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This is the Verge TS, a hubless 738 lb-ft electric superbike

This is the Verge TS, a hubless 738 lb-ft electric superbike

With 186 miles of range, it gets Ohlins’ and Brembos’ handling all that performance

We, for one, never imagined hubless designs becoming a thing apart from a few wacky custom jobs and, of course, the Legacy light cycle from Tron. Now though, a new Finnish company called Verge (previously known as the RMK Vehicle Corporation) has given us their version of the future, a hubless electric superbike called the Verge TS.

And it’s got a mind-bending peak torque figure of a 1000 Nm (786 lb-ft). You cannot find another machine on two-wheels that gets even half as close to this figure.

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Motorcycle cooling systems decrypted

Motorcycle cooling systems decrypted

Our guide to help you understand the types of cooling systems and coolants available

By burning the all-hail gasoline inside the combustion chamber, motorcycles power your body and soul on two wheels. The engines heat up drastically with every explosion of the fuel creating high temperatures, and the friction between the mechanical parts also contributes to the immense amount of heat that surrounds the motor.

This has been one of the significant issues to tackle ever since the birth of motorcycles, and manufacturers have been continuously shelling out millions to engineer the best solutions to deal with it. The consistent performance of the engine and its overall life depends on the efficient cooling system it has. In this guide, we discuss the different ways motorcycle engines are kept cool to get optimum performances.

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Maintaining the chain and sprocket of a motorcycle

Maintaining the chain and sprocket of a motorcycle

Our guide to clean, lubricate and adjust the chain for maximum performance and efficiency

Power made by the internal combustion engine (or an electric battery unit nowadays) moves your body and soul by sending all that power and torque to the rear wheel of the motorcycle via either a chain drive or a belt drive mechanism.

A belt drive is made of rubber, plastic, and other synthetic substances, and is used on some luxury motorcycles for it requires fewer adjustments and is quieter, cleaner, and runs more smoothly compared to the chain drive.

It doesn’t need any lubrication and is easy to maintain. But it is not the case with chain drives. Here’s our guide to help you with the right care package so that you do not have to end up sitting on the side of a freeway waiting for help that may never arrive.

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Which motorcycles on sale today give the best mpg?

Which motorcycles on sale today give the best mpg?

And a guide to help you extract maximum mileage off a tank of fuel from your motorcycle

The beginning of this century saw the world views changing gradually towards climate change and the need to preserve the environment. This, along with stringent policies, has forced the manufacturers to develop motorcycles that can run cleaner fuel and extract the maximum economy from it, sometimes even at the cost of performance.

Bad news for people who seek the element of thrill, but a pretty good one for someone living in urban jungles where folks prefer commuting on a motorcycle rather thank a car for its practicality and frugal fuel-efficiency. Then there are us few who love the idea of putting serious miles on two-wheels and living the adventure.

We here have compiled a list to give you the best available tools for such situations and save some money on gas while at it.

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Choosing the right fuel for your motorcycle

Choosing the right fuel for your motorcycle

Here’s our guide helping you understand and select the best suitable fuel for your motorcycle

Formed initially by liquefied dinosaurs, aka fossil fuels, Gasoline, or petrol (British English) is the all-hail fluid every motorcycle with an Internal-Combustion requires to produce power within and move your body and soul. Unfortunately, quite a few riders often overlook the kind of Gasoline they fill up their tanks with, and hamper with the ride’s performance, only because they are uninformed.

By now, you should have noticed different sets of hoses and buttons to push and dispense Gas at your local Shell, Exxon, or Walmart, and we are here to guide you to the right one for your machine.

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Guide: Selecting the right Motorcycle Engine Oil

Guide: Selecting the right Motorcycle Engine Oil

Here’s our guide helping you understand and select the best suitable oil for your motorcycle

To keep our well-loved motorcycles up and running to the best of its ability at all times, proper care and maintenance are absolutely necessary, and it goes beyond just washing and cleaning. Apart from the regular shining, buffing, and the all-hail gasoline, our two-wheeled machine needs its tires at the right pressure, chains lubed, battery charged, and most important of them all, the engine to be well oiled.

