The finalists of the Battle of the Kings 2018 have been chosen
It might not be the best of times for the Milwaukee brand these recent years. It has recently come under the hammer from Green activists opposing the waiving of pollution fines, and before that, slow growth and lack of customer demands forced the company to decide on closing its factory in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2019.
Luckily, Harley has a few tricks in its arsenal to keep the excitement ticking amongst its enthusiasts. And after nearly three months of building and a month of online voting, the Harley-Davidson Battle of the Kings (BOK) has finally culminated with five finalists from the UK dealer builds (The BOK is conducted for the European dealers only).
Gibbs Biski: The amphibious motorcycle
If you think you have mastered the arts of two-wheels, think again. This two-wheeler is not your regular pick of the mill. What it is, is a weird looking scooter that can do things no other motorcycle can on a surface no other motorcycle can go on.
Called the Biski, it’s a 55hp twin cylinder engine scooter that runs on land like a normal moped, but a flick of a button gets it riding on water in just under 5 seconds. This amphibious scooter is made by Kiwi chaps who go by the name Gibbs Amphibians, who specialize in amphibious vehicles.
LEGO might end up making a full scale model of the TRON Light Cycle
If you were a kid born in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, this is your opportunity to restore that youth. Lego has just approved to make a full-scale model of the Tron light cycle after the model gained 10,000 supporters.
Based on the Disney film, Tron Legacy, we saw Sam Flynn move around the battle scene in a futuristic motorcycle we’ve all loved. Lego Ideas, impressed by the number of people voted for this design made by Devon-based, Brick Bros UK, will produce the Lego model this year.
This is the voguish OSSA Monocasco
If you find that name weird, don’t coax yourself. Even I needed a while to familiarize myself with the Spanish brand.
Active for a very brief period from 1924 to 1982, OSSA (Orpheo Sincronic Sociedad Anónima) first made movie projectors and then shifted to being a motorcycle manufacturer only in 1949 that was best known for producing lightweight, two-stroke-engined bikes used in observed trials, motocross, and enduro.
Paying tribute to the brand and the OSSA 250 Monocasc GP motorcycle, the folks at a Barcelona design company concocted an electric concept bike that according to my tastes is the most soothing looking thing ever made on two wheels. It is almost as if your eyes can just flow over those curves. It’s called the Monocasco.
After Yamaha, Kawasaki is high on three wheels
We saw Yamaha’s fancy new Leaning Multi-Wheeler (LMW) launched at the 45th Tokyo International Motor show last year. A stunning three-wheeled machine called the Niken which is based on the hugely popular MT-09 platform.
Crazy as it might sound, it looks like the Niken is slowly feeling the heat of the competition. And it is coming from none other than its green nemesis, Kawasaki with a new electric-powered concept.
Coming hot on the heels of Yamaha acquiring leaning front-end technology from the Norway-based Brudeli Tech Holding AS this week, Kawasaki has teased the J concept motorcycle/three-wheeler in all seriousness. And it comes with an “Attack mode.”
A turbocharged Scout pays homage to the beginning of Indian
For the year 2018, America’s oldest brand will give the world a brand new lineage of motorcycles that are sophisticated and technologically packed while keeping the core values of being the vintage charmers intact.
Then there are these Swedish chaps, who take things a bit seriously when it comes to paying tributes. They went and built a 200 hp turbo-charged Indian Scout in remembrance of the co-founder of Indian, Oscar Hedström.
If 2016-17 were the years of the Cafe-Racers, 2018-19 are for the Street Trackers
Looking at what customers were making out of their products in the last couple of years, manufacturers forayed into satisfying the current wave of enthusiasts wanting custom and classic motorbikes. Café-Racers, Bobbers and the lot.
Visually powerful, intellectually elegant and above all, timeless. They became a cornucopia of sorts for people wanting a machine that could take them back in time and re-live the classic age.
With the winters settled, and the holiday season excitingly close, the motorcycle industry has already set the pace for the next couple of years by showcasing bonkers designs and products that will take on our roads pretty soon.
Luckily, there is one more breed of the ‘Classics’ amidst those. The makers have already shown appreciation to them and will head to production pretty soon. It’s what they as the Street Trackers.
