The new Street Bob Special Edition is a rare beast: a pure bobber, pushed further. Inspired by Harley-Davidson’s Factory Customization programme, this strictly limited edition motorcycle is only available in select markets, including those in the European, Middle East and African regions.
Restyled for 2013, the Street Bob is a stripped-down and rowdy bobber based on the Dyna platform that appeals to riders who appreciate the pure essence of motorcycling; a powerful V-Twin engine at the heart of a bike with simple eye-catching styling that carries only the most essential equipment. Continue reading →
Yamaha’s latest generation, fuel-injected WR450F enduro bike has been awarded the prestigious Red Dot Product Design Award for 2013. This is the second year running that Yamaha has scooped this prestigious award, with the TMAX having won it in 2012.
Organized by Germany’s Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, the Red Dot competition has been running since 1955. Each year a panel of independent experts evaluate products from a wide variety of industries for their aesthetic form, innovation and ground breaking design. Continue reading →
In a similar vein to that of TT: Closer to the Edge, “On Any Sunday” is an Oscar-nominated documentary by Bruce Brown that looks at why motorcycle racers and enthusiasts risk their lives.
Featuring the legendary Steve McQueen, On Any Day may be more than 40 years old, but this is one fascinating look at motorbiking that’s still relevant. Just don’t blame us if you go out and buy a motocross bike after you watch it! Check it out on IMDB.
One of the most difficult races ever devised by the mind of man, the Iditarod is a brutal long-distance winter race that takes place in Alaska between Anchorage and Nome. The annual long-distance sled dog race runs in early March. Mushers and a team of 16 dogs, of which at least 6 must be on the towline at the finish line, cover the distance in 9–15 days or more. The Iditarod began in 1973 as an event to test the best sled dog mushers and teams but evolved into today’s highly competitive race. The current fastest winning time record was set in 2011 by John Baker with a time of 8 days, 19 hours, 46 minutes, and 39 seconds. Continue reading →
Yamaha’s XS360 never sold in huge numbers, admittedly outshone by its slighty bigger sibling, the XS400. Interestingly, both bikes featured an almost identical parallel-twin, air-cooled mill with a crank off-set of 180 degrees, as well as the same 6-speed transmission and frame.
This neat XS360 is by German custom shop, The Hookie, who have retained the most characteristic aspects of the bike while adding a little bit of their own flavour. The original handlebars have been ditched in favour of a pair of classic clip-ons, while a custom all-in-one seat/rear cowling comes in place of the stock seat. Other bits include a custom exhaust, cleaned up mid-frame section, knobbly rubber and deleted fenders. Scroll down for more images. Continue reading →
Five unique tours in five continents with a new BMW R 1200 GS. “One World. One R 1200 GS. The ride of your life.” was the name of the game as BMW Motorrad sent five lucky winners off on the adventure of a lifetime. One woman and four men made the cut from a starting field of some 12,000 applicants around the world and would get the chance to ride the touring enduro ahead of its official launch. The widest spread of terrain, altitudes and climate zones the world has to offer has ensured this tour has been an experience that will stay with the riders forever. Continue reading →
It’s a known fact that electric motorcycles do not pleasure you with the exquisite noises made by their petrol-powered counterparts, but they do offer you crazy torque, low maintenance and erm, a rather interesting engine note. While the biggest issue faced by electric vehicles today is the current limitations on battery power, it seems quite irrelevant when when you start talking about racing, where you just have to do a set number of laps on a fixed length circuit.
This is where electric motorcycle manufacturer Brammo comes in, their latest racing bike, the 2013 Brammo Empulse RR and it’s set to take to the track for the new racing series organised by FIM and TTXGP. The bikes will be run during the 2013 season, and Icon is the primary sponsor of the Brammo team, designing everything from helmets, racing suits, pit-crew suits, motorcycle decals to racing gloves and boots. Continue reading →
If you know your customs, you know Fuel Motorcycles from Barcelona. This is their latest Scram BMW R100 called 4Two. Custom seat by Xtrim offers enough space for two, hence the name. The bike looks as it just left the factory – one from an alternative past where Germans engineers and Italian designers worked hand in hand. Continue reading →