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Shoei's quest to cut drag: Wind-tunnel developed X-SPR Pro leads helmet tech advances

Shoei's quest to cut drag: Wind-tunnel developed X-SPR Pro leads helmet tech advances

Shoei’s new X-SPR Pro helmet looks set to raise the bar in helmet tech – and particularly aerodynamics. The Pro is Shoei’s top-of-the-range, FIM-homologated racing lid, built to meet the new ECE...

Triumph’s 2023 Moto2 big boost: How Triumph have squeezed more from their triple, without sacrificing reliability

Triumph’s 2023 Moto2 big boost: How Triumph have squeezed more from their triple, without sacrificing reliability

Moto2 engine suppliers, Triumph, are gunning for higher top speeds, more overtaking and greater excitement from 2023 – with the firm announcing significant upgrades to their circa 140bhp, 765cc racing...

Salt of the earth: Sodium-ion batteries are the safe, cheap and abundant alternative to lithium

Salt of the earth: Sodium-ion batteries are the safe, cheap and abundant alternative to lithium

Next year electric bike giants Niu plan to launch a scooter powered by a sodium-ion battery rather than the lithium-ion cells which have become ubiquitous across the burgeoning electric bike...

Belly of the beast: Why Aprilia’s MotoGP championship challenger stands out from the rest

Belly of the beast: Why Aprilia’s MotoGP championship challenger stands out from the rest

The current crop of MotoGP machines might be the fastest we’ve ever seen but they’re also among the ugliest – sprouting ever more elaborate wings and fins in the effort to tame the airflow.   Among...

Back to the carbon fibre future! Lighter, stronger carbon forks on the way thanks to BMW and ZF

Back to the carbon fibre future! Lighter, stronger carbon forks on the way thanks to BMW and ZF

Although carbon-fibre forks have come and gone over the years in MotoGP, a new set of carbon suspension developed by BMW and ZF in Germany helped the M1000RR to victory at the recent Spa 24-hour...

Nasa tech at Asda prices: Indian firm’s hydrogen fuel cell bike plan gives glimpse of future

Nasa tech at Asda prices: Indian firm’s hydrogen fuel cell bike plan gives glimpse of future

Hydrogen fuel cells have been around for decades but they’re still seen as a space-age technology more at home on the International Space Station than at your local filling station. But that won’t be...

Reading between the lines: Honda working on lane assistance system for the bikes of the future

Reading between the lines: Honda working on lane assistance system for the bikes of the future

Honda is developing rider-assistance systems with the aim of making accidents a thing of the past – but rather than taking away control, they’re aiming to nudge us into making the right...

Hydrogen’s swappable solution: Car giant’s H2 plans could pave the way for next-gen motorcycles

Hydrogen’s swappable solution: Car giant’s H2 plans could pave the way for next-gen motorcycles

Japanese automotive powerhouse Toyota have demonstrated a method to overcome one of the greatest stumbling blocks of using hydrogen as a fuel.  Hydrogen is attractive on several fronts. Its...

Clever kit is creating a real buzz: How honeycomb structures inspire new lighter, thinner body armour

Clever kit is creating a real buzz: How honeycomb structures inspire new lighter, thinner body armour

Knox has revealed their lightest and thinnest products yet. Inspired by natural structures such as honeycomb, the new Micro-Lock Compact builds on the firm’s already popular Micro-Lock range,...

‘We are shipping product and it is real’: Forcite smart helmet boss explains how their high-tech helmet will succeed where others failed

‘We are shipping product and it is real’: Forcite smart helmet boss explains how their high-tech helmet will succeed where others failed

Smart motorcycle helmets are nothing new. Companies have been promising internal cameras, head-up displays and more for years, but very few have made it to market and fewer still have made any...

Yamaha’s green initiative: $100 million fund available for environmental tech firms

Yamaha’s green initiative: $100 million fund available for environmental tech firms

Yamaha has become the latest major motorcycle manufacturer to significantly expand its green credentials with the announcement of a new $100 million fund for investing in environmental...