Monsieur Lazereth and his Yamaha R1 Cafe-Racer
Remember watching Vind Diesel in the sci-fi Babylon A.D.? If you do, I pity the plight you had to sit through for it was a pile of steaming and smelly goo. But there was a motorcycle in it amongst other custom vehicles which obviously ended up in a crash, and it was nothing but a 1999 Yamaha R1 made by Frenchman, Ludovic Lazareth.
After the huge crash, Monsieur Lazereth worked his magic again to turn it into another monster with futuristic Café-Racer statements. It’s called the "Caferacer Lazareth - Back to the future" and it’s got the carbon all around it.
If the new CB1000R is the present, this CB4 ’Interceptor’ is Honda’s future
If you have a crazy sharp memory (won’t blame you if you don’t), Honda had showcased an interesting concept called the ’CB4 Concept’ at the 2015 EICMA. The concept showed us Honda’s capabilities in making a futuristic motorcycle that still gave it a retro appeal.
Fast forward to 2017 and Honda has gone ahead and done just that on a production model, the CB1000R that was launched at the ongoing EICMA. Along with that, Honda has taken the CB4 nameplate and stuck it on another new concept that is futuristic for sure, but also has an evocative ‘Sport Endurance’ tone added to the Cafe-Racer silhouette.
2016 - 2017 Arch Motorcycle KRGT-1
Arch Motorcycle’s flagship bike brings innovative design, crushing performance and artistic flair together for buyers looking for something, shall we say, a little more exclusive. Proprietary engine management components and an S&S twin-cam V-twin drive the bike with over 120 pound-feet of torque to work with, so it’s far from being just a showy curb ornament. A monster 2,032 cc engine drives this lovely beast for a bike that is as much art as it is transportation.
Continue reading for my review of the Arch Motorcycles KRGT-1.
As I peruse different concept and technology sites in my search for cool motorcycle innovations, things catch my attention and I like to share them with folks of similar interests. Sometimes innovative and creative designs leave me wondering “How did I ever live without this?” Then there’s the rest of the time when I have to wonder “What the Hell were they thinking?” For me, the UNI-CUB by Honda and Halbo from BMW each fit into one of the categories and are certainly interesting enough to share.
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Drakkar From Imaginactive
Imaginactive is the brainchild of one Charles Bombardier of BRP royalty, and it draws on some of the best engineering and design talent in the world to come up with fresh new ideas, as well as improvements on existing designs. Today, I want to take a look at one of their more interesting concept vehicles, the Drakkar trike designed in collaboration with Ashish Thulkar from the Indian Institute of Science. It’s a three-wheeler intended for off-road enduro environments and it sure does look the part.
Continue reading for my look at the Drakkar.
When we hear the word “drone,” most think of either the military version currently in use various theaters of operation around the world, or the small, “spy on your neighbor” variety popping up through retailers everywhere. To be fair, those craft are remotely controlled by a human pilot somewhere in the world, but what we have here is actually an autonomous, two-wheel vehicle — not quite the same thing — but for ease of conversation we’ll just call it a drone, and it is intended for use by the police in your neighborhood.
Continue reading for a look at the Interceptor drone.
Straight out of the Brooklyn Navy Yard comes the newest threat to the U.S-based, concept-bike market; the “Roadster” by Vanguard Moto, Inc. This is the first of three planned models, with a “Racer” and “Cruiser” just over the horizon, and what I’m seeing so far is quite impressive. Not only is this a pure-D cool looking ride, it comes with a digital pedigree that is almost unique in the full-size smoker-bike category having been largely designed in the electronic medium through CAD and 3-D printing technology.
This is a big step for would-be bike manufacturers, because it allows for relatively rapid design and production with a small team of engineers and workers, perfect for startups and builders looking to keep a small footprint. Edward Jacobs, formerly of Confederate Cycle, is the chief engineer and designer for the company with Francois-Xavier Terny serving as CEO and supply/logistics support, and this dynamic duo has created something truly unique under the sun.
Continue reading for my look at the Vanguard Roadster.
The answer is Cyclotron; a concept vehicle that seems to promise a lot, but for the most part works with existing technology and thus isn’t as far-fetched as it might seem at first. First off, it is designed as an all-electric vehicle, which is nothing new. Second, it will use a pair of gyroscopes to stabilize itself, more old technology at its core.
