Bikes

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.

The money no object motorcycle

The gloriously-named Bienville Legacy has an outrageous steam punk look about it.

Goodwood Festival of Speed will host the global public debut of the astonishing Bienville Legacy.

Crossrunner no longer a wallflower

Sharpened styling matches similar gains from the chassis and engine. The pannier set is an extra $2200.

By making it cooler to look-at, Honda made its VFR800X the bike it should always have been.

Customiser unveils the 'Radikal Chopper' gallery

The Ducati Scrambler built by Radikal Chopper.

The Radikal Chopper started life as a Ducati 2015 Scrambler won in a design challenge.

Famous motorcycle stripped 'naked' video

Kirsteen Britten speaks at New Zealand Classic Motorcycles on Haven Road on Monday night. Her late husband John Britten's V-Twin 1100 motorcycle had its panels removed on Monday night.

The iconic Britten No.1 motorcycle was stripped "naked" for a world-first public display of its private parts in Nelson.

Sports-touring Tracer bullet

Disguising a sports-tourer as an adventure bike improves accommodation as the taller format adds space between the seat and the footpegs.

Yamaha’s new MT-09 expunges previous misgivings and becomes the best of its type in terms of bangs-for-the-buck.

'Kontrolled Kaos' a world-class chopper contender

"Kontrolled Kaos" has been dominating custom motorcycle shows in the US.

You could say that US custom motorcycle builder Larry Moore is on a roll with his latest creation.

Honda's humungous Valkyrie is deceptive

So visually impressive is the Valkyrie that our intrepid tester wishes he could have dressed for the occasion.

For all its size, the Honda Valkyrie proves to be an easy-riding power cruiser.

Ex-Top Gear presenters auction off motorcycles

Ex-Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond.

Jobless ex-Top Gear presenters net NZ$154,500 in selling off a dozen classic motorcycles at auction.

Creating a legacy of its own

Timaru man Richard Brown and his Suzuki GS 650 motorbike he is doing up as a project.

Restored Suzuki GS 650 motorbike may not be practical but it is fun to ride.

New Scrambler a boundary breaker

It's a cliche, but the new Ducati is a Scrambler, but not as we know it, captain.

Ducati's newest bike is a feel-good machine designed to attract newcomers to the famous brand.

Yamaha’s almost perfect 'ten'

The Tenere only comes in dark grey, a military Khaki would be a useful alternative for such a tough-looking machine.

Yamaha's latest Tenere is easier to tailor for your riding requirements.

Junior dual-purpose Kawasaki

The Kawasaki's 21-inch front wheel is a great advantage off road when compared with similar capacity competitors' 19-inchers.

Kawasaki's wee KLX150 is beaut commuter with dirty habits

Yamaha's racy tourer video

MT-09 Tracer - Yamaha's new sports tourer goes to the head of the class.

Yamaha’s MT-09 and MT-07 have sold almighty well. Now it’s the turn of the Tracer. Is this lightweight tourer the best MT yet?

Shiver me timbers, this Aprilia rides better eight years on

Aprilia's Shiver has been around for eight years but it looks and rides better than ever.

This smooth, well-rounded Italian two-wheeler is great value.

Back on the bike after 86 years

Motorcycle enthusiast and restorer Murray Schwass, left, former owner Percy Shave and his wife Tracey and current owner Paul Adams with the rare 1929 Hobart motorcycle.

Nelson's Percy Shave got a "hell of a shock" when he was reunited with a motorbike he owned as a 12-year-old boy in 1929.

Mini-Ninja has plenty of go

Kawasakis are usually associated with the colour green, but the 300 SE looks a treat in this livery.

Thanks to a new Kawasaki, it is possible to have a lot of fun within LAMS regulations.

Famous Britten bike unveiled

MAIN ATTRACTION: Kirsteen Britten on the iconic No 1 Britten built by her late husband, John, which will be
exhibited for a year at Nelson’s NZ Classic Motorcycles

Gasps, cheers and applause greeted the dramatic unveiling of the newest exhibit at Nelson's NZ Classic Motorcycles on Wednesday night.

Born to be mild

Learning-curve: Visually, it couldn't be anything but a Harley-Davidson.

Thanks to the LAMS people, a Kiwi's first motorcycle can now be a Harley-Davidson.

Harleys roar into Queenstown

ROARING INTO TOWN: Event organiser Gary Manch says the gathering of Harley Davidson bikes in Queenstown this weekend is the biggest seen in New Zealand.

Queenstown is roaring with the sound of about 1350 Harley Davidsons - in town for first biennial Iron Run.

Electric bike maker fights back

The Zero SR is the company's top of the line electric bike. It joins three other bikes in the company's lineup - the S, DS and FX.

This time last year, Zero Motorcycles could comfortably claim to be the world's leading electric motorcycle maker.

New police motorcycles carry safety message

Look For Bikes is the new safety message emblazoned on 10 new police motorcycles.

A "look for bikes" message is being promoted on 10 new-look police motorcycles being unveiled on Monday.

Birthday gift for BMW

R nine T: Paul Owen reckons there's been nothing better looking to come out of  BMW's Berlin plant.

It's a year early, but this is the German motorcycle-maker's birthday present to itself.

Hugh Anderson rode a technical knife edge gallery

Hugh Anderson leads multiple World Champion Yamaha rider Phil Read on his 125.

Kiwi Hugh Anderson and those screaming Suzukis were harbingers of the 1960s two-stroke two-wheeled Grand Prix revolution.

Superbike roots ensure street cred

BMW S1000R: Slick looks not quite ruined by old-fashioned drop-shadow graphics.

BMW's first sporting street bike is sharpened by its Superbike roots.

Taranaki's CHiPs boys to lead Americarna

New Plymouth motorcycle enthusiasts Dennis Stewart, left, and Mark Phillips will lead the Americarna convoy on their California Highway Patrol bikes during a street parade.

The CHiPs boys are going to lead Americarna into New Plymouth.

Triumph's Bonneville Texas star

Triumph Bonneville: Classic paint job evokes memories of land speed records achieved 50 years ago.

If the paintwork looks familiar, you probably know your Bonnevilles pretty well as this is Triumph's homage to a land speed record.

First look: Indian Chief Dark Horse

The 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse.

Indian Motorcycles has taken the covers off its first 2016 model, the Dark Horse.

Double thunder from twin Brittens

Stephen Briggs (left) will ride the Texan-owned Britten V-1000 that he once raced for the Italian CR&S team at Ruapuna's Sounds of Thunder, while Andrew Stroud will be re-united with the Kevin Grant-owned Britten on which he won the 1995 World BEARS Championship.

It will be just like old times when the two famous world-beating examples of John Britten's motorcycles light up Ruapuna.

Yamaha's city space oddity

Three-wheeled scooter: Relatively rare in New Zealand, but all the go in Paris and other European cities.

It has nothing to do with electricity, but nevertheless this new scooter is a high-value triple-treat.

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