Dashing Ducati Diavel: Second design award from US

BORGO PANIGALE, Italy: – Design and sheer personality, bikemaker Ducati says, have always been an essential part of every one of its machines; indeed the number of international awards won emphasises that. Now the Diavel 1260 S (above) which won the British Red Dot design prize has now gone on to enjoy success in the…

Marquez makes it six on MotoGP championship board

BANGKOK, Thailand – Honda MotoGP ace Marc Marquez is the 2019 MotoGP World champion after winning the Thailand GP here –  his fourth consecutive premier class title and the sixth time he’s taken the MotoGP championship. Riding Honda’s RC213V factory bike, Marquez had a solid start to his fourth consecutive title this season, finishing second…

Moto Guzzi’s SA line-up and prices – climb aboard!

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Fans of Moto Guzzi – the Igtalian brand of hand-made motorcycles with their signature transverse-mounted V2 engines – will soon be back in South Africa. Italian Motorcycle Importers (IMI), official distributor of Moto Guzzi in South Africa, will launch seven distinct versions of the legendary Moto Guzzi V7 ”naked” bike and…

Electric Harleys: Two years’ free ‘fuel’ for American Easy Riders

RESTON, Virginia – Electrify America has signed an agreement with Harley-Davidson to provide owners of its first all-electric motorcycle, The Harley-Davidson® LiveWire™ with the per minute equivalent of 500kW hours of complimentary charging over two years through Electrify America rechargestations nationwide. LiveWire motorcycle customers who buy a bike assembled through August 2019 to end July…

Bikers, lissen upp: Five top tips to help you survive your ride

LONDON, England – A British road-safety and breakdown organisation is keen to reduce motorcycle casualties during the northern summer (though that covers South African riders who can pretty much ride year-round). Central, according to GEM, riders should focus on improving their road skills and knowing their limits. Equally, the safety crew wants other road users to…

Toyota i-ROAD: Done before – but maybe this one will catch on?

Weatherproof single-seater scoot from Toyota Lack of range and no pillion are going to cost sales Heating and sound system listed as optional extras GIVEN the new road taxes about to be introduced by the South African government and local authorities in South Africa, here’s a very sensible vehicle for the solo commuter – a…

Riding in rain is a pain – so read these tips to stay upright

Be an upright citizen – ride smart in the rain Check these hazards – they’re lurking out there Mostly commonsense – but we can all learn JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Parts of South Africa have had lots of rain recently and that makes commuting uncomfortable – especially for motor-cycle and bicycle riders MasterDrive SA’s training director…

Bridgestone gets fresh grip on Battlax off-road bike tyres

More tread means better grip and traction Four front, five rear, sizes for now – in stores February Designed purely for off-road touring JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Bridgestone has announced a range of Battlax AdventureCross AX41 motorcycle tyres to its off-road touring range of rubber. The tyremaker claims superior off-road performance and durability for the knobblies…

Bridgestone launches improved bike radials – front and rear

BRIDGESTONE has launched one front and five rear Battlax Hypersport S22 radial sport tyres for street use. They’re already being distributed in North America and will reach other markets during February 2019. The range follows the S21 – original equipment on a number of sport motorcycles – and has been a popular replacement choice for…

Ford hops on for SanFran’s ‘last km’ mobility solution – scooters

SAN FRANCISCO, California – Ford Smart Mobility has acquired Spin, an electric scooter-sharing company that provides customers with a way to ”cover the last (or first) kilometre”. ”The acquisition,” Ford  says, ”is our latest strategic move to build a mobility portfolio to help customers to get to (or return from)  places more easily and quickly…

Arc Vector: You’re looking at the future of motorcycling

Ground-breaking haptic ride-wear, connected  helmet Safest, most fulfilling, battery-bike experience yet It also has a ‘human machine interface’ PRETORIA, Gauteng – InMotion Ventures, Jaguar Land Rover’s venture capital fund, has revealed its investment in Arc, which today (Nov 6 2018) unveiled  the Vector – the world’s first fully-electric motorcycle. It also has a ”human machine…

Marquez clinches fifth MotoGP title with victory in Japan

TOKYO, Japan – Spaniard Marc Marquez made 2018 a hat-trick season here on Sunday by winning the MotoGP championship with another top-podium from the Japanese MotoGP race. It couldn’t have been closer, with title rival Andrea Dovizioso falling on the penultimate lap while trying to squeeze past the about-to-be champion. Reuters reports Honda’s Hamilton, now…