Bikes

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.

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.

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