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If Batman Was Real, The Ronin 47 Would Be His Bike of Choice

first founded in 1983 by former Harley-Davidson engineer Erik Buell, Wisconsin-based Buell Motorcycle was soon acquired by Harley-Davidson in 2003 after a 49 percent acquisition in 1993. between its founding and cessation, it has produced a number of models, but the most notable among them was the 1125 made between 2009 and 2010, which was a major departure from Buell’s design ‘tradition’ mainly because it was based on Harley-Davidson Sportster and it was a sport bike. i am not sure if we should grant the Buell 1125 the cult status, but it is, after all, the last model to be made before things turn really bad and have to bid the world adieu. Continue reading If Batman Was Real, The Ronin 47 Would Be His Bike of Choice

Supercharged Kawasaki Ninja H2R Looks Like a Bat Out of Hell

if you think you know every damn thing about Kawasaki motorbikes. think again. the Japanese bike maker’s latest Ninja, H2R, is decidedly very “un-Kawasaki”, much less a Ninja, and looks like a bike pulled straight from the pages of sci-fi script and it has wings too, well, winglets, actually. its supercharged in-line four motor is built around a trellis frame and as the model hinted, it is a track homologation of the ‘lesser’ street version, H2. as you would have expected from a bike bred for the track, it has fair amount carbon fiber in areas like the body, the dual-intake air duct that leads to the supercharger (even the air duct!) and possibly more parts then we have read. it has a single-sided swingarm and as a hint that it could be a bullet on the race track, it has a pair of winglets, flanking the sharp front end, that works to put some downforce at extreme speed. Continue reading Supercharged Kawasaki Ninja H2R Looks Like a Bat Out of Hell

Midual’s First Bike Has a Fuel Tank Loaded With Gauges, Looks Almost Steampunk-ish

French bike maker Midual’s first motorcycle, Type 1, definitely had us at hello. well, the thing that draws us to it is not the sports bike-ish or roadster look (though that has something to do with it too), but it is the enormous fuel tank that’s peppered with gauges. granted with a chock-full of analog gauges with information that might be of an interested to you atop of a fuel tank isn’t the most brilliant idea, we still dig the idea because it just look super cool. call us superficial for all you want. it is probably the coolest thing any bike maker has done thus far and something you don’t see in a production bike. it is powered by a liquid-cooled 1,036cc flat-twin engine, developing a respectable 104 horsepower and turns out 73 lb-ft (100 Nm) of torque, mated to a six-speed gearbox and clad in an aluminum monocoque frame that’s also home to the said fuel tank. Continue reading Midual’s First Bike Has a Fuel Tank Loaded With Gauges, Looks Almost Steampunk-ish

Confederate X132 Hellcat Speedster – The Same Record Breaking Bike, Only More Handsome

if the record breaking Confederate X132 Hellcat Combat is a soldier in combat fatigue, then the Confederate X132 Hellcat Speedster would be the same soldier in tuxedo. obviously understanding combat look isn’t for everyone (we are not the ‘everyone’, btw), motorcycle maker Confederate now offers those who wanted a more elegant ride, and with pretty penny to drop, the Speedster. just take it as the X132 Hellcat had a change of dress and what’s nested within the frame is still the same 2,163cc X132 56-DEG Fuel Injected V-Twin engine pumping out a breathtaking 121 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque, which will still take you to the same exhilarating speed. Continue reading Confederate X132 Hellcat Speedster – The Same Record Breaking Bike, Only More Handsome

BMW Presents A Two-wheel Roadster At Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

a year ago, BMW Motorcycle presented to the world the heavily retro-styled, boxer engine-powered Concept Ninety at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este to mark the Munich motorcycle maker’s 90 years in business, but that was a concept that will remain as a concept, well, at least thus far. however, at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, it pulls the wraps off yet another concept which may just be the foundation of future generations of boxer-powered roadsters. simply referred to as the BMW Concept Roadster, it has an obvious contemporary appeal that borders between today’s design and the future’s, which we take it as a probable look into what BMW has to offer to bike enthusiasts in future as far as boxer engine-driven two wheelers are concerned. Continue reading BMW Presents A Two-wheel Roadster At Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

