Bikes

Five fine lightweight tourers

Frontal shot shows the Honda's best angle; like most bikes here, the CB500XA favours function over form.

Keeping the kilograms to a minimum can be a huge advantage when touring.

V7 Stornello an anti-global Guzzi

White and red livery channels 1972 Stornello 125, helps make Guzzi authentic. As does designed-in-1977 frame.

Moto Guzzi's new scrambler is all about authenticity, reports Paul Owen.

Triumph's better way to race to the cafe

Beefy engine, robust suspension/brakes and clean design improve Thruxton twin over previous 865cc version.

International demand kept Thruxton R numbers low in NZ last year. But it's worth the wait.

Classic bikes on display video

The 1982 Honda Motocompo, right, used to fit in the boot of your Honda City to be pulled out for a quicker commute in a ...

Largest public collection of classic Japanese motorcycles in the country rolls into Christchurch.

The trouble at Tesla

Pressure is on the Model 3 electric cars to succeed.

Dozens of executives gone, complaints over working conditions, and the pressure on Model 3 to succeed.

March Hare motorcycle madness kicks off

March Hare Rally treasurer Elaine Smith checks Paul Verzandvoort into the rally on Friday morning.

March Hare Rally labelled one of the best motorcycle rallies in the Southern Hemisphere, rally president says.

Speed Triple more rideable than before

It might look similar to the last Street Triple R, but there are 104 changes, including new bodywork.

Triumph's latest Speed Triple has bowed out of the power war. But not the battle for riders' choice.

Campaigner calls for ABS brakes

Allan Kirk, of New Zealand Motorcycle Consultants, says motorcycles should have ABS brakes installed, such as on this ...

Former Superbike star not convinced ABS brakes would be a gamechanger in NZ.

Harley-Davidson swaps out chrome for black

The 2017 Harley-Davidson Road King Special.

Harley-Davidson has gone to black with the 2017 Road King Special.

Donated bikes stolen from school

The shed at Pomare Primary School in Taita, Lower Hutt, was broken into early this year. The barred door was pulled on ...

A locked door and a padlocked gate didn't stop thieves from taking ten bikes from a Lower Hutt school

Should kids ride on footpaths? video

NZTA has recommended a law change to allow children under 12 to cycle on footpaths - but that's not pleasing everyone.

Major backing for a mum's petition to allow kids and parents to cycle on the footpath.

Harley-Davidson gift excites video

The Harley-Davidson Dyna that has been modified by motorsport icon Dan Gurney and gifted to Goodwood's Lord March.

Motorsport legend sends a surprise gift to the founder of the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Harley Road King rearmed

The 2017 Road King might look the same, but there are huge changes behind the traditional facade.

More polish hasn't affected the Road King's classic Harley-Davidson character.

Honda CB500F's refinement costs

Sharper-looking body plastics and exhaust redesign do much to lift the image of the previously anonymous CB500F.

The price of Honda's commuter-bike might raise eyebrows, but its added smoothness could settle your nerves.

Riding wild and ruff

Event organiser Jason Wawatai with Baxter in front.

Yes, that was a dog riding on a motorbike.

Middleweight bikes muscle up

Ohlins rear shock, Pirelli Supercorsa tyres and Brembo's best brakes: RS the Street Triple most suited to track days.

Motorcycles with ''middle-sized'' engines are upsizing as makers get to grips with the new Euro 4 emission standard.

Kawasaki blitz in Kiwi showrooms

New Z1000R ups the ante for Kawasaki's iconic Z1000 streetbike. Engine now Euro4 with no power loss.

Japanese maker has a wealth of new bikes heading this way - and soon.

Victory Motorcycles is lost

Wurlitzer-on-wheels looks, gaudy graphics made Ness edition of Vision Tour arguably the world's most distinctive bike.

Polaris Industries has axed its Victory brand. So we say thanks for the wild styling and great rides.

Airlift after motorbike crash

He was transported to the Helicopter from the crash site by 4WD.

Man found dazed and confused with severe injuries after incident in Auckland forest.

Scrambler revival party grows

Toaster tank, floating headlight, retro front suspension, and minimal seat in brown suede: tasty details.

The RnineT Scrambler will sell on looks alone. But there's substance to go with the style.

Why is ACC so mean to motorcyclists?

Accident-prone children and their parents are the real threat to the pockets of taxpayers, Johnny Moore says.

Ease off motorcyclists ACC and focus on the real accident threat - parents. Johnny Moore writes.

Watch: Biker films hit and run video

The biker escapes being run over by an oncoming car.

A car drives away after causing an accident, but there is a happy ending to this.

Speed camera loophole

The AA says all fixed speed cameras should be able to take photos of vehicles travelling away from them.

How some motorbikes manage to get away with speeding, when cars don't.

Around the world on two wheels video

Lorraine Lindsay of Nelson has her sights set on a journey to a formerly forbidden Tibetan kingdom for her next ...

A Nelson woman is still going full throttle on her "ageless, classless" motorcycle odyssey.

Breakdowns provide bike spark

Electric motorcycle designer Henry Harvey with his R142 road bike,

Frustrated by his motorbike breaking down, Henry Harvey pulled his 1987 Honda VFR400 to bits and went electric.

Axe falls on Victory Motorcycles

The ride is over for Victory.

Brand has lost money in 3 of the past 5 years after sales of the heavyweight motorcycles peaked in 2012.

Bikers' tax under attack

The $25 levy is paid when motorcycles, scooter or mopeds are licenced.

Only a fraction of the millions raised has been spent on safety, as was intended.

Nelson motorcycle enthusiasts turn out for show

Carlo Pricolo of Nelson checks the vintage bikes on display at the annual Nelson Classic and Vintage Motorcycle Show at ...

British, American and Japanese classic and vintage motorcycles were among those on show.

Southlander builds V8 motorbike

Brian Cartwright and his Barbarian V8 Softail motorbike.

Brian Cartwright built his $60,000 Barbarian V8 Softail motorbike in two and a half months.

Royal Enfield time traveller

Royal Enfields have looked this way for the past 80-odd years, but the powertrain did get its a big update back in 2009.

Sit back, relax and enjoy this bike's retro-charm.

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