Norton adds supercharged Superlight SS investor

Investor saves Norton Motorcycles

A single, anonymous investor has sunk £1m ($1.89m) into Norton Motorcycles after it launched a crowd-funding campaign to meet a £30 million order book for V4 and Atlas models. Despite the investment, owner Stuart garner says he has not ruled out returning to the crowd-funding campaign at a later date. “We were overwhelmed with interest from our …

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Norton Motorcycles Donington Hall factory crowd

Norton seeks crowd funding to meet orders

Norton Motorcycles is about to launch a crowd funding campaign to raise money to step up production as they struggle to fulfil a £30 million order book for V4 and Atlas models. UPDATE (Nov 22): Apparently a single, anonymous investor has bailed the company out. However, owner Stuart garner says has not ruled out returning to …

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MotoChat message warning sms

Bike SMS seeks final crowd funding

A French company which plans to produce LED signs for motorcycles and cars so riders and drivers can communicate with each other by SMS is having a second go at funding its product. The idea is you use voice activation to dictate a written message to traffic which is displayed on an LED sign. It could …

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Wrist Rack targets motorcycle riders

A hands-free phone holder that mounts on your wrist has been targeted for a lot of active uses, including motorcycle riders. The Wrist Rack has exceeded its crowd-funding goal of $US10,000 by almost double with 10 days to go, so it is likely to go into production at $US259 (about $A346) with shipping from June …

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Woolf wristband

Wristband alerts riders to speed cameras

This leather wristband could be the biggest money saver for motorcycle riders as it alerts the rider to upcoming known speed camera locations. After a successful crowdfunding campaign, the Italian-made WOOLF wristband will launch in June 2017 and cost €139 (about $A200). Earlybirds can order now for €99 (about $A140) on woolf.bike. It may seem expensive, but if it saves your licence and …

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Skully HUD head-up display helmet inventions

Weird motorcycle inventions of 2016

Crowd funding is not only allowing innovative motorcycle inventions to come to market, but also allowing inventors to test the market. Unfortunately, crowd funding hit a major setback in 2016 when Skully head-up display helmets(pictured above) went belly-up. It was the fastest and most over-subscribed Kickstarter campaign yet, but it seems the founders squandered the …

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Woolf wristband

Wristband speed camera alert seeks funds

Makers of this leather wristband that alerts riders to upcoming known speed camera locations is back for its second crowdfunding attempt. Production of the Italian-made WOOLF wristband has been stalled after the first crowd-funding campaign didn’t reach its target. In the wake of the apparent fraud over the crowd-funded Skully head-up display helmet, company co-founder Federico Tognetti has …

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MiClimate motorcycle air conditioning conditioner

Air-conditioning for motorcyclists

We featured a bulky motorcycle air-conditioning unit in February 2014 that sat on the back of the bike, but this latest invention is much lighter, smaller and hangs off your trousers to pump cold or hot air into your jacket. It’s called MiClimate and the makers promise it will hit the market at about US$269 …

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