Lotus C-01 Motorcycles

last year, when we heard wind about the prospect of Lotus motorcycles, we are pretty doped and we still are today. in fact, Lotus motorcycles is to become a reality, but the Lotus C-01 Motorcycles, as it is called, will not be built by the British maker of sports and racing cars. word has it that German racing firm Kodewa and tuner Daniel Simon managed to secure the license to use the name from Lotus Cars and will be building the C-01, which is a Daniel Simon’s design. Simon, incidentally, was the person behind the Tron Light Cycles and had dabbled in Bugatti as a consultant. honestly, with a bike this drool-worthy, we don’t quite care who’s behind; all we need to know is, it will be built and it has the innards to match the stunning visual appearance. Continue reading Lotus C-01 Motorcycles

Voxan Wattman Electric Superbike

don’t let underperforming electric motorcycles (with less than inspiring design, if we might add) drench your hope for a more exhilarating and cleaner future ride. if there’s anything that could change that perception, it would be the Voxan Wattman Electric Superbike which as its name suggests, is loaded with wattage – thanks to the chunk of batteries that form bulk of the bike – enough for it to travel up to 110 miles (180 km) and also enables this beast, or should we say ‘tank’, on two wheels rocket from naught to 62 miles an hour in 3.4 seconds – and 0-100 mph (160 km/h) in mere 5.9 seconds – and achieving a top speed of 105 mph (170 km/h). and the real kicker here? its massive 12.8 kWh lithium-ion juice pack takes just 30 minutes to recharge up to 80% capacity – a quality made possible with European quick charge standard “COMBO II” socket and even better still, an onboard charger allows it to be charged using any household outlets. Continue reading Voxan Wattman Electric Superbike

BMW S 1000 R Superbike

having brute grunt like the S 1000 RR may not be everyone’s cup of English Breakfast, especially when it use as a daily runner, and this is the very reason why there’s the BMW S 1000 R Superbike, a “pared down” version of the RR (hence the lone ‘R’), but no less potent. actually, it is a little less on the brute force, but still pretty impressive by any two-wheel standards. the Motorrad folks took the 999cc four-pod unit of the RR, tinkle with the cylinder head ducts design, modified the cam profiles and engine management system and more, and the result is a roadster with a maximum power of 160 hp (118 kW, or about 33 hp shy of the RR) at just 11,000 rpm and peak torque of 112 Nm (83 lb-ft) at 9,250 rpm. all those power and torque are used to push along a kerb weight of just 207 kg (456 lbs). Continue reading BMW S 1000 R Superbike

2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera Superbike

you probably can’t get the Ayrton Senna 1199 if you are outside Brazil, but not all hopes are lost cos’ the Italian bike maker has another exclusive, the 2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera Superbike, that you probably will be able lay your hands on. this limited production model is constructed from a cocktails of titanium (con-rod, exhaust system and more), magnesium (monocle and wheels) and carbon fiber (bodywork and rear sub-frame) to result in the “highest power-to-weight ratio of any production motorcycle in history.” based on the 1199 Panigale R, the Superleggera packs a punch with 200 horsepower coming from a 1,198cc L-twin cylinder with four valves per cylinder that drives a dry weight of mere 155 kilograms (341.7 pounds). Continue reading 2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera Superbike

Ducati 1199 Panigale S Senna Superbike

the name Ayrton Senna is synonymous with Formula 1 Racing, but only keen fans of the late Formula 1 star and watchers of the Formula 1 race scene would know that this celebrated champion had a special affinity for Ducati bikes. marking the 20 years since the passing of the Brazilian Formula star, the Italian bike maker has unveiled another special edition 1199 Panigale, known as the Ducati 1199 Panigale S Senna Superbike, for the Brazilian market. limited to just 161 units to coincide with the number of the Formula 1 Grand Prix raced by Senna, this limited edition two-wheeler features a color scheme chosen by the late F1 star during his visit to the Ducati factory, just weeks before the fateful day in 1994 at Imola. Continue reading Ducati 1199 Panigale S Senna Superbike