Kawasaki Bimota hub-centre steering patent

Kawasaki plans Bimota hub-centre steering

Kawasaki used to supply engines for esoteric Italian motorcycle manufacturer Bimota and now they are collaborating to share engineering ideas such as hub-centre steering. The first result of their collaboration is the upcoming Tesi H2 powered by a Kawasaki H2 supercharged 998cc inline four. Not only is it propelled by the stonking supercharged H2 engine, but …

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Ariel Ace Iron Horse for super rich

Motorcycles for the super rich only

It seems some motorcycle companies believe the only way out of the current sales slide is to make super-expensive motorcycles for the super rich and famous only. The latest is the Ariel Iron Horse with high-end components such as Öhlins suspension and heaps of CNC-machined parts and carbon fibre. The classic British manufacturer was revived …

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Ducati EICMA Streetfighter V4 vote

Vote for the most beautiful bike of EICMA

Surprise, surprise, the Italians have once again cast their vote for an Italian motorcycle as the most beautiful at last week’s EICMA motorcycle show in Milan. Ducati’s Streetfighter V4 took out the award voted by visitors to the show, making it five wins in the past seven years, or 10 in 14 years. Fellow Italian …

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Kawasaki supercharges Bimota Tesi H2

Kawasaki is supercharging Bimota which it recently bought with the launch of the Tesi H2 powered by their H2 supercharged 998cc inline four. Not only is it propelled by the stonking supercharged H2 engine, but there is a fair bit of H2 in the “origami” design. It follows the release last week of Kawasaki’s fourth …

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Motorcycle predictions for 2018

While 2017 was a rollercoaster year for motorcycles, our predictions for 2018 are much more positive. But let’s start with a quick recap on the rollercoaster ride in motorcycling during 2017. Good and the bad of 2017 For the first time since the GFC, motorcycle sales were down for three consecutive quarters and we don’t …

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Bimota Tesi 3D

Bimota closure causes concern for owners

Italian motorcycle company Bimota has been running down for the past few years and last week there was a final closure of their main factory near Rimini. The latest development leaves owners wondering about parts and warranty support. We tried to contact Australian importers Urban Moto Imports (UMI), but they did not respond. It is …

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Massimo T12 honours Massimo Tamburini

‘Greatest’ superbike honours Tamburini

Is the Tamburini T12 Massimo the greatest superbike ever built? It’s certainly one of the most expensive at an estimated €300,000 (A$463,000, US341,000). The bike was designed by Massimo Taburni, the man who also created the most beautiful bikes of all time – the Ducati 916 and MV Agusta F4. Sadly, Massimo died of cancer on …

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Bimota Impeto supercharged

Bimota launches supercharged naked

Just as Kawasaki is finding a future in supercharging, so is Bimota which has launched its supercharged Impeto at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan last week. The longest-running Italian motorcycle company describes Impeto as a ‘hyper-naked’ using the 120kW 1198cc Testastretta engine from the Ducati Diavel. Impeto is Italian for impetus or momentum, so …

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Victory Motorcycles Ignition Concept knowledge

Vote for your favourite 2016 motorcycle

What was your favourite motorcycle of the more than 50 new machines that debuted at the world’s biggest motorcycle show in Milan this week? You can quickly refresh your memory by doing a search at the top of this page for “EICMA” which is the acronym for Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori or simply the Milan Motorcycle Show. It …

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Motorcycle design

Top motorcycle designer passes away

Motorcycle design may never be the same after the man who designed arguably the most beautiful bikes in the world passed away at the age of 71. Italian Massimo Tamburini designed the Ducati 916 and MV Agusta F4, both of which figure highly in the most beautiful bikes yet made. They were also highlights of …

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