Need a getaway vehicle for societal collapse? Well you are in luck, the husband and wife team at Droog Moto makes such bikes. The Droog Moto 12 has a rugged and minimalist design. No extra flare or fenders here. The Droog Moto bike and engine come from a Kawasaki Ninja 650, adds a custom rear subframe, a small one-up seat, heavy-duty forks, an LED brake light, a distressed paint job, under body exhaust, and solid aluminum wheel inserts. All this can be yours for just $17k. ...
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This battery pack with wheels was built at a Swiss University and is dubbed the Ethec Electric Motorcycle. The looks, only a mother could love, are due to the large 1260-cell lithium ion battery pack which can be charged in just one hour. The Ethec Electric Motorcycle has a range of 250-miles and has a thermoelectrical cooling system for long battery life. The motorcycles frame is a a lightweight tubular system with a trapezoidal fork for increased stability. They also added a large 7-inch lcd dash to make Elon proud. ...
As much as I love riding motorcycles, I also enjoy hopping on a scooter from time-to-time. There is something about the simplicity of scooters – no gears, easy braking, and the uncomplicated dash. What could make a scooter better? Electricity of course. This modern take on the Vespa styling is from Bolt Mobility and is known as the AppScooter. Strange name. The all-electric AppScooter has an impressive range of 248 miles. The dash is a giant 7″ LCD touchscreen...
The Yamaha NIKEN is a head turner for sure. On one hand it looks like a big brother to the Piaggio MP3 scooter. Sorry Yamaha, you had to know that people would say that. However, the color scheme and crazy forks has me doing a double take.
After riding reviews, many of the misconceptions about this crazy 3-wheeled motorcycle have been dispelled – and no, it isn’t a beginners bike. Read on for details, pictures, and video. (more…)
If you have ever ridden motorcycles in a group setting you know how fun, and frustrating, it can be. It is fun because you get to share the ride experience with friends and are more visible riding in a group. It is a bit frustrating at times when you are in the middle of the pack and need to stop for a restroom break and have no way of communicating with other riders around you.
One way to solve this is to bolt on a SENA Bluetooth Helmet Headset onto your existing helmet. Not the most elegant helmet addition, but it works. Well the folks at SENA and SHOEI have joined forces for a seamless helmet communication system, the Neotec II Helmet.
SENA’s exclusive SRL Communication System is tailored specifically to the NEOTEC II helmet. When installed, the SRL is virtually undetectable from the outside of the helmet, and functions with a simple 3-button control. Chat with other riders via bluetooth intercom, listen to music, hear turn-by-turn GPS directions, and much more with the SRL. Learn more about the SRL here.
The NEOTEC II is an every-occasion helmet with the adaptability to excel no matter where your next journey takes you. The convenient “flip-up” versatility of a true two-in-one helmet combined with next-level aerodynamics, an internal sun shield, Pinlock® EVO fog-resistant system, and the ability to seamlessly integrate with the all-new SENA SRL (SHOEI Rider Link) Communication System, the NEOTEC II is the pinnacle of modular helmet design for today’s hybrid motorcyclists.
A Canaidian startup just released an all electric snowmobile, the Taiga TS2, and it is quick. Like 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds. The Taiga electric snowmobile was designed from the ground up for its job of quietly shredding the snow and ice. The TS2 is powered by a brushless motor and weighs under 500 lbs, similar to the gasoline versions. Range is about 62- miles per charge, there is regenerative braking, and 250 Nm of torque. Just like the Tesla electric cars, Taiga plans to make over-the-air software updates. (more…)
Electric bikes continue to evolve and find their way. From throttle controlled to pedal assisted there is something for everyone. Price points, batteries, motors, and component options mean that prices are all over the price. The Sur-Ron (LightBee) is just $3,500. If you have been following the electric dirt bike market you know that this price is pretty hard to beat There is a $150 pedal option, but is more of an electric motorcycle aimed squarely at the 80cc dirt bikes.
The Sur Ron is perfect for having a blast while not assaulting your ears or annoying your neighbors. It makes the normal “electric” noises but compared to a two-stroke motorcycle it is positively whisper quiet. The Sur-Ron weighs in at just 110 lbs, has a 6-kW (8 hp) mid-drive axial-flux motor, 200 Nm of torque at the rear wheel, and a single-speed powertrain.
The battery pack is removable (and lockable) and is made up of 176 Panasonic 18650 cells for a total of 33 Ah at 60 volts. Wheels are 19-inches with four-piston hydraulic brakes with Intersect TR shocks and Fastace forks. These parts are more like heavy duty mountain bike parts than actual dirt bike parts but they do help to keep weight down. Speaking of weight, the frame is a forged aluminum cradle style that weighs 17.2 lbs.
More pictures, videos, and specs after the break. (more…)
Whether you are learning to ride or racing in the small-capacity CC learner class the KTM RC390 is a great choice. Or, it was. As the small-capacity learner class race series is gaining popularity worldwide manufactures are stepping up their game. KTM has just announced the limited edition RC390R which looks similar to the RC390, but includes the following updates; shorter intake funnels for a wider powerband fully-adjustable...
This electric pocket bike is a ready to carve up the city streets. The design is clearly a copy of the Ducati Monster. Not a bad looking bike to copy I suppose. The Daymak Rogue ($2,300) is a 72V electric scooter that comes with a Bluetooth controller for locking the scooter and adjusting acceleration. There is a large 1021 cubic inch locking storage compartment, cruise control, and 3-speeds.
If the Honda Grom is too lowbrow or isn’t fast enough for you, check out BMW’s latest Scooter. The BMW C400X is the little brother to the C650 GT and C650 Sport scooters. The C400X has plenty of power for city and highway use and has some cool electronic bits and storage. The BMW C400X starts off with a new 350-cc single-cylinder engine with a single overhead cam and a balancing shaft. Single cylinder engines can often have vibrations and a thumping sensation, maybe this balancing shaft will smooth things out. Horsepower...