Honda will let you play with its 1100L Africa Twin’s intimidating instrument console on a simulator
What saw as Honda’s grand comeback to the ADV world back in 2016, the CRF 1000L Africa Twin was one of the perfectly balanced machines from the Honda stable, and a lot of bike for your buck. The CRF”1000L” Africa Twin became the CRF “1100L” Africa Twin, courtesy a larger 1,084cc engine for more power and a lighter structure.
Being a Honda, it also comes along with a 6.5-inch color TFT “Multi-Information Display” that interfaces with the rider and the multitude of pertinent metrics and electronics. For some, this could turn out intimidating, and so, Honda Powersports America has a new interactive simulator on its consumer website for me and you to play along and get accustomed to.
Harley-Davidson just showed us a strong intent of their future electric street-tracker
As part of its brand new “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” growth plan through 2022, HD made inroads with the LiveWire electric streetfighter. It is the first in a broad, no-clutch “twist and go” portfolio of products that will put the company right in the center of the electric race.
A run through their US website today gave us a glimpse of the Milwaukee brand’s flat-track-inspired electric motorbike concept sketched out. This street-tracker is said to be developed to bridge the gap between the “lightweight urban” bike concepts showcased at the 2019 EICMA and the premium, high-power, halo model-the LiveWire.
Alpinestars and Dainese taking motorcycle-jacket airbag systems to a new level: "Tech-Air 5" and "Smart Jacket"
Back in 2018, the MotoGP organizers Dorna and the FIM made a new call to make it compulsory for riders to wear a suit under the riding jacket that would expand with air upon impact. Just like the airbags in your car.
Much before that, the top tier safety gear manufacturers, Alpinestar and Dainese have been at it to develop safety equipment for riders across the world, including such airbag systems. For 2020, Alpinestar has released its brand new "Tech-Air 5", which is a “slim, self-contained wearable airbag vest” that can be worn under just about any riding jacket. Dainese, however, debuted its “Dainese Smart Jacket” system in 2019 itself.
The 200 hp electric Damon Hypersport comes with “sixth-sense” and variable riding geometry
With the dawn of electric supremacy into the motorcycling world, multiple possibilities have opened up for embedding technology and innovation to make riding safer than ever before. A lot of companies are pouring in cash like water into developing future automobile technologies to be able to minimize accidents and deaths on the road. Governments of countries are vying to call their roads the safest and are devising various strategies to do so.
Practically being one of the first to bring those innovations onto the roads is this Canadian tech startup - Damon Motorcycles. Unveiling their brand new product, the 200 hp Hypersport electric motorcycle, Damon unleashed the world’s safest, smartest, fully connected electric motorcycle employing sensor fusion, robotics, and AI. All of this while still carrying a powertrain with 200+ miles of range, Brembos’, Ohlins’, a carbon-fiber swingarm, and more.
Curtiss Motorcycle’s "Hades" gets a matured re-take on its design
After being rebranded as “Curtiss Motorcycle Co.,” the firm went head-on with making full-blown exquisite electric-powered motorcycles. They showcased the "Zeus" concept a couple of years back, and most recently, the “Hades” concept came out with an unusual and wild, phallic induced design form.
Honestly, this created hilarious responses within the industry scribes and the readers, taking us back to the grade school jokes and pranks. Fortunately, Curtiss has responded with subtle tweaks to give it a little modesty just before the Spring 2020 production slot. Phew!
This affordable self-balancing technology is here to change riding experiences for good
If you’ve been on the tech front page, you might have heard about Honda’s Riding Assist-e, a small personal mobility technology which had a self-balancing multidirectional movement capability.
Now, an Indian based EV startup - Liger Mobility - have come up with a proprietary self-balancing gyro force technology for two-wheelers changing the dynamics in terms of safety and experience, without losing the fun aspect of riding one. Also, it has a “call” function that comes to you when you call for it. Fancy eh.
BMW Motorrad’s brand new wireless charging solution patented
The future of personal transportation is heading down the path of electrification. As more EVs begin to hit the streets, the challenge of charging convenience will become paramount to the consumer, and as a matter of fact, it already has. Charging your electric motorcycle means having to pull out a cord physically, and plug-in to your machine for hours together. This might not be the most convenient way to do that.
