Bikes

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.

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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.

The most anticipated rides of 2015

Aprilia Tuono V4

Here's a selection of the new motorcycles that Paul Owen is most looking forward to swinging a leg over during 2015.

A more civilised Ducati Monster

2015 Monster: The most mature, refined, rider-friendly and powerful Monster created.

Once raw-boned and rorty, Ducati's latest has gained range, refinement and rider-friendliness.

Custom motorcycle maker loses money on all models

Deus Bully.

They're custom-built motorcycles for stars like Orlando Bloom, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen but the company loses money on each one.

Bids hover over restored pre-war bike

RARE BIRD: The second-last Vincent delivered before the start of World War Two.

A Vincent is always to be celebrated but this 1939 Series-A Rapide is one with a story worth telling.

Moto Guzzi's iconic grey eminence

Reduced by $5000: It’s not the only reason to consider the Moto Guzzi Griso, its looks are among the others.

A serious price drop for the Griso 1200 SE with no easing of style and presence.

Fireblade: Last of the 'analogues'

Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade: Forever Mr Smooth.

Honda’s decision to keep the cables connecting the rider’s right wrist to the throttle on the Fireblade is fine with Paul Owen.

Unlucky break led to obsession

Mark Brown with
his restored 1958
Dayton Albatross
at the Nelson
Classic and
Vintage
Motorcycle Show
in Stoke, near Nelson.

A dose of bad luck 40 years ago nearly cost Nelson man Mark Brown a leg - but ignited a lifetime passion for motor scooters that has led to a remarkable collection.

The best rides of 2014

Ducati 899 Panigale.

It just had to be something red and Italian that would take the ''Best of the Best'' salute for best ride of 2014.

Junior is best of breed

Ducati Panigale 899: In its element. L-Twin Dukes never go out of fashion.

Ducati's 899 Panigale has wrested the top sportsbike sales title from Honda and it deserves to.

World's fastest-selling Indian

One size fits all: Unlike its larger siblings, the Indian Scout can be ridden by anyone over five-feet tall.

After making its NZ market debut at the recent Burt Munro love-fest in Invercargill, the new 1133cc Scout is well on the road to becoming the world's fastest-selling Indian.

Inside the world of stunt motocross riders video

LEVI SHERWOOD: "The biggest part of riding is mental. Fitness and strength, which plays a lot in other sports, isn't needed as much in freestyle."

Their tricks are amazing, but the risks are huge: inside the minds of our champion stunt motocross riders.

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