Lit Motors out of San Fransico, California has demonstrated the viability of the dual-gyro system on its C1; a driver-controlled, self-balancing motorcycle-like vehicle. The proposed wireless energy-transfer system that can automatically buy and sell power from and to other vehicles sounds nice on paper, and it effectively turns all the vehicles into part of the power grid which is cool, but it worries my nerves thinking about that kind of energy penetrating my body and brain tissues. Of course, the wildest part is the automated, self-driving feature that allows for hands-free commutes, but that too is a developing technology that has recently shown some real-world success with at least one owner claiming the car saved his life by driving him to the hospital after a medical event.
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Seems like nowadays, any activity pursued by two or more people gets labeled as a “sport,” and everyday we see new activities and hardware added to the mix. Stunt riding is just such an activity. Professional riders have taken elements that are widely regarded as dangerous and unnecessary on the road, and moved them to a closed-circuit, or otherwise controlled environment, where they belong. These intrepid riders have taken raw shenanigannery and honed it to an art form all its own. Now usually, stunt bikes are relatively stock machines with customized additions such as extra footpegs, engine guards (for obvious reasons) and unique features such as a 12- o’clock bar for some of the more extreme (read: vertical) maneuvers. However, since they aren’t purpose-built in a factory, bike-building ability is part of the overall skillset for the sport.
Enter the G 310, a concept stunt bike built by BMW Motorrad that is meant to go straight from showroom to event with a minimum of mechanical dickering. This roadster comes stripped, with no turn signals or lights of any sort, or even a license plate holder, so not only is it built for a specific purpose, it’s no good for any sort of (legal) road transportation. Before you read that as a negative, bear in mind that all of BMW’s resources went into handling stunts, with nothing wasted on any sort of non-essential bits and bobs. The result: we have the opposite of a Jack-of-all-trades, a purpose-built master of one particular style of riding.
Continue reading for my first look at the BMW Concept Stunt G 310.
One of the most talked-about motorcycle concepts in recent memory could be coming to the market after it was revealed that Suzuki had just filed trademarks to the name “Recursion” in both the US and European markets. Now this doesn’t automatically mean that the Suzuki Recusion will arrive in the market, but it does open the door on the possibility that Suzuki could very well be thinking of doing just that.
Suzuki hasn’t officially confirmed or denied speculation about a production version of the Recursion. It’s just that it’s easy to get excited over news like this one. Besides, a planned production model of the Recursion Concept falls right in line with the growing trend among motorcycle companies who are shifting more and more into forced induction models in a bid to attract more buyers who prefer smaller but more powerful machines. Kawasaki’s already there, having released a handful of new bikes that fit in that mold, including the 300-horsepower Ninja H2R and its less powerful, street version, the Ninja H2. Even Honda is reportedly concocting a special blend of turbochargers and superchargers in its R&D facilities.
Should Suzuki follow down this road, there’s really no better candidate to banner its entry into the forced-induction motorcycle segment than a production version of the Recursion. Those trademark filings could very well be the first step in that direction.
Continue reading to learn more about the future of the Suzuki Recursion Concept.
Scooters these days can come in all shapes and sizes. Some are traditionally built while others are designed to resemble motorcycles. Then there’s the Tulip three-wheel electric scooter by designer Ognyan Bozhilov. To properly describe what the Tulip looks like, you’re going to need to know what an actual tulip looks like. Yep. The Tulip electric scooter looks like a tulip. Points for creativity there, Mr. Bozhilov.
To be fair, the Tulip is still a concept so it’s not like this is the exact some thing we’re going to see in the event it hits production. But you still have to give Bozhilov credit for creatively infusing the design DNA of a tulip into his creation. The quirky aluminum frame in the front takes the shape of the flower and functions as protection shields that encase the rider in a cocoon-like cockpit. Wheel fenders were also placed on the two front wheels, completely covering them up to create the illusion of the scooter sliding forward with just one Tron-like rear wheel aiding it.
Powering the Tulip is a lithium-ion battery that’s comprised of a motor and an inventer that Bozhilov combined in a single unit to space precious weight and space. According to Bozhilov, the Tulip is capable of hitting a top speed of 50 mph while covering a range of 60 miles on a single full charge.
It’s not certain how far Bozhilov’s concept will go, but I personally hope it makes it into production. We may have a lot of electric scooters in the market today, but I think we can do with one more in the fold, especially if it looks as ambitious as the Tulip.
Continue reading to read more about Ognyan Bozhilov’s Tulip three-wheel electric scooter.
