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…

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…

Honda makes CRF450R road- and trail-friendly

LED lights, full road specification First real service at 32 000km Beat the traffic – tame the trails JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Honda, using the CRF450R moto-crosser as a base, has created a dual-purpose motorcycle on a tough but light chassis powered by an engine that delivers, the bikemaker says, ”trong, usable, power right from the…

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…