Getting safer: BMW Motorrad and the R1200 RS Connected

Striving towards better protection for bikers Connected Drive will ‘talk’ across many brands Meet the R1200 RS Connected Ride prototype MUNICH, Germany – BMW Motorrad claims to be regarded as a front-runner when it comes to motorcycle safety, a trailblazer with anti-lock brakes, anti-slip control, dynamic traction control  and riding equipment. BMW Motorrad adds that it…

Marquez brands name on 2017 Aragon MotoGP

MADRID. Spain – Defending champion Marc Marquez won the 2017 Aragon MotoGP on Sunday (Sept 24) after starting fifth to take a 16-point lead in the World championship. It was an all-Spanish podium: Honda team mate Dani Pedrosa was second, Jorge Lorenzo third for Ducati. Italian veteran Valentino Rossi, making a remarkable comeback barely three…

Pushing too much shoves Marquez down to fifth

ARAGON – Marc Marquez looked set for his fifth successive Aragon MotoGP pole as he led the qualifying time sheets with just minutes to go. Then the reigning World champion then fell after asking too much of his Repsol Honda under braking at Turn 12. The Spaniard had been pushing to improve his lap time,…

Desmosedici Stradale: New V4 for coming Ducati sport bikes

New Desmosedici GP engine for production Key features include counter-rotating crankshaft Cutting-edge tech from racing to the road BOLOGNA, Italy – Ducati has given a preview of a new four-cylinder Desmosedici V4 engine designed, the prestige bikemaker says, “to power the Ducati supersport models of tomorrow”. Transferring the technology of its most cutting-edge engine from…

Be careful: Dashcams might be hashcams in court

Dashcams sometimes miss whole picture High-profile police patrols still necessary Protection? It could be the opposite… LONDON, England – The UK’s biggest road-safety charity has warned that the rush of drivers buying a dashcam might not create as many prosecutions for dangerous driving hoped. It could even lead to to fewer traffic patrols as officers…

V-Strom 250: Fuel-frugal ‘adventurer’ from Suzuki

How does 3.2 litres/100km sound for commuting? Accessories include three-piece luggage set ‘Cross the city – or go continental’ LONDON, England – Suzuki UK has confirmed pricing for its V-Strom 250, the newest addition to the brand’s adventure range expected in October 2017 In the UK, it will be the equivalent of R78 000, including…

Suzuki touring made easier with V-Strom travel pack

You CAN take it with you on a new Suzuki V-Strom Top-end top box designed for cruising holidays Kit comes with engine / fuel tank protection LONDON, England – Suzuki Europe has launched a Tourer accessory pack for the 2017 V-Strom 1000 and V-Strom 1000XT to give riders, the bikemaker says, a chance to go…

Tired of the traffic? Here’s a great way to beat it

Weekend fun – or save big on commuting Three litres/100km fuel consumption possible Optimised engine, two-into-one exhaust LONDON, England – The new Suzuki GSX250R is now in UK showrooms – a 248cc parallel twin that boasts it can make around three litres/100km. How’s that for cutting your commuting costs! The 2017 GSX250R, Suzuki says, combines sharp…

New Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition ‘a salute to history’

150kW Superquadro 1299cc in Panigale R chassis Domenicali to present new Ducati at Laguna Seca Davies, Melandri raced in ‘Final Edition’ livery PEBBLE BEACH /LAGUNA SECA, California – “An exceptional and exclusive bike, born out of respect and admiration for the engine that has made Ducati history and written the World Superbike championship record books.”…

BMW Motorrad goes high-tech with bike info screen

All bike info through one-touch controller Take a phone call on move, get full route Rider distraction kept to the minimum MUNICH, Germany – BMW Motorrad has brought to market what it describes as “a high-quality”, 16.5cm, full-colour, TFT display to providing fast and clear information to riders. The intention of the new Connectivity option…

New two-wheels peril: Bikers’ tips to avoid hijacking

Hijacking doesn’t happen only to cars and trucks Be alert – and ready to ride away Pillion riders aren’t always as they seem JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – An alert has been issued by a motorcycling group about an increase in hijackings in the Kempton Park area, east of central Johannesburg. Road safety group MasterDrive told Carman’s…

Ducati Multistrada 1200: Shrink the globe on a bulletproof bike

New colours, tyres for road and off-road travel Accessories designed for the less-beaten track Cutting-edge performance, active safety BORGO PANIGALE, Bologna – Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 Enduro, the bikemaker says, is now even more of a globetrotter thanks to the introduction of a Pro version. “The trail-blazing spirit of this the most venturesome Multistrada,” Ducati says, “now reaches…