Textile gear that covers all bases: How Klim use the latest fabrics to create tough but breathable waterproof gear

Textile gear that covers all bases: How Klim use the latest fabrics to create tough but breathable waterproof gear

For adventure riders, there’s never been an answer to the age-old question: what gear is cool enough off-road but protective enough on-road and waterproof too?   A suit that saves you from a 70mph...

Petrol vs electric: MCN lifts the lid on the true cost of battery powered bikes

Petrol vs electric: MCN lifts the lid on the true cost of battery powered bikes

Love it or hate it, we’re seeing major developments in electric motorcycles. But the latest research shows that their environmental advantage over more traditional petrol-powered machines is far from...

Baking a fossil-free Cake mix: Swedish firm aim to eradicate fossil fuels in the production line by 2025

Baking a fossil-free Cake mix: Swedish firm aim to eradicate fossil fuels in the production line by 2025

Electric motorcycles may have the upper hand over the internal combustion engine by producing no emissions at the tailpipe, but there is still a sizable amount of pollution created in the production...

CFMoto point the way to the future with their modular chassis ethos

CFMoto point the way to the future with their modular chassis ethos

We’ve had our first look under the skin of a new CFMoto electric in the works that uses a modular plug-and-play design that could be adapted into a range of models. The Chinese firm has already...

Langen's electric future: UK firm famous for 2T café racer are working towards swappable battery tech

Langen's electric future: UK firm famous for 2T café racer are working towards swappable battery tech

Wigan-based Langen Technology is developing a new modular battery system that they believe could revolutionise the off-road and greenlaning industry. A sister firm to Langen Motorcycles (the team...

Bosch push ‘hydrogen economy’: Engineering firm backs plan for 4000 hydrogen filling stations by 2030

Bosch push ‘hydrogen economy’: Engineering firm backs plan for 4000 hydrogen filling stations by 2030

While battery-powered electric bikes have been at the forefront of efforts to create carbon-neutral machines, there’s long been support for hydrogen as an alternative green fuel – and now engineering...

Honda tech steers out of danger: Clever new tech brings the ability to take control and prevent accidents

Honda tech steers out of danger: Clever new tech brings the ability to take control and prevent accidents

When Honda unveiled the Riding Assist and Riding Assist-e concept bikes back in 2017 the self-balancing machines stunned with their autonomous abilities – and now Honda is developing the technology to...

BMW adaptive aero springs into action: How pop-out bodywork is the future of aerodynamics

BMW adaptive aero springs into action: How pop-out bodywork is the future of aerodynamics

The idea of moving bodywork is far from new, but BMW are looking to get in on the act without the use of electronics. We’ve had electrically adjustable screens for years and more recently Moto Guzzi’s...

Getting amped up: D3O develop new AMP helmet liner system absorb low-level impacts

Getting amped up: D3O develop new AMP helmet liner system absorb low-level impacts

Motorcycle helmet safety standards have been rightfully given a boost recently with the introduction of ECE 22.06 and a greater focus on rotational injuries. Now armour specialists D3O want to take...

Revolutionary Shoei ‘Opticson’ helmet is edging towards production

Revolutionary Shoei ‘Opticson’ helmet is edging towards production

The idea of having a head-up display (HUD) inside a motorcycle helmet is far from new, but despite dozens of false starts, it’s still not a technology that’s managed to break into mainstream...

Current affairs: Horwin planning fast-charging ‘niobium-battery’ bike by 2024

Current affairs: Horwin planning fast-charging ‘niobium-battery’ bike by 2024

The Brazilian arm of electric bike firm Horwin has inked a deal with niobium supplier CBMM to bring ultra-fast charging niobium batteries to the company’s bikes as soon as 2024. Niobium is an element...

Yamaha developing power steering for motorcycles

Yamaha developing power steering for motorcycles

The barrage of rider aids on today’s bikes would be unthinkable to riders even a decade or so ago but Yamaha’s latest addition could be a game-changer – not only adding an extra layer of safety but...

