TVS Motors unveiled a brand-new Hybrid motorcycle, the TVS Zeppelin concept
India’s third largest two-wheeler manufacturer, TVS Motors, is having a ball back home in India. It might not be a world player yet, but don’t fool yourself from having your doubts about it. It is the same firm that BMW Motorrad tied up with to make their G 310R, and those bikes are selling like hot cakes everywhere. Then came the Apache RR 310 fully-faired sportsbike that carries over the powertrain, suspension unit, chassis, brakes, radials and the exhaust from the entry-level naked German.
For a company whose strength lies in its goal of designing and development of new products that are a continuous source of inspiration, it showcased its future products at the recently concluded Indian Auto Expo. It was the TVS Zeppelin hybrid gas-electric cruiser concept that made all the noise at the TVS stalls. It not only sounds interesting (just like the band) but also looks like a proper well-made motorcycle.
The Emflux One is here and talks with tons of promises for all under $10K
This is the Indian startup eco-system’s gift to the world. A motorcycle in the newfound electric business that has being brimmed with bells and whistles not found on any other production bike. Emflux Motors is entering with tall claims of having a 125 mph superbike that runs on electricity for up to 100 miles at full range. And if you go full-blown-track-mode, expect a range of around 50 miles.
Called the "Emflux One", it was unveiled at a recently concluded Indian Auto Expo and is aiming at the premium market that caters to the mid-weight motorcycle segment. The company has been working on their superbike for just over a couple of years, unlike other startups that have taken more than half a decade to develop their products.
KTM’s life saving electronics deciphered
A rider is not born but is made. There is absolutely no harm in accepting that you are not the best rider and that there is always a better rider out there. But, that does not mean you don’t try to improve on it. The more you ride, the more opportunity you will find to try and match synergies with your motorcycle.
The same also applies to motorcycles. There is always a better one out there. So manufacturers and engineers come up with new technologies and innovation that make that same motorcycle perform better and safer than before. And KTM is one of those who is world renowned for giving us bikes that loves walking on the edge of performance and handling.
Helping them do that is not just their mad mechanicals, but some really smart electronic wizardry. They tap into multiple parameters to give the rider the optimum control of their bikes without losing the joy of riding.
Suzuki’s new patents show laser projections alerting other road users
In a bid to make motorcycling safe, manufacturers are foraying deep into embedding technology and innovation into their products to help riders stay safe on their bikes. Motorcycle accidents are close to 30 times more than those of cars, and Suzuki is in an effort to minimize that as much as possible.
The Japanese manufacturer has patented a complex laser lighting system to improve the active safety of motorcycles when in operation. According to the patent images, these dynamic laser lights surround the ground around the motorcycle helping other road users become aware of the motorcycle and rider intentions while on the move.
Harley Davidson commissioned these Street Rod Snow bikes
In its recent adventures, Harley Davidson has been seemingly busy with increasing involvement of snow and ice competition. Recently, the Milwaukee brand entered the Snowquake 2018, a snow dirt event in the Italian Alps, and then started the Snow Hill Climb, its own event at this year’s Winter X Games where riders drag up the hill on purpose-built Snow Hill Climb Sportsters.
For the same event, Harley came up with an ingenious idea and teamed up with Aaron and Shaun Guardado from Suicide Machine Company to build two snow bikes with skis and belts from a Street Rod 750. These bikes would act as safety vehicles for the event, and to haul athletes around between events.
Now that’s a phenomenon.
How would you like your helmet have air conditioning?
We’ve all been there. Have huge miles to cover through blistering hot weather and the humid air is not making things any better. Sweat is trickling down our neck, and that itchy scalp makes us wish we could rip it off our head. Feeling fresh arriving at the destination only means feeling liberated when the helmet comes off the head. Well, thanks to an Indian start-up, not anymore.
BluArmor, a subsidiary of a motorcycle gear company called AptEner Mechatronics have launched a brand new life-saving helmet cooling device – The BluSnap. It is a battery-operated air-cooler that simply snaps onto any full-face helmet and provides fresh and cool air that will circulate inside your helmet to keep you fresh and fatigue-free even after a long ride.
Moto Guzzi Airforce: A custom built LE MANS Mk2
On the 14th of January, exactly ten days ago, was the 131st birthday of Giovanni Ravelli, the co-founder of Moto Guzzi. He was also a WW1 fighter pilot, aviator and a motorcycle racer who earned the nickname ‘The Italian Devil’.
Showing great respects to his stature, the chaps at Death Machines of London (DML) custom built a 1982 Moto Guzzi LeMans Mk2 machine as a tribute to Giovanni. They took the old rusting bike and converted into a futuristic café-racer that’s got an enormous amount of imagination put into it. Just look at it and you’ll know what I mean.
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.
Honda unveils standardized batteries for EVs’
Honda has always been at the forefront of technology and is a major player in the world of automotive solutions. Their recent significant development has been the introduction of electric vehicles onto the market and products and services supporting their sustainability.
Unveiled at the 2018 International CES, Honda showcases their brand new project, the Honda PCX Electric scooter and the replaceable batteries that can be standardized across all their EVs’ churning inside their factories in the future.
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.
Crosshelmet is finally here at the CES Las Vegas
Borderless CrossHelmet X1 was first initiated on the Kickstarter back in September 2017 and has since hit over 200 percent of its original $100,000 goal. The first prototype was then developed and showcased to the public at the SXSW 2017 for which it received a heap load of positiveness.
Back with its next prototype, the CrossHelmet X1 was put on stands at the CES Tech Show in Las Vegas. With cutting-edge features like the Heads-up-display, Sound-cancelling, GPS navigation, 360-degree camera, Bluetooth, hands-free calling, and music, it is going to be a game-changing piece of equipment that will make riding an all-new experience.
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.
Is it a boat? is it a motorcycle? or both?
When you were a kid, if you have been to the countryside with your family, you would have definitely tried the boat ride around the lake nearby. It is all exciting the first time but the feeling wears off every next time you guys decide to take the boat ride. But then here is a guy who knows how to keep us all excited for it.
This guy makes use of his old dirt bike, modified its tires and fastened it to the boat where the engine would usually sit. This ingenious method is sure to grab a few eyeballs and a lot of critics too.
Suzuki plans to make group riding as safe as ever
Motorcycle accidents are close to 30 times more than those of cars, and Suzuki is in an effort to minimise that as much as possible. With safety always been a big hindrance to motorcycles, that notion is going to change with manufacturers getting new technology out in the world and make riding a safer experience.
According to Suzuki’s ‘connected’ vehicles plan, future motorcycles will have the technology to communicate with each other, as well as, with other road users in real time. This will allow the vehicles to be aware of each other on the road and avoid untoward incidents that may involve human error.