I was 10 years old when I watched Return Of The Jedi for the first time, and I recall the conversation that I had with my father. I asked him if the machines in the movie were possible. He told me that if man can dream it, man can build it. That simple statement fueled endless hours of daydreaming about the speeder bikes in the movie, imagining how it would feel to ride one and what the controls would do. So, imagine my delight when I discovered that we are one step closer to this particular science-fiction machine becoming science-fact!
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Unicycles, or monocycles, are nothing new in the business. We’ve seen different kinds of iterations in the past and while most fall under the “novelty” category, a Japanese company is preparing to change the game with the introduction of an electric-powered monocycle called the Onewheel.
Ok, so technically, it’s not a motorcycle in the strictest sense of the word. But it can be classified as such if you have a loose definition of said word, which in this case I do.
The Onewheel is not production ready just yet, but the latest prototype does point to it becoming a reality sooner than later. Work has been done on making the monocycle as safe and as functional as possible, including the installation of a gyro to keep the rider from spilling every time his or her balance goes awry.
It also comes with a handlebar that steers the monocycle in both directions and it’s electrically powered, thanks in large part to batteries that can be recharged without any problems. A fully charged Onewheel monocycle is good enough to cover nine to 18 miles and these figures can double if a customer decided to double up on the batteries.
Right now, the Onewheel is only capable of hitting 12 mph, but don’t be surprised if the day comes when the monocycle starts putting up speeds in excess of 50 mph. Don’t get your hopes up thought because from the looks of things, the Onewheel electric monocycle is still scratching the surface of what it could possibly become in the future.
200 units of the Onewheel are scheduled to be built with prices ranging from $2,000 to $2,500 depending on certain specifications. Sadly, Japan’s the only country getting the Onewheel for now so if you’re interested in one, pray that the Onewheel is successful enough to be exported.
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Five months after making its debut at the Bad Salzuflen Custombike Show in Germany, the Akrapovic Full Moon Concept still defies rationale explanation. Looking at it still takes some getting used to. Whatever feelings you may have for the Full Moon Concept, you may want to know that Akrapovic has just announced that the concept custom bike is scheduled to embark on a Europe-wide tour, beginning this week at Top Marques Monaco all the way to November, stopping by numerous European cities along the way.
It’s a bit of a bummer that the concept won’t be crossing the Atlantic, but our friends over in Europe should find themselves lucky to have the opportunity to see one of the most incredible concept motorcycles in recent years.
According to Akrapovic, the Full Moon Concept will travel all over the continent, making stops in places like France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland.
A complete schedule hasn’t been released so if I were you, I’d keep a close eye on Akrapovic’s website and social media accounts to get updates on the Full Moon Concept’s travel itinerary.
I don’t want to wax hyperbole and overblown the significance of seeing this concept in person, but really, just take one look at these photos and tell me if you’re not the least bit interested to see what it looks like up close.
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German automaker Mini doesn’t find itself in this side of the site too often so when it does make a cameo, it usually involves some kind of kooky concept that Mini is looking to showcase to the masses. Well, it turns out I was partly right because the Salone del Mobile just kicked off and as expected, Mini was there with a new concept, or to be more specific, a new iteration of its CitySurfer Scooter Concept.
It does seem a little strange that Mini’s parent company, BMW, would pick an international furniture fair to re-introduce the Citysurfer. But BMW already knew that and instead of recycling the same concept we already saw in 2014, it decided to enlist Spanish artist Jaime Hayon to create his own interpretation of the scooter.
So Hayon went to work and like any self-respecting artist who likes to throw a curveball or two at the establishment, he veered off course and created two versions of the Citysurfer.
The first version is something the more fun and personable of the two. It’s predominantly dressed in white with matching blue stripes on the side body panels and the front and rear fenders. Clearly, this design is aimed more for the younger generation, or at least those who prefer generous helpings of style on their scooters.
Meanwhile, the second version is the more refined take on the Citysurfer. Instead of the bubbly blue-and-white colrs, Hayon opted to use copper, white, and green as the predominant colors with high-grade materials like anodized metal, natural leather, and copper details mixed in for good measure.
Hayon’s two interpretations of the Citysurfer Concept are unique enough to stand out on their own. Check out the photos of the two in the gallery so you can get a better idea which one you prefer.
Continue reading to read more about Jaime Hayon’s take on the Citysurfer Concept.