Tour de force

Kawasaki Z1000 SX

Kawasaki's Z1000 SX gains more power, more comfort and electronic goodies but costs $1000 less.

A treat for 2

BMW K1300R

The K1300R is a BMW tailored towards tandem riding.

Set for success

Honda CBR600RR

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Moto champ is most well-rounded bike in the six-hundred pack.

From wreck to wonderful

1941 741B Indian

Larry Moolenaar's 1941 741B Indian wasn't much to look at when he first came across it.

'Future shock' two-wheeler

Honda NM4 Vultus

Japanese anime and managa television and film styles are the inspiration behind a stealth-bomber silhouetted motorcycle.

Motorcycle gets 'copter power

Helicopter turbine-powered motorcycle.

Chris Minnee's three-year project of putting a helicopter turbine engine in a motorcycle is nearing completion.

Close to cruising perfection

Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom

A weight loss programme has made a great Moto Guzzi motorcycle even better.

Tourer by name, tourer by nature


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Vespa's GTS 300 is built to rack up the miles.

Leader of the pack

Yamaha R6.

Yamaha's R6 remains good enough to beat the world on the track and charm road riders in the showroom, even after four years on the market.

Superdooper little scooter

Aprilia SR125

Superbike style and handling sets Aprilia's smart wee SR apart.

Work needed on name

Lotus C-01 motorcycle.

The first Lotus motorcycle will need a better name than C-01 when it's launched later in the year.

Flaming the opposition

Kawasaki ZX14R SE

Kawasaki's ZX14R SE is so fast that it can instantly clear the brain of all conscious thought.

Anything but limited

Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited

This fully dressed Harley has little difficulty staying with more sporting machinery, even on the backroad twisties.

The Duke of Smiles

KTM Duke 390

For sheer unadulterated riding pleasure this Austro-Indian single is a little ripper.

Holy roller's high price

A Harley-Davidson motorbike has sold at auction for almost 20 times its estimated value - because its previous owner was the pope.

A Harley-Davidson has sold at auction for almost 20 times its estimated value - because its previous owner was the pope.

Lotus unveils superbike

Lotus C-01 motorcycle.

This is the upcoming C-01 motorbike from Lotus that uses plenty of exposed carbon fibre.

Easy peasy transport

Honda CB125e

Memories are made of this, says Paul Owen of Honda's likeable workaday single.

If Ferrari made a scooter...

Aprilia SRV 850

Aprilia's newcomer rides more like a serious middleweight motorcycle than a scooter.

Big single still charms

Suzuki DR650 SE.

After two decades on the market, the simple, elegant efficiency of Suzuki's DR650 still charms.

Pope's Harley up for sale

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Is there a guarantee for a heavenly ride? 

Ten hour-trundle

Pierre Woolridge drove his little scooter all the way from Wellington to Waikato for the annual

Pierre Woolridge drove his little scooter all the way from Wellington to Waikato for the annual "Blue Smoke and Pedals", 50cc gymkhana.

A much-improved middleweight

Kawasaki Z800

Kawasaki's Z800 is the bike that new entrants to the segment will have to beat.

Salt flats speed lures mum


Inspired by Burt Munro, a Nelson mum aims to be part of a Kiwi invasion riding Bonneville's salt flats.

Talking the torque

Yamaha MT-09

Good things happen on threes.

Bonne hails good old days

Triumph Bonneville.

Triumph's retro sports twin is something of an, erm, triumph.

Great on gravel


The F800 is BMW's more adventurous all terrain-tourer.

2014's most desirable rides

The most desirable bikes for 2014

A look ahead at the new motorcycles likely to surface in New Zealand next year.

Radical electric ride

Wattman, world's most powerful electric motorcycle.

Radical electric French machine has as much power as a superbike.

Long-lost bike recovered

Man reunited with motorcycle stolen 46 years ago

A Nebraska man has been reunited with his now-vintage motorcycle stolen nearly 50 years earlier.

A smooth operator

Aprilia Caponord

Aprilia's new Caponord is an absolutely brilliant bike in all the ways that really matter.

Top of its game


BMW's S1000RR is the most powerful one-litre superbike on the market.

A touring triumph

Triumph Tiger Sport 1050.

The Tiger Sport 1050 from Triumph is the very meaning of the company name.

Crackdown on copies


The company in charge of Vespa scooters has initiated a crackdown on Chinese imitations.

The Harley for learners

Harley-Davidson Street 500.

Harley-Davidson is tempting the learner rider market with a new low-powered bike.

The quad from hell

Wazuma V8F Matt Edition.

This is one quad you'd always drive with a crash helmet.

Lapping up the curves

Moto Guzzi Nevada 750

Moto Guzzi's Nevada is sufficiently compact to feel right at home on New Zealand roads.

Wild concept bikes

Wild Caterham concept bikes.

British brand launches motorcycle division with three wild concepts.

New baby Harley twins

Harley-Davidson's new baby twins

Harley-Davidson unveils an all-new small-displacement range, the first from the company in 40 years.

Built to win

Aprilia RSV4 Factory

To win races, you start off with the best street superbike of all.

Fab four for learners

Yamaha FZ6R Lams

Yamaha's new LAMS bike may look like a sports machine, but it is perfect for tenderfoot riders.

The Maori motorcycle mystery

Dave Ransom has started to build the world's only replica of what was known as the Maori motorcycle, which was invented in 1914.

Dave Ransom has started to build the world's only replica of what was known as the Maori motorcycle.

A commuter bargain

Vespa LX125

This Vietnamese-built Vespa scooter is packed with value, if a little short on frills.

Harley-Davidson recall


A potential clutch disengagement problem has prompted a voluntary recall of the some versions of world's favourite American motorcycle.

New bike marks milestone

BMW R nine T.

BMW has taken the wraps of its R nineT motorcycle created to mark "90 years of BMW Motorrad".

'Mad Max' seriously quick

Yamaha V-Max

Yamaha's V-Max has been around for 29 years and still surprises.

The joy of six

BMW K1600 GT

BMW perfects the in-line six-cylinder motorcycle engine.

Middleweight heavyweight

Ducati 848 Streetfighter.

Better in many ways than its bigger brother, the 848 version of the Streetfighter is one of the better middleweights out there.

A ride with retro chic

Honda CB1100

It's like deja vu all over again with Honda's new CB1100.

Just a man and his bike

Jim Harper's 1972 Honda CB750.

It's been a long time between rides for Jim Harper but his love affair with his 1972 Honda CB750 has been worth the wait.

It's bikes, bikes, bikes

Morris Jones and his 2007 Triumph Bonneville.

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Morris Jones is still learning to balance his love of motorcycles and marriage and a 2007 Triumph Bonneville 865 is his last chance.

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