BMW Motorrad SOS alert button tracker message

BMW riders still wait on SOS call

Australian riders will have to wait for possibly life-saving motorcycle SOS functions as Telstra does not yet have the right hardware. Last year, BMW offered the SOS button either as as an ex-factory or aftermarket option on their K1600 models. However, it is not available in Australia because of an eCall hardware update and the lack of …

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Storedot battery charges in 5 minutes

Battery charges electric scooter in 5 minutes

Israel company StoreDot has produced a lithium-ion battery that charges an electric scooter in five minutes. It is one of the latest developments, along with battery swap technology, that could accelerate the acceptance of electric motorcycles and scooters in coming years. The StoreDot batteries do not contain graphite, a form of carbon. Instead, they use tin, …

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Ducati confirms 2020 Streetfighter V4

Ducati confirms 2020 Streetfighter V4

Ducati has finally confirmed that it will produce a naked version of the Panigale V4, called the Streetfighter V4, from March 2020. The company made the announcement over night as it unveiled its Streetfighter V4 prototype to race the famous Pikes Peak International Hillclimb on 30 June 2019. Ducati says that “as part of the …

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BMW serious about hybrid

BMW Motorrad serious about hybrid drive

BMW Motorrad seems pretty serious about building a two-wheeled version of the hybrid Toyota Prius with yet another patent filing for hybrid drive. Their latest patent filing shows the hybrid-drive battery for the electric motor located in the fuel tank. While that would sacrifice fuel range, the hybrid drive system would make up for some of …

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Yamaha Gogoro battery swap electric scooter

Yamaha unveils battery swap electric scooter

Battery swap technology has received a boost with Yamaha unveiling their EC-05 electric scooter with Gogoro lithium-ion battery packs you can easily swap at a convenient roadside vending machine. The Yamaha scooter is a partnership with Taiwanese scooter company Gogoro Global. Taiwan seems to be the epicentre of swappable battery tech with Kymco last year …

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Ducati V4 Streetfighter

Ducati tease Pikes Peak V4 streetfighter

Ducati has issued a teaser video of what is expected to be a naked version of its V4 Panigale to tackle the annual pikes Peak Hill Hillclimb. The video below doesn’t reveal much, but says “more to come” on June 13, which is a couple of weeks before the famous Colorado hillclimb. June 13: more …

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