Here is our guide to help you out with selecting the right kind of oil for your motorcycle and some tips on how to replace it on your own.

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Hodge Hawk trike concept uses Honda RC51 engine

Hodge Hawk trike concept uses Honda RC51 engine

We barely got time to realize that another year has passed by and there’s another concept trike showing us how it may very likely be the thing we’ll ride or better said drive in the future. But if it’s still here, at least let’s welcome it as should. Ladies and gentleman, I present to you the Hawk!

The design belongs to 22-year-old Alex Hodge, a designer based in New Zeeland. The young man has imagined the trike of the future as a machine powered preferably by a powerful motorcycle engine, but which would protect the user with a cockpit-like covering that swings away to allow the entry and exit to and from the vehicle.

With an alloy chassis and 19-inch alloy wheels, we already know that the thing would be light and stable, but how does it do in the performance department? Well, it seems that this designer also thinks at fuel consumption so he visualizes Hawk concept as being powered by the 999cc V-Twin engine “borrowed” from the Honda RC51 motorcycle. Now that’s pretty good considering that the specific powerplant meets a great balance between power – 120 horses – and fuel consumption which depends on how much the trike will actually weigh.

We have to admit that it looks radical, but I can’t see why he didn’t sketch a fully-equipped pilot in it. After all, what’s the point of all that transparency if you can’t be spotted when riding in style? And don’t come to me with that “view” stuff because you can see the view as you’re watching where you’re going.

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Keep more of your take home pay

Keep more of your take home pay

As economists predict, 2009 will be a very hard year for all of us so spending a great deal of money on gas is the worst thing that a commuter could do. According Suzuki (and most of the motorcycle manufacturers), the best solution is to turn to motorcycling and get as much as 82 mpg. You do the math, but don’t forget to include the actual price of the motorcycle. Good luck and a Happy New Year!

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How Important Is MPG Nowadays?

How Important Is MPG Nowadays?

The price of fuel continues to skyrocket, and therefore feeding our thirsty rides becomes more and more expensive. But, it is expensive enough for us to start looking at our fuel consumption more carefully, or even start buying our motorcycles and scooters based on MPG figures?

Cars in most countries are legally bound to display their fuel consumption figures. You can purchase your car based on verifiable figures; speeds, power and MPG. But in the motorcycle industry, this is not the case.

No laws anywhere, including the already very strict state of California, demand that the manufacturers publish their figures. You’ll find on many motorcycle discussion forums threads about fuel consumption, but these are all figures recorded by individuals, and not in a harmonious way. If you ride your bike aggressively, your consumption will be way up.

So why, especially today, do manufacturers not display the MPG? Well, the answer is quite simple. There just aren’t enough motorcycle and scooters around to make it interesting for the politicians to legislate them to this degree. Secondly, two wheelers get a lot better fuel consumption then their counterparts. 50 mpg is not unheard off, and even higher for lower displacement motorcycles.

But thanks to a petrol crisis this is starting to change, Yamaha recently started publishing the fuel consumption on several of their (low end) scooter. Suzuki did similar in an ad campaign for the SV650 (it’s 54 mpg in case you’re wondering). Harley-Davidson did similar for one of their motorcycle line-ups.

But since there’s no standard protocol for measuring fuel consumption (e.g. running the bike at 60 mph, over 100 miles), the figures can not be seen as trustworthy.

There’s a website out there that allows individuals to enter the fuel consumption of their motorcycles and scooters. You can enter the fuel you’re consuming, and this way you can see the average for that model.
(motorcyclefuelconsumption)

But in the end, will it stop people from buying more powerful motorcycles or scooters? Will you buy your next ride based on its MPG?

What do you think? Let us know, we’ll be interested in knowing.

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