2011 June - Motorcycle News

June 29, 2011

Video: Chip Yates’s electric superbike at Pikes Peak 2011

Chip Yates piloted his homebuilt 240hp electric superbike to 14,110 feet setting the world record for electric motorcycles on Pikes Peak and placing 2nd in class. Chip was hampered by 2.6 agonizingly slow miles of dirt, a huge oil slick on the Bottomless Pit right hand sweeper, and many hairpins had dirt strewn across them. Next year the course is entirely paved and Chip will be going for a top-10 or better result! Read the full article »

June 27, 2011

Video: El Mirage 2011

My name is Brandon Schrichten and have been some what of a film maker since my early teens. I have been a part of Scott Toepfer's photo journal project, "It's Better in the Wind" since the beginning. His enthusiasm, and creative drive for his project, sparked something in me as well. I realized the opportunity to start documenting our rides would help give me a whole new prospective on the riding experience. Read the full article »

June 24, 2011

2011 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 introduced

Styled in the image of its 1955 namesake, Royal Enfield's latest 500cc Bullet offers riders classic motorcycling from a brand with a pedigree stretching back to 1901, all for less than £4000. And with frugal fuel consumption of 80mpg running costs are equally modest. Valenced steel mudguards, hand-painted gold coach-lines on the petrol tank and side panels, and winged Royal Enfield badges mean that the latest incarnation of the Bullet, which has been in continuous production since 1949, could easily be mistaken for a restored machine from the 1950's. Read the full article »

June 24, 2011

Video: Kazakhstan meets Chris Pfeiffer

Considering the sheer size of the Republic of Kazakhstan, it's surprising how little many of us know about it. For many Kazakhstan is the birthplace of the hero in the movie "Borat," however this amazing country is bigger than the whole of Western Europe, but is not an obvious destination for tourists, apart from GS-riding adventurers, many of whom have fallen in love with its deserts, flatlands, steppes and snow-capped mountains. Read the full article »

June 24, 2011

2011 Aprilia SR Max 125 and 300 revealed

Aprilia has unveiled two new scooters called the SR Max 125 and 300. These are supposed to be sporty scooters fitted with powerfu engines and top-shelf suspension components. The single-cylinder, 4-stroke, 4 valve 125 version, equipped with electronic injection, reaches a power of 15 HP at 9,250 rpm: the maximum power and torque values are absolute benchmarks and ensure quick acceleration and disciplined pick up for the Aprilia SR Max, all to the advantage of perfect gear fluidity. Read the full article »

June 23, 2011

Video: Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE vs Nissan GT-R

The Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE uses the most sophisticated set of performance-enhancing electronics ever fitted to a road legal motorcycle. The Nissan GT-R similarly relies on revolutionary electronic driver aids to set lap records the world over. But, which vehicle is faster, bike or car? Both vehicles in this race are completely stock down to the tires and piloted by professional racers. Lap times are real. Read the full article »

June 23, 2011

2012 Yamaha off-road range revealed

Japanese company Yamaha announced its 2012 YZ250F, YZ450F, and WR250F off-road machines, the Majesty 400 maxi scooter and the XT250 and TW200 dual purpose bikes. For 2012, Yamaha’s Off-Road Competition line-up also comprises the YZ85, YZ85LW, YZ125, YZ250, the championship-winning enduro WR250F, the continued YZ-styled 2-stroke PW50 and PW80, and the 4-stroke TT-R50E, TT-R110E, TT-R125LW/E. 2012 models include new graphics, as well as the enduro bikes. Read the full article »

June 23, 2011

2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS

Suzuki has finally took the wraps off the 2012 DL 650 ABS, the V-Strom. The new bike is longer, taller, and lighter than its predecessor and features an updated engine. The V-Strom has a 3-way height-adjustable windscreen, carefully shaped with extensive wind tunnel testing, efficiently reduces wind noise and rider fatigue. All in all, the Japanese company failed to impress with the new V-Strom,the bike is still the poor man’s adventure bike. Read the full article »

June 17, 2011

Video: Husqvarna 900 design

Husqvarna has released a new video of its 90cc in which head of design Raffaele Zaccagnini talks about Husqvarna Motorcycles' first street bike that combines BMW Motorrad technology with Husqvarna genes in terms of design and riding experience. This new motorcycle synthesizes the concepts of the Husqvarna design philosophy. A balanced combination between visual excitement and the experience that each rider expects to find in a new product. Read the full article »

June 16, 2011

Video: Honda EV-neo

Honda has released a new video about the EV-neo . The EV-neo is an electric scooter that was designed to improve mobility in large cities. The scooter features a 72V lithium-ion battery which sends power to an electric motor that develops 2.8 kW (3,8hp) and 11Nm of torque. The EV-neo has a range of 21 miles (34km) on a single charge. The battery pack can be fully recharged in 3.5 hours with the standard recharger or 30 minutes with the rapid charger. Read the full article »