BMW Motorrad has probably come up with a more natural way to do this, and the technology is not particularly new even. Remember wireless charging your smartphone on a charging pad?
Vins and their brand-new electric sportsbike prototype: the EV-01
The Italian manufacturer, Vins, is a pretty new entry into the world of two-wheels and is made up of ex-Ferrari F1 designers who love playing the techie God. Why? Because they managed to make the Duecinquanta, a 250cc 2-stroke carbon-fiber sportsbike with Euro-IV compliancy.
Now, they are in the pursuit of speed with an electric mill instead and have been busy working on their prototype. Making use of Zero Motorcycle’s biggest powertrain bolted under the Duecinquanta chassis, they announced the EV-01—short for “Electric Vins.” It is a 70hp sportsbike that is powered by a 14.4 kWh battery pack “that aims at the lightness, sustainability and technology innovation in perfect Vins’s style.”.
Segway Ninebot unveiled three new electric mobility products
Self-Balancing personal transport solution specialists Segway was picked up by the Chinese electric mobility house Ninebot recently. At the 2020 CES show in Las Vegas, they plan to pull the wraps off three future products, including a concept sportsbike and a production-ready scooter. At the moment, however, the company has revealed the first looks of these products, and honestly, have peaked a few eyeballs.
Lazareth’s LMV 496 “La Moto Volante” – The Flying Motorcycle is here
Remember watching Vin 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 ended up in a crash, and it was nothing but a 1999 Yamaha R1 made by Frenchman, Ludovic Lazareth.
The same madman has now delivered the limited edition LMV 496 La Moto Volante, which translates to “The Flying Motorcycle.” Defying all odds, including gravity, this Jet powered machine is an updated artistry from yet another mind-bending machine – the LM-847, a tilting four-wheeler built around a fire-breathing 470-horsepower Maserati engine.
BMW’s new “Big boxer” engine unboxed
After showcasing the R18 cruiser and the R18/2 performance cruiser at the recently concluded EICMA show, the Bavarian chaps have unveiled more details of the beautiful new Boxer engine, christened the “Big Boxer.”
Running point on the classic future of BMW – the R 18s’, this Boxer Engine replaces the 1,649cc in-line 6 of the K 1600 series to become the biggest displacement engine from the German guys. And doing so, it also becomes the largest twin-cylinder engine by BMW, and also the biggest flat-twin ever produced. Here are some of the specs revealed to us:
Top 5 new Electric Motorcycles coming in 2020
This is the present and the future. There is no denial in the fact that people will eventually stop filling their vehicles with liquefied dinosaurs and shift to electric. Not because they’ll like it but because there won’t be an option in the future. So automotive manufacturers have already begun the race to be at the top when that happens, and have kept their workforce busy in spinning out vehicles for the future.
Time and again, it has been proved that electric/hybrid vehicles have an overwhelming advantage, especially to ride within the town, and this evolution has been a gradual process for some – and an exciting start for others. Here are the top five electric mobility options you can buy in 2020 to hum around town, and feel good about doing something for the environment.
The 5 most radical motorcycles coming in 2020
2020 will see the population of Earth reach 8 billion, the tallest building completed, the colonization of Mars begun, and towards the end, we’ll have the United States presidential election. Amidst such exciting (and some not as much) events that’ll shape a new future, our world of motorcycling only keeps getting more exhilarating with new mind-altering machines on two wheels.
With avant-garde styling elements, ingenious technologies, and state-of-the-art equipment lists, these machines shatter the fabric of our imagination and show us an entirely new sight of motorcycling perceptions. Although all of these motorcycles might look like the futuristic concepts they can be, believe me when I say this, they are all production models for you and me to buy. (Well, not me for sure. I only make money enough to write about them. )
This is the Verge TS, a hubless 738 lb-ft electric superbike
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.
Kawasaki opened up their quota of electric powertrain technology
Kawasaki has finally spoken up. For a long time, the Japanese Green Team has been silent about their electric plans, despite being poked by the media a gazillion times. OK, for a moment of honesty here. The manufacturer had unveiled an electric Tron-ish concept bike - the Kawasaki J-Concept back in 2014, and again in 2018. A truly far-fetched idea, but nothing for the current bunch of masses. Now though, they is something cooking up.
