Do You Live in a Motorcycle Country?

Do You Live in a Motorcycle Country?

Do you sometimes feel lonely riding your bike, like you’re just about the only rider around? Or does it seem like every third person you know also rides a motorcycle? We decided to take a look at the raw numbers to see which countries embrace motorcycles the most, both in relation to car ownership and overall population. The results might surprise you. For our analysis we looked at the following ...
The 10 Weirdest and Wonderful Motorcycle Events in the World

The 10 Most Weird and Wonderful Motorcycle Events in the World

You may never have heard of any of them, but these 10 events are must see (in fact, must participate in) motorcycle events that range from the crazy to the downright bizarre. From racing on a beach with 1000 other riders at the same time, to hillclimbs up near vertical mountains or sidecar racing in sheep paddocks and even dirt track riding of Royal Enfields in India, there's something here for all tastes. Enduropale Le ...
The New Motorcycle Horsepower Wars. How Much is Too Much?

The New Motorcycle Horsepower Wars – How Much is Too Much?

The horsepower wars are upon us. This year the Ninja H2, Yamaha R1, 1299 Panigale and Aprilia RSV4RR will all be released and all will produce more than 200hp – the first time ever in mainstream production motorcycles. Ever since the “truce” among manufacturers to end the top speed wars in 2000, the maximum power output of bikes has remained fairly static.  But thanks to the economic recovery in the industry, increased ...
Kawasaki Center Hub Steering

Is Kawasaki’s Next Trick A Revolution In Front End Design?

Kawasaki pretty much stole the show in 2014 with the Ninja H2R (less so the H2) featuring the first supercharged bike in many years and one that jumped performance ahead by a considerable margin. But is their next trick a brand new front end setup that evolves the tried (and generally unsuccessful) center-hub arrangement? Patents published this year say, well, maybe. By and large, almost every motorcycle since the ...
Why The New Ducati Scrambler Will Introduce A New Generation Of Motorcyclists

Why The Ducati Scrambler Will Introduce A New Generation To Motorcycles

The first reviews of the new Ducati Scrambler are out and they’ve been mostly positive. There’s a few minor niggles here and there but the overall view is that Ducati have delivered a great bike. Which was critical, because the Scrambler is the most important new bike to come out in a long time. But why would an air cooled, technology basic bike like the Scrambler be important? Because it could well introduce a new ...
I Ride A Motorcycle Therefore I Am Better Than You

I Ride A Motorcycle, Therefore I Am Better Than You

It dawned on me after the umpteenth person decided to provide a public service announcement to my face and inform me that motorcycle riding was dangerous. Not motorcycle racing, just riding in general. A form of transport used by hundreds of millions of people around the world. Instead of arguing with this caring soul, my emotions were that of pity for them. Pity that they actually believed what they were saying and they ...
RIDE video game Bandai Namco

Get Ready To RIDE – New Motorcycle Simulator

Do you live somewhere so cold right now that you shiver at the thought of riding your bike? Wouldn't it be great if instead you could ride a virtual motorcycle in a realistic simulator until things heat up? Well too bad, because this new game RIDE won't be out until Spring of 2015 which to us seems like a bit of a missed opportunity. Regardless, the game was actually announced back in October but today, major label ...
The Rise and Rise of KTM Motorcycles

The Rise and Rise of KTM

If you were to turn back the clock maybe five or so years, most pundits would have regarded KTM as still being a  niche player in the world of sports bikes. Though the company has been around in one form or another since 1934, it was best known for its off-road bikes rather than current screamers like the 1290 Super Duke R or the brilliant new entry level RC390.  Yet in the space of a few years, KTM is now regarded a ...