Bikes

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.

New Harley has Street cred

Harley-Davidson Street: So important they named a thoroughfare after it

Harley-Davidson has unveiled its new Street 500, the brand's first learner legal motorcycle since the 1970s, designed to introduce new and returning riders to serious motorcycling.

Monster fun

Less is more: Compact dimensions and higher profile wheels and tyres and a smaller, sweeter engine make the 821 a better choice than the 1200.

You don't have to ride the all-out 1200 to enjoy the best of the Monster family.

The Burt effect spreads

Johnny Moore, from Christchurch, and his 2014 Indian Chief in Invercargill for the Burt Munro Challenge.

The Burt Munro Challenge has injected its annual dose of atmosphere and dollars into Southland.

Cracker 'saki

ZX-10R: Once the most intimidating sportsbike on the market, the latest 'Ten' is a far easier bike to ride, as well as a lot quicker and more refined.

Kawasaki's ZX-10R is still crazy-fun after 30 years.

The thinking person's sportsbike

Honda CBR650F

If you take occasional track days out of the sports riding equation, how much performance do you really need?

Devilish new Duke

Better looks: The Diavel’s revised seat, radiator covers, handlebars, numberplate carrier, and exhaust system work well visually.

Twin-sparks help stoke the Ducati Diavel's efficiency and refinement.

LAMS triple is no joke video

Learner 660: Engaging new Triumph triple doesn't look sheepish, even in white.

It is quite possibly the most satisfying bike of the LAMS flock with a price that'll make its Ducati Monster 659 rival appear over-priced.

Singular appeal

Memories are made of this: You don't know what you've lost 'til it's gone.

Yamaha's retro-single is full of cheap kicks.

AMG-MV Agusta deal

MV Augusta and Mercedes-Benz will work together to reach more customers.

MV Agusta and AMG performance arm to work together in marketing partnership.

Hallelujah Honda too

RESTRAINED LOOKS: Hard to believe these sharpened, but still plain, undemonstrative clothes clad one of the best and most advanced bikes of all.

The great VFR hits the road to redemption with its first real makeover.

Kawasaki's Taiwanese love-child

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Kymco's trans-national scooter is a well-made commuter alternative.

Excited to reach speed limit

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When Jake Williams is given the opportunity to discuss chopper-style motorcycles he could talk the tyre off a rim.

Record price for fake?

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Despite doubts over its authenticity, the last remaining Easy Rider chopper has sold for a reported world record price.

Aprilia's primal ride

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It's effectively the Italian bikemaker's entry point superbike, but it's way better than that.

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