Bikes

Triumph shows Triple benefits

The Speed Triple might be an old-school streetbike by current standards, but it doesn't look like a ten-year old, nor behave like one.

Triumph's Speed Triple is still a treat, but you pay more for it.

Cancer survivor wins gruelling motorcycle event

Glen Magson, winner of the Moonshine Run Extreme Harescramble.

Glen Magson is not one to boast but he is rather proud of his recent achievement.

Huge price tag on custom bike gallery

The G2 P51 Combat Fighter, "Black Flag" variant.

It looks like a Lego fan designed it and it doesn't come cheap.

Yamaha's bantamweight champ

The R3 is visually convincing as a sports bike of any dimension, with beefier forks and a generally muscular look.

The Yamaha R3 proves that the ‘less is more’ thing applies to motorcycles of all denominations.

Rock star economy chased

Single disc works reasonably well, though can be noisy in use.

The idea of designing a motorcycle primarily for fuel economy may seem a bit loco. Aren't motorcycles inherently thrifty anyway?

Best of both worlds

The author tells us that the latest Ducati Multistrada S is his lotto bike. Some compliment.

Audi’s VVT tech enlivens the Ducati Multistrada.

Polaris electric beats Harley

The Empulse TT electric street bike.

The maker of Indian and Victory motorcycles introduces an electric street bike that puts the company ahead of Harley-Davidson in a new category.

Aprilia commuter enters Suzuki country

Slick-looking Chinese-made Aprilia is better than the commuter segment's best-seller.

If you want a new motorcycle for less than $3000 in NZ, you’re going to have to accept the fact that it will be made in the world’s most populous nation.

Big waves surfed on a motorbike video

Robbie Maddison surfs on his motorbike in his new video - Pipe Dreams.

Australian stuntman becomes the first person to surf a wave on a motorbike.

Bigger-bang for this Ducati

A slight revamp of the fairing and bodywork has not improved the Panigale's looks even if it is more aerodynamically sound.

The latest Panigale is just 100cc up on its predecessor, but is an infinitely better machine.

MV Agusta's nicest ride

MV's well-known triple has been refettled to become most things to most riders.

The Italian motorcycle-maker’s latest triple comes with the best manners in MV’s three-cylinder history.

Fifty-fifty scooter shoot-out

Vespa's 50s consist of the Primavera (left) and the Sprint (right).

Peugeot’s inexpensive Kisbee 50 takes on the similarly-sized but slightly posher Vespa and acquits itself well.

Hoverbikes a reality in five years?

Robert Baltrusch demonstrates the flight capability of the one-third scale model of the SURVICE Engineering's Hoverbike.

In just a few years soldiers will fly Hoverbikes over treacherous terrain while consumers could glide around their backyards.

Unorthodox bike re-build

Mark and James Currie with the 1948 BSA C10 that they have put their own spin on for the Grand National Rod and Custom Show at the Speedshow in Auckland.

Classic bike enthusiasts may cringe when they see what James Currie delivers at Grand National Rod and Custom Show.

Two-wheeled pieces of art

AJS 7R

A look at British 350 and 500 single cylinder bikes from a time before Japanese multi-cylinder machines arrived on the scene.

Pimping up the 899 Panigale

Ducati Panigale Paul Owen style, with  an additional $2069 spent on a radiator guard, solid billet alloy footpegs and racing levers, purpose-built tail-pack and a tail-tidy that shortens the elongated numberplate and rear indicator supports of the stock machine.

Ticking the personalising boxes on a new motorcycle’s spec sheet is not easy.

Riding his AJS forever gallery

This 1955 AJS 350cc competition trial bike goes up to speeds of 110kmh.

Neil Manchester plans to keep his fully restored 1955 16MCS AJS competition trial model motorcycle until he dies.

Sporting Sprint true to Vespa’s style

Among older Vespas the Sprint may be a tad smaller, but it's the most masculine looking  scooter in the line-up.

Better looks and additional security improve the Sprint 150.

Too much kit, not enough character

There's a great bike lurking inside the CTX1300 which carries around more kit than most of us will ever need.

Honda's sumptuous CTX1300 is amazingly over-equipped.

Sabotage claims in cycleway debate

Anti-cycleway signs along The Parade, Island Bay.

Allegations of ''hysteria'' and sabotage are flying as the Island Bay cycleway dispute heats up.

Motorcycle helmet industry gets shake up video

6D co-founder Bob Weber explains the ground-breaking technology which is shaking up the motorcycle helmet industry.

Bob Weber's simple plan to design a safer helmet for dirt bike riders has shaken up the industry.

More muscle for 'Mr Versatile'

In terms of pampering seating, luggage suitability and weather protection, the Kawasaki is comparable with the incumbent Bavarian tourers.

There wasn’t much wrong with the parallel-twin-powered Kawasaki Versys 650 that a few extra ponies couldn’t fix.

Twelve more classic bikes unveiled

NZ Classic Motorcycles operations manager John Shand, right,  points out details on a 1907 Indian Camel-back single being displayed by 
volunteers Kevin Guthrie, left, and Del Broadbent.

The NZ Classic Motorcycle Collection in Nelson has grown by 12, including the first of John Britten's revolutionary racers.

DOC to phase out quad bikes

A Honda Pioneer 500 light utility vehicle. The Department of Conservation plans to replace its quad bikes with this type of vehicle.

In a bid to improve workplace safety, the Department of Conservation plans to phase out all quad bikes by the end of the year.

$263,000 street legal Honda superbike

Honda's street-legal 2016 RC213V-S.

Honda enters street legal superbike race with a race replica retailing for an eye-popping NZ$263,000.

BMW F800R gets sharper looks, price and kit

The F800R's riding position is lower and more accessible, while Suzuki-like blue and white paint is pleasing.

BMW's twin also has a more exciting personality and an improved riding dynamic.

Captain Kirk on a bold new ride across US

The Rivet trike which William Shatner of Star Trek fame will pilot across the US.

It's a trike Jim, but not as we know it.

Novices find favour in odd Yamaha Tricity

The Tricity can be easily ridden by newcomers as well as more experienced bikers and trikers.

Market target novices find plenty of fun and favour in Yamaha's odd-but-practical Tricity.

Retro Ducati set to scramble the opposition video

Classic look reborn for the modern era. Ducati stylists nailed it good with the new Scrambler.

Looking the part, Ducati's new Scrambler brings agile handling and a heap of torque to the retro bike set.

Commuter thinks its a racer

Thanks to searing orange highlights, sporting graphics and Grand Prix styling, the 390 resembles a serious track-day ride.

KTM’s edgy commuter single looks as if its ready for the track, says PAUL OWEN.

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