc, and the new-in-2017 200 cc brackets, which is a huge footprint in terms of price ranges and possible uses. There’s everything here from a campus runabout to a highway-capable commuter if you have the nerves for it, and all of it bears that timeless design that seems to have reached perfection in, oh, about 1959. I always love rides with this look and this little import sports plenty of that retro vibe that seems to appeal to the hipster crowd especially.
Continue reading for my review of the Lance Havana Classic 50, 125, and 200i.
Zero adds a new entry-level e-bike
With just a decade of experience in the industry, ZERO Motorcycles has been at the epitome of electrically powered machines on two wheels. Showing the world how to do it right all this while, the folks have upped their game for 2018.
Offering higher performances this year, the California firm already has four models for 2018 including the Zero S, SR, FXS (street), DS, DSR, and FX (dual-sport). Now, they have added another e-bike to that lineup to cater to the learner group of customers: the DS ZF14.4.
Ujet unveils a foldable scooter at the 2018 CES
The Las Vegas International Consumer Electronics Show (International CES) is the world’s biggest launch pad for innovation and technology that can change the course of the world. All kinds of manufacturers and developers showcase their high-tech products and give a glimpse of the next-generation innovations being introduced into our lives.
For 2018, the technology trade show has a little bit of the motorcycle product and its the folding scooter from Ujet, a tech company from Luxembourg. It is a smart scooter that can travel up to 95 miles, and once you’re done, you can fold it up and roll it just like your trolley suitcase.
2016 - 2018 Lance PCH
Lance Powersports expanded its imported range back in 2013 with the addition of the PCH series scooters. Model year 2016 saw the addition of the 200i engine that brought the PCH into the 21st Century with fuel-injection induction control, better power and improved mileage. Offering the 50 cc and 125 cc models as part of the PCH stable, Lance gives the scooter market a Euro-sport styled, budget-minded ride for urban or suburban transportation.
Continue reading for my review of the Lance PCH 50, 125, and 200i.
2017 - 2018 Piaggio Liberty
Piaggio updated its Liberty scooter range with the all-new, fuel injected “i-Get” engine that boasts improved emission control up to Euro 4 standards on the 150 models and Euro 3 on the 50s with CARB and EPA approval across the board. The change brings increased power output and better mileage to the Liberty stable. A new frame and rider’s triangle improves comfort and feel while the ABS works to improve safety. The list does go on. Needless to say, these are significant updates for the nearly 20 year old model family, and the factory has even more on tap to keep the Liberty at the top of the small-displacement food chain.
Continue reading for my review of the Piaggio Liberty.
2016 - 2018 KYMCO Agility
The Kwang Yang Motor Company first brought its “Agility” scooter lineup to the domestic market back in 2007, and here it is a decade later and still going strong. It comes with a choice between a 49 cc and a 125 cc powerplant, but both models share the same sporty looks and Spartan appointments. Meant to serve as an entry-level ride, the Agility siblings keep things simple, clean and with nothing of the superfluous to clutter up the looks or drive up the price. I wanted to see what KYMCO is doing to try and keep these rides relevant.
Continue reading for my review of the KYMCO Agility.
Is the 2017 Kawasaki KX100 the right tool for your kid?
Pushing kids to a motorsport world is still at a nascent stage in across many parts of the world. Although it is widening its horizon, giving them the right tool to do so was difficult. Enter the Green Team from Japan.
Kawasaki introduced their smaller guys, the KX65, KX85, KX100 and KLX110 dirt motorcycles to cater to the young stars interested in dirt riding and want to make a career out of it. An ideal learning curve en-route to the big bikes. In return, Kawasaki has relied on its aspiring young stars to provide input to help develop winning products.
Out of them, the KX100 has proven to be the optimal choice for getting your kid begin a career on the dirt.
Bandit 9 Eve Classic
“Once again, the Earth is under attack. An alien species is poised for a final assault. The survival of humanity depends on a military genius who can defeat the aliens. But who? Or what?”
That ‘what’ is a curious looking piece of weapon made in Vietnam. Easily mistakable to some sci-fi Terminator blockbuster prop, this bullet looking steel is a brainchild of Daryl Villanueva, the military genius born to defeat the extraterrestrial.
And its called the "Bandit 9 Eve Classic".