Tethered to the elements of a Ninja 300 and a Ninja 650, Kawasaki showcased an electric powertrain concept at the recently concluded EICMA, 2019. While they released a video featuring the Ninja 300 EV pacing on the tracks, the Ninja 650 EV’s bones bolted with the electric powertrain was the attractive element at the Kawasaki stall during the unveiling of six new machines for the 2020 lineup.
Bimota is back with a supercharged machine: Tesi H2. Courtesy Kawasaki
It had been over a couple of weeks that we’d learned about the Japanese Green Team’s acquisition of the celebrated Bimota brand from Swiss-Italian entrepreneurs Marco Chiancianesi and Daniele Longoni. But little did we know that this hostile effort would turn out to produce a no-holds-barred hyperbike powered by most powerful motorcycle engine in production in a jiffy, and we’ll get to see it in the flesh.
Imagine the thunderous H2’s 998cc supercharged mill harnessed in a Bimota Tesi chassis with the state-of-the-art electronic wizardry. That, my friend, is what the Bimota Tesi H2 is all about. It is the best of Japanese engineering and Italian architecture the modern world is going to witness and was unveiled at the recently concluded EICMA 2019. The universe is so kind.
Motorcycle Tires 101
Rubber meeting the road. This is what makes it all possible for us to twist that throttle and munch miles while the sense of freedom takes us on. Not getting into much of that fluff now, but there will come a point where you will need to get those tires changed onto some fresh ones before it could get a wee bit dangerous or is completely unusable. Most tires last anywhere between 5,000 miles to 15,000 miles. What next?
And that is where we scratched our brains today to bring you answers for questions like "When should we be replacing the tires and with which ones?" Read on, and you could thank us later.
Harley-Davidson Launches New Models and New Technology for 2020
Harley-Davidson announces new models and new technology for 2020, as standard on some models and as options on others. New Softail models, a new CVO, and some long-awaited technology finally arrive to bring Harley closer to the 21th century than it has ever been before.
Helmet AC is here to save you from sticky sweat after a hot ride
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 American manufacturer Feher, not anymore.
Using what they call as the “Mr.Cool” technology, the ACH-1 is the world’s first self-contained air-conditioned helmet. Invented and designed by Steve Feher, it is a $ 599 DOT certifies helmet fitted with an integrated A/C unit at the rear of the construction. Instead of using heavy standalone battery packs, it connects to the bike’s battery unit.
BMW showcases its first autonomous motorcycle
Last year, BMW Motorrad showcased its Vision Next 100, a motorcycle that is an entirely radical concept of the traditional machine on two wheels today. It is a self-balancing motorcycle that makes the side stand become mundane and mute. It promises to enhance the stability of the motorcycle when on the move and also balances the bike when in stationery.
Now, the German chaps have made a motorcycle that starts its engine on its own, recognizes bends, accelerate and brake all on its own. After more than a couple of years of research, development and testing, graduate engineer Stefan Hans and his team revealed their autonomous BMW R 1200 GS at the BMW Motorrad Techday 2018.
2019 BMW R 1250 GS
The Bavarian motorcycle manufacturer has been the market leader in the adventure scene with their promising GS motorcycles running the show for more than 35 years. Topping this chart is their flagship workhorse, the R 1200 GS series and its flat-twin boxer engine that is undoubtedly the best companion for exploring the unexplored.
Currently, this machine runs on a 1170cc flat-twin boxer engine and is all set to receive some major updates for the 2019 year along with some high-tech features coming in as standard. The new mill is going to make it specked to Euro-V norms and also make more power without losing on any fuel efficiency. What’s the trick? It’s called the BMW ShiftCam technology.
BMW unveils brand-new R 1250 GS and R 1250 RT with the new ShiftCam technology
The Bavarian motorcycle manufacturer has been the market leader in the adventure scene with their promising GS motorcycles running the show for more than 35 years. Topping this chart is their flagship workhorse, the R 1200 GS series and its flat-twin boxer engine that is undoubtedly the best companion for exploring the unexplored. Then there is the R1200RT, a sport touring motorcycle which has many at times been the bestselling model for BMW.
Currently, both these machines run on a 1170cc flat-twin boxer engine and are all set to receive some major updates for the 2019 year along with some high-tech features coming in as standard. The new mill is going to make them specked to Euro-V norms and also make more power without losing on any fuel efficiency. What’s the trick? It’s called the BMW ShiftCam technology.