New BMW F850 GS Adventure: High-tech comes to real touring

High-tech, auto emergency call system 550km range from new central 55-litre tank Whole catalogue of useful accessories MUNICH, Germany – For more than a decade the GS models in BMW Motorrad’s midsize F series motorcycles are said to have embodied the premium range of the middleweight travel and adventure enduro. The lay claim to high-level…

Firemen and hot cars: Get to the Cape’s Killarney auto show

Flameboyant firemen for Killarney extravaganza Get to the annual motor show on November 4 Test a car, take a ride,  listen to the bands, chill CAPE TOWN, Western Cape – Which youngster hasn’t wanted to get up close to firefighters and their tenders? Here’s a chance: get to the 2018 Killarney Motor Show at Cape…

Marquez pips Rossi for pole in first Thai MotoGP

BANGKOK, Thailand – MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez earned his 50th pole start today (Oct 6) ahead of what will be the first Thailand MotoGP on Sunday. Valentino Rossi was second – but all the top 10 (see below) were in the 1min30 bracket. Honda’s Marquez, already a four-times MotoGP champion, scored his place with…

Triumph Bobber plays mobile show host to new Avon tyres

MELKSHAM, England – Avon Tyres will reveal a brand-new tyre at the (from October 3-7) 2018 Intermot motorcycle expo in Cologne, Germany. The tyremaker’s stand (should you be lucky enough to be there!) will feature its full range of motorcycle tyres and introduce special guest appearances and custom bike exhibits. Visitors will be able to meet…

Vespa goes electric: Production to start October 2018 (V)

First orders through online from October 2018 Piaggio sets new parameters for urban mobility First Piaggio Group product with machine-man connect MILAN, Italy – Piaggio will start production of its Vespa Elettrica scooter  in September (2018) at its Pontedera plant near Pisa, Italy, from where the first Vespa (Italian for Wasp) left the lines in…

2018 Honda Quest: Ladies, gents, have you what it takes?

Are you tough enough to score in Honda Quest? Entries open to male and female bikers Be ready for 2500km of tough off-road riding JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Entries have opened for the 2018 Honda Quest True Adventure 2018 – said to be ”the ultimate adventure motorcycle competition on the ultimate adventure motorcycle, the Honda CRF1000L…

Smokin’grass? Honda UK chasing motor-mower record

Honda UK wants to regain ‘fastest mower’record The target: a grass-smokin’ 240km/h Engine comes from Honda’s Fireblade SP motorcycle LONDON, England – Honda UK is aiming to take the world speed record for grass-smokin’ lawnmowers with a Mean Mower V2. The target? 240km/h The Mean Mower is being assembled by Team Dynamics, Honda’s British Touring…

Honda 125 Forza: Great answer to twice-a-day commute

Comfort cruise speed said to be 90km/h Bigger carrier box for two crash-helmets Close to 500km range on one full tank CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Honda’s 2018 Forza 125 was designed specifically for scooter riders – current and aspiring – who want the most from riding, says Honda. It’s called ”style”. The car- and bike-maker…

‘Hey look, Ma! No hands!’ In fact, not even a rider

No rider needed! Hello, pizza parlours! BMW scooter mule for computer testing Full motorcycle performance no problem LONDON, England – A self-driving (riding??) motorcycle, co-developed by AB Dynamics in Britain, will allow autonomous cars to be tested under much more challenging and representative conditions. Unlike slow-moving pedestrians and cyclists, the combination of rapid acceleration and…

Marquez takes Spanish GP – thanks to awesome crash (V)

JEREZ, Spain – Marc Marquez won his home Spanish MotoGP on Sunday – but only because the three leaders crashed in spectacular fashion. The Honda rider was racing alone at the front through the final eight laps after his team mate Dani Pedrosa collided spectacularly with Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo. WATCH THE CRASH…

Motorcycle filtering: Take some tips from the experts

By RICHARD GLADMAN LONDON, England – IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards in the UK discusses how to filter through traffic on a motorcycle. New rider or experienced, take  few minutes to check on YOUR way of doing it… Only filter when the surrounding traffic is moving at less than 30km/h and exceed…

Nose-and-tail radar on way from Ducati

Ducati brings forward 2025 motorcycle safety tech Phase 1 started: ABS Cornering on all Ducatis Radar systems soon for production machines BOLOGNA, Italy – Ducati sees itself as a leader in motor-cycle crash avoidance and was the first in the industry to equip a heritage/classic model, the Ducati Scrambler 1100, with Cornering ABS. This level…