Kia has unveiled two prototype electric bikes today at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show 70 years on from the vehicle manufacturer’s inception as Korea’s first mass producer of bicycles and coinciding with the European debut of the firm’s first globally-available electric vehicle – the Soul EV. Demonstrating Kia’s ‘Power to Surprise’ brand values in a novel way, the all-new Kia Electric Bicycle (KEB) is a ‘pedelec’ electric bike – being shown in both ‘City’ and ‘MTB’ (Mountain Bike) versions – which promises lively performance from its powerful electric motor, while incorporating a host of technical innovations in its design, specification and manufacture. Continue reading →
Lotus Motorcycles was established to design and build the first motorcycle of the iconic car manufacturer. The bike will be named Lotus C-01 and will be the most impressive appearance on public roads on two wheels. It will reflect a combination of lifestyle, design and high end technology. Continue reading →
India’s Hero MotoCorp, the world’s single largest two wheeler motorcycle manufacturer, recently showed off a few interesting concepts like the futuristic iON Hero, the turbodiesel hybrid RNT 150 scooter and this one, the Hastur 620, which seems the likeliest to enter actual production. The result of a partnership between Hero and Erik Buell Racing, details on the bike are scarce. Alleged specs indicate that it will weigh 160kg, feature an internally developed 80hp parallel twin, accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 240km/h. What do you think?
Kawasaki recently revealed the “J” three-wheel electric concept vehicle at this year’s 2013 Tokyo Motor Show – a personal mobility system of the future that adapts to the type of travel required, from city riding to fun sport riding. “J” employs Kawasaki’s proprietary battery management technology. For example, GIGACELL, a high-capacity nickel-metal hydride battery, can store large quantities of electricity, enabling a stable supply to a power grid. The next-generation light rail vehicle, SWIMO, captures electric energy generated while braking to be used for acceleration. To us, it simply seems like the answer to a question no one asked. Watch the video and see how the concept leans and changes shape on the move, changing everything from the wheelbase to the riding position.
Confederate Motorcycles has revealed an illustration of their upcoming C2 P-51 Fighter. The video with design maestro Pierre Terblanche gives us an overall look at what they’re upto and a few highlights of the new bike. Rumours suggest that the end result will be lighter than before, along with more power and improved ergonomics. The rad looks will be accompanied by a blend of aluminium, titanium, carbon-fibre and stainless steel. Watch the video and let us know what you think. The P-51 Fighter is reported to be out by mid-2014. Continue reading →
Though not an official Audi product, this beautiful concept by Alessandro Lupo incorporates the shapes of Audi as well as mechanicals too, albeit with some important changes. Details are limited, but the concept apparently features a V4 1000cc engine, Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes, Pirelli tyres and OZ Racing magnesium rims. Continue reading →
The Spud is, according to the folks at Mac Motorcycles “the sort of thing, cut stuff off so it’ll go faster in a straight line”. To us is well accomplished design, uniquely styled and utterly purposeful!
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