MotoGP tech to improve airflow is set to make its way onto road bikes

MotoGP tech to improve airflow is set to make its way onto road bikes

If you’ve had even a passing interest in MotoGP over the last few years you’ll have noticed there’s something of an aerodynamic revolution underway for motorcycles. And some of that work is trickling...

Bold new hybrid planned: Yamaha design has petrol motor to extend electric battery range

Bold new hybrid planned: Yamaha design has petrol motor to extend electric battery range

Hybrid cars are rapidly becoming the norm as a stepping stone to full electric power and there’s a growing suggestion that bikes might take the same route. In 2030 it will become illegal to sell new...

Yamaha’s latest hydrogen engine paves the way for new breed of bikes

Yamaha’s latest hydrogen engine paves the way for new breed of bikes

Yamaha have unveiled a V8 hydrogen powered car engine that sets the stage for a two-wheeled version. The prototype is based on the 5-litre engine from the Lexus RC F with Yamaha modifying the...

New material inside the latest Ruroc Atlas 4.0 helmet helps it exceed new standards

New material inside the latest Ruroc Atlas 4.0 helmet helps it exceed new standards

Helmets are getting safer and now a UK firm are pushing the boundaries. The new ECE 22.06 standard means they have to protect against oblique strikes which can cause rotational forces – a common...

New tech: Forward-facing camera for 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX

New tech: Forward-facing camera for 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX

Advanced rider-assistance systems are the latest high-tech battleground and with front and rear radars already standard on the 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX, the firm’s next move may be the addition of a...

Sensor-based rider assistance systems are about to get serious

Sensor-based rider assistance systems are about to get serious

It’s only been a year since the first radar-equipped bikes started to reach customers but already there are new companies starting to supply the tech. Over the next couple of years radar is set to...

New tech from Exro promises E-bike performance boost

New tech from Exro promises E-bike performance boost

One of the exciting things about the introduction of electric motorcycles is that we’re still learning how to make the most of them – so there’s scope for giant leaps in performance instead of the...

Valeo step into battery power: Hopes for a low-cost route to electric bikes

Valeo step into battery power: Hopes for a low-cost route to electric bikes

Valeo might not be a household name but they’re among the world’s biggest automotive parts suppliers with 187 production facilities and 67 R&D bases across 33 countries – so their intention to start...

Mix and match Arrow platform to spawn new family for Harley-Davidson LiveWire

Mix and match Arrow platform to spawn new family for Harley-Davidson LiveWire

Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire is one of the best electrics out there – but it’s far from cheap. Now, however, things are changing fast with H-D’s decision to spin-off the e-bike operation and news of a...

Making fuel from fresh air: Sunlight and air create ‘drop-in’ replacement for burning petrol

Making fuel from fresh air: Sunlight and air create ‘drop-in’ replacement for burning petrol

The idea of conjuring petrol from nothing but fresh air and sunlight sounds like alchemy but a pilot project in Switzerland has proved that it’s possible. On the roof of research university ETH Zurich...

Yamaha’s SpinForged wheels save weight, improve handling and don’t cost a packet

Yamaha’s SpinForged wheels save weight, improve handling and don’t cost a packet

Excess weight has always been a bike designer’s nemesis, but while overall reductions are welcome, there are disproportionate benefits from cutting the mass of a motorcycle’s wheels. That’s where...

LiteLok take lightweight motorbike security to the next level

LiteLok take lightweight motorbike security to the next level

Lightweight motorcycle security specialists LiteLok have unveiled their latest product, the Core Moto. Rather than aiming to be impervious to attack, the LiteLok is intended to be as secure as...

New heads-up helmet display tech has almost limitless potential

New heads-up helmet display tech has almost limitless potential

Swiss firm Aegis Rider AG is using augmented reality to create a helmet that seamlessly integrates information into the view ahead. It’s an idea with virtually limitless potential, from providing...